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Registration for Google’s .dev domains begins January 2019

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

As the number of available .com domains continues to decline, alternative domain endings are becoming more popular. Many developers (including yours truly) prefer to use .io domains for personal sites and projects, as a nod to "I/O" being the abbreviation for "input/output," but now Google is working on a new ending specifically for those people — .dev.

Much like the .app ending that Google introduced earlier this year, .dev is included on the HSTS preload list, meaning HTTPS support is required.

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Registration for Google's .dev domains begins January 2019 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 admits too much white space in apps is bad for battery life

Friday, November 9th, 2018

During the Android Dev Summit 2018 that was just held in Mountain View, Google admitted something we all basically knew anyway: it may have been wrong to use so much much white in its apps as it drains smartphone batteries faster than duller, darker colors. Thankfully, dark modes can alleviate the problem and lead to better battery life, and Google wants more devs to add one to their apps.

Using an OG Pixel with an OLED panel, Google engineers ran some tests to see how much display brightness and color affects battery life.

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Google admits too much white space in apps is bad for battery life 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.

Gallery: Take a look at Samsung’s new “Night theme” dark mode for Galaxy phones

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

We had a chance to go hands-on with some Samsung test devices running the company's new One UI - the latest in a long line of TouchWiz rebrands - and the feature likely to generate the most attention is almost certainly the new "Night theme" option. Basically, night theme sets nearly every stock app, along with the launcher and lockscreen, into an all-blacked-out look that Android users have been begging for in devices for years.

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Gallery: Take a look at Samsung's new "Night theme" dark mode for Galaxy phones 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.

Android Studio will soon be officially supported on Chrome OS

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

For years, it was rumored that Android Studio would eventually be supported on Chrome OS. It's now possible to run the IDE on Chromebooks through Linux app support, which was announced at I/O earlier this year and began to roll out in the stable Chrome OS channel in September. Android Studio mostly works on Chrome OS already, but Google is making it official.

Starting early next year, Chrome OS will be an officially-supported platform for Android Studio, alongside macOS/Windows/Linux.

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Android Studio will soon be officially supported on Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Samsung announces] Google says Samsung’s foldable phone will launch in 2019

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

At its annual Dev Summit in Mountain View this morning, Android VP Dave Burke announced that Google was partnering to optimize the Android platform for an upcoming foldable device... built by Samsung. The foldable phone in question will launch next year according to Burke, who appears to have confirmed something Samsung hasn't itself yet announced.

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[Update: Samsung announces] Google says Samsung's foldable phone will launch in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

App developers must target Android 8.0 or higher starting today (November 1st)

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Google rolls out new security features in every version of Android, but some changes only apply for apps that target newer API levels. Thus, Google announced late last year it was cracking down on apps built for older versions of Android. Today is the big day—developers can no longer upload anything to the Play Store without targeting at least API level 26 (Oreo 8.0).

The new policy is fully in effect today, but it's something developers have dealt with for several months.

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App developers must target Android 8.0 or higher starting today (November 1st) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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