We’re nearing the end of Google I/O 2017, and we’ve already seen a huge number of crazy software changes making their way to Android. The annual Fireside Chat happened just last night, and an interesting new feature came to light from a random developer question asking what features may have been omitted from the big announcements.
In answering the question, a Googler named Romain Guy mentioned that his team implemented the ability to update graphics drivers from the Play Store in Android O. This is more than likely a feature dependent on Project Treble, which aims to modularize Android and allow manufacturers to implement their own ‘vendor implementation layer’ which sits on top of the...
Among the many new Google Assistant hardware partners announced at I/O, one stands out. Mobvoi, the maker of the Ticwatch 2, will be the first Chinese company to produce an Assistant-equipped device. This is notable because, as you know, Google isn’t exactly popular in China.
The Tichome Mini is a muffin-top version of Google Home, an ultra-portable, small circular speaker disc that is battery-powered to boot. There’s no pricing or release information available yet, but it will be...
In April, we reported that a beta version of the popular Telegram messaging app had added a way for users to send short video messages to others. Now that feature is coming out of beta with the newly launched Telegram 4.0 update, along with a bunch of other new additions.
Google expands Android RCS messaging to more carriers
February 25, 2017
The new video message mode is enabled by going to any Telegram chat. Then you tap on the...
A couple of months ago, Capcom released a mobile version of its classic 1980s arcade game Ghosts ‘n Goblins for Android. This week, the sequel to that game, Ghouls’n Ghosts, has also made its way to the Google Play Store, offering up some more nostalgic game action for your smartphone.
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February 27, 2017
First released in 1988, Ghouls’n Ghosts is a side-scroller shooter where you have to control the the hero, Sir Arthur, as he fights...
We have seen mash-up games released for phones before, but the latest such combo from Square Enix actually feels more organic than many of them that have launched in the past. Arkanoid vs Space Invaders brings together two classic arcade games; the brick-breaking Arkanoid with the sci-fi shooter Space Invaders.
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Both games involve the player moving a platform on the bottom of the screen, so it seems like a natural fit to...
The next title in the Angry birds series is coming. Angry Birds Evolution is a 3D, turn-based RPG, scheduled for release in the US this June.
Evolution was actually released on iOS since last year — and it’s currently available at the Google Play Store in several European nations — but Finnish developer Rovio has yet to unleash it Stateside.
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Like the 2D original, Angry Birds Evolution sees players pull back birds to catapult them at...
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Google’s automotive OS platform is about to get a huge expansion. Starting today, anyone who owns one of Ford’s 2016 vehicles with the SYNC 3 infotainment system can get a software update that will enable support for both Android Auto as well as its main rival, Apple’s Carplay.
We learned a few days ago that those with rooted devices were no longer able to download the Netflix app from the Play Store. This was suspected to be related to Netflix’s adoption of the Widevine DRM protection provided by Google. That may not actually be the case, and, even more worrying, Netflix may not be the only app involved.
Recently discovered changes to the Google Play developer console, as spotted by Android Police, means that devs are essentially now able to choose whether their apps are available to rooted users in the...