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Google will begin certifying Android devices for business use, starting with phones from LG, BlackBerry, Motorola, and others

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

When it comes to security, Android devices are a mixed bag - to say the least. Few manufacturers make promises about long-term support, and timely security updates are rare. This is understandably a concern for large businesses, which often don't want to worry about security flaws or constantly deploy new devices. For many enterprise customers, the question of which Android phones should be used is difficult to answer.

Google's solution to this problem is the 'Android Enterprise Recommended' program, which defines which Android devices are ideal for business use.

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Google will begin certifying Android devices for business use, starting with phones from LG, BlackBerry, Motorola, and others was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel’s microphone problems

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Hot on the heels of the Project Fi news, it appears that Google is being sued for another problem. Last year we reported that many original Pixel and Pixel XLs were having microphone-related issues caused by a physical defect in the device. Now the same group of attorneys that put together the LG bootloop lawsuit is seeking a class action against Google for the OG Pixel's microphone defect. 

Google did appear to take the original reports of microphone problems quite seriously last year, going so far as to replace phones which exhibited the issue.

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Google is being sued for the 2016 Pixel's microphone problems was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google adds ‘Winter Sports’ and ‘Blocks’ AR stickers to Pixel camera [APK Download]

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Google's AR efforts go back a few years to the Tango developer devices. It took time for Tango to become a consumer product, and Google killed Tango after just two phone releases. Now it's all about ARCore, which you can experience in the Pixel camera. There's a new version of AR Stickers today that enables two more sticker packs. Strangely, the stickers are a separate download this time.

The new AR Stickers app is v1.1, but it won't change much on its own.

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Google adds 'Winter Sports' and 'Blocks' AR stickers to Pixel camera [APK Download] 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.

Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other apps now use the Pixel 2’s Visual Core

Monday, February 5th, 2018

There's one particularly exciting feature in the Pixel 2 that most people won't notice - the Visual Core. It's a custom chip (developed by Google) designed to speed up HDR+ image processing. It also enables HDR+ for third-party apps, or at least ones that choose to support it. The chip didn't do anything when the Pixel 2 shipped, but it was finally turned on in Android 8.1.

Google announced today that is has worked with the developers of Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other apps to take full advantage of the Visual Core.

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Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other apps now use the Pixel 2's Visual Core was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

February 2018 Android 8.1 patches are live for Pixel and Nexus devices

Monday, February 5th, 2018

It's time again for another update to Android, and it's rolling out to Google devices starting now. If you just can't wait for the OTA to reach you, there are some files you can download to skip the wait. It looks like most devices just have a single build this month, which will make things much easier.

The OTA files are where you want to go if your phone doesn't have an unlocked bootloader.

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February 2018 Android 8.1 patches are live for Pixel and Nexus devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google completes $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC hardware team members

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Ever since Google worked with HTC to design and manufacture the original Pixel phones, rumors had been circulating about Google possibly acquiring the company. The news finally became official in September, when Google announced it would pay $1.1 billion for HTC's Pixel hardware team and various hardware licenses.

Today, Google revealed it has concluded its deal with HTC, with more than 2,000 former HTC employees now working for Google (according to The Verge).

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Google completes $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC hardware team members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Refurbished 2016 Pixel on sale for $319.99 and Pixel XL for $359.99 with coupon codes

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Google launched new Pixel phones a few months ago, but the 2016 Pixel phones are still solid devices. They're faster than many phones, and the camera performance is incredible. Google doesn't sell them anymore, but there are some cheap refurbished units available on Daily Steals. We've even got some coupon codes to make them even cheaper.

You have your choice of the Pixel or Pixel XL in either 32GB or 128GB versions.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 2016 Pixel on sale for $319.99 and Pixel XL for $359.99 with coupon codes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Phone v16 fixes issue with Pixel screens not waking on incoming calls with Bluetooth device connected [APK Download]

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

These days, almost all manufacturer apps can be updated via the Play Store. This makes updating them with new designs and features a lot easier, as you might have glimpsed from our teardowns. Most recently for the Google Phone app, v15 added a white navigation bar, assisted dialing for international travelers, and some more. We didn't spot any major changes in Phone v16, but it appears that it fixes an issue people were having with receiving calls while they had a Bluetooth device connected.

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Google Phone v16 fixes issue with Pixel screens not waking on incoming calls with Bluetooth device connected [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The US smartphone market is devolving into a Samsung and Apple market – and that’s bad for Android

Friday, January 12th, 2018

If you live in the United States and walk into a Verizon store, you have essentially four options when it comes to choosing a premium smartphone brand: Apple, Samsung, LG, and Google. Yesterday, we learned that continuing to expect LG will be one of these options probably isn't the best bet.

While there may yet be a premium LG phone that launches on Verizon, the Korean conglomerate looks poised to join Motorola as one of Verizon's when-it's-convenient handset partners, and is quite possibly on its way to the Verizon graveyard with the likes of HTC, Sony, and BlackBerry.

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The US smartphone market is devolving into a Samsung and Apple market - and that's bad for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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