Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance—​a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The first publicly available smartphone running Android, the HTC Dream, was released on October 22, 2008.
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    • 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite

      We work hard to help protect your company against phishing attacks—from using machine learning, to tailoring our detection algorithms, to building features to spot previously unseen attacks. While we block as many external attacks as we can, we continue to build and offer features designed to empower IT administrators to develop strong internal defenses against phishing.

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    • Taking the next step with Android One

      When we launched Android One in India back in 2014, the goal was to get the next billion people online by providing them with high quality, affordable phones. Since then, the larger community has told us they value what Android One stands for across a range of phones—a refreshingly simple software experience that is accessible, always fresh and stays ahead of the curve, with ...

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    • Android Wear: 20+ watches for fall

      Android Wear was created to take smartwatches beyond “one size fits all.” That's why we're thrilled there are even more ways to express your style this fall—all while keeping you informed with messages at a glance, activity tracking, and help from your Google Assistant. Fit for the runway With Android Wear, you never have to sacrifice fashion for function.

      The Official Google Blogin Social- 28 readers -
  • Project Fi welcomes Android One, with the moto x4

    … for Project Fi: the Android One moto x4. We took some important steps with Android One earlier this month by expanding the program to bring a fresh, secure software experience designed by Google to more high-quality devices no matter the price point. The launch of Android One moto x4 on Project Fi is the next step in our commitment to work with more…

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  • 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite

    … unauthenticated emails coming from your domain. By defining a policy and turning on DKIM email signing, you can ensure that emails that claim to be from your organization, are actually from you. 5. Disable POP and IMAP access for those who don’t need it The Gmail clients (Android, iOS, Web) leverage Google Safe Browsing to incorporate anti-phishing…

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  • How advertisers can score big on the next device launch

    … even more interesting is the rise in opportunity for brands outside of Apple. iPhone users are becoming less loyal to Apple over time, according to research by UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Benjamin Wilson. This chart is particularly surprising because it shows that Apple’s customer retention rates are heading toward parity with Android…

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  • Automatic protections in Android: Q&A with a security expert

    … Editor's note: The Android security team works to keep more than two billion users safe, and with the release of Android Oreo, they’ve rolled out some new security protections. We sat down with Adrian Ludwig, Director of Android Security to learn about his team, their approach to security, and what Oreo’s new protections mean for people who use…

    The Official Google Blog- 25 readers -
  • Hiya and Samsung Turn the Phone Dialer Into a Local Search Engine

    …” and “Contacts”. From a local business perspective, the service from data tech company Hiya is changing the way consumers perform local search. “When you buy a new Samsung device, the phone just does more than the iPhone or any other Android,” says Mayur Kamat, Hiya’s VP of product. “Without downloading or installing anything, the user can call…

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  • Android Oreo superpowers, coming to a device near you

    … Today, we are officially introducing Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest release of the platform–and it’s smarter, faster and more powerful than ever. It comes with new features like picture-in-picture and Autofill to help you navigate tasks seamlessly. Plus, it’s got stronger security protections and speed improvements that keep you safe and moving…

    The Official Google Blog- 53 readers -
  • Android Pay says “hola” to Spain

    …. We’re thrilled to bring you faster, more secure checkout – just tap with your phone wherever contactless payments are accepted. Where you can use it Meeting a date for tapas or picking up snacks for the beach? You can now ditch your wallet. The next time you’re getting your café con leche at Starbucks, a new look from Zara, the essentials…

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  • Waze for Android Auto is here

    … You asked, we heard you, and it’s official: starting today, Waze is available for Android Auto. If you have a car that supports Android Auto, you can now navigate with Waze via your vehicle’s in-car display, touch screens, steering wheel buttons, and other console-mounted controls. The power of the Waze Community will be right there…

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  • How Android and Pixel are changing the way musicians create

    … app, which launched in preview mode at I/O for Pixel and other high-end Android phones. NOISE and BLOCKS are intended for people with a range of musical expertise to play, but they depend on phones with powerful technology—including low audio latency, powerful and fast processing capabilities, and glitch-free audio. We’ve made a series of updates…

    The Official Google Blogin How To's- 22 readers -
  • Since U Been Blob

    … Editor’s note: On World Emoji Day, we’re taking the time to bid farewell to our old Android emoji, known fondly by fans as “blobs.” We’re rolling out a new set of emoji as part of Android O. They’re squishy and lovable—and designed for more consistent communication. Breaking up is hard to do, but we’ll find love in a blobless place. Dear Blob…

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