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This week’s top stories: Google Wifi relaunch, Gmail Go, OnePlus 8T design, more - 9to5Google
Top Stories: Google Wifi makes an affordable comeback, Gmail Go briefly becomes available to all Androids, OnePlus 8T design shown in detail, and more.
In this week’s top stories: Google Wifi makes a comeback at a more affordable price point, Gmail Go briefly becomes available to all Android devices, the OnePlus 8T’s design is shown in detail, and more. While Google showed off most of their hardware at last week’s Launch Night In event, it seems the company held back a few surprises. This week, they relaunched the Google Wifi mesh router system, originally released in 2016, with an affordable $99 retail price. Its noticeably cheaper than the $169 Nest Wifi router announced last year, which has more powerful internals and provides 2,200 sq ft of coverage with one unit. Meanwhile, this new Google Wifi does not double as an Assistant smart speaker, unlike the Nest Wifi point. As low-end Android phones have become more popular in recent years, Google has been working to create simplified “Go” versions of their core apps, which typically starts as only available to Android Go phones. For a brief period this week, Gmail Go was available in the Google Play Store for non Android Go phones, but was later pulled. The incident revealed a surprising level of demand for a simplified Gmail app, one that doesn’t bundle various Google Workspace apps. It [would have matched] how other Go apps are also available to all users: Google Go, Gallery Go, Google Maps Go, and Navigation for Google Maps Go. Assistant Go and YouTube Go [would have been] the sole apps to not support all devices. In a busy week of OnePlus news, the biggest story is that the company shared a video showcasing the design of the upcoming OnePlus 8T. The most obvious design detail on display is the use of a tweaked green color titled “Ultramarine Green.” In other OnePlus news, owners of last year’s OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro received the update to OxygenOS 10.0.13, which includes the September 2020 security patch. Interestingly, the update comes a full week after an almost identical OxygenOS update for the older OnePlus 7 series. OxygenOS 10.0.13 and 10.3.5 were confirmed in an official post over on the OnePlus Forums. As we have already mentioned, this changelog is actually identical to the OnePlus 7 series update seen late last week. If you do have a OnePlus 7T or OnePlus 7T Pro handset, then you should be able to get your hands on the update very soon if not already. Lastly, we were given a taste of the camera prowess of the OnePlus 8T. The company took to Twitter this week to share an official camera sample, demonstrating the low-light photography capabilities of the OnePlus 8T. Beyond a new camera sensor, OnePlus 8T is confirmed to deliver a 120Hz display without curves, a faster 65W charging system, and much more. Stay tuned for our full coverage when the phone launches on October 14th. Made by Google | Android | Apps & Updates | Chrome / OS | Google Assistant | Google Workspace | OnePlus | Stadia | Videos | FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Gmail Go is now available to download in the Play Store for all Android phones - 9to5Google
Google offers "Go" variants of its most popular apps for lower-power devices. Gmail Go download has been openned up to all Android devices...
Google offers “Go” variants of its most popular apps for lower-power devices. This week, Gmail Go was quietly made available for all users to download, regardless of device, on the Play Store. The Play Store listings for the applications are nearly identical, but Google does specify how the Go variant offers the “Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast.” That said, Google has not updated the Go screenshots. The only difference with the app icon is how there’s a red “Go” badge at the bottom. Once launched, the apps are visually identical in where everything is located and arranged. Emails in the main list can be swiped with customizable left/right actions, while there is support for multiple accounts and different inbox organization. However, there is no bottom bar as Google Meet has not been integrated into Gmail Go. It’s unclear how Google Workspace will impact this moving forward. One of the other differences is how no UI elements are elevated. There is no layering, and as such no shadow. Rather, Gmail Go uses a white outline for the search field and the elongated compose FAB, though it still shrinks into a circle as you scroll. Additionally, the frame rate is very clearly capped, thus resulting in a perceptible lag as you scroll and slide open the navigation drawer. This is presumably a performance optimization for devices with a limited processor and RAM. If you visit the regular Gmail listing, the Play Store notes how a “similar app” is available. This occurred sometime this week, with Gmail Go installing on our various Pixel devices running Android 11 in the US and Europe. It matches how other Go apps are also available to all users: Google Go, Gallery Go, Google Maps Go, and Navigation for Google Maps Go. Assistant Go and YouTube Go are now the sole app to not support all devices. Gmail Go might not make too much sense for users outside the intended audience to download, but it’s nice that an option is available. Thanks Michael, RKBDI! FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
[Update: USA] Samsung kicks off OneUI 3.0 public beta w/ Android 11 for the Galaxy S20 series - 9to5Google
The first public release of Android 11 has arrived on Samsung devices in South Korea, at least in beta, bringing OneUI 3.0.
It’ll be a couple of months before Android 11 rolls out widely to Samsung devices, but things are moving along quickly. Following a developer preview last month, Samsung has just opened up a public beta of OneUI 3.0 with Android 11. As reported by SamMobile, the OneUI 3.0 public beta is now open for Galaxy S20 users, but only in Samsung’s home country of South Korea. This beta is, of course, based on Android 11 and is available to the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and the S20 Ultra. At this point, the S20 FE isn’t included. Over time, Samsung is set to bring its Android 11 beta to other countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, China, and India. The Galaxy Note 20 series will also pick up support for this beta at some point, but no dates have been announced for other regions or devices. Update 10/7: Shortly after debuting in Korea, Samsung has made the OneUI 3.0 public beta available to Galaxy S20 users in the United States. Oddly, it’s currently limited only to T-Mobile S20 models, but it should expand to unlocked models soon. To get in on the fun, you’ll need to sign up for the OneUI 3.0 beta in the Samsung Members app. A banner should appear on the “Explore” tab. An update of roughly 2GB should arrive shortly after you sign up to bring your device up to Samsung’s Android 11 beta build. We recently took a quick look at an early build of OneUI 3.0, which brings support for new Android features such as Bubbles, improved notifications, and more. There are also some UI tweaks and new features from Samsung, but we’re expecting the public beta to reveal even more. Most likely, Android 11 will start arriving on Samsung devices late this year or in early 2021. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
YouTube TV is now ‘YT TV’ on Android homescreens as icon tweaked on Google TV - 9to5Google
A super minor update to YouTube TV for Android today sees the app name change to "YT TV." Additionally, the Android/Google TV app icon has also been...
A minor update to YouTube TV for Android today sees Google change the app name to “YT TV.” Additionally, the Android/Google TV app icon has also been ever so slightly tweaked. Version 4.40 for Android (phones and tablets) sees the app name change from “YouTube TV” to “YT TV.” This change is reflected on homescreens and app launchers, but not on the app info page or Play Store listing. The abbreviation matches “YT Music,” and sees “YT TV” move to the right of the audio streaming application. For most people, YouTube TV is now the last item in their alphabetically arranged app drawer, though this might pose some challenges when searching depending on your device’s launcher. Based on your set font size, “YouTube TV” might have been truncated to “YouTube …” before. Today’s change means that this is no longer the case for most — if not all — users. This new version is still rolling out via the Play Store. Meanwhile, on the Android TV / Google TV front, another update sees the YouTube TV app card change. It was previously the red YouTube play button followed by “TV” against a white background. This is also how in-app branding appears. It’s now the icon and “YouTube TV” behind a black card, with both stretching edge-to-edge. The background change distinguishes it from YouTube and the YouTube Music shortcut. One benefit is that it stands apart in the app carousel, though Chromecast with Google TV users always have access to it in the new “Live” tab. Theres now also a red tint/glow when selected. This change should be widely rolled out today. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
New Google TV for Android starting to roll out via the Play Store - 9to5Google
In addition to big screens via the new Chromecast, Google TV is also meant for Android devices. Download Google TV for...
In addition to big screens via the new Chromecast, Google TV is also aimed at Android devices. The new Google TV is beginning to roll out via the Play Store, but you can also download it now. Behind-the-scenes, this new experience is delivered by updating an existing app that dates back to 2011 and has amassed over 5 billion downloads. Requiring users to download an entirely new client would not be an effective delivery method. After updating to version 184.108.40.206, a notification announces that “Play Movies & TV on Android is now Google TV.” Tapping opens the app to a transition screen that lets you “Launch Google TV,” complete with a nifty animation of the new four-color branding. The bottom bar has four sections, with “Home” having three top tabs: For you, Movies, and Shows. Here you’ll see various personalized carousels:
- Top picks for you
- New TV shows on your services
- New movies on your services
- Because you watched X
- Trending TV shows
- Watch it again
Launch Night In recap: Everything announced at Google’s hardware event [Video] - 9to5Google
There was a lot to talk about so we've decided to recap all of Google's Launch Night In additions to help streamline your thought process.
Unlike previous years’ Made by Google launch events, the Mountain View tech giant treated us to the very first “Launch Night In” a livestream announcement of all of their latest and greatest hardware. There was a lot to talk about so we’ve decided to recap all of the Launch Night In additions to help streamline your thought process. Announcements There is a lot to unpack after yesterday’s keynote. Google looks to be leveraging affordability and accessibility this year though. Four new hardware products were introduced during the Launch Night In livestream but let’s give you a quick recap: Pixel 5 The most obvious place to start our Launch Night in recap is the star of the show the Google Pixel 5. As is customary, quite a lot of information was known about the device thanks to leaks and rumors, but the official announcement always brings up some interesting tidbits and extras. So here’s the lowdown: 6-inch 90Hz FHD+ OLED display, Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, weirdly 4,000 to 4,080mAh battery due to some manufacturing shenanigans, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, 12.2-megapixel dual-camera setup wide and ultra-wide with an 8-megapixel selfie camera, and $699 price in the US. It also comes with some new features including the Assistant-powered call holding service “Hold for Me” and plenty of camera performance upgrades. Night Sight now works in Portrait Mode, while theres also Portrait Light. For video, Google introduced Locked, Active, and Cinematic Pan to make the everyday look like a movie stabilization modes. While end results are improved, there is no Pixel Neural Core which means you’ll miss out on faster, dedicated image processing. Google is offering up to $365 trade-in for the Pixel 4 for those wanting to upgrade to the Pixel 5 although this might be a debatable upgrade for Pixel 4 owners. Pixel 4a 5G Think of this as the Pixel 4a’s bigger brother. It’s basically a bumped-up version of that device but with a taste of the Pixel 5. The weirdest thing to come out of the Launch Night In recap is just how long you’ll have to wait to get your hands on this sub-$500 smartphone. It’s expected to go on sale in the US from November 19. That said, it will measure in at 6.2-inches with an FHD+ 60Hz OLED and packs in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,800mAh battery. The rear camera setup is the same 12.2-megapixel wide and ultra-wide setup as found on the Pixel 5 too. This device also lacks the Pixel Neural Core for faster image processing. The pricing starts at $499 in the US, with an official release date touted as November 19. It will only come in Just Black even though Google teased a white model during the keynote. This white model will be exclusive to Verizon in the US, but it’s unclear if it will be available outside of the US. Both the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G will also include Stadia Pro, 100GB of Google One storage, and Google Play Pass free for 3 months after purchase. Nest Audio A brand new audio product with the Nest branding, the Nest Audio is a spiritual successor to the original Google Home with some notable audio hardware improvements. To recap what was said about this speaker during the Launch Night In keynote, this shares more with the Google Home Max than any other audio product thus far. The Nest Audio takes on a pillow shape which should help it blend in well in most any home. And, the Nest Audio speaker is available in a variety of pastel colors including Chalk, Charcoal, Sand, Sky, and a Sage green that mimics the Pixel 5 color. As with the Home Mini, Nest Mini, and Nest Wifi speakers already available, the new Nest Audio includes touch controls for common actions like adjusting volume and more. To activate, the top-left and top-right corners can be tapped to adjust volume up and down, respectively. The space in between these areas can be tapped, effectively working as a large play/pause button. At the rear, youll find a physical mute switch for the microphone, along with the barrel jack for the power cable. The smart speakers built-in 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer should offer an impressive audio experience that Google is claiming can fill an entire room. The Nest Audio speaker is available from October 5 priced at $99 in the US $30 lower than the original Google Home. Chromecast with Google TV Potentially the sleeper hit of Google’s Launch Night In, the fresh Google Chromecast signifies a change in tactic for one of the most popular streaming sticks on the market. To recap, the new Chromecast is effectively Google’s direct answer to Roku and the Amazon Fire TV lines. For the first time, Google is bundling in a remote with the Google Chromecast. It also now comes with Google TV pre-installed, giving us a proper UI to navigate with the brand new remote. This OS is built upon Android TV and should provide a far more cohesive experience for those who find using their smartphone a little frustrating. The remote comes with dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons along with the customary Google Assistant button. It also includes color-specific AAA batteries for the 100% recycled designs which is why no black Chromecast exists this year. You’ll be able to pick up the Chromecast with Google TV for just $49 in the US, in Snow, Sunrise, and Sky colors. This new Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K output with HDR10/+ and Dolby Vision. Theres also Dolby Atmos, DTS, and Dolby Digital+ surround sound support as long as your other hardware and streaming services support it. It’s powered by an Amlogic S905D3 chip and 2GB of RAM. Theres also 4GB of storage available for apps and games, and for most users, around 1GB of that will be used by preinstalled services. Because the new Chromecast is Android-based, you can sideload apps if you do want to take the risk. This will allow some extra services to be added though. You can also hook up USB devices with a USB-C hub to further enhance the diminutive streaming stick. Official Google Stadia support is also coming very soon, and it’s also worth noting that this device is replacing the Chromecast Ultra. More from Google’s Launch Night In: Unboxing and hands-on w/ Googles new Chromecast and Launch Night In kit [Video] FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google’s new Chromecast is built using recycled plastic, with no black model as a result - 9to5Google
The brand new Chromecast with Google TV continues on with the company's sustainability goals with a big portion of the product made from recycled plastic.
Over the past two years especially, Google has been making a bigger push for sustainability with its products. Like its new Pixel and other Nest products, the new Chromecast is built using recycled plastic, and that’s the reason it’s not sold in black. Chromecast with Google TV is sold in three colors Snow, Sky, and Sunrise. Google says it settled on these colors because they’re inspired by the home and the remote control, which matches the color of the Chromecast’s body, is always out in the open. Of course, that aesthetic fits in with Google’s other products as well, something Google says makes the product feel more “approachable.” Interestingly, too, Google’s sustainability goals led to the Chromecast not being available in black. Apparently, dark plastics are difficult to obtain from recycling facilities. Beyond the new Chromecast, Google says it will be reconsidering where it uses dark or black plastics in general. It wouldn’t be entirely surprising if future Pixels ditched black plastics with that in mind as well! The new Chromecast with Google TV isn’t made entirely from recycled plastic, though. 49% of the plastic materials used for this product are sourced from recycled plastic. Google, unfortunately, couldn’t clarify where those materials came from. The Nest Mini, for example, pulls its recycled plastics from shredded water bottles, discarded CDs, and other materials. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
You can play Google Stadia on iOS using this neat custom browser - 9to5Google
A clever custom browser developed for iOS has enabled Google Stadia to work shockingly well on the platform on iPhones and iPads alike.
Google Stadia delivers one of the best game streaming experiences out there today, but like GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass, Apple makes it extraordinarily difficult to get Stadia into the App Store. Luckily, there might be a way through the web. Thanks to a custom browser app, you can get Stadia up and running on iOS in a matter of minutes. If you’ve been keeping an eye on Stadia fans for the past few weeks, you might be aware that iOS 14 makes it possible to run Stadia through an iOS web browser. By tricking the user agent and heading to Stadia’s web app, playing games is indeed possible on an iPhone or iPad. It’s just… well it’s a pain in the butt. Thankfully, someone has developed a way to make this process easier. Reddit user u/zmknox took the time to create a custom browser that’s fully in support of the App Store but allows users to run Google Stadia with ease. Simply download “Stadium” from the App Store and you’ll get a very basic browser that’s designed to do two things. First, Stadium runs in fullscreen, meaning you’ll have no browser UI elements in the way of a Stadia game. Further, Stadium has the ability to set a custom user agent which allows users to “trick” Stadia into working. Plus, the app makes it possible to use a game controller with “supported” webpages. u/zmknox explains the setup process below:
- Set primary URL to https://stadia.google.com/home
- Set user agent to Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/85.0.4183.83 Safari/537.36
- In the menu, select Authenticate, and visit https://accounts.google.com/
- After you’ve signed in to your Google account, tap done. You may also need to select “Go Home” from the menu.
- That’s it! Now every time you launch Stadium, it brings you right to the Stadia landing page.
This week’s top stories: Pixel 5 leaks w/ wide angle camera, Launch Night In predictions, more - 9to5Google
Top Stories: official Google Pixel 5 renders leak, what to expect at Wednesday's Launch Night In, OnePlus Messages arrives in the Play Store, and more.
In this week’s top stories: numerous official renders of the Google Pixel 5 leak out, we talk about what to expect at Wednesday’s Launch Night In, OnePlus Messages arrives in the Play Store, and more. This week, renowned leakers WinFuture and Evan Blass each shared official renders for the Google Pixel 5, including high-res renders of the green Pixel 5. Very quickly, especially due to The Mandalorian featuring prominently in the promo art, many have likened the green Pixel 5 to Baby Yoda. Another important detail from the renders and specs is that the Pixel 5 will indeed feature a wide angle camera. Many device specifications have previously already leaked, but WinFuture today provides additional confirmation and fills out other details. For example, the 6-inch 90Hz display has a 432PPI with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and is protected by Gorilla Glass 6, which is a one-generation upgrade from the Pixel 4. This renders leak also shows how the Pixel 5 has a pretty narrow bottom bezel. Of course, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G aren’t the only things we’re anticipating to arrive at Google’s Launch Night In event next week. There’s also a new smart speaker and a new “Google TV” powered Chromecast, as well as potentially some surprise devices. Our Damien Wilde has taken time to walk through everything we should and should not expect. Elsewhere in Made by Google news, it seems some retailers allowed the new Chromecast to be sold early, which led to one Redditor, fuzztub07, completing a full unboxing as well as a video demo of how the Google TV interface works. We also learned the full specs of the device, including its chipset, RAM, and storage capacity. This unboxing shows that a USB-C to USB-A cable and power adapter, which looks identical to the Stadia Controllers, is also included with the Google TV Chromecast. Unlike the Ultra, the plug does not incorporate an Ethernet cable, but the USB-C nature should mean any hub/adapter will work. Google could also be offering a first-party version as an add-on. Lastly, fans of OnePlus phones will be pleased to know that the OnePlus Messages app is no longer tied directly to OxygenOS updates. As of this week, OnePlus Messages is available for download and update via the Google Play Store. OnePlus Messages has also come to the Play Store touting a few new features including the ability to copy and paste one-time passwords, financial transactions, and even promotions within the chat overview panel. We can see this as a way to help organize your SMS section but were not sure how well it will work in practice. Made by Google | Android | Apps & Updates | Google Assistant | Google Doodles | Wearables | Videos | FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Amazon’s new Echo smart speakers look near identical to the Nexus Q - 9to5Google
Just under a week before Google's Launch Night In, Amazon is hosting a hardware event to discuss its latest smart home offerings. Amazon Echo Nexus Q...
Just under a week before Google’s Launch Night In, Amazon is hosting a hardware event to discuss its latest smart home offerings. The retailer kicked off its announcement with a new line of Echo smart speakers that look exactly like the Nexus Q. The “next generation of Echo” devices all look like spheres. It’s a stark departure from the original cylindrical smart speaker design that was softened and covered in fabric over time. The half of the orb facing users is covered in fabric, while the side is made of plastic and the bottom is home to a ring of lights. Amazon touts “premium, adaptive sound” with a 3-inch woofer and dual-firing tweeters. Save for the fabric and different ring placement, it’s a spitting image of the Nexus Q that Google announced at I/O 2012. This small Android-powered (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) media player was focused on high-end audio, with all content streamed from the cloud and playback controlled with phones. The Nexus Q’s top half spun and acted as a giant volume nob. The light ring between the two pieces acted as a very colorful but subtle visualizer. Priced at $300 and made in the US, Google gave it away to conference attendees. It was supposed to launch a month after that, but Google postponed it and eventually canceled the project due to poor reception. It was eventually replaced by the Chromecast. Meanwhile, this Echo acts as a Zigbee hub and Sidewalk bridge, a standard Amazon is working on. It’s powered by an “Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge” chip that touts 20x less power consumption and up to 2x faster speech processing at 85% lower memory usage. Last year’s Nest Mini introduced similar on-device processing. It costs $99 and comes in three colors (Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue). Amazon today also announced a similarly-shaped Echo Dot for $49.99 and Echo Dot with a clock for $10 more. Both are smaller with a 1.6-inch front-firing speaker,,while the latter features a standard LED display into the fabric mesh. It supports tap to snooze and Amazon touts “full sound,” as well as a “Kids Edition” with animal imprints. Following our colleagues at 9to5Toys for more Amazon event coverage FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: