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Android System Updates Can Soon Be Paused

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

Whenever you perform a system update, it is usually advised that you ensure your phone has enough battery and you have a stable enough connection so that the download doesn’t get interrupted. However once the update is downloading, there’s really nothing you do about it which can sometimes prove to be inconvenient.

However in a report from Android Police, Google is making some changes to that and will actually allow users to pause system updates in the future. While it was initially thought to be an Android O feature, Google engineer Elliott Hughes posted on Google+ suggested that it is part of a change in the Play Store that was being tested internally before anyone really noticed, but presumably it should roll out on a wider basis with Android O.

Hughes also clarifies that this feature won’t just be limited to huge system updates, but small files as well. However he states that this might not be so apparent since smaller files tend to download quicker, meaning that users probably won’t notice until it’s already been downloaded in which there would be no more point in pausing it.

Either way it does sound like an immensely useful feature so if you do want the feature then keep an eye out for its availability in the near future.

Android System Updates Can Soon Be Paused , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Will Now Inform Developers Of Poorly Made Android Apps

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

When it comes to developing apps, there are many ways one can go about solving the same problem or trying to achieve the same thing. This is where experience comes into play, where more experienced developers will probably be better at coming up with code that is more efficient, so like we said, not all apps are created equal.

Google knows this and this is also something they want to help improve, which is why Google now has a new way of informing developers if their apps just aren’t quite up to scratch. Basically what happens is that if an app is ranked in the bottom 25% when it comes to stability, battery efficiency, or rendering metrics, Google will notify the developer via the developer console.

Google revealed six different metrics that they will use to determine if an app has been made poorly, which includes error messages such as “Application not responding error”, experiencing at least one crash, where it keeps a device awake for more than an hour, an app that wakes a device up more than 10 times an hour, apps that run slower than 60fps, and laggy frame rendering.

Of course whether or not the developer chooses to respond to Google’s advice/suggestions is a different story, but back in February Google did state that how well an app performs will affects its promotability, meaning that poorly-made apps could be less visible than better-made ones, so that should be incentive enough for developers to improve on their work.

Google Will Now Inform Developers Of Poorly Made Android Apps , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Working On Chromebook Emulator For Android Devs

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

So we know that Google is aiming for the Chromebook to run Android apps, however since Android apps are clearly designed for smartphones, this means that when used on a device with a larger display liked a laptop, it won’t look the same and the experience won’t be ideal, but Google has a plan to help with that.

It seems that Google is working on a Chromebook emulator for Android app developers As the name suggests, this is an emulator designed to mimic a Chromebook or a device with a larger display, so that when Android developers are planning to make their apps compatible with Chrome OS, they can use the emulator to ensure that their apps are optimized for devices with larger displays.

According to Google, they claim that most apps will already work on a larger form factor device, but developers could use the emulator to help make it a more optimized experience if they are hoping to make full use of Chrome OS. It is interesting that Google is putting in so much effort especially when they have stated that in the past there are no plans to merge the platforms.

That being said, the emulator is still in development but developers who are interested in having early access can go ahead and sign up via Google’s website.

Google Working On Chromebook Emulator For Android Devs , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Pioneer Unveils New Android Auto In-Dash Units

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

While newer vehicles might give users the choice of having Android Auto or Carplay being installed for them, older vehicles don’t, although thankfully with after-party options being offered by manufacturers, those with older vehicles will be able to take advantage of the features offered by Android Auto and Carplay.

In fact if you’re looking for an in-dash unit for your car, you might be interested to learn that Pioneer has announced a handful of new Android Auto units that you might want to check out. These come in the form of the AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, and the AVH-2300NEX, with the first model being Pioneer’s first single-DIN unit to run Android Auto.

What this means is that vehicles that do not have that much dash space to fit one of these units should check out the AVG-3300NEX, so older vehicle owners might appreciate this. These units will vary in terms of features and price, so depending on your needs there should be something for you.

All these units will pretty much comes with the same features that you would expect from an Android Auto unit so there are no real surprises, at least for the most part. All the new Pioneer models should be available for purchase starting this July, so do keep an eye out for them if you’re interested.

Pioneer Unveils New Android Auto In-Dash Units , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

In case you didn’t know, your phone has a GPU built into it which helps to handle more intensive tasks like games, movies, and so on. Now updating the drivers on your phone isn’t really something many of us think about, unlike computers where we sometimes get prompted by manufacturers.

However with Android O, it seems that Google is going to make it a bit more obvious. During Google’s Android Fireside Chat help at Google I/O 2017, it seems that one of the features that users can expect in Android O is that your phone’s GPU’s drivers can be updated from the Play Store, which makes it a one-stop shop for app downloads, updates, and now GPU driver updates as well.

However whether or not OEMs or chipset manufacturers plan on taking advantage of this feature remains to seen. It is also unclear as to how exactly this will work or how it might present itself, but Android Police is suggesting that this could be part of Google’s Project Treble whose aim is to try and push out Android updates faster.

In any case it sounds rather interesting, although we guess for the most part the average user might not care too much about it or even notice it.

Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google’s Daydream Elements Highlights Best VR Practices

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

With virtual reality (VR) technology being relatively new and slowly gaining momentum, we guess there is still quite a lot of things that developers have yet to figure out, such as what is the best way to design an app for VR and how can it deliver the best experience? The good news for developers is that Google is here to help.

The company has recently released an app called Daydream Elements. This app is clearly designed for developers in mind and it basically highlights the best VR practices that developers can adopt when creating content. “Daydream Elements is a collection of tech demos that showcase principles and best practices for developing high-quality VR experiences. The core mechanics in each demo are built to be easily configurable and reusable for your own applications.”

As you can see in the screenshot above, the app will discuss various topics related to VR and how to best approach them. This includes movement within the virtual world, designing the menus and virtual controls that can be used, along with rendering and lighting. Given that motion sickness is a potential problem when donning VR headsets, we reckon that these guidelines might be important especially for newbie developers getting into the VR game.

If you’re interested in checking it out, then head on over to the Google Play Store for the download, but note that you will need a Daydream compatible handset and a headset viewer to really take advantage of the app.

Google’s Daydream Elements Highlights Best VR Practices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android O Could Be Getting Support For Custom Themes

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

If custom themes are something you want on Android, there are apps out there that can theme your phone for you, although more extensive themes with system tweaks might require a rooted device. However it seems that Google is finally about to introduce custom themes to Android, making it easier for users to switch around.

As spotted by Mishaal Rahman at XDA, it looks like Google could be getting ready to introduce custom themes to Android O. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, under the Display settings page in the Android O Developer Preview, you have the option of selecting Device Theme which brings up the popup menu you see.

Right now there are only two themes to speak of, but it has been suggested that this could be Google getting ready to introduce the feature to Android O that might make its debut in the final build. However we suggest that users not get their hopes up. This is because in the past we’ve seen Google introduce features only to take it away at the very last minute.

In any case we’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding this feature, but for newbies to Android looking for customization options, being able to access themes right off the bat should help provide a more user-friendly experience.

Android O Could Be Getting Support For Custom Themes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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HTC U11 Confirmed To Receive At Least Two Major Android Updates

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

The problem with Android phones is that because sometimes OEMs aren’t clear with their update schedules that it can feel like older devices are being ignored. However if you’re thinking of a new phone and you’re thinking about the future, the HTC U11 could be worth your consideration.

The handset was recently announced where it will come with Android Nougat, but according to the folks at Trusted Reviews, it seems that HTC has pretty much guaranteed that the handset will be on the receiving end of at least two more major Android updates in the future, which presumably are Android O (whose public beta is now open for registration) and Android P which will most likely be announced in 2018, assuming that Google doesn’t decide to ditch Android for ‘Fuschia’.

Confirmation of the updates came by way of HTC’s president of smartphones and connected devices, Chailin Chang, who said that the handset will receive updates to the next two versions of Android. Chang also adds, “We may extend support to the next three versions of Android. It will depend on the hardware and software demands of the version […] and if it will bring value to the consumer.”

However the question is when will they receive the update? Typically we’ve seen OEMs take several months to push out major updates, but hopefully Google’s Project Treble will help speed things along.

HTC U11 Confirmed To Receive At Least Two Major Android Updates , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android Developers Can Block Apps On Devices That Don’t Pass SafetyNet

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

While rooting a device typically allows users to do more things on Android that what is normally allowed, there are some safety/security concerns with it which is why it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that Netflix has recently started to block its app from being installed on rooted Android devices.

Now it seems that Google is giving Android developers a chance to do the same as well and while the company did not mention it during their I/O presentation, the Google Play support page highlights how developers can go about doing the same for their apps, and blocking their apps from being installed on devices that do not meet SafetyNet standards.

We know that one of the advantages Android has over competing platforms would be its customizability, but like we said, sometimes this can lead to security concerns, especially with malicious apps that can sometimes request for permissions it does not need, and sometimes this can lead to disastrous consequences.

That being said, the folks at 9to5Google have noted that despite this, users can still sideload APKs if they cannot be directly installed from the Google Play Store, although that method does come with its own set of concerns, such as whether or not the app you’ve downloaded is legit to begin with, or a malware masquerading as a legit app.

Android Developers Can Block Apps On Devices That Don’t Pass SafetyNet , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Sending money over instant messenger isn’t a new feature. In fact we’ve seen quite a few platforms support the feature, such as with Facebook Messenger and Gmail, and soon it seems that you can use Google Assistant to perform such actions too, as confirmed by Google on its Android Developers blog.

According to Google, “In the upcoming months, we’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.”

As you can see from the GIF on the right, using your voice is just the first step and users will need to use their fingerprints to verify and authenticate themselves before the transfer takes place. This means that users won’t need to go through separate apps or swap between multiple apps and remember account numbers to make transfers.

Of course all of this is designed to keep users within Google’s ecosystem, but we can imagine that it will be much more convenient. No word on when the feature will roll out so we guess users will just have to keep an eye out for it.

Soon You’ll Be Able To Send Money Using Google Assistant , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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