Top Android stories of the week (August 26th)


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.

EarlyBird has recently received a huge update that allows you to subscribe to specific topics so you never miss stories about your favorite things! 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 – Android Nougat Emojis

42 likes – With the release of Android Nougat, Google has integrated the latest version of Unicode into the latest software. This means that instead of the blobs that Android users had for years, we actually have the emojis that have been included in other versions of software including iOS. This article shows us the differences between emojis in Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat.

#9 – Nexus Custom Navbars

43 likes – The folks at Android Police were able to find some hidden code that may suggest that Google will allow users to customize their navbar. This code was found after the release of Android Nougat and will let users remove the standard “back, home, recents” buttons to be swapped with other options.

#8 – Android 7.0 Nougat review

44 likes – Ron from ArsTechnica published his full review of Android 7.0 Nougat and while the software is great, it doesn’t solve the fragmentation issues that continue to plague Android devices. However, Ron says this is the best version of Android for those using large devices.

#7 – Android 7.0 Nougat review

45 likes – The Verge published its full review of Android 7.0 Nougat and gives it a rating of 8.5 out of 10. The biggest issue that comes with this version of Android is the lack of OEM’s committing to timely updates for Android users. However, the Split-Screen function and updated notifications make this version of Android a pleasantry to use.

#6 – Google Allo stickers

45 likes – Although unreleased, the folks at Android Police have gotten their hands on some screenshots of Google Allo. These screenshots detail the different, and raunchy, sticker packs that are in the pre-release version of the upcoming messaging platform.

#5 – Night Light Android Nougat

46 likes – Google removed Night Mode from Android Nougat due to various complications. However, the code for Night Mode hasn’t been removed and a new app named Night Light re-enables this feature for those who want it, without requiring the device to be rooted.

#4 – Schedule Maintenance Releases

47 likes – Google will be releasing “scheduled maintenance releases” for Android 7.0 Nougat. These updates will bring “continued refinements and polish” with those part of the developer preview receiving the updates first.

#3 – Android Nougat encryption

48 likes – Android Nougat improves upon many things in Android, but one of the biggest upgrades is the improved encryption features. The latest software includes default encryption of emails and text messages when stored locally on your device, and more.

#2 – Android 7.0 Nougat Features

48 likes – If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you may not know all the great features that Android 7.0 Nougat has to offer. Luckily, there’s an easy way to view all the major changes and features and explanations as to why they are important to the Android experience.

#1 – Google Assistant and Nexus Launcher

49 likes – After confirming that it would be releasing scheduled maintenance updates with Android 7.0 Nougat, rumors began circling that Google Assistant and Nexus Launcher would be released within the first update, due sometime in September.

What’s YOUR top news item for the week?

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