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Socratic, the homework-helper app picked up by Google, gets an AI-enhanced Android release

Back in 2017, Socratic was launched on Android, offering students assistance with their homework. The app was pretty interesting, and managed to catch Google's eye, leading to an acquisition.  Last year we got word that an updated version of the app was about to debut, with a heavy emphasis on tapping into Google's AI algorithms to improve performance. Now that new Android edition is finally available to download.

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Googler Mentions 'Pixel 5' in Android Open Source Project

It has been a mere four months since Google unveiled the Pixel 4, and it's already time to be on the lookout for Pixel 5 leaks. Over in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), a Googler has added a seemingly innocuous comment that confirms what we already expected: Google is working on a Pixel 5.

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Google Station, which ran free Wi-Fi hotspots in 9 countries, is ending

Google has had a hand in expanding free, fast internet access in developing countries through its Station program. By teaming up with local ISPs, the search giant has been able to fund hundreds of public Wi-Fi hotspots in nine countries. But today, the company has decided to wrap up the scheme in some countries.

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The most repairable Android phones you can buy

Owning the latest and greatest smartphone on the block is exhilarating, but the moment something on it breaks and needs a repair, the last thing on your mind is how fast the processor is. Instead, you’ll ask yourself: Can I fix this?

Your phone is going to need repairs at some point; it’s a fact of life. You’ll likely drop it and shatter the display, and the battery will need replaced after a couple of years, because they degrade over time. If repairability is important to you, here are the most repairable Android smartphones on the market.

Craig Lloyd is a technical writer and teardown engineer at iFixit.

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How to get the best Stadia experience

Stadia is an incredible proof of concept under ideal circumstances, but the delta between the best and worst game streaming experience can be huge: a crappy connection can introduce input lag hamper visual fidelity. If your gameplay is feeling sluggish, there are a number of things you can try to improve your situation — and depending on how tech-savvy you are, they may not all be obvious.

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Chrome may let you choose between saving passwords locally or syncing to your Google account

There are plenty of ways to manage your passwords — Android Police has our own ways — and one of them is to trust Google Chrome with your precious authentication phrases. The browser recently started tracking data leaks for passwords and now, we're learning about an upcoming feature that will let users choose which passwords to sync to their Google accounts for convenience and which to keep to specific devices for increased security.

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The Google app's dark mode should now be available to all beta users

The dark mode rollout was a pretty smooth experience for some of Google's apps, which received a single update with a new toggle for dark/light/automatic theme and that was the end of it. For other apps, it's been a rollercoaster of updates, rollbacks, server-side switches, and inconsistent experiences across Android versions and phone brands. Google's search app is one of the latter, but the company now claims dark theme is available to everyone on the app's beta channel.

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Chrome Beta 81 brings augmented reality and NFC support to the web

Chrome 80 was just released earlier this month, which means it's time for Chrome 81 to move up to the beta channel. This update doesn't have as many user-facing changes, but there are new APIs for creating powerful web apps. Let's take a look!

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ToTok messaging app quietly returns to Play Store after spying accusations (Update: Gone again)

TikTok has been in the news recently over security concerns, and the similarly named 'ToTok' has been in the same boat. ToTok is a messaging application that was removed from Apple and Google's app stores after allegations that it was used as a spying tool, and now it has quietly returned to the Play Store.

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Option to save Call Screen audio disappears on some Pixels (Update: Coming back)

Automatic Call Screening arrived as a feature for the Pixel 4 with the very first Pixel Feature Drop, before rolling out more widely just this month to all Pixels. However, another feature that landed together with it seems to have disappeared for at least some of us: The option to save audio from those screened calls is gone on some devices.

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