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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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Pixel update is bringing a lift-to-wake and double-tap screen feature

The software upgrade gives you two new methods to quickly view notifications or check the time on your home screen.

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How your Android phone can help you conquer Black Friday

The power of Google and several smart Android apps can help you keep your sanity and save some money during the high holy days of shopping.

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Google is rolling out the final build of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview

It's the last release before the final version rolls out to Nexus devices and the wider Android ecosystem.

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Google Maps will now tell you how busy a place is in real time

Other data-driven tricks include projections about how long people stay at a place and more detailed hours from certain venues.

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Report: Google's Pixel is off to a roaring start on Verizon

Analysis suggests that Pixel activations at Verizon are going very well despite the competition of a new iPhone, thanks in large part to an aggressive advertising campaign.

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Report: Android Pay may use gamification to encourage you to tap and pay

Code references in the latest update reveal that prizes may soon await those who want to use their phone regularly at the checkout counter.

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Android instant apps and tap to pay with Android Wear may be on the horizon

The latest build of Google Play Services has some golden nuggets that will make Android more tangibly useful.

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Google Play Movies is rolling out 4K rental and purchasing options

This will allow those with 4K televisions and a Chromecast Ultra to take full advantage of their capabilities, though the titles are going to cost you extra.

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Four new Chromebooks get access to Google Play Store in the developer channel

The Dell Chromebook 13, HP Chromebook 13, Samsung Chromebook 3, and ASUS C301SA are the latest lucky recipients.

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Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make following faster

You can grab your own code or scan another directly from the Twitter app for Android and iOS.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 promises five hours of battery life after a five-minute charge

The latest version of Qualcomm's quick charging technology will be available with the Snapdragon 835 processor, due out in 2017.

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Twitter for Android TV brings streaming to the biggest screen in your house

The social network's foray into football and other programming is behind the push into your living room.

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Report: Backdoor access in the Blu R1 HD and other phones sent data to China

The spyware impacted some prepaid and international models, but Blu says that a software fix has patched the privacy breach.

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Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji suggestions

Google's cross-platform chat app is continues to improve in its bid to lure users from other services.

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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for smarter language learning

Google says that it can translate entire sentences at once, which is far more accurate than just tackling one word at a time.