GOOGLE I/O 2021 Posts on XDA

Android 12 automatically themes your UX from your wallpaper

Android 12 has graduated out of the Developer Preview phase and the Android 12 Beta activates many of the features that were hidden in the previous builds. These previously disabled features include privacy indicators, revamped widgets, an overhauled design for quick settings, etc. The latest version also brings the first major design overhaul since Android...

Android 12 will fade audio transitions between apps

Google on Tuesday gave us our first look at the biggest redesign to Android in years. The updated Material Design will put an emphasis on customization and is fittingly being called Material You. But it’s not just looks that are new with the arrival of Android 12; Google is also making some key changes to...

Google finally overhauls widgets in Android 12

Google just pulled the wraps off some ravishing design changes in Android 12. The latest Android 12 beta brings a suite of visual changes, enabling users to personalize the interface on their devices with features such as Material You. In addition to the new UI, the latest version brings a much-awaited change to widgets in...

Google upgrades Android’s augmented reality API with new features to immerse users

At Google I/O 2021, Google is announcing some important upgrades for ARCore, the company’s augmented reality platform that powers more than 850 million Android smartphones worldwide. Unlike Project Tango, which required specialized hardware, ARCore relies on your phone’s existing hardware and sensors to collect data on depth, motion tracking, and light estimation to help developers...

Google to soon allow Chromebook users access recent photos from their Android device

At the ongoing I/O 2021 developer conference, Google has made a ton of announcements around its various services, including Search, Maps, Android, WearOS, and more. Google is also expanding the integration of Android with Chrome OS. Customers already have access to features like Wi-Fi Sync and Smart Lock, allowing users to seamlessly connect and unlock...

Google unveils loads of new Firebase features to streamline app development

Google I/O kicked off earlier today, and at the big Developer Keynote, we're getting a lot of Android development-related news. There have been changes to Flutter, new features in Jetpack, and, if the title of this article didn't tip you off, new things in Firebase. In case you don't know, Firebase is Google's cloud-based app tooling...

Flutter 2.2 announced at Google I/O 2021 with new features for app development

Google I/O is happening right now, and that means, of course, there's a bunch of new Android development news! If you're reading this post, then that means Google has just (or already) announced Flutter 2.2, a new version of their cross-platform app development framework. Flutter Adoption Stats There's actually quite a bit of new stuff for a...

Google is finally bringing a YouTube Music app to Wear OS

Google just confirmed that it's working with Samsung to completely revamp Wear OS and bring some crucial updates to the platform. The company also revealed that it's working with both Samsung and Fitbit to bring a new generation of Wear OS-powered watches to the market, which should be available later this year. In a blog...

Google unveils new features for Android Jetpack, Android Studio, and Kotlin at Google I/O 2021

We're now well into the Google I/O 2021 developer conference, and so we're seeing a bunch of developer-centric news for all of Google's development products. On top of changes to Flutter and Firebase, we've also got some new features for native Android development, including announcements about Android Jetpack, Android Studio, and even Kotlin. Jetpack Compose Jetpack Compose...

Fast Pair will soon let you quickly pair your phone to your car or Wear OS watch

Fast Pair has been a boon for Android users around the world. First introduced with the original Pixel Buds back in 2017, they have made their way to a lot of wireless earbuds and headphones from companies from the likes of OnePlus, Realme, Microsoft, and more, and it does what the name says it does:...

Google Pixel 6 camera will be designed to better shoot diverse skin tones

Google's computational photography prowess has been well documented, as its Pixel line of phones consistently offers one of the very best camera experiences in mobile despite using relatively underwhelming camera hardware. Whether it's bringing light into pitch-black rooms or producing creamy bokeh without the need for a second lens, Google's proven time and time again...

Android 12 Beta 1 will soon be available for the Nokia X20

Google just released the first Android 12 beta build for the Pixel lineup, and it packs a ton of new features. The update includes a new "color extractions" feature that changes the system's theme based on your current algorithm, a dynamic lighting feature, a Quick Wallet Access feature on the lock screen, and much more....