Your Android Is About To Serve Google’s Device Tracking Network: Here’s How To Opt-Out

Find My Device has always been able to use location and internet services to put your Android phones on the map, which you can use to track, ring, lock, or factory reset the device. The latest update enables the use of Bluetooth on nearby Android phones to scan and send the location of a lost device. This also works for accessories like earphones and tracker tags that are compatible with Google’s Fast Pair service.

While this sounds fantastic for someone who might have lost their phone, the very nature of this feature means that your own devices participate in this digital handshake to exchange locations with other phones in the Find My Device network. As far as privacy concerns go, this utility is end-to-end encrypted, and can only be deciphered by your password-protected Android device — not even Google can pry into this information. 

However, with growing cases of financial fraud and privacy breaches, especially cases where one should start removing personal data from the internet — throwing in more trackable data isn’t good progress. Luckily, you don’t have to comply and share your location with other phones in the Find My Device network. 

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Here is Android 15’s new Private Space in action

TL;DR

  • Android 15 will introduce a new Private Space feature that creates a separate profile for hiding apps.
  • Google has been working on this feature since last year, and we recently showed off its new setup process and settings toggles.
  • Now, we can show off the Private Space feature in full before it has even launched.

Experts recommend setting a strong screen lock on your smartphone to prevent other people from accessing your data, but you may want also to enable an additional layer of security in case you have to hand your phone over to someone else. The Samsung Secure Folder feature offers an encrypted storage space for your files and apps, but it’s only available on Galaxy devices. Stock Android doesn’t currently offer a feature like Secure Folder, but that’s set to change with the upcoming Android 15 update.

Android 15 will introduce a new feature called Private Space, which is similar to Samsung’s Secure Folder. Although Google hasn’t announced this feature yet, we have gained an early look at it. Here’s what it’s like!

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Private Space in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2 versus QPR3 Beta 2 1

Back in December, I first spotted evidence that Google was working on a feature called Private Space. Although I managed to activate the feature, it wasn’t fully functional at the time. Plus, there were many placeholder assets and a “note to Googlers” on the settings page that said, “the development of this feature is still in progress.”

In the months since then, Google has made substantial progress on the Private Space feature, polishing the UX for the setup process, adding new privacy features, and improving home screen integration. However, I couldn’t fully enable the updated version of Private Space when I shared these changes in a post last week. After a bit more tinkering,

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Meteaure Polaris: A Beatmaking Mobile App for Android Users

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Meteaure Polaris: A Beatmaking Mobile App for Android Users

Meteaure Polaris: A Beatmaking Mobile App for Android Users  · 

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Made for Android Tablets and Smartphones, Meteaure Polaris is a versatile music-making app with synthesis and sample-based sound engines.

Polaris is the Brainchild of developer Baptiste Le Goff. After working for six years as a software engineer and product manager for Arturia, he decided to conceptualize his passion for electronic music production and Android development.

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As a musician, Baptiste was spurred on by the lack of beatmaking apps on Android, as well as the degree of audio latency on the platform. The Polaris platform is designed with the philosophy of Dawless electronic music making in mind. The idea is to put an exciting creative instrument in the palm of your hand as an Android user, rather than simply developing a miniature DAW system.

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Creating sounds on Polaris starts with the two sound engines. First, the sampling engine provides you with an extensive bank of sounds to get your ideas flowing. However, you can also load your own sample collection into Polaris, to build your own unique beat loops and soundscapes.

Next, the dual-oscillator synthesis engine allows you to shape leads, basses, plucks, and pads from scratch. Moreover, the multimode filter lets you adjust the frequency range and envelope whichever engine you’re working with.

One of the most exciting aspects of Polaris is its versatile sequencer. According to the developer, this has been inspired by the grooveboxes and drum machines of today, but there seems to be a definite nod to Elektron instruments.

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Google is copying status bar icons from Samsung’s One UI for Android 15

Last month, Google released Android 15 Developer Preview 2. Since then, experts have been digging deep into it to see what changes it offers and they’ve come across multiple new features, including a redesigned volume adjustment panel and Private Space. Well, now they’ve come across another new feature or rather a design change.

According to a new report from Mishaal Rahman on Android Authority, Android 15 Developer Preview 2 contains new icons for the status bar. As you can see in the images below, instead of icons with a smooth, flowing design and a completely white or black color scheme in Android 14, the new version of the OS has icons that have a segmented design and a white and grey color scheme. As you might have already noticed, these icons look a lot like the ones that Samsung offers with One UI.

Additionally, the battery icon is now horizontal instead of vertical, which allows Google to place the battery percentage inside the icon. Unfortunately, these icons are not live by default, and the author had to activate them manually. Google might make the new icons the default ones with the next beta version of the OS and eventually bring them to the stable version of the OS. However, nothing can be said for sure.

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WordPress.com Owner Buys Beeper, App That Enabled iMessage on Android

(Bloomberg) — Automattic Inc., the internet company behind popular online blogging service WordPress.com, acquired the messaging app at the heart of a recent dispute with Apple Inc.

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In a deal announced Tuesday, Automattic is buying the Beeper app and absorbing its 27 employees. That includes Beeper co-founder Eric Migicovsky, who will become Automattic’s head of messaging.

The buyer, which also owns the Tumblr and Longreads websites, is paying $125 million for the business, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

The deal is part of a bid to make online messaging a key part of Automattic’s business. Beeper, which first launched as a beta test in 2021, is a universal chat app that taps into several different messaging services to create one unified inbox. The service, with about 100,000 users, works with apps like Facebook Messenger, Signal and Slack.

“There’s basically no open standard for chat, and our vision is to create that by connecting to legacy chat networks,” Migicovsky said in an interview.

Migicovsky originally made his name by developing the Pebble, a smartwatch that predated the Apple Watch. More recently, he has been a key figure in the antitrust scrutiny of Apple. The startup released a version of its software last year called Beeper Mini that allowed Apple’s iMessage to run on the rival Android platform. That irked the tech giant, which blocked the app from working.

Migicovsky had been a vocal proponent of reining in Apple’s power, and the spat caught the eye of regulators. The US Department of Justice cited the incident in an antitrust lawsuit that it filed against Apple last month.

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Gemini will soon be added to the Google app on Android

What you need to know

  • After debuting the standalone Gemini app for Android, Google chose to incorporate the AI chatbot into the regular Google app on iOS instead.
  • Now, Google is testing making the Google app for Android work like the iOS version. 
  • The change brings a toggle for users to switch between Google Search and Gemini easily, streamlining the experience. 

Google rolled out its artificial intelligence chatbot in a few different ways, starting with Bard and eventually rebranding to Gemini. However, even after switching to Gemini, the chatbot still appeared on iOS and Android in different ways. Android users got a Gemini app that could replace the Google Assistant on their flagship phones, and iPhone users gained access to Gemini through the existing Google app. Now, a leaked version of the Google app aims to bring similar functionality to Android. 

Android tipster AssembleDebug on X discovered an unreleased toggle in the Google app for Android that allows users to switch between Google Search and Gemini. This functionality isn’t available publicly yet, but AssembleDebug presumably got it working after flipping a few developer flags. In a video shared with PiunikaWeb, we can see how the Google app for Android might look in a future update after gaining native support for Gemini.

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After opening the Google app, users will still be greeted with the main Google Search tab by default. This is also known as the “Discover” feed, which suggests articles and content from the web. At the top center of the screen, there will be a new toggle that can switch between Google Search and Gemini. This broadly changes whether user

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