This week’s high tales: Pixel 4’s ongoing issues, One UI 2.Zero options, Chrome for Android Tab Groups
The previous few months of 2019 had been spent stating the various issues to be discovered within the Google Pixel 4. While a few of these issues are extra a matter of choice or overblown within the long-term, the Pixel 4 still has some tangible, addressable issues that Google completely wants to repair, which our Ben Schoon has collected collectively.
As was detailed back when the cellphone first launched, Pixel 4’s face unlock works even when the approved person’s eyes are closed. With that in thoughts, many shortly realized that this implies the cellphone may be unlocked if that person is asleep or, considerably morbidly, lifeless. Personally, I feel the difficulty was barely overblown, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an enormous oversight by Google that must be fastened. Fortunately, it is going to be.
Over the previous few months, the Android 10 replace has been arriving on an increasing number of Samsung telephones. To assist present you the core advantages of the replace our Damien Wilde has taken a while to reveal the best new features of “One UI 2.0” Samsung’s variant of Android 10.
For properly over a yr, Google has been arduous at work on a redesign for Chrome for Android, entitled Duet. This week, the browser was discovered to be testing a new way to manage Tab Groups in a manner that’s appropriate with the Duet redesign, permitting fast, clear entry to your tabs.
The greatest drawback with this tab strip design although is that there’s no simple approach to distinguish between two tabs which have the identical favicon. If you neglect what order your tabs are in, you may find yourself wildly swapping round to seek out the correct one. Thankfully, you may nonetheless preview every tab’s title and thumbnail from the principle tab switcher UI.
In one other little bit of Pixel Four information this week, a way has been found to tap directly into the flagship phone’s IR camera, usually reserved for the face unlock course of, to take images and movies. The course of includes putting in a third-party digicam app and means that you can take low high quality photos in drastically low-light eventualities.
The high quality isn’t too nice in consequence and makes it arduous to essentially get any element from the picture you’re taking. Unfortunately, there isn’t a approach to set off the flash of IR dots used for facial recognition when you’re within the digicam app. If you occur to have two Pixel Four units, you possibly can put them side-by-side to file as you unlock one.
Lastly this week, Google Maps has launched a brand new splash of aptitude completely for many who use the app’s interstellar capabilities. When altering your view from one planet to a different, Google Maps now makes use of a loading/transition animation depicting SciFi-style lightspeed travel.
Spotted on Reddit, Google Maps now reveals a neat hyperspace animation if you change from Earth to different planets in our photo voltaic system. We’re not totally certain when this animation was added, nevertheless it appears doable it was added as a nod to the most recent installment within the Star Wars franchise. The design of the animation can also be practically equivalent to the way it appears within the newest movies.
The remainder of this week’s high tales comply with:
Apps & Updates |
Google Pixel |
Google Stadia |
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