Niantic announces Catan: World Explorers, the fourth augmented reality game from the studio

Wow, another reskin from Niantic

The Pokémon Go developer Niantic has just announced its fourth game, and yes, it's another augmented reality title. Shocking, I know. Since Niantic has already reskinned its original AR game Ingress with a Pokémon theme and a Harry Potter theme, the studio has now set its sights on the popular board game Catan, in cooperation with Asmodee. This upcoming title is called Catan: World Explorers, and it's billed as a massively-multiplayer augmented reality game that will "transform the entire Earth into one giant game of Catan," which at least sounds somewhat interesting.

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Google is adding dinosaurs to its 3D search models

Life uh ... finds a way

You can use Google Search to find 3D models of animals, planets, astronauts, and even cell models and view them as though they were inside your own home. Now Google has announced a new entry to the ever-growing party — dinosaurs. Ten models are brought to you via a collaboration between the search engine and Ludia's Jurassic World mobile game, so you can have that T-Rex stomping through your living room, if that's an experience you're dying to get.

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TikTok servers go down in India after government ban

Simply sideloading the app won't do the trick

After a large, sweeping ban of 59 Chinese apps was issued by the Indian government yesterday, the biggest and hottest name on that list is now officially down in India: TikTok. The app's servers are no longer active, and VPNs don't seem to be working for everyone to circumvent the ban.

The clock has been (excuse the easy pun) tick-tocking on this since yesterday. Earlier today, TikTok's official Twitter account in India issued a statement saying it was in the process of complying with the government's decision and reiterated its stance on user privacy and Chinese government meddling.

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IFTTT resumes support for Tuya Smart Life and Wink, gains 22 other new services

It also lost compatibility with Seagate, Digg, and others

IFTTT is one of the most convenient ways to automate tasks at home by linking smart home devices and platforms together. The service is regularly updated with new additions and removals, and we just got our fair share of changes for the summer.

Among the additions, the most relevant ones are Tuya Smart Life, the white label maker behind a large amount of cheap lights, plugs, and switches sold Amazon and eBay, and Wink, which were both removed earlier this month but quickly made their way back.

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Google Pay Send mysteriously returns to Contacts, but is still unavailable in Assistant, Gmail, and Messages

You’ll have to use the Pay app to send money to your peers

It looks like Google is silently removing the option to send peer-to-peer transactions via Google Pay Send from its apps in the US. This follows the complete shutdown of the P2P service in the UK. For two of our tipsters, the option to send and receive money from friends via the Messages app has been missing for a few days, and now a Google support page has surfaced that confirms that the functionality is being stripped from the Assistant, Gmail, and Contacts, but it has returned to the latter mysteriously.

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Nearby Sharing — Android's AirDrop competitor — is rolling out now in beta

And here's how it works

Android's long-awaited Nearby Sharing may be just about ready. The feature, which allows you to share files between Android devices quickly, easily, and wirelessly, has been compared to Apple's AirDrop, and Google has confirmed to us that a beta test for Nearby Sharing is actively rolling out via the Play Services beta. We've also managed to snag a quick hands-on to show you how it works.

 

Left: "Nearby" in the share sheet on a Tweet.

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Nearby Sharing — Android's AirDrop competitor — is rolling out now in beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Big Google Photos update rolling out with fresh three-tab design, mapping feature, and new icon (APK Download)

Google Photos is easily one of Google's most magical and indispensable services, and now it's getting a tasteful redesign. The app is getting a simpler three-tab interface, and the map view previously spotted in testing is now official. The new changes cover not just the app, but the familiar pinwheel icon, too, which is getting a simpler (and seemingly polarizing) look. The changes, which were officially announced last week on June 25, are now rolling out to users via a server-side switch.

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Spotify to launch proper lyrics in 26 markets today

You can finally ignore 'Behind the Lyrics'

Spotify has been working on proper lyrics support for ages. It likely takes this long to implement the seemingly simple feature in part due to licensing issues surrounding songtexts, which already led to a lawsuit against Google. Spotify seems to have finally found a suitable solution, as TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to roll out lyrics synced with music to 26 markets today. The US, Canada, and the UK aren't among these, though.

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How to disable autoplay in YouTube’s home and subscriptions feeds

Take back control of your YouTube feed

YouTube’s silent autoplay feature—found in the home and subscriptions tabs—isn’t the most intuitive concept Google's ever cooked up. For starters, if a video autoplays for too long while you’re scrolling through your feed, the video gets added to your history, even if you don’t click on it. Then if you decide to watch the video at a later time, it starts right where the autoplay left off, instead of back at the beginning.

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Google Opinion Rewards reaches 50 million installs on Play Store

A lot of folks doing a lot of surveys for Play Store credit

Most of our readers are probably familiar with Google's Opinion Rewards app, which earns you Play Store credit (or actual cash, if you're on iOS) for answering surveys. They're usually based on things like your recent location history or Google service use, which can bother those with a strong interest in privacy. Still, it's proven to be popular: The app just reached 50 million installs on the Play Store.

That's not to say it's been a smooth trip.

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Google Photos will no longer back up images from WhatsApp, Messages, Kik, and other messaging apps by default

You can re-enable it again at any time, though

Google is disabling the Google Photos app's image and video backup for folders created by services like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. In essence, that means that by default, photos and videos from those services saved on your phone won't be backed up by Google Photos going forward. The change appears to be temporary, and Google hopes it will make a dent in internet resource utilization during the ongoing pandemic. If you prefer, you can easily revert the change manually to re-enable those backups at any time.

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Google Stadia: Subscription cost, games list, free games, compatibility requirements, and more

Everything you need to know about Stadia

In fall 2018, Google made its interest in gaming known with Project Stream, a beta that let users play the high-end Assassin's Creed Odyssey from a humble Chrome tab. The following spring, it announced Stadia, a full-fat gaming platform that would leverage the company's computing and networking prowess to provide users access to games with no dedicated gaming hardware required.

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36 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Don't miss out on the sales for XCOM: Enemy Within, Siege of Dragonspear, and Railways

Welcome to Monday, everyone. After a fantastic end to last week, it looks as though we're starting off this week with a bang. This means I have more than a few quality titles to share today, including the sales for the games XCOM: Enemy Within and Siege of Dragonspear, though if you're looking for a game that's currently free, then definitely check out Railways, a newer puzzler from Infinity Games.

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11 Weeks of Android: Privacy and Security

Posted by:
Charmaine D’Silva, Product Lead, Android Privacy and Framework
Narayan Kamath, Engineering Lead, Android Privacy and Framework
Stephan Somogyi, Product Lead, Android Security
Sudhi Herle, Engineering Lead, Android Security

This blog post is part of a weekly series for #11WeeksOfAndroid. For each #11WeeksOfAndroid, we’re diving into a key area so you don’t miss anything. This week, we spotlighted Privacy and Security; here’s a look at what you should know.

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Privacy and security is core to how we design Android, and with every new release we increase our investment in this space. Android 11 continues to make important strides in these areas, and this week we’ll be sharing a series of updates and resources about Android privacy and security. But first, let’s take a quick look at some of the most important changes we’ve made in Android 11 to protect user privacy and make the platform more secure.

As shared in the “All things privacy in Android 11” video, we’re giving users even more control over sensitive permissions. Throughout the development of this release, we have engaged deeply and frequently with our developer community to design these features in a balanced way - amplifying user privacy while minimizing developer impact. Let’s go over some of these features:

One-time permission: In Android 10, we introduced a granular location permission that allows users to limit access to location only when an app is in use (aka foreground only). When presented with the new runtime permissions options, users choose foreground only location more than 50% of the time. This demonstrated to us that users really wanted finer controls for permissions. So in Android 11, we’ve introduced one time permissions that let users give an app access to the device microphone, camera, or location, just that one time. As an app developer, there are no changes that you need to make to your app for it to work with one time permissions, and the app can request permissions again the next time the app is used. Learn more about building privacy-friendly apps with these new changes in this video.

Background location: In Android 10 we added a background location usage reminder so users can see how apps are using this sensitive data on a regular basis. Users who interacted with the reminder either downgraded or denied the location permission over 75% of the time. In addition, we have done extensive research and believe that there are very few legitimate use cases for apps to require access to location in the background.

In Android 11, background location will no longer be a permission that a user can grant via a run time prompt and it will require a more deliberate action. If your app needs background location, the system will ensure that the app first asks for foreground location. The app can then broaden its access to background location through a separate permission request, which will cause the system to take the user to Settings in order to complete the permission grant.

In February, we announced that Google Play developers will need to get approval to access background location in their app to prevent misuse. We're giving developers more time to make changes and won't be enforcing the policy for existing apps until 2021. Check out this helpful video to find possible background location usage in your code.

Permissions auto-reset: Most users tend to download and install over 60 apps on their device but interact with only a third of these apps on a regular basis. If users haven’t used an app that targets Android 11 for an extended period of time, the system will “auto-reset” all of the granted runtime permissions associated with the app and notify the user. The app can request the permissions again the next time the app is used. If you have an app that has a legitimate need to retain permissions, you can prompt users to turn this feature OFF for your app in Settings.

Data access auditing APIs: Android encourages developers to limit their access to sensitive data, even if they have been granted permission to do so. In Android 11, developers will have access to new APIs that will give them more transparency into their app’s usage of private and protected data. The APIs will enable apps to track when the system records the app’s access to private user data.

Scoped Storage: In Android 10, we introduced scoped storage which provides a filtered view into external storage, giving access to app-specific files and media collections. This change protects user privacy by limiting broad access to shared storage in many ways including changing the storage permission to only give read access to photos, videos and music and improving app storage attribution. Since Android 10, we’ve incorporated developer feedback and made many improvements to help developers adopt scoped storage, including: updated permission UI to enhance user experience, direct file path access to media to improve compatibility with existing libraries, updated APIs for modifying media, Manage External Storage permission to enable select use cases that need broad files access, and protected external app directories. In Android 11, scoped storage will be mandatory for all apps that target API level 30. Learn more in this video and check out the developer documentation for further details.

Google Play system updates: Google Play system updates were introduced with Android 10 as part of Project Mainline. Their main benefit is to increase the modularity and granularity of platform subsystems within Android so we can update core OS components without needing a full OTA update from your phone manufacturer. Earlier this year, thanks to Project Mainline, we were able to quickly fix a critical vulnerability in the media decoding subsystem. Android 11 adds new modules, and maintains the security properties of existing ones. For example, Conscrypt, which provides cryptographic primitives, maintained its FIPS validation in Android 11 as well.

BiometricPrompt API: Developers can now use the BiometricPrompt API to specify the biometric authenticator strength required by their app to unlock or access sensitive parts of the app. We are planning to add this to the Jetpack Biometric library to allow for backward compatibility and will share further updates on this work as it progresses.

Identity Credential API: This will unlock new use cases such as mobile drivers licences, National ID, and Digital ID. It’s being built by our security team to ensure this information is stored safely, using security hardware to secure and control access to the data, in a way that enhances user privacy as compared to traditional physical documents. We’re working with various government agencies and industry partners to make sure that Android 11 is ready for such digital-first identity experiences.

Thank you for your flexibility and feedback as we continue to build an increasingly more private and secure platform. You can learn about more features in the Android 11 Beta developer site. You can also learn about general best practices related to privacy and security.

Please follow Android Developers on Twitter and Youtube to catch helpful content and materials in this area all this week.

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You can find the entire playlist of #11WeeksOfAndroid video content here, and learn more about each week here. We’ll continue to spotlight new areas each week, so keep an eye out and follow us on Twitter and YouTube. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this experience with you!


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India bans TikTok, CamScanner, WeChat and 56 more popular Chinese apps in huge purge

If only Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master was banned everywhere

India has been attempting to reduce its reliance on trade with China for the past few years, primarily with the government's Made in India program. These efforts have escalated over the past few weeks, as India and China have been engaged in border skirmishes along the Galwan Valley, and now the India government is outright banning some Chinese smartphone applications.

"In view of the emergent nature of threats," a government press release said, "[the government] has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order." No evidence was presented that the applications were spying on users on behalf of the Chinese government, only that India's Computer Emergency Response Team has received many complaints from citizens about possible security and privacy issues.

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Google's dreaded SafetyNet hardware check has been spotted in the wild

The end of an era — unless a solution is found

If you're part of the root and ROM Android enthusiast crowd, then you probably freaked out a bit back in March when it was revealed Google's SafetyNet check was getting a hardware-backed component with no easy workaround. Now, these changes have been spotted live in the wild, and some phones are already using hardware-backed SafetyNet attestation. Cue "the end is nigh" wailing.

Until the change hits critical mass and more Android devices are using hardware-backed SafetyNet, it probably won't affect most of us, especially since some hardware has seemingly buggy implementations.

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Tencent is bringing a new Metal Slug game to mobile, and it actually looks decent

The question is, will Tencent ruin it?

SNK and Tencent recently announced a new Metal Slug game for mobile, and it will be developer by TiMi Studios, an incredibly hot Tencent subsidiary that worked on Call of Duty Mobile, and is also currently working on Pokémon Unite. So far we know that the upcoming arcade shooter is tentatively named Metal Slug Code: J (as a placeholder), and so all we have to share right now is a teaser trailer that contains a minute of pure gameplay, and despite what you're thinking, Metal Slug Code: J actually looks like a competent successor in the Metal Slug series.

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Google kills 'safe folder' feature in Files by Google app before it was ever released

Just a few weeks ago, a new "safe folder" feature was spotted in development for the Files by Google app, allowing you to move files into a PIN- or password-protected folder where they would be encrypted and inaccessible to other apps. Although the feature was never formally released to consumers, XDA Developers managed to get it working. Now, two weeks later, a warning message in the app states that the unreleased feature is "no longer supported."

I know, it's a little odd for Google to have implemented a warning dialog like this for a feature that was never publicly released and seemingly only made to work via manipulation of the app, but it's true.

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Google Photos adds a mute toggle when watching videos

It's rolling out server-side

Google Photos is rolling out a small but useful change to its application, irrespective of its big UI overhaul that was announced last week. This slight improvement lets you quickly mute videos with an on-screen toggle without fiddling with your phone's main media volume level.

When playing your videos in Photos, you'll notice a new volume/mute switch right next to the time scrubber at the bottom of the screen. Tap it and the volume mutes, tap it again and it goes back up to the previous level.

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Google is working on a bottom tab switcher strip for Chrome on Android

Resurrecting the idea of Chrome Duet

After years and years of experiments, Google recently killed Chrome Duet, its take on a bottom bar for its mobile browser. But the company doesn't seem to be entirely opposed to adding elements to more reachable spots, as a new test has emerged in Chrome for Android. A flag lets you add a tab strip to the bottom of the interface, similar to the experience when you use tab groups.

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Google is working on a bottom tab switcher strip for Chrome on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google appears to be caving in and bringing back Play Store app update notifications

You likely won’t have to rely on workarounds anymore

In a rather annoying move late last year, Google got rid of the Play Store notifications that showed up after your apps got automatically updated. The confusing removal process at first looked like a bug plaguing a handful of users, but Google soon clarified that it was all willful. Taking a U-turn on its initial stance, the company is bringing back those notifications in the Play Store and the associated settings, and they’ve already started appearing for some users.

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How to transfer your uploaded songs on Google Play Music to YouTube Music

Get familiar with the new streaming service before Play Music dies later this year

Google announced a migration tool for taking your library from Google Play Music library of uploaded songs and getting them onto its new YouTube Music service back in May. Now, it's rapidly becoming more widely available across the globe. It's not immediately intuitive what the tool will and won't preserve, though, and the benefits and drawbacks of taking your cloud music library over to Google's new music streaming platform. In this guide, we'll show you the ins and outs of the tool and everything you need to know about using it.

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30 new Android games from the week of June 22, 2020

Death Come True, Pokémon Café Mix, Kingdom Hearts Uχ Dark Road, and more

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a boatload of games, and I mean a boatload. For example, I have titles from Square Enix, The Pokémon Company, Humble Bundle, not to mention a wide selection of quality indie releases. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 22nd, 2020.

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30 new Android games from the week of June 22, 2020 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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6 Android productivity apps designed to help you work from home

Keeping your routine and sanity while you’re stuck in your apartment

When it comes to working from home, as so many of are learning, distractions are everywhere. Be it your kids, partner, or simply the opportunity to walk out the front door at a moment's notice, it can be hard to maintain a sense of productivity without proper discipline. Some of us simply may not find the right balance of work time, break time, and off hours to keep ourselves sane, and at that point, work can start to feel like your entire life.

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6 Android productivity apps designed to help you work from home was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Stadia 101: How to get the best performance and reduce lag

Cloud gaming can be complicated

If you're trying out Google Stadia while you wait for the latest and greatest consoles from Sony and Microsoft to drop, you're not alone. But gaming in the cloud via a video stream is a lot different technically than playing something on a box plugged into your TV. Your ISP is a huge factor, but so is your home network setup, and the technology you're using to connect to it. In this guide, we'll show you how to make sure you're optimally set up to stream with minimal disruptions and lag.

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Google Stadia 101: How to get the best performance and reduce lag was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The best free and open-source alternatives to Gmail on Android

Managing your inbox doesn't need to be locked to your email provider

There are a lot of reasons you might want to use an open source alternative to an app like Gmail. Privacy, security, and supporting open source development top the list, but the simple fact is that an app like Gmail, at the end of the day, needs to generate revenue for Google in order for the service to worth providing. It also has to serve a hugely diverse user base with tons of needs and expectations about email you may not have, where a simpler, more stripped down email experience would do just as well.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Gmail on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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How to activate dark mode in the Google Play Store app

It's available on Android devices with and without system-wide dark mode

Despite arriving system-wide on Android 10 back in September 2019, dark mode has been slow to find its way to Google's family of first-party apps. Even the Play Store, one of Google's most essential Android applications, only started its dark theme rollout in March, six whole months after Android 10 dropped. Now that everyone should be on the latest version, here's how to tune the Play Store to your visual liking.

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The ultimate guide to using Windows Your Phone with Android

The A to Z of bringing your Android phone and Windows PC closer together

No matter how much we slam Apple for its closed ecosystem, many of us often find ourselves raving about how well coordinated the iPhone and Mac are. Then we turn to Android, which just can't do all those tricks, leaving us feeling a little peeved— at least until Microsoft came into the picture. Microsoft has all but adopted Google’s mobile OS after its own phone business crumbled, and it has increasing sought to bridge the deep divide between Windows 10 and Android with the Your Phone app.

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The ultimate guide to using Windows Your Phone with Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Internet still doesn't fully support Android's Autofill API — what gives?

No, I don't want to store my passwords in yet another account

Samsung's Internet web browser is one of the company's few apps that people don't even own Samsung phones actively seek out. It's one of the best browsers available on Android — it offered extensive dark mode support long before Chrome, and has a higher degree of customization than most other similar apps. It also has ad-blocking (which is cool and all, but I hope you can toss us a few bucks if you do use that).

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Samsung Internet still doesn't fully support Android's Autofill API — what gives? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week including DontKillMyApp, ARCore Depth Lab, and Lines of Play (6/20/20 - 6/27/20)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a fantastic tool that can report precisely which background processes are being killed by your device, and two new releases from Google to showcase the latest API for ARCore. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers released on the Play Store in the last week.

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14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week including DontKillMyApp, ARCore Depth Lab, and Lines of Play (6/20/20 - 6/27/20) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Full spectrum of on-device machine learning tools on Android

Posted by Hoi Lam, Android Machine Learning



This blog post is part of a weekly series for #11WeeksOfAndroid. Each week we’re diving into a key area of Android so you don’t miss anything. Throughout this week, we covered various aspects of Android on-device machine learning (ML). Whichever stage of development be it starting out or an established app; whatever role you play in design, product and engineering; whatever your skill level from beginner to experts, we have a wide range of ML tools for you.

Design - ML as a differentiator

“Focus on the user and all else will follow” is a Google mantra that becomes even more relevant in our machine learning age. Our Design Advocate, Di Dang, highlighted the importance of finding the unique intersection of user problems and ML strengths. Too often, teams are so keen on the idea of machine learning that they lose sight of their user needs.



Di outlined how the People + AI Guidebook can help you make ML product decisions and used the example of the Read Along app to illustrate topics like precision and recall, which are unique to ML design and development. Check out her interview with the Read Along team together with your team for more inspiration.

New ML Kit fully focused on on-device

When you decide that on-device machine learning is the solution, the easiest way to implement it will be through turnkey SDKs like ML Kit. Sophisticated Google-trained models and processing pipelines are offered through an easy to use interface in Kotlin / Java. ML Kit is designed and built for on-device ML: it works offline, offers enhanced privacy, unlocks high performance for real-time use cases and it is free. We recently made ML Kit a standalone SDK and it no longer requires a Firebase account. Just one line in your build.gradle file and you can start bringing ML functionality into your app.



The team has also added new functionalities such as Jetpack lifecycle support and the option to use the face contour models via Google Play Services saving as much as 20MB in app size. Another much anticipated addition is the support for swapping Google models with your own for both Image Labeling as well as Object Detection and Tracking. This provides one of the easiest ways to add TensorFlow Lite models to your applications without interacting with ByteArray!

Customise with TensorFlow Lite and Android tools

If the base model provided by ML Kit doesn’t quite fit the bill, what should developers do? The first port of call should be TensorFlow Hub where ready-to-use TensorFlow Lite models from both Google and the wider community can be downloaded. From 100,000 US Supermarket products to tomato plant diseases classifiers, the choice is yours.



In addition to Firebase AutoML Vision Edge, you can also build your own model using TensorFlow Model Maker (image classification / text classification) with just a few lines of Python. Once you have a TensorFlow Lite model from either TensorFlow Hub, or the Model Maker, you can easily integrate it with your Android app using ML Kit Image Labelling or Object Detection and Tracking. If you prefer an open source solution, Android Studio 4.1 beta introduces ML model binding that helps wrap around the TensorFlow Lite model with an easy to use Kotlin / Java wrapper. Adding a custom model to your Android app has never been easier. Check out this blog for more details.

Time for on-device ML is now

From the examples of the Android Developer Challenge winners, it is obvious that on-device machine learning has come of age and ML functionalities once reserved for the cloud or supercomputers are now available on your Android phone. Take a step forward with us by trying out our codelabs of the day:

Also checkout the ML Week learning pathway and take the quiz to get your very own ML badge.

Android on-device machine learning is a rapidly evolving platform, if you have any enhancement requests or feedback on how it could be improved, please let us know together with your use-case (TensorFlow Lite / ML Kit). Time for on-device ML is now.

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You can find the entire playlist of #11WeeksOfAndroid video content here, and learn more about each week here. We’ll continue to spotlight new areas each week, so keep an eye out and follow us on Twitter and YouTube. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this experience with you!


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Here are 460 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now

A good-faith effort to list all the apps you can get for free on Play Pass

Google Play Pass, a program that gives subscribers no-charge, ad-free access to premium apps and apps with premium features, launched last year with over 350 titles on its roster. Thing is, though, Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps participating in Play Pass as we can.

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Here are 460 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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28 temporarily free and 94 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Don't miss out on the sales for Asmodee Digital, Fireproof Games, and Nomad Games

Welcome to Friday, everyone. I had thought this past Monday's roundup was a big one. Boy, was I wrong. Today I have a giant list of sales, and the majority are games, with some very big hitters in the bunch. So if you're a fan of board games, then you'll be happy to hear Asmodee Digital is offering a slew of titles on sale today. If you're more interested in puzzle games, then you'll want to check out Fireproof Games' sale, which includes three out of four of The Room titles.

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28 temporarily free and 94 on-sale apps and games for Friday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Widely hated Commander Keen Mobile reboot is very likely dead

The Play Store listing is still live, but social channels have been shut down

It looks like Bethesda has canceled the widely hated Commander Keen mobile reboot. The resurrection of the 1990 classic was announced at E3 2019 a year ago and was instantly slammed as a weak free-to-play cash-grab reinterpretation that has nothing to do with the original platformer. While neither Bethesda nor the studio developing the title, ZeniMax, have officially stated that the project is canceled, there's an overwhelming body of evidence that the title won't see further development.

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Widely hated Commander Keen Mobile reboot is very likely dead was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Firefox Preview is adding support for three new add-ons

Baby steps, but add-on support is expanding

Firefox Preview has only received a significant update with version 5.2 with improved tab management and voice search a few days ago, but Mozilla is already working on the next feature-filled update. The unstable Nightly now supports three new add-ons and sees smaller refinements to the three-button overflow menu. The dead-space custom tab bug that's plaguing the current Firefox Preview build is also nowhere to be seen.

The three new extensions in question are the privacy tool Decentraleyes, tracking blocker Privacy Possum, and YouTube High Definition, a simple tool forcing HD on YouTube videos and bringing overall enhancements to the website.

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YouTube is experimenting with a language selector in voice search

Helping out multilingual people

Shortly after starting to test an all-in-one record-and-publish function in the YouTube app, its developers have added another experiment that'll be useful for those of us who'd rather only watch videos. They're working on a button that lets you switch voice search languages right on the input screen. If you're multilingual and like using voice search, this will finally make it possible to search for videos that aren't available in the language you've set up in your YouTube app settings.

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Android Developer Challenge: the winning apps, powered by ML

Finding the right words faster in Gmail. Helping you pick the most popular dish on a menu with Google Lens. Automatically captioning videos or podcasts on your Android phone with Live Caption. What do all of these features have in common? They use Google’s machine learning to help you get things done faster and easier throughout your day.

This technology is becoming more accessible to the developers who build the apps you use everyday. To encourage more developers around the world to build apps using machine learning, we launched the Android Developer Challenge last year. And after months of hard work, today the 10 winners of the Android Developer Challenge are launching their apps ready for you to try out. Each of these projects was created by the developers individually not Google:

  • AgriFarm helps farmers detect plant diseases and prevent major damage in fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, corn and potatoes. [Balochisan, Pakistan]
  • AgroDoc helps farmers diagnose plant disease and make treatment plans. [Navneet Krishna; Kochi, India]
  • Eskke simplifies mobile money management for people in the Congo, letting them transfer money, pay bills, and buy subscriptions and essential airtime for sending SMS. [David Mumbere Kathoh; Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo]
  • Leepi helps students learn hand gestures and symbols for American Sign Language. [Prince Patel; Bengaluru, India]
  • MixPose is a live streaming app that gives yoga teachers and fitness professionals the opportunity to teach, track alignment, make sure you’re in the correct pose, and give real-time feedback. [Peter Ma; San Francisco, California, USA]
  • Pathfinder could help people with visual impairments navigate complex situations by identifying and calculating the trajectories of objects moving in their path. [Colin Shelton; Addison, Texas, USA]
  • Snore & Cough helps you identify and analyze snoring and coughing, so you can listen to and send recordings from a night’s sleep. [Ethan Fan; Mountain View, California, USA]
  • Stila pairs with a wearable device, like the Fitbit wristband or a device running on Wear OS by Google, to monitor, track and help manage the body’s stress levels. [Yingdin Wing; Munich, Germany]
  • Trashly makes recycling easier. Just point the on-device camera at an item, and through object detection, the app identifies and classifies plastic and paper cups, bags, bottles, etc. [Elvin Rakhmankulov; Chicago, Illinois, USA]
  • UnoDogs helps owners better support their pet’s wellness, providing customized information and fitness programs. [Chinmany Mishra; New Delhi, India]

You can learn more about all of these winners, and the Google technologies behind these apps. There's still so much potential when it comes to machine learning, and developers will help us uncover it.


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