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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

With iPhones, there is a Requires Attention toggle. When this is on, your iPhone will only unlock if your eyes are open and you are actually looking at the screen. Google has now said that it plans to copy at least the first part of this requirement.

Google this evening confirmed to The Verge that it’s “been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be ope…

Google Play Instant Apps lets you try games on Android without install

Google announced six Android game titles that now support instant app streaming. What could Google be planning next for Instant apps?


Google Play Games app and launched Google Play Instant

Google on Monday announced it redesigned the Google Play Games app and launched Google Play Instant, making it easier for Android users to tap and try a game without downloading it first.

Google Play Instant will be available in the Google Play Store and the Google Play Games app, and it could pave the way for extended instant app use.

Some of the first games to utilize Google Play Instant include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, and four other game titles. As you're trialing a game, Google will display an "Install now!" button to install the full game on your Android device if you so choose.


Exploding Kittens Card Game - is quite easily one of the most hilarious games I have played.

Google began its Instant apps venture at 2016's Google I/O and slowly began piloting the feature.


Google lists a handful of apps that support Instant apps, including Skyscanner, NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, Buzzfeed, Onefootball, Red Bull TV, and the UN's ShareTheMeal app.

These apps now also have a "Try it Now" button on their store listings to let Android users know the feature is available.


Try it Now button


If Google can serve up game trials instantly, what app trial can't it provide to Android users? Perhaps we'll hear more at Google I/O 2018 in early May.


Here's what Google said about its redesigned Google Play Games app:

In the new "Arcade" tab, you can check out game video trailers or use tags like "New" or "Action" to find a particular type of game. We'll also show you news and YouTube videos related to your favorite games to help you boost your skills and become a game master.

You can view the entire Instant Gameplay collection on Google's website. Google said more games will become available to play instantly later this year.

With Google's Android Instant Apps opening to a broad group of developers, CXOs will need to kick the tires and see if it makes sense to support their current apps. Here's a look at the big questions.




Google has kicked off a limited test of Instant Apps, offering Android users a native experience without downloading the whole app.

source: zdnet.com

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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

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