Last week there was the release of Android Q and many new features. The week from March 16-21 brought even more, along with a few pie updates, Google's new gaming announcement, and more.
Other Android Q Features
Last week we had a huge list of Android Q features The Android News Summary and more of it, of course, was ripped out this week. The list is not quite long, but there is still a lot of interesting material left.
- Android Q can receive chat-head-like notification bubbles for other apps. That sounds interesting, useful and possibly annoying at the same time. [XDA Developers]
- Along this line (but opposite), Google merges with full-window overlays like Chatheads. This permission is severely limited for laterally loaded apps, but a bit open as things are being installed from the Play Store. [Android Police]
- The Pixel Launcher on Android Q has a hidden setting that provides more gesture navigation with iOS functionality. Please, Google, for the love of all that is holy, steal this feature. The iPhone gesture navigation is so good . [XDA Developers]
- The Do Not Disturb settings are customizable in Android Q. Cool. [Android Police]
- The squircles are coming! Although it is not directly tied to Android Q, Google changes the Play Store requirements to make each icon a Squircle. Alright! [XDA Developers]
Android Q has been on the market for more than a week. I ran it for testing on my Pixel 1
Google News: Google Stadia, the future of the game (maybe)
Google announced this week Stadia launched its new gemstone streaming platform. Honestly, it's a lot cooler than I believe anyone had expected. Here's the skinny, followed by a few thoughts.
- If you want to know what Stadia is about, you've talked to Review Geek about it. [Review Geek]
- If you request the Cliffs Notes version, Google has released a four-minute version of the live announcement. Thanks, Google! [YouTube]
- Since Stadia will need content, there is an affiliate program that offers free development hardware. That should make for a good start. [9to5Google]
- We have treated (on our sister site, Review Geek) three things that Stadia needs to succeed. [Review Geek]
- Kotaku asked Stadia boss Phil Harrison for information about the service. He even answered a lot. [Kotaku]
So here's the thing: Stadia looks amazing. The promise of 4K 60fps games – something my PS4 Pro can not do, even though they are streamed over the Internet – is an overwhelming concept. But that's the thing: it's still a concept. There are many things we do not know, like prices, required internet speeds, game catalog and model. Is it going to be a monthly flat rate where you can stream everything, or just when you need to buy games one at a time? That is the first question that needs answering, and I have seen several different opinions about how different journalists believe that this will work.
If it is an all-you-can-eat model, it must also have a price aggressive. If it's more than $ 14.99 a month outside the gate, it's probably dead in the water. $ 9.99 (or less!) Would be a good starting point. then prices can go up as it gets more features and games.
But the biggest question in my mind? Does Google Stadia actually support ? I've been reporting on Google services and Android for almost a decade, and if I've learned anything during that time, it's bad that Google is bad at announcing products or services with terrific plans for service two or three years later. I sincerely hope that this is not the case with Stadia, because this is a service that is not only very meaningful, but may possibly have an incredibly bright future.
Android Updates: Pie for Nokia, ASUS Falls Short, OnePlus Test Begin
While Android Q is being tested on Pixel phones, some other Pie manufacturers are currently testing their devices. For most Android users, this is certainly the biggest pain point: if you do not buy pixels, you have no choice but to wait for updates.
- Nokia urges Pie to release 3.1. [Android Central]
- Pie was also released for the 5.1. [Android Police]
- ASUS, on the other hand, slips back on its pie update and pushes it back on many Zenfone models until mid-April. Ouch. [Android Police]
- OnePlus has tested the pie update for the 3 / 3T system in China, which is likely to lead to a worldwide rollout soon. [9to5Google]
- In the Non-Pie News, The Razr Phone 2's unique chroma feature has been updated with wave lighting. [XDA Developers]
I know, I probably preach to the choir here, but timely updates have always been a problem. It's the fault of the manufacturers, plain and simple. If they did not feel the need to load the operating system with tons of different options, updates would be faster. However, on the other side of this coin, the choice is what makes Android so great – running all phones with the same version of the operating system would drastically reduce their value. There must be a happy medium somewhere … we just have not found it yet.
Samsung News: A new device for Galaxy A devices, S10 + Root and more
When it comes to Android, Samsung is almost as dominant as Google – in certain situations perhaps more. That's why Galaxy phones are always busy.
- Samsung has sent invitations for new Galaxy A devices this week. All will be released on April 10th. [Samsung]
- A new Substratum project is underway to address all Samsung One UI issues. Good luck. [XDA Developers]
- Speaking of One UI: When you use the dark settings and Android Auto, the car is automatically put into night mode. The same thing happens when you use the dark theme of Message, so I'm not surprised. Such a funny thing. [Android Police]
- The Exynos version of the S10 + was rooted in Magisk this week. Big news for hobbyists. [XDA Developers]
- There's a new video showing the Galaxy Fold, and by God this thing has a fold down in the Dang middle. You can see it! [Android Police]
Samsung is, frankly, one of the most exciting companies in Android, as people love to criticize it, it's a company that is constantly changing and changing. There are limits that other Android manufacturers just try to replicate. Whether you love things like the Fold or not, you absolutely can not deny how innovative Samsung is.
Everything Else: Apps Updates, Security Risks, Google's Android Gaming Push, and More
There have been a few tidbits this week – all from some decent apps updates from Opera and PowerAmp to device leaks. Also an Android vulnerability that has not been patched for half a decade. Oh, and your antivirus is probably shit.
- Recently, a Chromium-based Android vulnerability dating back to KitKat was recently found, and was available in every version until now . The good news is that it's finally fixed. [Wired]
- In other news that is somehow shocking but not surprising, 170 out of 250 antivirus apps on Android are downright garbage. Fantastic. [AV-Comparatives]
- In brighter news, Google is not only driving streaming games but also Android games. The company created its own website for the development of Android games. [Android Police]
- Also, a special Game Events tab has been added to the Play Store. [Android Police]
- In less encouraging news, the inbox will be officially closed on April 2nd. Sorry, inboxer. [Engadget]
- But Poweramp got Chromecast support! And Voice Assistant Integration! Finally! [Android Police]
- Opera for Android now has an integrated VPN. For free, yo. [9to5Google]
- Google Doodle appeared in the Discover Feed and in the search box on the Pixel Launcher startup screen. How sweet. [Android Police]
- If you're a Rooter and Rompers, you'll be sad to know that the Dirty Unicorns ROM goes to Pie Dodo's way. In a world where we do not talk about Android, this sentence makes no sense at all. [XDA Developers]
Man, Android vulnerabilities bummmen me out. But do you know what else would berate me more? Shoddy antivirus apps. The research and testing conducted by AV-Comparatives was surprisingly as well as daunting. I've been saying for ages that you do not need an antivirus program on Android, but 68 percent of all A / V apps are crap is just disgusting. Users install it with the idea that they are protected, although most of these apps do nothing to increase security. What a bunch.