3 awesome features Apple should steal from Android O

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Android O makes its public debut this fall.
Android O makes its public debut this fall.
Photo: Google

Google announced its new Android O update last week, and it includes a whole bunch of big improvements, like support for streaming high-quality audio over Bluetooth, the ability to use a wide color gamut in third-party apps, and lots more.

Here are the features that we think Apple should steal for iPhone and iPad.

Godfather of Android teases new bezel-free smartphone

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Essential Products' first smartphone may look a bit like this.
Photo: Xiaomi

Bezel-free screens are set to become the biggest trend in Android smartphones this year, if a new teaser from the creator of Android is any indicator.

Former Google employee and godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, tweeted an image this afternoon hinting at the smartphone he’s been working on at his new company. You can only see a corner of the screen, but it looks pretty intriguing.

Take a look:

Superscreen turns almost any phone into a tablet

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And it's affordable!
And it's affordable!
Photo: Transcendent Designs

Your iPhone is packing all the power it needs to be a tablet; it’s just lacking the big screen. But a team of designers and inventors from California are hoping to change that.

Superscreen harnesses the power of your smartphone and wirelessly turns it into a tablet. It has its own speakers and headphone jack, built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and it uses 70 percent less battery life than your phone itself.

iOS grows as iPhone 7 remains a top seller

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

iOS saw continued growth in almost every market around the world last quarter, according to the latest data, while iPhone 7 remains a top seller in key countries.

Android also achieved market share increases in every region but the U.S., while BlackBerry, Windows, and other mobile operating systems continue to die out.

The ultimate 3D printer, Android-powered iPhone cases and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Help turn these awesome ideas into reality!
Help turn these awesome ideas into reality!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Before everybody had a smartphone in their pocket, many carried palmtop computers to stay productive on the move. A British company is hoping to bring them back with Gemini PDA, an ultra-portable computer with a physical keyboard that fits in your pocket.

It’s just one of the awesome projects in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got the ultimate 3D printer, an iPhone case that has a built-in Android phone, and stunning sleeves for your MacBook.

Tim Cook spotted dining with Google CEO

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Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
Does this mean the thermonuclear war is over?
Photo: Amit Pradhan

Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be open to a friendlier relationship with Google than Steve Jobs ever was. Cook got spotted dining with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at one of the top Vietnamese restaurants in Silicon Valley this week. What the two powerful tech leaders were discussing is still a mystery, though.

Here’s another angle:

Famous jailbreaker says WikiLeaks CIA dump is overhyped

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The CIA has been hoarding zero day exploits.
The CIA has been hoarding zero day exploits.
Photo: US Gov.

WikiLeak’s trove of CIA cyber documents is being hyped as one of the biggest leaks since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA. But according to one of the world’s top jailbreakers, you shouldn’t believe the hype.

Cyber security expert Will Strafach, who gained notoriety under the name Chronic for finding zero-day exploits used for jailbreaking, says iOS users don’t need to be worried.