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TWRP now supports Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Moto E4 Plus, and more

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Team Win Recovery Project, which you probably know as TWRP, is the most popular custom recovery around. The open-source project makes it easy to flash custom software, including custom ROMs, on compatible phones and tablets. Since our last update a couple weeks ago, TWRP has added support for a handful of other devices, including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Moto E4 Plus.

Here's the list of devices that recently got TWRP support:

You can download TWRP for these newly added devices using the links above, or you can download the TWRP app from the widget below.

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TWRP now supports Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Moto E4 Plus, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces Augmented Reality Microscope platform to aid in cancer detection

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Google announced in a blog post today that it's developed a prototype for a microscope system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect anomalies resembling cancerous growths in tissue samples. Google is calling it the Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM) platform, and it's currently capable of identifying breast and prostate cancer, although Google says it will be able to find any other type of cancer once its model is trained for it.

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Google announces Augmented Reality Microscope platform to aid in cancer detection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Developer Preview 8 of Android Things OS is out, final release coming soon

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Android Things OS is a lightweight version of Android, designed to run on Internet of Things devices (smart appliances, embedded devices, etc). The first Developer Preview was released in late 2016, and it has continued to receive updates since then. Most notably, Android Things will power the upcoming Google Assistant smart displays.

Today, Google released Developer Preview 8 of Android Things, which features the final version of the API.

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Developer Preview 8 of Android Things OS is out, final release coming soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alliance for Open Media’s AV1 video codec outperforms popular standards, testing finds

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Testing by Facebook engineers found that the Alliance for Open Media's new video codec, AV1, outperforms widely-used standards like the x264 and VP9 codecs, Facebook announced in a post on its engineering blog this week. While AV1 exhibits better compression, videos do take longer to encode with the new format.

The Alliance for Open Media is a consortium of video-on-demand providers that was formed in 2015. The group includes big names in video streaming like Netflix and Google, as well as Facebook itself.

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Alliance for Open Media's AV1 video codec outperforms popular standards, testing finds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Google launched a new experience today that it's calling Talk to Books. It's pretty much what it sounds like: the demo asks for input in the form of regular old sentences, then tries to locate logical responses to those sentences from a pool of books. In a post on its Developer Blog, Google calls Talk to Books "an entirely new way to explore books by starting at the sentence level, rather than the author or topic level."

The experiment is meant to showcase advances machine learning that let computers communicate in ways that seem natural.

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Google's Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has a poor reputation when it comes to OS updates and the timely release of kernel source code. It took a Twitter backlash and criticism from several tech blogs to get the company to finally release the Nougat source code for the Android One-toting Mi A1. A similarly lengthy wait had to be endured before the Oreo code was be provided last month. Xiaomi has now stated its intention (again) to release kernel source code within three months of a device's launch.

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Xiaomi promises to change its ways and release kernel source code within 3 months of device launches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces Vision Intelligence Platform, new chips built for IoT

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

In a press release this morning, Qualcomm announced a new platform "purpose-built for IoT devices" and a couple of new system-on-chips to go along with it. The company is calling the new program the Vision Intelligence Platform, and its new chips will be used in devices like robots and smart cameras.

The new SoCs, the QCS605 and QCS603, were built for local machine learning and image processing using a range of Qualcomm's proprietary technologies, the release says.

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Qualcomm announces Vision Intelligence Platform, new chips built for IoT was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Web Authentication API aims to make passwords unnecessary

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Passwords are kind of a pain. You probably have sign-in credentials for about a million services, and ideally, they're all different. Password managers can help, but they're often finicky. A new standard by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) called Web Authentication API could simplify your digital life by allowing for password-free sign-ins across a wide variety of websites.

Instead of entering a password, users use their phone's registered unlock method, be it PIN, pattern, or fingerprint.

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Web Authentication API aims to make passwords unnecessary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play promo codes now available in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Developers with apps on the Play Store can set up promo codes to give users a paid app or an in-app product for free — if they live in an eligible country. But the list of countries where developers can issue Play Store promo codes is expanding at a quick pace. Seven countries (Argentina, Chile, PeruCzech Republic, Hungary, Israel, and Romania) were added to the fold in the past few weeks alone, and now four more countries are part of the list: Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

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Google Play promo codes now available in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TWRP now available for Sony Xperia XA2, Verizon Wear24, and more

Friday, April 6th, 2018

TWRP is the tool of choice for everything from flashing custom ROMs to backing up your phone. Last time we covered the project, it added support for the Moto X4. Since then, a few more devices have been added, including the Sony Xperia XA2 and Verizon Wear24 smartwatch.

Without further ado, here are the newly-supported phones and watches:

You can download TWRP for any of these devices from the above links, or grab the TWRP app from the widget below.

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TWRP now available for Sony Xperia XA2, Verizon Wear24, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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