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July 22, 2017

What are Android App permissions, and how do devs implement them?

From recording videos, to making phone calls, to completing purchases and posting updates to your various social media accounts – there’s countless legitimate reasons why an Android app might require access to sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information.

However, exploiting access to sensitive data and device features is also a favourite technique of malicious apps, so to help keep users and their devices safe, Android apps run in a limited access sandbox by default. If your app requires access to anything that isn’t included in this basic sandbox, then it needs to ask for the user’s permission.

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March 8, 2017

Google Assistant rolling out to Nougat and Marshmallow phones (Update #2: for real this time)

Update #2 (3/8): A few days ago, Google announced that the Assistant would begin rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat phones sometime this week, and it looks like it’s finally happening. For real this time.

We’re hearing more and more reports from users who have been receiving the Assistant on their devices over the past 12 hours or so, so it looks like Google has finally started issuing the full rollout. Just remember, this is a server-side update, so your phone should automatically receive the update. To check if you have Google Assistant or not, just long-press your home button.

Update #1 (3/2): Google has just released a new YouTube video, announcing that Google [...]
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