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Chrome OS Instant Tethering is rolling out to non-Pixel phones

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

While Chrome OS' offline usability has improved a lot since the platform's early days, there's no denying that an internet connection is still essential to get a lot of things done on a Chromebook. When you're away from WiFi, you can tether your phone's connection, but Google has a smarter ace up its sleeve: Instant Tethering. The feature started showing up two years ago to link two Android devices, was later one of the highlights of the Pixelbook announcement, then expanded to more Chrome OS devices.

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Chrome OS Instant Tethering is rolling out to non-Pixel phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nostalgia trip: A decade of Android wallpapers, from the G1 to the Pixel 2

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

You may not have heard, but Android turned 10 this week. Over the course of the past decade, Google has loaded its phones up with tons of quality wallpapers — and here, we've tried to create a comprehensive repository of them.

This collection doesn't include live wallpapers, which are a little trickier to share, or the dozens of wallpapers available through Google's Wallpapers app. But it does feature more than 100 of the backdrops that have graced our mobile screens over the years.

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Nostalgia trip: A decade of Android wallpapers, from the G1 to the Pixel 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Services 12.2.09 appears to fix Android’s ‘Check for update’ button [APK Download]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

For the longest time, we've suspected that Android's "Check for update" does nothing to actually get you the update. If you were in the group that is supposed to receive the update, the button simply sped up the process instead of waiting for the next automatic check to reveal it, but if there was an update and you weren't in the group, it did nothing to push you forward in the waiting line.

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Google Play Services 12.2.09 appears to fix Android's 'Check for update' button [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Android TV is very much alive, as was made abundantly clear by the plethora of new Android TV powered televisions with Google Assistant capability shown off at CES 2018. Streaming boxes powered by Android TV, however, are conspicuously missing—the last Android TV set-top box to be released in the United States was the Xiaomi Mi Box in October 2016.

Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV products both received hardware refreshes last September, while Roku products received hardware refreshes in October.

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Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Android TV is very much alive, as was made abundantly clear by the plethora of new Android TV powered televisions with Google Assistant capability shown off at CES 2018. Streaming boxes powered by Android TV, however, are conspicuously missing—the last Android TV set-top box to be released in the United States was the Xiaomi Mi Box in October 2016.

Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV products both received hardware refreshes last September, while Roku products received hardware refreshes in October.

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Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Android TV is very much alive, as was made abundantly clear by the plethora of new Android TV powered televisions with Google Assistant capability shown off at CES 2018. Streaming boxes powered by Android TV, however, are conspicuously missing—the last Android TV set-top box to be released in the United States was the Xiaomi Mi Box in October 2016.

Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV products both received hardware refreshes last September, while Roku products received hardware refreshes in October.

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Android TV streaming boxes: an uneasy start and apparent death was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Latest Gmail and Maps versions have white/inverted nav bars on Android 8.1

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

White navigation bars are nothing new, with LG phones having had them as options for many years and Samsung recently making them the default to reduce burn-in on its Galaxy phones. Now they're becoming abundant in Google phones with the introduction of Android 8.1 Oreo, both for aesthetic effect and in an attempt to minimize burn-in. Their latest appearances on 8.1 are in Gmail and Maps, where they've found new homes.

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Latest Gmail and Maps versions have white/inverted nav bars on Android 8.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The Nexus Player, Google's first (and only) digital media player (see note) has received support for Google Assistant as part of the November security update. This is the third Android TV device to receive the Assistant, after the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions.

Given the quality of the microphone in the bundled controller, you are probably better off using the Android TV Remote app with your existing smartphone, but the feature does work.

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Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android’s monthly security bulletin now details functional updates for Pixels and Nexus phones

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Google has been publishing its security bulletin for the monthly Android patches for a long time, but starting October 2017 (last month), it created a special bulletin for Nexus and Pixel devices. With the newly released November patch, Google has started populating one new section in the bulletin that details "Functional updates."

Google has recently started using the monthly patches not just for security fixes, but also as an opportunity to fix functional bugs on Nexus and Pixel phones and add really urgent features that could not wait until a full system software update.

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Android's monthly security bulletin now details functional updates for Pixels and Nexus phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google posts October system images and OTA files for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but they only have September patches

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Google makes updated Android builds available for its devices every month, and the time has come for October's downloads to go live for Google's new phones. You can grab the system images or OTA files for Nexus and Pixel devices, but not all of them are actually October patches. Google's latest and greatest phones are still only on the September security patch.

The system images can be flashed onto your device even if you're running unofficial software.

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Google posts October system images and OTA files for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but they only have September patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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