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Android 11's first Developer Preview is getting a bugfix update

Google will shortly be rolling out a slightly updated version of the latest Android 11 Developer Preview. We're told there aren't any user-facing changes or new features in this upcoming version, merely a handful of developer-targeted tweaks meant to fix a few issues they may have run into as they update their apps to support the new platform.

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Hands-on with Google's second Pixel Feature Drop

Google's second Pixel Feature Drop rolled out yesterday together with the March update, and it delivers quite a few tweaks to Google's Pixels. To be honest, it's probably an even bigger deal than the first Android 11 Developer Preview when it comes to user-facing changes — there are a lot of individual improvements present. I've spent the last two days or so mucking about with this latest Pixel experience, and here are my thoughts.

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Android's new firm press is like Apple's 3D Touch but done with software

Apple touted 3D Touch on its iPhones as revolutionary, but it soon turned out to be an over-engineered feature that felt redundant when a solution as simple as long-press already existed. While the iPhone maker already began phasing it out a couple of years back with the XR, Google is now bringing the feature to its Android OS. Unlike Apple, Google was able to add firm presses using just its software magic without the need for a pressure-sensitive hardware layer.

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Android warns you when your phone isn't properly aligned on a Qi pad (Updated)

Every few weeks, there's that one night where I either plug my phone loosely or place it slightly wrong on a Qi pad and I wake up to an empty battery. Scrambling to get a bit of power in before I hit the road is never fun, so I always wish my phone could warn me when it's not charging properly. In Android with the latest March security patch and Feature Drop, one of these situations is resolved as the always-on display shows a message when the device is misaligned on the Qi pad.

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Pixels on Android 10 can now pin apps to the share menu, thanks to the March update

Another Android 11 feature appears to have trickled down to Android 10. In addition to all the named features Google rolled out with the March update as part of its second Pixel Feature Drop, Pixels are also picking up the ability to pin apps and specific recipients to the share sheet/share menu.

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Google says 'over 160' television providers are now using Android TV

Android TV has undergone an interesting shift over the past few years. It started off as just an OS for third-party streaming devices (such as the Nexus Player and Nvidia Shield), but it has seen a resurgence over the past few years as a platform for TV providers to use in their cable boxes. As of today, Android TV is now in use by "over 160" television providers.

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AT&T TV streaming service and its custom Android TV box now available nationwide

AT&T started testing its new streaming TV service in a few markets last year, but now you can sign up anyplace in the US. AT&T TV includes dozens of channels split up into multiple service tiers, and there's a custom Android TV box to access it all. However, AT&T is running this offering more like a traditional cable subscription than a modern streaming service. That means contracts and price bumps.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 update with One UI 2 and Android 10 starts rolling out (Update: Sprint)

Despite updates to Samsung's roadmap indicating that Android 10 for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ might be further out than expected, the company has just started pushing the latest Android build to first phones from 2018's lineup. In contrast to the Galaxy S10's extremely slow rollout, the update is already live in the US and a few countries in Europe.

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Google's Tasker-like Rules are rolling out to more Pixel users on Android 10

Google increasingly focuses on security and makes it harder for third-party services like Tasker to switch on and off certain radios on Android 10. While the company still doesn't allow apps to automate this, it is at least working on a Rules feature that lets your phone's DND settings react to a limited set of conditions. We first saw this functionality on a few phones last year, but it looks like it's now rolling out wider.

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2FA apps like Google Authenticator reportedly vulnerable to malware snooping

Using app-generated one-time passcodes (OTPs) is perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way to add a second authentication layer to all your online accounts and services. They eliminate almost any chances of an unauthorized person accessing your accounts even if they’ve got hold of your passwords. But it would be a scary situation if the passcodes within those apps were compromised, and that's just the threat Google Authenticator is facing right now thanks to some banking malware.

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