COVID-19 Posts on XDA

WhatsApp tightens restrictions on forwarded messages, limiting it to only one chat at a time

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the world's most popular messaging app, with over two billion users around the world. And while the app has played a major role in connecting people globally, it has also proven to be a hotbed for fake news. In a bid to curb the spread of fake news on the platform, WhatsApp...

Google Maps now makes it easier to find restaurants that do takeout or delivery

With much of the world in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are eating at home a lot. While you may be cooking for yourself more than ever, it's still possible to get food from restaurants and other eating establishments. A lot of places are not allowed to seat customers inside right now, but...

[Update 3: Asus India and Lenovo-Motorola too] OnePlus, Huawei, Honor, and Realme extend smartphone warranties, and more due to COVID-19

The ripples of COVID-19 pandemic – informally known as Coronavirus – have brought almost the entire world to a halt. In these hard times when you're forced to quarantine and stay at home, your phone might be your only physically close friend. But if you break it, there's only so little that you can do...

Discord alpha hints at upcoming Pokémon GO collaboration, and surfacing COVID-19 channel

Discord began its journey in 2015 as a chat service that primarily focused on gamers, providing VoIP services to supplement real-time strategies in MOBAs. Over the years, the service has solidified its place as a chat platform, and it has also emerged as a good alternative to IRC. Discord as an app and service allows...

YouTube for Android restricts maximum video streaming quality to 480p in India

COVID-19 has affected the world in more ways than one. Within the narrow scope of the smartphone and related tech industry, the pandemic has caused widespread supply chain disruptions as well as led to cancellations to major events such as MWC 2020 and Google I/O 2020. Further, the health advisories issued because of the pandemic have led...

[Update: Resumed] Google temporarily pauses Chrome and Chrome OS updates to prioritize security

It's no surprise anymore that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a huge impact on nearly everything. In the technology space alone, we've seen major events get canceled, product launches pushed back, and the effects of changing working conditions. The next thing being affected by adjusted work schedules is Chrome and Chrome OS updates. Due to...

[Update: Narzo launch postponed] Vivo suspends new product launches in India, Realme postpones Narzo sales due to COVID-19

COVID-19, commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus, has had a very wide scale impact on all of our lives. The effects of the pandemic are being felt all around the world, and the smartphone industry is no exception. Most notably, events like MWC 2020 and Google I/O 2020 have been canceled for the year,...

[Update 2: Motorola, Realme, and Xiaomi too] Samsung, OPPO, Vivo temporarily suspend smartphone production in India due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) tightens its grip and forces upon the world an inevitable lockdown, businesses have no other option but to let employees stay at home. While the internet empowers most of the workforce to operate remotely, many other commercial operations including manufacturing are being hampered significantly. Taking the surging number of Coronavirus cases...

[Update: Canceled completely] Breaking: Google I/O 2020 has been canceled, will be held remotely

Google I/O 2020 has officially been canceled. This is the latest tech event to be canceled due to concerns around the potential spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision was made in accordance with "health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities." Although the physical event will not happen, Google will...

[Update 2: Next OnAir] Google Cloud Next 2020 is now an online-only event over coronavirus fears

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak, now called COVID-19, has infected over 89,000 people globally with the global death toll surpassing 3,000. Not only has the virus had an adverse effect on the global supply chain, but it has also resulted in several major events being canceled. For instance, the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona...

Google and other tech giants are joining forces to fight coronavirus misinformation

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has caused a global pandemic, one that is grinding societies to a halt. To limit community transmission of the virus, health experts recommend that people engage in "social distancing" by staying at home as much as possible and avoiding any public gatherings. If one believes they may have been exposed to the...

Google Play app review times may last 7 days or longer due to coronavirus precautions

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has recently been declared a pandemic by the WHO, has affected pretty much all aspects of society. With just over 175,000 confirmed cases globally, and roughly 6,500 deaths, it is an emergency that must not be taken lightly, and one that the world is coming together to tackle. First came...