Google introduces Sleep API for improved sleep tracking capabilities in Android

The technology around tracking our sleep and its various parameters has become quite advanced in recent times with the advent of smartphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers. Google is now introducing a new API in Android that will allow apps to better recognize when the user is sleeping, along with its related data.

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Samsung to reportedly supply foldable OLED panels for Xiaomi, Google and OPPO

In a recent development, Samsung Display is reportedly working on developing foldable OLED panels for companies like Google, Xiaomi, and OPPO. According to the report, smartphones with these panels will be launched this year. Continue reading “Samsung to reportedly supply foldable OLED panels for Xiaomi, Google and OPPO”

Google introduces Password Checkup notification, Scheduled Messages and more for Android

Google has introduced a bunch of new features into Android that are designed to improve the everyday user experience. Google Maps is receiving a dark mode, TalkBack is improved, the Google Assistant has new capabilities, Messages can be scheduled for later and more.

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Google Pixel 5a with 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display surfaces in renders

Google Pixel 5a has surfaced in first CAD-based renders, thanks to @OnLeaks. This shows a similar punch-hole OLED screen as the predecessor, however this is said to feature a slightly bigger 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED screen compared to the 5.8-inch screen. This also increases the height, width and the thickness of the phone to 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm (9.4mm with camera bump). Continue reading “Google Pixel 5a with 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display surfaces in renders”

Samsung said to replace Tizen OS with Wear OS in upcoming Galaxy smartwatches

After sticking to its proprietary TizenOS for a while, Samsung is reportedly working on two smartwatches based out on Google’s WearOS. As per the reports, the reason behind ditching its OS is due to the lack of apps supports. The third-party app support for Tizen isn’t even in the same league as Wear OS, claims some report. Continue reading “Samsung said to replace Tizen OS with Wear OS in upcoming Galaxy smartwatches”

Apple TV app now available on Chromecast for Google TV devices and more

After announcing back in December 2020, that Apple TV app will be coming to the Google TV platform, the app has finally become available globally to download. The search engine giant also said that it would bring this to more Google TV devices in the upcoming days.

The Apple TV app will allow users access to original TV shows produced by Apple, along with movies and documentaries. The Apple TV app will be available to install from the Play Store, and once installed, it can be found in the Apps Tabs.

Google TV will also recommend some content, such as from the Apple TV app in the For You tab. In case, if you have an Apple TV+ subscription, users can watch their favorite TV show within the app.

Users in the US will be able to browse through Apple Originals in their personalised recommendations and search results. They will also able to ask Google Assistant to open the Apple TV app or play an Apple Original title. On top of that, they can add Apple Originals movies or shows to Watchlist as well. Google says these features will roll out globally in the coming months.

In addition to Chromecast with Google TV, the Apple TV app will also be available on Google TVs from Sony and TCL. Google is planning to roll out to more Android TV-powered devices in the coming months.

Android 12 Developer Preview with Notification UI tweaks, auto HEVC and HDR transcoding and more released

As expected, Google has announced the release of the Android 12 Developer Preview today. The release is designed to help developers test out their apps and code for the upcoming version of Android with all its new features and specifications. This Developer Preview will be compatible to run on the Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G and the Pixel 5.

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Nearby Share now lets you share apps with other Android phones

Last year, Google introduced a new way of sharing items between smartphones in the Android ecosystem called Nearby Share. It was initially meant for files, documents, photos, etc., and now its functionality has been extended with the ability to share apps and their updates directly through the Google Play Store.

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Google Maps now lets you pay for parking and transit without leaving the app

Recently, Google has rolled out an option that lets users throughout the US pay for street parking and transit fares right from Google Maps, without ever taking out your wallet or leaving the app. Continue reading “Google Maps now lets you pay for parking and transit without leaving the app”

Google introduces Offline Mode, Mute All feature and more to Classroom and Meet

Google has announced a lot of new features for Google Meet and Google Classroom aimed at improving the experience for participants, students, teachers and hosts. These include a new offline mode for the Classroom app, improved grading capabilities, the ability to have more than one host and more.

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Square Enix’s first Made-in-India mobile game ‘Ludo Zenith’ now available for Download

Square Enix India, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese gaming giant, has launched a casual mobile game based on the popular board game Ludo, called Ludo Zenith. Continue reading “Square Enix’s first Made-in-India mobile game ‘Ludo Zenith’ now available for Download”

Android 12 may bring dedicated gaming mode, smarter auto rotation and a Reduced Brightness quick setting

Google will be releasing the first Developer Preview of Android 12 soon, and we have some rumours on what features they may add to the next version of Android. Autorotation will reportedly get smarter; there possibly might be a dedicated “Game mode”, and a new “Reduced Brightness” quick setting tile might get added.

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Google Photos update adds crop, change perspective tools and more to video editor

Google has released a new update to Photos that adds new tools to the app’s in-built video editor. They are also adding a few features that were previously Pixel-exclusive to subscribers of the Google One Membership.

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Android 12 screenshots with new notification shade, privacy controls, improved widgets surface

In a new leaked document, screenshots of Google’s upcoming Android 12 software have surfaced online. They summarize the upcoming changes that Google is making, including an update to the notification shade, new privacy notifications and controls, and maybe an overhaul of Android’s Widgets.

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Google may introduce Anti-tracking features into Android, following Apple’s footsteps

Ever since Apple announced their App Tracking Transparency feature in iOS, companies such as Facebook and Google have trying ways to adjust their data collection practices while keeping advertisers happy. Google is now reportedly looking to introducing a version of this privacy feature into future versions of Android.

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