Google is giving Android developers a new application programming interface (API) that lets them force users into updating to the latest version of their app. Google revealed at its Android Dev Summit this week that developers will be able to use the new In-app Updates API to create an immediate or flexible in-app update process, which either forces or nudges a user to update an app. Developers can choose which approach is more suitable, depending on how urgent it is that users should update. For example, developers could use the immediate process for critical security updates. After the user opens an app, a full-screen prompt to update is launched that prevents users from using the app until it has been updated. The flexible update allows the user to continue using the app while the update is downloaded. The API should help developers address serious issues if they've rolled out an app with a major bug. However, it also offers developers a way to bump users up to the latest … [Read more...] about Android users now face forced app updates, thanks to Google’s new dev tools
The original beta for Google's Android operating system was released on November 5th, 2007, making today ten years since the first public version of the software. It's tough to pin a specific date on Android's origins—people usually reference either today or September 23rd, as that's the date in 2008 was when 1.0-r1 was released—but November 5th is generally regarded as Android's birthday. That means, as of today, Android is ten years old. Looking back at all the earlier releases made us curious, what version of Android first got you started? For a nostalgic trip, you can check out Google's first demonstration for that newfangled "Android" it's been working on. You know, someone really ought to start an Android news site. Something authoritatively named, maybe Android Patrol. There have been a lot of individual Android releases over the last ten years, with a correspondingly long lineage of hardware. As we waxed nostalgic on this special day, each of us here at AP … [Read more...] about Weekend poll: In light of Android’s 10th birthday, which version first got you started?
An academic study of nearly one million Android applications reveals that most apps contain third-party tracking code, and that "news apps and apps targeted at children appear to be amongst the worst in terms of the number of third-party trackers associated with them."The University of Oxford research consisted of a team of academics downloading 959,426 Android apps from the official Google Play Store and analyzing the domains loaded from within their code.Even from the early stages of the investigation, it became clear to researchers that almost all apps were using tracking code, and that the work wouldn't end up identifying the percentage of apps that loaded tracking code, but the amount of trackers each app used in general.They found that the median number of trackers per app was 10 and that 90.4 percent of apps included at least one tracker, while 17.9 percent included more than 20.They also found that 13 apps included more than 30 trackers, but after a manual analysis of each, … [Read more...] about Android news and kids apps contain the most third-party trackers
Welcome to the New Android Headlines! My Name is Chris Yackulic, the Founder and CEO of Androidheadlines.com. It was almost nine years ago when we started off as a small blog with a passion for Android. Since then that small blog has grown into an international success with the help of a great team of writers, editors and business partners who all believed in what we were trying to do. Of course, the biggest supporters of the site have been, and still are, the readers who have made Android Headlines their home over the years and helped shape the content we now offer. To all of you - thank you! None of this would have been possible without you and our success is also your success. Today we embark on the next chapter of Android Headlines and we are happy to now share it with you - the completely new and redesigned Android Headlines website. Over the past year we have been working hard behind the scenes rebuilding our site from the ground up. Literally, from the first line of code to the … [Read more...] about Welcome To The New Android Headlines: Tomorrow’s Technology, Today’s News
The weeks post-Nexus announcement are always slow for Android news, but they're a time ripe for discussion about how the latest version of Android is holding up on your device, especially since it's arrived so much earlier than usual. The Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and Player all have official builds of Android 6.0 Marshmallow available, so you've probably gone ahead and flashed them (or received an update via OTA). Marshmallow does contain a lot of great new features, and we've highlighted a ton of them in our ongoing feature spotlight series (link to series). Here are a few of my favorites: You can see how much battery apps are using in mAh. Google Translate has system-level access to all text for easy, instant translations on the fly. You can add or remove items from the status bar (awesoooooome). New wallpapers! Easy deletion of screenshots as soon as you snap them. A much more usable device storage manager interface. Your phone no longer has to make a noise when you attach it to a … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk: How’s Marshmallow Treating You On Your Nexus Device? Also, Some Of Our Favorite Android 6.0 Features