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Android P's killer photo feature won't work on lower-end phones

A photo format called HEIC means images take half the storage space as with JPEG. But you'll need a smartphone processor that can handle it.

By March 16, 2018


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Google Android Oreo

Oreo doubles down on the nuts and bolts -- and speed.

By August 21, 2017

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Android Wear 2.0

With lots of new features, the LG Watch Sport and Style are the first to use the new software -- and it's promising.

By February 8, 2017

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Google Android Nougat

Android Nougat offers welcome improvements in what is a functional, if not very exciting, update.

By September 1, 2016

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Nvidia Shield Android TV

The Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops will appeal to geeks, and software updates have made it more stable, but app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

By April 25, 2016

Editors' rating April 25, 2016

Google: Android is just as secure as the other guys

After years of big security gaps, Google says the phones it powers are now as hard to hack as iPhones. It wants to make sure you know that.

By March 15, 2018


Break up with Apple: The Pixel 2 is the best iPhone upgrade

Commentary: If you're a "lifelong" iPhone user you might be tempted to skip the iPhone X and get a Pixel 2. And that's OK.

By March 14, 2018

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WeMail (Android)

This clutter-busting Android app helps keep your email organized.

By November 18, 2014

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Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is out now. This is everything you need to know about Google's mobile operating system update.

By October 5, 2015

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Scribd (Android)

Cheaper than buying individual books, Scribd offers most of the books you want to read for a low monthly cost.

By September 26, 2014

Editors' rating September 26, 2014