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Samsung will update older Galaxy phones to convert them into baby monitors, security devices - 9to5Google
Samsung will provide software updates to older phones as part of the "Galaxy Upcycling" program to breathe new life into those devices.
Most Android phones don’t last as long as they should, and while that’s in the process of changing slowly, it doesn’t help the older abandoned devices already out there. Through a new “Galaxy Upcycling” program, Samsung will update older Galaxy phones to give them new features. During its CES 2021 event this morning, Samsung unveiled new TVs, appliances, and more, but also took a moment to talk about its Galaxy smartphones. The company introduced the “Galaxy Upcycling at Home” program, which offers consumers the ability to repurpose an older Galaxy smartphone to serve a new purpose. At the event, Samsung announced an update to its Galaxy Upcycling program called Galaxy Upcycling at Home. The new program reimagines the lifecycle of an older Galaxy phone and offers consumers options on how they might be able to repurpose their device to create a variety of convenient IoT tools. How does this work? Samsung says (via Android Central) that an optional software update will be available for these older devices that will deliver new features to allow them to be used for at-home purposes. In the CES event, Samsung pointed to three use cases. For one, the phone could be used as a baby monitor. By putting the phone on a charger in the room with a baby, special software could detect a crying baby and send notifications to other devices. Alternatively, Samsung Knox could play a role in making these devices useful for at-home security purposes. Some pet care features were also teased. Another use case shown below is the ability for the device using the SmartThings app to detect low light and turning on smart lighting within the home. Samsung didn’t go into detail on what devices are eligible for this or exactly how the software updates will arrive (whether they’ll be system or just apps). In any case, there are some neat ideas here, and extending the useful life of electronics is always a good idea. It does look like this program will start this year, though. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Samsung releases first official Galaxy S21 teaser [Video] - 9to5Google
Samsung has just released the first official teaser video for its Galaxy S21 smartphone ahead of its launch next month.
Samsung has yet to formally announce the date it will launch the Galaxy S21, but thanks to previous leaks we know it’s just two weeks away. As the year comes to a close later today, Samsung is releasing the first official Galaxy S21 teaser. This first teaser for Samsung’s next flagship doesn’t address dates, but simply teases that a “new Galaxy awaits,” referring to the S21 series. The video mentions that the new year and new device will bring “new ways to express yourself,” possibly teasing some new camera or software features. After those vague messages, Samsung dives into the history of the Galaxy S series with each older model transforming into the next year’s revision and with each change highlighting the biggest physical differences between each phone. For example, we can see design changes, the addition of water resistance on Galaxy S5, the curved screen of S6 and S7, the home button removal on S8, and the arrival of the hole-punch on Galaxy S10 and S20. It’s a slick little video. Of course, we already know a lot about what the Galaxy S21 will bring to the table despite this teaser not confirming anything officially. The Galaxy S21 will have the same centered hole-punch as the S20, but with a flat display and slimmer bezels. The phone is also adopting a new camera module design on the back which melds into the frame. The leaked renders so far have been pretty gorgeous. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Android Smart Selection feature now lets you convert to other units - 9to5Google
The Android Smart Selection feature now lets you directly convert selected text to various units including currency, weight, speed, and more.
For those not aware of the power of the Android Smart Selection feature, it contextually offers you neat options such as directly calling a selected telephone number and now the ability to convert to various units. Having been around since 2017, the feature has evolved here and there as an extension of the standard text selection panel that pops up when you highlight certain text. It’s a really neat little timesaver that helps save time actually copy-pasting information into search bars, the phone app, and numerous other places. We’re not quite sure when the Android Smart Selection tool gained the unit covert tool but it was first spotted over on the issue tracker by the team over at Android Police, and we’ve since been playing around with the quick conversion ourselves. As someone based in the UK and who has to convert £ and to $ on an almost daily basis, I can attest to the convenience factor here. Luckily, the new convert feature that is now available as part of the Android Smart Selection tool is not limited to just currency. You can use it to convert mass, speed, and we’re sure plenty of other units. Of course, language “conversion” is handled by Translate so no worries there. The only downside is that you still need to select a target unit convert option once you’ve selected something with the Android Smart Selection tool. It will just default to your local currency if monetary options are highlighted, while weights, mass, and speed conversions are localized to your specific region too meaning km/h, kg in most European regions. More on Android: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google thoroughly redesigns Assistant Routines with easier set-up/editing & sunrise/sunset triggers - 9to5Google
Google is rolling out a big redesign of how you create and edit Assistant Routines, while at the same time adding sunrise/sunset...
Google is rolling out a big redesign of how you create and edit Assistant Routines, while at the same time adding the ability for these macros to be automatically invoked at sunrise or sunset. Like before, Routines can be accessed from either the Google Home app or Assistant Settings. The former entry point was just revamped, and the latter is now getting a similar treatment. The new list features an oval FAB that is placed in the top-right corner of the screen. Instead of specifying the default, “ready-made” macros, Google just has two sections for “Your routines” each accompanied by new icons and the recently launched “Your shortcuts” to quickly access key features in Android apps. When creating a “New routine,” you’ll be greeted with a very simple page separated into two sections. Users first specify “How to start,” with the voice command and time option unchanged from before. However, the latter starter can now be replaced by “Sunrise/sunset.” After specifying a location based on the existing Home/Work addresses, you can determine whether the Routine triggers exactly at sunrise/sunset or between 15 minutes to 4 hours after/prior. The next step is setting an action. Google has a new “Choose what the Routine will do” page that first provides a high-level list of categories/capabilities. Diving into one offers the same set of commands as before. When editing an existing Routine, Assistant now better emphasizes how you can control the invocation order by numbering each item. There’s also a carousel of “Suggested actions” at the bottom to do more. Google has modernized the look of Assistant’s most powerful feature and makes it less overwhelming to new users. The last revamp of this feature was in September of last year. Following a phasedlaunch over the weekend, this redesign of Google Assistant Routines is widely rolled out on Android and iOS (Home app). FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Play Store for Android TV, Google TV gets minor redesign w/ new icons, more - 9to5Google
Following its major revamp in 2019, Google is rolling out another, smaller redesign for the Play Store on Android TV and Google TV.
Over a year ago Google rolled out a completely redesigned Play Store for Android TV, and now the company is giving it a couple of tweaks. Rolling out now, the Play Store for Android TV and, by extension, Google TV, is getting a slight redesign. Here’s what’s new. The tweaks in this new Play Store update are very minor, but every single one of them is a welcome improvement that does a lot to make the Play Store feel at home especially on the new Chromecast with Google TV. The first tweak you might notice when booting up the Play Store UI is that the “Apps – Games – My Apps” top section has swapped the words for icons. It’s still a very clear indication, but offers up a much cleaner look. When you then highlight any of those icons, it expands to show the full word alongside it. The search button is also moved all the way to the left, now also featuring a slightly revamped search page. Beyond these tweaks, Google has also revamped the Settings menu and “My Apps” page, now showing these on the same tab which is accessible under your Google profile picture. This new page shows “Manage apps and games” first with the same basic UI for updates, apps on the device, and apps in your library. There’s also now a much easier option to switch Google accounts on the store. Finally, the Settings menu has a tweaked layout that’s a bit easier to understand. As mentioned, these are all pretty minor changes, but they’re all for the best. This slight redesign for the Google Play Store on Android TV and Google TV is now rolling out, though our friends at Android Police did note that it’s a server-side change. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Maps makes business messaging easier for customers and stores alike - 9to5Google
People are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to shop for goods and order food. Google Maps post message will help...
People are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to shop for goods and order food. Google is now making it easier for customers to message stores through posts, while businesses can reply through the Maps app and get more customer stats. At the moment, you tap the messaging button on listings in Maps or Search to reach out. Posts from businesses that appear in the Updates tab or elsewhere in the Google apps will now feature a “Message” shortcut. Added to the conversation thread for reference, customers can quickly ask questions about a particular promotion or item. Similarly, when a business you’re calling doesn’t answer, Google will prompt you to reach out via a direct message. This comes as the company notes how users have “initiated more than twice as many messages to merchants” since the start of the year. On the other side, verified businesses can now respond to messages from the Google Maps app instead of having to use the My Business site. Rolling out now, customer conversation requests will appear in the “Updates” tab for increased productivity while mobile. Viewing and replies are also coming “soon” to desktop Search. Those SMBs also benefit from more discovery metrics. A Business Profile Performance page will identify what search queries led to the listing. In the case of a pastry shop, terms could include “bakery near me” or specify a particular food item. This joins graphs that plot out six months of call, message, and booking interactions. The performance information next year will specify if a listing was viewed through Maps or Search, and whether it was a desktop or mobile device view. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Smartphone market starts to recover in Q3: Samsung dominates as Huawei crashes - 9to5Google
The smartphone market is starting to recover in Q3 2020 with Samsung retaining a huge lead as some others stagnate and Huawei continues to crash.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a heavy decline in the smartphone market this year, but Q3 2020 has seen shipments start to recover according to a new report from Gartner. In Q3 2020, the smartphone market as a whole saw a 5.7% decline compared to Q3 2019. Combined, smartphone manufacturers shipped around 366 million units, down from 388 million the same time in 2019. That’s far better than the 20% losses seen in the past two quarters. Over the past year, Samsung and Xiaomi both saw considerable growth. Samsung continues to dominate the market in first place with 22% market share and over 80 million units sold. Xiaomi also moved up to 12.1% share, shipping over 44 million units, up from 32 million in 2019 and totaling nearly 35% growth YoY. Samsung and Xiaomi were the only vendors in the top five to experience growth in the third quarter of 2020. Samsung benefited from its strong positioning amongst Android users and recorded sales of 80.8 million units. Xiaomi grew 34.9% in the third quarter of 2020, securing 12.1% market share and moving past Apple into the No. 3 position. Xiaomi gained from Huaweis loss including strong performance in China. On the other hand, Huawei continues to crash as it still deals with the US ban. The Chinese giant shipped around 51 million units in Q3, down over 21% since 2019 and lagging far behind Samsung at this point, the rival it used to battle for first place with. Apple also saw a minor drop in Q3 2020, losing a little over half a percent YoY. That’s attributable to the late launch of new iPhones, though. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Poco M3 goes official w/ Snapdragon 662, 6,000mAh battery, $149 price - 9to5Google
Xiaomi offshoot Poco has unveiled the M3, it's latest sub-$200 smartphone with some notable internals and a whopping 6,000mAh battery to boot.
Xiaomi offshoot Poco has announced another affordable Android handset, this time in the form of the M3, which will come with some modest but enticing internals and seriously low entry price. Now the cynics among us may instantly spot that the Poco M3 looks very familiar to the Redmi Note 10 4G, which in all honesty wouldn’t be far wrong. However, this latest Poco model does come with a new lick of paint and some interesting internals for those wanting an affordable Android experience. The 6.53-inch smartphone will come with an FHD+ display that sports a dewdrop notch up top, while internally it utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The major internal bonus here is the frankly massive 6,000mAh internal battery that can be topped up at 18W speeds via USB-C. Because it is so big, you can purchase an additional cable that will allow you to effectively use the Poco M3 as a powerbank and charge other devices. Security on the Poco M3 is offered via the side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner, while there is also AI Face Unlock capabiltiies on offer here, too. Being a cheaper smartphone, the M3 includes the obligatory 3.5mm headphone port for wired audio as well. Storage can be expanded via microSD card up to 512GB, with 64 and 128GB models available to purchase. At the rear, you’ll find a triple camera setup that consists of a 48-megapixel main sensor, 2-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel depth sensor for fake bokeh effects. It’s a modest rear camera setup that likely won’t win many awards, but it should be solid enough for most people. As for the front-facer, it’s in the 8-megapixel flavor. One downside here is that the Poco M3 comes pre-installed with the MIUI 12 flavor of Android 10. No word has been given on the potential upgrade path to Android 11, or if this device will be eligible for Android 12 when available. The Poco M3 will start at an enticing $149 for the 4GB/64GB option and $169 for the 4GB/128GB option although it is unlikely to come to US markets, officially making US pricing a strange notable here. It will be available in the following colors: blue, yellow, and black. More on Android: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Pixel Stand gets major 50% discount on the Google Store for Black Friday - 9to5Google
For Black Friday, the Google Store has aggressively discounted the Pixel Stand by 50%. It's compatible with the Pixel 5, 4, and 3, with new...
With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in 2018, Google released a first-party wireless charger. Since then, it has remained compatible with Google’s flagship phones and added new software features. For Black Friday, the Google Store has aggressively discounted the Pixel Stand by 50% off. Launched at $79, the Pixel Stand is currently $39.50 on Google’s official US store. Stark white, save for a delightful orange underside, it’s made of silicone and polycarbonate. The base is circular, while the charging coils are housed in a slanted oblong circle. The Pixel is prevented from slipping thanks to a ridged stopgap. When a phone is placed on the Pixel Stand, it jumps to a modified Ambient Display that features a row of Assistant shortcuts at the bottom. The time and notification icons still appear above. Just last month, Google updated the Pixel Stand to display “Home controls” that are similar to the buttons found in the Android 11 power menu. That joins Sunrise Alarms, which are now available to all Android devices via the Google Clock app, and slideshows from Google Photos. There’s also the ability to see Nest Hello video doorbell alerts. The Pixel Stand provides an up to 10W charge for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 5. Powering up works in either portrait or landscape. You can also use it to charge Pixel Buds, as long as the case is upside down. In the box, Google includes a 1.5m USB C-to-C cable and 18W USB PD power adapter. Those two accessories together come in at $35, so you’re basically getting a free wireless charger with this deal. This is the most significant discount on the Pixel Stand since its launch two years ago. For most, the Made by Google accessory was too expensive compared to more affordable alternatives. Todays deal, which is available until November 30th, changes that equation. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Assistant can now schedule smart home actions, turn lights on/off at a specific time - 9to5Google
If you want to turn lights off at a specific time or schedule a connected coffee maker to be ready in the morning, Google Assistant can now do so.
Smart speakers and voice assistants are perhaps most useful for controlling your smart home, but in that case it’s all about instant actions. Now, Google Assistant is adding the ability to schedule commands, certainly a handy trick! Google Assistant is currently rolling out the ability to control and adjust smart home hardware based on a schedule. For example, you can ask Assistant to turn on a lamp with a Philips Hue light bulb at a specific time or ask the action to be performed a certain period of time from now. On top of that, you can also ask for an action to only occur for a certain length of time. “Hey Google, turn on the lights for 5 minutes” would immediately turn on the lights, but shut them off a few minutes later without the need for another command. This feature was first announced at CES in January 2020. This feature appears to be live right now, but could still be on the end of its rollout to users. In any case, on my Nest Hub I was able to ask Assistant to schedule a light to turn on at a specific time and on a timer. I didn’t try scheduling these actions out for a different day, but Android Policesays that works just fine. Google says on a support page that users can schedule Assistant actions out by “several” days, but that part seems a bit fickle. Users can schedule the command to be triggered by specifying a time or duration. For example:
- Hey Google, turn on the lights in five minutes.
- Hey Google, turn on the lights at 7 AM.
- Hey Google, turn on my coffee maker at 8 AM tomorrow.
- Hey Google, run my sprinkler in a week at 5 PM.
Stadia will be playable on iOS via Safari in the coming ‘weeks’ - 9to5Google
A fully playable version of Google Stadia will be available on iOS as a Safari progressive web application in the coming weeks.
Apple’s tough enforcement of its App Store policies has led to a sad lack of a playable version of Google Stadia on iOS. That is set to change very soon as public testing of a dedicated progressive web app is set to start within “several weeks.” On the day that Google is celebrating the first full year of its cloud gaming platform, there is some fantastic news for any potential iOS players that have had to make do with workarounds and unofficial apps such as Stadium which was recently reinstated by Apple after initially being removed from the App Store. At present, the current dedicated iOS app is effectively a “hub” for your game library, the Stadia Store, and your wider friends list. Because of the limitations placed upon Google, you are not actually able to play any Stadia games on your iOS device. This will be the first phase of our iOS progressive Web application. As we test performance and add more features, your feedback will help us improve the Stadia experience for everyone. You can expect this feature to begin rolling out several weeks from now. This upcoming Google Stadia app on iOS will not be an “app” in the traditional sense, as it will arrive as a Progressive Web Application (or PWA) which is similar to that of Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming platform. This allows Google to effectively dodge the App Store rules and regulations by being a direct web browser link that is optimized for iOS players. Google’s announcement comes as Nvidia has also confirmed that its own cloud-gaming service GeForce Now is also launching in beta on iOS exclusively through Apple’s Safari browser. Stadia will work in the exact same way, even though iOS 14 finally allows users to change their default browser on the mobile OS. The Stadia progressive web app on iOS may actually come missing certain features during the initial beta phase, but is likely to gain features as this testing phase expands. No word was shared on which regions will be first to get access to the Stadia PWA for iOS, with “several weeks from now” being the only indication. More on Stadia: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Future Pixel phones reportedly won’t have unlimited Google Photos storage - 9to5Google
Unfortunately and somewhat unexpectedly, Google isn't offering free storage on Photos to future Pixel smartphones despite older ones keeping the perk.
Yesterday’s news of Google Photos losing free unlimited storage was a bummer, but one bit of good news for Google Pixel owners was that they wouldn’t be losing that perk. Unfortunately, though, future Pixels won’t have the same luxury. As we explained yesterday, Google did confirm that Pixel 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 devices would all retain free Google Photos storage going forward. That’s in part because some of those devices have lifetime guarantees for free storage, which is often used in marketing for those devices. Google further explains on a support page: If you have a Pixel 5 device or earlier, your current backup quality options and benefits remain unchanged. Uploads in High quality from your Pixel 2-5 devices will continue to receive unlimited free storage. However, photos and videos backed up from other devices in High quality after June 1, 2021 will start to count towards your Google Account storage. It’s not something you’ll be hearing in the future, though. Android Central reports that future Google Pixel smartphones won’t be eligible for unlimited Photos storage for pictures and videos. Rather, they’ll end up pulling from the same 15GB free or 100GB+ paid pots as every other smartphone out there. Really, this is a bit surprising. It would have been easy to assume that Google would keep this perk around as a reason for people to buy Pixel smartphones. After all, unlimited free storage is a massive selling point, especially on a service as good as Google Photos. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: