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Samsung announced today that it has officially launched its One UI 4 update to its family of Galaxy S21 smartphones. It says the update will deliver an elevated mobile experience that puts you in more control of your mobile experience. As leaks and information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 begin to surface, Samsung has rolled out its latest UI 4 update to the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The update is based on Android 12, which has already been released to many Google Pixel owners. Samsung's update will feel familiar in some ways to anyone that has seen or been staying up to date with the Android 12 release. Samsung seems to be keeping with the theme of allowing... Read more...
We're pretty impressed overall with Google's recently released Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro handsets, which marry a premium design and build quality with a whole bunch of features, killer camera performance, and solid battery life. It's great out of the box, for the most part. However, for those who like to tinker, the first custom kernel has materialized giving more control over the knobs and dials that lay beneath the surface. It was only a matter of time before this happened, following the release of factory images, kernel sources, and device trees for Google's latest flagship Pixel phones. For the initiated, the kernel is what sits at the core of the operating system (Android 12, in this case),... Read more...
Even though they are fundamentally similar devices, we use smartphones and PCs in completely different ways. It's not uncommon to have dozens or even hundreds of processes running in the background on a PC, and that's fine, because you are probably doing things in a bunch of applications concurrently. On a phone, multi-tasking is a lot harder, and a lot less common. You're generally only interacting with one or maybe two apps at a time. For that reason, we suspect most Android users don't realize that their phones are already doing quite a bit to curtail naughty applications, which simply leave child processes spinning needlessly in the background. Android 12 is taking things a step further with... Read more...
Last week we gave you an early hands-on look at Google's oft leaked Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Even Google has teased these new Android flagships a time or two, leaning into the engineering the company has done on the semi-custom design of its Tensor mobile platform processor. Tensor is rumored to be based on Samsung's Exynos 2100 SoC with an amped-up neural processing engine, or TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) for improved machine learning performance, and a few other tweaks as well. Regardless of whether the rumblings of Tensor's silicon lineage are true, the new chip is manufactured by Samsung on its 5nm process node and looks well-equipped to deliver solid performance. However, silicon engine... Read more...
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system is Android 12, and you might be wondering when your non-Pixel handset is in line to receive it. That is going to depend on your device maker, the specific smartphone model you own, and even your wireless carrier. That said, ASUS has shared its Android 12 timeline for a few of its phones, including the ROG 5, ROG 5s, and ROG 3. If you have not already, check out our collection of ROG Phone 5 benchmarks from earlier this year. It's a beastly phone, made even more powerful this summer when ASUS refreshed it with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888+ processor. That upgrade gave it even more pep, with a slightly faster Prime core (2.995GHz versus 2.84GHz)... Read more...
Pixel users have taken to Twitter in recent days to report some serious issues they have encountered since Android 12 rolled out. This news comes as Google is set to begin shipping its flagship Pixel 6 and 6 Pro on October 28th. Pixel owners took to social media and Google Support forums to find out if other owners were experiencing issues as well. The issues reported ranged from touch haptics no longer working and animations running slower, to apps randomly crashing. Pixel problems were not limited to a specific model. Google did begin responding to some Twitter posts with a fix for the touch haptics issue for one owner. Made By Google directed the owner of a Pixel 4a to try a soft reboot by... Read more...
We have been eagerly anticipating the launch of Google's newest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6, and the big day has finally arrived. Ahead of the launch event, we managed to get our hands on both models to give you a first look at Google's latest handsets. Analysis and benchmarks will come at a later date. For now, we are able to share a handful of shots from our photo shoot, as well as a video tour, and list out the full specifications of both devices. Let's get rolling. Google says it "completely reimagined" the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6, both inside and out. As you can see in rear shot above, both models sport similar industrial designs, with prominent camera bumps on the... Read more...
Google announced this week that Android 12 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This announcement comes after Google championed that over 225,000 people participated during the developer/beta phase to submit nearly 50,000 bug reports to help polish the mobile operating system before release.  Although Android 12 has is now available under the AOSP, it will officially roll out to Google Pixel phones in the next few weeks. Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices will receive the update later this year. Android 12 comes with an updated UI, and users can expect to see refreshed app widgets that make them more useful, beautiful,... Read more...
Android 12 has been available in developer preview and public beta form for months, but Samsung is just now getting around to bringing its customers into the fold. Tonight, Samsung announced that users with a Galaxy S21 device (Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra) are eligible to join the One UI 4 beta program, which is, of course, based on Android 12. In addition to all the new functionality along with performance and security updates coming with Android 12, Samsung also touts these One UI 4-specific improvements that beta testers will be able to leverage: A wealth of theme options let you adjust the look and functionality of your device, giving you tools to configure your home screen,... Read more...
Just a few days ago, Google released its Android 12 Beta 5 build with Pixel 5a support, and as we commented at the time, a final build is now only weeks away. How many weeks, exactly? Google has not given any official indication, but if a leaked document is anything to go by, Android 12's AOSP (Android Open Source Project) source code will land on the public's lab on Monday, October 4. That is precisely three weeks from the time of this writing. While nothing is chiseled in stone, Google typically makes its Android source code publicly available to developers slightly ahead of its Pixel launches. They also coincide with when new Android builds launch to existing Pixel phones. The timing is according... Read more...
For the billions of Android users out there, the arrival of a significant operating system update is an exciting moment. Earlier this year, Google launched the first developer preview for Android 12 and has steadily tweaked and massaged the operating system to make it fit for public consumption. The latest step in the “platform stability” phase comes with Android 12 Beta 5, the final beta release for the operating system. The next step will be to release the final Android 12 build, which will be available to eligible current hardware and will ship with all-new smartphones (and tablets). "All app-facing surfaces are final, including SDK and NDK APIs, app-facing system behaviors, and... Read more...
Google is currently beta testing a nifty new facial expression feature in Android, that will allow uses to perform certain actions by doing things like smiling, raising their eyebrows, opening their mouth, and so forth. The feature is being added to Google's Android Accessibility Suite, which is a collection of apps that make Android easier to manage for people with disabilities. This particular feature has been dubbed "Camera Switch" and, assuming all goes to plan, it will release to the public with version 12 of the Android Accessibility Suite. The beta test coincides with the fourth beta drop for Android 12, the next major version of Google's popular mobile operating system for handsets and... Read more...
Google introduced Adaptive Charging in Android 11 for Pixel smartphones with the December Pixel Feature Drop, but it had several limitations and restrictions. For starters, Adaptive Charging was introduced to help preserve your battery health by preventing the phone from quickly reaching and staying at 100 percent charge. To enable Adaptive Charging, your phone must be placed on a charger after 9 pm, and an alarm must be set between the hours of 5 am and 10 am. In theory, Android 11 uses artificial intelligence to slowly charge your battery so that it would reach 100 percent just before your alarm goes off in the morning. However, in practice, many Pixel owners found that their battery was charging... Read more...
We guess it's better late than never, but OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T owners are finally gaining access to Android 11. The OnePlus 6 initially launched in early 2018 with Android 8.1 installed, while the OnePlus 6T debuted later that year with Android 9. OnePlus only released the third beta of its Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 earlier this week, but the final public software update is now available. Since Android 11 first launched in September 2020 and Android 12 is just weeks away, OnePlus sure did take its sweet time to update these older devices. OxygenOS 11, of course, brings updated visuals throughout the user interface and plenty of optimizations compared to OxygenOS 10. However, OnePlus warns... Read more...
Google is trucking along with the development of its Android 12 operating system, and today it released the Beta 4 update. According to the Android 12 release schedule posted below, this month's release is the first that puts the mobile operating system in the "platform stability" phase. In other words, Google is no longer focused on adding new features to Android 12 and is instead working to make sure that outstanding bugs are squashed as we move on to release candidate/final public builds. However, we should back up the statement slightly by mentioning that Google did one add one minor update to user Ad IDs in Google Play services. "Android 12 includes behavior changes to help improve performance,... Read more...
By now, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will look like at launch. Several rumors have coalesced around a unique design with a multi-colored back, large camera bump, and premium materials. Now, gadget leaker Jon Prosser alleges to have a bigger scoop on the specifications for the two smartphones. According to the report, the Pixel 6 will feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, with an 8MP selfie camera nestled within a hole-punch cutout. Out back, expect to see a 50MP wide-angle primary sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. In addition, Google is reportedly using its first custom SoC, condemned Whitechapel, for the smartphone paired with 8GB of RAM and... Read more...
Google launched the first Android 12 beta last month at Google I/O, and now the company is following up with Beta 2. All the new features that we first discussed in our original article are at play here in Android 12 Beta 2, but Google continues to refine the OS experience and UI to the benefit of users. One of the most significant changes comes with connectivity via removing the Wi-Fi button in Quick Settings, the Status Bar, and within Settings. Instead, the Wi-Fi button has been replaced with a new button called Internet. Tapping it brings you to a screen that allows you to change your Wi-Fi network or toggle on/off your cellular connection. If you have a dual-SIM-capable device, this is also... Read more...
Google is moving along swiftly with the development of Android 12, and today at Google I/O announced that the first public beta is now available for download. Android 12 brings many new features to the table, including a new UI design philosophy called Material You. With Material You, Google provides Android 12 with a more personalized way of customizing their apps and UI in real-time based on "the user's unique Material palette" all in real-time. Custom color palettes can be created based solely on your chosen wallpaper. And OS will then extract colors from your wallpaper to use throughout the UI for things like buttons and app text. This color extraction can be further tweaked and fine-tuned... Read more...
In early April, Woot.com ran a sale on the Google Pixel 3 that saw its price fall to a low $169.99. That was a significant price cut for a device that initially launched at $799 in October 2018. The Pixel 3 was superseded by the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 but remains a competent performer for budget smartphone shoppers. Woot now has another deal on the Pixel 3, and this time its price has been reduced to $159.99. The smartphone has a locked bootloader and was originally made for Verizon's network. However, given that it is carrier unlocked, it is compatible with "most major U.S. carriers," including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Given that the Pixel 3 is nearly three years old, it doesn't exactly... Read more...
There was no Google I/O developer conference last year, as Google cancelled the event amid the Coronavirus pandemic. However, that will not be the case this year. Google announced that its developer event is returning as an online event, and will be free for anyone and everyone to attend (provided they have an internet connection, of course). "Connect with developers from around the world at this year's virtual Google I/O for thoughtful discussions, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at our latest developer products," Google says. The multi-day developer event kicks off May 18, with a pre-show scheduled for 9:40 am PT (12:40 pm ET). After that, there will be a Google keynote... Read more...
If you're a fan of LG's smartphones, it was probably heartbreaking news to learn last week that the company announced plans to exit the business. LG cited an "incredibly competitive mobile phone sector" for its decision, which was compounded by the fact that the division has been a money loser for six straight years. The company would later confirm that it will provide up to three major Android OS updates. It then added the caveat, "future updates will depend on Google's distribution schedule as well as other factors such as device performance and compatibility." Well, LG has now updated its Korean-language support website with a rundown of which specific devices will receive Android updates... Read more...
We're still months away from the [inevitable] launch of Google's Pixel 6 family of smartphones, but leaks are already starting to make their way to the internet. Late last week, Google introduced the first Android 12 Developer Preview, and code sleuths have already been poring over the operating system to see if they can find any hidden features that could be included in future Pixel devices. Mishaal Rahman of XDA-Developers seems to have uncovered one feature that could be making a reappearance on Pixel devices along with a new one. The first is facial recognition, which was last used in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. However, when the Pixel 5 series rolled around, Google went back to a traditional... Read more...
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