Elevating Privacy and Security for your users

Posted by Krish Vitaldevara, Director, Product Management We know that a big part of feeling safe online is having control over your data. That’s why every day we’re committed to empowering users with advanced security and privacy controls and increased agency with respect to data practices. With the new Data safety section, developers will now … Read more

Some versions of Android share users’ personal data with no chance to opt-out

A new report published by researchers at Dublin’s Trinity College (via Gizmodo) examines versions of Google’s Android operating system developed by manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi. The researchers discovered that even when the software is “minimally configured” and an Android phone is sitting on a desk not being used at the moment, these Android … Read more

Businesses on Instagram Can Boost Posts Driving Users to Message Them on WhatsApp

Corporate synergy alert: Businesses on Instagram can now run boosted posts that drive potential customers to message them on WhatsApp, so long as their WhatsApp Business and Instagram accounts are connected. Businesses wishing to take advantage of this option should follow these steps: Under profile settings, add their WhatsApp business number to “contact options” on…

The TikToker army keeps growing: 1 billion monthly users

At this point, hardly anyone can say they’ve never heard of TikTok, boomers and millennials alike. The popular video-publishing platform has massively exploded into popularity over the past few years, becoming something of a staple of Western youth society, and nearly on par with YouTube these days.  As you probably know, TikTok is the place … Read more

Average Monthly Active Users of the World’s Top 500 Apps Surpassed 90 Million in Q2

Some aspects of the global mobile app market have normalized since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Q2 2020, such as first-time app installs, which grew 1.7 percent year-over-year in H1 2021, trailing the enormous 25.7 percent Y/Y growth seen in H1 2020. However, consumer spending growth has remained elevated—and so has consumer engagement … Read more

“The Ghost of Google Maps” has been frightening both iOS and Android users of the app

According to Google Maps users on Twitter and Reddit, a mysterious male voice can be heard coming from the app. The voice is deep and has an Indian accent. One Reddit user with the handle u/couverando1984 explains what happened to him. “Hi. I use the English voice and it’s normally a woman’s voice. On my … Read more

Bringing richer navigation, charging, parking apps to more Android Auto users

Posted by Madan Ankapura, Product Manager Today, we are releasing the beta of Android for Cars App Library version 1.1. Your Android Auto apps using features that require Car App API level 2+ like map interactivity, vehicle’s hardware data, multiple-length text, long message and sign-in templates, can now be used in cars with Android Auto … Read more

WhatsApp rolls out feature allowing users to transfer chat history from iPhone to Samsung device

In a blog post published today, popular messaging app WhatsApp announced that it has started rolling out new files that allow users to move their chat history from iOS to Android. This will take place without messages being sent to WhatsApp and will include voice messages, photos, and videos. The first Android phones to receive … Read more

Google News Sending Users Directly to Publishers’ Websites

An update rolling out soon to the Google News app will send users directly to publishers’ own webpages, rather than being sent to AMP pages. Google announced earlier this year it would begin supporting non-AMP content in Google News as part of the page experience update. The update was launched in June with no mention … Read more