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Opinion: Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing has too little data and too many options, but that can be fixed

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Digital Wellbeing is one of the bigger features with landed with Android 9 Pie—though it seems like Google is keeping it separate and distinct in the Pixel-only public beta. I've spent the last week using it to analyze my use patterns and place restrictions on how I use my phone, and while the tool brings together a lot of options for precise configuration, I've found the data it actually provides is a bit lackluster.

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Opinion: Android 9 Pie's Digital Wellbeing has too little data and too many options, but that can be fixed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android 9 Pie feature tracker: everything that made it in

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Android P hero

It's been a long journey traveling from P to Pie through the Android 9 developer previews, but Google has recently finished its newest version of Android. The platform has worked its way down Alphabet's alphabet all the way to "P," with this latest version first landing back with the March 7th release of developer preview 1.

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Android 9 Pie feature tracker: everything that made it in was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Android P Beta 2 / DP3 just landed earlier today, and while we're digging in to look for new features, a few of the more visually apparent additions have already been revealed. Today's release includes support for Unicode/Emoji 11.0—which was technically only officially released yesterday—as well as some tweaked gender-inclusive family and couple emoji which more closely follow the Unicode standard. 

For the unfamiliar, emoji like Couple With Heart can specify the genders which appear in each, but if no gender is selected, the Unicode standard prefers a more ambiguous presentation.

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[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Android P Beta 2 / DP3 just landed earlier today, and while we're digging in to look for new features, a few of the more visually apparent additions have already been revealed. Today's release includes support for Unicode/Emoji 11.0—which was technically only officially released yesterday—as well as some tweaked gender-inclusive family and couple emoji which more closely follow the Unicode standard. 

For the unfamiliar, emoji like Couple With Heart can specify the genders which appear in each, but if no gender is selected, the Unicode standard prefers a more ambiguous presentation.

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[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Android P Beta 2 / DP3 just landed earlier today, and while we're digging in to look for new features, a few of the more visually apparent additions have already been revealed. Today's release includes support for Unicode/Emoji 11.0—which was technically only officially released yesterday—as well as some tweaked gender-inclusive family and couple emoji which more closely follow the Unicode standard. 

For the unfamiliar, emoji like Couple With Heart can specify the genders which appear in each, but if no gender is selected, the Unicode standard prefers a more ambiguous presentation.

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[Update: Now widely available in Pie update] Android P Beta 2 adds 157 new emoji, brings back some gender-inclusive ones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands on with Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing: Phone control for those without self-control

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

As they say, "If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything." Most of us probably don't realize that there's more to the subject than just diet and exercise, and how we use our phones can have an impact, too. Once upon a time, our work/life balance was separated by real, physical distance, but thanks to the magic of mobile phones, we can all carry our work home with us in the form of life-interrupting notifications.

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Hands on with Android 9 Pie's Digital Wellbeing: Phone control for those without self-control was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Final version of Android 9 Pie hits AOSP

Monday, August 6th, 2018

 

Most of our readers are probably aware that Android is an open source effort, with much of code that comprises a working image being publicly accessible—in fact, that openness is a big chunk of why people like me prefer it to other platforms. So I'm especially happy to see that the current/final Android 9 changes are hitting AOSP.

So far three individual releases have been pushed up (in addition to the new branches): android-9.0.0_r1, android-9.0.0_r2, and android-9.0.0_r3.

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Final version of Android 9 Pie hits AOSP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google serves up a hot slice of Android 9 Pie, as P-name finally goes official for today’s public release

Monday, August 6th, 2018

For Android fans who like living on the bleeding edge, the last few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Android P made first contact back in March, and we were quick to fire up our Pixels and install that early Developer Preview. Not only did we see more and more features land through the next few DP releases, but also had unprecedented access to these early builds thanks to support from manufacturers like OnePlus and Essential.

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Google serves up a hot slice of Android 9 Pie, as P-name finally goes official for today's public release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Assistant-launching microphone button removed from Pixel launcher in Android P DP5

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Moving the Google search box to the bottom of the Pixel launcher was a divisive change, although it makes complete sense to me. From the moment the first developer preview of Android P was released, Google began messing around with unimportant things like the transparency of the launcher dock, but one useful little addition was that of a microphone icon in the search widget that could be used to summon the Assistant.

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Assistant-launching microphone button removed from Pixel launcher in Android P DP5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P gets a new auto-rotate icon in Developer Preview 5

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Google just dropped the fifth developer preview of Android P and there aren't an awful lot of changes for us to pick through. That makes sense since it's the last beta before the final release later in the year, which we can expect to look very much like it does right now. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed one small change, however, in the shape of a new auto-rotate icon.

Out with the old and in with the new.

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Android P gets a new auto-rotate icon in Developer Preview 5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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