Google’s Android file manager now supports USB drives

Files by Google (formerly Files Go) is helpful if you want an official means of managing the files on your Android phone, but there’s been an obvious limitation: you couldn’t move files to physical storage beyond the phone itself. You won’t have that issue from now on. Google has released an update to Files that […]

Google winds down support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

If you’re still hanging on to a phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, you might want to budget for an upgrade. Google has warned developers that it’s deprecating support for Ice Cream Sandwich in upcoming versions of Play Services, the framework that gives Android apps and devices access to key features without requiring full-fledged […]

Google: Android Pie will hit more devices in 2018 than Oreo did in 2017

Google has long been criticised for the long delays between Android upgrades. While iPhone users are merrily chowing down on regular OS updates, Android users have to wait for long intervals, with lower cost handsets never seeing an update at all during their lifespans. Google’s update framework, Project Treble, seeks to rectify this, and the […]

Opera for Android will get rid of annoying cookie prompts

If you’re frustrated at having to constantly close “we use cookies” dialog boxes on websites in the GDPR era, relief might be in sight. Opera has released an updated Android browser with an option to block cookie dialogs. Flip it on through the ad blocking settings and Opera will close as many of those intrusive […]

Google may offer a subscription service for Android apps

Many people aren’t that fond of paying for mobile apps, but Google might have a simple solution: bundle it all in a subscription. XDA and Kieron Quinn have discovered both code references and a Google Opinion Rewards survey hinting at a “Play Pass” app subscription service. According to the survey, it might offer “hundreds of […]

Popular Android devices must now have two years of security updates

When word got out that Google would require timely security updates for Android devices, there were unanswered questions: when would it take effect, how long would it last, and which devices would be affected? Now we know. The Verge says it has obtained a contract showing that, as of July 31st, 75 percent of a […]

Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU

Google’s Building 44, where Android is developed. (credit: Ron Amadeo) We’re still seeing the fallout from the European Commission’s $ 5 billion antitrust fine against Google. Earlier this week, Google announced it would comply with the ruling by unbundling the Google Android app package, allowing OEMs to skip Chrome and Google Search in favor of […]

Just tell Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TVs

Until now, casting video to an Android TV through a Google Assistant-enabled device such as a Google Home or the new JBL soundbar has been a fairly simple affair. With the exception of playing Netflix, that is. Now, Google is finally changing that by allowing Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TV devices. For […]