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Google force the hand of developers to share how they use your collected data

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It's no surprise to anyone -- we hope -- that your mobile phone OS, apps and yes, social platforms in general collect data about you. But what can be surprising is what data, the volume of data and...

OPPO Find X3 series buyers promised at least 2 years security updates and 2...

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At the Australian launch event for the new Find X3 series of phones we asked OPPO representatives some important questions about future software updates for their new flagship devices. Asked how many years of regular (at least every 3 months)...

Australian Samsung S6 Lite tab update: ONE UI 3.1 & Android 11

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Australians who own a Samsung S6 Lite tablet should check for updates as a 1769.12 megabyte patch has just been released including an upgrade to Android 11, Samsung's ONE UI 3.1 and March 2021 security patch. Detailed screenshots of all...

TCL 10 Pro Android 11 update released

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TCL have delivered on their promise of a major Android OS update for the 10 Pro. When TCL launched the 10 Pro model smartphone in Australia last year (read our review) they promised one major Android update and TCL also...

OPPO responds to the Android Auto issues

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Over the weekend we noted that a recent OS update for the OPPO Find X2 Pro has broken Android Auto. OPPO was very quick to respond to our query with acknowledgement of the issue and forward pathways: Much like...

Android 12: Developer Preview – the delight is in the little details

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A bit over a week ago we got our first glimpse of what Android 12 could be. Each year the developer preview comes out ready for devs to test the OS and their apps in the platform. ...

Huawei is moving ahead with its alternative operating system

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Since Huawei was cut off from US companies like Google a couple of years ago, rumours of an alternative operating system have been circling. It seems Huawei is finally ready to move ahead with HarmonyOS, its own bespoke operating...

Samsung announces an extended update schedule for Galaxy smartphones

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If you're the type of person to hold onto your phone for years, Samsung is now a premier pick. The company today announced all Galaxy devices released since 2019 will now receive security updates for a minimum of four...

Apple TV+ is now available on Google TV

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The Chromecast with Google TV streaming device was a very nice surprise when it was launched last year during Google’s I/O online conference, which brought with it a new interface and an easier way to navigate around, however it...

Xiaomi Mi Box 3 gets Google TV update

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A few weeks ago, Google began pushing out its new Google TV interface for Google TV boxes and its seems the Xiaomi Mix Box 3 has received the Google TV update overnight. So what’s new with the Google TV update,...

Vodafone TV gets a software update to look much more like Google TV

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Vodafone TV isn't the newest or greatest Google TV device, but it has to be one of my favourite streaming boxes around - it was cheap to buy, has been updated a number of times since it was released,...

Samsung delivers the January update to the mid-range A21s

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Samsung continues to deliver on security patches across a large portion of their devices. This is important for not just the top of the range devices, but also the mid to low range since many users have those...

Its a Vivo-lution with Vivo announcing Funtouch OS to get a major overhaul

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Vivo have announced that it will be overhauling its Funtouch OS to make it much closer to a stock/vanilla Android UI, with little to no added apps than currently previously and currently provided to its devices. The new, which has...

Google Pixel 4a scores a very impressive 111 on DxOMark

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We have often been critical of DxOMark, especially of how some manufacturers seem to be able to game their testing systems. We've seen phones get great scores from them but in real world usage they are average...

October security patches rolling out to Pixel devices bringing with it the first bug...

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One of the best things about buying a Google Pixel is the speed with which you will receive updates. Today the October security update is rolling out to supported Pixel devices -- Pixel 2 and newer. Not...

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