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Google’s “Pixel Fold” reportedly coming in Q4 2022

We've been hearing about a potential "Pixel Fold" for quite a long time now. Android 12L introduced a few changes tailored specifically for tablets and foldable smartphones, and it seemed that with Google Tensor, Google was finally beginning to take its hardware seriously. However, all of that seemed to dissipate when Ross Young from the...

May 2022 Android security update rolls out to Google Pixel and some Samsung Galaxy phones

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for another security update. Google today published the May 2022 Android Security Bulletin, and with it, the May 2022 security update for eligible Pixel smartphones. Google’s Pixel lineup aren’t the only devices getting the update today, though, as Samsung also followed in Google’s footsteps...

Hulu removes free trials and new sign ups from Android as Google starts enforcing Play billing system

Hulu has removed the ability to sign up for new accounts and free trials from its Android app. The move comes as Google has started enforcing third-party apps to switch to its Play Billing system for in-app purchases. If an app doesn't want to use the Play Billing system, it must remove its own billing...

Google Noto Emoji channels nostalgia in more than one way

Google has released a new emoji font pack that attempts to scale things back. The inspiration harks back to a simpler time when the world of communication wasn't as complex and offered a total of only 176 emojis. This is quite a contrast compared to now, with over 3,633 emoji in the Unicode Standard, as...

Google Pixel Watch battery and connectivity details emerge

We've seen quite a bit of the Google Pixel Watch over the past couple of weeks. First, it was a Pixel Watch render, then live photos of the device. Although its appearance may no longer be a mystery, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the device. If a source is to be...

Google details I/O 2022 schedule, providing a brief overview of keynotes and sessions

We’re just two weeks away from Google I/O 2022. While the yearly event is primarily targeted at developers, there will be plenty of fun stuff for enthusiasts and the general public. Google usually doesn’t reveal much about what it plans to announce at the event. However, the company has now released the Google I/O 2022...

Google Translate gets a new “Translate Quick Actions” widget with Material You design

After years of neglect, home screen widgets finally received a big facelift in Android 12. The new widgets follow Material You guidelines and are more useful, responsive, and interactive. Many popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube Music, Google Drive, and Maps have already received refreshed home screen widgets. Now one more Google app is...

Google releases first Android Privacy Sandbox preview, based on Chrome’s Topics API

Google has been experimenting with new targeted advertising methods in the Chrome browser, intended to replace the cross-site browser cookies that have powered online advertising (and privacy violations) for decades. The company's latest attempt is the Topics API, which was introduced in January, and now Google is starting to expand it beyond the browser. Google released...

Android 13 Beta 1 on the Pixel 6 Pro offers Face Unlock settings

Google’s Pixel 6 series offers solid hardware and a feature-packed software experience, but it surprisingly misses out on a basic feature that’s quite common on almost all modern smartphones: Face Unlock. However, there’s hope that feature will soon arrive, at least on the Pixel 6 Pro. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Google hasn’t...

Google now lets you request removal of more personally identifiable infromation from Search

Google has offered users an option to request the removal of personally identifiable information from Search for many years. Until now, this option let users request Google to remove personally identifiable information in cases of doxxing or financial fraud. But Google is now updating its policy to include other sensitive information, like personal contact information...

Android 13 Beta 1 introduces a faster and more capable QR code scanner

The first public beta of Android 13 was released recently and while there are many additions and improvements, there are also some hidden details that are still being uncovered. If new animations for media, better file permissions, and a new clipboard overlay aren't enough to get you excited about this beta release, maybe a new QR...

Google working on screen resolution setting for Android 13

Google released the first Android 13 beta earlier this week, following months of Developer Preview builds. There are always a few new features in each release that Google didn't mention in the original announcement, and one of them seems to be a new screen resolution toggle in the system Settings app. Mishaal Rahman at Esper discovered...