In this week’s top stories: Google stands firm on major changes to Chrome which will adversely affect the functionality of ad block extensions, the Huawei Mate 20 returns to the Android Q Beta, Huawei themselves are reinstated to the SD Association, and more.
The most controversial news this week was Google’s decision to not back down on changes to Chrome, proposed in January, that will hamper current ad block extensions, despite strong community feedback. Instead, Google announced that the blocking functionality ad block extensions currently use will be deprecated for all but enterprise users. Everyone else will need to use extensions that use Chrome’s newly created ad blocking APIs, though this system is currently considered inferior by extension developers.
One of the original concerns of switching to this system was the fact that Chrome currently imposes a limit of 30,000 rules, while popular ad blocking rules lists like EasyList use upwards of 75,000 rules. In the response, Google claims that they’re looking to increase this number, depending on performance tests, but couldn’t commit to anything specific.
Last week’s major event was the disassociation of Huawei from US tech companies, including Google, due to the Chinese company’s inclusion on the US Entity list. For reasons that haven’t quite been made clear yet, Huawei has begun to see a restoration to various places they had been removed from.
Notably, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has returned to the Android Q Beta’s list of compatible devices, and the company has been placed back in the good graces of the SD Association. The restorations may be related to a 90-day license granted to Huawei by the US government to continue developing updates.
- [Update: It’s back] Huawei Mate 20 Pro removed from Google’s Android Q Beta page
- [Update: It’s back] Huawei can no longer use microSD cards in smartphones, removed from SD Association
On the Chrome OS side of things, Google has discounted the Pixel Slate by $200 all weekend long. Six months in to the device’s lifespan, the Pixel Slate has begun to take on a new life, thanks to various fixes in Chrome OS. Even our own Stephen Hall has been changing his mind about the Pixel Slate, since his review.
Several major retailers have also discounted the Chrome OS tablet, including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. Unfortunately, Google has not discounted the $199 Pixel Slate Keyboard or the $99 Pixelbook Pen. The Brydge G-TYPE Keyboard is also still $159.99. For the complete experience as a productivity device, the keyboard is a needed accessory and it’s unfortunate Google did not go all the way.
The Google Play Store’s Material Theme redesign, originally discovered by our APK Insight team, is finally rolling out to devices everywhere. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for it to roll to your device, as Redditors discovered a trick to force enabling the new design.
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
- Comment: Wear OS updates are a painfully fragmented mess
- OnePlus offers a temporary solution for ‘ghost touch’ issue on OnePlus 7 Pro
- Netflix officially certifies 23 more devices for HD incl. OnePlus 7 Pro, Pixel 2/3/3a, more
- Fuchsia Friday: Android, Linux apps, and Fuchsia’s close relationship w/ Chrome OS
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will reportedly drop headphone jack, physical buttons
- Red Magic 3 review: The true budget gaming flagship, at least on paper [Video]
Apps & Updates |
- Google’s Messages app surpasses 500 million Play Store installs
- New Google Lens with filters rolling out to all Android, iOS users this week
- Google Assistant ‘Phone’ settings overhauled with Material Theme redesign
- BBM is shutting down today, here’s five solid alternatives
- YouTube TV testing new sports dashboard with scores, stats, and highlights
- T-Series becomes the first YouTube channel to surpass 100 million subscribers
- Google Doodle marks Memorial Day with ‘Taps’ bugle call at 3PM
- Google Search defaulting to mobile-first indexing for new sites
Google Assistant |
- Wyze cameras now work with Google Assistant w/ live feeds on Nest Hub, Chromecast
- Some users report Google Assistant muting itself over Bluetooth, Android Auto
Google Pixel |
- Moment debuts wallet cases for Pixel 3, new bags, Pixel 3a and OnePlus cases too
- Pixel 3a durability test shows plastic strength, DragonTrail glass scratch resistance
- Google: Digital Wellbeing does not slow down the Pixel 3, but other fixes coming
- Google Pixel 3a Starter Kit: Some of the best third-party cases [Video]
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