Android Basics: How to stop your phone from automatically adding icons to the home screen

When you are setting up a new Android phone, the Google Play Store on some devices has a setting enabled that will automatically add icons for all newly installed applications to your home screen. This can be a nuisance when you are installing all of your favorite apps at once but, thankfully, it’s easy to disable…

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Get Caseology’s new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases 45% off + a chance to win the phone [Giveaway]

Caseology has launched its new and updated line of cases specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and to celebrate the company is also giving 9to5Google readers 45% off and the chance to win the phone.

For the next month, grab any Caseology Note 8 case for 45% off with promo code F38CUVBO (expires 10/11).

Head below for a look at some hands-on time with the new case lineup and details on your shot at winning the Galaxy Note 8.

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The first Essential Phone durability test reveals an incredibly strong phone [Video]

The Essential Phone is a device full of potential, and as I’ll detail in my full review this week, most of that potential is in the hardware. Andy Rubin’s startup has pulled no punches here, and that includes using materials that you don’t often find even in the high-end smartphone market. Is the nearly bezel-less phone still durable, though? Thanks to JerryRigEverything, we finally know the answer is a definite yes.

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Samsung’s ‘Walk Mode’ app tells you when you need to stop looking at your phone

Most of us have either been that person who uses their phone so much they run into something or we’ve seen someone who did exactly that. It’s a problem that is solved as easily as being aware of your surroundings, but some people just can’t look up from their conversation enough to do that.

Samsung’s R&D out of India recently devised a solution to this called “Walk Mode.” The new app is available for download in the Play Store, with some region locks, and is advertised as being able to sense when there’s danger in front of you while walking around and tell you to look up from your screen.

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PSA: Google has made phone calls to Belgium and Turkey free on Hangouts

In light of today’s appalling events in Brussels, as well as recent violence in Turkey, Google is offering free calls using Hangouts and Google Voice to the two countries. The company has done the same after similar events in France and is rolling out additional emergency resources via Google Now and Search to those in Brussels.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge was the world’s best-selling Android phone during the first half of 2016

According to new data from Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s dominance in the mobile market has continued to rise this year. The data shows that the company’s Galaxy S7 Edge was the world’s top-selling Android device during the first half of 2016, with estimated shipments of 13.3 million units.

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Essential Phone in ‘full mass production” as Rubin confirms next week’s release date reveal

Earlier today, Essential president Niccolo De Masi confirmed more details about the company’s first phone, including retail availability and that the release date will be revealed next week. Andy Rubin has now announced that the Essential Phone is currently in mass production.

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Lenovo’s new flexible phone prototype can be worn like a smartwatch

Framed as a way to reduce the number of devices a person needs to carry, Lenovo showed off a pair of devices with foldable and flexible screens at Tech World 2016. The first is a phone that bends into a wearable bracelet and the second is a tablet that folds in half and converts into a phone. Both devices were functioning, and it seems the tablet runs Android.
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