5 best video conferencing apps for Android

Meetings are a lot easier than they used to be. There weren’t a ton of options, most of them were expensive, and video quality was always really trashy. However, video calls are as easy as pressing a button these days. There are a ton of video calling apps. However, video conferencing requires a little extra […]

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Google displaying AMP stories in the Google Feed on Android

Earlier this year, Google debuted AMP stories to compete with similar formats popularized by Snapchat and also found in Instagram. First appearing in Google Search, they are now available in the Google Feed on Android. The AMP story is a “mobile-focused format for delivering news and information as visually rich, tap-through stories.” Portrait images, videos, […]

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Google begins rolling out customizable Search widget to more users

Late last month, the Google app resumed work on a customizable Search bar. A long time coming, the ability to personalize the Google widget appears to be rolling out to more users this week. Accessible from the fifth “More” tab of the Google app, “Customize Widget” allows users to edit the appearance of the standard Google […]

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How to get off the iOS public beta

iOS 12 released to the public this past Monday, and not too soon after new iOS 12.1 public beta. Typically users stay on the major release betas to try out the new features announced at WWDC, however, most want to leave as soon as the major release is updated because minor updates don’t really have […]

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You can now send GIFs in Instagram direct messages

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/instagram-thumbnail-icon.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-516243" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/instagram-thumbnail-icon.png" alt="" width="180" height="180" /></a></p> <p>Earlier this year, Instagram added the ability to embed GIF stickers in Stories (and then <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/09/snapchat-removes-giphy-feature-due-to-racial-slur-gif/">removed the feature</a>, and then <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/instagram-giphy/">put it back</a>). Now users can send GIFs to each other in DMs, via a new button in the composer bar.<span id="more-516242"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FINAL_GIFS_IN_DIRECT_forever.gif" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-516244" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FINAL_GIFS_IN_DIRECT_forever.gif" alt="" width="1024" height="884" /></a></p> <p>Instagram says GIFs in direct messages are available in the latest updates for iOS and Android. Users can either search for a GIF, or tap the Random button for a surprise.<div class="clear"></div> <a...

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Amazon expands ‘Multi-Room Music’ speaker sync to third-party hardware

<h3 style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DnkZHplX4AA2zU9.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-516233" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DnkZHplX4AA2zU9-728x364.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="334" /></a></h3> <p>In addition to all the other hardware-related news today, Amazon is also rolling out its <a href="https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/c4bbbbaf-3559-4b5e-b920-83a9d594e732/alexa-play-rolling-in-the-deep-everywhere-announcing-multi-room-music-for-products-with-alexa-built-in?tag=androidpolice-20">multi-room audio feature</a> to third-party hardware. Called Alexa Multi-Room Music, the expanded support for other Alexa-powered devices will allow you to group third-party speakers, including offerings from companies like Bose and Sonos, together with Amazon's Echo hardware for synchronized playback.</p> <p><span id="more-516196"></span></p> <h3 style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/P16284971_speakers_blog_v2_954x240._CB483483555_.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-516232" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/P16284971_speakers_blog_v2_954x240._CB483483555_.png" alt="" width="558" height="240" /></a></h3> <p>This feature was previously only available on Amazon's first-party hardware, but Amazon has decided to open things up to...

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Amazon unveils new Echo Show, Dot, and much more

In what apparently is becoming an annual thing, today Amazon held a closed “surprise” press event at the Spheres in Seattle to reveal a slew of new devices and services. While a few of these announcements won’t actually see release until next year, the vast majority will hit before the end of 2018. Some of […]

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141: ‘Nocturne’ Pixel tablet, Nokia stories, Google Home Hub FCC | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got Brydge accidentally leaking a pair of its keyboard and potentially a Google-made tablet, some Nokia news, and Google Home Hub hits the FCC. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/09/9to5google-daily-141.mp3 Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750! New […]

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[Deal Alert] Nokia 6 2017 is now $180 ($50 off) from B&H

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Capture.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-516235" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Capture-728x300.png" alt="" width="668" height="275" /></a></p> <p>Prices for the original Nokia 6 have been falling steadily over the past few months. Back in May, the phone was just <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/06/deal-alert-get-first-gen-nokia-6-199-newegg-coupon-30-off/">$199 from Newegg</a>, and now it's available for $180 from B&H. That's not a bad price for one of last year's best budget phones.<span id="more-516234"></span></p> <p>The 2017 Nokia 6 has a Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB RAM, a headphone jack, 32GB storage (with microSD card support), and a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/20/deal-alert-nokia-6-2017-now-180-50-off-bh/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/20/deal-alert-nokia-6-2017-now-180-50-off-bh/'>[Deal Alert] Nokia 6 2017 is now $180 ($50 off) from B&H</a>...

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Amazon expands Alexa ecosystem with new smart-home hardware: Microwave, Subwoofer, Smart Plug, and more

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/microwave-amazon-basics-hero.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-516221" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/microwave-amazon-basics-hero-728x498.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="457" /></a></p> <p>In addition to Alexa-powered <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/20/amazon-introduces-echo-auto-alongside-refreshed-echo-dot-plus-show/">standalone hardware</a> in the Echo series, Amazon also announced a whole bunch of Alexa-integrated products. From a new AmazonBasics-branded smart microwave to the Amazon Smart Plug, there are tons of new auxiliary devices landing for the Alexa ecosystem in the next few months.</p> <p><span id="more-516188"></span></p> <p>The Echo branding is getting a bit diluted these days, and with the torrent of hardware announcements from Amazon today, we thought it best to break things into at least three categories: <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/20/amazon-introduces-echo-auto-alongside-refreshed-echo-dot-plus-show/">Standalone Alexa/Echo hardware</a>, Alexa accessories, and...

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5 best two-factor authenticator apps for Android

Two-factor authentication is a popular and powerful security tool. It requires you to verify that you actually logged into whatever account you logged into. This adds a personal touch. In order to hack your account, someone would need more than just your password and username. Of course, it’s not an end all, be all solution. […]

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