Screenshots of Android 8.0 Oreo for Asus ZenFone 3 leaked out

Asus promised to update the ZenFone 3 and 4 smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo at some point but didn’t offer a clear ETA for the release of the major OS upgrade. Today, we have several screenshots that show the new ZenUI that will run over the upcoming Oreo update for ZenFone 3.

Graphics-wise, there don’t seem to be many differences between the new ZenUI and the one running on top of Android Nougat. Also, we can’t yet confirm whether or not Asus cut back on the bloatware as it promised back in August.

The good news is all the new features and improvements included …


Google Chrome browser for Android to get HDR video support

Google is planning to add HDR video support to the Chrome browser for Android. The information comes from a couple of commits (commits record source code changes to the repository) that were recently spotted on Chromium Gerrit (the web-based team code collaboration tool for Chrome). 
According to these commits, the Android version of Google’s ubiquitous web browser will be able to extract VP9 HDR metadata from the video container and pass it to the MediaCodec. In layman’s terms, this means that Chrome will be able to playback …

Motorola sends teaser telling Moto Z2 Force users that Android 8.0 is a few weeks away

Some owners of the Motorola Moto Z2 Force have received a teaser telling them that the update to Android 8.0 “may take a while, so check back in a few weeks!” The update adds new features like Picture-in-Picture (which allows users to watch video while continuing to work with an app running in the background), Adaptive Icons (Hello, Squircle!), Autofill and more.

Possibly more exciting for those with a Motorola handset receiving the Oreo update, are the several new applications that are unique to the manufacturer. These include a new feature that saves passwords in a secure manner, and a …

Google bans Android apps that show ads on your lockscreen, there's a catch however


In a rather user-friendly move today, Google has changed its Play Store policies and no longer allows apps that place obtrusive ads on your handset’s lock screen. The new change affects all apps whose purpose is any other from being lockscreens themselves and is detailed in the the developers’ monetization support page. It reads as follows:

“Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lockscreen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device.”