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Google to block sign-ins for Android 2.3 and lower

Google’s Android operating system has changed quite a bit since the first Android-powered phones began shipping in 2008. And maintaining support for old versions of Android gets increasingly difficult over time. So it’s unsurprising that a few years ago Google announced it would be largely ending support for devices running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or lower […]

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This is what Google Play’s safety labels will look like (Android app privacy & security info)

Earlier this year Google announced plans to make it easier for users to make informed decisions about the privacy and security risks posed by apps they install from the Google Play Store. Now the company is outlining new policies for developers and giving users an idea of what the new safety section will look like […]

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WayDroid lets you run Android apps on Linux phones (with smoother performance than Anbox)

Smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers running mobile-friendly operating systems. And folks who want to run a free and open source GNU/Linux distribution on their phones get the advantages of a hackable, customizable OS that can run desktop Linux applications as well as mobile apps. But the selection of mobile-optimized Linux apps is still rather small, […]

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Lilbits: Clubhouse gets a little less clubby (and open to everyone)

When Clubhouse made its debut as an audio-only social app for joining or listening into group conversations, it was an invite-only, iOS-only app released at a time when millions of people were stuck at home and perhaps craving social contact. It was a hit even before the app expanded to Android. And then signups started […]

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KDE Connect now supports Windows as well as Linux and macOS (link your phone to your PC)

KDE Connect is a free tool that lets you pair a smartphone with a PC to do things like share links and files between devices, view phone notifications on your PC, use your phone as a remote control for presentations or to control media playback on your computer (or use your PC to control media […]

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Amazon Appstore will support Android App Bundles (but they’ll be optional for developers)

The process of installing apps on Android devices hasn’t changed all that much since the operating system first debuted well over a decade ago. Whether you’re installing an app from the Google Play Store or from another source, what you’re basically doing is downloading and installing an APK (Android Package) file. But a few years […]

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How to sideload apps on Amazon Fire tablets (install apps that aren’t in the Amazon Appstore)

Amazon’s Fire and Fire HD tablets ship with a fork of Google’s Android operating system called Fire OS. For the most part that means they have a custom user interface that’s designed to highlight Amazon apps and services. But it also means that instead of the Google Play Store, they ship with the Amazon Appstore […]

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S2 Music Player is an Android app from the maker of Shuttle (with the best incentive for upgrading

S2 Music Player is a new Android app that not only presents a simple, clean user interface for listening to music and managing songs stored on your phone, but also for streaming music from a home server using Jellyfin, Emby, or Plex (although Plex support isn’t available yet). Developed by the maker of the popular […]

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Android 12 Beta 3 brings scrolling screenshots, faster auto-rotation, gaming improvements and more

Google plans to release Android 12 this fall, when it will begin rolling out to phones from Google and other companies. But the company has been making beta versions available for the past few months to allow developers (and early adopters) to test new features and changes. The latest is Android 12 Beta 3, and […]

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OnePlus is merging OxygenOS and ColorOS, promises up to 4 years of security updates

Chinese phone makers OnePlus and Oppo share a parent company and there have always been similarities between the hardware produced by the two companies. Soon there will be more similarities between the software as well. Last month the companies announced that they’d be integrating more of their operations with one another. Now we know at […]

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Sideloading some Android apps could get more complicated as Google pushes Android App Bundles

One of the things that’s long set Android apart from iOS is that while both Google and Apple maintain app stores, Google makes it fairly easy for users to install apps downloaded from sources other than the Google Play Store. It’s a process commonly known as sideloading. But starting later this summer, sideloading some apps could […]