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Google just removed the ‘Tablets’ section from the official Android site

In case you didn’t already know that Android tablets were dead.

Android tablets have always been interesting beasts. Companies like Motorola and Samsung tried making them popular with the Xoom and Galaxy Tabs early on, and Google soon swooped in with home runs such as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. However, due to lacking developer support and no proper optimizations for the OS on the big screen, Android tablets never caught on the way the iPad did.

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Over 3.2 billion bad online ads were removed by Google in 2017

That’s over 100 ads every second.

The Internet is a wonderful thing and wealth of endless information, but obtrusive online advertisements can quickly dimish the joy of using it. We already knew that Google made a lot of efforts last year to keep bad ads off the web, but now the company’s shed light on just how many violations it dealt with.

In 2017 alone, Google says it removed more than 3.2 billion ads that violated its  [Read More…]

Google removed over 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store in 2017

99% of abusive apps were removed before users could install them.

There are a lot of excellent apps and games to be found on the Play Store, but to no one’s surprise, it can also be home to some bad seeds, too. There were quite a few reports of malicious Android apps all throughout last year, but new numbers from Google reveal that things could have been a lot worse.

In just 2017 alone, over 700,000 malicious  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL could see 3.5mm headphone jack removed

In what seems as a trend in the industry right now with manufacturers removing the headphone jack from smartphones, it seems Google may be following suit with the Pixel 2. Yesterday we saw leaks of the rear of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The renders were only the back of the devices […]

Alt-Right network Gab removed from the Play Store

Google has removed alt-right social network Gab from the Play Store.

Google has removed alt-right social network Gab from the Play Store, the social network shared on Twitter. This comes days after Nazis protested in Charlottesville, VA, leaving one woman dead after a protester drove a van into a crowd of counter protesters. Two police officers also perished when a police helicopter crashed during the protests.

Gab stated the application was removed for violating the Play Store’s  [Read More…]

Niantic explains why it removed the footprints feature from Pokémon Go

Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go, has explained why it made several changes to the game in the latest update. The update removed footprints of nearby pokémon, and limited access to third-party services. Niantic states that both changes were geared toward improving the design and quality of service of the game.

Niantic’s servers were unable to handle the massive influx of users that made their way to the game following its debut in early July. From  [Read More…]

Ad blocker for Samsung’s browser removed from Google Play

Samsung recently announced a new API that would allow developers to build content and ad blockers for its web browser, and now one has been removed from Google Play. Adblock Fast, an app from the team at Rocketship Apps, was downloaded more than 50,000 times following its release, and made its way to the top charts quickly. The developers received an email from the Google Play Review Team, citing that the app was in violation of section  [Read More…]

Voice activation removed from Cortana for Android because it might break your phone

Earlier this month, Microsoft officially launched its Cortana digital assistant for Android devices, but apparently one feature of the app is causing lots of issues, at least for U.S. users. The company has now updated Cortana for Android, which among other things removes the “Hey Cortana” feature for the U.S. market.

‘Ok Google’ detection removed from Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux

With the latest stable release of Chrome, version 46, Google has removed the always-listening feature that let users simply say “OkT Google” to start a voice search in the browser. Citing generally low user adoption, Google removed the feature from Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux — it’s sticking around, at least for now, on Chrome OS.

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