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Google plans to bring Android's kernel closer to the Linux upstream

Google plans to bring Android's kernel closer to the Linux upstream

Google has spent nearly half a decade attempting to make it easier for OEMs to keep their devices updated, most notably with the introduction of Project Treble in 2017. The company has previously proposed efforts to bring Android closer to the Linux kernel, something it's finally attempting with the upcoming release of Android 12. At this week's Linux Plumbers Conference, Google laid out how it's planning to accomplish its lofty goal.

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Hey Google, pay for gas — Android Auto is getting a whole new bag of tricks

Hey Google, pay for gas — Android Auto is getting a whole new bag of tricks

Google has been ramping up its efforts to get people to stop driving with a wheel in one hand and a smartphone in the other. Many of the things in Google's driving experience are getting an upgrade, if not an entirely new interface, including the classic Android Auto, the phone-oriented Assistant driving mode, and even the upcoming Android Automotive.

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Material You styling is en route to Google Maps

Material You styling is en route to Google Maps

Pastel color schemes that adapt to your taste and buttons with low-radius corners are the hallmarks of the Material You design scheme for Android and it's been taking over Google's apps one by one. We're now seeing a drip and a drop of its essence coming down to Maps.

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Material You's dynamic theming might not be exclusive to Pixels for long

Material You's dynamic theming might not be exclusive to Pixels for long

One of the headline features of Android 12, at least on Pixel phones, is the new Material You design language and its core component, the "Monet" theming system. It takes a quite unconventional approach to Android theming, automatically assembling a color palette based on a user's wallpaper and applying it all over the UI. That's fine for Google's own phones, but what about those from other manufacturers? Although this theming system won't hit AOSP in time for Android 12, it now looks like Google is planning to make dynamic theming open-source for a future Android release.

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Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

Gboard beta is now more Material You than ever before

As we get closer to the official launch of Android 12, Google is updating more of its apps to support all of its new Material You themes. Gboard was one of the first to receive a makeover, with its fresh color scheme now available to anyone running the latest Android beta. However, it seems like the look isn't quite complete yet, as new Material You elements are on the way in an upcoming release.

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Listen up: Google Podcasts now has a Material You interface

Listen up: Google Podcasts now has a Material You interface

It took Google a long time to include a podcast app on Android by default, eventually building one directly into its mobile search application. It's become surprisingly popular thanks to its ease of use and free accessibility, and it's about to look a whole lot better too. Fresh off of some changes to its core UI, Google Podcasts is next up for its Material You makeover, and it's looking pretty spiffy if we do say so ourselves.

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Android 12.1 spotted with some enhancements for foldables — Google Pixel Fold incoming?

Android 12.1 spotted with some enhancements for foldables — Google Pixel Fold incoming?

Android 12 Developer Preview 2 added a hidden taskbar in the Google Pixel launcher that made it easier to switch between apps on large-screen devices like tablets. However, Google didn't make any major improvements to the feature in subsequent beta releases. It looks like the company has instead been holding it back and worked on improving it behind the scenes for Android 12.1.

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Check out the new Material You interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Check out the new Material You interface for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

As the release of Android 12 creeps closer, Google is spreading out its new Material You design language to all the corners of its software kingdom. As of this weekend, that includes the Android version of Google Docs, and its associated Sheets and Slides tools. We're seeing the staggered rollout come in from multiple sources and tipsters.

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Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Google is alerting app developers to some big coding changes ahead of the planned expansion of Android's permission auto-reset policy. This means more users will have permissions they've granted to apps automatically revoked starting in December. Here's what you need to know as a consumer.

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Google Calendar is early for its Material You appointment

Google Calendar is early for its Material You appointment

At this point, anyone running Android 12's beta on their phone has been flooded with Material You. As we're approaching a stable launch for Google's next major OS update, all of its apps are getting splashes of color, alongside some more extensive redesigns for certain services. Calendar's update was scheduled to arrive on Monday, but as with any good planner, it's arrived early to the party.

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