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Google Maps v9.72 beta prepares to warn you about packed mass transit, improve road closure reports, and more … – Android Police

A new version of Google Maps slipped out late last night, just in time for the weekend. While there are a couple of small cosmetic changes showing up, we haven’t spotted any big additions yet. A teardown tells a bit of a different story. The Google Maps team is getting …

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BQ Aquaris X/X Pro Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Before Most Flagship Phones – XDA Developers (blog)

BQ, a Spain-based budget smartphone vendor, has a presence in Europe and the US, but it tends to fly under the radar when it comes to media coverage. That’s partly because its smartphones aren’t particularly competitive against models from China-based rivals such as Xiaomi, Honor, and Motorola. However, in regions where …

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[Update: Rolling out now] Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and more – Android Police

[Update: Rolling out now] Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and moreAndroid PoliceGoogle just started rolling out Android Wear 2.8 earlier this month, but it’s already talking about Wear 2.9. Like the last update, this one isn’t making huge changes to the nature of Wear. It does, however, …

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Android P is out to steal the iPhone's high-end crown – Wired.co.uk

Google It’s a well-worn tech topic best avoided in polite conversation. But a recent Bloomberg article has once again brought it back to everyone’s attention. Citing “people familiar with the situation”, Bloomberg reports Google plans to win some of Apple’s share of the high-end phone market with major interface changes …

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Windows 10: This Microsoft mobile app wirelessly transfers pics from Android, iOS – ZDNet

Video: Business boost for Microsoft’s Windows 10 target Microsoft has released a new app for wirelessly transferring videos and photos from mobile devices to the Windows 10 Microsoft Photos app. The photo-transfer app, dubbed Photos Companion, is purely for sending photos and videos from an Android or iOS device to …

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Facebook expands Messenger Kids to Android despite outcry – The Mercury News

A couple of weeks ago, child advocates urged Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app for children. This week, Facebook expanded Messenger Kids to Android. Those child advocates, which include parent and teachers groups and health experts, say Facebook has not responded to their requests to talk …

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Samsung halts Android Oreo rollout to Galaxy S8 w/ new version in development [Update] – 9to5Google

After a successful beta program over the past several months, Samsung officially released Android Oreo for its Galaxy S8 in several regions earlier this month. Now, though, that rollout has been halted. The best gifts for Android users As first spotted by SamMobile, Samsung has seemingly halted Android Oreo’s rollout …

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Google's testing an Android app that adds Smart Reply to Slack, Facebook Messenger, and more – The Verge

Google’s messaging app strategy is a huge mess, but one surprisingly useful feature that has extended from Inbox to Gmail to Allo and Android Messages is Smart Reply, which offers three responses based on context for you to quickly reply to your contacts. Google is now working to expand this …

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: The best just got better – Android Central

Xiaomi had a landmark year in 2017, edging past Samsung to become the largest handset manufacturer in India. A lot of that momentum was down to the success of the Redmi Note 4, which was the best-selling phone in the subcontinent last year. As such, there’s a lot riding on …

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Can Android for Work Redefine Enterprise Mobile Security? – Dark Reading

Google’s new mobility management framework makes great strides in addressing security and device management concerns while offering diverse deployment options. Here are the pros and cons. Google’s new enterprise mobility management framework Android for Work (AfW) allows employers to effectively manage and mobilize all devices used in the workplace, even …

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