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Chainfire launches firmware.mobi, a database of stock boot, recovery images, and firmware links

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Finding stock firmware for phones can be a pain, but Chainfire is here to help. He's launched a new website at firmware.mobi, where you can find official firmware for a variety of devices. It also simplifies the process of using CF-Auto-Root, if that's your goal.

According to Chainfire, this site was originally supposed to be part of the FlashFire app, but Google's prohibition on apps downloading binaries would probably make the firmware database a no-go.

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Chainfire launches firmware.mobi, a database of stock boot, recovery images, and firmware links was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Feedly reader has a crash bug issue, but the latest update should fix it

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Everyone's favorite reader app, Feedly, seems to be having some problems on Android right now. For some users, version 37.3.0 (which was released back in June) has started crashing every time it's opened. I can confirm the issue on my Pixel XL, and it looks a little something like this...

  

Thankfully, the Feedly devs have been quick to act, first putting out a statement on Twitter saying they were looking into it.

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Feedly reader has a crash bug issue, but the latest update should fix it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Actions on Google is now available for the Australian Google Assistant

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Third party apps and services have been able to connect with the Google Assistant in the States since late last year, through the Actions on Google platform. Compatibility with more languages and regions was promised, and a couple of months ago we got support for it here in the UK, too. Australia is next up. Starting today, developers and businesses down under can integrate their apps with the Google Assistant.

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Actions on Google is now available for the Australian Google Assistant was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google I/O 2017 app’s source code released on GitHub to demonstrate the newest, best practices for Android devs

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Every year for the past few years, Google releases an app for I/O attendees. Then, a few months afterwards, the company uploads the app's source code to GitHub. This year's I/O app was aptly named "Google I/O 2017," and now, if you're an Android developer, you can go through its source code to see what new techniques you can implement into your own app(s).

The biggest addition to the I/O 2017 app was the event reservation system, which enabled attendees to make reservations and join waitlists for various events without having to stand in long lines.

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Google I/O 2017 app's source code released on GitHub to demonstrate the newest, best practices for Android devs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s next-gen D8 dex compiler is now in preview, improves compilation times and file sizes

Friday, August 11th, 2017

If you've ever watched HBO's Silicon Valley, you'll know that data compression is a big deal these days. Google knows this, and has just introduced the D8 dex compiler in preview as part of Android Studio 3.0 Beta's release. It improves upon the existing DX compiler in virtually every way.

Dex compilers are essential for app development. Google is claiming that the new D8 compiler compiles faster, produces smaller .dex files, and offers the same or better app runtime performance when compared to the current DX compiler.

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Google's next-gen D8 dex compiler is now in preview, improves compilation times and file sizes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[More Room For Spam] Google Play raises the app title limit from 30 to 50 characters

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

I'm sure there's a legit reason why Google has changed one of its developer policies on the Play Store, but I can't think of any right now. Back in mid-July, it announced in a newsletter to developers that the character limit for app titles has been raised from 30 characters to 50. The change, however, seems to have been in effect even before because Waze changed to a much longer name between June 13 and 14.

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[More Room For Spam] Google Play raises the app title limit from 30 to 50 characters was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces Nearby Connections API v2.0 with full offline functionality, more bandwidth, and less latency

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Some of you might remember the Contextual App Experiences talk at I/O this year. The seemingly convoluted name actually held some pretty big news, as it was during that talk that Google revealed its plans to refresh the Nearby Connections API. That set of APIs is used to provide communication between your phone and other things in physical proximity to you, further expanding your ability to share info and data locally.

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Google announces Nearby Connections API v2.0 with full offline functionality, more bandwidth, and less latency was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Microsoft is bringing the Windows Dev Center to Android [APK Download]

Monday, July 31st, 2017

If you're a Windows developer, you'll be familiar with the Dev Center, an invaluable tool for monitoring your apps. The personalized dashboard tracks key performance and health data so you can maintain any apps you have in the Windows Store. Microsoft is now getting ready to launch an Android app with the same functionality, so you can check in on your software on the move.

This is early an alpha build, so the app may not be all that stable, but we can at least see what to expect from a full release somewhere down the line.

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Microsoft is bringing the Windows Dev Center to Android [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

HTC posts kernel source code for the One A9, plus more models of the HTC 10

Friday, July 28th, 2017

HTC published Android 7.0 Nougat kernel source code for the HTC 10 at the tail end of last year. It was only available for the unlocked version at the time, but now the company has updated the page with the code for the T-Mobile, Telstra, and Verizon versions of the phone, too. Furthermore, the HTC One A9 has had its code published for the first time, with a great deal more variants available.

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HTC posts kernel source code for the One A9, plus more models of the HTC 10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Officially live] Actions on Google will soon support British English

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

In a bid to make its Assistant more powerful, Actions on Google was launched in the US late last year. The service allows third-party developers to build their own voice actions for the Assistant, integrating it with their own apps.

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[Update: Officially live] Actions on Google will soon support British English was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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