Google Confirms Arrival of Pixel 4 via Android Open Source Project

Sheri Evans
April 4, 2019

According to Google's support site, Duplex has started rolling out to iOS and non-Pixel Android devices, as spotted by 9to5Google. The adware also comes with the ability to hide an infected app's icon from the launcher, making it hard to uninstall the app.

Essentially, any app can use the new Bubbles notification.

The Android parent wants to make it easier for Google Messages users to find contacts that they want to communicate with and it has introduced a new feature in this latest update that does exactly that.

System-level chat bubbles have been introduced in addition to swipe gestures for navigating recent apps via the navigation bar that function identically to Apple's iOS gestures, albeit now without the polish.

These bubbles are similar to those of Facebook Messenger. Malware enters the phone through SMS when users grant the app permission to access SMS.

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Joining the Bubbles is a foldables emulator that enables developers to build Android Q apps for devices that feature two displays. Users who click on a link for the Pixel 2 are now taken instead to the newer Pixel 3.

Screenshots no longer have notches, cut-outs, or rounded corners. So, for example, an app that records with a device's front-facing camera could specifically use the device's front-facing microphone (if it has one) for improved audio recording. Regardless Google is being much more open this time around with regard to how it is interacting with the developer community for the next version of Android.

When Will I Get the Update?

If you aren't in the beta program, you can join it here or manually flash the factory images from here. You still can, but just not directly from Google. Apps that would use Scoped Storage include photo and video galleria, media browsing and document storage apps. This service works even if those apps were installed from somewhere else.

Some apps might crash on startup because of legacy behaviors. These are apps which encourage the installation of other apps for profit.

That aside, Google is bringing the familiar "Bubbles" icons to Android Q with platform support.

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