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.

Google Assistant prepares to let you pay for gas from your phone

Remember CES? It seems like the world's biggest tech event happened ages ago, so it's easy to forget that so many new products and services were announced there. Take, for example, Amazon's new "Pay for Gas" service for Alexa. The feature lets drivers ask Alexa to handle fuel payments at over 11,000 gas stations across...

Netflix to host 2-day free trial StreamFest event in India

Over the last few months, Netflix has tried a couple of things to get more users to subscribe to its service. The company launched a new affordable mobile-only plan in India, tested a Mobile+ plan with PC support and HD streaming, and even offered a few original shows for free. While these new plans and...

Here are the countries using Google and Apple’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing API

SARS-CoV-2, also known colloquially as just the coronavirus, has wreaked havoc across the world. Many countries shut down large parts of the economy in order to contain the spread of the virus. As countries reopen their economies, many health experts fear a "second wave", ie. resurgence, of COVID-19. To prevent a second wave, public health...

Google Recorder 2.0 from the Pixel 5 tests automated backups synced to Google Drive

The newly released Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 come with a revamped version of the Recorder app, an immensely useful voice recording app that Google debuted last year on the Pixel 4. The new Google Recorder 2.0 brings several exciting features, including a Smart Scrolling feature that highlights important keywords in a transcript...

Android Auto 5.7 prepares to let you add a shortcut to a Google Assistant command

Google recently updated Android Auto's settings UI with a couple of new elements designed to simplify the connection process. The update added a new 'Connect a car' button, instructions to help users connect using a USB cable, and a button to connect wirelessly. Now, Google is rolling out another update for Android Auto with an...

Download Google’s new “Captured on Pixel” and “Art & Culture” wallpapers

Last week, Google announced the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, the latest premium Pixel smartphones with Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC. The two phones will only be available in a handful of regions, but they won't reach the hands of consumers until later this month. With each new Pixel phone launch, Google introduces a...

Google Assistant prepares keyboard dictation, Driving Mode, and connecting to health services for sleep data

Google Assistant has become the centerpiece of many people's lives, a tool that can share information, control devices, and provide key reminders. We dug deep into the latest Google App update to see what else Google Assistant will be able to do, and we discovered some new features on the way, including keyboard dictation for...

Gmail prepares to let you opt out of personalizing other Google services

Given how important email has become in our day-to-day lives, it's important that you sign up with an email service that you can trust. Most people are using free email services like Gmail, and it's thanks to Gmail's huge userbase that Google is able to collect massive amounts of aggregated data on our email habits....

Google Pay 2.118 confirms the old app will be replaced by the Flutter one

Last week, the Google Pay team announced that the Google Pay for India app (formerly called "Tez") is getting a major design rewrite with Flutter, Google's open-source UI development kit. Google currently maintains two versions of the Pay app: one for global users and one for Indians. In the blog post, Google said they were...

Google Messages app tests categorizing your conversations to reduce text message clutter

Google is testing a long-awaited feature in its popular Messages app. The feature, which our tipster Hani Mohamed Bioud first discovered, adds categories at the top of the app, allowing users to better organize their messages.From what we can tell, the categories that are being tested in the Google Messages app include: All, Personal, Transactions,...

Google Phone app testing Caller ID announcement and auto-deleting Call Screen transcripts

Google is testing new features in its Google Phone app, the default dialer app on Pixel phones which recently became available for everyone. The new features that are in development include Caller ID announcements and auto-deleting Call Screen transcripts. While the features sound pretty self-explanatory, they’re still worthy of discussion. If anything, it’s always nice...

Google Messages 6.7 prepares to let you automatically delete OTPs after 24 hours

A lot of tasks and services these days are tied either to an email account or our phone number to authenticate our identity before proceeding. As a result, we often get a load of OTPs (One Time Passwords) through the weeks -- for every time you log into the service on a new device, for...