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Latest Nova Launcher beta update adds Dynamic Badges

The developers behind Nova Launcher have just pushed out a new beta update that brings its version up to 5.1 beta 1. This update adds a feature called Dynamic Badges that offer a notification badge on your app icon, but does it in a way to show you what the badge is there for.

WhatsMe is an app that says you can chat with anyone on WhatsApp without having them on your phone

WhatsApp requires that you have someone's number saved in your contact's list in order to chat with them. But there's a new application called WhatsMe that claims to allow this.

OnePlus announces the OnePlus 3 and 3T can now enable Google Assistant

We knew that Google was wanting to roll out Google Assistant to more devices and a new tweet from OnePlus says it's available on both the OnePlus 3 as well as the OnePlus 3T.

It looks like T-Mobile is already shipping LG G6 pre-orders

At least two people who pre-ordered the LG G6 from T-Mobile noticed their package was delivered today. It's unclear if these were a mistake, or if T-Mobile is shipping all early pre-orders out.

Autonomous SmartDesk 2 review says the pricing is reasonable

Phandroid published a review of the Autonomous SmartDesk 2 and they felt it was worth checking out because of how less expensive it is compared to the competition. Due to the price, they would definitely recommend it for anyone looking to dip their toe in the stand/sit desk space.

Verizon launches both the LG K20 V and Samsung Galaxy J7 V

Verizon typically likes to rename smartphones they launch on their network and that seems to be what they did with two new releases. The LG K20 V is the LG K10 2017 (with a different color), while the Galaxy J7 V is their release of the 2017 Galaxy J7.

Video shows you how to snooze notifications without installing Android O

An application called Boomerang was released back in June of last year that let you snooze notifications similarly to how we're seeing with the new Android O developer preview. Phandroid has a video guide to walk you through this process and get it working on your device.

Guide shows you the ins and outs of how to theme your device

Android Central has an overview of the current state of Android UI theming right now. Even if you don't want to root your device, there are a number of ways you can customize the user interface of your smartphone or tablet.

Latest Facebook Messenger update adds Message Reactions and Mentions

Facebook just announced a new update for their Messenger application that will begin rolling out later today. So when you or a friend sends a photo via the app, you and your friends will be able to respond with a emoji type reaction. The update also brings the ability to use @ mentions in a chat too.

Google partners with Howard University to open a new campus at the Googleplex

Google has announced they've just partnered up with Howard University to bring more diversity in technology. Howard University students will be able to learn computer science at the Google campus for 3 months at a time.

Rumor could reveal the price of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Italy

It was previously rumored that the S8 and S8+ would be priced at €799 and €899, but a new source claims customers in Italy will be paying €829 and €929 instead.

Qualcomm reportedly blocked Samsung from selling their Exynos SoC to most OEMs

A new report talks about how Qualcomm was able to prevent Samsung from selling their Exynos SoC to most smartphone OEMs out there. The report claims Qualcomm abused the "standard essential patent" license to prevent Samsung from selling its modems and integrated chipsets for about 25 years.

The US Senate voted today to allow ISPs the ability to sell user data without permission

Back in October, the FCC put some rules in place that would require ISPs such as Verizon and AT&T to have customer permission to sell their data. According to the FCC, this data includes "precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children's information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and...

Some feel that Samsung Pay is the secret weapon in Samsung flagships

While there are other mobile payment services like Android Pay around, Samsung Pay has a leg up on them due to it using MST technology for widespread adoption. Android Authority has an opinion piece up right now that highlights this advantage and how Samsung is taking advantage of it.

Instagram adds 2-factor authentication and more in its latest update

An update to Instagram brings 2-factor authentication and now blurs what could be marked as sensitive content while scrolling through your timeline.

HTC U Ultra second opinion says we expected more

Alex from Android Central has published his "second opinion" on the HTC U Ultra and claims that for $750, you would expect more from the company.

US ordered social media checks for some Visa applicants

The US Secretary of State has ordered a "mandatory social media check" on all visa applicants. This applies to those coming from areas controlled by the ISIS terrorist group.

Etsy now support Android Pay at checkout

Etsy has announced that you can now use Android Pay as a payment method when checking out through its mobile app.

You can now play Power Rangers: Legacy Wars on your Android device

To celebrate the release of the new Power Rangers movie, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is now available for free on the Play Store.

The Oppo F3 Plus will launch in India on April 1st for $475

Now that the Oppo F3 Plus has been made official, the company shared the release details of the device. The F3 Plus will launch on April 1st for $475 in India, with pre-orders to commence today.

Android O makes it easy to add custom ringtones

Android O now makes it easier to add custom ringtones and other alert sounds without having to jump through hoops.

Adobe updates its Photoshop apps on the Play Store

Adobe has just pushed an update to both its Photoshop Express and Photoshop Mix Android apps. The Express update includes the ability to save images directly to Lightroom as well as the ability to open additional RAW file types. The Mix update now includes Chromebook support and keyboard shortcuts.

A new photo shows that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will include dual rear cameras

A new photo of the Xiaomi Mi 6 show that it will have dual rear cameras.

The Diesel On is a new Android Wear smartwatch launching later this year

Fossil Group has announced the new Diesel On smartwatch which will launch later this year with Android Wear 2.0 and Snapdragon 2100 processor, while being priced at $325.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review says its a good tablet but overpriced

Android Police has published its review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and states that it offers solid build quality while also being more responsive. However, the tablet is also pricey when you factor in the $600 for the device and an extra $130 for the keyboard dock.