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Google to require Android apps, games to disclose loot box odds

May 30, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The change reflects the current environment and pressure being applied by countries against loot box mechanics in games

'Plan B': Huawei's operating system headache after Android ban

May 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

How does Huawei keep up with the competition if it cannot use the platform that powers nearly every other smartphone in the world?

Photo from Huawei

New Android feature to provide real-time captions to content on your phone

May 08, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Video chats, user-recorded videos, Instagram or any other content source – the new feature is supposed to be able to provide automatic captions for those

AUTOMATIC SUBTITLES. Google's Live Caption feature is shown on a phone. Screenshot from Google/YouTube


Google data privacy: Incognito mode on Search and Maps, keeping data locally

May 08, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The next generation of Google Assistant has been shrunk to fit onto Pixel phones, so your data won't get sent to the cloud

INCOGNITO. The anonymous mode comes to Maps and Search, which was previously only available on Google Chrome and YouTube. Image from Google


Google to ban Chinese app developer DO Global for advertisement fraud

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:47 PM

At least 6 of DO Global's 100 or so applications fraudulently click on ads even when they aren't being used

Free-to-play: 'Forza' racing series coming to Android and iOS

Apr 18, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Forza Street marks the first time the franchise will be on mobile devices

Photo from Microsoft


Snapchat releases new, rebuilt app for Android

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:42 AM

The new app is expected to now be on par with the iOS version

SNAPCHAT. The Snapchat logo is displayed on a mobile phone, March 1, 2017 in Glendale, California. File photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


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Jan 18, 2019 - 8:39 PM

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Nov 21, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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Over 560,000 Android users downloaded malware hidden in 'games'

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The 13 games are actually hidden malware that downloads and installs a payload onto the Android device and hides the app's icon

U.S. phone owners holding on to old devices far longer than ever – study

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The study suggests that U.S. phone owners would wait almost 3 years to make an upgrade

Pokemon in 'Pokemon Go' now appear life-size on Android too

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The enhanced augmented reality (AR) mode comes to Android after being released in December 2017 for iOS

Photo from official Pokemon Go website


Google appeals record EU fine over Android

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:27 AM

In its July decision, Brussels accuses Google of using the Android system's huge popularity on smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and shut out rivals

The 3 products Google announced at its October 2018 event

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Meet the Home Hub, Pixel Slate and the Pixel 3

GOOGLE'S LINEUP. The Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, and Pixel 3. Screenshot from Youtube.

Google's Play Store updates policies to prevent call, SMS abuse

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The policy update will take effect 90 days from now, or on January 6

Here's how Google's Pixel 3 phones are shaping up

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many 2018 phones, the XL version of the Pixel 3 is expected to carry a notch

PIXEL 2. Photo from Google.


Millions of Android devices have preloaded vulnerabilities – report

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The vulnerabilities are a byproduct of Android’s open operating system that allows third-party companies such as device manufacturers and carriers to tweak code, says the report by cybersecurity firm, Kryptowire


How Android Pie could change the way you use your phone

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The 3 on-screen navigation buttons have been replaced with just one button

ANDROID PIE. The new version of Android makes several steps towards becoming less intrusive to the user. Screenshot from Google


Google sets limit to number of notches on Android P devices

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Notch cutouts can only be placed on the top or bottom side

NOTCH RULES. Google, anticipating possible notch design variations, places stricter rules. Pictured is a Huawei Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Xiaomi launches second-generation Android One phones in Spain

Jul 25, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Prices for the Mi A2 start at P14,990 while the A2 Lite starts at P9,990

MI A2 LITE. Xiaomi is providing 2 Android One options in 2018, one more than last year's sole Mi A1 offering. Xiaomi photo


What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


Google hit with record 4.3-billion euro fine in EU over Android

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The new sanction nearly doubles the previous record EU anti-trust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017. Google says it will appeal the fine

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

'Pokemon Quest' now available on both iOS and Android

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:03 AM

The game comes to mobile a month after its Switch release

MINECRAFT-STYLE. The game borrows the distinctive block-style graphics of Minecraft. Photo from Pokemon Quest app download page


Google's augmented reality-based Measure app comes to Android phones

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Measure allows users of compatible phones to take measurements of surfaces and other objects by walking around them

MEASURE. The Measure app at work. Screenshot from Google Play.

Android Messages now lets you text on desktop

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:47 PM

With the update, desktop to mobile messaging is now a possibility on Android Messages

PC TO PHONE. With the update, mobiile and desktop users can now connect via Google Messages. Photo from Google


Leak suggests that one of Google's upcoming phones may have a notch too

May 30, 2018 - 1:11 PM

With Google's upcoming Android P officially supporting screen notches, the design feature can't be ruled out even for Google's own phones


Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

May 26, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names

MAX SCHREMS. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android

May 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

To stream, a Steam Link controller or another bluetooth-enabled controller, and a WiFi connection on the 5GHz band are required

STEAM LINK. You can now test your setup to see if you can play Steam games on your Android smartphone using Steam Link. Screenshot from Steam Link page on Google Play.

YouTube may be getting incognito mode

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Like Google Chrome's, the feature will allow users to view videos without leaving a trail


The top announcements that kicked off the Google I/O 2018 conference

May 09, 2018 - 6:49 AM

Google unveils Android P, improvements for Assistant, and new AI capabilities at its annual conference

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.

The Android P developer preview launches today

May 09, 2018 - 2:45 AM

This year's beta for Android P will be open to more than just Google-made phones this year

ANDROID P. Android P's developer preview is available now for a number of different phones. Screenshot from livestream.

Google's Android P is using AI to tweak your phone's battery life

May 09, 2018 - 2:28 AM

Adaptive Battery adjusts the battery usage dependent on how a smartphone owner uses his device and accesses apps at differing times

ANDROID P. Dave Burke, VP of Engineering on the Android team, walks us through Android P.

Updated Grab interface to have faster help center access, new SOS button

May 08, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The new app interface for iOS and Android is part of Grab’s 100-day campaign centered on improving driver and rider experience

GRAB. Grab is attempting to improve the app's interface in line with recent user service complaints. Rappler file photo


5 things we expect to hear about at Google I/O 2018

May 08, 2018 - 11:56 AM

We round out some of what we’re expecting to hear about at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O

GOOGLE I/O. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012. File photo by Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP

Motorola shows off Moto G6 and Moto E5 series phones

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Here's a rundown of the specs of the latest budget-friendly phones from Motorola

MOTO G6. Motorola has some new budget-friendly phones. Screen shot from YouTube.

Google to push for new tech to replace SMS standard, pauses Allo

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The new technology aims to improve Android Messages by including read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, as well as group texting functions much like chat apps

Facebook Lite launches outside developing countries in expansion push

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Facebook Lite will be launching in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand

FACEBOOK LITE. Images from Google Play Store

Android users more loyal than iOS users – report

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:33 PM

A higher percentage of Android users stayed with the platform when they bought a new phone in 2017 than iOS users, an annual industry report says

ANDROID DOMINANT. Guests pose for a photo as Google and Oreo reveal Android OREO during the solar eclipse at the 14th street park on August 21, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Jason Kempin/AFP


4 future Android phones expected to have iPhone X notch

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The ASUS ZenFone 5 is the first high-profile Android phone to sport the iPhone X notch. It's not alone. Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and OPPO may be joining the party


Google launches lightweight Gmail Go for Android

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Go version of Gmail is half the filesize of the original mobile version. Unfortunately, it is only available to Android O Go users


Google likely ‘borrowing’ iPhone X notch with upcoming Android update

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Insiders have spoken about Google’s upcoming software update that readies new Android smartphones rumored to be mimicking the iPhone X’s cutout design


Facebook to test Instant Articles paywall on iOS devices

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Originally tested on Android devices, Facebook moves forward with testing for the subscription-based product for the iOS, beginning March 1

PAYWALL. First tested on Android phones, Instant Article paywalls will soon be tested on iOS devices. Photo from Facebook


Apple Music growing faster in U.S. vs. Spotify – report

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The rate of growth for Apple Music in the US compared to Spotify may be somewhat obscured, depending on whether or not you factor in trial accounts

YouTube Go expands to 130 countries

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The app has features meant for slow connections, such as the ability to tailor the stream quality, and the ability to save videos on your phone's memory or on an SD card

YOUTUBE GO. YouTube's redesigned app for suboptimal connections is now available in more countries. Screenshot from YouTube

Privacy concerns raised over PNP's human rights app

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) When trying to install the app – which is purely informational and should need no special permissions – the app requests access to one's text messages, phone and phone call logs, and photos and other media files

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo, head of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office, talks about the Know Your Rights app during a press conference Sunday, December 4, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Android Oreo Go Edition is an Oreo update for low-end devices

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Android Oreo (Go Edition), a version of Android Oreo for low-end devices, will be launching as part of the Android 8.1 rollout on December 6

ANDROID OREO TO GO. Android Oreo gets a version for lower-end smartphones. Image from Google

Google banning non-lock screen apps with lock screen ads

Dec 01, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Google says, 'Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lock screen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device'

Google launches Datally, an app that helps save up to 30% on data

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Datally lets users track the apps that use up data, and determine where they can save data usage

LOOK: The Samsung Galaxy S8 in burgundy red

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Check out the S8's new colorway

All photos from Samsung


Samsung to show off Galaxy S9, S9+ in January 2018 – report

Nov 23, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Codenamed Star 1 and Star 2, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will reportedly have some upgraded specs and will still get the full March announcement treatment from Samsung

NEW GALAXIES. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP