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Open Source app TapTap brings Android's Quick Tap feature to unsupported devices

TapTap is an open source application for Google's Android operating system that brings Android 12's Quick Tap feature to devices running Android 7 and up. Google implemented Quick Tap in Android 12 […]

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Why I won't buy a new phone when my Google Pixel Android phone runs out of support

I bought a Google Pixel 3a Android phone shortly after it was released. Google pledged three years of support for the device, which will run out in May 2022. Previously, I bought […]

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NewPipe: the better YouTube client for Android

NewPipe is an open source YouTube application for Android that has all the features that the official YouTube application does not support, or only offers when you pay for it. The official […]

My experience with DuckDuckGo's App Tracking Protection feature

DuckDuckGo added an app tracking protection feature to its Android application, also called DuckDuckGo, back in November 2021. The feature blocks tracking attempts system-wide on the Android device when enabled. The feature […]

Tip: All Simple Mobile Tools Android apps are free on Google Play currently

Simple Mobile Tools is a developer of high quality open source Android applications, which are available as free and paid versions on Google Play. The tools are excellent replacements for native Android […]

Newsly: listen to news and podcasts on Android and iOS

Newsly is a new news and podcast listening application for Android and iOS. The base version of the application is free and text to speech is used to turn text into audio […]

Telegram update brings protected content in groups and channels

A new version of the messaging application Telegram is now available for all supported systems. The new version introduces several new features and improvements, some of which are limited to certain operating […]

Remove unwanted objects in seconds with TouchRetouch for Android

TouchRetouch is an application for Google Android device that may be used to remove unwanted objects from photos and images. The application is not free, it costs around $2, depending on the […]

How to Get Chrome Extensions on Android

Whether you’re a student or work from home or an office, Chrome has some great extensions that help with organization, productivity, learning, and entertainment. You’ve probably discovered quite a few of these […]

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DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for Android is getting an App Tracking Protection feature

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is an open source web browser for Google's Android operating system by DuckDuckGo. The company, best known for its privacy-focused search engine, developed the Android application as a companion […]

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Android 12 is now rolling out to Google Pixel devices

Android users who use a Google Pixel device may install the new Android 12 mobile operating system on their devices starting today. Google enabled the update for all Pixel 3 and newer […]

WhatsApp End-to-End Encrypted Backups

WhatsApp says it is rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups for Android and iOS users

WhatsApp has announced that is rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups for users on iOS and Android. The feature was revealed about a month ago, and had been spotted in the beta version […]

WhatsApp Will Consume Your Google Drive Storage Data

WhatsApp Will Consume Your Google Drive Storage Data: Backup Size Feature in the Works?

At the moment, WhatsApp backups won’t count against your Google Drive storage. That may be about to change. It seems there is more bad news for the Facebook-owned messaging app. It seems […]

Apple releases iOS 15.0.2 to fix zero-day exploits; update your iPhone now

Apple releases iOS 15.0.2 to fix two zero-day exploits; and fails to credit the researcher who found the vulnerability

Last month, Apple released an emergency update for its iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and Apple Watches to fix a serious security vulnerability. It's happening again, two more zero-day vulnerabilities have been patched […]

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Android game developer says some ads were able to bypass Google Play to install third-party apps

Remember the HT Coin Android malware issue that we reported about a couple of weeks ago? The HelloTalk app displayed notifications, which when tapped, downloaded a malicious APK and installed in on […]

Android 12 Update for Xiaomi devices

Xiaomi rolls out a test build of the Android 12 Update for the Mi 11 and Redmi K40 series

Windows 11 isn't the only operating system that debuted this week, Android 12 was released to AOSP on Monday. Though unlike the desktop OS, the stable version of the mobile firmware isn't […]

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Android 12 has been released: Here's what's new in it

Android 12 is here (just as we predicted), Google has released the new iteration of its operating system to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). We explain what the important features that the […]

Firefox Nightly on Android now lets you disable the Inactive Tabs tray

Firefox Nightly on Android now lets you disable the Inactive Tabs tray

As you accumulate new tabs every day, you may forget to close the old ones, that's pretty much normal with any browser. This can result in a cluttered mess, and even hog […]

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra October security update

Samsung is rolling out the October Security Update for the unlocked Galaxy S21 and September Security Update for Carrier variants

September isn't over yet, but Samsung has begun seeding the October Security Update for its current generation flagship series in various Countries. This includes the likes of the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus […]

MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition update for Poco F3 Europe

Poco F3 gets the MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition update along with the September Security Patch

Poco has released the MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition update for its current gen flagship device, the Poco F3. The software is currently being seeded in Europe. What is MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition? […]

OxygenOS 11.1.1.1 update for OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T get the September Security Patch with the OxygenOS 11.1.1.1 update

OnePlus is rolling out the OxygenOS 11.1.1.1 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.  For those unaware, OnePlus released the stable version of OxygenOS 11 for the OnePlus 6 series in […]

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is now available for testing

We are about a week away from Android 12's release, and OEMs are prepping their devices for the latest iteration of the OS. OnePlus has announced the availability of the Android 12 […]

HelloTalk app reportedly installed a malicious app called HT Coin on Android devices

HelloTalk app reportedly installed a malicious app called HT Coin on Android devices

HelloTalk is a popular community-driven language learning app that is available on the Google Play Store. It has over 10 Million downloads.  A couple of days ago, a reddit user claimed that […]

Android 11 Update for Microsoft Surface Duo to release this year

Microsoft says it will roll out the Android 11 Update for the 1st gen Surface Duo by the end of this year

Microsoft announced its new Surface Duo 2 a couple of days ago. But let's not forget the first gen foldable. It was launched in August 2020, and was priced starting at $1399 […]

Android 12.1 Material You implementation

Material You's dynamic wallpaper theming system may be exclusive to Pixel devices until Android 12.1

Google has been pushing its Material You design heavily, ever since it introduced the personalization feature in May 2021. Android 12 which is expected to be announced in the first week of […]

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VLC Media Player 3.4 for Android is now available

VLC Media Player 3.4 for Android is now available. The developers have added new features and improvements to the application for Android, including the ability to add bookmarks, use VLC without giving […]

Gmail Android app gets improved search filters

Gmail Android app gets improved search filters

A couple of weeks ago, Google introduced a new feature in the Gmail Android app, that allows users to call their Google Meet contacts directly from the email client. Today, the popular […]

OnePlus new integrated OS with OxygenOS and ColorOS

OnePlus will introduce a new OS by integrating OxygenOS with ColorOS

A few months ago, OnePlus and Oppo announced that they were merging the codebase of their custom Android skins, OxygenOS and ColorOS respectively. This would reduce the burden on the developers, and […]

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Google is bringing the permissions auto-reset feature for devices running on Android 6 and above

A year ago, when Android 11 was released, it brought with it a feature called Permissions auto-reset. The option revokes the permissions that you granted for apps, if the operating system detects […]

Oppo ColorOS 12 privacy controls

Oppo's ColorOS 12 will remove metadata from media that you share online

Oppo is one of several OEMs that participated in Google's Android 12 Developer Preview. The Chinese phone maker has announced the next iteration of its custom skin based on the latest Android […]

Apple iOS 15 SharePlay

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to release on September 20th; here are the list of devices that will get the update

Apple announced iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on June 7th, 2021 at its annual WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021). Three months later, the new operating system is graduating from beta, iOS 15 […]

One UI 4 for Samsung Galaxy S21

Open beta of One UI 4 based on Android 12 is now available for Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Google is rumored to release Android 12 on October 4th. Many OEMs have taken part in the developer preview of the upcoming iteration. And now, Samsung has announced the open beta program […]

Apple iOS Security Update to prevent ForcedEntry exploit

Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS 7.6.2 to prevent Pegasus spyware

Apple has released an emergency update for iOS devices and macOS computers, to patch a serious security vulnerability that has come to light. The exploit is called FORCEDENTRY, and affects all iOS […]

Android 12 to launch on October 4th

Android 12 could be launched on October 4th

Google released the Android 12 Beta 5 Update last week, it is the release candidate version of the mobile operating system. But it appears that the stable version is not far away. […]

Samsung September 2021 security update

What’s new with the Samsung September 2021 security update?

Samsung started rolling out the security update to most of their Galaxy devices from August 30. Google used to be the leader when it came to bringing out updates to their Android […]

New privacy controls for WhatsApp will let you hide your 'Last Seen' status

New privacy controls for WhatsApp will let you hide your 'Last Seen' status

Most messaging clients these days will let you see your friends' statuses and other details, such as when they were last logged in to the app and your current status. However, some […]

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

The European Commission recently proposed an extension to the support cycle of Android and iOS devices. They've requested a minimum period of five years of updates. Germany's Federal Government is now pushing […]

WhatsApp is bringing a few new features

WhatsApp is bringing a few new features, including iOS to Android migration and iMessage-like emojis

WhatsApp is bringing quite a few new features to the chat platform. Following the recent release of disappearing messages on WhatsApp earlier this month, the developers have started rolling out iOS to […]

Google has added the Presearch browser

Google has added Presearch as a default option on Android devices in Europe

Google has just announced that they will be adding private, decentralized search engine Presearch to the default options on Android devices in the UK and Europe. This option will be available for […]

You may be able to start using Google Assistant without saying Hey Google

You may be able to start using Google Assistant without saying 'Hey Google'

Google recently announced that two new features would be coming to Google Assistant. One of these features will even let you start using Google Assistant without having to say 'Hey Google.' The […]