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Google has released the beta version of Android version 12.0. These latest updates are available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and the Samsung Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8 Plus and some of the phones won’t get those updates till yet google launched android 12 on 18 February 2021.
So, have you tested out Google’s latest features?
Furthermore, those interested in testing the new Google Services app should visit Google Play and install it on their device as this is what is responsible for the temporary rebooting issues the Samsung users are experiencing.
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What are the notable features of this update?
1. System Improvements
As expected, the device owners are going to enjoy a plethora of new software updates as well as security patches.
Google has released two new security updates and a fix for the Android app crash bug.
Additionally, the apps such as Android Pay, Assistant, and the Gboard are getting a lot of new features and upgrades.
2. New Languages
Google has released new languages for the devices having the respective languages installed on them. Currently, the language used by users includes Latin (26 languages), French (30 languages), German (33 languages), Spanish (34 languages), Korean (31 languages), Japanese (40 languages), Chinese (50 languages), and Hindi (45 languages).
Moreover, Google has decided to add Russian as a new language for this year’s update. We can’t wait to see which other languages Google is going to introduce this year.
3. Chrome 69
A more practical version of the Chrome browser will be ready for the early adopters of the update.
The new version of the browser features a redesigned Incognito tab, improved by-referring features, enhanced browser speed, and better integration with extensions.
4. Autofill API
Google has decided to bring the Autofill API for Android to devices running Android 9 Pie.
So, when you use any form of password or another security key, your data will be saved. All of this is possible through the Autofill API.
5. New Notifications
The new version of the Android app has an improved way to notify the users about your emails and messages.
When you open the new notification, you can now have more control over how the message icons are displayed. The new notifications will be built-in directly from the app icon itself.
Google has taken the decision to streamline the notifications so that they will be easier to view. All the notifications on the notifications tab will now appear in a single row.
Moreover, there will be a three-dot menu button at the top right corner of the notification to jump directly to the full notification.
Also, Google has made it possible for developers to incorporate notifications directly into their apps. They are required to have the OMS API version 2.0 or later for this purpose.
6. Redesigned Google Search
Google has rolled out a redesigned Google search bar. The search bar has been given a dark background with multiple colors.
You can drag and drop this new bar on top of your default search bar to instantly create a new customized search bar.
7. Adaptive icons
The Adaptive Icons have been redesigned as well. Not only have the icons been redrawn, but they are now animated to match the changes in the device’s clock.
8. Enhanced Data Saver
In Android Pie, Google has provided a new feature that will help you to save data while using the Internet. This feature is called Data Saver.
There is a new Data Saver Settings option for the users to download apps that offer Data Saver functionality.
9. Notification dots
Google has redesigned the notifications and added new colors for them. The dots present in the notification area now have different colors as well.
10. Smart text selection
Google has improved the “Smart text selection” in Android Pie. This new feature will suggest relevant actions or actions like re-type a word or open a new app when you swipe between two similar words.
11. Easier screenshot editing
Google has added a new feature to the Android Pie that allows the users to save a screenshot and edit it easily.
When you use the screenshot editing feature, you will be able to select an area and share the screenshot within a second.
Google has made several major updates in Android 12. The new version of the operating system will be launched as the second major update of 2021.
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Twitter has announced that it is testing a new way to watch YouTube videos directly in the Home timeline of users, without leaving the conversation on the platform.
“Starting today on iOS, we’re testing a way to watch YouTube videos directly in your Home timeline, without leaving the conversation on Twitter,” the company said in a tweet late on Thursday.
Currently, when you tap on the play button on a YouTube preview link in a tweet, the Twitter app opens the YouTube app installed on your phone to play the video.
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Earlier, there was not an option to watch the video directly without leaving the app on mobile devices.
With this new function, it will be possible to start watching YouTube videos without leaving Twitter, which would be way better than opening the YouTube link.
Twitter will also launch a new “Spaces” chat room feature soon that’s similar to the social networking app Clubhouse.
The Twitter Spaces tool is currently available on iOS Beta with a host of iOS-exclusive features such as voice tweets, which are yet to arrive on Android devices.
Some Android users have started to reveal that the Spaces feature is working for them after installing a specific beta version of the Twitter app.
In the feature, users can create a ‘Space’ that their followers can join to participate in a conversation. (IANS/KB)
India is set to see its smartphone base increase to reach 820 million, currently hovering around 550 million, in the next two years. Despite being the second-largest smartphone market in the world (behind China), the country cannot list even a single homegrown mobile-based game that is creating flutters globally.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar-promoted Fearless and United Guards (FAU-G), the game that made its debut for Android users on January 26, quickly became the top free mobile game on Google Play Store with more than five million downloads on the Google Play store.
However, over the past few days, the rating has declined dramatically, and now, it has just 3 stars for not being as good as the super-hit PUBG that was banned among several Chinese apps.
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“What I was really hoping for was that it would replace PUBG’s position, but when I played it, I realized that it is (the) worst game I’ve ever played in my life. This is really disappointing,” wrote one of the users who gave FAU-G a star rating on Google Play Store.
India is already among the top five countries in the world for mobile gaming and is heading towards the top three. By 2023, it’s expected that the value of the mobile industry market in India will reach around $105 billion. According to industry experts, the domestic gaming industry would need to develop rich and immersive gaming content that translates into strong user engagement and more importantly, user retention.
“While Indian game developers have always had the technical expertise, they have thus far, been hampered by the lack of capital and a clear road to market, among others. This, in turn, has meant an inability to create strong intellectual property (IP), Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS.
“Given the strong consumer interest, and VC interest in gaming, we are looking at a strong growth curve for the gaming industry. Indian game developers have an unprecedented opportunity to build immersive world-class games,” Ram told IANS.
There are more than 300 million gamers in India at this time. Many of these gamers take part in gaming activities most days of the week. This, in itself, creates an impressive potential for the Indian gaming industry. Indian studios require significant investment to build good products. Technical hardware, software, and artwork require extensive capital expenditures. Moreover, like other IP-driven businesses, game development comes with inherent risks.
These issues are compounded with the recent trend of investors focusing their capital on online gambling platforms like Indian Rummy, Fantasy Sports, and Teen Patti. “Gaming is not supposed to be about gambling, but rather about relatable and innovative interactive content. There is a lot of room for localized content. FAU: G, Tappi, and Ludo King are perfect examples,” Vishal Gondal, Founder, nCore Games, told IANS.
Gondal said that at nCORE Games, they are also trying to experiment with game formats that resonate with Indians. “For example, FAU: G was launched as a powerful story-driven, single-player experience. In the coming months, we plan to add formats that haven’t been attempted in the Indian context like Team DeathMatch and Battle Royale,” Gondal said.
The next decade will be a highly impactful one for the world of gaming, and the time is ripe to make India the global leader. “I think we have to find our niche where we can excel in this. Capability-wise, we are equipped. My suggestion is that we should pursue mythology-based theme games. We will definitely make a great world-class game in this,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.
The Indian gaming industry is also witnessing a spike in hiring activity and in January, both gaming sector job postings and searches were up 13 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from the same period last year. As of January, the number of job postings was still twice the number of job searches on Indeed, indicating a significant gap yet opportunity for India’s vast talent pool, according to leading job website Indeed. (IANS/SP)