Top Android stories of the week (October 14th)


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 – Google Assistant Comedy

48 likes – In order to spruce up Google Assistant, the company hired writers from The Onion and Pixar to provide some comedic relief to the received responses.

#9 – Pixel Dialer app

49 likes – The new dialer app from the Pixel and Pixel XL was leaked and now you can download the specific APK and use it on any device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. In order to make sure that you’re always using the new dialer app, you will need to set the new app as the default within your devices settings menu.

#8 – Pixel 4K Video

50 likes – A new video was published to YouTube which claimed to show off the 4K video capturing capabilities of the Google Pixel. The video displays what to expect from the devices image stabilization, slow-mo recording, and general video quality.

#7 – Play Movies & TV Update

50 likes – A new update to the Google Play Movies & TV application now alerts you whenever you have a reward which is expiring. The update also includes a channel for trailers, TV show recommendations, and prepares for the release of 4K content.

#6 – Now on Tap Screenshot

51 likes – A few users have reported that the screenshot button found within the Google Now on Tap screen has disappeared. It’s not known whether Google is permanently removing the feature just yet.

#5 – Pixel and Pixel XL IP53

51 likes – After the Pixel and Pixel XL were introduced, one of the biggest questions remaining was whether these devices were waterproof. Google has since confirmed that they are IP53 certified, meaning that there’s not much the devices can withstand without being affected by water damage.

#4 – Chrome Version 55 RAM

52 likes – The current mobile version of Google Chrome (v53) is still a pretty big RAM hog, but Chrome version 55 may reduce RAM usage by up to 50% with its new V8 JavaScript Engine.

#3 – Play Store UI Changes

55 likes – Google is testing out new changes to the UI of the Play Store as there are new banner graphics, and the consolidation of movies, music, and books into a single “Entertainment” header.

#2 – Nexus 5X to Pixel Upgrade

57 likes – Now that the Pixel has been announced, owners of the Nexus 5X are wondering whether the new device is worth the upgrade. The folks at Android Central take a look at the differences to help you make the decision.

#1 – Pixel and Pixel XL Picture Samples

64 likes – The cameras on the Pixel and Pixel XL are being touted as the highest rated cameras from DxOMark, and Google has provided some camera samples to show off its capabilities.

What’s YOUR top news item for the week?

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


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