Google to Streamline Android Security Update Platform Further, Only About 50% of Devices Get Patches

Google released its 2016 Android security report today, highlighting the progress they have made over the past couple of years in terms of protecting you and I from Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) and also getting our phones up-to-date with the latest security patches. On a PHA level, Google is still doing a bang-up job on not letting through many bad apps that could do you harm, but the security patch situation still isn’t great even after a solid year of improvements. For the year 2016, only about half of Android devices even received a security update. Woof.  (more…)

Google Maps Adds Real-Time Location Sharing, Including Trip Progress

Google Maps is getting a pretty awesome new feature on Android, iOS, and the web. How would you like to share your location with friends, family, or colleagues you are meeting up with? What if you could share the progress of a trip on any platform? It’s coming. Real-time location sharing via Google Maps is on the way.

Google would only announce today that location sharing is rolling out “soon,” but they did share a fun little video that shows how it will work. You can watch it above to get the basics.  (more…)

Android O Developer Preview Released and Now Available!

Google just released the first Android O Developer Preview! For real, though, it’s here!

Android O will introduce new features by way of background limits on apps (think battery life boost), notification channels (more control over notifications), picture-in-picture, adaptive icons, autofill in apps, and more. Full details on what’s new can be found here.

UPDATE: Want to see all of the little changes in Android O? We’re compiling those at this post. (more…)

Google Search’s Quick Shortcuts to Popular Tools Begin Rolling Out More Widely

This morning, Google announced that Google Search will soon (starting today) begin showing shortcuts to some of its most popular tools. This is the broader rollout of a feature that has been in testing for some time. In fact, we showed you these shortcuts back in early February.

The shortcuts, once they start showing on your device, will be found just under the search bar as you load up the Google app or swipe over into Google Now in the Now Launcher. You can see exactly what this looks like in the image above.  (more…)