Modern smartphones have been moving toward gesture-based navigation systems ever since our phones began to ditch more and more of their bezels.Google is poised to do the same as the first leaks of its new navigation system for Android P emerge.
Chromebooks are finally taking on detachables. HP and Google together have launched the HP Chromebook X2, a Chrome OS-powered device that's taking on the iPad and Surface Pro. With a simplified OS and great hardware, this might just be Google's year.
With a tablet and a detachable run behind it, Google is taking several steps to make Chrome OS more touch-friendly, including a new touchable UX for tablets and hybrids. The firm will also be redesigning the OS's launcher for tablet users.
Google is updating Chrome OS this year with a bevvy of design changes. The firm will bring user-facing elements of the operating system in line with Android;s upcoming redesign, and has added a dark theme and translucency to the system tray.
Google will no longer allow uncertified devices to install Google apps. The firm is doing this to discourage grey market sales of uncertified devices like Meizu's smartphones, which let users install the Play Store on first boot.
A new Xposed Module lets users of Android Oreo devices access Google's interface changes made in Android P. It's not perfect, and it doesn't replicate the under-the-hood changes Google will be making to Android, but its better than nothing.
Google's Nexus Player will no longer be receiving either security updates, nor will it be updated to Android P. The firm has announced that it will no longer be supporting the device after a nearly 4-year run.
While Android P's developer preview currently runs only on Pixel devices, signs are emerging that Google intends to release this update to Chrome OS devices later this year. Code commits to the Chromium OS database have started making reference to P.
While Android P was expected to make a Pi Day Debut, Google has released the first developer preview for its new operating system a week earlier than expected. Notch support, privacy improvements and UI changes make their debut in this release.
Google's Android P is expected to introduce the ability to let users turn their Android phones into Bluetooth peripherals. Code commits in AOSP have revealed the addition of the Bluetooth HID device profile service in Android P based builds.
Google's Android P developer preview is expected to launch in the middle of March, to coincide with Pi Day. While Google will share more on Android P in May this year, reports have surfaced hinting at redesigns and integration with Google Assistant.
Google's Android Go will soon be made available as in emulator image in the Android Studio development environment. While apps like Gmail and YouTube are already optimised for Go, Google had not yet provided the tools for smaller devs, till now.
As I/O approaches, Google has sent out its batch of emails for I/O tickets. Developers who have been selected from the raffle will be notified by email and have their cards charged. The firm has also made its schedule available for interested users.
Qualcomm's processors already power high-end Windows PCs, but they'll now be fueling Chrome OS powered devices. The firm does't believe that value or low-end devices are interesting, and are keeping an eye out for the rising ASP of Chrome OS devices.
Essential is launching a limited edition set of colours for the Essential Phone. It'll ship with these new colours for a limited duration, and anticipating fans will be able to pick them up from Essential's website.
Huawei's Android Oreo update for the Watch 2 comes with some compromises. Google is disabling Android Pay for Wear Support for the handset in regions outside of the US and UK despite the feature working on older versions.
Nokia 's new handsets have been leaked onto the web by prominent leaker, Evan Blass. The Nokia 7+ will be a mid-end phone-equipped with dual zeiss camera lens, a fingerprint sensor and an 18:9 display. The Nokia 1 is to be a more budget affair.
Google promised to start blocking website redirects in Chrome with Chrome 64. The firm has missed that deadline due to complications arising at the last minute. Fortunately, Chrome's bug tracking page tells us the behind-the-scenes story.