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Bubble notifications are no longer hidden in Android 11Thanks, I hate it

Last year, the Android team introduced bubble notifications as a native option as it was developing Android Q. However, as Android Q progressed through various betas, the feature became hidden away within developer settings where it has remained as an experimental feature ever since. Now bubble notifications finally look ready for prime time, as they're being integrated into the core Android 11 experience.

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Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Smartphones already store tons of privileged information from credit cards and boarding passes, but they may soon replace our driver's licenses, our passports, and maybe even our keyfobs, too. We got a hint of this with the reveal of a new support library back in March, now, Google has laid out a roadmap for Android devices to store identity credentials in a future version of the OS. That roadmap, however, is highly dependent on how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will implement its standards on electronic IDs.

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Android 11 will let apps mute disruptive notifications while you're recording videoFor those *buzz buzz* who vlog or rant *buzz buzz* on TikTok, this one's for you

One of the worst things your phone can do when you're taking a photo or video is vibrate and ruin your shot or, even worse, blast a notification tone and ruin the entire moment. Well, long-suffering mobile photogs, take a deep breath: Android 11 will include APIs for camera apps to mute those alerting notifications while you're using them.

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First-gen Pixel and Pixel XL will predictably not get Android 11Pixel 2 owners, enjoy your last year of software updates

We're officially on the road to Android 11, which means a whole round of developer preview builds are on the way to Pixel phones — as well as other non-Google phones likely to be announced at I/O in May that will go through their own beta stack. Unfortunately, for O.G. Pixel and Pixel XL owners, they won't be joining for the ride.

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First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4Our first taste of Android's latest release includes new notification tweaks, privacy and security enhancements, and more

Android 11 is now official, and Google is releasing the first Developer Preview for this new version starting today. The software changes this time sound ambitious, with Google essentially taking most of its work on Android 10 and (literally) turning it up to 11, featuring enhancements to privacy and security, improvements to Project Mainline, a new dedicated "conversations" section for notifications, and tweaks to better harness 5G — all among a much longer list of changes just too big to include here. You can check it out for yourself by manually flashing it onto supported Pixel phones (everything but the 2016 OGs).

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21 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. It's the middle of the week, and while today is a slow day for sales, I'm still excited to share with everyone that Stardew Valley is currently available for $3 off. Seeing that the game just received a monumental update on Android, today's the day to pick it up. Of course, there are a few other standouts available in today's list, which I've highlighted in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 21 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Future Android versions may allow you to play large games while they're still downloadingLikely not before Android 12

Our digital world is an enabler for instant gratification, but it still isn't that instant. You must wait for minutes for your large apps and games to finish downloading and installing, depending on your network quality, before you get to use them. The new file system that Google is working on for Android may change that by letting you open apps while they pull the remaining data in the background—much like what Sony and Microsoft game consoles have been doing for years.

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30 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. I absolutely love it whenever I can start the week off with a bang, and today is one such day. Not only are all of the Goat Simulator titles on sale, Baldur's Gate II makes an appearance for half-off, and Orange Pixel's Meganoid is more than half-off, and it's easily one of the better randomly-generated platformers on the Play Store. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discory easier. So without further ado, here are 30 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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32 new Android games from the the week of February 10, 2020: Boris and the Dark Survival, Little Misfortune, and Beat Hazard 2

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the latest survival game in the Bendy series, a gorgeous narrative-based adventure game, and a unique music-driven arcade shooter. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 10th, 2020.

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33 temporarily free and 72 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The end of the week is finally here, and so it's time to check out the latest app and game sales available on the Google Play Store. For some reason, this entire week has been filled with icon sales, and today is no different. Besides the many icon packs on sale today, there's a few games worth mentioning, such as DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition, Hack, Slash, Loot, and Peace, Death, so don't miss out on those. As always, I've highlighted the notable titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 33 temporarily free and 73 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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