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Android Enterprise Recommended program welcomes select Samsung devices

Android Enterprise Recommended program welcomes select Samsung devices

Lots of workplaces give out phones to employees, but making sure those devices are secure and up to date can be difficult. That's why Google introduced the Android Enterprise Recommended program two years ago, letting businesses know which devices meet certain standards for security and reliability. Samsung has been absent from the program until now, but the company is finally joining forces with Google to get select Galaxy devices certified.

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The TCL 65-inch 4-Series Android TV is only $230 at Target right now ($170 off)

The TCL 65-inch 4-Series Android TV is only $230 at Target right now ($170 off)

TCL TVs are among the better options if you're looking to buy a set on a budget even when you want all the bells and whistles like 4K, HDR, and some capable smart TV functionality. That's true for TCL's 4-Series with Android TV. Target currently offers the 65-inch model for only $230, which is $170 off the regular $400 price tag. You can even pick it up in-store if you prefer not to have it shipped.

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Strap a Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch to your wrist for just $150 from Best Buy ($100 off)

Strap a Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch to your wrist for just $150 from Best Buy ($100 off)

The success of Wear OS depends greatly on the hardware it's running on. Fossil's Gen 5 smartwatches utilize the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor paired with 1GB of RAM for some of the smoothest performance you'll find in a Wear OS watch. Now the company's Gen 5e watches are on sale for just $150 (a hundred bucks off!) at Best Buy, offering all the essentials of the standard Gen 5 lineup for a much lower price.

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Happy 13th birthday, Android!

Happy 13th birthday, Android!

Did you know that Android has two birthdays, depending on when you count from? Of course, it was in development for years before the public ever saw it, but it was "born" on either the date of its first commercial release (September 23rd 2008) or the date of its first official introduction by Google on November 5th, 2007. Well, that last date just so happens to line up with today, so happy 13th(ish) birthday, Android.

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Get a Gen 5 Fossil smartwatch with Wear OS for as low as $143 with this coupon code

Get a Gen 5 Fossil smartwatch with Wear OS for as low as $143 with this coupon code

Wear OS smartwatches aren't for everyone, but Fossil's Gen 5 watches are some of the best ones to buy. They operate on the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip paired with a full gig of RAM, making it one of the snappiest experiences with Google's wearable platform around. And right now, you can buy a Gen 5 watch for as low as $143.20 from Fossil's website when you use the coupon code exclusive.

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Voice input on Android is a multilingual mess

Voice input on Android is a multilingual mess

Multilingual folks may have whole other worlds open to them as a result of their skills, but it can also be a point of frustration when using an Android phone — at least, when it comes to voice input. Google Assistant and Gboard have it bad enough, but apps like Google Maps and Chrome use a specific voice input method that rigidly follows the system language setting, turning that multilingual advantage into a pointless limitation.

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Google explains how digital IDs are both convenient and more secure and can we just get them now, already?

Google explains how digital IDs are both convenient and more secure and can we just get them now, already?

We know that support for secure ID is coming to Android, and ahead of the formal release of an ISO standard for the process, Google is detailing some of the particulars behind how it will work — specifically, how it will enhance your privacy compared to the old hand-someone-your-actual-physical-ID-card method. But even with all these details, it still feels like we're no closer to actually having them.

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November security patch fixes Android 11 bug that silenced calls from starred contacts in DND

November security patch fixes Android 11 bug that silenced calls from starred contacts in DND

The Android November security patch has just started rolling out, and it has something great in tow for Pixel users plagued by a bug that silenced their starred contacts in Do Not Disturb (DND) — the problem should now be fixed. No more missed calls from your loved ones when it's important. If you experienced that problem, make sure you go to your system settings and hit that update button.

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Android Auto is broken on Android 11, but the November update fixes some bugs

Android Auto is broken on Android 11, but the November update fixes some bugs

Operating systems are incredibly complex pieces of software, so it's perhaps not too surprising that despite several beta releases, a few bugs snuck into the final release of Android 11. The update has apparently caused issues with Android Auto, leading to some drivers being unable to play music or read notifications.

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Chrome to let users take screenshots in incognito mode

Chrome to let users take screenshots in incognito mode

If you're somewhat wary of your privacy and don't want Google to keep track of all the sites you've visited, you're probably very familiar with Chrome's incognito mode, which allows you to navigate the web in a private session, preventing sites from accessing local cookies, and also removing all temporary data when you're done. While this is very useful for a variety of purposes — I'll let your imagination run wild, Chrome didn't allow users to take screenshots while going incognito until now. Thankfully, this is about to change.

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