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project treble android update

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained

Google's Project Treble promised to pave the way for faster Android upgrades — so what exactly is it? Two years in, how well is it working?

Google Pixel 5 Phone

Why the Pixel 5 just got interesting

A recent discovery about this year's Pixel 5 phone could completely change the conversation about the device — and that might be a very good thing.

Android Upgrades

Are Android upgrades actually improving? It's complicated

When it comes to Android upgrades, you shouldn't believe everything you read. Time for a data-backed reality check.

New Pixel Features

How to make the most of your Pixel's new features

Google's sending a bunch of virtual gifts to Pixel owners this week. Here's how to put the best of the goodies to good use.

Android 10 Upgrade Report Card

Android 10 Upgrade Report Card: Progress is relative

Six months after Android 10's release, how have device-makers done at getting the software into users' hands? The grades are in — and they hold a few surprises.

Phone Billboards

Attention, phone-makers: Our devices aren't your billboards

Manufacturers are testing our limits more than ever right now — and it's up to us to decide if we want to accept or reject what they're doing.

iPhone security / unlocking, hacking or breaking into iPhone

Apple joins industry effort to eliminate passwords

Apple has joined a veritable who's who of tech vendors in the FIDO Alliance who see standardized, two-factor authentication as the way forward for device log-in.

Android 11

The 11 most interesting takeaways from Android 11 (so far)

From big behavioral changes to small interface enhancements, our first look at Android 11 reveals some promising new shifts.

Google Pixel Features

5 hidden Pixel features worth finding

Got a Google Pixel phone — any Google Pixel phone? These out-of-the-way options will save you time and make your device smarter.

Google / Samsung

Hey, Google: Maybe it's time to take a lesson from Samsung

Google could stand to learn a few things from Samsung's smartphone strategy — but the lesson has little to do with the devices themselves.

Android Innovations

Beware of the coming Android 'innovations'

Android owners, take note: This year's hardware advancements aren't actually about you.

android robot logo with circle background

iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide

Ready to make the move from iOS to Android? Here's everything you need to successfully switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel or any other Android device.

BlackBerry Android Upgrade

Could Google carry the BlackBerry torch?

As the last remnants of a smartphone icon melt away, an opening for a de facto business-friendly brand beckons.

Android: Google, Microsoft

Move over, Google: Microsoft's the new Android trailblazer

Want a sneak peek at Android's most interesting improvements in 2020? Look to what's happening at Microsoft (yes, Microsoft!) right now.

Android Phone Tune-up

The 20-minute Android tune-up

A few minutes of maintenance each year can keep your Android phone running like a well-oiled machine.

Samsung Selling Data

Galaxy users, take note: Samsung's probably selling your data

When you buy a Galaxy phone, Google's promise to protect your information isn't the only one that applies.

Android Trends

7 Android trends to watch in 2020

Empty predictions are a dime a dozen — but with mobile tech in particular, long-term trends can tell us a lot about what the future may hold.

Android 2018 Primer

Android 2020 primer: 12 bits of telling analysis to mull

'Tis the season for looking back — and looking ahead.

Android Camera Vulnerability

The 5 true takeaways from Android's camera vulnerability circus

Are sophisticated attackers hijacking your phone's camera and stealing your most precious secrets? Um, yeah — about that....

Motorola Razr 2019

Motorola's new Razr gives me hope for the future of foldables

But, critically, that doesn't mean you should run out and buy it.

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