About the Author

Damien Wilde

@iamdamienwilde

Damien is resident Video Producer and has over a decade of UK media experience working within the sports industry and with numerous sports-focused publications — including golfing publication National Club Golfer — prior to joining the 9to5Google team.

After completing a BSc in Computer Science at the University of Hull with a major focus on data analytics and UX, he joined the Press Association (now PA Media), developing growing sports data products for the Barclay’s Premier League including the ACTIM Index which evolved into the EA Sports Player Performance Index.

While working with the UK’s largest media agency, he attained a Masters in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 where a love affair with all things videography began with a stint in student TV. A major interest and in-depth know-how of technology and videography have seen Damien lead 9to5Google’s official YouTube channel since 2018 and has hosted the 9to5Google Daily podcast since 2019.

Damien expertise and focus lies in a number of beats including Android and OEM software updates, mobile applications, smartphone and accessory reviews, and just about anything that makes a true nerd tick.

Outside of the tech space Damien is an avid supporter of his boyhood soccer team Hull City and is even a fully qualified Barista — with 3 years of experience making speciality coffee no less. Be sure to follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram for insights and upcoming video updates, you can also check out all of his video gear on his dedicated Kit.co page.

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Google and Apple block NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app update over privacy issues

The UK government is bungling yet another aspect of the pandemic response as it appears Google and Apple have blocked a recent update to the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app over location sharing issues.

After only launching last week, early adopters are already experiencing some overheating issues with the OnePlus 9 Pro.

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TomTom AmiGo arrives on Android Auto as further third-party navigation option

Now that Android Auto has opened up the system to developers, we’re going to see a real explosion in the number of alternate navigation apps, the latest being that of TomTom AmiGo.

Magisk v22.1 adds more features, will be last to support legacy Android builds

Magisk v22.1 is now available for tinkerers and the true Android enthusiasts wanting “full” control of their tech with the update adding some notable new features – but for those still clinging on to older Android devices, we have some bad news, as Magisk v22.1 will be the very last to support some of the oldest versions available.

A few weeks ago we found that Google was prepping a new “Heads Up” mode for Digital Wellbeing that helps remind you to pay more attention to your surroundings when staring at your smartphone while walking. That feature now looks as though it is starting to roll out to devices.

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April 9

I think I may have jumped the gun in late 2020 by declaring that the OnePlus Nord might offer price-to-performance perfection because clearly, I hadn’t thought about Xiaomi’s efforts in the mid- to-low-end range. If you want a taste of things often reserved for far more exorbitantly priced devices, then the Poco F3 is an absolute steal.

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

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The OnePlus Nord LE is a literal 1-device limited edition

OnePlus has decided that concept phones are not enough and made the OnePlus Nord LE, which is a special limited-edition-device run of one, and it plans on giving it away.

With the OnePlus 9 series launch, the new additions were core focus points – but it looks like there have been a few sneaky removals, including that of File Dash from the File manager app in favor of Google’s Nearby Share.

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Google Phone app update lets you record calls from unknown numbers automatically

The ability to record callers in the Google Phone app is a popular addition, but the feature is expanding to include the ability to automatically record all calls from numbers not in your contacts.

Google Doodle celebrates Hull’s rugby league legend Clive Sullivan

Today’s Google Doodle in the UK is celebrating the 78th birthday of a genuinely legendary rugby league star — Clive Sullivan.

April 8

9to5Google’s Game of the Week is brought to you by GeForce NOW. GeForce NOW Instantly transforms nearly any laptop, desktop, Mac, SHIELD TV, Android device, iPhone, or iPad  into the PC gaming rig you’ve always dreamed of. And, every GFN Thursday, new games are added to the GeForce NOW Library.

After playing through several hours of the recently released Outriders, I can honestly say that this is the fusion of Mass Effect, Gears of War, Destiny and — to a certain extent James Cameron’s Avatar — that I didn’t think I needed in my life, but here we are.

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

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Nokia has unveiled a whopping six new Android-powered smartphones today, as part of the new C, G, and X-series.

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As far as gaming phones go, the brand-new Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 — stupid name — might be one of the weirdest so far.

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OnePlus has updated these phones to Android 11

OnePlus might have promised the Android 11 update to a number of the firm’s former flagship devices, but just how many have received the latest OS build or when can you expect it to come to your phone?

Goodbye Google Play Music: 7 alternatives to YouTube Music you should probably try [Video]

With Google Play Music now double dead and even fully disabled on devices in favor of YouTube Music, if you’re simply not a fan of the replacement, you might be looking for some serious audio alternatives.

April 7

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

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April 6

Often the two-year period between a device launch and its proposed follow-up brings with it a whole host of changes and improvements. The original Nest Hub — formerly the Home Hub — has now been superseded by the Nest Hub 2nd gen, and it raises questions as to which is right for you.

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