Android 12 Developer Preview: Requirements, How to install and more

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Google recently announced its next-gen Android 12 operating system, which will be launched later this year. The new operating system will come with several new features, which aim to improve the overall performance and user experience. Apart from the design components, the company is also introducing a number of new privacy features, which will allow users to control how they’re tracked across sites. You can check out the list of the top 5 Android 12 features here. The first developer preview for Android 12 is now available. However, due to it being the first developer preview take note that there will be a lot of bugs and issues plaguing it, … Read more

Android 12 features we love: Haptics and audio can work together

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Android 12 can make your phone dance to the music. Android 12 has plenty of features to explore, but one of the coolest may be the ability for your phone’s haptic motors to work in tandem with an audio stream. Vibration is something every Android phone — from the best phone to the most budget-friendly phone — already has and every phone can also play sounds through its external speaker. Pairing the two might lead to some really innovative stuff! What are haptics? Inside of every phone is a small motor that is purposefully made to be off-balance, called a linear resonant actuator. When Android tells a phone to vibrate, … Read more

What is “Device is not certified by Google” Error? How to Check Your Device and Fix It

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If you are seeing a “Device is not certified by Google” error on your Android device, this means your device is “uncertified” and it may lose access to some Google features. If you remember, Google recently warned users about the same and it was even found that Google Messages won’t work on those devices after some time. So what does an “uncertified” device mean? Well, in short, if a device isn’t certified by Google, it will no longer be able to use Google apps. Let’s get into details and also find out how to check your device’s certification as well as how to fix this issue. What is an uncertified … Read more

LastPass for Android has seven built-in trackers, security firm warns

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In an extensive investigation carried out by a German security firm, Exodus, the popular password manager app LastPass was found to collect and send personal information of subscribers using the Android app. It does so with the help of seven different built-in trackers.   Even though LastPass allows you to opt-out of those trackers, the very existence of the built-in software could pose a security risk for the users. The trackers collect data such as device information, mobile operator, the type of LastPass account and the Google Advertising ID used to connect user data across other apps and platforms. Four of those trackers are for Google analytics and crash reports … Read more

YouTube not working? Here’s what you can do to fix it (Update: Outage)

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Update: February 25, 2021 (04:45 PM ET): YouTube appears to be having problems at the moment. According to Down Detector, there are many reports of outages around the world. If you can’t get YouTube to work even after trying our steps below, you might be experiencing this outage. Original article: June 14 2019 (12:10 AM ET): YouTube is the largest online video platform in the world with more than 1.5 billion logged-in visitors each month. Around 400 hours of content are uploaded every minute, and over a billion hours of videos are watched per day. So, what do you do when you discover YouTube not working? Google does a great … Read more

Here are the first 10 things you should do with your new Android smartwatch

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You got your hands on an Android smartwatch. Now what? These are some of the first things you should do. If you’re like me, one of the greatest feelings is unwrapping a shiny new gadget and getting to play around with it for the first time. This is especially true with smartwatches with so much to explore. If you’re looking for the best Wear OS smartwatch, you’ll have several different options. While Wear OS has certainly had its share of issues, there have been some important updates and improvements in recent months. Most notably, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor is now available. If you want stellar performance, be sure to … Read more

Android’s Latest Features Improve Security, Accessibility, and Convenience

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One of the best improvements to Android over the years is the way it delivers updates. Google started separating features from Android so it could update them individually without a total OS update. To prove that point, Google is sending out new updates to improve password security, add scheduling for text messages, and improve accessibility for blind and low-vision users. Password Checking Built Into Android Your accounts are only as secure as your passwords, and if you’re reusing passwords across the internet for years on end, you’re probably already compromised. Reused passwords are stolen so frequently that credential stuffing is now one of the first attacks against any account. When … Read more

Samsung will now provide up to 4 years of security updates to its phones: See list

Samsung has announced that it will now provide up to four years of security updates to the Galaxy smartphones that have been launched after 2019. This comes after the South Korean major announced three years of Android updates for its Galaxy smartphones last year, which was also extra considering the two-year update cycle followed previously. Read on to know more about it and see what all devices are included for this. Samsung phones will now get 4 years of security updates Samsung will now provide monthly and quarterly updates to the Galaxy phones, giving users an extended layer of security. The deal is applicable for the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, … Read more

Galaxy Labs app adds two modules to keep your phone feeling fresh

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Samsung’s Galaxy Labs is a helpful suite of modules that allow users to optimize various aspects of their device, from battery management to enhancing performance of apps. Thanks to an update, Galaxy Labs is updating a few of these modules, as well as introducing two new ones. According to Android Police, one of the new modules is known as Memory Guardian, which allows you to see what tasks are currently demanding your phone’s RAM. The module includes a breakdown of how your phone’s RAM is divided up by the system, which apps are running, and cached processes. From here, you can see a chart of historic usage and also clear … Read more

Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets will now receive regular security updates for four years

One of the downsides of having an Android smartphone is that, if you buy a mid-range or an entry level phone, chances are you won’t get security updates for more than two years. Samsung is addressing this issues as the company is now promising at least four years of security updates to its Galaxy phones and tablets. All the upcoming Galaxy phones and tablets are eligible for the new update scheme, but besides that, devices that launched way back in 2019 are also eligible. In other words, phones like Galaxy S10, Note10 are also going to get four years of security updates. For the sake of comparison, Pixel phones get … Read more

Emulators for Android guide: Can your phone handle these consoles?

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  There are loads of brand new games on the Google Play Store and you can find plenty of retro titles too. But what if your favorite classics aren’t available on Google’s app store? That’s where emulators come in. Emulators let you play console games from past generations on modern hardware, including smartphones. But how do you know what emulators on Android will run well on your phone? You can either go through the painstaking process of downloading the best emulators for Android and trying them out for yourself, or you can save some time and read on as we cover general hardware requirements for all the major gaming generations. … Read more

This is our first look at Android 12’s wallpaper-based theming system

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Before the release of Android 12 Developer Preview 1 earlier this week, we learned that Google is working on a new theming system that can recolor supported third-party applications. This enhanced theming system takes the foundations of the RRO and OMS APIs introduced in previous versions of Android and combines them with Android’s Palette and WallpaperColors APIs in order to create a custom theme that matches the current wallpaper. While this feature isn’t working in the public Developer Preview, developer kdrag0n, known for his work making the ProtonAOSP ROM and ProtonKernel for Pixel devices, managed to get it working, giving us our first look at Android 12’s new wallpaper-based theming … Read more