Android apps will update while you're using them

Joshua Bennett
November 9, 2018

Google today relaunched its Files Go file management app for Android as Files by Google.

As reported by SlashGear, Google did spend time going over some of the more obvious points, such as the brighter a phone, the more power it will draw.

Black on OLED screens is known to use less power because the LEDs that make up each pixel are off, whereas displaying white means the LEDs need to shine and consume power.

Screens have become a ubiquitous part of our lives, making their way into virtually every part of work and leisure time. But in Dark Mode, battery consumption on the Pixel drops 63% to 92mA.

Google's Android Dev Summit has been going on since Wednesday morning and was the site for Google's acknowledgement that foldable displays are coming and that Android will support them. While black uses the least power and white uses the most, Google found that blue used 25 percent more power than green or red. Material came about three years ago. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot slightly in terms of power", Banes said.

Just because Google told us how easy it is to "fix" battery life on OLED smartphones, doesn't mean we're getting dark modes from either Google or Apple anytime soon. You may have to manually enable Dark Mode on different applications.

On GBoard dark mode saved 21 percent at full brightness.

Results between the two phones were comparable in Normal Mode, though results showed a much greater disparity with Night Mode. Battery life differences between dark and light app designs. The new API gives you the option to stay in your app as it updates.

Files Go has been rebranded Files by Google, and the updated version of the app is starting to roll out now.

It's a great thing for Google to recognize this fact. Even if you're not a fan of Dark Mode, it's an effective way of keeping your OLED phone working longer. Google has introduced new tools and features at Android Developer Summit.

Over 20 child advocacy groups have sent a letter to the FTC regarding advertising in kids apps.

Since my first Android phone, I wondered why I had to go to the app store to get an app that'd allow me to look at the files on my phone.

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