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Best Microsoft apps for Android

Microsoft apps have come a long way on Android. Microsoft essentially shunned Android and iOS for several years, but with Satya Nadella taking the helm in 2014 and adopting a mobile-first stance, the company has turned its attention to bringing its apps and services to rival platforms. From heavy-hitters like Office to side projects developed by employees in their free time under the Microsoft Garage label, Microsoft has a lot to offer on Android. Microsoft Office Microsoft made the Android and iOS versions of Office free in 2014, opening up…

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Best launchers for theming your Android phone

Customization is my favorite part of Android. Android provides us with so much freedom, allowing us to completely scrap the setup and the launcher that came with our phones and replace it with something that suits us more. Years ago, before I knew what Nova Launcher and icon packs were, I was trying to make my phone look less blockish and boring. Our phones hold our lives — shouldn’t they hold some of our personality and style, too? Whether you’ve got theming down to an art or you’re just looking…

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now available for OnePlus 3/3T users

OnePlus has released Oreo for the 3 and 3T as part of the Open Beta program. Early access programs can be a cool way to experience new features, so long as you don’t mind a few bugs. The same is true for OnePlus’s Open Beta program, which brings early features to some of its phones. As part of that program, the company is trialing Android 8.0 Oreo before rolling it out to all of its users later in the year. Known issues with this build include: Fingerprint actions may be…

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Is Harrison Ford An Android In ‘Blade Runner’?

Enlarge this image Actors Harrison Ford, left, and Ryan Gosling attend a photo call for Blade Runner 2049 in London on Sept. 21. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP hide caption toggle caption Joel Ryan/Invision/AP So, the title of this post should really be “Is Deckard A Replicant” — but that might start us off on too deep a level of fandom. See, Rick Deckard is the name of Harrison Ford’s character in Blade Runner, the uber-classic 1982 cyber-noir film that, you know, effected just about everything that followed. As for replicants, they’re the…

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1 won’t be updated to Android Oreo

Android tablets (and honestly, tablets in general) aren’t anywhere near as popular as they used to be a couple years ago. The tablet craze has all but died, and it was recently confirmed that two of the better affordable Android tablets won’t be getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. Manuel Guzman, a software quality assurance worker at NVIDIA, confirmed via Twitter that neither the Shield Tablet or Shield Tablet K1 will be seeing any sort of Oreo love. An update based on Android Nougat is in the works for the…

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Hulu on Android TV now supports Google Assistant voice commands

Google Assistant support on Hulu for Android TV allows for a lot of new voice controls, but where the heck is the new UI and live TV? Hulu is a fantastic streaming service, and Android TV is a great platform for media consumption. Unfortunately, the two haven’t been known to play nicely with one another. Hulu has been notoriously slow in the past when it comes to updating its Android TV app with new and current features, so it’s refreshing to see an update for Google Assistant support already being…

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How to add rounded screen corners to your Android phone

If you’ve seen the iPhone X and thought “I want those rounded corners”, then you’re in luck. There is an app that brings rounded corners to your Android device, without root! If you ever felt like square corners on a screen look too rough, you can round them bu using a simple app. The best part is that no root is required. Of course, this won’t physically round your corners, but if you have an AMOLED screen, or if you don’t mind having the curve be a little smaller, then…

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Best Android Wear 2.0 Apps

You’re going to want to install these. It’s a new day for Android Wear. Apps are no longer sidecar-style programs that share data back and forth from your phone. Instead, the apps are installed directly on the watch and run completely independently of the phone. This means apps need to be able to do everything on the watch, so design and functionality matter more than ever. Here’s a look at the Android Wear apps that work best in this new 2.0 world! More: The definitive Android Wear 2.0 review! Note:…

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Microsoft Edge Preview for Android now available on Google Play

Ready to give Microsoft Edge on Android a shot? Now’s your chance. Microsoft recently surprised the mobile world with the announcement that it was bringing its Edge browser to Android and iOS. Initially, the browser was only available as part of a preview limited preview on iOS through Apple’s Test Flight beta program, with Android said to be coming soon. Now, as first spotted by Simhar.com, the Microsoft Edge for Android preview has appeared on Google Play and is open for anyone to download and test. Microsoft’s goal with Edge…

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Microsoft Launcher review: A beautiful Android experience

Microsoft’s mobile efforts on Android continue to expand with the official rollout of Microsoft Launcher. But it’s in preview, so there are bugs to fix and a few areas to improve. Microsoft Launcher is the upgraded version of the Microsoft Garage project Arrow Launcher, and we covered the key changes that came with that upgrade last week. It’s free and can be picked up from the Google Play Store. After some heavy usage over the last few days, we’re breaking down what works, what doesn’t, and where Microsoft should take…

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