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Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out for Google's Pixels today

Today Google is releasing its third Developer Preview for Android 11. Unfortunately for the Android enthusiast crowd, all of the headlining tweaks in Google's announcement are developer-targeted, though we're guaranteed to find more changes hidden inside DP3.

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Android Auto should bring back calendar integration and reminders

Android Auto saw some big changes last summer, including removal of the Google Feed-inspired home screen and the addition of semi-persistent audio controls in the navigation bar. While most of the changes were welcomed, a few things were lost in the transition. Complaints have been stacking up over the sacrifice of calendar integration, or more specifically, that there are no appointment reminders or a convenient way to kickstart navigation to the places you need to go.

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Asus Zenfone Max M2 is receiving Android 10

Asus significantly stepped up its update game last year and even started doing away with its custom Android skin, opting for an approach much closer to stock Android instead. While the latest phones are still first in line to receive the newest Android version, other handsets aren't left in the dust, either. The mid-range Zenfone Max M2, released back in December 2018 with Android 8.1 Oreo, can look ahead to its second major update to Android 10.

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Nokia 2.3 begins receiving Android 10 update

Nokia released an Android 10 update roadmap, which now includes 20 phones, last year. The budget Nokia 2.3 was slated to get the update by the end of Q1 2020. The first quarter of the year has come and gone, but at least the rollout is happening now.

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Android stability flaw is causing some phones (mostly Pixels) to freeze up completely

Several of us at AP, myself included, have noticed a concerning stability issue on Google Pixel devices in recent weeks that causes the whole system UI to become unresponsive. According to the many replies to Artem's tweet on the subject (below), users of phones from other OEMs also complain about the issue, so it might be a more widespread Android bug rather than one limited to Google-made devices.

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Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

Earlier this year, a story made the rounds about a new kind of malware afflicting Android handsets. But it was this malware's pernicious nature that really made headlines, as it could even survive complete factory resets on afflicted phones. This insidious malware was named xHelper. At the time, we didn't know how it managed this impressive (but scary) achievement, but security researchers at Kaspersky have since dug into its inner workings, revealing an incredibly sophisticated system that installs itself to an Android phone's system partition, and even changes how the system works to prevent it from being "easily" removed.

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How to get fit with Android and Wear OS, part three: Understanding data and how it reflects your health

So far, you've chosen your Wear OS watch, and you've started to gather vital health metrics. While those are critical steps, having a ton of information at your fingertips is only useful if you understand what it means. In the third installment of How to Get Fit with Android and Wear OS, we're diving into your data and deciphering how it reflects on your overall health.

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Android's backup and restore features still haven't caught up to the iPhone

Android’s built-in backup system has improved immensely over the years, but it still falls short in a number of key areas, leading to much frustration for users. Its shortcomings are even more apparent when compared with Apple’s iCloud backup for iPhones, which — while not perfect — is better at copying over app data so users don’t have to spend hours setting up a new phone.

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OnePlus still makes using Android 10's dark mode needlessly annoying

Ever since the company's short-lived relationship with Cyanogen, Inc. collapsed, OnePlus has shipped a custom build of Android called OxygenOS on its phones. It's generally regarded as one of the best manufacturer skins, since it adds useful features on top of stock Android, while not modifying the core Android experience (which can sometimes break apps). However, there is one aspect of OxygenOS that is a clear regression compared to stock Android: dark mode.

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Android TV highlights at-home workout apps in new Play Store fitness category

Google is giving Google Play on Android TV new categories for app discovery, starting with a "stay mindful & fit" group that includes things like the Peleton app and Gymondo. That should make it easier to find a way to exercise at home during the lockdown.

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