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The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week, but only on Android 10

The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week, but only on Android 10

Dark theme is stepping out of beta and into the light Update 1: 2020/05/19 11:09am PDT Confirmed Update 2: 2020/05/21 2:56am PDT Only on Android 10 Last year, both Google and Apple added
How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

You don't need to share all of your data with Google Android and its pre-installed software come virtually free of charge, but Google still earns a pretty penny thanks to targeted advertisements all
The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week

The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week

Dark theme is stepping out of beta and into the light Update 1: 2020/05/19 11:09am PDT Confirmed Last year, both Google and Apple added dark theming options into their mobile operating systems,
10 things to do when setting up a parent or child's Android phone

10 things to do when setting up a parent or child's Android phone

Helping to lay the groundwork for a great Android experience When setting up a phone for someone who's not especially tech-savvy (or simply doesn't care to learn about their phone), Android offers a
Simple Dialer is a free, open-source alternative to your default phone app

Simple Dialer is a free, open-source alternative to your default phone app

No superfluous permissions for an app that makes phone calls We've highlighted apps from Simple Mobile Tools before as great, open-source, data-light alternatives to the basic tools Google provides
Google Play Store showing mysterious 'empty' app updates

Google Play Store showing mysterious 'empty' app updates

Good for literally nothing Dozens of updates. No file size. No version change. And they're happening all the time. What's up with the Google Play Store refreshing apps that apparently don't need
Android 11's new conversation notifications have been refined in Developer Preview 4

Android 11's new conversation notifications have been refined in Developer Preview 4

Some changes have been made to the new notification category Update 1: 2020/05/13 4:04am PDT Developer Preview 4 redesign Notification management has always been the feature that Android
10 Android 10 features to look for when your phone gets updated

10 Android 10 features to look for when your phone gets updated

New navigation gestures, better notification controls, and more This story was originally published Jan 17, 2020 and last updated May 12, 2020 3:37pm PDT. Android 10 has arrived on a pretty good
Motorola is finally rolling out Android 10 to the Moto G7

Motorola is finally rolling out Android 10 to the Moto G7

The Moto G7 Power won't be far behind, hopefully Lenovo-owned Motorola used to be king of the budget and mid-range Android handsets, but Nokia phones have overtaken them in recent year, in no small
How to take a screenshot in Android when an app doesn't want you to

How to take a screenshot in Android when an app doesn't want you to

Updated with two new methods — one of them's non-root This story was originally published May 8, 2020 and last updated May 11, 2020 12:21pm PDT. Android may be a wide-open world compared to iOS, but
Google's handy Pixel Update and Software Repair tool now available in more countries

Google's handy Pixel Update and Software Repair tool now available in more countries

Still only works with the Pixel 3 and later, though Google's Pixel Update and Software Repair tool is a mouthful, but it's an easy way to update or reinstall the software loaded on recent Pixel
Bonus Android 11 Developer Preview 4 lands today

Bonus Android 11 Developer Preview 4 lands today

We weren't expecting a fourth developer preview, but the schedule has changed Today we're getting a surprise: Android 11 Developer Preview Four. Previously, Google said there would only be three
Android 11 Beta coming June 3 with launch show on YouTube

Android 11 Beta coming June 3 with launch show on YouTube

A small, online replacement for Google I/O Update 1: 2020/05/06 8:24am PDT Page taken down, but it's back now With seemingly no fanfare at all, Google has updated the Android 11 page on its
10 things to do when setting up a parent or child's Android phone

10 things to do when setting up a parent or child's Android phone

Helping to lay the groundwork for a great Android experience If you’re a regular Android Police reader, then you’ll know a thing or two about how to get the most out of your devices. But what’s even
Fast Pair getting upgrades to help find lost wireless earbuds, check battery levels

Fast Pair getting upgrades to help find lost wireless earbuds, check battery levels

Well, not *too* lost earbuds, for now... Google is updating its Fast Pair protocol with new accommodations for true wireless earbuds. Some of these changes were first tipped back at Google I/O 2019,
Amazon updates its 2017 7th generation Fire tablet lineup to FireOS 6 (Update: Not Nougat)

Amazon updates its 2017 7th generation Fire tablet lineup to FireOS 6 (Update: Not Nougat)

Amazon rarely delivers major OS updates to its Fire tablets Update 1: 2020/04/27 6:10pm PDT According to reports in our comments and on XDA Forums, the system upgrade seems to be FireOS 6 in name
Google really wants you to know the Play Store finally got Fortnite

Google really wants you to know the Play Store finally got Fortnite

After many months of waffling, Epic Games has finally put Fortnite on Android. Google would be keen on maximizing the influx of battle royale gamers coming onto the platform, so it has distributed a
Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out for Google's Pixels today

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out for Google's Pixels today

Today Google is releasing its third Developer Preview for Android 11. Unfortunately for the Android enthusiast crowd, all of the headlining tweaks in Google's announcement are developer-targeted,
Android stability flaw is causing some phones (mostly Pixels) to freeze up completely

Android stability flaw is causing some phones (mostly Pixels) to freeze up completely

When certain apps misbehave, the whole OS suffers Several of us at AP, myself included, have noticed a concerning stability issue on Google Pixel devices in recent weeks that causes the whole system
Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

A Kaspersky researcher uncovered the secrets behind xHelper malware's incredible persistence This story was originally published Apr 17, 2020 and last updated Apr 19, 2020 8:05am PDT. Earlier this