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Everything new in Android Q Beta 3 for the Google Pixel

Google I/O has officially kicked off, and just like we were expecting, a new beta for Android Q has been released. Following their usual monthly schedule and also right on time for Google to announce some of its headlining features to the public during their keynote. Android Q, for the most part, is pretty much...

[Update: Available for all Pixels] Google Maps’ AR view for walking directions is available for more people to try

If you've ever tried to use Google Maps for walking directions, you've probably encountered a common problem. You can see the line indicating your route, but which direction should you start walking? You may walk in the wrong direction for a while before realizing your mistake. Google Maps is getting an AR mode that should...

Android Q beta 3 is out for the Google Pixel series, OnePlus 6T, and 20 more devices with system-wide dark mode, full gesture controls, and more

Just like Google told us they would do, the start of May means it's time for the next Android Q beta. What better time to release it than Google I/O? Android Q Beta 3 is here for the Google Pixel family and now even more phones than the Android Pie beta. This is the last...

May 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone

Today is the first Monday of the month which means Google has released the May 2019 Android security patches. The last two months included some important functional updates for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This month, the update is pretty barebones. There are no functional updates for Google Pixel devices. Regardless, the Android security...

Hands-on: AR Shopping on the Google Pixel lets you preview furniture from Google Shopping in your home

Nearly every week, a new device gets added to Google's list of devices that support ARCore. ARCore is Google's platform for augmented reality apps, making it possible to measure the size of objects using your camera or add interactive stickers to your selfies. AR shopping is another popular use case of augmented reality because it...

Google Camera prepares to add an augmented reality measuring mode

Over the weekend, a new version of the Google Camera app started to roll out to Google Pixel users. Version 6.2 of the app notably added a dark mode in the camera app's settings page, but not much else was added. However, we spotted strings that hinted at a new camera mode called "Measure." We...

Android Q Beta 2 reveals “Pixel Themes” app to change the font, icon shape, and accent color for Google Pixel devices

When Android 8.0 Oreo was first released, we were excited about the possibility of custom themes making their way into Android. Android Oreo added a command line interface and native support for Sony's OMS theme framework, though Google restricted access to custom overlays in Android Pie because the feature wasn't intended for users. Before the...

April 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone

The internet may be obsessing over "jokes" today, but Google has dropped some real news on us. A new month has begun which means it's time for a new batch of Android security updates. The patches have been released for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3...

CopperheadOS’ Android Pie update is now available for the Pixel & Pixel 2

One of the beauties about the Android operating system is the open-source nature, meaning that anyone can fork the code, change it, and redistribute it. Some people, like developers on the XDA forums, use it for providing users with the latest and greatest Android experience on officially unsupported devices. Some companies are also releasing different...

Hidden Pixel Launcher settings reveal Google is testing better iPhone-style navigation gestures for Android Q

When Google first introduced gesture controls in Android Pie, many enthusiasts felt Google's implementation was half-baked. For example, you can only quick switch apps in a single direction, and the swipe up gesture to reveal the recent apps overview often results in the app drawer showing instead. Further, the transition animation between tasks doesn't feel...

Android Q Beta: What’s new for the Google Pixel smartphones

Another year, another new Android release. The smartphone industry is constantly evolving, and this year in particular is gearing up to be one of the most exciting for enthusiasts. Android, being a core element of this ever-changing industry, also must adapt to new trends. This couldn't be truer for Android Q, the newest version of...

Android Q beta for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 can now be rooted

Before the release of the first Android Q beta, XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu announced that he had rooted Android Q. He accomplished this feat thanks to a leaked build of Android Q that we also obtained. When the official beta dropped for all three Google Pixel smartphone lines, topjohnwu once again dived in to see...