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Huawei confirms stable EMUI10 update schedule for P30 and Mate 20 series

Back in November last year, there were reports that EMUI10 (based on Android 10) was rolling out to some of Huawei's flagship phones in global markets such as Europe. It turns out that related only to beta versions of the firmware, and the official word from Huawei is that the stable rollout is only now beginning.

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Chrome for Android tests reminding you to clean up your old tabs, since you clearly can't handle them yourself

 

I'll be the first to admit that I am terrible at closing Chrome tabs on my phone, constantly filling them with things that I can't get to at the moment, but also don't deserve a new bookmark. Because of my poor tab management, I'm regularly greeted by a smiling emoticon in place of any indicator of my current number of open tabs. Thankfully, Chrome for Android appears to be testing a new feature, by way of a new flag, that will periodically suggest users clean out their old, unused tabs.

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Google Assistant routines haven't worked on Android Auto for over a year, still no fix in sight (Update: Google acknowledges)

Assistant's features are far from consistent across platforms and have been like that since the service's launch. Some commands work on phones but not speakers, others vice-versa, not to mention smartwatches, TVs, cars, Bluetooth headsets, and other types of devices. Here's another example of this fragmentation: Routines aren't working on Auto. In fact they haven't been supported for over a year and there's no solution on the horizon.

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Fossil Sport Gen 4 smartwatch drops to $99 ($50 off) (Update: UK, too)

If you're in the market for an affordable smartwatch that doesn't disappoint when it comes to features or style, the Fossil Sport is now available for $99 from either Best Buy or directly from Fossil. It's an excellent time to pick up one of Fossil's older smartwatches, as the company just released an update for Gen 4 products that brings the Gen 5's previously exclusive battery management features and Wear OS H (based on Android Pie) to the previous generation.

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Stable Android 10 starts hitting the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ (Update: Australia, Hong Kong, more)

Two weeks after the Galaxy S10 line received its stable One UI 2.0 build, it’s time for the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ to get the latest Android flavor. According to a report by SamMobile, the two late-2019 Samsung flagships are receiving the Android 10 update in Germany, although the rollout is limited to a small group of beta testers. This stable release follows a five-round beta testing that concluded just a couple of days ago.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Android 10 beta arrives as stable release edges closer

Samsung has turned things around with its Android 10 rollout, updating its latest flagships faster than anyone expected. With the Note10 and S10 series out of the way, Samsung is focusing its attention on the Galaxy S9 from 2018. Today the S9 and S9+ gets a sixth beta build of Android 10 ahead of the imminent stable release.

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Android Beam’s replacement will be called Nearby Sharing (Updated)

If you're already missing Android Beam and the way it allowed you to share links or files from your device to another easily, there's some good news and bad news all rolled up into one item: Google is planning on rolling out a new "Fast Share" protocol through a Play services updates that will allow Android devices to share assets to other devices, primarily using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct connections.

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Android Auto app hits 100 million downloads in the Play Store

The first Android Auto-equipped head units and vehicles started rolling out almost five years ago, but the Play Store client has just now hit 100 million downloads. It joins the likes of Google Home, Files, and others that have recently reached nine digits. While the app's future might be uncertain, it's still chugging along.

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All the new Wear OS watches from CES 2020

Smartwatches and other wearables have become regular guests at tech exhibitions. The same is true for CES, where Fossil has taken the stage to launch a ton of variations for its Wear OS lineup. A new competitor, Suunto, has also entered the high-end market during the show. To give you an overview of the introduced designs and devices, we've compiled this article listing all Wear OS watches shown during CES 2020.

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Concept Android Auto app alerts you of pedestrians before you see them

CES 2020 is just about over, but a few interesting details are still trickling out from the event, including this: An Android Auto-based system that uses pedestrian's phones (plus a bit of predictive AI) to warn you when someone's about to leap out in front of your car. As always with these sort of early tech demos, there are a lot of catches.

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