Android

July 20, 2019

Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to keep away from Google’s 30 p.c reduce

Tinder parent company Match Group has just become the latest high-profile software maker to stiff Google on its 30 percent fee for all Android transactions through the Play Store. To avoid paying the company on in-app purchases of subscriptions to services like Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus, Match Group will now encourage users to enter credit card details directly into Tinder’s systems, according to Bloomberg, citing new research by Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter.
July 20, 2019

Google is making it simpler to watch the battery lifetime of wi-fi earbuds in Android

Google has been steadily building out its Bluetooth Fast Pair features for the last few years, and the company just revealed the next wave of updates that should make managing compatible Bluetooth devices even better on Android.
July 20, 2019

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman: Where to Watch, PPV Stream, Weigh In and Undercard

The WBA world welterweight title is on the line on Saturday night, when Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman collide at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
July 20, 2019

Comcast now lets you use your own Android device on Xfinity Mobile

Comcast now lets you use your own Android device with its Xfinity Mobile wireless carrier. Previously, if you wanted to use your own device then it had to be a recent iPhone. Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s MVNO that’s available exclusively to the company’s home internet customers and runs on the Verizon network.
July 20, 2019

DARPA’s Squad X project pairs Marines and robots to eliminate the fog of war

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has been working on a project that partners dismounted soldiers with autonomous robots and drones called Squad X. It’s designed to provide soldiers in the field with more information about their surroundings.
July 20, 2019

The excellent Flappy Bird battle royale game is now available for everyone

Flappy Bird is a gaming legend and one of the most explosively popular mobile games ever made. But what if it were more like Fortnite?
July 20, 2019

Microsoft’s Surface and cloud focus helps boost Q4 earnings as Xbox sales disappoint

Microsoft posted the fourth quarter of its 2019 financial results today, reporting revenue of $33.7 billion and net income of $13.2 billion. Both are big increases year-over-year, setting a new record fiscal year for Microsoft. The results also come as Microsoft continues to be valued as a $1 trillion company thanks to the company’s market cap. Microsoft first passed the $1 trillion milestone in this quarter, thanks to its continued growth in cloud and diverse businesses.
July 20, 2019

Huawei says its Hongmeng OS isn’t an Android replacement after all

After a torrid few months, Huawei is now downplaying the idea that its homegrown Hongmeng operating system could serve as a drop-in replacement for Google’s Android on its smartphones. SVP Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels yesterday that Hongmeng is not designed for smartphones and that Huawei plans to continue using Android, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports.
July 20, 2019

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review: taking back the crown

Bose has a lot riding on the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Long the dominant player in this space, the company has faced formidable competition from Sony’s 1000X-series headphones in recent years; the 1000XM3s finally bested the noise cancellation of Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II headphones, and many people prefer the audio quality of the Sonys. Even Microsoft made an impressive entrance into the category with the Surface Headphones and their inventive dial controls for changing volume and adjusting NC.
July 20, 2019

How to save battery life on your Android phone

Update July 19, 2019, 3:24PM ET: This article has been updated to correct errors in the section about how to disable Doze Mode.