XDA developer working on porting Android to the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 520 & 525 [Video]

Microsoft’s efforts to get Windows Phone off the ground have never been very successful, but there’s one thing it was very good at, cheap phones. When an Android phone costs 0 we are all impressed, but back in 2013 Microsoft and Nokia turned heads with the insanely cheap Lumia 520. That little phone later proved to be one of the most popular Windows Phone devices ever, and now a developer over on XDA has hacked Android onto it and its successor.

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Project Fi integration might be coming to Voice, Google is ‘working on a solution’

We were recently told by a source that has been reliable in the past (they also tipped us off on VoIP integration coming to Voice, which Google confirmed) that Project Fi support/integration would be one keystone feature for the new Google Voice. That feature obviously didn’t launch last week with the redesigned version 5.0 of the app, but we now have reason to believe that it’s still in the plans…

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Linux kernel root vulnerability affects many Android devices, Google working on mid-cycle patch

Android usually maintains a monthly security patch schedule, but Google has released an out-of-cycle fix for a serious vulnerability that affects a majority of devices. The company is working on a security update for Nexus devices and has released the patch for other OEMs to implement.

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Google is apparently working on a competitor to the Amazon Echo Show

Earlier today we received a pair of juicy tips via email that we couldn’t yet verify, and they mentioned a potentially important forthcoming Google product that we’d only heard whispers about once before: a competitor to the Amazon Echo Show.

Now, thanks to TechCrunch’s apparent quick corroboration, we know that this information likely paints an accurate picture of Google’s plans for such a device. Apparently Google has an Echo Show competitor in the works with a 7-inch display and support for lots of its own services.

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Google is reportedly working on a support app w/ screen sharing for Nexus devices

According to a report this morning out of Android Police, Google is working on an app for live support on Nexus devices. Tentatively named “Google Support,” the app — think Amazon’s Mayday button — will allow users to quickly get help with their phones. This app also reportedly features the ability to share your screen with the real agent on the other end, making getting help just that much easier…

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Google says the ‘blue shift’ on the Pixel 2 XL is working as intended, only visible at ‘sharp angle’

Google’s Pixel 2 XL saw a lot of backlash following its launch specifically regarding the LG-made P-OLED display. While burn-in got most people’s attention, one of the more obvious problems is poor viewing angles. However, according to Google, that’s not actually a problem.

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WSJ: Google is working on an AI-powered chat service that may or may not be a new Hangouts

Hangouts is widely criticized in the Android community for being slow and buggy. According to a rumor last week, SMS support is being stripped out of Hangouts in order to make the app a better chatting service. Perhaps on a related note, The Wall Street Journal is today reporting that Google has grander ambitions for the chat field and plans to infuse their artificial intelligence technology into it.

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Nest is reportedly working on a 4K camera w/ new design, smart zoom features

Nest, an Alphabet-owned company, is known for its high-tech smart home devices — like its thermostat and smoke detector. In particular its descendants-of-Dropcam home WiFi security cameras have been popular for the last couple years, thanks to being extremely user-friendly. Now, Nest is reportedly prepping to release a 4K indoor security camera to add a new option to the top of the lineup…

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Samsung working to recover 157 tons of scrap material from recalled Note 7s

Following one of the biggest consumer electronics recalls in recent memory, Samsung is sitting on quite a lot of Galaxy Note 7 units. So many, in fact, that protestors have even gone up against the company demanding answers on its plans for the waste. Among other ongoing efforts, Samsung has today revealed what it plans to do with a lot of those leftover Notes.

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