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Damien Wilde

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Damien is 9to5Google’s resident Video Producer based in the UK.

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Yesterday

The next big installment in our favorite smartphone operating system is coming and we have been delving into “Android 11 Developer Preview 1” to figure out what might be the top new features of the eleventh OS iteration.

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9to5Google Daily 397: Android 11 is here! Verizon-Pixel controversy, YouTube Music upload details emerge, plus more

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[Update: More renders] Leaked LG V60 ThinQ press renders show 5,000mAh battery, headphone jack, more

Alleged press renders of the upcoming LG V60 ThinQ have leaked, and they showcase some of the upcoming hardware features including a massive 5,000mAh battery, quad-camera setup, and, yes, a headphone jack.

The Sony Xperia L4 is a budget phone w/ 21:9 notched display, triple camera, and Android Pie

Sony has officially launched the budget-friendly Xperia L4 which might actually be an interesting entry into the affordable Android smartphone space.

You might not be aware that your Bluetooth headphones support an array of codecs for streaming wireless audio. With the Android 11 Developer Preview, it’s now slightly easier to see just which codecs your Bluetooth headphones support right on your device.

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February 19

OxygenOS 10.0.8 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T w/ January 2020 patch

On the tail of the recent update for the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7T is now receiving the OxygenOS 10.0.8 update with fixes and improvements for many of the same issues, plus the January 2020 security patch is also in tow.

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has announced that it’s bringing a private VPN to Android, Chromebook, and Windows as a standalone service.

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A recent update to Google Fit has now made it even easier to check your current fitness tracking stats on Android and iOS.

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After some hints, an updated roadmap, and extensive beta program, the Android 10 update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 with Germany and those on Verizon’s Xfinity network in the US first in line.

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February 18

[Update: S9/S9+ too] The February 2020 security patch is now rolling out for the Galaxy S8, Note 8

Even with the rush and amount of invested resources going into the S20 series launch, Samsung has now promptly delivered the February 2020 security patch for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 — to match the recent S10, Note 9/10 updates.

February 17

9to5Google Daily 396: Could the Pixel 5 be a mid-ranger? Google slams Samsung, plus more

Listen to a short-form recap or roundup of all the top 9to5Google stories of the previous 24 hours. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

With the Galaxy Z Flip attracting controversy due to the softer than suggested “glass display,” a recent teardown of the device hints that the foldable might actually be easier to repair than first thought.

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Dedicated Google app dark mode now available to all beta testers

The rollout of dark mode to all of the first-party Google apps has been reasonably steady, with some notable exclusions and setbacks.

Android 10 is now rolling out for the T-Mobile OnePlus 6T

The Android 10 update for the T-Mobile variant of the OnePlus 6T is now rolling out after quite a substantial delay.

February 15

How to play Apex Legends on your Android smartphone [Video]

Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royale games on the planet, yet we still await an official launch on Android and iOS.

OxygenOS 10.0.4 rolling out now for OnePlus 7/7 Pro w/ January 2019 patch

The OxygenOS 10.0.4 update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, with the update bringing some notable changes alongside the January 2019 security patch.

February 14

The reviews have been pretty damning of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, but we don’t think it’s all warranted, as they arguably remain the best Pixel devices to date.

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9to5Google Daily 395: Android 11 appears briefly, SMS reactions coming soon, Inbox features coming to Gmail, plus more

Listen to a short-form recap or roundup of all the top 9to5Google stories of the previous 24 hours. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

Coming as part of the first official Pixel Feature Drop, Call Screening and its automated answering service has now steadily rolled out to all Pixels in the United States. However, with this rollout, it appears that some Pixel owners are now unable to save audio from the Call Screen.

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A new report confirms our suspicions that YouTube is the dominant force in online streaming, as the platform accounts for over 70% of the total time we spend using streaming services on mobile.

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