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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The OnePlus 5T went up for sale yesterday, and according to the company behind the new flagship smartphone, it’s been a cracking success so far. The OnePlus 5T is breaking company records, becomingthe fastest selling device from OnePlusto d
Posted by Sam Stern, Developer Programs Engineer The release of version 11.6.0 of the Google Play services SDK moves a number of popular APIs to a new paradigm for accessing Google APIs on Android. We have reworked the APIs to reduce boilerplate, imp
AndroidViewClient/culebra reached 300.000 downloads this month. After some time flying blind, since PyPi statistic stopped working some time ago, this great surprise was awaiting when the counts were restored, now implemented using BigQuery.
Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to revitalize and kick off the wearable platform thanks to a plethora of new features and partnerships. Alright, well, we all know that didn’t happen, but Google’s still bringing in new features to ho
Mint SIM is running a few Black Friday promos and partnering with Best Buy to get you through the holiday season. There are actually two deals that involve free service, so we’ll detail both of those. First up, if you buy your service direc
Amazon Echo Show owners have regained access to YouTube two months after the feature was pulled by Google. Amazon has confirmed that YouTube is once again available on the Echo Show. The company told Amazon Echo Show owners have regained access to Yo
Posted by Neto Marin, Developer Advocate Understanding how people find your app and what they do once they've installed it is crucial to helping you make the right product and marketing decisions. This is especially important when you're deciding you
When Samsung ditched the physical home button, they had to figure out where to put the fingerprint scanner. We’re not at the point where we can embed the sensor in the screen itself, so Samsung opted for a rear-mounted scanner. Lots of othe
Google Pixel owners, your phone is about to learn a nifty new trick. Google says that Google Lens is now rolling out to all Pixel phones. It’s hitting Pixels set to English in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore over the com
Posted by Dave Smith, Developer Advocate for IoT Back in September, we worked with to encourage the developer community to build smart connected devices using Android Things and post their projects to the Developer Challenge for Android T
By now, you are probably dreaming about Black Friday deals in your sleep, but a bargain is a bargain and this time it’s Verizon getting in on the act. If you own the Moto X4 orone of theMoto Z or Z2 variants, this is the perfect time to bul
To prepare folks for the big holiday shopping day that is Black Friday, companies need to give potential shoppers a head’s up as to what will be available when the sales kick off. HTC is certainly no different, and if you’ve been
Posted by Wojtek Kalicinski, Android Developer Advocate, Akshay Kannan, Product Manager for Android Authentication, and Felipe Leme, Software Engineer on Android Frameworks Starting in Oreo, Autofill makes it easy for users to provide credit cards, l
Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Googl
In most cases, turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or location services means those things are disabled. But if you have a recent Android device, it turns out location services might not work that way. According to a new report from Quartz, In most cases,
Posted by Xiaowen Xin, Android Security Team The new Google Pixel 2 ships with a dedicated hardware security module designed to be robust against physical attacks. This hardware module performs lockscreen passcode verification and protects your lock
Tronsmart sells a wide variety of high quality accessories. I recently reviewed their Edge 20,000mAh portable charger and it’s among the best I’ve ever used. If you’re looking for Bluetooth headphones or speakers, portab
This Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year for some folks, andkeeping tabs on Black Friday deals is the best way to compare and make a decision. Verizon Wireless has just announced its own Black Friday promotions, with the big deal o
Posted by Oscar Rodriguez, Developer Advocate The SafetyNet Attestation API helps you assess the security and compatibility of the Android environments in which your apps run. Since it was introduced in March 2015, many developers have successfully i
It’s Black Friday week, which means it’s time to stock up one deals and save some money. Right now you can secure a ton of top-notch Windows software at a price you want to pay. No, really. You can name your price for it. You have
Yesterday we learned that Nintendo‘s newest mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp,would launch globally for iOS and Android on November 22. But it turns out Nintendo is being nice and gifting fans an extra day of playtime. Thenewest ent
Posted by Marc Stogaitis and Tajinder Gadh, Software Engineers Driving is an essential part of our daily activities. So at Google we spend a lot of time thinking how we can make Android devices better and safer for our users. How we can prevent distr
Anker is one of the big names in smartphone accessories and it’s holding a huge Black Fridaypromotion on its Amazon page. Manufacturing everything from power banks and earphones to cables and chargers, and even a mouse, you can be sure that
Amazon has sold its Echo (2nd Generation) in six different colors since its launch last month, and now the smart speaker is getting a seventh color. Today Amazon launched a limited edition PRODUCT(RED) version of the Echo (2nd Generation). This devic
Posted by Kate Brennan and Mathilde Cohen Solal, Google Play and Daraiha Greene, CS in Media Google Play is committed to empowering new and existing voices in gaming. Earlier this year, we hosted the Indie Games Festival and sponsored the Girls Make
Unlike some manufacturers that announce a new smartphone and then take months to actually make it available for purchase (yes, LG, I’m looking directly at you), OnePlus’s latest creation, the OnePlus 5T, is now available to order.
Heads up, Samsung Gear S3 owners, because there’s a significant update coming your way. Samsung today announced its Value Pack update for its Gear S3 smartwatches. This update brings several notable features and helps to make the experience
Posted by Lukas Bergstrom, Product Manager, Android Developer Frameworks Team Android runs on billions of devices, from high-end phones to airplane seatbacks. The Android OS manages resources aggressively to perform well on this huge range of devices
Tomtop offers tons of different products, but if you’re into gadgets like we are, you’ll probably be interested in this quadcopter drone. It’s stacked with tech, including an HD video camera and some extra batteries for
The Android Messages app is a tad barebones compared to third party apps, but Google has been adding a lot of features that you’d find in internet-based messages apps. The latest additions bring it closer to services like iMessage and Faceb
Posted by James Lau, Product Manager ( Today is the beginning of KotlinConf. It's been almost 6 months since we announced Kotlin as a first-class language for Android at Google I/O. During this period, the number of apps on Google
If you own a Roomba, odds are pretty good that you enjoy a connected lifestyle and like to take advantage of technology and tools that make it easier for you to focus on the things you want to do instead of the things you need to do. For a long time,
Stickers have become a very popular feature in messaging apps, and Google has brought them to its keyboard. The latest update to Gboard brings four sticker packs that can be used in various apps. Also added in this update is support for 40 more langu
Posted by Ritesh Nayak M and Ronald Ho, Product Managers Today we're announcing Fast Pair, a hassle-free process to pair your Bluetooth devices on all supported Android devices running Google Play services 11.7+ with compatibility back to Marshmallow
Bestek makes a little bit of everything, but some of the things they make for smartphones and tablets are honestly pretty good. And you know what’s better than a quality product? A good product that’s on sale for Black Friday. Rig
Nintendo officially announced its newest game for mobile devices back in October, lifting the curtain onAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp and confirming an Android launch before the end of November. It turns out the game’s now ready for prime ti
Posted by Frank van Diggelen, Software Engineer Last year in Android Nougat, we introduced APIs for retrieving Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Raw measurements from Android devices. This past week, we publicly released GNSS Analysis Tools t
Ready to get your holiday shopping started? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the best gadgets to buy during the holidays, and if you maybe want to make a quick purchase for yourself, we won&#
Black Friday is a big deal for shoppers, especially those who love deals, and luckily most businesses extend their deals beyond just the single day. U.S. Cellularis giving customers the entire weekend to take advantage of a deal that can net them a f
Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering Today we're giving you an early look at Android 8.1. This update to Android Oreo includes a set of targeted enhancements including optimizations for Android Go (for devices with 1GB or less of memory) and a new
Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was set for release on November 22, but it’s apparently gone live in the play store a few hours early. If you’re interested, you can jump into the game right now. When it was annou
Google’s newest flagshipPixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLare impressive devices, but hardware issues have plagued the devices since launch. The problems eventually led Google to extend both devices’ manufacturer’s warranty to two y
Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android Android Studio 3.0 is ready to download today. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Android Studio 3.0 is a large update focused on accelerating your app development on Android. This release of Android Studio
Samsung launched its Gear S3 smartwatches late last year, continuing its habit of snubbing Google’s Android Wear platform and instead installing its own Tizen OS on the wearable devices. For the most part, the Korean electronics giant has r
Everyweek we cover new Android apps withFresh Meaton Wednesday, followed byAndroid Gamingon Thursday andTop 10 App Updateson Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the fiv
Posted by Vineet Buch, Director of Product Management, Google Play Apps & Games Today we kicked off our annual global Playtime series with back-to-back events in Berlin and San Francisco. Over the next month, well be hearing from many app and
Like so many manufacturers and retailers, HTC is jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. HTC seems to want you to think they have the very best deals out there as they have dubbed their own sales event as “Blackest Friday 2017”. Th
The appeal of Amazon’s Prime Exclusive smartphones are that they can get you a new device at a price that’s quite a bit lower than it normally sells for. And today, some of these Amazon Prime Exclusive phones are even cheaper. Ama
Posted by Adriana Puchianu, Developer Marketing Google Play Following last year's success, today we're announcing the second annual Google Play Indie Games Contest in Europe, expanding to more countries and bigger prizes. The contest rewards your pas
With so many ways to listen to Weird Al Yankovic your favorite music, it’s easy to get lost in which service offers the best value. If like me, you tend to flit from one streaming provider to another as one deal begins and another ends, how