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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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Samsung is launching its own digital assistant for the Galaxy S8

Not content to cede the artificial intelligence market to Google, the AI effort will be a key part of a comeback after the Note7 fiasco.

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Google is launching RCS messaging on Sprint, with other carriers on the roadmap

You'll get real-time typing notifications, messaging over Wi-Fi, and other features that will make SMS work a lot more like iMessage.

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Report: Nearly 90 percent of smartphones worldwide run Android

The latest research from Strategy Analytics paints a picture of dominance for Google's mobile operating system.

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Android is just as safe from malicious attacks as the iPhone, claims top Google security engineer

Google's Adrian Ludwig says the Pixel and Android's open ecosystem make for a better security situation than the competition.

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Motorola launches a developer competition in hopes of inspiring more Moto Mods

The company is teaming up with Indiegogo and Verizon to for the campaign, with winners able to score funding for their ideas.

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Google clarifies Pixel charging specs, with 15W for smaller model and 18W for the XL

Both devices were previously touted at hitting 18W, with the confusion apparently the result of a marketing error.

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Google Fit does some stretching before a major buildup of new features

A teardown of the version 1.6.1 update shows more detailed workout options and a round icon to match nicely with the Pixel Launcher.

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Adobe brings Photoshop Sketch, Fix, and Comp CC to Android

You now have more sophisticated tools for drawing, wireframing projects, and editing photos on an Android phone or tablet.

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Hangouts brings app shortcuts, other tricks to Android 7.1

Allo may be the cool kid in the world of Google's messaging efforts, but Google is still finding time to bring Hangouts up to speed.

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Lenovo's Phab2 Pro goes on sale for $499, ships in December

It's the first phone with Google's Tango technology, which bakes in a number of augmented reality experiences.

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BTS Pro review: Bluetooth headphones let you tweak the sound with an app

Sporty Bluetooth 4.2 headphones from 66 Audio let you customize the sound and the button output with an app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Google is giving out $50 in Play Store credit to Pixel buyers with lengthy shipping delays

Many who bought the Pixel shortly after launch are still waiting for their phone to arrive long after it was promised.

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The best cases for the Galaxy S7 Edge

Give your curvy smartphone the right amount of protection and style that it deserves.

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Google Play is cracking down on fake reviews and fraudulent install numbers

The latest move attempts to improve the app discovery process so it's not unfairly used by developers seeking an advantage.

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Twitter alpha preps app shortcuts and round icons to take advantage of Android 7.1

The new tricks are neat, but this early release version of the app is quite crash-prone and shouldn't be relied on for everyday use.