Google now forces Android phone makers to advertise Google services support

What you need to know Google now mandates the promotion of Google apps compatibility on retail copies of compatible Android phones. Xiaomi is the first retailer to adopt this change. The move follows Huawei’s exile from Google’s Android even as the OEM pushes its own P-Series phones.

Google might be killing off Duo in favor of Meet

With all the focus on Meet, the new messaging chief opted to have the service become Google’s one video calling service for both regular and enterprise customers. Internally, this is being described as a merger of the two services that is codenamed “Duet” — a portmanteau of Duo and Meet.

Google removes app that wanted you to delete ‘Chinese apps’ from Google Play

Google has removed the Android app called Remove China Apps. Published by Jaipur-based developers, the ‘Remove China Apps’ became popular after the recent social media backlash against TikTok and the ongoing tensions between India and China in the Ladakh region. The app has been downloaded by over 50 lakh users and was among the top […]

A license that allowed Google to update older Huawei phones just expired

Older Huawei phones sold before May 16, 2019, when the ban on Huawei went into effect, had thus far been exempt from the ban on Google Mobile Services (GMS) on Huawei phones. This meant that while newer Huawei phones could no longer run GMS, these older phones could still receive updates to Android and Google […]

Google may pull the plug on Duo for Meet

With all the focus on Meet, the new messaging chief opted to have the service become Google’s one video calling service for both regular and enterprise customers. Internally, this is being described as a merger of the two services that is codenamed “Duet” — a portmanteau of Duo and Meet.

Epic Games claims Google forced OnePlus to renege on a Fortnite launcher deal

Epic Games recently sued Apple and Google over the removal of Fortnite from the App Store and Play Store, respectively. However, Epic also claimed that Google forced OEMs, namely OnePlus and LG, to break off deals that would see the Fortnite launcher preinstalled on their phones.

Epic Games sues Apple, Google over the removal of Fortnite from their respective app stores

Epic’s complaint against Google reads; “Epic does not seek monetary compensation from this Court for the injuries it has suffered. Epic likewise does not seek a side deal or favourable treatment from Google for itself. Instead, Epic seeks injunctive relief that would deliver Google’s broken promise: an open, competitive Android ecosystem for all users and […]

Security News This Week: The NSA and FBI Expose Fancy Bear’s Sneaky Hacking Tool

The National Security Agency is not known for being especially chatty. But it has made some useful public overtures of late; last week it offered tips to limit location tracking on your smartphone, and this week it followed up by going public with sneaky new Russian malware it discovered alongside the FBI. The announcement links […]

BIG NEWS: Former Indian captain MS Dhoni announces retirement

The 38-year-old Dhoni, one of the best match winners in ODI cricket, has played 350 ODIs for India and amassed 10773 runs at 50.58 with 10 hundreds and 73 fifties. His highest is 183. Dhoni has also played 98 T20Is, scoring 1617 runs with a highest of 56 and averaged a respectable 37.6.

Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff

Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s […]