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OpenGApps releases its first Google app packages for Android 11 custom ROMs

Not many people are willing to use an Android phone without access to the Google Play Store and other Google apps, which is why most Android phones come with Google apps preinstalled. Because Google apps are proprietary, though, many custom ROM developers don't bundle them with their builds, so they instead tell users to flash...

New workaround gets Google apps running on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The world set its eyes upon the release of the Huawei Mate 30 series, searching for an answer to the question: "What happens when you take away Google from Android on one of the most widely anticipated phones of the year?" And as we feared and expected, the Huawei Mate 30 and its siblings appeared...

Nearly 3,100 Android devices were launched in 2018 with Google Play support

The last year saw the release of nearly 3,100 Android devices with Google Play certification, and there are many interesting subgroups that show some of the year's major trends. For example, the Android tablet market, long left for dead by many OEMs, is still clinging to life with 664 new devices added to the catalog...

There are nearly 16,000 Google Play Certified Android devices

The Android operating system is often compared to Microsoft Windows because of how ubiquitous it is. While Windows continues to dominate on the desktop, Android has been dominating on smartphones for years. At Google I/O 2017, Google announced that Android was installed on over 2 billion devices. That's a staggering number to consider, and it's a...

How to Check if a Phone or Tablet is Certified Android Before Buying

So you want to buy an Android smartphone or tablet. There are so many devices out there that it can be a real headache trying to decide what to get. If you can afford it, you could shell out hundreds of dollars for flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro, or Sony Xperia...

Google Removes the 100 Device Registration Limit from the Uncertified Device Page

Good news for the Android community today: Google has heard our concerns. When we first broke the news that Google would begin blocking Google Play uncertified devices from accessing Google apps and services, there was a lot of confusion about what this would mean for users. At first, it seemed like the webpage wasn't working...

How to Fix the “Device is not Certified by Google” Error

A few days ago, we reported that Google is starting to block uncertified Android devices from accessing Google Play apps and services. That means that any device that isn't certified by Google will no longer be able to download and use apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Photos, and more. There's a...

Google App Prepares to add Support for making Payments through Google Assistant

Google Assistant is proving to be rather useful with its robust Google services integration. Plus, with the expanding availability of third-party APIs, the platform is shaping up to make for a killer Home Assistant. But the success of Google Assistant does not lie with its more complex functionality, rather it begins and ends with how...

Taking and Sharing Screenshots Returns to Google Assistant

A feature once present in Google Now on Tap finally makes its way into Google Assistant - the ability to take and share screenshots. What once felt like a feature regression should now make the Google Assistant service feel more at home with fans of Now on Tap. Google Assistant - Now with Screenshots! Google touted their advancements...

Comparing Battery Life with and Without Google Services: A Week of Minimal Idle Drain

It's no secret that battery life on smartphones these days are not the best. Most will consider it mostly a hardware issue, seeing companies trading battery size for aesthetic design. But that's not the entire reason, with a large part being attributed to the software used on our phones. In the XDA Virtual Office, many of...

Tearing Down Google Apps Updates: What’s (Possibly) Coming!

Hello readers of our portal! As you might know, many applications are updated or released during the week of Google I/O. Most of these updates are pretty major and most of their features are detailed by the developer teams in the changelog. However, not every upcoming feature gets noted, so we're here to teardown the APKs...

Google Adds New Features to Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs

In the last few months, Google has been working very hard to adapt all its apps to the new Material Design UI paradigm. Overhauling the UI was a big deal, but one of the main goals in app development is adding new features. Everyone loves features, so Google stepped up and delivered quite a few...