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Google's "Project Treble" will modularize Android to make updates faster

Easily the most annoying aspect of using an Android phone (with the exception of Pixel/Nexus) is slow updates. Android 7.1 (which came out last year) currently sits at 0.5% marketshare, and brand new phones are still being released with 6.0 Marshmallow. Google is aiming to solve this with "Project Treble," which will modularize part of the Android OS to decrease the time OEMs spend updating their devices.

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Google implements further changes for developers to help protect user data

Earlier in the month, Google released an official statement on a particularly virulent phishing email imitating Google Docs that was doing the rounds. That same day, coincidentally or not, an update to the Gmail Android app added a special warning page that pops up every time a link in one of the suspect emails is clicked. Now, Google is implementing further changes to help prevent future scams of this type.

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'Microsoft Graph' will provide deeper integration between Windows 10 PCs and Android/iOS

One of the hallmark features of Windows 10 when it was first introduced was deeper integration with Windows Phone (or as it was later renamed, Windows 10 Mobile). Unfortunately for Microsoft, no one uses Windows phones. Now the company has announced 'Microsoft Graph,' a service that aims to integrate your PC and mobile workflows seamlessly.

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Google's "Fuchsia" operating system is taking shape with a new design

We first talked about Fuchsia, a new operating system being developed at Google, back in August (in fact, it was my first post here). At the time, there wasn't much to get excited about besides the potential - it only had a command-line interface. Now the project has a snazzy new, but clearly unfinished, interface.

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Google's I/O 2017 app is out on the Play Store

The new phonebook Google I/O app is here! Just like I/O events past, the latest developer conference has its own app. If you still had I/O 2016 installed on your device, or if you pulled it down in anticipation, you'll find an update waiting for you. Everyone else that might be attending should go download this latest hotness now.

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LineageOS now supports the Moto Z Play, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and more

The community behind LineageOS, the successor to the ill-fated CyanogenMod ROM, continues to impress. New devices are constantly being added to the build roster, and we're even seeing new software features crop up, like custom Quick Settings tiles. Now the project has started supporting nine additional devices.

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Google posted more of the 2017 I/O schedule, time to plan your own

More of this year's schedule for Google's I/O developer conference is finally up. At least, more than the last time we talked about it. Not all of the events are on it, as some would likely give away announcements made during the keynote at I/O by their presence on the calendar, but it looks like most of the talks should be there now. If you are planning on attending, as some of us are, then you might want to start figuring out how best to divide up your time.

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The Google Assistant SDK is now publicly available, allows developers to port Assistant to new devices

One of the reasons Amazon's Alexa assistant has become so popular is because it can be integrated into nearly everything. We've seen phones, speakers, and even refrigerators with Alexa. Now Google is opening up Google Assistant to the same level of accessibility, with the new Google Assistant SDK.

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TWRP is now available for the Exynos Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ haven't been in the hands of consumers for long, but as with almost any Android phone, developers are eager to flash custom recoveries and ROMs onto it. As such, it should come as little surprise that TWRP is already available for the Exynos Galaxy S8 and S8+.

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Sony adds the Xperia XZs to its Open Device Program

Sony has added yet another handset to its Open Device Program. This time it's the Xperia XZs. With older brothers, the Xperia XZ and the X Performance, already on the list, it was only a matter of time before the newer flagship made its way to the program. Sony's support for the open source community is commendable, and this is more great news for developers hoping to play with custom builds of Nougat on their Xperia devices.

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