For victims of crime or domestic violence, every little bit of help is welcome. Many countries have police stations, support centers, and hotlines that can be reached, but the one thing you wouldn't want is for your attacker to see that you called one of them. That's why it makes sense to hide these numbers from the call log automatically instead of leaving it to the frightened victim to figure out how to delete a call from their history.
The idea isn't novel and ROMs like LineageOS have implemented it many months ago, but now it seems like it might become part of Android: two commits have been submitted by Spanish phone manufacturer BQ and by Sony to the AOSP code to help with this. Read More
You might think making phone calls with Google Home would be a basic function available from launch, but you'd be wrong. VoIP calling eventually came to users in the US and Canada last August, but it's eluded other regions until now. At Google's October 4th hardware last year the UK was promised similar functionality — due to go live later in the year. It's a bit late, but UK Google Home users are finally able to make hands-free calls as of today. Read More
Photos might be one of the most beloved Google apps and services and it's always amazing to see how smart it is at parsing people, pets, things, and locations. The latter is gaining a more prominent place in the Photos app on Android. Now when you scroll through your photo library, you might start seeing a location next to each date separator.
This is not unexpected, as Photos on the web has been displaying these locations for some users for months now. However, we haven't seen it on Android until now. The change was spotted by one of our tipsters, but none of us on the Android Police team can replicate it, despite running the latest version 18.104.22.168517307. Read More
BlackBerry Messenger was the iMessage of the late 2000s, especially since it was initially exclusive to the company's own hardware. BBM expanded to iOS and Android in 2013, but it has become mostly irrelevant thanks to competitors like WhatsApp and iMessage. BlackBerry is now suing Facebook and its subsidiaries (including WhatsApp and Instagram), alleging that Facebook is violating numerous BBM patents. Read More
You know what's fun? Going to a Disney theme park. You know what's even more fun? Being paid to go to a Disney theme park. That's what a few lucky Google employees got to do, because the company announced today that eleven Disney parks have been mapped on Street View. This includes Walt Disney World, California Adventures, Disneyland Paris, and others. Read More
Perhaps you're interested in the Honor 7X, but you wish the hardware were slightly more powerful. Well, Huawei has launched that exact phone in the US as the Mate SE. It has slightly better specs and a few design tweaks, but it's basically the same phone for a little more money. Read More
Google Lens, a machine learning-powered image analyzer, was first announced at I/O 2017. It currently exists in both Google Photos (to scan existing photos) and Assistant (to scan in real-time), but both methods have required a Pixel phone. Alongside some ARCore announcements, Google revealed that Lens would be rolling out to more Android devices and make an appearance on iOS. Read More
Now that the dandelions (kudos to Samsung for the Galaxy S3 reference) from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event have long settled down, we can sit down and look back with a bit of objectivity at what the Korean giant unpacked for us. The two new flagship offerings from Samsung, which may yet again reign as the top Android smartphone(s) of 2018, are the S9 and S9+. While in appearance they do look nearly identical to their predecessors, we've discovered bit by bit signs of the intricate differences between them and last year's S8 and S8+.
So if you haven't had your share of the Samsung news mill yet or if you prefer to have all your information put together in one page, we have just the thing for you. Read More
New languages are coming soon to Gboard. Google announced today that support for more than 20 new languages—including Korean and both traditional and simplified Chinese—will be coming in the next few days. Read More
For anyone tempted by the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ who wants to learn more about what it can do, there's an app for that. The Experience app for Galaxy S9/S9+ does exactly what the name suggests. It can be downloaded on most Android phones (Marshmallow 6.0 and up) and it gives you a sense of what it would be like to own Samsung's latest flagship. Read More