Did Google forget to change the Doodle today?

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?

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Opinion: Android O is just Nougat with sprinkles

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.

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Opinion: Why hiding root is eventually a losing game

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.

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Future Pixels might use Google’s own processors

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.

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SafetyNet: What is it, and why doesn’t Android Pay work without it?

Google’s SafetyNet is an API available for developers, to protect device security and provide a health check of the device to an app. An app can then refuse to run if the device health check fails, or disable features. An app known for doing this is Pokemon Go. This was one of the first apps which actively refused to run on a device that has been unlocked or tampered with. A simple API for developers to implement, huge ramifications for the end-user. The intention of SafetyNet is to provide a protection for the end-user and the IP of a company or to prevent cheating in games, but invariably hurts the end-user and, it can be argued, causes more problems than it solves.

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