APK TEARDOWN Posts on XDA

We routinely decompile APKs (the file name for Android applications) and look for interesting things. APK teardowns can reveal lines of code that tell us about features that will be coming to the app down the road. We interpret these lines of code and make educated assessments about what they mean.

Exclusive: Here are the new and upcoming camera features of the Google Pixel 6 Pro

For many consumers, the camera is the most important piece of hardware in a smartphone. It's no surprise, then, that Google made the camera the marquee feature of the Pixel. While Pixel phones have never featured top-of-the-line camera hardware, Google's image processing pipeline and Google Camera app have consistently elevated the Pixel to a spot...

Xiaomi’s secret blacklist of phrases sounds scary, but it may not be what it seems

Chinese smartphone makers are often under heavy scrutiny due to geopolitical reasons, and the company that has taken the brunt of criticism is Huawei. However, other companies like Xiaomi haven't been left untouched, as the world's number one smartphone vendor recently had to fight off the U.S. Government's attempt to label it a "Communist Chinese...

Here’s a look at the Assistant weather widget in the Google App

After years of neglect, widgets will finally be getting the much-needed overhaul in Android 12. Google showed off the redesigned widgets coming to Android 12 at Google I/O 2021. Over the past couple of months, we have seen many of these widgets going live in Android 12 beta releases. The last Android 12 Beta 5...

Android Auto tests a new UI with a media player and notification overlay

Google is testing a new UI in the Android Auto projected car interface that appears when you connect your device to a compatible head unit. This new UI, code-named "Coolwalk", is seemingly designed to reduce the number of times the user leaves the navigation screen, potentially saving drivers from missing their next turn. Screenshots of the...

Google Messages preps Gmail-like “nudges” to remind you to reply to important texts

Back in 2018, Google added a "nudges" feature in Gmail that reminds you to follow up on emails the service thinks are important. We have spotted evidence that Google is planning to add a similar feature in the Google Messages app for Android. The Google Messages app version 9.5 beta recently rolled out on the Google...

Google Translate is testing a big Material You redesign

Google Translate is one of the most useful Google apps, allowing you to seamlessly translate text, bilingual conversations, webpages, and more between so many languages. Although the app has continued to gain new tricks such as letting you transcribe real-time speech, it hasn’t seen a major UI refresh in a long while. But that might be...

Wyze is working on a gun safe you can unlock with your fingerprint

If you've dabbled in smart home tech before, then you've probably heard of Wyze. The tech brand has gained a lot of fans over the years for its lineup of affordable yet great quality IoT products. While Wyze is best known for its security cameras, they also sell a bunch of other smart home products,...

Google Tasks prepares to let you star your most important tasks

Back in the day, Google Tasks was only available as an in-built feature in Gmail. But in 2018, Google finally brought its no-frills to-do service to smartphones with the release of standalone Android and iOS apps. While not as powerful and feature-packed as Google Keep, Google Tasks has found its niche audience among users who...

Android 12 Beta 4 hints the Pixel 6 has Samsung’s 50MP GN1 sensor and Exynos 5123 modem

The fourth beta release of Android 12 rolled out earlier today, marking the Platform Stability milestone. The purpose of this release is to provide developers a build with finalized APIs and app-facing behaviors so they can test and update their apps before the stable release. As always, Beta 4 contains several changes not mentioned in...

Find My Device app reveals more details on Google’s crowdsourced tracking network

In mid-June, we first reported that Google is working on a "Find My Device Network", essentially the Android version of Apple's "Find My network". The strings we discovered in the Google Play Services app stated that this network will allow your phone to help locate your and other people's devices. Apart from the strings and...

Google may soon bundle Play Pass with your Google One subscription

Google appears to be working on a new bundle that gives you access to Google One cloud storage and Google Play Pass with a single subscription. The bundle will be cheaper than if you subscribed to a Google One plan and Play Pass separately. For starters, Google Play Pass is a subscription service that offers...

Google preps “Switch to Android” iOS app for migrating data from an iPhone

If you’re jumping ship from Android to iOS, Apple offers an app called Move to iOS on the Google Play Store, allowing you to seamlessly migrate your Android data to an iPhone. But if you want to do the opposite — switch from iOS to Android — Google currently doesn’t have a similar tool on...