This week’s prime tales: Gmail and Assistant darkish mode, Apple Watch vs Wear OS, Google Camera 7

In this week’s prime tales: Gmail and the Google Assistant get a darkish mode, we focus on how simply Apple might kill Wear OS, the Pixel Four will get leaked past our expectations, and extra.

Now that Android 10 is formally in our palms, particularly on Google Pixel gadgets, the remaining apps that haven’t launched a darkish mode are starting to really feel ridiculous. Thankfully, this week noticed the preliminary launch of darkish mode for 2 of probably the most hotly anticipated Android apps, Google Search (together with the Google Assistant) and Gmail.

Unfortunately, as is typical for a Google replace launch, the rollout for every of those is happening very slowly. In the meantime, most ought to no less than have the darkish model of the Gmail residence display screen widget accessible to them now.

Version 2019.08.18.267044774 of Gmail is required with that launch now extensively accessible via the Play Store today. However, the brand new “Theme” menu on the prime of General settings is rolling out by way of a seperate server-side update.

On the opposite facet of tech information, Apple introduced their newest wave of merchandise, together with the iPhone 11 and the Apple Watch Series 5. Seeing these gadgets impressed our Stephen Hall to opine on Apple’s functionality to outright kill Google’s Wear OS, but additionally the strong potential Google has with this 12 months’s Pixel 4.

Perhaps most easily, I believe Google can reap the benefits of the truth that the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are each modest-at-best upgrades over current iPhones. I discussed above that the cameras are actually their greatest upgrades for anybody coming from the final two generations of iPhone (iPhone X and iPhone XS), and it simply so occurs to be the Pixel that has leaped forward of these over the past two years within the one main method wherein they’re an enchancment.

Amongst the numerous different Pixel Four leaks that occurred this week — extra on that in a second — one of the vital leaks got here within the type of a prerelease model of the Google Camera app becoming available online. This ready-to-install improve features a complete UI overhaul that makes wiser use of your display screen actual property.

The greatest change to the Google Camera interface is frankly its minimalism. Everything is clear with the shutter button, lens switcher, and gallery preview now simply floating with out a black background. It helps convey the sense that you just’re simply holding up — and capturing — a window to the world together with your telephone.

Finally, the Google Pixel Four by some means managed to exceed the Pixel three in quantity of knowledge leaked on-line. Possibly because of adjustments within the Made by Google provide chain, a major variety of Thai and Vietnamese tech opinions, bloggers, and YouTubers all received their palms on demo models of the Pixel 4. Thanks to this, we now have high-quality photographs and movies of the outside of all three colours of the Pixel Four and a thorough understanding of its inside {hardware} and software program.

To provide you with an understanding of how completely the Pixel Four has now leaked, right here’s 9 completely different leaks simply from this week.

In the phrases of our Stephen Hall, “I think the Google Pixel 4 has leaked enough now, thanks.”

The remainder of this week’s prime tales comply with:

Android |

Apps & Updates |

Google Assistant |

Made by Google |

Videos |