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Scrypted is like Tasker for home automation, integrates with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit

There are a plethora of different home automation platforms like SmartThings, HomeKit, Wink, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and many more. Some of them play together nicely, but once you're mixing and matching, you're going to end up with a bunch of apps and hubs to control all of your devices, and some features just won't work with the provided software. Koushik Dutta (or Koush), the developer of beloved tools like ClockworkMod, has run into these limitations. To overcome his issues, he simply created a smart home hub himself that allows users and developers to script their own actions to interconnect their devices, similar to Tasker.

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Android Studio will discontinue updates for 32-bit PCs this year

16 years after the first 64-bit x86 processor was released, the PC industry has been taking steps to move away from the older 32-bit architecture. Many popular games and applications are dropping support for 32-bit processors, and Google announced today that 32-bit machines will soon no longer receive Android Studio updates.

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Unofficial library brings Wear OS Tiles to third-party apps

Last month, Google unveiled a significant interface update for Wear OS: Tiles. On updated watches, you can swipe from the main watch face to access new screens with quickly-accessible information, like fitness goals and the current weather forecast. The company hasn't provided developers with a way to create their own Tiles, but legendary Wear OS developer Sterling Udell has now fixed that problem.

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[Update: OTA rolling out] Android Q enters the home stretch with release of Beta 4

In keeping with the previously projected timeline, Android Q Beta 4 officially lands today. While we dig into this latest version looking for new additions or features (we've already spotted a wider gesture pill in one of the blog post's GIFs), a few details are known: Beta 4 finalizes the Android Q APIs for developers, giving them a firm platform to begin testing their app's compatibility; the SDK for Q (API level 29) is now official; and apps targeting Q can now be published to the Play Store.

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[Update: Google statement] No chill: Google just banned marijuana delivery apps from the Play Store

So much for being the chiller of the two mobile platforms: Google just changed its content policy for the Google Play Store such that all apps selling or facilitating the sale of marijuana are banned. Presumably, apps that merely promote the use of marijuana are still A-OK in Google's book, but it's less clear what the fate of apps which don't actually sell marijuana, merely tell you where to find it - will be. The new policy language follows, below.

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Android Q will include gesture and 3-button navigation as default options, but OEMs can still add their own

Google's latest attempt at gesture navigation in the third Android Q beta has caused quite a stir. Some commend the decision to finally rip off the superior iOS-style home gesture, while others aren't happy with the new swipe-from-the-side back button. No matter what you think of it, it's here to stay, but the trusty old three-button navigation will be included as an option on all phones going forward.

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Developers offering subscriptions on Google Play will have more ways to grab users and retain them

Although most of the excitement of Google I/O has passed since the first day, the developer conference is still ongoing and smaller announcements are trickling one by one. Many of these are geared toward developers, but will impact end-users at some point, as is the case with these new tools for devs who offer subscriptions on the Play Store.

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[Update: Available to all devs] In-app updates API will let Android apps update while you use them

Android applications can have issues when you're not on the latest version – especially ones that integrate with external services (social media, email, etc). Many apps, like Snapchat, have built-in checks to determine if they are out of date, and prompt users to install the latest version from the Play Store. Google today announced a new API that allows apps to install updates while you use them.

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Google will recalculate all Play Store review scores this summer

It can be easy to forget that Google I/O is a developer conference, so there are plenty of dev-focused announcements that don't get keynote attention. Most of that is of little consequence to the average user, but you might notice the upcoming change to Play Store ratings. Starting later this summer, Google will recalculate review scores to give more weight to recent reviews.

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Google will entirely kill the overlay permission in a future Android release

You might remember when Google announced it was cracking down on overlay permissions in Android Q, which have been responsible for plenty of security-related headaches for both users and Google's developers. It turns out, that may just have been the start, as Google revealed yesterday that it is planning on fully deprecating that permission in a future Android release, replacing it entirely with Q's new bubbles-style notifications.

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