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June Pixel Feature Drop: Hands-on with all the new additions [Video] - 9to5Google
The June Pixel Feature Drop is here, which means if you do own a Pixel device, a flurry of new features are waiting for you to download and enjoy.
The June Pixel Feature Drop has now, well, dropped! That means if you do own a Pixel device, a flurry of new features are waiting for you to download and sink your teeth into. You may remember the previous Pixel Feature Drop, which brought quite a few of the Android 11 Developer Preview programs best additions, meaning that you didn’t have to deal with buggy software to enjoy them. It also means that Android 10 is more like 10.5 at this stage, and the June update pushes that needle even further still. As before, the latest update comes with the June 2020 security patch, so you’re not having to go out of your way to grab the OTA file. This makes it even easier for all Pixel owners out there to grab the new additions, plus unlike last time, there are no major hardware-specific additions, meaning that all Pixel owners get some neat new tricks to play around with. It’s important to note that this isn’t the most comprehensive set of features added. They are more quality of life updates that should give you an even better experience with your smartphone. New Google Clock features Not strictly part of the June Pixel Feature Drop, but the new Google Clock additions are enhanced and exclusive to Pixel devices at least for now. When you launch the stock clock for the first time after updating, youll get a new Bedtime tab where you can create a proper wind-down schedule that integrates with Digital Wellbeing. This gives you access to detailed reports, but the pièce de résistance is that the Pixel Stands Sunrise Alarms are now fully integrated into the Google Clock app. This gently brightens your display over the course of 15 minutes, in a red to yellow transition alongside your alarm tone. You dont even need to have your phone charging to take advantage of this previously Pixel Stand exclusive. Enhanced Adaptive Battery One area that some people have issues is with the Pixel battery life, however, Adaptive Battery has been tweaked in the June Pixel Feature Drop to hopefully improve your device lifespan. Its too early to tell if this has made any difference on our own devices just yet, but Adaptive Battery is now capable of better predicting when your battery will run out and further reduce background activity to help prolong lifespan. Google states that this is done by reducing the power consumption of rarely used apps. Personal Safety comes to all Pixels The Personal Safety app should now be available on all Pixel devices with Car Crash detection available on the Pixel 3. This is joined by a new “Safety Check” feature that will automatically send real-time location data to any contacts of your choice if you have not confirmed you are okay after a preset time period. This gives you and your contacts peace of mind, especially during unprecedented times. Google Recorder enhancements Weve talked about just how impressive the Google Recorder is, and how it could be the future of transcription for many around the globe. As part of the June Pixel Feature Drop, the Recorder has now gained integration with your Google Assistant. This means that you can give voice commands and launch into the app, ask for specific recordings, and more on top. Not only can you now control the Google Recorder with your voice, Google has added the ability to save your transcriptions directly to Google Docs, which were sure will be a seriously huge inclusion for many out there. Especially as you wont need to mess around with .txt files. Whats your favorite new feature as part of the June Pixel Feature Drop? Do you have a favorite new addition? What else would you like to see in future Feature Drops? Let us know down in the comments section below. More on Android: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Report: The Samsung Galaxy A51 was the top-selling Android smartphone in Q1 2020 - 9to5Google
A new report from data firm Strategy Analytics suggests that the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A51 was the top-selling Android smartphone during Q1 2020.
A new report from data research firm Strategy Analytics suggests that buyer habits during the Q1 2020 have shifted substantially, with the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A51 topping the sales charts for this early portion of the year. According to the Strategy Analytics report, the flagship Galaxy S20+ was the only “flagship” device within the analysis firm’s top 6 sellers for this early portion of 2020. This could prove to be a good indication of the consumer shift from the so-called “premium” section to what we often perceive as the “mid-range.” The Xiaomi Redmi 8, Galaxy A10s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and Galaxy A20s rounded off the top 6 sellers during Q1 2020. Among the Android segment, Samsung took 4 of the top 6 positions worldwide in Q1 2020, while Xiaomi grabbed two. Samsung Galaxy A51 (4G) is the worlds number one best-selling Android smartphone model and accounted for a healthy 2.3% share of all smartphones shipped globally in the quarter. Samsungs A51 smartphone is popular in all regions, particularly across Europe and Asia. Xiaomi Redmi 8 is the worlds second most popular Android smartphone model, taking 1.9% marketshare in Q1 2020. Xiaomis Redmi smartphone range is selling very well in India and China and increasingly across Europe. Samsungs Galaxy S20+ held third position with 1.7% share, the only super-premium model appearing in our top-six ranking. As smartphones have ballooned in price over the past three to four years, savvy buyers are clearly voting with their wallets. None of this is shocking news, as we have seen in previous years that perceived budget smartphones were among the best-sellers globally (h/t The Verge). However, with the COVID-19 pandemic providing yet another level of financial uncertainty for buyers and manufacturers alike, we may see a massive cultural shift to more affordable portions of the market as everyone begins to tighten the purse strings. Android smartphone sales still accounted for 86% of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter. Samsung has littered the market with budget and mid-range smartphones of which the Galaxy A51 is a prime example in recent years. One would assume that this is in response to the emergence of Huawei as a global player. However, with Huawei facing sanctions and dwindling sales in the west, Samsung undoubtedly has a bigger platform than ever before. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: