Is it just you, or when you launched your browser did you happen to do a double take when seeing the same Google Doodle as yesterday?
On May 31st, Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 3 was released after a long line of tweets and test builds. Bemused by the hype, I decided to take a further look. I’ve never really used AOSPA, but the perplexing nature of an entirely different Android version attracted me. I was impressed, but to give you an idea of the nature of this article and what my opinions will be, I am no longer using it.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ back in April at its Unpacked event in New York. Aside from some revolutionary and amazing hardware, a new software user interface, and some other neat tricks and perks, the Korean technology company took a long time to share with its attendees a new virtual assistant, exclusive to the new line of smartphones: Bixby.
Each year, millions of Google loyalists expectantly await the release of their smartphone’s new mobile operating system. And every time, changes take a little getting used to, but ultimately improve both battery life and productivity. Usually, there’s even an element to aesthetic updates which heighten the excitement of the general masses. But in the year 2017, Android fans may be a little disappointed.
Recently, it came to light that Google has updated SafetyNet once again. This recent update added some extra root and tamper checks, breaking tools like Magisk. However, the Magisk developer managed to patch the new update almost immediately with their v13.0 beta. While this is good news for Magisk users, it further emphasizes that Google is playing out a cat and mouse game between their SafetyNet checks and root hiding tools like Magisk. A game that Magisk is eventually going to lose.
A Reddit user named the-solar-sailer recently posted screenshots of a newly redesigned Google Now Feed after he rebooted his Pixel XL.
Just a couple days ago, a developer released a modded Pixel Launcher with a fully functional Google Now pane. We hinted that this might spread to other launchers in the near future, and quite sooner than expected, the one and only Nova Launcher is adding true Google Now integration in its latest beta update today.
Just about everyone would love for Google to design their own chips for the Pixels. Qualcomm’s Snapdragons are great and all, but they only offer max 2-3 years of support and still fall short of the speeds of Apple’s processors. However, according to Variety, Google has just hired Manu Gulati, a key Apple chip architect, to build custom chips for the Pixels.
Just recently we found that Google had shelved “muskie”—the supposed Pixel XL successor. Muskie is likely to be replaced by “taimen,” an even larger device. Now, reports are saying LG might be the manufacturer of that larger device.