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[Update: Video] Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google's next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a Samsung DeX-like desktop UI, and piles of smaller features.

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[Update: Video] Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google's next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a Samsung DeX-like desktop UI, and piles of smaller features.

The leaked Android Q image includes a new "Set Dark mode" option in Settings -> Display, thankfully including an automatic setting based on time of day.

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Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages will probably get Allo’s Google Assistant integration

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

This spring, Google announced "pausing" development on Allo as it repurposed development resources for RCS/Chat and Android Messages. At least one feature from Allo seems to be making its way over to Android Messages as a result of the change, though. The folks at XDA have just discovered hidden Assistant integration in Android Messages — though it's a bit incomplete at the moment.

 

Weather suggestion in Android Messages and resulting information.

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Android Messages will probably get Allo's Google Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google may bring proximity-based Nearby API to Chromebooks

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Last year, Google released v2.0 of its "Nearby Connections" API, which allows for your gadgets to communicate with other devices in close proximity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It was a part of the overall "Nearby" package, which also includes a few other systems for more specific applications, including messaging and notifications. According to a pair of commits recently spotted by the folks at XDA Developers, these Nearby APIs may be coming to Chromebooks. 

So far, Google's plans for Chromebooks seem to align with the previous use cases for Android tablets, so it isn't surprising to see additional Android features like the Nearby API set coming to the platform.

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Google may bring proximity-based Nearby API to Chromebooks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard Smart Replies being tested for other apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Android Messages

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Google's been throwing its Smart Replies at pretty much every app or venue capable of accepting them, from Android Messages to Gmail. It even has a standalone app that introduces the shortcuts—and their occasionally borderline-offensive responses—to third-party app notifications. Now Gboard is testing out adding the same feature to other applications like Facebook and WhatsApp.

The feature was first spotted by the folks over at XDA Developers over the weekend, and it works a bit differently than the in-notification solutions previously developed by Google.

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Gboard Smart Replies being tested for other apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Android Messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is starting to block GApps on ‘uncertified’ devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services. Until now, they've even been pretty lenient about allowing custom ROM users to flash the necessary payload on top of their modified OS. Unfortunately, some OEMs used that loophole to their advantage, ignoring Google's CTS certification process while shipping devices with GApps or shamelessly encouraging users to sideload them.

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Google is starting to block GApps on 'uncertified' devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P may give users a preemptive call-blocking feature, so long as carriers don’t screw it up

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Over the past several months, I've become increasingly familiar with how to block phone numbers in Google's Phone app: reject a suspicious call, go into my call history, long-press the dubious number, then tap "Block/report spam." This process is simple enough, but it's still just a reactionary, case-by-case measure. Android P may improve this call-blocking experience by giving users a smarter, preemptive way to block types of phone numbers — that is, so long as your carrier doesn't get in the way

The set of commits to the AOSP gerrit, spotted by XDA Developers, would add these contextual call-blocking features to the Google Phone app.

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Android P may give users a preemptive call-blocking feature, so long as carriers don't screw it up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Project Treble compatibility unofficially ported to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, more devices likely to follow

Monday, February 12th, 2018

One of Android's biggest criticisms over the years has been how fragmented its version distribution is at any given time. At Google I/O in May last year, Google unveiled a plan to modularize the OS and make it easier to update. Project Treble, in short, separates out the base-level Android framework from the vendor implementation so OEMs are able to release OS updates without having to wait for chipmakers to update drivers.

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Project Treble compatibility unofficially ported to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, more devices likely to follow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Unofficial Google Camera port now works on LG phones with wide angle lenses

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Many of us love the simplicity of the Google Camera app that comes pre-installed on Pixel phones, but it's the HDR+ capabilities that really set it apart. Thankfully the Android community is full of willing modders, and an unofficial port has been available for some time now. It hasn't played nice with phones that have dual rear lenses, as no Google device has such a setup. A new update looks to have added support for some LG devices with two cameras.

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Unofficial Google Camera port now works on LG phones with wide angle lenses was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android may have native Wi-Fi Direct printing in the future

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Android has a few different methods for printing, one of the easiest and most recognizable is probably Google's Cloud Print. But setting up and using a random printer from your Android-powered phone or tablet isn't quite as easy as it is from a more traditional laptop or desktop computer. According to the folks at XDA, though, that might change with the recent addition of Wi-Fi Direct printing to AOSP.  

Wi-Fi Direct, for the unfamiliar, is a peer-to-peer system that allows two Wi-Fi enabled devices (like a phone and printer) to connect directly to one another without the use of a router.

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Android may have native Wi-Fi Direct printing in the future was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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