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ASUS sends Zenfone 6 units to community devs, helps make first Gcam port possible

ASUS seems to get that plenty of the folks interested in the latest ZenFone 6 are among the same market that like OnePlus' devices, and one of the biggest advantages for Android enthusiasts when it comes to OnePlus' devices is developer support. The root and ROM crowd go for things like the OnePlus 6T in part because, well, you can root and ROM it. Now ASUS wants its ZenFone 6 to get some of that same developer attention, so it's sending phones to some of them.

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Android Q Beta 4 allows apps that can use overlays to launch background activities

In Android Q Beta 3, background activities were made the scourge of the kingdom. No background app could start a foreground task. Sure, it was meant to stop any malicious developers from doing some unwanted snooping on their users' devices, but it also cuts off automation apps like Tasker from triggering their jobs. Google does allow for exceptions to this ban, but none of them have suited those apps until the company introduced a new exception to the list with the release of Android Q Beta 4: SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW.

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Google reinstates Huawei entry on Android Q Beta site

After banning U.S. exporters from supplying product to Huawei, the Department of Commerce has put a hold to that ban for 90 days. But in some cases, the damage done to that company's supply chain relationships remains — most of the chip and software vendors that pulled away have stayed away. That said, the Chinese tech manufacturer remains a partner with Google in delivering the Android Q Beta program to its constituent developers. While Google decided to pull acknowledgement of Huawei's participation on its webpage last week, it has since reversed that decision.

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Sex, loot boxes, and hate speech: Google tightening up Play Store policies all over

Google has made major updates to its Play Store policies in a bid to make Android's app ecosystem just a little bit more friendly to children. In so doing, it has introduced expanded definitions of prohibited content, including sexually explicit characteristics and hate speech.

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Google strengthens kids apps safeguards with new Play Store policies

Google has plenty of digital minefields for children and parents to navigate through — inappropriate videos on YouTube labeled for children are just one of them — but Android apps have also been a tricky place. Today, the company has announced sweeping changes to its Play Store policies, including new requirements for anyone publishing apps intended for kids.

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[Update: Toggle coming in Q Beta 5] Android started heavily throttling Wi-Fi scanning in Pie, Google confirms it's here to stay

If you use an app that relies heavily on frequent scans from your device's Wi-Fi radios, you've probably felt the squeeze of a behavior introduced with Android 9 Pie which limits the number of times an app can perform scans. Developers have been complaining to Google about this since last year, but the company has since decided that the behavior will remain as is.

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[Update: Public API gone] On Android Q, your default Notification Assistant app can manage and adjust other apps' notifications

Diving into a new Android beta version's settings and sub-menus is fun. You often stumble on something that leaves you scratching your head, wondering whether it's new, and confused about what it's supposed to do. That's the case with the new Notification Assistant setting on Android Q, and upon closer inspection, this little menu may hide some very interesting changes to notification management that we didn't expect.

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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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The Play Store gives users a new cash payment option

A few days ago, we reported that the Play Store is beginning to offer a new payment option for users. Starting in Mexico, users can top up their balance at a convenience store, so they don't need to have a credit card, carrier billing, or any other payment method linked to their account. At I/O, Google officially introduced the feature and explained how it works.

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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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