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Google to discontinue SafetyNet API in favor of Play Integrity API

SafetyNet is a term that probably everyone in the Android modding community is familiar with. After unlocking the bootloader and flashing a custom ROM, passing the SafetyNet integrity test is critical if you want to use banking apps and streaming apps like Netflix. Over the years, it has become harder and harder to circumvent SafetyNet,...

Google Maps now lets you check the air quality around you

Google Maps can do a lot more than just help you get around. It can also help you avoid tolls, find cheaper gas, navigate inside buildings and airports, and even discover nearby e-scooters. And now it can also let you check the air quality around you. Google Maps has rolled out a new air quality layer...

Android 13 reaches Platform Stability milestone with Beta 3 release

At I/O 2022, Google released the second Android 13 beta release earlier this year. The update introduced a couple of noteworthy features, like a protective back gesture, resource files for specifying supported app languages, and a new permission to use exact alarms. Now, Google has started seeding the third Android 13 beta release for its...

Google Pixel 3a series gets a surprise June 2022 update without a new security patch

Google released the June 2022 security patch last Monday, along with a new Pixel feature Drop. Notably, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL were missing from the list. This was not surprising since these devices hit their "guaranteed security updates" deadline in May. The Pixel 3a series is also not a part of the QPR3...

Google announces new education features for Chrome OS and Meet

Google has announced a handful of new features for Chrome OS geared towards the education market. These features include a new Screencast app rolling out with Chrome OS version 103, new casting controls for the classroom, and more. First off, the new Screencast app is a new way for students and educators to record and edit...

Download: Google releases new set of Pixel wallpapers for Pride Month

Google regularly releases new wallpapers for Pixel smartphones and Chromebooks, giving users plenty of options to personalize their devices. We recently shared all the new Pride 2022 wallpapers for Chromebooks that the company introduced late last month. Now, Google has come up with a few more wallpapers for Pixel phones to celebrate Pride Month. The tech...

June 2022 security update rolls out alongside stable Android 12L QPR3 to supported Pixel phones

Today’s the first Monday of this month, which means it’s time for a new Android Security Bulletin to go live. Right on schedule, Google published the Android Security Bulletin for June 2022. They’ve also started rolling out new updates to the whole range of currently supported Pixel smartphones. Furthermore, as a bonus, the latest update...

These are the Best Android Phones to buy in 2022: Samsung, Google, OnePlus, and more!

The theme of this year's smartphone releases seem to be iterative upgrade instead of wholesale changes. Whether it's the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the OnePlus 10 Pro, the Xiaomi 12 Pro or the Vivo X80 Pro, the flagships of 2022 so far seem to be very similar to their 2021 counterparts -- many of...

Google Pixel Watch: Everything we know so far about Google’s first smartwatch

Google's long-rumored Pixel Watch is finally official, and it's coming this fall alongside the new Pixel 7 series phones. The company unveiled the Pixel Watch during the I/O Developer keynote on May 11, giving us our first official look at the watch that someone left at a restaurant earlier this year. The Pixel Watch is...

Pixel 7 Pro’s display driver can surface hidden Android 13 setting

Google teased the Pixel 7 series at this year's I/O event, much to the surprise of practically everyone. That hasn't been enough to stem the flow of leaks though, as we've already seen a handful of prototypes enter the hands of consumers, and we've already heard that the display will basically be the same as...

Google Play system update for June 2022 includes new Play Pass features, app discovery, and more

Another month is in the books, which means it's time for a new set of "Google Play System" updates. While this month's Android security bulletin is yet to go live, Google has already disclosed new features and improvements coming in the June 2022 Play system update. These include everything from Google Play Services, the Play...

New updates arrive for Gboard, Emoji Kitchen and Accessibility tools

As we wait for Android 13, Google is now rolling out new updates for GBoard, Emoji Kitchen, and some of its accessibility tools. While a majority of the updates are light hearted and fun, some are quite serious, potentially offering great impact in the way users use their phones on a daily basis. There are just...