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Android is a software package and an operating system which is used in electronic devices such as smartphones, computer, tablets, and many more. It was launched in 2003. The Android operating system is the most popular OS in the world.

Now install Android 12 Beta 5 build on Pixel 5a!

09 Sep 2021

Now install Android 12 Beta 5 build on Pixel 5a!

Google has finally released the fifth and final beta version of the new Android 12 operating system.

Google Clock alarms refuse to ring, send app's rating plummeting

06 Sep 2021

Google Clock alarms refuse to ring, send app's rating plummeting

The reviews for the Google Clock app on Play Store are witnessing a downward trend. This is due to several users reporting erratic behavior of the alarms set using the app. The alarms just don't ring!

Android 12 lets you control your phone with facial expressions

18 Aug 2021

Android 12 lets you control your phone with facial expressions

Soon, you might see some Android users making weird sequences of facial expressions while looking at their phones. They could be clicking selfies (as always), or using the Android Accessibility Suite's latest feature called Camera Switches.

Android 12 Beta 4 packs lock screen improvements, achieves stability

14 Aug 2021

Android 12 Beta 4 packs lock screen improvements, achieves stability

Android 12 is just around the corner, set to roll out to the public alongside the Google Pixel 6.

Select users can migrate WhatsApp accounts from iOS to Android

14 Aug 2021

Select users can migrate WhatsApp accounts from iOS to Android

WhatsApp has announced that users can now migrate accounts from iOS to Android.

#NewsBytesExplainer: Everything about Google's new Tensor chip for Pixel 6

07 Aug 2021

#NewsBytesExplainer: Everything about Google's new Tensor chip for Pixel 6

In the months leading up to the Pixel 6 launch, there have been rumors of a "Whitechapel" processor designed in-house and from the ground up by Google.

Google is discontinuing sign-in support on old Android devices

03 Aug 2021

Google is discontinuing sign-in support on old Android devices

If you have an ancient relic running on Android version 2.3.7 (final version of Gingerbread) or anything older than that, Google has decided that after September 27, you won't be allowed to sign in to your Google account on that device.

Play Store delists nine apps spreading Facebook credential-stealing Chinese Trojan

05 Jul 2021

Play Store delists nine apps spreading Facebook credential-stealing Chinese Trojan

In yet another instance highlighting how easy it is to fall prey to cybercriminals and trojans, Google has just delisted nine apps from the Play Store when they were found to be stealing users' Facebook login credentials.

Uninstall these eight apps with Joker malware immediately!

22 Jun 2021

Uninstall these eight apps with Joker malware immediately!

The infamous Joker trojan is back to haunt Android devices. Eight applications that were known to be spreading the malware have since been removed from the Google Play Store. However, that just prevents new downloads.

Google announces 6 new Android features launching this summer

19 Jun 2021

Google announces 6 new Android features launching this summer

Google announced Android 12 at its developer conference last month followed by a preview build release for developers.

Truecaller unveils group voice calling, Inbox Cleaner features for Android

16 Jun 2021

Truecaller unveils group voice calling, Inbox Cleaner features for Android

Popular caller identification service Truecaller announced that its latest update for Android users brings new features such as group voice calling for up to eight people simultaneously, Smart SMS, and an Inbox Cleaner.

Apple could develop an AirTag detector for NFC-enabled Android smartphones

06 Jun 2021

Apple could develop an AirTag detector for NFC-enabled Android smartphones

Just when we thought we could direct our attention to addressing the expensive accessory problem for AirTags, Apple has stolen the spotlight again with a fresh announcement.

Clubhouse shoots to million downloads on Android within a week

24 May 2021

Clubhouse shoots to million downloads on Android within a week

This is a story that will surprise no one. The recently launched Android version of Clubhouse hit the million downloads mark in less than a week. To put this into perspective, it took the iOS app around a year to accrue 10 million downloads.

Clubhouse app is now available on Android globally (including India)

21 May 2021

Clubhouse app is now available on Android globally (including India)

Popular voice-based social media app Clubhouse has finally made its way to Android. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store in India and around the world but users will still require an invite to sign up and participate.

A quick look at improvements in Android 12 Beta 1

19 May 2021

A quick look at improvements in Android 12 Beta 1

Following Google's typical release schedule for Android, the operating system's latest version is finally available as a public beta. Android 12's public beta was made available for download on day one of Google I/O 2021—the company's conference for developers.

Here's every noteworthy announcement from Google I/O 2021

19 May 2021

Here's every noteworthy announcement from Google I/O 2021

The 2021 instalment of the annual Google I/O conference had the distinction of focusing on software announcements, with hardware launches being conspicuously absent.

Clubhouse launches Android beta app after iOS downloads drop significantly

10 May 2021

Clubhouse launches Android beta app after iOS downloads drop significantly

After more than a year of iOS exclusivity, Clubhouse is finally coming to Android. The only catch is that the beta Android version is restricted to US users at the moment.

Google cracking down of scammy, misleading Play Store app listings

30 Apr 2021

Google cracking down of scammy, misleading Play Store app listings

Google has announced sweeping new Play Store guidelines for publishing apps. The policies are designed to make app listings accurate, concise, and devoid of visual clutter and spam.

Here's another look at features in Android 12's Developer Preview

17 Apr 2021

Here's another look at features in Android 12's Developer Preview

The hype surrounding Android 12 has been growing since Google began to release Developer Preview builds. With the third Developer Preview right around the corner, XDA-Developers got some hands-on time with a yet unreleased build of the smartphone operating system.

Telegram offers direct download to bypass Google's censorship overreach

15 Apr 2021

Telegram offers direct download to bypass Google's censorship overreach

While most Android users prefer to download WhatsApp's alternative Telegram off the Play Store, there is now a compelling reason to seek an unusual method provided by the app makers.

This feature nudges Android users to look up while walking

14 Apr 2021

This feature nudges Android users to look up while walking

Google has begun rolling out the latest addition to its Digital Wellbeing app. First spotted by XDA-Developers' Mishaal Rahman in November last year, the Heads Up feature is designed to prevent people from using their phones while walking.

Google is shutting down its Shopping app

12 Apr 2021

Google is shutting down its Shopping app

Google is shutting down its Shopping app for Android and iOS, a company spokesperson confirmed to 9to5Google.

Apple kept iMessage from Android to lock users within iOS

10 Apr 2021

Apple kept iMessage from Android to lock users within iOS

Apple's high-level executives have admitted that the company could have made iMessage available on Android but it instead chose to trap users in the iOS walled garden.

Google to limit apps from seeing what else is installed

04 Apr 2021

Google to limit apps from seeing what else is installed

Google will soon moderate which applications on the Play Store can access the list of all the other apps that you have installed on your device, reports XDA-Developers.

Qualcomm is reportedly developing an Android-based Nintendo Switch lookalike

26 Mar 2021

Qualcomm is reportedly developing an Android-based Nintendo Switch lookalike

Popular smartphone chip manufacturer Qualcomm could be planning to enter the handheld gaming devices market with a hardware offering.

NewsBytes Briefing: LG might shutter mobile phone business, and more

23 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: LG might shutter mobile phone business, and more

Excited about the upcoming LG rollable phone? Buying one might be a bit difficult since LG could shut down its smartphone arm by April.

Why were Google Chrome, Gmail apps crashing for some users

23 Mar 2021

Why were Google Chrome, Gmail apps crashing for some users

Early this morning, Android users around the world reported notifications alerting them that multiple apps had stopped running. The affected apps include Gmail, multiple banking apps, and Google Pay.

Netflix mobile will automatically download recommended content for offline viewing

23 Feb 2021

Netflix mobile will automatically download recommended content for offline viewing

On Monday, Netflix announced a new Downloads For You feature for its Android and iOS applications. The streaming giant will automatically download recommended TV shows and movies based on your taste.

POCO M2 Pro receives February 2021 security patch in India

21 Feb 2021

POCO M2 Pro receives February 2021 security patch in India

After releasing an MIUI 12 overhaul package back in December last year, Xiaomi is rolling out the February 2021 Android security patch for its POCO M2 Pro smartphone in India.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

20 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

Google's former pride and joy, its Ethical AI research team, is turning out to be a PR campaign gone awry. The search giant had hired scientists promising them freedom, but the honeymoon period ended when they began publishing papers critical of Google's own products.

Android 12's Developer Preview released: What's new?

19 Feb 2021

Android 12's Developer Preview released: What's new?

Google has released the Developer Preview of the Android 12 operating system. The preview builds are intended to give developers the tools to optimize their apps for the updated OS and its new features.

What should you expect from Android 12?

16 Feb 2021

What should you expect from Android 12?

Android 12 (codenamed Snow Cone) will reportedly pack features previously exclusive to third-party Android skins such as MIUI and OxygenOS. The update will bring an improved one-handed mode, revamped auto-rotation, a quick setting for reduced brightness, and a gaming mode.

Slack emails some users to reset password, wipe app data

06 Feb 2021

Slack emails some users to reset password, wipe app data

Slack, the business communication platform, recently notified some of its users of a serious bug via email. Slack's Android app was accidentally logging users' credentials in plain texts and storing it in the fairly accessible app data directory.

Google reportedly developing Android feature mimicking Apple's App Tracking Transparency

05 Feb 2021

Google reportedly developing Android feature mimicking Apple's App Tracking Transparency

Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android. The solution could be similar to the one coming with iOS 14.5, but less strict.

Ford cars will get comprehensive Android integration from 2023

02 Feb 2021

Ford cars will get comprehensive Android integration from 2023

On Monday, Ford announced a partnership with Google. The Android Automotive operating system (OS) will be comprehensively integrated into infotainment systems on Ford and Lincoln branded cars.

Netflix testing a feature that stops streaming after set period

30 Jan 2021

Netflix testing a feature that stops streaming after set period

Netflix has been busy this week with Android app updates. Now, the streaming service is globally testing an option that will enable users to set an auto shutdown timer for the Android app.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1's (2021) design details revealed

23 Jan 2021

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1's (2021) design details revealed

Samsung is expected to introduce a new Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) model later this year. In the latest development, 91mobiles has shared renders of the tablet, revealing its design details and other features.

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

18 Jan 2021

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, spent long hours battling a global outage last weekend. The disruption is reported to have been caused by a high influx of new users.

Samsung slashes price of the strictly optional Galaxy S21 charger

16 Jan 2021

Samsung slashes price of the strictly optional Galaxy S21 charger

Almost immediately following the announcement of the new Galaxy S21 5G series of smartphones, Samsung announced a $15 price cut on the 25W fast charger that is sold separately.

OPPO Find X3 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 888 processor

07 Jan 2021

OPPO Find X3 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 888 processor

OPPO is expected to launch the flagship Find X3 smartphone early this year. In the latest news, the global variant of the phone has been spotted on Geekbench, revealing the key specifications.