Google Android

The Google Android operating system is a Linux-based system that has been primarily been designed for mobile use and touch-enabled devices. It has been initially developed by Android Inc. which Google purchased in 2005. What makes Android special is that it is released as Open Source which gives phone manufacturers the right to modify and distribute phones running Android. The large number of community developers producing apps for Android has attributed to the operating system’s success as well.
We cover Android-related news, apps reviews, tutorials and more here on Ghacks.

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Use PictureThis to identify plants on your mobile

Ever wondered what the name of a particular plant that you came across was, where it originally came from, or what it favors in terms of light, soil and temperature? PictureThis is […]

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WhatsApp adds option to set custom wallpapers for individual chats and themes

The most recent update of the messaging application WhatsApp introduces a new feature to all WhatsApp users to set custom wallpapers for individual chats and themes in the client. Previous versions of […]

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Pre-Android 7.1.1 devices will face connectivity issues next year

From September 1, 2021 forward, Android devices still running pre-Android 7.1.1  will face connectivity issues for a large number of sites and services. Update: A solution has been found that ensures that […]

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Firefox 82 for Android is now available

It took a bit longer this time to release the Firefox 82 update for Android systems, but it is finally here. Firefox 82.1.1 is now available via Google Play and should auto-update […]

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Use Google Photos to identify, translate and use text on photos

Google Photos is probably not the most loved application for viewing, editing and managing photos on Android devices. The app is available on many different devices, and while its functionality differs, as […]

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You can now install any add-on in Firefox Nightly for Android, but it is complicated

Mozilla released a new Firefox Nightly version for Android, and this one is special, as it is the first version of the new Firefox for Android that allows users to install any […]

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VLC 3.3 for Android introduces a massive list of new features

VideoLAN, the maker of the popular VLC Media Player, has released VLC 3.3 for Android today. The new version is a massive improvement over previous versions. Most of the work went into […]

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Access Dots displays camera and microphone activity indicators on Android

Access Dots is a free application for Google's Android operating system that displays camera and microphone activity indicators on the screen. Apple unveiled a new version of its iOS operating system this […]

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Firefox 82 for Android with option to display the address bar permanently

An upcoming version of the new Firefox web browser for Android will feature an option to make the address bar permanent in the browser's user interface. Currently, if you use the Firefox […]

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Vivaldi 3.3 for Android released with address bar at bottom option

Vivaldi launched the first beta version of its mobile web browser for Google's Android operating system about a year ago. The browser included several customization options that most Chromium-based browsers lack, including […]

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How to use Android 11's built-in screen recorder

Google released the final version of Android 11 this month to the public. Only select devices have received the update at the time of writing, but it is only a matter of […]

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Firefox 81 for Android gets much needed Downloads interface

When Mozilla released the new Firefox web browser for Android, it appeared rushed in several regards and while users liked the improvements done to web compatibility and performance, others criticized Mozilla for […]

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Firefox 81 for Android gets an automatic tab closing option

The next version of the new Firefox mobile browser for Google's Android operating system includes a new automatic tab closing features. Tab opening and closing behavior differs highly between two major groups […]

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Firefox Nightly for Android to get full add-ons support

The Nightly version of the new Firefox web browser for Google's Android operating system will soon get full add-ons support according to a post by Mozilla's Add-ons Community Manager Caitlin Neiman on […]

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YouTube Vanced is a modded version of YouTube that adds much needed features

YouTube Vanced is a modded version of YouTube for Google's Android operating system that adds much needed features to the client. Features that it adds include background playback, ad-blocking, sponsor-blocking, and more. […]

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Firefox 79 for Android tweaks and tips

Mozilla's new mobile browser for Android, Firefox 79, has been released. Users of the classic browser will be upgraded to the new version automatically over the coming weeks, and new users may […]

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Firefox for Android migration begins for Stable channel users

Mozilla has been working on a new mobile browser for Google's Android operating system called Fenix internally. Android users could install Firefox Preview and Firefox Beta versions of the new browser on […]

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Chrome for Android: new download options including scheduling

Google is working on improving the download options provided by the company's Google Chrome web browser for the Android operating system. Current versions of Chrome for Android offer little when it comes […]

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PrivacyBreacher for Android reveals data that apps have access to without extra permission requests

PrivacyBreacher is an open source Android application that has been created to showcase some privacy issues on Android devices. It has been created to demonstrate privacy issues on Android, and is based […]

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Android 11 may revoke app permissions automatically

Google released the third developer preview of the upcoming Android 11 operating system. The preview includes a number of changes and also some new features that developers and those interested in previewing […]

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Opera 57 for Android: improved offline pages and data saving controls

Opera Software launched a new version of the company's mobile web browser for Google's Android operating system today. Opera 57 for Android introduces several improvements and new features including improved data saving […]

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Google introduces improved cookie controls in Chrome for Android

Google plans to improve cookie controls of the company's Google Chrome web browser for Android. The company launched SameSite cookie changes in Chrome 80, released in February 2020, and has recently added […]

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Firefox Preview 4.0 Stable brings uBlock Origin support

Mozilla released Firefox Preview 4.0 on March 9, 2020, the latest stable version of the upcoming re-interpretation of Firefox for Android. The new browser version is only available on the project's GitHub […]

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A look at the new Rules system of Google Pixel

Google rolled out the March update to all supported Google Pixel Android devices recently and with it came a few changes and new features. One of these changes is a new rules […]

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A Look at Microsoft's new Office app for Android

Microsoft published its new Office application for Android and iOS on February 19, 2020 designed to improve the Office experience on mobile devices. The new Office application was in preview for a couple […]

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Mozilla launches Firefox Private Network VPN for Android

Mozilla launched Firefox Private Network VPN for Google's Android operating system recently. The standalone Android application extends support to Android devices. The organization launched a beta of Firefox Private Network VPN back […]

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You may save up to 20% of data when watching Netflix on Android now

If you like to watch Netflix on your Android devices, you may have noticed that streaming has become more efficient recently. The company started to use a new video codec on Android […]

Google wants its users to find a better balance with technology

Do you find it difficult to keep your hands and eyes off of your electronic devices? Google launched a set of digital wellbeing experiments designed to assist Android users when it comes […]

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Firefox for Android migration is about to begin

Mozilla announced today that it will soon migrate Firefox for Android Nightly installations to the new Firefox Preview for Android Nightly version. The organization has been working on a new mobile web […]

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Adobe Scan is a free mobile scanner and OCR tool

Adobe Scan is a free application for Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems that supports scanning any document using the device's built-in cameras. Apart from that, it is also capable of […]

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DuckDuckGo is the clear winner of Google's first Android search provider auction

Google announced plans in 2019 to auction off three of the four positions of a new search provider selection screen on Android devices that are set up for the first time from […]

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Here is what you need to know about the 2020 Firefox for Android upgrade

Mozilla is working on a new mobile browser for Android that is called Firefox Preview currently. Firefox Preview is in development at the time of writing and available as Stable, Beta and […]

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Control who is allowed to add you to WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp's Group feature is quite handy to chat with a small to medium sized group of people; think of your local gaming group, parents whose children go to the same class, or […]

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Google stops rollout of Chrome 79 for Android

Google has stopped the rollout of Chrome 79 for Android. The new stable version of the mobile web browser was released last week for supported desktop and mobile operating systems. Shortly after […]

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Vivaldi releases second Beta of its Android browser

Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released the second Beta of the upcoming Vivaldi mobile browser for Android on December 5, 2019. The company released the first, long-awaited, version […]

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Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new

Opera Software released a new stable version of the web browser on December 5, 2019. The new Opera 55 web browser for Android devices includes a new Night Mode and improved keyboard […]

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Microsoft adds Math Helper to its Bing application for mobiles

Microsoft Math Helper, or Microsoft Math, is a new feature of Microsoft's Bing application for Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating system. The idea behind Microsoft Math is not new; scan an […]

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Mozilla Taiwan releases Firefox Lite 2.0 for Android

Mozilla has created several Android web browsers in the recent past: from classic Firefox and Firefox Preview to Firefox Focus and Firefox Lite. Firefox Lite 1.0 was released last year by Mozilla […]

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How to enforce Dark Mode in many apps on Android

Lately, I have been switching programs and applications over to Dark Mode whenever possible on my Android devices to save battery and improve visibility especially in the morning and at night. Some […]

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Cloudflare's Warp VPN is now available to all: a first look

Cloud provider Cloudflare launched its privacy-focused DNS service 1.1.1.1 in 2018 and published apps for Android and iOS in the same year. The company announced its Warp vpn service in April 2019 […]


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