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Android P tries Apple's approach to shrinking photo sizes - CNET

Google's next smartphone software will support a new photo format called HEIC, an approach Apple took with iOS 11 in 2017 to cut file sizes in half.

Google hopes for fresher, faster phone apps with Flutter - CNET

The tech giant releases the first beta of a tool designed to make life easier for programmers writing for Android, iPhones and Google's new Fuchsia OS.

Google to fix Wi-Fi-slaying Chromecast bug on Thursday - CNET

An Android update should keep your home network from succumbing to potentially crippling data bursts.

Samsung Galaxy S8 begins era of better Bluetooth - CNET

Bluetooth 5 short-range networks send data twice as fast or four times as far. Samsung's new flagship phone is the first to support it.

Pixel, the first real Google phone, in pictures - CNET

Google added a new camera module, a smarter fingerprint reader and Android 7.1 to its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

How Google hopes its Pixel camera will win over iPhone fans - CNET

With faster shooting, better image stabilization and artificial intelligence, Google aims its Pixel phones straight at the photographer crowd.

Google Pixel Phone and Google Pixel XL Phone Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

The new Android flagship phones come in two screen sizes and aim to improve a Nexus weak spot: the camera.

Facebook's Messenger Lite lights up old Android phones - CNET

Facebook's quest to connect the developing world continues with a pared-back version of its messaging app.

Is Android Nougat a tasty enough name? (CNET's Open_Tab) video - CNET

Google unveiled Nougat as the dessert that will represent the next version of Android last week. Jeff Bakalar, Scott Stein and Joseph Kaminski go over whether that name actually sounds delicious in this excerpt from CNET's Open_Tab.

Google Pixel Phone Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

Is Google really ready to kiss the Nexus brand goodbye? We explore that and all the other juicy gossip about Google's big October launch.

Tablets built for Netflix and chill (among other things) - CNET

Screen quality is a critical ingredient of a great tablet, these are the ones with the best.

Samsung plays up Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner - CNET

The company's mobile chief touts iris recognition as the "safest security technology."

Galaxy Note 7 tops every other phone display ever, testing firm says - CNET

Samsung's soon-to-be-released phone-tablet hybrid scores "very good" to "excellent" in virtually all measures of its display, according to DisplayMate.

Samsung Pass to let you access your financial apps via your irises - CNET

The iris scanner on Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 will retrieve your banking information in the blink of an eye.

?Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 anoints USB-C as the king of ports - CNET

The biggest phone maker is no longer standing on the sidelines in a technology transition that should make all your devices easier to use.

Google could renovate the home screen on its 2016 Nexus devices - CNET

Changes might be in store for the app launcher and the search field, according to Android Police.

Android 7.0 Nougat could arrive August 5 - CNET

If so, which devices will be first to receive the newest flavor of Google's mobile operating system?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 detailed on benchmark sites - CNET

The features of Samsung's next big-screen phone are surfacing. However, some of the specs on the two sites don't jibe with each other.

HTC Desire 530 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

The 5-inch smartphone will be available with T-Mobile and Verizon, and will cost $179 unlocked.

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