Play Store to require new and updated apps to target recent API levels and distribute native apps with 64-bit support

The Play Store created some controversy last month after announcing plans to remove apps that used Accessibility Services for any purpose that didn’t directly relate to disabled users. While Google is reconsidering the best implementation for the Accessibility Services policy, a separate announcement introduces additional policies intended to help make apps distributed through the Play Store more secure and possibly improve performance. Over the next two years, developers will be required to target a recent SDK version in their app updates and provide 64-bit versions of native apps if they aren’t already.

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Samsung updates its VR apps with Galaxy A8 (2018) support

The new Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) are the first of the A-series to support Gear VR headsets. This means you no longer have to pay Samsung flagship money to use its VR ecosystem (from videos to games). These two will become available in early January 2018. Both feature 1080p+ screens – Super AMOLED, of course. The A8 screen measures 5.6″ in diagonal, the A8+ is 6″ (and they have S8’s 18.5:9 aspect ratio). You can probably look forward to some Gear VR bundles, the headset and controller currently cost under $ 100. Source

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3DMark gets a huge v2.0 update with new interface, Vulkan API support, and more

How good is your phone when it comes to gaming? There are a few ways to find out, but 3DMark is probably the best. That’s the only benchmarking it does, after all. The app has been pretty clunky for a while, but it just got a major update with a cleaner UI, more tests, new charts, and a ton more.

Here’s the changelog for 3DMark v2.0.

  • Completely redesigned app is now faster and more useful than ever.

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Minimalist Skiing Game ‘Just Ski’ Gets Great New Tutorial, (Slightly) Easier Difficulty, and iPhone X Support

Indie developer Jeff Weber brought a great take on skiing to the App Store earlier this year with Just Ski [$ 0.99]. The game was built off of similar mechanics to his previous release Krashlander, which used some pretty realistic physics and skiing techniques to have you solving puzzle-like levels. Just Ski’s aim was to take those techniques and apply them to a much longer side-scrolling level where you can focus more on, well, just skiing. The game took a cue from Desert Golfing in having the landscape colors slightly change as you made it further through the game and progressed towards making it to the cabin at the end of the level. Just Ski achieved what it set out to do, but its mechanics were pretty tough for players to grasp. With that in mind Weber has released a new version of Just Ski today that features a much more helpful tutorial which you can see below.

Funnily enough, this is not the first time the developer has tried to help out players by making a tutorial for Just Ski, as he released a similar tutorial just a couple of weeks after the game’s release in May. This new built-in tutorial is much more helpful in my opinion, but dang it all if this game still isn’t tricky to figure out even with an improved tutorial. It’s worth sticking with though, as once things click it’s immensely satisfying to pull off huge jumps and flips. In addition to the new tutorial, this update makes adjustments so that landings are slightly more forgiving, and even adds in support for the full screen of the iPhone X. To top it all off Just Ski is currently on sale for just a buck, so if any of this seems interesting to you and you’re willing to put in some time to learn a game’s mechanics in exchange for a very rewarding experience, I’d suggest checking this one out.

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Android Studio’s Emulator reaches stable channel with Quick Boot for 6-second startup times, Play Store support, and an assortment of other improvements

Back in October, Android Studio 3.0 was set loose to the stable channel with improved support for the Kotlin language, platform technologies like Android Things, and many other new and improved features. At the same time, a major upgrade to the Android Emulator also went out to developers on Android Studio’s canary channel. It came with quite a few enhancements, but the the headliner was Quick Boot, which can reportedly achieve startup times of less than 6 seconds.

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Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

 Reddit today is giving its mobile apps a major upgrade – the first since their launch last year, when the company decided to take back control over the official Reddit experience on mobile – an experience that had long been available mainly through third-party clients. Today’s updated apps introduce a number of new features focused on media consumption – including how… Read More
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BlackBerry promises at least two more years of BB10 support

There’s good news out there for anyone clinging to their BlackBerry Classic like a silicon security blanket: BlackBerry has announced that it will be supporting its BB10 operating system for at least another two years, giving yet another stay of execution to the long-defunct OS.

Released way back in 2012, the BlackBerry 10 operating system was BlackBerry’s last great hope for creating a modern smartphone platform. The goal was to offer all the major apps like Android and iOS and serve as a viable competitor to Apple and Google’s smartphone ecosystems. BlackBerry really did try to get BB10 to work, but even with support for Android apps, it ultimately gave up in 2015 with the release of the BlackBerry Leap, the last shipping device to…

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LastPass updates Android app to support Microsoft’s Edge browser [APK Download]

As Microsoft’s abandonment of Windows phone continued apace this year, the company moved to release more of its core apps on Android, and that included its Edge browser. It’s been pretty successful, with more than one million installs, probably due to the “continuous browsing experience” it offers Windows 10 users. Now, there’s even more good news for fans of the app.

Popular password manager LastPass already supports Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS, and it’s also been testing out compatibility with Oreo’s Autofill API.

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Google to officially shutdown Tango support in March 2018 to focus on ARCore

Google today has announced that it is shutting down the support for project Tango officially on March 1st, 2018. Project Tango was Google’s first ever attempt on augmented reality and it required special hardware in the form of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas which in turn made the phones expensive. Google’s first Tango … Continue reading “Google to officially shutdown Tango support in March 2018 to focus on ARCore”
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BlackBerry extends support for BB10 and BBOS to 2019, ends support for BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has announced that it is extending support for BB10 and BBOS up to 2019 and the company also said that it will soon introduce a new trade-up program which will offer significant discounts and incentive for current BlackBerry users to upgrade to a new BlackBerry device. While the company will support BB10 and BBOS till 2019, the … Continue reading “BlackBerry extends support for BB10 and BBOS to 2019, ends support for BlackBerry Priv”
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