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BBC iPlayer Radio app updated to support Android Auto [APK Download]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

If you've ever sampled the BBC's excellent radio output, there's one app you really need in your life: BBC iPlayer Radio. It's a one-stop shop for all BBC radio shows, from sport to comedy to current affairs, and while the app may have its quirks, it's still a mostly good experience on Android.

The latest update to the app includes support for Google's in-car OS Android Auto (as well as Apple CarPlay), so you can more easily and safely listen to your favorite shows while you're behind the wheel.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app updated to support Android Auto [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome for Android is testing a ‘breaking news’ push notification

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Whether on mobile or desktop, Chrome always has a few experimental tricks up its sleeve. You can find these at chrome://flags where they can be enabled or disabled. Google uses these to test new features ahead of turning them on permanently, and lots of what we love about chrome started out as an optional flag.

The latest of these experiments to hit the Canary channel of Chrome for Android is a flag that could offer up push notifications for breaking news events.

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Chrome for Android is testing a 'breaking news' push notification was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Music v8.1 appears with dedicated Android TV app and a significantly new look [APK Download]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Play Music app on Android TV has remained mostly unchanged since the platform launched three years ago. If you've grown tired of the wall of orange and all of the completely original Material Design components that were used when Android TV first launched, you'll be happy to see that Play Music is now sporting a new look. A new Android TV-specific variant of the Play Music app is rolling out through the Play Store with a completely redesigned look.

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Play Music v8.1 appears with dedicated Android TV app and a significantly new look [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system isn't bad, but if you asked me whether I'd rather use it or Android Auto with proper integration, I'd take Google's solution any day. If you, too, prefer Android Auto and have been in the market for an FCA product, you're in luck - 14 new cars across five of the association's brands now support it.

Without further ado, here's the list:

  • Abarth
    • 2017+ 595
    • 2017+ 695
  • Chrysler
    • 2018+ Pacifica
  • Dodge
    • 2018+ Durango
  • Fiat
    • 2017+ 500
    • 2017+ 500L
    • 2017+ Argo
    • 2017+ Tipo
  • Jeep
    • 2018+ Grand Cherokee
    • 2018+ Wrangler
  • RAM
    • 2018+ 1500
    • 2018+ 2500
    • 2018+ 3500
    • 2018+ Chassis Cab

This means that you can now have Android Auto in everything from the little city runabout that is the Fiat 500 to the 707hp monster SUV that is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

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Android Auto hits 14 new FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM) vehicles for 2017 and 2018 model years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TWRP now supports Galaxy A3 Duos, ASUS Zenfone 4 Max, and more

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

TWRP is still the best custom recovery available, giving Android users a better way to flash ROMs and backup their devices. Part of the reason it's so great is that can be ported to new devices fairly easily. Since we last covered the project earlier this month, a few more phones have been added to the roster.

Without further ado, here is the full list of added devices:

As is usually the case, these are a mix of old and new devices.

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TWRP now supports Galaxy A3 Duos, ASUS Zenfone 4 Max, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube TV playback controls arrive on the Google Home

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

There are just a handful of video services that support voice controls on the Google Home, like Netflix and Google Photos. This allows you to start playback of content on a Chromecast, Android TV, or other Cast-enabled device using Google Assistant voice commands. I'm still waiting for Hulu to add support, but in the meantime, you can now use it with YouTube TV.

The new functionality works just like every other service on Assistant.

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YouTube TV playback controls arrive on the Google Home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Surprise: The Google Pixel 2 has a hidden menu button on its navigation bar

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The menu button used to be oh-so-important to Android in the early years. Google ditched it pretty early on with the introduction of the Galaxy Nexus, but Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note III was released in late 2013 and still had one on board.

But even after menu buttons lost their permanent spots on the chins of phones, some still persisted through long-presses of the multitasking button. You could even find cheaper devices with dedicated menu buttons to the right of their multitasking buttons, and if you really wanted one on your current phone, some custom ROMs would allow you to add one there.

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Surprise: The Google Pixel 2 has a hidden menu button on its navigation bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Live location sharing is pretty popular. Google Maps added it back in March, followed by Facebook Messenger the same month and Snapchat in June. Given that Messenger has had it for a few months, it makes sense that the feature would eventually make its way to Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Now the time has come, as WhatsApp announced on its blog that the feature will be rolling out to the iOS and Android apps "in the coming weeks." There's a new 'Share Live Location' option in the attach menu, where you can choose how long to share where you are.

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WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Game Dev Tycoon is coming to Android in January

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

You may recall Game Dev Story, a mobile game where you had to create and manage your own game company. It is still popular, but it has largely stayed unchanged since it arrived on the Play Store in 2010. Game Dev Tycoon is a similar title, first released in 2012 for the PC and published on Steam in 2013. Greenheart Games, the studio behind the game, has announced that an Android version is coming in January 2018.

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Game Dev Tycoon is coming to Android in January was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Google provides various tools to keep your account secure like login alerts and 2-factor authentication. If you're extra paranoid, Google just launched a program tailored to you. The Advanced Protection Program adds a set of stronger protections to your account, and it's available right now for all personal Google accounts. Why isn't it rolling out to everyone? Because Advanced Protection Program isn't going to be very convenient.

Advanced Protection Program is for people who are legitimately worried about someone gaining access to their account data.

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Google announces the Advanced Protection Program for enhanced account security was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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