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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...

Google Pixel 4 Tips reveal “Pro Sessions” in Google One, Social Share in Google Camera, more

The. Google. Pixel. 4. Just. Can't. Stop. Leaking. Yesterday, 9to5Google brought us a huge number of leaked marketing videos and renders. While there wasn't a lot of new information to learn since the 2019 Pixels have leaked so much already, those marketing images did provide us our highest quality look at the Google Pixel 4 features...

Google updates Recorder app from the Pixel 4 with transcriptions and audio search

Yesterday, I unexpectedly received an update to the "Emergency Information" app, which changed it into "Personal Safety" and also revealed that car crash detection and emergency message sharing were coming to Pixel smartphones. Today, I unexpectedly received an update for another app: the leaked Google Recorder app from the Pixel 4 XL. This simple app...

Google accidentally rolls out “Personal Safety” app, confirming car crash detection is coming to the Pixel

Back in May, we discovered changes to the Emergency Information app that hinted at Google adding automatic car crash detection to Pixel smartphones. We haven't heard any new information about this feature since then, and it hasn't appeared in any of the numerous Pixel 4 leaks this past month. However, Google updated the built-in Emergency...

First Look at Android 10’s Live Caption feature from the Google Pixel 4

Besides the next-gen Google Assistant, one of the coolest new features for Android 10 that Google showed off at I/O this year was Live Caption. It's part of Google's push to make Android more accessible for users with disabilities like hearing impairment, and what it does is transcribes audio that's playing on the device into...

Google Pixel 4’s Motion Sense gestures should actually work in 53 regions and with 23 media apps

Last year's Pixel 3 might have earned the award for the "most leaked smartphone in history," but the Pixel 4 is getting really close to dethroning its predecessor. A large number of the Pixel 4 leaks have been related to its software, thanks to the numerous leakers who shared the new apps online. The new...

Essential Confirms its Next Mobile Device is in Early Testing

Making a smartphone is hard. Just look at Saygus or RED to see how badly things can go wrong. That's why we're continually impressed by the Essential PH-1 from Essential Products. Announced back in May of 2017, the PH-1 has received monthly security patch and major OS updates on the same day that Google releases...

[Update: Official Netflix, Prime Video support coming with the update] Exclusive: Mi TV 4 PRO, 4A PRO, 4C PRO, and 4X PRO to get Android Pie update starting September

Xiaomi is best known for its propensity of shaking up the economics of nearly every segment of the smartphone market. While Xiaomi may very well be credited for a transformation in the category of smartphones as well as accessories, they have also played a vital role in realigning the Indian smart TV market in the...

Google Stadia is coming to Android TV in 2020, possibly with Android 11 R

Each year, tech companies gather in Amsterdam for the International Broadcasting Convention. Think of it like CES or MWC but more aimed at the TV industry. Google attends the event to unveil the latest updates for the Android TV ecosystem, and this year was no different. At the event, the company unveiled its roadmap for...

Leaked Google Camera 7.0 app reveals almost all the Google Pixel 4 camera features

Earlier today, we published an article detailing all the UI changes and new user-facing settings we could find in Google Camera 7.0 from the Google Pixel 4. This version of the Google Camera app was sent to us by our tipster, Hani (@HANI_4K), who obtained the APK from Vietnamese YouTuber ReLab. There are a lot of...