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Google gives up on Android Things as an IoT platform, now will just be for smart speakers and displays

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Google's operating system for lightweight Internet of Things devices, the fittingly-named Android Things OS, was originally intended to run on a wide array of hardware. It has seen the most success in Google Assistant-powered smart displays and speakers, and now that's the only product category Android Things will be certified for.

"Over the past year, Google has worked closely with partners to create consumer products powered by Android Things with the Google Assistant built-in," the Android Things team said in a blog post today.

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Google gives up on Android Things as an IoT platform, now will just be for smart speakers and displays was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Q may deliver RCS support to third-party apps, finally simplifying things at least a bit for consumers

Friday, February 8th, 2019

RCS has taken years to gain widespread network support, and we're still suffering through carrier interoperability issues. The current landscape is nothing if not entirely overcomplicated to navigate, especially for consumers. But the subject may become a bit simpler once Android Q rolls around, as pile of new RCS-specific APIs has popped up in AOSP, presumably bound for the next Android release. These APIs may finally provide third-party apps with the ability to work with RCS on supported carriers. 

It's a complicated subject, but the short version is that up until now customers on RCS-compatible carriers have been limited to using just a few apps if they want RCS' features.

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Android Q may deliver RCS support to third-party apps, finally simplifying things at least a bit for consumers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Trusted Web Activities will help Android apps natively integrate web content

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

There are cases when content can't be embedded into an application, such as a credit card payment verification, and developers need to direct users to an external page. They can do this by using the device's default browser, WebView, or Chrome Custom Tabs (CCT) depending on their need. None of these are ideal in terms of user experience, however, as they would either have limited functionality or show the site's URL on the screen.

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Trusted Web Activities will help Android apps natively integrate web content was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Android update process pauses while you use your phone and allows scheduled restart

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Security updates come every month for Pixel owners, but we don't usually expect any user-facing changes to arrive with them. With the February patches, however, there appear to be a few little differences. The most minor of those is the moving of the 'About Phone' menu in the settings, but the update process itself has some new features.

First of all, the installation of the latest OS patch will pause while you use your phone, stating that "Installation will automatically resume when the device is idle." This could be handy if you're doing something important and you don't want your phone to slow down.

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New Android update process pauses while you use your phone and allows scheduled restart was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel phones now let you schedule reboots after an OTA update, pause updates while phone is “in use”

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Security updates come every month for Pixel owners, but we don't usually expect any user-facing changes to arrive with them. With the February patches, however, there appear to be a few little differences. The most minor of those is the moving of the 'About Phone' menu in the settings, but the update process itself has some new features.

First of all, the installation of the latest OS patch will pause while you use your phone, stating that "Installation will automatically resume when the device is idle." This could be handy if you're doing something important and you don't want your phone to slow down.

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Pixel phones now let you schedule reboots after an OTA update, pause updates while phone is "in use" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Q all but confirmed as version 10 as more UI changes are revealed

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

We're likely a couple of months away from the first developer preview build of Android Q, but already we know a fair amount about what to expect from the next major version. Most excitingly, we could be finally getting a system-wide dark mode. We can now say with a greater degree of certainty that Android Q will carry the version number 10, plus we've learned a few more tidbits.

Thanks to a new version of Android Q's System UI APK it received, 9to5Google was able to glean some new details about the upcoming OS release.

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Android Q all but confirmed as version 10 as more UI changes are revealed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Background location access for third-party apps might return in Android Q

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

In recent years, Google has taken steps to stop third-party applications in the background from finding your location. Once an app is closed, live location data may be heavily throttled or stopped entirely. While this may seem like a win for user privacy and battery life, there are plenty of apps that don't use background location data for harmful purposes (like Cerberus or various health tools). According to XDA Developers, Android Q might introduce a new permission that brings back full background location access.

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Background location access for third-party apps might return in Android Q was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Q might let you turn back time by reversing app updates

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Android currently supports uninstalling updates to a certain app, but only for system applications. Also, it's usually only a temporary measure, as the Play Store will eventually check for updates once again and restore the latest version. Android Q might allow users to revert any app to an earlier version, if deconstructed code from a leaked Android Q build is to be believed.

XDA Developers found a few strings and new features in Android Q that point to support for downgrading applications.

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Android Q might let you turn back time by reversing app updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Q may prevent background apps from reading your clipboard

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Did you know that any Android app can read the contents of your clipboard, even when running in the background? Windows Phone (RIP) didn't give clipboard access to background apps, and some Android ROMs like Copperhead OS block access, but the behavior is still allowed on regular Android. That might finally change, according to a permission change discovered by XDA Developers.

XDA found a new permission in a leaked build of Android Q, named "android.permission.READ_CLIPBOARD_IN_BACKGROUND." The name implies that only applications given this permission — not all apps — can read clipboard data while running in the background.

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Android Q may prevent background apps from reading your clipboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Both XDA Developers and 9to5Google have spotted another upcoming feature in Android Q: more secure native facial recognition. Think Apple's Face ID rather than Android's existing Trusted Face system. Other OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei have already shoehorned in their own facial recognition solutions, but now Google is bringing the feature to the (literal) source.

Details are sparse, and most of what we know right now comes courtesy of new error messages discovered by XDA, which indicate Android Q will likely have support for actual, dedicated facial recognition sensors, rather than the current front-facing camera-based solutions.

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Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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