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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google is changing its pistol emoji into a squirt gun in Android P, following Apple, Twitter, and Samsung   —  A few years ago, Apple was the first big emoji designer to stop rendering the “pistol” emoji as a real gun.  It went from a revolver to a green squirt gun, and other companies have just started coming around.
Apr 25, 2018, 1:35 AMIn context
Stephen Schenck / Android Police:
New budget Moto handsets: €250 G6 with dual cameras and USB-C, bigger €300 G6 Plus, €200 G6 Play with larger battery, €150 E5, €170 E5 Plus, and E5 Play   —  For smartphone fans who enjoy a good spoiler, we started the year off with a pretty substantial one …
Apr 19, 2018, 11:50 AMIn context
Richard Gao / Android Police:
Google Pay, formerly Android Pay, passes 100M installs on the Play Store   —  Nowadays, several phone manufacturers have their own payment services.  There's Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, the upcoming LG Pay, and of course, Google Pay.  After experiencing two rebrands and retaining the same Play Store listing …
Apr 18, 2018, 10:50 PMIn context
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
First Android Go phone in the US, ZTE Tempo Go, goes on sale for $80, unsubsidized   —  For a while, ZTE and Alcatel seemed like they were in a bit of a race to be the first company to release an Android Go phone in the US.  Two weeks ago, Alcatel announced that its 1X would be coming stateside sometime soon …
Apr 1, 2018, 8:15 AMIn context
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Roundup of April Fools' Day gags and pranks from tech companies   —  April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early.  Google's various divisions do a decent job each year.
Apr 1, 2018, 1:15 AMIn context
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Google starts blocking uncertified Android devices from using its core apps, will allow exceptions for custom ROMs   —  Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services.
Mar 28, 2018, 7:30 AMIn context
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Reports: Google is warning developers to include prominent crash reporting disclosures in apps or face removal   —  There's been an uptick among Android developers receiving warnings from the Google Play team.  The issue appears to be crash reporting, which is a common feature developers build into apps.
Mar 23, 2018, 8:25 PMIn context
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Amazon's in-home delivery service app Key adds fingerprint authentication support on Android   —  Amazon's Key in-home delivery service was announced last October and its cameras and smart door locks became available in November.  Since then, Amazon has been able to use Key to place …
Mar 21, 2018, 9:10 AMIn context
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Google is rolling out voice-triggered Google Assistant routines for smart home devices including six predefined ones like “I'm home”, after announcing it in Oct   —  We've been hearing about Google Assistant's routines for months now.  Cody first discovered them in a Google app teardown …
Mar 13, 2018, 3:45 PMIn context
Richard Gao / Android Police:
Motorola says under 50% of its Chicago workforce was impacted in recent lay offs and denies Moto Z cancellation rumors; source: 190 people were let go   —  Motorola has confirmed that it is laying people in its Chicago office off, though it also says “our Moto Z family will continue.”
Mar 10, 2018, 8:22 AMIn context

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