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Google releases source code for I/O 2018 app

Monday, August 13th, 2018

It has become tradition for Google to release the source code for its annual I/O app refresh in the months following the event. Today is the big day for the 2018 variant, and Google says it made some big changes this time around. Developers can take a peek at the code to get a better handle on Google's best practices for app development.

Google says the I/O 2018 app represents a complete rewrite of the app.

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Google releases source code for I/O 2018 app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Talon for Twitter open-sourced by Klinker Apps

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Talon is my favorite Twitter client, since it offers many more features than the official app all while looking prettier — it also helps that I happen to like the developer, Luke Klinker, and his work. But earlier today, he announced that he had open sourced one of the most popular Twitter clients, just like he did with the previous version a few years ago.

Klinker says that this means that anyone can go look at his code – this being the whole point of open source to begin with – so you can go look through it, whether it be for inspiration or with a critical eye.

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Talon for Twitter open-sourced by Klinker Apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Talon for Twitter open-sourced by Klinker Apps

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Talon is my favorite Twitter client, since it offers many more features than the official app all while looking prettier — it also helps that I happen to like the developer, Luke Klinker, and his work. But earlier today, he announced that he had open sourced one of the most popular Twitter clients, just like he did with the previous version a few years ago.

Klinker says that this means that anyone can go look at his code – this being the whole point of open source to begin with – so you can go look through it, whether it be for inspiration or with a critical eye.

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Talon for Twitter open-sourced by Klinker Apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AsteroidOS 1.0 is a promising open-source smartwatch OS with plenty of room for improvement

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

When smartwatches first hit the market several years ago, I immediately hopped on board. As an avid lover of watches, I found myself very interested in the concept of wearing a timepiece that also doubled as a notification mirror for my phone. At the time, I worked in jobs where phone use was either discouraged or outright prohibited, whether by policy or the frantic pace of the position. But unfortunately for me, I have a compulsion to know what's going on with my phone at any and all times — I can't just ignore my phone going off.

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AsteroidOS 1.0 is a promising open-source smartwatch OS with plenty of room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: It’s official] Microsoft reportedly acquiring GitHub tomorrow

Monday, June 4th, 2018

GitHub is one of the most popular sites for hosting repositories of code. Google moved most of its projects to GitHub after Google Code shut down, and countless open-source Android applications and libraries live on the site as well.

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[Update: It's official] Microsoft reportedly acquiring GitHub tomorrow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Microsoft reportedly acquiring GitHub tomorrow

Monday, June 4th, 2018

GitHub is one of the most popular sites for hosting repositories of code. Google moved most of its projects to GitHub after Google Code shut down, and countless open-source Android applications and libraries live on the site as well. GitHub has been an independent company for its entire 10-year history, but that might not be the case for much longer.

Rumors have been circulating for a few days that Microsoft has been in discussions to acquire GitHub.

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Microsoft reportedly acquiring GitHub tomorrow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

A few years ago, a French computer science student named Florent Revest undertook a project to keep Android Wear smartwatches from dying of obsolescence. That project is called AsteroidOS, built entirely on GNU/Linux libraries and technologies, and in its current state, it's fairly basic. Even so, for all fans of open source software out there, this is pretty damn great.

This is the stable release of v1.0 and it works on a few select watches: Asus ZenWatch, Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch 3, LG G Watch, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3.

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AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This is what it’s like using only open-source software on Android

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Technically speaking, Android is open-source. This means anyone can look at the operating system's code, or change it - this is how OEMs like HTC and Samsung add their own tweaks. That openness has often been a rallying cry for hardcore Android enthusiasts. Why use a closed platform like iOS, when you can have a free and open-source platform?

But even from the beginning, there were components of Android that were closed-source.

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This is what it's like using only open-source software on Android 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.

SMS Backup+ sees first update in two years, new beta leaves Holo design behind

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

SMS Backup+ was a popular app back in the day, and for many, it's still indispensable. For the unfamiliar, it's an open source app that allows you to backup your SMS and MMS messages into a simple and intuitive conversation view in Gmail, so not only are they automatically stored elsewhere, you can quickly and easily sort through them.

Up until recently, the app looked a bit dated, with a decidedly Holo-esque aesthetic and no updates since 2015, but a new beta version (1.5.11-beta8) was just released with some UI modernization and other improvements. 

The full changelog for v1.5.11 wasn't posted to the Play Store—for whatever reason, it's only available in the updated app on launch and on the Github for the project—but we've included it just below.

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SMS Backup+ sees first update in two years, new beta leaves Holo design behind was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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