September 29

Chrome for Android’s tab count now includes pages within Tab Groups

Google rolled out Tab Groups to Chrome for Android last year and is now changing the behavior of the open tab count to be more accurate.

September 13

Google previews Android’s new emoji ahead of December launch, releases animated collection

Emoji have become a core part of how we communicate, and today, Google has a few announcements, including Unicode 15 emoji additions, animated versions of Android’s emoji, and more.

October 4

Samsung has updated these devices to Android 12

Android 12 is still a very new version of the platform, but Samsung is launching the update for its Galaxy devices less than a month after Google’s own Pixel phones. More devices will be updated over the coming months, and Samsung has confirmed a preliminary list of devices that will be updated.

September 22

Chrome for Android working on Omnibox redesign [Gallery]

Given the large user base, Google rarely makes major changes to the interface of its browser. However, one in-development redesign plans to “modernize” the Chrome Omnibox on Android.

October 3

Google is investigating why some Pixel phones can’t use Android Auto following Android 13 update

If Android 13 broke your ability to use Android Auto, it seems you’re not alone, but Google is looking into the problem.

September 15

Android ‘Adaptive Battery’: What it is and how to turn it on

Batteries used to be cut and dry in our phones, doing all of the heavy lifting to power our devices. Now, our phone’s SoC plays a huge role in regulating power so that we can stretch battery life out to the max. This guide will dive a little deeper into how Android’s Adaptive Battery feature works as well as how you can make sure it’s turned on for your device.

September 16

Android Auto gets a new Discord app [Gallery]

If you rely on Discord for messaging, the experience is about to get a whole lot better on Android Auto.

September 23

These Samsung devices are reportedly getting Android 13 by the end of the year

Samsung has been rolling out Android 13 in beta to some devices over the past month, but it seems the company has plans to launch the update for all users by the end of the year on these select devices.

Google Lens for Android getting shortcut to launch Image Search

Google Lens now has a shortcut – introduced on desktop earlier this year – that lets you quickly open the Image Search experience on Android.

September 26

Google Search and Discover no longer open sites in fullscreen on Android

In a curious change, the Google Search app and Discover on Android no longer opens sites in fullscreen, but rather makes use of a sheet.

September 28

Android apps are getting a ‘major’ Google TTS quality upgrade

“Speech Services by Google” is responsible for providing text-to-speech (TTS) and speech-to-text (transcription) capabilities for Android apps. Google is now rolling out a major TTS audio quality upgrade for 64-bit Android devices.

September 30

Google Account switcher on Android getting Material You tweaks

One of the most common UI components across first-party Google apps is the account switcher, and it’s picking up more Material You elements.

September 21

Android app deals of the day: Battleship, Monopoly, Jumanji, and more

Today’s Android game and app deals from Google Play are now live and waiting for you down below. Alongside today’s classic virtual board game deals and more, we are also now tracking Samsung’s just-released Galaxy Z Flip 4 5G 256GB at $926. As for the apps, highlights include Monopoly, Battleship, Jumanji, Network Analyzer Pro, icon packs, and more. Head below for a closer look at today’s best Android app deals. 

September 19

Gmail for Android bug makes the Material You widget smaller

Google wants to better optimize first-party Android widgets for tablets, but in the meantime an update to the Gmail widget has made everything smaller.

September 28

Razer announces Edge 5G gaming handheld powered by Android

Today, in collaboration with Verizon and Qualcomm, Razer has unveiled a new Android-powered gaming handheld, the Razer Edge 5G.

Apple is taking credit for Google adding iMessage reactions on Android

Before Google’s “Get The Message” campaign in August, Android’s Messages app was updated with iMessage reactions at the start of this year. In a very weird turn of events, Apple appears to be taking credit for Google adding iMessage reactions on Android. 

September 29

Samsung expands the Android 13 beta to Galaxy S20 series

Samsung is handling the Android 13 beta release remarkably well, pushing the new One UI version to a multitude of devices. Now, Samsung has announced that the S20 series is the next Galaxy lineup to get the new Android 13 beta, starting with Korea.

October 3

Google fixes nine Android 13 issues for Pixel with October update

Ahead of new Pixel phones, the Android 13 October update is rolling out with nine fixes.

September 14

Google Workspace branding comes to Keep and other Android apps

In recent months, “Google Workspace” branding has been appearing on more Android splash screens, and Google Keep is now the latest example.

September 23

WhatsApp Android tablet linking hinted at w/ latest beta update

The latest WhatsApp beta update hints that the highly anticipated companion mode is still in the works with evidence of a dedicated Android tablet (or foldable) linking screen.

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