Top Android stories of the week (July 22nd)


The amount of Android news each week can be overwhelming, 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:

#10 – Samsung Galaxy S7 Active IP68 Rating

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is known for being able to be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes. Consumer Reports ran a series of tests that found two devices that failed this test, but Samsung has responded to these claims. Samsung states that it will stand behind its limited warranty and offer a replacement device for any that are affected by water damage.

#9 – ADB Commands for Moto G4 and Blu R1 HD

After launching the Motorola Moto G4 and Blu R1 HD, there were many questions about whether you could disable the lock-screen ads that appear on the special editions of these devices. AFTVNews has created a walkthrough that shows users how to disable these ads without rooting the device or using third-party applications.

#8 – Android N DP5 App Installs

Once the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat was released, people began discovering new features with the latest software. One user found that your device will now tell you whether you installed an application from the Play Store, or if you used the regular package installer and installed an app from a third-party source.

#7 – Germany Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving cars are closer and closer to becoming a reality, and in preparation Germany will be issuing a special requirement for these cars. The cars must be equipped with what’s known as a “black box”, this will contain all different pieces of information about the car including when the car enters and exits automatic driving mode. This will help to determine who’s at fault during a car accident with a self-driving car.

#6 – Google Photos Update

Version 1.24 of Google Photos has been released and includes a couple of new changes. The first is in regards to the UI of the cropping tool. Google has changed the UI and added a few new features to make cropping photos a bit easier. Secondly, Google has added sorting options to albums that have already been created.

#5 – Android Nougat Easter Egg Game

As with every major Android release, Google’s developers include a fun “Easter Egg” game for users to play around with. The latest Developer Preview of Android Nougat includes a new game, but there were many questions as to what all goes into the game as well as how the game works.

#4 – Chromebook Android Apps

Although Google has started making Android apps available for specific Chromebooks, there are still questions as to how well these apps will work with Chrome OS. Android Central has taken a deeper look into the experience, and states there are still many hurdles to overcome before the Play Store hits the big screen.

For example, Android apps are not designed to be used with keyboard navigation, so pressing enter in a field may cause some issues.

#3 – Pokemon GO footprints

The craze surrounding Pokemon GO has yet to die down, even with all the various bugs and server issues that have been popping up. When it comes to surrounding the Nearby menu which shows how close each Pokemon is to your location. The three footprints equal various distances and will give you an idea of how far you need to travel for the Pokemon to spawn:

  • 1 footprint = 40m (130ft)
  • 2 footprints = 60m (200ft)
  • 3 footprints = 90m+ (300ft+)

#2 – Android Nougat Developer Preview 5

Google has released the final Developer Preview of Android 7.0 Nougat. The latest version doesn’t add many new changes, but instead, focuses on bug fixes and last minute UI behavior changes. This means users are just one step closer to the official release of the latest Android operating system.

#1 – Essential Android Apps

One of the biggest questions when it comes to owning any mobile device is “what are the best apps”. The folks at LifeHacker took a look at the different options and have compiled its list of “Essential Android Apps”. The list includes popular apps such as Google Keep, Boomerang, Pushbullet, Dark Sky, and more.

What’s YOUR top news item for the week?

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