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Google ushered in the biggest change to its Android OS with the Android 12 update. It brought the so-called “Material You” UI to users, and with it some new, smart theming options. More and more apps are taking advantage of the Material You philosophy, and we’re here to list the best ones. Do note that there are not that many apps that made the change up to this point, but there are enough for us to make this list.

Do note that we’ll mostly list non-Google apps, though we’ve included two Google-made ones for good measure. Google actually adapted a lot of its apps for Material You, so this list could be all about Google apps. That’s not our goal, though, so we just picked two and moved to some third-party offerings. There are quite a few interesting apps here, and some you may not have heard of until now. Read on if you’re interested, and do note that they’re not listed in any specific order, other than the fact Google’s are at the bottom.

Top 10 Best Material You Android Apps 2021

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

Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Infinity for Reddit
KWGT $5.99
Tasker $3.49
Swift Walls $0.99-$9.99
Pix Material You Icons $1.49 $0.99-$9.99
SeriesGuide $4.99-$24.99
Inware
Niagara Launcher $0.99-$14.99
Gmail
Google Keep

Top 10 Best Material You Android Apps 2021 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, 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.

Infinity for Reddit

Infinity for Reddit app grid image 2

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: 14MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Infinity for Reddit has been quite a popular third-party app for Reddit. It’s not the most popular one out there, but users have been praising it since it launched, basically. This app is immensely simple and it’s not heavy at all. It weighs only 14MB, so it’s ideal if you don’t need all the features under the sun, and just want the app to work properly. There are some features included here, though, don’t get me wrong.

This app offers multi-account support, it can auto scroll for you, and a night theme is also included. Material You is supported here, which is why we’ve listed it. If you’ve been looking for a Reddit app replacement, or you just want to try out what it’s like to use one, this is one of the best ones out there. The app is also highly rated in the Google Play Store, as it’s currently holding a 4.6-star rating.

Download Infinity for Reddit

KWGT

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $5.99
  • Size: 25MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

KWGT, as most of you know, is a custom widget maker. Considering that fact, it allows you to create some interesting widgets on your own. You can also utilize widgets from other makers, many of which are adapted for Android 12, like Android 12 KWGT, for example. That widget pack, for example, makes use of Material You changes, as it will adapt to the wallpaper you’re currently using.

Do note that KWGT is not your regular app, it may take some getting used to, to get you going. Once you do, you won’t be able to stop utilizing creations available in the Play Store, and making tweaks of your own. The possibilities with KWGT are endless, and we’ll keep seeing more and more widget packs that are adapted to Google’s Material You. It’s worth giving this app a shot.

Download KWGT

Tasker

  • Price: $3.49
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: 6.2MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Tasker is an automation app that has been around for a long, long time. The app has adapted to various different versions of Android, and is better than ever. You can create various automation scripts, triggers, and actions. Now, Tasker does have a rather interesting theme in the options, that essentially turns it into a Material You app. In addition to that, there is a function of the app that is Material You-related.

We’re talking about the ‘Get Material You Colors’ function. What does it do? Well, it extracts the colors and allows you to use them whatever you’re working on at the moment. Tasker is also one of those apps that you’ll need to get used to. It was a lot more complicated back in the day, though, now it has a really nice UI, and it’s a lot more intuitive. Still, you’ll need to get familiar with it.

Download Tasker

Swift Walls

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$9.99
  • Size: 6.7MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

The Swift Walls is also one of those apps that supports Material You’s dynamic colors. This is a wallpaper app, though, in case you were wondering. You can browse through a ton of wallpapers, choose the one you want, and set it for your home screen or lockscreen. There are a ton of wallpapers you can choose from, and various filters are available as well, so that you can trim down the ones you’re not interested in.

Now, this app not only support Material You’s dynamic colors, but its UI is also reminiscent of Android 12. It looks familiar to the Styles & Wallpapers menu in Android 12 on Google’s Pixel smartphones. This app is also not that large, it weighs only 6.2MB, and it has solid ratings in the Google Play Store. If you’re looking for a great wallpaper app that is adapted to Android 12, this one is worth trying.

Download Swift Walls

Pix Material You Icons

Pix Material You Icons app image 1

  • Price: $1.49
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$9.99
  • Size: 22.93MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Pix You Material Icons is an app that contains both icons and widgets. Now, the thing is, these icons are compatible with Material You. Based on the change to your wallpaper, these icons will change as well. One thing to note, though, is that you’ll need to reset the icons when you change the wallpaper, manually, but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as chances are you don’t change your wallpaper that often.

That’s not all, though. If you need some widgets that will pull colors through the Material You setup, this app has you covered. Granted, those widgets do look quite simple, but there’s nothing wrong with that, as they look very clean and fit great with Material You. One thing to note regarding this app is that you’ll need a third-party launcher in order to utilize it. Why? Well, the Pixel Launcher does not support icon packs, unfortunately.

Download Pix Material You Icons

SeriesGuide

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $4.99-$24.99
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

SeriesGuide is a great app if you’re watching a lot of movies and TV shows. It will help keep track of what you watched, which can be extremely useful for TV shows. You can mark off one episode at a time. The app also recommends new stuff to watch, so that you’re never out of ideas. You can find more information about movies and TV shows here as well, including the plot and so on.

This app does support Material You, and has various other features. The app is also open source, so you won’t see any ads here, or anything of the sort. It does have an optical subscription model, though, which some of you may be interested in. That model boosts the app’s notifications, ads more widgets, and much more than that. This is one of the best movie and TV show management apps out there.

Download SeriesGuide

Inware

Inware app grid image 2

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: 3.6MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Inware is an app that not everyone will be interested in, as not everyone cares about the info this app delivers. If you are interested in various information about the phone that you’re using, you may check it out, though. It’s really great at what it does, it shows you tons of information about your phone. You can check out the hardware details of its camera setup, for example, or see what RAM exactly is being used on the inside.

Those are just some examples, of course, a lot of information is included here. You can take a look at a basic spec list as well. Basically anything that may interest you about your phone, hardware-wise, this app can give you the answers. It does support Material You theming now, and it looks great because of it. This app offered a really simple design from the get-go, and users did appreciate that.

Download Inware

Niagara Launcher

Niagara Launcher app grid

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: $0.99-$14.99
  • Size: 6.2MB
  • Google Play rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Niagara Launcher is one of the most popular third-party launchers for Android. This app has been evolving at a considerable pace ever since it was announced. Since then, it received a ton of features, and it’s really great today because of it. Well, the latest update does bring Material You support to the app, and you don’t even need to have an Android 12 device in order to take advantage of it.

Do note that this change arrived via a beta update, though. Niagara Launcher does not have a beta channel in the Play Store, but you can sideload an APK if you’re interested. We’ll leave a link to Niagara Launcher’s official website where you can see the links for download. If you’re unwilling to do that, though, a stable update should become available in about two weeks from the Play Store.

Download Niagara Launcher Beta

Gmail

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  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Gmail is one of the two Google apps that we’ve decided to include on this list. Many Google apps got the update, so it was difficult to choose. Gmail is one of Google’s best apps, and it’s one of the apps that many of you use on a daily basis. Needless to say you can attach various different email accounts to this app, and easily switch between them by swiping down over your profile picture.

The app has excellent spam blocking features, as Google claims that it can block 99.9-percent of spam, malware, and dangerous links. You can utilize Google Chat directly from the app, and there are a number of additional options available here, from fine-tuning notifications, to various gestures, and so on. The app does look simple, and yet it’s a real powerhouse in the email app department.

Download Gmail

Google Keep

Google Keep app grid image 2

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Size: Varies with device
  • Google Play rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Google Keep is Google’s very own note-taking application, and yet another app that supports Material You theming. This application isn’t exactly amongst the most popular ones from Google, but it’s very popular in the general scheme of things. It’s easily one of the most popular note-taking apps, that’s for sure. You can create lists of notes here, and that includes bulletpoints as well.

The app supports two different modes of checking your notes, and you can even color-code them if you want. If drawing is your thing, that’s something else you can do here, while voice notes are also supported. Yes, you can attach images to your notes as well, if that’s something you’d like to do. The app is entirely free, of course, and it does not include ads or anything of the sort.

Download Google Keep

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Nvidia Shield TV Devices To Get Android 11, Even Older Models https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/nvidia-shield-tv-devices-to-get-android-11-even-older-models.html Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:32:21 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977186 Software support is a big subject in the tech world because no one likes buying a device with an expiration date. Nvidia has been offering its own Android TV devices called the Shield TV devices, and, according to a tweet from @AndroidTV_Rumor, Android 11 is on its way. A list of compatible Nvidia Shield TV [...]

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Software support is a big subject in the tech world because no one likes buying a device with an expiration date. Nvidia has been offering its own Android TV devices called the Shield TV devices, and, according to a tweet from @AndroidTV_Rumor, Android 11 is on its way.

A list of compatible Nvidia Shield TV devices was revealed

Nvidia is definitely a company that likes to support its devices. The first Shield TV device was released back in 2015, and it ran Android 5.0 Lollipop. That device had been updated up to Android 9, which is impressive by any standards.

On the Google Play console, it lists all of the Nvidia Shield TV devices that will get the Android 11 update. What’s neat is that it lists ALL Nvidia devices as eligible for the update. This includes the older 2015 model (imagine a phone from 2015 getting the latest Android update)!

However, there seems to be one odd detail. While the list has all of the devices, it appears to be missing the model named “darcy.” It seems rather odd because this device was released back in 2017, so it shouldn’t be too old to update. Most likely, this is just an error on the company’s part.

There’s not much more information to go on

With this list, we basically have confirmation that these devices are getting the update. Other than that, there’s not much more that we can tell. The company didn’t state when we will see this update land. We also don’t know what changes Nvidia will make to the software. Only time will tell.

What is the Nvidia Shield TV?

Multiple companies make their own Android TV-powered devices, and Nvidia is no different. The company makes a line of powerful Android TV devices, and they all have robust features. The current models are the Shield TV and the Shield TV Pro.

The Shield TV can stream HDR content at 4K resolution for fantastic visuals. Along with that, it also supports Dolby Atmos enhanced audio. You can connect it to the internet using Wi-Fi or the built-in ethernet port. It has 8GB of storage onboard and a micro SD card port to load on content. This device costs $149.

The Nvidia Shield TV Pro is bigger both in terms of features and in size. Like the original model, it can stream 4K HDR content. It has double the on board storage of the original version at 16GB. You also get two USB 3 ports on the back. This one will cost you $199.

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OxygenOS 12 For OnePlus 9 Phones Is Riddles With Bugs https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/oxygenos-12-for-oneplus-9-phones-is-riddles-with-bugs.html Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:02:29 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977159 Android 12 has been out for a while, and companies like Samsung and OnePlus are launching their skinned version of the platform. The latter just released the stable version of OxygenOS 12 to the One Plus 9 phones, but there seem to be a ton of bugs in the software. OxygenOS 12 seems to have [...]

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Android 12 has been out for a while, and companies like Samsung and OnePlus are launching their skinned version of the platform. The latter just released the stable version of OxygenOS 12 to the One Plus 9 phones, but there seem to be a ton of bugs in the software.

OxygenOS 12 seems to have bugs EVERYWHERE

As mentioned before, OxygenOS 12 is based on Android 12, which means that there will be several aesthetic changes. OnePlus has pushed the update to its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro phones.

However, it seems that it’s just saturated with software bugs. According to Reddit users and Twitter users (via XDA Developers) there’s some sort of bug affecting every corner of the software. A lot of people are calling it unfinished and half-assed.

What are the bugs?

One user from Reddit is complaining that they can’t change the app icons individually and that they can’t customize the status bar. They tried to disable the battery percentage up top but couldn’t. Also, the KWGT widget looks horrible and the overall aesthetic looks messed up.

A Twitter user has another set of complaints. There are animation issues and some of the apps have DPI scaling issues.

These only see to scratch the surface of all of the issues that are going on. As time goes on, there may be more issues that come to the surface. As of yet, OnePlus hasn’t made any statement on the subject. With how many issues there are, we expect the company to do so.

This amount of issues is rather confusing because this version of OxygenOS went through multiple rounds of testing for a while; one would assume that it would be stable.

From the sound of the complaints, it almost seems that OnePlus accidentally sent out an early beta version.

In Other OnePlus News: The OnePlus 10 might launch sooner than we thought

While the OnePlus 9 is handling its software issues, the OnePlus 10 is going to be launching soon. Sources have been pointing to different possible reveal windows ranging between January and March 2022.

One reliable source, Max Jambor, gave us a pretty striking tip, and it lets us know that the OnePlus 10 will be unveiled sooner than we thought. The leaked image shows the OnePlus logo with the text “Let’s catch up in Las Vegas on January 5th. Save the date.” This points to the OnePlus 10 being unveiled in less than a month.

This date is significant because that date is during CES next year. This is only for the OnePlus 10; we don’t know when to expect the OnePlus 10 Pro

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Facebook Makes It Own Store To Avoid Paying Google And Apple Fees https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/facebook-makes-it-own-store-to-avoid-paying-google-and-apple-fees.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 23:27:13 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977144 Anyone who develops for the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store knows about the fees that both platforms charge. If you have in-app purchases on your app, you’ll pay a fair chunk of the revenue to the platform. According to TechCrunch, Facebook created its own site to avoid paying Apple and Google fees. [...]

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Anyone who develops for the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store knows about the fees that both platforms charge. If you have in-app purchases on your app, you’ll pay a fair chunk of the revenue to the platform. According to TechCrunch, Facebook created its own site to avoid paying Apple and Google fees.

Facebook made a site to buy Stars

When you watch a live stream on Facebook, you have the ability to buy Stars to help support the creator. These are like Bits for Twitch streams. When buying the Stars, you would go through the app you’re using. A portion of the money you spend would actually go to either Apple or Google.

Facebook wants to avoid these fees and made its own site to buy Stars. This way, the company can keep more of the money. While this is true, most people may just keep with the standard way of paying to keep things simple.

Facebook has a perk for people who use its site

In case people don’t want to switch over to Facebook’s method of payment, the company has a trick up its sleeve. If a user opts to use Facebook’s method, they will be rewarded with extra Stars.

Normally, Spending $.99 would get you 45 stars, but there will be a bonus 35 stars added on. Buying 1,500 stars will get you a 940-star bonus and buying 6,400 stars will give you a 3,600-star bonus.

This is for a limited time, however

Some of these bonuses nearly double the original amount of Stars which sounds incredible, but all good things must come to an end. Right now, Facebook is having an event called “Stars FEST”, and this is why all of the bonuses are so high.

When the event is finished, we may either see diminished bonuses or no bonuses at all. Right now, this event is just to raise awareness about the new site and get people to use it. After the event is over, and the bonuses are gone, only the social media site will benefit from people using its store.

Only time will tell if there will be any sort of bonus after this is all said and done. Honestly, if Facebook keeps some sort of bonus up (it doesn’t have to be as high as it is now), then it should still be able to steer some people toward its store.

The Stars FEST will last through the rest of December. This means that we’ll know more information when January comes.

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Top 10 Best Action Games For Android – Updated December, 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-action-games-android.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 23:00:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=917183 Android is home to a great many games across a great many genres, including action games, which is what this best list will be focusing on. With the wide variety of action games on Android, we wanted to narrow down the best ones to sink your teeth into. Whether you’re looking for an action game [...]

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Android is home to a great many games across a great many genres, including action games, which is what this best list will be focusing on.

With the wide variety of action games on Android, we wanted to narrow down the best ones to sink your teeth into. Whether you’re looking for an action game that’s insanely fast-paced or something a little more reserved, we’ve got you covered.

That being said, not every game is going to be to everyone’s tastes. And some may not like any games on this list. That’s ok. We’ll also be updating this list from time to time. So keep an eye out for other games that get swapped out.

Best Action Games For Android – Summary

Below you’ll find a summary table of the best action games we selected.

If you’re short on time, the table below lists all ten games that we picked. Along with any associated costs and a download link to grab it.

 

Game Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Call Of Duty: Mobile $0.00 Up to $99.99
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night $9.99 $0.00
Dead Cells $8.99 $0.00
Mega Man X Dive $0.00 Up to $99.99
Among Us $0.00 Up to $2.99
Dragon Ball Legends $0.00 Up to $79.99
Brawlhalla $0.00 Up to $49.99
Pascal’s Wager $6.99 Up to $2.99
PUBG MOBILE $0.00 Up to $199.99
Black Desert Mobile $0.00 Up to $99.99

Call Of Duty: Mobile

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $99.99

Call Of Duty: Mobile was a good way to start off this list because it’s perhaps the most action-filled action game out of our selections, and it’s definitely one of the best action games on Android currently.

This is Call Of Duty in the way that you’d expect, but sized down to fit on mobile devices, yet without really losing any of the quality and fun gameplay. And it looks great visually.

Now in its 12th season at the time of writing, Call Of Duty: Mobile is constantly adding new modes, new maps, and new guns to outfit your loadout. And now that it has shifted to the improved battle pass system the game is much better than it was when it launched in October of 2019.

If you love Call Of Duty for the guns, then you’ll love the gunsmith feature that was added to this game not too long ago. Which was brought over from Modern Warfare. While this is a free-to-play game and the loot crates can get a little out of hand, there is a metric ton of free unlockables (good ones at that) which you can acquire just by playing thanks to the battle pass.

There is no reason not to try out Call Of Duty: Mobile unless you hate good free games and/or first-person shooter action titles. Otherwise, grab it and dive in.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

  • Download Cost: $9.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: $0.00

Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night isn’t just one of the best action games on Android, it’s one of the best action games on any platform.

If there were ever a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, this is it. While not tied together through the story, the gameplay is very similar, but with better graphics, unique characters, and challenging battles between you and the denizens of the underworld.

With development led by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night offers up some excellent side-scrolling metroidvania gameplay that is just the right amount of difficulty.

You can play as multiple characters, level up and unlock new abilities, and discover all kinds of weapons and secrets throughout the game.

And surprisingly the touch controls are very well-developed. So it should play and feel just like if you were playing it on PC or console. Having just recently launched, you can pick up Bloodstained for $9.99. Which isn’t bad at all for a premium mobile title of this caliber.

Dead Cells

  • Download Cost: $8.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: $0.00

Dead Cells is another game in the action category that takes on a side-scrolling metroidvania style. But it adds the elements of roguelike mechanics which means if you die you have to restart from the beginning.

This brutal challenge makes Dead Cells hard to put down. Especially if you strive to do better than your last run.

The permadeath feature is no joke. And that might initially turn some people off from the idea of playing it. But the threat of permadeath forces you to increase your skill and learn how your enemies operate. So over time you improve and overcome your enemies.

It also makes for an interesting experience as each playthrough could end up being just different enough to keep interests high.

Mega Man X Dive

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $99.99

Mega Man is an iconic franchise that many gaming enthusiasts will be familiar with. Whether you grew up alongside the release of the original games or discovered them much later. Mega Man X Dive is the newest Mega Man game to hit the market and it’s the newest Mega Man game on mobile.

It comes with modern graphics so it looks just as good as you might expect from a game in this genre that isn’t a retro port, and mostly contains the same great style of gameplay that made Mega Man so popular in the first place. You can even perform combo attacks and take on boss challenges should you feel like you’re ready for them.

And, there’s a co-op mode too. So you can play with friends, or you can fly solo if there’s no one else to join you on the adventure. Overall it has good touch controls as well. Which isn’t always the case with action games on mobile.

This is a free game, but there are micro transactions. On top of that some players seem to be complaining that they’re fairly prominent. So be forewarned.

Among Us

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $2.99

Among Us is a game that’s been around for over two years now, but has only garnered lots of attention over the last few months.

It’s available on PC and mobile, and it has crossplay so you can play with friends no matter which of the two platforms they’re on. The goal in Among Us, is to find the impostor.

You are one of a small group of people on a space ship who is getting ready to set out into the great depths of space. But the impostor wants nothing more than to kill everyone off. You will need to work together with the other crew members to figure out who the impostor is, or complete all the tasks to ensure victory.

Or, if you’re the impostor, then your goal is to cause chaos and try to kill all the other crew members. All without being discovered. The game supports online play, and it supports local WiFi play with up to 10 players and as little as 4.

Dragon Ball Legends

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $79.99

Dragon Ball Legends is still one of the best action games on Android, especially if you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball series.

While it is an action game it also has RPG elements and follows an original story that was developed just for this game. So it’s not a title that you should expect to follow the same path as the anime or manga.

Gameplay and controls are easy to learn and the graphics are quite amazing. Which is no doubt part of the game’s appeal if you like visually impressive games.

And although the storyline of the game is original, there are going to be plenty of familiar characters popping up like Goku, Vageta, Gohan, Cell and more.

Brawlhalla

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost per Item: Up to $49.99

If you’re wondering what Brawlhalla is, think Super Smash Bros., but with a mix of unique original characters and familiar characters from animated pop culture TV shows and Ubisoft games.

Brawlhalla is a Ubisoft game, after all. It’s a platform fighting game that looks and feels a lot like Smash, and you’ll find playable characters from Adventure Time, the Rayman series, and more. Some of the characters are only available as DLC though so that’s worth keeping in mind.

Matches can contain up to 8 players but don’t necessarily have to have that many. And there’s a training room that you can enter to hone your skills as a Brawlhalla legend.

It has crossplay too. So you can link up with your friends who are on PC or console.

Pascal’s Wager

  • Download Cost: $6.99
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $2.99

There have been many Soulsborne style games that have made their way to mobile, all attempting to capture the magic of what that series offers for PC and consoles.

Pascal’s Wager might just be one of the closest games in comparison. It’s a challenging action RPG title that will not take you by the hand and walk you through things step by step.

It doesn’t technically throw you right into the deep end, but it isn’t extending a helping hand either. The game boasts multiple playable characters, expansive worlds to explore (at your own peril), and challenging boss battles.

It’s not quite the Demon’s Souls remake, but if you wanted something somewhat similar that you can take with you on the go, give Pascal’s Wager a try.

This is also a premium game so you’re paying once for the title and then you don’t have to buy anything else. It does however have some DLC available that add new content to play through. But there are no loot boxes or other micro transactions, and no monthly subscription fee of any kind.

PUBG MOBILE

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost per Item: Up to $199.99

PUBG was the original battle royale before other popular games hopped onto the scene. And PUBG MOBILE is PUBG, but on a smaller scale. Though it does carry most of the same features.

Whether you prefer the smaller matches that have teams of 4, or the massive matches where there are 100 players on a giant map all trying to win, PUBG MOBILE has it.

The game also ends up delivering numerous content patches with additional gameplay, features, collaboration events and more. The most recent for example was a tie-in with popular singing group Blackpink.

In fact there are daily events and challenges to participate in. So if you miss a couple weeks you’ll also miss some exciting content. This is the perfect game for anyone who likes the thrill of shooter titles that have you constantly watching your back thanks to the sheer number of other players in your match.

Plus it’s a free title, so you’ve really got nothing to lose. If you don’t like it you can simply uninstall.

Black Desert Mobile

  • Download Cost: $0.00
  • In-app Cost Per Item: Up to $99.99

Black Desert Mobile is more of an MMORPG than an action game but it does have plenty of action combat. So we picked it for this list because it’s an excellent game and one of the best action games on Android.

Since this is an MMO as well, there is a HUGE world to explore with hundreds upon hundreds of quests, dungeons, raids, multiplayer PvP, multiplayer PvE and more.

There’s also quite a few playable classes to choose from. What stands out the most though, is the gorgeous graphics of the characters, surrounding world, and especially, the ability effects. Sometimes it’s fun to play this game just to run around and see the beauty of the attacks. Even if you’re not accomplishing anything.

All-in-all, Black Desert Mobile is a good action game to pick up if you want something that always has stuff to do. It’s not really an action game that has an ending. Which means you can hop in at any point and enjoy whatever the current events or activities are that are going on.

And those happen pretty often just like in PUBG MOBILE. Black Desert Mobile is also a free title so there is no monetary commitment. Though it does offer things you can buy with real money, so keep that in mind.

Black Desert Mobile is now one year old, too. So there’s currently a special event going on within the game to celebrate the anniversary. This includes some cool rewards for players, so it’s a good time to jump in and give it a try.

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Top 10 Best Arcade Games For Android – Updated December, 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-arcade-games-android.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:20:19 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=966783 The best arcade games are ones that offer a nostalgic feel. Even if you didn’t grow up with games of this genre, any new ones that follow the same format of those older titles tend to be among the most fun to play. Android has loads of options to choose from. So we’ve scoured the [...]

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The best arcade games are ones that offer a nostalgic feel. Even if you didn’t grow up with games of this genre, any new ones that follow the same format of those older titles tend to be among the most fun to play.

Android has loads of options to choose from. So we’ve scoured the depths of the Play Store’s many titles to find the best arcade games for Android that you can sink your teeth into. Keep in mind that this list is certainly subjective. However, while not everyone’s tastes are the same, the titles we’ve selected for this list all have some standout features.

They’re excellent arcade games for one reason or another. Which makes them easily break away from the pack. Another thing to note about arcade games is that a lot of the time, they aren’t too heavy with story elements or super complex gameplay mechanics. While they can definitely be challenging, they’re easy to pick up and play.

Top 10 Best Arcade Games For Android

Game Download cost In-app cost (per item)
Hyperforma Free $0.99 – $4.99
Bullet Hell Monday Free $1.99 – $4.99
Candies ‘n Curses Free $1.99 – $19.99
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom Free $0.99 – $99.99
Alto’s Odyssey Free $0.99 – $9.99
Bendy in Nightmare Run Free $0.99 – $99.99
Contra Returns Free $0.99 – $109.99
Golden Axe Classics Free $1.99 – $4.99
Giant Dancing Plushies $3.99 $0
Solar Explorer: New Dawn $2.99 $0

Hyperforma

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $0.99 – $4.99
  • Download: Google Play

Hyperforma is part puzzle game and part arcade game, and one of the best arcade games on Android right now. Set in cyberspace your job is to destroy blocks to get to the core. You’ll encounter boss fights, unlock new levels, and there’s even a story to follow with a sci-fi cyberpunk theme.

Bullet Hell Monday

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $1.99 – $4.99
  • Download: Google Play

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned bullet hell shooter? Probably plenty of people. But plenty of people love them too. Including us! Which is why we put Bullet Hell Monday on this list. It’s one of the best arcade games on Android and it’ll give you one “hell” of a challenge when you try to work your way through its many difficult stages.

Plus there’s some cool graphics and even cooler music.

Candies ‘n Curses

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $1.99 – $19.99
  • Download: Google Play

It’s spoopy season which means now is the perfect time to find some equally spoopy games to play on your smartphone whenever you have some free time. Candies ‘n Curses is a great arcade game with a Hallo0ween-style theme to it. it’s not specifically Halloween, but you get the idea.

You can battle ghostly bosses and collect more powerful weapons and even loads of outfits for your character. Give the trailer a watch and see if you don’t get excited.

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $0.99 – $99.99
  • Download: Google Play

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom is an awesome arcade title that is also part endless runner. You can play as all or most of your favorite Sonic The Hedgehog characters, including Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, and Amy Rose.

Think of it like an old school Sonic game but without the platforming and the 2D side scrolling visuals.

Alto’s Odyssey

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $0.99 – $9.99
  • Download: Google Play

One of the best arcade games on Android in, well forever, is Alto’s Odyssey. This is essentially a side scrolling endless runner where you can play as Alto in another adventure boarding down a mountain and seeing how far you can get. Perform tricks to earn points, gain upgrades, different outfits, and pump up that high score.

Plus enjoy the calming ambient soundtrack and gorgeous background visuals. It’s a wonderful game to play when you only have 10 or 15 minutes.

Bendy in Nightmare Run

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $0.99 – $99.99
  • Download: Google Play

Another spoopy game for the month of October is Bendy in Nightmare Run. One of the best arcade games on Android for a few reasons. For one, the visuals are super cool and have that hand-drawn look you find in super popular games like Cuphead or in old school Disney cartoons.

As far as gameplay goes, you can probably guess it’s another runner. Runners just lend themselves well to mobile and this one is a total gem. It also includes boss battles, and is actually one of a few Bendy games on mobile devices.

Contra Returns

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $0.99 – $109.99
  • Download: Google Play

Technically this is listed as an action game, but Contra was a popular action arcade game back in the day and was available on arcade machines. This is a new game in the series designed specifically for mobile, and is really quite fun if you like this style of game, similar to titles like Metal Slug and others.

You can play solo or with another player, and it even has PvP elements. There’s also a story mode, a challenge mode, and a big arsenal of weapons to make dispatching your enemies more fun.

Golden Axe Classics

  • Download cost: Free
  • In-app cost per item: $1.99 – $4.99
  • Download: Google Play

Golden Axe Classic is part of the SEGA Forever lineup of mobile titles, which includes a lot of other games like Streets of Rage, Altered Beast, The Revenge of Shinobi and more. This includes three games in one. Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, and Golden Axe III. So there’s plenty for you to go through here.

You can save game progress, play offline, and there should be a multiplayer experience being added at some point if it’s not already there.

Giant Dancing Plushies

  • Download cost: $3.99
  • In-app cost per item: $0
  • Download: Google Play

if you like rhythm games you will probably love this one. Th goal is to help giant plushie kaiju move to the beat of the music as they traipse through city streets. There are multiple plushies to unlock and you can give them upgrades to make them more powerful. Which helps them destroy more stuff and help you earn more points. Which leads to more available upgrades.

There’s also multiple game modes and unlockable weapons to equip. And, there are zero micro transactions. Which is usually a pretty big bonus for many mobile gamers. Normally this game costs $3.99, but if you subscribe to Google Play Pass it’s free to install and play as much as you like.

Solar Explorer: New Dawn

  • Download cost: $2.99
  • In-app cost per item: $0
  • Download: Google Play

This is an awesome arcade game if you have any sort of interest in space exploration and discovering what’s out there in the far reaches of the galaxy and beyond. In this game you can colonize the inner solar system as well as collect resources.

There’s also a physics engine in place where part of the game requires you to safely enter the atmosphere of each planet you’re trying to land on and colonize. There’s 40 missions and you can customize your lander, gain a bunch of achievements and even try things in various challenge modes.

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You Can Now Buy Amazon's New Halo View Fitness Tracker https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/amazon-halo-view-tracker-buy-launch.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:49:05 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977207 Amazon debuted its Halo View tracker earlier this year, and as of today it’s officially available to buy. The Halo View takes what was well-liked about the original Halo tracker and builds on that by adding a touch-enabled color display and more. It also lowers the price a little bit. So you’re still getting a [...]

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Amazon debuted its Halo View tracker earlier this year, and as of today it’s officially available to buy. The Halo View takes what was well-liked about the original Halo tracker and builds on that by adding a touch-enabled color display and more. It also lowers the price a little bit. So you’re still getting a fairly capable fitness tracker for reasonable amount of money. A better tracker in fact, for less money.

Feature-wise, the biggest improvements are the display, and the inclusion of the year-long Amazon Halo membership. Which includes guided workouts, programs, and numerous other features to make the experience better.

You can pick up the Halo View for $79.99, and Amazon offers it in a few different colors which are Sage Green, Active Black, and Lavendar Dream. All that said, if you’re planning for this to be a gift you probably want to buy soon.

You should buy the Halo View as soon as possible

The Halo View has just launched (it was available for pre-order last month), so it’s positioned to make a pretty great gift for the holidays coming up. However, if you’re planning to pick this up as a gift, you might want to buy it as soon as possible. If you look at the Amazon buy page for the tracker, it says it’ll arrive by Sunday, December 19. Which is just 5 days before Christmas Eve and 6 days before Christmas Day.

That doesn’t leave you a whole lot of time to get it wrapped and ready for whenever you dole out gifts. And that’s assuming you don’t have to ship it anywhere. Normally you’d be able to pick it up and have it delivered within a few days. Less if you’re subscribed to Amazon Prime.

Unfortunately, the Halo View has an extended delivery time thanks to the chip shortage. And the Halo View is comprised of components that are impacted by those issues. Which translates to shipping delays.

But, all that aside, the Halo View is currently still in stock. So even if it shows up just in the nick of time, it’s still going to show up. Which is more than can be said for other consumer electronics like the PS5 which is still nearly impossible to get.

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Top 10 Best Android Card Games – Updated December, 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-android-card-games.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:30:22 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=882753 Card games are something that plenty of people can get into and these are some of the best ones on Android. When you think of card games, what comes to mind likely depends what generation you’re from. For example, you might think of card games as classic options like Solitaire or Hearts. If you’re on [...]

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Card games are something that plenty of people can get into and these are some of the best ones on Android. When you think of card games, what comes to mind likely depends what generation you’re from.

For example, you might think of card games as classic options like Solitaire or Hearts. If you’re on the younger side and grew up around classic video game consoles like the Super Nintendo and beyond, you might think of games like the Pokémon card game or Yu-Gi-Oh. This list not only has some of the best card games on Android but it also has a variety of different options.

Something for everyone if you will.

Top 10 Best Android Card Games Summary

Below is a summary table of which card games are on this list. If you’re short on time and simply want to see which games we picked, you can view them all directly from the table included here.

If you want to read a little more about each of our picks, as well as check out the associated game trailers if available, you can view the actual longer list below the summary table.

 

Game Download Cost In-game cost (per item)
Microsoft Solitaire Collection Free $0.99 – $9.99
Pokémon TCG Online Free $0
Reigns: Game Of Thrones $3.99 $0
The Elder Scrolls: Legends Free $1.99 – $99.99
Card Thief Free $0.99 – $2.99
Mythgard CCG Free $2.99 – $99.99
Exploding Kittens $1.99 $0.99 – $1.99
Hearthstone Free $$1.99 – $79.99
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Free $0.99 – $139.99
Legends of Runeterra Free $4.99 – $49.99

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

If you grew up with an old Dell, Gateway, or Hewlett-Packard PC in the 90s, you have probably played at least one game of Microsoft Solitaire. Microsoft has brought back that nostalgic feeling and wrapped up five different solitaire games into one glorious collection for the players, making this one of the best card games on Android.

Having five different solitaire games in one isn’t the only reason this is a game worth picking up though. There’s daily challenges for you to complete so you can earn rewards and badges. There’s also millions of players, and you can play with friends if you sign into the game with your Xbox Live account.

In this collection you’ll find Klondike Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Freecell Solitaire, Tri Peaks Solitaire, and Pyramid Solitaire.

Pokémon TCG Online

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Pokémon is most famous for the Game Boy games that came out decades ago, but since then has grown into a worldwide phenomenon across various forms of media and entertainment. One of those is the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and this is the mobile version of it.

Pokémon TCG Online is a lot like the physical version of the game, except you can take it with you anywhere without having to carry a bunch of physical cards with you. Which is one of the reasons why we picked it for the best android card games list.

The only downside here is that you can only play the game on tablets. As it won’t support phones. Which means it will limit who can play it. Still, it has all the hallmarks of a great Pokémon card game, letting you build your perfect deck, earn booster packs and more.

If you’ve always been a Pokémon card game fan and have a tablet (or plan to get one), check this out.

Reigns: Game Of Thrones

  • Price: $3.99
  • In-game purchases: No
  • Download: Google Play

There are a few different versions of Reigns, and this one is themed after Game of Thrones. Making it perfect for fans of the series.

Reigns: Game of Thrones tasks you with deciding the fate of the seven kingdoms. Rule on the Iron Throne with the different leaders (all characters from the show and books), and unlock new leaders as you progress.

Each leader also offers up unique challenges for you to complete, which expand the stories of those particular characters. In addition to the main game, which is a single player experience, there are also mini-games for you to sink your teeth into.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Fan of The Elder Scrolls series? The Elder Scrolls: Legends has what you’d probably want in a card game. It’s a strategy-based card game which means you’ll battle it out against other players for victory.

While there are PvP-based modes, there’s also a fair amount of single player content. For instance, there are numerous campaigns for players to finish, and there’s a solo arena that lets players practice their skills.

Since this is a strategy card game, winning is all about having a good deck filled with powerful cards, and playing the right cards at the right time. In other words, knowing what to play or how to respond to a card played by the enemy.

As you collect more cards and grow your deck, you can level the cards up to make them stronger. Which you’ll definitely want to do. There’s daily and monthly login rewards to acquire as well. So even if you don’t plan on playing some days, make sure to log in and at least get your bonuses.

Card Thief

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Card Thief takes the style of Solitaire when it comes to gameplay and fuses plenty of its own interesting elements into it. It’s a fresh take on a classic game that people have loved for years.

And it’s why Card Thief is one of the best card games on Android. Among other reasons. Matches in this game play out as heists. You’re a stealthy thief, and your goal is to acquire items and make your way back to your hideout at the end.

In your hideout you can unlock equipment cards with great power to play in your next match. There are four different heists to play, and each one has a unique type of enemy to mix things up.

Matches are also set up to be no more than a few minutes each. So this is a perfect game to play if you only have a little bit of time.

There’s also a lot of tactical gameplay involved, so you’ll still need to think about the moves you make each turn.

Card Thief is filled with fun and has some pretty cool visuals. It’s also free, and it’s one of the titles included with Google’s Play Pass service.

Mythgard CCG

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Like many of the options on this list, Mythgard is collectible card battler. There’s a huge card collection that includes over 400 cards, offering up plenty of variety in the way you play your hand.

Players can dive into the the magic-filled world of Mythgard and take on the game solo, or play in 1v1 or 2v2 battles against other players.

While there are in-game purchases in Mythgard, every card can also be earned through gameplay. Every. Card. Which means you don’t have to spend any money to acquire the most powerful cards there are.

Once you become a little bit more familiar with the gameplay mechanics, feel free to try your skills out in the ranked mode. Or build the best deck you can early on and dive into the ranked more as soon as possible.

Exploding Kittens

  • Price: $1.99
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Exploding kittens is a card game where victory relies a little bit on chance, and a little bit on strategy. The goal is to be the last person in the game.

You and anyone else playing must draw cards in sequence, and whoever gets the exploding kitten card is blown up and knocked out of the game. There are however ways to avoid getting knocked out. Certain cards will let you nullify the exploding kitten card. Such as the laser pointer card.

There are also other various cards that can help you dictate the direction of the game. All of the cards are drawn by Matthew Inman, the artist behind The Oatmeal. So there’s a good amount of comedy baked into the gameplay.

It might seem ridiculous at first, but trust us. This is a fun one and it’s a wonderful game for parties or small groups of friends. You can play online with strangers, or you can play with up to five friends locally. Or as little as two.

Hearthstone

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Hearthstone needs little introduction as it’s been one of the most popular card games out there for a few years now. This is also a card battler and is one of the best card games on Android simply because it’s just one of the best card games.

It centers around the lore of the World of Warcraft universe and features numerous adventures and expansions that have added in hundreds of cards over the years.

It even gets seasonal events just like WoW. It’s possible to dive into Hearthstone right away with little to no knowledge of how to play. You will however want to try and learn the game if you want to eventually win your matches.

There’s a deep story to follow, but also a rich and complex tactical nature to the way you play. Duel against one other player in ranked and non-ranked games, or against seven other players in the Battlegrounds mode. You can even enjoy the game in the solo adventures where you play against the computer.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

GWENT is a card battler much like Hearthstone but it comes from the universe of The Witcher. Developers CD Projekt Red have deemed it to have a fair and fun progression system.

What that should tell you is that GWENT is easy to pick up, difficult to master, and progressing through the game and getting better cards for a more powerful deck isn’t something that you’ll need to spend a whole lot of money to do.

GWENT also features multiple modes for you to dive into. A PvP mode, a solo mode, Arena mode for ranked matches, and more. Wins grant you new cards through unlocks, so aiming for the victory is in your best interest.

And one interesting element of the game is that you can play any of the cards in your starting hand immediately. You don’t have to wait until you have enough runes to play a specific card.

This is a strategic card game though. So playing your strongest cards at the very beginning may not be the best move. Then again maybe it is.

Legends Of Runeterra

  • Price: Free
  • In-game purchases: Yes
  • Download: Google Play

Last but not least on this list of best Android card games is Legends of Runeterra. It’s the newest card game on this list and probably one of the newest on Android in general.

This is based on the universe of League of Legends, and though it has a different set of characters and is based around a different game world than the others, it’s still a card battler. So your goal is to take on enemies with a strong deck and try to beat them with your best hands.

What sets it a little bit apart is the ability to react to cards played at any time. Your opponents can do this as well though. So matches can get heated pretty quickly.

If you’re a big fan of League of Legends, then this is the card game you want to play. It’s actually very fun and it has some really cool graphics to help make it stand out.

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People Are Spending More Money Than Ever On Mobile Apps And Games https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/people-are-spending-more-money-than-ever-on-mobile-apps-and-games.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:01:38 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977128 We all know that the mobile app market is one of the most lucrative markets out there. These simple tap and swipe games on our phones are raking in millions, or sometimes, billions of dollars. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, we’ve spent more money this year than ever. Global mobile app spending [...]

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We all know that the mobile app market is one of the most lucrative markets out there. These simple tap and swipe games on our phones are raking in millions, or sometimes, billions of dollars. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, we’ve spent more money this year than ever.

Global mobile app spending has reached $133 billion dollars this year.

When mobile apps were becoming a thing, no one ever thought about making a living or becoming rich off of an app. Nowadays, apps like Genshin Impact and TikTok are totaling billions of dollars in revenue yearly.

Not only is the market big, but it is growing. According to the report, the Apple App Store and Google Play Store are projected to bring in a combined total of $133 billion dollars in revenue this year. This includes in-app purchases and ad revenue. This figure is up from $111.1 billion dollars in the year 2020. That is a 19.7% increase year-over-year.

The Apple app store reigns supreme in terms of income bringing in nearly twice as much as the Google Play Store. This year, Apple brought in about $85.1 billion in revenue. That’s a 37.7% increase from last year’s $72.3 billion.

As for the Google Play Store, this year, it totaled about $47.9 billion. That’s a 23.5 % increase from last year’s $38.8 billion.

Global spending on mobile games has also grown

Most of the money from in-app purchases comes from games. Mobile spending on games will reach about $89.6 billion across both mobile platforms. This is a 12.6 % increase over last year’s $79.6 billion. This is significant because mobile spending on games makes up 67.4% of all in-app spending.

This year, Apple brought in $52.3 billion which is a 9.9% increase over last year’s $47.6 billion. The Google Play store brought in $37.3 billion, which is a 16.6% increase over the $32 billion brought in last year.

What were the top games this year?

In the Apple App Store, Honor of Kings takes the top spot leaving PUBG Mobile and Genshin Impact in second and third place, respectively. As for the Google Play store, the top-grossing game is Coin Master which leaves Garena Free Fire in second and Genshin Impact in third.

The top grossing game across both platforms is PUBG Mobile with Honor Of Kings in second and Genshin Impact in third. Other top grossing games include Roblox, Candy, Crush saga, Pokémon Go, and Lords Mobile.

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Catch Those Porch Pirates With The $35 Blink Video Doorbell https://www.androidheadlines.com/buy-blink-video-doorbell-sale Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:57:47 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977199 Amazon has the Blink Video Doorbell on sale for $34.99 right now. Which is going to save you $15 off of the regular price. It’s not a super expensive video doorbell to begin with. So getting it for $35 is really nice. And a good way to keep your packages from being stolen by porch [...]

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Amazon has the Blink Video Doorbell on sale for $34.99 right now. Which is going to save you $15 off of the regular price. It’s not a super expensive video doorbell to begin with. So getting it for $35 is really nice. And a good way to keep your packages from being stolen by porch pirates this holiday season.

Answer your door no matter where you are from your smartphone with 1080p HD day and infrared night video and two-way audio. Experience long-lasting battery life, custom alerts, privacy settings, and more. Get alerts when motion is detected or someone presses Video Doorbell. Connect to existing doorbell wiring or pair with a Sync Module (sold separately) to engage live view and two-way audio on demand.

Choose to save and share clips in the cloud with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan or locally with the Sync Module 2 and USB drive (each sold separately).Designed for every home, go wire-free or connect to existing doorbell wiring to also sound in-home chime.

Set up yourself in minutes with the two included AA lithium batteries then connect to wifi in the app. Works with Alexa — receive alerts and answer with two-way audio. When wired or paired with a Sync Module, just ask Alexa to answer the front door.

This package includes one Video Doorbell, 2 AA 1.5V Lithium Batteries, 4 Screws, 1 Case Opening Tool. Does not include Sync Module 2 which can be found in all “Systems” above (recommended for optimal use while on battery). Blink Video Doorbell Standalone does not include Sync Module 2. Without a Sync Module, live-view and two-way audio are available only in response to a doorbell press or motion event. With a Sync Module or Sync Module 2 get these features anytime on-demand.

You can pick up the Blink Video Doorbell from Amazon today by clicking here. This sale won’t last long, so you’ll want to grab this before it is gone.

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The Steam Deck: Everything You Need To Know – Updated December, 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-valve-steam-deck.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:30:37 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=952911 On July 15, Valve officially revealed its long-rumored handheld gaming PC, called the Steam Deck. It’s Valve’s answer to the emerging crop of handheld PCs like the GPD Win 3, as well as consoles like the Nintendo Switch, and the rising interest from gamers to have access to high-quality games on the go. While companies [...]

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On July 15, Valve officially revealed its long-rumored handheld gaming PC, called the Steam Deck. It’s Valve’s answer to the emerging crop of handheld PCs like the GPD Win 3, as well as consoles like the Nintendo Switch, and the rising interest from gamers to have access to high-quality games on the go.

While companies like Google and Microsoft were dipping their toes into the waters of cloud gaming, Valve was building this. A machine that comes with custom-designed hardware like a custom AMD GPU, high-quality buttons, three options for storage and more.

There’s a lot to know about the Steam Deck and nearly as much that’s still a mystery. But the curtains have finally been lifted on Steam’s handheld gaming solution. If you’re interested in this machine and want to learn more about it, this guide will walk you through everything there is to know so far.

There are still some unknowns, of course. And we’ll address that as it comes up in this post. But, right from the get-go there’s already a lot of detail.

How much does the Steam Deck cost?

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That will depend on which model you choose. There are three available models, all of which differ only by the amount of storage they have, and how fast that storage is. You do get a few extra goodies though if you purchase either of the two more expensive models. These however don’t have any impact on the machine’s performance.

The Steam Deck starts at $399. This will get you the 64GB model. You can up that to $529 if you want the 256GB model, and if that still isn’t enough, then $649 will net you the 512GB model.

The one thing that is worth noting is that the storage on the 64GB model is eMMc. Whereas the other two models have NVMe SSDs for the storage. So that’s where the speed comes from. That will translate to loading games faster.

When will the Steam Deck launch?

Update: November 10, 2021

Valve has officially confirmed today that the launch of the Steam Deck has been delayed until early 2022. Due to supply chain issues caused by the chip shortage, components could not make it to manufacturing facilities in time to meet the initial planned ship dates.

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Officially it begins shipping December of 2021. So it’ll be out later this year. Valve has not given an exact date for release yet though. So while it begins shipping in December, it’s unclear exactly when in December. Presumably, Valve will want to start shipping these out in time for them to be under the tree as gifts during the holiday.

However, Valve also states that shipping will go in the order reservations were received. So keep in mind that your own order could arrive after December of this year. As it just depends on how fast you were to make the reservation.

Can I pre-order the Steam Deck?

Yes, you will be able to pre-order the Steam Deck. Valve is only allowing those that reserve the hardware to pre-order though, for now at least. Reservations begin on July 16 at 10AM PST. While there may or may not be limited stock, you’ll still want to reserve the model you want as fast as you can. So you have a better chance at getting it shipped out as early as possible.

Valve hasn’t officially announced when pre-orders go live. But it will notify anyone that reserves the unit when orders are available so you can make the purchase.

Can I reserve more than one Steam Deck?

No. Valve will only allow one Steam Deck reservation per person. So you will only be able to purchase one during the reservation period. You can however buy more than one eventually, once the Steam Deck is available for general purchase. Unfortunately, Valve has not confirmed when that is. So this is your only chance to get one for the time being. As general purchase isn’t going to be available until sometime in 2022.

Do I need a Steam account to reserve/purchase the Steam Deck?

You likely won’t need a Steam account to purchase one when they’re available for general purchase. But for the reservations, a Steam account is going to be required. Valve is also making it a requirement that for the first 48 hours of the reservation period, the Steam account must be in good standing. And that account must have purchased a game prior to June of 2021.

This is an effort to curb the unauthorized resellers using bots that will inevitably try to snatch these up. With this requirement in place, Valve is trying to ensure that anyone who wants a Steam Deck for themselves, and not to resell, will have the opportunity to reserve a unit.

Do I need a Steam account to use the device?

Yes and no. The Steam Deck runs on SteamOS 3.0. And it plays games through Steam. So out of the box you will need to have a Steam account (which is free), be signed into it on the device, and have purchased games to play them. Unless the games you’re trying to play are free, in which case you just need to have an active account.

But, if you were to install Windows on the device, and were planning to forego Steam altogether, then you wouldn’t need a Steam account for that. That said, it’s way easier to just sign up for a Steam account and use the version of SteamOS that the Steam Deck runs on. Especially with the compatibility for Windows and Linux games thanks to Proton and Steam Play.

How many buttons does the Steam Deck have?

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There are five buttons on each side for the R and L inputs. The R1/L1 and R2/L2 inputs on top, the R3 and L3 inputs on the front, and then four paddle buttons on the back of the unit for the R4/L4 and R5/L5 inputs.

There’s also the D-pad, the left and right thumbsticks, a Steam button, a Quick Access button, an Options button, the ABXY buttons, and a touch pad on each side of the device. There’s also the power button and volume buttons on the top. It even has a gyro for motion controls.

What kind of audio does the Steam Deck support?

It supports both wired audio through a 3.5mm port, as well as Bluetooth audio for a wireless experience if you prefer it. There are also two front-firing Hi-Fi speakers if you don’t feel like connecting headphones or external speakers.

Does it support expandable storage?

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It certainly does! The Steam Deck has a built-in microSD slot. The only thing Valve seems to highlight about using this for storage is that the card needs to be a high-speed microSD card. So that means you probably can’t use just any old card. Make sure to do your research and get one that will be able to deliver. Lest your games load so slow you forget what you were doing.

Valve unfortunately doesn’t confirm what the max limit is on expanded storage. Having said that, the Steam Deck should support microSD cards as high as they will go. The biggest cards available are 1TB, but those generally run for around $200. So putting that much expanded storage in the machine won’t be cheap.

How does the Steam Deck charge?

It uses a USB-C port on the top of the device and comes with a USB-C charging cable and adapter to keep it topped up.

Can you play games with external controls?

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The Steam Deck will support external controls. So you can plug in a mouse and keyboard and play games that way if you wish. You will need the Dock accessory though to plug in wired peripherals. If you want to use Bluetooth wireless peripherals, then you can connect them to the Steam Deck without the Dock accessory.

How much does the Dock accessory cost and when does it launch?

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Valve hasn’t said how much the Dock will cost or when it will be available. Which means it may not launch at the same time as the first Steam Deck units that are scheduled to ship in December.

Do you need the official Dock to connect the Steam Deck to a TV?

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No. Valve says that this function will work without the Dock. As the USB-C port on the unit supports data, HDMI, and ethernet capabilities. So, if you have the right cables, you can still plug this into a TV or monitor without the Dock.

However, the Dock does have additional connection capabilities. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, an ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort 1.4. So you’ll need the dock if you want to connect wired peripherals.

You should however be able to connect wireless peripherals without the Dock. Since the Steam Deck supports Bluetooth.

Where is it going to be available?

Valve is selling the Steam Deck in the US, the UK, Canada, and Europe when reservations open on July 16. Valve says it will share information about additional regions in the future.

What are the tech specs?

Steam Deck Tech Specs

The most notable specs on offer include a 7-inch LCD screen that has a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 400 nits brightness. The screen is also touch-enabled.

As for the internal hardware, the Steam Deck is running a custom AMD APU. Designed specifically for this machine. It has 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage options, expandable storage through a high-speed microSD card slot, HD haptics, Bluetooth 5.0 for controller, keyboard and mouse, accessory, and audio support, and a Dual-Band WiFi radio that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.

There’s also a 40Whr battery, it weighs around 669 grams, and its dimensions are 298mm x 117mm x 49mm.

How long does the battery last?

Valve says that the battery on the Steam Deck will last anywhere from 2 – 8 hours. Depending on the types of games you play and what other features you may be using. Other factors that can impact battery life include the connection of Bluetooth peripherals, as well as how bright you have the display turned up.

But, all that aside, the max battery life is 8 hours before it needs to be recharged. So it’s probably a good idea to keep the charger with you when away from home.

Does it support all of Steam’s features?

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The Steam Deck will support a wide range of Steam features that you have probably come to know and love about the platform. This includes Steam Chat, notifications, cloud saves, Remote Play for if you want to connect the Steam Deck to your gaming PC for better performance, the Steam Store, and the Community where you can access news and everything else you can find in the Community on Steam’s PC client.

There’s a universal search feature

Valve wants to make navigating this thing as easy as possible. And that includes finding what you’re looking for. Whether that’s a game in your library, a conversation with a friend, the friends list and more.

So, there’s a universal search function to help you track down those things. Easy peezy right? And, when you open your games library, you can filter titles just like you would on the Steam PC client. With options for filtering by installed titles, all titles, favorites, and collections. You can also sort games alphabetically if you want.

You can suspend and quickly resume games as you see fit

Valve built-in a suspend and quick resume feature for those moments where you need to pause your game. And using it couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is press the power button once and it goes into sleep mode automatically. Press it again to wake the Steam Deck back up and the game will even be right at the spot where you left off.

Will the Steam Deck support all of my Steam games?

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To play a game on the Steam Deck, it will need to be supported by SteamOS natively, or at the very least be supported by Proton and Steam Play. You can check more about which titles with Proton and Steam Play by heading to ProtonDB. This means there is a chance that some of your games won’t be supported by this device. However, expect all of the major titles to work. Valve has already shown off major games like DOOM Eternal, Hades, Control, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Ni No Kuni II and many more working on the portable PC.

The landing page also shows titles like Scarlet Nexus, Ghost Runner, Guilty Gear Strive, Portal 2, No Man’s Sky, Death Stranding, Ace Combat 7, and It Takes Two. Basically most major titles will be playable. But there are definitely going to be some odd outliers that won’t be. So keep that in mind.

Can I install other game clients on it?

Yes. Valve says that you will be able to run third-party software on this device. That means you could probably install something like Battle.net or the Epic Games Store and access games from those clients. Which opens up the device to even more games.

Does Valve offer optional accessories for it?

Other than the official Dock, there is also a carrying case for the Steam Deck, which you can see in the main image at the top of this post. That being said, all three models do come with a carrying case. So while that is an accessory, it’s bundled in so you don’t have to buy it.

Valve also states that the 512GB model comes with premium anti-glare etched glass. Though it’s unclear if this is referring to a glass screen protector that goes on top of the display, or the display itself.

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The Best Fitbit Fitness Tracker & Smartwatch Deals – Updated December 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-fitbit-fitness-tracker-deals Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:00:03 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=919012 Fitbit is one of the more popular names in fitness trackers, and they offer them in many different price ranges. But why not save some cash on a Fitbit tracker? Well here, we have rounded up the very best deals for Fitbit products. So you can save some cash, and get a new fitness tracker [...]

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Fitbit is one of the more popular names in fitness trackers, and they offer them in many different price ranges. But why not save some cash on a Fitbit tracker? Well here, we have rounded up the very best deals for Fitbit products. So you can save some cash, and get a new fitness tracker to get into shape.

Fitbit has quite a few different products that you can pick up. There are trackers like the Inspire, Inspire HR, and the Charge 4. As well as smartwatches like the Fitbit Sense and the Versa. Fitbit also does smart scales, that sync with the app, so you can keep an eye on your weight. This is really great if you are looking to lose some weight too.

The entire Fitbit ecosystem is really nice, with some of the newer smartwatches also supporting the Google Assistant. Allowing you to talk to the Assistant from your wrist. They also have Amazon Alexa, if you’d prefer to use Alexa over the Google Assistant. Fitbit also has Fitbit Pay, so you can pay using your wearable on your wrist, and not need to bring your phone with you on any runs. Most of them also have support for saving music offline.

The Best Fitbit Fitness Tracker & Smartwatch Deals

Below, you will find the best Fitbit fitness tracker and smartwatch deals that are currently available. This list will be updated from time to time, as deals change, and new products are announced. So if you are looking to get a new Fitbit device, then you may want to bookmark this page.

Normally the older Fitbit products get discounted more often. Newer ones like the Versa 3 and the Sense very rarely get any discounts. So do keep that in mind.

And with that said, check out all of the best Fitbit Deals down below.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE To Run Android 12 Out Of The Box, Firmware Available https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/samsung-galaxy-s21-fe-to-run-android-12-out-of-the-box-firmware-available.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:53:12 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977127 Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is making rounds of the internet for quite some time now. Now the device was said to release this year, but that is obviously not going to happen. The company is expected to release the Fan Edition of the Galaxy S21, i.e. the Galaxy S21 FE early next year. However, while [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is making rounds of the internet for quite some time now. Now the device was said to release this year, but that is obviously not going to happen.

The company is expected to release the Fan Edition of the Galaxy S21, i.e. the Galaxy S21 FE early next year. However, while the device is yet to come out, we have some details regarding the firmware on which it will run out of the box.

According to the latest report by SamMobile, the Galaxy S21 FE will come with Android 12 out of the box. This is great news for those who were looking to purchase the device.

In comparison to the Galaxy S21 FE, the original Galaxy S21 lineup, which includes the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra that debuted early this year, came out with Android 11 out of the box.

They have received the Android 12 One UI 4.0 update, but Galaxy S21 FE will run it out of the box. The entire Galaxy S21 series, including Galaxy S21 FE (whenever it comes out), will be eligible for three Android OS updates.

Galaxy S21 Fe will be supported till Android 15, whereas other devices in the lineup will support till Android 14

This means, the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra will support until Android 14. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will support Android 15.

Moreover, the device will come with Samsung’s latest in-house software One UI 4.0 out of the box. It will include all the bells and whistles the company will add till the time the phone comes out.

If you wish to check out the Galaxy S21 FE firmware, then you can head over to SamMobile’s firmware section. It won’t be of much use since the device for which it is meant hasn’t been launched yet.

It could be one of the selling points of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Besides, it needs all the help it can get since it will be releasing so close to the company’s next year flagship, the Galaxy S22 series.

Considering all the leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S22 series, if they turn out to be true, then we are going to have a brilliant S-series lineup up ahead.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra, in particular, is expected to come with a bunch of the Note series’s features, including an S-Pen with housing on the device itself. Apparently, Galaxy S22 series will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

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Google Claims Its RMA Wasn’t To Blame For Recent Pixel Hacks https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/google-claims-its-rma-wasnt-to-blame-for-recent-pixel-hacks.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:31:21 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977129 Last week, two Pixel owners said that their devices were illegally accessed after being sent to Google for repairs. This led to speculation that Google is now responding to one of the respondents in a statement. “After a thorough investigation, we can say with confidence that the issue impacting the user was not related to [...]

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Last week, two Pixel owners said that their devices were illegally accessed after being sent to Google for repairs. This led to speculation that Google is now responding to one of the respondents in a statement.

“After a thorough investigation, we can say with confidence that the issue impacting the user was not related to the device RMA [Return Merchandise Authorization] … We have worked closely with the user to better understand what occurred and how best to secure the account going forward,” Google spokesperson Alex Moriconi told The Verge (via).

This statement addresses the allegations made by game designer and The New York Times bestselling author, Jane McGonigal. She said that her Pixel “disappeared” after being sent to Google for repairs.

While the hijackers couldn’t access the images on the phone, they did manage to get into McGonigal’s Dropbox and Gmail accounts. The individuals also managed to erase or hide security messages sent to her email. McGonigal’s activity records showed that the culprits gained access to images of her “in bathing suits, sports bras, form-fitting dresses, and of stitches after surgery.”

The first complaint came from an anonymous user on Reddit

McGonigal’s revelation came in the backdrop of a Reddit post stating how a Pixel sent to Google for warranty service was illegally accessed. The post went up on December 1 under the r/legaladvice subreddit.

The Reddit user’s wife sent her broken Pixel to Google for an RMA or Return Merchandise Authorization. The phone didn’t have a screen lock or PIN. Moreover, wiping the device wasn’t an option as it couldn’t power on. A month after sending the device for repairs, the hijacker reportedly got into the social media account of his wife. The horror didn’t stop there as the culprit then posted inappropriate images of the couple on that social media account.

The culprit also got into the PayPal app and reportedly stole $5. The user managed to track down the unauthorized logins to a unit in Texas using Google’s Find My Device service. This location also happens to be where Google sent the phone for repair. Subsequently, the user approached the police about these concerns.

Although the original Reddit post no longer exists, this is a harrowing ordeal that nobody should go through, especially when sending their devices to Google.

To ensure your devices are always safe from hacks, we suggest enabling 2-Step Verification for your Google account. Make sure to enable this standard for every online account that contains sensitive information. Google recommends backing up and erasing your device before sending it in for repairs. However, this is impossible to do when the screen/display is inaccessible.

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Top 10 Best Accessories For Your New Android Smartphone – Updated December 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-android-phone-accessories Wed, 08 Dec 2021 19:00:41 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=918572 If you just picked up (or were given) a new Android smartphone, this is the place to start. Here, we are going to show the most essential accessories that you need to buy for your brand new Android smartphone. This list ranges from cases, to earbuds, to chargers, to cables and everything in between. So [...]

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If you just picked up (or were given) a new Android smartphone, this is the place to start. Here, we are going to show the most essential accessories that you need to buy for your brand new Android smartphone.

This list ranges from cases, to earbuds, to chargers, to cables and everything in between. So that you’ll have all the accessories you will need to make the most out of your brand new Android smartphone.

Best Accessories For Your New Android Smartphone

Some of these accessories will differ based on what Android smartphone you have. But for the most part, they will work well with every Android smartphone on the market. And there’s something in everyone’s budget. So even if you have very little to spend, there’s something you can pick up and make the most of your smartphone experience.

Cost Where to Buy
Spigen Cases From $7 Amazon
Samsung EVO Select 128GB Micro SD Card $15.99 Amazon
iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Dashboard & Windshield Car Mount $24.95 Amazon
Anker Braided Nylon USB-C Cables (2-pack) $17.99 Amazon
iOttie Ion Wireless Fast Charging Stand $39.95 Amazon
PhoneSoap Wireless UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Qi Charger $99 Amazon
Sony WF-1000XM4 $228 Amazon
Fitbit Sense $199 Amazon
Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD $29.99 Amazon

Spigen Cases

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First up on our list are Spigen Cases. Spigen makes plenty of cases for just about every Android smartphone out there, making them a permanent option on all of our accessories list. Their cases are really impressive. Whether you’re looking for a super thin case, or a thicker case that can take some damage. Spigen has something for you.

Additionally, Spigen cases are also very cheap, almost all of them are under $20. With many of them being under $10. If you’re looking for some other options for smartphones, we do have those lists listed below.

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Other smartphone cases

Samsung EVO Select 128GB Micro SD Card

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The Samsung EVO Select micro SD card is a must-have smartphone accessory, if you just picked up a new smartphone with a micro SD card slot. Like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or even the LG Wing.

A micro SD card will allow you to expand your storage for just a few bucks, rather than paying $100 to double the storage when you buy your phone. And this particular micro SD card is a really good option, because it runs at the same speed as your internal storage. So you can run your apps off of it. In addition to storing your photos, videos and music on it.

Samsung EVO 128GB Micro SD Card - Amazon

iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Dashboard & Windshield Car Mount

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A car mount is another must-have on the list of Android smartphone accessories. Especially if your car does not have Android Auto. As you’re going to want to use your phone for navigation and possibly playing music too. While the photo above does show an iPhone 12, you can use this iOttie car mount with any smartphone.

The good thing about this car mount, is that it does not use magnets. While that’s a great way to keep your phone attached to your mount, it also doesn’t work to well with a thick case attached to it. iOttie uses adjust able arms and there is also a foot to keep your phone in place. There is also quite a few adjustments you can make here to the angle.

iOttie Easy One Touch 5 Dashboard & Windshield Car Mount - Amazon

Anker Braided Nylon USB-C Cables (2-pack)

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It never hurts to have an extra cable (or two) laying around for charging your smartphone. And the reason why we chose this USB-C cable is pretty simple. For one, it’s USB-C to USB-C, which is needed for the newer versions of fast charging that use USB-C PD. These support up to 100W.

Additionally, these are braided nylon cables. Which are going to be a whole lot stronger than regular cables. These can withstand punishment from kids as well as pets. So you won’t need to worry about either one chewing on your cables and destroying them.

Yes, that does make these cables a bit expensive, USB-C is still fairly new technology. But it is well worth the price.

Anker Braided Nylon USB-C Cables (2-pack) - Amazon

iOttie Ion Wireless Fast Charging Stand

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The iOttie Ion is a really great wireless charger to pick up. In fact, it’s the one that I use to charge my Pixel 5. It’s great because it does look really nice, but also is a stand. So you can see your notifications, time, etc., when your phone is charging. Thanks to the always on display on your phone.

The only downside with the iOttie Ion is the fact that it’s “fast” wireless charging is pretty slow. It supports up to 7.5W. Which was fast a couple of years ago. But a lot of smartphones have moved to 10W and 15W. With OnePlus doing 30W right now. So if you do pick this one up, I’d recommend using it on a bedside table, and using it at night. Where it doesn’t matter how long it takes to charge. As long as it is at 100% when you wake up.

Oh, and it does come with the charger. Many other wireless chargers drop the wall charger to make it cheaper.

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PhoneSoap Wireless UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Qi Charger

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PhoneSoap is another great accessory to get for your smartphone. Especially in the current pandemic times. Basically, it’s a UV smartphone sanitizer. Put your phone inside PhoneSoap and it will use UV-C light to kill any and all germs on your smartphone. And while it’s in there, it’ll charge via wireless charging. Making it a win/win situation.

Since the COVID-19 virus can live on your smartphone, it’s a good idea to grab a PhoneSoap and keep your phone nice and clean. Even without COVID-19, this was a good idea to grab. Since our phones are dirtier than a toilet, according to some studies. And that’s just plain gross.

So for $99, it’s definitely a good investment for your new smartphone.

PhoneSoap Wireless UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Qi Charger - Amazon

Sony WF-1000XM4 truly wireless earbuds

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There are many different pairs of earbuds that we could have put on this list. But we wanted to add something that would work with any smartphone. The Pixel Buds work best with a Pixel, Galaxy Buds work best with a Samsung smartphone, etc. The Sony WF-1000XM4 work great with any smartphone – Android or iOS.

Additionally, these offer some really great sounding audio. These do have Sony’s EXTRA BASS technology inside, which offer some insanely sounding bass out of these earbuds. The battery life is pretty decent, lasting around 6-7 hours on a charge. With the included carrying case, you’ll get around 24 hours of playback here.

Of course, these work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Fitbit Sense

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The Fitbit Sense is the latest smartwatch from Fitbit, and it offers quite a few impressive features. It can also do an ECG or an Electrocardiogram. Which is something that very few smartwatches are able to do these days.

It can of course, track all of your workout activity, as well as send you text, call and app notifications. There’s also support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. And best of all, the battery lasts around six days on average. Much longer than most other smartwatches.

Fitbit Sense - Amazon

Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD

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We’re rounding out this list with the Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a pretty slim battery pack, and it offers up USB-C PD for charging and charging your phone. So you can bring one charger with you to charge your smartphone and/or your battery pack. Making things convenient for when we can travel again.

It also offers up PowerIQ, which is a proprietary Anker technology. It’s used to deliver the fastest charge possible to your smartphone, safely.

On the USB-C PD front, it supports up to 18W, which is fairly slow. But the faster a battery pack does power delivery, the less juice you’re going to get out of it. So it’s understandable.

Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD - Amazon

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More Leaked Images Of The Motorola Edge X30 Show 50-Megapixel Cameras https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/more-leaked-images-of-the-motorola-edge-x30-show-50-megapixel-cameras.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:42:23 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977120 2021 has been a bit of a quiet year for Motorola in terms of flagship phones. The leaked Motorola Edge X30 looks like it will be the Moto flagship we’ve been waiting for all year. Thanks to GSM Arena, there are more leaked images that give us some insight into this phone’s camera technology. The [...]

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2021 has been a bit of a quiet year for Motorola in terms of flagship phones. The leaked Motorola Edge X30 looks like it will be the Moto flagship we’ve been waiting for all year. Thanks to GSM Arena, there are more leaked images that give us some insight into this phone’s camera technology.

The Motorola Edge X30 will have a triple camera setup with two 50-megapixel cameras

The Motorola Edge X30 was leaked just recently, and that leak showed us what the device is going to look like. The phone has what looks to be a glass back panel with a vertically oriented rear camera package. The power and volume buttons will be on the right side of the phone and it will come without a headphone jack.

As for the cameras, this current leak reveals some of the camera specs. For starters, we now know that there will be optical image stabilization (OIS) for the cameras. Also, the leaked image lets us know that both the main camera and the ultrawide camera will be 50 megapixels.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t any information on the third camera. We can expect it to be a telephoto camera.

There might be a 60-megapixel under-display camera

The story with the selfie camera is a little confusing but interesting. These recently leaked images all show us a centered punch-hole selfie camera for the Motorola Edge X30. Even official images posted to the company’s Weibo account showed this. However, the company previously teased a 60-megapixel under-display selfie camera.

Maybe Motorola is holding out on us and it has another variant of the phone coming that we don’t know about. This makes sense because the images we’ve seen so far showed the phone with regular bezels; however, the Motorola Edge series is characterized by a curved display.

This means that there might be a more premium variant with a curved display and an under-display selfie camera. What we’re seeing in the leaks might be the lower-tier variant.

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Other specs for this phone were revealed

We don’t have a complete spec sheet at the moment, there’s enough information for us to get excited. For starters, we know that this phone will be running the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, so it will be interesting to see how powerful that chip is.

We can expect a nice-looking HDR10 display that can run at 144Hz. As for any additional specs, we won’t know about them until tomorrow. Motorola is planning on announcing this phone tomorrow in China. The Motorola Edge X30 will go on sale on December 15th.

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Android 12L: Everything You Need To Know https://www.androidheadlines.com/android-12l Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:11:34 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977112 Android 12L is coming. Which might seem like a surprise, since Android 12 just launched a few months ago. But this is a new version of Android that will be released in the Spring of 2022 and will focus on making the OS work better on larger screen devices. That means really foldables and tablets. [...]

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Android 12L is coming. Which might seem like a surprise, since Android 12 just launched a few months ago. But this is a new version of Android that will be released in the Spring of 2022 and will focus on making the OS work better on larger screen devices. That means really foldables and tablets.

That’s very exciting because Google had kind of given up on tablets in previous years. And now it looks like it is taking them seriously again. Android 12L really only takes effect on screens that are over 600DPI. Meaning things like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Why is Google releasing Android 12L?

There’s one big reason why Google is releasing Android 12L, and that’s because we love big screens. There are over 250 million active large screen Android devices on the market today. And that’s no small number. So Google is looking to release a version of Android that is going to optimize Android for those devices.

Google has done a tablet-specific OS in the past – remember Android 3 Honeycomb? But it eventually merged into regular Android, and then kind of got killed off. Now, Google is trying again. Android 12L will likely be a one-time thing, we don’t expect to see an Android 13L next year. But at this point, who knows.

Google is actually referring to Android 12L as a “feature drop” and not a full version of Android. Google releases feature drops for Pixel phones about once a quarter already. So this seems pretty accurate. This update is so incremental that it’s not even worthy of a “dot” update – meaning it won’t be Android 12.1.

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When will Android 12L be available?

The first developer preview for Android 12L launched in October of 2021. Google expects that the final build will come in the Spring of 2022. But as always with software, that could change and be delayed.

  • Developer Preview released on October 29, 2021
  • Beta 1 was released on December 8, 2021

How many betas will there be?

Right now, we expect to see three betas for Android 12L. The first beta came in December, with the second one in January with Final APIs and the third in February as an incremental beta update. And the final release of Android 12L will come in the first quarter of 2022. Likely around March.

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As we saw with Android 12, this could get delayed and pushed back a bit further. And we could also see an extra beta or two. However, since this is built on Android 12, with some small changes, it is possible that this may not need many beta releases before the stable release.

What devices will the beta be available for?

Initially, the beta for Android 12L is available on all Pixel devices and the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Tablet. However, you won’t see any Android 12L specific changes on Pixel devices, since their screens are not large enough.

  • Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 5a
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro

How can I enroll in the beta?

If you have the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet, you can enroll in the beta from Lenovo’s website here. If you are a Pixel user, you can sign up for the beta here.

Unlike other Android beta’s, this beta will not be available on other devices, most likely. Especially since this is a pretty quick beta phrase for Android 12L.

What features can we expect in Android 12L?

There’s not really a lot of new features coming in Android 12L, Google is more optimizing the operating system to work better on these larger displays. So you’ll see things like the overview screen, the quick settings and more getting optimized to use that extra space.

Revamped Overview Screen

The overview screen is getting a revamp with Android 12L. On Android 12, every app in the overview screen card looks the same. But with Android 12L, it’ll be a bit different. Your most recently used app will be the largest, with other apps showing up as smaller cards. Four apps can fill the same space as one big app. Google is also letting them stack, so you can make the best use of this space.

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Other recent apps

Other than that, it does work the same as it does on Android 12 for smaller devices. However, you do not get the screenshot and select options at the bottom.

Quick Settings & notifications get a two-pane look

If you’ve used a tablet or even a Galaxy Z Fold 3, then you know how weird the Quick Settings can look on a screen that size. It’s just super stretched out, and leaves little room to see notifications, especially if you’re holding it in landscape mode.

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But with Android 12L, Google is giving us a two-paned look for the Quick Settings and Notifications. Basically, the Quick Settings will be on the left, with notifications on the right. Making it a lot easier to use either, and much more readable.

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Android 12L also gets a taskbar that looks very similar to the one in Chrome OS. Which is not a big surprise, since Google develops both operating systems. But this is going to give you more of a desktop-like mode for your foldable or tablet. It’ll make it much easier to switch between apps on your device.

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You’ll also be able to resize any app and put it into a multiwindow mode. Of course, this is a feature that came with Android 12, but it’ll also be available in Android 12L.

Google Play will start highlighting apps optimized for larger displays

Along with Android 12L, Google Play will start to highlight apps that are optimized for larger displays. So that users will be able to more easily find apps that they can download for their foldables and tablets.

Google says it is also adding more new checks to assess each apps’ quality against its large screen app quality guidelines, that is to ensure that they surface the best possible apps on those devices.

It will also be introducing large-screen-specific app ratings, as announced in 2021, so that users will be able to rate how your app works on their large screen devices.

Now these changes to the Google Play Store won’t be coming until 2022, but Google is making it easier for developers to get their apps ready for these changes.

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The First Beta For Android 12L Is Finally Here! https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/the-first-beta-for-android-12l-is-finally-here.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:00:48 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977109 After announcing Android 12L back in October at the Android Dev Summit, the first beta for this new version of Android is finally here. Android 12L is a new version of Android that is really focused on foldables and tablets. So you won’t be able to flash it on every single Pixel out there. The [...]

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After announcing Android 12L back in October at the Android Dev Summit, the first beta for this new version of Android is finally here.

Android 12L is a new version of Android that is really focused on foldables and tablets. So you won’t be able to flash it on every single Pixel out there. The Android 12L beta is available on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Tablet. But, you can flash it onto a Pixel by enrolling in the beta program here. However you won’t see these changes on any Pixel device, due to the fact that the screen is not large enough. So it may not be worth it to enroll your Pixel 6 into the beta program.

So what’s available in the first beta?

Android 12L Beta 1 brings in some improvements to functionality over the previous developer preview. It also includes plenty of bug fixes, optimizations and the December 2021 Security Patch.

Google says that with Android 12L, it has focused on refining the UI for large screen devices. That includes notifications, quick settings, lockscreen overview, home screen and much more. Basically, for those with screens that are over 600dpi, the notification shade, lockscreen and other system surfaces will use a new two-column layout. That way it is able to take advantage of the additional space.

With Android 12L, Google also made multitasking more intuitive and powerful. It now includes a taskbar on large screens that let users instantly switch to favorite apps on the fly or drag-and-drop apps into split-screen mode. Don’t forget that starting with Android 12, users are able to launch any app into split screen mode.

Google has also improved a number of APIs and other tools to help developers build for larger screens. It’s a very exciting time for those that have foldables and tablets that run Android. As it looks like Google is taking another stab at making tablets work.

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Discord: Everything You Need To Know – Updated December, 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/discord-everything-you-need-to-know.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:00:42 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=958095 Discord these days is the popular choice for most people when it comes to communicating with friends and family online. Whether it be about games, movies, TV shows, food, or anything else. When Discord launched it became the go-to option for gamer communication. Opening up a new method for voice and text chat. Finally, gamers [...]

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Discord these days is the popular choice for most people when it comes to communicating with friends and family online. Whether it be about games, movies, TV shows, food, or anything else. When Discord launched it became the go-to option for gamer communication. Opening up a new method for voice and text chat.

Finally, gamers had another good quality app that they could use to coordinate their gameplay with teammates during party content. Like raids, dungeons, and multiplayer matches against the enemy team. But since its arrival, Discord has changed some over the years and is now much more than just the premier game chat app.

It has a lot of different features to offer that make it a great option for anyone to keep in contact with like-minded individuals on just about any topic. If you’ve never heard of Discord before, that’s totally ok. Maybe you just don’t spend much time online or maybe you’re simply used to another chat app. Like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, TeamSpeak etc.

But if you’re wanting to learn more about Discord and what it offers, and why it might be a benefit to you, this guide will walk you through everything important about Discord. First, though, let’s take a little more of an in-depth dive into what Discord is.

What is Discord?

Discord is a chat app for mobile devices and PC. It requires an online connection, and was originally launched as a chat app for gamers. It’s a still chat app for gamers, but it’s also now more than that.

You can use it for text chat, voice chat, video chat, and even for sharing links, videos, and other content. Since going beyond gaming, Discord, now, is an app for keeping in contact and communicating with friends, family, and other like-minded people who share the same love for your interests. It’s basically just a place to hang out and chat.

So it’s not just for gamers anymore. It’s for anyone, and it can be a great place to talk with others.

What platforms is Discord available on?

Discord is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. It can be downloaded directly from the respective app stores. Or if you’re on Windows or Mac, you can simply use it from the Discord website. Although, you do get a richer experience from the app.

Eventually, Discord will be integrated with PlayStation consoles in some form. It’s also available on Xbox One, but you can’t use it for chat. It only allows you to see what you’re Discord friends are playing.

Is Discord free?

The use of Discord is free. Downloading it is also free. That being said, there are some paid subscription options that Discord offers. With these you get extra features that free users do not get. So it’s up to you to decide whether or not those features are worth your hard-earned money every single month.

For some, the subscription may be valuable. For others, they might not be. But the beauty of the paid options is that they don’t really need to be paid for in order to have a great experience with Discord. Using the free version of it is perfectly fine and you still have access to all or most of the features that are necessary to have a great experience.

What are the Discord subscription options?

Discord has two different subscription plans available for users. There’s Discord Nitro and Discord Nitro Classic. Nitro is $9.99 a month and offers more features than Nitro Classic. You can also subscribe to Nitro on an annual basis at $99.99 a year.

Nitro Classic has a few less features than Nitro, but still more features than the free membership. It costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

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Discord now offers a new set of subscription tiers called Premium Memberships. These are currently in a testing phase and have only been activated for a select group of communities. Members of those communities may start to see premium subscription options pop up in the coming days and weeks.

Premium Memberships allow communities to put some or all of the server behind a paid monthly subscription tier. Allowing them to monetize the server. Tiers also provide incentives for members.

Discord hasn’t announced a full rollout of this feature yet, but it won’t be happening until sometime in at least 2022. Discord also plans to roll this out to new communities in the future. Though it’s likely communities will need to request access, which Discord can approve or deny.

What does Discord Nitro get you?

Subscribing to Nitro will get you a bunch of nifty bonuses that amp up the user experience. With Nitro, you’ll get improved emoji capabilities and you can collect and create your own customized emoji, including animated emoji.

You also get a personal profile. Which lets you claim a custom tag, and add an animated avatar to your online persona. Then there’s the server boosts. While you can boost a Discord server as many times as you want, subscribing to Nitro will get you two free server boosts to start. You can use these on your own server if you want, or on a server you frequent and really enjoy.

In addition to the two free boosts, you also get a 30% discount on any additional boosts. Your badge will also gain a little identifier that shows how long you’ve been boosting. The last two perks are some of the most useful. You’ll be able upload files up to 100MB as opposed to 8MB with a free account.

Lastly, you also get access to high-resolution video for video calls, Go Live streaming, and screenshare.

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Can you gift Nitro to friends?

You sure can! Discord has added the ability for users to gift Nitro to other users. So if you and your friends are in the same server, and you want them to be able to enjoy Nitro perks alongside you, you can gift them a Nitro subscription to get them started.

What is a server boost?

A server boost is a way for you to add extra perks to your server or the server of your choice. The perks are shared across the community so anyone who is a part of that server can utilize them. The booster also gets some unique perks that only they have access to. Such as Server Booster role within the community, and a Server Booster badge that shows up next to their name.

Since anyone can boost a server though, anyone who does boost will get these perks. Whereas the rest of the perks that come along with a boosted server are shared with everybody. To get the boosted perks, the server has to have unlocked the level rewards. There are three levels in total, and each one adds a little more to the perk pool.

You can view all of the level-specific perk unlocks below.

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What is a server

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The way Discord works, is that it breaks up communities into servers. A server could be dedicated to your favorite YouTuber. Or it could be a server that was created by you and your friends for use with your game nights. It could even be one that’s dedicated to hanging out and chatting about your favorite movies. Or about school if you want a server for studying with class mates and sharing ideas.

Servers are given a name by the creator, and then the server is further broken down into categories and channels. Categories and channels help to keep the community organized so discussions don’t overlap. Ensuring there is a specific place for everything, and making discussions easier to find for other community members.

For instance, you might have a server for your game nights. People play a lot of different games. So you could set the server up with categories for each game to keep the chats organized. You could also set up multiple voice chat channels so that there are specific ones for different activities. e.g. a channel for raids, a channel for random chats, and a channel for any other game content.

Joining a Discord server

Servers can have a seemingly infinite amount of members. Some servers are open and you can join at your leisure. Other servers are private and you’ll need an invite to join them. To join a private server, you would either have to request to join and that request would need to be approved, or someone would have to send the invite to you and you would accept the invite.

Once a member joins a server, they can be given a role (or multiple roles) by community admins. These roles can dictate what each member is able to do inside of a server. Furthermore they can also limit which channels a member or members can see. As an example, you might have a channel that is specifically for admins. And perhaps you don’t want anyone but admins to see or be able to interact with this channel for security reasons. So you could simply lock any non-admin members out from seeing that channel.

Member roles

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Let’s get a little more specific about member roles. As they will play a part in how members can interact with a server. Member roles must be set up by another member that has the ability to control what each role has access to. These are called role permissions. Role permissions can span a varied amount of things. Like say, managing the role permissions. Something usually reserved for an admin role.

Permissions can also be for things like changing nicknames, and banning or kicking members from a channel or server. Roles can also be set up with any name you wish. So you don’t have to call it an admin role. You could call it “moderator” if you like. Or really anything. Give it a fun cheeky name if you want to. That is, if you’re someone who has the ability to adjust these things.

If you’re simply a user, then you will just be able to see what your roles are. Roles also have associated colors to help indicate the status of each member when they communicate in chats. This displays their name in their highest level associated role color.

Can I create new servers?

You can create a new server anytime you like. There are even options for starting one from scratch or starting from a template based on the type of community you’re trying to create. All you have to do once you have a Discord set up, is click on the “+” symbol in the Server list to create a new one and get started.

What features does Discord have?

Discord has a pretty large list of features for members. Making it a very versatile chat app. Some of the features have already been discussed above. Such as the ability to add roles to members, set permissions for members, and the ability to split up server communication into different categories, and chat channels.

Discord also lets you share files with other users. These could be images, like JPG, PNG, GIF etc., or they could be music files or other types of documents. Free members can upload files that are up to 8MB in size. Nitro members can upload files that are up to 100MB in size.

You can share links, too. Whether it be a link to a web page or a link to a video you simply wanted to share with your friends. Videos can also be played right inside of Discord so members don’t have to open web pages just to see the content. Which is pretty handy.

One of the newer features that Discord added is called Threads. And these are just as they sound. They’re chat threads that can add even more organization in a chat channel. Say you have a chat channel that’s simply labeled as a “general” channel where people can talk about anything. But only you and one or two other members are discussing a particular topic. Threads allow you to keep the discussion in that general channel while also allowing you to keep it separate from the rest of the channel’s discussions.

For voice chat, there’s a feature called noise suppression. This will cancel out more or less everything but your voice. So the only thing people hear from your mic is you talking. These are just a handful of the main features. But there are plenty more. You can find a full list of features here.

Does Discord have themes?

There are a couple of themes, but nothing too crazy. You have your basic light and dark theme, and then one that syncs it with whatever your computer is using. Officially, this is all the themes there are.

Though there may be some unofficial ways to add themes to your Discord app. Having said that, we’re not sure if this is against Discord’s Terms of Service. So proceed with caution if you decide to look into using them.

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Stadia Is Officially Playable On LG WebOS TVs https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/google-stadia-webos-tvs-lg-cloud-gaming.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:49:52 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977157 Google Stadia is now officially available on WebOS TVs from LG. LG announced back in November that NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service would be launching on its platform, and as of December 7, the Stadia app is now available on any LG TVs running on WebOS. Which for the most part should be any TV that’s [...]

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Google Stadia is now officially available on WebOS TVs from LG. LG announced back in November that NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service would be launching on its platform, and as of December 7, the Stadia app is now available on any LG TVs running on WebOS. Which for the most part should be any TV that’s current and from the last few years at least.

There is already a wide variety of ways you can play games on Stadia. For TV devices, you can play using the Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV. And any TVs that have Android TV baked in. But with LG launching the app on its WebOS TV platform, this makes LG the first manufacturer to include Stadia on its own smart TV operating system.

Download the Stadia pp on WebOS TVs from the LG Content Store

For clarification, the app is not pre-installed on LG TVs. You’ll still need to download it, but you get it straight from the LG Content Store. So there’s no need to have the Play Store installed though the use of an Android TV device or the like.

Which makes it super simple to get. And the best part is you can easily connect a wireless controller. Whether that be an Xbox controller, a DualShock 4 etc. There’s a short list of controllers that are officially supported. But that doesn’t mean others won’t work.

Once you get the app installed, it’s business as usual. Launch the app, log in with your Stadia account and start playing. Or, if you haven’t signed up for Stadia yet, set up an account and then start playing.

With LG now bringing Stadia to even more people, it wouldn’t be surprising if other manufacturers followed suit. Which means that in due time, we could see Stadia on other big brands as well. Including Samsung, Sony, HiSense and others.

Plus, if that ever comes to pass, users would likely only need a software update to get things running. And quite honestly, this is probably a great way for Google to reach more users for Stadia. Removing as many barriers of entry as possible.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 Could Use Updated Under-Display Camera Tech https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/galaxy-z-fold-4-could-use-updated-under-display-camera-tech.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:20:01 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977104 A new report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 could bring a revamped UDC or under-display camera technology. This would be a significant improvement over the current iteration of the under-display camera used with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The company is already using the equipment needed to produce OLED panels with the [...]

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A new report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 could bring a revamped UDC or under-display camera technology. This would be a significant improvement over the current iteration of the under-display camera used with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The company is already using the equipment needed to produce OLED panels with the 2nd gen UDC tech, a user said on Naver Blog (via).

Since there’s no official confirmation from Samsung yet, we recommend you to take this report with a grain of salt. Besides, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 won’t arrive until August 2022, so a lot could change between now and then. Interestingly, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the first Samsung device to offer an under-display camera.

Even though we’re still some distance away from Samsung’s fourth-generation foldable, we’ve come across a bunch of exciting information about the device. A recent leak indicated that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 could miss out on the rumored S Pen slot. Samsung is expected to take a final call on the design of the foldable by March 2022.

Samsung could use a dual-sided fingerprint scanner with the Galaxy Z Fold 4

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Z Flip 4 could also introduce lighter hinges to improve the folding mechanism. The two foldables could also bring improved water and dust resistance. Additionally, the company is reportedly going to improve the battery capacity as well.

The company was recently awarded a patent for a dual-sided under-display fingerprint scanner designed for foldables. Samsung could be keen to include this new technology with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Taking these reports into account, there’s plenty to look forward to from the 2022 Samsung foldables.

Early iterations of Samsung foldables failed to leave a big imprint on the mobile industry. But things have changed significantly since then. In fact, the company is looking to produce and ship more units of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 than their predecessors.

Samsung could be looking to produce at least 10 million units of the foldables in Q3 and Q4 of 2022. It’s worth noting that devices like the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Mi MIX Fold also offer foldable screens. However, these devices aren’t widely available, making Samsung the undisputed leader in the segment (for now).

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BenQ GV30 Review: A Portable Projector Power House https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/benq-gv30-review-a-portable-projector-power-house.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:01:03 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=974641 When it comes to picking out a projector, it’s tough finding a good balance of power, portability, and price. This is where BenQ comes in with its GV30 portable projector. This projector promises a great portable watching experience for a nice price. I spent two weeks with this projector, and I was really impressed with [...]

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When it comes to picking out a projector, it’s tough finding a good balance of power, portability, and price. This is where BenQ comes in with its GV30 portable projector. This projector promises a great portable watching experience for a nice price. I spent two weeks with this projector, and I was really impressed with what this projector could do.

This projector is portable

The GV30 is built around portability, which is why it’s such a small device compared to other projectors. It comes in at about 7.75 inches tall, 7.7 inches wide, and 3.3 inches thick. You can easily plop the GV30 on a desk, table, or stand without it taking up too much space. When placed, you can rotate it on its magnetic stand to any vertical position you want.

It’s not only portable, it’s battery-powered

One of the main features of the GV30 is the onboard battery. You can use it both plugged or unplugged which means that you get a lot more flexibility with where you can use it. The battery is rechargeable, and it takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes to charge fully.

As for battery life, it’s decent but nothing to write home about. There are three different power modes that affect the battery life. Normal mode has the screen at its maximum brightness, and it can get you 2 solid hours of battery life. Don’t expect to watch more than a movie or so with this mode on.

There are some power-saving modes that will grant you some more mileage, however. Using the Eco mode, I stretched it to about 2 hours and 33 minutes, and Low Power mode got me up to about 3 hoursThese battery-saving modes stretch the battery, but they lower the brightness.

If you want to take a break from watching stuff, but you don’t want to turn off the projector, there’s a sleep mode you can set it to. The only issue is that if you keep it in sleep mode for more than 10 minutes, it will automatically shut off. I would have liked for it to last longer than that.

Viewing content is great

Admittedly, you’re not getting the super crisp 4K resolution with the BenQ GV30, as it projects at a 720p resolution. This sounds scary on paper, but in practice, it’s not too bad. I typically have the picture stretched from 5 – 7 feet from corner to corner, and the picture is perfectly fine.

At max, I had the picture stretched to about 9 feet, and I was still able to watch content without really seeing a dip in quality. With live-action content, you’ll be able to notice the lower resolution easier, but cartoons show up perfectly clear. While the resolution isn’t really bad at all, there are projectors around this price range and cheaper with at least 1080p resolution.

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In terms of brightness, I had no trouble watching content indoors. At maximum brightness, I could screen on a white wall and white screen with sunlight shining through my blinds and see the picture perfectly fine. I was even able to screen on a darker beige wall for much the same effect. Brightness is not an issue indoors, but outdoor sunlight will definitely wash out the picture.

In the video menu, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness of the picture. There are even picture modes that adjust the settings for different types of content.

Let’s talk interface and inputs

I was relieved to see that the GV30 comes with Android TV built-in. It’s a lot better than trying to learn a proprietary UI. Because it has Android TV, it has access to most of the apps on the Google Play Store. There are some exceptions like Netflix, but I’ll explain that later.

As for the input methods, you have the basics. One neat feature of the GV30 is the ability to use it as a standalone Bluetooth speaker. There’s a separate hardware button on the projector to activate it quickly. All you have to do is press it, and the projector will start pairing automatically.

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There’s an HDMI port to connect your computer or game console, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack on the side of the projector. If you want to switch to any of those input methods, all you have to do is press the input button and select the input method; easy as that.

If you’re looking to do things wirelessly, you get built-in Chromecast support with the Android TV integration. Also, there’s a Wireless Projection app that you can use to wirelessly stream to your device.

The projector is small, but the sound definitely isn’t

Sound is really important when it comes to content consumption, and I was pleasantly surprised by how powerful the speakers are. I watched a wide gamut of media from classic cartoons to modern action thrillers, and the speakers didn’t disappoint on any level. The treVolo tuned speakers are super loud and punchy.

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The GV30 comes with five different sound profiles that are best for different types of content. Normal mode has the sound balanced while the cinema mode punches up some of the levels resulting in a clearer sound. There’s also a music mode, a game mode, and a sport mode.

How to install Netflix

Netflix is a ubiquitous service, but it can be difficult to find projectors with it installed. It’s not on the GV30 intrinsically, but there’s a way to install it. Firstly, you need to install the “Apps Manager” app on the Play Store.

In Apps Manager, you’ll want to find the app called Aptoide and install it. You might get a popup telling you that Android TV has blocked the download because it’s from an unknown source. Go to the settings and allow Apps Manager to install apps.

After installing Aptoide, search for Netflix in the app. After selecting it, you’ll again get a popup. Allow Aptoide to install applications and install Netflix. From that point, just sign in and enjoy!

Let’s wrap this up, is BenQ GV30 a good buy?

In a word, YES. Using the GV30 left me very little to complain about. The picture is bright enough for great inside viewing, and the sound is loud and punchy. There are multiple input options, built-in Bluetooth, Android TV, auto-focus, auto keystoning, and a built-in battery. It’s able to deliver such powerful performance while retaining this small and easy-to-move form factor.

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If you’re using it in battery mode, you won’t get longer than one or two movies, the resolution is low for the price, and the sleep mode only lasts for 10 minutes, but those are the only compromises that I ran into. The good far outweighs the bad, and thus, I highly recommend you buy the BenQ GV30. You can buy it here.

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Roku: Everything You Need To Know – Updated December 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/roku Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:20:49 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=937136 Roku is one of the biggest streaming TV platforms available right now. Depending on when you’re reading this, Fire TV might be #1 or Roku. As the two tend to swap places quite a bit. Nevertheless, it is very popular. And for good reason. It mostly keeps things very simple. Their interface has not really [...]

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Roku is one of the biggest streaming TV platforms available right now. Depending on when you’re reading this, Fire TV might be #1 or Roku. As the two tend to swap places quite a bit. Nevertheless, it is very popular. And for good reason.

It mostly keeps things very simple. Their interface has not really changed a whole lot in the past decade or more. Even as streaming TV has vastly changed in that time.

But there is a whole lot more to it than just streaming Netflix, YouTube or Sling. And we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the Roku platform.

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What is Roku?

Roku makes streaming devices, to allow you to cut the cord from Cable. It was one of the first to really jump into the streaming hardware game, and believe it or not, was founded way back in 2002. Way before any of us thought about streaming Netflix. The beginnings of Roku are pretty interesting, and included being part of Netflix. Reed Hastings, still the current CEO of Netflix, decided to nix the project, as it would hamper their ability to get onto competing products. Which back then, really only included smart TVs and their own operating systems.

Interestingly, Roku is the term used for “six” in Japanese. Which represents the sixth company that Anthony Wood founded.

Unlike some of the competitors in the space, like Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku has always focused on keeping its hardware super simple. That also allowed Roku to keep its prices pretty low, and sell millions of units. It’s what also makes Roku appeal to those that are slightly tech-illiterate. As your grandma could use a Roku with almost no problems.

Fast-forward to 2021, Roku is now a publicly traded company, with a market cap of around $45 billion.

Is Roku a hardware or software?

Technically, Roku is both hardware and software.

Roku sells streaming players like the Roku Premiere, or the Streaming Stick+ at about the price it costs to make them. Where Roku makes its money is actually with the ads that it is able to sell on the apps on its platform. And from The Roku Channel, which we’ll talk about a bit more later.

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Which means that the Roku OS is actually really important. And as mentioned before, Roku has kept the operating system super simple for years. In fact, it hasn’t really changed much since the first streaming player came out in the 2000s. And that’s because it didn’t really need to.

Roku also licenses out its operating system to partners like Hisense, TCL, Walmart (via its Onn brand) to use in their products. TCL has actually made a name for itself and become the fourth largest TV maker by going all-in with Roku on its TVs.

Is it free?

After you pay for the hardware, Roku is free. But you can pay for different things like HBO MAX, or Showtime through Roku. A bit like Amazon’s Prime Video Channels works. But there’s no subscription fee for Roku, thankfully. We have seen some scams going around trying to get people to pay for “customer support” from Roku. That is not real, and if you get that scam, make sure to report it and don’t fall for it.

Basically, you’ll pay for some of the apps and services on Roku, but you aren’t paying Roku itself. Roku makes its money from its partners.

Roku OS 10.5

Roku announced OS 10.5 on Monday, September 20, 2021 among a few other Roku products. As noted by the .5 increase in the version, this is not a huge update, but it does bring in some nice new features to Roku.

This includes making it easier to find content to watch. With the new Live TV Channel Guide for Roku Streaming Players. This is mostly for the Roku Channel, which has over 200 channels that you can watch for free. There’s also a new Roku Search Music and Podcast Row.

Roku is also making it easier to set up a new Roku stick or set-top box. With enhancements to voice entry for email, password and PIN for on-screen keyboards. There’s also new sound settings in the Roku mobile app (US only).

These are just some of what Roku has added in Roku OS 10.5. You can learn more about it here.

How does Roku work?

No matter what Roku device you buy, the experience is mostly the same. Whether that’s a TV with Roku built-in, a Soundbar with it, or a set-top box. They all have an Ethernet jack, so you can go wired if your internet is not quite as powerful as you may need for 4K video. But there is also WiFi available with Roku’s devices.

The home screen uses a pretty easy to read grid, so you can go left to right, or up and down to find your favorite apps. You can also long-press on the apps to re-arrange them to your liking. For example, if your four most-used services are YouTube, HBO MAX, Netflix and Peacock, you can move those all to the top row. Making them easier to jump into.

On the left side, you’ll see different options for getting into the store, finding stuff to watch on The Roku Channel, jumping into settings and so forth. It’s all right there, making it super easy to use.

Adding Channels

On Roku, it calls “Apps” as “Channels”, likely to make it feel more like a traditional TV. Instead of just a bunch of apps on your TV. It’s very simple to add channels to your device too. Just head into the Channel Store.

From there, you can search for your favorite channels. Like any app store, it also has different categories, which you’ll find on the left. And that includes games too.

Once you find a channel to add, just click on it, then click “add”. It will then be added to your Roku account, and it’ll appear on any Roku device you might have in your home. That’s particularly useful for those that might have a few Roku’s in your home, with each TV.

You can also search the Roku Channel Store on the web and add channels to your device that way.

Finding something to watch

Roku has more channels than all of its competitors, at nearly 3,000 right now. So there’s a ton of content to watch on Roku, but it can also be a bit difficult to find something to watch on Roku, because of that.

But, Roku does have a pretty impressive universal search feature, that will search for a title across all of the channels that are on your Roku device. Not only can you search for titles, but also actors/actresses, and even lines from a movie or TV show.

Matches for your search are then sorted by the price, and there will be icons beside the titles that indicate what it is. A channel, movie or TV show. You’ll also be able to click on it to learn more about the title.

Unlike Google TV, Roku does not yet have a stream of content available on your home screen with content it thinks you might want to watch, or live content if you have  Sling TV or Fubo TV. The home screen is still limited to just showing your channels.

Update: On December 8, 2021, Google and Roku came to an agreement for YouTube TV. Just a day before YouTube was set to be removed. YouTube TV should be available again in the coming days.

This is one area where the simplicity of Roku actually counts against it. Because if you’re just browsing for something to watch, you need to open different apps to actually find something, instead of just scrolling down the home screen.

Using your voice (via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa)

While Roku is not a huge tech company like Apple, Amazon or Google, it has done a great job of working with all of their products. Instead of building competitors, Roku wanted to make sure it supports everything. So newer devices support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Google Cast and Apple AirPlay 2. Siri is not supported since it’s not really on third-party devices.

This means that you can use your voice to control your Roku device. Whether that is Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, both will work with the Roku.

You will need to give Roku access to your Google or Amazon account to use either of these voice assistants. Which can be done in the settings on your TV, or within the Roku app. This is needed because then your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa won’t know who you are, or have access to your account. As you can do non-TV things on Roku too. Like asking about the Weather, or turning off the lights, etc.

It’s really smart of Roku to support both of the major voice assistants, so that people can use whichever one they want, and still use this set-top box.

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Casting and AirPlay 2

As mentioned, Roku does also support Google Cast and Apple AirPlay 2. So depending on whether you are an iPhone user or an Android user, you can still mirror content on your Roku device. This means that you can easily throw a YouTube video from your phone onto the TV.

The only caveat here is that not all apps support this feature. For example, before HBO MAX made its way onto Roku officially, it did not support casting to your Roku device. That has since changed. As HBO MAX is now available on Roku.

There’s free content too

Almost all of the TV Everywhere apps are available on Roku. And those for the OTA channels that you’d get in your area too. Which are free. That includes ABC, NBC, The CW, as well as Pluto TV and Crackle. The Roku Channel is also available, which we’ll talk more about a bit later. These are all free, and supported by ads. So while you’re not paying you will need to sit through some ads.

The Roku Channel

One of the ways that Roku has decided to try and make some money lately, is through The Roku Channel. It houses free content, so you don’t need to pay for it, and it’s available on all of the Roku devices by default.

This channel will give you free content that is ad-supported. Though, usually the majority of this content is older. We’re talking at least a decade old. So you may not find a whole lot of content you want to watch right away on it. But hey, it’s free.

And Roku is continuing to add more content to this channel as well. So the content will continue to grow here. There is also 100 free live TV streaming channels available here. From news providers like ABC News Live, NowThis, Reuters, and USA Today.

Roku now has over 200 live TV channels available for you to choose from. On August 17, 2021, they added an additional 17. Providing plenty of free content for you to watch.

The Roku app

The app isn’t a must-have, in our opinion. But it is still nice to have.

With the Roku app, you are able to find channels to install and add to your Roku device. You can also move your channels around and it’ll be reflected on your Roku device.

There is a dedicated tab for the Roku Channel as well. So you can see what’s playing, and of course have it start playing on your TV.

Perhaps the best feature of the app is that it can be used as a remote. So if you lost your physical remote, you can use the app to control your TV. It can also make it a whole lot easier to search for something to watch, as you have a touchscreen keyboard, instead of moving the cursor left to right to pick each letter on the TV.

Finally, you can enable private listening by pairing a pair of headphones to the app, and still play it on the TV. Which is pretty neat. And surprisingly, there’s no lag there either.

What Roku devices are available to buy?

Roku devices range from around $20 all the way up to $100. Each offering different features. For example, the cheapest ones do not offer up 4K HDR support, while the more expensive ones do. And the most expensive one also has Dolby Atmos support. You can check out the latest sales on Roku devices here.

Roku Express

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This is the cheapest option currently available. It supports HD streaming, up to 1080p. Which is fine, since most of the streaming services cap at 1080p and the studios are still filming at 720p and if you’re lucky, 1080p. It’s very small, but definitely mighty. At just $30, it’s worth buying for a secondary TV in your home.

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Roku Streaming Stick 4K

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Roku announced the Streaming Stick 4K and 4K+ on September 20, 2021, and it’ll begin shipping in October.

This new streaming stick replaces the Streaming Stick+. It offers better 4K support, as well as improved speed and WiFi. The Streaming Stick 4K comes with Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos is available via pass-through.

The main difference between the Streaming Stick 4K and 4K+ is that the 4K+ comes with the Roku Voice Remote Pro.

 

Roku Ultra

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This is the highest-end Roku available, coming in just a penny shy of $100. The Ultra is able to stream at up to 4K HDR quality, and also supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and Bluetooth streaming. It also includes a pair of headphones for private listening. Amazing how the remote has a headphone jack, yet your smartphone does not.

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Is it worth it?

Roku is worth it for the sheer amount of channels that it offers. At 3,000 channels, it’s more than any of its competitors. And a big reason for this is because of how popular it is, and the fact that it has a lot of international channels. So you can watch foreign films and TV shows on your Roku device right there, without leaving the country.

Where Roku devices cost as little as $20, and sometimes cheaper during the holidays, it’s a no-brainer to pick one up. Or even get a TV with Roku built-in.

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Galaxy S22 To Keep The Aggressive Starting Price Of Galaxy S21 https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/galaxy-s22-to-keep-the-aggressive-starting-price-of-galaxy-s21.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 15:53:30 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977076 Samsung surprised everyone with the pricing of the Galaxy S21 series this year. The entire lineup saw a $200 price drop from last year. The base Galaxy S21 model started at just $799. And a new report claims that the company will keep that aggressive starting price for the Galaxy S22 next year as well. [...]

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Samsung surprised everyone with the pricing of the Galaxy S21 series this year. The entire lineup saw a $200 price drop from last year. The base Galaxy S21 model started at just $799. And a new report claims that the company will keep that aggressive starting price for the Galaxy S22 next year as well. That would be quite impressive from Samsung considering all the upgrades that the upcoming flagship is expected to bring to the table.

The new report doesn’t reveal the possible pricing for the Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, it’s quite likely that they will also keep the price tag of their respective predecessors. That means a starting price of $1000 for the former and $1200 for the latter.

Samsung is aiming for big sales numbers for the Galaxy S22 series. Recent reports coming from Korea suggest the company hopes to sell 33 million units of the three models combined. That includes 14 million vanilla Galaxy S22, eight million Galaxy S22+, and 11 million Galaxy S22 Ultra. And it appears the Korean firm is banking on aggressive pricing to drive the sales.

That said, despite a lower price, the Galaxy S21 series didn’t sell as well as the Galaxy S20 series. Early sales figures were promising. But in the long run, the devices lost track. The 2021 flagships couldn’t even better the sales of the Galaxy S10 series from 2019. So Samsung needs to improve in other areas as well. But the company surely knows its business, doesn’t it?

Samsung needs to rebuild the reputation for its Exynos processors

It isn’t quite clear what went wrong for the Galaxy S21 series to sell so poorly in the long run. Perhaps those early buyers were mostly Samsung faithful. People may have lost hope in the company’s Exynos processors — which it uses in the Galaxy S21 series in most global markets — due to consistent poor show against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon counterpart, and that affected sales. Or maybe the general interest in Samsung’s Galaxy S series is waning as the market evolves.

Either way, the Korean giant needs to significantly improve the performance of its Exynos processors to give itself a better chance with the Galaxy S22 series next year. Based on early reports, the upcoming Exynos 2200 could be on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen1 if not better. If that turns out to be true, then it could help Samsung’s Exynos team rebuild some of the reputations it has lost over the years. But only time will tell whether the company manages to achieve its sales target for the Galaxy S22 series.

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Google & Roku Finally Act Like Adults, Settles Dispute Over YouTube TV https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/google-roku-finally-act-like-adults-settles-dispute-over-youtube-tv.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 15:16:51 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977143 Just a day before YouTube was going to be removed from Roku altogether, both Google and Roku decided to act like adults and get a deal done. So now, YouTube will remain on Roku, and YouTube TV will make its way back to the platform. This is all-around great news for Roku users. As YouTube [...]

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Just a day before YouTube was going to be removed from Roku altogether, both Google and Roku decided to act like adults and get a deal done. So now, YouTube will remain on Roku, and YouTube TV will make its way back to the platform. This is all-around great news for Roku users. As YouTube is by far the most popular app on Roku.

A Roku spokesperson stated that the two companies have come to terms on a multi-year deal for YouTube and YouTube TV. Stating that this agreement “represents a positive development for  our shared customers, making both YouTube and YouTube TV available for all streamers on the Roku platform.”

It’s unclear if Roku bent to Google’s supposed demands or not

This entire dispute started way back in April, over Google wanting Roku to add a specific row in search for YouTube, among other things. Roku declined to make that happen, as it would favor YouTube over other apps on its platform. Google, of course denied this. Stating that it was asking for the same terms it asks for other platforms.

In these disputes, it’s always he said, she said. So we never really know what actually happened and who’s at fault.

Nevertheless, this is great news for Roku users. As they won’t be losing YouTube, and the YouTube TV app will be coming back to Roku in the very near future. It might even be back on the platform before the end of the day.

Roku has been in disputes with quite a few services as of late. Now that the YouTube and YouTube TV spat is over, we can focus on Roku potentially losing Amazon Prime Video. Though, we expect that to be less of an issue, since Prime Video is nowhere near as popular as YouTube.

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Top 6 Best Screen Protectors For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Updated December 2021 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-screen-protectors-samsung-galaxy-s21-ultra Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:55:01 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=922971 Now that you’ve bought your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, it’s now time to look at screen protectors. So you can keep that beautiful 6.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display clean and clear of scratches. There are basically two types of screen protectors on the market. There are the plastic ones made of Japanese PET Film, which [...]

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Now that you’ve bought your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, it’s now time to look at screen protectors. So you can keep that beautiful 6.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display clean and clear of scratches.

There are basically two types of screen protectors on the market. There are the plastic ones made of Japanese PET Film, which are usually super cheap. And then there are tempered glass screen protectors which are actually made of glass, and almost feel like the glass that is on the phone. They are also less prone to scratches, than the plastic screen protectors on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

We’re here today to help you find the best screen protectors for your Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Top 6 Best Screen Protectors For Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

In this list, we’ll have a mix of plastic and tempered glass screen protectors. Remember that with the new and improved under-display fingerprint sensor, all of these screen protectors will work with the sensor. So there’s no need to have one with a hole for it. Or to buy a specific one. Which is great news.

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amFilm Elastic Skin Screen Protector $10.99 Amazon
ESR Liquid Skin Screen Protector $11.99 Amazon
EGV 3 Pack Screen Protector $4.99 Amazon
LETANG Screen Protector and Camera Protector $13.99 Amazon
AYCFIYING Tempered Glass Film $14.99 Amazon
MAXVITAVELA Privacy Tempered Glass Film $14.99 Amazon

amFilm Elastic Skin Screen Protector

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This is a two-pack of screen protectors from amFilm, which use its Elastic Skin for its screen protector. Which keeps it fingerprint resistant, and ultra clear. It also has zero bubbles which can be one of the more annoying things about a screen protector.

It’s not tempered glass, but it doesn’t feel super cheap like some other plastic screen protectors either. Again, you get what you pay for, even when it comes to screen protectors. This is a good choice if you don’t want to spend a lot on a pair of screen protectors.

It will also still work fine with your case on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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ESR Liquid Skin Screen Protector

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This is a 3-pack of screen protectors, from ESR. The flexible polymer gives the full screen protection from scratches and shattering. While still remaining super thin, so that you can still put a case over this screen protector, without it getting in the way. Or keeping the case from fitting properly. Which is the case with some thicker screen protectors.

It doesn’t require any sticky glue or tricky UV lights to install the screen protector either, which is nice. And you get three here, so you can take it off and replace it once it starts getting nasty.

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EGV 3 Pack Screen Protector

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This is a 3-pack of screen protectors, also plastic. EGV provides edge-to-edge coverage with this screen protector, so even with the curved display of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it’ll be completely safe. That’s always a good thing. As screen protectors for curved displays usually leave the edges open to scratches. And can become quite ugly after some time.

It’s self-healing too. This helps eliminate minor on the film by itself. Significantly reduces dust, oil and fingerprint smudges. It will also still work fine with your case on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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LETANG Screen Protector and Camera Protector

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This is a tempered glass screen protector from LETANG – available as a two-pack. And LETANG is also providing camera protectors for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is important since the camera module is so large, and it provides a pretty sizeable camera bump. And the last thing you’d want is for the camera lens to get scratched or cracked. As that will show up in every single picture you take.

It’s a super clear screen protector. Providing super HD vivid screen play, giving you the best natural viewing experience. As sensitive as original screen and smooth gameplay, you can’t feel there is a glass screen protector.

It will also still work fine with your case on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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AYCFIYING Tempered Glass Film

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AYCFIYING offers a slightly different type of tempered glass screen protector. As this is a privacy screen protector. When you look at it off access, it’s dark and unreadable. This means that those around you can’t see what you’re doing. Which is usually pretty nice, but these days none of us are leaving the house, so it’s not as useful.

This is another two-pack of screen protectors, and there is also a camera protector included. Not bad for only $15. And it will also still work fine with your case on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Which is always a good thing to see.

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MAXVITAVELA Privacy Tempered Glass Film

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This is another two-pack of screen protectors, this time from MAXVITAVELA. And it is also a set of privacy tempered glass screen protectors. To keep your phone private and for your eyes only.

The ultra-thin (0.25mm) screen guard designed to preserve the original touch accuracy of your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. But it can also still be used with a case on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Making it a pick for the best screen protectors for Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Up to 9H Hardness, avoid screen damage from sharp objects. And when it breaks, it will not break into pieces. Which can be tough to remove, without getting all kinds of cuts on your fingers.

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Here's Your Chance To Grab The Fire TV Stick For $25 https://www.androidheadlines.com/amazon-fire-tv-stick-sale-deal-price Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:10:25 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=906074 You can buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick today for just $24.99. That’s going to save you $15 off of the regular price. That’s likely the lowest we’ll see the Fire TV Stick before the end of the year. This comes with the second-generation Alexa Voice remote that was released in 2019. That’s a great [...]

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You can buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick today for just $24.99. That’s going to save you $15 off of the regular price. That’s likely the lowest we’ll see the Fire TV Stick before the end of the year.

This comes with the second-generation Alexa Voice remote that was released in 2019. That’s a great thing, as this new remote is vastly improved, and actually has volume buttons. The dedicated power and volume buttons can be used to control your TV, receiver, sound bar and more.

Just plug Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes. With the Alexa Voice Remote, press and ask to easily find your favorite movies and TV episodes, plus live news and sports. Plus, power and volume buttons give you more control.

Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and more. Stream for free with Pluto, IMDB TV, and more. More storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick.

Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus browse millions of websites using Firefox or Silk. Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player.

Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes.

Prime membership unlocks a world of entertainment on Prime Video, with exclusive and award-winning Amazon Originals, popular movies and TV, live events, sports, and more—all at no extra cost to your Prime membership and available to watch on hundreds of compatible devices. Prime members can also add 100+ channels like HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and Cinemax with Prime Video Channels—no cable required, and no additional apps to download.

You can pick up the Amazon Fire TV Stick from Amazon today by clicking here. But you’d better hurry, as this sale won’t be around for long.

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Save $40 On The Soundcore Life Q35 ANC Headphones Today https://www.androidheadlines.com/buy-soundcore-life-q35-headphones-sale Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:56:22 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977094 Today, in Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, you can save $40 on the Soundcore Life Q35 ANC Headphones, bringing the price down to just $90.99. Which is a really great price for these headphones. Life Q35 noise cancelling headphones support LDAC technology which transfers 3× more data than other Bluetooth codecs. Using LDAC [...]

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Today, in Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, you can save $40 on the Soundcore Life Q35 ANC Headphones, bringing the price down to just $90.99. Which is a really great price for these headphones.

Life Q35 noise cancelling headphones support LDAC technology which transfers 3× more data than other Bluetooth codecs. Using LDAC ensures that even the tiniest details in a song can be preserved.

Life Q35’s 40mm silk-diaphragm drivers produce precise sound with a wide frequency range. This high-res audio means you’ll always enjoy the best sound—no matter if you’re listening in wireless or wired mode.

Transport, Outdoor, and Indoor modes are tailored to block out the most annoying sounds in these environments for a more precise noise cancelling experience. Instantly switch to Transparency mode when you need to talk to someone or have more awareness of your surroundings. Tap your Android phone on the left earcup to connect instantly via the NFC connection.

Effortlessly switch between music, online meetings, videos, and calls on 2 different devices. Listen all day long without worrying about running out of battery. And a quick 5-minute charge gives you 4 hours of listening. Use the Soundcore app to customize your own EQ settings or choose from 22 presets. Tailor a white noise soundscape to relax and switch between noise cancelling modes.

Keep Life Q35 noise cancelling headphones protected in the compact travel case. An airplane adapter is included to ensure you can stay entertained during your journey, wherever you might be heading. Use the Soundcore app to switch between Transport, Indoor, and Outdoor modes to find the noise cancelling level that suits your surroundings.

You can pick up the Soundcore Life Q35 ANC Headphones from Amazon today in this sale by clicking here. But you’d better hurry as this price is good today only and it expires at midnight PST.

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How To Download Your Emails From Gmail https://www.androidheadlines.com/how-to-download-emails-gmail Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:45:02 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977049 Many of us rely on email messages for business communication these days. Some of those emails end up being quite important, and you may want to have them saved on the side somewhere. If that’s the case, or you want to save some emails for whatever other reason, you can do that. In this particular [...]

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Many of us rely on email messages for business communication these days. Some of those emails end up being quite important, and you may want to have them saved on the side somewhere. If that’s the case, or you want to save some emails for whatever other reason, you can do that. In this particular case, we’ll show you how to download your emails from Gmail specifically. That is the most used platform for sending/receiving emails these days, so it only makes sense.

Do note that you can save emails only from the desktop client. So, you won’t be able to do it from your smartphone. Well, you can, if you open Gmail via the browser while being in desktop mode. The point is, you can’t do it via the Android app, unfortunately. We’ll explain how you can do that down below. We’ll also include some screenshots so that you can follow along, and do it yourself. Let’s get started.

How to download emails from Gmail

The first thing you need to do is open your Gmail account on your PC. Open the browser of your choice, in which you are logged into your Google account. Then, navigate to http://mail.google.com/. Once you’re there, you’ll need to select an email you’d like to download. Well, not only select it, but open it.

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Now that you’ve opened the email, you’ll see three vertical dots on the right side. Make sure that you tap those dots for that specific email, as there are also three dots above them that don’t contain the same options. Check the screenshot below.

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When you click them, a new pop-up menu will open. In that menu, one of the options is “Download message”, click that.

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Your email will be downloaded in an .eml format. Do note that you can only download one email at a time, as Gmail does not allow you to download a batch of your emails or anything of the sort. Well, you can use IMAP to download all emails to a local email client, but that’s a whole different story.

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How to open downloaded emails

In any case, now that you’ve downloaded your email, you’re probably wondering how to open it. First and foremost, you cannot upload them to another Gmail account, unless you use IMAP, but that’s not what we’re here for. You can, however, use a local email client to view your .eml files. Some examples are Outlook on Windows, and macOS Mail on Mac.

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The Furbo Dog Camera Is Still On Sale At Its Cyber Monday Price https://www.androidheadlines.com/furbo-dog-camera-sale-price Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:30:50 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=910420 Amazon has the Furbo Dog Camera on sale today for just $118. That brings it down to its all-time lowest price, beating its previous all-time lowest price by about $16. Which we last saw during the Prime Day in June. So now is a really great time to pick one up, for your dog. The [...]

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Amazon has the Furbo Dog Camera on sale today for just $118. That brings it down to its all-time lowest price, beating its previous all-time lowest price by about $16. Which we last saw during the Prime Day in June. So now is a really great time to pick one up, for your dog.

The Furbo Dog Camera is a pretty cool smart home product that is really for your dogs. It’s a camera that you can put in your home and keep an eye on your pets when you are away. Making sure that they don’t get into anything they shouldn’t be.

Furbo Dog Camera is going to send you notifications when your pet is running around – likely getting into stuff – and also when they start barking. This is going to let you know when someone is near your home, that shouldn’t be. Since dogs are pretty protective.

You can talk to your dog through the Furbo Dog Camera, and also give them treats. That’s what makes the Furbo Dog Camera so dog-friendly. Is that you can toss them treats when you’re not home, through the Furbo app on your smartphone. It works on both Android and iOS.

It’s similar to the other smart security cameras that are on the market, but a bit cheaper and it’s more geared towards looking after your dog(s). With notifications that you’d only get about your dog. Not to mention the treats.

This is definitely a good gift for those that are dog owners and need to keep an eye on their dog when they have to leave the house.

You can pick up the Furbo Dog Camera from this sale on Amazon today by clicking here. But you’d better hurry, as these prices are not going to last very long.

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Twitter Wants To Simplify The Process Of Reporting Tweets https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/twitter-simplify-reporting-tweets.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:29:58 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977070 Twitter said it is testing a revamped reporting process against tweets that violate its harmful behavior norms. In addition to expanding the criteria for tweets that can be reported, this test will also include a different process for flagging tweets. The company says it is introducing a “people first” approach to the process of reporting [...]

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Twitter said it is testing a revamped reporting process against tweets that violate its harmful behavior norms. In addition to expanding the criteria for tweets that can be reported, this test will also include a different process for flagging tweets.

The company says it is introducing a “people first” approach to the process of reporting tweets. This also involves making it less cumbersome for the users. The new reporting system allows users to provide specifics on the incident. When the users have provided the necessary information, Twitter will specify what rules were broken.

“The more first-hand information they can gather about how people are experiencing certain content, the more precise Twitter can be when it comes to addressing it or ultimately removing it,” Twitter said in a blog post (via).

The feature is reportedly under testing among a small group of users in the U.S. The company is planning to roll out this feature widely in 2022.

Twitter recently changed its privacy policy to restrict the use of private media without permission

“What can be frustrating and complex about reporting is that we enforce based on terms of service violations as defined by the Twitter Rules,” said Renna Al-Yassini, Senior UX Manager at the company’s health user experience team.

“The vast majority of what people are reporting on fall within a much larger gray spectrum that don’t meet the specific criteria of Twitter violations, but they’re still reporting what they are experiencing as deeply problematic and highly upsetting.”

Reporting individual tweets on Twitter has always been a challenge. So it’s good to know Twitter is working on bettering the experience.

Twitter is taking some big steps when it comes to privacy. Recently, the company banned the unauthorized use of photos or videos on the platform. The company also updated its privacy policy with these changes. “When we receive a report that a Tweet contains unauthorized private media, we will now take action in line with our range of enforcement options,” Twitter said on these new changes.

The company clarified that these new norms won’t apply to videos or pictures that are in the public interest. This policy would also see the removal of pictures/videos used to “harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence” public personalities.

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Niagara Launcher Delivers Material You Theming To Android Phones https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/niagara-launcher-material-you-theming-android.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:16:34 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977083 A new version of Niagara Launcher is based on Android 12, and thus it delivers Material You theming. Do note that it does not even require you to run Android 12 on your device. You can install this launcher on your Android 11 phones, for example, and still get the benefit. Niagara Launcher b rings [...]

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A new version of Niagara Launcher is based on Android 12, and thus it delivers Material You theming. Do note that it does not even require you to run Android 12 on your device. You can install this launcher on your Android 11 phones, for example, and still get the benefit.

Niagara Launcher b rings Material You theming to the table, in beta

What is worth noting is that this version is currently in beta. The stable build is expected in two weeks, though this build is quite stable on its own. I’ve been using it for a bit, and haven’t really stumbled upon any issues.

This version of the app brings wallpaper-based dynamic theming and widget boxes with rounded corners. All you need to have is an Android phone with Android 5.0 or above, and you’re good to go.

Niagara Launcher also made some efforts to improve privacy. The launcher only requires access to your approximate location for the weather display, just to better protect your data.

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The company also squashed a number of bugs with this release, all of which are listed in its Medium post. Niagara Launcher, of course, retained its previously-available features that some people seem to love.

This launcher is different to what you’re used to, but it’s packed with features

You can use icon packs in the app, while you have quite a bit of customization options included. You can create folders and pop-ups, while the Quick lock gesture is still here as well. There are some notification options that you can choose from, and also set the Niagara widget to your preference.

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There is also a special button you can include in the bottom-right portion of the display, and set it to do whatever you want, it actually has double functionality. We’re only scratching the surface here, the launcher is packed with features.

You can use Niagara Launcher for free, though the “Pro” version does bring more features to the tablet. Some of you are probably wondering how you can get this beta version and try out the Android 12 version of the app.

Do note that you can’t get it from the Play Store, sadly. You’ll need to sideload an APK. If you’re not willing to do that, just hold your horses for about two weeks, when the stable version is coming. If you do want to sideload, you can get the app from the link below.

Download Niagara Launcher beta (Niagara Launcher)

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One UI 4.0 Update For Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3 Pulled Due To Serious Bugs https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/samsung-one-ui-4-0-update-galaxy-z-fold-3-flip-3-pulled-bugs.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:06:28 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977055 Samsung has reportedly pulled the stable Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 just a day after release. The new software package is laden with bugs and is causing various sorts of issues to users who have already installed the update. Affected users have taken [...]

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Samsung has reportedly pulled the stable Android 12-based One UI 4.0 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 just a day after release. The new software package is laden with bugs and is causing various sorts of issues to users who have already installed the update. Affected users have taken to the company’s official forums to complain about the issues. Many claim the big update has rendered their foldable useless. Their device has bricked or entered the recovery mode following the stable One UI 4.0 update.

But that’s not it. According to a SamMobile report that compiles user complaints on Samsung’s official forums in South Korea, which is where the stable One UI 4.0 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 was first released, users are also facing issues such as screen flickering and slow performance. The Dual Messenger feature is not working on all apps for some users, while some others complain of images getting automatically deleted from the gallery.

Users are also having issues with video streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube. The apps reportedly don’t work following the One UI 4.0 update. The phones’ default camera app isn’t working either for some Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 users. There have also been reports of other camera-related issues.

Additionally, One UI 4.0 reportedly has some Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 units stuck on a 60Hz screen refresh rate. The dark mode isn’t working properly for some others. Last but not least, users are also complaining of bad audio quality.

The stable One UI 4.0 update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3 is full of bugs

As these user complaints suggest, the latest One UI 4.0 release for Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 has way too many bugs for it to be called a stable build. Maybe Samsung should have released one more beta build before rolling out the update publicly. Anyways, the Korean giant has now reportedly stopped the rollout to limit the damage. You can expect the company to resume the update after it has fixed all those bugs. Hopefully, it wouldn’t take Samsung too long.

Meanwhile, if you’re using a Galaxy Z Fold 3 or a Galaxy Z Flip 3 and have an OTA (over the air) update pending download, you might want to avoid installing it. We advise you to wait until Samsung resumes the One UI 4.0 update for the two foldables. We will keep you posted.

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Firefox 95 Brings A New Security Tool, Handful Of New Features https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/firefox-95-new-security-tool-features.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:48:44 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977044 Mozilla is rolling out Firefox version 95 with a handful of new features and improvements for both mobile and desktop platforms. The latest update strengthens the browser’s protection against “security vulnerabilities in third-party libraries” with a new technology dubbed RLBox. It’s a sandboxing tool that the company has developed in collaboration with researchers at the [...]

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Mozilla is rolling out Firefox version 95 with a handful of new features and improvements for both mobile and desktop platforms. The latest update strengthens the browser’s protection against “security vulnerabilities in third-party libraries” with a new technology dubbed RLBox. It’s a sandboxing tool that the company has developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas. This tool uses WebAssembly to isolate malicious code and protect users against it.

According to Mozilla, RLBox offers better protection against malicious code than the sandboxing tools that most other browsers use. The company has provided a detailed explanation of the technology behind this tool here. The Firefox browser on all platforms will support RLBox.

Additionally, Firefox 95 for Android adds more settings options for the homepage. With Firefox 94 last month, Mozilla introduced a revamped homepage introducing new sections for recent tabs (Jump back in) and recent bookmarks. The latest update now adds a new “Homepage” section in the settings menu. It lets you choose what you want to see on the homepage and where to start when you open the browser. You have three options for the latter: always open the homepage, open the last-visited tab, and open the homepage after four hours of inactivity. The last option is the default.

Other changes for Firefox users on Android include confirmation of snack bar when you enable auto-close from the tab tray. Mozilla has also fixed some known issues including the Inactive Tabs prompt appearing again after dismissing. The “Jump back in” section on the homepage will now always show titles or URLs. The download list will also “refresh properly” when you delete a file. The crash issue when opening a history group has been fixed as well.

Firefox 95 also brings some added goodies to desktop platforms

Firefox 95 on the desktop also brings reduced CPU and power usage on macOS for various scenarios, including software decoded video. Mozilla says streaming content from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will now consume less power. The picture-in-picture (PiP) toggle is now movable to the opposite side of the video. Last but not least, you can now download Firefox from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

For Android users though, it’s always advisable to download apps from the Google Play Store. You can click the button below to download the latest update for the Firefox browser. If there’s no update available, check back again later.

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Twitter Begins Testing One-Time Warning For Sensitive Images https://www.androidheadlines.com/2021/12/twitter-testing-warning-sensitive-images.html Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:34:32 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=977046 Twitter announced the testing of a new one-time warning system for sensitive images and videos users share online. However, since this is a test, the company clarified that it’s only available to “some of you.” If you’re part of this test, you should start seeing a new flag icon inside the image editing page accessed [...]

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Twitter announced the testing of a new one-time warning system for sensitive images and videos users share online. However, since this is a test, the company clarified that it’s only available to “some of you.”

If you’re part of this test, you should start seeing a new flag icon inside the image editing page accessed via the three-dot icon on the bottom right of a picture.

Currently, users can manually add warnings for sensitive content such as nudity or violence. So whenever another Twitter user tries to open a flagged image or video, the warning reads “The tweet author flagged this tweet as showing sensitive content.”

This feature would allow tweet authors to protect their followers from sensitive content

The Twitter Safety account on the platform explained how the feature works with a GIF (via).

Since this is a test, Twitter didn’t share additional information on this particular feature. However, we’d be surprised if this didn’t see a wider rollout given Twitter’s historic problem with violent and graphic media.

A feature like this allows tweet authors to notify their followers whenever they’re sharing sensitive media. This is a better option compared to having Twitter identify and flag such content on its own.

This takes some of the limelight from the executive reshuffling going on at Twitter. The new CEO Parag Agrawal took over from longtime CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey recently. Shortly after, the company’s design and engineering heads left the company. Twitter is also instituting a “General Manager model” as part of this rejig according to The Washington Post.

More recently, Twitter acquired the collaborations app, Quill, for an undisclosed amount. This app was seen as an alternative to Slack, though it didn’t enjoy the same popularity. The two parties didn’t specify how this acquisition will benefit Twitter. But it’s likely that the company will merge Quill’s capabilities with direct messages or DMs.

Quill issued the following statement on its site:

“Quill will be shutting down, but its spirit and ideas will continue on. You’ll be able to export your team message history until 1pm PST, Saturday, December 11th 2021, when we will be turning off our servers and deleting all data. For all active teams, we’re issuing full refunds.”

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