It’s easy to take a gesture as intuitive as pull-to-refresh for granted. That simple downward pull to reload content really only came into being once smartphones started becoming a thing: it was only used for the first time by a Twitter app called Tweetie back in 2008. Before that, we were mostly reduced to tapping a little ‘reload’ button to refresh content. Yuck. Twitter eventually acquired the app and filed for a patent on the gesture, though it promised to only use the patent defensively.
Over the past few weeks, many owners of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have reported battery drain problems. The February security update appears to be the likely culprit, but since so many Android components are updated outside of system upgrades, it’s impossible to know for sure. Regardless of the cause, it has certainly made plenty of Pixel owners frustrated.
If you’re experiencing this problem with your device, there’s finally some good news – Google is actively looking for a solution.
Google actively investigating battery drain bug on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
You know those beautiful bold colors that were supposed to make out Material Design? Yup, we’ve been kissing them goodbye for a long time now and it looks like they might be stripped away from one more app on your phone: the Play Store.
A couple of users have started seeing a new Play Store interface that takes away the green title and notification bar, replaces them with a white one.
Google testing a colorless shapeless Play Store redesign with large Install button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
You might recall the sudden death of the Opera Max VPN service from back in August. It turns out that Samsung somehow acquired it, and it’s just been re-unveiled as ‘Samsung Max.’ The Korean company has given the app a new coat of paint, but it’s also made the app worse in several respects, especially for non-Samsung devices.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like Samsung messed with the app much aside from the interface, which is slightly touched-up to align with Samsung’s design language, but there’s more than meets the eye.
Samsung Max is a reincarnated Opera Max VPN with a new coat of paint and a crappy so-called ‘Premium mode’ [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Lens, a machine learning-powered image analyzer, was first announced at I/O 2017. It currently exists in both Google Photos (to scan existing photos) and Assistant (to scan in real-time), but both methods have required a Pixel phone. Alongside some ARCore announcements, Google revealed that Lens would be rolling out to more Android devices and make an appearance on iOS.
Lens in Google Photos will soon be available to all English-language users on both Android and iOS.