Google will not approve smartphones running Android Pie and below next year

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Google will not approve smartphones running Android Pie and below next year

Google seems to have finally settled on the gesture navigation system that they deem to be best for Android and are making sure other manufacturers put it at the forefront of their phones.

Google has sent Android users a warning about a flaw in the operating system. As long as the gesture usage works really, really well.

The most important part is, even the most recent software patches on phones with older kernels would be rendered ineffective against this vulnerability. In one section, Google details the new Game Device Certification technical requirements, which manufacturers will have to meet in order to declare an Android device is certified and game-ready.

However, with the latest version of Android which is Android 10, Google is taking radical steps to maximise its adoption. A swipe up on the horizontal line will take you to your home screen. If this sounds serious to you, then that is because it certainly is - the vulnerability has been rated as "High Severity" on Android. These similarities continue with pretty much every iOS gesture having an Android counterpart.

If you don't want to do gesture navigation the Google way in Android 10, it's going to become much harder.

This isn't necessarily a bad call by Google.

We've asked Google for comment. That's not the Android I know and love. Additionally, there is a fix for missing heads up notifications, gesture navigation stability improvements, and a fix for bootloop in certain device locale modes. That's music to the ears of many who love custom launchers and still want additional navigation choices. Facebook was the first non-Google app to pass that milestone as well. The organization said that it advised Android accomplices and made the fix accessible for the Android Common Kernel.

Manufacturers' own navigation systems will need to be hidden away in the settings and not provided as an option for the user in the setup. Besides, we're not talking about any revolutionary new policy meant to reduce fragmentation. For the record, all Nokia smartphones, except Nokia 2, run Android 9 Pie.

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