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  1. How to install and use Neofetch on desktop and mobile If you’ve spent any time looking around Linux subreddits, you may have seen some desktop screenshots where the user has their terminal displaying their system’s specs next to the logo of the operating system they use. While other programs can display information like this, one of the common options is called Neofetch – a program written in bash and available on all the popular operating systems and niche ones. In this guide, I’ll show you how to install Neofet
  2. Five new Android features coming this winter New features for Google Maps, Gboard emoji, and more New features coming for Google Maps, Gboard, Voice Access, Google Play Books, and Nearby Share. Image: Google Google is rolling out five new Android features in the weeks ahead that enhance Maps navigation, Gboard emoji mashups, Voice Access, Google Play audiobooks, and Nearby Share file sharing. Google is also making Android Auto available in 36 more countries. To start with, Google is giving M
  3. Jack Wallen offers up what he believes is the biggest mistake made within the orbit of Android this year. There's no way around it: 2020 has been one heck of a bad year for the majority of people on the planet. However, that doesn't mean that everything was sucked into that awful black hole of despair. In fact, a number of technology sectors found 2020 to be the bearer of good news. Android was one such portion of tech that enjoyed a few positives during the Voldemort of years. For example, the Google Pixel 5 might not have lived up to the flagship moniker, but
  4. Google outlines Android dev plans for next year Google has announced its plans for developers in 2021. It said that new apps will have to target API level 30 (Android 11) in August and in November for all app updates. Additionally, Google Play will require new apps to use the Android App Bundle publishing format which brings smaller app sizes and simpler releases. With regards to Android App Bundle, Google revealed that 750,000 apps and games already use the publishing format and benefit from advanced distribution features such as Play Asset Delive
  5. Twitter copies, well... everyone, with self-destructing messages Fleeting tweets vanish after 24 hours (Image credit: Shutterstock) Just about every social media platform out there has the option to post messages, videos, pictures and so on and then automatically have them disappear after 24 hours. On the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and others the feature is known as Stories, and now Twitter has its own version. While the idea is self-destructing post is nothing new, Twitter has at least gone to the effort of
  6. WhatsApp for Android may finally get support for Face Unlock Back in 2019, Facebook released an update for WhatsApp on iOS that added support for Face ID and Touch ID, allowing users to unlock the app by utilizing these technologies. Unfortunately, after more than a year, Android users still don't have the option to use Face Unlock on WhatsApp. However, that might change soon as the folks over at WABetaInfo have spotted a couple of additions to the latest version of WhatsApp Beta. The version update of WhatsApp Beta contains a redesigne
  7. WhatsApp is bringing major wallpaper changes to Android Android users start to catch up with iOS (Image credit: Shutterstock / Ink Drop) WhatsApp is on the verge of bringing a range of new wallpaper option to users of its Android app. The upcoming changes will bring the Android app more in line with the iOS app. Recognising the fact that people love the ability to customize the app in general and chats more specifically, WhatsApp is introducing various wallpaper-related personalization options that will given users the a
  8. Firefox 82 for Android is now available It took a bit longer this time to release the Firefox 82 update for Android systems, but it is finally here. Firefox 82.1.1 is now available via Google Play and should auto-update on devices that have previous versions of the browser installed. Firefox 82 introduces a number of improvements including support for two additional add-ons, privacy enhancements, and more. One of the main changes from a privacy perspective is that Firefox 82 is the first Android version that supports Redirect Tracking protection. The
  9. Ahead of the PlayStation 5’s launch on November 12, Sony has introduced a big update to its PlayStation App for Android and iOS. The update introduces a completely revamped UI, voice chat support, native PlayStation Store integration, and what Sony claims is a much more refined experience. The redesigned PlayStation App is rolling out globally and is available for Android 6.0 and later. Here are the key changes in today’s update: The PlayStation App features an updated user interface, including a refreshed home screen that allows users to see what their
  10. GravityRAT, a malware strain known for checking the CPU temperature of Windows computers to detect virtual machines or sandboxes, is now multi-platform spyware as it can now also be used to infect Android and macOS devices. The GravityRAT Remote Access Trojan (RAT) has been under active development by what looks like Pakistani hacker groups since at least 2015 and has been deployed in targeted attacks against Indian military organizations. New versions infect Android and macOS devices While the malware authors previously focused their efforts on targeting Wind
  11. Google Meet for Android gets a new UI that looks similar to the Gmail tab integration Google is rolling out a new user interface for Google Meet's Android app. The new UI is similar to the Meet integration that Google has rolled out in the Gmail app and the Meet app on iOS received last month. The new UI has a cleaner and more modern look and allows one to quickly share meeting information with others, start a Meet call instantly, or schedule a Meet call in Google Calendar using the 'New meeting' button. One can also quickly join a meeting by usin
  12. First Tor Browser Alpha for Android based on new Firefox is now available Tor Browser is based on Mozilla's Firefox web browser both on the desktop and on Android. Mozilla released a redesigned version of the Firefox web browser for Android recently, and the developers of the Tor Project worked on migrating Tor Browser to the new core on Android as well. The first version of Tor Browser for Android, based on the new Firefox web browser, is now available for testing. Bugs and issues are to be expected because of the alpha status of the release.
  13. Android Ransomware Has Picked Up Some Foreboding New Tricks While it's still far more common on PCs, mobile ransomware has undergone a worrying evolution, new research shows. Microsoft researchers have spotted a strain of ransomware that's far better at hiding itself.Photograph: Milena Ramazanova/Getty Images Though ransomware has been around for years, it poses an ever-increasing threat to hospitals, municipal governments, and basically any
  14. Chrome 86 beefs up password security on Android and iOS Once again, Google is highlighting the plethora of improvements it is making to the Chrome browser. The update mainly deals with beefing up password security on mobile versions of Chrome, as it makes a number of security-focused additions and other usability tweaks. Google will check whether users' passwords have been compromised, and that is found to be the case, the firm will take users directly to the appropriate "Change Password" form. The feature is presently available to Android and iOS users. Th
  15. Spotify will now let you search using lyrics so you can find that one song stuck in your head Another way to search for songs Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge For those times when you’re constantly singing a line of a song but just can’t remember what song those lyrics came from, Spotify can now help you with that. You can now search for songs by their lyrics on iOS and Android (via 9to5Mac). The feature looks to be pretty straightforward — type in some lyrics into Spotify’s s
  16. The best hidden Gboard features that you must know about Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards for Android devices right there and rightfully so because of the sheer number of innovative features it packs. The keyboard is also a perfect example of how virtual keyboards for today's smartphones are more than just a keyboard with the amount of functionality they pack. If you have been using Gboard only for typing out messages and emails so far, you have been using it wrong then. You can use the keyboard for quick Google search, translations, ad
  17. Android 101: how to tweak your multitasking pane You can show one, two, or three buttons at the bottom of your screen If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Part of The Verge guide to Android In Android 11, Google has added new functionality to its multitasking pane or recent apps view — that handy flow of thumbnails that lets you view all your active apps and choose w
  18. How to take screenshots on your Android phone A quick way to take photos of your display If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Part of The Verge guide to Android Screenshots are handy. You can use them to show your grandparent how to use a new app. You can use them to send a shot of that strange error message to your company’s IT department. You can use th
  19. You can now install any add-on in Firefox Nightly for Android, but it is complicated Mozilla released a new Firefox Nightly version for Android, and this one is special, as it is the first version of the new Firefox for Android that allows users to install any extension that is listed on Mozilla's official add-ons repository Mozilla AMO. The restoration of full add-ons support in Firefox for Android is a major request by users of the browser. While it is unclear how many Firefox users on Android used add-ons prior to being upgraded to the new Firefox, it is clear that
  20. BEIJING/SINGAPORE/SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe into Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google, looking into allegations it has leveraged the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, two people familiar with the matter said. The case was proposed by telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd last year and has been submitted by the country’s top market regulator to the State Council’s antitrust committee for review, they added. A decision on whether to proceed with a formal i
  21. “Joker”—the malware that signs you up for pricey services—floods Android markets Dozens of malicious apps, some available in Play, found in the past couple months. Enlarge portal gda / Flickr 68 with 37 posters participating September has been a busy month for malicious Android apps, with dozens of them from a single malware family alone flooding either Google Play or third-party markets, researchers from security companies said. Known as Joker, this family of malicious apps has been attac
  22. Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android It’s been available on the web since June Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is rolling out its impressive noise cancelation in Google Meet to Android and iOS, but unfortunately, it won’t be available to everybody — you have to be a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise for Education customer to take advantage of the handy feature, Google says. Google rolled this out first for the web in June. The
  23. Google Duo's screen sharing feature is rolling out Google has started rolling out the screen sharing feature in Google Duo. This will allow Android users to share the screen of their Android device with the caller on a Duo video call. As detailed by Android Police, enabling the feature while on a video call is as simple as tapping the three-dot overflow menu button and selecting the Screen share option. Google will show a warning saying you might expose your sensitive information during this process. If you are okay with it, press the Start Now bu
  24. Microsoft Launcher gets updated app icons and improved performance in the latest update Microsoft has released a new update for Microsoft Launcher for Android users. The new update brings improvements to app folder layout and gesture support as well as updates the app icons and the font. Here is the full changelog for the update: Updated app icons and font Improved app folder layout and gesture support Improved performance Addressed known bugs Microsoft has been actively developing Microsoft Launche
  25. App Manager v2.5.15 (Pre-release) (Open Source) jpg Yet another Android package manager and viewer but... 1. Copylefted libre software (GPLv3+) 2. Material design (and a nice UI) 3. No useless permissions 4. Does not connect to the Internet (the permission is required for ADB mode) 5. Displays as much info as possible in the main window 6. Lists activities, broadcast receivers, services, providers, permissions, signatures, shared libraries, etc. of any app 7. Launch (exportable) activities, create (customizable) shortcuts 8. Block
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