Wear OS is about to be updated to Android 11 with new functions 1

Wear OS is about to be updated to Android 11 with new functions

Google, in fact, has confirmed the ongoing preparations for a major update to the Wear OS platform for wearable devices based on the Android 11 operating system. Wear OS is about to get Android 11 update
This happened during the traditional AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit when Google responded to user questions. Initially, the Q&A session was dedicated to Android 11, but the developers opened the veil of secrecy for other platforms as well.
Speaking of Wear OS, Google has practically confirmed that Android 11 will be the next major update to the wearable electronics platform.
In response, Google emphasized several times that it was “very excited about wearable technology,” especially smartwatches and fitness bracelets.
Wear OS was upgraded to Android 9 Pie in November 2018. Android 10 was never considered for Wear OS. Now, Google has confirmed that the platform can go straight to Android 11.
In another answer, Google explicitly states that developers will have access to most of the Android APIs. This, with the release of Wear OS based on Android 11. Android 11 stable version will probably be available on September 8
So far, Android 11 is available to users and developers only in beta status, but there is not much time left until the final version of this OS is released. Judging by the video posted on the YouTube channel for Google developers, the stable version of Android 11 will be released on September 8.
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Google Reveals 2nd Gen Nest Smart Speaker That Will Launch With Pixel 5 2

Google Reveals 2nd Gen Nest Smart Speaker That Will Launch With Pixel 5

Google has revealed its new Nest Smart speaker and confirmed its imminent launch alongside the Pixel 5 – expected a couple of months down the line. The revelation followed a regulatory leak that didn’t present the new Nest Speaker in the best of light.
Putting all rumors to rest, the company released an image and a short video featuring the new Google Nest Speaker.
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First Look of upcoming Google Nest Smart Speaker 
The video shows a blue color Google Smart Speaker which seems to be wireless and portable, unlike the previous versions. The Nest speaker this year is likely to make room for a battery. Here’s a video, which makes it seem portable (Bluetooth?) and dockable. Looks a hell of a lot better than the leaked regulatory photo from today, which is 💯 why they sent it pic.twitter.com/8LbXOyqB70
— Daniel Bader (@journeydan) July 10, 2020 The trailer video also shows that Google speaker to support stereo pairing. The Google Nest Smart speaker will stand vertically. It has a mesh-design in line with Google’s design ethos.
We have a few more images of the upcoming Google Smart speaker with the courtesy of the Japanese Wireless Standards website. The images explain a few more details about the Google Nest speaker that should be known at this point. The device is shown in chalk color from various angles with two power adapters. ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Goes OfficialRead More…

Android 11 beta 2 is here while Google leaks stable release date to be September 8 3

Android 11 beta 2 is here while Google leaks stable release date to be September 8

Google has officially released the Android 11 beta 2. It’s a minor update but still worth checking out. But, the even bigger news is got to be the launch of the stable update. Yes, Google has accidentally revealed the date to be September 8th. Perhaps, we might finally get the Pixel 4a debut too.
Well, let’s not jump the gun and cover what we have right now. That is —
Android 11 Beta 2: Here’s what’s new
Since we are getting closer to the final build, the latest beta is mostly focussed on bringing stability to the OS.
What this means is that the final release will be more or less the same as the current build. Hence, the developers can work on their apps’ compatibility sans worrying about any sort of major changes in the forthcoming releases.
Other than this, much of what’s new is really cosmetic (compared to beta 1):
Screenshots are back in the notification shade
Share sheet bundles share targets by app basis
‘Conversations’ can be managed via a dedicated menu in the system settings.
‘Media Controls’ is now permanently sitting above the quick settings space. Some users don’t have the option to toggle it off, while some do. Also, the lock screen displays the entire album art just like Android 10.
Screen recording now lets you capture device audio
Recent Apps screen is much more minimal as the Share option has been removed.
GBoard gets recent clipboard suggestion.
The picture-in-picture window can be resized.
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Android 11 stable version will probably be released on September 8 4

Android 11 stable version will probably be released on September 8

So far, Android 11 is available to users and developers only in beta status, but there is not much time left until the final version of this OS is released. Judging by the video posted on the YouTube channel for Google developers, the stable version of Android 11 will be released on September 8. Last year, on the first Tuesday of September 2019, Android 10 was released. So Google does not change its tradition. It should be noted that the release of the final version of Android 11 in early September is not equivalent to its appearance on smartphones. Only Google Pixel will receive the OS on the same day, and other manufacturers will release the corresponding updates in a month or two. And that is not for all models.
Huawei EMUI 11 (Android 11) to arrive in Q3 2020
Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, is currently facing a lot of troubles, especially from the American government. However, the company is still developing and it seems that it is not feeling the effect of the U.S. ban. Over the past eight years, the Chinese manufacturer has been developing the EMUI system. Presently, Huawei EMUI is currently at 10.1. Nevertheless, with the launch of Android 11, it expected that Huawei EMUI 11 will also arrive. We now have some official information regarding the development of Huawei EMUI 11. According to Wang Chenglu, President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Software Department, the Huawei EMUI 11 will arrive in Q3 2020. This means that we are expecting this new syRead More…

Google has added the dark theme to some of its apps 5

Google has added the dark theme to some of its apps

Rumors about the release of the long-awaited update with a dark theme for several popular Google applications have been going on for several weeks, but, today, the update has finally arrived. Google has added the dark theme to some of its apps
A dark theme is now available for anyone who installs the latest version of Google Docs, Sheets or Slides – all three programs have been updated. If you have already switched your smartphone to night mode, applications will adjust automatically.
However, a way to manually switch the theme is also provided. Simply go to the menu, then click on the “SETTINGS” and there select “theme” and then just change it. The night mode is useful in low light conditions, when the bright white color seriously strains the eyes. It also optimizes battery consumption for AMOLED screen users. The ability to switch the theme to the night one has long appeared in Android, but Google continues to add it to its applications until now.
Google app finally gets Dark Mode
Google has been updating its native apps every now and then with new features. Recently, the Lens app was spotted in the beta getting solving math equations. Also, the latest update comes in the form of the Dark Mode to the famous Google App. According to reports, Google is finally rolling out the highly requested Dark Mode features to both Android and iOS users, as tweeted by Google’s search liaison. The new feature adds built-in Dark Mode for users running Android 10 and iOS 12Read More…

Google to significantly reduce Chrome’s battery consumption 6

Google to significantly reduce Chrome’s battery consumption

Google hopes to greatly reduce the energy consumption of its Chrome browser by limiting the background process of tabs. The company is considering reducing the javascript wake-up timer of the tab currently in the background to 1 minute. This will increase the battery life of the laptop by 28% (2 hours) in some of its test cases. This action will restrict javascript in background tags from doing unnecessary tasks. Some of these tasks include checking whether the scroll position has changed, reporting logs, and analyzing interactions with ads. In a test case, Google loaded 36 random background tabs, and the battery life of the blank foreground label increased by 28%. With the 36 random background tabs and foreground labels (including YouTube videos), the battery life is 13% (36 minutes) better without throttling.
Apple Safari makes use of a 1-minute polling interval. Nevertheless lowering the polling limit will cause problems with web applications. Thus, Google is considering activating the new limit only after 5 minutes of inactivity. Also, it will consider allowing enterprise users to use the group policy for one year.
When the Javascript timer is delayed by more than 5 seconds, Google will also post a message in the DevTools console. The move is currently being tested in the Chrome 86 browser. However, there is no certainty that this will actually roll out to the general public. SourceRead More…

Google’s Acquisition Of Fitbit Transaction Raises Data Collection Concerns 7

Google’s Acquisition Of Fitbit Transaction Raises Data Collection Concerns

Last year, we learned that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit will cost $2.1 billion. Also, it expressed its hope to complete all transactions in 2020. But because of concerns that Google will get more sensitive data such as user heart rate, fitness activities, and sleep habits from Fitbit’s wearables, antitrust regulators and consumer rights groups around the world are increasing their requirements. EU regulator’s questionnaire
As The Verge reports, the EU regulator has sent a 60-page questionnaire to Google and Fitbit’s respective competitors, asking these companies to assess how this acquisition will affect the digital medical field; whether it will affect the fitness tracking apps in the Google App Store; and how Google will use this user data in search and advertising.
The EU regulator has determined July 20 as the time limit for deciding whether to proceed with the transaction. At that time, the EU can choose to approve the transaction, or ask Google to make concessions on how to use Fitbit device data, or start a four-month investigation to fully explore the concerns raised by all parties. The content of the questionnaire recently sent to the competitors of the two companies is very detailed. This indicates that a broader investigation may be in progress. The EU is not the only one worried about the acquisition. Last month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission publicly stated its concerns about the transaction. Committee Chairman Rod Sims said: Read More…

Chrome for Android finally goes to 64-bit 8

Chrome for Android finally goes to 64-bit

For many years, Google Chrome browser for Android remained 32-bit, despite the support for 64-bit architecture in Android. So, the developers at Google made the long-awaited breakthrough and made Chrome 64-bit. Chrome for Android finally goes to 64-bit
Test versions of Chrome 85 and Chrome Canary 86 became 64-bit. Smartphones based on Android 10 and higher will automatically receive a 64-bit version of the browser.
For the first time, support for the 64-bit architecture appeared on the Android operating system in November 2014 with the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Since then, more and more 64-bit SoCs have been released and now almost all Android devices are capable of running 64-bit software.
According to statistics for April 2020, only 8% of devices use Android 10, all the rest are stuck on older versions of the OS. Fortunately, Google will extend support for 64-bit Chrome to earlier versions of Android. After all, according to the rules of Google Play, all applications must have 64-bit versions by August 1, 2021. 70 Chrome extensions with 32 million downloads have been collecting data
Google has cleaned up its Chrome Web Store by removing more than 70 malicious extensions. According to the security firm Awake Security, all the extensions combined have recorded more than 32 million downloads. Most extensions claim to warn users of malicious site activity. In addition, they claim to be able to convert specific file types to others. But in reality, the extensions wereRead More…

Google Photos will temporarily disable backup from messaging apps 9

Google Photos will temporarily disable backup from messaging apps

During the past few months, the entire world has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and all the consequences it has brought to our lives. Several countries adopted strict measures like the lockdown to force its people to stay at home. After all, isolation seems to be the only truly effective way to prevent the virus from spreading. With more people at home, media services are experiencing a huge traffic from more and more customers. Among the list of most used apps during these days of the pandemic, we have messaging apps. During these days of isolation, messaging apps have been the only way to contact with family as well as it is being used to contact employees working at home or students. Now, Google wants to ensure that its Google Photos app will be making backup only of important files during these days. The search giant wants to save its bandwidth resources that are strained, likely backing up memes, videos, and photos that are shared over messaging apps. The company will begin notifying users of the change on the Google Photos app the next time they open the app. “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik.
Starting today, you’ll notice a message in the Google Photos App about this change. You can change this setting at any time.”
Worth noting that Google isn’t forcing a change here either applyRead More…

Google releases a new AR single camera that achieve AR depth of field sensing 10

Google releases a new AR single camera that achieve AR depth of field sensing

Back in December of last year, Google showed how a single camera could be used to create depth maps for AR augmented reality. Today, the ARcore Deep API is finally available for Android, and several third-party apps have already been Getting Started. Other manufacturers are trying to add AR features to their products. They do this mostly through additional hardware devices such as adding the ToF module. This method uses dual-camera to perceive and create depth maps. However, with a single camera, it is difficult to know how far away from the camera is from the objects. Of course, it is difficult to get this information from an image. Google, on the other hand, uses a dynamic depth algorithm to create a deep-sensing image. The image comes with good accuracy and with just a single shot. It ensures that virtual objects are not floating in space. They are also not placed in locations where it is impossible to place them on a physical plane. According to reports, with the release of ARCore version 1.18 (Google Play Services for AR), the Depth API will be available on “hundreds of millions of compatible Android devices”. Google will first demonstrate this feature through AR Animals in Search, after which new partners will demonstrate the technology.
Samsung and Snapchat are already testing this technology
However, Snapchat as well as Samsung, have begun to go online to utilize the Depth API features. These companies are partners in the development of the technology. SnapcRead More…