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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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Google Maps for Android adds 'OK Google' voice, navigation commands and other search tricks

The new features will make your phone a more helpful assistant during your next trip since you won't have to mess with the screen.

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Galaxy Note7 battery woes continue as company investigates phones that are running too hot

Samsung says the replacement phones, part of 1 million shipped now in use, are safe and not prone to catching fire.

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How to change the home screen launcher on Android

Opting for a custom launcher is one of the fastest and easiest ways to customize your Android experience.

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Google Maps highlights foodie photos and your upcoming places in the latest beta update

If you're on the fence about which restaurant to check out next, perhaps a shot of the bacon-wrapped filet mignon will lure you in.

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Google Pixel image leaked, revealing new home screen and rounded icons

Expect to pay more than you usually would for a Nexus, with the cheaper option of the pair to cost $649.

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How to create a secure and hidden folder on your Android phone

Want to keep away the prying eyes? Then it's time to grab some apps that will make pictures, videos, and more disappear from plain sight.

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Chrome for Android is getting some extra tools to battle poor connections

Google says it can save you up to 67 percent on your data with its compression technology and now offers the ability to cache pages and videos for offline viewing.

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Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV appears in the wild with a $69 price tag

The latest Google-friendly set-top box supports 4K video, HDR content, and includes a Bluetooth voice remote.

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Declutter your phone for a cleaner, faster Android experience

You can spend less time swiping and searching for apps if you follow our guide for a more Zen-like setup.

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Google tweets that it's 'whipping up something sweet' in honor of Android's birthday

Android debuted on Sept. 23 eight years ago, though Google has cooked up some type of celebration for Saturday.

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Google's Daydream VR platform graduates out of beta

The timing first nicely with the upcoming launch of Google's Pixel phones, which should lead the parade of compatible hardware.

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YouTube Gaming update smooths out chat experience and drops in a new Easter Egg

Version 1.7 also is built to better support Android Nougat and fix a number of pesky bugs that have hung around.

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Report: Android 7.1 and Pixel Launcher will support 3D Touch inspired shortcuts

There's also evidence that all of the app icons will be round in an effort to bring a more consistent look to the Android interface.

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Google app beta adds 'in apps' homescreen button for quicker searches of your phone's content

It also looks like the term 'Google Now' may be going away, with the company uniting its effort behind the new Google Assistant.

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Samsung has shipped 500,000 replacement Note 7 units to the U.S.

The four major carriers are urging customers to exchange their device while also prepping to resume sales.