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  1. New Google Policy Means Trouble for Microsoft on Android A new policy implemented by Google for Android apps brings tighter controls for SMS and call logs, technically enforcing a new limitation of the use of services like digital assistants on the platform. According to Google itself, access for call logs and SMS should only be required when it’s absolutely necessary for the app’s core functionality, which Google defines as explained below: “Core functionality is defined as the main purpose of the app. It's the feature most prominently documented and promoted in
  2. Microsoft Launcher 5.2 starts rolling out to all Android users Beta testers have been using and quality-checking the 5.2 update for some time now. However today, it appears that the beta version is good enough to be released to general users, as spotted by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia. The Google Play Store still lists the latest version as 5.1.1 from our end, suggesting that the update is likely being delivered to users in a gradual rollout. This would make sense, given how major bugs tend to plague devices right at a major update (rem
  3. Cortana and Microsoft Launcher updated with improvements on Android Image Courtesy: Microsoft Microsoft today has pushed out a new update for Cortana on Android. The latest update comes with a new Home Screen interface which is more colourful. Cortana for Android has been updated with a new ‘now playing’ interface to helps users control music without opening the app. New buttons have been added to the home screen to allow users to quickly access emai
  4. Google Releases Android Security Patch for April 2019 with 89 Security Fixes Google released the Android Security Patch for April 2019 in an attempt to further improve the overall security and stability of Android devices. Android Security Patch for April 2019 consists of the 2019-04-01 and 2019-04-05 security patch levels, which address a total of 89 vulnerabilities across several components, including the Android framework, Media framework, Android system, and Qualcomm components. The most sever of them all could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code by
  5. Google Will Let Android Users Choose Their Browser Out of the Box Google has announced a series of changes for Android users in Europe in response to the latest antitrust concerns raised by the European Commission. Users will be allowed to choose what browser and search engine they want to use on Android out of the box. Currently, Android devices come with Google Chrome pre-installed and Google set as the default search engine, but in the near future, this is all going to change, Google says. While details on the browsers that would be offered to users haven’t bee
  6. Fake Apps Promise Updates to Latest Android Only to Bombard You with Ads Waiting for your device manufacturer to release the update to the latest version of Android is a painful experience, and Samsung users probably know this the best. And while many are looking into ways to get the upgrade before it officially becomes available for their devices, you should never (NEVER!) turn to apps in the Google Play Store that promise instant updates. Because as discovered by AP, the number of apps posted in the Play store and offering to update your devi
  7. Google unveils ‘third gender’ emoji coming to Android this year Google has revealed dozens of “third gender” emoji coming to Android smartphones later this year. The new gender-inclusive emoji include police officers, superheroes, wizards, wrestlers and even zombies. Emoji are decided by the Unicode Consortium, which is made up of tech firms like Google, Microsoft, Apple and the internet’s main emoji hub Emojipedia. New emoji are added all the time, and dozens of new designs have now been revealed in a new paper published by Google.
  8. AdGuard 3.0 is now available. The new version of the popular content blocker for Android features a redesigned interface, new stealth mode, support for custom lists, and more. The new version of AdGuard is already available on the developer website. Point your Android browser to this URL and hit the download button to download the new version to your system. Note that you do need to allow application installations from unknown sources in the Android settings to install the app. What is AdGuard? AdGuard is a content blocker that runs silently in the backgrou
  9. Google gives Android users in Europe more search, browser options To comply with a European Commission ruling, Android users in Europe will be presented with new screens offering alternatives to Chrome and Google Search. Google on Thursday outlined how it plans to give Android users in Europe more search app and browser options, in order to comply with a European Commission anti-trust ruling against it. Back in July 2018, the European Commission hit Google with a record €4.34 bil
  10. Google this week made it easier for Android users to enable strong 2-factor authentication (2FA) when logging into Google’s various services. The company announced that all phones running Android 7.0 and higher can now be used as Security Keys, an additional authentication layer that helps thwart phishing sites and password theft. As first disclosed by KrebsOnSecurity last summer, Google maintains it has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in pl
  11. Microsoft Teams consumer features now rolling out in preview on iOS and Android Microsoft announced Teams for consumers back in March along with Microsoft 365 Personal and Family. The new version for consumers lets users link their personal accounts to Teams and use the app to collaborate with and manage personal contacts through features such as shared files, task lists, and more. Today, the company announced new features to the app that brings more consumer-facing features. The features are rolling out in preview for Android and iOS users. The co
  12. GitHub's iOS and Android apps are now generally available Microsoft owned GitHub today announcedits that apps for iOS and Android are out of beta and generally available to users of those platforms starting today. The code hosting service announced the beta version of its app for iOS at the GitHub Universe conference in November 2019, followed by a release for Android in January 2020. The apps can be used to triage issues, browse through repositories, communicate with team members, manage tasks, and even merge code. However, it does not provide a complete de
  13. Microsoft Teams updated with live captions, more on Android and iOS The Microsoft Teams app on Android and iOS is getting new features to help increase the functionality of the app (spotted by OnMSFT). On the heels of the Redmond giant offering premium-tier features to all Teams users for free, the service an increase of 12 million new users. The move is aimed at providing users with more features, especially those that are working from home due to the Coronavirus outspread. The new features include the ability to turn on live captions during a Teams meeting
  14. Gmail bug makes it harder to empty Trash and Spam folders, fix in the works With the advent of digital marketing and online services, email notifications and constant updates through email have gone up drastically. Users generally tend to delete such communication, moving it to the Trash. Other annoyances such as constant spam emails are filtered by modern email clients. A frustrating new bug (spotted by AndroidPolice) in Gmail for Android prevents users from clearing the contents in the Trash or Spam folders completely. It is not clear as to when this bug w
  15. OneDrive for Android finally receiving dark mode as part of design refresh The OneDrive app on iOS received a major design refresh back in July 2019 that brought with it a new header, improved navigation and search, and new colors. The web version of OneDrive too saw a Fluent Design refresh in late 2018. Now, the Android app is receiving a fresh coat of paint with improved icons, updates that increase legibility, and dark mode. The first subtle yet welcome improvement is that to the files view. The list and grid views are receiving new icons and b
  16. Microsoft Defender is coming to iOS and Android Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to iOS and Android, the company announced today. In fact, that's about all that it said on the subject, promising to demo the apps next week at RSA. Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) is already available on macOS, and today, the public preview is coming to Linux. Microsoft says that Linux support has been a long-requested feature, so you can start testing it out today. This is all a part of Microsoft's broader M
  17. Mozilla launches Firefox Private Network VPN for Android Mozilla launched Firefox Private Network VPN for Google's Android operating system recently. The standalone Android application extends support to Android devices. The organization launched a beta of Firefox Private Network VPN back in December 2019. The service was, and is, limited to users from the United States at the time of writing and available for $4.99 per month during the beta phase; Mozilla has not revealed information on final pricing or about availability in other regions of the world.
  18. Microsoft’s new Office app arrives on iOS and Android with mobile-friendly features Even more mobile features are on the way soon Microsoft is releasing its new unified Office app for iOS and Android today, which combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application. The software maker first started beta-testing this new Office app as a hub for all things Office mobile back in November, and now, anyone can download and install it. Microsoft has focused on surfacing some of the more mobile-friendly parts
  19. 7 things Microsoft didn't tell us about the new Office app The new Office mobile app for iOS and Android is designed to help users complete 'microtasks' while on the go and combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Thinkstock Microsoft last week launched Office, a new mobile app for iOS and Android that the company slid into an already packed lineup of individual apps. Simply dubbed "Office," the new smartphone app — it runs on tablets, but Microsoft promised something skewed more towards them at a later date — s
  20. Google is testing a share icon in the toolbar for Chrome on Android Google released Chrome 80 earlier this month that came with a few privacy features, including changes to SameSite Cookie. Now, the search giant is testing the inclusion of a share button in the toolbar for Chrome on Android. The functionality is currently not turned on by default but can be enabled through an experimental flag. To enable the share icon, users can head to chrome://flags#share-button-in-top-toolbar and enable the ‘Share Button in Top Toolbar’ feature. Users will have to be runni
  21. Google Chrome for Android will soon get a new autofill UI Google will soon roll out a new autofill UI in Chrome for Android which is currently available in the dev build of the browser. The new UI is noticeably better than the old one which displayed a drop-down list with all the available information whenever one tapped on a text box on a web page. This ended up blocking other elements on the webpage and did not really provide a good user experience. In comparison, the new UI puts the autofill content in a bar above the keyboard that looks sleeker and better design
  22. Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st You still have one month to enjoy the Apple-owned weather app Image: Dark Sky Popular weather app Dark Sky, now owned by Apple, is keeping its doors open on Android for a little longer. The company said on Wednesday in an update on its website that it plans to keep the Android version going until August 1st, after initially announcing it would shut it down today, on July 1st. Presumably, the Wear OS version is still functioning as
  23. You’ll never guess Google’s most valuable Android app of 2020 Top Google app has nothing to do with games and everything to do with family (Image credit: Pixabay) Google One, the search giant's equivalent to Amazon Prime, emerged as the surprise leader in SensorTower’s list of top grossing Android apps worldwide for the first half of 2020. For the first time, Sensor Tower split its list to provide a more granular perspective on the most lucrative applications around. While Tinder rules the overall leaderboard across both
  24. Opera for Android 59 advances online payments Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 59. The new update comes with a handful of new features including a Payment Request API, improvements to site settings, and other smaller improvements which many won’t even notice but should provide for a more polished browsing experience. The most notable addition to this upgrade is the Payment Request API. The firm said that as more shopping moves online, the need for standards such as the W3C-recognised Payment Request API will increase. This
  25. Google Messages app exceeds one billion downloads on the Play Store Google Messages app has exceeded one billion downloads on the Play Store, as spotted by Android Police. Less than a year ago, the app had reached half as many downloads. It is a rather common feat for apps made by the Mountain View firm, but for Google Messages app, this is a remarkable achievement. Usually, most Google apps come pre-installed on Android phones, but Messages doesn't. Manufacturers have texting apps of their own installed on phones to handle SMS messages, and only a handful o
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