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[Update: Only Android 10+] Google app for Android and iOS adds official dark mode - 9to5Google
Google is finally rolling out dark mode support for its Search app on both Android and iOS several months behind other apps.
Google has been rolling out dark mode to its various apps for over a year at this point, but the Google app’s dark mode never fully stuck on Android or iOS. Today, Google has confirmed that rollout is finally happening for all users. In a tweet, Google confirmed that starting today and over the next week, the Google app for Android and iOS is getting dark mode officially. On Android 10 and iOS 13, this follows the system setting/toggle as most other Google apps do. Like other Google apps, too, the app has a mostly gray design. On older Android and iOS smartphones/versions, dark mode is still accessible through an in-app setting. Heading into the Google app’s settings brings up an option to choose your preference. This setting can also be used on Android 10/iOS 13 to force one mode or the other if you don’t want the app to match the system setting. Update 5/21: Google isn’t actually rolling out dark mode to older Android versions yet. Clarified in a forum post, Google explains that the ongoing rollout right now is only for Android 10+ and iOS 12/13. For now, you’ll still have to enroll in the beta to get your hands on dark mode on older versions of Android. Shame. When the rollout does hit your device, you may see a pop-up on the main screen that says “Dark theme is available” and links to the settings for changing the app’s theme. Notably, though, the dark mode for the Google app, at least on Android, has been available for quite some time for many users. We spotted wide rollouts of dark mode in the stable app all the way back in October, and beta users have had it even longer. Still, if you’re on iOS or just missed out on the rollout previously on Android, it should arrive on your device within the next week. So really, we’re just missing dark mode for Google Maps at this point. Starting today & fully rolling out this week, dark mode is now available for the Google App on Android 10 and iOS 12/13. By default, the Google App will reflect your devices system settings in Android 10 & iOS 13. If thats set to a dark theme, the app will be in dark mode. pic.twitter.com/ZqSD33ZhNt — Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) May 19, 2020 FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Podcasts for iOS adds CarPlay support - 9to5Google
Back in March, Google Podcasts launched on iOS alongside an Android revamp and tweaks to the web experience. Google Podcasts for iOS today adds CarPlay...
Back in March, Google Podcasts launched on iOS alongside an Android revamp and tweaks to the web experience. The first update to Google Podcasts for iOS today adds CarPlay support. CarPlay support is the highlight of version 2.0, with Google touting how “you can more easily and safely listen while you drive.” Like other audio apps on the automotive platform, the UI is quite straightforward in offering access to your subscriptions and large now playing controls. This update to Google Podcasts also touts “several bug fixes to improve performance.” The app is quite simple with only three tabs. The “Home” tab has a carousel of your shows at the top, while below is a feed of unplayed episodes. “Explore” lets you search for podcasts indexed by Google Search, with a “For you” section providing suggestions tailored “for you.” Users can also browse by news, business, arts, comedy, and more. “Activity” is the final section with episode filters like “Your queue,” “Downloads,” and “History,” as well as a list of all your “Subscriptions.” The now playing screen has a sleep timer and playback speed adjuster that can trim silence. Other standard features include new episode notifications and auto-downloading. Google Podcasts 2.0 with CarPlay is rolling out now via the App Store: Google Podcasts now supports Apple CarPlay so you can more easily and safely listen while you drive. We’ve also made several bug fixes to improve performance. More about Google Podcasts: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Play Movies & TV for Android tweaks search bar - 9to5Google
There was talk last week of a possible redesign to Play Movies for Android TV. Until then, Google has rolled out a slight redesign of Play Movies search...
There was talk last week of a possible redesign of Play Movies for Android TV. Until then, Google has rolled out a slight redesign of the search bar in Play Movies & TV on Android. Like other Google Material Themes, Play Movies & TV now has a full-width search field at the top of the app with an accompanying prompt. This larger tap target replaces the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner, while the account switcher is now merged. It features the convenient ability to swipe up/down to move between profiles. There is still a navigation drawer (and hamburger icon) at the left for Settings, Manage services, and Help & feedback, with each section now accompanied by icons. It’s odd that Google didn’t just integrate those three options into the account menu. The service’s logo is also at the top of this panel, and it briefly appears in the search box on initial load. This tweak to search in Play Movies & TV is the only change in version 4.19, and helps emphasize the app’s underrated lookup capability that doubles as a directory to what streaming service a piece of content is available on. It’s rolling out now via the Play Store. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
This week’s top stories: Huawei caught falsifying photos, Google Store refresh, ‘Hey Google’ sensitivity, more - 9to5Google
Top Stories: Huawei caught claiming DSLR photos were taken on a smartphone, Google Store sees a refresh highlighting Google's hardware brands, and more.
In this week’s top stories: Huawei was caught claiming DSLR photos were taken on a smartphone, the Google Store sees a refresh highlighting Google’s hardware brands, adjustable “Hey Google” sensitivity outlined, and more. Filed under bizarre controversy this week, Huawei, a company known for putting fantastic camera capabilities into their phones, has been caught once again substituting a smartphone photo with one from a professional camera. In a video advertising a photo contest for the Huawei P40 Pro, the company was found to have included two photos taken with a Nikon D850 DLSR camera instead of a Huawei phone, though they’ve since claimed that this was an honest error. Still, that feels untruthful. Over the past few years, Huawei has done this time, and time, and time again and every time, the excuse is that it was a mistake of one form or another. Huawei isnt the only company thats been caught doing this, but its still pretty obvious that the intention is just to fool customers into thinking the camera is better than it is. For some folks this week, the Google Store saw a minor refresh that changes the focus from Google’s various products to their respective brands. For example, instead of “Connected Home,” the store will offer “Nest,” and instead of “Gaming,” you’ll see “Stadia.” An additional benefit of this tweak is a narrower bar, while the site recently added a Stay connected with helpful tips from Google card that links to official tweets. This Google Store brand change is available on the desktop site for some as part of an A/B test, but Google has yet to update the mobile variant. On the Assistant side of things, many are excited about the upcoming ability to adjust how sensitive a particular smart speaker is to the phrases “Hey Google” and “Okay Google.” After surfacing in an APK Insight teardown back in January, the feature was confirmed by Google to be arriving to the Google Home app in the “coming weeks.” On the new settings page, youre presented with a simple slider with three increments. To the left of Default is Least sensitive and to the right is Most sensitive. The latter option is useful in noisy environments, while those living in smaller areas will benefit from the former to make sure only the device closest to you picks up. With many of us stuck at home these days, having a consistent source of entertainment is an absolute must. If you don’t have a video/media streamer in your life or are in the market for an upgrade, our Damien Wilde is ready with five reasons why your next video player should be the Google Chromecast. Finally, with the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus has also done some revamping to their camera app, bringing it up to version 4. The new menus allow quicker access to the camera’s various settings as well as the ability to tap into Google Lens. At present, as AP notes, OnePlus Camera v4 only appears to work or be available to those with the OnePlus 8 series handset. It simply wont work or run on older devices I can confirm issues when trying to sideload the apk file on my OnePlus 7T. However, we do expect an official update to come either as part of an OTA upgrade, Open Beta update, or the Google Play Store. Until they rollout, youll just have to be patient. The rest of this weeks top stories follow: Android 11 | Android TV | Apps & Updates | Samsung | Google Pixel | OnePlus | Videos | FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Huawei caught red-handed (again) claiming DSLR photos were shot on smartphone cameras - 9to5Google
Huawei has been caught red-handed yet again claiming that shots taken with an expensive DSLR camera were shot on its smartphones, this time the P40 Pro.
Smartphone cameras are getting ridiculously good which means, generally, that OEMs don’t have to lie or exaggerate how good their cameras are. Huawei, though, has been caught red-handed again using an expensive DSLR camera to exaggerate the quality of its smartphone, this time with the Huawei P40 Pro. Huawei is currently running a contest for its fans in China to promote the Huawei P40 Pro. On Weibo, a video was shared that included a bunch of stellar photos that Huawei claimed had been shot on its smartphones. One Weibo user, though, noticed that one of the images looked pretty familiar. After doing some digging, he found the exact photo on 500px a photography-sharing platform complete with data on what actually took the shot. Long story short, this stunning photo wasn’t shot on a Huawei P40 Pro. Instead, it was shot on a Nikon D850 DLSR camera which costs over $3,000 on its own. In fact, South China Morning Post points out that two shots were taken from the same photographer to be used in this video as seen in the gallery below. Why did Huawei claim these photos were taken on a P40 Pro when it was really shot on an expensive DSLR? The company responded to the situation claiming that an editor “wrongly marked” that these photos were actually taken on Huawei smartphones. The video has since been altered. Still, that feels untruthful. Over the past few years, Huawei has done this time, and time, and time again and every time, the excuse is that it was a mistake of one form or another. Huawei isn’t the only company that’s been caught doing this, but it’s still pretty obvious that the intention is just to fool customers into thinking the camera is better than it is. The Huawei P40 Pro takes stunning shots as it stands, there’s no need for this DSLR trickery! FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Robert Downey Jr’s OnePlus 8 promo is ridiculous in all the right ways [Video] - 9to5Google
In a new ad for international markets, the OnePlus 8 Pro's new features are shown off by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
The OnePlus 8 series went official this week and with it, a new ad from the company’s brand ambassador. Here’s a really fun ad for the OnePlus 8 series starring Robert Downey Jr. In a two-minute video produced for international markets, OnePlus shows off the new features of the OnePlus 8 Pro including wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, 5G, and the 120Hz refresh rate too. These OnePlus 8 features are all shown as Robert Downey Jr. goes about his day before attending a party. We see him in a panicked, rushed “drive,” getting a new suit to match OnePlus’ new “Glacial Green” color, and finally attending the pool party all while wearing his fancy new white suit. The ad is completely ridiculous, but it’s really fun to watch and, likely, was a ton of fun to produce too. Notably, this set is also where a previous leak of the device occurred. Robert Downey Jr. has been OnePlus’ brand ambassador for the past year or so with a partnership that started with the OnePlus 7 Pro. Previously, RDJ was a brand ambassador for HTC. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: