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Android security update tracker, March 2021: Rankings for popular smartphones

Android security update tracker, March 2021: Rankings for popular smartphones

Major updates of Android don't matter as much as they used to. Many components of the operating system are updated through the Play Store, so even if you're on Android 8 or 9, you can still access most of the same apps and features as someone on the latest release of Android 10. However, the security updates that Google releases on a monthly basis are still critical to keeping your phone or tablet safe. Dozens of security flaws are discovered in components of Android each month, which is why Google releases monthly security patches.

Unlike app and API updates, the security patches can't be delivered directly to devices — phone manufacturers have to integrate the changes into their own flavors of Android, and release them as system updates.

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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

Android as an ecosystem is lacking any one de facto wearable accessory. Whereas iOS users enjoy exclusive access to the best smartwatch you can buy, we Android loyalists have to do a little research to choose from a staggering number of smartwatches and fitness trackers (and yes, iPhone owners can use these devices, too — but there's not much reason for them to).

But we here at Android Police have done the legwork for you! Here, for your convenience, is a selection of the very best wearables you can get for your Android phone.

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11 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/22/21 - 2/28/21)

11 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/22/21 - 2/28/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have a gorgeous hand-drawn puzzler, an enjoyable digital adaptation for the board game Fury of Dracula, and a minimal word game that offers a relaxing atmosphere. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/15/21 - 2/21/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/15/21 - 2/21/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have an enjoyable roguelike where you'll swing your sword wildly, a story-based deck-builder that offers an enjoyable sense of humor, and an auto-runner that delights hand-drawn doodle art. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Apple TV, IMDb TV, and Autodesk Vault Mobile (2/6/21 - 2/20/21)

10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Apple TV, IMDb TV, and Autodesk Vault Mobile (2/6/21 - 2/20/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have the arrival of the Apple TV app for the Chromecast with Google TV. We also have an IMDB app for ATV devices as well as a data management utility from Autodesk. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Early 2021)

The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Early 2021)

There are thousands of Android phones available right now, and while it's great there are so many choices, the abundance of devices can sometimes feel overwhelming. That's why we've created a list of the best Android smartphones to buy, with something for every price point and taste. By the end, you should have all of the information you need to make an informed purchase.

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Pixel 3a bug introduced in December 2020 update messes with the corners of the screen

Pixel 3a bug introduced in December 2020 update messes with the corners of the screen

Before smartphone makers switched to edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less designs, we had a small transition. Some smartphones rounded-off the corners of their rectangular screens to emulate the high-end look. In many cases, these phones actually just had square displays, and the effect was done in software, or via masking in the front glass. That includes the Pixel 3a. And unfortunately for folks that own one, that software masking broke at the end of last year.

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Here's when your phone or tablet will get Android 12

Here's when your phone or tablet will get Android 12

Google only released Android 11 a few months ago, but the company is already hard at work on the platform's next yearly upgrade. It's sometimes difficult to figure out which phones and tablets will be eligible for future Android OS updates, so in this roundup, we'll tell you when (or if) you can expect Android 12 on your device.

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15 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/8/21 - 2/14/21)

15 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/8/21 - 2/14/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have a unique word game from The Oatmeal's creator, an enjoyable Zelda-like from Crescent Moon, and a boxing-themed sim from Kairosoft. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of February 8th, 2021.

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16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/1/21 - 2/7/21)

16 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (2/1/21 - 2/7/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's roundup is sponsored by Eldorado, a one-stop-shop for all of your in-game currency buying and selling needs. This roundup is broken up into several segments for your convenience, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the official arrival of Slay the Spire, a new version of Titan Quest that offers all DLC, and a wrestling game sequel that should excite fans of the sport.

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