Category Archives: Android

Niantic just proved that Android updates have a major discoverability problem

A couple of summers ago, I went to a party hosted by my mom’s best friend. It was one of those languid, casual dos where people show up at various points of the afternoon just to drink some coffee, say hi, and leave. The age ranges varied between toddler and octogenarian, and like any party, kids were running… Read More »

EMUI 10 leak shows off an early look at Huawei’s take on Android Q

Huawei has already confirmed that Android Q will be heading to a handful of its smartphones, but that future is increasingly unclear for the time being. Today, though, an early build of EMUI 10 has leaked based on Android Q, showing what Huawei has in the works. Shared by FunkyHuawei.club, this early build of EMUI 10 has been confirmed to… Read More »

Huawei’s Android replacement OS will start rolling out in June [Updated]

Huawei isn’t wasting any time and will be rolling out its own operating system to replace Android next month. The OS goes by the name HongMeng internally and it is compatible with phones, tablets, smartwatches, computers, TVs, and more. Huawei has had its own OS in the works for years now and it has been ready since January 2018. Alaa… Read More »

Huawei is just the latest in a long line of setbacks for Google’s Android

It has been a tumultuous week for Huawei, to put it mildly. Last Thursday, the U.S. added the Chinese tech titan to a trade blacklist as part of a growing effort to “secure the information and communications technology and services supply chain,” as President Trump’s Executive Order put it. While this naturally prevents any U.S. hardware company from selling components —… Read More »

Google Play To Integrate Google Pay In Android Apps To Boost Usage

In a bid to strengthen its presence in the growing Indian digital payments industry, US-based search company Google is now exploring ways to boost usage Google Pay in India. According to unnamed sources, cited by Techcrunch, Google is planning to integrate the payment service deeply in Android applications. The company has built an in-app engagement rewards platform which will allow businesses… Read More »

Pixel 3a won’t get security patch updates or Android Q beta access until June

Google wowed us last week with the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones at Google I/O 2019. Part of the reason these two new phones are so intriguing is the fact that you’ll have the latest software directly from Google for an affordable price. However, directly after launch, we’re already finding that the Pixel 3a and… Read More »

YouTube Music for Android can play your local song collection

If YouTube Music is going to fully replace Google Play Music, it will need to handle many of the features that listeners take for granted — and now, local playback is one of them. After an initial rollout for some users, YouTube Music’s Android app now supports locally-stored songs for many (if not necessarily all) users in a “Device Files” section. You might… Read More »

Google brands scrolling screenshot feature for Android ‘infeasible’

For anyone hoping that Google would bake a scrolling screenshot feature into stock Android there’s bad news: it’s not going to. Replying in June of last year to a request from users for the feature to be natively supported in Android, Google said it had “passed this to the development team”, and would provide updates, then around three months later… Read More »

Android Q beta will roll out to more smartphones than Android Pie beta

The Android Q beta will be rolled out to even more smartphones compared to the Android Pie beta, thanks to Google’s Project Treble. At the I/O developer conference last year, Google made the surprising announcement that the beta for Android Pie, known only as Android P at the time, would be made available on several devices from other manufacturers. Previously,… Read More »

Android 101: how to organize your home screen

If you’ve had an Android phone for any length of time, it’s easy to get used to living with, well, chaos. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly adding new apps, deciding they’re okay but not great, adding another, and so on. Then, a few months later, as you’re scrolling through your app drawer, you’re surprised to see… Read More »