Top Android Stories of the Week (November 11th)


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 – WebVR Android

53 likes – Google announced that WebVR would be coming to compatible Android devices in January. This allows devices to experience virtual reality through the Chrome mobile browser, without installing any extra applications or services.

#9 – Galaxy S8 Power Button

54 likes – A new rumor is circulating which suggests that Samsung will use a touch-based power button with the upcoming Galaxy S8. The rumor also states that Samsung will use 3-coil wireless charging which will enable faster charging over a larger area on the rear of the device.

#8 – Android Extensions

55 likes – Google has released the Android 7.0 Compatibility Definition Document which is a list of rules that OEM’s must abide by when releasing Android devices. Within this document, there is literature regarding the use of Android Extensions which could lead to faster software updates.

#7 – Android Nougat Screenshots

57 likes – A Redditor has found that there is hidden code which allows you to take partial screenshots with Android Nougat. If you are rooted, you can alter the code to be able to take advantage of this feature.

#6 – Qualcomm Quick Charge Android

59 likes – The Android 7.0 Compatibility Definition Document contains a slew of information regarding OEMs and what will be possible, but the document also suggests that Google may end support for non-standard USB Type-C charging methods. This includes Qualcomm’s Quick Charge capabilities that have been offered for the past couple of years.

#5 – Google Headphone Controls

61 likes – For quite some time, Google has not forced manufacturers to support inline controls, but the new Android 7.0 CDD includes content suggesting this may change in the future.

#4 – November Android Security Update

61 likes – Google has released the latest Android security update for the Pixel and Pixel XL devices, as well as Nexus devices. This update brings these devices to the November security update with bug fixes and exploit patches.

#3 – Quick Charge 4.0

62 likes – Qualcomm is preparing to release the latest version of its Quick Charge capabilities. The new Quick Charge 4.0 will be released in 2017 alongside the Snapdragon 830 processor and will feature charging speeds of 28W at 5V/4.7A~5.6A, 9V/4A.

#2 – Google Now Layout

66 likes – Google seems to be working on a new layout for the Google Now page, which includes redesigned shortcuts as well as new Cards to interact with.

#1 – Android Auto Update

76 likes – Google has released Android Auto version 2.0 which is a game-changer for the mobile application. You will no longer need to purchase a compatible headset for your car, instead, you will be able to access Android Auto from the application on your Android device of choice.

What’s YOUR top news item for the week?

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