xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:18:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 Google publishes Play Protect as separate app for quicker updates https://www.xda-developers.com/google-publishes-play-protect-as-separate-app-for-quicker-updates/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-publishes-play-protect-as-separate-app-for-quicker-updates/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:18:22 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539377 Google Play Protect has been a core security component in Android for several years, acting as an equivalent to Windows Defender and other anti-malware services. It scans installed applications (even those from outside the Play Store) for possible harmful software, and like most Google services on Android, it has been updated through the massive Play

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Google Play Protect has been a core security component in Android for several years, acting as an equivalent to Windows Defender and other anti-malware services. It scans installed applications (even those from outside the Play Store) for possible harmful software, and like most Google services on Android, it has been updated through the massive Play Services support library. However, Play Protect has now been split off from Play Services, at least on some phones and tablets.

Google Play Protect now has a separate app listing on the Play Store (via Google News on Telegram), with a package name of “com.google.android.odad.”

The app description doesn’t reveal any new information, it simply states what Play Protect already does:

Security starts with Google Play Protect.

Security starts at the application layer with Google Play Protect’s built-in malware defense. Backed by Google’s machine learning, it’s always adapting and improving. Every day, Google Play Protect automatically scans all of the apps on Android phones and works to prevent the installation of harmful apps, making it the most widely deployed mobile threat protection service in the world.

The application doesn’t appear on the Play Store website, but it does show up if you open the app page on an Android device. The message “Your device isn’t compatible with this version” appears for many phones (like my own Galaxy S21), so it seems Google has not finished de-coupling Play Protect from Play Services for all devices — the app appears to only be available for Android 12 devices, at least for now.

Play Protect app listing

Google Play reports there are over 100,000 “downloads” for this separate app, so it’s already been rolled out to a whole bunch of people. However, it still requires Play Services to function, so this won’t work when sideloaded onto devices without Google apps (like recent Huawei devices).

We’ll keep an eye on this new application to see if any changes arrive.

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The most expensive MacBook Pro (2021) costs over $6,000 https://www.xda-developers.com/macbook-pro-2021-cost-over-6000/ https://www.xda-developers.com/macbook-pro-2021-cost-over-6000/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 19:16:27 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539311 Apple just held its Unleashed event, and with it came two massive MacBook Pro announcements. The new MacBook Pro models bring back classic ports like HDMI and MagSafe charging, but most notably, they come with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. As Apple highlighted during the event, the new MacBook Pro models are beastly

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Apple just held its Unleashed event, and with it came two massive MacBook Pro announcements. The new MacBook Pro models bring back classic ports like HDMI and MagSafe charging, but most notably, they come with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. As Apple highlighted during the event, the new MacBook Pro models are beastly machines, but with a starting price of $1,999, they certainly have a cost to match. But just how expensive can they get? Let’s take a look at the price much you can expect to pay if you want to max out all the specs in your model.

First off, let’s take a look at the MacBook Pro 16-inch. This model starts at $2,499, and that includes an Apple M1 Pro with 10 CPU cores, 16 GPU cores, 16GB of unified memory (RAM), and 512GB of SSD storage. However, all of this can be upgraded significantly. If you opt to upgrade to the M1 Max processor, you’ll be paying at least $3,099, and that’s including a 24-core GPU and 32GB of unified memory. If you upgrade to the M1 Max with 32 GPU cores, the minimum becomes $3,299.

From there, you can upgrade the RAM and storage all the way up to 64GB of unified memory and an 8TB SSD. If you max out all the configurations in the MacBook Pro 16-inch, it’ll cost you $6,099.99, which isn’t exactly a light hit on the wallet. As for the MacBook Pro 14-inch model, the starting price is $1,999 with an Apple M1 Pro with 8 CPU cores and 14 GPU cores, but you can upgrade it to be just as powerful as the 16-inch version. If you do, you’ll be paying $5,899.99.

MacBook Pro 16 maximum price MacBook Pro 14 maximum price

 

Comparing that to other powerful professional laptops in the Windows space – say, the Dell XPS 15 – that costs just over $5,000 with the same amount of RAM and storage, as well as an Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, and a 4K display. Even if you take the Dell XPS 17 and you max that out with an Intel Core i9-11980HK and GeForce RTX 3060, you’re still looking at around $5,400.

Granted, Apple touted some impressive performance numbers during its presentation, including up to 4 times the GPU performance of an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M using the M1 Max chipset. But some of the difference is also in the RAM and storage upgrades. For example, going from 1TB to 8TB of storage on the Dell XPS 17 costs $1,800, but on Apple’s MacBook Pro models, you pay $2,2000 for that upgrade, a $400 difference. Similarly, a RAM upgrade from 32GB to 64GB costs $300 on Dell’s laptop, versus $400 on the MacBook Pro.

No matter how you slice it, the new MacBook Pro models aren’t cheap, especially if you want the max configurations. This is no different from previous models, though, so it’s not like Apple has jacked up the prices at the high end. If you’re interested in buying it, you can configure the laptop below.

    MacBook Pro (2021)
    The new MacBook Pro comes with powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, and brings back classic ports.

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Apple is releasing macOS 12 Monterey to the public on October 25, here’s how to update https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-is-releasing-macos-12-monterey-to-the-public-on-october-25-heres-how-to-update/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-is-releasing-macos-12-monterey-to-the-public-on-october-25-heres-how-to-update/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:10:38 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538829 Apple announced macOS 12 Monterey back in June, along with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8. Several betas later, Apple will finally make the update available to the public on October 25. While Big Sur was a more significant upgrade than Monterey, the latter packs several tweaks that make Macs even more

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Apple announced macOS 12 Monterey back in June, along with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8. Several betas later, Apple will finally make the update available to the public on October 25. While Big Sur was a more significant upgrade than Monterey, the latter packs several tweaks that make Macs even more capable. You can read our macOS Monterey review to learn more about the changes.

macOS 12 Monterey brings improvements to FaceTime, iMessage, Notes, Reminders, Safari, and more. It also turns Macs into AirPlay servers to cast content to them from your other iDevices. Last but not least, it enables Universal Control, which allows you to drag-and-drop content and move your cursor across up to three Mac/iPad devices.

Screenshot showing macOS 12 supported Mac models

More importantly, you should check if your Mac supports this update. If your Mac is in the following list, then you’re in luck!

  • Mac Pro: Late 2013 and later models
  • Mac Mini: Late 2014 and later models
  • MacBook Air: Early 2015 and later models
  • MacBook Pro: Early 2015 and later models
  • iMac: Late 2015 and later models
  • MacBook: Early 2016 and later models
  • iMac Pro: 2017 and later models

If your Mac doesn’t support macOS Monterey, then you might want to take a look at the best Macs currently available and consider upgrading to a newer model.

Keeping your device up to date is important, not only for the new features but also to receive the latest security patches. Operating systems will never be perfect and completely immune to security flaws. However, Apple usually patches all new ones as soon as possible. So by updating, you’re ensuring your Mac won’t be vulnerable to a known vulnerability. If your current Mac supports this update, but you are unsure how to do it, you can check out our detailed guide on how to update your Mac.

What do you think of macOS 12 Monterey, and will you be updating your Mac? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Here are the Best Places to Pre-order Apple’s new MacBook Pro (2021) https://www.xda-developers.com/best-macbook-pro-deals/ https://www.xda-developers.com/best-macbook-pro-deals/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:09:19 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538929 Apple revealed the brand new MacBook Pro during its virtual “Unleashed” Mac event. This Mac comes with a complete redesign that adds more ports to it, and it’s powered by either the Apple M1 Pro or the Apple M1 Max chip. If you’re unsure which Mac to get, you may want to take a look at

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Apple revealed the brand new MacBook Pro during its virtual “Unleashed” Mac event. This Mac comes with a complete redesign that adds more ports to it, and it’s powered by either the Apple M1 Pro or the Apple M1 Max chip. If you’re unsure which Mac to get, you may want to take a look at the best Macs currently available. If you already have a MacBook Pro, consider adding an extra layer of protection through a case. Here are the best places to pre-order the latest MacBook Pro.

Unfortunately, the new MacBook Pro is only available in two colors — Silver and Space Gray. These models also bring the notch to an Apple computer for the first time. While we’re sure many customers will complain about it, users will eventually get used to it, just like the iPhone X’s case.

Apple still sells the M1 MacBook Pro 13″, so if the price tags of the new 14″ and 16″ models are too high for you, you could always compromise and get last year’s model. After all, even the original M1 chip is a mighty SoC. It will be interesting to see how the M1 Pro and Max chips affect other rivals’ businesses, especially after Intel expressed how they would love to have Apple depending on them again, before the event.

Best Deals: Where can you pre-order the latest MacBook Pro from?

Online Apple Store

The online Apple Store allows you to preorder the MacBook Pro in all available configurations. You either get it delivered to your doorstep, or you can pick it up yourself if you enjoy visiting physical Apple Stores.

    Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch
    The MacBook Pro comes with a complete redesign and is powered by the latest Apple M1 Pro/Max chips.
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    The MacBook Pro comes with a complete redesign and is powered by the latest Apple M1 Pro/Max chips.

We will continue to add more deals and stores once any are made available. Make sure to check back later if you haven’t preordered your MacBook Pro just yet.

Will you be buying the latest MacBook Pro? If so, which screen size will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.

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The new MacBook Pro 16 is here with Apple’s M1 Max Chip and a Notched 120Hz Mini-LED Display https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-macbook-pro-16-launch/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-macbook-pro-16-launch/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:50:35 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538995 After launching the new iPhone 13 series last month, Apple has now announced the all-new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 computers. Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air last year with their custom M1 silicon. Now, it’s time for the elder sibling — the MacBook Pro 16 — to transition from

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After launching the new iPhone 13 series last month, Apple has now announced the all-new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 computers. Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air last year with their custom M1 silicon. Now, it’s time for the elder sibling — the MacBook Pro 16 — to transition from Intel to Apple’s ARM-based chipset. The MacBook Pro 16 is the most powerful MacBook in the line-up and has truly been a machine for the pros. This year, it’s getting even better with the new M1 Max Chip taking the performance to a whole new level. It also brings back Apple’s proprietary MagSafe charging and some useful ports from the 2015 MacBook Pro models. With this, Apple has now transitioned completely from Intel to its own silicon on the MacBook Pro series.

Performance and Internals

Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were some of the most anticipated MacBook upgrades especially after consumers saw the gains Apple got with the M1-powered MacBook Pro 13 last year. Apple’s M1 chip was a huge leap in terms of computing power compared and provided huge performance gains compared to previous-gen MacBook computers that used Intel chips. This resulted in both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13 being one of the most powerful portable laptops out there in terms of raw performance. The new ARM-based M1 Pro and M1 Max silicon on the MacBook Pro 16 takes the performance of the M1 up by several notches.

M1 Max Features

The M1 Pro has a 10-core CPU accompanied by a 16-core GPU. The M1 Max on the MacBook Pro 16 has a 10-core CPU accompanied by a 32-core GPU that should ideally result in excellent performance regardless of what you run on the machine. The MacBook Pro 16 gets a huge boost in terms of graphics performance as well with the new GPU. For comparison, the smaller MacBook Pro 14 has 16GPU cores. Apple claims that the GPU on the M1 Max is up to 4 times faster than the GPU performance of the M1. The base variant of the MacBook Pro 16 comes with 16GB of RAM along with 512GB of SSD storage. You can choose to opt for either the M1 Pro or the M1 Max chip on the MacBook Pro 16.

M1 Pro features

Apart from being a solid performer, the M1 chip also improved another aspect of the MacBook Pro substantially — the battery life. We’re expecting to see similar results from the M1 Max on the MacBook Pro 16 as well. Apple claims a battery life of up to 21 hours on the MacBook Pro 16. It also has support for fast charging and can reach 50% in about 30 minutes.

MagSafe and Ports

Apart from the biggest upgrade coming in terms of the chipset, there are several other changes that have been made to the MacBook Pro 16. Apple has reintroduced some useful ports on the MacBook after it first removed them from the MacBook Pro in 2016. The MacBook Pro 16 brings back essential ports like the HDMI port and an SD Card reader which a lot of photo and video editors will thank Apple for. What’s even better is the reintroduction of MagSafe. This isn’t the same tech that’s now seen on the latest iPhone devices. Instead, it’s the MagSafe port that was once used to charge MacBook computers until 2015.

MacBook Pro 16 ports

MagSafe is essentially a magnetic connector that’s used to charge the MacBook. Since it’s magnetic, you just have to bring the cable close to the connector on the MacBook and it will automatically snap in place. The main advantages of MagSafe are that it’s convenient and if you’ve connected the charger to your Mac and someone trips on the charger, the connection will instantly snap off instead of the cable tugging your MacBook to the ground. The USB-C ports still remain though and can be used to charge the MacBook.

Magsafe

While Apple has brought back certain features that will surely be appreciated by users, it has officially ditched the Touch Bar that also made its debut in 2016. The Touch Bar was a nifty little display strip that showed shortcuts, emojis, media controls, and other similar functions. Apple replaced the traditional function keys with the Touch Bar, but the reliable F1-F12 keys are now back on the MacBook Pro 16.

Display

MacBook Pro 16 display

The MacBook Pro 16 has a large 16.2-inch display with relatively slim bezels. Apple trimmed the bezels around the display when they initially introduced the MacBook Pro 16. This was done to accommodate a slightly larger display into the same form factor as a MacBook Pro 15. Apple claims that they’ve cut the bezels down by 24% from last year, helping them increase the display size by 0.2 inches.  The display is a Mini-LED panel this time around that should give you better contrast levels compared to the IPS LCD display on previous MacBook models. It’s still a 2K retina display though with True-Tone functionality.

Display notch

What else is new is ProMotion on the MacBook Pro. The display can now go up to 120Hz. The webcam above the display has finally been replaced by a 1080p camera after it was stuck on 720p for the longest time. And guess what, there’s now a notch on the MacBook Pro! Apple says that the new camera lets in 2x more light with its improved f/2.0 aperture.

Price and Availability

MacBook Pro 16 all features

The MacBook Pro 16 will be available to pre-order from today i.e. 18 October via Apple.com and will go on sale starting from 26 October. The base variant with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage will start at $2,499. In India, the base variant of the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Pro starts at ₹2,39,900 whereas the variant with the M1 Max starts at ₹3,29,900. It will be available in two color options — Silver and Space Gray.

Here’s the pricing information for the different variants –

Sl. No. MacBook Pro 16 Variant Price
1 M1 Pro (10-Core CPU, 16 Core GPU) + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD $2,499
2 M1 Max (10-Core CPU, 24 Core GPU) + 32GB RAM + 1TB SSD $3,299
3 M1 Max (10-Core CPU, 32 Core GPU) + 32GB RAM + 1TB SSD $3,499

You can take a look at the best MacBook Pro 16 deals to order the product from the place most convenient to you while also checking if there are any discounts or offers to save a few extra bucks.

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Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 packs the new M1 Pro Chip, a 120Hz ProMotion display, and a notch https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-macbook-pro-14-launch/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-macbook-pro-14-launch/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:50:22 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538939 After launching the new iPhone 13 series last month, Apple has now announced the all-new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air last year with its custom M1 silicon. Now, it’s time for the elder sibling — the MacBook Pro 16 — to transition from Intel

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After launching the new iPhone 13 series last month, Apple has now announced the all-new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air last year with its custom M1 silicon. Now, it’s time for the elder sibling — the MacBook Pro 16 — to transition from Intel to Apple’s ARM-based chipset. Along with the update to the 16-inch model, Apple has also announced a brand new 14-inch MacBook Pro. This move is similar to how the brand replaced the MacBook Pro 15 with a new 16-inch variant a couple of years back. The new MacBook Pro 14 comes with Apple’s latest M1 Pro and M1 Max chip and brings back some legacy ports from the 2015 MacBook Pro models.

Performance and Internals

After months of extensive leaks and speculations from rumor mills, the MacBook Pro 14 is finally official. One of the biggest highlights of the new MacBook Pro 14 is what’s on the inside. We saw last year that Apple’s M1 chip was a huge leap in terms of computing power compared to its Intel counterpart. This resulted in both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13 being one of the most powerful portable laptops out there in terms of raw performance. The new ARM-based M1 Pro and M1 Max chips on the MacBook Pro 14 further builds on the performance offered by the M1.

M1 Pro features

The M1 Pro has a 10-core CPU accompanied by a 16-core GPU that should ideally result in superb performance regardless of what you run on the machine. It’s based on the 5nm manufacturing node. Apple claims that the CPU on the M1 Pro can perform up to 70% faster than the M1 while the GPU is 2X faster. It supports up to 32GB RAM. The M1 Max, on the other hand, packs a 1-core CPU and a 32-core GPU. It supports up to 64GB RAM and offers 4x faster graphics performance than the M1 Pro.

The base MacBook Pro 14 comes with 16GB of RAM along with 512GB of SSD storage. Interestingly, the base model has an M1 Pro with an 8-core CPU and 14-Core GPU, unlike all the other models. Apart from being a solid performer, the M1 was scored high in terms of endurance too. We’re expecting to see similar results from the M1 Pro too which means the MacBook Pro 14 should also give you great battery life.

MagSafe, Ports & Keyboard

It’s not just about the innards though. Apple has backtracked on its move of removing legacy ports from the MacBook Pro in 2016. The MacBook Pro 14 brings back essential ports like the HDMI port and an SD Card reader which a lot of photo and video editors will surely appreciate. What’s even better is the reintroduction of MagSafe. No, not the MagSafe that was announced with the iPhone 12, but the MagSafe port that was once used to charge MacBook computers until 2015.

MagSafe is essentially a magnetic connector that’s used to charge the MacBook. Since it’s magnetic, you just have to bring the cable close to the connector on the MacBook and it will automatically snap in place. The main advantages of MagSafe are that it’s convenient and if you’ve connected the charger to your Mac and someone trips on the charger, the connection will instantly snap off instead of the cable flinging your MacBook in the air. The USB-C ports still remain though and can also be used to charge the MacBook.

While Apple has brought back certain features that will surely be appreciated by users, it has officially ditched the Touch Bar that also made its debut in 2016. The Touch Bar was a nifty little display strip that showed shortcuts, emojis, media controls, and other similar functions. Apple replaced the traditional function keys with the Touch Bar, but the reliable function keys are now back on the MacBook Pro 14.

Display

The MacBook Pro 14, like the name suggests, has a 14.2-inch display. Apple has managed to trim the bezels around the display to accommodate a slightly larger screen in a form factor that’s more or less similar to the MacBook Pro 13 from last year. But that has a minor drawback (more on that later).

The display is a Mini-LED panel this time around that should give you better contrast levels compared to the IPS LCD display on previous MacBook models. It’s a Liquid Retina XDR display with True-Tone functionality with 1000nits of sustained brightness and 1600nits of peak brightness.

The webcam above the display has finally been replaced by a 1080p camera after it was stuck on 720p for the longest time. The webcam has an f/2.0 aperture and 2x better low-light performance. Sadly, the slim bezels and upgraded webcam mean that the MacBook Pro 14 has a notch to house the webcam like the iPhone 13 lineup.

Audio

Apple’s MacBooks have always offered some of the best speakers on laptops. The MacBook Pro 14 takes things up a notch with a new six-speaker sound system with two tweeters and 4 subwoofers. The laptop also features a three-mic array with a 60% lower noise floor.

Battery life

Thanks to the new Apple M1 chips, the new MacBook Pro 14 offers amazing battery life. The laptop offers up to 17 hours of video playback on a single charge. What’s even better is that it offers fast charging support, giving users 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

Apple will ship the MacBook Pro 14 with a 96W USB Type-C power adapter. However, the base model will come with a 67W Type-C power adapter.

Price and Availability

The MacBook Pro 14 is available to pre-order today and will go on sale starting next week. The base variant starts at $1,999. The laptop will be available with up to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of storage, with the top model with all the bells and whistles retailing for a staggering $3,299. The laptop will be available in two colorways — Space Gray and Silver. If you’re thinking of getting the new MacBook Pro 14, make sure you check out our roundup of the best MacBook Pro deals.

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Apple announces M1 Pro & M1 Max, two new custom-built silicon to power the next generation of Macs https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-announces-m1-pro-m1-max-two-new-custom-built-silicon-to-power-the-next-generation-of-macs/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-announces-m1-pro-m1-max-two-new-custom-built-silicon-to-power-the-next-generation-of-macs/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:47:06 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539263 Apple transitioned its Mac computers away from Intel to its own chips last year with its M1 chip. Today, the company announced the M1 Pro and ‌M1‌ Max processors, two custom-built chips to power the next generation of MacBooks and beyond. Both chips are essentially souped-up versions of Apple’s first in-house chip. As a new

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Apple transitioned its Mac computers away from Intel to its own chips last year with its M1 chip. Today, the company announced the M1 Pro and ‌M1‌ Max processors, two custom-built chips to power the next generation of MacBooks and beyond. Both chips are essentially souped-up versions of Apple’s first in-house chip. As a new addition to the M1 family, the new M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips pack more punch to power more devices in Apple’s Mac portfolio.

Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips will be first seen inside the new MacBook Pro models that were launched alongside the new AirPods 3 today. Let’s quickly go through all the important specifications to see what kind of performance improvements you can expect from these new chips.

Apple M1 Pro

Apple M1 Pro chip features highlighted in an image

The Apple M1 Pro is a 5nm chip that features a total of up to 10 CPU cores. Eight of those 10 CPU cores are high-performance cores while two are high-efficiency cores. Additionally, the M1 Pro also features up to 16 GPU cores with 2,048 execution units. This is a notable improvement over the original M1 which had 8 GPU cores in total. In typical Apple fashion, you can say the M1 Pro chip promises up to 70 percent better CPU performance and twice the GPU performance compared to the M1.

Much like the original M1 chip, the memory is still integrated directly into the chip itself. But the new chip supports more RAM, so you’re less likely to feel the need to upgrade in future. Apple is offering configurations up to 32GB with a total of 200GB/s bandwidth. The new M1 Pro packs in 33.7 billion transistors, more than two times the amount in M1. While comparing it with the latest 8-core PC laptop chip, the M1 Pro delivers up to 1.7x more CPU performance while using up to 70 percent less power. The same is true for M1 Pro’s GPU cores, in which case Apple says they’re up to seven times faster than the integrated graphics on the latest 8-core PC laptop chips.

Apple M1 Max

Schematic image of the M1, M1 Pro and the M1 Max

In addition to M1 Pro, Apple also announced the more powerful M1 Max chip. It essentially builds on the M1 Pro to deliver more performance for high-end computing machines in Apple’s Mac portfolio. The M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built and it features 57 billion transistors. Just to put it in perspective, that’s 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5 times more than M1. It uses the same 10-core CPU as M1 Pro but adds a 32-core GPU instead of 16. According to Apple, it’ll have the same performance as high-end discrete graphics, but it’ll consume up to 100watts less power. Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro will use the M1 Max chip and it can be configured with up to 64GB of memory. The new chip will let you connect up to four external displays to a single device. Apple calls it “the most powerful chip ever built for a pro notebook.”

Now with ProRes

Both M1 Pro and M1 Max feature dedicated acceleration for the ProRes professional video codec. In M1 Pro’s case, it allows multiple playbacks of multiple streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power. The M1 Max, as expected, takes it a step further to deliver up to 2x faster video encoding than M1 Pro, and features two ProRes accelerators. The 16-inch MacBook Pro can transcode ProRes video in Compressor up to 10x faster compared with the last-gen 16-inch model.

Apple is highlighting how the new chips represent a huge step in its transition to its own silicon. It’s worth making a note that Apple isn’t getting rid of the original M1 chip, yet. This means you’ll also be able to buy the M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s only a matter of time till we see Apple’s complete transition to its own silicon and we can’t wait to see how things unfold for the next generation of Mac computing devices.

Apple’s new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are now available to pre-order. In case you’re wondering, these are the best places to pre-order apple’s new MacBook Pro right now.

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Apple’s new AirPods 3 have an AirPods Pro-like design, Spatial audio and cost $179 https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-airpods-3-announced/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-airpods-3-announced/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:19:07 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=515759 At its Unleashed event today, Apple unveiled the latest version of its entry-level AirPods. The new AirPods 3 borrow many design cues from the more premium AirPods Pro, while also bringing along several improvements like a new wireless chip, improved battery life, wireless charging support as a standard feature, and more. In terms of the

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At its Unleashed event today, Apple unveiled the latest version of its entry-level AirPods. The new AirPods 3 borrow many design cues from the more premium AirPods Pro, while also bringing along several improvements like a new wireless chip, improved battery life, wireless charging support as a standard feature, and more.

In terms of the design, the AirPods 3 don’t look anything like the AirPods 2. The new model features shorter stems that give it the same appearance as the AirPods Pro. However, unlike the Pro model, the AirPods 3 feature an open design and don’t have silicone tips. They also feature new force touch sensor controls.

For powerful bass and crisp highs, the new AirPods 3 come equipped with a custom, low distortion driver. Moreover, the earbuds also borrow the Adaptive EQ feature from the premium AirPods Pro that automatically adjusts frequencies in real-time for better audio.

Contrary to rumors, the AirPods 3 don’t come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which is understandable given their open design. However, the AirPods 3 do support spatial audio, which was introduced on the AirPods Pro. In addition, Dolby Atmos is also supported.

While the second-gen AirPods supported wireless charging, you had to shell extra for the wireless charging case. With the AirPods 3, wireless charging is now a standard feature and you also get MagSafe support. The lighting port is still there for wired charging. In terms of battery life, Apple claims up to 6 hours of listening time – a step up from the previous models — with the case further extending the battery life to a total of 30 hours. Finally, the AirPods 3 are also IPX4 water and sweat-resistant.

Pricing & Availability

    AirPods 3
    The AirPods 3 are the latest entry-level earbuds from Apple, featuring an AirPods Pro-like design, improved sound quality, Spatial audio, water and sweat resistance, and up to 30 hours of battery life.

The Apple AirPods 3 are priced at $179 and will be available next week. Pre-orders are open starting today. As with previous AirPods, the new earbuds only come in a single white color.

Stay tuned to XDA Portal for more coverage on the newly announced MacBook Pro lineup, new M1 chipsets, and more.

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The HomePod Mini now comes in five different colors https://www.xda-developers.com/the-homepod-mini-now-comes-in-five-different-colors/ https://www.xda-developers.com/the-homepod-mini-now-comes-in-five-different-colors/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:16:36 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539199 During the Apple Unleashed event today, the company announced that the HomePod Mini speaker now comes in a total of five colors, giving users the ability to customize their spaces better. The HomePod Mini initially launched in just black and white, but now you can get it in orange, yellow, and blue, making them a

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During the Apple Unleashed event today, the company announced that the HomePod Mini speaker now comes in a total of five colors, giving users the ability to customize their spaces better.

The HomePod Mini initially launched in just black and white, but now you can get it in orange, yellow, and blue, making them a bit more lively. The color is reflected in different parts of the design, too. The fabric cover is covered is woven with the new colors, and that color is also used for accents on the HomePod Mini’s buttons.

Aside from the color, not much is new with the HomePod Mini. You can expect all the same features and audio quality of the existing models. The HomePod Mini is powered by Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, so you can make any request you’d make with Siri on your iPhone, like setting reminders, broadcasting messages to other HomePods, controlling smart home devices, and playing music.

Apple HomePod Mini in blue with an iPhone next to it

On that note, HomePod Minis can be set up to work together as a stereo setup in the same room, or play different music in different rooms throughout the house. You can also easily cast music to the HomePod mini by touching your iPhone against it to transfer whatever you’re playing at that time. You can also do the same gesture to transfer music playback back to the phone.

Still on the topic of music, Apple also announced a new Voice Plan for Apple Music today. This plan grants you access to the entire library of songs and stations on Apple Music, but it’s only accessible using your voice and Siri. If you use your HomePod Mini to listen to music, this new pan may be an enticing way to save some money, since it only costs $4.99 per month.

The new colors will be available in November and keep the $99 price tag.

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Apple announces new Voice Plan for Apple Music https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-music-voice-plan-announced/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-music-voice-plan-announced/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:11:12 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539193 Apple’s “Unleashed” event is underway, and the company has announced a new Voice Plan for Apple Music. It’s a new Apple Music plan that costs just $4.99 a month, but it has a few catches. The first is that it’s limited to one person per subscription, and the second is that your music playback is

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Apple’s “Unleashed” event is underway, and the company has announced a new Voice Plan for Apple Music. It’s a new Apple Music plan that costs just $4.99 a month, but it has a few catches. The first is that it’s limited to one person per subscription, and the second is that your music playback is limited to Siri only. There’s also no spatial or lossless audio, and you won’t have access to lyrics or music videos, either.

apple music voice plans

Apple announced that the new Apple Music Voice Plan will be available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China Mainland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • U.K.
  • U.S.

Alongside Apple’s new Voice Plan, the company also announced greater Siri integration with Apple Music. There are new playlists in Apple Music for “hundreds of moods and activities” available for all Apple Music subscribers. They’re accessible via voice commands through Siri and are also included in this new Voice Plan. For example, you can ask Siri to play a playlist themed for hiking, or you can ask Siri to play new music.

Apple’s new Voice Plan is perfect for those who don’t mind using a voice assistant to listen to music and will integrate well with Apple’s HomePod devices. Apple’s $4.99 Voice Plan is incredibly competitive when put against the likes of Spotify, Deezer, and TIDAL. It also acts as an incentive to use Siri and may encourage users to make use of Apple’s virtual assistant more in general. Apple Music usually costs $9.99 for an individual or $14.99 for a family of up to six people. Saving $5 a month to just use Apple Music with your voice sounds like a pretty interesting trade-off, and may encourage more people to use the service.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones now just $248, the lowest price yet ($102 off) https://www.xda-developers.com/sony-wh-1000xm4-headphones-now-just-248-the-lowest-price-yet-102-off/ https://www.xda-developers.com/sony-wh-1000xm4-headphones-now-just-248-the-lowest-price-yet-102-off/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 16:33:13 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539163 Sony produces some of the best wireless headphones around, especially models with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The company released a new model last year, the WH-1000XM4, which promptly became one of the best noise-cancelling headphones available. There have been a few sales since then, but now there’s a $102 discount at multiple retailers, bringing the

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Sony produces some of the best wireless headphones around, especially models with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The company released a new model last year, the WH-1000XM4, which promptly became one of the best noise-cancelling headphones available. There have been a few sales since then, but now there’s a $102 discount at multiple retailers, bringing the headphones down to just $248. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen yet for the WH-1000XM4, outside of flash sales that only lasted a few hours.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 has up to 30 hours of battery life, support for both Bluetooth and AUX audio, multi-device pairing, and best-in-class Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The USB Type-C port for charging also comes in handy, as you can use chargers intended for other devices (most Android phones, MacBooks, etc.) with the headphones, instead of bringing yet another cable on trips. You can also download the Sony Headphones Connect app to adjust ambient sound settings and other options.

    Sony WH-1000XM4
    Sony's flagship ANC headphones are down to $248 ($101.99 off) at multiple stores.

Besides flash sales that don’t last for long, the only sales on the Sony WH-1000XM4 so far have been at $278 ($72 off), so this new discount for $248 is a decent drop. The headphones were already a great value at the last sale price, given its ANC abilities, sound quality, and other features, but now it’s at an even better price.

Sony has also updated the headphones a few times since release. In May of last year, an update was rolled out that improved call quality and Bluetooth connection stability. Sony also released an additional white color option for the WH-1000XM4 last year, which is included in this sale (stock may vary from store to store). The other black and blue color options are discounted as well.

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Windows 11 only allows admins to print in certain situations https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-admins-print/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-11-admins-print/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:45:29 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=539085 It’s now been a couple of weeks since Windows 11 launched, and as you may know, it came with a few known issues. One of those issues affects AMD processors, reducing the performance of the L3 cache in those CPUs. Many known issues in the initial Windows 11 release have been fixed with a recent

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It’s now been a couple of weeks since Windows 11 launched, and as you may know, it came with a few known issues. One of those issues affects AMD processors, reducing the performance of the L3 cache in those CPUs. Many known issues in the initial Windows 11 release have been fixed with a recent cumulative update for Windows Insiders, but there’s one known issue that has still slipped through the cracks. As noted on a Microsoft support page (via BleepingComputer), there may be certain situations where only administrators of a PC are allowed to print documents on Windows 11.

To be fair, the issue will likely only affect a subset of users. What happens is, when printing documents using a print server, users may be asked for administrator permissions every time they attempt to print using Windows 11. This only happens when using a print server that’s in a different time zone from that of the PC itself, so it won’t be a major problem for most. Regardless, if you happen to be affected, it might be a major hurdle to productivity.

This printing problem isn’t completely new with Windows 11. Windows 10 users were affected by a similar problem after the September Patch Tuesday update. However, the issue was fixed last week with the October Patch Tuesday rollout. Windows 11 users, however, didn’t receive that fix. Even the recently-released update for Windows Insiders in the Beta channel doesn’t seem to fix the problem, or at least, Microsoft made no mention of it.

In its support page detailing the issue, Microsoft does say a fix is expected to come in late October. Typically, Windows received optional updates towards the end of the month, and those updates are then rolled into the following month’s Patch Tuesday rollout, which is mandatory. As such, unless you’re willing to update manually, you may be waiting until November to get a fix via Windows Update. Still, at least you’ll have the ability to address the issue in the next week or two.

Microsoft isn’t offering any workarounds for the issue, so anyone affected will simply have to deal with the security prompts until the fix is rolled out.

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Developers can now submit the Data safety form for the Play Store’s upcoming Safety section https://www.xda-developers.com/submit-data-safety-form-play-store-safety-section/ https://www.xda-developers.com/submit-data-safety-form-play-store-safety-section/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:09:59 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538917 Google has been working on a new Safety section for the Play Store. The company first announced the new section in May and revealed that it would provide users with valuable information about how apps use their data. A few months down the line, Google detailed the info it required app developers to disclose in

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Google has been working on a new Safety section for the Play Store. The company first announced the new section in May and revealed that it would provide users with valuable information about how apps use their data. A few months down the line, Google detailed the info it required app developers to disclose in the Safety section. It also announced that developers would be able to share the necessary information for review in the Google Play Console starting October. As promised, Google is now rolling out the Data safety form in the Google Play Console.

In a recent blog post, Google announced that developers can now submit the information required for the upcoming Google Play Safety section using the new Data safety form in the Google Play Console. The form has started rolling out to some developers today, and it should reach everyone in the next few weeks. To fill out the form for your app, you can head over to the App content section in your Play Console and look for the new “Data Safety” section.

Google recommends reviewing these guidelines before submitting the form to avoid rejection. The company also urges developers to submit the form early so that users correctly see the information reflected in the Data safety section when it rolls out in February 2022. If you don’t submit the form on time, Google will prevent you from publishing new app updates on the Play Store. The enforcement on apps without approved forms will start in April 2022.

Google notes that submitting the form may require a meaningful amount of work. To help developers prepare, the company has highlighted the following resources:

For additional information, check out Google’s blog post.

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Chrome OS will soon let you briefly open your phone apps right from your Chromebook https://www.xda-developers.com/chromeos-launching-phone-apps-on-chromebook/ https://www.xda-developers.com/chromeos-launching-phone-apps-on-chromebook/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 14:14:05 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538981 Chrome OS has had native Android app support for some time now, allowing you to run a wide range of Android apps on the big screen of your Chrome OS machine. And soon, it will let you mirror apps installed on your smartphone on your Chromebook. Back in February, we discovered evidence that Chrome OS

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Chrome OS has had native Android app support for some time now, allowing you to run a wide range of Android apps on the big screen of your Chrome OS machine. And soon, it will let you mirror apps installed on your smartphone on your Chromebook.

Back in February, we discovered evidence that Chrome OS was developing a feature that might let you mirror your phone’s screen on a Chromebook. Then in June, we found further evidence within the Google Play Services APK that Google would soon let users stream apps from their phone to a connected Chromebook. Now, well-known Android tipster and former XDA Editor-in-chief, Mishaal Rahman, has spotted that the feature has finally been incorporated within Chrome OS.

As per a recent tweet from Mishaal, this new feature will let users conveniently launch apps installed on their phones directly on their Chromebooks. As you can see in the screenshot attached below, the feature will be part of Phone Hub. The feature description mentions that it will allow you to “temporarily use your phone apps right from your Chromebook.”

Presumably, when you receive a notification on your phone, and it’s forwarded to your Chromebook, you will be able to click on it to open the said app in a window for a brief period.

The ability to temporarily open mobile apps on a Chromebook isn’t live yet in the current build of Chrome OS. The setting is there, but right now, when you receive a notification and click on it, it results in an error. The feature may go live alongside the launch of the Pixel 6, which is scheduled to launch tomorrow.

As mentioned above, the new feature will be part of the Chrome OS Phone Hub. For the unaware, Phone Hub was added to Chrome OS with version 89, allowing users to seamlessly connect an Android phone to a Chromebook. It lets you check your phone’s battery life, locate your phone, receive notifications, turn on/off the Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

We’ll keep an eye on this upcoming Chrome OS feature and follow up with an update once it goes live.

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[Update: Launched in India] HMD’s new Nokia XR20 boasts durable hardware and long-term software support https://www.xda-developers.com/nokia-xr20-launch/ https://www.xda-developers.com/nokia-xr20-launch/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 13:03:30 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=485763 HMD Global today unveiled a new Android phone called the Nokia XR20. The new phone isn’t packed with the most powerful internals out there, nor does it try to win you over with a bold design. What it promises instead is longevity. The Nokia XR20 is designed to last long, and it boasts some impressive

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Update 1 (10/18/2021 @ 09:03 ET): HMD Global has launched its durable Nokia XR20 smartphone in India. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on July 18, 2021, is preserved below.

HMD Global today unveiled a new Android phone called the Nokia XR20. The new phone isn’t packed with the most powerful internals out there, nor does it try to win you over with a bold design. What it promises instead is longevity. The Nokia XR20 is designed to last long, and it boasts some impressive claims and promises, including an extended two-year warranty, flagship-grade software support, and a resilient body that can take some abuse.

Nokia XR20: Specifications

Specification Nokia XR20
Dimensions, Weight & Build quality
  • 171.64 x 81.5 x 10.64mm
  • 248g
  • MIL-STD 810H certified
  • 1.8m drop protection
  • IP68 water and dust protection
Display
  • 6.67-inch LCD FHD+
  • 1080 x 2400
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Hole-punch cutout
  • 550nits brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Works with wet hands and gloves
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 480
    • 2x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.0GHz
    • 6x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 619L GPU
  • 8nm process
RAM and Storage
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB flash storage
  • MicroSD card support
Battery & Charging
  • 4,630mAh battery
  • 18W wired fast charging
  • 15W Qi wireless charging
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 48MP ISOCELL GM1, f/1.79
  • Secondary: 13MP ultra-wide, f/2.4
  • ZEISS Optics
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • Camera feature:
    • SpeedWarp
    • Action cam
    • OZO Spatial Audio capture with wind-noise cancellation
Front Camera
  • 8MP f/2.0
Ports
  • USB Type-C port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity
  • Bands:
    • 5G: n2, n5, n25, n38, n41, n48, n66, n77, n7
    • LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40,
      41, 48, 66, 71
    • WCDMA/CDMA:  1, 2, 4, 5, 8/BC0, BC1, BC10
  • 2×2 MIMO
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Type-C port
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • Barometer
Other features
  • Audio:
    • Stereo speakers (96db)
    • 3.5mm audio jack
    • apX Adaptive
    • aptX Voice
  • Programmable top button
  • Dedicated Google Assistant key
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Software support & Warranty
  • Android 11 out-of-the-box
    • 3 years of OS updates
    • 4 years of monthly security updates
  • 2-year of warranty

The Nokia XR20 features a ruggedized body built to military standard MIL-STD-810H. HMD Global says the phone can withstand falls from up to 1.8 meters height, exposure to extreme temperature (+55°C to -25°C), and survive underwater for up to one hour. The front of the phone is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus, which claims to provide double the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass 6. You can even wash the phone with soap and water should you need to clean it.

But what’s the point of buying a phone that lasts for years but stops receiving software updates in a couple of years? Luckily, that’s not the case with the Nokia XR20, as HMD Global promises up to three years of OS updates and four years of monthly security updates for the phone. Mid-range phones rarely get more than two years of software updates, so this level of software support is completely unheard of in this price range. Not to mention many flagships still offer only two major Android updates and security patches for three years. In this regard, the Nokia XR20 is right there up with Google’s Pixel lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, and the OnePlus 9 series, which is quite remarkable considering its price.

Back of the Nokia XR20 Front view of the Nokia XR20 Audio jack, charging port and the speaker grill of theNokia XR20 Nokia XR20 shown from the left hand side Nokia XR20 shown from the right hand side Top of the Nokia XR20 with a programmale button

When it comes to hardware, the Nokia XR20 features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with a 60Hz screen refresh rate and 550 nits max brightness. The display supports touch input even with wet hands and gloves.

On the inside, the Nokia XR20 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 480 SoC with a 5G modem, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB flash storage. For optics, you get a dual-camera setup on the back consisting of a 48MP primary camera and a 13MP ultra-wide sensor with ZEISS optics and dual-LED flash. Powering the device is a 4,630mAh battery with 18W wired and 15W wireless charging support.

Elsewhere, the Nokia XR20 has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a microSD card slot, a programmable top button, IP68 dust, and water protection, a 3.5mm audio jack, and stereo speakers. The phone runs a near-stock version of Android 11 out of the box.

Pricing & Availability

The Nokia XR20 comes in Ultra Blue and Granite Gray colors and will go on sale in the US starting August 28 for $550. It will be available directly from Nokia.com. HMD Global hasn’t detailed plans for launching the phones in other markets.


Update 1: HMD Global launches the Nokia XR20 in India

HMD Global on Monday unveiled its durable Nokia XR20 smartphone in India. The phone comes in a single 6GB/128GB variant which is priced at ₹46,999. Pre-orders will start on October 20, with official sales kicking off on October 30. The Nokia XR20 will be available from Nokia.com, all major e-commerce platforms, and offline retailers. Launch offers include a free pair of Nokia Power Earbuds Lite worth ₹3,599 for those who pre-order the phone.

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Pixel Sounds app gets a taste of Material You in the latest update https://www.xda-developers.com/pixel-sounds-app-gets-a-taste-of-material-you-in-the-latest-update/ https://www.xda-developers.com/pixel-sounds-app-gets-a-taste-of-material-you-in-the-latest-update/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:40:07 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538893 With the Pixel 6 launch event just a day away, Google is ramping up the rollout of Material You makeovers for its first-party apps. The latest to get a fresh coat of paint with Material You elements is the Pixel Sounds app — a collection of ringtones, notifications, and alarms for the Google Pixel. The

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With the Pixel 6 launch event just a day away, Google is ramping up the rollout of Material You makeovers for its first-party apps. The latest to get a fresh coat of paint with Material You elements is the Pixel Sounds app — a collection of ringtones, notifications, and alarms for the Google Pixel. The app comes pre-installed on Pixel phones.

As first spotted by 9to5Google, Google is rolling out a new update to the Sounds app on Pixel phones, and it includes a Material You makeover. Besides the fresh UI, the update also adds a new “Material Adventures” collection.

You can check out the new Material You look at the Sounds app in the gallery below.

Pixel Sounds grid view Pixel Sounds ringtones Pixel Sounds displaying ringtones on a rounded card Pixel Sounds displaying ringtones on a rounded card

The redesign replaces the old grid view with a standard list that uses rounded corners. The current selection is highlighted using Dynamic Color, while viewing a collection displays a gradient effect at the top.

In addition, the update also adds a new sound collection called “Material Adventures” across all three categories. Material Adventures brings the following new delightful sounds across alarm sound, ringtone, and notification:

Material Adventures sounds

  • Alarm sound
    • Balafon Sunrise
    • Blades of Grass
    • Blast Off
    • Butterfly Trails
    • Dustscape
    • Forest Beat
    • Funkyard
    • Horizon
    • Knick Knack
    • Piano in the Sky
    • Piano Taps
    • Step Out
    • Temple of Dreams
    • Zebra Stripes
  • Ringtone
    • Approach
    • Aqueous
    • Beats and Bops
    • Blue Harp
    • Departure
    • Dish Hop
    • Dragon Dreams
    • Flitter
    • Go Off King
    • Pivot
    • Shimmering
    • Snap Technique
    • Star Jump
    • Tinsel
  • Notification sound
    • Carbonate
    • Discovery
    • Epiphany
    • Everblue
    • Gradient
    • Moondrop
    • Mystique
    • Orbiter
    • Plonk
    • Scamper
    • Shuffle
    • Sunflower
    • Teapot

These changes come as part of the Pixel Sounds app version 3.0, which has started rolling out on the Google Play Store. The Sounds or Pixel Sounds app is exclusive to Pixel phones and doesn’t work on other smartphones.

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

Screenshots courtesy: 9to5Google

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Google partners with the NBA to offer Google Pixel users unique immersive experiences https://www.xda-developers.com/google-partners-nba-pixel-users-immersive-experiences/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-partners-nba-pixel-users-immersive-experiences/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:20:52 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538857 Google will unveil its next-gen flagship lineup this week. Ahead of the Pixel Fall Launch event, Google has announced a new partnership with the NBA to offer Pixel users unique immersive experiences. In a recent blog post, Google revealed that the Pixel lineup is now the Official Fan Phone of the NBA, NBA G League,

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Google will unveil its next-gen flagship lineup this week. Ahead of the Pixel Fall Launch event, Google has announced a new partnership with the NBA to offer Pixel users unique immersive experiences.

In a recent blog post, Google revealed that the Pixel lineup is now the Official Fan Phone of the NBA, NBA G League, and NBA 2K League. In addition, Google is now also each league’s Official Search Engine, Search Trends, and Fan Insights partner. On top of that, the Pixel lineup will also be the first-ever presenting partner of the NBA Playoffs, joining YouTube TV, NBA Finals presenting sponsor, in the postseason.

“Through this multi-year partnership, we’ll work with the NBA to create exciting immersive experiences for fans using our 3D and AR technology, as well as leverage new features that will be announced at our Pixel Fall Launch event. And we’ll continue to provide experiences and information in all the places fans turn to every day, whether that’s Pixel to take pictures of your favorite team in action, Search to check scores and schedules, Google Shopping to find your favorite player’s jersey, or Maps to get to the arena using the most sustainable route,” Google’s CMO Lorraine Twohill wrote.

Furthermore, Google will also integrate Search trends through the season, showing how fans are searching before, during, and after games with real-time data. Google will reveal more details about the immersive experiences at the Pixel 6 launch event later this week. The company also plans to showcase new Pixel camera features during a special Opening NBA Night on TNT Tip-Off pregame show after the launch event.

At the moment, we’re not sure if the new immersive experiences will be limited to the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro or not. We’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we learn more.

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Here’s how you can watch Apple’s “Unleashed” Mac event https://www.xda-developers.com/watch-apple-unleashed-mac-event/ https://www.xda-developers.com/watch-apple-unleashed-mac-event/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:00:32 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538083 Apple sent out invitations to its “Unleashed” Mac event last week. We’re expecting Apple to announce a redesigned MacBook Pro, a Mac Mini, and potentially the AirPods 3rd Gen at the event, along with the public release date for macOS 12 Monterey. Like other recent Apple events, this event will be held virtually, and you’ll

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Apple sent out invitations to its “Unleashed” Mac event last week. We’re expecting Apple to announce a redesigned MacBook Pro, a Mac Mini, and potentially the AirPods 3rd Gen at the event, along with the public release date for macOS 12 Monterey. Like other recent Apple events, this event will be held virtually, and you’ll be able to stream it live.

Apple keynotes are now movie-like presentations with special effects that make them more captivating. Not only are they more entertaining to watch, but they also give Apple the space to be more original. And I do personally believe that Apple will continue to use this format, even after things go back to normal.

What time is Apple’s “Unleashed” Mac event?

Apple’s “Unleashed” Mac event will take place later today at:

  • West Coast: 10 AM Pacific
  • East Coast: 1 PM Eastern
  • UK: 6 PM British Standard Time
  • India: 10:30 PM Indian Standard Time
  • China: 1 PM Beijing Standard Time

There are plenty of ways to watch it, so no matter what device or platform you’re on, you’ll be able to stream it live.

How to watch the Mac event

  • Apple’s website: You can visit their website and watch the event as soon as it goes live.
  • Apple’s official YouTube live stream: If you’d rather use YouTube — maybe to cast the event and watch it on a big screen — you can set a reminder on the live stream placeholder on Apple’s official YouTube channel. Once the event goes live, you’ll be able to watch it there.
  • Apple Developer app: The Apple Developer app is available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. So it’s also an option to access the live stream if you prefer it over the previous options.
  • Apple TV app: The Apple TV app is available on most popular Smart TVs. If you have a supported TV, you can watch the event through the app.

In case you miss the live stream, you’ll still be able to rewatch the event on Apple’s website and YouTube, so don’t worry if you miss (parts of) it.

We will also be covering the event live and commenting on the announcements as they happen. Make sure to check back during and after the stream ends for the latest we have to share.

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Here’s how much the Pixel 6 series could cost in the US, UK, and Australia https://www.xda-developers.com/pixel-6-us-uk-australia-pricing-leaked/ https://www.xda-developers.com/pixel-6-us-uk-australia-pricing-leaked/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:44:46 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538819 The Pixel 6 is easily one of the most leaked smartphones in recent years. With the official launch just a day away, a few more Pixel 6 leaks have surfaced, revealing its possible pricing. While a leak from last month spilled the beans on the European pricing of the Pixel 6 series, the latest round

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The Pixel 6 is easily one of the most leaked smartphones in recent years. With the official launch just a day away, a few more Pixel 6 leaks have surfaced, revealing its possible pricing. While a leak from last month spilled the beans on the European pricing of the Pixel 6 series, the latest round of leaks reveal the pricing for various other markets, including the US, the UK, and Australia.

At a Target store, Twitter user Evan Lei spotted price labels for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. As per the labels, the regular Pixel 6 with 128GB storage will be priced at $599, while the Pixel 6 Pro 128GB model will retail for $898.

YouTuber M. Brandon Lee corroborated the US pricing in a separate tweet.

If these leaked pricing details are indeed accurate, it looks like Google is aiming for quite an aggressive price. In fact, at this price, the Pixel 6 would be cheaper than last year’s Pixel 5, which launched at $699.

Separately, Roland Quandt from WinFuture has spotted listings of the Pixel 6 Pro on Amazon UK. The listings reveal that the Pixel 6 Pro 128GB could start at £849, while the top-end 256GB model may go on sale at £949.

Finally, Australian pricing was revealed in Google’s official ad for the Pixel 6 series. As per the advertisement, Google will sell the regular Pixel 6 in the region at a starting price of AUD 999.

With the Pixel 6 series launch event just a day away, we won’t have to wait too long to find out whether these prices are accurate or not.


Update (10/18/2021 @ 09:19 ET): Renowned leaker OnLeaks has now confirmed the European pricing for the Pixel 6 duo. In a recent tweet, the leaker revealed that the 12GB+256GB Pixel 6 will retail for €649 in France, while the 12GB+128GB Pixel 6 Pro will retail for €899. In addition, OnLeaks claims that the devices will go on sale in the region starting October 28.

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The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition brings the magical world to your wrist https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-watch-harry-potter-edition/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-watch-harry-potter-edition/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:30:36 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=538677 The OnePlus Watch was released earlier this year, marking it as the company’s first attempt at making a smartwatch. In our review of the OnePlus Watch, Mishaal enjoyed the wearable and considered it a decent competitor against the likes of offerings from Xiaomi and Amazfit. OnePlus is now back with another smartwatch, and this time,

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The OnePlus Watch was released earlier this year, marking it as the company’s first attempt at making a smartwatch. In our review of the OnePlus Watch, Mishaal enjoyed the wearable and considered it a decent competitor against the likes of offerings from Xiaomi and Amazfit. OnePlus is now back with another smartwatch, and this time, it’s the OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition.

OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition on wrist showing the first boot logo

About this article: OnePlus India sent us the OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition for review. This article was written after about 9 days of use. OnePlus did not have any inputs into the contents of this article.

The vegan leather band is so much better than a flimsy silicon band

As the branding would indicate, the highlight of this special edition is the Harry Potter theming and integrations. Fans of the franchise are the obvious target group for this limited edition smartwatch, but you can also pick it up if you simply like the aesthetics. For instance, the colors on this Watch are different from the regular Midnight Black and Moonlight Silver options as well as from the Cobalt Limited Edition. The casing is copper-colored reddish-brown, and the strap complements it with a darker shade of red-brown. The strap is leather as far as I can assess (vegan and not genuine leather), and the quality and feel are much superior compared to the usual flimsy silicon bands that we see in base model smartwatches.

There is a Hogwarts insignia inscribed on the watch strap, while the clasp has the classic Harry Potter trademark branding. One of the side buttons has the OnePlus wordmark, while the other has a Bolt mark resembling Harry’s infamous mark on his forehead. If you aren’t a Harry Potter fan and just want to get the watch for the looks, all of these are very subtle brandings and nothing that screams out loud.

OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition showing the branding on the clasp

What does make a stronger impression is the unboxing experience on the OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Edition. Unlike the relatively clean and simple boxes of other OnePlus products, this smartwatch has a very different box. The branding is very strong and obvious, and part of the reason for your purchase would be the unboxing experience as well as the very box itself.

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Part of the reason for your purchase would be the unboxing experience as well as the very box itself

The box of the OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition slides out halfway from the middle, paying homage to the scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) where Harry enters Diagon Alley for the first time with Hagrid. Hagrid taps the brick pattern on a dead-end wall in the Leaky Cauldron, and the bricks shifted around to open up a path to Diagon Alley. I vividly remember my excitement from when I first saw the movie, and the unboxing experience was enough to kick up some sweet nostalgia.

The Watch sits within the box, and there’s not a whole lot going on inside the box. But the box itself is of good quality, and if you are a Harry Potter fan, this is something that you can put on your showcase alongside your other collectibles from the franchise.

The Harry Potter integration extends at a few places within the software too. Booting up the watch plays the Harry Potter boot animation, but the Watch boots quick so you’ll only have a second or two to appreciate it. Considering the battery life on this Watch is pretty good at 8+ days for me so far on the first charge, you won’t be having too many of these opportunities either.

Once the Watch is booted, you get six different Harry Potter-themed watch faces: namely one for each House and two others. The watch face names are…questionable, though, but it is something you can overlook. If you don’t like these, you can also use any of the other Watch faces that are also available from the regular variants.

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Beyond the watch faces, you also get a Harry Potter-themed charging animation.

And that is about it from what I could spot. The rest of the experience on this Watch is similar to that of the regular OnePlus Watch, and I recommend reading Mishaal’s review to get a full lowdown on how the Watch performs. Since the review, OnePlus has gone on to address and add several features that it had promised at launch. Namely, the Watch has an Always On Display now, and there are several workout modes. There is even an AI Outfit mode for generating themed watch faces that complement the colors on your outfit — click a photo of your outfit, and the OnePlus Health app will pick the dominant colors in your clothes and generate a watch face with those accents.

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There’s also Spotify integration in the Watch, though I couldn’t figure out how to sync my Spotify playlist to the Watch. There is an option for locally storing music files on the Watch too.

Further, the Watch also integrates with Google Maps and displays navigation instructions, which is very handy if you don’t want to constantly keep checking your phone. All other features mentioned in the full review are also present and intact, so do check that out.

Should you buy the OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition?

The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition is meant to be a part-collectible, part-functioning product. If you disliked the basic concept of the OnePlus Watch before this, this special edition isn’t going to be turning around your opinion. Instead, it is a different color aesthetic meant to pull in people who were on the edge before but hesitated. And of course, if you are fans of the franchise and want to wear your love on your wrist, then now you quite literally can.

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    The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition is a product targeted towards the fans of the franchise, with a unique unboxing experience a premium colorway and aesthetics, and several Harry Potter-themed software customizations on offer.

The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition will be available for purchase for ₹16,999 (compared to the ₹14,999 for regular Watch) across OnePlus.in, OnePlus Store App, Red Cable Club app, and offline OnePlus Experience Stores starting 12:00 PM IST on 21st October 2021. Fans can also secure the limited edition watch as part of an early access sale starting 20th October 2021, 12:00 PM IST on the OnePlus Store App. Customers can also avail ₹1000 off with ICICI Bank & Kotak Bank Cards and EMI.

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