Microsoft Launcher Review: A Serious Contender for your Home Screen

You could call me a fanboy, but I am not a fan of the AOSP launcher. If you are aware of my ROMing needs, you can probably guess that I am a person who uses Nova Launcher. However, I tend to stick to Trebuchet at times, too. I don’t need too many customization options, but the state of the AOSP Launcher is pathetic, and it’s good to see serious competition in the launcher space.

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In-Depth: Why phone manufacturers continue to eliminate the headphone jack despite all the backlash

Ever since the iPhone 7, there has been an addition to the list of things smartphones can usually endorse as features – the inclusion of a headphone jack. Not that Apple was the first to exclude what for years has been considered a mandatory part of any personal computing device from their smartphone. But because it’s Apple and the iPhone is the most popular phone in the world. So it sets the standard.

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Android Tip: How to hide the persistent background task notification in Android 8.0

Android 8.0 includes a useful feature with it which shows you the information about the background apps as persistent notification. These are the apps running in the background on your device. This helps you understand which apps are using screen overlays and which apps are running tasks in the background while you are using another app. It’s incredibly helpful if you want to know what apps are causing battery drain or running for too long in the background. If you’re on Oreo and are tired of snoozing that notification about apps running in the background, you can use these apps to permanently silence them.

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Google Assistant is fully integrated with WhatsApp but not with Allo

Google Assistant is really nifty when you want to get something done without using your hands. Using it to call or text someone on WhatsApp has always been a breeze, and the Google assistant recently added support for sending voice notes on WhatsApp as well. However, it still can’t send simple messages on Allo.

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YouTube confirms a YouTube TV app for Android TV and Roku are in the works

The Google-owned company, YouTube, launched YouTube TV in early April of this year, and since then, the platform has seen some welcome growth. However, one of the biggest drawbacks of the service since launch day has been a) its lack of some big channels such as CNN and TNT and b) it’s limited in the devices you can watch on. But today, and in the sometime future, that’s going to change—at least in the devices part.

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