Nexus Phones Earn Spam Blocker from Google
Google today said it is updating the Google Phone app on Nexus and Android One devices with a new spam-blocking tool. With the new app aboard, Nexus devices will warn owners about potential spam callers, as well as give them the ability to block or report suspected spam callers. Google says Nexus and Android One device owners will need to enable Caller ID in order to enjoy the new spam protection. The Google Phone app is free to Nexus and Android One devices and will be updated automatically by Google over the days ahead. Google's new app arrives just days after the FCC asked phone carriers to step up efforts to block robocalls.
Nexus Camera App Update Tweaks Design
Google is pushing an updated version of its camera application to Nexus handsets. The new Google Camera app makes changes to the user interface to improve usability.
Google Pushes Second Beta of Android 7.1.2
Google has released a second beta update for Android 7.1.2. Build NPG47I is rolling out to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player devices, as long as those devices are enrolled in the public beta program.
Google Improves Gmail's Spam Filters
Google today detailed some behind-the-scenes updates it is making to Gmail that should reduce the amount of spam people see in their inbox. Google said the spam filter now uses an artificial neural network to detect and block spam that could be well-disguised as wanted mail.
Gmail Lets Users Block Emailers, Unsubscribe from Newsletters
Google today updated its Gmail app for Android devices and added several spam-fighting tools. First, users can now block specific email addresses with just a few clicks.
Google Pushing Android 7.1.2 to Pixel and Nexus Phones
Google has released the final, public build of Android 7.1.2 for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player devices. Google says Android 7.1.2 focuses on refinements, bug fixes, and other unspecified optimizations for both end users and carriers.