Android

Apple exec Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013

Eddy Cue pushed to bring iMessage to Android as early as 2013, according to a new deposition made public as part of the Epic case. Currently Apple’s senior VP of software and services, Cue wanted to devote a full team to iMessage support on Android, only to be overruled by other executives.

The line of questioning is likely to play a significant role in Epic’s antitrust lawsuit, which argues that iOS app store exclusivity represents an illegal use of market power. Epic has made clear in previous filings that it plans to make iMessage exclusivity part of that argument, citing

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Google’s Mysterious “Guacamole” Feature Is Good News for Android Auto Users

Google is currently working on a new Google Assistant feature that would make the way we use voice commands much more seamless and convenient, both on the phone and in the car.
Codenamed “Guacamole,” the update was first spotted nearly two months ago, but more evidence was discovered earlier this week, most likely as the development phase has reached the point where Google started testing the feature with the help of company employees.

So what is Guacamole supposed to do? In just a few words, this new feature makes the interaction with Google Assistant more straightforward by eliminating

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Shield TV homescreen ads might be around the corner

The Nvidia Shield TV has long been one of the best Android TV devices and after Google revamped the platform’s homescreen to include “recommendations” it was one of the only products spared. Now, though, it seems like the Shield TV is about to get updated with the latest Android TV homescreen with the Discover tab and, unfortunately, the top-row ads.

Recapping briefly, Google updated the Android TV homescreen in the second half of 2020 with a “cinematic highlights” row that essentially put ads on the homescreen for the first time. It was obviously a major shift for a platform that,

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The Witcher: Monster Slayer fans can sign up for early Android access

The Witcher: Monster Slayer is a game similar to Pokémon Go, except instead of dealing with friendly pocket monsters, players face off against a much deadlier and murderous monster variety. Android players can pre-register for the game’s soft launch now on the official Witcher website, which can grant them early access to Monster Slayer.

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Google Maps Receives Several New Updates on Android and Android Auto

As a result, Google Maps has been updated several times on Android and Android Auto in the last few months, and April, in particular, has been pretty busy for Google users.

Google has released no less than 10 different Google Maps updates so far this month for both stable and beta channels, with the most recent builds landing earlier this week.

The most recent version of Google Maps beta is 10.66.1 (up from 10.64.1 beta on March 31), while for those running the stable build, the latest update is Google Maps 10.65.2 (the last March release was version 10.63.0).

So

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last three weeks including Weatherback Wallpaper, Microsoft Edge Canary, and Sketch 360 (4/3/21

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous three weeks or so. Today’s roundup is sponsored by Weatherback Wallpaper, a unique wallpaper app that can display real-time weather effects on your homescreen and lockscreen. This week I have the canary release for Microsoft Edge, a new garage project from Microsoft for sketching 360° designs, and a new note app that’s accessible from any screen. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on

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Everything new in Android 12 DP3 [Gallery]

The next version of Android remains focussed on developers until the first beta launches next month. With that in mind, we’re diving into today’s release of Android 12 DP3 to find all the new features.

Over the coming hours, we’ll dive into all of Android 12 DP3’s new features and every single change. (The newest updates will be at top of this list. Be sure to check back often and tell us what you find in the comments below.)

Google is planning eight releases over the coming months before the consumer launch later this year to Pixel phones and other

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Google Photos for Android rolling out Sharpen, Denoise tools

With the launch of the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G last year, Google also rolled out a redesigned Photos editor on Android. The video experience has since been similarly revamped, while Google Photos is now rolling out new “Sharpen” and “Denoise” tools.

After tapping “Edit” on a picture, navigating to Adjust and scrolling to the very end of the carousel will show “Sharpen” and “Denoise.” The new tools slot right in between the existing “Pop” and “Vignette” options. Those additions are marked with a yellow dot, just like when the “HDR” effect launched for Pixel phones and Google One subscribers.

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