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Google challenges record $5 billion EU fine in Android antitrust case

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Back in July, the European Commission handed out its largest fine ever — 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) to Google over antitrust charges. The Commission asserted that Google abused Android's market dominance, using it to hinder competition. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai immediately responded that Android has "created more choice for everyone, not less," and promised to appeal. Several months later, the formal challenge is now submitted.

In its July decision, the Commission found Google guilty of preventing Android manufacturers from selling devices with unapproved Android forks, paying manufacturers to pre-install Search exclusively, and requiring them to include Google Search and Chrome on their devices.

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Google challenges record $5 billion EU fine in Android antitrust case was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

While Essential's first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the company had canceled a second Essential Phone and put itself up for sale. However, over the past several months, the company has quietly chugged along, continuing to push out lightning-fast security patches. Now, a new report from Bloomberg states that the company is indeed working on a second device — but it's not at all like its first product.

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Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Live in Pie with ADB] A future version of Android will have a manual device backup option

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Google has offered some rudimentary backup functionality in Android since the 2.0 days, but it improved backup functionality in 6.0 Marshmallow. However, you still have to trust that the Google Drive backups are happening as there are no user-facing controls. That's going to change in a future version of Android, though.

This news comes from Google itself in an issue tracker thread, and for once it wasn't the product of an internet mob adding hundreds of stars.

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[Update: Live in Pie with ADB] A future version of Android will have a manual device backup option was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome for Android to end support for Jelly Bean

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Android Jelly Bean debuted nearly six years ago in November 2012, and it's currently the oldest version of Android still getting Chrome updates. That looks to be changing soon, though, according to a new commit spotted by XDA Developers.

The commit's description puts it pretty bluntly: "Update UI for unsupported Android OS and make Jelly Bean unsupported." There's no timeline for the change, but once it takes effect, Android KitKat will replace Jelly Bean as the oldest version still supported by Chrome.

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Chrome for Android to end support for Jelly Bean was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts September’s Android platform distribution numbers, still no Pie

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

In what is becoming a tradition, Google has published new Android platform distribution numbers for September before the month is even over. In fact, Google bumped the numbers once in the middle of September, which is a bit peculiar. Whatever the motivation, it wasn't to show off the impact Android 9 Pie has made, as the latest version of Android is still apparently sitting below the 0.1% threshold for inclusion.

The numbers below were gathered from the Play Store over a 7-day period ending on September 28th.

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Google posts September's Android platform distribution numbers, still no Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 1.0 versus Android 9: A visual tour of how far we’ve come in a decade

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Android has changed tremendously in the last ten years. Returning to modern hardware after our historical series, I was struck by the visual differences across versions. For a closer look, we rolled back to an even earlier build on our T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream. For anyone who might be curious, here's a quick visual exploration of Android 1.0 vs. Android 9 Pie. And don't worry, this isn't one of those godawful click-for-every-photo galleries, just a simple scroll as we stroll back in time.

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Android 1.0 versus Android 9: A visual tour of how far we've come in a decade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

10 years of Android art: Our five favorite dessert-themed statues

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

One of the quirks that makes Google great is its fun-loving culture. Not only does it name its Android versions after desserts, but it also creates a unique statue for each. Lately, the designs have been getting on the staler side, but we thought Android's 10-year anniversary warranted a look back at our favorites.

Gingerbread

The gingerbread statue was created for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was introduced with the Samsung Nexus S and brought support for NFC.

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10 years of Android art: Our five favorite dessert-themed statues was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was announced 10 years ago today

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

g1

On this fateful day ten years ago, Google, T-Mobile, and HTC joined forces to announce the T-Mobile G1. It would go on to launch internationally as the HTC Dream, but this piece of hardware was the first way consumers could experience the Android platform. The G1 was far from perfect, even by the standards of the day. At the same time, it offered an open, customizable experience in stark contrast to the iPhone.

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The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was announced 10 years ago today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Google's been at work on infiltrating the automotive industry for a long time. It's managed to wedge its foot firmly in the door with Android Auto, which runs on a wide range of in-market cars from popular brands — but that was never the ultimate goal. After all, Android Auto essentially just mirrors features from an Android device to car's infotainment system, it's not Android running on a car. The latter, more desirable implementation is (somewhat confusingly) called Android Automotive.

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Google just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 8.0 Oreo now rolling out to Verizon’s Galaxy J7

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Android 9.0 Pie has arrived, but a few devices are still waiting on promised Oreo updates. The Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy J7, the J7 and J7 Prepaid, are among them. According to the phones' support pages, Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out for the two devices.

The build number for the J7's update is 'M1AJQ.J727VVRU2BRH1,' and the J7 Prepaid's is 'M1AJQ.J727VPPVRU2BRH1.' In addition to all the new features that Oreo brings, like autofill support and Picture-in-Picture, the update includes the August 1 security patch level.

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Android 8.0 Oreo now rolling out to Verizon's Galaxy J7 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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