Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Android O Developer Preview 3 launches, finalizes APIs

Reuters  Beck Diefenbach Current model of the Google Pixel phone Reuters Beck Diefenbach Current model of the Google Pixel phone
Lori Graves | 09 June, 2017, 09:38

David Ruddock from Android Police brought out the update news via a tweet. Developers can now start publishing their apps targeted at the Android O Operating System to the Google Play Store. According to the tipster, the release date might be subject to change in case unforeseen events take place.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have been reporting several issues ever since launch past year. "With Project Treble, we're re-architecting Android to make it easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android". As per his received information, Google will release the official Android O OTA for Pixel in the first week or two of August, a bit earlier than Nexus devices.

Since the June Android update became available, a number of Pixel users have said on the forum they have installed the patch and were hoping their phones would no longer freeze.

You can get the full OTA images for Nexus and Pixel devices here on this page.

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Neither Verizon nor AOL commented anything related to the potential layoffs but acknowledged that changes will be there. Verizon expects mobile video and advertising to be new sources of revenue outside the oversaturated wireless market.

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It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor. Multiple HomePods can be networked together, but that will cost a pretty sum given each speaker costs $349 (£270).

Snake bites baby, mom posts video to Facebook
A Sebring, Florida woman is being investigated after a video surfaced showing a red rat snake biting her one-year-old daughter. She says her child was never in any real danger and thought she did the right thing to "introduce" the snake to her baby.

Although not mentioned, we assume that the fatter Google Pixel XL will receive the update at the same time as it's smaller sibling.

When it comes to augmented and virtual reality, Android is clearly the leader with Daydream for VR, Tango for AR and the latest handsets, notes CNET. Also included are Autofill APIs, Picture in Picture, XML font resources, downloadable fonts, emoji compatibility. Which although not necessarily something that will benefit the end user right now, is a major stepping stone in the Android O release schedule. The part of the app is to keep the data and the device safe.

"There is a fix included in the June security update that should address numerous freezing issues that have been reported".

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