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Apple will release iOS 14.5 update with AirTag support next week
Asidre from adding support for Apple’s object tracker, iOS 14.5 will finally enable the ability to unlock your iPhone using Apple Watch.
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Google wants Android smartwatches and phones to act as digital IDs and keys
Google’s new Android Ready SE Alliance will let OEMs to fit their devices with dedicated security hardware for safely storing sensitive data.
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Motorola Edge+ gets Android 11 update that brings a useful Ready For hub
Reafy For allows users to extend the Motorola Edge+ UI to a larger screen for tasks such as gaming, video calls, and watching videos.
LG Velvet
LG phones will get Android 11 update by the time Android 12 is out
The $999 LG Wing that was launched not too long ago, will get a taste of Android 11 in the fourth quarter of 2021. Process that!
Samsung Galaxy S21
Samsung’s ambitious 4-year support cycle includes biannual updates
Not surprisingly, budget Samsung phones and some really old mid-rangers will only get security updates twice a year.
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Adobe Photoshop now runs natively on M1 Macs
Adobe has also added two notable features to the Photoshop app for iPad – Cloud Documents Version History and offline Cloud Documents editing
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Chrome OS gets Phone Hub for deeper syncing between your phone and Chromebook
Google has added a new Phone Hub dashboard to Chrome OS that allows deeper integration between your Chromebook and Android Phone.
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Google TV adds Kids Profiles feature with useful parental controls in tow
Kids profiles will start appearing on Chromecast with Google TV beginning this month in the US, with plans of global availability to follow.
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Google will not build alternatives once third-party ad tracking is dropped
Google will soon be following the footsteps of other browsers like Firefox and Safari to eliminate third-party tracking cookies.
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Pixel phones get Smart Compose for messaging apps with March feature drop
Smart Compose is an AI-driven predictive suggestion tool that lets you swipe on suggested words to autocomplete your sentences as you type.
AppGallery
HUAWEI makes big strides towards boosting its AppGallery ecosystem
HUAWEI says that the volume of app distribution via the AppGallery has gone up by 83%, while the number of developers has gone up by 77%.
Samsung galaxy Z fold 2
One UI 3.1 update for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 brings some neat new tricks
One UI 3.1 update for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 makes the multi-window experience hassle-free and adds some useful UI tweaks as well.
Windows 10 21H1
Microsoft details the next major Windows 10 update arriving in first half of 2021
Windows 10 21H1 will let you use external webcam for Windows Hello authentication on machines that already have in-built Windows Hello camera
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US House Committee asks Apple to improve credibility of App Store privacy labels
The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce argues that wrong information makes the app privacy labels harmful to users.
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iOS 14.5 will add a crowdsourced incident reporting tool to Apple Maps
The new Apple Maps feature currently supports reporting only three types of disruptive events – accidents, hazards, and speed checks.
Android 12
Leak suggests Google is drawing inspiration for Android 12 from iOS 14’s privacy tools
As per leaked Android 12 screenshots, a small notification dot at the top will tell users that an app is using their phone’s camera or mic.
iOS 14.5 default music app
iOS 14.5 lets you set third-party apps such as Spotify as default music and podcast app
For users running iOS 14.5 beta, Siri prompts them to select a music app for playing a song, and then defaults to it for subsequent requests.
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Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update arrives for OnePlus 7T series
OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update for OnePlus 7T duo brings an always-on ambient display mode and optimizes dynamic wallpaper among other tweaks.
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Google is exploring a less stringent take on Apple’s anti-tracking tools for Android
Google is working on its own anti-tracking tools that will restrict data collection and cross-app user activity tracking to a certain extent.
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iOS 14.5 beta allows unlocking an iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask
Aside from the ability to unlock an iPhone using the Apple Watch, iOS 14.5 beta also adds support for next-gen console controllers.
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Apple’s iCloud Passwords Chrome extension eases switching between Windows and macOS
iCloud Passwords extension automatically fills website passwords saved in iCloud Keychain that were originally generated using Safari browser.
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Android 12 will solve split-screen multitasking woes with a trick called App Pairs
App Pairs in Android 12 will let you open a third app in full-screen view without killing the ongoing split-screen view with two others apps.
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OnePlus 7, 7 Pro get a taste of Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 update
Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 update for the OnePlus 7 and its Pro sibling brings a design overhaul and a tonne of new features.
Samsung galaxy S10 One UI 3.0 Android 11
Samsung begins the rollout of Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update for Galaxy S10 series
Samsung has begun the rollout of stable One UI 3.0 update for the Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10.
Windows 10 news and interests feed
Windows 10 taskbar is getting a collapsible news and interests feed that won’t distract you
The news and interests feed is customizable and can surface content from over 4,500 global brands, but is limited to Insiders for now.