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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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Google releases the final Android Q beta, stable release coming soon

Google is set to release Android Q sometime in the coming weeks, and today the company is inching one step closer to that launch with the release of Android Q Beta 6, the final update planned before the stable release. The 6th and final beta is basically a release candidate, which means that if no […]

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Google releases Android Q Beta 5 with updated gestural navigation

Google plans to release Android Q in the third quarter of the year, and the company is one step closer today thanks to the launch of Android Q Beta 5, which also happens to be the first official “release candidate” build. Update: Google had temporarily paused the rollout after receiving reports of installation problems. Update […]

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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 […]

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Lilbits 360: Apple and Qualcomm call off their lawsuits

Apple and Qualcomm have announced a new six-year license agreement that starts this month, a multi-year chipset supply agreement, and end to all litigation between the two companies. That’s… a little surprising, quite honestly. The companies have been fighting over patents for years, with the latest court case getting underway just this week. Update: OK, […]

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Google Android Q Beta 2 brings multitasking, security, privacy changes

Google has released Android Q Beta 2 for developers and Pixel smartphone-owning early adopters. In addition to many of the features introduced in the initial beta that was released last month, the new update includes a bunch of optimizations, bug fixes, and new features for developers. There are also some changes that could affect the […]

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Lilbits 354: What do you call these foldable smartphone designs?

The first foldable smartphones with flexible displays should begin shipping in the next few months. But they won’t all fold the same way. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold closes up like a book, with the screen on the inside, which means the company had to slap a secondary display on the outside that would let you use […]

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Google releases Android Q beta for all Pixel smartphones

The next major version of Android brings native support for foldable devices, new privacy features, additional features for enterprise users, and a new “sharing shortcuts” API that should make it easier to share content from one app using another. Android Q won’t be finalized until sometime this fall, but if you have a Google Pixel […]