Tag Archive: Updates


Huawei losing access to Android updates, Google support, after Trump ban

It’s unclear whether devices already slated for Android Q will receive the update.

What you need to know Huawei won’t receive access to Android updates Future smartphones may not be certified for Google services like Gmail or Maps Move comes after Huawei was added to U.S. trade blacklist following Trump executive order

Reuters reports that Google has put gears in motion to stop working with Huawei on future Android updates and device certifications after an executive order  [Read More…]

Security updates and Android Q access pushed back to June for the Pixel 3a

Manually downloading and flashing the Android Q beta is still possible.

What you need to know Pixel 3a phones are currently on a security patch from March. Security patch updates from April, May, and June are coming in June. Pixel 3a users will be able to opt into Android Q beta again beginning in June.

Google wowed us last week with the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones at Google I/O 2019. Part  [Read More…]

Google just quietly announced a massive change to how Android updates work

We got the dirt on Project Mainline, and it’s going to change Android forever.

The Android portion of the two-hour Google I/O keynote was brief compared to previous years, but it included a massive change to the way Google is going to push updated to our favorite OS when Android Q arrives. It’s called Project Mainline, and the goal is to update core components of Android through the Play Store entirely in the background without needing to  [Read More…]

Here’s how you can disable auto updates for games on PS4

Auto updates for games make life a lot more convenient when you don’t need to manually keep track of them, but a lot of people still would rather this feature be turned off completely. Whether it’s because a new update causes a game to unintentionally crash or you don’t want to go over your data cap, here’s how to turn off auto updates on PlayStation 4.

How to turn off auto updates for games on PlayStation 4 From  [Read More…]

Google is making it easier than ever to get cricket updates via Assistant

You’ll be able to get a summary of the day’s cricketing action just by asking Google Assistant.

The IPL season is in full swing in India, and Google is introducing new capabilities to Google Assistant to make it easier for fans to follow all the action. You’ll be able to get a summary of the day’s matches by asking Assistant on your phone or Google Home to “Play news from ESPNcricinfo.”

You’ll get updates not only on  [Read More…]

Google is starting to deliver Pixel system updates via the Play Store

Google may deliver system updates alongside app updates on the Play Store.

From Android’s inception, system updates have been delivered from the Settings app, but it looks like that’s set to change with Android Q. The folks at 9to5Google uncovered a new string in the Play Store APK that allows system updates to be installed directly from the app, alongside regular app updates.

Google is now testing that particular implementation, with a user on Reddit getting a  [Read More…]

YouTube updates guidelines to ban ‘harmful or dangerous’ pranks

YouTube will start banning prank videos that pose a ‘risk of serious danger.’

YouTube has updated its community guidelines to address the rise in dangerous prank videos. The streaming service will now ban challenges that present “a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress.” The announcement comes just a day after a teenager in Utah crashed a car while  [Read More…]

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Pocket Casts, IFTTT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make  [Read More…]

Sony updates Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia ZX1 line to Pie

Just in time for the holidays, Sony is service XZ series users a helping of pie!

Android Pie has been out for two months now, and Sony is finally serving up a slice of Pie to owners of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. The update was originally announced for October 26; some late-stage bug-busting pushed the update back, but the update is rolling out now to the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and  [Read More…]

Google’s new contract makes 2 years of Android updates mandatory for OEMs

In response to being slapped with a record-breaking fine in the EU this summer, Google is preparing a major change to its business model.

The search giant recently revealed it will start charging a licensing fee for Android device makers that want to deliver handsets pre-installed with popular Google apps like Gmail or Maps.

Now The Verge has managed to obtain a copy of the new contracts that Google will soon start implementing. The documents disclose how much the search  [Read More…]