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Updated: 2017-08-23T03:50:32.702+07:00

 



Making it safer to get apps on Android O

2017-08-23T03:50:32.724+07:00

Posted by Edward Cunningham. Product Manager, Android SecurityEagle-eyed users of Android O will have noticed the absence of the 'Allow unknown sources' setting, which has existed since the earliest days of Android to facilitate the installation of apps from outside of Google Play and other preloaded stores. In this post we'll talk about the new Install unknown apps permission and the security benefits it brings for both Android users and developers.Earlier this year we introduced Google Play Protect - comprehensive security services that are always at work to protect your device from harm. Google Play continues to be one of the safest places for Android users to download their apps, with the majority of Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs) originating from third-party sources.A common strategy employed by PHA authors is to deliver their apps via a hostile downloader. For example, a gaming app might not contain malicious code but instead might notify the user to install a PHA that masquerades as an important security update. (You can read more about hostile downloaders in the Android Security 2016 Year in Review). Users who have enabled the installation of apps from unknown sources leave themselves vulnerable to this deceptive behavior.Left (pre-Android O): The install screen for a PHA masquerading as a system update.Right (Android O): Before the PHA is installed, the user must first grant permission to the app that triggered the install.In Android O, the Install unknown apps permission makes it safer to install apps from unknown sources. This permission is tied to the app that prompts the install— just like other runtime permissions—and ensures that the user grants permission to use the install source before it can prompt the user to install an app. When used on a device running Android O and higher, hostile downloaders cannot trick the user into installing an app without having first been given the go-ahead.This new permission provides users with transparency, control, and a streamlined process to enable installs from trusted sources. The Settings app shows the list of apps that the user has approved for installing unknown apps. Users can revoke the permission for a particular app at any time.At any time, users can review the apps that they've allowed for installing unknown apps. To make the permission-granting process easier, app developers can choose to direct users to their permission screen as part of the setup flow.Developer changesTo take advantage of this new behavior, developers of apps that require the ability to download and install other apps via the Package Installer may need to make some changes. If an app uses a targetSdkLevel of 26 or above and prompts the user to install other apps, the manifest file needs to include the REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES permission:Apps that haven't declared this permission cannot install other apps, a handy security protection for apps that have no intention of doing so. You can choose to pre-emptively direct your users to the Install unknown apps permission screen using the ACTION_MANAGE_UNKNOWN_APP_SOURCES Intent action. You can also query the state of this permission using the PackageManager canRequestPackageInstalls() API.Remember that Play policies still apply to apps distributed on Google Play if those apps can install and update other apps. In the majority of cases, such behavior is inappropriate; you should instead provide a deep link to the app's listing on the Play Store.Be sure to check out the new developer guide that provides more information about installing unknown apps, and stay tuned for more posts on security hardening in Android O. Android Match[...]



Essential Phone review

2017-08-23T02:37:13.281+07:00

Essential is the new kid on the block but it’s backed by the very man who created Android, Andy Rubin. The Essential Phone isn’t being sold on features or gimmicks, but rather an experience. In a flooded market where even the big shots are struggling, can a newcomer without any gimmicks to sell to the masses succeed?OverviewDisplay: 5.71-inch 2,560 x 1,312 19:10 with rounded cornersProcessor: Snapdragon 835RAM: 4GBStorage: 128GB UFS 2.1Camera: Dual 13MP rear (RGB + monochrome), f/1.85 lens rear, 8MP frontBattery: 3,040mAh, 27W fast chargingOperating system: Android 7.1.1 NougatPorts: USB Type-COther features: Fingerprint sensor, accessory pins, 4 micsDimensions: 141.5mm x 71.1mm x 7.8mm, 185gPrice: $699.00Where to buy: EssentialThe first thing you’ll notice about the Essential Phone is the display that takes up a staggering amount of the front. The top corners are curved, giving the device basically no bezels on three sides, while the fourth side is a bezel that’s smaller than most. The only thing at the top is the camera that cuts into the screen. It’s a very unique yet odd look. When the screen is off, all you see is a black slab.The rear is made out of ceramic, which creates a dark gray perfect mirror finish on the black model. The dual camera lenses, dual flash, laser autofocus, and accessory pins sit at the top without protruding. There is no camera hump here. Below them is the fingerprint sensor mounted in the traditional location.The frame of the device is made out of titanium that’s been polished to a mirror finish. You’ll find the volume and power buttons on the right side and the USB Type-C port, speaker, and SIM tray on the bottom. The absence of a 3.5mm jack a shame.One of the best parts of the Essential Phone is the lack of logos. You won’t find a single marking; no brands, no names, not even FCC info. Not only is this brave in terms of marketing, but it’s also drop dead gorgeous. I’m sure many of you know what I mean when I say how huge of a deal not having any logos on a device is. This phone is as aesthetically simple as it gets and I can’t get enough of how beautiful it is.Build qualityAs a flagship device with a flagship price, one of the first things to notice is build quality. Construction, materials, and design all affect how the device feels in the hand. The Essential Phone feels absolutely phenomenal without a single bit of exaggeration. It’s heavier than most devices of its size and feels incredibly solid. It feels like a brick. That doesn’t sound positive, but it really is.The combination of the titanium frame and the ceramic back gives it weight and a strong feeling. The square edges give it the feeling of substance and makes it feel thicker than it really is (it’s a fairly slim phone). This means that it’s easy to hold, yet the edges are all rounded and don’t dig into your hand. The top of the frame has some plastic molded to the very edge around the display and this feels great, too. The buttons are solid and click very nicely. If any device conveyed pure quality, this is it.Holding it in the hand feels great. Having no bezels is a big concern for some, as some people tend to accidentally touch the screen on other devices. This isn’t an issue with the Essential Phone. The square edges give you plenty of surface area to hold on and protect the edges of the screen from accidental touches. Despite being all screen, it’s as easy to hold and use as any other phone. It’s seriously impressive that Essential’s design made having no bezels so easy.The Essential Phone is being billed as a tough device as well. Compared to an aluminum frame, the titanium frame is far harder to dent. A corner of the frame denting is a common cause of a shattered screen rather than an impact on the surface of the glass itself, and the titanium frame protects from that. After dropping it 5 feet onto hardwood right onto a corner, it came away without a single mark.The rear resists scratches very well, far better than even the Gorilla Glas[...]



BlackBerry KEYone Confirmed to Be Getting Android 8.0 Oreo

2017-08-23T02:10:31.953+07:00

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Google unveiled Android 8.0 Oreo this week and while the new OS is available to download and install for Google’s family of devices including the Pixels, most Android users are probably wondering: “Will my device get Android Oreo?”

Sure speculations can be made, but until you hear from the manufacturer you can’t really be sure. Well one of the first companies to issue out information about its Android O plans was unexpectedly BlackBerry.

Fan blog CrackBerry reached out to the company to inquire whether the latest BlackBerry KEYone handset will be getting the update. The answer? Yes, it will! So owners of the phones can start to relax.

Currently, the KEYone sits at Android 7.1 Nougat, but BlackBerry confirmed the device will be updated to Android Oreo at some point in the future. We aren’t told when exactly to expect it, but it will probably take a few months before the phone gets updated.

The KEYone is a middle-range phone spec-wise, but manages to shine thanks to the multi-functional QWERTY keyboard living beneath the display.

The handset takes advantage of a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with 1080 x 1620 resolution and a Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood. It ships out with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, as well as a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash.

With Android 8.0 Oreo onboard, the BlackBerry KEYone is bound to get a lot better.

[CrackBerry]

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Verizon splits up its unlimited plan and throttles video quality on phones

2017-08-23T01:32:26.893+07:00

Recently, Verizon was called out for throttling data on its network, to which it replied that it was simply running tests and not actually throttling video on its unlimited data network for its millions of subscribers. Well, Verizon was partly on point, because it wasn’t simply aiming to throttle content from some platforms, but apparently all of them.

Today Verizon Wireless announced that it is splitting up its simple unlimited data plan and opting to offer two plans instead. They’re called Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited.

The new plans will go into effect beginning Wednesday, August 23. Here’s how they break down:

Go Unlimited

  • $75 for the first line
  • $65 per line for two lines
  • $50 per line for three lines
  • $40 per line for four or more lines

The Go Unlimited plan includes unlimited 4G LTE data, but Verizon notes that under this plan your data access can be throttled at any time when the network is seeing congestion. There is no requirement that a user needs to reach 20GB of data usage on this plan before their speeds are slowed. In addition to that, watching video on a smartphone is now limited to 480p resolution. Watching video on the network with a tablet is limited to 720p, and tablet data is a $20 per month add-on. Meanwhile, unlimited mobile hotspot data is topped at 600Kbps.

Beyond Unlimited

  • $85 for the first line
  • $80 per line for two lines
  • $60 per line for three lines
  • $50 per line for four or more lines

There are a few key changes with this plan. First, you’ll need to reach 22GB of data in a month before your speeds can be throttled, because this plan offers “premium unlimited 4G LTE data.” Additionally, if you’re watching video content on the network, it’s  throttled to 720p on a smartphone and 1080p HD on tablets. This plan also offers unlimited mobile hotspot data, but there’s a limit of 15GB of 4G LTE usage. Unlimited calling, texting, and data usage is also available in Mexico and Canada.

Existing Verizon Wireless customers can keep their plans, but these Beyond Unlimited throttling rules are going into place for them, too. That means you’ll still be tapped out at 720p video quality on smartphone and 15GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data.

So, Verizon not only decided to make their single unlimited plan much more complicated, but they are also throttling as much as they possibly can.

What do you think of Verizon’s new idea?


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Android 8.0 Launches as Oreo, OTA Already Available for Download

2017-08-23T01:16:10.860+07:00

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A few hours ago Google unveiled the next version of Android. And like the majority had anticipated Google ended up naming it Android 8.0 Oreo, not Orellete or Orangina as a bunch of older teasers previously indicated.

As expected Android 8.0 Oreo has landed packed with a series of improvements. Most significantly we’re told the new mobile OS is faster, smarter and more powerful than what we’ve seen so far.

It comes with features such as picture-in-picture, an autofill mode and improved notifications. This year Google is also putting a bigger emphasis on security, so Android 8.0 arrives with something Google Play Protect bundled in –  a tool meant to keep your device secure.

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Android Oreo users will also notice battery life improvements, as the new OS is supposed to cut down on apps working silently in the background and putting a strain on the battery.

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Not long after announcing Android 8.0 Oreo, Google made the OTA available for download for the devices included in the beta program which means the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C and Nexus Player.

If you’ve previously enrolled in the beta program then you’re good to go, if not you can still do so right now.

[Google]

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Chrome on Android adding support for third-party search engine logos

2017-08-23T00:27:36.122+07:00

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Earlier this year, an anti-trust lawsuit in Russia led Google to make some changes with Chrome on Android. The settlement required Google to develop a search widget that uses any search engine, which shipped as part of Chrome 60. Chrome also now asks users in Russia to pick a search engine when first installed. In a related move, Google is adding support for custom search engine logos in Chrome for Android.

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Chrome on Android adding support for third-party search engine logos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is coming to Android later this year

2017-08-22T23:07:38.475+07:00

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We already have some Final Fantasy games on Android, but the only good ones are ports of old games. That FFXV: A New Empire spin-off barely counts as a Final Fantasy title. Square Enix just announced a new mobile game that might actually be worth your time. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will bring content from the full FFXV to mobile devices, and you'll be able to try it for free.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is coming to Android later this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s Bixby Voice now available in over 200 countries

2017-08-22T22:32:44.983+07:00

Samsung‘s Bixby Voice, the feature that lets Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners control a variety of functions on their device with just their voice, has had a staggered rollout throughout the year. It launched first in South Korea, and, following a public beta period, finally launched in the United States back in July.

There’s still room to grow, though, and Samsung made that clear with an official announcement that Bixby has rolled out to over 200 countries across the globe, in places like South Africa, the UK, Canada, and Australia. However, the feature still only supports two languages: Korean and U.S. English.

Samsung is positioning Bixby Voice’s rollout not just as a welcome addition to new markets, but also a means to make the feature even better. Samsung says Bixby Voice improves over time through usage, so getting more people to use it is important. Moreover, Samsung says that Bixby Voice’s rollout isn’t finished, with the feature heading to more markets and supporting more languages in the future.

For now, Samsung is rolling out Bixby Voice to more countries while also preparing for the impending arrival of the Galaxy Note 8.

Have you tried out Bixby Voice yet?


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WhatsApp Web shows new Status, supports Slack-like emoji insertion

2017-08-22T22:12:23.784+07:00

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We don't often cover WhatsApp Web here since it's not exactly Android, but it's related enough to the Android app that we do make an exception every now and then when there's something worth talking about. Today is one of those examples, but it's worth pointing out that some of these changes aren't new and have been there for a while — maybe even for a month or two. But again, we had to wait until there was enough news to warrant a post.

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WhatsApp Web shows new Status, supports Slack-like emoji insertion was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Bixby's voice commands are rolling to more than 200 countries

2017-08-22T19:02:30.601+07:00

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Samsung's controversially received assistant, Bixby, has rolled out its voice command features in Korea and the US, but if you've been just dying to try out in other countries, you're now in luck. Samsung says that the voice commands are available in 200+ countries worldwide including the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and more.

You will still be limited to speaking in US English and Korean — tough luck if you wanted to use it in other languages — and you will need to own a Galaxy S8 or S8+ to have Bixby in the first place, but once those requirements are met, you just have to press and hold the Bixby button to activate the feature.

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Samsung Bixby's voice commands are rolling to more than 200 countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Freebie Alert] Get 3 months of Plex Pass for free with discount code ($14.85 value)

2017-08-22T17:37:43.029+07:00

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Plex might have modified some of its privacy policy lately, but if you're not that alarmed by the change especially if you don't use third-party services and thus won't be affected by the new terms, then you could be interested in a deal that Plex is offering its new and existing users: 3 free months of Plex Pass subscription.

The Plex Pass normally costs $4.95/month and has a lot of added features including offline caching for your chosen media, parental controls and managed accounts for the little ones in your house, cloud storage compatibility in case your server is offline, the new Live TV offerings, better music and photo recognition and organization, and more.

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[Freebie Alert] Get 3 months of Plex Pass for free with discount code ($14.85 value) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Update: Live in beta for everyone] WhatsApp is testing colorful text status updates similar to Facebook's

2017-08-22T16:57:09.382+07:00

  • The colorful text status updates are now live in the beta for everyone. You need to be on version 2.17.307 beta to see the pen icon in the Status screen.

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You know how all of a sudden your Facebook feed started filling up with status updates that had colorful backgrounds? That might soon start happening on WhatsApp. The feature, which started rolling out to Facebook's Android users late last year then spread to other platforms a couple of months ago, is now being tested in WhatsApp's new status screen.

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[Update: Live in beta for everyone] WhatsApp is testing colorful text status updates similar to Facebook's was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LastPass launches public beta with support for Oreo's autofill API

2017-08-22T07:47:37.064+07:00

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One of the more exciting features in Android 8.0 is support for autofill providers; apps that can drop in your username and password without a bunch of clunky workarounds. The catch, however, is that apps need to be updated with this feature in mind. LastPass is already readying Oreo support, and you can check it out now in the new public beta.

Joining the LastPass beta is a snap—just head over to the Play Store landing page and register.

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LastPass launches public beta with support for Oreo's autofill API was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google may launch a new Chromebook Pixel and a mini Google Home

2017-08-22T05:27:46.048+07:00

Last year came and went without a new Chromebook Pixel from Google, a new report claims that 2017 may be different.

Google is planning to announce a new Chromebook Pixel at a fall event alongside its new Pixel smartphones. That’s according to Android Police, who don’t have many concrete details about this new Chromebook Pixel yet, but suggest that it could be similar to the Bison device that we heard rumblings about last year.

Reports in late 2016 suggested that Google was prepping a new laptop codenamed “Bison” that would run a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS called Andromeda. The device was rumored to feature a 12.3-inch display, a tablet mode, 32/128GB of storage, 8/16GB of RAM, and more.

While it’s unclear if this new Chromebook Pixel is indeed the Bison, it is a possibility since we never saw that Andromeda-powered Bison come to market. Whether or not this new Chromebook Pixel is the Bison or not, though, it’s expected to be a Chromebook rather than run Andromeda.

Today’s report also claims that Google is prepping a mini version of the Google Home. However, like the new Chromebook Pixel, details on this mini Google Home are largely a mystery.

The mini Google Home could be a response to Amazon’s Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the standard Echo that loses some of the audio performance but is also considerably cheaper, making it easier for folks to buy several units and stick them all over their home. Google may want to launch a mini Google Home for the same reason, giving consumers a cheap way to get Google Assistant in most every room of their home.

Would you be interested in a new Chromebook Pixel or mini Google Home?


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Microsoft Office Lens updated with ability to scan multiple images

2017-08-22T05:22:16.265+07:00

(image) Like many of Microsoft's apps, Office Lens displayed some cool technology at launch but was lacking in features. With today's update, Microsoft is addressing one very obvious shortcoming of the app. You can now capture multiple items at once and merge them into a single document.

The changelog only has one new item on it: "Our top requested feature is here. Scan more than one image and save them all as single PDF, a Word or PowerPoint file on OneDrive, or simply export them as images to the same OneNote location." Office Lens includes multiple capture modes, like whiteboard and business card.

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Microsoft Office Lens updated with ability to scan multiple images was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Hell has officially frozen over, Taito just released a premium Bust-A-Move game on the Play Store

2017-08-22T04:42:13.067+07:00

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I thought I would never see the day. There is an official Bust-A-Move game from Taito Corporation on the Play Store, and it's a premium release. While some of you may know the franchise by its Japanese name Puzzle Bobble, this classic bubble shooter is better known in the west as Bust-A-Move. And while I am sure absolutely no one has asked for yet another bubble shooter to be released on the Play Store, trust me when I say that this series is the originator of such gameplay and it is the best.

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Hell has officially frozen over, Taito just released a premium Bust-A-Move game on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Introducing Android 8.0 Oreo

2017-08-22T02:35:16.957+07:00

Posted By: Dave Burke, VP of EngineeringAfter more than a year of development and months of testing by developers and early adopters (thank you!), we're now ready to officially launch Android 8.0 Oreo to the world. Android 8.0 brings a ton of great features such as picture-in-picture, autofill, integrated Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, faster boot time, and much more.We're pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing and we expect to start rolling out in phases over the next several weeks, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player. Android Beta users will receive the update to the final version today and images are available to download and flash manually. We've been working closely with our partners over the last many months, and by the end of this year, hardware makers like Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.What's in Android Oreo?In Android 8.0 Oreo we focused on creating fluid experiences that make Android even more powerful and easy to use, such as:Picture-in-picture lets users manage two tasks simultaneously on any size screen, and it's easy for apps to support it. (Shown at right)Notification dots extend the reach of notifications and offer a new way to surface activity in your apps. Dots work with zero effort for most apps -- we even extract the color of the dot from your icon.Autofill framework simplifies how users set up a new device and synchronize their passwords. Apps using form data can optimize their apps for Autofill, and password manager apps can use the new APIs to make their services available to users in their favorite apps. Autofill will roll out fully over the next few weeks as part of an update to Google Play Services.We also invested in Android Vitals, a project focused on optimizing battery life, startup time, graphics rendering, and stability, while giving developers better visibility over the health of their apps:System optimizations: We worked across the system to help apps run faster and smoother -- for example, in the runtime we added a new concurrent compacting garbage collection, code locality, and more.Background limits: We added new limits on background location and wi-fi scans and changes in the way apps run in the background. These boundaries prevent unintentional overuse of battery and memory and apply to all apps -- make sure you understand and account for these in your apps.Complementary Android Vitals dashboards and IDE profilers: In the Play Console you can now see aggregate data about your app to help you pinpoint common issues - excessive crash rate, ANR rate, frozen frames, slow rendering, excessive wakeups, and more. You'll also find new performance profilers in Android Studio 3.0, and new instrumentation in the platform.In Android 8.0 your app can directly pin a specific app shortcut in the launcher to drive engagement (left). Notification dots keep users active in your app and let them jump directly to the app's core functions (right).For developers, Android Oreo includes many new capabilities to help you build better, more efficient apps. Here are just a few:Autosizing textview: Use autosizing TextView to automatically fill a TextView with text, regardless of the amount. You can create an array of preset text sizes, or set min and max sizes with a step granularity, and the text will grow and shrink to fill the available TextView space.Fonts in XML: Fonts are now a fully supported reso[...]



Android 8.0 is now officially Android Oreo

2017-08-22T02:27:12.732+07:00

Earlier this year, Google took the stage at its I/O developers conference to officially announce Android 8.0, the next big update to the operating system.

The company wasn’t keen on introducing the name of this version at the time, though. There was plenty of speculation, of course, including Android Oatmeal, but today Google has officially announced that Android 8.0 is Oreo.

As for what’s new in the upcoming operating system, that much we know. Google states that Android 8.0 Oreo offers two times faster boot speed, which was measured on the Google Pixel. There are also background limits on apps, so that the battery isn’t overly taxed by apps running in the background, as well as an AutoFill feature which will allow the system to remember usernames and passwords, even in apps for quicker access.

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Other features include picture-in-picture on smartphones, new emoji support, notification dots, and much more. Here’s Google’s promo video for Android Oreo:

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As for the release schedule, Google says it is pushing the Android 8.0 Oreo sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone. Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P specific are in carrier testing now, and Google says the update should begin rolling out in phases soon. The updates for the Nexus Player and the Pixel C tablet should also be rolling out soon.

Google says it is working with partners like Essential, HMD Global, General Mobile, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Samsung, Motorola, and LG to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to select devices by the end of this year. It also notes that any devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta program will get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo as well with this final version.

Are you eager to get Android 8.0 Oreo on your phone?


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11 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last week (8/15/17 - 8/21/17)

2017-08-22T02:27:04.122+07:00

(image) Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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GoDaddy SmartLine 2nd Number

Carrying around a phone for work as well as a phone for personal use can be a pain.

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11 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last week (8/15/17 - 8/21/17) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Motorola 360 Sport Now Getting Android Wear 2.0 Update

2017-08-22T02:01:40.107+07:00

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Got a Motorola Moto 360 Sport smartwatch laying somewhere around there? If that’s the case, it might be time to get it out. Why? Because the producing company has started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update for the smartwatch.

Even if Motorola has apparently given up on smartwatches, the Moto maker kept true to its word and delivered the latest Android Wear update to its watch models. It’s been a long wait (three months since the Moto 360 2nd generation model received the update), but finally, Moto 360 Sport owners can enjoy the perks of having Android Wear 2.0 onboard.

What are the benefits of installing the latest software on your Moto 360 Sport device you might be wondering, right? Well for starters you’ll be able to download and install apps from the Google Play Store directly on your watch without having to have the paired smartphone nearby. Furthermore, the Google Assistant is now the virtual assistant du-jour instead of Google Now.

A specific change to the Moto 360 Sport model is the way its side button now works. After the update, users will be able to quick press it to access apps or press it once and hold to summon the Google Assistant.

Are you seeing the update on your device?

[Motorola]

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Chrome's new tab page might be getting "Site Exploration" categorized content

2017-08-22T01:42:11.660+07:00

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Google's Chrome team often experiments with different UI changes, with some ending up in the stable release and some not. "Chrome Home UI" recently made its debut, with its rounded elements and bottom nav bar. The latest feature to be tested on Chrome Canary introduces categorized content on the new tab page.

This was spotted by Chrome Story, first as a code change request a couple of days ago that mentioned a flag for “Site Exploration UI”.

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Chrome's new tab page might be getting "Site Exploration" categorized content was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Slate Gray OnePlus 5 with 8GB of RAM/128GB Storage Now Available for Purchase

2017-08-22T01:10:35.030+07:00

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Looking to purchase a new shiny OnePlus 5? The company recently introduced a new Soft Gold color option which carries 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and now a Slate Gray version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage has become available for purchase in the Canadian store.

Previously, users who wanted the premium 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage option could only buy the Midnight Black version. Well as of this week you’ll be able to pick up the Slate Gray variant too.

Like the Midnight Black model, the newcomer costs $719 CAD. As a reminder the Slate Gray and Soft Gold versions come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

In case you don’t remember the OnePlus 5 ships out with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, as well as a Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood.

The Chinese company’s latest flagship boasts a dual-camera setup which pairs a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 and EIS with a 20-megapixel one with f/2.6, phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom and dual-LED flash.

The OnePlus 5 is a worthy device, but with the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 coming out in a few days, you might want to wait until you purchase a new device.

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Amazon hosting a sale on Echo and Fire devices, tablets start at $39.99

2017-08-22T00:22:21.436+07:00

Heads up, deal hunters, because Amazon is running some nice discounts on several of its Echo and Fire devices.

The Amazon Echo is now available for $99.99, which is $80 off its normal asking price. Meanwhile, the smaller Echo Dot is available for $44.99. That’s not quite as large a discount as the regular Echo is getting, but a sale is a sale, right?

If a new Android tablet is what you’re after, Amazon’s discounting several of those, too. You can get the Fire 7 Tablet with 8GB of storage for $39.99, and the Fire HD 8 is available for $59.99 with 16GB of storage for folks that’d prefer a larger screen.

Amazon’s Kids Edition tablets are also on sale today. The Fire 7 Kids Edition is $79.99, which is $20 off its normal price, while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is getting a $30 discount that leaves it at $99.99. Both models come with a hefty case to protect against drops and a two-year worry-free replacement guarantee.

You can get a closer look at these limited time deals by hitting up the links below.

Sources: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Fire 7 Tablet, Fire HD 8, Fire 7 Kids Edition, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition


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AT&T Primetime 10-inch tablet costs $200

2017-08-22T00:22:20.575+07:00

AT&T has just unveiled a new tablet, one that’ll be exclusive to the big blue carrier and carries a pretty cheap price tag with it.

The AT&T Primetime features a 10-inch 1080p HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s also a 9070mAh battery under the hood, and the Primetime is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Finally, there is a 5-megapixel camera on back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

AT&T is promoting the Primetime as the “first tablet designed to give you nonstop entertainment.” The tablet’s entertainment-focused features include a new TV Mode that gives you quick and easy access to a variety of different video apps just by swiping from the lock screen or home screen. Owners will also be able to use two different Bluetooth-enabled devices, like speakers and headphones, at the same time. Dual front-facing speakers are included as well.

As far as pricing goes, AT&T is pricing the Primetime at just $200. If you prefer monthly payments, AT&T is offering its new tablet for $10 per month for 20 months. There’s also a two-year contract option that’ll cost you $19.99. It will become available on Friday, August 25.

Who’s picking one up?


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