Google may soon restrict creation of GCam ports for non-Pixels

According to new reports, Google is considering blocking the development of Google Camera ports in Android 15. This decision is driven by the company's transition to using its own mobile processors, potentially allowing them to make certain features and applications exclusive to Google Pixel devices. Continue reading "Google may soon restrict creation of GCam ports for non-Pixels"

Google removes 17 features from its Assistant to make it better on Android

Google intends to drop a number of features from the Google Assistant app. The company claims those aren't frequently used. The list of options to kill incorporates  the sending voice messages  ability, as well as controlling the stopwatch on smart speakers. Continue reading "Google removes 17 features from its Assistant to make it better on Android"

ChatGPT may soon allow you to replace Google Assistant on Android

A new research shows a work in progress by OpenAI that may lead to the replacement of the default Google Assistant on Android smartphones with a ChatGPT AI assistant.It will serve as in-place replacement that handles all user's requests. Continue reading "ChatGPT may soon allow you to replace Google Assistant on Android"

Microsoft has quietly released the Copilot app for Android

Microsoft has quietly made available the Copilot app for Android. The app has been around for almost a week now, and the company hasn't bothered to announce it widely. It allows using the company's AI chat bot on the most popular mobile platform. The apps provides the dialog-based UI, and doesn't require the Bing app.

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How to Create Music Search Shortcut in Android 13 and above

You may want to manually create a music search shortcut in Android 13, as Google no longer ships such a widget. It provides you access to song recognition with a single tap. Obviously, it is a more convenient operation than asking the assistant to tell you what melody is now playing. Continue reading "How to Create Music Search Shortcut in Android 13 and above"

Android may finally get a battery health status report

It is likely that Google will start reporting battery degradation on Android smartphones. Unlike iPhone users who can easily access battery status information in the settings, Android device owners are currently required to use third-party apps or special commands to check their battery health. Continue reading "Android may finally get a battery health status report"

Google discontinues Play Movies & TV

In typical company's fashion, Google will drop support for its online cinema service, Google Play Movies & TV. The company has already transitioned iOS and Android users to the Google TV app, as well as removing the service from Roku set-top boxes and most smart TVs. Continue reading "Google discontinues Play Movies & TV"

Smart Search on Android will be able to find info in PDFs and media files

Google is currently testing a new Smart Search feature that aims to enhance the process of finding information within PDF files and images. It is integrated in the Files app on Android, which is a file manager. By utilizing local machine learning, this option improves the searchability of files. The Smart Search option is able to scan the contents of files on the device automatically, resulting in more accurate search results. Continue reading "Smart Search on Android will be able to find info in PDFs and media files"

Google drops Calendar app support on Android 7.1 and older

Google Calendar will no longer work on devices running Android 7.1 (Nougat) and older. The latest manifest version of the application has a new line, UnsupportedOperatingSystem__enabled. It contains a message that users need to update their OS to Android 8 (Oreo) or later to continue using the application. Continue reading "Google drops Calendar app support on Android 7.1 and older"

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