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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been on the market for over seven months now, and given the interest in Google's home brewed handsets, it's a pretty safe bet a Pixel 3 is in the pipeline. It's also a given that the Pixel 3 will arrive with the next major version of Android, currently called Android P. If a couple of leaked illustrations of Android P are any indication, the Pixel 3 will arrive with a notch-free display and refined gesture controls. Spotted by SlashLeaks, the illustrations are found in the current Android P beta, which are accessible by heading to Settings > Sounds > Shortcut... Read more...
Could it be that all Android devices that end up getting upgraded to Android 9.0 (otherwise known as Android P) will support Android Auto, and not just a spattering of devices? It appears that is the direction things are headed. Kenwood, a maker car audio products including infotainment head units supporting Android Auto, stated in a press release that support for all devices will be implemented in Android 9.0. Here is the relevant blurb from Kenwood's press release: "The only devices that currently support wireless Android Auto are four versions of the Google Pixel—the first-generation Pixel... Read more...
Google released the first developer preview for Android Pback in early March, but at the time, we didn't know what Google would call the mobile operating system. Well, today at Google I/O, the tech giant spilled the beans on some of the new features that will be included in the operating system, but we still don't have an official name yet... bummer. Google isn't attempting to reinvent the wheel with Android P, but it is making a big push for artificial intelligence (AI) on the platform. By allowing more processing to take place on-device, you don't have to rely so much on the cloud,... Read more...
There has been a privacy issue with Android for quite some time that gave apps the ability to access the network activity of your device without asking for permission. These apps are unable to eavesdrop on the content of your network activity, but they can peek at incoming and outgoing connections via TCP/UDP and figure out what server you are connecting to. In practice, this means that apps can do things like detect if you have connected to the server at your bank to conduct online transactions. One concern with the issue is that it could allow social media apps to track network activity without... Read more...
There's still a lot we don't know about Google's upcoming Android P release, but thanks to an inadvertent leak on Google's own blog, speculation about certain minor details has now exploded. It looks like the Home button icon has turned into a pill, the back button into an outline, and the dialog boxes now have curved edges. In a blog post talking about network security improvements in Android P, a screenshot left in tact revealed all of the things mentioned above, as well as a couple of other aesthetic changes. Since publishing, Google cropped out some of the screenshot, which could either mean... Read more...
At this point, Google should be well along in development of its third-generation Pixel smartphones: the assumed Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Up to this point, the Pixel family has served as Google's flagship smartphones (taking the place of Nexus branding), helping to usher in each yearly release of a new version of Android. However, word on the street is that the Pixel family will be expanding this year. According to four tech industry sources with direct knowledge of Google's plan, the company will launch a mid-range version of the Pixel 3 for emerging markets. Emerging markets are much more price... Read more...
Google today released the first developer preview of Android P, which will replace Android 8.0 Oreo later this year. Google is adamant that this release is solely for developers at this point, so we don't suggest that you try downloading images right this instant to install on your personal Android device. So, let's dive right into what Android P offers this time around. If you've been following the news recently, you know that Android OEMs have jumped on the display notch bandwagon that Apple brought to the public limelight with the iPhone X. While the iPhone X's notch is probably its most controversial... Read more...
Mobile developers will be getting their first look at the next major version of Android, according to Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks on Twitter. The notorious leaker (more like an inside man, really) posted to social media that Google is aiming to deliver the first Developer Preview build of Android P around the middle of this month, which would peg availability in about a week or so. One thing developers are not likely to find in the preview build is a system-wide dark mode. Beyond being a preferred UI scheme for some mobile users, having a dark mode can help cut down on glare at night,... Read more...
Many users have been clamoring for a system-wide “dark mode” in Android. Besides being a preferred UI scheme for some users, a dark mode would help to cut down on glare at night (something that GPS apps already take advantage of) and help reduce power requirements on OLED displays. Android fans were given a glimmer of hope when a Google Issue Tracker thread — which was initially started back in November 2017 — requested a dark mode for Android 9.0. After months of inactivity, the issue was marked as “fixed”. Android users were further stoked by a Google team... Read more...
When Apple's iPhone X was first revealed in the fall of 2017, smartphone users of the “Android persuasion” were quick to point and laugh at the awkward notch at the top of the display. The eyesore houses the front camera and sensors necessary for Face ID facial recognition. However, it appears that Apple may have the last laugh, as Google is reportedly preparing its upcoming Android P operating system to embrace smartphones with notched displays. This news comes to us country of Bloomberg, which says that Google is overhauling the Android user interface and is modifying APIs to allow... Read more...
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were launched to great fanfare late last year. The flagship Android Nougat smartphones were praised for their build quality, crisp displays, and excellent rear cameras (despite the lack of image stabilization). However, all good things must come to an end in Android land when it comes to software support. Back in June, Google provided the following guidance for updates relating to its first-party Nexus hardware: Nexus devices get security updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available on the Google Store, or at least 18 months from when the... Read more...