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[Update: Maps Go too] Google Go hits 10 million installs on Play Store – an indicator of Android Go’s success?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Statistics for Android Go-related sales haven't been revealed, so it's tough to say how many of the phones have been sold. That makes it hard to tell if things are generally going well for the Android Go effort or not.

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[Update: Maps Go too] Google Go hits 10 million installs on Play Store - an indicator of Android Go's success? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sikur launches new encrypted phones, this time using Sony hardware

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard the Sikur name, with the security-focused company last seen in February promoting its “hack proof” SIKURPhone. The company had 20,000 units available for pre-order, but they weren’t scheduled to ship until August. Like all its phones, the device essentially amounted to a very secure messenger and cryptocurrency wallet with few third-party apps. 

Now Sikur is back, this time with Sony-branded hardware.

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Sikur launches new encrypted phones, this time using Sony hardware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Leak reveals Pixel 3’s Google Camera will support real-time Lens analysis

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Real-time detection in the Google Lens app began rolling out in May 2018, but it's still not possible to use the tool in real-time just by opening up the basic Google Camera app. That won't be the case for long, though, according to a new leak that shows Lens running by default in the Pixel 3's camera. In a video published (then quickly unpublished) by a tipster, the standard Google Camera clocks an email address on a business card, then a pop-up suggests copying that address over to Gmail.

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Leak reveals Pixel 3's Google Camera will support real-time Lens analysis was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ARCore v1.5 adds support for OnePlus 6T, ROG Phone, Razer Phone, Xperia X, and many more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Google's ARCore team just rolled out a new update that appears to bring the augmented reality framework to several more phones and tablets. Some hot new (and upcoming) devices are on the list, like the Galaxy Note9, OnePlus 6T, and ROG Phone. These are also joined by some older models like the Sony Xperia X.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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ARCore v1.5 adds support for OnePlus 6T, ROG Phone, Razer Phone, Xperia X, and many more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram’s co-founders are leaving Facebook

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom are leaving Facebook "to explore [their] curiosity and creativity again," Systrom announced in a blog post. Bloomberg reports that the departure comes amid increasing friction between the pair and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Krieger and Systrom founded Instagram in 2010; Facebook acquired the young photo-sharing platform for a whopping $715 million in 2012. Facebook's increasingly heavy-handed influence over its acquisition has frustrated Instagram's team, especially Krieger and Systrom.

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Instagram's co-founders are leaving Facebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram adds notifications to its browser app and Instagram Lite

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If you use Instagram's mobile web app, then you've likely been waiting patiently for the addition of notifications since it launched in the first half of 2017. That wait is finally over. Now, Instagram users who log in from Chome can turn on notifications for when they get new followers, likes, or comments. The change also applies to Instagram Lite, which is still in testing, and more or less a wrapper of the mobile site.

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Instagram adds notifications to its browser app and Instagram Lite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

Here's the new policy, as well as what Twitter considers to be "dehumanizing."

Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy

You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Search undergoing ‘fundamental’ shift towards more tailored, personalized results — but will that hurt discovery?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

With the growing commercial use of AI, the platforms we use daily are becoming more and more customized. When a social media platform recommends the best content for you, it's distilling out things that you don't like — providing you with that infamous echo chamber effect. Of course, this isn't constrained solely to social networks. Google Search uses AI, as well. In fact, the tech giant has just announced that it's adding several "intelligent" recommendation features to its original product, with a focus on what it calls "longer [search] sessions," that span multiple days.

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Google Search undergoing 'fundamental' shift towards more tailored, personalized results — but will that hurt discovery? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jaybird announces $100 Tarah earbuds, available this October

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jaybird released its X4 earbuds not even two weeks ago, but the wireless headphone manufacturer is already back at it. Today, the company announced the Tarah, a new set of athletic earbuds set to retail at $99.99. They'll be available in three color combinations starting in October.

The Tarah look quite similar to the X4, and by extension, most Jaybird headsets. The main difference seems to be the battery, which is rated for six hours of playback versus the X4's purported eight.

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Jaybird announces $100 Tarah earbuds, available this October was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Voice Wi-Fi calls rolling out to more people

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

It's always been hard to explain what Google Voice is because it feels like a VoIP service, but it's not. Google Voice has operated as a phonecall relay system all these years, forwarding your calls through another number. Earlier this year, Google started beta testing Wi-Fi calls in Google Voice, and it looks like the feature is rolling out to more users.

As with all VoIP platforms, Wi-Fi calls in Google Voice let you place calls over the internet without using your carrier's cellular phone call system.

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Google Voice Wi-Fi calls rolling out to more people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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