xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Sat, 15 May 2021 23:22:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 The Best Laptops for playing Minecraft: Lenovo IdeaPad, Dell G3, Alienware m15 and more https://www.xda-developers.com/best-laptops-for-minecraft/ https://www.xda-developers.com/best-laptops-for-minecraft/#respond Sun, 16 May 2021 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=432857 Minecraft is quite a popular game, and thanks to the variety of mods and variations, it has a solid fan base around the world. First launched in 2009 as an alpha build, the 3D sandbox game became broadly available in 2011. Since it doesn’t have any set goals or instructions, it is often described as

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Minecraft is quite a popular game, and thanks to the variety of mods and variations, it has a solid fan base around the world. First launched in 2009 as an alpha build, the 3D sandbox game became broadly available in 2011. Since it doesn’t have any set goals or instructions, it is often described as a game with ‘no rules’, making it perfect for individuals across age groups to enjoy, especially when in lockdown in the pandemic. Best of all, Minecraft is available on almost every single platform you can think of, including Windows, Mac, Linux, VR, Apple, Android, Amazon phones and tablets, Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation, and even the Raspberry Pi.

There is the classic Java Edition of the game available on PC platforms, while the ‘Bedrock Edition’ expands support to consoles and other platforms that don’t support Java. Since Windows 10 supports both, we’ve compiled a list of the best laptops for Minecraft. While you might think that practically every good laptop should support the game, the answer is not as straightforward, especially if you want to enjoy ray tracing on Minecraft.

Minecraft: System Requirements

Let’s take a look at the PC requirements for the game.

Minecraft: Java Edition

Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Windows 7 and up
  • Video Card: Integrated- Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.41
    Discrete- Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
  • Pixel Shader: 5.0
  • Vertex Shader: 5.0
  • Disk Space: At least 1GB

Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: Windows 10 or macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Video Card: GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets) with OpenGL 4.5
  • Pixel Shader: 5.0
  • Vertex Shader: 5.0
  • Disk Space: 4GB
  • Dedicated Video RAM: 256 MB

For desktops and laptops, you can run either version Java or Windows 10, which the Bedrock Edition is also called, Minecraft for Windows 10.

Minecraft for Windows 10

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 version 17134.0 or higher
  • ARCHITECTURE: ARM, x64, x86
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: Intel Celeron J4105 | AMD FX-4100
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 | AMD Radeon R5
  • DirectX: DirectX12 FL11

As you can see, you don’t necessarily need a high-end laptop to play Minecraft. Having said that, we do have the option of taking things further, for a more immersive experience. We recommend that you invest in a laptop that offers at least a recent Intel Core i3 or an AMD Ryzen 4000 series processor or above with 8GB of RAM. This will ensure a stutter-free, smooth experience no matter which version you opt for.


Here are some options that you should consider for a smooth and enjoyable Minecraft gaming experience!

Lenovo IdeaPad 3

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One of the most affordable laptop options, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 offers the right set of specifications required to run Minecraft. The 15-inch laptop comes with Intel’s 10th-gen Core i3 1005G1 processor, and thanks to the 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB SSD storage, the game should load fast as well. Other features include a 15.6-inch full-HD display, a total of three USB ports (2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0), an HDMI port to connect an external display, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0. The game should be supported but make sure you tweak the graphics settings so you can get a stutter-free experience.

    Lenovo IdeaPad 3
    The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is an affordable laptop option if you just want to try your hands on Minecraft in the most basic low-spec version.

Acer Swift 3

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A thin and light 14-inch laptop, the Acer Swift 3 is powered by AMD’s 4000-series Ryzen mobile CPUs, which includes six core and eight-core processor options with integrated Radeon graphics. The laptop can be configured with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB SSD. The 14-inch IPS display comes with full-HD resolution and there is a good set of I/O ports and good battery life making it a recommended option even for your basic school or office work.

    Acer Swift 3
    The Swift 3 from Acer a lightweight laptop offering excellent performance thanks to the AMD Ryzen 4000-series chipsets.

Dell G3 3500

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An entry-level gaming notebook, the Dell G3 offers a clean and simple look but has enough grunt to handle Minecraft with ease. Powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, the laptop is great for most first-person shooters as well as Minecraft, and if you are willing to spend more, you can get up to a 144Hz refresh rate display and a slightly more powerful GTX 1650 GPU. The particular model that we have listed comes with Intel’s 10th-gen Core i5-10300H with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, a 15.6-inch FHD display, and a blue-backlit keyboard. We’ve also curated a list of some of the best Dell laptops that you can buy today, in case you want to check out other options.

    Dell G3 3500
    The Dell G3 3500 is a very good entry-level gaming laptop that should offer great performance to handle Minecraft.

Lenovo Legion 5

Lenovo Legion 5

Minecraft added support for ray-tracing last year in April, and if you care about high-quality textures and great real-time lighting, then you need a newer and more powerful graphics card that supports the tech. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 is an entry-level GPU that supports ray tracing, and the Lenovo Legion 5 is one of the best options that you should buy. Priced slightly over $1,000, it comes with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H processor, along with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD.

    Lenovo Legion 5
    The Lenovo Legion 5 should be a solid entry-option for playing Minecraft with ray-tracing enabling high-quality textures and lighting.

Alienware m15 R4

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If you want the best Minecraft experience with the highest textures and graphics, then you need the best specs available. The Alienware m15 R4 is the perfect machine as it offers phenomenal gaming performance along with ray tracing, thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 8GB of DDR6 memory. The laptop also comes with up to a 300Hz refresh rate display which means you also get to experience faster frame rates for immersive gameplay. The laptop comes with Intel’s 10th-gen Core i7-10870H octa-core processor, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB M.2 SSD, and Killer Wi-Fi 6, along with Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.

    Alienware m15 R4
    This is the most powerful laptop and the best option if you want to enjoy Minecraft at the maximum graphics settings with ray-tracing.

The Java Edition of Minecraft can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website while the Windows 10 Edition can be installed from the Microsoft Store or through Xbox Game Pass. If you are interested in more use cases than just playing Minecraft, here is our list of the best laptops that look out over a wider variety of options. And if you are looking for solid mobile connectivity, we’ve got you covered in our list of the best 5G laptops.

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Citra, the Nintendo 3DS emulator for Android, gets a new feature that greatly reduces lag https://www.xda-developers.com/citra-nintendo-3ds-shader-cache-update/ https://www.xda-developers.com/citra-nintendo-3ds-shader-cache-update/#respond Sun, 16 May 2021 14:30:59 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=434997 Citra for Android is a Nintendo 3DS emulator that you can install from the Google Play Store and has been under development for quite a while now. With unofficial Citra ports marking the beginning of 3DS emulation on Android, we have come a long, long way in the viability of playing 3DS games on your phone.

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Citra for Android is a Nintendo 3DS emulator that you can install from the Google Play Store and has been under development for quite a while now. With unofficial Citra ports marking the beginning of 3DS emulation on Android, we have come a long, long way in the viability of playing 3DS games on your phone. Now, the popular 3DS emulator is getting one of the most highly requested features that should greatly improve performance.

The latest beta version of Citra for Android brings in shader cache support, which is a huge boon for emulation performance. Shader caches effectively store all compiled shaders on your device’s storage, shifting a lot of the graphical load away from your phone’s GPU. Once a shader has been compiled, Citra will read it from your phone’s storage the next time it needs it, rather than compiling it again. If you’ve noticed frequent stuttering when playing a game, that should now be fixed if you’ve built up a sizable shader cache from playing for a while.

Beta 15 changelog:

  • Implements a GPU shader cache, which improves performance and reduces framerate “stuttering”.
  • Fixes various GPU related crashes.
  • Merges latest fixes & improvements from upstream Citra.

Testing on both the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and the OPPO Find X3 Pro, the difference is hugely noticeable. You’ll see that there are some pretty severe slowdowns in some areas, but that appears to be when it compiles the shader and saves it to the device storage. Once you re-engage in the same action or enter the same area that caused the slowdown, you’ll see that it runs flawlessly. This is extremely noticeable in Pokemon X when crossing the bridge out of Aquacorde Town. The game freezes for a couple of seconds, however, it runs flawlessly when crossing back and forth thereafter. This is because the game freezes while it compiles the shaders that are used in the next section of the game, and it unfreezes when it has finished. You can see in the video above that once you cross back and forth once, it runs at a perfectly stable 100% speed afterward.

The best part about shader caches is that you can save them and transfer them to new devices, though they contain copyrighted material and should not be shared with others. They’re stored in the citra-emu folder on your phone’s storage, and it’s worth keeping in mind that using an on-device shader will be bottlenecked by your smartphone’s storage speed. You need to install Citra beta 15 from the Google Play Store to try it out, though you’ll need to decrypt your own 3DS ROMs using your own Nintendo 3DS to play games on your smartphone. A common thing for people to do is to back up their shader cache when using Citra on their PC, so that if they want to come back to play the game in the future, then the game will run near-flawlessly thanks to the already-compiled shaders that can be used by the emulator.

The shader cache is enabled by default in Citra, and the performance is massively improved already from my testing in both Animal Crossing: New Leaf and in Pokemon X. While it certainly helps that I am using a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 device with fast storage, users on Reddit have reported that there are noticeable performance improvements even on weaker devices. Your mileage will vary though, and for now, performance is still far from optimal on non-Qualcomm chipsets. If your smartphone has a Mali GPU (found in Kirin and Exynos SoCs) then you might be better off trying out the unofficial Citra MMJ, as it has a number of mods and patches used specifically to eke out more performance. For example, Citra MMJ already had a shader cache implemented. Still, if you liked what you saw in the videos above, then be sure to give the official emulator a try! Citra is leaps and bounds ahead of where it once was, and with smartphones getting more and more powerful, 3DS emulation is almost as good as Nintendo DS emulation nowadays.

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Amazon launches another free video streaming service called MiniTV https://www.xda-developers.com/amazon-launches-minitv/ https://www.xda-developers.com/amazon-launches-minitv/#respond Sun, 16 May 2021 03:00:22 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437281 Worldwide, Amazon has bet big on its Prime Video streaming service despite competition getting tighter because of the launch of new video streaming services such as Disney+. As we stand right now, though, Amazon still holds a significant amount of users and bets big on exclusive content as well. An Amazon Prime membership gives you

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Worldwide, Amazon has bet big on its Prime Video streaming service despite competition getting tighter because of the launch of new video streaming services such as Disney+. As we stand right now, though, Amazon still holds a significant amount of users and bets big on exclusive content as well. An Amazon Prime membership gives you access to Amazon Prime Video, while a standalone subscription is also available and costs a little bit less. But not everyone can afford to pay a subscription. In the United States, there’s IMDb TV, an ad-supported streaming service for watching movies and series. Now, Amazon is launching yet another one, specifically for India, called MiniTV.

MiniTV will be accessible directly from the Amazon India app and will initially focus on web series, comedy shows, and content related to tech news, food, beauty, and fashion, according to Amazon. Everything will be geared exclusively towards the Indian market. Some of the currently available titles were created by TVF and Pocket Aces, two of India’s largest web studios, or provided by Indian comedians.

The company also added (via: TechCrunch) that viewers will “be informed on latest products and trends by tech expert Trakin Tech, fashion and beauty experts such as Sejal Kumar, Malvika Sitlani, Jovita George, Prerna Chhabra, and ShivShakti. Food lovers can enjoy content from Kabita’s Kitchen, Cook with Nisha, and Gobble. In the coming months, MiniTV will add many more new and exclusive videos.” The service is currently live on the Android version of the Amazon India app, and the feature is also set to come to the iOS version as well.

This service isn’t meant to capture the same market they’re trying to grab with Prime Video. In fact, Amazon is still pushing its Prime Video service aggressively in India, and competition in this space is still really tight. MiniTV is probably meant to tackle other free video platforms rather than paid ones—it seems to be going directly after Flipkart’s free video streaming service, Flipkart Video, which they rolled out in 2019.

You can check out MiniTV right now from the Android version of the app.

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ASUS rolls out its first post-launch update to the ZenFone 8 series https://www.xda-developers.com/zenfone-8-first-post-launch-update/ https://www.xda-developers.com/zenfone-8-first-post-launch-update/#respond Sat, 15 May 2021 22:12:36 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437219 ASUS has now released the ZenFone 8 series. Users that are looking into proper follow-ups to the ZenFone 6 and ZenFone 7 might find themselves at home with the ZenFone 8 Flip as it retains the same backflip camera mechanism that flips the back camera over to the front instead of having a front camera.

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ASUS has now released the ZenFone 8 series. Users that are looking into proper follow-ups to the ZenFone 6 and ZenFone 7 might find themselves at home with the ZenFone 8 Flip as it retains the same backflip camera mechanism that flips the back camera over to the front instead of having a front camera. But the real star of the show was the regular ZenFone 8. It features a more conventional form factor with a punch-hole front camera and a standard rear camera setup, but it’s a tiny phone—and it doesn’t compromise on most other aspects. Now, the device, as well as the Flip model, are now getting their first OTA update.

Prior to the phone’s launch, reviewer devices were updated to versions WW 30.10.46.64 (ZF8) and WW 30.10.39.62 (ZF8 Flip). These are the first updates for the latest ZenFone 8 series smartphones, and ZenTalk forum threads for both releases have been made. However, ASUS is releasing yet another update for these phones, but there isn’t yet a ZenTalk forum thread for it. The ZenFone 8 is now on version WW 30.11.51.41, while the ZenFone 8 Flip is now on version WW 30.11.55.37.

ZenFone 8 OTA Update Page ZenFone 8 About Page

 

Two changes to the ZenFone 8 after the update are immediately noticeable: the update has added priority mode to the phone’s Settings menu. Priority mode allows the user to set “priority contacts” that can bypass the phone’s Mute function and ring anyway if it’s a “priority” call (if the same person calls more than once within a small timeframe). The update also adds a search function to the “Force Dark Mode” feature. This feature allows you to force dark mode on apps that don’t normally support it, and this search bar allows you to look up an installed app’s name instead of looking it up on a list.

ZenFone 8 Priority Mode ZenFone 8 Search Bar Force Dark Mode

The full changelog for the newest ZenFone 8 update goes as follows:

  • Improved system stability
  • Improved system performance
  • Improved camera quality
  • Added priority mode in ASUS Settings
  • Added search function in Force Dark Mode
  • Enabled VoLTE on Telia (Lithuania)
  • Enabled VoLTE & VoWifi on ICE (Norway)
  • Updated Android security patch (April 2021)

What do you think about the ZenFone 8 series’ latest update?

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Last-minute Android 12 leak shows off new design changes before Google I/O https://www.xda-developers.com/android-12-google-io-last-minute-leak/ https://www.xda-developers.com/android-12-google-io-last-minute-leak/#respond Sat, 15 May 2021 18:21:15 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437221 Google I/O is on the horizon, and with the schedule published already, there’s a lot that we expect to see at the event. It kicks off on May 18th through to May 20th in the form of a virtual event that anyone can attend, and the big one that many of us will be looking

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Google I/O is on the horizon, and with the schedule published already, there’s a lot that we expect to see at the event. It kicks off on May 18th through to May 20th in the form of a virtual event that anyone can attend, and the big one that many of us will be looking forward to is the launch of Android 12. We’ve gotten through a number of developer previews already, but a last-minute Android 12 leak from Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech has shown off some new Google widgets and animations ahead of the company’s upcoming event. Prosser also shared images earlier in the week of what he claims to be the Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro – devices not expected to launch until much later in the year.

Android 12 – What’s new?

Android 12 "what's new" card

You might find yourself asking what’s new in Android 12, and as Prosser reports, Google has seemingly summed up the answer to this question in three succinct bullet points. While it doesn’t seem there’s much information about how devices will work better together, or how there are stronger privacy and security protections, we’ve learned a lot about that “beautiful new experience”. Android 12 has a lot of changes that we’ve documented already across each of the developer previews, but those are usually just a teaser of what’s to come. There’s a whole host of new widgets and buttons, and there are a few new animations as well. Google has been making small changes to Android’s design year on year by redesigning existing UI elements and adding new animations, and they’re doing it yet again this year.

Android 12 new music widget

For starters, there’s a brand new music widget in the notifications bar, alongside newly redesigned Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles. There’s also a new volume slider, redesigned notifications, a new clock widget, and even a new weather widget. There’s a lot of small changes, but all of these add up to create a more cohesive and welcoming Android UI. You can also check out Prosser’s video, timestamped below, to see some of the new animations.

According to Prosser, the new Android 12 release will focus heavily on the introduction of a new user interface. The keyboard, app icons, and other UI elements all match to create a consistent design across the system. As per the promo video shown, you will also be able to group notifications, even across different apps. The lock screen also appears to have a bigger clock, which we learned Google was looking at allowing the customisation of a few months ago. If you remember “Silky Home“, it was a flag that could be enabled to make the settings UI a lot more friendly for one-handed usage. It appears that this design will permeate the entirety of the new Android 12 UI, judging from the promo video shared. While it’s hard to figure out how exactly the Android 12 UI will look in the future, it’s clear that Google is gunning for some big, big changes.

While we don’t know everything about what Google has in store for Android 12 yet, we’ll be covering everything Google I/O as it happens. What do you think of Android 12 so far?

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Google is finally giving Wear OS much-needed attention, but what we really need is new hardware https://www.xda-developers.com/google-giving-wear-os-attention-need-new-hardware/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-giving-wear-os-attention-need-new-hardware/#respond Sat, 15 May 2021 14:30:33 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=434793 Google’s Wear OS software platform for smartwatches has been in hibernation for a while now. The Play Store and Google-made apps are still functional, and new watches are arriving on a steady schedule, but most app developers aren’t interested in the platform. Google has also neglected to bring its newer features and services to Wear

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Google’s Wear OS software platform for smartwatches has been in hibernation for a while now. The Play Store and Google-made apps are still functional, and new watches are arriving on a steady schedule, but most app developers aren’t interested in the platform. Google has also neglected to bring its newer features and services to Wear OS, and long-standing bugs with Google Assistant and other components are still prevalent.

There has never been a clear answer for why Google dropped the ball with Wear OS, besides guesses about poor device sales (Apple continues to outsell all its competitors). The company’s acquisition of Fitbit started speculation that Wear OS could be overhauled or replaced, using software and technology initially developed by Fitbit. However, even though the purchase was announced in November 2019, various regulatory hurdles prevented the acquisition from closing until January of this year. If Google was planning an overhaul for Wear OS, the software would likely stay in maintenance mode — but that’s not what is happening.

Google recently published the schedule for this month’s Google I/O developers conference, and for the first time since 2018 (though there was no event in 2020), there are multiple events dedicated to Wear OS. Google’s planning a ‘What’s new with Wear’ session, as well as a workshop about building Tiles. The two sessions aren’t definitive evidence that Google is serious about Wear, but there has been other encouraging news. Earlier this month, Google released its Gboard keyboard for Wear OS watches — the first time in years Google has brought a new app to the platform.

Screenshot of Gboard on Wear OS, showing a Dutch keyboard

Gboard on Wear OS

It’s great to see some level of interest in Wear OS again from Google, but there’s still a long way to go. Google Assistant has been a buggy mess on most watches, third-party app development has largely ceased, and some of Google’s own apps could benefit from updates. There also hasn’t been any official way of storing music offline on Wear OS watches since Google Play Music was discontinued; YouTube Music is still missing, even though an Apple Watch app was released in October 2020.

More importantly, Wear OS needs new hardware. Qualcomm, the supplier for most chipsets used by Wear OS watches, has been hesitant to develop new wearable hardware. Until last year, the Wear 3100 was the company’s best chipset for wearable devices, which was built on an aging 28nm architecture. Qualcomm finally released updated hardware last year, the Wear 4100 and 4100+, which delivered much-needed performance and usability improvements.

There’s still only one Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100 chipset: the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3. Motorola is reportedly licensing its name for a smartwatch that will feature the chipset, but a bigger player in the industry, Fossil, has yet to update any of its watches to use the new hardware. Worse yet, there are no Wear OS watches at all with the high-end Wear 4100+. The upgraded chip promises full-color ambient displays, enhanced sports tracking, and other features that the platform could benefit from. If third-party manufacturers aren’t interested in selling watches with the Wear 4100+, then Google needs to step up to the plate with its own watch.

Now that Wear OS is seemingly here to say — at least until Google can figure out its long-term wearable strategy with Fitbit under its belt — we need more watches with the latest hardware. The platform has struggled for years on under-powered watches with slow processors and under 1GB of RAM, but the TicWatch Pro 3 has proven the OS can run well with the right hardware. We just need more (and better) watches. Maybe Samsung’s next smartwatches could be the push that the platform desperately needs.

Featured image: Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review: A winner with big improvements https://www.xda-developers.com/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-review/ https://www.xda-developers.com/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-review/#respond Sat, 15 May 2021 12:30:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=433587 Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 was already one of the best business laptops around. This year, it has some solid changes that really put it over the top. For example, it has a taller, 16:10 display. 16:9 was the standard on laptops for a long time, and that really only ever happened because movies

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 was already one of the best business laptops around. This year, it has some solid changes that really put it over the top. For example, it has a taller, 16:10 display. 16:9 was the standard on laptops for a long time, and that really only ever happened because movies were 16:9. Now, the PC industry is moving back toward taller screens.

It also brings the power button back to the keyboard deck, and it doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Oddly, it’s not round like on ThinkBooks. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with Intel’s new 11th-generation vPro processors, meaning that it also comes with Iris Xe integrated graphics, Thunderbolt 4, faster memory, and more.

We already called the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 the best business laptop, but Lenovo really kicks it up a notch with Gen 9.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9: Specifications

CPU Intel Core i7-1185G7 (3.0GHz)
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Display 14.0″: FHD+ (1920×1200, Multi-touch, IPS, 500 nits, Anti-glare, 16:10, 100% sRGB, ThinkPad Privacy Guard)
Body 315×221.6×14.9mm (12.4×8.72×0.59inches), 1.133kg (2.49lbs)
Memory 16GB LPDDR4x-4266 (soldered)
Storage 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD
Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Always On)
2 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 40Gbps (data, power, display)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x headphone / microphone combo jack (3.5mm)
1x Nano-SIM card slot (optional for WWAN models)
Connectivity Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, 802.11ax 2×2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.2
Camera IR & 720p, with privacy shutter, fixed focus, Human presence detection
Input 6-row, spill-resistant, multimedia Fn keys, LED Backlit
UltraNav TrackPoint pointing device and glass surface multi-touch touchpad
Audio 2 x 2W and 2 x 0.8W (Dolby Atmos)
Security Discrete TPM 2.0, TCG certified, Match-on-chip FPR on Power button
Battery 57Wh, supports Rapid Charge (80% in 1 hour)
Color Black
Material Carbon fiber (top), magnesium alloy (bottom)
OS Windows 10 Pro
Price $2,477.30

Note that ThinkPad prices are subject to change. Basically, the way prices on Lenovo.com work is that there’s some made-up full price that’s never actually used. There’s always some deal that varies depending on when you check.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is light, but it doesn’t compromise on ports

If you’re familiar with ThinkPads at all, then you know that the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes in any color that you want, as long as it’s black. The one that Lenovo sent me is flat black, which is the classic design. There’s also another black carbon fiber weave design that’s nice if you want something that’s just a bit flashier.

Top down view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

But it’s not like some ThinkPads that give you a choice between carbon fiber and aluminum. This one comes in carbon fiber; that’s why it’s called Carbon. Carbon fiber is a strong material that’s also light, making it stand out over the much heavier aluminum. Indeed, this laptop weighs in at just 2.49 pounds.

This is about as light as it gets without making compromises. In fact, for years, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon wasn’t just the premium ThinkPad, it was also the lightest. Now, we have the ThinkPad X1 Nano, which weighs in at under two pounds.

So the question is, why would you get the X1 Carbon instead of the much lighter X1 Nano? There are obviously pros and cons to each, but a key pro to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is that it still has the legacy ports that your business probably needs.

Side view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

On the right side, there’s a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Yes, despite a redesign and all new internals, Lenovo is keeping around the 5Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 1 port instead of going for the 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2.

Side view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

On the left side, you’ll find dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, another USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, and an HDMI 2.0 port. Thunderbolt 4 means that you can use a single port to power two 4K displays or one 8K display. You can also use it to connect an external GPU. However, this is not an upgrade from the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. That’s not saying anything bad about this Gen 9 model; it’s saying something good about the Gen 8 model.

Thunderbolt 3 could do the exact same thing if an OEM used the full spec. There was a minimum spec though where the port would only use two lanes, so you’d get 20Gbps speeds instead of 40Gbps. Unfortunately, there was no way to know what you were actually getting because almost no OEMs made it easy to find out. As a reviewer, I’d just connect every laptop I got to two 4K monitors. The good news is that the ThinkPad X1 series used full Thunderbolt 3. Long story short; the port isn’t an upgrade from last year’s.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is redesigned over last year’s model, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. Most ThinkPads look the same, and that’s by design.

Display and Audio: Brand-new 16:10 screen

The display might actually be the most exciting part of this review. Let’s start with what’s actually new. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a 14-inch 16:10 display, which is a big deal. It came from a 14-inch 16:9 screen in recent years, so it’s taller now, but not as wide.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 display

This is a trend that we’re seeing across the industry. Taller screens are everywhere, including 3:2 screens that are in Microsoft Surface products, as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium and the HP Elite Folio.

Because of math, that also means that not all screen sizes are created equal. Screens are measured diagonally, so 14 inches at 16:10 has a larger surface area than 14 inches at 16:9. The closer you get to a square, the larger the surface area.

Now, let’s get into what’s new to me, because despite reviewing dozens and dozens of Lenovo PCs, this is the first one it’s sent me that has the Privacy Guard display. The whole idea is that it stops people looking over your shoulder from seeing what you’re working on. It’s a feature that I’ve checked out on plenty of HP EliteBooks, so I was excited to see Lenovo’s take on the feature.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon next to HP Elite Dragonfly with privacy display on ThinkPad X1 Carbon next to HP Elite Dragonfly with privacy display on ThinkPad X1 Carbon next to HP Elite Dragonfly with privacy display on ThinkPad X1 Carbon next to HP Elite Dragonfly

Naturally, I had to put the ThinkPad X1 Carbon next to the HP Elite Dragonfly and see which one has the better privacy display. The answer is that HP does with its latest Sure View Reflect, as you can see from the images above. HP has really focused on this, as it’s refined the product over several generations. Lenovo’s privacy screen is pretty good too though, but it’s different. Rather than making it impossible to see what’s on the screen, a lot of the time, you can still see it without being able to read text.

There’s also one other weird difference between the two products. HP uses one of the function keys to turn on its Sure View privacy display. Lenovo requires that you hit Fn + D to turn it on. It’s just strange to me because if you don’t know the keyboard combo to turn it on, you might not even know you have the feature.

There are also compromises to be made if you go with the Privacy Guard display. Even when the feature is turned off, the viewing angle isn’t as much as with a regular screen. There are actually four options. There’s a 400-nit non-touch panel, a 400-nit touch panel, a 500-nit touch Privacy Guard panel, and a 500-nit UHD panel with Dolby Vision HDR support.

The display has narrower bezels than we’ve seen in recent years, and the top bezel includes a 720p webcam and an IR camera. Yes, it’s a shame that in the work-from-home era, it still has a 720p webcam instead of 1080p.

It also has Human-Presence Detection, which is what it sounds like. It senses when you sit in front of the PC and wakes it up. When that happens, the IR camera lights up for facial recognition and it logs you in without you ever having to touch it. It also works for locking your PC when you walk away.

Close-up of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon speaker

For audio quality, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 actually has four speakers that are tuned with Dolby Atmos. There are 2W speakers that are placed on either side of the keyboard. The other two are 0.8W tweeters that are placed underneath the device. This method delivers the clarity, volume, and overall quality that Dolby Atmos sound is known for. It’s great for anything from listening to music to conference calls.

This would normally be the part that I’d comment on the streaming chops of the laptop, but this doesn’t feel like a movie-streaming machine. With the Privacy Guard display, it’s really made for privacy-oriented folks that do a lot of work in public. If you’re looking for a business PC that employees can take home at the end of the day and watch movies on, you should look at one of the other screen options.

Keyboard and Touchpad: It has a wider touchpad

If you’ve ever used a modern ThinkPad, then you know what to expect from the keyboard here. First of all, it’s the quality that ThinkPads are renowned for. It’s comfortable, and it’s accurate too. I don’t find myself making any errors with this keyboard.

Top down view of ThinkPad X1 Carbon keyboard

The key press is 1.5mm, which is what Lenovo has been using for a while now in its ThinkPads. Newer ultra-thin designs like the ThinkPad X1 Nano and ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga have brought it down to 1.35mm, and I think that will be an improvement when we see that on the whole lineup. While 1.5mm feels fine, 1.35mm is a bit more modern. Across the board, most OEMs are just going with shallower keyboards.

Close-up of ThinkPad TrackPoint

But Lenovo doesn’t like to make changes with ThinkPads. When it does, it does so at a very slow pace. Every ThinkPad still has a TrackPoint between the G, H, and B keys. Yes, it’s a relic from an age when Windows touchpads were terrible. Still, it has its own fan base. Personally, I just ignore it, but if you like it, it’s there.

Close-up of ThinkPad X1 Carbon touchpad

It does have a Precision touchpad though, along with three physical buttons above it. Those buttons are designed for use with the TrackPoint, although I’ll actually use them with the touchpad. The touchpad is wider on this model too, which is nice. I always appreciate a larger touchpad, but it really makes the buttons stand out. They really take up a lot of space.

Close-up of ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 power button

One other thing worth mentioning is that the power button has made its way back to the keyboard deck. Previously, it had been moved to the side. It’s no longer the circular button that it was a few years ago, strangely enough, considering that it now doubles as a fingerprint sensor. It scans your fingerprint when you first press it to power on the PC, so you don’t have to touch it again after it boots up. It’s a super convenient feature. You just press the button to power on the PC and it logs you in.

Performance and Battery life: The ThinkPad X1 Carbon benchmarks really well

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon that Lenovo sent me includes an Intel Core i7-1185G7 and 16GB of RAM. It’s pretty great. It’s the same series of chips that we’ve seen in previous generations, so it’s still engineered for productivity. But it also packs Iris Xe graphics with 96 execution units.

This is kind of a big deal in the business PC space. Last year when Intel announced its 10th-gen processors, codenamed Ice Lake, it was the first from the company to use a 10nm process. Intel had delayed its 10nm process for years though, and when it got there, it frankly couldn’t produce a lot of chips. Alongside Ice Lake was Comet Lake, which used the same 14nm architecture it had used since Skylake.

Ice Lake came with Iris Plus Graphics, with performance that blew away the laughable integrated graphics that Intel had offered in the past. Unfortunately, Comet Lake was still using the old UHD Graphics.

Every business PC with 10th-gen processors used Comet Lake because Intel never made Ice Lake vPro.

Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

To put it simply, 11th-generation ‘Tiger Lake’ is a big improvement over 10th-gen ‘Ice Lake’, but it’s a massive improvement over 10th-gen ‘Comet Lake’. That’s why this is even a bigger deal for business PCs.

All of the photos for this review were edited in Photoshop, and the added power from Iris Xe is real. You can feel the difference coming from 10th-gen. Moreover, if you’re actually a normal person and coming from something much older, the improvement will be quite drastic. You can use this for FHD gaming, video editing, and more.

For benchmarks, I used PCMark 8, PCMark 10, Geekbench, and Cinebench.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Core i7-1185G7
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
Ryzen 7 4800U (25W)
Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga
Core i7-1165G7
Surface Laptop 4 13.5
Core i7-1185G7
PCMark 8: Home 4,532 4,566 3,851 4,331
PCMark 8: Creative 4,910 4,861 4,861 4,777
PCMark 8: Work 4,144 3,926 4,083 3,925
PCMark 10 5,168 5,252 5,105 4,784
Geekbench 1,489 / 5,280 1,160 / 6,362 1,534 / 4,861 1,551 / 5,829
Cinebench 1,303 / 4,224 1,455 / 4,820 1,295 / 5,194

As far as PCs with integrated graphics go, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon tops the list of Intel PCs that I’ve ever tested. The only PC with integrated graphics that did better was the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 with its AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, and that processor is jacked up to 25W. Indeed, if you’re keeping score, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon definitely does well. If you’re not keeping score, it’s not quite as big of a deal. What you’re getting here is Intel Tiger Lake and Iris Xe performance, just like with plenty of other devices.

Battery life seemed all over the map when using the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Frankly, I can’t put a pin in what the variable is. I was able to get up to six hours doing regular work. On the other hand, there was one time that I drained the battery in an hour flat. There aren’t any real variations in my workflow either.

Should you buy a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9?

This is the ninth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It’s a tried and true product, and it’s already renowned for being one of the best around. If I tell you that it’s good, that probably goes without saying. What I’m saying is that Lenovo took a winner, and then made it even better.

First, here’s the bad. Battery life was mixed, and the webcam is still 720p. Yes, I know that product decisions take time, but in the era of working from home, a 1080p webcam would have been really nice. In fact, I’d bet money that next year’s model will have an FHD webcam.

Front view of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Now, let’s talk about all of the good because there’s a lot that’s been improved with this year’s model. First of all, there’s a new display, which is 16:10. I’m digging the Privacy Guard panel, but there are UHD and regular FHD options too. The big deal is that the screen is bigger without having to make a bigger chassis. There’s also a larger touchpad, which I have mixed feelings on. I do love any time a touchpad gets bigger, but it really highlights the physical buttons and how much room they take up. Still, bigger is better.

And of course, the performance is fantastic. It’s got a Core i7-1185G7 and 16GB of RAM, as we’ve seen in plenty of devices. For some reason, this one just benchmarks better than all of those though. It’s pretty cool.

Those are just the improvements. It’s still under two and a half pounds, it’s MIL-STD-810G certified like all ThinkPads, and it’s got one of the best keyboards around. This PC is just on another level.

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    Lenovo's premium business laptop. It's made out of carbon fiber, it's super-light, and it's great all-around.

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Xiaomi may be bringing back its popular Redmi Note 8 https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-8-new-2021-model/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-8-new-2021-model/#respond Sat, 15 May 2021 05:00:34 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437121 It’s been nearly two years since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series hit the scene, and even with a new Note 10 series out on the market, the company is reportedly looking to re-release the Note 8 this year. A Xiaomi phone with model number M1908C3JGG has appeared at the FCC. Leaker Kacper Skrzypek on

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It’s been nearly two years since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series hit the scene, and even with a new Note 10 series out on the market, the company is reportedly looking to re-release the Note 8 this year.

A Xiaomi phone with model number M1908C3JGG has appeared at the FCC. Leaker Kacper Skrzypek on Twitter followed up by saying the new Redmi Note 8 has been “confirmed by one of Xiaomi pages.” We don’t know which page the tipster pulled this information from, but his Xiaomi leaks have been consistently accurate so we have little reason to doubt his finding.

According to the FCC documentation, the 2021 Redmi Note 8 will come equipped with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, a 4,000mAh battery, and MIUI 12.5, which should be based on Android 11. The device is reportedly being planned for select markets, including the EU and Russia.

A separate post on Twitter from tipster XiaomiUI has revealed even more details about the refreshed Redmi Note 8 (2021), saying the device will feature 22.5W fast charging support, a quad-camera setup with a 48MP main sensor, a waterdrop display, and up to 128GB of storage. The device is allegedly codenamed “Biloba”.

The Redmi Note 8 series offered a Full HD+ resolution display, a rear fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a dedicated microSD card slot for expandable storage. The Note 8 series was an affordable option and offered buyers great value for the money. Xiaomi apparently doesn’t want to change much from what launched in 2019, but more modern specs could reignite interest in what was an already pretty decent formula.

Redmi Note 8 Forums ||| Redmi Note 8 Pro Forums

What’s interesting is Xiaomi just took the wraps off the Redmi Note 10 series, which features a number of different variants, including the Redmi Note 10S. The latter device recently launched in India, and it offers buyers a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, the MediaTek Helio G95 chip, 6GB RAM, up to 128GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support, and a quad-camera with a 64MP main sensor.

In other words, if you’re a Xiaomi fan, there are plenty of options out there. Now that the 2021 Redmi Note 8 has passed through the FCC, it probably won’t be long before we see something more official.

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Here’s our best look yet at Samsung’s rumored Galaxy A22 5G https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-a22-5g-renders-specs/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-a22-5g-renders-specs/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 22:26:40 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437109 Samsung has rolled out a variety of devices that come equipped with 5G, including the affordable Galaxy A32. The company is reportedly gearing up to launch yet another 5G device, and it could be Samsung’s cheapest yet. After end of April at the end of April, 91Mobiles has released more renders of the Galaxy A22

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Samsung has rolled out a variety of devices that come equipped with 5G, including the affordable Galaxy A32. The company is reportedly gearing up to launch yet another 5G device, and it could be Samsung’s cheapest yet.

After end of April at the end of April, 91Mobiles has released more renders of the Galaxy A22 5G, along with possible pricing details when it launches. According to the report, the device may be available in India and part of Asia, and retail for 200,000 KRW ($180).

There will reportedly be two variants of the Galaxy A22 — 5G and 4G variants — with specs that differ slightly. 91Mobiles claims the 5G model will feature a 6.4-inch LCD display and a triple-camera setup, with a 48MP main sensor paired with a macro sensor and depth sensor. The device will reportedly be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy A22 4G render

Image: 91Mobiles

As for the Galaxy A22 4G, the device may include a quad-camera setup, a 6.4-inch OLED display, and a MediaTek Helio G80 chip. Both devices are expected to feature 5,000mah batteries with 15W fast charging support. The devices are also expected to feature fairly similar designs, with a teardrop notch, square-shape camera module, and four color options: white, black, purple, and green.

As 5G becomes more widely available, more affordable options are being released. There are a variety of good options on the market, including the aforementioned Galaxy A32 5G. Samsung’s Galaxy A22 could be the latest addition to a lineup of good but also cheap 5G handsets.

With the frequency of leaks over the past few weeks, it would seem an announcement is just around the corner. Wouldn’t you know it: Samsung is rumored to release the Galaxy A22 as early as June, which means it won’t be much longer before the device becomes official. Until then, enjoy these fresh renders.

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Apple Music for Android adds animated covers, prepares lossless music streaming https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-music-lossless-audio-animated-covers/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-music-lossless-audio-animated-covers/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 21:17:25 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437091 There have been reports we may see AirPods 3 on May 18, the same day Google kicks off I/O. Now, new evidence has emerged suggesting the launch of Apple Music HiFi is imminent, which would pair nicely with the release of new wireless earbuds. 9to5Google did an APK teardown of Apple Music for Android and

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There have been reports we may see AirPods 3 on May 18, the same day Google kicks off I/O. Now, new evidence has emerged suggesting the launch of Apple Music HiFi is imminent, which would pair nicely with the release of new wireless earbuds.

9to5Google did an APK teardown of Apple Music for Android and found references to the introduction of lossless audio. The new feature will join current options that include “higher quality” audio and “reduced data usage.” In addition to releasing for Android, Apple Music HiFi is also expected to be available on iOS, possibly in iOS 14.6.

Apparently, Apple includes a warning for anyone who decides to stream Apple Music HiFi:

Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Turning this on will consume significantly more data.

Lossless audio files will use significantly more space on your device. 10 GB of space could store approximately: – 3000 songs at high quality – 1000 songs with lossless – 200 songs with hi-res lossless

Lossless streaming will consume significantly more data. A 3-minute song will be approximately: – 1.5 MB with high efficiency- 6 MB with high quality at 256 kbps- 36 MB with lossless at 24-bit/48 kHz- 145 MB with hi-res lossless at 24-bit/192 kHzSupport varies and depends on song availability, network conditions, and connected speaker or headphone capability.

9to5Google points out that in a recent iOS 14.6 beta, there were references to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio, but the Android app only mentions lossless audio, “with no signs of Dolby integration.”

“More specifically, Apple Music for Android is set to offer two varieties of high-fidelity audio streaming/downloading, ‘Lossless’ and ‘High-Res Lossless,’” 9to5Google said.

The code discovered in the Android app reveals the two choices for lossless playback:

Lossless
ALAC up to 24-bit/48 kHz

High-Res Lossless
ALAC up to 24-bit/192 kHz

If true, Apple Music will finally match what’s available on services like Tidal and Amazon Music HD; Spotify is also planning to introduce a Hifi plan later this year. If Apple Music HiFi does become available, it’ll pair nicely with its AirPods Max (and the aforementioned AirPods 3).

Additionally, a post on Reddit reveals Apple Music is getting animated covers on Android — at least in beta. When you click on a playlist or artists, users will now see more dynamic album art that plays like a GIF. It’s not a major addition to the service, but it makes it feel a little more premium.

Of course, none of these features have been confirmed, but evidence of their existence continues to mount. We may see an announcement via press release as early as May 18, so it may not be long until we know more.

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Google will start testing faster page navigation in desktop Chrome https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-desktop-back-forward-cache/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-desktop-back-forward-cache/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 21:00:54 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=437011 Google rolled out a new feature in Chrome for Android last year, called Back-forward cache, which aimed to improve performance when using the back and forward buttons. Back-forward caching keeps pages in memory for a while after you go back, so if you need to return to the most recent page, load times are instant.

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Google rolled out a new feature in Chrome for Android last year, called Back-forward cache, which aimed to improve performance when using the back and forward buttons. Back-forward caching keeps pages in memory for a while after you go back, so if you need to return to the most recent page, load times are instant. The change seems to have been a success, as Google is starting to test it on desktop platforms.

Google Chrome 86, released in October 2020, added a feature flag for manually enabling Back-forward caching on desktop platforms. Before that point, the feature was only ever available on Android. Google has now published an ‘Intent to Experiment’ page on Google Groups (via Windows Latest), explaining that the feature will now be tested with small numbers of desktop Chrome users. If all goes well, the functionality will eventually be switched on for everyone.

“To reduce compatibility risk,” Chrome’s developers said in the post, “we will start with a cautious approach of not caching pages when faced with uncertainty (for example, when a page is using a non-trivial API like WebSocket). The only major developer-facing difference for pages stored in the back-forward cache is that unload() handler will not fire. However, this is consistent with Safari’s behaviour, which should minimize compat risk.”

Google didn’t mention why the feature has remained mobile-only for so long, but the delay could be due to memory usage. Chrome has often been criticized for its high memory usage on desktop platforms, and ‘freezing’ more pages likely won’t help. However, Google and Microsoft have been working on other changes to reduce memory usage in the Chromium engine, so the cost of Back-forward caching could be less noticeable at this point. Google also said last year that browser extensions could add extra complications on desktop platforms since many of them respond to changes in the current page.

Google will begin the tests with the release of Chrome 92, which is expected to arrive in the Beta channel on June 3rd and stable on July 20th.

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Sony’s new Xperia 10 III has a bigger battery, faster chipset, and 5G support https://www.xda-developers.com/sony-xperia-10-iii-launch/ https://www.xda-developers.com/sony-xperia-10-iii-launch/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 19:11:54 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=424247 Earlier today, Sony officially unveiled its new flagship lineup for 2021 in the form of the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Towards the end of the launch event, Sony also made a very brief announcement of the Xperia 10 III, the company’s latest mid-range offering. The new Xperia 10 III (Xperia 10 Mark

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Update 1 (05/14/2021 @ 03:12 PM ET): Sony has announced pre-order details for the Xperia 10 III in Europe. Click here for more information. The article, as published on April 14, 2021, is preserved below.

Earlier today, Sony officially unveiled its new flagship lineup for 2021 in the form of the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Towards the end of the launch event, Sony also made a very brief announcement of the Xperia 10 III, the company’s latest mid-range offering. The new Xperia 10 III (Xperia 10 Mark 3) succeeds the last year’s Xperia 10 II and brings along many improvements, including a bigger battery, 5G support, a faster chipset, and more.

Xperia 10 III: Specifications

Specification Xperia 10 III
Dimensions and Weight
  • 154 x 68 x 6.3mm
  • 169g
Display
  • 6.0-inch OLED HDR
  • FHD+ (2520 x 1080)
  • 21:9 aspect ratio
  • 97% DCI-P3
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 120Hz touch sampling rate
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 690:

  • 2x Kryo 560 Gold @ 2GHz
  • 6x Kryo 560 Silver @ 1.7GHz

Adreno 619

RAM and Storage
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS flash storage
  • MicroSD card support
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • 30W fast charger
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 12MP f/1.8, 1/2.8″, 27mm
  • Secondary: 8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2, 1/4″, 16mm
  • Tertiary: 8MP telephoto, f/2.4, 1/4″, 54mm
Front Camera 8MP, f/2.0
Ports
  • USB Type-C port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB Type C (USB 3.1 Gen1)
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
Security Side-mounted fingerprint reader
Software Android 11

The Xperia 10 III features the same 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display as its predecessor. That means we’re still getting a 60Hz panel here. On the inside, the phone now uses a more capable Snapdragon 690 5G SoC, paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS storage. On the back, you get a 12MP f/1.8 primary shooter flanked by two 8MP ultra-wide and telephoto sensors.

Xperia 10 III in various colors

The battery capacity sees a substantial upgrade, with the new model now packing a 4,500mAh cell compared to the measly 3,600mAh battery on its predecessor. The phone charges via a 30W fast charger, and Sony claims its Xperia Adaptive Charging solution will keep the battery healthy even after 3 years of use.

Finally, the Xperia 10 III comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.1, dual SIM, a 3.5mm audio jack, IP68 water and dust protection, and a microSD card slot.

Pricing & Availability

The Xperia 10 III comes in Black, Blue, Purple, and Pink colors and is available to pre-order for a price of €429 in Europe as of May 12, 2021. Some retailers are offering pre-order bonuses, such as estorepartner (Sony Xperia’s official partner in Germany) offering a free pair of Sony WH-CH710N noise-cancelling headphones (valued at €150).

    Sony Xperia 10 III
    The Xperia 10 III is Sony's budget 5G phone for 2021.

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Instagram might finally bring key functionality to the desktop https://www.xda-developers.com/instagram-post-from-desktop-feature/ https://www.xda-developers.com/instagram-post-from-desktop-feature/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 18:57:56 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436987 Instagram has always been a mobile-first service, dating back to its release in 2010. Since then, it has allowed users to peruse their feed on the desktop, but functionality has always been limited. A new report suggests that could change. According to Alessandro Paluzzi, who is a developer and app analyst, Instagram is working on

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Instagram has always been a mobile-first service, dating back to its release in 2010. Since then, it has allowed users to peruse their feed on the desktop, but functionality has always been limited. A new report suggests that could change.

According to Alessandro Paluzzi, who is a developer and app analyst, Instagram is working on the ability to create posts from the website on desktop. In a series of images shared on Twitter, Paluzzi reveals a new plus button in the navigation bar up top — just like you’d find in the mobile app.

Once you click on the button, Instagram will ask users to upload the photo they want to post. Users will then have the opportunity to choose the aspect ratio of their image — square (1:1), portrait (4:5), and landscape (16:9). The next screen will let users pick a filter, followed by a screen where they can enter a caption, tag people, add location information, and more.

It’s the kind of functionality you’d expect from the service, but has sorely been missing from the desktop experience. It’s unclear how many people visit the Instagram website from their computer, but this new leak suggests it’s enough to warrant bringing new features to the web. Personally, I’d love the ability to share images from my computer, rather than always doing everything from my phone.

Paluzzi warns that the feature is currently being tested internally, with no word on when (or if) it’ll be available more widely. It’s also unclear if users will be able to upload Stories, Reels, or IGTV content. My guess is no, but adding the ability to post from desktop is a good first step toward making Instagram more accessible.

Twitter supports uploading high-resolution images from the web, so why not Instagram? Now, if only Instagram would bring back the chronological feed.

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Anker’s Nebula Solar portable projector with Android TV is $80 off https://www.xda-developers.com/ankers-nebula-solar-portable-projector-with-android-tv-is-80-off/ https://www.xda-developers.com/ankers-nebula-solar-portable-projector-with-android-tv-is-80-off/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 18:41:11 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436971 Anker has been selling Android-based projectors for a few years now, and one of the company’s recent models is the Nebula Solar. It’s a portable projector that runs Android TV 9.0, giving it full support for thousands of popular TV apps, with a native resolution of 1080p. Anker has now dropped the projector’s price to

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Anker has been selling Android-based projectors for a few years now, and one of the company’s recent models is the Nebula Solar. It’s a portable projector that runs Android TV 9.0, giving it full support for thousands of popular TV apps, with a native resolution of 1080p. Anker has now dropped the projector’s price to $520, a savings of $80 over the normal price.

The Nebula Solar Portable has a 400 ANSI lumen lamp (moderately bright, though outdoor viewing will be limited to night time), a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two 3W speakers, an internal battery that lasts up to 3 hours, and Dolby Digital Plus support. The main selling point is that it runs Android TV with the Google Play Store, so you can install popular media apps like Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, YouTube, and Pluto TV. There’s an included ‘Nebula Manager’ app used for installing Netflix and Amazon Video.

    Anker Nebula Solar Portable
    This portable projector can do it all, thanks to its internal battery and Android TV software. Click the coupon button on the product page to get the full discount.

As with other Android TV devices, you can use Google Assistant through the included remote, and the projector can function as a Chromecast target. There’s also a full-size HDMI port, so you can connect game consoles, other streaming devices, or anything else that plugs into a TV. Finally, the USB port on the back can be used to connect external storage drives — perfect for bringing movies and TV shows with you in places without a reliable internet connection (like camping).

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How to run Windows 10 on an Apple Silicon Mac https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-10-apple-silicon-mac/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-10-apple-silicon-mac/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 17:46:38 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=435537 Ever since Boot Camp was introduced on Macs back in 2006, it hasn’t been an uncommon task to run Windows on a Mac. Boot Camp allowed users to dual-boot macOS and Windows, running both operating systems on bare metal hardware. That changes with Apple Silicon. Despite the fact that both Windows 10 and macOS run

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Ever since Boot Camp was introduced on Macs back in 2006, it hasn’t been an uncommon task to run Windows on a Mac. Boot Camp allowed users to dual-boot macOS and Windows, running both operating systems on bare metal hardware. That changes with Apple Silicon.

Despite the fact that both Windows 10 and macOS run on ARM now, Boot Camp doesn’t work with Apple’s M1 processor. Yes, you can still run Windows 10 on Apple Silicon, such as on the M1-powered iMac. But no, you can’t do it through Boot Camp. You’ll have to use virtualization software.

What you’ll need

  • A Mac with Apple Silicon. An Intel-powered Mac works too, but this guide is geared toward ARM Macs.
  • Parallels Desktop, which you can download here. There’s a free trial, but you’ll need a license. The home and student versions are $79.99, while the Pro and Business Editions are on a subscription model at $99.99 a year.
  • A Windows 10 on ARM image, which is available in preview here. These are really made to be run in Hyper-V VMs, so since Hyper-V on ARM is still in preview, so is the VHDX image.
  • A Windows 10 license. You can purchase one on Amazon here, or you can buy one through the Microsoft Store.

What to do to run Windows 10 on Apple Silicon

  1. Install Parallels Desktop. It’s easy and very straightforward. Just open the installation file, click the button to install it, and follow the very few instructions that appear. You’ll land on a screen that tells you that you can’t run an x86 OS on an ARM PC. Click Continue.Parallels opening screen with info on M1
  2. That’s going to bring you to a page asking what you want to create. You’ll quickly see that while Windows is the main option, there are a variety of Linux choices as well. For this tutorial, we’re focusing on Windows 10, but the process for Linux should be similar. Click Continue.
    Dialog to create a new VM
  3. After choosing Windows, it’s going to ask you where to get your installation image from. It automatically searches files on your computer, so if you have a lot of images, you might have to choose manually.
    Dialog to select an image for a VM
  4. After you’ve selected your image, you’ll get a confirmation that you’re about to install Windows 10 on your Mac. You can probably leave that option to “Install operating system manually” unchecked, as I did the first couple of times I went through this process. I checked it here just to show more options.
    Dialog to create a new VM
  5. The next few steps only show up if you chose to install Windows manually. Otherwise, skip to the next step that looks like what you see below. Now, it’s going to ask what you’re going to use Windows 10 for. Parallels will adjust the resources the VM will use on your Mac depending on what answer you pick here.
    Dialog for what you'll use Windows for
  6. Next, you’ll choose where you want to save the Windows VM on your Mac.
    File dialog for Parallels to set up VM
  7. After that, you’ll get a progress bar saying that the Windows 10 VM is being created on your Apple Silicon Mac.
    Progress bar for setting up Windows 10 in Parallels
  8. Next, you’ll see your VM configuration, and there’s a Configure button to change settings for it.
    Resources for virtual machine in Parallels
  9. Like any virtualization software, you can change any resources you want. You can change this stuff later, but keep an eye on the Hardware tab. That’s going to let you decide which of your M1 Mac’s resources to allocate to the Windows 10 VM.
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  10. Once you’re done, you’re ready to spin up your Windows 10 VM!
    Windows 10 startup animation
  11. Because of the options I chose, Parallels is going to take me into the out-of-box-experience. If you went with default settings, you’ll start off with a local Windows account.
    Windows 10 OOBE in Parallels
  12. Once Windows 10 starts for the first time on your M1 Mac in Parallels Desktop, you’ll see a message that it was successful.
    Animation showing Windows 10 installation complete
  13. There’s a lot of integration with macOS here. You can see from the image above that I started off with a ton of icons on my desktop. That’s because those are actually the icons that were on the macOS desktop (they’re actually the screenshots that you see here). There’s also a OneDrive folder that’s hooked into the OneDrive that’s installed on macOS, so if you start with that local account, it still works. You can even set your default browser to Safari.
    Windows 10 running in Parallels
  14. You’ll want to sign in with a Microsoft account, though. For that, go to Settings -> Accounts and choose to sign in.
    Microsoft accouint sign-in dialog
  15. You’ll also need to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings -> Update & security -> Activation. Use the product code mentioned earlier.
    Windows 10 activation dialog
  16. After that, Windows will be activated and you can do things like changing the theme. Windows will let you use it for a while without activating it, but unless you’re just installing Windows 10 on your M1 Mac for fun, you probably want to keep it running for a while.
    Windows is activated message
  17. Next, go to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program, and click Get started. You might have to turn on some data collection stuff.
    Diagnostics and services settings in Windows 10
  18. Make sure that you’re signed in with your account and it’s set to the Dev channel.
    Windows Insider Program settings on Windows 10
  19. After that, under the Windows Update tab, check for updates. You’re going to have to use preview builds until the fall Windows 10 feature update, and you’ll get weekly builds.
  20. You’re all set to use Windows 10! Everything should work on your Apple Silicon Mac as you’d expect, and Parallels put a lot of thought into making sure that the integrations you need are there. If you’re thinking about how you can access a macOS file from Windows 10 or vice versa, don’t think about it. Just go do it and the chances are that it already works the way you were hoping.

One thing to take note of is that pretty much every Windows 10 built-in app is going to tell you that it’s updating before you can open it. Up until fairly recently, these apps just didn’t work. That’s because this 64-bit ARM version of Windows 10 ships with 32-bit ARM versions of its built-in apps. This isn’t even about legacy support, as there’s never been a 32-bit Windows on ARM PC. These apps were quite literally made for Windows phones.

But Apple Silicon doesn’t support 32-bit ARM apps, simply because there haven’t been 32-bit ARM apps in the Apple ecosystem in ages. Now, Windows on ARM actually pulls down the x64 app (no, they’re not ARM64, as that would make too much sense) and it runs in emulation.

In any case, you’re good to go with Windows 10 on your Apple M1 Mac. It’s all a very straightforward process, right? While I browsed the different settings for VM resources, I didn’t adjust any myself. Apple’s unified memory and M1 chipset are so good that with the default 4GB of RAM, Windows 10 ran fine on my Mac. I’d recommend using the default settings, and if for some reason that’s not enough, you can tinker with it later.

If you’re looking for a dual-monitor setup where you can have Windows 10 on one screen and macOS on another, check out our guide for using an external monitor with an Apple Silicon Mac. There are some limitations that you might not expect.

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Google Pixel 6 renders show off wild new design https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-6-leak-new-design/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-6-leak-new-design/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 17:44:15 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436925 Since the first Google Pixel hit the scene back in 2016, Google has stuck to a mostly formulaic design. But all that could change with the release of the Pixel 6, which will supposedly adopt a radical new design compared to the existing Pixel 5. According to renders released by Jon Prosser, the Pixel 6

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Since the first Google Pixel hit the scene back in 2016, Google has stuck to a mostly formulaic design. But all that could change with the release of the Pixel 6, which will supposedly adopt a radical new design compared to the existing Pixel 5.

According to renders released by Jon Prosser, the Pixel 6 will feature a horizontal camera bump on the back that sits just below the top of the device. Above the camera module will be a small strip of color — in the instance of the renders, that color is orange. The remainder of the back appears to feature a matte glass with a subtle color that looks like the opacity was turned down.

If anything, the design of the alleged Pixel 6 stands out, making Google’s device look unique in a market where everything pretty much looks the same. It’s worth noting that these renders shared by Prosser were created in collaboration with an artist, and aren’t official images from Google. Prosser claims he was sent images of the Pixel 6, but rather than sharing those photos and risk revealing a source, he created his own images based on what he saw.

Max Weinbach, a former writer at XDA, corroborated Prosser’s report, saying they are “accurate in design.” However, Weinbach claims the colors shown off in the renders don’t match information he’s heard, so what you see above might not be entirely accurate.

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With these type of reports, it’s always important to take them with a huge grain of salt. That fact that two separate reports are conflicting in their information doesn’t give us much confidence in their accuracy. However, they both claim that the Google Pixel 6 will drastically change its approach to design, so we might finally see the company’s handsets take on a semblance of personality.

The renders also reveal the Pixel 6 will feature a centered hole-punch design, along with the possibility of a fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the display. Additionally, Prosser’s report claims Google will launch a standard Pixel 6 and a larger Pixel 6 Pro, which could feature a triple-camera setup.

Earlier this year, a report claimed the Pixel 6 would launch with a Google-designed Whitechapel chipset. What better way to introduce your own processor than with an unforgettable new design?

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New Windows 10 preview has better HDR support for color-managed apps https://www.xda-developers.com/new-windows-10-preview-has-better-hdr-support-for-color-managed-apps/ https://www.xda-developers.com/new-windows-10-preview-has-better-hdr-support-for-color-managed-apps/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 17:20:46 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436915 It’s Friday, but Microsoft still managed to squeeze out a Windows 10 Insider Preview build in the Dev channel. This week’s build is number 21382, and frankly, there’s not a whole lot that’s new. The big new feature is HDR in color-managed apps. Apps that are going to be affected by this change are those

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It’s Friday, but Microsoft still managed to squeeze out a Windows 10 Insider Preview build in the Dev channel. This week’s build is number 21382, and frankly, there’s not a whole lot that’s new.

The big new feature is HDR in color-managed apps. Apps that are going to be affected by this change are those that use ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles, like Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw. Now, you can right click on an app and go to Properties -> Compatibility, and select ‘Use legacy display ICC color management’ to turn on HDR.

That’s the big new feature, but there are also some minor ones. Device Manager now lets you see devices by drivers, drivers by type, and drivers by devices. They’re just more ways to manage drivers. The touch keyboard uses Segoe UI Variable now, something that was mentioned last week. And there’s a new generic folder icon in File Explorer that shows when that folder has contents.

Other than that, there’s just a long list of fixes, and there are several minor known issues. There are some issues with the Camera app, News and interests, and dark theme in File Explorer.

Microsoft is also having another Bug Bash, something that it hasn’t done in a while. It’s going to take place between May 12 and May 17, and here’s how it works. Through the Feedback Hub on your machine that’s enrolled in the Dev channel, you can complete quests and surveys in attempts to find bugs. For example, the quest will tell you to complete some task that’s new to this version of Windows 10. Then, you’ll report on your experience, how easy it was to do, and if there were any problems.

As always, you can get today’s build by checking Windows Update. If you’re not on the Dev channel yet, you can enroll through the Windows Insider Program tab.

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Apple might crash Google I/O party with AirPods 3 launch https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-airpods-3-rumor-may-18-launch/ https://www.xda-developers.com/apple-airpods-3-rumor-may-18-launch/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 16:43:46 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436903 We’ve heard for months that Apple is going to launch new AirPods, but so far nothing has debuted. With Google scheduled to kick off I/O next week — and possibly launch new Pixel Buds — Apple might try and crash the party with an AirPods announcement on May 18. According to YouTuber Luke Miani and

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We’ve heard for months that Apple is going to launch new AirPods, but so far nothing has debuted. With Google scheduled to kick off I/O next week — and possibly launch new Pixel Buds — Apple might try and crash the party with an AirPods announcement on May 18.

According to YouTuber Luke Miani and website AppleTrack (via 9to5Mac), Apple is apparently ready to ship AirPods 3 and could announce them via a press release. We’ve seen Apple announce new products over press release in the past, so the move wouldn’t be unusual. Apple recently announced the AirTag and new iMac at an event in April, but new AirPods were nowhere to be found.

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An earlier leak of supposed AirPods 3

As 9to5Mac points out, neither Miani nor AppleTrack has a track record when it comes to leaking unannounced Apple products. The reality is AirPods 3 rumors have persisted for months, and we’ve seen several leaked images of what they could look like. Based on what we’ve seen, the new earbuds could have a smaller stem and feature a design that more closely matches the current AirPods Pro.

In addition to the possible launch of AirPods 3, Miani and AppleTrack also claim Apple is preparing to launch an Apple Music HiFi plan with Dolby Audio support. Spotify, one of Apple Music’s largest competitors, announced its own HiFi plan set to launch in select markets later this year.

The timing of Apple’s rumored AirPods 3 launch could take away some of the thunder from Google, which kicks off its I/O conference on May 18. We’re expecting the search giant to share more details about Android 12, but Google might also unveil more affordable Pixel Buds. What better way for Apple to counter new Google earbuds than with an announcement of its own?

Of course, Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, where it could announce new earbuds along with new software for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. We’ll see how things play out on May 18.

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Dolby Vision is coming to Xbox Insiders with an Xbox Series X|S today https://www.xda-developers.com/dolby-vision-coming-xbox-insiders-xbox-series-xs/ https://www.xda-developers.com/dolby-vision-coming-xbox-insiders-xbox-series-xs/#respond Fri, 14 May 2021 13:16:27 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=436847 If you’re an Xbox Insider on the Preview Alpha ring, your console is about to get Dolby Vision support. Unsurprisingly the feature is limited to the new Xbox Series X|S, as it was actually announced at launch. Indeed, Dolby has been clear that the current-gen consoles are the first to have both Dolby Atmos and

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If you’re an Xbox Insider on the Preview Alpha ring, your console is about to get Dolby Vision support. Unsurprisingly the feature is limited to the new Xbox Series X|S, as it was actually announced at launch. Indeed, Dolby has been clear that the current-gen consoles are the first to have both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, while Atmos was available at launch.

While it was announced back in September, there was actually some closed testing that went on in the Xbox Insider Program in March. At that point, it was reported that games playing with Dolby Vision HDR were limited to 60Hz, although according to an update from Forbes, Microsoft and Dolby are working with display vendors to get it working with 120Hz.

If you’ve made it to this point with no clue as to what Dolby Vision is, the very basic thing you need to know is that your games will look better. The colors will be prettier. At a lower level, it supports dynamic metadata, so the colors are going to adjust based on that changing metadata. It’s another HDR standard, so that also means that there are more colors.

As for what games will support it, Microsoft hasn’t said. According to reports from March, all Xbox games that support HDR can be played in Dolby Vision HDR. We’ll have to see how that plays out.

For now, you can test out the feature if you’re an Alpha ring tester in the Xbox Insider Program. If you’re not, there’s no way to sign up. It’s an invitation-only ring that you actually have to put in some work to get invited to. Still, it will make its way through the rings over presumably the next couple of months.

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6 top audio and music making apps — now with up to 93% off https://www.xda-developers.com/6-top-audio-and-music-making-apps-now-with-up-to-93-off/ Fri, 14 May 2021 12:42:42 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=434659 For anyone who truly loves music, good audio apps are worth the investment. Whether you prefer Bach or The Beatles, these apps at the XDA Developers Depot will enhance your listening experience and help you make your own tunes — now with up to 93% off subscriptions. Spotify Music Converter for Mac Hate the restrictions

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For anyone who truly loves music, good audio apps are worth the investment. Whether you prefer Bach or The Beatles, these apps at the XDA Developers Depot will enhance your listening experience and help you make your own tunes — now with up to 93% off subscriptions.

Spotify Music Converter for Mac

Hate the restrictions on offline listening with Spotify? This Mac app allows you to save songs without DRM, and convert the audio to any file type. It works on free and Premium accounts, with full metadata and original quality.

Get Spotify Music Converter for Mac for $19.99 (reg. $39), a saving of 49%. 

ChordIQ Pro: Lifetime Subscription

Rated at 4.5 stars on the Play Store, this brilliant mobile app teaches you music theory through fun mini-games. You also learn how to recognize notes and chords by ear, improve your instrumental playing skills, and hone your singing voice!

Get a ChordIQ Pro Lifetime Subscription for $5.99 (reg. $11), a saving of 50%. 

Skoove Premium Piano Lessons: Lifetime Subscription

An App Store Editors Choice with 4.5 stars, Skoove helps aspiring musicians to master the keys. The app provides over 400 expert video tutorials, with AI feedback and tailored learning. The app also has thousands more video lessons, showing you how to play classic tracks.

Get a Skoove Premium Lifetime Subscription for $149.99 (reg. $299), a saving of 50%. 

Audio Optimization Experience: Lifetime Subscription

Powered by Bongiovi Acoustics Lab technology, this Windows and Mac software gives you incredible control over the audio output from your computer. Using 120 optimization points, you can enhance music, bring in-game audio alive, and even improve the clarity of video calls.

Get an AOE Lifetime Subscription for $49.99 (reg. $299), a saving of 83%. 

EasySplitter Pro Vocal Remover: Lifetime Subscription

Modern music production relies heavily on samples. EasySplitter uses AI to separate the parts of any song, meaning you can grab the perfect sample in seconds. It works on Android and iOS, with full sound quality and full file history.

Get an EasySplitter Lifetime Subscription for $39.99 (reg. $599), a saving of 93%. 

SYQEL AI Powered Music Visualizer: Lifetime Subscription

Utilizing artificial intelligence, SYQEL is one of the most advanced music visualizers currently available. This app takes just two minutes to set up, and it provides over 5,000 visuals. In the words of DJ YT: “SYQEL instantly turns my Twitch DJ streams into an experience that outshines the competition.”

Get a SYQEL Lifetime Subscription for $49.99 (reg. $149), a saving of 66%. 

Prices subject to change 

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