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Andreas Proschofsky

Andreas Proschofsky Verified in Google 

Editor for DER STANDARD / derStandard.at with a focus on Linux, Android and Open Source in general

Occupation: Writing about tech, experimenting with hard- and software, breaking stuff, having fun while doing it.

Followers: 14,551

Cream of the Crop: 12/30/2011

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Andreas Proschofsky has been at 6 events

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Ingress4,604,369Here is a list of Emergent XM Anomalies based on the work of our Investigative community (in particular Agents @106659698189802662704, @117738441461289511785, @100199463603847137126 and @110159431272374626617, with the assistance of many other agents, including @105778793545951234272, @116675615740217671707 and @110871731521065367776) and verified by highly-placed Intelligence sources.   *OCTOBER 12, 2013* Los Angeles, CA San Jose, CA Bangkok, Thailand *OCTOBER 26, 2013* Seattle, WA Kiev, Ukraine *NOVEMBER 2, 2013* Atlanta, GA Madrid, Spain Mumbai, India *NOVEMBER 16, 2013* Dallas, TX Vienna, Austria *DECEMBER 7, 2013* Phoenix, AZ Rome, Italy *DECEMBER 14, 2013* San Francisco, CA Buenos Aires, Argentina The intelligence sources have indicated that as the #13MAGNUS data is analyzed further, secondary locations may also be uncovered. More information will be added to this Google+ event page as it becomes available.XM Anomaly: #13MAGNUS, Vienna2013-11-16 13:00:00382  
Google+13,976,192The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033489  
Niantic Project1,757,969Agents, here are additional details related to the Emergent Anomaly in San Francisco on May 16, 2013. Operation: Bowstring2013-05-16 19:00:00253  
Google Developers2,316,429Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005048  
Trey Ratcliff8,851,543*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001381  
Vic Gundotra6,863,699Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold. If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002645  

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2017-06-07 18:18:13 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

If you were wondering, why I haven't been posting a lot here lately, this is the reason: I dislocated my elbow during a game of soccer some ten days ago (and tore some of the elbow ligaments in the process). Today I got a hardware upgrade, removing the cast and now sporting a orthosis (pictured) which limits side movements but still lets me move the arm somehow (mostly to prevent the arm from stiffening). Anyway: Don't want to bore you with medical details, so here are some insights I got from only being able to use one hand for typing:
+ Typing in complex passwords is a real pain in the ass. Which makes Smart Lock (especially on the Chromebook) sooooo much more valuable to me right now.
+ Voice input on Android has gotten really good in the last few years. Sure, I've been using it time and time again, but I was still surprised by the level of accuracy it now provides when... more »

Most reshares: 10

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2017-06-02 00:22:41 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Remember when Google was pondering the idea of publicly shaming vendors who don't update their devices? Well - they kinda have done that now. in a new blog post they have released a list of devices that have received a security update in the last year. And the result is not pretty. Basically the list contains all the supported Google devices, a bunch of Android One smartphones, the Blackberry Priv, recent Samsung devices and not a whole lot else... No LG G5, not a single HTC device, only two Motorola devices...

Most plusones: 137

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2017-06-13 13:59:23 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Expect future (=not this year's) Pixel phones being powered by Google's own chips. Personally I'm really excited (though not overly surprised) by this move. Qualcomm desperately needs a strong competitor in the Android space. Also I'm secretly hoping that Google might open source stuff others keep proprietary (drivers, firmware).

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2017-06-23 17:48:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

High-end smartphones entering new price regions. Expect other manufacturers to follow suit.

High-end smartphones entering new price regions. Expect other manufacturers to follow suit.___

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2017-06-23 16:38:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Google will stop using mail content for ads personalization later this year!
"G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change"

Google will stop using mail content for ads personalization later this year!
"G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change"___

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2017-06-22 19:45:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Oh please, will you never learn? Google has been using internal codenames for their upcoming releases for quite some time now. And they never match the final, official codename. Android 6 was internally called "Macadamia Nut Cookie", Android 7 went under "New York Cheesecake" prior to release. So that "OC" moniker tells us exactly nothing about the final codename for Android 8.

Oh please, will you never learn? Google has been using internal codenames for their upcoming releases for quite some time now. And they never match the final, official codename. Android 6 was internally called "Macadamia Nut Cookie", Android 7 went under "New York Cheesecake" prior to release. So that "OC" moniker tells us exactly nothing about the final codename for Android 8.___

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2017-06-20 20:40:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Lots of good stuff coming to Fedora Workstation 26/27. Fractional scaling for GNOME Shell, better integration of the Nvidia binary driver, a new audio / video subystem called PipeWire, HDR support - and much more.

Lots of good stuff coming to Fedora Workstation 26/27. Fractional scaling for GNOME Shell, better integration of the Nvidia binary driver, a new audio / video subystem called PipeWire, HDR support - and much more.___

2017-06-20 18:19:25 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Wait. What??? The old Android Market was still running somewhere??? Bummer.

Wait. What??? The old Android Market was still running somewhere??? Bummer.___

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2017-06-20 18:03:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The first OnePlus 5 reviews are in and they are a (surprisingly) mixed bag. Still looking forward to it (even though I really can't stand specsheet BS like those 8 GB RAM)

The first OnePlus 5 reviews are in and they are a (surprisingly) mixed bag. Still looking forward to it (even though I really can't stand specsheet BS like those 8 GB RAM)___

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2017-06-19 20:52:23 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Now about that desktop client...

Now about that desktop client...___

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2017-06-19 19:08:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

About that S8 "exclusive" Google Play Music station. Just follow the link, it's pretty neat ;)

About that S8 "exclusive" Google Play Music station. Just follow the link, it's pretty neat ;)___

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2017-06-19 18:31:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

The G6+ solves a bunch of my gripes with the original G6, now we'll just have to find out what premium they will charge for it. Still: Well done, LG!

The G6+ solves a bunch of my gripes with the original G6, now we'll just have to find out what premium they will charge for it. Still: Well done, LG!___

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2017-06-15 07:44:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Exciting stuff. In the future lots of machine learning tasks will be done directly on your local device which should not only result in speedier results (not network latency) but could also bring privacy gains.

Exciting stuff. In the future lots of machine learning tasks will be done directly on your local device which should not only result in speedier results (not network latency) but could also bring privacy gains.___

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2017-06-14 16:05:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Is Google heading for a Material Design revamp?
Seems like Google is testing a new design direction for Google Now. Usually I wouldn't give all too much attention to that, they are trying out all sorts of crazy things which might never end up in a stable build. But then I noticed something interesting. Look at this screenshot of the new Chrome OS Login Screen:
https://plus.google.com/+AndreasProschofsky/posts/HpLd3vCdP1y
See the similarities? Especially the input box: Transparent background, the exact same underline. So are we up for some sort of next generation Material Design?
If the answer is yes I'll wait for more examples to give my judgement. While I really like this style in the Chrome OS Login Screen case, it doesn't convince me in the Google Now app. The top is fine but the icon list just doesn't provide enough contrast which makes the icons look... more »

Is Google heading for a Material Design revamp?
Seems like Google is testing a new design direction for Google Now. Usually I wouldn't give all too much attention to that, they are trying out all sorts of crazy things which might never end up in a stable build. But then I noticed something interesting. Look at this screenshot of the new Chrome OS Login Screen:
https://plus.google.com/+AndreasProschofsky/posts/HpLd3vCdP1y
See the similarities? Especially the input box: Transparent background, the exact same underline. So are we up for some sort of next generation Material Design?
If the answer is yes I'll wait for more examples to give my judgement. While I really like this style in the Chrome OS Login Screen case, it doesn't convince me in the Google Now app. The top is fine but the icon list just doesn't provide enough contrast which makes the icons look lost.___

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2017-06-14 15:52:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

I gotta say: I really like the new lock screen design in Chrome OS 61 :)

I gotta say: I really like the new lock screen design in Chrome OS 61 :)___

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2017-06-14 09:47:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Just got the update to Chrome OS 61 on my Chromebook Pixel (2015). And this one finally includes the upgrade to Android 7.1.1 :)))) Which also means: Freely re-sizable windows for Android apps. Right now everything still seems a bit buggy (Outlook crashes immediately for me for instance) but remember this is the Dev-Channel, so such things are to be expected. Still: This is a major milestone for Android support on Chromebooks! :)

Just got the update to Chrome OS 61 on my Chromebook Pixel (2015). And this one finally includes the upgrade to Android 7.1.1 :)))) Which also means: Freely re-sizable windows for Android apps. Right now everything still seems a bit buggy (Outlook crashes immediately for me for instance) but remember this is the Dev-Channel, so such things are to be expected. Still: This is a major milestone for Android support on Chromebooks! :)___

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2017-06-13 14:04:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Exciting work. Wish we could have open graphics drivers on smartphones, too.

+Android booting without closed-source binary blobs, but instead a full open source graphics stacks via Etnaviv drivers on +NXP Semiconductors i.MX6 boards.___Exciting work. Wish we could have open graphics drivers on smartphones, too.

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2017-06-13 13:59:23 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Expect future (=not this year's) Pixel phones being powered by Google's own chips. Personally I'm really excited (though not overly surprised) by this move. Qualcomm desperately needs a strong competitor in the Android space. Also I'm secretly hoping that Google might open source stuff others keep proprietary (drivers, firmware).

Expect future (=not this year's) Pixel phones being powered by Google's own chips. Personally I'm really excited (though not overly surprised) by this move. Qualcomm desperately needs a strong competitor in the Android space. Also I'm secretly hoping that Google might open source stuff others keep proprietary (drivers, firmware).___

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2017-06-12 17:42:28 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Oh Samsung... Anyone here already hit by this?

Oh Samsung... Anyone here already hit by this?___

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2017-06-12 17:01:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

From the "oh shit, wait, oh, actually not that bad" department.
If I had to take a wild guess for the reason behind the cancellation: Taimen (the even bigger one, third device in development) might be the one with a nearly bezel-less display. (there have been some rumors circulating about this). If true than a Pixel XL with the same design as last year would most likely be the same size as Taimen with a bigger display. At that point it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to produce both of those device.
Or Google just figured out that is borderline crazy to deliver three devices if you aren't even able to sell / produce two right now. To be totally honest: I doubt they ever planned to release three devices, most likely the went for two different large screen designs to have a fallback if the more ambitious one doesn't work out)

From the "oh shit, wait, oh, actually not that bad" department.
If I had to take a wild guess for the reason behind the cancellation: Taimen (the even bigger one, third device in development) might be the one with a nearly bezel-less display. (there have been some rumors circulating about this). If true than a Pixel XL with the same design as last year would most likely be the same size as Taimen with a bigger display. At that point it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to produce both of those device.
Or Google just figured out that is borderline crazy to deliver three devices if you aren't even able to sell / produce two right now. To be totally honest: I doubt they ever planned to release three devices, most likely the went for two different large screen designs to have a fallback if the more ambitious one doesn't work out)___

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2017-06-08 20:13:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

DP3 OTA has started to roll out.

DP3 OTA has started to roll out.___

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2017-06-08 20:08:44 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Google's +Urs Hölzle on why they started to build their own chips for machine learning tasks:
"But when Dean and Hölzle ran the numbers, they realized that if every Android user in the world used about three minutes of voice recognition time per day, Google would need twice as much computing power to handle it all."

Google's +Urs Hölzle on why they started to build their own chips for machine learning tasks:
"But when Dean and Hölzle ran the numbers, they realized that if every Android user in the world used about three minutes of voice recognition time per day, Google would need twice as much computing power to handle it all."___

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2017-06-08 18:47:45 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

In news which surprise no-one: Android O will officially be called Android 8. What concerns me though: The DP3 does obviously not contain the latest round of security patches. Patch Level is May 5th not June 5th as it should be 🙄

In news which surprise no-one: Android O will officially be called Android 8. What concerns me though: The DP3 does obviously not contain the latest round of security patches. Patch Level is May 5th not June 5th as it should be 🙄___

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2017-06-08 18:17:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

That was faster than expected: Android O Dev Preview 3 is available which also means that the API is now final! :) So: time for devs to start porting their apps!

That was faster than expected: Android O Dev Preview 3 is available which also means that the API is now final! :) So: time for devs to start porting their apps!___

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2017-06-08 17:17:27 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Also: Software should be bug free in general, battery should last forever and the screen should never crack when you drop your device.

Also: Software should be bug free in general, battery should last forever and the screen should never crack when you drop your device.___

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2017-06-07 18:18:13 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

If you were wondering, why I haven't been posting a lot here lately, this is the reason: I dislocated my elbow during a game of soccer some ten days ago (and tore some of the elbow ligaments in the process). Today I got a hardware upgrade, removing the cast and now sporting a orthosis (pictured) which limits side movements but still lets me move the arm somehow (mostly to prevent the arm from stiffening). Anyway: Don't want to bore you with medical details, so here are some insights I got from only being able to use one hand for typing:
+ Typing in complex passwords is a real pain in the ass. Which makes Smart Lock (especially on the Chromebook) sooooo much more valuable to me right now.
+ Voice input on Android has gotten really good in the last few years. Sure, I've been using it time and time again, but I was still surprised by the level of accuracy it now provides when... more »

If you were wondering, why I haven't been posting a lot here lately, this is the reason: I dislocated my elbow during a game of soccer some ten days ago (and tore some of the elbow ligaments in the process). Today I got a hardware upgrade, removing the cast and now sporting a orthosis (pictured) which limits side movements but still lets me move the arm somehow (mostly to prevent the arm from stiffening). Anyway: Don't want to bore you with medical details, so here are some insights I got from only being able to use one hand for typing:
+ Typing in complex passwords is a real pain in the ass. Which makes Smart Lock (especially on the Chromebook) sooooo much more valuable to me right now.
+ Voice input on Android has gotten really good in the last few years. Sure, I've been using it time and time again, but I was still surprised by the level of accuracy it now provides when dictating text.
+ I still don't like to use voice input - no matter how good it is. Just can get used to listening myself talking to a device. And that multiples if others are around.
tl;dr: Bear with me while I am trying to adapt ;)___

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2017-06-02 00:22:41 (10 comments; 10 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Remember when Google was pondering the idea of publicly shaming vendors who don't update their devices? Well - they kinda have done that now. in a new blog post they have released a list of devices that have received a security update in the last year. And the result is not pretty. Basically the list contains all the supported Google devices, a bunch of Android One smartphones, the Blackberry Priv, recent Samsung devices and not a whole lot else... No LG G5, not a single HTC device, only two Motorola devices...

Remember when Google was pondering the idea of publicly shaming vendors who don't update their devices? Well - they kinda have done that now. in a new blog post they have released a list of devices that have received a security update in the last year. And the result is not pretty. Basically the list contains all the supported Google devices, a bunch of Android One smartphones, the Blackberry Priv, recent Samsung devices and not a whole lot else... No LG G5, not a single HTC device, only two Motorola devices...___

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2017-06-01 23:36:53 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

So the rumor turns out to be true. Chrome is going to block "bad" ads by default starting in early 2018...

So the rumor turns out to be true. Chrome is going to block "bad" ads by default starting in early 2018...___

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2017-05-30 10:11:01 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Here it is: The new phone by Android founder Andy Rubin. Thoughts?

Here it is: The new phone by Android founder Andy Rubin. Thoughts?___

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2017-05-25 16:44:46 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Open Source has won.

Open Source has won.___

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2017-05-23 17:15:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Hope this shows up sooner than later. Right now the notifications are pretty annoying if you have multiple Cast devices on the same WiFi.

Hope this shows up sooner than later. Right now the notifications are pretty annoying if you have multiple Cast devices on the same WiFi.___

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2017-05-23 09:21:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

I really love that the Google Assistant no allows for text input and this is another useful addition.

I really love that the Google Assistant no allows for text input and this is another useful addition.___

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2017-05-23 06:37:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

I honestly wouldn't have expected Russia being the next country in the Android Pay expansion plan, but I guess: Good for them.

I honestly wouldn't have expected Russia being the next country in the Android Pay expansion plan, but I guess: Good for them.___

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2017-05-23 04:56:51 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Have been using Android Messages for the few SMS I'm getting since quite some time, so personally this won't change anything for me. YMMV though.

Have been using Android Messages for the few SMS I'm getting since quite some time, so personally this won't change anything for me. YMMV though.___

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2017-05-22 10:52:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Another one of my background articles from #io17 is about the security improvements for Android O. There is a whole bunch of interesting stuff to be found. Most importantly: The separation of the chipset vendor stuff in "Project Treble" also increases security as they are going to sandbox access between the vendor parts and the Android Framework. For instance the graphics driver is going to be sandboxed which should seriously impact exploitability. They also (once again) rearchitectured the media server to make use of sandboxing the drivers. For more details, head over to the article or watch the whole talk on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9_ytg6MUP0

Another one of my background articles from #io17 is about the security improvements for Android O. There is a whole bunch of interesting stuff to be found. Most importantly: The separation of the chipset vendor stuff in "Project Treble" also increases security as they are going to sandbox access between the vendor parts and the Android Framework. For instance the graphics driver is going to be sandboxed which should seriously impact exploitability. They also (once again) rearchitectured the media server to make use of sandboxing the drivers. For more details, head over to the article or watch the whole talk on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9_ytg6MUP0___

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2017-05-22 07:49:29 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

In a separate session at #io17 Google delivered some more details on Android Go and the technical implementation. For instance they are using Linux Cgroups to more aggressively handle task killing than on a regular Android. Also they are doing some UI changes (a new task switcher) which should minimize RAM usage. And Play Services parts are going to be loaded dynamically as some of them are not even used on the class of devices Android Go is supposed to run on. If you want to find out more head over to my article or watch the whole talk on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHKfKChZSE0

In a separate session at #io17 Google delivered some more details on Android Go and the technical implementation. For instance they are using Linux Cgroups to more aggressively handle task killing than on a regular Android. Also they are doing some UI changes (a new task switcher) which should minimize RAM usage. And Play Services parts are going to be loaded dynamically as some of them are not even used on the class of devices Android Go is supposed to run on. If you want to find out more head over to my article or watch the whole talk on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHKfKChZSE0___

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2017-05-21 10:55:01 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

This might sound really useful at first, but I'm actually not sure what this is supposed to achieve. WiFi scanning is part of the location services so it is activated even if you turn off WiFi. So what is this change really achieving? Anyone got a clue?

This might sound really useful at first, but I'm actually not sure what this is supposed to achieve. WiFi scanning is part of the location services so it is activated even if you turn off WiFi. So what is this change really achieving? Anyone got a clue?___

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2017-05-21 09:59:45 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Interesting little detail about Android O that I didn't see mentioned anywhere so far: Google is working on a new GPU renderer based on Skia which you can already try out in the current beta. If you've never heard about Skia: It's an open source 2D graphics library [1] also used massively in Chrome. So far there is no reasoning on why they are building a wholly new GPU renderer (it was only briefly mentioned in one #io17 talk) but usually performance (and / or flexibility) is the main reason for such architectural changes.
[1] https://skia.org/

Interesting little detail about Android O that I didn't see mentioned anywhere so far: Google is working on a new GPU renderer based on Skia which you can already try out in the current beta. If you've never heard about Skia: It's an open source 2D graphics library [1] also used massively in Chrome. So far there is no reasoning on why they are building a wholly new GPU renderer (it was only briefly mentioned in one #io17 talk) but usually performance (and / or flexibility) is the main reason for such architectural changes.
[1] https://skia.org/___

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2017-05-20 22:28:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

And the long travel back is about to start. Bye-Bye​ San Francisco / California, hope to see you soon again 😀 #io17 

And the long travel back is about to start. Bye-Bye​ San Francisco / California, hope to see you soon again 😀 #io17 ___

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2017-05-20 04:32:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Aaaaaannnnd... it's a wrap. #io17 is over. :( Gotta say I really enjoyed it this year, organization was much better than last year. Heading back to Austria tomorrow, hope you enjoyed some of my writing / reporting (btw: some articles are yet to be published, so stay tuned ;) ). Also: Here are some photos from day 3, enjoy!

Aaaaaannnnd... it's a wrap. #io17 is over. :( Gotta say I really enjoyed it this year, organization was much better than last year. Heading back to Austria tomorrow, hope you enjoyed some of my writing / reporting (btw: some articles are yet to be published, so stay tuned ;) ). Also: Here are some photos from day 3, enjoy!___

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2017-05-20 04:13:11 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

And if they say "call out" they actually mean contact you privately and help you fixing your sh*t. Basically the same ;)

And if they say "call out" they actually mean contact you privately and help you fixing your sh*t. Basically the same ;)___

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2017-05-19 23:49:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Think #io17 didn't deliver a whole lot of new stuff? Well maybe you missed something. Or a lot ;)

Think #io17 didn't deliver a whole lot of new stuff? Well maybe you missed something. Or a lot ;)___

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2017-05-19 17:57:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Google might not be ready to announce the official Android O codename. But they surely know how to troll #io17 visitors through snacks.

Google might not be ready to announce the official Android O codename. But they surely know how to troll #io17 visitors through snacks.___

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2017-05-19 06:28:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Day 2 of #io17 is over. And it ended in the perfect fashion - with a great concert by LCD Soundsystem. Follow the link for some more impressions.

Day 2 of #io17 is over. And it ended in the perfect fashion - with a great concert by LCD Soundsystem. Follow the link for some more impressions.___

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2017-05-19 03:52:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

😍😍😍 LCD Soundsystem @ #io17 #frontrowseat

😍😍😍 LCD Soundsystem @ #io17 #frontrowseat___

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2017-05-19 03:28:01 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

I really don't understand where people get the notion that Project Treble will somehow magically result in a longer support time. Currently the upper limit for support is pretty much set by the chipset vendor. And they won't just suddenly start supporting their parts for a longer period for the good of mankind. Sure - thanks to Treble a device manufacturer could go on supporting the AOSP parts without chipset vendor updates. But there simply is no point in doing that. Without the vendor fixing their bugs you can't have a secure device anymore. So by continuing to deliver updates, manufacturers would create the illusion of security - without actually providing it. Pretty much the same it's now with community ROMs on older devices.

I really don't understand where people get the notion that Project Treble will somehow magically result in a longer support time. Currently the upper limit for support is pretty much set by the chipset vendor. And they won't just suddenly start supporting their parts for a longer period for the good of mankind. Sure - thanks to Treble a device manufacturer could go on supporting the AOSP parts without chipset vendor updates. But there simply is no point in doing that. Without the vendor fixing their bugs you can't have a secure device anymore. So by continuing to deliver updates, manufacturers would create the illusion of security - without actually providing it. Pretty much the same it's now with community ROMs on older devices.___

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2017-05-19 02:00:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Well - that was fast. Just got the update myself.

Well - that was fast. Just got the update myself.___

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2017-05-19 01:26:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Coming up: One of my favorite sessions at every I/O: the Android fireside chat. #io17

Coming up: One of my favorite sessions at every I/O: the Android fireside chat. #io17___

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2017-05-18 22:59:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Damn, one of the buildings​ at the Shoreline just caught fire. Lots of shouting, getting people away. #IO17 

Damn, one of the buildings​ at the Shoreline just caught fire. Lots of shouting, getting people away. #IO17 ___

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2017-05-18 20:20:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

The Google design team give some great insight into how the new Android emojis were designed. #io17

The Google design team give some great insight into how the new Android emojis were designed. #io17___

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2017-05-18 20:11:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Android TV press briefing with +Sascha Prüter​

Android TV press briefing with +Sascha Prüter​___

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2017-05-18 17:09:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Daydream 2.0 incoming (later this year ;) )

Daydream 2.0 incoming (later this year ;) )___

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2017-05-18 15:14:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

The dream might finally come true.

The dream might finally come true.___

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