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Paranoid Android returns with a stable Android 10 ROM

Once upon a time Paranoid Android was one of the most innovative custom ROMs for Android smartphones. Its developers added features for power users, and spent time rethinking Android’s navigation buttons, notifications, and other core features. But things have slowed down in recent years, and the last stable build of Paranoid Android was released in […]

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Android 10 “Rules” let some Pixel users adjust settings conditionally

Google is starting to roll out a new feature that lets some Android 10 users create rules that will automatically enable or disable certain features when specific conditions are met. By some users, I mean folks with Pixel 2 or later phones running Android 10. And by certain features, at this point I mean pretty […]

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Google’s ADT-3 Android TV developer kit with Android 10 now available for $79

The Google ADT-3 is the first Android TV device to feature a version of Google’s smart TV software based on Android 10. First unveiled in December, the little TV box is aimed at developers who want to make sure their Android TV apps are ready for the software that will roll out to supported devices […]

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Pixel feature drops to bring new tricks to Google’s smartphones

There are a few key selling points for Google’s Pixel smartphones. They tend to have great cameras. They get security and software updates delivered straight from the company that makes the Android operating system that powers most of the world’s smartphones. And they have some unique features that aren’t widely available on other phones. From […]

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Some Pixel 4 features are coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones sport some hardware upgrades including a 90 Hz display, dual rear cameras, a new face unlock system, and a radar, of all things. While there’s obviously no way to bring that hardware to older Pixel phones, some of the new software features that are making their debut […]

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Android 10 will just be called… Android 10 (as Google drops the dessert code names)

Google has been using the code name Android Q to refer to the next version of smartphone, tablet, and smart TV operating system while it’s still in development. But when it’s ready for release in a few weeks, it’ll just be called Android 10. Of course, Google usually gives new versions of Android a number. […]

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Even budget devices that ship with Android Q will feature disk encryption

Most high-end Android phones that have shipped in the past few years have featured disk encryption. But up until recently, Google allowed phone makers to skip encryption on low-end phones that didn’t support hardware-based encryption and didn’t have the processing power to handle it in software alone. Now Google says it’s eliminating that exemption. Phones […]

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Project Mainline could bring quicker security updates to Android devices (no reboot required)

Google can already roll out some new features to Android devices through the Play Store, but updating apps like Google Keyboard, Search, Maps, or Play Services. But major security updates and new operating system features typically require an operating system update — and those are harder for Google to roll out on its own, since […]

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Android 10 includes dark theme, gesture navigation, and more

Google rolled out the first beta of Android Q earlier this year, but the company has now confirmed that the next version of its smartphone operating system will be called Android 10 when it launches later this year. On-device machine learning Among other things, Android 10 will include native support for 5G cellular connectivity and […]