Android 12 looks to have tweaked Pixel Adaptive Charging so phones reach 100% closer to alarm

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9to5Google 15 August, 2021 - 04:07am 49 views

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We expect Android 12 to reach Platform Stability at Beta 4 in August 2021. From that point, you can expect no further changes affecting your apps. android.comAndroid 12 Preview | Android 12 Beta

- Aug. 15th 2021 2:07 am PT

With the December 2020 Feature Drop, Google made it so that your Pixel phone charges slowly at night to preserve battery health. Pixel users have had hit or miss experiences with Adaptive Charging, and Google now looks to have tweaked how it works on Android 12.

On Android 11, this overnight adaptive capability fast charges your Pixel to 80% and then slows down, thus preserving the health of the battery. However, for some, the slower speed still gets their phone to 100% several hours before they wake up at the set alarm time. 

It’s clear that Google is being extremely cautious with this “smart” feature to avoid users waking up to a phone that isn’t fully charged. That would undoubtedly be a bad experience, and comes as Google already limits Adaptive Charging to the Pixel 4 and newer, while telling users that they must plug in after 9 p.m. and have an alarm between 5 and 10 a.m.

With Android 12, Pixel owners are noticing that the after-80%-charging is occurring much slower. A pair of reports on r/android_beta observed how devices are now reaching full charge 30 to 90 minutes before morning alarms go off. This is hours later than the current behavior. While noticed with Beta 4, the change might have been implemented earlier in the preview.

Adaptive Charging is now eight months old and Google likely has garnered enough real-world usage data and end user feedback to fine-tune the capability with a focus on preserving even more battery health.

Be sure to reply in the comments below if you have noticed this improved Adaptive Charging behavior on Pixel phones running Android 12. You can check Settings > Battery > Battery Usage for when your device hit 100%.

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CNET 15 August, 2021 - 07:10am

Ahead of his pro-boxing debut, Nico Ali Walsh recently opened up about his journey in the pugilistic arts and how he was a step away from giving it all up for good.

Nico Ali Walsh has enjoyed sporadic success across his amateur career, perhaps bolstering his desire to part ways with the sweet science. However, his grandfather 'Poppy' was always clear that the results of his amateur career don't have any bearing on his professional career.

While talking about the time he contemplated hanging his gloves up for good, Nico Ali Walsh admitted that it was his grandfather, Muhammad Ali, who brought him back from the abyss.

Walsh was very open about the role that 'Poppy' played in his career and that it is because of him that he's still in the game. After all, the name 'Ali' has a tremendous amount of weight in pugilistic circles.

Nico Ali Walsh squared off against Jordan Weeks in a middleweight bout for his pro-boxing debut. The fight took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While the bout was scheduled to be a four-round affair, Ali Walsh dispatched Jordan Weeks with a TKO victory in round one.

And the pro career for the grandson of The Greatest is officially up and running 😤@NicoAliX74 (1-0, 1 KO) earns the first round stoppage!#FrancoMoloney3 | ESPN pic.twitter.com/kFOqPDZrSY

Bob Arum, who promoted some of Muhammad Ali's biggest fights back in his prime, brought Nico Ali Walsh under the Top Rank Boxing banner ahead of his pro-boxing debut.

Although the legacy of the Ali name may weigh heavy on the shoulders of the young up-and-comer, he will hope to hit the ground running. While he has already revealed that he will be fighting for himself and not for his name or fame, it is doubtful that the same won't be playing on his mind.

Google quietly released the official Pixel 4 and 4a promo wallpapers

9to5Google 15 August, 2021 - 07:10am

Its been a couple of years since the first appearance of foldable smartphones. However, there are some manufacturers that are yet to unveil a foldable smartphone. Google is one such manufacturer. This year, we have seen the launch of many foldable smartphones. The latest of these is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. Now, a new report has revealed the existence of a Google foldable smartphone, Google Pixel Fold.

Google recently launched the Android 12 Beta 4. In the Android 12 Beta 4 Google Camera application, developers found four devices, codenamed Oriole, Raven, Passport, Slider. Among them, Oriole and Raven are Google’s new Pixel 6 series to be released this fall. These smartphones correspond to the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

However, there are reports that the “Passport” is an upcoming Google foldable smartphone. According to speculations, the name of this device will be Google Pixel Fold. Furthermore, there are reports that this foldable smartphone from Google may arrive this fall.

According to reports, Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel 6 series are equipped with Google’s custom chip Tensor, and Google Pixel Fold will use the camera system of Google Pixel 6. This suggests that the Google Pixel Fold will have a good imaging performance. This will not entirely be a surprise because Google is one of the best in smartphone camera optimization.

Google has since confirmed that it will release the Pixel 6 this fall. However, we can not tell if the Google Pixel Fold will also arrive at this event.

The Google Pixel 6 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. However, the Pixel 6 Pro uses a 6.7-inch QHD+ panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Both phones have three rear cameras, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a 4x zoom telephoto lens. From the information so far, the Tensor chip should be an AI chip. This means that it can directly process AI and ML models on the phone. This will also allow users to have a better camera experience, voice recognition, and other functions. The emphasis has been on voice assistant, translation, subtitles, and dictation capabilities.

In terms of software, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will get the best experience under the support of the Material You dynamic theme of Android 12. In addition, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have the most built-in hardware security layers, which are very powerful in terms of security protection. As of now, the official website of the product is already active.

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Android Central 15 August, 2021 - 07:10am

Its been a couple of years since the first appearance of foldable smartphones. However, there are some manufacturers that are yet to unveil a foldable smartphone. Google is one such manufacturer. This year, we have seen the launch of many foldable smartphones. The latest of these is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. Now, a new report has revealed the existence of a Google foldable smartphone, Google Pixel Fold.

Google recently launched the Android 12 Beta 4. In the Android 12 Beta 4 Google Camera application, developers found four devices, codenamed Oriole, Raven, Passport, Slider. Among them, Oriole and Raven are Google’s new Pixel 6 series to be released this fall. These smartphones correspond to the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

However, there are reports that the “Passport” is an upcoming Google foldable smartphone. According to speculations, the name of this device will be Google Pixel Fold. Furthermore, there are reports that this foldable smartphone from Google may arrive this fall.

According to reports, Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel 6 series are equipped with Google’s custom chip Tensor, and Google Pixel Fold will use the camera system of Google Pixel 6. This suggests that the Google Pixel Fold will have a good imaging performance. This will not entirely be a surprise because Google is one of the best in smartphone camera optimization.

Google has since confirmed that it will release the Pixel 6 this fall. However, we can not tell if the Google Pixel Fold will also arrive at this event.

The Google Pixel 6 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. However, the Pixel 6 Pro uses a 6.7-inch QHD+ panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Both phones have three rear cameras, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a 4x zoom telephoto lens. From the information so far, the Tensor chip should be an AI chip. This means that it can directly process AI and ML models on the phone. This will also allow users to have a better camera experience, voice recognition, and other functions. The emphasis has been on voice assistant, translation, subtitles, and dictation capabilities.

In terms of software, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will get the best experience under the support of the Material You dynamic theme of Android 12. In addition, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have the most built-in hardware security layers, which are very powerful in terms of security protection. As of now, the official website of the product is already active.

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Gboard now prominently highlights the most likely word suggestion

9to5Google 15 August, 2021 - 07:10am

- Aug. 13th 2021 10:48 pm PT

Besides the flashy Material You redesign on Android 12 and various tweaks to settings in recent weeks, Gboard has gained a small addition where the most likely word suggestion is now prominently highlighted.

As you type, Gboard offers suggestions at the top of the keyboard. Google has long placed the most likely word at the center of the strip and is now boldly highlighting it. That box is hued with Dynamic Color on Android 12 or the return key accent of the theme you’re using on older OSes. 

This minor change visually draws users to the correct suggestion and helps highlight when Google is confident in a result. In some ways, it’s unnecessary as the middle option is already the one chosen if you keep typing and do not manually select from the other two choices. 

These Gboard suggestion highlights have been rolling out for some time in beta, but recently became widely available in the stable channel on Android. It does not appear on iOS. 

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Google TV vs Android TV: which is better?

TechRadar 15 August, 2021 - 07:00am

We compare Google's two smart TV platforms

Whilst Google developed Android TV for use on TVs, media players, streaming devices and more – with the platform appearing in numerous guises and iterations since its launch in 2014 – Google TV is essentially a rebranded version with extra features and a couple of design tweaks. 

Android TV and Google TV offer many the same things, such as streaming apps and internet browsing, with a few key differences – but what are they, and which one is actually better to use?

Back last year, Google announced its new smart TV platform, known as Google TV. Google TV is a user interface that runs on Android devices such as smartphones, TVs and the latest Google Chromecast. 

For example, instead of looking for Netflix content on the Netflix app, head to the home screen where Google TV will give quick and easy access to what you want to watch without you having to waste time by going into each app.

Google TV has quite a few features that aren't on Android TV. What's interesting about Google TV is that it is a lot more user-friendly as you don't need to be in front of your screen to operate it. You can add movies or TV shows to your watch list via your phone, which is ideal for planning your viewing in advance. 

Google TV also has an intelligent smart engine that will suggest content that you may enjoy based on your previous viewing habits. This can be particularly useful if you're a serial flicker always on the lookout for new programs to watch. 

Google TV is also a great addition if you have children, as you can create a channel just for them that will only show age-appropriate content. Parents can remain in complete control of this channel by using the Family Link app to block apps, control what applications are used and set viewing limits and bedtimes.

If you have a Google Nest, you'll also love the new Google TV system as you can connect your Google Nest camera and view your camera feed via your TV. 

Other added features of Google TV include integrated slideshows from Google photos and the ability to control your other smart home devices, such as lighting, straight from your TV screen. There is also support for multiple user accounts – which is handy if you and your household enjoy different content.

Android TV is an Android operating system that Google designed for use on TVs, streaming sticks, digital media players, and even soundbars. Android TV is built into many TVs from brands such as Philips, Sony and Sharp. It features a huge range of apps via the Google Play Store, including Netflix, Disney Channel, Spotify, YouTube and HBO Now. There are also a number of live channels viable through Android TV, including Bloomberg TV, NFL and ABC, and a host of gaming apps. 

Android TV cuts out the clutter giving you a more direct, more streamlined experience – one that's just limited to what your television can handle.

This means that Google Play Store on Android TVs only displays apps supported by the TV platform – not all of those available on smartphones.

TVs that were manufactured from 2017 onwards with Android TV included also come with Google Assistant integration by default. So you can just say 'OK Google' to help you control your smart home products as well as carrying out life admin tasks such as checking your calendar or adding to your to-do list. 

The voice search, via the remote function, can stop you from wasting time and typing out what you're looking for; just speak the name of the actor, movie or tv show you're looking for into the remote and Android TV will find it for you. 

Android TV may have been around for a while, but it's undoubtedly keeping abreast of the latest trends. If you're fed up with scrolling through the newest dance moves on your phone, you'll now find the TikTok app integrated into Android smart TVs. 

Plus, another nifty feature is included if you can't watch a movie or TV show without wondering where you saw the actor before. Search the actor's name, and you'll find every title they've ever starred in plus their bios which saves a visit to IMDB. 

Android TV users should have recently seen an upgrade in their user interface, which now shows three new tabs including Home, Discover, and apps which can help make content easier to find and emulate the new Chromecast with Google TV – even without a full shift onto the new platform.

The best way to watch Google TV is to purchase the Chromecast with Google TV. This new Chromecast is packed with the latest technology, including 4K video streaming and a voice remote. 

In terms of price, it costs $49.99 / £59.99 / AU$99, which is slightly cheaper than the Chromecast Ultra, but unless you want to stream games, it is the perfect pick. 

When it comes to buying a TV with built-in Google TV, at the moment, Sony is the only option. Sony has opted to use Google TV on its high-end televisions, including the 4K OLED Sony A90J and LCD champion Sony X95J.

Android TV can be found on a huge number of smart TVs. Philips, Sharp, Toshiba, and Sony are just a few of the manufacturers that have this operating built-in as standard. You can also find it in streaming video players, like the Nvidia Shield TV Pro

Last year's Sony A8H OLED is still one of the best TVs around, and one with the Android TV platform. This TV has a stunning picture performance combined with a powerful sound system making it the ideal choice for any home cinema enthusiast. In terms of price, the 55-inch model comes in at $1,899 / £1,799, while the larger 65-inch size comes in at $2,799 / £2,799.

So on the face of it, it may look as though Google TV is just an update to Android TV that brings about a new name, new user interface and new features – more of a rebrand than a revolution – and you wouldn't be wrong. But just because Google TV is now on the scene, that doesn't mean that Android TV is defunct. 

The main difference between the two is that Google TV focuses on user interaction and perfecting content curation, so finding what you want to watch is sleek and easy. Google TV also offers a watchlist that lets you easily bookmark content from different apps to watch later. You can do this from any device that allows you to log in to your Google account, so you can connect whether it's your phone or laptop. 

From 2021, however, many TV manufacturers that run Android TV will be switching to Google TV for their primary interface. Plus, you can also access Google TV via media streaming devices such as Google Chromecast, so we are airing on the side of Google TV as the superior option. 

Unless you're planning on upgrading your TV, you probably don't need to worry too much about making the switch. Unless, of course, your Android TV is acting a bit sluggish, in which case it may be cheapest to pick up a new Chromecast with Google TV rather than a whole new television display.

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