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Meizu working on Android Go phone, coming later this year

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:42:45 +0000

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The first phones running Android Go, a lightweight version of Android designed for budget devices, were announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. ZTE, Nokia, Alcatel, and others were the first OEMs to jump on board. Now it appears Meizu might be next, according to the company's head of marketing.

Ard Boudeling, Head of Global Marketing at Meizu, announced that the company is working on an Android Go device.

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Meizu working on Android Go phone, coming later this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




T-Mobile halted the Note 8 Oreo update 3 weeks ago, and it's still not available

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:14:23 +0000

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Samsung's Oreo updates have been slow to appear, but what else is new? The company promised it was almost done with Oreo updates a few weeks back, and T-Mobile said its Note 8 update was all set. However, you might have noticed your Tmo Note 8 is still running Nougat. That's because T-Mobile pulled the update three weeks ago shortly after announcing it. Oops.

The update started on April 1st, but T-Mobile apparently halted the OTA on the 3rd.

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T-Mobile halted the Note 8 Oreo update 3 weeks ago, and it's still not available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:35:21 +0000

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Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.

Previously, you could use Assistant, choose from your call lists (favorites, recently placed calls, received calls, missed calls), or manually dial the number to call someone.

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Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:02:57 +0000

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It's not a huge stretch to say that without the domain name system, the internet as we know it would be practically unusable. With domain names being as important as they are, the servers we use to look them up form a critical part of our internet experience. For users who would like a little more control over how their phones resolve domain names, we're here to talk about what you can do to configure Android to work with the domain name server of your choice.

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How to make Android use the DNS server of your choice was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Don’t expect lengthy software support from Motorola’s new Moto G6 and E5

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:58:47 +0000

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If you’re planning to buy one of Motorola’s newest handsets, you should be aware that you won’t get lengthy software support. Motorola is promising just one major Android upgrade for the new Moto G6 series, while the Moto E5 series may not get a major update at all.

Motorola unveiled its new smartphone lineup at an event in New York City on Thursday. There are six new handsets altogether, including the midrange Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play, and the budget Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play.

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Don’t expect lengthy software support from Motorola’s new Moto G6 and E5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Display notches: The good, the bad, and the (very) ugly

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:57:30 +0000

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The war on bezels has been hard-fought, and smartphone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, and Google have made steady progress in their quest to minimize wasted space. The masses have cheered the heroes on as they endeavor to end bezels, but you have to be careful what you wish for. Device makers are now trending toward display notches to shave off what little bezel is left, but not all of them are doing it very well.

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Display notches: The good, the bad, and the (very) ugly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




[Update: Verizon responds] Verizon promises Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge but does not deliver

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:20:02 +0000

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Verizon has begun rolling out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The release notes on the carrier’s website say that the update includes Android 8.0 Oreo, but users who have already installed the release were disappointed to find it didn’t quite deliver everything that was promised.

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[Update: Verizon responds] Verizon promises Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge but does not deliver was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android needs to adopt gesture navigation sooner rather than later

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:40:03 +0000

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It hardly seems that long, but nearly ten years ago, the world’s first Android smartphone was announced. Android in 2008 really was barely recognizable as the operating system we know and love today, and the way we navigated that operating system was pretty different, too.

The HTC G1, or Dream as it was known in some markets, was equipped with a slew of hard buttons and even a trackball (yes, a trackball), though it also offered a full touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.

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Android needs to adopt gesture navigation sooner rather than later was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Moto Z Play update to Android 8.0 Oreo is starting to roll out in India

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:07:01 +0000

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Lenovo-owned Motorola isn't always that fast when it comes to updating the OS of its older phones. It took a critical post from us late last year to get the company to honor its promise of releasing an 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto G4, for example. The Moto Mod-compatible Z Play from 2016 received Android 7.1.1 Nougat last summer, and now it's finally getting Oreo.

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We learned in September 2017 that the Z Play would be updated to Oreo, and a short 7 months later users in India are beginning to see OTAs on their devices.

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Moto Z Play update to Android 8.0 Oreo is starting to roll out in India was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:52:38 +0000

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Notifications in Chrome OS are currently located in an expandable section highlighted by a bell icon. It's been this way as long as I can remember, but it looks like a change is coming. We recently saw a new system tray quick settings design in the Chrome OS dev channel, which can be enabled with the following flag: #enable-system-tray-unified. That same flag is now responsible for merging the quick settings and notifications together in the canary channel.

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Chrome OS notification center and system tray are getting merged was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Sprint HTC 10 RUU file for the Android 8.0 Oreo update is live

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:23:51 +0000

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Back in February, HTC claimed that it had released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the HTC 10 Sprint, but when we checked, no one had received it yet. It wasn't until a couple of weeks later that users started getting it, but if for some reason your device didn't get the OTA, you can now finally install it manually.

HTC has uploaded the RUU file for the Oreo update to the Sprint HTC 10, software version 3.18.651.3.

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Sprint HTC 10 RUU file for the Android 8.0 Oreo update is live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android P will remember individual volume levels for each Bluetooth device you connect

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:46:46 +0000

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You pick up your phone, connect your Bluetooth speaker, blast the volume to maximum and start dancing around the house like no one is watching. A couple of hours later, you're headed out to walk the dog so you grab your Bluetooth earbuds, connect them to your phone and the music explodes in your ears at the same high level. This should not be the case. Every accessory you connect should retain its own volume setting so that you don't get deaf when you first connect a headphone or speaker.

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Android P will remember individual volume levels for each Bluetooth device you connect was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Casio's new PRO TREK Wear OS watch has a slightly lower price and a flat tire display

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:24:40 +0000

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Wear OS devices aren't exactly flying off the shelves, but that hasn't stopped Casio from announcing a new one. The new PRO TREK WSD-F20A has the same rugged design and flat tire display as Casio's other Wear device. It's a little cheaper than other Casio wearables, but it's still costly overall at $400.

The WSD-F20A runs the latest build of Wear OS, and it comes with a suite of outdoor-oriented apps on the watch.

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Casio's new PRO TREK Wear OS watch has a slightly lower price and a flat tire display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:14:34 +0000

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Things must be busy at the Googleplex right now. That's the only reason I can think that Google couldn't get someone to dump the latest platform distribution data online for the last six weeks. The last time we had fresh numbers was the beginning of February, but Google has just issued an out-of-cycle dashboard update with new numbers. There are no surprises here—Oreo is still growing (slowly) and old versions of Android are shrinking (slowly).

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Android version stats for April 2018 show Oreo sitting at less than 5% after another modest gain was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




KENWOOD's five wireless Android Auto head units are now shipping

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:56:06 +0000

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Android Auto is handy to have in your car, but one of its main caveats is the requirement to have your phone plugged in at all times. Wireless Android Auto aims to solve that problem, and JVC and KENWOOD have collectively announced seven units that support it. KENWOOD's five units, all of which are understandably pretty pricey, are now shipping in the US.

Here are the five units, some specifications, and their MSRPs in bullet point form for easier parsing:

All five units are available at and now shipping from authorized KENWOOD retailers.

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KENWOOD's five wireless Android Auto head units are now shipping was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Razer Phone receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, now available at Best Buy

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:58:13 +0000

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Late last month, Razer released an Oreo preview build for the Razer Phone, with the final release slated to arrive in mid to late April. Well, we're now solidly in the territory of mid to late April, and Razer has kept its word. The company has also announced that the Razer Phone is now available at Best Buy.

As for the update's contents, Razer says that it "presents a cleaner visual design and under-the-hood improvements for a better overall experience," and that it'll come with a Nova Launcher update, system improvements, and bug fixes.

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Razer Phone receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, now available at Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




[Deal Alert] 49-inch Sony Android TV on sale for $798 ($150 off)

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:36:45 +0000

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It used to cost an arm and a leg (and several other body parts) to get a 4K TV, but prices have come down as they tend to do. In some cases, they're a lot lower. It just so happens that Android TV has found its way into some TVs as well. You can pick up the Sony 49-inch Android TV for $798 right now. That's $150 less than usual.

The TV in question (XBR49X900E) has 4K resolution and HDR support. It's one of Netflix's recommended TVs, too. It has 4.2 stars on Amazon, and Rtings gave it an 8.2/10.

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[Deal Alert] 49-inch Sony Android TV on sale for $798 ($150 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Google explains new Private DNS setting in Android P

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:47:21 +0000

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Domain Name System, or 'DNS' for short, can best be described as a phone book for the internet. When you type in a domain, like google.com, the DNS looks up the IP address so content can be loaded. It's a critical part of modern networking, but Android has never had an option for a global DNS setting. If you wanted to change the server, you would have to do it on a per-network basis, while using a static IP address.

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Google explains new Private DNS setting in Android P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Google appears to be testing iPhone X-style gesture navigation in Android P

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:27:25 +0000

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The way we navigate around Android's interface has changed a lot over the years, from the early days of physical buttons, to touch-sensitive capacitive keys, and now on-screen virtual buttons that dominate modern handsets. But even that may not be where things stay for too much longer, and a screenshot Google recently shared is now stirring up theories about a possible iPhone X-like gesture navigation interface for Android P.

What we see is a decidedly odd navigation layout, with this short little bar in place of the expected home button, a back arrow that's now hollowed-out, and an app-switcher that seems utterly absent.

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Google appears to be testing iPhone X-style gesture navigation in Android P was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google's infotainment system is still missing

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:38:18 +0000

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Google unveiled Android Auto way back at I/O in 2014, but it didn't reach vehicles until May of 2015 when Hyundai added it to the Sonata. If you looked at Android Auto from 2015 and compared it to the current version, you'd see precious few differences. Google has been slow to improve Auto, but at least we got wireless projection. That tells us Google is still working on Android Auto, but it's still missing some features we've wanted ever since we got our first glimpse at Google's infotainment platform.

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Android Auto wishlist: Five things Google's infotainment system is still missing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.