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The December update for the 2016 Pixels is here a day late (but at least it’s better than last month)

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

When the December security patches arrived yesterday excluding the 2016 Pixels once again, original Pixel owners no doubt wondered if they would have to wait until the end of the month to nab their update like they did in November. Thankfully, that's not the case this month as the factory images and OTAs have arrived just one day late for the first-generation Pixels.

Of course, one day late still isn't ideal for Google hardware, and there's no clear explanation why the delay exists, but ultimately it's a relief that there won't be another several weeks' wait.

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The December update for the 2016 Pixels is here a day late (but at least it's better than last month) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Barnes & Noble announces $50 Nook 7-inch tablet, an Amazon Fire 7 alternative with the Play Store

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Barnes & Noble's 10.1-inch Nook may be a hard sell at $129.99 for what is ultimately just a mediocre white label Android tablet, but the bookseller has just announced a $49.99 7-inch Nook tablet that might convince more buyers this holiday season.

In direct competition with Amazon's 7-inch Fire 7 tablet, the wi-fi-only Nook tablet offers the benefit of featuring the Google Play Store out of the box - which is perhaps its main selling point (though we don't know what version of Android it runs).

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Barnes & Noble announces $50 Nook 7-inch tablet, an Amazon Fire 7 alternative with the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Barnes & Noble announces $50 Nook 7-inch tablet, an Amazon Fire 7 alternative with the Play Store

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Barnes & Noble's 10.1-inch Nook may be a hard sell at $129.99 for what is ultimately just a mediocre white label Android tablet, but the bookseller has just announced a $49.99 7-inch Nook tablet that might convince more buyers this holiday season.

In direct competition with Amazon's 7-inch Fire 7 tablet, the wi-fi-only Nook tablet offers the benefit of featuring the Google Play Store out of the box - which is perhaps its main selling point (though we don't know what version of Android it runs).

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Barnes & Noble announces $50 Nook 7-inch tablet, an Amazon Fire 7 alternative with the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google could give more devices an early taste of Android Q with earlier GSI releases

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Project Treble seems to be making a dent in the fight against Android's fragmentation problem, and one of the keys to its success relies on something called a GSI (Generic System Image) which is basically a super-stock, AOSP-based image of the Android framework, and a required part of testing Treble compliance. According to a talk at the Android Dev Summit last week, Google may give more devices an advance taste of later Android versions via an earlier GSI release schedule.

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Google could give more devices an early taste of Android Q with earlier GSI releases was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google has a plan for fixing Android’s slow share menu

Friday, November 9th, 2018

We'll be honest, we think Android as a whole is pretty swell, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better. One of our bigger gripes with the platform has been the super slow and laggy share UI, which takes ages to populate even on the latest flagship hardware. Thankfully, according to a recent tweet by Android engineering VP Dave Burke, Google is working on a redesign.

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Google has a plan for fixing Android's slow share menu was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

APEX furthers the Android ROM modularization started by Treble

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Google's Project Treble was created to help fight Android's dirty f-word (fragmentation), by making the update process easier and faster for OEMs. Separating vendor-specific code like SoC drivers out from Android itself was meant to help when it came to OS updates and the work required to push them out. Now Google is working on increasing just how modular Android can be with something called APEX.

Details for APEX were published by well-known Rootless (Pixel) Launcher developer AmirZ on Reddit after he compiled together a bit of research on the subject.

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APEX furthers the Android ROM modularization started by Treble was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google to smartphone screens: Get bent

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Samsung (and others) have been teasing the concept of foldable phones for a short while, and that flexible dream has been a science fiction-level goal for years. But up until today, it was anyone's guess exactly how that might have worked when it came to software implementations in Android. But fret not, Google has just revealed at the Android Dev Summit that our favorite operating system will have native support for folding form factors.

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Google to smartphone screens: Get bent was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google to smartphone screens: Get bent

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Samsung (and others) have been teasing the concept of foldable phones for a short while, and that flexible dream has been a science fiction-level goal for years. But up until today, it was anyone's guess exactly how that might have worked when it came to software implementations in Android. But fret not, Google has just revealed at the Android Dev Summit that our favorite operating system will have native support for folding form factors.

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Google to smartphone screens: Get bent was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

End of an era: The final Nexus phones may have just gotten their last update

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Google's Nexus 5X and 6P, released in 2015, were the last phones in the series before the company launched the new Pixel line. In the same year, Google established its three-year update policy, which set the last update for the pair of Nexuses (Nexi?) sometime in 2018. Last year, an impromptu two-month extension was revealed, placing their final sunset in November of 2018. And, well, here we are.

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End of an era: The final Nexus phones may have just gotten their last update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android turns 11 today: Happy Birthday!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

They grow up so fast, don't they? It's hard to believe, but today marks the 11th anniversary of the first Android beta. If you thought the 5th of November was only important because of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, think again — the first public launch of Android is what makes today special.

Of course, the official release didn't happen until nearly a year later when, on September 23 2008, Android version 1.0 became commercially available on the HTC Dream.

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Android turns 11 today: Happy Birthday! was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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