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Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

While Apple phased out 32-bit apps on iOS over a year ago, Google has been taking its time — likely because there are still many 32-bit Android phones and tablets still in use. Google announced in December 2017 that 32-bit apps would eventually be phased out on 64-bit devices, and now the company has provided specific dates for the process.

Starting on August 1, 2019, all new apps and updates to existing apps are required to provide 64-bit versions, in addition to the usual 32-bit versions.

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Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Studio 3.3 includes official Navigation Editor support and more than 200 bug fixes

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

If you're a developer of Android apps, there's a good chance you use Google's purpose-built Android Studio environment. The last update to version 3.2 came with one headline feature — App Bundles — plus a few incremental improvements, and now 3.3 has arrived.

According to Google's blog post, the newest update focuses on "refinement and quality," so don't expect any groundbreaking new features. More than 200 user-reported bugs have been squashed since the last release, and the other key improvements are official support for Navigation Editor, improved incremental Java compilation when using annotation processors, and C++ code lint inspectors.

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Android Studio 3.3 includes official Navigation Editor support and more than 200 bug fixes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

DontKillMyApp.com shames OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

The days when third-party battery-saving apps were necessary to hit a satisfactory number of hours off a single charge are long behind the vast majority of Android users, thanks to improvements like Doze and Adaptive Battery. But in some cases, this measure of progress has become something of a Pyrrhic victory, with useful background processes carelessly destroyed and developers taking the brunt of user ire. Well, the Urbandroid team — the gang behind apps Sleep As Android, Twilight, and others — doesn't plan on going quietly into the night.

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DontKillMyApp.com shames OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Paranoid Android announces Pie Beta ROMs, starting with Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Poco F1

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Popular custom ROM maker Paranoid Android came back from the dead in 2017 and has just announced its long-awaited first Android 9 Pie beta builds, with initial availability for a handful of Xiaomi devices. PA is also changing the way it develops its ROM to include Generic System Images (GSI) which should allow support for a greater number of devices.

The first phones to get the Paranoid Android Pie Beta are the Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 6, Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Poco F1.

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Paranoid Android announces Pie Beta ROMs, starting with Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Poco F1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new SMS and call permission policy is crippling apps used by millions

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Late last year, Google decided it was time to crack down on apps requesting SMS and call log permissions. Ostensibly, exceptions would be granted for categories including backups and automation, but as of now, there are still gaps which cover legitimate use cases. While some popular apps like Tasker have successfully secured exemptions, others like Cerberus have not. Instead, they've decided to strip out those permissions or risk facing the wrath of Google's upcoming January 9th banhammer, killing associated functionality and disappointing millions of long-time users to adhere to the Play Store's new policy.

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Google's new SMS and call permission policy is crippling apps used by millions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Flag arrives in Chrome OS 72 Dev] Chromebooks and tablets will get an option to show the tablet-optimized version of a website

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Viewing the full web is one of the great parts of using a Chromebook, but sometimes the full web doesn't feel quite so full - especially if you're exploring it with a touchscreen. Much of the internet remains poorly-optimized for touch, and desktop websites are still, first and foremost, designed for point-and-click experiences. With the launch of the Pixel Slate, Google's senior product manager for Chrome OS, Kan Liu, confirmed to me in an interview that the company is aware that not all websites are going to be a great fit for a touchscreen.

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[Update: Flag arrives in Chrome OS 72 Dev] Chromebooks and tablets will get an option to show the tablet-optimized version of a website was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Android 4.0, nicknamed 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' was an exciting release. It brought all the improvements in Honeycomb back to smartphones, and for the first time ever, Android had a somewhat-cohesive visual style. However, those days have long since passed, with 4.0-4.0.4 now representing less than 0.5% of the overall Android install base.

Google announced today that Play Services, the framework that provides key APIs and allows the Play Store to function, will no longer support Ice Cream Sandwich moving forward.

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Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its cross-platform mobile development toolkit

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Yesterday, at a dev-focused event at the Science Museum in London, UK, Google announced the 1.0 release of its cross-platform portable UI toolkit. Flutter has been in development since in 2015 with several betas being going out in the last year and a preview release this summer. It will allow developers to build apps that seamlessly work on both Android and iOS without maintaining separate codebases.

Google designed Flutter to enable rapid development and effortless collaboration between designers and coders.

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Google announces Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its cross-platform mobile development toolkit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Razer Phone 2 factory images and kernel source are now available for download

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

For many, a phone is a black box filled with apps, connectivity, and no small part of modern tech magic. But for the technically inclined (like enthusiasts and developers), the intricate operations that keep us knee-deep in apps and services are well understood, and access to specifics like kernel sources and factory images helps tremendously when it comes to rooting, ROMing, and device-targeted development. So it's a good thing Razer pushed out both factory images and kernel sources for its most recent flagship, the Razer Phone 2.

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Razer Phone 2 factory images and kernel source are now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook may soon let users block comments containing chosen words and phrases from their timelines

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Online harassment has been an issue for about as long as online communication has existed. Facebook is known for taking measures to combat abuse and bullying on its platform, and it seems the social network is working on another feature to that end. You may soon be able to block comments containing specified words, phrases, or emoji from appearing on your timeline.

According to a screen grab shared by Jane Wong on Twitter, the in-development feature would let you choose words, strings of words, and even emoji that you don't want to appear in comments on your timeline.

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Facebook may soon let users block comments containing chosen words and phrases from their timelines was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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