xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:26:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 Google brings Android games to Windows in limited beta https://www.xda-developers.com/google-android-games-windows-limited-beta/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-android-games-windows-limited-beta/#respond Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:24:26 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585971 You’ve always been able to play Android games on your PC, though it’s never really been easy. Projects like Android x86 and Bluestacks have typically been your best bet. Back in December of 2021, Google announced that it intended on bringing Android games to Windows, making use of the Android app layer that comes as part of

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You’ve always been able to play Android games on your PC, though it’s never really been easy. Projects like Android x86 and Bluestacks have typically been your best bet. Back in December of 2021, Google announced that it intended on bringing Android games to Windows, making use of the Android app layer that comes as part of Windows 11. Now, Google has brought the Google Play Games app to Windows through a very limited beta only available to some users in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan.

As reported by Ars Technica, Google says you’ll be able to “play a catalog of Google Play games on… Windows PC via a standalone application built by Google.” The company then goes on to say that it’s “excited to announce that some of the most popular mobile games in the world will be available at launch, including Mobile Legends: Bang BangSummoners WarState of Survival: The Joker Collaboration, and Three Kingdoms Tactics.”

In addition, games that use the Google Play Games cloud to store achievements and progress will be able to sync their progress across all of your devices, including PC, mobile, and Chrome OS. Note that this does not include regular apps on the Google Play Store, and it’s only games. For regular apps, you’ll still have to download them through the Amazon App Store or through sideloading.

Google has launched pages for the beta sign-up and a developer site, and both have some more information, though the company doesn’t go into detail about how Google Play Games works yet. All we know so far is that it’s not built on existing technology from Microsoft, Bluestacks, or others, and that it also isn’t game streaming. The company has released a set of minimum requirements that you’ll need to meet:

  • Windows 10 (v2004)
  • Solid state drive (SSD)
  • Gaming-class GPU
  • 8 logical cores of CPU
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 20 GB of available storage space
  • Windows admin account
  • Hardware virtualization must be turned on
  • Compatible PC device and configuration

Google says that the official release date will vary among regions. The company will start with the beta regions of Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, and will expand to other regions later in 2022 and beyond.

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Calculator on Chrome OS is now a Progressive Web App https://www.xda-developers.com/chrome-os-calculator-pwa/ https://www.xda-developers.com/chrome-os-calculator-pwa/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 22:37:37 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585897 Google has been slowly moving away from legacy Chrome apps, now that platform-agnostic Progressive Web Apps are a capable replacement. The Calculator application on Chrome OS was one such legacy application, but starting with the recent Chrome OS 97 update, it has now become a PWA that you can use on any browser. The new

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Google has been slowly moving away from legacy Chrome apps, now that platform-agnostic Progressive Web Apps are a capable replacement. The Calculator application on Chrome OS was one such legacy application, but starting with the recent Chrome OS 97 update, it has now become a PWA that you can use on any browser.

The new Progressive Web app is hosted at calculator.apps.chrome (via 9to5Google). It has a web manifest file with an icon and offline caching, so Chromium-based browsers can install it to your device. It also works just fine with any web browser, and functions almost identically to the old calculator. Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is available, as well as some more complex functions like square roots, logarithms, and exponents.

Even though the calculator can now be used on any device with a web browser, it’s clearly still intended to be used on a computer — resizing the window to smaller sizes or a portrait orientation results in some controls being hidden.

Google Calculator app

The calculator is still styled to match older Material Design, complete with a corner wipe effect when you click the Clear button. Google hasn’t updated it yet to match the newer Material You design language, but it’s just a calculator, so it doesn’t really need to. There are also plenty of other math and calculator tools available on Chrome OS, if the default Calculator doesn’t do everything you need. Wolfram Alpha is my personal favorite.

This comes after many other changes and improvements to Chrome OS over the past few months, such as an in-development Shelf Share feature, camera improvements, enhanced integration with Android phones, and more voices for Select-to-speak. The platform is also dealing with (slightly) more competition, as Microsoft pushes Windows 11 SE in K-12 classrooms where Chromebooks have dominated for much of the past decade.

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Google will force free G Suite accounts to paid plans, starting in July https://www.xda-developers.com/free-g-suite-account-migration/ https://www.xda-developers.com/free-g-suite-account-migration/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 21:30:06 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585877 Google online accounts usually fall into one of two categories: free personal accounts with a @gmail.com address attached, and workplace accounts provided by a company or organization. There are also some Google accounts, which offer the custom domain ability of corporate accounts (e.g. having john@example as a Gmail account) for free, but now Google is

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Google online accounts usually fall into one of two categories: free personal accounts with a @gmail.com address attached, and workplace accounts provided by a company or organization. There are also some Google accounts, which offer the custom domain ability of corporate accounts (e.g. having john@example as a Gmail account) for free, but now Google is cutting that option years after it stopped being offered.

Google has started sending emails to administrators (via 9toGoogle) informing them that the “G Suite legacy free edition” plan will no longer be available starting July 1, 2022. Retaining access to those accounts will require switching to a paid Google Workspace plan, which start at $6/mo (per user). Google is offering discounts for the first 12 months to make the transition a bit smoother.

G Suite email

Email sent to Google Workplace administrators (Source: 9to5Google)

The free G Suite plan, also known as the Google Apps legacy plan, was discontinued for new customers on December 6, 2012. However, many people are still using free G Suite accounts, especially since some of those accounts have purchases connected to them (such as paid Play Store apps and games, movies and TV shows from Google TV, and so on). Google says it will suspend accounts without billing details before July 1, 2022, and after 60 days in suspension, services such as Gmail and Calendar (but not YouTube and Google Photos) will become inaccessible.

Google doesn’t have any method of transferring paid content from one account to another, so for anyone with a free G Suite account, the only options are now paying for a plan or losing access to paid content. Moving emails, photos, and some other data to another Google account is still possible.

If you’re affected by the change, you (or whoever is set as the administrator) should receive the same email from Google. Organizations with free Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals or Google Workspace for Nonprofits accounts won’t be affected at all.

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Microsoft is working on a new Task Manager for Windows 11 with Fluent Design https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-task-manager-fluent-design/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-task-manager-fluent-design/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:57:05 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585869 Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 build 22538 earlier today, and if you’re just looking at the company’s changelog, the build doesn’t have any ground-breaking new features (though there are some welcome improvements). However, lying dormant in this build is something a bit more significant. As shared by Twitter user FireCube (initially discovered by a user

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Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 build 22538 earlier today, and if you’re just looking at the company’s changelog, the build doesn’t have any ground-breaking new features (though there are some welcome improvements). However, lying dormant in this build is something a bit more significant. As shared by Twitter user FireCube (initially discovered by a user on the UWP Community Discord server), the new Windows 11 build comes with a new Fluent Design-inspired version of Task Manager.

In its current state, the new Task Manager isn’t a complete overhaul of the existing UI. Instead, the tabs that usually sit at the top of the Task Manager window are now the side, and the shell of the window uses the new Mica translucent material. There are also prominent buttons for common actions like creating a new task, ending a task, and more. However, when you look at the lists themselves, containing the list of processes, services, and so on, they seem to look exactly the same as they do in the current iteration. However, they’re in dark mode now, which is also a new feature for Task Manager. You can see the new design in action below, shared by Twitter user Xeno’s Beta Stuff.

As noted by FireCube, you can enable this yourself if you’re running Windows 11 build 22538, but you’ll need a program called ViveTool, which allows you to enable hidden Windows features. However, this can seriously impact system stability, so you shouldn’t do it unless you’re comfortable working any issues that might crop up. It’s a command-line tool, so after extracting the .ZIP file, you’ll need to run it using Command Prompt (not Windows PowerShell). Run Command Prompt in the folder where you stored ViveTool, then enter the following commands:

  • vivetool addconfig 35908098 2
  • vivetool addconfig 37204171 2
  • vivetool addconfig 36898195 2
  • vivetool addconfig 36898195 2

Once that’s done, you should be able to see the new Task Manager with Fluent Design on your PC.

There’s no indication of when we might see the new Task Manager without having to enable it using hacky workarounds. Microsoft is certainly still working on polishing the experience, and it will be rolled out when it’s ready. Hopefully, that means the rest of the UI will also be reworked to match the new Fluent Design instead of having these clashing design languages.

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Google is officially giving up on YouTube Originals https://www.xda-developers.com/youtube-originals-shutdown/ https://www.xda-developers.com/youtube-originals-shutdown/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:20:14 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585861 YouTube Premium was first introduced in October 2015 (then known as ‘YouTube Red’), which removed advertising on YouTube videos (while still paying the creators) for a monthly subscription. YouTube also started producing exclusive high-budget content to attract subscribers, known as YouTube Originals, to make the service more competitive with Netflix and other streaming platforms. YouTube

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YouTube Premium was first introduced in October 2015 (then known as ‘YouTube Red’), which removed advertising on YouTube videos (while still paying the creators) for a monthly subscription. YouTube also started producing exclusive high-budget content to attract subscribers, known as YouTube Originals, to make the service more competitive with Netflix and other streaming platforms. YouTube Originals never really took off, and now it’s shutting down.

Robert Kyncl, the Chief Business Officer at YouTube, announced on Tuesday (via Android Police) that YouTube Originals was coming to an end. They said in a tweet, “our investments can make a greater impact on even more creators when applied towards other initiatives, like our Creator Shorts Fund, Black Voices Fund, and Live Shopping programming to name a few. Separately, [Susanne Daniels] has decided to leave YouTube and her last day will be March 1. […] Together, these factors contributed to our decision to reduce our YouTube Originals slate.”

YouTube will still complete any shows already in production, but after that point, the only Originals content will be content funded through the Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds — no more big-budget series or movies.

YouTube Originals produced a mix of dramas, comedies, and reality series, as well as content from larger creators that wasn’t too different from what they uploaded normally (such as Marques Brownlee/MKBHD’s ‘Retro Tech’ and JacksFilms’ ‘YIAY Time’). A few films were also labelled as YouTube Originals, most of which were received poorly. The Thinning with Logan Paul earned a score of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, Maryam Keshavarz’s Viper Club is sitting at 38%, and so on. Scare PewDiePie, the first original series, ended production before the second season could be filmed after Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) became embroiled in various controversies.

The best success story for YouTube Originals might be Cobra Kai, a comedy-drama series that served as a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films. The show received significant praise when the first season was released in 2018, and it was acquired by Netflix in 2020. Netflix is currently producing a fifth season.

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AT&T and Verizon start rolling out C-Band 5G in select areas https://www.xda-developers.com/att-verizon-c-band-rollout/ https://www.xda-developers.com/att-verizon-c-band-rollout/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:44:46 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585811 United States mobile networks have already rolled out some degree of 5G connectivity to millions of people, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the C-Band spectrum they acquired in an FCC auction. After a few delays due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some airlines,

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United States mobile networks have already rolled out some degree of 5G connectivity to millions of people, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the C-Band spectrum they acquired in an FCC auction. After a few delays due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some airlines, both carriers are switching on C-Band 5G service in select areas.

The C-band spectrum operates between around 3.7 and 4.2 GHz, offering a middle ground between the slow far-reaching bands (like those often used for LTE and sub-6GHz 5G) and fast short-range bands (like the ones utilized by mmWave 5G). Verizon and AT&T’s rollouts are somewhat similar to T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G deployments, which helped boost 5G speeds in some parts of the United States.

AT&T said in an announcement, “AT&T 5G already reaches more than 255 million people in more than 16,000 cities and towns, and AT&T 5G+ (using mmWave) is live in parts of more than 40 cities and nearly 30 stadiums and venues. C-Band spectrum complements those existing capabilities perfectly. Today’s introduction begins in limited parts of 8 metro areas across the U.S. It will expand rapidly as our thoughtful and efficient deployment ramps up throughout the year.”

AT&T has enabled C-Band 5G in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. However, you’ll also need a phone updated to use C-Band 5G, which currently includes the iPhone 12/13 series and a few Android devices. The full list is below, as provided to XDA Developers by AT&T.

C-Band-capable phones on AT&T

Apple

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Samsung

  • Galaxy A13 5G
  • Galaxy S21 5G
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Google

  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro

Verizon is also rolling out its C-Band 5G service today, which is now live for “more than 20 million households.” The carrier has not publicly disclosed where exactly the deployments are, or what phones are compatible with its C-Band 5G. Customers also have to be on a “5G Get More,” “5G Play More,” or “5G Do More” plane to access C-Band — the cheapest “5G Start” wireless plan is left out.

Both AT&T and Verizon will use their existing millimeter-wave indicators in the status bar for C-Band connections — “5G+” for AT&T, and “5G UW” for Verizon. The rollouts have also affected global air travel.

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Advanced game install features on the Xbox app for PC are now enabled by default https://www.xda-developers.com/xbox-app-preview-pc-advanced-install-features/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xbox-app-preview-pc-advanced-install-features/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:43:58 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585813 Microsoft is rolling out a new version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 and 11, enabling the advanced installation features that were rolled out a few months ago by default. The features were already available to try before, but now, they’ll be enabled by default so you can install games in your preferred folder

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Microsoft is rolling out a new version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 and 11, enabling the advanced installation features that were rolled out a few months ago by default. The features were already available to try before, but now, they’ll be enabled by default so you can install games in your preferred folder without having to jump through hoops.

Being able to choose where games get installed and see their files is important, as it also allows you to potentially modify game files. Mods are important for many members of the PC gaming community, so this is great to see. However, while the feature is being enabled by default, you’ll still need to be part of the preview program in order to use it.

In order to join the preview, you have to download the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Microsoft Store. Once inside the app, go to the Previews tab on the side and then choose the Windows Gaming program. Once you’ve joined, you’ll start receiving preview updates for the Xbox and Xbox Game Bar apps. Then, install the latest update for the Xbox app – version 2201.1000.38.0 – and you’ll be able to choose a folder to install your PC games using the Xbox app.

Xbox app showing current install location for a game

One thing that’s worth noting is that you don’t choose the location for every game when you install it. You’ll need to head into the Xbox app settings to choose the default installation folder, and all new games will install there from then on out. You can move them to a different folder after the fact, though.

In addition to enabling this feature by default, there are some fixes included in this update. Many of them are related to this new capability, which is probably why Microsoft is comfortable enabling it by default now. There are also some accessibility issues squashed and more:

Fixes in Xbox app version 2201.1000.38.0

  • Fixed compatibility issues with Gears 5 and Slay the Spire.
  • Fixed an issue where enabling advanced installation features for a game causes an access denied error.
  • Addressed various accessibility issues.
  • Fixed an issue that prevents the game folder from being changed.
  • Deleting the game folder no longer causes an issue where drives aren’t recognized in the Xbox app.
  • Fixed an issue that caused game updates to reinstall the full game.

The app also has some known issues in this version of the app, including some games that don’t fully support the new feature, such as Back 4 Blood and Phantasy Star Online 2. You can find the full list of issues below:

Known issues in Xbox app version 2201.1000.38.0

  • Moving a game from one drive to another shows “downloading” in the install queue, but the game is actually being moved, not reinstalled.
  • You may experience issues launching games installed on an external drive.
  • You might see an “invalid executable” error when launching some games after initially installing them. Try restarting your PC to fix this issue.
  • Some games show that an update is available but selecting the update button doesn’t do anything.
  • Starting a game update may take a long time. This includes updates that add content to an existing install, such as a campaign mode.
  • Attempting to encrypt the game install folder from the Windows Shell may cause compatibility issues.
  • Mods for a version of a game on another platform may not work on the Xbox PC Game Pass version.
  • The following games aren’t yet supported:
    • Back 4 Blood
    • Cricket 19
    • Phantasy Star Online 2
    • State of Decay 2
    • Games offering pre-install
    • Note that game files for these games won’t appear in the game install folder. The Xbox app doesn’t currently indicate this but will in a future update. If games outside of this list don’t appear in the game install folder, they are likely also pending support.

If you’re already part of the Xbox Insider program, you should be able to try out the new capabilities right away. Hopefully, we’ll see mod support ramp up in games available on the Xbox app.

[UPDATE 1/18 @ 2:00PM ET] This article originally indicated that this feature is new, but it has in fact been available for a while. Today’s update enabled the feature by default and includes some fixes for the experience.

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European Commission wants a DNS built and offered by the EU https://www.xda-developers.com/european-union-dns4eu/ https://www.xda-developers.com/european-union-dns4eu/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:31:38 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585807 On the surface, browsing the web appears to be quite a simple process. Behind the scenes, after you type a URL in your device’s address bar, your device sends a query to a Domain Name Server (DNS) to translate the URL to a machine-readable IP address. Once your device receives the corresponding IP address, it

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On the surface, browsing the web appears to be quite a simple process. Behind the scenes, after you type a URL in your device’s address bar, your device sends a query to a Domain Name Server (DNS) to translate the URL to a machine-readable IP address. Once your device receives the corresponding IP address, it opens the website. There are lots of reasons a user may wish to set a custom DNS on their smartphone; be it to avoid content filtering, for privacy, or for any other reason, and services like Google and Cloudflare offer their own DNS. Now, though, the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) has proposed a DNS infrastructure built and offered by the EU, dubbed DNS4EU.

In the DNS4EU infrastructure project (spotted by The Record), it says that “The deployment of DNS4EU aims to address such consolidation of DNS resolution in the hands of few companies, which renders the resolution process itself vulnerable in case of significant events affecting one major provider.” While it’s true that many DNS providers are based outside of the EU, the project page also outlines that the EU wants to launch DNS4EU for cybersecurity and data privacy reasons. The European Commission outlined the need for a sovereign DNS in December.

DNS4EU would also filter illegal content hosted on dangerous domains, such as malware, phishing sites, and other cybersecurity threats. Websites barred by court orders could also be added to the filter. DNS4EU would also need to completely comply with GDPR, ensuring that data is processed in Europe, and personal data cannot be sold or monetized.

As for technical details, the document says that “service infrastructure shall conform to the latest security and privacy-enhancing standards (e.g. HTTPS, DNSSEC), including DNS encryption (e.g. DNS over TLS (DoT) and DoH) and be fully IPv6 compliant.” DNS-over-TLS (DoT) or DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) are private DNS standards that ensure your DNS requests are encrypted. Many popular DNS servers, like Google Public DNS, NextDNS, and Cloudflare, support both DoT and DoH standards. Android 12 currently only natively supports DoT, but support for DoH is also being added in Android 13.

It does not appear that the EU intends on making this DNS infrastructure mandatory for use in the EU, as it has said that guides will be made available for users to configure it on their own devices “via a dedicated website under a clearly branded URL”. It also doesn’t appear to be an entirely public service, as there will be “premium services for enhanced security (e.g. ad hoc filtering, monitoring, 24×7 support), tailored to specific sectorial needs”.

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Microsoft releases new Windows 11 preview with voice access improvements https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-releases-windows-11-preview-voice-access-improvements/ https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-releases-windows-11-preview-voice-access-improvements/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:23:30 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585815 It’s Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build. This week’s build is number 22538, and as usual, the changes are pretty modest. The main new feature is an improvement to voice access, which was first shown in build 22518. The feature is being added

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It’s Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build. This week’s build is number 22538, and as usual, the changes are pretty modest.

The main new feature is an improvement to voice access, which was first shown in build 22518. The feature is being added to the touch keyboard, so you’ll be able to use it to spell words, enter numbers, enter punctuation, and even enter emojis. You’ll just have to say, “Show keyboard”, and then say to click a number that corresponds to a key.

There are some other changes. Another thing that happened with build 22518 is that Microsoft introduced a new Widgets icon that shows the weather, but unlike what’s promised to users in the Dev channel, it was only available to some Insiders. It’s now available for everyone that enrolls to test out the latest features.

In updated design, ALT + TAB, Task View, and Snap Assist will all show your accent color in the focus rectangle. There’s some other low-level stuff too, such as HTTPS boot for Hyper-V Generation 2 VMs.

And as always, there’s a long list of fixes, improvements, and known issues to be aware of.

Windows 11 build 22538 Fixes

[General]

  • Pressing the hardware buttons for volume up/down should no longer cause explorer.exe to crash for some Insiders.
  • We believe that the issue causing some Insiders to see text in Settings and other places mixed up in the previous flight should no longer repro in this build.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Narrator to crash in text boxes when using scan mode.
  • Mitigated an issue where for some PCs, after resuming from sleep or hibernate, video playback would resume instantly but the audio could take 10 seconds to start playing.

[File Explorer]

  • Folders named Advanced should no longer unexpectedly open the Advanced Sharing Settings page in Settings.

[Search]

  • We’ve done some work to address an issue wherein typing when using Search from Start or after clicking the Search icon Taskbar would not actually start a Search, as no text was input. If you continue to experience this issue after upgrading, please file a new piece of feedback under Desktop Environment > Search in Feedback Hub.

[Taskbar]

  • Taskbar’s date and time in the long format should no longer cut off on secondary monitors.

[Settings]

  • There should no longer be a random blank entry under Bluetooth & Devices.
  • Fixed an issue where Narrator was reading the Resume updates button as “Check for updates” in the Windows Update page.
  • Settings should no longer crash when going to System > Display > HDR.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be the root cause of Settings crashing sometimes when using the clear location history option.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing Settings to crash for some Insiders when viewing the properties of a Wi-Fi network.
  • The “private” and “public” controls in network properties should no longer flicker for people with dual network cards.
  • If you search for “network reset” the Settings page for doing that will now appear in the search results.
  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks in Quick Settings, the signal strength indicators should now reflect the correct signal strength instead of all showing full strength.

[Input]

  • Removed the “try out your setup” box from Personalization > Text Input > Custom Theme, since it didn’t work.
  • The customized text color from Settings > Personalization > Text input > Custom theme” should actually apply to the text in the candidate window / clipboard history/ emoji panel now.
  • Mitigated an issue which was impacting the performance for Insiders with the new input switcher when rapidly switching input back and forth.
  • Tapping the search box in the expressive input area of the touch keyboard should no longer cause the touch keyboard to immediately dismiss the first time you do it after switching input language.
  • Fixed an unexpected 1-pixel gap between the side of the touch keyboard and edge of the screen when docked.
  • Adding missing inverted interrobang (⸘) to the general punctuation section of WIN + Period.

[Windowing]

  • For those using the custom mode in Settings > Personalization > Colors, the background of ALT + Tab, Task View, and Snap Assist should now follow the default Windows mode for light or dark and not the default app mode.
  • Dragging and dropping windows in Task View while using an Arabic or Hebrew display language should drag in the correct direction again now.
  • exe shouldn’t crash now when closing snap groups which include 3 or 4 apps.

[Widgets]

  • We fixed the issue where if you changed the taskbar alignment, it would cause the Widgets button to disappear from taskbar.
  • Widgets content on taskbar should not get out of sync between monitors when multiple monitors are connecting to your PC.

[Voice access]

  • Fixed an issue where recently removed microphone shows up as the selected microphone.
  • An issue was addressed to ensure the microphone state changes are announced for screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone names are read out for screen reader users on the microphone selection page while setting up voice access for the first time.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone labels communicate the current microphone state for screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue where duplicate number labels were showing up on Microsoft Edge home page with the command “show numbers”.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “lowercase previous character” was not working as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where voice access would give an incorrect message to say “voice access wake up” even when no microphone is connected.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “switch to Edge” was not prompting for input when two Microsoft Edge windows are open with one of them maximized.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “go to font” didn’t give expected results in Microsoft Word.
  • Addressed an issue where the command “voice access wake up” was not activating voice access microphone when you speak continuously without any pauses.
  • Addressed an issue where dictation was not working as expected on the desktop and File Explorer.
  • Addressed an issue where the command “show numbers” was not showing number labels on the window in focus.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue that was impacting Task Manager reliability.
  • Update App History tab column name in Task Manager from “Tile updates” to “Notifications”.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the active development branch may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11 that became generally available on October 5th, 2021.

Windows 11 build 22538 Known Issues

[Taskbar]

  • The taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.

[Search]

  • After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.

[Input]

  • On a UAC prompt, the IME candidate window doesn’t show up.

[Widgets]

  • With the taskbar left-aligned, information such as temperature is not shown. This will be fixed in a future update.

As usual, this build can be obtained through Windows Update if you’re on the Dev channel. If you’re not, you can enroll through the Windows Insider Program page in Settings.

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Best Thunderbolt accessories for your laptop in 2022: Docks, eGPUs, and more https://www.xda-developers.com/best-thunderbolt-accessories/ https://www.xda-developers.com/best-thunderbolt-accessories/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:00:23 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=583849 In recent years Thunderbolt has become an essential part of many laptops and PCs. Developed by Intel, the Thunderbolt protocol uses USB Type-C ports to deliver very high bandwidths — up to 40Gbps, as of Thunderbolt 4 — which can be used to connect all kinds of peripherals. Many of the best laptops you can

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In recent years Thunderbolt has become an essential part of many laptops and PCs. Developed by Intel, the Thunderbolt protocol uses USB Type-C ports to deliver very high bandwidths — up to 40Gbps, as of Thunderbolt 4 — which can be used to connect all kinds of peripherals. Many of the best laptops you can buy today come with Thunderbolt ports, and the accessories you can use with them range from docking stations to external GPUs, which can greatly expand the capabilities of your laptop.

Being proprietary Intel technology does mean Thunderbolt isn’t available on almost any AMD laptop. It’s also somewhat expensive to license, so you won’t find it in many cheap laptops, even if they have Intel processors. If you want to make sure your laptop supports Thunderbolt, look for the Thunderbolt logo next to your USB Type-C ports. You’ll also find Thunderbolt support in the latest MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch, even though they don’t have the Thunderbolt logo next to their ports.

But if you have a Thunderbolt port, how do you make the most of it? We’re here to help, and we’ve rounded up a ton of the best Thunderbolt accessories you can buy that make use of this high bandwidth. As we’ve mentioned, there are docking stations and external GPUs, but some monitors and storage devices also use Thunderbolt. And of course, you might need Thunderbolt cables, so we have some of those as well.

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Best Thunderbolt docks

Starting with some of the best and most popular Thunderbolt accessories, we have docking stations. Thunderbolt docks can be used to add more ports to your laptop, whether that’s USB Type-A, display outputs, Ethernet, or even more Thunderbolt ports if you want to daisy-chain. There are lots of ports out there with different designs, ports, and prices, so here are a few great ones you can get:

    Anker PowerExpand 5-in-1 Mini Dock

    Extra Thunderbolt

    If you want to add more Thunderbolt ports to your laptop, the Anker PowerExpand 5-in-1 adds three of them, plus a USB Type-A port for peripherals. It supports 85W charging for your laptop.
    Razer Thunderbolt 4 Dock Chroma

    RGB flair

    In addition to adding more Thunderbolt ports, USB Type-A, Ethernet, and an SD card reader, this Razer dock lights up with Chroma RGB to give your setup some flair. It can also charge your laptop.
    Kensington SD5700T Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station

    Rugged look

    This Kensington dock has a tough-looking metal shell and gives you plenty of ports including more Thunderbolt, USB Type-A, an SD card reader, Ethernet, and a headphone jack, plus 90W charging for your laptop.
    CalDigit TS3 Plus

    All metal

    The CalDigit TS3 is a vertical Thunderbolt dock with an aluminum chassis and plenty of USB Type-A ports, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and even S/PDIF audio. It charges at up to 87W.
    Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock

    Sleek and versatile

    This sleek-looking Elgato dock offers USB and audio connections on the front, plus extra Thunderbolt, USB, DisplayPort, and Ethernet on the back. It also has 85W charging for your laptop.
    Plugable Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Vertical docking station

    If you prefer a dock that's meant to be vertical, this Plugable model gives you a solid selection of ports, including plenty of USB, Ethermet, and DisplayPort. Plus, it can charge your laptop at up to 60W.
    Dell WD19TB Thunderbotl Docking Station

    For HDMI users

    If you want a dock that has an HDMI output built in, the Dell WD19TB is a solid option, It still includes DispllayPort, too, plus USB ports and Ethernet. It charges at 90W for non-Dell laptops or up to 130W for Dell devices.
    CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub

    Compact expansion

    If you want something small capable, the Element Hub gives you four USB ports plus extra Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining, all in a tiny package. It also deliver s60W of power.
    Amazon Basics Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

    Cheap Thunderbolt dock

    This Amazon Basics Thunderbolt dock is affordable and it still features ports including USB Type-A, Thunderbolt daisy-chaining, DisplayPort, Ethernet, (micro)SD card readers and a headphone jack. It charges at 60W, too, so it covers all the basics.

External GPU enclosures

One of the best (and coolest) Thunderbolt accessories is an external GPU you can connect to your laptop using a single cable. Many of us want a lightweight laptop that’s easy to carry, but also want the power of a gaming PC at home, and external GPUs can let you do exactly that. While eGPUs were a thing before Thunderbolt, it’s a lot easier to use them now, and there are plenty of choices for GPU enclosures depending on your taste and needs.

One thing to note here is that Apple Silicon Macs do not support external GPUs, so you won’t be able to use these with those laptops. And on Intel-based MacBooks, only some AMD Radeon GPUs are supported.

    Sonnet Breakaway Box 750

    Powerful and subdued

    This Sonnet GPU enclosure comes with a stylish design that looks modern, but it has a powerful 750W PSU, capable of providing up to 475W to your GPU during peak loads (375W continuous), plus 100W to your laptop. It won't fit a GeForce RTX 3090, though.
    Cooler Master MasterCase EG200

    Laptop stand and storage bay

    If you have a keyboard and mouse at your desk, you might want to store your laptop. This GPU enclosure includes a laptop stand and even a bay for a SATA drive if you need more storage. It can fit most GPUs and it has a 550W PSU, with 60W power delivery to your laptop.
    Mantis MZ-03 Saturn Pro II

    Power and extra ports

    The Mantiz Saturn Pro II is a high-power eGPU with a 750W CPU, 550W of which powers the GPU and with up to 100W of power for your laptop. It fits just about any GPU, plus it has USB ports, Ethernet, and an SD card reader, plus a storage bay for a SATA drive.
    AKiTiO Node Titan

    Carry it with you

    The AKiTiO Node Titan features a 650W PSU that can deliver up to 500W to your GPU, plus up to 85W to your laptop for charging, and it can fit most modern GPUs. It has a tool-less design and even includes a handle to make it easier to take wherever you want.
    Razer Core X Chroma

    Light up your setup

    For fans of RGB lighting, the Razer Core X Chroma can add a sprinkle of life to your desk setup. It also has a 700W PSU with 500W of power for the GPU and 100W charging for your laptop, and support for up to 3-slot GPUs like the RTx 3090.
    Gigabyte Aorus RTX 3080 Gaming Box

    GPU included

    Unlike most GPU enclosures, the Aorus Gaming Box comes with a GPU preinstalled, in this case an RTX 3080. Plus, it has lots of venting and plenty of ports at the back. However, like most GPUs, it's hard to find in stock.

Best Thunderbolt accessories: Monitors

If you want a direct connection to your monitor without any adapters, there are a few display options out there that support Thunderbolt connections. These are usually fairly high-end monitors, since cheaper alternatives usually come with HDMI, DisplayPort, or a standard USB Type-C connection. In addition to being high-end display, some of the best Thunderbolt monitors let you connect other accessories, serving as a sort of docking station, too. Here are some great options:

    Samsung TU872 Series 32-inch Monitor

    4K monitor with Ethernet

    This Samsung monitor gives you a large 32-inch panel with 4K resolution and HDR10 support, but it also leverages Thunderbolt to give you a couple of USB ports and even Ethernet connectivity. Plus, it charges your laptop at 90W.
    ASUS ProArt Display PA27AC

    Color accurate

    Designed for color-sensitive work, this ASUS ProArt monitor comes in Quad HD resolution and covers 100% of Adobe RGB and Rec. 709, making it great for creative professionals. The color accuracy is rated with a Delta E < 2.
    BenQ PD3220U

    Professional 4K monitor

    If you want an ultra-sharp professional monitor, the BenQ PD3220U comes with a 4K display that covers 100% of sRGB and Rec. 709, plus color accuracy of Delta E < 3 validated by Pantone. It can connect to two computers and switch between them easily, too.
    Samsung J791 34-inch Ultrawide Monitor

    Ultrawide QLED

    Ultrawide monitors are great for productivity, and this one is a solid starting point. It's sharp, it has a 100Hz refresh rate, and it adds extra ports, including Thunderbolt daisy-chaining. Plus, it's relatively affordable.
    LG 34BK95U-W

    Ultra-sharp 5K2K monitor

    The LG 34BK95U-W comes in a super-sharp 5K2K (5120 x 2160) resolution and it overs 98% of DCI-P3, allowing for realistic color reproduction. It also supports HDR and it can charge your laptop at up to 85W.
    LG 38WN95C-W

    Ultrawide gaming (and more)

    If you want a gaming monitor that uses Thunderbolt, this is one of your best options. It's an ultrawide display with QHD+ resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA G-Sync support. It also supports HDR 600 and covers 98% of DCI-P3.

Best Thunderbolt accessories: Storage

They’re not very common, but if you want super-fast external storage for your laptop, Thunderbolt SSDs are one of the best accessories you can get. There are a few options out there from different companies, and while they can be a bit pricy, you definitely get your money’s worth if you care about speed. Here are some great options:

    Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q

    Ultraportable storage

    This compact SSD from Sabrent comes in capacities from 500GB to 8TB, and it's a very compact portable SSD with read speeds up to 2700MB/s. There's a 16TB model, but it's bigger.
    Samsung X5 Portable SSD

    Stylish design

    The Samsung X5 is another ultra-fast portable SSD, but with a red and black design that almost seems inspired by sports cars. If that's your style, this is a great choice.
    Plugable Thunderbolt 3 External SSD

    Built-in cable

    If you don't want to worry about carrying cables, this Plugable SSD has it built-in. It comes in sizes up to 2TB and has max speeds up to 2,400MB/s.
    LaCie Rugged SSD Pro

    Durable storage

    The rugged design of this LaCie SSD gives it dust, water, drop, and shock resistance so you can take it anywhere. But it still has speeds up to 2,400MB/s in a compact form factor.
    SanDisk G-Drive Pro SSD

    Tough shell

    This professional SD is made to withstand drops up to 3 meters and crushing force up to 1000lbs, so you don't have to worry about durability. It has read speeds up to 2,800MB/s, too.
    SanDisk G-Raid Shuttle SSD

    Massive storage

    Is one SSD not enough? This rugged enclosure comes with up to 32TB of SSD storage with hardware RAID, and it even supports daisy-chaining for more accessories (or storage).

Thunderbolt cables

In the midst of all these accessories, it’s best not to forget they require specific Thunderbolt cables. While most will usually include those cables in the box, you might lose them or they might get damaged. If you need a replacement, here are a few options for you:

    Anker Thunderbolt 4 Cable

    Fully featured

    This Anker cable gives you the full functionality of Thunderbolt 4, including 40Gbps bandwith and 100W of power. it's 2.2ft long, which is enough for most uses.
    Maxonar Thunderbolt 4 Cable

    Braided (and long)

    For extra durability, this Maxonar cable is completely wrapped in nylon. It supports all the Thunderbolt 4 features, and it comes in lengths up to 6.6ft.
    Apple Thunderbolt 3 Cable

    For white setups

    If your desk setup is mostly white, Apple's Thunderbolt 3 cable is a good way to complement it. It supports the same features as a Thunderbolt 4 cable.

When it comes to buying any accessory, it’s always up to your personal needs, so you may or may not find value in all of these categories. Either way, Thunderbolt accessories have capabilities that far exceed the best USB devices, whether it’s giving you ultra-fast external SSDs, allowing you to play high-end games on a lightweight laptop, or powering your whole desk setup with just one port. For all of those needs, the accessories on this list will serve you very well and you have options to choose from.

If you’re still looking for a laptop that can make full use of these accessories, we do have a list of the best Thundeerbolt 4 laptops you can buy today. Those will all support the accessories on this list.

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Global air travel disrupted over AT&T and Verizon C-Band 5G rollout https://www.xda-developers.com/air-travel-c-band-disrupted/ https://www.xda-developers.com/air-travel-c-band-disrupted/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:42:07 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585775 United States mobile networks have already been rolling out 5G connectivity for years, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the new C-Band spectrum. The C-Band rollouts have been continuously delayed due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and various airlines, and now global air travel has

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United States mobile networks have already been rolling out 5G connectivity for years, but more recently, AT&T and Verizon have been excited about deploying 5G on the new C-Band spectrum. The C-Band rollouts have been continuously delayed due to concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and various airlines, and now global air travel has been thrown through a loop.

The C-band spectrum operates between around 3.7 and 4.2 GHz, offering a middle ground between the slow far-reaching bands (like those often used for LTE and sub-6GHz 5G) and fast short-range bands (like the ones utilized by mmWave 5G). AT&T and Verizon both won sections of the C-Band spectrum in an auction, and both carriers originally planned to start deploying 5G on C-Band by the end of 2021, potentially allowing them to have their own version of T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G.

C-Band 5G could interfere with the radio-powered altimeter used in some planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates civil aviation and manages all air traffic in the United States, is concerned that C-Band 5G could interfere with the radio-powered altimeter used in some planes. Altimeters are used to determine how far a plane is from the ground, so it’s critical that they work correctly, especially near airports during take-off and landing.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) and the FAA sent a joint letter to AT&T and Verizon on December 31, asking them to delay the rollout of C-Band service at certain airports, until the FAA has verified each airport won’t be affected by possible radio interference. The carriers agreed, but by January 16, the FAA had only cleared “an estimated 45 percent of the U.S. commercial fleet” to land at airports where C-Band 5G has been deployed. The FAA said, “the airplane models approved include some Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10/-11 and Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A350 models.”

Airlines are either switching passengers to different plans or cancelling flights.

AT&T and Verizon finally activated their C-Band service on Wednesday, and even though both networks are still working with the FAA to keep it off near select airports and runways, some airlines have cancelled flights anyway. Reuters reports that Emirates has stopped flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle, while service to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington are unaffected. Emirates primarily uses the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 — neither of which were mentioned in the FAA’s current list of approved aircraft. Korean Air Lines, Taiwan’s China Airlines, Japan Airlines, and other airlines are either switching passengers to different plans or cancelling flights.

AT&T told XDA Developers in a statement, “At our sole discretion we have voluntarily agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers around certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide further information about our 5G deployment, since they have not utilized the two years they’ve had to responsibly plan for this deployment. We are frustrated by the FAA’s inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, and we urge it do so in a timely manner. We are launching our advanced 5G services everywhere else as planned with the temporary exception of this limited number of towers.”

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Download the Moto Tab G70 stock wallpapers https://www.xda-developers.com/moto-tab-g70-wallpapers/ https://www.xda-developers.com/moto-tab-g70-wallpapers/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:37:15 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585735 The Moto Tab G70 is basically just a rebranded Lenovo Tab P11 Plus. It features a dual-tone back panel with slim bezels around the display and packs MediaTek’s Helio G90T chip paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All in all, you really shouldn’t expect much in terms of performance. However, the tablet

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The Moto Tab G70 is basically just a rebranded Lenovo Tab P11 Plus. It features a dual-tone back panel with slim bezels around the display and packs MediaTek’s Helio G90T chip paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All in all, you really shouldn’t expect much in terms of performance. However, the tablet can be a great buy for media consumption, as it features an 11-inch 2K IPS panel with a peak brightness of 400 nits. To show off that high-resolution panel, Motorola included a few different wallpapers, and we have all of them available for download.

All of these wallpapers shown above are in a compressed format and are shown so that you can get an idea of what’s on offer. You can download the full resolution images from the link below. They all have a resolution of 2560×2560, making them perfect for basically any high-resolution display that you can think of. While they’re obviously designed for a tablet, you can use them on a smartphone or even a computer, too.

Download the Moto Tab G70 wallpapers

If you’re not feeling like using Motorola’s wallpapers on your smartphone or tablet (or just looking to expand your collection), be sure to check out the recently leaked Samsung Galaxy S22 wallpapers and the OPPO Find X5 Pro’s wallpapers.

The Moto Tab G70 packs a single 13MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera with an LED flash and an 8MP f/2.2 selfie shooter. In terms of connectivity, it offers 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, and a USB Type-C port. The tablet packs a respectable 7,500mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. It also features IP52 certification for dust and water resistance. On the software front, the Moto Tab G70 runs a near-stock build of Android 11 out of the box.

The Moto Tab G70 will be available for pre-order in India in a single Modernist Teal colorway starting January 22. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart at a price of ₹21,999. During Flipkart’s upcoming Republic Day Sale, the tablet will be available at a discounted price of ₹21,249.

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What’s New in Huawei Video App 8.9.10.150 https://www.xda-developers.com/whats-new-in-huawei-video-app/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:17:51 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585727 HUAWEI has recently been pushing some big updates to some of their most essential apps. The HUAWEI Video app has been updated to version 8.9.10.150 on their public beta. This brings a few notable changes that we are going to look at in this brief overview. HUAWEI Video is an app that is designed to

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HUAWEI has recently been pushing some big updates to some of their most essential apps. The HUAWEI Video app has been updated to version 8.9.10.150 on their public beta. This brings a few notable changes that we are going to look at in this brief overview.

HUAWEI Video is an app that is designed to handle all of the video content on your phone. Local storage playback, streaming movies, managing subscriptions, and watching your favorite shows are all part of this powerful video app. You can enjoy high-quality video playback, with minimum battery consumption. The app comes preinstalled on HUAWEI devices and can be updated through the AppGallery.

What’s new in 8.9.10.150

When updating to the latest beta version of this app, you can expect to find the following new features:

  • Support for side-by-side playback of videos
  • Added HarmonyOS widgets that can be viewed in the menu that pops up by long-pressing the app icon.
  • Multi-device multi-screen playback capability added.
  • After selecting a video description collection, clip and tidbit, the selection will scroll to the middle position, and the selection effect will be more obvious.
  • For movies that require a single purchase, you will be able to download the app on the details page to get free tickets to watch movies like “The Grandmaster” and “Space Traveler”.
  • New option in settings will allow you to switch to background automatic small window playback, which can be set in the My- “Settings-” playback settings area.
  • When recording a local video in the Huawei Video Portal, you can set whether to scan and display the content in a .nomedia folder.
  • When the local video file name of the Huawei video portal is too long, the full name may be displayed in a super long floating frame.
  • You can earn V Beans by downloading apps in V Bean Center.
  • Live broadcast barrage supports anonymous sending, test live broadcast: Homepage – Live Test Channel 1 under “Long-Term Live Test 2021”
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Razer Blade 17 vs MacBook Pro 16: Which should you buy? https://www.xda-developers.com/razer-blade-17-2022-macbook-pro/ https://www.xda-developers.com/razer-blade-17-2022-macbook-pro/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:00:50 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=583367 Choosing your next computer isn’t always easy, especially when you’re investing in a somewhat expensive device. There are plenty of decent laptops, Macs, and gaming laptops — deciding which one is right for you can be confusing. To make the selection process simpler for you, we’re breaking down two powerhouses manufactured by Razer and Apple. This

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Choosing your next computer isn’t always easy, especially when you’re investing in a somewhat expensive device. There are plenty of decent laptops, Macs, and gaming laptops — deciding which one is right for you can be confusing. To make the selection process simpler for you, we’re breaking down two powerhouses manufactured by Razer and Apple. This is the Razer Blade 17 vs MacBook Pro 16: The battle of Pro laptops.

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Razer Blade 17 vs Apple MacBook Pro 16: Specifications

Razer Blade 17 Apple MacBook Pro 16
CPU
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12800H (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)
  • 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HK (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 5GHz, 24MB cache)
  • Apple M1 Pro (10-Core CPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (10-Core CPU)
Graphics
  • Integrated:
    • Intel UHD Graphics
  • Discrete:
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6)
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080  Ti (16GB GDDR6)
  • Apple M1 Pro (16-Core GPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (24-Core GPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (32-Core GPU)
Body
  • 19.9 x 395 x 260mm
  • 2.75kg
  • 16.8 x 355.7 x 248.1mm
  • 2.1kg for M1 Pro, 2.2kg for M1 Max
Display
  • 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 360Hz, 100% sRGB, 300 nits
  • 17.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, 300 nits
  • 17.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3, 300 nits
  • 17.3-inch Ultra HD (3820 x 2160) IPS, 144Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, 400 nits
  • 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3456 x 2234), up to 1600 nits peak brightness, True Tone technology, ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
Ports
  • 3 x USB-A
  • 2 x USB-C
  • HDMI 2.1
  • RJ45 2.5Gb Ethernet
  • UHS-II SD Card Reader
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Power port
  • Kensington lock port
  • 3x USB-C with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MagSafe 3
  • SD Card slot
Storage
  • 1TB (Up to 4TB)
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
  • 4TB
  • 8TB
RAM
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
Battery
  • 82Whr
  • 100Whr
Audio
  •  8-speaker stereo setup
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers and spatial audio support when playing Dolby Atmos content
Camera
  • Full HD 1080p
  • IR webcam for facial recognition
  • HD 1080p
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0
Color
  • Black with green Razer logo on lid
  • Silver
  • Space Gray
Price
  • Starts at $2,699
  • Starts at $2,499

Design

Design is a subjective matter, but we still can make objective observations and judge accordingly. Both laptops feature relatively thick aluminum builds, due to the extraordinary processing powers they house. Notably, though, the Razer Blade 17 has a bigger display chin when compared to the MacBook Pro. The latter includes a top notch that houses the webcam, which allows the top bezel to be thinner as well. The bezels on the sides are extremely thin on both devices — only the different top and bottom ones stand out.

For the most part, both the Razer Blade 17 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro offer the same design — apart from what we’ve pointed out earlier. If you’re a fan of RGB backlit keyboards, then the Razer earns more points. Both laptops come with a variety of ports to attach external accessories. The Razer still includes USB-A ports, while the MacBook doesn’t. So if you depend on USB-A accessories, you might want to consider the Razer because you can’t connect them to the Mac without a dongle. Apple’s Pro computer earns extra design points for finish options — it’s available in Silver and Space Gray. On the other hand, the Razer only comes in Black. Either way, you can always buy a skin or a case to change the look of your computer.

Display

Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch with M1 Max.

When it comes to display, these devices both have their strengths and weaknesses. The 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a stunning 3456-by-2234 screen with clean, rounded corners. On the contrary, the base model of the Razer Blade 17 comes with a 1920-by-1080 resolution and traditional, straight corners. Personally, I find the rounded ones more appealing and modern, but to each their own.

If you’re an active gamer, a higher refresh rate equates a smoother gaming experience. While the MacBook Pro supports 120Hz — thanks to its ProMotion display technology — the Razer Blade 17 beats it with up to 360Hz on the base model. However, the MacBook Pro has a peak brightness of 1600 nits, while its rival doesn’t go above 400. So if you work in bright environments, you might want to consider the Mac. If you game a lot, the Razer might make more sense to you considering the smoother resfrehs rate. Which display is better depends on whether you’d rather have higher resolution and brightness or a smoother refresh rate.

Performance

M1 Pro features M1 Max Features

Depending on the configuration you go for, the performance is going to differ accordingly. Both base models of these laptops pack powerful punches, but the MacBook Pro has the advantage of the M1 Max chip when maxed out. The Razer Blade 17 isn’t available for purchase yet — so benchmark results and accurate performance comparisons in daily life tasks are still limited.

When it comes to storage, Apple’s Pro laptop comes with 512GB while Razer’s goes for 1TB. However, the Razer can only be upgraded to 4TB, while the MacBook Pro can pack up to 8TB (!). So if you’re going to store plenty of large files locally on your laptop, the MacBook Pro offers more storage options. Apple’s laptop comes with 16GB of RAM, but it can be upgraded to up to 64GB. On the contrary, the base model of the Razer Blade 17 comes with 32GB but can also be upgraded to 64GB.

The MacBook Pro runs macOS Monterey, while the Razer Blade 17 is powered by Windows 11. We won’t compare the two operating systems as they both offer the same main sets of features you’d expect from a desktop OS. Which one is better depends on your workflows, use cases, and the ecosystem you’re trapped in (assuming you are). Both macOS Monterey and Windows 11 are the latest from Apple and Microsoft respectively. So by buying either device, you’re taking advantage of the newest features and security patches each company has to offer. It’s worth mentioning, though, that macOS and the Mac are both developed and produced by Apple, leading to near-perfect optimizations and compatibilities.

Bottom Line

The MacBook Pro 16 is $200 cheaper than the Razer Blade 17. The former starts at $2,499 while the latter starts at $2,699 — so if you’re on a limited budget, you can save that amount if you go for the Mac. As we’ve highlighted, they both have their own unique pros and cons. Which device is right for you depends on the compromises you’re willing to make and your priorities. Ultimately, they’re both powerhouses that likely won’t disappoint. It’s worth mentioning, though, that the Razer Blade 17 is still unavailable for purchase. So if you need a Pro laptop right now, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go.

    Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021)
    The 16-inch MacBook Pro is powered by the Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip. It runs macOS Monterey and has a top notch that houses the webcam.

Which Pro laptop will you be buying, and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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School’s over: Apple now requires verification for student discounts in the US https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-requires-verification-student-discounts-us/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-requires-verification-student-discounts-us/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:55:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585677 Being a student has plenty of perks, including discounts offered by certain companies around the world. For years now, Apple has had an education version of its online store with exclusive deals and discounted prices on select products. Apple highlights that these discounts are aimed at students, teachers, and staff working at educational institutions in

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Being a student has plenty of perks, including discounts offered by certain companies around the world. For years now, Apple has had an education version of its online store with exclusive deals and discounted prices on select products. Apple highlights that these discounts are aimed at students, teachers, and staff working at educational institutions in eligible countries. Until now, though, the company didn’t require any form of verification to take advantage of the deals in the US. Some customers would brag online on how they’re getting cheaper Apple products — despite them not being technically eligible. However, this is no longer the case, as the company now requires verification through UNiDAYS in the United States.

As Reddit user u/siddharthsure has shared (via MacRumors), Apple’s education online store in the US is now requiring UNiDAYS verification. UNiDAYS is a third-party service that verifies students through their .edu email addresses. Apple already uses this service in some regions where Apple Music Student Plan is available. Students and those working in the education field have to verify their emails on UNiDAYS once every year to confirm their eligibility. The service also lists discounts offered by companies other than Apple. It’s unclear why it took the Cupertino tech giant this long to implement this measure. The company has already been requiring verification in some countries like India and the UK.

At the time of writing, the education online store in Canada still allows anyone to take advantage of student deals. These deals include discounted iPads and Mac models. That’s in addition to some limited-time offerings, such as free AirPods with eligible purchases around the time schools start. It’s safe to assume that Apple will eventually patch that in Canada as well, though.

Have you ever taken advantage of Apple’s education online store discounts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Your Android phone is now worth less in Apple’s eyes https://www.xda-developers.com/android-phone-worth-less-apples/ https://www.xda-developers.com/android-phone-worth-less-apples/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:50:08 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585625 For years, Apple has allowed customers in certain regions to officially trade in their old devices when buying a new product. This allows users to take advantage of decent discounts, depending on their device’s condition and age. The company doesn’t limit the trade-in program to its products only — customers in eligible countries can get

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For years, Apple has allowed customers in certain regions to officially trade in their old devices when buying a new product. This allows users to take advantage of decent discounts, depending on their device’s condition and age. The company doesn’t limit the trade-in program to its products only — customers in eligible countries can get credit when giving up select Android device models. However, the company has now lowered the amount it pays when users trade in an Android phone.

As MacRumors reports, Apple has lowered the values of Android phones when trading them in for one of the company’s products. The new values range depending on the device’s model, with some phones dropping over $100 when compared to the original trade-in’s worth. The Cupertino tech giant displays the maximum value a device can fetch on its website, with the actual value being even lower if your device isn’t in a certain condition. MacRumors lists the new values:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – $260 ($325)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – $325 ($435)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ – $205 ($275)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 – $150 ($205)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ – $170 ($185)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 – $150 ($160)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ – $80 ($95)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 – $65 ($75)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ – $60 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – $50 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – $405 ($545)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – $285 ($385)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – $175 ($235)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $45 ($65)
  • Google Pixel 5 – $235 ($315)
  • Google Pixel 4 XL – $135 ($180)
  • Google Pixel 4 – $110 ($150)
  • Google Pixel 4a – $120 ($160)
  • Google Pixel 3 XL – $50 ($70)
  • Google Pixel 3 – $45 ($55)
  • Google Pixel 3a XL – $50 ($55)
  • Google Pixel 3a – $50 (no change)

The drop affects some Apple products as well:

  • Baseline iPad – $200 ($205)
  • iPad Air – $335 ($345)
  • MacBook Pro – $1415 ($1630)
  • MacBook Air – $530 ($550)
  • MacBook (discontinued) – $325 ($340)
  • iMac – $1260 ($1320)
  • Mac mini – $740 ($800)

It’s unclear why Apple has made this decision, considering some of the listed devices are still recent. This change could potentially discourage hesitant Android users from making the switch to iPhone.

Do you usually trade in your old device when buying a new one? Let us know in the comments section below.

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yeedi vac is a Super Affordable Robot Vacuum with all of the Latest Features and the Best Price https://www.xda-developers.com/yeedi-vac/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:00:06 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=584819 In 2019, the company yeedi was founded with a mission to provide affordable robot vacuums while implementing all of the newest technology. They’ve created several different models since their launch, with their newest yeedi vac being the most notable. At the low price of only $299.99, this vacuum packs in the same features that you’ll

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In 2019, the company yeedi was founded with a mission to provide affordable robot vacuums while implementing all of the newest technology. They’ve created several different models since their launch, with their newest yeedi vac being the most notable. At the low price of only $299.99, this vacuum packs in the same features that you’ll find in models that are twice as expensive. This smart robot vacuum can be managed through the powerful companion app to set no-go zones, map out your home, schedule cleanings, and more. Let’s take a look at a brief overview of some of the best features of the yeedi vac.

Specially Designed for Carpets

Nothing beats coming home to clean carpets and fresh vacuums lines. The yeedi vac is specifically designed for effective automated carpet cleaning. Using a carpet detection sensor, the robot is able to know how much suction is needed for different types of carpet surfaces. When the vacuum senses thicker carpets, it will boost the suction power to make sure you get the deepest clean possible. The total suction power that this vacuum can achieve is 3,000Pa, which is industry-leading.

Floor Mapping with SLAM Technology

Despite the fact that this vacuum comes with such a low price tag, you’ll still have the latest SLAM technology included. This uses a combination of sensors to map out your home like a GPS. Your robot will be able to remember all of your different rooms and surfaces. Once the robot has created a detailed map of your home, you can make adjustments to room boundaries and no-go zones.

Use your Amazon Alexa or Google Home with voice command integration, to tell your vacuum to start cleaning. You can even ask it to clean a specific room at a specific time. If you’re away and want to come home to clean floors, you can tell your vacuum to begin cleaning while you’re out.

Add-ons for Docking Station and Mop

To make the vacuum as affordable as possible, yeedi saved the extra features like the mop and docking station as add-ons. With this setup, you’ll save money by only getting the features that you need for your floor. If you have hardwood or tile floors, the mop add-on can help you keep them clean with the internal water tank. The docking station add-on acts as a dust collection feature as well. When your robot docks, it will begin to collect the gathered dust and store it in a separate vacuum bag. This means you’ll never have to empty out your robot vacuum in between cleaning sessions.

Availability

The yeedi vac is the perfect way to invest in an entry-level robot vacuum setup, with all of the technology needed to expand. Right now you can save money on your purchase using the promotion code below. Get started with the links below, and put together your new automated floor-cleaning system.

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List Price: $299.99Deal price: $209.99Deal date: 01/17/2022 – 01/23/2022

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Samsung rolls out stable One UI 4 based on Android 12 to the Galaxy A42 5G & Galaxy A52 5G https://www.xda-developers.com/one-ui-4-android-12-galaxy-a42-5g-galaxy-a52-5g/ https://www.xda-developers.com/one-ui-4-android-12-galaxy-a42-5g-galaxy-a52-5g/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:30:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585511 In November last year, Samsung shared the One UI 4 rollout schedule for all eligible devices. According to the schedule, the company was supposed to release One UI 4 based on Android 12 to all of its recent flagships by the end of last year. And while there were quite a few setbacks, Samsung has

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In November last year, Samsung shared the One UI 4 rollout schedule for all eligible devices. According to the schedule, the company was supposed to release One UI 4 based on Android 12 to all of its recent flagships by the end of last year. And while there were quite a few setbacks, Samsung has successfully managed to push One UI 4 to almost all of them. In fact, the company has even rolled out One UI 4 to two mid-range Galaxy A series phones — the Galaxy A52 4G and the Galaxy A72 — and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The Galaxy A42 5G and the Galaxy A52 5G are the next in line to receive the One UI 4 treatment, and the update has already started rolling out to some users.

Galaxy A42 5G users in the US and Poland have already started receiving the latest update, which brings all the new features introduced in Android 12 and the Android security patches for December 2021. The global variant of the Galaxy A42 5G (model number SM-A426B) is getting firmware version A426BXXU3CUL9, while the US carrier variant (model number SM-A426U) is getting firmware version A426USQS3BUL8. The latter is available for Verizon, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, Sprint, and Xfinity Mobile variants of the device.

On the other hand, the global variant of the Galaxy A52 5G (model number SM-A526B) is getting firmware version A526BXXU1BUL7, while the US carrier variant (model number SM-A526U) and the Canadian variant (model number SM-A526W) are getting firmware versions A526USQU4CULA and A526WVLU4CUL9. Unlike the One UI 4 update for the Galaxy A42 5G, the one for the global Galaxy A52 5G packs Android security patches for January 2022. But the US and Canadian variants are still getting December 2021 security patches.

In case you have either of these devices, you should receive One UI 4 via an OTA update in the coming days. If you don’t want to wait, you can follow our tutorial on how to update your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to download and install the latest firmware manually.

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As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy https://www.xda-developers.com/us-antitrust-legislation-inches-forward/ https://www.xda-developers.com/us-antitrust-legislation-inches-forward/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585419 We’re staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year

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We’re staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year has seen several antitrust investigations being initiated in several key markets, and lawsuits also have followed against these Big Tech companies. All of these policy and judicial movements are slowly inching their way towards a result, and both Apple and Google aren’t happy about it.

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary announced that it will consider the Open App Markets Act (S.2710) for debate on Thursday. There is also a Senate debate scheduled for Thursday over the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992). In short, expect some very interesting points to be put forward tomorrow, ones that can potentially change the entire smartphone landscape as we know it right now. Apple and Google have put forth their own thoughts about this, and we’ll take a look at those as well. But first, let’s take a step back and see what these legislations are.

Explaining the proposed Bills

Open App Markets Act

The Open App Markets Act (S.2710) is a Bill that proposes to stop companies with App Stores that exceed 50 Million users in the US (defined as “Covered Companies”) from doing the following:

  • Requiring app developers to use an in-app payment system that is controlled or owned by the Covered Company, as a precondition for allowing distribution on the App Store or an OS.
  • Requiring that pricing terms of conditions of sale be equal or more favorable on their App Store as against other app stores.
  • Taking any punitive action or imposing punitive terms on developers that use a different in-app system or those that offer different pricing on other stores.
  • Imposing restrictions on communications from app developers to their app users outside of the App Store.
  • Using non-public business information derived from a third-party app in order to compete with that very app.
  • Self-preferencing in search, by unreasonably ranking their own apps over other competing apps (except for clearly disclosed advertising).

Further, Covered Companies need to also open up their OS to allow users to choose and install alternative app stores, and hide and delete apps and app stores that were pre-installed on the device. And even further, the Bill proposes “Open App Development”, which envisages “access to operating system interfaces, development information, and hardware and software features that are equivalent or functionally-equivalent” to those used by the Covered Companies’ own apps.

If you’ve followed the wording so far, this Bill proposes radical changes to the very fabric of the app stores that we have right now, both, the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

It’s easy to see the bits that are in opposition of Apple’s current App Store practices, such as allowing sideloading of app stores, bypassing IAP systems (one of the fundamental points of contention in the Apple vs Epic Games lawsuit), and more.

And these proposed changes affect Google too: even though Android as an OS is a more “free” and “liberated” OS (used very loosely in this context), Google does exercise considerable control over the Google Play Store as well on devices sold with the Google Play Store (i.e. devices shipping with GMS (Google Mobile Services), governed through the MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) signed with the phone OEM). Requirements envisaged under the Act, such as bypassing IAP systems, form some of the very basis of lawsuits such as the Epic vs Google lawsuit over Fortnite. Documents that were produced for the lawsuit process revealed further practices such as the Premier Device Program which allegedly involved the exchange of more favorable terms to OEMs if they did not ship phones with a competing App Store.

There’s more to discuss on the Bill/Act and the ramifications on Apple and Google, but it’s worth waiting on the Senate Judiciary Committee debate to happen.

American Innovation and Choice Online Act

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992) is a Bill that proposes to stop large companies (defined as “Covered Platforms”) from various self-preferential acts, such as:

  • Unfairly preferencing their own products, services, or lines of business, and thus harming competition.
    • Includes Search or Ranking functionality
  • Unfairly limiting the ability of other products, services, or lines of business to compete with the Covered Platform’s own products, services, or lines of business.
  • Discriminating in the application or enforcement of the Covered Platform’s terms of service among similarly situated business users in a manner that harms competition.
  • Conditioning access to the Covered Platform on the purchase or use of other products or services that are not part of or intrinsic to the Covered Platform itself.
  • Using non-public data obtained generated on the Covered Platform by the activities of a business user, to compete with the products or services offered by the business user.
  • Establishing contractual or technical restrictions that prevent the portability of a business user’s data on the Covered Platform to other systems or apps.
  • Materially restricting Covered Platform users from uninstalling software that has been preinstalled, or from changing default settings that direct or steer these users to products or services offered by the Covered Platform — unless necessary for the security or functioning of the Covered Platform.
  • Retaliating against a business user or Covered Platform user that raises concerns with law enforcement authorities about potential violations of law.

It’s easy to see why Big Tech (beyond Apple and Google) and other large companies would not be very happy about this Bill either. The entire premise of the Bill/Act would be to stop a large company from using a near-monopoly situation to pass on unfair advantages to its other goods and services. The wording is broad, but we can also see it including search engines and app stores within its ambit, especially within search and ranking functionality.


Reactions

Both Apple and Google have had strong reactions before the debate.

Apple

As 9to5Mac reports, Apple has sent a letter to the Senators, presenting its views on how the proposed changes would undermine user security and privacy.

These bills will reward those who have been irresponsible with users’ data and empower bad actors who would target consumers with malware, ransomware, and scams.

Apple claims that the App Store is “dramatically more secure than systems offering non-centralized, open distribution, including our own MacOS“, and forcing iPhones to allow sideloading could lead to hundreds of thousands of additional mobile malware infections per month. Apple further argues that the increased risk is not because consumers will knowingly choose to accept the risks and download questionable apps — it will be because “without a centralized vetting mechanism like the App Store, many consumers will be deceived into in- stalling unwanted malicious software“.

Apple urges that these Bills should not be passed in their current forms. Instead, it says that these bills should be “modified to strengthen consumer welfare, especially with regard to consumer protection in the areas of privacy and security.” One of these suggestions includes modifying the language to add an “affirmative defense for conduct that ‘increases consumer welfare.’

Google

Google responded with a blog post that provides various examples of how Google’s services will be affected to the detriment of end-users. For example, Google notes that Search and Maps would not be able to offer integrated and high-quality results, such as not being able to offer Google Maps directions when someone looks up location or business information in Search. Knowledge Panels and Text Snippets that Google offers directly on Search may also be impacted, as the company would also have to surface lower quality results. The Google Play Store would have to give equal prominence to spammy and low-quality services. And Google may even be stopped from offering SafeBrowsing service and spam filters in Chrome and Gmail to block pop-ups, viruses, scams, and malware.

Antitrust law is about ensuring that companies are competing hard to build their best products for consumers. But the vague and sweeping provisions of these bills would break popular products that help consumers and small businesses, only to benefit a handful of companies who brought their pleas to Washington.

All in all, Google’s arguments play along the tight integration that we often see among Google services (but not on its Chat apps). These integrations are at the risk of breaking if the proposed legislations make their way through and become Acts.


We will have to see how the upcoming debate plays out. There’s still a long way to go for the Bills to become Acts, from what I understand. For one, the Judiciary Senate Committee can suggest changes to the Bills, or they can approve of the current form. Then both chambers of Congress need to discuss and vote to approve the exact same version of the Bill. After that, the Bill moves forward to the President of the United States, who can assent or veto the Bill. So there’s still a long road ahead. Nonetheless, we are staring at potential history in the making in the way we interact with our phones.

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Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha based on Android 12 is now available for the OnePlus 8T and POCO X3 https://www.xda-developers.com/paranoid-android-sapphire-android-12-oneplus-8t-poco-x3/ https://www.xda-developers.com/paranoid-android-sapphire-android-12-oneplus-8t-poco-x3/#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:40:32 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=585483 One of the most well-known custom ROMs around, Paranoid Android, is back again with a new set of Android 12 builds. It was nearly two months ago when the team released its first Android 12-based “Sapphire” ROM. They’ve been slowly adding more smartphones since then and now it’s time for two more devices to get

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One of the most well-known custom ROMs around, Paranoid Android, is back again with a new set of Android 12 builds. It was nearly two months ago when the team released its first Android 12-based “Sapphire” ROM. They’ve been slowly adding more smartphones since then and now it’s time for two more devices to get paranoid. The OnePlus 8T and the POCO X3 are the newest members of the official Paranoid Android build roster.

OnePlus 8T XDA Forums || POCO X3 XDA Forums

XDA Recognized Developer 33bca has been maintaining Paranoid Android Sapphire builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Along with the second alpha release for the OnePlus 8 series, the developer has also published the first Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha for the OnePlus 8T. Since the devices are sharing a somewhat common codebase and the fixes are cumulative, the initial release for the OnePlus 8T is tagged as Sapphire Alpha 2, even though it’s the first public build of Paranoid Android Sapphire for this phone.

The complete changelog of the release isn’t available yet, but most of the issues related to 5G and WFD have already been addressed on the source side. If you have any of the OnePlus 8 series smartphones, you can head over to the forum thread (linked below) and download the custom ROM. Notably, the ultrawide camera of the OnePlus 8T is broken in the initial build.

Download Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha 2 for the OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T

Talking about the POCO X3, both the NFC and non-NFC variants of the device have received official Paranoid Android Sapphire support, courtesy of XDA Member chrisw444. To avoid any confusion related to the required firmware version for different regional models, the developer ships the necessary firmware packages inside the ROM. You can download the ROM and find the flashing instructions at the forum link below.

Download Paranoid Android Sapphire Alpha 1 for the POCO X3/X3 NFC

If your phone is not on the list of Paranoid Android supported devices, but you want to experience the latest iteration of Android anyway, make sure you check out our comprehensive list of Android 12 custom ROMs.

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