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  • Android Things exits beta with OTA goodies and licensing restrictions

    Google released Android Things 1.0 with new ARM-based production platforms and a surprise gift: three free years of OTA support. But commercial production over 100 units requires a licensing deal.

    A year and a half after Google announced that its stripped down, IoT-oriented Brillo version of Android was being recast as Android Things, the platform has emerged from Developer Preview as Android Things 1.0. The good news is that Google is offering customers free automated updates for three years, which should save money while improving security and reliability. The bad news is that Android Things is more proprietary than the mostly open source Android.

  • 22 Best Android P Features: What’s New In The Latest Version?

    Google I/O 2018 brought Android P Beta which unveiled several new features in its latest mobile OS, Android P.

    While the name of Android version 9.0 still remains a mystery, we got to see a bunch of cool and exciting features. This year Google is focused on making our digital lives more calm and organized through Android P.

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  • Android P SELinux Rules to Finally Block Apps from Monitoring Network Activity

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  • Google’s App Bundles Reduces Android App Sizes, Offers Faster Installation
  • I/O 2018: Everything new in the Google Play Console

    Google Play connects a thriving ecosystem of developers to people using more than 2 billion active Android devices around the world. In fact, more than 94 billion apps were installed from Google Play in the last year alone. We’re continuing to empower Android developers with new features in the Play Console to help you improve your app’s performance and grow your business. And, at Google I/O 2018, we’re introducing our vision for a new Android app model that is modular and dynamic.

  • Most Popular Android Versions In May 2018 (Always Updated List)

    Android is the most used operating system on the planet. In fact, it’s almost omnipresent in the mobile ecosystem. Even the Android versions, like Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, etc. have been able to build their individual fan following.

    Google is very punctual in releasing the market share of these Android versions on a monthly basis. This data gets uploaded to their developer portal and gives us a rough estimate of the most popular Android versions for the month. It helps the developers prioritize their resources for widely used Android versions, rather than wasting them on near out-of-date Android versions.

  • 8 Best Android PDF Reader Apps For Viewing Documents In 2018

    Most PDF readers are only suitable for reading and editing office documents but don’t provide satisfactory experience while reading ebooks. Here, we have compiled a list of best Android PDF reader apps to read, edit and share documents with ease.

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