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Google is trying to limit what apps can use an Accessibility Service (again)

Android offers an Accessibility Service API that exposes certain system events to apps. The API is incredibly powerful, as it lets apps listen for events such as when a user clicks on a link, views a window, and much more. As its name suggests, the API is only meant for apps that solve an accessibility...

Google Play will crack down on inactive developer accounts

Google has updated its Google Play policies for Android developers publishing apps on the Google Play Store. Developers and publishers must abide by these policies for their apps to be allowed on the Play Store. Several new policies are being introduced with this update, and one of them revolves around dormant accounts. With this new policy,...

Google unifies its Vulnerability Rewards Program sites for Android, Chrome, and Play

Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program (VRP) rewards security researchers for reporting security flaws in Google products. The program spans across multiple products, like Android, Chrome, and Google Play, and dishes out some serious cash. Google paid security researchers a record $6.7 million through the program last year and $6.5 million the year before that. Since its...

Gboard is making it easier to paste the important bits from text you copy

When it comes to the best Andriod keyboard apps, Gboard often comes out on top. It’s simple, comes pre-installed on most Android devices, and, more importantly, keeps getting better with new improvements and features. Case in point: clipboard suggestions in Gboard are getting smarter. Gboard’s clipboard suggestions feature has become one of the most useful aspects...

Xiaomi’s next flagship phone could sport UWB tracking support

Xiaomi resurrected its Mi MIX series earlier this year with the launch of the Mi MIX Fold -- the company's first-ever foldable phone. But that doesn't seem to be the only Mi MIX phone Xiaomi plans to launch this year. Rumors suggest that the company will also launch the Mi MIX 4 later this year....

OnePlus 9R update brings OxygenOS 11.2.4.4 with Bitmoji AOD

The OnePlus 9R, an overclocked version of the OnePlus 8T that's only available in India and China, is getting a new software update to OxygenOS 11.2.4.4. The update brings the most recent security patch level — July 2021 — and also enhances the Always on Display with new features. According to the post announcing the update...

Google Play is cracking down on misleading app names and icons

Google has announced some important changes for developers who publish their apps in the Google Play Store, which are set to go into effect later this year. Once they are established, the search giant said it will crack down on apps that mislead users, either with their title or icon. One of the policy changes relates...

How long will the HP Chromebook 14 be supported?

The HP Chromebook 14 is one of the most popular consumer Chromebook models out there. In fact, HP has a number of different variations of the Chromebook 14. If you recently picked up a new or pre-owned HP Chromebook 14, you might be thinking about how long you'll receive Chrome OS updates. How do Chromebooks receive...

Samsung Galaxy A52 gets August 2021 security update ahead of schedule

Getting regular security patch updates are vital to making smartphones last longer, particularly as new threats emerge in the realm of cybersecurity. That's why Google has the monthly security bulletin, the most recent of which was published at the start of July 2021. In these bulletins, Google details a number of security vulnerabilities and their...

Does the HP Chromebook 14 have a touchscreen?

Touchscreens are fairly common on Chromebooks. Most modern Chromebooks feature a touchscreen even if they lack 2-in-1 functionality. If you're shopping for a version of the popular HP Chromebook 14, you might want to narrow down your search to those models with a touchscreen. It's a nice feature to have, even if you don't use...

Vivaldi’s latest update includes Accordian Tabs and Command Chains

Today, Vivaldi is releasing version 4.1 of its browser. The two key new features are Accordian Tabs and Command Chains. Tab Stacks aren't a new feature in Vivaldi 4.1. You can already use them in two different styles: Compact and Two-level, the latter of which is the default. You can create a Tab Stack just by...

Android 12 prepares to kill off native support for Internet-based SIP calling

Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP, is a protocol that's commonly used for making voice calls over the Internet. Years back, SIP clients and providers were decently popular because they offered free or cheap worldwide Internet-based calling while many U.S. carriers still didn't even offer unlimited voice calls on their networks. For years, Android natively supported...