Top 10 Android Stories of the Week (May 13th)


There is an overwhelming amount of Android news each week, but you can follow the best of the best with an app called EarlyBird – News for Android. It includes ALL of the Android news you crave and lets users decide what matters most to them.

You can download the app on the Google Play Store or for desktop users, find related discussion in the Android Forums News section.

Here’s what you picked as your favorite news stories for the week of May 13th:

#10 Google Camera will soon support RAW photos

37 votes – In an APK tear-down of the latest Google Camera app update, there appears to be some preparations for the app to support RAW photos. However, this feature may only become available for owners of newer Nexus devices.

#9 AccuWeather uploads a 360-degree video of a tornado chase

37 votes – Tornado’s are both terrifying and awe-inspiring, so if you’re feeling a bit ambitious, check out this 360-degree video of a tornado chase that was released by AccuWeather.

#8 Google releases a cool new iOS-only keyboard, no word on Android version

38 votes – Gboard allows for users to search and insert various pieces of information directly from the keyboard, but was met with a bit of disdain from those in the Android circle. A Google product rep later stated that the keyboard is “in the works” for Android devices. The pitchforks can rest easy… for now.

#7 Google Maps Driving Mode is now available in all countries

38 votes – Google introduced Driving mode in the beginning of the year, but was only available in select countries. Well it seems that Google has flipped the switch on Driving Mode within Google Maps, and the service is now available worldwide.

#6 Samsung Good Lock update brings a big list of changes

38 votes – Samsung’s answer to UI customization is still in its infancy, but an update earlier this week brought a slew of new features and bug fixes to the Good Lock application.

#5 Google News will now surface local news sources for major stories

40 votes – You can now use Google News to keep track of major news stories provided by your local news outlets.

#4 Google releases new Material Design guidelines for Material Motion

41 votes – In an effort to build up Material Design, Google released its guidelines for Material Motion. This helps developers provide a more fluid and beautiful experience within their applications, while sticking to the Material Design guidelines.

#3 Google is testing black hyperlinks in Search

43 votes – The blue links that we all see while searching Google may soon be changed to black. Time will tell if this rolls out to everyone and this may just be Google testing out a new feature and getting some real-time feedback from its users.

#2 Will Google announce a Chrome/Android merger at I/O 2016?

44 votes – There are a lot of rumors swirling around what will be announced at Google I/O 2016, but few are as big as a possible Chrome/Android merger. Some evidence has appeared that may point to a possible merger in the very near future.

#1 The FCC and FTC are investigating OEMs and carriers about smartphone security updates

46 votes – Are you tired of your smartphone taking forever to get just regular security updates? Well the FCC and FTC have reached out to manufacturers and carriers to figure out the reason behind the delays.

What’s YOUR top news item for the week?

Disagree with the Top 10? Let us know in the comments and vote for yourself every day by downloading EarlyBird on Google Play!


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