Android Police - Operating Systems https://www.androidpolice.com Coverage on all the OSes we cover, from Android to Chrome OS to, yes, iOS. Wed, 25 Oct 2023 21:12:40 GMT en-US hourly 60 <![CDATA[Samsung's back with another One UI 6 beta for the Galaxy S23]]> Samsung's Android 14 update is almost ready to make its public debut, but it appears the smartphone giant has a few more kinks left to iron out. Today, the company has started rolling out the ninth iteration of its One UI 6 beta for the Galaxy S23 series. Initially making its appearance in the US, this update is set to grace other markets shortly.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023 21:12:40 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/samsung-one-ui-6-beta-galaxy-s23/
<![CDATA[Android's built-in smart home controls now work with Home Assistant]]> Many of us have smart home devices that make life simpler through automation. That being said, these devices can add up over time, and it can become a hassle to manage them all. Even products by the same manufacturer can be challenging to synchronize, schedule, and automate, depending on the tasks. Home Assistant, an open source home automation platform, is making it easier for some homeowners by consolidating multiple devices. Now, it’s supporting Android's built-in smart home device controls, too.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023 19:23:13 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/home-assistant-android-device-controls/
<![CDATA[Android: How to see your Wi-Fi password and network name]]> If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023 19:18:58 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-see-android-wifi-password/
<![CDATA[Android 13: Features, news, and everything you need to know]]> Android 13 was released in August 2022 and became available on all the best phones over time, including the flagship Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, which were both launched with it preinstalled. The release is as good as obsolete due to its successor, Android 14, which launched in October 2023 and offers thoughtful enhancements to a solid existing system. It's slowly making its way to all recent Android phones. You might still want to learn everything there is to know about Android 13 and all the quarterly feature drops it received while it was still getting new updates.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023 14:01:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-13/
<![CDATA[How to activate predictive back navigation on Android 14]]> Android 14 is full of new features, most found behind the scenes. A couple of years after Google gave us a new look for our favorite smartphones with Material You, the last two upgrades have focused on upgrading elements you might not think about every day. Security, privacy, and speed are three aspects that Android 14 excels at, but Google didn't stop there. A new addition to gestures could change how you think about swiping between apps on your new Pixel 8 Pro, but you need to activate predictive back gestures to see it in action.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023 13:00:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/turn-on-predictive-back-navigation-android-14/
<![CDATA[How to migrate from ChromeOS to Windows]]> ChromeOS is an excellent and lightweight operating system that lets you stay secure while browsing online. Typically found on Chromebooks, these are primarily online-only devices that are limited in their overall capabilities. Whether they are the best or even the most affordable Chromebooks, all have one thing in common: less software compatibility than Windows. Many developers make fully featured apps on Windows that you can't get on ChromeOS via a Chromebook. If you're ready to switch from ChromeOS to Windows, we show you how to get started in the guide below.

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Tue, 24 Oct 2023 08:01:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-switch-from-chromeos-to-windows/
<![CDATA[Google is finally addressing the spike in emergency calls due to Android devices]]> If you’ve ever experienced an unexpected emergency in the digital age, you likely know the benefits of having a phone on you in these moments. An immediate connection to the outside world can be the difference between instant emergency care and an increasingly severe situation. However, Google may have made it too easy to send out a call for emergency services. After a reported spike in these calls, the situation has since been remedied.

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Mon, 23 Oct 2023 19:50:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-false-alerts-emergency-sos-update/
<![CDATA[Dave Burke explains Android 14's big battery and performance improvements]]> We've talked about it before, but Android 14 really seems to make a difference when it comes to performance. With the advent of Feature Drops, major OS version bumps aren't as packed to the brim with user-facing changes as they once were. But Android 14 has several major improvements that users will surely notice even if they're not visual upgrades or new functionality: Google has changed the way the system handles RAM and processor workloads, and the end result should be significant performance gains.

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Mon, 23 Oct 2023 15:08:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/dave-burke-android-14-battery-performance/
<![CDATA[What is Chromebook Plus?]]> Chromebooks are often referred to as low-cost alternatives to Mac and Windows computers. Google has been toying with an idea to better distinguish between low-end and high-end Chromebooks. The search giant recently announced the Chromebook Plus program to set the ground rules for manufacturers to earn the premium tag and deliver a better experience to ChromeOS users.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2023 14:00:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/what-is-chromebook-plus/
<![CDATA[How to use Focus modes on iOS]]> Are you feeling a bit distracted these days? Is a new remote work situation or job creating problems with task management? Apple added a productivity feature to iOS and related platforms called Focus. Focus allows you to customize certain modes for work, studying, or other activities to avoid distractions. If you haven't tried it, we recommend incorporating it into your most productive times. Focus is more useful than the usual sleep modes or just leaving messages on read.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2023 16:01:23 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-set-up-focus-on-ios/
<![CDATA[Here's our first look at Xiaomi's MIUI replacement, HyperOS]]> Xiaomi phones are really impressive. Besides boasting some of the best camera specs of any smartphone line on the market, the sheer quality of the company's internals as well as its ability to keep up with modern trends like foldable phones pushes it towards the front of the pack. It’s unfortunate for some of our readers that these products aren’t usually sold in Western markets, because with the right branding, they could really catch on.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2023 21:47:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/xiaomi-hyperos-miui-replacement/
<![CDATA[Google will start scanning for Android malware in real time]]> Android is about as open as operating systems get these days. Compared to iOS, which allows very little wiggle room for non-Apple authorized customization, Android users can do almost anything to their phone — for better or worse — with a little bit of tinkering. One of the ways people can utilize the openness of their smartphone is by sideloading apps outside the Google Play Store, which can obviously be a bit dangerous regardless of whether you’re as careful as they come with technology or not. Malware can come in all shapes and sizes, so Google has taken the steps to finally roll out an enhanced version of Google Play Protect, which we mentioned was being worked on last month.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2023 21:34:37 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-play-protect-enhanced/
<![CDATA[Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2.1 is here with fingerprint and SIM fixes for Pixel phones]]> The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have several advertised features that are yet to launch, such as Zoom Enhance, Video Boost, and the ability to use the temperature sensor to check a human's temperature. We're expecting most of these to come as part of the December Pixel Feature Drop due out in about a month and a half. Testing for this new version is already underway, as Google has opened up the Android 14 Quarterly Platform Release 1 (QPR1) beta program. Today, the next major update for Pixel phones just got one step closer to release.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2023 19:43:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-qpr1-beta-21-b/
<![CDATA[Google now disables Nearby Share by default when you’re at work]]> Sharing files from Android devices was a rather janky affair, sometimes involving cloud storage or third-party apps, until Nearby Share burst onto the scene and simplified the process. It came even closer to Apple’s AirDrop in terms of function with support for sharing files, folders, and text to Windows computers introduced earlier this year. However, convenient data sharing is the bane of corporate data security, and with billions of people using Android for work, the concerns are amplified greatly. Google is finally addressing this concern with an update disabling Nearby Share by default on Android devices when you enable a work profile.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2023 19:34:39 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-disables-nearby-share-default-work-profiles/
<![CDATA[How to drag and drop content between apps on Android 14]]> Android 14 is here, and while Google kept its best features exclusive to its Pixel lineup, plenty of new features are coming to your phone soon. While some of this update's best content is hidden behind the scenes, you'll find some crucial new tools perfect for multitasking, especially if you haven't upgraded to one of our favorite foldables. Whether you're rocking a Google Pixel 8 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra running the One UI 6 beta, here's how to drag and drop between apps on Android 14.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2023 11:00:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-drag-drop-content-app-to-app-android-14/
<![CDATA[Google could bring ChromeOS Flex to unsupported Chromebooks]]> Google’s Chromebooks have carved out more than a niche for themselves, having long become a viable alternative to Windows laptops and MacBooks for many. The one caveat that’s attached to Chromebooks is their limited software support, though. While Google vows to update the latest and greatest Chromebooks for up to 10 years from the moment sales start, this still leaves far too many current devices becoming obsolete before the hardware dies. Google might fix this by bringing ChromeOS Flex to those machines.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2023 09:49:52 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-chromeos-flex-for-unsupported-chromebooks/
<![CDATA[Android's latest hidden gem targets online safety with Android Safe Browsing]]> Ensuring security in our digital lives is crucial, given the vast amounts of information we interact with every day. From accessing our bank details to exploring new websites or responding to messages, we need to feel protected. Android has taken many steps to shore up these areas over the years, and now it's gearing up to enhance your sense of security with the introduction of Android Safe Browsing.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2023 21:10:55 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-safe-browsing/
<![CDATA[Android 14's performance improvements could actually make a difference]]> Android's has historically pushed the limits with cutting-edge developments. But when new systems are implemented, they have a tendency to break existing functionality, so updates can sometimes decrease battery life and performance. Android 14 is bucking these trends by focusing more on refinement than new features, and there are a handful of changes that should help with memory management in particular.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2023 18:50:17 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-memory-management-improvments/
<![CDATA[The best ChromeOS tips and tricks for your new Chromebook]]> Computers should be simple and easy to use for everyone. Windows and macOS devices are okay in this regard but have some complexities that sometimes make them difficult to use. Chromebooks have a streamlined user experience that is almost as easy as using the Google Chrome browser. This is because the operating system used on Chromebooks, called ChromeOS, is based on Google Chrome.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2023 10:00:29 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-chromeos-tips-tricks/
<![CDATA[How to use Google Photos for wallpapers on your Chromebook]]> Wallpapers make a surprising difference to your user experience and set the tone of your device. Whether you opt for a picture of your loved ones, an abstract design, your favorite band, or a scenic landscape, your choice of wallpaper can impact your mood. So, if you feel like you've outgrown your old desktop background, it might be time for a wallpaper refresh.

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Sun, 15 Oct 2023 16:00:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-use-google-photos-as-wallpaper-on-chromebook/
<![CDATA[What is firmware and what does it do?]]> Along with the standbys "hardware" and "software," the digital world has long used a third description called "firmware." While firmware has been around for several years, it's not always clear to the average user what it refers to or how it differs from previous definitions for software.

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Sun, 15 Oct 2023 12:00:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/what-is-firmware/
<![CDATA[Google's new Pixel lock screens need to copy the iPhone's photo tricks]]> October might only be reaching its halfway mark, but it's already been a banner month for smartphones. Not only did the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro arrive this week — to critical acclaim, no less — but Android 14 finally made its stable debut across all supported Google devices. I'm a fan of the company's new lock screen customizer for Pixel, but I'd be lying if there wasn't one feature on iOS that had me begging Google to copy it for a Feature Drop. And no, it's not lock screen widgets — it's something much more useful, and certainly up Google's wheelhouse.

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Sat, 14 Oct 2023 14:00:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-pixel-lock-screens-need-to-copy-iphone-blur-trick/
<![CDATA[Hands-on with Google’s Continuity Camera clone in Android 14]]> Apple released a bunch of new hardware powered by its custom M-series silicon last year with oodles of cool software trickery in tow. Continuity Camera was one such feature which converts an iPhone into a wireless webcam for your Mac. All you need is a MagSafe camera mount or a way to prop the iPhone up at a suitable angle. We longed for an equivalent baked into Android or ChromeOS, and a solution is finally available with Android 14, rolling out to testers with the QPR1 beta. We took it for a spin, and the experience was about as good as a first attempt can be.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2023 15:56:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/hands-on-google-continuity-camera-webcam-mode-android-14/
<![CDATA[How to set up and use Moto Gestures]]> Over the years, Motorola has consistently prioritized user-friendly features and tools that enhance the user experience. A shining example is Moto Gestures, a unique set of actions that allow users to access built-in features and tools more conveniently. Sometimes, without even touching actual physical buttons.

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Fri, 13 Oct 2023 13:00:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-set-up-moto-gestures/
<![CDATA[Android 14 QPR1 Beta welcomes Google's new Pixel 8 series to its fold]]> The Android landscape is ever-changing, and currently, all eyes are on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro by Google. These flagship smartphones have consistently led the way within the Android world, pioneering the latest OS advancements. Today, they venture into a fresh domain with the Android 14 QPR1 Beta program.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2023 21:57:08 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-qpr1-beta-pixel-8-series/
<![CDATA[Android could fix a big problem for dual SIM users]]> Android 14 started rolling out widely in the stable channel earlier this month. It is merely an incremental update to Android 13, but Google is changing and improving how Android handles system-level operations and settings behind the scenes. The OS continues evolving and the promise of more refinement in future updates lives on, because Google has been spotted developing a Quick Settings tile to switch data SIMs easily.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2023 12:56:42 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-data-sim-switch-quick-settings-toggle-developed/
<![CDATA[How to access your Chromebook's Clipboard Manager]]> Chromebooks are quickly becoming a popular alternative to Windows laptops, PCs, and MacBooks. Whether for your home, school, or work, you can buy one of the best Chromebooks that suits your needs at affordable prices.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2023 10:10:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/access-chromebook-clipboard-manager/
<![CDATA[Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 5 is joining the One UI 6 beta party]]> Samsung's latest foldables, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5, have both been out for quite some time now. And they are really, really good phones. If Samsung hasn't yet perfected the foldable, it's really close to doing so — and as the form factor becomes more and more popular, its offerings are going to mature even further in upcoming generations. Like other Samsung flagship phones, the new foldables are eligible for the upcoming One UI 6 update, based on the just-launched Android 14. Now, it's the Galaxy Z Flip 5's turn to get in on the beta for Samsung's next major upgrade.

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Tue, 10 Oct 2023 21:08:49 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/samsung-galaxy-z-flip-5-one-ui-6-beta/
<![CDATA[How to customize the Android 14 lock screen]]> One of the biggest and most noticeable changes in Android 14 is the ability to customize your lock screen. This lets you make some small but fundamental changes to your lock screen that can improve its usability and aesthetics.

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Tue, 10 Oct 2023 12:00:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-customize-your-android-14-lock-screen/
<![CDATA[How to change ringtone on an Android phone]]> You might be tired of hearing the same ringtone you've had for years since you last budgeted for a new Android phone. Most people don't realize you can change the default ringtone and assign a custom tune for your listed contacts. It's a handy feature when separating urgent work calls from personal ones. But that involves learning how to experiment with new ringtones while replacing the selected default. This short guide teaches you how to change your ringtone or load any custom tune from your phone's file manager.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2023 13:00:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/change-android-ringtone/
<![CDATA[How to open your files on ChromeOS]]> Chromebooks are more than enough to handle most people's computer needs. Even with its firm reliance on the Google Chrome web browser, you can do much more with the Files app and some solid Android apps. You're never stuck within the scope of a web browser. Whether you need to access files on your inbuilt storage or an external drive, this guide explains how to open files on ChromeOS.

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Mon, 09 Oct 2023 10:01:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromeos-how-to-open-files/
<![CDATA[Android 14 elevates HDR image support in Google Chrome]]> We all love getting our own pictures and videos from events. But sometimes, the quality of photos we end up with boils down to our phone’s image formats and features. There has been an outcry in the tech world for features that provide perfectly processed images. As usual, Google has jumped into the pond and equipped Android 14 with plenty of premium tools, including HDR image support that uses a backward-compatible format to view images in Ultra-HDR for crisp and clear shadows and stunning bright content.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 18:04:44 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-elevates-hdr-image-support/
<![CDATA[Google's Android 14 statue will make you turn upside down]]> In May this year, right after Google I/O 2023, people discovered an Apollo Mission 14 patch-inspired Bugdroid statue on one of Google's campuses in Mountain View, and considering the Android 14 Easter egg matches this theme, we naturally thought it would be used for the official launch of the OS. But after Android 14 made its debut this week, a different statue has shown up out front of the Android headquarters to commemorate the release.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 17:00:22 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-statue-unveiled/
<![CDATA[What's new in Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 and earlier]]> Google finally released stable Android 14 alongside the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro this week, but this is not the only new software coming our way. The company has also updated its QPR1 beta program with a second beta, QPR1 Beta 2. The software is slated to go live as the December Feature Drop later this year, but in the meantime, you can already try it out on your Pixel if you're daring enough. Here's everything new we found in the QPR beta program.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 11:35:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/whats-new-in-android-14-qpr1/
<![CDATA[You will soon find all your Google Pixel updates in one place]]> Software updates to the app and operating system of our favorite Android devices play a much bigger role than just fixing bugs and adding new features — they keep your device safe from known vulnerabilities identified by security researchers, app developers, and beta testers. Google stepped up security by converting many Android components into Mainline modules updated through the Google Play system, so they don’t have to wait for the next Android release. Now, the company is working on collating all pending updates for your device in one place, so staying on top of changes is quick and easy.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 10:46:55 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/pixel-updates-one-dashboard-android-14-qpr1-b2/
<![CDATA[The top Android 14 settings you'll want to change right now]]> Android 14 is out now, and while a ton of new features are included in the latest version of the OS, we identified a few you should check out first. These will make the most significant difference to your Android 14 experience, which is substantially larger than Android 13.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 10:00:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-settings-to-change-immediately/
<![CDATA[How to quickly share your location on Android]]> If your friends plan to meet up with you at a new hole-in-the-wall restaurant, they'll appreciate getting help with directions. But some spots can be tucked away at an obscure location, making them hard to find. Or maybe you're parked away from the building and can't find a suitable landmark for reference. While maps can help with navigation, sharing your real-time location is more accurate.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2023 08:00:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-share-location-android/
<![CDATA[Google releases Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 as the next Pixel Feature Drop inches closer]]> Google's on a roll this week, launching the Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2 at its hardware event, then releasing the stable version of Android 14 immediately after. The company isn't even taking the time to sit back and admire its work — in fact, it's already looking forward to its next major software release, the December Pixel Feature Drop, also known as Android 14 Quarterly Platform Release 1 (QPR1). Beta testing started for this version in late September, and just over two weeks later, Google is already back at it with Beta 2.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2023 18:38:20 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-qpr1-beta-2-b/
<![CDATA[How to run and install ChromeOS from a flash drive]]> ChromeOS has come a long way from being a glorified web browser to a full-fledged operating system that's packed with great features. Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes, including some great 2-in-1 laptops, which means there's a Chromebook for everyone. If you're interested in a Chromebook but aren't sure if you want to take the leap and buy one, install ChromeOS on a flash drive and try it on a computer you own.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2023 16:00:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-put-chromeos-on-flash-drive/
<![CDATA[Google gives up on a fixed day for its monthly Pixel updates]]> For years, Google Pixel owners knew what to expect on the first Monday of a month. Like clockwork, Google would release its security patches (and sometimes its quarterly feature drops) on the day, ensuring that your device was always up to date. Ever since the switch to its own Tensor CPUs in the Pixel series, Google hasn't always been able to hit this target, though, sometimes only updating devices almost a month later. To combat this, the company is simply getting rid of its fixed update day with the Pixel 8 series.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2023 11:15:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-gives-up-on-fixed-day-for-monthly-pixel-updates-b/
<![CDATA[How to run Microsoft 365 on a Chromebook]]> Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a web-focused platform built around Google's cloud apps (Chrome, Gmail, and Docs, just to name a few). But the best Chromebooks can do almost everything your regular Windows laptop can, including running Microsoft's productivity suite. The only difference is that on a laptop, Microsoft Office (or Microsoft 365, as it's now called) opens as a dedicated app, while on a Chromebook, you use it in a web browser.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2023 10:00:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-run-microsoft-365-office-on-a-chromebook/
<![CDATA[Android 14 is making your work phones more secure ]]> Google has several apps and services which make collaborative remote work easy, and most of them are a part of Google Workspace. While Google works to keep Workspace tools up to date and safe constantly, Android’s popularity in corporate settings makes enhanced security and workspace-oriented features a necessity. With Android 14 on its way to your Pixel phones in the stable channel, Google has also announced several included privacy and feature improvements, like support for six-digit unlock pins, ultra-wideband logging, and convenient work profile switching.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2023 18:38:42 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-work-profile-more-features-secure/
<![CDATA[Android 14 review: Predictable progress]]> After months and months of beta testing, Android 14 has finally arrived in stable. There was a tremendous buildup of excitement around this release after the rather lackluster Android 13, which only introduced some small refinements following the big Android 12 design refresh on Pixel phones. Android 14 certainly stays true to the look that Google established with Material You two years ago, but it adds much-needed refinement and customization to the mix. While the beta was buggier than usual, the final release is making up for this long period of bugs with tons of new features, thoughtful design improvements, and a more polished experience all over the place.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2023 14:35:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-review/
<![CDATA[Android 14: Every new feature in Google's new release]]> Google's big stable Android 14 release came later than expected, but that doesn't matter anymore now that the big new Android version is here. After months and months of testing, the new Android release is finally available, making its way to all supported Pixel phones and rolling out to all the best other phones soon. Android 14 is not as feature-packed and doesn't introduce nearly as many changes as Android 12, which introduced a whole new design language, but it's certainly a bigger update than Android 13.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2023 14:30:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14/
<![CDATA[Android 14 finally launches in stable following unscheduled extra beta]]> Google has been working on Android 14 since February this year, and now, after an unscheduled extra beta, the company has announced it is finally releasing it in stable alongside the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. The big new release is coming to Pixel phones today, and once you've downloaded it, you’re in for some new lock screen customization options, improved PIN entry security, a much better system share sheet, and so much more. Let’s dive into it.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2023 14:30:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-officially-launches-customization-upgrades-b/
<![CDATA[Android 14 is rumored to drop in tandem with the Pixel 8]]> The anticipation over Android 14 has been growing, despite few details on its features and release date being confirmed. Beta releases have been rolling out since earlier this year, and as the final kinks are worked out, rumors on its launch date are becoming more believable. An updated post on a Telus forum now suggests that Android 14 could be released as soon as this week.

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Mon, 02 Oct 2023 19:04:40 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-release-date-pixel-8-launch/
<![CDATA[What is Nearby Unlock and is it related to Smart Lock?]]> Modern Android smartphones offer biometric security features, like fingerprint and face unlock, to provide an instantaneous and seamless unlocking experience. However, every once in a while, your smartphone asks you to enter your password, and it can be frustrating.

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Mon, 02 Oct 2023 16:00:34 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/what-is-nearby-unlock-how-different-from-smart-lock/
<![CDATA[How much RAM does your Chromebook need?]]> Chromebooks are capable machines, and the best Chromebooks can be used for browsing, watching videos, and editing documents. You can also use Android and desktop apps via Linux. Its lightweight ChromeOS operating system makes Chromebooks power-efficient. These computers don't need powerful processors and RAM in double-digits.

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Sat, 30 Sep 2023 19:00:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-much-ram-does-chromebook-need/
<![CDATA[Google may soon let you move video calls to your tablet or smart display]]> One of the perks of Apple products is Continuity, which streamlines the use of software between Apple devices. For example, AirDrop lets you send media between Apple products within seconds. Handoff enables you to begin a project on one Apple device, and then continue working on a different one. Google has notably lagged in this area, often forcing Android device users to take multiple steps to achieve similar results. Now, some believe it could be working on a similar feature called Link Your Devices. If the rumors are true, you may soon be able to switch between Android products without skipping a beat — and this could be critical if you frequently use them for video calls.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 20:12:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-video-calls-link-devices-tablets/
<![CDATA[How to easily install the Android 14 QPR Beta on your Pixel]]> The Android 14 Beta Program is over. In its place, Google has already started testing Android 14 QPR1, the upcoming big update to Android 14 that will come to all the best phones in December 2023. It offers a ton of fun and interesting features already, no matter if you have the Pixel 7 Pro or another Google device. If you're curious to give it a try on your Pixel device before it launches, there is an easy way to install the pre-release version of Android 14 QPR 1 on your phone that feels almost like getting a regular system update.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 15:00:36 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-install-android-developer-previews/
<![CDATA[How to sync your OneDrive files on your Chromebook]]> Chromebooks may have a reputation as not offering a full desktop OS. Still, Google's operating system has matured in recent years, with tons of great ChromeOS features and tricks to get the most out of your favorite Chromebook. For a long time, ChromeOS and Microsoft Office didn't get along as well as they could have. While you can easily access your Google Drive in the ChromeOS Files app, the same can't be said about Microsoft OneDrive. That's changing, so let's dive into how you can set up OneDrive to sync with your Chromebook's Files app.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 13:00:35 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-sync-dropbox-onedrive-files-on-chromebook/
<![CDATA[This Pixel 8 rumor could be the biggest change to Android this year]]> At the risk of sounding too much like an old-timer, kids these days are so lucky. Okay, maybe that's a bit broad — let me narrow it down. When smartphones first hit the market, software updates weren't really a priority the way it is now. You'd buy a phone and either accept it as it was, or take to rooting it so you could install custom ROMs. The exception to the rule of updates has always been Apple and its iPhones, which have long been the kings of long-term software support.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 13:00:34 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/pixel-8-software-updates-big-deal-android/
<![CDATA[Android: How to manage your camera and microphone permissions]]> Once again you've downloaded a new app on your trusty Android phone, but every time you open that app, it sends notification that states you must turn on camera and microphone permissions in the settings. Essentially, some apps don't function without enabling these (required) permissions. So you're stuck toggling on these permissions anyway. However, thanks to the continuous privacy and security updates from Android OS, you can now at least control how often and when it can be used. Other times, you may prefer to visit the permissions manager to rescind permissions from data-hungry apps. Either way, we recommend learning how to access the permission manager from the Privacy Dashboard. To help get you started, we will teach you how to manage your camera and mic permissions on any dependable Android phone.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 07:58:29 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/manage-android-camera-microphone-permissions/
<![CDATA[Android: How to clear your app cache on your phone or tablet]]> Over time, you might notice that your phone feels sluggish and apps take longer to load. Many users try to free up storage on their phones by clearing their app cache. Meanwhile, others believe that you should let the Android operating system deal with it. So, what should you do? Does clearing your cache even do anything?

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Fri, 29 Sep 2023 06:48:33 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/clear-app-cache-data-android/
<![CDATA[How to change app icons on your Android phone ]]> Customization has always been Android's key strength, from using a custom launcher to changing your device's font and theme settings. Google has continued to build upon this concept, with Android becoming more user-friendly after every major release. These days, you have better control over your device experience than in the past.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023 17:50:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-change-app-icons-on-android/
<![CDATA[How to record audio from Android apps]]> Recording external sounds is easy on Android if you use one of our favorite recording apps, and since Android 10, recording internal sounds is straightforward. We walk you through the entire process so that you can record audio from your apps. These apps work on any Android device. Some even work on Chromebooks, so you can record audio from your laptop with the same app you use on your phone.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023 14:36:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/record-audio-android-apps/
<![CDATA[The best Android secret codes for 2023]]> One of the reasons we recommend the Android system is that it's packed with hidden features and customization settings that allow us to configure our devices how we want. One way to access secret features on your Android smartphone is to use short codes or secret codes. You can use these secret codes to unlock extra features and run diagnostics on your Android smartphone. Some of these short codes are universal and work on any Android device, while others are specific to custom Android skins, like OneUI for Samsung smartphones.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023 14:00:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/best-secret-codes-for-android/
<![CDATA[How to block unwanted ads on your Android phone or tablet]]> Unwanted ads can be annoying, distracting, and sometimes malicious. Abusive ads can slow even the best Android phones, drain your battery, and compromise privacy. Advertisements usually appear on a web page, but ads can be seen in pop-ups, notifications, and Android wallpaper if an abusive app is installed. Some rogue ads are annoying and automatically start playing video or audio clips in the background. In this guide, we show the different solutions you can use to get rid of these bad ads on your Android phone or tablet.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023 13:51:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-block-ads-android/
<![CDATA[Your Chromebook’s interface now looks a lot more like Android]]> Google has started rolling out ChromeOS 117 to Chromebooks widely, and along with a bunch of interesting new features, a big change to the interface is going live with it: Material You as you know it from Android is making its way to Google’s desktop operating system. This means that many interface elements like window title bars and backgrounds in system settings will take on the dominant colors from your wallpaper.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023 13:21:54 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromebooks-chrome-os-117-material-you-more-like-android/
<![CDATA[The entire Microsoft Office suite plus Windows 11 Pro for $50? Don't miss your chance]]> If you've ever had the displeasure of not having Microsoft Office available on your laptop or PC, then you're probably aware of just how much of a hindrance it can be to get any work done without it. Sure, there are some free and cheaper alternatives like Google Docs and Google Sheets you can use, but these lack most of the essential extra features that make Microsoft's suite of productivity apps so critical. Whether it be for work or for school, Microsoft Office is practically a must-have to be at your most productive,

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Tue, 26 Sep 2023 19:19:31 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/microsoft-windows-11-pro-bundle-deal-stacksocial-sep/
<![CDATA[Rare Windows 11 Pro deal drops the OS down to just $27]]> Having the right tools and software can make all the difference when it comes to productivity and effectiveness at work or at school. Software like Windows 11 Pro can elevate the tasks and projects you set out to complete.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2023 14:15:29 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/treat-your-pc-to-windows-11-pro-27/
<![CDATA[How to prevent apps from 'sleeping' in the background on Android]]> Android typically forces low-priority apps to go to sleep so that it doesn't drain your phone's battery. This ensures that your phone lasts longer. Still, it can get annoying if you miss an important notification because the app was set to sleep mode. Android also offers a way to counter this behavior, so you don't have to deal with delayed notifications. It doesn't matter whether you use one of the best Samsung phones, a Google Pixel phone, or another Android phone. In this guide, we show you how to fix this issue with the battery optimization setting.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2023 10:19:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/prevent-apps-from-sleeping-in-the-background-on-android/
<![CDATA[OnePlus debuts OxygenOS 14 as a buzzword-laden upgrade to Android 14]]> Although we're still counting the minutes until Google launches a stable build of Android 14, other OEMs aren't waiting for an official release to show off their own customizations. We've already seen what Samsung's bringing to the table with One UI, and today, it's time for OnePlus to show off what OxygenOS 14 looks like. Unsurprisingly, its software is more influenced by Oppo than ever before, and anyone hoping for that to change with this year's upgrade might need to look elsewhere for their smartphone needs.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2023 13:00:30 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/oneplus-oxygenos-14-launch/
<![CDATA[Weekend poll: How long have you been an Android user?]]> Time flies when you're having fun, and you can't say the last fifteen years haven't been fun. This weekend — literally today, actually, if you're reading this when it's scheduled to go live — the T-Mobile G1 turns 15 years old, marking another big milestone in the history of Android. We've got a big, fun retrospective live on the site right now (also written by yours truly), but timed with this anniversary, I thought it'd be fun to ask just how long our readers have been using Google's mobile OS.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2023 13:00:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/weekend-poll-how-long-have-you-been-an-android-user/
<![CDATA[Google could move the search bar closer to your thumb in Android 14 QPR1]]> There’s something charming about Google's ongoing Pixel changelog. Users know that getting a Pixel smartphone means getting the latest Android features first, and that happens even more frequently now thanks to quarterly Pixel Feature Drops. In a fast-paced tech world, the excitement around a new smartphone quickly wanes. But the Pixel’s three-month Feature Drop cadence keeps your smartphone fresh, updated, and more helpful. On that last point, it appears that December's Feature Drop will bring some improvements to the Google Search bar.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2023 20:26:53 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/floating-google-search-bar-android-14-qpr1/
<![CDATA[How to find ChromeOS updates on your Chromebook ]]> Staying on top of software updates keeps your Chromebook running efficiently and securely. Typically, you don't have to manually install updates on a Chromebook. Google ships ChromeOS updates and security patches frequently, and they typically download and install in the background. If you've noticed your laptop is running more slowly than normal, its worth a quick check to make sure your computer is up to date. If a missing update or ChromeOS Powerwash fails to help, it may be time to to upgrade to a a high-end Chromebook.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2023 12:54:54 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromebook-chromeos-update-check/
<![CDATA[Lock screen widgets could make their long-awaited return in Android 14 QPR1]]> Way back in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich days, you used to be able to add widgets onto your phone’s lock screen. What feels like a wild concept in recent times used to be the norm across Android smartphones, but unfortunately, Google removed the feature from AOSP sometime afterward. Over the last year, however, the ability to put widgets on your phone’s lock screen has entered into a bit of a renaissance after Apple added the function with iOS 16 in September 2022 (we totally weren’t jealous or anything like that). In August, Samsung enabled similar functionality with its LockStar Good Lock module, and although it’s a bit glitchy, it shows a proof of concept on Android for a return of the much loved feature. Google may be giving us reason to celebrate, as code in Android 14’s first QPR1 beta points to its return.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2023 21:17:57 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/lock-screen-widgets-android-14/
<![CDATA[Google Pixels could soon get a Samsung-like Maintenance mode]]> Samsung offers a handy Maintenance mode on the best Galaxy phones. The feature ensures you don't have to factory reset your phone before submitting it for repair. Instead, all your data is safely locked, and the device enters a special Maintenance mode where Samsung technicians can do all their testing and run any diagnostic apps or tools as required. Taking a cue from Samsung, Google plans to introduce a similar mode to Pixel phones with the upcoming Android 14 QPR1 release.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2023 07:51:29 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-pixels-could-soon-get-samsung-like-maintenance-mode/
<![CDATA[Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 is here with our first glimpse of December's Pixel Feature Drop]]> Most Pixel users expected to be on Android 14 by now, but things don't always work out as we'd like. It seems Google will delay the release of its next major OS upgrade until October, when in past years we've seen the new version by August. But that hasn't stopped the company from pushing forward on its next major beta program, and now, Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 is here.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 20:45:10 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-qpr1-beta-1-b/
<![CDATA[How many updates will a OnePlus device get?]]> Your phone can have the highest-end features possible, but it leaves much to be desired if it doesn't run the latest software. Software updates are one aspect where iPhones have always trumped Android, with iOS devices being supported for as long as seven or eight years on average. For a long time, Android manufacturers only guaranteed two to three OS updates.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 15:01:25 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-many-updates-will-oneplus-get/
<![CDATA[How to set up your new Android phone]]> Do you have one of our favorite foldable phones? Or a new budget Android phone? Irrespective of how many phones you have used so far, nothing beats the joy of setting up a new phone. You might dread the initial setup process. However, if done right, you can have your phone set up and ready to use within a few minutes. Here's how to set up your new Android phone.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 14:00:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-set-up-a-new-android-phone/
<![CDATA[One UI 6 beta is coming soon to your Samsung Galaxy S21 ]]> Android 14 for the Google Pixel 7 series and other Google phones is just around the corner. But that doesn’t mean Samsung phones are too behind the curve, as the company is working on bringing the latest Android version topped with its own One UI flavor to the recent Galaxy flagships. While the Samsung Galaxy S23 series has already received a couple of beta builds, the two-year-old Galaxy S21 series is now picking up its first One UI 6 beta.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 12:50:06 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/samsung-galaxy-s21-one-ui-6-beta/
<![CDATA[ChromeOS: How to switch between Stable, Beta, and Dev channels]]> Chromebooks are capable and easy-to-use devices that run Linux-based ChromeOS on the software front. The best Chromebooks offer premium builds and receive operating system (OS) updates for many years. Chromebook updates are mainly released in Stable, Beta, and Developer channels. You can switch between these channels to access the newest features while they're being finalized. However, each channel offers a different mix of new features and stability. This guide details the ChromeOS channels available to you and how you can try them out.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 10:00:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-change-chromeos-channels-stable-beta-dev/
<![CDATA[Apple WatchOS: Apple's smartwatch platform explained]]> As of Fall 2023, Apple is on the 9th generation of its Apple Watch (and has introduced another Apple Watch Ultra model), continuing its more-or-less unchallenged reign as the high-end smartwatch maker. If you want a watch that instantly measures your altitude while calculating your blood-oxygen levels and playing your favorite songs, the latest Apple Watch Series offers functionality you can't get elsewhere.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2023 09:27:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/apple-watchos-guide/
<![CDATA[Google will now require external AOSP contributions to be reviewed]]> Most of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is licensed under Apache 2.0, which means that anyone can modify its code. It’s this type of model that also allows AOSP to grow through internal and external contributions alike. Google has developed a guide to help people understand how to contribute code to AOSP, and it’s even used some of this content to build new features. However, one drawback to this approach is simultaneously giving bad actors an easy way to thwart the entire system. In response to security concerns, Google is increasing its scrutiny of external contributions.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 21:48:17 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-aosp-external-code-contributions-security-approval/
<![CDATA[ChromeOS is getting a limited version of Android's Game Dashboard]]> If you have an Android phone and you enjoy gaming on the go, you may already be familiar with the Game Dashboard. After seeing OEMs like Samsung and OnePlus implement game modes, Google decided to release its own version of the popular feature with Android 12, providing easy access to a wide array of tools that might come in handy while gaming. You can take screenshots, record gameplay, and make key mapping adjustments directly in the dashboard. More importantly, Game Dashboard lets you quickly toggle between your game and other apps on your device. Now, it seems that Google wants to bring this experience to ChromeOS users.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 21:03:19 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromeos-119-game-dashboard-chromebook/
<![CDATA[One UI 6 beta could reach Samsung’s latest foldables later this week]]> Samsung’s Galaxy S23 series are flagships in the truest sense, and deserve a spot on our list of the best Android phones. However, they stick to the conventional definition of a glass sandwich smartphone, with most of the innovation on display in the Galaxy Z series comprising the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. Since these are the latest flagship models, Samsung puts them higher on its priority list of software updates. A recent report suggests the South Korean company could make the latest One UI 6 beta available to the Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 sometime this week.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 19:48:36 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/one-ui-6-beta-samsung-z-fold-5-flip-5-this-week/
<![CDATA[Google Pixels are getting the September security update, but Android 14 remains missing]]> When Google launched its Android 14 beta program back in February, we figured the new version would be sent out to ordinary users sometime in August — after all, Android 13 officially debuted on August 15, 2022. And when August came and went, we were all but certain the new OS would be ready in September — that is, until we heard rumors it would be delayed until the first week of October. Now, those rumors are all but confirmed, as Google's September monthly security update is here, and it's still based on Android 13.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 18:25:57 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/september-2023-android-security-update-b/
<![CDATA[Android 14 vs. iOS 17: How the 2023 mobile operating systems compare ]]> While Google is still busy testing Android 14 as a beta, Apple went ahead and launched this year's big mobile release for everyone: iOS 17. The two mobile releases are the biggest updates coming to your favorite phones this year, so it makes sense to look at them side-by-side to compare what the theme is for each of them and what exactly one does better than the other.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2023 17:46:32 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/ios-17-vs-android-14/
<![CDATA[7 simple tips to manage your Android phone's notifications]]> It's no secret that Android's handling of notifications is light-years ahead of the competition (looking at you, iOS). But it doesn't matter how well your amazing Android phone handles notifications if you're bombarded by hundreds of them all day. Notification overload is a real thing as apps fight for your attention. Android comes with built-in ways to customize your notifications the way you want. Follow these steps to create the perfect notification environment for your peace of mind.

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Sun, 17 Sep 2023 09:00:23 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/how-to-manage-notifications-android-phone/
<![CDATA[It's time for Android to add dyslexia-focused accessibility options]]> Depending on which medical institution you ask, dyslexia affects 10–20% of the population. Despite being discovered in 1877, then known as word blindness, the condition is still largely misunderstood and difficult to treat. Accessibility has been a major focus in the mobile space in recent years, rightly so, with important features like Live Caption and more. But there’s one feature missing in the mobile space, and that’s the use of a dyslexic font, something Android phones should adopt as soon as possible.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023 15:00:25 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-needs-accessibility-options-for-dyslexia/
<![CDATA[How to change your text bubble color on Android]]> Texting on Android has improved over the years thanks to various security and interactive features brought through RCS chat. Now, your messages are end-to-end encrypted, and you can share high-quality media files, see typing indicators, and react to messages without a third-party app. But what good is it if the text isn't readable or the bubbles look bland? Whether you want to make conversations pop or improve readability on your pocket-friendly Android phone, this guide focuses on how to change the color of the text bubbles on Android.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2023 15:00:25 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/change-text-bubble-color-android/
<![CDATA[Google just held a mirror up to 108 emoji and clicked send]]> Emoji don't just pop up out of nowhere — they are carefully crafted with a lot of oversight from the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit standardization body for Unicode. As part of this system, there are voting members from Apple, Google, and Microsoft who help determine what gets added to the Unicode Standard. Now, these voters have approved a new set of emoji that most of us should see appear on our devices over the course of the next year.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2023 16:10:44 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/new-emoji-unicode-15-1/
<![CDATA[One UI 6 lets you choose which apps to update when installing new Android versions]]> Android smartphones are renowned for the level of control people have over the OS. Whether that’s from gaining root access and really changing the look and functionality of your phone, or simply getting to place apps in specific places on the home screen grid, the possibilities are basically endless. Samsung added a very small touch to its latest One UI 6 beta update adhering to user control, as people can now choose whether to update specific apps alongside Android updates.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2023 15:49:18 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/samsung-one-ui-6-choose-apps-to-update/
<![CDATA[Your next Chromebook will get updates for 10 years]]> Pick any great Chromebook out there, and it’s likely to receive full feature and security updates for a longer time than many phones out there, all while maintaining an impressive four-weekly release cycle. Google has now announced that it's upping this maintenance window to 10 years for devices released from 2019 onwards, up from eight years previously.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 16:00:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromebook-updates-for-10-years-b/
<![CDATA[Leave the Android 14 beta now to avoid getting the QPR1 build]]> Android 14 has been in the beta testing stage since February 2023. Google planned to roll out the stable release of the OS for compatible Pixel phones in early September. But its plans likely hit a snag, with the next major Android version now reportedly debuting on the same day as the Pixel 8. Ahead of the Made by Google event on October 4th and Android 14's public release, the team behind the OS has announced the beta program for Android 14 QPR1 will begin starting September 18th.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2023 07:11:52 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/leave-android-14-beta-now-avoid-getting-qpr1-build/
<![CDATA[Proof-of-concept video shows a very specific Android credit card vulnerability]]> The digital age has ushered in unprecedented convenience, transforming the way we transact, communicate, and even work. At the heart of this transformation are smartphones, the quintessential devices where we store a trove of sensitive information. Yet, with this convenience comes the ever-pressing issue of security.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2023 21:35:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-credit-card-vulnerability-screen-pinning/
<![CDATA[How to use FaceTime on your Android phone, tablet, or laptop]]> For years, FaceTime was the envy of Android users, due to its superior video and audio quality. In an interesting turn of events, Apple slightly loosened its grips on iMessage in 2021. The change allowed people with an Android phone, tablet, or Windows PC use FaceTime in their web browser. Apple users can also set these browsers as their default apps, which is a big step since the company doesn't allow the replacement of its native apps.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2023 18:01:25 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/use-apple-facetime-android-windows/
<![CDATA[Google wants to turn your car into an Android tablet with wheels]]> It's shaping up to be a busy fall for Android. Just last week, we got our latest Quarterly Feature Drop for all phones, delivering some timely updates to apps like Wallet and a refreshed look for Assistant At a Glance. We're also looking forward to Android 14, though considering its rumored October launch, we could be waiting a while longer. Thankfully, Android in cars is getting a fresh slate of upgrades in the coming weeks that could act as a distraction to this year's delayed OS upgrade.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2023 18:01:24 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/google-android-auto-automotive-app-updates/
<![CDATA[How to make Google Maps the default navigation app on your iPhone]]> For a long time, most Google apps on Android phones have been available on iOS, but not vice versa. A few years ago, with the release of iOS 14, Apple opened its walled garden slightly, allowing iPhone users to swap out Safari for Google Chrome and the Mail app for Gmail. And while you can install the Google Maps app from the App Store, you can't make it the default navigation app.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2023 17:00:27 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/make-google-maps-app-default-iphone/
<![CDATA[How to use an SD card for storage on your Chromebook]]> Whether you're rocking a top-of-the-line Chromebook or our favorite budget ChromeOS devices, at some point, you may want to expand your storage. Downloading content from apps like Netflix or Plex takes up a lot of space, so you'll want to install an SD or MicroSD card to avoid filling up your laptop's internal storage.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2023 11:00:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromebook-enable-sd-card-storage/
<![CDATA[ChromeOS could soon pick up a widget for Google Tasks]]> Google’s ChromeOS is a lightweight operating system that fuses your Android apps with a computer-like user experience. The result is a balanced middle ground between multitasking on one of the best Android tablets and Windows computers let down by the limited interoperability between Android and Microsoft's OS. Like Windows, ChromeOS has a Shelf for all your essential apps and web pages. It's also home to the glanceable widgets we first caught wind of in August last year. Calendar’s glanceable now has a dedicated section for Google Tasks appended to it in the latest beta.

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Tue, 12 Sep 2023 19:06:45 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromeos-117-beta-new-google-tasks-glanceable-widget/
<![CDATA[How to unsend an iMessage on your iPhone or iPad]]> We've all sent messages and suddenly realized, "Ahhh! I need to take that back!" From disastrous autocorrects to heat-of-the-moment misfires and shooting a message to the wrong person, our texts sometimes need a redo button.

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Tue, 12 Sep 2023 18:05:24 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/unsend-apple-imessage-tutorial/
<![CDATA[Weekend poll: Do you use Google's At a Glance widget?]]> While plenty of Android users — and Pixel owners in particular — expected Android 14 to arrive this week after a prolonged series of beta releases, that didn't happen. Fans hoping to finally try out Google's latest OS upgrade, or to move off the beta channel for something a little more stable, had to make due with the latest Android Quarterly Feature Drop, combining several app updates into one neat, tidy package. Out of everything included in the group, I think it's pretty clear what garnered the most attention: the redesigned Assistant At a Glance widget.

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Sat, 09 Sep 2023 13:01:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/weekend-poll-do-you-use-googles-at-a-glance-widget/
<![CDATA[How does Google Fast Pair work, and how do you use it?]]> Modern smartphones have a few connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G. However, connecting a new device can be confusing, especially for people unfamiliar with the device pairing process. Imagine the frustration of setting up your new wireless earbuds and struggling to connect them. However, if they're compatible with Google Fast Pair, connecting them to your Android device or Chromebook is a seamless task that's completed in seconds.

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Sat, 09 Sep 2023 11:00:26 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/what-is-google-fast-pair/
<![CDATA[Android 14 still doesn’t calculate device storage utilization correctly]]> The amount of onboard storage available on the best Android phones has increased significantly in the last few years, with several OEMs discontinuing the affordable 64GB models even on entry-level models. That’s partly because the storage requirements for the Android OS and the app ecosystem it supports have increased too. However, Android worryingly miscalculates the amount of storage space taken up by system components, and uses non-conventional units of measurement too.

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Fri, 08 Sep 2023 16:10:12 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-device-storage-utilization-miscalculation/
<![CDATA[ChromeOS could soon add an extra layer of privacy for your Google account]]> ChromeOS is a fantastic middle ground between the multitasking capabilities of Windows and the simplicity of Android, all without taxing your fantastic Chromebook’s limited hardware capabilities. Google keeps it alive with regular updates, which often reveal new features in development, locked behind experimental system–level flags. A few new flags Google is working on add to the security and privacy features on ChromeOS, alongside minor tweaks to the user interface (UI) design of Settings components and the app launcher.

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Thu, 07 Sep 2023 18:04:28 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/chromeos-lock-screen-privacy-launcher-improvements-canary/
<![CDATA[Android 14 Beta 5.3 is here to fix call issues and UI glitches on Pixel devices]]> Android 14 has been in testing since February, and Google's initial timetable for its development listed July as the last month of beta testing. So it's safe to say that this year's major Android upgrade is running a little behind at this point, and more evidence has just been added to the pile: Google is releasing yet another beta build for its new operating system.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2023 18:55:21 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-beta-53-b/
<![CDATA[Some Android Auto users report bothersome audio issues]]> Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are the easiest ways to get your phone’s features up and running on your car’s infotainment system. Although the list of good compatible apps is a short one, core features like your music, navigation, and phone calls work just fine. Google encourages using Assistant with Android Auto, so you keep your eyes on the road, and don’t need to interact with an on-screen keyboard. Unfortunately, a few recent reports from users suggest the audio from Android Auto is acting up following recent updates.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2023 12:53:55 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-auto-v10-audio-bug-issues/
<![CDATA[Google's Android 14 release plans may have hit a snag]]> After five betas, a couple of developer previews, and months of anticipation, it felt like today could've been Christmas for the Android enthusiast community. But rather than waking up this morning to find a new stable OS upgrade waiting to be installed on your phone, all Google had to offer was a Quarterly Feature Drop paired with a logo redesign. If it feels like Android 14 should've arrived today, there might be something to that theory, as it sounds like a last-minute delay was responsible for any disappointment you might be feeling.

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Tue, 05 Sep 2023 20:42:47 GMT https://www.androidpolice.com/android-14-delay-rumors-b/