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Powder up in Google Meet’s new green room before joining a call

After rolling out live caption support in four more languages to Google Meet late last year, Google is now adding a new feature to the service that will let you preview your audio and video quality before joining a meeting. The feature adds a new 'Check your audio and video' button on the screen that...

Huawei’s new foldable phone launches this month, but don’t expect to get your hands on one

Huawei jumped on the foldable bandwagon with the Mate X back in February 2019. Now, two years later, the company is gearing up to launch its next foldable smartphone. The new foldable will simply be called the Huawei Mate X2, and it’s set to launch later this month in China. The news comes from Huawei’s official Weibo...

PSA: If you use NoxPlayer to play Android games on PC, you should read this

NoxPlayer users beware. A hacker group has gained access to the Android emulator's server infrastructure and has pushed malware to a few users in Asia. Slovak security firm ESET recently discovered the attack, and it has advised affected NoxPlayer users to reinstall the emulator to remove the malware from their systems. For the unaware, NoxPlayer is...

Android 11 makes Google Photos annoying to use for some, but there may be a fix

We have no way of knowing how many devices on the market run Android 11 since Google no longer publishes distribution statistics, but there are probably tens of millions now that companies like Xiaomi and Samsung have had time to push the update to many of their models. If your device runs Android 11 and...

Microsoft’s OneDrive on Android gets a new home screen and 8K video support

Microsoft has announced a new update for OneDrive on Android, including a revamped home screen experience. The new features should appear in OneDrive for Android version 6.21 and above. Microsoft said that if you have a personal OneDrive account, you will now see three main sections in the updated home screen: accessed files, files downloaded for...

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO, new replacement announced

Amazon on Tuesday confirmed Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO and transition to the role of Executive Chair in Q3. Andy Jassy, who is the CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will become Amazon’s new CEO. The surprise news comes amid Amazon’s latest financial results for its fourth quarter that ended December 31, 2020. According...

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro are getting an update to improve noise cancellation

Samsung this week rolled out an update to the Galaxy Buds Pro that introduces three important improvements. The updated software brings users to version R190XXU0AUA5. The latest update (via Droid-Life) arrives a few weeks after Samsung introduced another update that included improved Bixby voice wake-up response and left/right sound balance adjustment. Here’s the changelog for this week’s...

Huawei’s Harmony OS 2.0 beta appears to be based on Android

Harmony OS is Huawei's own first-party operating system, meant to take over the reins as the company's current GMS-less Android software proves to be insufficient to propel the company's smartphone prospects. Huawei recently began its long-shot transition away from the GMS-less Android with the first Harmony OS 2.0 beta for select smartphones and tablets. But...

Google Pixel 5 and LG Wing will get faster speeds on Verizon with an update

If you’re a Verizon subscriber and you own a Pixel 5 or LG Wing, your day is about to get better. That’s because these devices are allegedly set to receive an update that will allow them to access C-band frequencies by the end of 2021 and early 2022. According to recently uncovered FCC docs, via PC...

[Update: Response] Reddit users revolt against the iOS app’s new video player

When Redditors are displeased with something, they make it abundantly clear. One needs to look no further than the current war between retail investors on /r/WallStreetBets and institutional investors on Wall Street. While meme stocks are currently dominating the front page of the Internet, a lot of users are not happy with how Reddit's hot...

You’ll soon be able to restrict device access in the Google Home app

Managing a household of smart devices and family members can be a challenging experience. Making things more difficult is the fact that you can’t really control the access someone has to certain smart home devices. With a platform like Google Home, it’s largely setup to be an all-or-nothing approach. That means your kids either have access...

Universal bootloader unlock method has been found for the LG G8, G8S, G8X, and V50 ThinQ

Unlocking a bootloader, rooting a device, and flashing custom ROMs are popular hobbies here on XDA. Many users hold the ability to root in high regards, and almost find no interest in phones if they are not able to be bootloader unlocked. LG, however, has a storied history with regards to bootloader unlocking — namely,...