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Google Play promo codes now available in 4 more countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, and Romania

Promo codes are a great way for developers to give paid content on the Play Store to certain people. But for whatever reason, these codes can't be issued everywhere, and Google has a list of countries that they can be given out in. After adding eight countries back in May 2017 and, more recently, three earlier this month, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, and Romania have made it onto the list.

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Google confirms it's blocking Google Apps on "uncertified" Android devices - here's how to deal with it

Last week, we reported that Google had begun to lock users out of Google Apps on what it dubbed "uncertified" Android devices, by blocking sign-in of Google accounts during setup and displaying a "Device is not certified by Google" error message. Today, we confirmed with Google that this is an intended behavior. There's even a website detailing what a "Certified by Google" Android device is now.

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Android Studio 3.1 stable announced, with enhanced Kotlin lint checks, new default dex compiler, and more

Google has introduced the latest update to Android Studio, taking the stable channel up to version 3.1. According to a post on the Android Developers Blog, this release focuses on product quality and development productivity. The last major update included a whole new programming language, and 3.1 continues to support the introduction of Kotlin with new lint checks among other improvements.

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Motorola releases Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for 2016 Moto Z

Motorola hasn't been doing well lately. Several planned phones have seemingly been delayed or cancelled, and half of the company's engineering team in Chicago was laid off earlier this month. While Oreo has yet to be released for the company's 2016 flagship (at least beyond carrier testing), developers can now download the updated kernel source code.

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Chrome OS beta channel adds inline replies for Android app message notifications

Android has had a direct reply feature since 7.0 Nougat, which lets you respond to messages right from the notification shade. It works on various messaging apps, including several of the many Google chat apps (such as Hangouts and Android Messages). Since a number of Chromebooks now support Android apps downloaded from the Play Store, it stands to reason that this feature should also work on Chrome OS. And now it does, according to François Beaufort of Google's Chrome team.

Inline message replies for select Android apps are now live in the Chrome OS beta channel and they seem to work in much the same way as their Android counterparts.

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Google is warning developers to include prominent crash reporting disclosures in apps or face removal

There's been an uptick among Android developers receiving warnings from the Google Play team. The issue appears to be crash reporting, which is a common feature developers build into apps. Google now seems to be of the opinion that most crash reports count as sensitive data, and developers have to include a "Prominent Disclosure." Affected developers are getting 30 days to implement a fix and resubmit, but as usual, Google's violation email is light on details.

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Rainforest Connection is fighting deforestation with old phones and machine learning

Machine learning is pretty cool—in fact, the only computer science course I took in college was related to it. So we tend to get excited by novel uses for the technology here at Android Police, and in a recent post to Google's blog, a company called Rainforest Connection came up with an interesting application: Deforestation. 

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Cloudflare reveals its new networking analytics Mobile SDK to help developers improve app performance

Analytics is a big business. It's not just about building a product, you need to know how to optimize it. Time can be spent more efficiently when you have the data required to point you in the direction of problems. To that end, Cloudflare—of DDoS mitigation fame—is releasing the Cloudflare Mobile SDK to help app developers better optimize networking performance. 

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TWRP now available for Motorola Moto X4

TWRP is, without a doubt, the most popular custom recovery for Android devices today. Chances are that if you're thinking of a device, there's a TWRP recovery available for it. It hit the Exynos Galaxy S9 and S9+ just last week, and now it's arrived for Motorola's Moto X4.

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LineageOS opens up to developers with new SDK, including APIs for styles and profiles

From the ashes of the popular CyanogenMod custom ROM, LineageOS has emerged as a worthy successor, providing users the same near stock experience with a few useful customization options. Now, Lineage is introducing an SDK in a bid to get developers building interesting things based on its own APIs.

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