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Samsung Galaxy Buds, Buds+, and Buds Live seem prone to overheating in direct sunlight - Android Police
Listening to wireless earbuds is an excellent way to stay energized while out on a run, but what happens when your buds get a little too hot to handle?
Listening to wireless earbuds is an excellent way to stay energized while out on a run, but what happens when your buds get a little too hot to handle? And I'm not talking about a beat that's fire — users of multiple Samsung earbuds, including Galaxy Buds and the new Galaxy Buds Live, report that using the buds in warmer conditions renders them annoyingly useless in a matter of mere minutes. The trouble starts when the earbuds are exposed to direct sunlight. After just a few minutes, the buds start beeping continuously, and won't stop until they're removed from the sun's rays and cool down. Users say this tends to happen when outside temperatures are in the 90° to 100°F range, which is pretty much every day during the summer in some regions. I've never encountered reports of earbuds that overheat this quickly or this often. It'd be one thing if customers knew why this was going on. But there's no clear warning telling wearers that the product is overheating; the earbuds will just keep on beeping incessantly until they cool off. This can render them effectively useless for people who live in warmer climates. We liked the Galaxy Buds Live, but if summers get hot where you live and you're someone who takes walks, goes jogging, or just spends time waiting at the bus stop, you may want to think twice about Samsung's earbuds. There's plenty of other buds in the galaxy, and you can see some of our favorites here. We've reached out to Samsung for comment and will update this post if we get more information to share.
Google Maps preps displaying traffic lights on Android - Android Police
When navigating via Google Maps, traffic lights are one of the biggest unknowns and something Google won't warn you about — I could sing a song or
When navigating via Google Maps, traffic lights are one of the biggest unknowns and something Google won't warn you about — I could sing a song or two about this as I once caused an accident due to a red light I oversaw at an unfamiliar, complicated crossroads (thankfully, no one got hurt). It looks like Google recognizes this potential hazard and wants to help people navigate unknown streets better, as the company is working on adding traffic lights information in Maps. Droid Life reports that traffic lights currently only show up for a few people in the regular Maps view and during navigation. For each crossroads with traffic lights, you get a small symbol depicting as much on the map. When you're navigating, these icons are often way too tiny to spot, as most drivers (hopefully) keep their eyes on the road while driving and aren't trying to decipher everything they see on their phone screens. Besides the visual indicators, no audio cues are given while navigating, but since the integration of traffic lights is apparently in an early stage, that (and improved visual cues) will hopefully come later on. Maybe we'll even get instructions like "turn right at the next traffic light," which would be much more useful than the current distance-based directions. Some more unknowns surround the current implementation of traffic lights. We're not sure if you need to activate the traffic layer to view them, but all the screenshots we have at our disposal have it turned on. We also don't know if the traffic lights are limited to certain regions, which wouldn't be unprecedented for Maps — for example, you can only see speed limits in some countries. None of us here at Android Police could see the traffic lights on our phones, so it's likely a highly limited test. If you hope to get in on an experiment light this, it makes sense to use a recent version of the app, so be sure you're up to date on the Play Store or over at APK Mirror.
Google really, really, REALLY doesn't want you to install AnTuTu - Android Police
Google's Play Protect service, which helps protect you from accidentally sideloading malware, is now blocking the installation of the benchmarking app
Google's Play Protect service, which helps protect you from accidentally sideloading malware, is now blocking the installation of the benchmarking app AnTuTu. Google Chrome is also warning users that navigate to Antutu's official download page that the site contains "harmful apps." This news follows the application's removal from the Play Store earlier this year The news was first spotted by Xataka Android, but we don't fully know why Google has stepped up its fight against AnTuTu specifically. The Play Protect warning claims that the app "can collect data that could be used to track you," and Chrome's warning just about mirrors that: Left: Chrome's warning at AnTuTu's downloads page. Right: Play Protect blocking the app from being installed. Both of these warnings can be circumvented, but they will probably be enough to stop most potential users from installing the app. We've tested prior AnTuTu versions, and we get the same Play Protect warning on both the latest 8.3.9 and 8.3.5 releases. However, 8.3.4 and earlier do not seem to trigger the warning. In case you're unfamiliar, Play Protect is a service by Google built into most Android phones (via Google Play Services) that scans apps you install for issues like malware. It's been around for a while, but it was changed from a background service to a foreground feature back in 2017. Chrome's warning is part of the Safe Browsing initiative that's been around since 2007. Earlier this year, AnTuTu was kicked from the Play Store, seemingly as part of a massive culling of Cheetah Mobile-associated apps, and this new development is almost certainly related. Though AnTuTu CEO Zhao Chen claimed at that time that his company isn't related to Cheetah Mobile, he did admit that they are one of AnTuTu's shareholders. It's technically possible that those more recent AnTuTu releases include malware of some kind, and Google is proactively doing what it can to block the installation of the app for users, but the warnings are a bit nebulous. Still, it's unlikely Google would have done this without good reason. We've reached out to both Google and AnTuTu for more information regarding this change and precisely why Google is going to such efforts to block access to AnTuTu, but neither company has responded yet. In the meantime, if you're running an older version of the app, consider waiting a bit for the dust to settle before pulling down one of these more recent updates.
Weekend poll: What's your lifetime installed app count on the Play Store? - Android Police
Smartphones are nothing without apps, and there are a whole lot of them out there on the Play Store. Of course, the quality there... let's say "varies"
Smartphones are nothing without apps, and there are a whole lot of them out there on the Play Store. Of course, the quality there... let's say "varies" thanks to Google's rather lax administration and curation efforts. But there are piles of apps we depend on every day, others we use maybe a couple times a month, and yet more we uninstalled, never to use them again. With Google's convenient account Dashboard tool to refer to: How many apps have you installed throughout your Android-using life? My job probably inflates my numbers. Back in the day, apps were a gold rush — wild west risks and all. I remember a time when I was constantly seeking new ones out to plug gaps in functionality. But as those niches have been filled, I seem to install fewer apps (that I keep) with every passing year — though I still test plenty of new ones all the time for work. Based on our readers' responses to our recent paid app poll, many of you are also slowing down when it comes to paying for new apps as well. We have the results from 2017's version of this poll to compare to, though I've added a little more granularity at the low-end based on our responses last time. But let's take a look: What's your lifetime Play Store app install count as listed on your Google Dashboard? And even if you might have a separate work profile, let's stick to your personal account for this.