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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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Google Search and Assistant are getting new instructional chops and deeper app/service integration

As part of the Google I/O brouhaha, Google is announcing a handful of changes related to Search and the Assistant, all of which should help you get to the information you need faster — albeit in slightly different ways. First, Search will soon support a so-called "HowTo" markup schema for web developers and video makers, which will allow for their content to appear as results in related how-to queries. Second, Google is expanding App Actions to more deeply integrate a few new types of services including health, finance, and ride-sharing into the Assistant.

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The Pixel 3a and 3a XL bring Nexus affordability back to Google smartphones

The long-rumored, much-leaked Pixel 3a and 3a XL are finally, actually official. At this point, we all knew what to expect. Google didn't do the best job of keeping things secret. On paper, you get most of what defines the Pixel 3's experience — the same camera, same software, and the same promise of updates — all for half the price. (Anyone else picking up on that new Nexus smell?)

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Google's rolling out the red carpet for Android Automotive developers at I/O

There are a lot of things a software platform needs to succeed, and developer interest is one of the most integral pieces of the puzzle. To help Google's plans for Android Automotive — which brings a full Android OS to cars — the company is gearing up to help interested developers get started at this year's I/O conference.

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Google I/O 2019 schedule includes sessions on Stadia, dark mode, lots of Assistant, but no Wear OS

Google I/O is one of the most exciting times of the year for us tech nerds, and as we near the 2019 event, the schedule is now up for all to see. This isn't the full complement of sessions — many smaller talks and workshops will be added in due course — but it does give us a good idea of which areas Google is likely to focus on most this year.

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Google announces I/O 2019 registration period: February 21-27

Years back. Google I/O tickets were a first come, first served affair. The moment Google opened the virtual doors, people would flood in and gobble up all the tickets in mere moments. No one liked this approach, so Google eventually switched to a lottery system. That's still the way this year's I/O will run. If you want to attend, you'll have to toss your hat in the ring between February 21st and 27th.

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