GOOGLE I/O 2021 Posts on XDA

This lesser-known budget phone is also getting an Android 12 Beta

Google officially dropped the much-awaited first beta of Android 12 at Google I/O 2021 on Tuesday, and lucky Pixel owners can already try out all the latest features introduced in the newest software for themselves. Shortly after the release of Android 12 Beta 1, we saw a flurry of announcements from multiple OEMs releasing a...

Google I/O 2021 Recap: What you need to know from Google’s big tech event

Google I/O 2021 kicked off on Tuesday, and we’re already on cloud nine seeing all the exciting stuff that has come out from the event. In fact, there’s so much to unpack here, it’s hard to even know where to begin. From a radical Android 12 redesign with Material You, to the biggest Wear OS...

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G receives its first Android 12 beta release

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G is the latest phone to join the Android 12 beta launch party, following phones from most major manufacturers like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Realme, OnePlus, Nokia, and more. Axon 30 Ultra 5G users in China can now download the first Android 12 beta release on their devices from ZTE's website. If...

Google Play Console is adding new features so developers can fix their apps before they’re removed

Accidental policy violations. It happens to the best of us. You don't know what you did wrong, but Google took down your app nonetheless after an update while providing only a vague explanation on what you did wrong and what you can do to fix it. Sometimes, this will be an error, but other times,...

Linux for Chromebooks will finally graduate from beta in the next Chrome OS release

Chrome OS has come a long way since it was introduced by Google as a "web-first" operating system in 2011. Over the course of the last few years, Google enabled support for Android apps on the platform, bringing the massive Google Play catalog of apps over to Chromebooks. And more recently, Linux app support was...

Android 12 will make it easier for developers to know how powerful a device is

Android devices come in all shapes and forms. We have cheaper smartphones with weaker specifications and more expensive ones with better internals. You, as a user, can obviously tell if your smartphone can be considered "powerful" or not by simply looking up those specifications online. But how does an app running on your device know...

The embedded Google Maps experience is about to improve with new developer features

Google Maps is officially accessible to everyone for free through either the website or the mobile app, but as you probably have noticed on websites and apps with a map element powered by Google, third-party companies and website/app developers can also embed a Google Maps view into their own apps or webpages using one of...

Google Assistant will soon add one tap shortcuts from your favorite apps

Google Assistant today surfaces a set of action suggestions at the bottom of the screen that help you quickly perform an action or learn more about a response. For example, when I launch Assistant on my device, the first two action suggestions are "what's on my shopping list" and "what's the weather" because those are...

Some OEMs will use a more efficient video recording format by default in Android 12

During the "What's new in Android Media" session at Google I/O 2021, Google outlined the many challenges of media capture and playback and what they're doing to make things better for developers. One of the biggest challenges Google wants to solve is the massive file size of high-definition video captures. An obvious solution to this...

Google is making machine learning faster and more consistent across Android

Following yesterday's main presentation at Google I/O 2021, the company held several sessions that are now available on-demand via YouTube. One of the sessions covered what's new in machine learning for Android and how Google is making it faster and more consistent for developers. Machine learning is responsible for powering features Android owners use every day,...

Apps no longer need your location to scan for nearby Bluetooth devices on Android 12

Google keeps improving privacy and regulating the way apps use permissions with each Android release, and Android 12 brings a healthy dose of these changes as well. Yesterday, during the main Google I/O 2021 keynote, features like Privacy Dashboard, camera/microphone usage icons in the notification bar, and much more were shown off. But there are...

Google Chrome’s latest feature will help you stay up to date with your favorite sites

Google Chrome is the most popular browser out there, be it PC or mobile. And being a market leader, it’s always looking to stay ahead of the curve by experimenting with new ideas and features. These new experiments don’t land directly on the stable version of Google Chrome. Rather, they first appear on the Google...