GOOGLE I/O 2021 Posts on XDA

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...

Google is making it easier to find and install apps to your Wear OS watch

Google announced a much-needed revamp to Wear OS yesterday — the biggest update in years, in fact — during its I/O 2021 developer conference. The new version includes a new design language focused on customization dubbed "Material You;" a collaboration with Samsung; and a host of new features for third-party apps such as the ability...

Google’s Project Starline could transform the future of videoconferencing

Google’s redesign of Android 12 and partnership with Samsung on Wear OS grabbed all the headlines yesterday, but there was one announcement that shouldn’t go unnoticed. The search giant also shared details about Project Starline, an ambitious initiative that could transform how we communicate virtually. Google said Project Starline has been a few years in the...

Google is making it easier to develop apps for Android in Cars

Google has announced some new development features at I/O 2021 to enhance the Android experience on cars. Currently, one can have a customized Android experience while driving via three different solutions- Google Assistant Driving Mode, Android Auto, and Android Automotive OS. The first one offers navigation along with the assistant on a smartphone, while the...

Google Play is adding new ways for users to pay for apps and subscriptions

Google Play is not only Android's go-to app store, but it's also one of the biggest digital distribution services in the world. Almost 2 million apps have become available on the platform to the reach of billions of active Android users around the world since it was first introduced in 2008 as the Android Market...

TCL 20 Pro 5G joins the Android 12 Beta launch party

Google released the first Android 12 beta for its Pixel lineup yesterday. Soon thereafter, several OEMs announced Android 12 beta builds for their flagship devices. Currently, Vivo, Xiaomi, OPPO, Realme, ASUS, OnePlus, and Nokia have announced that they will be releasing Android 12 beta builds for a handful of devices. Now, Chinese OEM TCL is...

Google Photos will soon use AI to bring your stills to life

Google made several exciting announcements during the first day of Google I/O 2021. The company rolled out the first Android 12 beta build for its Pixel lineup and highlighted some of the new features included in the latest OS update, it unveiled some interesting features for Google Chrome and Google Maps, gave us our first...

Google Cast is getting an upgrade that lets you transfer or add devices to a stream

The Google Cast SDK allows users to extend Android, iOS, and Chrome apps to direct their streaming audio and video content to a TV or sound system. Hidden within the flurry of announcements originating from Google I/O 2021, Google is adding in new functionality to the Cast Connect library, allowing users to transfer their streams...

Android 12 adds APIs for Bluetooth LE Audio, paving the way for better Bluetooth audio

Unless you've been living under a rock since yesterday, you know that Google I/O 2021 is underway. This is the biggest Google event of the year, and although it focuses on developers more than it does on consumers, the announcements made therein are relevant to both demographics. One of these announcements is for Android 12...

Android 12 Beta 1 Hands-on: A Radical Redesign comes to Android

With the Android 12 Beta 1 launch, Google (alongside a number of other partner OEMs) has released the first installable Beta version for Google Pixel smartphones. While it's far from a finished product (and lacks quite a lot of features that will be added in future beta versions), it gives us a taste of what's...

The biggest Wear OS update in years has arrived: Here’s what it looks like

Earlier today, the Google I/O 2021 developer conference kicked off, and there was a lot of major news announced. From several new features and improvements to many services in the Google ecosystem to news that'll make developers' lives easier, Google I/O 2021 has been one of the biggest tech events in years. Of course, the biggest...

Android 12 copies iOS 14 with new clipboard access alerts

Google has been cracking down on clipboard access in Android for a few years now. The company blocked background apps from reading clipboard data with the release of Android 10, and now in Android 12, Google is introducing a setting to show a popup every time an app accesses your clipboard — even if it's...