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What will Android P be called?

There are so many to choose from!

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It’s time to ask the age old question: What will Android P be named after? We’ve been through eight letters of the alphabet and eight different sweet treats. It’s not every day you get to say, “it all started with a cupcake,” but with versions of Android’s operating system, it’s a perfectly quirky fact.

From Android Cupcake to the most recent, Android Oreo, Google might have hit the alphabetical jackpot for this year’s version. These are just a few of the undeniably many treats that start with the letter P.

Popsicle

Is it the ice cold sweet treat perfect for the summer heat or a melting Bugdroid on a stick? Why not both! Google might just go simple and sweet with something that already looks like the Bugdroid. Who knows?

Pudding

It’s sweet, soft, and almost like jelly. If you want a safe choice when you’re picking desserts, you can’t get any safer than pudding! It’s a classic simple dessert with nice variants and it might just be what Google is going for.

Pie

Savory or sweet pie? Why pit them against each other when you can have both? From the classic apple pie, to seasonal pumpkin pie, to the strange stargazy pie, Google could be sending a message of how there’s nothing wrong with variety.

Pocky

It might not be likely, but after Google struck a licensing deal with Nestle and Nabisco for Android KitKat and Android Oreo, it isn’t as unlikely as we may think. This addictive chocolate-coated biscuit stick is the perfect snack. It wouldn’t be such a surprise if Google names their upcoming OS after it.

Parfait

Android Parfait might have a ring to it but it might be because parfait means “perfect” in French. You might be more familiar with the American spin of the French dessert where they layer granola, nuts, cake, yogurt, and fruits in a tall glass. With this dessert, Google could be saying this version is a perfect mix of many things.

Did you get to name a ton of sweets that start with P or did you Google, “sweets that start with P”? Let us know what you think Android P will be called in the comments below!

SEE ALSO: Android P Developer Preview: What you need to know

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Google is under investigation for abusing Android

Dominating the market comes with a price

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Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.

Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.

India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.

The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.

Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.

Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.

Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.

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EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends

To battle with Fortnite

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EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?

Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.

“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.

There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.

Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.

SEE ALSO: Apex Legends hits 25 million players after one week

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Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page

For just two Bumble coins!

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You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.

You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.

Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.

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