Kyle has formed an obsession with Google’s Fuchsia OS. He knows it’s going to be the next big thing, but also knows he has to prove that before others will believe it. When not writing about Fuchsia, he can often be found deep in the coal mines of Android and Chromium Gerrit or developing various side projects. He can be reached for tips or just friendly chat by Twitter or email. Kyle@9to5mac.com
In this week’s top stories: the Google Assistant tries on a gorgeous redesign complete with a “light bar,” Google Drive may stop syncing with Google Photos in the near future, Google agrees to settlement in Pixel lawsuit, and more.
Now that Android Q is in the hands of far more users, thanks to Google bringing Beta 3 to over a dozen non-Pixel devices, a lot of folks are just getting acquainted with the new features we’ve covered in the first two betas. Unfortunately, Google also made some of the experimental features, hidden behind “feature flags,” like native screen recording support, harder to access. So here’s how to enable screen recording in Android Q Beta 3.
Sharp’s dual-notch phone and General Mobile GM 9 Plus gain ARCore compatibility
Whether you want to get up close and personal with your favorite Pokémon, dance along with Childish Gambino, or learn more about the human anatomy, ARCore powers some of the best augmented reality experiences available today, on compatible devices. The latest phones to gain ARCore compatibility are the first devices on the list from Sharp and General Mobile.
Google-owned website Fuchsia.dev briefly appears online
Earlier this year, Google launched the .dev top-level domain and simultaneously created a variety of new .dev websites, including a new website for Flutter. It seems Google’s Fuchsia team is planning to launch their own Fuchsia.dev website, hinting at the operating system potentially getting some more developer exposure soon.
Like most other people on the planet, I often have way too many Chrome tabs open at a time, both on my Chromebook and on Android. It’s so easy to rack up that it quickly becomes a hard-to-navigate mess. To help solve this, Google has been working on Tab Groups in Chrome for Android to allow for neatly organizing our tabs, and they’re available to test out now.
YouTube adds actions to fullscreen UI on Android including Like, Save, Share, more
For the past few years, Google has been working to make YouTube’s fullscreen experience on Android more immersive, so you can watch more videos without needing to switch back to portrait orientation. YouTube is rolling out another adjustment to this fullscreen UI, with handy upvote, saving, and sharing options.
Download the official OnePlus 7 Pro wallpapers here [Gallery]
The OnePlus 7 Pro has been officially unveiled today, and been placed in the hands of many skilled reviewers, including our own Damien Wilde. While the rest of us will have to wait until May 17th to get our hands on the OnePlus 7 Pro, we can make the most of the device’s collection of wallpapers on our own phones.
Google Drive has long been the all-in-one storage solution for many, storing both traditional office files and Google Docs, along with photos and files of all varieties. In the past, Google Drive has worked in tandem with Google Photos to keep your photos safely stowed and accessible in both apps. This Google Photos sync integration seems to be ending in the near future, however, according to the latest version of the Google Drive app.
Google reminds everyone that today is Mother’s Day w/ Doodle in Pixel Launcher
It’s the second Sunday in May, and for those of us in the United States and many other parts of the globe, that means it’s Mother’s Day. In case you were too wrapped up with the excitement this week—perhaps Google I/O—and forgot, Google is ready to remind you, with a new Mother’s Day Google Doodle that extends to the Pixel Launcher.
In this week’s top stories: Google launched the Pixel 3a and began a strong marketing campaign against the iPhone X, Google Fi mistakenly charged full price to some customers who wanted financing, the third Android Q Beta has arrived, including on non-Pixel phones, and more.
You don’t need a flagship to get a good Android experience, not anymore. With initiatives like Android One and Android Go, and Google’s own step into the affordable market, Google has made mid-range and even low-range devices usable again. With so many options on the market now, it’s hard to tell which ones are even worth your time. Let’s dig through and get to know the best affordable Android phones you can buy, as of May 2019.
Every year at Google I/O, the community is treated to a “Fireside Chat” where developers can directly ask questions to the Android team and have them answered clearly and honestly. This year, the Android Fireside Chat closed out I/O 2019 and offered candid insight on the future of Wear OS, Fuchsia, and foldable devices.
Download the official Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL wallpaper here
At I/O 2019, Google made the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL official, with the device already appearing in stores around the world. For those of us who aren’t picking up a Pixel 3a, we can at least use the wallpaper shown in the renders and promotional content we’ve seen so far.
Google quietly acknowledges Fuchsia during I/O 2019
At Google I/O, some were looking forward to the potential for Google to announce Fuchsia as their next operating system for devices of all kinds. That admittedly outlandish dream has now been dashed, but not completely. Despite not being featured on the main stage, Google has publicly acknowledged Fuchsia OS in the middle of a Google I/O announcement.
Developers likely know all too well the struggle of having to create and maintain a consistent experience between mobile, desktop and web apps. Flutter has already bridged the gap between Android and iOS development, but now Flutter is expanding to the web, desktop and more, growing closer to the “write once, run anywhere” dream.
More Android apps can take advantage of Google Assistant’s step-saving ‘App Actions’
Every day, we offload tasks to the Google Assistant to save time and effort, including opening apps by name. In the coming months, you’ll be able to open into deeper parts of your Android apps using the Google Assistant’s “App Actions.”
Google Search and Assistant will soon offer helpful ‘how-to’ instructions
In modern life, if you don’t know how to do something, the usual first step is to Google it. To make this workflow smoother, Google has announced at I/O 2019 that both the Assistant and Google Search will start including useful “how-to” steps in your results.
The last two Android Q Beta versions were unfortunately limited to the Pixel series phones, including the original Google Pixel “by popular demand.” At Google I/O, the company has announced that today’s third Beta release will bring Android Q to fifteen more devices, like OnePlus 6T and Sony Xperia XZ3. expand full story
Google demonstrates Project Euphonia, effort to personally understand the speech-impaired
As in year’s past, the Google I/O 2019 keynote has taken time to focus on Google’s latest accessibility tech. One of this year’s demos, Project Euphonia, is an impressive project designed to let the Google Assistant’s voice recognition understand those with speech impairments.