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Derek Walter is a freelance technology writer based in Northern California. He is the author of Learning MIT App Inventor, a hands-on guide to building your own Android apps.

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How to free up space with storage tools in Android 7.1

The latest version of Android has built-in tools to help you manage storage space.

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Allo 2.0 update brings app shortcuts, GIF keyboard support, and several other new features

It's the first major update for Google's new messaging service, and it brings a lot that probably should have been there at launch.

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T-Mobile is offering $325 to anyone who brings a Pixel to its network

Be aware of the fine print, as you'll need to sign up for an unlimited plan and your reward payment is spaced out over 24 months.

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Report: Android Wear 2.0 will require you to install watch apps seperately

Google is trying to make the watch less dependent on the phone, but it could mean an extra step when you grab a new app.

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Google is planning a fix for the Pixel camera lens flare issue

If you've been seeing a halo effect on some of your images, with Google preparing new software to fix the problem.

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Pixel demand is higher than expected, with some pre-orders being pushed back to November

You may have a better chance buying the phone directly from Verizon if you're willing to live with a locked bootloader.

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BlackBerry unveils the DTEK60, pledges a secure Android experience for $499

Software is the story with this phone, as BlackBerry is counting on its security know-how to set this latest effort apart from others.

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Google Messenger gets a new icon, interface cleanup, and preps for RCS messaging

The version 2.0 update also displays unread count badges for custom launchers that support the feature.

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Beleaguered Samsung now fending off reports of Galaxy S7 Edge phones catching fire

It's unlikely that the phone has a major defect given how long it's been on the market, but these latest incidents compound what's already been a major headache for Samsung.

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The best tips and tricks to get the most out of your Pixel phone

The first true Google phone has a lot of powerful features, but for some of them you'll need to know where to look.

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New Samsung loyalty program hints that the Note line may not be dead after all

The company is offering Note7 buyers in Korea discounts on the S7 line and a cheaper upgrade to an S8 or Note8.

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10 must-have Android apps for Halloween

From creepy games to costume aides, it's time again to summon the spirits to your phone for a fun and festive Halloween.

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Chrome for Android keeps the music going with background media playback

The app's start page also got touched up, now offering you a series of articles to check out.

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Google Keep adds app shortcuts, pinned messages in update

Keep continues to grow into a more comprehensive service for keeping track of all those random thoughts and ideas.

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The Android 7.1 developer preview is now available

You won't get the Google Assistant, but you'll be able to try out app shortcuts and that round icon design.