January 18

Android 13 is running on 5.2% of all devices five months after launch

According to the latest official Android distribution numbers from Google, Android 13 is running on 5.2% of all devices less than six months after launch.

November 17, 2022

November Google Play System updates: New Android photo picker, Wallet tweaks [U]

Google has begun previewing the latest changes to Android as part of November’s Google Play System updates, including improvements for Wallet and parental controls. Update: Google is bringing its updated photo picker to nearly every Android device, including ones that are quite outdated.

April 22, 2022

Android 14 gets official internal codename… Upside Down Cake

Google has revealed the official codename for Android 14, internally dubbing the 2023 release “Upside Down Cake.”

April 18, 2017

Android Pay adding support for in-store and in-app payments with PayPal

A new “strategic collaboration” will allow Android Pay to use PayPal as a payment method. This notably expands PayPal’s reach beyond just online merchants and into any brick-and-mortar store where Google’s payment service is already accepted.

April 17, 2017

How to update your smartwatch to Android Wear 2.0 manually using OTA downloads

Google began the process of rolling out Android Wear 2.0 to a plethora of smartwatches all the way back in February. This latest update brings many enhancements and refinements, but most notable are its revamped UI, on-watch Play Store, and watch face complications. If you’re hoping try out the new features of Android Wear’s latest but haven’t received […]

April 6, 2017

Android Nougat continues solid growth to 4.9% in April distribution numbers

Nougat saw solid growth in April’s distribution numbers as more devices get updated to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. Adoption will only increase in the coming months as this year’s flagship phones begin hitting the market.

March 12, 2017

YouTube testing three new video loading animations in Android app

Google has a tendency to test multiple different designs at once and it now appears to be applying that philosophy to YouTube. As noted by Android Police, YouTube seems to be testing three different new video loading animations in the YouTube app on Android…

March 7, 2017

Android Nougat sees solid growth to 2.8% in March distribution numbers

With many phones announced at MWC launching with Nougat and older devices continuing to receive updates, Android 7.0 continues it growth. According to March’s Android distribution numbers, the latest version of Google’s OS doubled in usage over the last month.

Android Pay is available in Belgium starting today

Google has today announced that its mobile payments service, Android Pay, is now available in Belgium. Belgium is the 10th country in the world to bring support for Android Pay, and Google says that you’ll be able to use it at most of your favorite retail locations… Whether you’re doing your daily shopping or heading […]

February 20, 2017

What do you think Android ‘O’ will be called? [Poll]

We told you today that SVP of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, teased Android fans everywhere with a tweet about Oreos. Every new version of Android is named after a tasty treat or dessert, and since the current version is Android Nougat, we can assume that the next version will be Android O. So does that mean that […]

February 8, 2017

Google’s Feb. Android distribution numbers reveal drops for KitKat, Nougat surpasses 1%

Google has today released its monthly set of statistics regarding Android version distribution. Like in previous months, we haven’t seen any major drops or gains here, but we are seeing good progress across the board, with new versions like Nougat and Marshmallow seeing gains, and older versions taking slight drops.

January 23, 2017

First Android Instant Apps are now going live as part of ‘limited tests’

Announced at I/O 2016 as a new model for software that doesn’t require a full download, the first Android Instant Apps are now live as part of limited testing. Initial partners include BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki, with Google also beginning to open up the experience for other third-party developers.

January 10, 2017

Android Nougat nearly doubles, while Froyo finally disappears in Jan. distribution numbers

Including the shopping and gift-heavy holiday season, January’s Android distribution numbers are now available. Although still under one percent, Nougat almost doubled in usage, while the nearly seven-year old 2.2 Froyo finally disappeared from the list.

December 30, 2016

ADW Launcher 2 exits beta, premium unlock half off for a limited time [Video]

I personally am not very into custom launchers — I prefer a stock launcher experience, whether that means using Google Now Launcher or the new Pixel Launcher — but if you’re a launcher aficionado, you’re probably aware of ADW Launcher. The launcher was a lot more popular back in the days of Android KitKat (and earlier), but earlier this year it was resurrected as a beta in a post-Material Design world…

December 15, 2016

Samsung reportedly ready to ship every device with Samsung Pay starting next year

According to Business Korea, a Samsung official has stated that the company is looking to “pre-install Samsung Pay in Samsung Electronics’ smartphones to be released from next year”. This, the report clarifies, means essentially all models but a few low-end ones…

December 5, 2016

Nougat only at .4%, while Android 6.0 becomes most used version in Dec. distribution numbers

The last distribution numbers for 2016 are in and show slow growth for 7.0 Nougat, but a big boost that makes Marshmallow the most commonly used version of Android. These numbers come as Android 7.1’s rollout will add a new API version to the list before the busy holiday season.

November 30, 2016

New Android malware ‘Gooligan’ has breached over 1 million Google accounts

Revealed today by Check Point Research, there’s seemingly another Android malware campaign in the wild. This one goes by the name of Gooligan, and, according to Check Point, it’s already breached as many as 1 million Google accounts. And this number is still rising by 13,000 accounts on a daily basis.

November 18, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 will support Samsung Pay on any Android smartphone, even if its not from Samsung

Samsung Pay is a feature that some take for granted, but when you look at it, it’s one of the best mobile payments service on the market today. Unfortunately, it’s naturally limited to Samsung devices only. That’s even true with the company’s wearable from last year, the Gear S2. Despite packing the hardware needed for […]

November 17, 2016

Huawei starts selling MediaPad M3, two budget tablets hilariously running Android KitKat

Huawei today started selling the MediaPad M3 that it announced back at IFA on Amazon for $299. That’s great, if for some reason the Nexus 6P-lookalike caught your eye earlier this year. What’s also great (and by “great” I mean “terrible”) is that Huawei is also launching a pair of budget tablets today running Android […]

August 31, 2016

Samsung announces its Gear S3 smartwatch, a more capable iteration on last year’s model

Samsung has today announced the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic, two watches which succeed the Gear S2 smartwatches that the Korean company announced last year. The new watch is an iterative improvement on the previous, not a groundbreaking step forward. And by that I mean it’s still a smartwatch, it still has a […]

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