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  1. Google’s Jetpack Compose developer tool now available in beta Google LLC announced today that Jetpack Compose, a new tool that’s meant to help developers build Android applications faster, is now available in beta test mode. Jetpack Compose, in alpha mode since last year, is designed to speed up the Android development by streamlining the process of creating each app’s user interface. That has always been a time-consuming task for developers that involves writing lots of customized code. Previously, the UI elements of each Android app had to be
  2. Google Maps finally rolls out dark mode on Android Plus games and other new features for Android Auto The Google Maps app is getting a true dark mode, at least on Android. The company announced today that it is finally widely releasing the dark theme option that it’s been testing in the app since September 2020. The dark mode, which takes things much further than the previously available night mode color option, will be accessible in the app’s settings menu, under “theme.” Google ann
  3. Google announces 6 new features coming to Android smartphones Google today announced six new features that are coming to Android smartphones. Integrated Password Checkup tool, ability to schedule messages and improved Google Assistant capabilities are some of the new features. You can read about the new features in detail below. On Android, you can save passwords to your Google account, making it quicker and easier to sign into your apps and services using Autofill. Your login credentials are one of your first lines of defense against intruders, so
  4. DuckStation is an excellent PlayStation 1 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android The PlayStation 1, Nintendo SNES, GBA, and DS are my favorite consoles of all-time because they have tons of RPGs. I remember playing WWF/WCW games, and many JRPGs on my old Windows 98 computer using ePSXe back in the 2000s. Emulation has come a long way since then; there have been many advancements, improvements and of course new emulators. DuckStation is a PSX emulator and a brilliant one at that. It comes with a QT-based GUI version and a no-GUI version.
  5. Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for Android gets updated with improved handwriting experience and more Microsoft pushed an update to its SwiftKey keyboard app on Android. Taking the app to Version 7.7.1.8, the update adds an improved handwriting experience, a fix for the bug that caused crashes while using large Clipboard clips, and more. You can see the official changelog below. CHANGELOG Your Handwriting experience should now be improved – Handwriting trails are smoother, and performance has been optimised. We’ve fixed a bug tha
  6. Tasker can read JSON data and web pages in latest beta Bringing the power of the internet to phone automation Tasker is one of the most popular automation tools on Android, allowing you to perform multiple actions on your phone or tablet automatically or by pressing a single button. The app is now receiving two important features that make it easier to integrate Tasker tasks with web services: HTML and JSON parsing. Tasker 5.12.0 beta is now rolling out on the Play Store, with new functionality that makes it possible to use data from HTML or JSON in Ta
  7. Surface Duo may only get Android 11 in the summer When Microsoft released Surface Duo device in the US last year, the company was expected to release an update to Android 11 soon after. In the end even regular updates have been slow in coming, and not much has been heard about Android 11 either. Today some news about the OS update has trickled out, courtesy of DrWindows.de. According to the German blog, based on a briefing they had from Microsoft, the OS update will arrive sometime in the summer. The reason is somewhat unexpected – accordi
  8. Google Photos for Android getting advanced video editor with cropping, filters, and more Last August, Google introduced a new video editing experience in Photos for iOS. Google Photos on Android will soon see that revamped video editor with more advanced tools and granular customization. Editing inside Google Photos for Android was previously limited to trimming, stabilizing, rotating, muting sound, and exporting still frames. The bulk of those actions now make up the “Video” tab in a UI that’s identical to the image editor. Next is “Crop” to ma
  9. Microsoft To Do app receives an update on Android Microsoft’s task management app, Microsoft To Do for Android has received an update. Taking the app version to 2.37.179, the update brings fixes for a number of issues, improvements, and no new features. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog We have fixed the bug with the daily planning reminders setting as well, now you can turn OFF this setting if you don’t want daily planning reminders. In this release, we have fixed extra lines issues in notes
  10. Report: Google considering an iOS-style anti-tracking feature for Android Android could get tracking controls after "seeking input" from ad companies. Enlarge NurPhoto / Getty Images It's still early, but Apple's new tracking restrictions on iOS sure seem to be causing headaches for the Internet ad industry. Just last week, Google told partners to expect a "significant impact" to ad revenue, while Facebook has launched an all-out war against Apple's tracking initiative and is reportedly considering legal action. Now, a new
  11. Microsoft releases Office Insider Build 16.0.13801.20004 for Android users, here is what’s new Microsoft has released Office Insider Preview Build 16.0.13801.20004 for Office Insiders on Android. The latest Office build adds a number of new features for Outlook, including the ability to call people using voice, create Tasks directly from Outlook, choose a different colored theme for personalization, and more. You can read the full official changelog below. CHANGELOG Outlook Call people using voice Give your thumbs a break and use voice commands
  12. OneDrive for Android is getting support for Samsung Motion Photos and 8K video playback Today, Microsoft announced some updates to its OneDrive app on Android. One is that there's an all-new home screen experience. You're going to see three sections on the new home screen: recent files, offline files, and "On this Day" photos. For those using a work or school account, you'll instead see recent files, shared libraries, and offline files. This new experience is already available on iOS. Next up is Samsung Motion Photos, which are now supported for both storag
  13. Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard for Android gets updated with support for 30 new languages and more Microsoft pushed an update to its SwiftKey keyboard app on Android. Taking the app to Version 7.7.0.4, the update adds support for as many as 30 languages. Add to that, it also brings a fix for a bug that caused the heatmap page to crash. You can see the official changelog below. Changelog We’ve added 30 new languages. You can now type in: Wa (China), Wa (Myanmar), Kuki (Thadou), Bemba, Chidigo, Chiduruma, Ekegusii, Iyo’wujwa Chorote, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kigiryama, Kimîîru,
  14. Firefox 85 for Android released with DRM stream support and usability improvements Mozilla released Firefox 85.0 Stable for all supported desktop operating systems last week. Firefox 85 is the first stable version of Firefox without Flash support, and Mozilla did add a number of usability features to give users better control over certain areas of the browser. Firefox 85.0 Android is now available as well. The new version of Firefox for Android is already available via Google Play and may be pushed to user devices via the built-in updating functionality. A tap on Menu &
  15. Microsoft Remote Desktop adds dark mode, native 64-bit Chromebook support, and more It also drops support for Android Marshmallow Microsoft overhauled its Remote Desktop application for Android last year, complete with a new rendering engine, support for Windows 10 virtual desktops, and more. Microsoft has now released another major update, this time focused on Chromebooks and other devices with physical keyboards. Microsoft Remote Desktop v10.0.9 is now rolling out on the Play Store, with the most noticeable change being dark mode support. Wen your sy
  16. Netflix testing a timer feature on Android devices that stops streaming after set period A useful tool for anyone who falls asleep with Netflix on LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Netflix is launching a global test today on Android devices that will allow subscribers to set a timer for their viewing period. The new feature lets people choose between four timer settings: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or end of whatever people are watching. After the selected time limit comes to an end, the Netflix app will stop. This should, in theory, help conse
  17. Google Chrome on Android is getting a Read Later feature Google has been working on a Read Later feature for Android for some time, and the feature has now shown up, without a flag, on Chrome Canary for Android. The feature lets you “bookmark” articles you want to read later from the long-press menu on links, meaning you can create a collection of articles you want to go back to later. The feature competes with a similar feature from Pocket, though of course less sophisticated, as it does not appear to sync across devices at present.
  18. Google Lens for Android rolling out offline translate capability Since last year, Google has been working on letting you perform translations in its visual search tool without an internet connection. Google Lens is now rolling out offline translate on Android. Open the Translate filter and click the “pairing” pill underneath “Google Lens” to open a “Select language” screen. On first launch, you’ll notice a “Tap to download” prompt highlighting a new button next to most languages. Before proceeding, Google will note how big the offline language p
  19. Netflix delivers 'studio-quality' sound upgrade for Android viewers Sound should be more reliable on cellular, too. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Don’t be surprised if Netflix sounds nicer the next time you marathon a show on your Android phone. Netflix has upgraded its Android app to stream audio in xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC; yes, it’s a mouthful), promising “studio-quality” sound that’s also more consistent — that is, you should enjoy it in more places. The new format offers a variable bitrate that
  20. Firefox for Android is still miles away from full extension support When Mozilla launched the redesigned Firefox mobile browser for Android, codename Fenix, in 2020, it knew that the new browser did not support all the features of the previous one. The organization hoped that users would see the benefits of the new Firefox browser for Android, that it offered better performance and web compatibility. One of the main complaints was that the new Firefox lacked full support for extensions. It was not even clear from the get-go if the new browser would support extensions at
  21. Firefox 85 on Android will allow extension installs from AMO Mozilla has announced that Firefox users on Android will be able to install browser extensions directly from addons.mozilla.org (AMO) starting with Firefox 85 which is due for release on January 25. The company said that allowing users to install extensions directly from AMO will help smooth out the installation process of add-ons. Until now, Firefox users on Android could only install add-ons that had been vetted directly from the browser’s Add-ons Manager; the firm will likely keep thi
  22. Best Android tablets of 2021: which should you buy? Don't want an iPad? Try one of the best Android tablets (Image credit: Samsung; Asus) The best Android tablet at any given time is often made by Samsung, as not many other companies are making premium Android slates. As such, this list has a few different Samsung tablets in it, with the iPad Pro 2020-rivaling Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus sitting at the top. There are some options if you’re not into Samsung’s slates though. Amazon also makes excellent A
  23. Microsoft To Do for Android gets updated Microsoft’s task management app, Microsoft To Do for Android has received an update. Taking the app to Version 2.35.176, the update brings improved TalkBack announcements for “Search” functionality, bug fixes for app crashes, and list sharing issues. You can see the official changelog below. Changelog In this release we have improved TalkBack announcements for “Search” functionality. There are also some bug fixes for app crashes and list sharing issues. You can download the latest version of Microsoft To Do app from the below link
  24. Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices Boobytrapped websites are used by attackers to infect people who visited them. Enlarge Getty Images 27 with 23 posters participating Google researchers have detailed a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices. Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft,
  25. Google discloses hacking campaign targeting Windows, Android users Project Zero, Google's 0day bug-hunting team, revealed a hacking campaign coordinated by "a highly sophisticated actor" and targeting Windows and Android users with zero-day and n-day exploits. The Project Zero team, in collaboration with the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), discovered a watering hole attack using two exploit servers in early 2020, each of them using separate exploit chains to compromise potential targets. "These exploit chains are designed for efficiency & flexi
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