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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.

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12 Fortnite-style games for Android you can play right now

Fortnite may not yet be available on Android, but that doesn't mean you can't get into some hectic battle royale gameplay on the OS. A ton of similar games have released on the Play Store in the last few months, so I figured why not round up all of the better titles into one post so our readers can see what their options are while patiently waiting for the official Fortnite releases. So without further ado, here are 12 Fortnite-style games for Android that you can play right now.

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Chrome OS Settings and Shortcuts to appear in launcher alongside Android apps

With Android tablets being... Android tablets, Chromebooks are quickly being adapted to fill the void. On supported devices, they combine the utility of Android apps with the flexibility of an adaptive (and productive) form-factor. The latest tweak, presenting Android-style Settings and Shortcuts apps in the launcher, further affirms the role Google's Chrome OS is set to assume. 

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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

It's not a huge stretch to say that without the domain name system, the internet as we know it would be practically unusable. With domain names being as important as they are, the servers we use to look them up form a critical part of our internet experience. For users who would like a little more control over how their phones resolve domain names, we're here to talk about what you can do to configure Android to work with the domain name server of your choice.

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'Chat' will be Google's new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this cycle will be disappointed today, as The Verge has revealed that Google is pausing development for Allo and switching focus to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "Chat."

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LinkedIn somehow bamboozled 100 million people into installing its Android app

Everybody these days has a LinkedIn account, but mostly out of obligation. People don't consciously want to create one like they do with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; they do it because it's what's expected of them. For that reason, it's somewhat surprising that LinkedIn has managed to bamboozle 100 million people (or rather, Google accounts) into downloading its app from the Play Store.

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Netflix's Snapchat-esque 30-second mobile previews are coming soon to Android

The concept of trailers for movies and TV shows has existed for longer than time itself, but Netflix is looking to add a bit of modern flair to promote its newest content. Mobile previews, announced today, are vertical videos approximately 30 seconds in length that aim to help customers find something to watch more quickly. The feature is coming soon to Android.

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Android needs to adopt gesture navigation sooner rather than later

It hardly seems that long, but nearly ten years ago, the world’s first Android smartphone was announced. Android in 2008 really was barely recognizable as the operating system we know and love today, and the way we navigated that operating system was pretty different, too.

The HTC G1, or Dream as it was known in some markets, was equipped with a slew of hard buttons and even a trackball (yes, a trackball), though it also offered a full touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard. At the time, Android didn’t have a standardized system navigation layout; the G1 had buttons for opening the dialer, ending a call, going home, a menu key, and a back key, along with the clickable trackball to use as a confirmation input.

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Moto Z Play update to Android 8.0 Oreo is starting to roll out in India

Lenovo-owned Motorola isn't always that fast when it comes to updating the OS of its older phones. It took a critical post from us late last year to get the company to honor its promise of releasing an 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto G4, for example. The Moto Mod-compatible Z Play from 2016 received Android 7.1.1 Nougat last summer, and now it's finally getting Oreo.

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Sprint HTC 10 RUU file for the Android 8.0 Oreo update is live

Back in February, HTC claimed that it had released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the HTC 10 Sprint, but when we checked, no one had received it yet. It wasn't until a couple of weeks later that users started getting it, but if for some reason your device didn't get the OTA, you can now finally install it manually.

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