Android

Here’s the Full List of Cars Powered by Android Automotive

So while the two companies are using different approaches to expand in the automotive sector, at the end of the day, the final goal for both of them is to expand their services beyond the typical screen of a mobile device and a computer.

Google has been offering Android Auto for quite some time, but now the company is working around the clock on Android Automotive, a fully-featured operating system coming pre-loaded on head units as part of partnerships between the search firm and carmakers.

We’ve already detailed the differences between Android Auto and Android Automotive here, but one thing

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Android System Intelligence is Device Personalization Services

“Device Personalization Services” is the method through which Google delivers and updates features like Now Playing (on Pixel), Live Caption, and smart actions in notifications to Android devices. This app, updated via the Play Store, is now being renamed to “Android System Intelligence,” at least on Google Pixel phones.

Update 9/12: As of the past few weeks, the “Device Personalization Services” to “Android System Intelligence” rename is widely rolled out on Pixel devices. This specifically includes the app name in settings and the widgets list.

ASI now also appears in the Play Store listing with a completely new

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Android 12: We love these hidden features. Here’s how to use them yourself

What’s inside Google’s new Android 12 operating system for phones? We found some tricks that fly under the radar. 


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Google released the fifth and final beta for Android 12 in early September and noted that the official release is only a “few weeks” away. The current build is a release candidate, which means that — if there aren’t any major bugs or issues — it’s likely to be the same build at official release. We are so close to the release of Android 12, I can almost taste it. Well, actually, that’s not true now that Google has

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Here’s when Google may release it!

Last week, Google released the fifth (and final) beta build of Android 12 for Pixel phones. Google says we should expect the stable update to launch in just a few weeks from now, but they never gave a firm date. Now, we’ve seen evidence pointing to what may be the tentative launch date of the Android 12 stable update for Pixel phones.

Earlier today, I tweeted a screencap from an internal Google document that details when the company will cease approving software builds based on Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. In case you’re not aware, Google must give

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How to trade in your old Pixel phones

There are a plethora of new and exciting smartphones that have just come onto the market (or are about to), and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to find out that you are planning to upgrade from your current phone. Samsung has introduced two new folding phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, along with its flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra. Meanwhile, Google has released its latest mid-priced Pixel 5A and has announced its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Whether you want to buy one of Samsung’s new folding phones or one of

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Android 12 might debut on October 4th

Android 12 has taken longer to bake than many of its predecessors, but the end might finally be in sight. XDA editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman claims Google plans to release the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of Android 12 on October 4th. As the company often releases polished public releases at the same time as AOSP, that hints Pixel owners may get their upgrade starting that day.

If the timing holds up, this also sets expectations for the Pixel 6 launch. Google can’t really ship its new range-topping phones without Android 12, so it’s unlikely to formally debut the Pixel

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Androids book review: A fascinating history behind the OS you know and love

Source: Andrew Myrick/ Android Central

Earlier this month, Android engineer Chet Haase released Androids: The Team That Built the Android Operating System. It starts with the origins of the Android team — before and after Google acquired it in 2005 — up to and just past the launch of Android 1.0 in 2008. It’s a fascinating story, and not just for hardcore engineers or programmers. Haase explains more about the book in this Medium post.

Most of the book dives into the nitty-gritty details of who made Android happen, as told through interviews with the engineers. From the

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Review: First Good Android Smartwatch

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Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo

I admit I’ve begun to give up hope that Android smartwatches would ever improve. Until recently, the market was messy and fragmented with so many issues that it seemed certain no one company could solve them. Over the years, Samsung’s smartwatches tended to be the best of the lot, but its watches, which ran on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, also forced non-Samsung smartphone owners to make compromises with no good alternatives.

But I have good news. Samsung’s new Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are here, and while they’re not

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Is Android 12 about to pop Google’s Bubbles?

When it comes to Google’s Android 12 update, most of our attention has revolved around the interesting improvements the software’s set to deliver. After all, from privacy enhancements to the surface-level interface progressions and the numerous small but significant touches, there’s certainly no shortage of shiny new things to focus on with this latest Android effort.

Amidst all of that, though, one factor that’s gone mostly unnoticed is a seemingly subtle shift in the way Google’s handling a core Android concept introduced just one year ago. It’s a system called Bubbles, and I’m growing increasingly concerned that Google’s ready to

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Best Calendar Apps and Widgets on Android: Google Calendar and more!

Calendar apps are handy in effectively organizing your time. Still, many of us end up using whichever calendar app comes preinstalled on our Android phones. But the bundled apps are rarely the best ones around. Thankfully, there are many great options to choose from in the Google Play Store, and we present some of them to you in this article.

Navigate this guide:

Best Calendar Apps and Widgets

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is one of the better calendar apps on Android. It includes all the basics of a calendar in a pleasing design. You can toggle between calendar views, manage

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