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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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Today

Microsoft has quietly and most importantly officially confirmed the asking price and release date of its first foldable Android device — the Surface Duo.

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Yesterday

A sequel to one of our favorite Wear OS smartwatches, the TicWatch C2+ is essentially a minor bump to what was formerly a solid wearable.

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9to5Google Daily 499: Google Home gets advanced networking controls, Fossil Gen 5 to get new settings, 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.

Lookout for Android adds enhanced scanning for food labels, documents

As we use our smartphones for more and more, the ability to grab detailed information and make informed decisions based upon the world around us is more important than ever. The latest attempt by Google to enhance this is by updating Lookout, which is a lesser-known application designed to help “pull” information from things such as food labels, documents, and more.

Samsung AltZLife update adds extra privacy features to Galaxy A51 and A71

Samsung has started to roll out an update to Galaxy A51 and A71 devices in India with a number of enhanced privacy features under the AltZLife branding.

Google People Cards — which are essentially virtual business cards — have now started appearing in Google Search in India.

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[Update: More devices] Official TWRP support comes to the Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, plus more

If you’re driven by full device control, you’ll be pleased to hear that TWRP support is now officially available for a flurry of Nokia devices plus the several Xiaomi handsets — including the popular Mi 9T.

August 10

9to5Google Daily 498: Pixel Buds alternate colors go on sale, Google readies hands-free voice typing, 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.

Even though YouTube is still the largest online video-sharing site by a massive margin, a new report has uncovered that almost 90% of video uploaded to the service generates fewer than 1,000 views.

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According to a new report, Qualcomm is pushing the Trump administration to allow sales of the Snapdragon chips to Huawei.

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Despite being at the top of the Android hierarchy for a long period in the early-2010s, HTC has fallen on hard times in the smartphone space. Each launch feels like the firm is simply treading water at this stage. Enter the HTC Wildfire E2, a budget smartphone from the Taiwanese firm that likely won’t change that any time soon.

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The very first update for the recently released Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is adding a couple of new features including blood oxygen monitoring.

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OxygenOS Open Beta 17/7 rolling out for OnePlus 7/7T series w/ August patch, more

If you’re a OnePlus 7 or 7T series device owner, you’ll be pleased to hear that the OxygenOS Open Beta 17 and Open Beta 7 updates are now rolling out with plenty of neat fixes and additions.

OxygenOS 10.5.4 rolls out for OnePlus Nord w/ display improvements, camera tweaks, more

OxygenOS 10.5.4 is now rolling out for the affordable OnePlus Nord, which includes fixes for the display with some added camera improvements too.

[Update: Chat sync] WhatsApp begins testing multi-device logins, improved search, chat clearing, more

With WhatsApp constantly evolving, new features such as the multi-device login support are long overdue. However, it looks as though the Facebook-owned firm has started testing this plus a ton of other features with the latest beta updates.

[Update: New features] OnePlus to unveil Android 11-based HydrogenOS on August 10

If you were unaware, OnePlus has a separate skin exclusively for China called HydrogenOS. With the full release of Android 11 for Google Pixel hardware expected in early September, OnePlus has now confirmed that its Android 11-based HydrogenOS is set to be showcased on August 10.

August 7

The final addition to the testing phase of Android 11 has dropped with Beta 3. As the last in the trio — not including the 1.5 and 2.5 updates — don’t go in expecting huge wholesale changes. We’re on countdown now until the full OS release in early September 2020 but even so, we’ve still done plenty of digging since the preview dropped to find out just what new features you might be interested in.

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9to5Google Daily 497: Android 11 Beta 3 arrives w/ new Easter Egg, Samsung to now provide 3 years of OS updates, 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.

You can now use Google’s brand-new emoji, thanks to Android 11 Beta 3

While we dig through the last Android 11 Beta update, one thing that might make you more inclined to download is the addition of Google’s brand-new emoji designs.

Ability to ‘force’ 90Hz refresh rate returns with Android 11 Beta 3

Thanks to the Android 11 Beta 3 update you can now force your device to adopt the 90Hz refresh rate wherever possible on your Pixel 4 or 4 XL.

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