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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's new PhotoScan app will transform your prints into digital images

Google Photos is also getting a number of new editing tools so you can make more detailed tweaks to your existing images.

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The OnePlus 3T is revealed, promising better specs for $439

The upgrade to the OnePlus 3 uses the same chip that powers the Pixel and promises to give you a full day's power in 30 minutes of charging.

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How to make your phone look and work more like a Pixel

With a little ingenuity you can get a lot of that Pixel experience on the phone you have right now.

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Google Play Newsstand gets a long overdue makeover

The latest version of the app finally gets up to speed with the latest Material Design visual guidelines.

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Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds more diverse playlist recommendations

The mobile app will automatically store music offline based on recent listening history while tapping into your location and other factors for music suggestions.

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The Google Assistant Developer Platform will be ready in December

The new platform will enable you to issue voice commands for a wide variety of smart home and mobile apps and services.

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Samsung is prepping a ginormous 6.2-inch curved screen for the Galaxy S8

A "smaller" version is no slouch either, coming in at 5.7 inches in a clear attempt to win back fans of the Galaxy Note line.

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Google Maps beta adds satellite startup option, smarter lists, and several other tweaks

There are improvements to adding a stop along your road trip and hints that hotel deals may get a more prominent spot inside of the app.

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Latest CyanogenMod build supports Android 7.1 on the Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, and other phones

The team behind the Android fork has been moving swiftly to push out Nougat support, giving more options for those tired of waiting for an manufacturer update.

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The future of Android: New compatibility requirements push for a more unified Android experience

Eliminating proprietary fast charging, more consistent multi-window support, and a new update scheme are some of the new rules for hardware makers.


The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

If you want to keep prying eyes away from your conversations, then these are the apps that you need to get.


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The best cases for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google has built one of the best, and most expensive, phones ever. Better slap some protection on it.

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Samsung is launching a Nougat beta test for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If you don't mind a few hiccups, you'll be able to join in on a limited beta test of Android 7.0 on Nov. 9.

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Samsung apologizes for the exploding Note7 with a full-page ad

The mea culpa pledges that the company will learn from the incident and get to the very bottom of why it happened.

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Report: Google is again tweaking the Play Store app's design

A few subtle minor are making their way out into the wild, bringing a little more focus and clarity to Google's app marketplace.