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Google is readying a new payment service for India called Tez

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Android Pay has become a popular method of digital payment since its launch in the US and Europe. It hasn't been launched in India, however, where the mobile payments landscape is a bit different. A government-endorsed platform called UPI (Universal Payments Interface) is widely used in India, with banks, e-commerce sites, and even tech companies like WhatsApp and Truecaller launching payment services based on it, hoping to grab a slice of the lucrative pie.

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Google is readying a new payment service for India called Tez was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official vulnerability tester app] Google’s September security patch fixes ‘BlueBorne’ Bluetooth vulnerability

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Google is still working on getting the September security patches out the door, but it has posted a security bulletin detailing the changes. Several of the flaws noted in the bulletin are part of an enormous Bluetooth vulnerability discovered by Armis Labs, which bills itself as an IoT security firm. The "BlueBorne" attack exposes billions of Android devices to complete takeover by hackers, but it's not only Android.

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[Update: Official vulnerability tester app] Google's September security patch fixes 'BlueBorne' Bluetooth vulnerability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Target stores are switching from iOS to Android sales floor devices

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

If you've spent any amount of time in one of Target's 1,800 US stores, it's likely you've seen an employee using a dressed-up iPod Touch to look up stock info. it's been that way since 2014, but the retailer is now switching to Android for all its essential sales floor activities. These aren't any devices you've ever seen, though. Target is using an enterprise-oriented Zebra TC51.

Target's old Apple handhelds (known as a MyDevice) were just iPod Touches inside a red plastic shell (see below).

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Target stores are switching from iOS to Android sales floor devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s September security patch fixes ‘BlueBorne’ Bluetooth vulnerability

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Google is still working on getting the September security patches out the door, but it has posted a security bulletin detailing the changes. Several of the flaws noted in the bulletin are part of an enormous Bluetooth vulnerability discovered by Armis Labs, which bills itself as an IoT security firm. The "BlueBorne" attack exposes billions of Android devices to complete takeover by hackers, but it's not only Android. The same flaw exists in Windows, Linux, and some versions of iOS.

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Google's September security patch fixes 'BlueBorne' Bluetooth vulnerability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android platform distribution updated for September 2017 with another small gain for Nougat and no sign of Oreo

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

There's an Apple event happening at this moment, during which the company will probably brag about how unified its iOS user base it. Google chose right now to update the platform versions in the developer dashboard. Android is, well, not entirely unified, but that's nothing new. Nougat is still gaining this month, Marshmallow is on the decline, and there's no sign of Oreo yet.

Here's the breakdown of this month's changes.

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Android platform distribution updated for September 2017 with another small gain for Nougat and no sign of Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amid much confusion, Pixels and Nexuses are finally starting to receive September security OTAs

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A few days ago, we reported on Android's September security bulletin, in which Google seemed to suggest the latest security patches for most Pixel and Nexus devices came bundled with the late-August upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. That turns out not to be the case, however, as our devices have all been stuck on the August 5th security patch level. There's still a fair amount of confusion swirling, but some users seem to be receiving September OTAs with up-to-date security patches at last.

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Amid much confusion, Pixels and Nexuses are finally starting to receive September security OTAs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases Android’s September security bulletin, new images and OTAs to follow

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The September 2017 Android security update is here, and the bulletin contains the usual details about vulnerabilities that could be affecting various Android devices. Images and OTAs that include the September patches should protect against any possible issues, but so far they're only available for the Nexus 9 on Android 7.1.1. There are no Android 8.0 Oreo images with September patches for Pixel or Nexus devices live yet, but it shouldn't be too long before they are added.

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Google releases Android's September security bulletin, new images and OTAs to follow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps’ picture-in-picture mode officially rolling out soon

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

One of Android Oreo's main new features is picture-in-picture mode, which launches apps into little windows that go over other apps. It was added to Google Maps a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't functioning properly until a few days ago. Even now, however, it isn't fully working, with PiP windows sometimes not triggering when users hit the home button during navigation. Google is saying that this will be fixed soon, marking the official rollout of PiP for Maps.

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Google Maps' picture-in-picture mode officially rolling out soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: AP build number calculator now fixed] Google changed the build number format in Oreo—here’s how to read it

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The format of Android build numbers has been the same for years, but it's changing in Android 8.0. The first non-preview version of Oreo just rolled out with the new format, which is a big departure. Rather than being three letters followed by three other characters, it's split into three blocks of numbers and letters separated by periods. It looks confusing at first, but you actually get more information from it.

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[Update: AP build number calculator now fixed] Google changed the build number format in Oreo—here's how to read it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Official Nexus/Pixel factory image and OTA pages updated with Oreo downloads

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo made its official debut a little over a week ago, but since then, only devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program have received an official OTA to 8.0. Verizon Pixel phones began receiving the official version earlier today, but it looks like other devices haven't been as fortunate. Luckily, Google has just uploaded factory images and OTAs for Nexus and Pixel devices to their respective pages.

There are two builds for Pixel devices depending on the model.

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Official Nexus/Pixel factory image and OTA pages updated with Oreo downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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