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How Google is taking control of Gesture Navigation in Android 10

After experimenting with button-based gesture controls in Android 9 Pie, Google went back to the drawing board to improve the fluidity and one-handed use of Android's gesture navigation. With Android 10, Google arrived at a solution that's visually like iOS: a gesture bar that can be swiped up to go home or swiped left or...

Google requires new Android devices with Type-C ports to not break USB-PD compatibility

Charging has seen massive improvements in smartphones, at least on the Android side of things. Companies are pushing charging solutions that deliver 50W, 65W, and even 100W of power. These fast-charging technologies reduce the need for huge batteries, though I would argue they still don't excuse companies packing smaller batteries on new smartphones. The biggest...

Google will require new Android devices to run Android 10 if approved after January 31, 2020

Earlier today, we first reported on Google's new Game Device Certification program and Digital Wellbeing requirements. We obtained information on both thanks to the latest version of Google's GMS Requirements for OEMs/ODMs. This document also outlines the deadlines in which OEMs/ODMs can submit software builds to Google to get approval for GMS distribution. Notably, the...

Exclusive: Google is making Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls an Android requirement

One of the biggest themes of Google I/O 2018 was improving digital wellness. As consumers realized they're spending way too much time online, Google and other tech companies have responded with new wellness tools to minimize our access to smartphones and social media. To help users monitor and control their smartphone use, Google created the...

Exclusive: Google is working on a Game Device Certification program for Android gaming smartphones

With the recent success of mobile games like Call of Duty Mobile, it's easy to see why AAA game publishers, Google/Apple, and smartphone OEMs are pushing mobile gaming so hard. In the smartphone space, we've seen gaming-centric, flagship product launches from brands like ASUS, Black Shark, Razer, Nubia, and others. The competition is only going...