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Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Developer Preview build 2.1 for Android 11 was released this afternoon by Google for the masses. This new update was officially released on April 2nd, 2020, and is build RPP2.200227.014, with Google Play Services 20.06.15 and x86 (32/64-bit) emulator support. This is a relatively minor update to the otherwise most-recent release for developers, that being Android 11 Developer Preview 2, released March 18, 2020.

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50k gamers banned from CoD battle royale game in March alone

50k gamers banned from CoD battle royale game in March alone

The creators of Call of Duty: Warzone took the ban hammer to the masses this week, crushing tens of thousands of cheaters. The team at Infinity Ward revealed that, since launch on March 10, 2020, they've had to ban over FIFTY THOUSAND PLAYERS from the game. What's more - they've not revealed the specific ways in which they've detected these cheaters, making it more difficult for said cheaters to find their way back to the game. That's normal, but the amount of players banned is certainly not.

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Stadia Makers revealed with Unity, bringing funds for games

Stadia Makers revealed with Unity, bringing funds for games

This week the folks at Stadia and Unity Technologies made an announcement about their new initiative to bring new games to the cloud gaming universe. This is part of the Google for Games Developer Summit - an online event, as is the situation with most events in the world at the moment. In Stadia Makers, creators will have the potential to be given technical assistance, free development hardware, and funding.

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Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google has canceled all of its I/O 2020 activities, having previously suggested that it would make the annual developer conference an online-only event. I/O was due to take place in mid-May in Mountain View, California, but Google was forced to rethink its in-person event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2 drops: New foldable, 5G & display features

Android 11 Developer Preview 2 drops: New foldable, 5G & display features

Google has released the Android 11 Developer Preview 2, squeezing in new features for foldable phones and tablets, along with improvements for high-refresh rate displays. The new version comes about a month after Developer Preview 1 was pushed out, though as before this isn't really intended for public use.

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Apple’s WWDC 2020 goes online-only amid coronavirus crisis

Apple’s WWDC 2020 goes online-only amid coronavirus crisis

The event known as WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2020 was pushed to an online-only event as of this afternoon. The event generally takes place around June, last year it took place on June 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 in San Jose, California. This year it'll be in June as well, but dates have not yet been set.

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OnePlus IDEAS revealed: Brainstorms rewarded with event tickets

OnePlus IDEAS revealed: Brainstorms rewarded with event tickets

OnePlus just revealed a system with which they'll accept ideas from their community for possible implementation in their products. To reward users for ideas that make their way to implementation, OnePlus said they'll be giving away VIP Tickets to OnePlus events along with round-trip tickets and one-night accommodations for said event. They'll also be giving community members "Community credits" as rewards for participation, as well as items like OnePlus Bullets earbuds.

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Google IO 2020 cancelled in part: Coronavirus claims another conference

Google IO 2020 cancelled in part: Coronavirus claims another conference

The physical portion of the developer event Google IO 2020 was cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19. This is "in accordance with guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities," said the Google I/O Team - which begs the question: Why are any events going on in California as planned? Prospective Google I/O 2020 attendees will receive full refunds by March 13, 2020 from Google.

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MediaTek-SU hacks phone from a simple app

MediaTek-SU hacks phone from a simple app

Highlighting the extreme importance of keeping current with security updates for one's phone, MediaTek-SU was noted today by Google. In the Android Security Bulletin for March 2020, security vulnerability CVE-2020-0069 was detailed by Google. This is not a new exploit - in fact it's been out in the wild for almost a year.

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Facebook F8 developers conference canceled, alternatives coming soon

Facebook F8 developers conference canceled, alternatives coming soon

It should probably no longer be a surprise nor a mystery. Any big gathering scheduled in the first quarter or even the first half of the year has a chance of being canceled or have its participants withdraw from attendance. That is especially true for conferences that open their doors to international participants. The latest to announce a cancellation is Facebook, whose F8 conference was supposed to take place in May. It is, however, looking for other ways to still have some developer activity, just not in person.

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Android 11 Quick Settings icons get colorful in red, green, blue, and yellow

Android 11 Quick Settings icons get colorful in red, green, blue, and yellow

Upon digging deep within the code for the first Android 11 / Android R developer preview Beta build of Google's new mobile OS, colors were discovered! Colors were found in a code dump from the Google Pixel 4 version of Android 11 DP1 (developer preview 1) here in February of 2020. The colors available seem to match those of Google's own logo, with Google-logo-toned yellow, red, green, and blue.

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Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Android 11 prepares phones for 5 different states of 5G

Today we get our first major glimpse of what Google developers are doing to prepare Android 11 (or Android R) for 5G connectivity. We see the next-generation operating system update with the Android 11 Developer Preview, a bit of software that was just released for app developers today. With 5G, the Android experience expands in a number of exciting ways - but it begins at the base, with features like "dynamic meteredness" and a newly updated bandwidth estimator API.

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