Google Will Require Android Phones To Come With Digital Wellbeing And Parental Controls

Google Will Require Android Phones To Come With Digital Wellbeing And Parental Controls

In recent times, we have started to notice a growing concern about people, especially kids, spending way too much time on their smartphones. This has resulted in companies like Apple and Google introduce tools that allow users to manage their time on their phones, and also more robust parental controls.

However, given that Android allows handset makers to customize the OS and create something more unique to them, this has resulted in different experiences across the board, but that could change soon. According to the folks at XDA Developers, it seems that they have discovered that in future Android devices, Google will require handset makers to introduce some form of digital wellbeing solution along with parental controls.

Electric Volvo Xc40 Getting Android-powered Infotainment System

Electric Volvo XC40 Getting Android-Powered Infotainment System

Android-powered infotainment systems have been around for a few years now, although made by third-party companies. That's about to change starting next week, as the electric Volvo XC40 will become the first vehicle to get such a feature, straight from the factory.

Call Of Duty Mobile Is Now Available For Free On Android & Ios

Call Of Duty Mobile Is Now Available For Free On Android & iOS

With the battle royale craze and smartphones getting more powerful, developers are trying to bring more games to the mobile platform.

You must be knowing about games like PUBG or Fortnite – which are already available for smartphones with millions of players worldwide.

Youtube Music Replaces Play Music As A Preinstalled App On Android 10

YouTube Music Replaces Play Music As A Preinstalled App On Android 10

According to a post on the YouTube Blog, “YouTube Music is your personal guide through the complete world of music—whether it’s a hot new song, hard to find gem, or an unmissable music video. Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.”

That being said, it does not mean that Google has done away with Play Music. In fact, users who want to install Play Music back on their devices in favor of YouTube Music will be able to do so. All you need to do is go to the Play Store and search for the app and you can redownload it once again.

Oneplus Tv To Have A Custom Interface On Top Of Android

OnePlus TV To Have A Custom Interface On Top Of Android

OnePlus TV is one of the most anticipated products with the leaks and rumors making rounds. While we are just a day away from its official launch, in a tweet, the founder of OnePlus teased how the TV will look in its full glory (as shown in the image above).

Even though the picture looks great – there is one important thing to notice here though. The user interface of the TV (or the main menu) looks different than an Android TV would look like.

How To Get Iphone Emojis For Android

How To Get iPhone Emojis for Android

Just like Android has its own set of unique emojis, iOS has them too. Do you want to get iPhone Emojis for Android?

In the past, Android users had to root their device in order to change their emoji set to the ones found on iOS devices. Fret not, you do not have to root your device this time.

Chrome Canary Introduces Shared Clipboard Between Android And Pc

Chrome Canary Introduces Shared Clipboard Between Android And PC

Image credit – XDA Developers

While you’re outside, using your phone to browse the web is to be expected, but when you’re at home, it would be more comfortable using a computer. However, there are times when we might prefer using our phones, but that presents a problem when you’re trying to move from phone to PC.

What's New In Android 10

What's New In Android 10

The latest iteration of Android is finally here. Android 10 marks the beginning of a new naming tradition (just like iOS) with numbers. This time Android 10 focuses on three important themes – supporting bleeding edge technologies (like foldable smartphones & 5G Network), protecting users’ privacy, and enhancing the digital wellbeing controls.

In this article, let us take a look at what’s new in Android 10.

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

If you don’t relish the idea of having to spend more money, you’re in luck because at IFA 2019, Google has announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant which the company is calling “Ambient Mode”. Basically, what this does is that it will take your Android device, like a smartphone or tablet, and turn it into a ready-to-go smart display.

According to Google, “Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is a new visual overview that makes it easier to see notifications and reminders, start a playlist and control smart home devices on the lockscreen of your device. When you’re done, your screen will turn into a personal digital photo frame linked to your Google Photos account to add another personal touch.”

Zero Day Android Exploits Now Cost More Than Ios, And That's A Good Thing

Zero Day Android Exploits Now Cost More Than iOS, And That's A Good Thing

During the early days, this led to a lot of problems as it meant that malware could be easily hidden in these apps. Also, screening systems back then weren’t quite as sophisticated, thus allowing apps with malware to make it past Google’s checks. However, these days it’s starting to look very different where according to a report from WIRED, zero-day exploits for Android are being priced higher compared to iOS.

This is actually a good thing, at least for Android users, where it basically means that there are fewer zero-day exploits for Android, or at least Google has made it harder for hackers to find, thus increasing the price of those available. The same cannot be said for iOS, where it seems that there are more being sold in these underground markets, thus lowering its prices.

Android Q Developer Preview 5 Released For Oneplus 7, 7 Pro

Android Q Developer Preview 5 Released For OnePlus 7, 7 Pro

This is because OnePlus has recently released the Android Q Developer Preview 5 for both phones, meaning that you can take the update for a spin to see how it will be like on your phone ahead of its release. However, given that this is the developer preview, it means that it is sort of like a beta so it might not be the best idea to use it as your daily driver.

OnePlus acknowledges as much in a post on its forums saying, “As the name suggests, this build of Android Q is best suited for developers and early adopters. As it is still in an early stage of development, we do not recommend flashing this ROM if you have little or no experience in software development or flashing custom ROMs. Proceed at your own risk!”

Canadian Carrier Claims Android 10 Will Be Released September 3

Canadian Carrier Claims Android 10 Will Be Released September 3

Google has yet to officially confirm when Android 10 will be released. We expect that it should be soon as the company usually tries to tie it in with the launch of their Pixel phones, but according to Canadian carrier Rogers, it seems that the update could actually launch a lot earlier than expected.

How early? According to Rogers, they are claiming that the update will be released on the 3rd of September, which is actually next week! Of course, don’t expect the update to arrive to your phone unless you own a Google Pixel device. This is because one of the advantages of owning a Pixel handset is that you get updates first and before everyone else, so if you own a phone from a different brand, it will depend on how quickly they choose to release it.

Microsoft Office For Ios And Android To Get A Dark Mode

Microsoft Office For iOS And Android To Get A Dark Mode

Last year, we heard that Microsoft could be working on a dark mode for its Outlook app. Just last month, renders of the upcoming dark mode were leaked, and now for those who are fan of dark mode, you’ll be pleased to learn that Microsoft has confirmed that dark mode will be coming to its Office and Outlook apps on both iOS and Android.

According to a post on Medium, Microsoft Office’s head of design, Jon Friedman, wrote, “A cross-company design collaboration propels us to seamlessly bring Dark Mode to the broader M365 product suite, and today marks the initial rollout of Dark Mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, as well as Office.com! The upcoming launch of iOS 13 will then extend this rollout to Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, and To-Do on mobile.”