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YouTube TV is Google’s own streaming live TV service. And it offers over 85 channels, live.

This product was designed for those that are looking to cut the cord from cable and be able to still watch cable channels. Without being tethered to their cable box, and be able to watch it anywhere.

YouTube TV is heralded as one of the best streaming live TV services on the market right now, despite the pretty regular price increases it has seen. It now costs $64.99 per month, after costing just $35 a few years ago. It’s the only streaming service that has PBS, and it is also the only one with an unlimited cloud DVR service. Making this a really incredible service for those that are looking to cut the cord from Comcast, Cox, AT&T, Verizon and other cable operators.

What is YouTube TV? And should you ditch cable for Google’s TV service? We’ll attempt to answer that, as well as other questions, like the cost, cloud DVR limitations, multiple screen limitations and more. Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube TV.

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What is YouTube TV?

YouTube TV is Google’s attempt at capturing the cord-cutting audience. It’s a streaming Live TV service that offers 85+ channels, and continues to add more every few months. It also has YouTube Originals available.

YouTube TV initially launched in 2017, and it was restricted to a handful of markets in the US. The reason for the slow rollout, was gathering all local channels. Google did not want to launch in a market that did not have all of the locals. That includes ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. Initially, Google was offering around 60 channels for $35 per month. In 2018, ahead of its nationwide launch, it increased prices from $35 to $40, but those that got in on the $35 price were grandfathered in.

In 2019, Google made YouTube TV available in all 210 markets in the US. It also added nine networks from Discovery, and raised the price from $40 to $50 per month. This also ended the grandfathered-in pricing for those that were paying $35. Google forced everyone to start paying $50.

In 2020, YouTube TV was able to strike a deal with ViacomCBS to bring over their channels to the service. Bringing over all of their channels meant another price increase. Going from $50 to $65 per month, and bringing the total number of channels to 85+. On March 17, 2021, YouTube TV added the rest of the ViacomCBS Channels to the service. These include BETher, Dabl, Nicktoons, Nick Jr, teenNick, MTV2, and MTV Classic.

YouTube TV is pretty unique for a couple of features that it offers and most of its competitors do not. The biggest one being an unlimited Cloud DVR. Allowing you to record just about everything. The other big feature is it’s availability. It’s available on almost any platform.

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How much does it cost?

YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month for the base package. That includes 85+ channels, and all of its features.

There are some premium networks you can add-on, as well as the Sports Plus package. Sports Plus is priced at $10.99 per month and gives you an additional eight networks. The premium networks that are available include HBO and HBO MAX for $14.99. Showtime for $11/month, STARZ for $7/month, Cinemax for $10, Epix for $6/month, Curiosity Stream for $3, AMC Premiere for $5, Shudder for $6, Sundance Now for $7, Urban Movie Channel for $5 and AcornTV for $6. These all come with a free trial, anywhere from five days to 14 days. So it’s pretty easy to check out these premium channels before paying for them.

Sports Plus Package

Google added the Sports Plus package in September 2019. This is a new add-on for YouTube TV that will allow you to add even more sports networks. Included in this package is NFL RedZone, beIN SPORTS, FOX Soccer Plus, Stadium College Sports, VSiN, Outside TV+, PokerGO+, MAVTV, TVG, Stadium, GOLTV, Billiard TV, SportsGrid, and PlayersTV. It’s available for $10.99 per month.

Update: On September 9, 2021, YouTube TV added six additional channels to this package. For the same $10.99 per month.

Entertainment Plus Package

YouTube TV announced the Entertainment Plus package in February 2021. This package bundles HBO MAX, SHOWTIME and STARZ for $30 per month. Individually, these would cost you $35 per month, so you’re saving $5 here. Not a big savings, but a great way to bundle them with YouTube TV.

YouTube TV Platforms
Supported Devices

4K Plus

On June 28, 2021, Google debuted another new add-on for YouTube TV – 4K Plus. This is an add-on that adds three main features. Of course, the ability to stream in 4K. Though that will be limited, at least at first, since most content is not available in 4K. But you can rest assured that the Olympics will be available in 4K.

It also brings offline downloads with almost no restrictions. Google says anything that you can record to your cloud DVR, you can download for offline viewing.

The third feature is that you’ll be able to watch unlimited streams with this package. Instead of the three concurrent streams that YouTube TV normally has.

This package is going to cost an additional $19.99 per month, and is available now.

What devices are supported?

YouTube TV is available on a large variety of devices right now, and it is still adding more to its list.

As of today, YouTube TV is available on Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku OS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As far as smart TVs go, it is available on many smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Hisense, Sharp, TCL and VIZIO that are 2016 and newer. Not to mention the fact that any TV that has Android TV, Roku or Fire TV built-in will also work – which includes almost every Hisense and TCL Smart TV from recent years.

On September 30, Google announced that the new Chromecast with Google TV will have a pretty tight integration with YouTube TV. With a new “Live” tab on the home screen that shows the current TV listings for what is live. At launch, only YouTube TV works with this tab, but Google plans to add more to that tab in the future. Like Sling TV, FuboTV and others.

Update: As of April 30, 2021, Roku no longer carries YouTube TV. Existing users can still use YouTube TV, for now. However, you do still have the option to Cast to your Roku device. This is in result of the carriage dispute between Google and Roku. This should only be a temporary thing, hopefully. 

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What channels are offered?

YouTube TV has steadily been adding new channels to its service since its inception in 2017. Currently it has over 85 channels, and covers the majority of the top 100 most popular cable channels.

Recent YouTube TV changes

  • YouTube TV added ViacomCBS channels: BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1. Five of the 14 ViacomCBS channels have not yet arrived on YouTube TV, but will be very soon. Those include BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr, Nicktoons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.
  • YouTube TV lost all Fox regional sports networks on October 1: After trying to renegotiate with Sinclair following its extension, YouTube TV lost access to all Fox regional sports networks. These include: Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, SportsTime Ohio, and the YES Network. It’s worth noting that Fox, FS1 and FS2 will remain on YouTube TV though.
  • NFL Network came to YouTube TV in September 2020: Without any sort of price increase.
  • YouTube TV debuted new Sports Plus package in September 2020: YouTube TV debuted its first add-on package in September with Sports Plus. For $10.99 per month you can add NFL RedZone, Fox College Sports, GolTV, TVG, MAV, Stadium and Fox Soccer Plus.
  • MLB.TV comes to YouTube TV: In February 2021, YouTube TV announced that it was bringing MLB.TV to its service (as an added cost). It is available as of March 2021. With subscribers getting a free preview throughout March. MLB.TV costs $24.99 per month or $129.99 for the season.
YouTube TV Channels
Channels

YouTube TV Channels

A&E ABC
ABC News ACCN
Adult Swim AMC
Animal Planet BBC America
BBC World News Bravo
BET Big Ten Network
Bravo Cartoon Network
CBS CBS News
CBS Sports Network Cheddar
CMT CNBC
CNBC World CNN
Comedy Central Comet
Court TV Cozi
CW Discovery
Disney Channel Disney Junior
Disney XD E!
ESPN ESPN 2
ESPN U ESPNews
Food Network Fox
Fox Business Fox News
Freeform FS1
FS2 FX
FXM FXX
getTV Univision
Golf Channel The Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama  Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV History
HLN IFC
Investigation Discovery LAFC
Lifetime Lifetime Movies
Local Now LX
MLB Network MLB Game of the Week
Motortrend MSNBC
MTV MyNetwork TV
National Geographic Nat Geo Wild
NBA TV NBC
NBC Sports Network NBC Universo
NESN NewsmaxTV
Newsy Nickelodeon
Nick Jr. NFL Network
Olympic Channel Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
Oxygen PAC12 Networks
Paramount Network PBS
PBS Kids Pop
SEC Smithsonian Channel
SNY Sundance TV
StartTV Syfy
Tastemade TBS
TCM Telemundo
Tennis Channel TLC
The Game Show Network TNT
Travel Channel TruTV
TUDN TUDN Extra 1-11
TVG TV Land
TYT Universo
Univision Unimás
Universal Kids Univision
USA VH1
Vice The Weather Channel
WE tv YouTube Originals

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What features does YouTube TV have?

YouTube TV has a number of great features, some of which none of its competitors even have. As a result, it really helps make it stand out among the competition. Here are some of the bigger features for YouTube TV.

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Unlimited Cloud DVR

Cloud DVR

By far the most popular feature for YouTube TV is its unlimited Cloud DVR. Which is included in the $64.99 price.

Because it is unlimited, you can record virtually anything and everything on YouTube TV, and watch it later. You can also record as many shows at the same time as you want. Something that is not possible with traditional TV.

Finally, with YouTube TV, you can also opt to start from the beginning or join live, if it is a show that you are recording. So if you come home late to watch The Masked Singer that starts at 8PM, you can start from the beginning and fast-forward through commercials until you catch up to the live recording. It is a really useful feature to have.

Dolby Digital 5.1

On August 27, 2021, YouTube TV announced that it had rolled out Dolby Digital 5.1 to all users.

Currently the compatible devices list is still pretty short. But it will be available on all devices that work with Dolby Digital 5.1 and YouTube TV in the very near future.

This feature is going to improve the audio quality from both live and on-demand content on YouTube TV. This also makes YouTube TV only the second streaming service to offer it for live content, along with DIRECTV Stream.

Multiple Users

Another feature that sets YouTube TV apart is multiple users. Most streaming services do have multiple users support, but not quite in the same way.

With YouTube TV, you can invite up to five people to your subscription. So instead of sharing your password with other people, they can sign in with their own Google account. That is much smarter than sharing passwords, especially for something like your Google account, which is used for almost everything on the web.

While you can have up to five accounts on your YouTube TV account, you are still limited to only three simultaneous streams on YouTube TV. So not everyone can watch at the same time. But three screens is also more than its competitors offer, without paying for an upgraded plan.

Voice Control via Google Assistant

As expected, YouTube TV is integrated with Google Assistant. So if you have a Google Assistant device like a Nest Mini or Nest Audio, you can use it to start YouTube TV on your TV. If you have a Chromecast or Nest Home Hub, you can tell the Assistant to start playing YouTube TV on that screen.

You also have the ability to control other functions, like selecting a TV channel to watch live, starting a show, recording a show and even using playback functions like pause, resume and rewind.

On-Demand

YouTube TV does have an on-demand section of different movies and TV shows. If something you recorded is available as on-demand, you can choose between those two options. For example, if election coverage interrupted your recording of Ellen’s Game of Games, you can opt to watch the on-demand version instead.

The main difference between on-demand and DVR though, is that you cannot fast-forward through commercials on on-demand content. Though some won’t have commercials – like FOX shows for some reason. On DVR content, you can fast-forward or rewind to your heart’s content.

Picture-in-Picture on Mobile

Surprisingly, most other streaming live TV services do not offer this feature, but YouTube TV allows you to do picture-in-picture on mobile. So you can continue watching your show while you are on Twitter or Facebook, or replying to your friend’s text message.

This works on Android smartphones and tablets. However, it doesn’t yet work on iOS. It’ll work on iPads and iPhones starting with iOS 14.

Dark Mode

As with everything these days, there is a dark mode for YouTube TV on both desktop and mobile. This can be very useful for when you are watching TV or scrolling through the app at night or in a dark room.

Mark shows as viewed

Since you can’t “delete” shows from your DVR – they will auto-delete after nine months, and be replaced with a newer recording if that show played on TV again – mark as viewed is really useful.

You can “Mark as Watched” on any movie or TV show on YouTube TV, from the desktop or mobile versions of the service. This means that it won’t show up as “new” in your library any longer. As a result, it makes it easier to view your new shows in your library, to catch up on what’s new.

No offline viewing

This is likely no real surprise, but YouTube TV does not allow for offline viewing. Most streaming Live TV services do not allow for this, since it is live. But it would be nice to be able to download your DVR’d content to watch offline, if you are going to be flying somewhere with no internet, or taking the subway to work. Hulu with Live TV does it, but there are some serious caveats to it.

Multiple channel sorting options

YouTube TV has always offered the default view for sorting channels, and then a Customized view. Which was a pain to actually do. Imagine dragging and dropping channels when there are over 100 channels in the list.

But on January 18, 2022, Google started rolling out a few more options. Like the ability to sort by “Most Watched” and then A-Z and Z-A. The Most Watched option takes into effect your DVR watching habits too.

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Is YouTube TV worth it?

When you look at the channels and the pricing of YouTube TV, it is a pretty good deal. The only downside here is that there’s no telling when the price may go up again. But if the recent Sports Plus package addition is anything to go by, it looks like Google is planning to add some more premium packages. Instead of giving everyone, every single channel and just raising the price.

I am a subscriber of YouTube TV and have been since almost the beginning, so my opinion here is a little bit biased, but I feel that this is the best value. There’s over 85 channels here, including the majority of the top 100 cable channels available. As well as cloud DVR, where you can save literally everything (and I do) to watch later. Not to mention the fact that it is available on almost every platform you can think of.

If you’re looking to check out YouTube TV, use this free trial to check it out before paying for it. Google gives everyone a free seven-day trial. But right now, if you sign up before October 15, 2020, you can get that doubled to 14 days.

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You Don't Want To Miss This Flash Sale On The MagSafe AirPods Pro https://www.androidheadlines.com/cheap-airpods-pro-sale-headphones Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:50:58 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=910947 Apple recently updated the AirPods Pro with the new MagSafe Case, at the same time as it announced the new AirPods 3. And surprisingly, the new AirPods Pro with MagSafe is on sale. It’s now just $189.99. Right now, you can get the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for just $189.99 over at Amazon. That is [...]

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Apple recently updated the AirPods Pro with the new MagSafe Case, at the same time as it announced the new AirPods 3. And surprisingly, the new AirPods Pro with MagSafe is on sale. It’s now just $189.99.

Right now, you can get the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for just $189.99 over at Amazon. That is down from its regular price of $249. And that’s only $10 more than they were on Black Friday back in November.

Battery life on the AirPods Pro are actually really good. We’re looking at 4.5 hours of continuous battery life, which may not sound impressive. But we have to remember that there is also active noise cancellation available on these truly wireless earbuds. Which do use quite a bit of battery and leaves less room for battery in the earbud themselves. The case will give you about 24 hours of playback. Which is nice. And that is done with wireless charging, so you can pop them onto any Qi Wireless charging pad to charge them up.

Apple has included an Adaptive EQ, which will automatically tune music to the shape of your ear. You’ll get quick access to Siri if you have a compatible device (read: Apple device), and there are three sizes of silicon eartips available. So you can choose the eartip that best fits your ears. And that might not be the same eartip as everyone else.

The AirPods Pro do easily pair with Apple devices, which makes them really great for those that have an iPad, iPhone or even a Mac. However, if you are using another device, they still pair using Bluetooth. Unfortunately these do not support Fast Pair on Android.

With the addition of MagSafe, they will now attach to a MagSafe charger and stay there. Basically, Apple added in a magnet for it to work with MagSafe. As they already had wireless charging available, and many used it on MagSafe chargers. But now they will stay put.

You can pick up the AirPods Pro from Amazon in this deal by clicking here. This price won’t last long.

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Best Google Pixel 6 Pro Deals – Updated January 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-google-pixel-6-pro-deals Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:20:40 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=967621 The new Google Pixel 6 Pro was just announced, and you can now pre-order one to ship later this month. It turned out to be a pretty impressive smartphone from Google, at a pretty aggressive price. But even at $899, you can find a better deal. So, we’re here to show you the best Pixel [...]

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The new Google Pixel 6 Pro was just announced, and you can now pre-order one to ship later this month. It turned out to be a pretty impressive smartphone from Google, at a pretty aggressive price. But even at $899, you can find a better deal. So, we’re here to show you the best Pixel 6 deals that are currently available.

There are some deals where you could actually get the Pixel 6 for free, or almost free. And that definitely sounds better than $899.

Best Google Pixel 6 Pro Deals

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is really the first premium smartphone from Google. Though, it does not have that premium price. Which is a bit surprising, considering it is top-of-the-line everything. With a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz display (it’s an LTPO display), the new Tensor SoC, 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are also options for 256GB and 512GB of storage on the Pro. This also comes with a massive 5000mAh capacity battery inside.

The Pixel 6 Pro also finally gets an upgraded camera system. With a 50-megapixel main sensor, 48-megapixel telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Making for a pretty beefy camera system on this device.  Even with pixel binning on that 50-megapixel sensor, we’d expect the camera samples to look outstanding.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro retails for $899, and pre-orders start today October 19. Shipments will start arriving on October 28.

If you are in need of a new smartphone, and have your eye on the Pixel 6 Pro, we’d recommend grabbing it now, instead of waiting until Black Friday, or even later. With the ongoing global chip shortage, there may not be any units available then. So you’d better grab it now. And with these deals, you can get some great deals on your new Pixel 6 Pro. So it’s definitely worth buying.

If you’re looking for some deals on the Pixel 6, we have you covered here.

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Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard In Biggest Purchase In Gaming History https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/microsoft-acquires-activision-blizzard-in-biggest-purchase-in-gaming-history.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:02:51 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983706 The gaming world is not shy to acquisitions and buyouts, as companies are purchased for millions and billions of dollars every year. Microsoft may have just made the largest purchase in video game history by acquiring Activision Blizzard for an absolutely massive amount. Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard and gains several game franchises Just recently, we [...]

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The gaming world is not shy to acquisitions and buyouts, as companies are purchased for millions and billions of dollars every year. Microsoft may have just made the largest purchase in video game history by acquiring Activision Blizzard for an absolutely massive amount.

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard and gains several game franchises

Just recently, we got wind that Take-Two made the largest purchase in video game history by buying Zynga for just over $12 billion. But, that’s chump change compared to how much Microsoft paid for Activision Blizzard. It bought the company for $95.00 per share, and the total tips the scale at $68.7 billion. Needless to say, that’s a hefty sum, and definitely put a dent in Microsoft’s bank account.

However, this venture is meant to have a financial gain for the company. With this purchase, based on the report, Microsoft will be the third-highest gaming company in terms of revenue right behind Tencent and Sony.  Even though Microsoft is a big company in and of itself, it doesn’t actually bring in much money from its gaming ventures. It often operates at a loss, but the company doesn’t care because it makes so much money elsewhere.

What will Microsoft gain from this?

Since Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, it’s going to gain the franchises that these companies produced. When you see the companies and their franchises, the $68.7 billion price tag will make sense. Microsoft is going to gain Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, which is one of the biggest FPS franchises out there. Next, it’s getting big Blizzard titles like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and Starcraft. Last, but not least, Microsoft is also getting the mega mobile game, Candy Crush. Regardless of this acquisition, Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard.

What else is new?

The acquisition won’t only Benefit Microsoft. Because the company bought the rights to these games, it’s going to be putting them (we’re not sure just how many, however) on Game Pass. Right now, the report points to the company’s plans to put the games on Game Pass. This means that we might not see Activision Blizzard games on there too soon. Since Activision Blizzard games have about 400 million active players every month, Microsoft believes that this move will increase the amount of Game Pass subscribers.

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Best Google Pixel 6 Deals – Updated January 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-google-pixel-6-deals Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:50:35 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=967620 The new Google Pixel 6 was just announced, and you can now pre-order one to ship later this month. It turned out to be a pretty impressive smartphone from Google, at a pretty aggressive price. But even at $599, you can find a better deal. So, we’re here to show you the best Pixel 6 [...]

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The new Google Pixel 6 was just announced, and you can now pre-order one to ship later this month. It turned out to be a pretty impressive smartphone from Google, at a pretty aggressive price. But even at $599, you can find a better deal. So, we’re here to show you the best Pixel 6 deals that are currently available.

There are some deals where you could actually get the Pixel 6 for free, or almost free. And that definitely sounds better than $599.

Best Google Pixel 6 Deals

The Google Pixel 6 is really the first premium smartphone from Google. Though, it does not have that premium price. Which is a bit surprising, considering it is top-of-the-line everything. With a 6.4-inch FHD+ 90Hz display, the new Tensor SoC inside, 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage (there’s a 256GB option too), and a massive 4614mAh capacity battery inside. Of course, we cannot forget about the upgraded camera sensors (Finally!), including a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultrawide.

Google already had a really great camera on the Pixel, and now with this new 50-megapixel camera included, it’s going to be even better.

Google really seems to have hit it out of the park with the new Pixel 6 this year, which is impressive, even for Google. As there is also something that they mess up.

The Google Pixel 6 retails for $599, and pre-orders start today October 19. Shipments will start arriving on October 28.

If you are in need of a new smartphone, and have your eye on the Pixel 6, we’d recommend grabbing it now, instead of waiting until Black Friday, or even later. With the ongoing global chip shortage, there may not be any units available then. So you’d better grab it now. And with these deals, you can get some great deals on your new Pixel 6. So it’s definitely worth buying.

If you’re looking for some deals on the Pixel 6 Pro, we have you covered here.

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Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3 Is Back On Sale, Now $200 Off https://www.androidheadlines.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-3-smartphone-sale-deal-price Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:15:41 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=973942 Amazon has the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 back on sale once again, now just $1,599. That’s going to save you $200 off of its regular price. Not quite enough for an all-time low, as it was $1,499 on Black Friday in November. But outside of major shopping holidays, this has been the best price. [...]

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Amazon has the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 back on sale once again, now just $1,599. That’s going to save you $200 off of its regular price. Not quite enough for an all-time low, as it was $1,499 on Black Friday in November. But outside of major shopping holidays, this has been the best price.

The 256GB Galaxy Z Fold 3 is now $1,599, while the 512GB model is now $1,699.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a pretty impressive smartphone to pick up, as it is a foldable. So on the outside, you get a super tall 6.2-inch display to handle smaller tasks. Then there is a 7.6-inch inner display for getting bigger tasks done. Like checking out navigation, doing emails and such. Both displays are AMOLED 120Hz displays as well.

This year, Samsung also brought S Pen support to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but you will need to buy the S Pen separately. But this means that you can jot down notes and such with the S Pen, which is a really nice feature.

New this year, is also the ability to take your Galaxy Z Fold 3 into the shower. It is now water-resistant. Of course, it’ll be better to keep it out of water anyways, but it’s nice to have that peace of mind that the phone won’t be destroyed from a little bit of water.

Samsung does still have plenty of cameras on this one. On the backside, there’s a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel telephoto, with a 10-megapixel camera on the larger display (this is under display), and a 12-megapixel camera on the main cover display. So no matter what way you are using your Galaxy Z Fold 3, you’re going to be able to use a few different cameras.

You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Amazon by clicking here. This sale is not going to last long, so you’ll want to be quick here.

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You Can Now Sort Channels On YouTube TV By "Most Watched" https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/youtube-tv-sort-channels-most-watched-alphabetically Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:03:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983703 YouTube TV already has the best feature-set among the streaming services out there right now. And now, YouTube TV is adding another pretty minor but very useful feature. Now you can opt to sort your channels by your “Most Watched”. That is opposed to your default listings or your customized order – which can be [...]

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YouTube TV already has the best feature-set among the streaming services out there right now. And now, YouTube TV is adding another pretty minor but very useful feature. Now you can opt to sort your channels by your “Most Watched”. That is opposed to your default listings or your customized order – which can be a real pain to set up.

That’s not all that’s new, you can also sort A to Z or Z to A. Which can also make it a lot easier to find a specific channel that you want to watch. Instead of the random order that YouTube TV normally lists them in.

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The Live channels now mirror your DVR options

The DVR has always offered these options for sorting the shows, movies, and other things you have recorded. And now it is available for the live channels tab in the YouTube TV app.

Honestly, it’s a feature that should have been around for quite some time, but it’s good to see it finally coming out. It’s available now for everyone. And it should be available on every platform. We’re seeing it available on the web app, Google TV, Fire TV, and Android apps right now.

YouTube TV is still our pick for the best streaming Live TV service on the market. Even though it has had a few issues lately with almost losing NBC channels, losing and then regaining Disney channels, and of course the whole spat with Roku. But as a package, YouTube TV does it better than everyone else. And a big reason for that is the unlimited Cloud DVR feature. Allowing you to essentially record literally everything.

That’s going to be a very big deal for the Winter Olympics, which are less than three weeks away right now. As you can record literally every Olympic event and watch whenever you want.

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The Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ Robot Vacuum Empties Itself For $559 https://www.androidheadlines.com/buy-ecovacs-deebot-n8-pro-plus-sale Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:55:55 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=949518 Amazon has the Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ robot vacuum on sale today for just $559. That’s good for $240 off of its regular price. Not quite enough for an all-time low, but pretty close. To get this price, you’ll want to clip the $140 off coupon on the page. Which will drop it all the [...]

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Amazon has the Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ robot vacuum on sale today for just $559. That’s good for $240 off of its regular price. Not quite enough for an all-time low, but pretty close.

To get this price, you’ll want to clip the $140 off coupon on the page. Which will drop it all the way down to $559. Making this a really great deal. And likely the lowest we’ll see ahead of Prime Day this Summer.   

The Deebot N8 Pro+ has a maximum suction power of 2600Pa, making it serious about capturing dirt and dust stuck deep in floor crevices or embedded in carpet. Its coordinating all-new fan motor design uses glass fiber material to optimize energy and ensure high pressure durability, all while keeping the volume down.

TrueMapping creates systematic cleaning paths, thanks to an advanced laser-based LiDAR navigation system with aerospace-standard dToF detection sensors. N8 Pro+ generates maps with 2x the coverage and 4x the precision of previous mapping technology. As it cleans each level of your home, your robot performs 360° scans to ensure the most efficient path for faster cleaning with fewer missed spots.

TrueDetect uses laser-based 3D technology to detect and avoid obstacles on the floor. So if you don’t have time to pick up, your robot knows how to steer clear of unexpected items and keep up the hard work. You simply enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted hassle-free cleaning.

Clean your home any time, even when you’re away. With the ECOVACS App, you can take control of your N8 Pro+ from wherever you are. Schedule a cleaning and check your robot’s progress right from your phone.

You can pick up the Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ robot vacuum from Amazon today by clicking here. But you better hurry and grab this deal, as this price is not going to last long.

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Galaxy Tab S8 Series To Launch Alongside The Galaxy S22 Trio https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/galaxy-tab-s8-series-launch-with-galaxy-s22.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:31:12 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983691 This is something we assumed a while back, but a well-known tipster, Max Jambor, just confirmed it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series will launch alongside the Galaxy S22 trio in early February. The Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series devices will launch at the same time The Galaxy Tab S8 tablets have leaked several [...]

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This is something we assumed a while back, but a well-known tipster, Max Jambor, just confirmed it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series will launch alongside the Galaxy S22 trio in early February.

The Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 series devices will launch at the same time

The Galaxy Tab S8 tablets have leaked several times lately, and the Galaxy S22 series has been leaking for months now, basically. So, Samsung plans to showcase its flagship smartphones and tablets at the same time. That does make sense.

In case you’re wondering how many Galaxy Tab S8 tablets are coming, the answer is three. So, Samsung plans to announce the same number of flagship smartphones and tablets next month.

The Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra will be joined by the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+, and S8 Ultra. Even the naming schemes are aligned, which is always nice to see, as it makes things less confusing for consumers.

The Galaxy Tab S8 series actually leaked in renders quite recently. It seems like the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will feature a notch on the front, which will host two 12-megapixel cameras.

Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab S8 and S8+ in 8GB RAM variants with 128GB/256GB of storage. The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, on the other hand, will arrive in either 8GB or 16GB RAM models, with 128GB/512GB of storage.

All six devices will offer 120Hz displays

You can also expect to get 120Hz displays on all three tablets, though the vanilla Tab S8 will not utilize an OLED display, it seems. The other two tablets will, and the ‘Ultra’ will have the largest displays. Based on the information provided in leaks, we can expect 11-inch, 12.7-inch, and 14.6-inch displays on these three tablets, respectively.

The Galaxy S22 series, on the other hand, will also differ in comparison, especially the S22 Ultra. That handset will resemble the Galaxy Note 20 series, as it will look considerably different than its siblings.

These devices are expected to launch on February 9, based on the latest report. If we consider all reports from the last couple of weeks, it’ll be either February 8 or 9.

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Upgrade To The OnePlus 9 Pro (256GB) For Just $849! https://www.androidheadlines.com/buy-oneplus-9-pro-sale Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:30:26 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=954498 Right now, Amazon has a great deal going for the OnePlus 9 Pro, allowing you to save $219 on this smartphone. That brings the price down to $849. Keep in mind that OnePlus is not selling the 8GB/12GB model in the US, only the 12GB/256GB model. This is why it is more expensive normally. This [...]

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Right now, Amazon has a great deal going for the OnePlus 9 Pro, allowing you to save $219 on this smartphone. That brings the price down to $849. Keep in mind that OnePlus is not selling the 8GB/12GB model in the US, only the 12GB/256GB model. This is why it is more expensive normally.

This is also an all-time low for the OnePlus 9 Pro, so definitely worth picking up.

The OnePlus 9 Pro sports a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Making it one of the best displays on the market. It also has the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset inside with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That’s going to be enough storage for most people to take advantage of. That is all powered by a 4500mAh capacity battery too.

OnePlus also outfitted the 9 Pro with a quad-camera setup on the back. That consists of a 48-megapixel main sensor that has an f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, Laser autofocus and OIS. There’s also an 8-megapixel telephoto, 50-megapixel ultrawide, and a 2-megapixel monochrome. Now, when talking about the camera, we can’t forget that these cameras are tuned by Hasselblad. So you’re going to get some great-looking images out of these cameras.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is available in Morning Mist and Pine Green. And interestingly enough the Pine Green model is actually $10 cheaper than the Morning Mist option. This phone is really incredible and has all of the latest specs that you’d expect from a flagship. As well as a few other goodies here. With the current chip shortage going on, this is a great phone to grab.

You can pick up the OnePlus 9 Pro from Amazon today by clicking here. This price on the OnePlus 9 Pro is likely not going to last very long, so you’d better be quick.

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TSMC To Expand Chip Manufacturing In 2022 With A $44B Investment https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/tsmc-to-expand-chip-manufacturing-2022-investment.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:16:40 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983603 TSMC and Samsung have long been the two biggest contract chip manufacturers in the world. But the latter has always played second fiddle to the former in this space. It aims to change that by 2030 with huge investments but it appears TSMC is all prepared to thwart the Korean giant’s efforts. According to a [...]

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TSMC and Samsung have long been the two biggest contract chip manufacturers in the world. But the latter has always played second fiddle to the former in this space. It aims to change that by 2030 with huge investments but it appears TSMC is all prepared to thwart the Korean giant’s efforts. According to a new report from The Korea Herald, the Taiwanese chip giant is planning an investment of more than 52 trillion won (roughly $43.7 billion) this year to consolidate its top position in the contract chip manufacturing market. Samsung’s investments in the chip business in 2022 may not top 45 trillion won (~$37.8 billion).

TSMC to out-invest Samsung in the chip business in 2022

Samsung announced its ten-year plan of becoming the largest chip manufacturers in the world in April 2019. The company planned to invest a whopping $116 billion in the chip business by 2030. It last year raised the investment target by around 30 percent to $151 billion. The Korean giant also appeared to be on track to achieve its goals by outpacing TSMC in chip investment for two consecutive years. It invested 32.9 trillion won (~$27.7 billion) in 2020 and 40 trillion won (~$33.6 billion) in 2021 in the chip business. That’s far more than TSMC’s investments of 18.4 trillion won and 35.6 trillion won in the same period.

However, TSMC is not letting Samsung gain an advantage with continuous higher investments. It is fighting back this year with bigger investments to make life difficult for the Korean firm’s chip business. This year’s investment should help TSMC widen the gap up top. The Taiwanese firm had a 53.1 percent share of the global foundry market in Q3 2021. Samsung distantly followed it with a 17.1 percent share.

TSMC also had a strong 2021 financially. Its revenue increased 24.9 percent from 2021 to $56.8 billion. The company also registered a 40.9 percent annual increase in operating profit, reaching $23.2 billion. It is looking to further build on that growth this year.

“As the foundry business requires a tremendous amount of investment, under the current business structure it would be difficult for Samsung to catch up with TSMC,” said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Eugene Investment Securities.

TSMC’s chip technology is also considered superior to Samsung’s, particularly the 7nm and 5nm process nodes. This isn’t helping the latter’s cause as most big companies are looking to TSMC for their future products. Samsung is looking to fight back with its 3nm tech this year, which will use gate-all-around, or GAA process, something TSMC may only move to with its 2nm chips next year. But the Korean giant still faces an uphill task in its aim of becoming the world’s biggest semiconductor company by 2030.

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OnePlus Allegedly Preparing Affordable Flagship Smartphone https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/oneplus-preparing-affordable-flagship-smartphone.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:00:24 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983681 OnePlus may be planning to return to its glory days. OnePlus is allegedly preparing an affordable flagship smartphone. This information has been provided by Digital Chat Station, a well-known Chinese tipster. OnePlus is allegedly preparing to deliver an affordable flagship smartphone The company is allegedly working on a phone focused on performance and gaming. That [...]

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OnePlus may be planning to return to its glory days. OnePlus is allegedly preparing an affordable flagship smartphone. This information has been provided by Digital Chat Station, a well-known Chinese tipster.

OnePlus is allegedly preparing to deliver an affordable flagship smartphone

The company is allegedly working on a phone focused on performance and gaming. That device is tipped to cost between CNY2,000 and 3,000, which translates to $315 to $473. Do note that the price of this device in other markets will be higher, though.

He also added that the new phone will feature a flagship processor, and a flat display. Now, just because he said flagship SoC, doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Perhaps MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 will be used, or something similar.

Considering that he did say “flagship”, however, we don’t expect to see the Snapdragon 888. That chip was a flagship SoC, but before the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 arrived. So, we do hope that the tipster is not using the word “flagship” without cause.

Now, OnePlus was well-known for releasing flagship-grade smartphones that didn’t break the bank back in the day. The company hiked up its prices over the years, though, quite a bit.

Many people would be happy to see such a device

Many consumers would probably be overjoyed to see a flagship killer-type device in the market. OnePlus could surely pull it off, but the question is, will the company do it. It also remains to be seen in which markets will this phone be available in.

OnePlus will, of course, have to cut costs somewhere, so it remains to be seen where. Many people would love to see this phone come to life, that’s for sure.

The OnePlus 10 Pro already launched in China, the company’s latest flagship phone. Its global variant is expected to launch in the near future. Most rumors are tipping March as the month it will launch in, but we’ll see.

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Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy A42 5G Now Receiving Android 12 In The US https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/galaxy-s10-galaxy-a42-android-12-the-us.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:46:37 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983596 More Samsung smartphones are starting to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update in the US. The big Android update is rolling out to the Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy A42 5G stateside. They join the likes of the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Note 20 series, [...]

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More Samsung smartphones are starting to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update in the US. The big Android update is rolling out to the Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy A42 5G stateside. They join the likes of the Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Note 20 series, and a bunch of others in receiving the new version in recent weeks.

The Android 12 update for the Galaxy S10 5G is currently available for the carrier-locked version. The new version is rolling out on Verizon’s network with firmware version G977UVRU8GULD. It also brings the January 2022 Android security patch. The new SMR (security maintenance release) packs fixes for over five dozen vulnerabilities.

The Galaxy A42 5G is also receiving the Android 12 update for the carrier-locked version on Verizon and Comcast’s network. The new firmware version for the midrange phone is A426USQS3BUL8. It only gets the December 2021 security patch though. So the device is missing out on some recent security fixes but that’s not a big deal.

Needless to say, the big Android update for both of these Samsung smartphones will be available on more carrier networks over the next few days. Unlocked models will also soon join the party.

Android 12 brings tons of new features to Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy A42 5G

The Android 12 update brings tons of goodies to Samsung devices. You can check out our full coverage of One UI 4.0 features to see what’s on the way. From UI overhauls to new features and enhancements, there’s a lot to look forward to. Note that some of those features are limited to select high-end models, but the majority of them will roll out to all Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

This will be the last major Android OS update for the Galaxy S10 5G though. Launched back in February 2019 as the world’s first 5G-ready smartphone, the device came with Android 9 Pie out of the box and has received updates to Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. It will now only receive security updates for at least one more year.

The Galaxy A42 5G, meanwhile, could still receive the Android 13 update. Samsung promises three generations of Android OS updates to select Galaxy A series phones. But it’s unclear whether the Galaxy A42 5G will be covered under that policy. If not, then the phone has already received two major Android OS updates.

Nonetheless, if you’re using either of these Samsung devices in the US, the Android 12 update should reach you anytime now if it hasn’t already. Look forward to a notification about the OTA (over the air) update in the coming days. Alternatively, you can navigate to SettingsSoftware update > Download and install on your phone to check for the update manually.

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Unwatermarked Galaxy S22+ Renders Appear In Four Different Colors https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/unwatermarked-galaxy-s22-plus-renders-colors.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:19:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983660 The black Samsung Galaxy S22+ appeared yesterday in some renders, though they were watermarked. Well, Roland Quandt just gave us a much better look at the device. He shared unwatermarked renders of the Galaxy S22+, in four different colors. The Galaxy S22+ renders leaked in four different colors If you take a look at the [...]

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The black Samsung Galaxy S22+ appeared yesterday in some renders, though they were watermarked. Well, Roland Quandt just gave us a much better look at the device. He shared unwatermarked renders of the Galaxy S22+, in four different colors.

The Galaxy S22+ renders leaked in four different colors

If you take a look at the gallery below the article, you’ll see the phone in black, white, pink, and green colors. Samsung will, of course, use some fancy names for these color variants.

All four different variants are shown from several angles, so you can take a really good look at them. This design is not exactly something we didn’t expect. The phone leaked quite a few times thus far.

Samsung won’t change the design of the Galaxy S22 and S22+ all that much, in comparison to their predecessors. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a different story, as that phone will resemble the Galaxy Note 20.

The Galaxy S22+ will have thin bezels, a flat display, and a centered display camera hole at the top. As you can see, there are three cameras on the back, and they are vertically aligned. The camera housing resembles the one from the Galaxy S21 series, as it protrudes from the frame.

The Galaxy S22+ will likely be a sweet spot for many Galaxy S customers. This phone won’t be as huge as the Galaxy S22+, but it will be larger than the Galaxy S22. That is the size quite a few people prefer.

The Galaxy S22+ will be more expensive than the Galaxy S21+ was

The device will be more expensive than the Galaxy S21+ was, though, based on the rumors. It will be interesting to see how will the price bump affect Samsung’s sales, that’s for sure.

We’ve already talked a lot about the Galaxy S22+, as you can see in our preview. The device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, depending on the market. Both of those chips launched already, the Exynos 2200 actually arrived earlier today.

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OPPO Pad Appears On Geekbench With Snapdragon 870, 6GB Of RAM https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/oppo-pad-tablet-geekbench.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:09:03 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983605 We’ve come across bits and pieces of information regarding OPPO’s elusive tablet. A new leak is now offering a deeper insight into this upcoming tablet, known as the OPPO Pad. Thanks to the folks at MySmartPrice (via Phone Arena), we have our first look at the benchmark scores of the OPPO Pad. In customary fashion, [...]

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We’ve come across bits and pieces of information regarding OPPO’s elusive tablet. A new leak is now offering a deeper insight into this upcoming tablet, known as the OPPO Pad.

Thanks to the folks at MySmartPrice (via Phone Arena), we have our first look at the benchmark scores of the OPPO Pad. In customary fashion, the revelation comes via benchmarking database Geekbench.

The tablet listed on the site bears the model number OPD2101. Screenshots reveal that the device secured 4,582 points on the single-core test and 12,259 on the multi-core test. The benchmark info also confirms the presence of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chipset with the codename ‘kona,’ accompanied by the Adreno 650 GPU.

Launched around a year ago, the Snapdragon 870 SoC utilizes the 7nm manufacturing process, so it’s not comparable to Qualcomm’s recent offerings. The chipset on the OPPO Pad is seemingly running at up to 3.19 GHz, so it’s not going to be underpowered by any measure. Notably, the Snapdragon 870 chip is also used on the Xiaomi Pad 5.

The OPPO Pad could likely be limited to Asian markets

The Geekbench listing also reveals at least 6GB of RAM, though OPPO may offer other RAM configurations. Disappointingly, Android 11 is the software of choice here. But it would be surprising if the company didn’t release the OPPO Pad with Android 12 (ColorOS 12).

Based on older leaks, the OPPO Pad would feature an LCD screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz. There will also be a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. While it’s always tricky to speculate on the pricing of an unreleased device, reports say the OPPO Pad could cost 2,000 CNY ($315) when it breaks cover in China.

Launch-related details are also scarce, though the tablet will likely launch by the first half of 2022. All signs point towards the OPPO Pad being limited to regions like China and India. So don’t get your hopes up to see this outside Asia, not officially anyway.

Last month, OPPO took the wraps off the Find N, its first foldable display phone. The design of the smartphone is pretty impressive, especially compared to the existing lot of foldables, mainly from Samsung. But as is the case with most OPPO devices, it won’t see a broader global launch.

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OPPO Find X5 Pro Wallpapers Are Already Available To Download https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/oppo-find-x5-pro-wallpapers-download.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:51:18 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983651 The OPPO Find X5 Pro is the company’s upcoming flagship that is expected to launch at some point in Q1 2022. That being said, the OPPO Find X5 Pro wallpapers are already here, and you can download them. The OPPO Find X5 Pro wallpapers are already here, in both live and static forms These wallpapers, [...]

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The OPPO Find X5 Pro is the company’s upcoming flagship that is expected to launch at some point in Q1 2022. That being said, the OPPO Find X5 Pro wallpapers are already here, and you can download them.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro wallpapers are already here, in both live and static forms

These wallpapers, much like the Galaxy S22 ones that we talked about earlier today, have been shared by XDA Developers. The source said thanks to mlgmxyysd, a developer who helped get them.

Both static and live wallpapers got shared here. You can check out the static wallpapers in the gallery below. Do note that those wallpapers have been compressed. If you’d like to grab them in full resolution, you’ll need to hit the link below the article.

In regards to live wallpapers, three of them got shared. All three are included below the article as well, in form of YouTube video clips, just to show you what you can expect.

It seems like abstract wallpapers are still in fashion, as both Samsung and OPPO decided to utilize them. Do note that you’ll need the Video to Wallpaper app from the Play Store if you’d like to set these live wallpapers on your phone. You can download it by clicking here.

Now, mlgmxyysd says that these wallpapers indicate there are three different colors the OPPO Find X5 Pro will arrive in. The device is expected to arrive in black, white, and purple color options.

All of these wallpapers come in 2412 x 1080 resolution

Do note that both static and live wallpapers shared here come in 2412 x 1080 resolution, if you get them in their original size, of course.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro did leak several times, and the same goes for information related to that device. The phone will be fueled by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and it will offer 80W wired, and 50W wireless charging.

A 120Hz LTPO 2.0 display will be included, and that will be an AMOLED panel. The device will offer plenty of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, while Android 12 will likely come pre-installed.

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Report: Google & Meta Colluded In 2018 To Control Ad Market https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/report-google-meta-colluded-2018-control-ad-market.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:45:15 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983595 Freshly unsealed documents from a state antitrust lawsuit against Google has revealed a secret deal between the company and Facebook (now known as Meta). The lawsuit alleges that the two companies joined forces to consolidate the online ad market. Moreover, the CEOs of Meta and Google reportedly signed off on the deal. The Texas Attorney [...]

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Freshly unsealed documents from a state antitrust lawsuit against Google has revealed a secret deal between the company and Facebook (now known as Meta). The lawsuit alleges that the two companies joined forces to consolidate the online ad market. Moreover, the CEOs of Meta and Google reportedly signed off on the deal.

The Texas Attorney General initiated the lawsuit last month. But the information is now pouring through as some documents have been unredacted. It alleges Google of “anti-competitive conduct,” while also shedding light on the involvement of senior executives of both companies (via The Associated Press).

This lawsuit is led by Texas AG Ken Paxton. It also has the support of attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.

Google spokesperson Peter Schottenfels defended the company’s stance, saying the case is “full of inaccuracies and lacks legal merit.”

According to the excerpts of the lawsuit, the two companies signed the agreement in September 2018. Moreover, the complaint quotes Meta’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, in an email thread saying, “this is a big deal strategically.”

The Google spokesperson said this deal “was never a secret”

The titles of the Meta executives are visible on the documents, even if their names aren’t. The lawsuit states that the Facebook team sent “an email addressed directly to CEO” Mark Zuckerberg. “We’re nearly ready to sign and need your approval to move forward,” a portion of the email read.

Responding to the allegations, Meta spokesperson Chris Sgro said that such agreements have helped “increase competition for ad placements.”

“These business relationships enable Meta to deliver more value to advertisers while fairly compensating publishers, resulting in better outcomes for all,” Sgro added (via Politico). It’s worth pointing out that Meta isn’t a defendant in this lawsuit.

Google reportedly referred to this secret 2018 deal internally as “Jedi Blue,” as per the lawsuit. Schottenfels rejects claims suggesting CEO Sundar Pichai’s involvement with this deal, calling it inaccurate. Moreover, the spokesperson added that this deal “was never a secret.”

“We sign hundreds of agreements every year that don’t require CEO approval, and this was no different,” he said.

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Grab Samsung Galaxy S22 Wallpapers Early https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/samsung-galaxy-s22-wallpapers.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:02:02 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983625 You can get Samsung Galaxy S22 wallpapers early, as they surfaced before Samsung launched its new flagships. These wallpapers have been shared by XDA Developers, and linuxct has helped things. A full set of Galaxy S22 wallpapers surfaced early The source claims this is a complete set of Galaxy S22 wallpapers, in full resolution. Live [...]

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You can get Samsung Galaxy S22 wallpapers early, as they surfaced before Samsung launched its new flagships. These wallpapers have been shared by XDA Developers, and linuxct has helped things.

A full set of Galaxy S22 wallpapers surfaced early

The source claims this is a complete set of Galaxy S22 wallpapers, in full resolution. Live wallpapers are included here, along with static wallpapers, and DeX mode wallpapers.

If you want to use live wallpapers on your smartphone, the ones shared here, you’ll need to get the Video to Wallpaper app from the Google Play Store. You can download it by clicking here.

That being said, there are 6 live wallpapers included here, 12 static wallpapers, and four DeX mode wallpapers. You can download the complete pack from the link below the article, in full resolution.

Now, if you’d like to check out what’s on offer first, check out the two galleries below the article. We’ve uploaded these wallpapers, though do note that they’ve been compressed. So, the two galleries below are only for you to check out static and DeX mode wallpapers.

There are also six YouTube videos embedded below, which will show you live wallpapers in action, just so you know what you’re dealing with before you grab them.

All wallpapers on offer are kind of abstract

Samsung, unsurprisingly, decided to go with abstract wallpapers here. If you’re a fan of such wallpaper styles, you’ll be right at home here. Most of these wallpapers are darker, but there are some lighter options as well, made for specific color variants of the Galaxy S22.

All three of these smartphones, the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra, are expected to launch in early February. If rumors are to be believed, they will arrive either on February 8 or 9.

We’ve already talked about all three of those devices at length. If you’d like to know more, feel free to check out our Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra previews.

Download Galaxy S22 wallpapers

Static wallpapers:

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DeX mode wallpapers:

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First Details Regarding Next-Gen MediaTek Flagship SoC Surface https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/first-details-next-gen-mediatek-flagship-soc.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:53:20 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983589 It hasn’t been long since MediaTek unveiled its latest flagship SoC for smartphones, the Dimensity 9000. The new chipset is yet to find its way inside any smartphone available in the current market. Meanwhile, the company seems to have already made significant progress with the development of its successor. According to Equal Leaks on Telegram, MediaTek’s [...]

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It hasn’t been long since MediaTek unveiled its latest flagship SoC for smartphones, the Dimensity 9000. The new chipset is yet to find its way inside any smartphone available in the current market. Meanwhile, the company seems to have already made significant progress with the development of its successor.

According to Equal Leaks on Telegram, MediaTek’s next-gen flagship SoC will be based on a 3nm process node. This is an expected generational upgrade considering all current flagship chipsets, including the Dimensity 9000, use the 4nm architecture.

Taiwanese chip giant TSMC will reportedly manufacture the upcoming MediaTek chipset. Compared to the previous generation SoCs, i.e. those based on 5nm processes, TSMC’s 3nm chipsets will have 1.7 times higher logic density and will bring about an 11 percent improvement in performance. Power consumption will also go down by 25 to 30 percent.

Coming to the name, MediaTek’s next-gen flagship SoC is expected to be called the Dimensity 10000. The company already has the Dimensity 8000 and Dimensity 9000 in its lineup, so Dimensity 10000 seems a logical branding. Things should get clearer in the coming months. MediaTek is looking to release the new processor before the end of this year.

The MediaTek Dimensity 10000 will compete against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The chip war between MediaTek and Qualcomm has been getting fierce in recent years. The former overthrew the American biggie as the world’s largest smartphone chipmaker in 2020. But the latter still holds an upper hand in the flagship market, which is considered the most crucial market.

However, MediaTek’s current flagship offering, the Dimensity 9000, could give Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 a run for its money this year. The two SoC’s look as good as the other on paper. And comes the time of the Dimensity 10000 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, MediaTek may come out on top as well. That’s based on early reports that Qualcomm’s next-gen flagship SoC will be based on TSMC’s 4nm process.

However, if TSMC’s 3nm tech will be ready for mass-production by the end of this year, there’s no reason why Qualcomm will stick to the current 4nm node. The Taiwanese company is said to be investing around $44 billion to expand its chip business this year. So it could very well make the next-gen chip fabrication tech production-ready come December 2022.

That said, these are still very early days. Things could change as the companies proceed with the development of their respective products. We will let you know as and when we have more information.

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Arctic Bearz – Ready To Take Over The IMX NFT Scene https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/arctic-bearz-ready-to-take-over-the-imx-nft-scene.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:41:34 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983619 It will be traded on Immutable X, which is a layer 2 protocol for trading Ethereum NFTs like Arctic Bearz. Right now, perhaps the most discussed topic there is across industries is the digital financial space and the topic of NFTs. This is because most of the professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, brands, companies, etc., are increasingly [...]

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It will be traded on Immutable X, which is a layer 2 protocol for trading Ethereum NFTs like Arctic Bearz.

Right now, perhaps the most discussed topic there is across industries is the digital financial space and the topic of NFTs. This is because most of the professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, brands, companies, etc., are increasingly coming forward to be a part of the NFT game for taking over the crypto world and attaining much success out of the same. We couldn’t help but notice the rise of one such NFT called “Arctic Bearz,” all about giving back to the environment and saving endangered animals. The founders behind Arctic Bearz were clear about what they wanted to achieve through launching this unique NFT. They decided to help endangered animals and people’s crypto wallets by pointing the crypto light on climate change, which it has been endangering, starting with Polar Bears. That is how they came up with the idea of creating a unique NFT collection of 3500 Arctic Bearz, which is now ready to be minted soon.

A layer 2 protocol for trading ETH NFTs:

What has garnered even more attention towards Arctic Bearz right now is the fact it will be traded on Immutable X (IMX), which is a layer 2 protocol for trading Ethereum NFTs such as Arctic Bearz. Throwing more light on what it is exactly, the team at Arctic Bearz explains that it gives the users instant trade confirmation with massive scalability of 9,000 transactions per second and zero gas fees without any compromise on user ownership. Unlike others that compete against the Ethereum blockchain, Immutable X leverages the power and security of the same. They also explain that there are several advantages of using Immutable X for buying, selling, and creating NFTs like users can get access to their private keys, zero gas fees trading, secured by the Ethereum blockchain, 100% carbon neutral, and so much more. Also, it must be noted here that the world’s largest NFT marketplace, Opensea, will also be supporting trading on Immutable X.

Serving the WWF community:

More and more people are getting into the NFT space today for the kind of promise and the potential it has shown to them for growth and returns. With Arctic Bearz, too, people can make money by buying or reselling them for more. Also, the minting of NFTs generally gives a certain percentage of proceeds back to the charity related to the NFT project. In the case of Arctic Bearz, they will be donating 5% of proceeds to the WWF community. Arctic Bearz’s presale and whitelist price will be 0.1 ETH, and each buyer will be able to mint four bearz in presale and whitelist. For the public launch, the mint price will be 0.3 ETH, and they can mint four bearz. Users have to keep in mind that the specified prices are subject to change at a later stage. The founders of Arctic Bearz point out that NFTs today are much more than only a passing trend in the financial world. There are already several new applications to NFT technology, and still, the full potential of the space is only beginning to be explored.

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Android 11 Is Causing A Plethora Of Issues On Nvidia's Shield TVs https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/android-11-issues-nvidia-shield-tv.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:30:11 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983587 Nvidia recently started rolling out the Android 11 update to its Shield TVs, jumping straight from Android 9. But, unfortunately, the new version is breaking things for many users. Affected users are reporting issues like apps failing to access the internal storage, Plex servers disappearing, and more. According to Nvidia, the former issue is caused [...]

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Nvidia recently started rolling out the Android 11 update to its Shield TVs, jumping straight from Android 9. But, unfortunately, the new version is breaking things for many users. Affected users are reporting issues like apps failing to access the internal storage, Plex servers disappearing, and more.

According to Nvidia, the former issue is caused by Android 11’s new, per-use file permissions settings. The company has laid out a fix for this on an official support page.

“Android 11 includes a new permission system to allow file access to apps.  Many apps have not yet adopted the new system.  To allow file permission manually for these apps go to Settings -> Apps ->  [File management app] -> Permissions and enable “Files and Media” access for the app. If you see permission options to “Allow while using this app” and “Allow all the time”, select “Allow all the time”.”

However, some affected Shield TV and Shield TV Pro users say the “Allow all the time” option is not available for them. But this should anyways fix issues like the VLC player not finding any media files, or anything of that sort.

Android 11 is also causing more issues to Shield TV’s file management system. According to the Piunikaweb report, which compiles user complaints on various online forums, Plex servers have disappeared entirely for many users. The Plex app settings page doesn’t show any options for the server. For some, the Plex server is still there but doesn’t support HDR10, resulting in poor image quality.

Traditional troubleshooting methods like restarting the device don’t help fix either issue. Thankfully, the Plex team is aware of the problem and is investigating it. They are asking for more feedback from affected users. Moving the data folder to an external location such as an SD card or USB drive is likely causing the problem. A fix should arrive soon.

Android 11 issues on Shield TVs don’t end there

Shield TV users are also experiencing various other issues following the Android 11 update. The new version is reportedly breaking the integration between Android TV and Home Assistant. The HDMI CEC is broken as well.

Additionally, users are reporting issues like the screen randomly going black, broken frame rates, Bluetooth automatically getting disconnected, being unable to see previous files and folders, Shield waking up randomly, Shield TV remote turning on the device itself but not the TV, being unable to create new Network mapped Folders on Shield and many more.

That’s way too many software issues that Nvidia has let slip through into the stable Android 11 build for Shield TVs. Hopefully, the company will release a hotfix soon. Meanwhile, if you haven’t installed the new update yet, you might want to hold off for the tie being. It will also be safer to disable auto-updates. We will let you know when Nvidia rolls out a fix.

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Exynos 2200 SoC Is Finally Official With "Console Quality Graphics" https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/samsung-exynos-2200-soc-official-features-specs.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:00:54 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983613 Samsung has finally announced its first SoC that comes as a result of AMD collaboration. The chip in question is called the Exynos 2200, and it will fuel the Galaxy S22 series.Just to be clear. It will fuel those phones in some markets only, as Samsung will also use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The [...]

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Samsung has finally announced its first SoC that comes as a result of AMD collaboration. The chip in question is called the Exynos 2200, and it will fuel the Galaxy S22 series.Just to be clear. It will fuel those phones in some markets only, as Samsung will also use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The company didn’t confirm this, but it’s obvious at this point.

The Exynos 2200 is based on a 4nm EUV tech

The Exynos 2200 looks really powerful on paper. Samsung says that it will deliver “console quality graphics on mobile”. This chip uses 4nm EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography processing technology in order to boost power efficiency.

It comes with a tri-cluster CPU structure. It consists out of an ARM Cortex-X2 core for peak performance, three Cortex-A710 cores for balanced processing, and four Cortex-A510 cores for efficiency. Just to be clear, all these cores are based on the latest Armv9 architecture.

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The Exynos 2200 also offers AMIGO (advanced multi-IP governor) technology which keeps track of statuses of main components (including the CPU and GPU). It can adjust their settings in order to extend battery life.

It comes with the Eclipse 920 GPU, based on the AMD RDNA 2 architecture

Many of you are probably interested to know more about its GPU, right? Well, this processor comes with the Samsung Eclipse 920 GPU, which has the AMD RDNA 2 architecture. It offers hardware ray tracing technology which is supposed to simulate real-world light movement.

This GPU also supports variable rate shading (VRS) tech. That tech is expected to optimize GPU workloads. How does it do it? Well, it’s supposed to be applying lower shading rates in areas that don’t affect visual quality. As a result, you should be able to get stable frame rates.

Samsung did not share the clock speed of the CPU or the GPU, by the way. Now, this chip also comes with an NPU, and its performance is actually doubled compared to the Exynos 2100. It also offers better precision with FP16 support, and the same goes for INT8 and INT16.

A 3GPP Release 16 5G modem is also included, and it supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. The chip supports LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage.

In regards to camera support, it supports rear single camera setups up to 200MP. When it comes to dual cameras, it has support for 64+32MP setups. It supports 8K 60 FPS playback, 10-bit HEVC (H.265), 30 FPS with 10-bit VP9, and so on.

It can handle high refresh rates on high-res displays

It can also handle displays up to 4K/WQUXGA at 120Hz refresh rate, and QHD+ at 144Hz refresh rate. Bluetooth 5.2 is supported, and the same goes for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).

Samsung added that the Exynos 2200 is currently in mass production. So, we should see it in action next month, when the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra become official.

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How To Take Your Twitter Mute Further By Silencing Words Or Phrases https://www.androidheadlines.com/how-to-twitter-mute-silence-words-phrases.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 01:01:43 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983505 Twitter is a popular social media platform not just because of what it exposes users to but also what it doesn’t. And that doesn’t just include the ability to mute users on the platform. Although that’s certainly easy enough to accomplish. It also goes quite a bit further, with all the tools in place to [...]

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Twitter is a popular social media platform not just because of what it exposes users to but also what it doesn’t. And that doesn’t just include the ability to mute users on the platform. Although that’s certainly easy enough to accomplish. It also goes quite a bit further, with all the tools in place to learn how to completely mute words and phrases on Twitter.

That means it’s entirely possible to avoid spoilers for your favorite new movie or game. Or to avoid conversations about topics that tend to get overblown or overheated. If you want to avoid politics, for instance, that’s actually easy enough to accomplish. And the same goes for any other topic or turn of phrase. Effectively removing posts with those words or phrases from your feed.

Going through the steps to figure all of that out, however, isn’t nearly as straightforward. And that’s for the same reasons as some of our other how-to guides. Namely, because there are different steps to follow on mobile and on desktop. But also because iOS — for iPhones and iPads — differ from Android.

So that’s exactly what this guide sets out to explain.

How to mute words or phrases on Twitter

As noted above, the process for working out how to mute words or phrases on Twitter isn’t as easy as following a single set of steps across all platforms. Unfortunately, that also means that, since we don’t have an iPhone or iPad on hand to show the steps, there aren’t going to be any accompanying images below for the iOS segment. But, of course, if you’re on this site, that likely doesn’t matter much to you.

Before getting started, there are a few points worth noting, however. Namely, you don’t need to use words or phrases with different capitalization or punctuation. Twitter will automatically ignore both. You can also mute mentions of accounts this way — but not the accounts themselves, as there’s a different process for that — by muting “@” and then the username or handle. Hashtags are also muted via this function, which is worth being aware of.

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

From your iPhone

  1. Open up the Twitter app
  2. Locate a post containing the keyword or phrases you’d like to learn how to mute on Twitter — or search for a post containing the phrase or words
  3. Long-press on the word you want to mute. Twitter will present a pop-up style menu
  4. Select “Mute” from the menu
  5. iOS will take you to a separate page. The page shows options for muting words. In addition to options for where to mute them — including from your timeline or notifications — and who they’ll be muted for — people you follow or those who you don’t. You’ll also be given an option to choose how long to mute them for
  6. Select the options you’d like to use
  7. Tap Save at the top right-hand side of the UI

On an Android device …or iOS

Android doesn’t feature the same on-post, context menu-based option to get to the muting page. However, just as with iOS, you can use the full Twitter menu. So learning how to mute words or phrases in Twitter posts on the world’s most popular mobile OS is also possible. And, if you need to regain access to muted words on iOS, this segment of the guide will help.

  1. Open up the Twitter application
  2. Tap or otherwise select your profile icon, located in the top left-hand corner of the UI
  3. In the resulting sidebar menu, select “Settings and privacy”
  4. Then select “Privacy and safety” from the resulting menu
  5. Finally, select “Mute and block” to find the appropriate Settings menu
  6. In the Mute and block menu, tap or otherwise select the “Muted words” option
  7. To add a word, tap on the plus-shaped icon and enter the words or phrases you’d like to mute on Twitter. You’ll also be presented a list of options for where and from whom, as well as for how long, to mute the words
  8. Conversely, you can also follow steps one through six here to un-mute words or phrases, as shown in the images below. Including the ability to long-press and delete multiple words or phrases from your Twitter mute list at once. Then, tap the word or phrase you want to remove. Select “Delete word” or “Change mute time”
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How to mute words on desktop Twitter

  1. In your favorite browser on a desktop platform — or in desktop mode on mobile, open the Twitter website
  2. Select the “More” option from the left-hand menu
  3. Select “Settings and Privacy” from the resulting menu
  4. Next, select “Privacy and safety” and then choose “Mute and block”
  5. In the right-hand menu, select “Muted words”
  6. Click — or tap, on touchscreens — the plus-shaped icon at the top right-hand corner of the UI
  7. Add a word in the field at the top — we’ve opted for “spoiler” — and then adjust the available options, just as on mobile
  8. Select the “Save” button
  9. Repeat for any additional words or phrases you’d like to mute
  10. To un-mute words or phrases, return to the menu using steps one through five in this guide
  11. Select the desired word, if you’d like to change mute settings without unmuting the word, as shown in the images below
  12. Select the crossed-out speaker icon next to the word, if you’d like to unmute it entirely. Then select the “Unmute” option in the pop-up window
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How To Install Android Apps On You Windows 11 Computer https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/how-to-install-android-apps-on-you-windows-11-computer.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:28:17 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983368 Windows brought a lot of changes and exciting additions to the Windows ecosystem along with a revamped visual aesthetic. Among the numerous changes, Microsoft announced that people can install Android apps on Windows 11 computers. This was one of the biggest announcements, and it made Android users take notice. While it’s not quite like installing [...]

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Windows brought a lot of changes and exciting additions to the Windows ecosystem along with a revamped visual aesthetic. Among the numerous changes, Microsoft announced that people can install Android apps on Windows 11 computers.

This was one of the biggest announcements, and it made Android users take notice. While it’s not quite like installing apps on your Android phone, it’s still a major step in that direction. Having Android apps on a computer can actually be a great thing for some users, and it’s probably the reason why some users got the upgrade, but how do you install the apps?

First, make sure you’re in the Windows Insider Program

At the time of writing this article, this functionality is in beta, so it won’t be for everybody. If you want to try out this feature, you should consider joining the Windows Insider program. When you’re in the program, you’ll be able to try out new features that are coming to Windows.

Firstly, make sure you’re on the Windows insider channel build 22000.282 or higher. Open the Start Menu and click Settings. Navigate to the Windows Update section and go down to the option that says Windows Insider Program. Clicking that option will give you the option to “Choose You Insider Settings.” Select the Beta setting, and you should be good to go.

Just know that if using on any sort of beta or preview build of the software, puts you on shaky ground. It’s not completely stable, so you should expect crashes from time to time.

Next, check if you have Hardware Virtualization enabled

Next, you’re going to need to check if something called “Hardware Virtualization” is enabled. To do this, head on over to your task manager. If you don’t know how to find it, press ctrl+Shift+Esc. In the task manager, go to the tab named Performance. There, you should see a status called Virtualization. Make sure it says that it’s enabled (if it’s not, then read below).

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After that, you’ll need to check if you’re on the latest version of the Microsoft store. Go to the Microsoft Store and go to the Library tab on the bottom left. From that point, update everything that needs to be updated. You need the Microsoft Store to be on version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher. After you update everything, you may want to restart your computer.

After that point, you should be able to install and use Android apps on your Windows 11 computer. Since this feature is still in beta, you might experience some bugs or crashes, so be wary of that.

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What if Virtualization isn’t enabled?

If you’re using an Intel chip, then there’s a possibility that Virtualization won’t be enabled out of the box. If not, then you will need to take a few extra steps to enable it. What you want to do is access your system’s BIOS or UEFI settings. Depending on when your computer was made, you have one or the other.

If your computer uses BIOS, then restart your computer and press the appropriate button to access the setup menu. Depending on the computer, it could either be the F2 key or Delete key. If your computer uses UEFI, you’ll need to hold Shift while clicking the Restart option, and your computer will display a certain screen when it restarts.

Once you’re in the menu, just know that you have access to some deeply rooted system settings, so just be careful what you change. At this point, you’re going to have to do some digging around to find the Virtualization settings. When you enable it, hit Save & Exit and boot the computer as usual.

If you’re having trouble finding the setting, the best thing to do is to look up the process for your computer’s model on the internet. That’s a safe bet if you’re worried about messing something up in your computer system.

About Android apps on Windows 11 computers

While it seems nice that you can install Android apps on your Windows 11 computer, there’s a pretty significant caveat that might affect the experience. Most Android users enjoy apps such as Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube, and other Google apps. The thing is that you can only get those apps from the Google Play Store.

Windows 11, however, won’t be pulling its apps from the Play store. Rather, it’s going to be getting its apps from the Amazon app store. The Amazon app store has an expansive collection of apps, but there are some basic Android apps that just aren’t there.

If you get the apps running on your computer, then you’ll have to know that you won’t be able to mirror your Android handset completely. Recently, Google did announce that it’s making Google Play Games available to download on Windows 11, so that might be a sign that Google is considering adding its Play services to Windows.

Remember, this is still in beta

There’s no word on when to expect this feature to come out of beta, and for the time being, there are going to be some limitations. Right now, there’s a finite list of apps that you can use on your Windows 11 computer. You won’t have access to the entire Amazon app library at the moment, but that should change when this feature leaves the beta stage.

As stated before, when you join the Windows Insider program and get your computer set up to run the apps, you’re going to be sacrificing stability. A safe bet would be to only try these out on a dedicated computer. Yes, that sounds excessive, but if you’re using your work computer to test it out, you’re putting a lot at risk.

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Top 10 Best Music Android Games – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-music-games-android.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:12:58 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977368 There are Android apps about everything under the sun, so it’s no surprise that there are apps about music. There are tons of apps out there that center around music. Whether they’re rhythms games or games where you guess song titles, there’s some sort of strong musical influence. These games are perfect for music lovers [...]

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There are Android apps about everything under the sun, so it’s no surprise that there are apps about music. There are tons of apps out there that center around music. Whether they’re rhythms games or games where you guess song titles, there’s some sort of strong musical influence.

These games are perfect for music lovers and people who want to be exposed to other forms of music. They showcase the most popular songs from today and they also introduce you to new and indie music.

Top 10 Best Music Android Games – January 2022

Below is a quick overview of the top 10 best Material You Android apps for 2021, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

Game Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Giant Dancing Plushies
Cytus II $2.99 – $79.99
D4DJ $0.99 – $.169.99
Deemo $0.99 – $54.99
Lost In Harmony $0.99 – $29.99
Magic Piano $0.99 – $99.99
Rhythm Star $0.99 – $89.99
Sound Shooting $1.99 – $8.49
Musynx $0.99 – $29.99
Song Pop 3 $1.99 – $99.99

Top 10 Best Music Android Games – January 2022

Below is a little more information on each app, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

Giant Dancing Plushies

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: No
  • Size: 119MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Giant Dancing Plushies is a very different type of rhythm game where you play as, well, a giant danging plushie. You’re danging your way down a road in a large metropolitan area, and it’s your job to smash your way through enemy vehicles. Music is constantly playing in the background, and you need to swipe in rhythm with the music to step forward.

As you progress, you’ll unlock different cities to dance through along with upgrades to your character. You can unlock new dances and add powers like laser eyes. Also, you can HEAVILY customize your character’s appearance down to each body part.

There are no in-app purchases in this game at all, and that goes for ads. Your progress merely by playing the game.

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Cytus II

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $99.99
  • Size: 163MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5

Cytus II adds a unique spin to the rhythm game genre. The gameplay revolves around you hitting certain markers in time with the music, but it’s not like Guitar Hero games. There’s a line that moves up and down the screen, and the markers will appear in time with the music. You need to hit the marker when the line passes over it.

There are different types of markers that you’re supposed to hit. There are ones that you need to hold down, those that you need to swipe, and those that you need to zig-zag. This method is creative, but it can definitely get tough when there’s a lot going on on the screen. While there are in-app purchases, everything is free if you’re a Play Pass subscriber

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D4DJ

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $.169.99
  • Size: 118MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

D4DJ takes the mobile rhythm game genre and gives it an anime gacha flair. As with any rhythm game, you have to hit the notes in time with the music to gain points. One thing about this game is that the gameplay is really nuanced. There are notes you have to tap, hold, slide, and swipe.

There is A LOT to D4DJ including characters, unlockable content, and a story mode with fully voiced cutscenes (however, they’re in Japanese).  As the story goes, you play as a group of aspiring DJs who tour the world; that’s pretty much it.

As for in-app purchases, I’m sorry to say that this is a quintessential gacha game. You’ll be bombarded with gacha pulls, special events, an energy system, and all sorts of opportunities to spend money. However, you can get some good gameplay in before having to pay.

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Deemo

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: No
  • Size: 48MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5

Deemo stands out from most rhythm games because of its overall aesthetic and song choice. Most rhythm games use selections from modern popular songs, but Deemo is different. You’re going to be hearing music from indie composers and songwriters. You’re not going to be hearing music that you’d hear on the radio, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The music in this game covers an immense gamut of moods and flavors. The music is diverse, eccentric, and all-around different from the norm.

Recently, the company converted the free version of the game into the full version. This means that you won’t get any in-app purchases or ads. Also, you’ll get access to the collection of over 280 songs.

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Lost In Harmony

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $29.99
  • Size: 37MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Lost In Harmony lies in stark contrast to most rhythm games. While in most rhythm games, you’re supposed to hit the obstacles that come down the path, in Lost In Harmony, you’re supposed to avoid them. You play a pair of characters who are skateboarding down an assortment of different paths. There will be a myriad of different obstacles that you need to avoid. These can come from behind you, beside you, and in front of you.

This game also sticks out because of its song choice. While most rhythm games use the latest pop, rap, and rock hits, Lost In Harmony uses remixed versions of classical pieces. There are also some original compositions thrown in. The whole mood and energy level changes drastically during the rounds.

You earn in-app currency during the game which you use to customize your character. There’s an energy system, but you can get unlimited turns for a one-time payment of $2.99. You can also unlock all of the levels for the same price.

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Magic Piano

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $99.99
  • Size: 33MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Magic Piano sticks true to its name, as all of the songs are arranged for piano. They are all piano pieces and arrangements of popular songs. All of the notes are represented as dots that you need to tap.

Magic piano is different because the songs actually conform to your playing. So, if you slow down, the song will slow down with you. This not only makes it a bit easier to play, but it allows you to add a bit of expression to your playing.

You earn coins every time you level up, and you use those coins to buy more songs. If you want unlimited access to all of the songs, you can pay either $4.99/month or $39.99/year.

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Rhythm Star

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $89.99
  • Size: 140MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Rhythm Star adds a cute and cartoonish RPG charm to the rhythm game genre. It’s also 100% a gacha title with unlockable characters, character summons, and so on. This game is the typical sort of rhythm game where you have to hit the notes in time.

There’s a battle element added in to spice things up. In the campaign mode, while you’re hitting the notes, your characters are attacking enemies up top. Getting longer combos helps your characters’ attack strength.

There’s a good mix of modern music and modernized versions of popular classical pieces. They all range in style and overall energy. As you progress, you’ll unlock more songs to play and replay.

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Sound Shooting

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $1.99 – $8.49
  • Size: 32MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5

Sound shooting is, probably, the most stimulating game on this list. Once you start the app, you’re thrown right into the action within ten seconds. You play as a flying anime character with a really big gun, and you’re blasting your way through enemies.

If you’re wondering how this is a music game, throughout the levels, you’ll fight certain powerful bosses. When you do, the game will switch gears and turn into a classic rhythm game. You’ll hit the markers when they reach the bottom of the screen in order to charge up your attack. After the section is finished, you’ll destroy that boss and continue with the stage.

There are in-app purchases, but they don’t really get in the way until you want more of a challenge. Getting the VIP membership which costs roughly $10, will grant you additional songs and harder difficulties.

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MUSYNX

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $29.99
  • Size: 1.81GB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5

MUSYNX is definitely your classic rhythm game; you hit the markers when they reach the bottom of the screen. What makes this game stand out is the overall aesthetic. If you like cute anime girls, then you’re going to love this app.

Different stages have different visual themes, which is a nice touch. One stage could be a rainbow while another stage could have a more futuristic look and feel. You have access to most of the songs, but if you want access to all of the songs, you can pay the $29.00 to unlock everything. You still get access to a lot of content even without paying.

Download MUSYNX

SongPop 3

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  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $1.99 – $99.99
  • Size: 42MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

SongPop 3 isn’t a rhythm game, rather, it’s a trivia game that tests your knowledge of music. During a round, a short clip of a song will play. It’s up to you to guess the song’s title before the clip ends. Also, there are some songs where you need to guess the artist. Each round has you guessing five songs.

SongPop is also a competitive game. You can play a round and challenge other players to beat your score. Their goal is to either give more correct answers than you or answer questions quicker than you. There’s a very wide range of music from the 60s to modern hits.

You have the basics when it comes to ads and in-app purchases: ads, in-game currency, premium currency, and premium memberships. You can watch ads to unlock some of the music, but the premium memberships remove the ads and unlock most or all of the music.

Download SongPop 3

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Top 10 Best Offline Android Games – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-offline-games-android.html Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:00:45 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=971086 Chances are, most of the games on your phone need an internet connection to even fire up. It doesn’t affect you all that much because your phone is constantly connected. However, what about those times where you don’t have a signal? Sometimes, you just want to play games offline. It can be frustrating trying to [...]

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Chances are, most of the games on your phone need an internet connection to even fire up. It doesn’t affect you all that much because your phone is constantly connected. However, what about those times where you don’t have a signal? Sometimes, you just want to play games offline.

It can be frustrating trying to start games (ones as simple as jigsaw puzzles, mind you) only to get the “Can’t connect to server” message when without a signal. Because of times like these, it’s important to have apps that can be played with or without a connection. Here’s a list of the best offline games you can play on Android.

Top 10 Best Offline Android Games – Updated January 2022

Here’s a quick rundown of the games on this list. This includes the games’ prices and what you pay in the app.

Game Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Best Fiends Free $0.99 – $99.99
Data Wing Free No
Word Logic Free $0.99 – $39.99
My Friend Pedro: Ripe For Revenge Free $2.99
Grimvalor 1st Chapter Free $6.99
Alchemy Merge – Puzzle Game Free $.99 – $7.49
Game Dev Story $5.99 (Free with Play Pass) No
Archero Free $.99 – $104.99
Shootero Free $.99 – $79.99
Downhill Smash Free $0.99 – $94.99

Top 10 Best Offline Android Games – Updated January 2022

Here’s the list, but with more details added about them. When downloading applications, it’s best to only download from the Google Play Store or other trusted Android app stores.
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Best Fiends

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $99.99
  • Size: 327MB
  • Google Play Rating: stars out of 5

There are a lot of titles that add their own flair to the match-3 game genre, and Best Fiends is one of them. The match-3 gameplay is pretty basic, but the real magic lies in the creative cast of characters that you collect along the way.

As you match the symbols, depending on the color, the characters will attack enemies on the top of the screen. Stringing together longer combos leads to stronger attacks, so you’ll want to match as many symbols as you can.

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Data Wing

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0
  • Size: 71MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5

Data Wing is a pretty simple game in nature, but it’s pleasantly challenging. The story goes that you play a small program whose purpose is to deliver data from one point to another on a computer. You have to navigate your way through pathways in cyberspace to get to your destination.

Data Wing is also a really witty game. Throughout the game, the computer system communicates with you and tells you what’s what. Its dialogue is really witty and funny and honestly cracked me up from time to time.

If you’re looking for in-app purchases, then you’re going to be disappointed. There are no in-app purchases, nor is there an energy system. All you do is play the game and progress through the levels.

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Word Logic

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $39.99
  • Size: 93MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

If you like word games, then you might like Word Logic. This is a puzzler that has you unscrambling words and matching them with pictures.

Each level, you’re given a subject like “National foods” or “Cat Breeds.” Then, you’re presented with a grid of blocks; some blocks contain pictures, and the others contain sections of words. You have to assemble the words, and match those words with the pictures that represent them.

The only currency in the game is gold coins, and you use those coins on hints. You earn coins by completing stages, but you can also buy them with real money. There are ads between stages, but you can pay $9.99 to get rid of them.

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My Friend Pedro: Ripe For Revenge

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $2.99
  • Size: 103MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Following the success of My Friend Pedro, Ripe For Revenge brings the same general gameplay mechanics to the mobile space. You take on the role of a talented sharpshooter who’s killing off criminals to help save the family of a talking banana. As weird as the story is, the gameplay is really solid.

Your character doesn’t run from place to place as in the original, but he jumps. You swipe to have your character jump and slide to your destination. Whenever an enemy makes eye contact with you, you can shoot them. It can be tough getting used to the gameplay mechanics, but it’s not too hard.

There’s only one in-app purchase. When you die, you need to watch an ad to restart the level (or start the level at all). However, you can pay the one-time fee of $2.99 to remove this. That’s a really good price for such a fun game.

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Grimvalor

  • Download Cost: First chapter free
  • In-App Cost: $6.99 (Free with Play Pass)
  • Size: 46MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5

Grimvalor is one of the more fleshed-out offline games. It is a pretty popular hack-and-slash game that was also released on the Nintendo Switch. It’s really simple and straightforward in nature, but it has a really deep and lore that you learn bit by bit as you play along. The story is told with fully voiced cutscenes, which is rare for offline games.

What really makes this game fun is the set of fluid and responsive combat controls. Your character’s attacks are quick and precise. This makes fighting multiple enemies a rewarding experience (that and the fact that this is a pretty challenging game). The combat can be a bit stagnant at the very beginning, but you learn different types of attacks as you progress.

It’s not a really linear game; each path you go has different alternate paths that you can discover other rooms, treasures, and enemies. You’ll find yourself going back and replaying levels to find different paths.

You can download the first chapter for free, but the full game will run you $6.99. That’s not a bad price for what you’re getting. If you don’t want to pay for the full game, you can get it for free if you’re a Google Play Pass member.

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Alchemy Merge

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $.99 – $7.49
  • Size: 6MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5

The concept and gameplay behind Alchemy Merge aren’t new, but this game puts its own spin on them. If you remember Alchemy, the popular app from the early 2010s, then you shouldn’t have any trouble learning the ropes here.

You start off with four basic elements: air, water, fire, and soil. You two or three elements to merge together to get a new element. Then, you merge that element with others to get new elements. You continue the process until you find all 450 available elements.

There are in-app purchases in this game, but they don’t get in the way of gameplay. You can watch ads to get hints or you can buy them with money. There are other perks you can buy in the game.

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Game Dev Story

  • Download Cost: $5.99
  • In-App Cost: No
  • Size: 40MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5

Game Dev Story takes you behind the scenes of a game dev studio. The core gameplay of the game is in developing and launching video games for different fictitious game consoles. You go through different stages in the game-making process like planning and hiring talent.

You’re also exposed to other aspects of running a studio like dealing with your fans, going to gaming conventions, advertising, and much more. As your company grows, it’ll move to bigger and bigger buildings.

Game dev Story costs a one-time payment of $5.99, but you can get it for free if you have Google Play Pass. There aren’t any in-app purchases or ads to be found in the game.

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Archero

  • Download Cost:
  • In-App Cost: $.99 – $104.99
  • Size: 95MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5

Archero has won some awards for being innovative, and it shows. This game is pretty straightforward in how it’s played. Your character is an archer, and you go through level after level defeating enemies. While it’s simple, there are some stand-out gameplay mechanics to keep things fresh.

For starters, you only shoot arrows when you’re standing still. This adds a layer of challenge, as you need to time your attacks while staying mobile. A really fun aspect of Archero is the selection of powerups you can collect as you play. Every time you level up, you get to choose a randomly generated powerup, and these powerups actually stack! You can stack up to 10 powerups for an all-out assault.

Each chapter is broken up into 50 stages, and you have to beat all of them in one go to unlock the next chapter. Like most apps, there’s an energy system, but you can fill the gage relatively cheaply.

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Shootero

  • Download Cost:
  • In-App Cost: $.99 – $79.99
  • Size: 84MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Shootero is a pretty straightforward space shooter game. You’re piloting a ship out in space, and you have to blast your way through the obstacles and enemies that cross your path. You fight a number of waves per round with bosses sprinkled in.

One neat thing about this game is the upgrade system. Whenever you level up, you choose an upgrade. The upgrades stack as you progress, so your power increases as you go through the level.

There are in-app purchases and there’s an energy system to contend with. You have an in-app currency and a premium currency. Either way, you should make it pretty far without having to pay.

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Downhill Smash

  • Download Cost: Free
  • In-App Cost: $0.99 – $94.99
  • Size: 95MB
  • Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars out of 5

Downhill Smash is as straightforward as they come. You’re piloting a giant wheel going downhill, and you have one job to do: smash! You hold your finger on the screen to accelerate and you have to make sure that you keep moving until you reach the finish line.

As you progress, you’ll earn weapons like machine guns and rocket launchers, and you use them to tear through obstacles. You’ll have to move fast because you’re constantly being chased by an avalanche. You can buy coins and crystals with real money or watch ads to earn them.

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NBA Playgrounds Is Now Available To Download On Android https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/nba-playgrounds-is-now-available-to-download-on-android.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:44:21 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983545 Those who like to play basketball on their phones might like this new title from Saber. It’s called Basketball Playgrounds, and it’s been in beta for a while. Now, according to Android Police, the early access version is available to download on the Google Play Store. What is Basketball Playgrounds? The NBA Playgrounds series of [...]

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Those who like to play basketball on their phones might like this new title from Saber. It’s called Basketball Playgrounds, and it’s been in beta for a while. Now, according to Android Police, the early access version is available to download on the Google Play Store.

What is Basketball Playgrounds?

The NBA Playgrounds series of sports games has been a popular series for PC and consoles, but the games never saw a mobile release. For a while, Saber has been working on a mobile adaptation of the games for a couple of years, and it was even under the working title “NBA 2K Playgrounds.” Now, we have a mobile release, and its name was changed to Basketball Playgrounds.

It’s on early access right now which means that it’s still in development. The version on the Play Store is playable, but you should expect there to be bugs and errors from time to time. Also, there might be content that’s yet to be added to the game. When you download it, just know that it’s not the final version.

How is the game played?

Basketball Playgrounds is pretty straightforward compared to other mobile basketball games. You’re playing street basketball, so you’re going to be playing on teams of only two players. While playing, you get the standard basketball commands: shoot, pass, steal, dribble, guard, and block. The point of the game, unsurprisingly, is to score more points than the other team before the timer runs out.

As you progress, you’ll be able to level up your characters and upgrade their gear to give them the edge. This is where Basketball Playgrounds reminds you that it’s a mobile game. As you play the game, you’ll earn in-game currency in the form of gold coins and premium currency in the form of diamonds. You use these to pay for upgrades and purchasing items.

This game also has card packs which are basically like chests in other games. When you open them, they give you a varying number of coins and other items. So, you get your standard array of mobile game mechanics, but what’s fortunate is that I haven’t come across any ads. This might change when the final game releases, so you may want to take that with a grain of salt.

If you’re looking to get this game on your phone, it doesn’t look too graphically demanding, so you should be able to play it on just about any Android phone. The app is free and the Android version is about 635MB right now; however, that could change when the game officially launches.

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Want To Mute An Account On Twitter? Here's How You Can https://www.androidheadlines.com/how-to-mute-account-users-twitter-desktop-mobile.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:30:18 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983503 We’ve all been annoyed by posts from a fellow Twitter user’s account. But sometimes we don’t have the luxury of being able to block the account. Although that’s not the only way to silence an account. Whether for personal or professional reasons, that’s the purpose of this guide, in fact. Here, we’ll show you exactly [...]

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We’ve all been annoyed by posts from a fellow Twitter user’s account. But sometimes we don’t have the luxury of being able to block the account. Although that’s not the only way to silence an account. Whether for personal or professional reasons, that’s the purpose of this guide, in fact. Here, we’ll show you exactly how to mute an account on Twitter. And you don’t even need Twitter Blue to get it done.

Now, a “mute” on Twitter isn’t quite the same as learning how to block a user on the platform. Not least of all, because a mute just puts a stop to an account showing up in your feed. As opposed to silencing them entirely. And, of course, you won’t get notifications from the user either. Which can be useful. Particularly if you don’t want to remove somebody entirely or clue them in about having been silenced. Since a mute also won’t notify the fellow Twitter user that they’ve been silenced. An outright block will.

Blocking, of course, is easy enough too. And if you want to accomplish that, you can follow the steps below. We’ll include a note in the steps for how to block since the process is so similar. But, as with all of our how-to guides for services and apps, there are a few differences between desktop and mobile platforms. And to that end, this guide will include steps for both.

With that said, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to mute an account entirely on Twitter.

So you want to mute a fellow user’s account on Twitter? Here’s how

Now, it bears noting again what, precisely, a mute on Twitter is, before we continue on to how exactly one is implemented. As defined by Twitter, the difference between a block and a mute is fairly straightforward.

Namely, a blocked user can’t see your profile at all while logged into their account. And, depending on your privacy settings, they can’t see when they’re logged out either. Although they may be able to still if they log in with a different account. Muting, conversely, allows the muted user to follow you and see everything you tweet or retweet.

They’ll still be able to message, retweet, favorite, and quote you. But you won’t see them in your Twitter feed. Just as with words and phrases you’ve muted.

Mute an account on mobile

  1. Open the Twitter app
  2. Tap the magnifying glass-shaped Search icon at the bottom of the page
  3. In the search field, on the resulting page, search for a user you’d like to mute. If you’re already following a user you’d like to mute, simply navigate to your profile via a tap on the profile image at the top left-hand side of the UI. Then select “Following” or “Followers” depending on which category they fall into. Then continue this guide
  4. Select the profile
  5. Choose the three-dot icon at the top right-hand side of the UI, on the user profile
  6. Select the option that reads “Mute” — or “Block” if you’d prefer that instead
  7. Confirm your decision on the pop-up page. Or cancel, if you’ve changed your mind
  8. Rinse and repeat for any other profiles you’d like to mute — or block — on Twitter
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…or on desktop

  1. Navigate to Twitter.com in your favorite browser — or in a mobile browser in desktop mode
  2. Using the search bar at the top right-hand side of the UI, search for the Twitter user account you’d like to mute. As with the mobile version. You can also use the person-shaped icon in the left-hand sidebar to find a follower or somebody you’re following to mute then proceed to the next step
  3. Select the user profile you’d like to mute
  4. In the space to the right of their profile information, select the three-dot overflow menu for the profile
  5. Select the “Mute” option to mute the user account. Otherwise, again as with the mobile variant, you can also choose “Block,” instead
  6. Unlike the mobile version, there won’t be any confirmation page for desktop Twitter. Instead, you should see a toast message, informing you the user account has been blocked
  7. Rinse and repeat for any remaining accounts you’d like to mute on Twitter
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To un-mute — or unblock — a user

Simply follow the steps above for your preferred platform. Then, in step xx (for the mobile platform) or step xx (for desktop), select Unmute or Unblock instead. Those options should be in place in exactly the same place as the mute or block button were prior to following this guide.

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Google Stadia: Everything You Need To Know – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/what-is-google-stadia-everything-you-need-to-know-2.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 23:04:05 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=926303 What is Google Stadia and how does it relate to Android? In short, Stadia is Google’s cloud gaming platform. As for its relation to Android, the Pixel 2, 3, and 4 are some of the Android devices you can play Stadia games on. If you’re looking to learn more about Stadia and what it offers, [...]

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What is Google Stadia and how does it relate to Android? In short, Stadia is Google’s cloud gaming platform. As for its relation to Android, the Pixel 2, 3, and 4 are some of the Android devices you can play Stadia games on.

If you’re looking to learn more about Stadia and what it offers, we’ve laid out everything here to answer all your questions.

When is Google Stadia available to play on Android devices?

Stadia was launched on November 19 officially. As of launch day, there was support for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

As of February 18 of 2020, Google announced that support would be expanding to more Android smartphones. This includes the ASUS ROG Phone and ROG Phone II, the Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2, and various devices from Samsung.

The Samsung devices include the Galaxy S8, S8+, and S8 Active, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+, the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Note 9, and the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.

These devices officially gained support on February 20, which is when you will be able to use them to play games on Stadia. The app can be installed on those phones now though.

At its OnePlus 8 event, OnePlus announced that its brand-new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro would also come with support for Stadia. As will some of its older devices. Support for this went live sometime around April 23.

Stadia also now works on iOS devices, including iPads.

Besides Android, how else can you play games on Google Stadia?

You can play Stadia games on desktops or laptops with a Chrome browser. This means Chromebooks, and even Windows-based budget laptop and desktop computers.

Basically if it’s a PC of some kind and it has a recent version of Chrome, you can play Stadia on it. Even on Mac.

In addition to computers and phones, you can also play Stadia games on Chromecast Ultra. Simply plug the device into a TV or monitor with an HDMI port and you’re good to go. After you complete the setup of course. As of this week, Stadia also now supports Android TV and Google TV. Officially it works with the Chromecast with Google TV, as well as a handful of Android TV devices.

Google has enabled a new experimental support feature for Android TV devices that aren’t officially supported.

Update: December 17, 2021

Stadia is now also available on LG TVs with WebOS. You can download the app directly from the LG app store on compatible TVs.

What are the requirements to play games on Google Stadia?

Now that the free Base tier of Stadia is available, the requirements for Stadia are that you have a compatible device and the minimum speed for internet. You can still be a Pro member if you like, but it’s no longer needed.

When it comes to controls, you can use the Stadia controller, DualShock 4, Xbox One gamepad, or similar Bluetooth controllers. Additionally you can also use a mouse and keyboard if you’re playing on PC. If you’re playing through Chromecast Ultra, you will need to use the Stadia controller.

Then there’s the network. According to Google, you will need at least 5Mbps down if you want to have 720p resolution at 60fps and stereo sound. Google recommends at least 10Mbps though.

Stadia Network Requirements
The various network requirements for Stadia & associated quality

Google also says that you will need at least 20Mbps if you want 1080p, 60fps, HDR video and 5.1 surround. If you want 4K, you’ll need at least 30-35 Mbps.

Something to keep in mind is that experiences will vary. During the review period, many people had wildly different experiences with quality. Our review was based on a pretty decent experience, though visual quality was not 4K, even with over 200Mbps down. And there was a noticeable latency in some situations.

Lastly, you will also need to be a Stadia Pro subscriber to play games at launch. Google plans to change this in the future when it launches Stadia Base, the service’s free tier, which comes out sometime in 2020. If you’re a Founder or have the Premier bundle, then Pro comes with that for three months automatically.

How many games does Google Stadia have available?

Stadia Games

On of launch day in November of 2019, Stadia had 22 games available for users to play. Although, there are a lot more now. Two of those games could be played at no cost since they’re part of being a Stadia Pro subscriber. Those included Destiny 2: The Collection, and Samurai Shodown (Samurai Shodown is no longer a Pro game for those who didn’t claim it).

In addition to those two games, you have access to other big hits like Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, NBA 2K20, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Final Fantasy XV, and more.

Altogether not counting additional versions of available games, there are now 200 games available on Stadia, including Darksiders Genesis, Borderlands 3, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Watch Dogs 2, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Cyberpunk 2077, and more.

Some of the more recent titles to join the Stadia roster were DOOM (2016), West Of Loathing, SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE, Rock Of Ages 3, PGA Tour 2K21, and the most recent – Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus Games, which is the studio behind Jotun and Sundered.

If you’re into more challenging games, you can even try your hand at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which launched back at the end of October alongside Watch Dogs: Legion. Some of the newer games to launch on Stadia are Judgement, The Trails Of Cold Steel IV, Resident Evil 7, Outriders, and Darkside Detective just to name a few, all of which launched this month.

Recently added titles

As for some more recent games that have hit the service, Stadia just got Blue Fire on June 1. The Elder Scrolls Collection: Blackwood bundle was also recently added. Some other new games include Rainbow Six Siege, which was added July 1, alongside another new game called Moonlighter.

There are more recent games on the platform, including Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox were added back on July 8. Streets of Rage 4 was launched on July 15, while Darkwood is coming sometime this Summer. There’s also One Piece World Seeker, Cris Tales, And Control: Ultimate Edition that are now available.

More recently added titles

Madden NFL 22 was added on August 20. Meanwhile, Humankind, Young Souls, and Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Panther Expansion were all added around August 17.

Even more recently added titles

Some of the absolute newest games on the platform are Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, The Falconeer, Ben 10: Power Trip, Child Of Light, Heist Simulator, and My Friend Peppa Pig, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and Mad Streets just to name a few.

Latest Games

Some of the latest games added to Google Stadia include Wavetale, Hello Engineer, Kemono Heroes, Riders Republic, Nine To Five, Hunting Simulator 2, and Chorus.

Is there any first-party content?

Not yet, no. It will though in the future. Google announced that it created a first-party studio called Stadia Games & Entertainment, located in Montreal.

It also wants to have a studio in the UK as well as Japan. It will however probably be a while before any first-party content is released for the service. That being said, this week on July 15, Stadia Games & Entertainment announced partnerships with multiple big-name studios for first-party content.

This includes partnerships with Harmonix, the studio behind Rock Band, as well as Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games, and Uppercut Games. So far there’s no word on what games the studios will be creating together. But this is likely the first hint at something that may be available for Stadia which is only available on Stadia. And not just as a timed exclusive, but for good.

Update:

Google has announced that it’s shutting down its first-party studios under Stadia Games & Entertainment. It says it will continue to develop any games from the studio that were “near-term,” but nothing beyond that. This of course could always change and Google could decide to scrap the near-term projects as well.

Jade Raymond has also exited the company and any developers that were part of SG&E will be moved into new roles.

Are there any free games?

Stadia will provide Pro subscribers with at least one free game per month, similar to PlayStation Plus.

As long as you subscribe to Stadia Pro, you will always be able to play those games. You do lose access though during anytime you aren’t subscribed.

You will also miss out on any free titles that are given out during any months your subscription is inactive.

Does Google Stadia work with mobile data?

Yes. Initially, Stadia did not work with mobile data and could only be played when connected to Wi-Fi. The only workaround for this was to tether your devices to your mobile phone so it was essentially Wi-Fi.

That’s no longer needed though. Earlier this year Stadia launched the Experiments feature in settings for the Stadia app. In it is an option for mobile data connections.

If you have this toggled on, you can play games on your smartphone using mobile data. Properly. That being said, it is available as an experiment. So that means Google has not launched the mobile data capability officially yet and it may not always function flawlessly.

Still, you can use it now. So experiment or not it is available which is a big step up.

What sorts of features does Google Stadia have?

Stadia in general has plenty of features that were advertised both that would be available on Android and other devices. Many of those features weren’t available when the service launched back in November of 2019. But throughout 2020 and 2021 Google has made strides in bringing most of the promised features to the platform.

This includes things like playing on mobile devices that aren’t Pixel phones, as well as using mobile data for the internet connection needed to stream. Plus there’s a lot more.

Stadia Crowd Choice
Stadia Crowd Play
Stadia Stream Connect
Stadia Crowd Choice
Stadia Crowd Play
Stadia Stream Connect

Other features include things like Stream Connect, which is basically Stadia’s version of split screen and launched alongside Ghost Recon Breakpoint on December 18 (it is also now available in The Division 2), Crowd Choice, State Share, and one of the more exciting ones, Crowd Play.

With Crowd Play, gamers can hop into a game with their favorite streamers. The way it works is it puts you in queue if there’s a wait. Stadia will then tell you when it’s your turn to jump in. You can then automatically pop into the game you were just watching.

State Share launched alongside Crayta back at the end of June 2020. And Crowd Choice and Crowd Play launched alongside games like Dead by Daylight and Super Bomberman R Online. Both of which released last Fall.

Stadia also now supports things like wireless Stadia controller connections for mobile and for Chrome. So there’s no longer a need to wire it with a USB cable. One of the most requested features though was family sharing.

Google officially added this in early November, 2020. So if you were eager to share your Stadia library with family and friends, it’s finally possible.

Stadia also has some Google Assistant support, achievements, and messaging.

What are the benefits of Google Stadia?

There’s a pretty large list of benefits for this platform. For example, Stadia allows you to play games in the cloud, and because of this you don’t need to buy a bunch of expensive hardware.

That means you don’t need to spend hundreds on a console. Or upwards of a thousand or more for a really good gaming PC. You also don’t have to deal with downloads for games.

When you buy a new game you can simply log onto Stadia, and hit the play button. That is literally it. You can jump into games super quick and never worry about downloading patches or updates.

One of the best benefits though is playing AAA, big budget game titles on your smartphone. You do need a Pixel device for this right now, but eventually that will expand. The point is that you can now take your game to a new screen.

Perhaps you’re playing on the TV but then your better half wants to watch a show. No problem, simply pause the game and start where you left off on your Pixel device. Or in a Chrome browser. Stadia saves your game state too for around five to ten minutes, so you have time to grab a snack before you start playing again.

Another benefit is playing games at higher quality without the need for an expensive gaming rig. Now, this one is a little touch and go, as we didn’t get any 4K for games during our review testing. At least not when we tried it through our Chromecast Ultra.

But Stadia does claim to offer it, and some users have reported really high-quality graphics. So, your mileage may vary with this one.

Stadia now has Ubisoft+ access

There were already a handful of Ubisoft games available on Stadia. But now Ubisoft+ is available for subscribers if they want even more games from the Ubisoft library to dive into.

Ubisoft+ allows you access to additional games that weren’t launched on Stadia, including more Assassin’s Creed titles, Far Cry titles, etc. with more on the way in the future. This is an additional fee on top of your Stadia Pro subscription. Assuming you have one.

If you only subscribe to Stadia Base, then you can still subscribe to Ubisoft+ for a wider variety of games to play beyond the ones you buy.

Are there any downsides to Google Stadia?

That all depends on what you perceive to be a downside. There are some.

The one that most people can agree on is latency. Not everyone will notice it, but even those that are experiencing it can probably agree that this is a major pain point if it pops up and if it’s bad enough.

In our review, we noted that there was noticeable lag in multiplayer gameplay during our sessions. Single player gameplay was great with no noticeable latency or input lag issues. Your best chance of avoiding this particular problem, is making sure you’re playing on a device that’s hardwired to your router.

Worth keeping in mind is that things have changed a lot since Stadia’s launch in 2019. The service has been improved quite a bit and there is less noticeable latency. At least for me with my own personal connection. My connection nor hardware have changed, which means Stadia has simply gotten better and works more properly.

That isn’t to say that it will be this way for all users. Because results will definitely still vary.

Where can I buy Google Stadia?

Stadia is officially available in 22 different countries, starting with half of that during its launch from November 19, 2019.

This includes the US, UK, Germany, Finland and others. Though it would technically be possible to buy Stadia equipment and bring it to a country not on the list, the service wouldn’t be supported there.

As for what storefronts you can make your purchases at, Stadia is available through the Google Store and bundles can now be purchased at various retailers. This means you no longer have to order online and have the Premier Bundle or Stadia controller shipped to you.

There is no definitive list of which retailers sell Stadia Premiere Bundles. So you will simply need to check around. That being said, other than the controller or the bundle, all other purchases for games and add-on content are done digitally through the Stadia app or web store.

You can however view the complete list of currently supported countries where Stadia is operational below.

Stadia Country Availability

Is Google Stadia right for you?

There are plenty of factors to consider when asking this question to yourself.

If you hate large game downloads, patch or update downloads, or expensive hardware, then you should probably think about buying into it. There were some notable issues that might make this something you should wait on for a little while.

Your network plays a lot into this. If you don’t have a very strong network, you may experience more lag and latency than others. Also worth considering is how you want to play. From your phone? As long as you have a Pixel, then it’s a good buy. We noted in our review that playing on the phone was an excellent experience.

Then again, Stadia is only the right choice for you right now if you want to play some of the games that are available. If you’re waiting on some specific titles, then you may want to wait. Then again, Stadia is now available in the free tier, so you could always check it out without paying the monthly fee for Pro.

Overall, Stadia is a great gaming option if it fits into your lifestyle. And there are many reasons why it can and should. Though some people had terrible experiences with the service initially after launch, it seems many more people are having positive ones. Especially now that it’s been out a lot longer.

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Google Pixel Pass: Everything You Need To Know – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/google-pixel-pass-subscription-service-phones.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 22:41:28 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=967665 Google’s new Pixel Pass service is an all-new way to acquire the brand-new Pixel phones – the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It’s also going to be Google’s answer to upgrading to a new Pixel phone whenever a new model comes out. Allowing users to move into a new device at a lower cost [...]

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Google’s new Pixel Pass service is an all-new way to acquire the brand-new Pixel phones – the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It’s also going to be Google’s answer to upgrading to a new Pixel phone whenever a new model comes out. Allowing users to move into a new device at a lower cost by continuing to subscribe.

Since Pixel Pass is launching today though, it’ll remain to be seen just how much it ends up being used by consumers. If you’re interested in the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro and are considering Pixel Pass, this guide will serve as a means for telling you everything you need to know about Google’s new phone upgrade system. Which is essentially what this is.

What is Pixel Pass?

Pixel Pass 2

Pixel Pass is Google’s way of more or less locking you into a carrier phone financing program. It lets you pay a set monthly amount for the Pixel phone, and it comes bundled with Google services. This is a plan that you subscribe to with a set cost for each phone model. In this case the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro.

Regardless of which phone you choose, you get access to these services. And it’s also a way for you to save money on your monthly payment for the phone. You’ll then proceed to pay for the phone every month over the span of a two-year period.

How much does Pixel Pass cost?

Pixel Pass has a cost that’s associated with the phone you pick. It’s $45 if you go with the Pixel 6, and it’s $55 if you go with the Pixel 6 Pro. These are the prices you pay for the monthly payment for the new phone. Which is higher without Pixel Pass if you go through the Google Store’s normal phone financing. The Pixel 6 Pro for instance is $71 a month if you aren’t doing the Pixel Pass.

Do I need to subscribe to Google Fi to get the Pixel Pass?

Google Fi TV Commercial ad

No. You can subscribe to Fi with the Pixel Pass if you want to. But it isn’t a requirement. Google will allow you to subscribe to the new service without having the phone locked to Google Fi. Meaning you would get your monthly payments for a brand-new Pixel phone, all of those premium Google services, and an unlocked device that works with any carrier. Whether that be AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile etc.

How much do I save if subscribe to Pixel Pass?

Quite a lot over the course of that two-year time period. Though you will save a significantly larger amount if you subscribe to Pixel Pass through Google Fi.

All told if you subscribe to the new service through Google Fi, you can save up to $414 over the two years you’re paying monthly for the phone. Which is quite a lot. And that’s not even factoring in the trade-in amount you’d get from a phone trade-in. That is if you have one to trade-in. Since it has to be a compatible device that Google accepts, and in good working condition.

What services come with Pixel Pass?

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YouTube Music AH NS 02

Aside from the phone itself, Pixel Pass comes with a handful of Google’s premium services. Included is YouTube Premium, which comes with ad-free viewing and background playback. As well as YouTube Music with no ads so you can stream music non-stop.

You also get 200GB of Google One storage, Preferred Care just in case you damage your phone and need a repair or a replacement, and Google Play Pass. Interestingly, it does not include Stadia Pro. Which could have been a perfect opportunity for Google to get more users for its cloud gaming service.

Can I trade in my phone if I subscribe to Pixel Pass?

Pixel Pass 1

Google does allow you to use phone trade-ins if you set up your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro purchase with the new pass. Though it is worth noting that you get more for the trade-in value if you do the trade-in through the Google Store financing without it.

For example, the trade-in value shows $285 for a Pixel 4a 5G without the service. But with it the trade-in shows only $150. This could be because Pixel Pass will already save you additional money on the phone over the two-year period that you’re paying for it.

While you still might save more with Google’s new service in the long run, it’s worth knowing that the trade-in values are different.

Can anyone subscribe?

Technically, yes. Anyone can choose to subscribe to this new service if they want to pick up the new Pixel 6 or Pixel Pro through this method. However, just like with regular Google Store financing, you have to be approved to be able to make payments for the phone each month.

Google uses a credit service called Synchrony to check your credit. And in a matter of seconds you should get a response back that tells you whether or not you’ve been approved to make payments.

If not, then you have to pay for the phone outright and you will not be able to subscribe. Though you can still get the trade-in value for your phone. In which case you just do the trade-in through the Google Store and not through Pixel Pass.

Can I cancel the subscription before the two years is up?

You certainly can. But, just like with a phone financing plan at your traditional carriers, you’ll end up needing to pay the phone off right then and there.

Say you pay for a Pixel 6 Pro via Pixel Pass and pay for the phone through 12 months of payments. You’ve paid off one whole year of the device cost. If you then decide to cancel right after your 12th payment and before your 13th payment, you’ll need to pay whatever the remaining amount is.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you preferred to pay for everything up front but couldn’t in the beginning, this would be a good way to drop that one-time payment down to a more manageable amount later on.

So you can cancel. Just be aware that that doesn’t mean you won’t have to pay for the remainder of the phone’s cost.

If I break the phone, can it be replaced?

Pixel Pass Preferred Care

Under Google’s terms for the Preferred Care, which comes with the Pixel Pass subscription, you can get the phone replaced if you happen to damage it.

However, you only get so many claims per year. Up to 2 at the maximum. So the obvious thing here is to try and avoid damaging the phone more than that. Ideally, though, you want to try and avoid damaging it all so you don’t have to make a claim. But in the event that you do, because accidents happen, you can get it replaced up to 2 times per year.

If it’s a warranty issue that causes the device to lose functionality at no fault of your own, then that’s a different story and Google should replace the device without the claim cost. As long as it’s within the warranty period.

To use Pixel Pass, you will need a Google Payments account

If you don’t already have a Google Payments account set up, you’ll need that in order to utilize this new subscription service to get the phone.

Thankfully doing so is pretty easy. And only requires that you accept the Google Payments Terms.

If you already subscribe to Play Pass and/or Google One, they will transfer over

Pixel Pass

Two of the big perks of Pixel Pass is that it comes with a Play Pass subscription and a Google One subscription (200GB). But what if you already have those subscriptions set up? Well, good news. It transfers over to the new service.

So you won’t be locked out of Pixel Pass should you want to pick up a new phone. The service won’t transfer over until your device ships. So if you’re buying today, your subscriptions for the two former services will remain as they are until Google sends out your device.

Manage everything in once place

Another benefit of the pass, according to Google, is convenience. The ability to manage everything in once central spot so you don’t have to go traipsing through numerous apps to do the same thing.

Google doesn’t really elaborate on this a whole lot, but it’s obvious that the company is referring to managing everything the pass comes with. Which includes the monthly bill payment for the phone (and the service if you’re going through Google Fi), as well as all your accounts like YouTube Premium, YouTube Music, Google One, Preferred Care, and Play Pass.

Pixel Pass will provide users with other special bonuses

Pixel 6 Pro Case 3

If you read through the terms and conditions for Google’s new subscription-based upgrade program, it notes that there are additional benefits to look out for. While Google doesn’t give out specifics at this time, it does suggest that you get more than a new phone at a discount and access to some of its premium services.

The terms and conditions state that Pixel Pass provides users with “Google services and support, special offers, and a place to discover new products and features.” While that doesn’t really tell you much, it hints that down the line Pixel Pass subscribers will get alerts, probably through email, about exclusive promotions and other benefits. What those end up being is anyone’s guess at this time.

You are not exempt from changes

Google doesn’t seem to be allowing any sort of grandfathering when it comes to the Pixel Pass subscription. Another note inside the terms and conditions states that Google may change the service at any time. But that it will also notify subscribers prior to those changes so they’re aware of them.

Any changes that would come up would also not take place until after the current pay period that customers are in. So for example if you just paid your monthly Pixel Pass payment a week ago, and then changes happen a couple of days later, they won’t impact you until the next monthly payment.

Worth keeping in mind is that this doesn’t mean Google will change anything. At least not for a while. Google simply has to include these details in the terms and conditions for legal reasons.

Cancelling means you lose access to the included Google services

Play Pass Signup

Should you decide to cancel at any point, you keep the phone. You just have to pay for the remainder of it in one payment as mentioned above. As for the included Google services like YouTube Premium and Google One, Google says these would be terminated.

Basically, you’d have to go through and re-subscribe to anything you had and want to keep. The loss of these services would happen at the end of the current billing cycle and you would not receive a refund for anything you paid for prior.

You can also re-subscribe in the future, but you would end up having to pay whatever the current prices are. If they change in between the time you cancel and want to re-subscribe.

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Google Keep Has A Weird Numbering Issue, Solution On The Way https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/google-keep-has-a-weird-numbering-issue-solution-on-the-way.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 21:47:44 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983492 Most big tech companies have their own simple note-taking app, and Keep Notes is Google’s own. It’s pretty popular among Google product users, but some users are reporting a bug with the service. There’s an issue where Keep Notes will repeat numbers when the user is making numbered lists. The Keep Notes issue has been [...]

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Most big tech companies have their own simple note-taking app, and Keep Notes is Google’s own. It’s pretty popular among Google product users, but some users are reporting a bug with the service. There’s an issue where Keep Notes will repeat numbers when the user is making numbered lists.

The Keep Notes issue has been going on for a few months

Affected users are sounding off about this issue on Google’s Forum. When they make a numbered list using the application, some of the numbers randomly repeat. One person reported that when making a list, every number except for the number one was repeated six times. Making a list where the numbers repeat like that seems like it would get on anyone’s nerves.

Based on the reports, it appears that this issue is only affecting those using the Android app on phones running Android 12. Also, the bulk of the reports appears to be coming from those using Samsung devices. It’s hard to tell if this is affecting more Samsung phones than others or if more Samsung users are coming forward about this.

Users have been posting about this issue with Keep Notes for a few months. Fortunately, Google has acknowledged the issue and the company is currently working on a fix. Outside of that, there’s nothing really to go on at this point. There’s no word on when the fix is going to be issued.

Google Keep Notes number issue

In Other Google News: The Pixel “Fold” gets an official name

Thanks to Samsung, the next frontier in smartphone tech is foldable phones. We’ve been chasing rumors of a Google foldable phone that looks to resemble either the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the Oppo Find N. Ever since we first caught wind of this device’s existence, we’ve been calling it the “Pixel Fold”, but based on some new reports it seems that Google is calling it something else.

The company may actually call the device the Google Notepad. While it’s a quaint name, it describes how Google feels people will be using it. This upcoming device has sent us on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster over the past couple of months. We followed the device until a few months ago when Google announced that it was delaying the device due to Samsung’s grip on the foldable market.

Now, it looks like Google brought the Notepad out of hiatus and is looking to launch the device. Regardless, there’s no word on when we can expect this device to officially launch. Some speculate that we could get it sometime in late 2022 around Q4. It could possibly launch alongside the Pixel 7, but only time will tell.

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Top 10 Best Controllers For Xbox Series X|S – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-xbox-series-x-s-controllers.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 21:00:44 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=963037 If you have an Xbox Series X|S console, then you may want to at least consider what the best controllers are going to be for your own personal setup. Maybe for you that’s the new Xbox wireless controller that comes in the box. But maybe you prefer something with more features that was designed to [...]

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If you have an Xbox Series X|S console, then you may want to at least consider what the best controllers are going to be for your own personal setup. Maybe for you that’s the new Xbox wireless controller that comes in the box. But maybe you prefer something with more features that was designed to give you an edge.

There are quite a few different controllers out there for the Xbox Series X|S. Mostly because the controllers that worked for the Xbox One also work for the new generation of consoles. We’ve decided to round up a list of the best controllers for the Xbox Series X|S to help make your search easier.

That is if you’re looking for a new controller in the first place. Keep in mind that the standard controller is perfectly fine, and we’re actually pretty fond of it ourselves. But it’s not the only option. So these are the best Xbox Series X|S controllers you can get your hands on.

Top 10 Best Controllers for Xbox Series X|S

Below you’ll find a summary table with all of the controllers we’ve picked for this list. Complete with the name, cost, and where to buy them. If you want a little more detail on each one, you can  find that below the summary table with the same information on cost and where to buy.

 

Controller Cost Where To Buy
Xbox Wireless Controller From $54 Amazon and various other retailers
Xbox Elite Series 2 From $139.99 Amazon and various other retailers
SCUF Instinct Pro From $199.99 SCUF Gaming
Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma $139.95 Amazon, Best Buy, Razer
Xbox Elite Series 2 Halo Infinite Edition $199.99 Microsoft (currently out of stock)
Nacon RIG Pro Compact $39.99 Amazon and various other retailers
Colorware Xbox Wireless Controller From $99.99 Colorware
Xbox Design Lab Wireless Controller $69.99 Xbox Design Lab
PowerA Fusion Pro 2 $62.99 Amazon and various other retailers
Evil Shift for Xbox From $99.95 Evil Controllers

Xbox Wireless Controller

Xbox Series X Controller Aqua Shift 1

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the original. The Xbox Wireless controller (the new version that has the share button), is as basic as Xbox Series X|S controllers get but it’s still one of the best controllers you can use on the console. The textured hand grips, the simple design, and a lighter feel than some of the other options out there are all winning features.

Plus, you’re generally going to pay less for this than a lot of the other controllers on the market that are meant for this platform. The fact that it’s wireless also helps. And another major bonus is that it never needs charging. All you have to do is swap out the batteries for a fresh pair.

Sure you have to buy more batteries. But they’ll last a while. And it’s one less thing you have to plug in.

Xbox Elite Series 2

Xbox Elite Series 2

If you like the standard Xbox Wireless controller then the Elite Series 2 may be the way to go if you want something much more customizable.

It has excellent grip for less slippage, and you can swap a ton of different stuff out including the thumbsticks and d-pad. You can also adjust the height of the thumbsticks, the triggers, and you have paddle buttons on the back for extra controls.

The controller is certainly expensive, but it’ll be worth it when you elevate your game thanks to all of its nifty little bonuses.

SCUF Instinct Pro

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Speaking of customization, the new Instinct Pro from SCUF Gaming is one heck of a controller for the Xbox Series X|S, and also one of the best. Like the Elite Series 2, you can swap out some of the buttons, while also adjusting things like the tension of the triggers to require less travel between the button press and the action completion.

On the back you’ll find high-performance grip, as well as four additional buttons. Plus, you can map the buttons to various controls, and save up to three different profiles designed for specific types of games. Which you can swap between on the fly.

If that wasn’t enough, SCUF also allows you to customize the looks. Complete with multiple color options and combinations and more.

Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma

Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma 1

All three of the previous controller options above are wireless. So we’re stepping into wired territory now with the Razer Wolverine V2 Chroma. Since it’s wired there are a couple of obvious benefits. One, you are likely to have less input-latency. And two, you don’t ever have to worry about charging it.

The Wolverine V2 Chroma offers quite a few features, including six multi-function buttons that you can map to just about whatever you like. It also has a Hair Trigger mode with trigger stop switches for super fast action in the heat of the moment.

Naturally, it also comes with Chroma lighting along the sides. And it works with both Xbox and PC. This is definitely one of the best Xbox Series X|S controllers to get if you don’t want something that needs batteries or recharging.

Xbox Elite Series 2 Halo Infinite Edition

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You’re getting basically all of the exact same stuff here as on the original Elite Series 2. The difference is that this one comes in a limited edition Halo Infinite design. The downside is that it’s currently out of stock because it’s an extremely popular controller.

Still, if you love Halo and you were eyeing the Elite Series 2, this is a great option once it comes back in stock.

Nacon RIG Pro Compact

Nacon RIG PRO Compact for Xbox

When we reviewed the RIG Pro Compact earlier this year, we found it to be a wonderful little controller that performed well and felt good when using it. And when we say little, we mean little. It’s perfect for people with smaller hands that don’t like the feel of larger controllers.

Compact is in the name and it’s not just a quirky add-on. While not excessively small, it is smaller than any of the other options on this list so far. You can even remap the controls on it if you want to customize things a little bit.

And it even comes with Dolby Atmos for Headphones built right into the controller. So all you have to do for higher quality sound in your games is plug your headset into the controller. It also comes in both white and black, and it’s got a super long cable so you can even use it across the room. Provided your Xbox isn’t like 15 feet away.

Colorware Xbox Wireless Controller

Colorware Xbox Controller

If all you’re looking for is a personalized controller in terms of design, Colorware has some pretty cool options available. The company actually custom designs a lot of different hardware, and the Xbox Series X|S controller is one of the newer products.

What makes this unique from most controllers out there is the amount of color options you can choose from. And you can apply those colors to various different sections of the controller.

Be forewarned though. Getting it may take some time.

Xbox Design Lab Wireless Controller

Xbox Series X Controller Design Lab

You’re essentially getting the same thing here as you do with the Colorware controller. This one though comes directly from Microsoft. You don’t have as many colors and finishes to choose from, but it’s noticeably less expensive, and you can even add your gamertag or a cool little note or phrase onto it.

Also worth noting is that this is just the standard Xbox Wireless controller with the share button. So no special features or extra buttons.

PowerA Fusion Pro 2

PowerA Fusion Pro 2

Take some of the features of the Elite Series 2 and SCUF Instinct Pro, mash ’em together, take the wireless option away and you have the PowerA Fusion Pro 2. It’s compatible with Xbox Series X|S, and has four additional paddle buttons on the back that you can map to various in-game functions.

There’s also some nifty textured hand grips on the back, a three-way trigger lock, and you can swap out things like the thumbsticks and even faceplates for a different look.

Evil Shift Xbox Controller

Evil Shift For Xbox

Rounding out this list is the Evil Shift for Xbox Series X|S. This is a custom controller that you’re building the features for from the ground up. It starts with a more or less basic Xbox Wireless controller, and then you can tune things by adding different custom features.

For example, you start by choosing a faceplate design. Then you move through everything from thumbsticks with different heights to hairpin triggers and shift buttons on the back.

Keep in mind that each option is an additional cost. So the price of this controller can rise pretty quickly. But for a completely customized, unique controller, the price might be worth it.

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Top 10 Best Mice For Gaming – Updated January, 2022 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-gaming-mice.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:30:39 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=924388 If you play PC games you want a good gaming mouse, and whether you’re new to PC gaming or you just have never really put much thought into finding the best gaming mice available, this guide should help. It’ll cover a varied range of the best gaming mice from different brands, and options are slightly [...]

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If you play PC games you want a good gaming mouse, and whether you’re new to PC gaming or you just have never really put much thought into finding the best gaming mice available, this guide should help.

It’ll cover a varied range of the best gaming mice from different brands, and options are slightly catered towards different types of gaming. Because of course not all games are the same and some mice really do perform better for some types of games than others.

We’ve rounded up ten of the best gaming mice on the market, and put them in this list to make it easier for you to find what you may be looking for. Whether you’re more into RPGs, or you dominate the map in your favorite FPS, there’s a mouse in this list that works for you.

Best Gaming Mice – Summary

If you’re short on time and just want to see what we picked, you can view the summary table below. It has every mouse on this list along with the cost and where you can buy them.

Below the Summary table you’ll find each mouse with a short description of features, along with info on where to buy with links.

Gaming Mouse Cost Where To Buy
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless From $119.99 Amazon, B&H, Microsoft, Best Buy, Walmart, HP, Adorama
SteelSeries Rival 650 From $100.28 Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy
Razer Naga Pro From $144.99 Amazon, Best Buy, Razer
Logitech G502 Hero $39.99 Amazon, B&H, Office Depot, Best Buy, Walmart
Glorious Model O $64.99 Amazon
HyperX Pulsefire Raid From $44.99 Amazon, Best Buy
Razer Basilisk V2 $34.99 Amazon, Microsoft, Best Buy. Razer
Roccat Kone AIMO $79.99 Amazon, Best Buy
Razer Viper Ultimate From $90.99 Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Razer
Logitech G203 Lightsync From $19.99 Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Walmart, Kohl’s

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed Wireless is essentially just the wireless version of the G502 Hero. And it’s a glorious mouse that has no trouble taking on the competition thanks its numerous wonderful features.

For starters, it comes with interchangeable weights that can be stored in the bottom of the mouse to make it heavier or lighter. There are four weights total, and you can add any combination of them or have none at all. Depending on your preference.

The mouse is also wireless, and pairs extremely well with Logitech’s Power Play wireless charging system. Which is a mouse mat that charges the mouse while you use it. Basically, it’ll be hard for you to kill the battery in the mouse if you’re always using the Power Play mat.

When it comes to other features, you have 11 customizable buttons and lightsync RGB tech. It also features a mechnical button tensioning system for the primary buttons on the mouse, and a battery life of up to 60 hours. If you don’t need all the side buttons on a mouse like the Naga Pro, the G502 Lightspeed is one of your very best options.

SteelSeries Rival 650

SteelSeries Rival 650 Gaming Mouse

Stepping up from the Rival 310, the SteelSeries Rival 650 is also one of the best gaming mice out there. And this is a great option for anyone that is looking for a wireless mouse.

For starters, this has customizable weights. So you can adjust how heavy the mouse is to perfectly fit your play style. It also supports fast charge. While the battery life should last quite bit longer than 10 hours, you can get 10 hours of play time with just 15 minutes on the charger.

Just in case the battery dies and you need to breathe some life back into it quickly. You also get customizable profiles and a high DPI sensor.

Razer Naga Pro

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The Razer Naga Pro is one of the best gaming mice you’ll find anywhere. And the biggest reason is because it’s such a versatile mouse.

This is because it’s modular and comes with three different button plates that can be switched out. One has all 12 side buttons which is perfect for MMO games. However there are 20 programmable buttons in total when you use this plate. There’s also one with 6 side buttons that is most suitable for MOBA games like League of Legends.

And then there’s a plate with two side buttons for FPS games and battle royale titles. Like Call Of Duty and Apex Legends. Razer also designed this as a wireless mouse, though you can use it wired too. Naturally it features Razer’s popular Chroma RGB profiles.

It also has very long-lasting battery life and offers low-latency connection.

Logitech G502 Hero

Logitech G502 Hero Gaming Mouse

The G502 Hero from Logitech has been one of the best-selling gaming mice for a while. And it’s easy to see why. While it may not have the modular setup of something like the Naga Pro, it’s a solid, high-quality mouse that isn’t too expensive and is still designed with features to keep your gaming sessions feeling just as high quality.

Since it’s wired it doesn’t rely on battery life or charging. It has a 16,000 dpi sensor too, and you have 11 total customizable buttons so it should work for a wide variety of game types.

Glorious Model O

Glorious Model O

  • Price: $64.99
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

Glorious PC Gaming makes one of the best gaming keyboards available so it should be no surprise that it makes one of the best gaming mice, too. The Glorious Model O is all about being lightweight. But that’s not all there is to it.

In addition to being lightweight, it’s ambidextrous. So it’s a great option for right-handed and left-handed players. It’s got a long, flexible cable as well, which means you shouldn’t run into issues having it stretch across your desk if you need to do that.

There’s also some RGB lighting, as well as 6 programmable buttons.

HyperX Pulsefire Raid

HyperX Pulsefire Raid

Though not quite the same in design as the G 502 Hero, the Pulsefire Raid from HyperX offers a similar functionality. It has 11 programmable buttons, which is the same amount as the G 502 Hero, and it features a comfortable ergonomic design to help with fatigue during longer gaming sessions.

It also features customizable RGB lighting and it only costs $50 normally. So another excellent option for anyone looking to get a great gaming mouse for not that much money. If you liked the G 502 Hero, take a look at this one too as it’s a very comparable option.

Razer Basilisk V2

Razer Basilisk V2

Razer is popping up on this list again with the Basilisk V2, one of its best mice both in functionality and design. It features Razer’s mechanical mouse switches, a customizable scroll wheel that lets you adjust the resistance, and a long, drag-free cord.

In terms of buttons there are 11 programmable buttons on board, as well as customizable memory profiles (5 in total), and a 20,000 dpi sensor.

It also features Razer Hypershift. Which is one of the best reasons to have this mouse. Because this feature basically doubles your mouse inputs. And that’s going to be important in games where more clicks in the same amount of time results in a better outcome.

Roccat Kone AIMO

Roccat Kone AIMO

Another really cool option on this list that won’t set you back too much is the Kone AIMO from Roccat. You get customizable RGB lighting and 5 different light zones for some cool effects. You also get 12 buttons on this mouse between the actual buttons, left and right click, and scroll wheel which also clicks and can be pushed toward the left and right sides.

Thanks to Roccat’s Shift+ technology though, those 12 buttons are doubled up so you really get 24 programmable buttons to work with. There’s a 16,000 dpi sensor for high accuracy and movement, and it’s wired so you don’t have to worry about battery life. Price-wise it isn’t too bad either.

Razer Viper Ultimate

Razer Viper Ultimate

If you want a good all-around mouse for gaming that is both wired and wireless, has highly customizable RGB lighting, and looks great, look no further than the Viper Ultimate.

Normally this mouse is $130 by itself, and $150 when you get the bundle with the charging dock. But Amazon has the mouse + dock bundle on sale for $130 so you save a little bit.

The Viper Ultimate features what Razer says it eh fastest gaming mouse switch out there. It also only weighs 74g so it’s more lightweight than most options on this list.

Logitech G203 Lightsync

Logitech G203 Lightsync

For the ultra budget shopper, the G203 from Logitech is the only mouse you should be considering. Really. It clocks in at around $26 most places. It’s highly rated, comes with RGB lighting, it’s wired so there’s no worry about battery recharging, and you get 6 customizable buttons. All-in-all, a really great mouse for very little money.

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Xbox Boss Isn't Surprised By Rumored PlayStation Game Pass Service https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/xbox-boss-playstation-game-pass-rival-not-surprising.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:58:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983530 According to the head of Xbox Phil Spencer, it isn’t all that surprising to hear Sony is planning to come out with a PlayStation competitor to Game Pass. Speaking to IGN of the rumored service, Spencer says that when he hears other companies are doing things like Game Pass, he “thinks it’s the right answer.” [...]

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According to the head of Xbox Phil Spencer, it isn’t all that surprising to hear Sony is planning to come out with a PlayStation competitor to Game Pass. Speaking to IGN of the rumored service, Spencer says that when he hears other companies are doing things like Game Pass, he “thinks it’s the right answer.”

Spencer also calls the whole thing an “inevitability.” And really that’s not too far off the mark. The success of Xbox Game Pass is known far and wide by a large portion of the gaming community. Both by gamers and people in the industry that create games.

That includes Sony, who has been routinely killing it when it comes to console hardware sales. But there’s no denying the success and value that Game Pass offers, while Sony’s own PlayStation NOW has been less liked by the masses. So it was only a matter of time before Sony came out with its own version of Xbox’s offering.

Xbox’s Phil Spencer says a PlayStation Game Pass was always going to happen

Spencer doesn’t name a PlayStation rival to Game Pass directly, but it seems like he does infer it. Stating that he feels the industry was always going to go this way. Which means that eventually, Sony was always likely going to offer something like Game Pass.

Even if Microsoft did do things first, Spencer doesn’t look at Sony moving in the same direction as validation. Instead, he sees this movement of games being available across screens as an industry inevitability.

Xbox has a head start, but it will it stay ahead?

Nothing about Sony’s service has been confirmed thus far. But the rumor is that Sony will be doing away with the PlayStation Now brand, and rolling its offerings into a service codenamed Spartacus. PlayStation Plus is also said to be a part of this new service bundle.

There were also be tiered packages. With options for PS4 and PS5 games, as well as PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games. All for a single monthly fee. If the details are accurate, then PlayStation owners may be in for a value that really does rival what Xbox offers.

The service is rumored to be coming out sometime in 2022.

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Google Adds Google Calendar Integration To Quick View Calendar On Chrome OS https://www.androidheadlines.com/2022/01/google-adds-google-calendar-integration-to-quick-view-calendar-on-chrome-os.html Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:46:07 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=983469 Those who use Chromebooks should know about the quick view calendar. This useful tool is great for looking up the date but not for checking your Google Calendar events. Now, According to About Chromebooks, it seems that’s no longer the case. Google finally added Google Calendar integration to the Quick View Calendar. Google is merging [...]

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Those who use Chromebooks should know about the quick view calendar. This useful tool is great for looking up the date but not for checking your Google Calendar events. Now, According to About Chromebooks, it seems that’s no longer the case. Google finally added Google Calendar integration to the Quick View Calendar.

Google is merging Google Calendar and the quick view calendar

For those on a newer version of Chrome OS 97, when you click on the time and date on the taskbar, you’ll be greeted by a calendar widget that pops up. It gives you a quick glance at the month, and that’s pretty much it. While this feature is really neat, it seems that Google is about to make it better.

As per the report, Google is going to be adding Google Calendar integration to the quick view calendar. This means then when you open it, you’ll also be able to see all of the events you’ve made on Google Calendar. This is a great feature for those who are focused on productivity and efficiency.

Right now, there’s not much you can do with the feature besides getting an overview of the events you have for the day. It will show you how many events you have for the day and the event titles.

This feature is still in the experimental stage

While some people have been able to get this feature up and running, it’s still in the developmental stage. If you want to try out the quick view calendar at all, you’ll need to be running the latest version of Chrome OS 97. Go to your browser and enter chrome://flags#calendar-view into your browser.

A separate window will open up showing a list of experimental features that Google is working on for Chrome and Chrome OS. If you enter the address correctly, the quick view calendar section should be highlighted. Next to it, you’ll see a dropdown menu that says “Default.” Click on the dropdown and select the “Enabled” option. At that point, your Chromebook will restart. Once you restart your Chromebook, you should be able to see the Quick View calendar.

However, if you want the Google Calendar integration, you can’t be on a stable version of Chrome OS. Kevin C. Tofel from About Chromebooks notes that he was on the Chrome OS 99.0.4815.0 Dev Channel. That is shaky territory for most users, so if you value stability over getting new functions, you should stay on a stable version of Chrome OS and wait for the official release.

Chrome quick view calendar

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