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WhatsApp is testing secure cloud backups for Android users

WhatsApp chats already have end-to-end encryption, but what about your online backups? They'll soon be covered, too. As The Vergenotes, WABetaInfo has discovered that the latest WhatsApp beta for Android (2.21.15.5) includes a test for end-to-end encrypted cloud backups. Opt … Read the rest of this entry

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Android 12′s emoji include a ‘universal’ pie and a happier mask wearer

It wouldn't be World Emoji Day without an update from Google on its next Android emoji, and there will be plenty of updates to the special characters for Android 12. Google has previewed updates to "hundreds" of characters for the … Read the rest of this entry

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Android developers will get larger sales cuts if they support devices beyond phones

Google has rolled out a worldwide program that gives Android developers a larger cut of sales if they support tablets, watches, and other non-phone devices. Engadget

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Google reportedly made it harder to find Android privacy settings

Google reportedly made it harder to find Android privacy settings and even pressured phone makers into hiding settings. Engadget

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Google and Qualcomm are making neural network API updates easier on Android

Instead of waiting for an OS update that may never come, now your Android phone can get AI processing improvements directly from Google. Engadget

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2022 Honda Civic adds wireless connections for CarPlay, Android Auto

The redesigned 2022 Honda Civic has smarter driver assists to go with available wireless connections for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Engadget

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Google brings back the compass widget to Maps on Android

After a lengthy absence, Google is bringing back the compass widget within Maps on Android. Engadget

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The repairable Fairphone 2 gets an Android update five years after launch

Ethical phone company Fairphone’s first modular handset, the five-year-old Fairphone 2, is getting an Android 9 update. Engadget

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Google pulls Element’s Android chat app over content it doesn’t control

Google is once again coming under fire for its less-than-forgiving approach (real or perceived) to federated Android apps. According to Android Police, Google has pulled Element’s federated chat app from the Play Store for allegedly hosting abusive c… Engadget

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Netflix delivers ‘studio-quality’ sound upgrade for Android viewers

Don’t be surprised if Netflix sounds nicer the next time you marathon a show on your Android phone. Netflix has upgraded its Android app to stream audio in xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC; yes, it’s a mouthful), promising “studio-quality” … Read the rest of this entry

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