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Does anyone here have any experiences with Fairphones?
The idea sounds lovely: a modular built repairable phone running vanilla Android with at least 5yrs support and as a fair trade product.

Anyone can order spare parts.
It really is repairable. See this post by @Mikel Diaspora for an independent report (thanks for the pointer, Mikel).

#Fairphone #repair #Fair-trade #Android #smartphone
 
Does anyone here have any experiences with Fairphones?
The idea sounds lovely: a modular built repairable phone running vanilla Android with at least 5yrs support and as a fair trade product.

Anyone can order spare parts.
It really is repairable. See this post by @Mikel Diaspora for an independent report (thanks for the pointer, Mikel).

#Fairphone #repair #Fair-trade #Android #smartphone
 

Google to integrate Google Lens into screenshot function | Android Authority

Google Now On Tap first introduced us to the wonders of searching our screens, as Google’s feature highlighted noteworthy snippets of text and other details on our phones.

Since then, we’ve seen Google Lens emerge as a powerhouse of a visual lookup tool, allowing us to copy/paste text from the real world and much more. Now, 9to5Google reports that the search giant is working to integrate Google Lens abilities into the Google app’s screenshot function.
#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Lens
Google is working on an easier way to let you search screenshots
 

Windows 10 Your Phone app now lets Android users make calls, see battery status | Android Authority

Microsoft’s Your Phone app is getting smarter by the day. The app allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your Windows 10 PC to access notifications, SMS, photos, and more. Samsung users can do even more with it as a result of the company’s partnership with Microsoft.
#technology #mobile #Windows #YourPhone #Android
Windows 10 Your Phone app now lets Android users make calls, see battery status
 

Pixel 4's Google Assistant could free you up while your call is on hold | TechRadar

We all hate being placed on hold when calling a business – especially the part where you're forced to listen to excruciating hold music that seems to drone on endlessly.

But what if your phone's virtual assistant could go on hold for you, freeing you up to do other things? According to a new report from 9to5Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 could be getting that very feature.
Very clever. And if it's coming to the Pixel 4 soon, it could come to your Android device... well, maybe never, given how Google and Android phone manufacturers work.

#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Assistant
 

Sick of Chrome on Android? Vivaldi has released a new customizable alternative | TechRadar

Vivaldi has released a new browser for Android, packed with features that it hopes will lure users away from Chrome.

Vivaldi made a name for itself with its super-customizable desktop browser, which lets you change pretty much every button, menu and bar to suit the way you use the web. It also boasts tab stacking – an incredibly helpful feature that allows you to collect related tabs together in a group so it's easier to find the one you want.
#technology #internet #web #www #browser #Vivaldi #Android
 

Huawei could let Mate 30 users install Google apps after purchase | Android Authority

The Huawei Mate 30 series is set to arrive without Google support, as the U.S. trade ban against Huawei continues. The lack of Google support means you’re still getting Android, but without the likes of the Play Store and Gmail.

Thankfully, Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu told reporters at IFA 2019 that it might have a workaround on-hand.

Yu said that the firm has been investigating the ability to let Mate 30 owners install Google apps on the AOSP (i.e. non-Google) version of Android.
#technology #mobile #Google #Huawei #Android
Huawei could let Mate 30 users install Google apps after purchase, but how?
 

Vulnerability lets text messages steal emails from Android phones

Bogus text messages aren't just being used to send you to malicious websites or crash your phone -- in some cases, they can hijack your emails. Check Point Research has discovered a vulnerability in phones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony that lets attackers use custom SMS to intercept all email traffic on target devices.
#technology #mobile #Android #security #privacy
 

Everything you need to know about privacy in Android 10 | Android Authority

Android 10 has landed, complete with a new name, a new mascot, and several fun features. One of the most important aspects of the new operating system is enhanced security and improved user control over permissions. You can now fine-tune the data apps access, restrict location services based on usage, contain background app activity and best of all, do all of this from a single privacy hub in settings.
#technology #mobile #Android #privacy
All the key Android 10 privacy updates explained
 

Video: Get a full overview of Android 10 in just 11 minutes | Android Authority

Android 10 is here with loads of new features and some important changes under the hood. It’s all covered in our Android 10 announcement post, our features overview, and the update tracking hub. But what if you don’t have time to read through it all? Then Joe’s 11m:24s video overview of Android 10 is just what you need. Watch it below and stay tuned for our full Android 10 review coming soon.
#technology #mobile #Android
Video: Get a full overview of Android 10 in just 11 minutes
 

You can now quickly switch Gmail accounts on Android with a swipe - The Verge

There’s now a simpler way of swiping between Gmail accounts on Android that has long existed in iOS. Android Police reports that as of version 2019.08.18 of the app, you can swipe up or down on your profile picture in the top right of the interface to switch between accounts. Alternatively, you can tap on your profile picture to select from a full list of your accounts, just as you could before.
#technology #Android #Gmail
 

Google allegedly says Huawei Mate 30 Pro can’t be sold with official Android | Android Authority

As far as we know, Huawei is going to launch the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and vanilla Mate 30 at some point this year (rumors suggest they’ll land on September 18). This would be the first major flagship smartphone launch from the company since it was placed on the United States government’s Entity List.

However, according to a Google spokesperson speaking with Reuters, Huawei would be in violation of the ban on U.S. firms working with the company if the Mate 30 devices come with the officially licensed version of Android that includes the Google Play Store and other Google-branded apps.
#technology #mobile #Android #Huawei #Mate30Pro
Google allegedly says Huawei Mate 30 Pro can’t be sold with official Android
 

Microsoft’s new SMS Organizer app for Android filters out spam messages | The Verge

Microsoft has created an SMS Organizer app for Android .that’s designed to automatically sort messages. The software giant originally released the app in India last year, but XDA-Developers has spotted it’s now making its way to the US, UK, and Australia today. SMS Organizer uses machine learning to automatically sort messages and organize them into separate folders.
#technology #mobile #sms #Microsoft #Android
 
Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.

Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:

https://code.fairphone.com

It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:

https://code.fairphone.com/projects/fp-osos/user/fairphone-open-source-os-installation-instructions.html

#Fairphone #Android
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Who needs Android Beam? Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo join forces for file-sharing

Google is working on a Fast Share local file-sharing feature for Android Q, meant to replace its Android Beam functionality. But Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have plans of their own, jointly announcing a local file-sharing standard that will be featured on all their phones.
#technology #Google #Android #FileSharing #FastShare #Xiaomi #Oppo #Vivo
Who needs Android Beam? Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo join forces for file-sharing
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Fingerprint verification rolling out to a number of Google websites on Android | TechRadar

Google has announced that it's rolling out a new feature that will allow Android device owners to use the fingerprint scanners on their phones, or their PIN unlock code, to authenticate Google accounts.
One thing I like about Apple's Safari is that it remembers your passwords but doesn't automatically fill in the password fields on a website. After all, it doesn't know who is holding the phone or tablet. It requires you to touch the fingerprint sensor. Or, I assume (I don't use it) Face ID.

#technology #internet #Android #Google
 

Google will now let Android users log in to some services without a password - The Verge

Google now lets you sign in to some of its services on Chrome on Android using just your fingerprint, rather than having to type in a password. The feature is available starting today for some Android phones, and it will be rolling out to all phones running Android 7 or later “over the next few days.” According to a Google help page, the feature also allows you to log in using whichever method you have set up to unlock your phone, which can include pins and pattern unlock.
#technology #mobile #Google #Android #security
 

Google Discover ads rolling out widely | TalkAndroid.com

Google announced they would begin advertising in their Discover feeds back in May, and now the ‘feature’ is seeing a wide rollout.
#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Discover
Google Discover ads rolling out widely
 

How to Set Up Your Android Phone for an Emergency | Make Tech Easier

Having your emergency contact information on your Android device could end up saving your life one day. By having valuable information such as medical info on your phone, paramedics can know what you’re allergic to and act accordingly.

You don’t need to install a third-party app to have this information on your phone. By knowing where to go on your phone, you can have this life-saving information handy.
My phone doesn't have an Emergency information section in the Settings. But I installed an ICE (in case of emergency) app, which is on the front screen. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, so I'm assuming that if I'm incapacitated any paramedic is going to try the obvious.

#technology #mobile #Android #emergency #ICE
How to Set Up Your Android Phone for an Emergency
 
The /e/ foundation has started selling phones with their own version of Android preloaded on them:

https://e.foundation/

The /e/ version of Android is aiming to be de-googlised, but there are still a few remnants of G on them:

https://infosec-handbook.eu/blog/e-foundation-second-look/

Just wondering what people think about /e/?

Should I list it as an alternative to Android? Is it degooglised enough to consider as a "least worst" option?

#Android #Alternatives #EFoundation
Home
 

Nearly all Android smartphones 'can be hacked via Wi-Fi' | TechRadar

Hackers are able to target many leading Android mobile phones and other gadgets via Wi-Fi, researchers have revealed.
Devices powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of processors are susceptible to the threat, which would allow hackers to gain access to a device simply by connecting to the same Wi-Fi network.
#technology #mobile #Android #security
 

Use Google Assistant to read and reply to messages | Android Authority

For a long time, if you wanted to hear Google Assistant read off your incoming messages — and use your voice to reply to those messages — you needed to be using a small handful of apps to do so. These included Google’s own Messages and Hangouts, for example.

Now, however, it seems the number of supported apps has exploded. As first spotted by Android Police, testing confirms that Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages from third-party SMS apps such as Pulse SMS as well as internet-based chat apps such as WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram, etc. Some people are reporting success with Google Voice, too.
#technology #mobile #Android #Google #Assistant
Google Assistant now reads and replies to messages from more apps than ever
 
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/scrcpy-mirror-android-to-ubuntu-linux

View your phone's screen and interact with it using a keyboard & mouse

#android #Linux #GNU #technology #Ubuntu #OpenSource
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop
 
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/scrcpy-mirror-android-to-ubuntu-linux

View your phone's screen and interact with it using a keyboard & mouse

#android #Linux #GNU #technology #Ubuntu #OpenSource
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop
 

How to check your Android phone’s notifications on a Windows PC | The Verge

It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft finally has its own system for managing Android notifications from Windows.
This system makes it possible to see notifications from your Android phone on your Windows 10 PC as they arrive and to pull up your entire SMS history along with any pending notifications on demand. You can even reply to messages and compose new texts right from your computer.
#technology #mobile #Android #Windows
 

Acheter un #smartphone …d'occasion


Ma moitié réfléchie depuis quelques mois à faire l'acquisition d'un smartphone pour remplacer son #téléphone à clapet. Elle aurait bien aimé prendre un Fairphone comme le mien mais ils ne sont plus produit. Tant pis, direction : l' #OCCASION !

Me voilà chargé de trouver un smartphone le plus #durable (non à l' #obsolescence !) possible avec le cahier des charges suivant :
- prix entre 50€ et 180€
- un écran de 5 pouces - 5,5 pouces maximum
- un #Android à jour (pour des raison de sécurité) – j’évite de la cage dorée d’Apple
- réparable pour un bricoleur non spécialiste

Afin de trouver les meilleurs candidats, voilà mes ressources :

Pour le prix :

  • les petites annonces (type le bon coin); bien pour les prix mais plus risqué et sans garantie
  • les sites de réconditionnement (type recommerce et backmarket qui sortent du lots) ; plus cher mais avec garantie et moins de surprises à priori
  • Les sites qui font les deux (rakuten et amazon entre autre)
A noter que certains (comme ici déconseillent les smartphones reconditionnées car il se peut qu’ils aient été réparés avec des pièces de moindre qualité que les pièces d’origine. Si certains ont de l’expérience avec des smartphones reconditionnées, je serai heureux d’avoir votre avis.
Sinon, je ne pense pas qu’acheter un appareil à moins de 50€ fasse vraiment sens, ou bien il s’agit un appareil cassé à réparer, ou bien d’un vieux smartphone ou plus récent mais de basse qualité, dans ces deux cas, je pense qu’ils ont peu de chance de durer, or je ne veux devoir le changer tout les deux ans !

Pour Android à jour :


Ici, ça se corse un peu, c’est un problème bien connu de sécurité, que les constructeur abandonnent généralement rapidement le support de leur téléphones qui ne reçoivent plus de mise à jours. Je ne veux pas de ça pour moi ou pour ma famille. Je regarde donc du côté de LineageOS, sûrement la plus connu des alternatives, direction donc la liste des appareils supportés. Ça permet de faire un gros tri parmi la myriade de smartphones disponibles :)
Je me limite au plus simple ici, mais pour ceux que ça intéresse, il existe encore d’autre alternatives comme Replicant pour les libristes convaincu (avec encore moins d’appareils supportés), OmniROM avec d’autres téléphones possible et encore bien d’autres
Sans compter qu’il y a des ROM de #LineageOS non officiel, voir ici.

Pour la réparabilité :


Ma principale source pour ça vient de #ifixit , et en particulier de son classement de réparabilité. Ces notes ne concernant que quelques modèles, je regarde alors, entre autre, la facilité avec laquelle on change la batterie (toujours avec les tutoriels de ifixit). C’est bien sûr un gros plus si la batterie peut être enlevée sans outils.

En conclusion :


J’ai à ce jour sélectionné 13 smartphones. Aucun appareils ne rempli toutes les conditions mais certains sortent du lots. Je vais les lister en indiquant les principaux points négatifs pour moi.

Les échappés qui font la course en tête :

  • LG G3 (commence à se faire vieux)
  • OnePlus 2
  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Nexus5 X

Le peloton, juste derrière :

  • LG G4 (n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • LG G5 (n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (commence à se faire vieux, n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (difficile à réparer, pas tout jeune non plus)
  • Xiaomi Mi 5S (difficile à réparer, plutôt cher)
  • Huawei Honor 5X (difficile à réparer, l’installation de LineageOS semble plus complex)

Le fond du peloton :

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 (difficile à réparer, un peu gros)
  • OnePlus 3 (difficile à réparer, trop cher)
  • Sony Xperia Z (difficile à réparer, assez vieux)
Je remercie ici le créateur du site montelephonelibre qui m’a bien inspiré et qui a aussi écrit cette dépèche linux

En espérant que ça puisse servir. N'hésitez pas à partager votre expérience, je suis preneur :)
 

Acheter un #smartphone …d'occasion


Ma moitié réfléchie depuis quelques mois à faire l'acquisition d'un smartphone pour remplacer son #téléphone à clapet. Elle aurait bien aimé prendre un Fairphone comme le mien mais ils ne sont plus produit. Tant pis, direction : l' #OCCASION !

Me voilà chargé de trouver un smartphone le plus #durable (non à l' #obsolescence !) possible avec le cahier des charges suivant :
- prix entre 50€ et 180€
- un écran de 5 pouces - 5,5 pouces maximum
- un #Android à jour (pour des raison de sécurité) – j’évite de la cage dorée d’Apple
- réparable pour un bricoleur non spécialiste

Afin de trouver les meilleurs candidats, voilà mes ressources :

Pour le prix :

  • les petites annonces (type le bon coin); bien pour les prix mais plus risqué et sans garantie
  • les sites de réconditionnement (type recommerce et backmarket qui sortent du lots) ; plus cher mais avec garantie et moins de surprises à priori
  • Les sites qui font les deux (rakuten et amazon entre autre)
A noter que certains (comme ici déconseillent les smartphones reconditionnées car il se peut qu’ils aient été réparés avec des pièces de moindre qualité que les pièces d’origine. Si certains ont de l’expérience avec des smartphones reconditionnées, je serai heureux d’avoir votre avis.
Sinon, je ne pense pas qu’acheter un appareil à moins de 50€ fasse vraiment sens, ou bien il s’agit un appareil cassé à réparer, ou bien d’un vieux smartphone ou plus récent mais de basse qualité, dans ces deux cas, je pense qu’ils ont peu de chance de durer, or je ne veux devoir le changer tout les deux ans !

Pour Android à jour :


Ici, ça se corse un peu, c’est un problème bien connu de sécurité, que les constructeur abandonnent généralement rapidement le support de leur téléphones qui ne reçoivent plus de mise à jours. Je ne veux pas de ça pour moi ou pour ma famille. Je regarde donc du côté de LineageOS, sûrement la plus connu des alternatives, direction donc la liste des appareils supportés. Ça permet de faire un gros tri parmi la myriade de smartphones disponibles :)
Je me limite au plus simple ici, mais pour ceux que ça intéresse, il existe encore d’autre alternatives comme Replicant pour les libristes convaincu (avec encore moins d’appareils supportés), OmniROM avec d’autres téléphones possible et encore bien d’autres
Sans compter qu’il y a des ROM de #LineageOS non officiel, voir ici.

Pour la réparabilité :


Ma principale source pour ça vient de #ifixit , et en particulier de son classement de réparabilité. Ces notes ne concernant que quelques modèles, je regarde alors, entre autre, la facilité avec laquelle on change la batterie (toujours avec les tutoriels de ifixit). C’est bien sûr un gros plus si la batterie peut être enlevée sans outils.

En conclusion :


J’ai à ce jour sélectionné 13 smartphones. Aucun appareils ne rempli toutes les conditions mais certains sortent du lots. Je vais les lister en indiquant les principaux points négatifs pour moi.

Les échappés qui font la course en tête :

  • LG G3 (commence à se faire vieux)
  • OnePlus 2
  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Nexus5 X

Le peloton, juste derrière :

  • LG G4 (n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • LG G5 (n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (commence à se faire vieux, n’a plus de LineageOS officiel)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (difficile à réparer, pas tout jeune non plus)
  • Xiaomi Mi 5S (difficile à réparer, plutôt cher)
  • Huawei Honor 5X (difficile à réparer, l’installation de LineageOS semble plus complex)

Le fond du peloton :

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 (difficile à réparer, un peu gros)
  • OnePlus 3 (difficile à réparer, trop cher)
  • Sony Xperia Z (difficile à réparer, assez vieux)
Je remercie ici le créateur du site montelephonelibre qui m’a bien inspiré et qui a aussi écrit cette dépèche linux

En espérant que ça puisse servir. N'hésitez pas à partager votre expérience, je suis preneur :)
 

Google releases Gallery Go: a lightweight, offline version of Google Photos | liliputing

Google Photos has become immensely popular over the past four years, having recently crossed the billion-user line. The service lets you automatically back up your photos to the cloud, where they’re automatically organized and made searchable. You can also use Google’s tools to edit and share your photos with others.

Now Google is bringing many of those features to a lightweight app that doesn’t require an internet connection to organize your images.
#technology #google #android #photos
Google releases Gallery Go: a lightweight, offline version of Google Photos
 

You could soon be able to send texts via the Google Assistant from the lockscreen | Talk Android

The Google Assistant is a very useful tool when it comes to issuing voice commands to check the weather, power on the smart lights, or setting a timer. You can also use Google’s virtual assistant to make a call or to send a text although the phone would need to be unlocked to do so. This may not be the case for too much longer because Google is apparently testing the ability to use Google Assistant to send texts via the Android lockscreen without needing to unlock the phone first.
#technology #mobile #SMS #Android
You could soon be able to send texts via the Google Assistant from the lockscreen
 

Making the case for a Microsoft Surface Phone that runs Android | Windows Central

The idea of a true Android smartphone by Microsoft has always piqued my interest, these days more than ever now that Windows Phone is a thing of the past. It's fair to say that in 2019, Microsoft is "all-in" on the Android platform thanks to its efforts like the Microsoft Launcher, Edge, and Office, all first-class experiences on Android smartphones around the world. While Microsoft is all over Android on the software side, one area where it hasn't grasped the platform is in the form of hardware.
Microsoft's business model focuses on hardware, software, and cloud storage. They're not in the business of selling your data to all and sundry. And, since Satya Nadella took over the running of the company, "they're not your Dad's Microsoft". For example, I hear that they're now the biggest contributor to open-source software. I got a MS Nokia Windows Phone just before they decided to stop making their own smartphones. And I wished they'd chosen AOSP to base their Lumia range on, rather than Windows Phone OS. Zac Bowden explores the possibilities for the future.

#technology #smartphone #Android #Microsoft
 

Hermes – A small JavaScript engine optimized for running React Native on Android


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20412588
Posted by smoser (karma: 678)
Post stats: Points: 161 - Comments: 37 - 2019-07-11T16:01:55Z

\#HackerNews #android #engine #for #hermes #javascript #native #optimized #react #running #small
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25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That ‘Hides In WhatsApp’

Whilst the replaced apps will serve up malicious ads, whoever's behind the hacks could do worse, Check Point warned in a blog. "Due to its ability to hide it’s icon from the launcher and impersonates any popular existing apps on a device, there are endless possibilities for this sort of malware to harm a user’s device," the researchers wrote.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/07/10/25-million-android-phones-infected-with-malware-that-hides-in-whatsapp/#3d7fe0144470

#Android #malware #WhatsApp
 

25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That ‘Hides In WhatsApp’

Whilst the replaced apps will serve up malicious ads, whoever's behind the hacks could do worse, Check Point warned in a blog. "Due to its ability to hide it’s icon from the launcher and impersonates any popular existing apps on a device, there are endless possibilities for this sort of malware to harm a user’s device," the researchers wrote.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/07/10/25-million-android-phones-infected-with-malware-that-hides-in-whatsapp/#3d7fe0144470

#Android #malware #WhatsApp
 

Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV, YouTube on Fire TV


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20397710
Posted by forgot-my-pw (karma: 816)
Post stats: Points: 131 - Comments: 55 - 2019-07-09T23:12:10Z

\#HackerNews #and #android #chromecast #fire #prime #video #youtube
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How to Access an Android Phone with a Broken Screen | Make Tech Easier

When your phone breaks and the screen is no longer working, not only can’t you use your phone, but now all that information stored on your phone is inaccessible. Luckily, it is possible to recover all the information on your device by following some of these directions.
#technology #mobile #Android
How to Access an Android Phone with a Broken Screen
 

Reinventing Firefox for Android


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20295694
Posted by mncolinlee (karma: 1421)
Post stats: Points: 134 - Comments: 73 - 2019-06-27T16:06:31Z

\#HackerNews #android #firefox #for #reinventing
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Reinventing Firefox for Android: a Preview
 

Two new ways to get apps nearby, without internet

There are many reasons why it is often better to do things without the

internet:your data plan is expensive, there is limited coverage in the
area, there is an internet outage or shutdown, or even something is
private and should not be online at all. Or even, if you are setting
up a new device, you can easily send all your existing apps over to
the new device. This is why F-Droid has included the “Nearby Tab” for
swapping apps and files without internet. F-Droid v1.7 includes a
major overhaul of the existing functionality, so it should work a lot
better now, especially when using Wi-Fi. Two new “nearby” methods
were added on top of that, to provide effective ways of exchanging
apps between devices.

The first is “hotspot” mode, where one device is acting as a Wi-Fi
Access Point. Android does not make it easy to do, since apps cannot
always known what the state of the Wi-Fi is. Thanks to the
accesspoint library from
long time F-Droid contributor @mvdan, it can do a lot more.

The second is using SD Cards and USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives as a
source of F-Droid repos. Flash drives can provide a very high
bandwidth method for transferring files, when they are easy to move
from device to device. Our goal is to make the whole user experience
as smooth as possible, so people can regularly move data with these
affordable, widespread data buckets. USB-OTG and SD Cards can host
standalone repos as well as mirrors of existing repos. Those repos
need to be copied to the flash drive first, like from a laptop. That
can be done using fdroid mirror , for example:

$ cd /media/user/F-DROIDORG
$ fdroid mirror https://guardianproject.info/fdroid
$ wget https://guardianproject.info/fdroid/repo/index-v1.jar
$ mv index-v1.jar fdroid/repo/

USB OTG support is new and alpha. It works, but needs a lot of polish
on the user experience. For example, it should show the scanning
progress. Also, Bluetooth is still flaky on many devices, some of that
comes from the devices poor support for generic data service over
Bluetooth.

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2019/06/20/two-new-ways-to-get-apps-nearby-without-internet.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 

Two new ways to get apps nearby, without internet

There are many reasons why it is often better to do things without the

internet:your data plan is expensive, there is limited coverage in the
area, there is an internet outage or shutdown, or even something is
private and should not be online at all. Or even, if you are setting
up a new device, you can easily send all your existing apps over to
the new device. This is why F-Droid has included the “Nearby Tab” for
swapping apps and files without internet. F-Droid v1.7 includes a
major overhaul of the existing functionality, so it should work a lot
better now, especially when using Wi-Fi. Two new “nearby” methods
were added on top of that, to provide effective ways of exchanging
apps between devices.

The first is “hotspot” mode, where one device is acting as a Wi-Fi
Access Point. Android does not make it easy to do, since apps cannot
always known what the state of the Wi-Fi is. Thanks to the
accesspoint library from
long time F-Droid contributor @mvdan, it can do a lot more.

The second is using SD Cards and USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives as a
source of F-Droid repos. Flash drives can provide a very high
bandwidth method for transferring files, when they are easy to move
from device to device. Our goal is to make the whole user experience
as smooth as possible, so people can regularly move data with these
affordable, widespread data buckets. USB-OTG and SD Cards can host
standalone repos as well as mirrors of existing repos. Those repos
need to be copied to the flash drive first, like from a laptop. That
can be done using fdroid mirror , for example:

$ cd /media/user/F-DROIDORG
$ fdroid mirror https://guardianproject.info/fdroid
$ wget https://guardianproject.info/fdroid/repo/index-v1.jar
$ mv index-v1.jar fdroid/repo/

USB OTG support is new and alpha. It works, but needs a lot of polish
on the user experience. For example, it should show the scanning
progress. Also, Bluetooth is still flaky on many devices, some of that
comes from the devices poor support for generic data service over
Bluetooth.

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2019/06/20/two-new-ways-to-get-apps-nearby-without-internet.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 

Android Studio 32 bit is being phased out


Supported 32-bit Product Version Deprecation from End of Support on
Android Studio IDE 3.6 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2020
Android Emulator 28.0.25 Jun 30, 2019 December 31, 2020
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2019/06/moving-android-studio-and-android.html?m=1

#Android #Development #AndroidStudio #CliffBramlettArchivesTech
 

Android Studio 32 bit is being phased out


Supported 32-bit Product Version Deprecation from End of Support on
Android Studio IDE 3.6 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2020
Android Emulator 28.0.25 Jun 30, 2019 December 31, 2020
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2019/06/moving-android-studio-and-android.html?m=1

#Android #Development #AndroidStudio #CliffBramlettArchivesTech
 

You can refund your Huawei phone if it doesn't run Google apps in this region | Android Authority

There has been plenty of fear-mongering and misinformation surrounding the Huawei trade ban. One of the biggest concerns from consumers is whether Google apps and services will run on their current Huawei devices.

Now, a group of 30 Huawei phone retailers and dealers in the Philippines have reportedly announced that they will offer refunds if Huawei devices sold by them can’t run Google or Facebook-owned apps down the road.
#technology #mobile #Android #Google #Facebook #Huawei
You can refund your Huawei phone if it doesn’t run Google apps in this market
 

Huawei might use Sailfish OS as its Android alternative | Android Authority

Even though Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS, the company might be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative. That something else is allegedly a Russian-made fork of Sailfish OS, reported The Bell on Monday.
#technology #mobile #Android #Huawei #Sailfish
Huawei reportedly looking into Sailfish OS fork as its Android alternative
 

Shazam for Android now recognizes music played through headphones | Techcrunch

Shazam, the Apple-owned app that helps users identify songs playing around them, can now recognize songs you’re listening to through your headphones when using an Android phone or tablet.
#technology #Android #music
Shazam for Android now recognizes music played through headphones
 

Google reportedly arguing cutting Huawei off from Android threatens US security


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20126119
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\#HackerNews #android #arguing #cutting #from #google #huawei #off #reportedly #security #threatens
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