Over the years, Google has been shoring up security on Android in a bid to make the operating system more attractive to governments and businesses, and to reduce the threat of malware for regular users. Unfortunately, these changes often come at the expense of flexibility in our beloved platform. As we close in on the next major release of Android, due to be announced next month, SuperSU developer Chainfire has discovered a set of commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that may seriously impact some of the functionality currently enjoyed by many root users.
During CES this year, Google and NVIDIA announced partnership with GM, Honda, Audi, and Hyundai in forming the Open Automotive Alliance. The initial announcement was predictably sparse on details, noting only the initiative's core principles, and the goal of bringing Android to cars. After hearing approximately nothing about the effort since then, we now have information that gives us a first look at Google's vision for Android in the Car, referred to internally as Gearhead.
Back in April, we posted a rumor that Google Now was on track to properly handle timer queries (like "set a timer for five minutes") using the clock app's built in timer functionality, rather than simply setting an alarm.
Nearly a month later, we saw mention of the functionality in a teardown of the Search app itself, and today it looks like that functionality has finally been switched on.
Users who say "Set a timer for [time]" will be greeted with a card letting them know the timer is about to commence, with the option to skip straight to starting the timer.
The Moto 360 is shaping up to be a really cool Android Wear device with its round display and premium look.The outside is only part of the equation, though. Motorola is still looking for some design inspiration to make the Moto 360 all it can be. So it's having a little contest. Designers are invited to create watch faces in the Moto 360 Design Face-Off. The winner gets a Moto 360 valued at $249.
It's no secret that Bluetooth has been a problem child for Android, plagued with poor audio quality and connectivity issues. I've already covered a handful of common problems in a previous post, but another issue has been emerging in the last few months that threatens to virtually kill all Bluetooth operation on a device in the right conditions. The culprit is a nasty little oversight in the Bluetooth Low-Energy code added with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
According to tipsters, the Dell community forums, and XDA, the Dell Venue 7 and 8 Android tablets are receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 today. Also, according to XDA, the update does break root on the devices, so watch out for that.
The devices' update to Android 4.3 also came simultaneously, so it's a good bet that it's available for both the 7 and 8 models right now if you go and check for it.
Well, it is! The 2-day schedule for Google's I/O developer conference is up and running now, so you can check out all the awesome sessions that are going on this year, including those that will be streamed live via video. We're pretty excited, too.
The "What's New in Android" session pretty much confirms what we're all expecting: a new version of Android to be unveiled at the conference, something Google did not do at last year's I/O.