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Android Beta Feedback App Update Suggests Android 12 Preview On The Way

Google has updated its Android Beta Feedback app via the Play Store in preparation for the eventual release of Android 12. Since the inception of Android 10 / Q in 2019, the tech giant has released the Android Beta Feedback app, which allows users to report bugs without the hassle of going to its bug tracking website. This app appears automatically when a user downloads the beta / developer preview app that was released last year. Those who did not uninstall the feedback app after the preview program will now update it to version 2.15. Even though the app received an update, it is still unusable and does not explicitly hint at the Android 12 developer preview / beta. However, the update itself is still a sign that Android 12 Developer Beta is on the way. ....
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Google Chrome for Android wins tab grouping, new grid interface

Managing tabs in Google Chrome for Android will be easier thanks to a new grid interface and grouping capabilities. As seen by Android Police, the new tab grid and grouping features began rolling out with version 88 of Chrome for Android. However, it seems that there is also a server-side change involved, so the changes have not been rolled out for everyone yet. Those who want to test out the new tab features can do so by enabling some Chrome flags (you can find more details on how to do this below). Left: old Chrome tab system. Right: New grid tab interface. First of all, grouped tabs are based on a new tab management interface. If you've ever used Chrome on iOS, the grid interface may look familiar. (Chrome on iOS currently doesn't support grouped tabs despite the grid interf...
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Apple’s next iPhone could include an optical in-display fingerprint sensor

It looks like Apple's next line of iPhone, possibly called the iPhone 13, could feature an in-display fingerprint sensor with Face ID by switching to a secondary biometric authentication option. According to The Wall Street Journal Joanna sternApple has been experimenting with in-display fingerprint technology for several years, and it could finally make its way to the next generation of iPhones. Stern says he was briefed on the new feature by a former Apple employee, who claimed the company is working with optical sensors for on-screen fingerprint authentication, rather than an ultrasonic sensor because "it may be more reliable." While on-screen optical sensors like the ones featured on OnePlus' high-end smartphone use light to map a fingerprint, ultrasonic scanners like th...
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Netflix is ​​testing an Android timer feature that automatically stops streaming

Netflix is ​​launching a global trial for a new Android app feature that allows users to configure the platform to stop streaming content after a specified period of time. The feature currently includes four timer settings: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or the end of the episode you are currently watching. It's likely Netflix's goal for this functionality is to conserve battery life on Android devices and for subscribers not to get lost in a series that may have fallen asleep while watching. There is also the possibility that a timer like this could be useful for parents looking to limit their children's Netflix time, although the feature is currently only available on 'adult' Netflix profiles. The test is currently limited ...
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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series is now available in Canada

Following its reveal on January 14, Samsung's latest line of flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, is now available in Canada. The Samsung Galaxy S21 is available in 'Phantom Pink', 'Phantom Violet', 'Phantom White' and 'Phantom Gray'. The 128GB variant of the phone costs $ 1,129.99, and the 256GB variant is priced at $ 1,199.99. The 256GB model of the device is only available in Phantom Gray. The smartphone features a 6.2-inch 120Hz dynamic AMOLED flat screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage. On the camera side, the rear-facing array features a 12-megapixel wide lens, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide shooter. On the other...
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Google may be working on system theme options for Android 12

A new report claims that Android 12 could expand the system theme options built into Android stock. This means that you will soon be able to add a system color that could be applied to notifications and quick system changes. 9to5Google notes that this might even work with some third-party apps, allowing them to color your system theme to give users a more consistent look across apps and their operating system. On Android 10 and 11, standard Android users can alter the system accent color, which changes the hue of quick switches and other aspects of system settings. This new feature is not likely to be as advanced and will cause people to use preset colors as you already do with accent colors. 9to5Google speculates that each phone m...
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Google’s Pixel 4a 5G ‘Clearly White’ is now available in Canada

Following its launch in the US in late January, the Pixel 4a 5G 'Clearly White' is now available in Canada via the Google Store. The smartphone, which was launched in October 2020, was previously only available in 'Just Black'. Like its darker counterpart, the Clearly White Pixel 4a 5G costs $ 679. It's worth noting that instead of a black power button, the white version of the device features a lime green switch. The smartphone features a 6.2-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 5G capacity, 6 GB of RAM, and a 3800 mAh battery. The Pixel 4a 5G also includes a dual-lens rear camera suite that features a 12.2-megapixel rear shooter along with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide ...
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Samsung still doesn’t support Android’s perfect update feature

Samsung was expected to eventually fold in and add Android's 'Seamless Update' feature to its Galaxy S21 series of smartphones, but the company has once again opted not to make updates any less of a hassle. Perfect Update is an Android feature that has been incorporated into the operating system since 2016. It allows developers to send updates to mobile phones that are downloaded and installed in a background partition. This means that all users need to do is restart their phone to apply the update. Without the built-in updates, users have to download the update and manually start the installation process, which can sometimes render their phone unusable for up to 20 minutes. While it's not ideal for Samsung to avoid adding Seamles...
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Netflix for Android is updated to support ‘studio quality’ audio

Netflix has updated its Android app to make audio sound better thanks to the adoption of the xHE-AAC codec. the broadcast giant says that the codec "will improve intelligibility in noisy environments, accommodate varying cellular connections, and scale to studio quality." For context, xHE-AAC uses metadata to troubleshoot audio issues when streaming content on phones. Netflix notes that problems can arise due to background noise and small phone speakers that sound bad when you turn up the volume. The streaming giant says xHE-AAC offers improved dynamic range control that will reduce the difference between the noisy and quiet parts of a show or movie. This means that you won't have to constantly turn the volume up or down. Additio...
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Google May Bring Back Android 11 Preview Double Tap Gesture in Android 12

Last year, during the Android 11 developer preview phase, it appeared that Google was planning to add a double-tap gesture that would allow people to tap on the back of their phone to activate certain features. While the feature never made it to Android 11, it apparently didn't go away either; It seems that the double tap could arrive as part of Android 12. As reported by 9to5Google, the double-tap gesture could make its way to Android 12 Pixel phones with a few tweaks. When the feature appeared in Android 11 with the codename 'Columbus' (named after the Zombieland character and its 'double tap' rule), it would launch the Google Assistant, but it also had several alternate functions to activate instead. Also, the version of Andr...
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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds trade-in amount rises to $ 65

Samsung has confirmed that its headphone / headphone exchange program related to Galaxy Buds Pro purchases have increased from $ 25 to $ 65. This is a limited time offer running from January 21 to March 1, 2021, and the deal only applies to the recently launched Galaxy Buds Pro and not the Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds +. Samsung says you can trade in your old headphones at the time of purchase or before March 1 if you buy directly from a Samsung Experience store. Otherwise, you will have until March 15 to send your headphones to Samsung if you bought the Galaxy Buds Pro from a supplier, retailer, or online at their store. Check out Samsung's step-by-step process for more information on the redemption process if you purchased f...
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Android 12 could make it easier to use two apps at the same time

A new report mentions that Android 12 could be following the lead of other versions of Android and will add a useful shortcut to open two apps at once. This function is programmed to be called 'application pairs', depending on 9to5Google. This feature differs from the existing multitasking built into Android by being a built-in shortcut that opens two apps at the same time. This functionality seems very useful for dual screen devices where it makes sense to run two apps side by side. For example, being able to open both Keep Notes and the YouTube app or something at the same time might be a handy shortcut for some people. The real change for single screen Android devices is that users will be able to tap the divider between the tw...