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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 Many apps, like Snapchat, have built-in checks to determine if they are out of date, and prompt users to install the latest version from the Play Store.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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Flutter technical demo for web released, expanding Google's dream of cross-platform UI development

Most developers should be familiar with Google's cross-platform, portable UI framework Flutter, which can make developing apps for both Android and iOS a whole lot easier. In fact, it just recently hit 1.0 late last year. Today, at the company's I/O developer conference, Google has announced a technical preview for the Flutter's next logical step: the web.

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Android Studio 3.5 beta lands during I/O, promises better performance with Project Marble

Google's I/O event is above all else a developer conference, and the company is rolling out new tools to help those developers. Android Studio 3.5, previously limited to the Canary channel, has advanced to beta, bringing with it emulator support for foldable devices and other improvements.

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Google Assistant adds 16 new smart home device types including microwaves, showers, and gates

If you're a developer creating actions for Google's smart home products, you just got some more tools to play with — 3 new device traits and 18 new device types like security systems, garage doors, and water heaters.

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Google Search and Assistant are getting new instructional chops and deeper app/service integration

As part of the Google I/O brouhaha, Google is announcing a handful of changes related to Search and the Assistant, all of which should help you get to the information you need faster — albeit in slightly different ways. First, Search will soon support a so-called "HowTo" markup schema for web developers and video makers, which will allow for their content to appear as results in related how-to queries. Second, Google is expanding App Actions to more deeply integrate a few new types of services including health, finance, and ride-sharing into the Assistant.

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Google's rolling out the red carpet for Android Automotive developers at I/O

There are a lot of things a software platform needs to succeed, and developer interest is one of the most integral pieces of the puzzle. To help Google's plans for Android Automotive — which brings a full Android OS to cars — the company is gearing up to help interested developers get started at this year's I/O conference.

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Google won't break legacy apps that don't use Scoped Storage in Android Q, API enforcement postponed to Android R

Android Q beta 2 led to a slew of controversy over "Scoped Storage," a new set of rules that changes how apps are allowed to access local storage. Google hopes to improve security through this since the current free-for-all system can enable bad actors to snoop data from around your device. Now, Google has announced that it will stop enforcing Scoped Storage with beta 3 to give developers more time to adapt to the new API.

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Android Studio 3.4 now available with new Resource Manager, Android Q emulator images, and more

Android Studio is the official development environment for creating Android applications. Version 3.3 was released at the start of this year, and now version 3.4 has arrived in the stable channel, with a few minor improvements for developers to enjoy.

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