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  1. Faulty update causes Twitter app to crash – here's how to fix it The latest version of the app crashes upon opening Twitter is advising Android users to hold off updating to the latest version of its app after it was found to be liable to crashing. Many users discovered that the latest version of the Twitter app (version 8.28) crashed as soon as it is opened. With large numbers of Android users having their devices configured to automatically update apps, the crash-bug could affect a lot of people. Twitter is working on a fix at the mome
  2. Google devs "forgot" to move some user data during the Chrome 78 to Chrome 79 update process. Google has halted the rollout of Chrome 79 on Android after mobile app developers reported a major bug that was deleting user data and resetting mobile apps. The bug occurred during the update process from Chrome 78 to Chrome 79. In Chrome 79, Google developers changed the location of the Chrome directory. In a bug report filed last week, Google developers admitted to making a mistake with this operation and forgetting to move the contents of localStora
  3. Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new stable version of the web browser on December 5, 2019. The new Opera 55 web browser for Android devices includes a new Night Mode and improved keyboard dimming functionality. The new version of the mobile web browser should be offered to Android users soon via Play Store updates. It may also be downloaded from Google Play (and other sources) manually. The major new feature of Opera 55 for Android is the browser's redesigned Night Mode. It is disabled by default but m
  4. Vivaldi releases second Beta of its Android browser Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released the second Beta of the upcoming Vivaldi mobile browser for Android on December 5, 2019. The company released the first, long-awaited, version of its Android browser back in September and has been working on improvements since then. The new version is already available on Google Play. Users who have installed the previous beta may notice that it is updated automatically eventually; users who don't want to wait can force the upd
  5. Google introduces Verified SMS and spam detection in Android Messages Google has been trying to upgrade the messaging experience for SMS for some time through RCS (Rich Communication Services), a technology that's finally rolling out more broadly in the U.S. Today, though, the company is improving SMS in a different way - by increasing security. Through a new blog post, Google announced the rollout of a new feature called Verified SMS, which lets users know when they're receiving messages from a real business. The reason this needs to exist is that many businesses
  6. Microsoft is killing off its Cortana mobile apps everywhere except the U.S. next year If you're a fan of Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant and you live outside of the U.S., you're in for some bad news, although that should frankly be no surprise. The company is ending support for the Cortana mobile app on iOS and Android as of January 31, as noted in a support document published this week. The support document is from the UK, as Microsoft isn't killing the app if you're in the United States. Indeed, the page also notes that Cortana is being re
  7. Firefox Preview on Android now supports custom search engines Users of Mozilla new Firefox Preview browser for Android will soon be able to select a bigger variety of search engines and add custom search engines. Additionally, users will be able to remove any of the search engines provided by default, which is typical of the customisability we’ve come to expect from Mozilla over the years. The new search engines which have been added were picked due to a number of users requesting them; they include the tree-planting Ecosia, privacy-focused Startpage, Yahoo, Reddit,
  8. Facebook Viewpoints lets you make money by giving the company more data Facebook has announced Viewpoints, a new app for Android and iOS that lets users get monetary rewards for participating in different kinds of user research programs, such as surveys. The platform will offer a number of programs over time, requesting to collect certain information about the user. Rewards are given out as points, and when a user gather enough points, they can be turned into money that's sent to the user's PayPal account. To kick off the Viewpoints app, Facebook is launchin
  9. Google Photos markup feature begins rolling out to all users Google Photos has recently been receiving updates that aim at improving user experience and bringing in nifty features. One such feature that was spotted by a few users was the ability to markup images on Google Photos. As the name suggests, the feature provides users with simple tools to draw on images. However, not many devices saw this update, and there was no way to force install it. Now, a small post on the Google Photos Support forum suggests that the feature is rolling out to all Android users.
  10. Google outlines plans for mainline Linux kernel support in Android Google wants less forking, more modularization for Android's Linux kernel. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. It seems like Google is working hard to update and upstream the Linux kernel that sits at the heart of every Android phone. The company was a big participant in this year's Linux Plumbers Conference, a yearly meeting of the top Linux developers, and Google spent a lot of time talking about getting Android to work with a gene
  11. Chrome for Android has just solved one of the web's most irritating problems Browser notifications just got less bothersome (Image credit: Shutterstock) Google has added a new experimental option to Chrome for Android, which helps make alerts about site notifications less intrusive. The browser already has some options for customizing how these alerts appear, but the new setting aims (called 'Quieter notification permission prompts') is new for anyone using Chrome Canary on their phone or tablet.
  12. An early look at Firefox Preview 3.0 for Android Mozilla released the first beta version of Firefox Preview 3.0 on the project's GitHub home. The beta, which is only available on GitHub and not on Google Play, upgrades the mobile browser for Android to version 3.0. Firefox users who want to test the new browser using a version from Google Play may download the Nightly version instead. Note that Nightly versions are development builds that may be unstable. Mozilla started to work on Firefox Preview, initially known as Fenix, some time ago. We covered t
  13. Open letter from 50+ organizations want Google to do something about Android bloatware Over 50 organizations including the Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, DuckDuckGo, and Electronic Frontier Foundation have written an open letter to Alphabet and Google's CEO Sundar Pichai about exploitive pre-installed bloatware on Android devices and how they pose a privacy risk to consumers. The open letter says that all Android OEMs pre-install their devices with apps that cannot be deleted and that due to their privileged custom permissions,
  14. (Reuters) - The several dozen attorneys general investigating advertising practices at Alphabet Inc’s Google are planning to expand their antitrust probe into the unit’s flagship Android business, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The investigation, led by the Texas attorney general’s office, is known to have focused on Google’s search and digital advertising businesses since it began in September. Google has said it is cooperating with the probe by U.S. states and territories and that previous investigations in several ha
  15. Google Chrome is getting a new tab switcher – and it's a bit of a mess There's a lot going on... Chrome's old tab switcher on the left, with large cards, and the redesigned switcher on the right (Image credit: Google) Google is testing an update for Chrome that might prove controversial: a new tab switcher that's packed with extra icons and options, eschewing the old minimalist look. Rather than simply showing a s
  16. Only available in Brazil Instagram has launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok. As reported by TechCrunch and Variety, the tool is called Reels and is available on both iOS and Android. There’s no word on whether it will be launched in other countries, but it’s certainly likely if the tool is a success. With Reels, users can record 15-second videos, adjust their speed, set them to music, or borrow audio from others’ videos — similar to the “Duet” feature in TikTok. They can share them to their
  17. Google News now displays stories in two languages in a single feed Google rolled out today a new update for its news aggregator app on Android and iOS, enabling users to view articles in two languages with only a single feed. The new capability is available across 141 countries, with support for 41 languages. The search giant said in a blog post that the new update aims to provide assistance to users who are in the habit of consuming news across multiple languages. This activity proves to be challenging for people as they need to look for stories
  18. Mozilla Taiwan releases Firefox Lite 2.0 for Android Mozilla has created several Android web browsers in the recent past: from classic Firefox and Firefox Preview to Firefox Focus and Firefox Lite. Firefox Lite 1.0 was released last year by Mozilla Taiwan; it is a mobile browser that, besides its name, does not have much in common with Firefox for Android (or the desktop). The browser uses Chromium WebView and not Mozilla's own rendering engine to display websites. One advantage of that is that it is very lightweight (roughly 5 Megabytes) in compariso
  19. If you are an avid PC gamer, you probably know about Discord. It started out as a chat service for gamers, but it has seen immense growth since then among regular users as well. Due to Discord's popularity as a chat service, the mobile apps for Android and iOS are also quite popular among consumers. While the Android app may have had a dark theme for a while now, Discord has quietly added a new AMOLED dark theme in the latest version (9.8.2 and later) of its Android app. The new dark theme may feel more pleasurable than the current "Dark" theme for some users but it is unlikely that the new th
  20. Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video Send files locally over Wi-Fi, even when there's no Internet connection. Enlarge / Nearby Sharing in action. Google is working on a wireless local file sharing feature for Android along the same lines as Apple's Airdrop. While it isn't out yet, XDA's Mishaal Rahman got an early version of it up and running on a few devices, as it's currently dormant in versions of Google Play Services that are out in the wild. It works about how you would expect a Google ver
  21. Google testing new Share UI for Chrome with QR Code generator and screenshot tool Android’s share menu has gathered mixed reactions for a long time. With Android 10, Google improved the share sheet by organizing it and improving share suggestions. However, the firm’s own apps such as Photos, YouTube, and News use different approaches to present the share dialog. Now, the company is testing a new share flyout for Chrome that includes a QR code generator. Spotted by AndroidPolice, the new share interface seems to add an additional line of options to share conten
  22. Revamped Firefox browser for Android set to arrive on the nightly branch tomorrow Over the last several months, Mozilla has been shipping a version of its browser called Firefox Preview. Firefox Preview is a completely redesigned version of Mozilla’s mobile browser that will supersede the existing Firefox for Android versions. From tomorrow, users of Firefox for Android Nightly will experience the redesigned Firefox for the first time and in the coming weeks and months, it’ll arrive on the beta and stable channels. The new Firefox is built using G
  23. Microsoft Edge Beta gets its new icon on Android Microsoft is beginning to make the new icon for its Edge browser more widely available, as it's shown up on the beta version of the Android app today. there aren't any other new features like we saw earlier this week; it's just the new icon. The company is preparing for the big desktop launch of Edge Chromium, the new version of its in-house browser. Beginning on January 15, the new browser will be generally available; not only that, but users on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and macOS will have access to Edge
  24. Outlook is the latest Microsoft Android app to pass 100 million installs on the Play Store The latest Microsoft app tom hit the 100 million install mark on the Google Play Store is Outlook, as was spotted by MSPU over the weekend. It joins apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Skype, OneNote, and SwiftKey in the club. Those apps have many more installations though, as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, and OneDrive all have over a billion installations, while OneNote and SwiftKey have 500 million. Microsoft's Frank X. Shaw noted back in April that Outlook has 1
  25. Edge Beta on Android now lets you choose between sync with Edge Chromium or Edge Legacy We're now just a couple of weeks away from the January 15 launch of Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser. The company is prepping for launch, now updating the beta version of Edge on Android so that you can choose whether to sync with the new one, or the EdgeHTML-based Edge Legacy. This option was already available, but it specifically referred to the Edge Insider channels for the new version, and to the legacy version simply as Microsoft Edge. It also notes that "The new
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