Google investigated over massive data collection that could be costing consumers 'millions'

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It's definitely a handy addition if you want to keep interactions with your smartwatch minimal and don't fancy taking calls from the wrist if you have a Wear watch packing microphones and speakers. Let us know in the comments down below! Now, whenever you tap on the volume up or down buttons, it's always defaulting to the media's volume.

On the other hand, I'm comforted by the fact that Google is finally acknowledging, and taking steps to assuage, the growing problem of smartphone dependency. To an extent, it could Android P's AI-powered equivalent to Apple's True Tone display feature. Henrik Green, SVP of R&D and Volvo explained, "Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable". Nor will removing the SIM card stop it from happening. With a single, clean home button, you can swipe up to see a newly designed Overview, which is the spot where you have full-screen previews of your recently used apps.

Even when an individual's location service is disabled, Android would gather the addresses of nearby cellular towers and then share this data with Google, a practice it began at the start of 2017, according to the Quartz report. We're not sure how it works yet, but presumably it will change depending on what you're looking at. Experts say that Android P will hit more devices this year when the final build launches.

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The core of the issue is whether people who say "yes" to the location history feature in Android realise that their locations can be gathered even when Location Services are off. The software giant said some 1GB per month is being analysed by Google, without the users' explicit consent. Would you use an Automatic mode? To me, this is the type of smarts we need to focus on more when it comes to showcasing what's new in Android versions. Google, however, is never a fan of manual options or letting less knowledgeable users be in control. As a user, this is greatly appreciated.

Currently, there are 10 million users in Australia using androids. We can't really help you around that, but if your phone is running at least Android Oreo you can check out the brand new Pixel launcher that's been backported from Google's newest beta software. It's rather elementary, but finally, it's here!



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