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Android ‘Q’ Expected to Bring System-wide ‘Dark Mode’

The new update leak also displays a redesigned app info screen "Material Theme" elements like a new row of buttons for uninstalling, force stop and opening the app

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Android 'Q' may bring system-wide 'Dark Mode'. Pixabay

A leaked preview of Google-owned operating system (OS) Android’s next major update tentatively named “Q” has confirmed several new features and tweaks including “Dark Mode” as a system theme, according to media reports.

The “Dark Mode” in Android Q OS would turn quick settings, launcher, volume panel and other elements part of the user interface (UI) to turn into pitch black colour.

“XDA acquired the latest internal build of Android ‘Q’ and flashed it on a Pixel 3 XL with screenshots of this build, featuring the February 2019 security patch,” 9To5Google reported late on Wednesday.

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The leak also suggested a “Developer” option to “override force-dark” where apps that do not feature built-in themes switch from white backgrounds to dark gray.

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The new update leak also displays a redesigned app info screen “Material Theme” elements like a new row of buttons for uninstalling, force stop and opening the app.

Other changes involve the Ambient Display moving the battery indicator to the top-right corner, while new “Time to take action” and “Time to read” settings possibly let users customise heads-up notifications, the report added. (IANS)

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Google Launching New Photo Back up Options For Users in India

Launched in May 2015, Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by the search-engine giant that gives users free, unlimited storage for their photos

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Google Photos on Monday launched its “Express” back-up feature for users in India. The feature will be available to a small percentage of Google Photos users on Android.

It allows faster back up at reduced resolutions, making it easier to store pictures even with poor or infrequent Wi-Fi availability, the company wrote in a blog post.

“We learned that over a third of the people using Google Photos in India have some photos that hadn’t been backed up in over a month. We want to make sure that our app meets the unique needs of people wherever they are,” the post said.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

“You will still have the option to choose from the existing back-up options: Original Quality and High Quality,” the post said.

In addition to “Express”, Google will also introduce a new “Data Cap” option for back up to give users more granular daily controls for using cellular data to back up.

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The company is slowly releasing the “Express” back-up feature for Google Photos in others countries as well, the post added.

Launched in May 2015, Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by the search-engine giant that gives users free, unlimited storage for their photos. (IANS)