There’s a ⚫ emoji message that crashes any Android app, but it’s no big deal

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/black-dot-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-490495" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/black-dot-hero.png" alt="" width="1080" height="585" /></a></p> <p>There's a message that's making the rounds on WhatsApp that mysteriously causes the app to crash if you dare to tap on the black dot within. You may have already come across it and wondered how just tapping on a single emoji can cause an app to freeze and become unresponsive. The answer, unsurprisingly, is that it can't.</p> <p><span id="more-490494"></span></p> <p>The message, which is shown below, is actually made up of more than what meets the eye.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/emoji-message-crashes-android-app-no-big-deal/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/emoji-message-crashes-android-app-no-big-deal/'>There's a ⚫ emoji message that crashes any Android...

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Chainfire, creator of SuperSU, announces end of root app development

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/nexus2cee_SuperSu-Hero_thumb.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-427869" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/nexus2cee_SuperSu-Hero_thumb.png" alt="" width="728" height="409" /></a></p> <p>Chainfire is best known for creating <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.supersu">SuperSU</a>, one of the most popular superuser managers on Android, but he has also developed countless other applications. Some examples include <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.flash">FlashFire</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.tv.sideloadlauncher">Sideload Launcher for Android TV</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.stickmount">stickMount</a>, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.lumen">CF.lumen</a>. He transferred SuperSU to a new development team <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2015/09/29/chainfire-transfers-ownership-of-supersu-to-ccmt-will-remain-involved-in-the-project-for-two-more-years/">back in 2015</a>, and his involvement in the app ended <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/03/chainfire-announces-end-involvement-supersu/">last year</a>.<span id="more-490487"></span></p> <p>Today, Chainfire announced on his Google+ account that all his root-related apps will no longer be maintained or updated.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/chainfire-creator-supersu-announces-end-root-app-development/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/chainfire-creator-supersu-announces-end-root-app-development/'>Chainfire, creator...

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Udell releases Wear OS watch face for Google I/O 2018

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/io-watchface-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-490478" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/io-watchface-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="408" /></a></p> <p>Udell is a well-known Android developer, mostly thanks to <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/08/wearable-widgets-updated-with-support-for-setting-widgets-as-watch-faces-on-android-wear/">Wearable Widgets</a>. If you're getting ready for Google I/O 2018, or you're just looking for a fun <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Android Wear</span> Wear OS watch face, Udell's new 'I/O 2018 Watch Face' is pretty great.<span id="more-490477"></span></p> <p>[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMqpXGPX__8?feature=oembed&w=668&h=376]</p> <p>The design matches the Google I/O 2018 countdown timer, with fully-animated numbers. The whole thing looks great, plus it's completely free <a href="https://github.com/StringMon/io18watchface">and open-source</a>. You can download it from the Play Store below.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/udell-releases-wear-os-watch-face-google-o-2018/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/udell-releases-wear-os-watch-face-google-o-2018/'>Udell releases Wear OS watch face...

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5 of our favorite tech sales, discounts, and deals this week

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/jbl-deals.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-490474" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/jbl-deals-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: left">You've spent all week slogging away at work, earning that cheddar. Now the weekend is here, and it's time to relax, unwind, and do your own little part to contribute to the grand machinations of capitalism by putting some of that cash back into circulation. Luckily for you, we've been keeping an eye on some of the best tech deals to surface over the past few days. Here are five of our favorites, lined up and ready to make your money stretch just a little...

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Here are all 5 YouTube apps and what they do!

YouTube is the world’s most popular streaming service. You already know what you can find there. The service is so big that there are multiple apps for browsing all of the content. They’re all let you explore various parts of YouTube in different ways. Here are all five YouTube apps and what they do! One […]

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Samsung rolling out update to fix Galaxy S9 and S9+ call stability issues

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/galaxy-s9-call-issue.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-490442" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/galaxy-s9-call-issue-728x485.png" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Reliably making phone calls on your smartphone is easy to take for granted, but there's nothing like disrupted and dropped calls to help you appreciate that simple function again. Some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are having their voices muted or distorted during calls, or having their calls dropped altogether. Now Samsung is starting to roll out a software update in some countries to fix these issues.<br /><span id="more-490438"></span></p> <p>These problems have been reported by <a href="https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s9-plus/how-to/flag-galaxy-s9-call-problem-samsung-t3782622">more</a> <a href="https://eu.community.samsung.com/t5/Galaxy-S9-S9/S9-speaker-phone-cutting-out-on-call/td-p/451835/highlight/false/page/71">than</a> <a href="http://piunikaweb.com/2018/03/26/galaxy-s9-users-around-the-globe-reporting-call-dropping-issue/">a few</a> <a href="https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2713222&p=24">users</a> around the world,...

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Google, please fix Android’s slow, bloated share UI

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/share-menu.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-490439" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/share-menu-728x586.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="538" /></a></p> <p>Sharing from one app to another has been a mainstay of Android for years and years. It was one of the features that first drew me to Android: no more copying and pasting, no more having to open Twitter or WhatsApp to send a picture I just saw in my Gallery. Apps could talk to each other and the experience felt more cohesive and seamless.</p> <p>But with time, the Share UI in Android has languished, stuck with the same features and same problems.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/google-please-fix-androids-slow-bloated-share-ui/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/05/google-please-fix-androids-slow-bloated-share-ui/'>Google, please...

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Making The Grade: Which case do I recommend for iPad deployments?

Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of […]

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