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Chrome Beta 86 rolls out Native File System API, makes changing stolen passwords easier, and more (APK Download)

Chrome Beta 86 rolls out Native File System API, makes changing stolen passwords easier, and more (APK Download)

Just last week, Chrome 85 rolled out to the stable branch across desktop and mobile platforms, with a heap of interface changes and new developer features. Chrome 86 has now graduated to the Beta Channel, and it mostly focuses on new capabilities for web developers. Let's jump right in!

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Future Android versions may allow you to play large games while they're still downloading

Future Android versions may allow you to play large games while they're still downloading

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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Chrome 78 allows sites to edit local files, read verification SMS texts, and more (Update: Critical security fix)

Chrome 78 allows sites to edit local files, read verification SMS texts, and more (Update: Critical security fix)

Chrome 77 has pretty much finished its rollout across desktop and mobile platforms, so v78 has moved up to the beta channel. This update is jam-packed with new capabilities for web sites, so let's dive right in!

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[Update: Code commit] The Pixel 3 uses Samsung's super-fast F2FS file system

[Update: Code commit] The Pixel 3 uses Samsung's super-fast F2FS file system

All the way back in 2012, Samsung created a new file system purpose-built for flash-based storage, called 'F2FS'. It's typically faster on smartphones than the ext4 file system that most Android devices use, but it has suffered from reliability issues over the years. Google apparently thinks it's ready for prime-time though, as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL both use F2FS for local storage.

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Android files will finally be accessible from Chrome OS file manager

Android files will finally be accessible from Chrome OS file manager

Android apps generally work well on Chrome OS these days, but there was one nagging issue left unresolved - file management. While you could access the Chrome OS Downloads folder from Android apps, the Chrome Files app couldn't see the entire Android file system. At long last, that is finally changing.

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Paragon's Total Commander plugin brings exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ support to Android

Paragon's Total Commander plugin brings exFAT, NTFS, and HFS+ support to Android

Android has supported external drives connected via USB for years, but the file system support hasn't been great. Paragon Software has been developing disk and file management software for years, and back in 2012 even released a root-only app for mounting exFAT and NTFS drives on Android. Now the company has released "exFAT/NTFS for Total Commander," finally allowing access to more file systems without root.

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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again, Extends API To Allow Full Directory Access, Automatic MediaStore, And Improves Security

Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again, Extends API To Allow Full Directory Access, Automatic MediaStore, And Improves Security

Over the last few years, few topics have been more hotly contested by Android users and developers than how SD cards are handled by the OS. Back in February, I discussed some of Google's changes during the transition from Android 2.3 to 4.0, and then how more recent policy changes ultimately led to 3rd-party applications losing most of their access to removable storage. By the time I/O came around, Google acknowledged that KitKat's newly added Storage Access Framework still didn't offer enough range for apps to get their work done. With the release of the L Developer Preview, new APIs were added to allow apps to request access to directories owned by other providers.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Storage Access Framework Enables Batch Operations With Full Directory Access

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Storage Access Framework Enables Batch Operations With Full Directory Access

Android 4.4 contained a number of interesting and very powerful features for developers, many of which went unused or misunderstood for quite a long time. Since it was introduced in KitKat, The Storage Access Framework (SAF) may be one of the best examples of an API that has been underutilized, despite offering a great method to provide cleaner and more informative interfaces. I even theorized that it may ultimately take the place of file system access. A big limiting factor of the SAF has been its very granular interaction with files. With the L release, that hinderance is going away as the Storage Access Framework has been expanded to allow providers to grant full read and write access to entire subdirectories.

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External Blues Redux: Apps Still Have A Loophole For Writing To The SD Card On KitKat, But For How Long?

External Blues Redux: Apps Still Have A Loophole For Writing To The SD Card On KitKat, But For How Long?

"Because the history of computing has taught us is that data will not be contained. Data breaks free. It expands to new media, crashes through barriers; painfully, maybe even dangerously. But, uh, there it is… Data finds a way." - Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Gift Shop)

When we last left our favorite removable storage device, OEMs had begun adopting Google’s policy for restricting write access to SD cards. Given the nature of the Android community, it was probably safe to assume the story wouldn’t simply end with some people rooting to re-enable classic file system access and the rest passively accepting that the SD slot was just for decoration.

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Easily Restore Full Access To The SD Card On Android 4.4 KitKat With SDFix (Root Required)

Easily Restore Full Access To The SD Card On Android 4.4 KitKat With SDFix (Root Required)

Last month we posted an article examining some very significant changes to the way SD cards could be accessed and how Google's partner OEMs had begun enforcing these restrictions with Android 4.4. There can be no doubt, a lot of people were displeased to see their expandable storage crippled. While some have vowed to never update to KitKat, and others have turned to custom ROMs that don't enforce the same rules, there are still many people that still want to have the best of both worlds. Thanks to SDFix by developer Tod Liebeck, it's possible to restore the SD card to its former glory on a rooted stock ROM in just a few seconds.

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