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  1. How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files Just like with AirDrop on Apple devices, you're now able to send almost anything to your contacts close by. It has never been as easy to share photos, links, files, and more with others nearby on Android as it has been on iPhones. Apple users have AirDrop, which lets you seamlessly send almost anything to other nearby Apple devices with just a few taps. Now Google, the company that develops Android, is finally taking steps to make sharing easier with a new feature called Nearby Share. Nearby Share searches for devices in close proximity, then it chooses a protocol to use depending on what you're sending and what your connectivity is like. For example, it will use peer-to-peer Wi-Fi if you're completely offline, but other sharing protocols include Bluetooth, Hotspot, WebRTC, and more. We might not be near other folks as much these days, but Nearby Share will work if you're sending stuff to your roommate, partner, and even when you're standing six feet apart from your friends and family (provided they have Android phones). Here's how to use it. Does Your Phone Support Nearby Share? Android has long had a sharing feature called Android Beam, which lets you bump the back of two phones together (if both devices had a near-field communication sensor) to send photos, files, and more. It never became as well known as AirDrop (which launched the same year), not to mention bumping phones is so 2011. Google killed it in 2019 with the intention to replace it with Nearby Share. Nearby Share only works with phones that support Android 6.0 or higher, which is a version of the operating system released in 2015. If you have a phone from 2015 or newer, there's a very good chance your phone will be able to use it. To check, head to your phone's Settings menu, scroll down to About Phone, and you should be able to see Android version. If the number is 6 or higher, you're good to go. Photograph: Google At the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it. In fact, most Android 6.0+ phones will have it over the next few weeks. If you want to keep checking whether your phone has it, you can manually force Google Play Services to update. Head to your phone's Settings app, click on Apps & Notifications (you might need to expand your app list here). Find Google Play Services, tap Advanced, and scroll all the way down to App details. You'll be taken to the Google Play Services page on the Google Play Store. If an update is available, you'll be able to force it to install. Note: Some of our instructions might not be the exact same on your Android phone, as manufacturers like Samsung and LG tend to tweak the Settings menu to look a little different from stock Android. How to Turn on Nearby Share The easiest and universal way to find Nearby Share is to head to your phone's Settings menu, scroll down to Google, tap on Device connections, and here you should see Nearby Share. If it's not there, you most likely do not have the feature yet. The other way to find it is through Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > Nearby Share, but this is where the menus might look different based on your phone. Sticking with the first approach of finding it in the Google section of your Settings menu, tap on Nearby Share. Toggle it on, and in the process, you can change your Device Name and choose your Device Visibility. If you don't want to share your name when sending files or photos with other nearby devices, then it's a good idea to change your device name to something more nondescript. You can use Nearby Share only with people in your contacts list. In terms of Device Visibility, you have three options: All Contacts, Some Contacts, and Hidden. Choosing the first option means your phone will be visible to your contacts that have Nearby Share turned on, and you'll see devices near you with Nearby Share open. Some Contacts, as the name suggests, lets you toggle select people in your contacts list to use Nearby Share with. And Hidden means no one nearby will be able to see your device, but you can still see your contacts' devices if they are trying to share something nearby. There is a big caveat with Nearby Share. To use it, you'll need to have the email addresses for all your contacts (the one they use for their Google Account) stored in their contact information. Alternatively, if your contact has verified their Google Account with a phone number, you'll be able to use Nearby Share with them. To connect your phone number to your Google Account, head here on your phone and toggle on your device. It might take some time to authenticate. Back in the Nearby Share settings, you can also choose whether you want to send stuff via Data, Wi-Fi Only, or Without Internet. If you don't have an unlimited data plan, it might be a good idea to choose the latter two options. How to Use Nearby Share Whenever you want to share something with a friend or family member nearby, whether it's an address in Google Maps, a photo, a file, or a web link, simply tap the share button, and from the Share Menu, find and tap on Nearby Share. Your phone will start searching for devices nearby you can share with. The person you're sharing with will need to be relatively close, and they may need to tap on a pop-up notification to become visible to you. You and the person you're sharing stuff with may get a prompt to turn on Bluetooth and Location if they aren't on already. Once they're visible, tap their device name (they will need to accept), and that's it! The sharing process will begin and should take only a few seconds, depending on what you're sending. Eventually, Google says Nearby Share will work on Chromebooks, allowing you to quickly send stuff from your phone to your ChromeOS-powered laptop with just a few taps. How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files
  2. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  3. Android malware posing as Covid-19 contact tracing apps You might want to think twice before downloading a contact tracing app from a link (Image credit: EclecticIQ) As countries around the world started providing Covid-19 contact tracing apps to their citizens, cybercriminals used this to their advantage to distribute Android malware, according to a new report from EclecticIQ and ThreatFabric. Researchers from both companies as well others identified malicious Android apps that were disguised as the official contact tracing applications for Colombia, India, Singapore and Indonesia. Surprisingly, the sample from India was released just 13 days after the official Indian contact tracing app was made available on the Google Play Store. After analyzing the samples, EclecticIQ and ThreatFabric found they used the commodity and open source malware SpyMax, SpyNote and Aymth. The attackers also repackaged applications with Metasploit to give them remote access trojan capabilities. To distribute their malicious contact tracing apps, the cybercriminals relied on phishing links that were designed to trick users into installing their apps. Malicious contact tracing apps Based on the findings of EclecticIQ and ThreatFabric's report, it is almost certain that threat actors will continue to use commodity and open source-based malware disguised as legitimate contact tracing apps for financial gain. The low barrier to entry provided by these tools combined with the continued rollout of contact tracing apps by countries around the world, presents a continued financial opportunity for cybercriminals into the near future. Cyber threat intelligence specialist at ElecticIQ's Fusion Center, Peter Ferguson explained in a press release that users should only download Covid-19 contact tracing apps from official app stores, saying: "Users should never download contact tracing android applications from links sent to them or from third party stores. If they are interested in downloading their nation's contact tracing application, they should use the official site or the Google Play Store." Throughout the pandemic, cybercriminals have repeatedly tried to capitalize on the disruption it has caused worldwide by using Covid-19 as a lure to trick users into installing malware on their devices. They will likely continue to launch similar campaigns because of how successful they've been so far. This means that businesses and consumers need to remain vigilant when it comes to Covid-19-related threats and scams. Android malware posing as Covid-19 contact tracing apps
  4. Netflix is letting people watch things faster or slower with new playback speed controls Stream up to 0.5 times slower or 1.5 times faster Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Netflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something on their phone or tablet with new playback controls. Netflix will allow anyone on an Android mobile device to stream at either 0.5x or 0.75x speeds for slowed-down viewing and 1.25x or 1.5x speeds for faster watching. Those are slightly fewer options than YouTube, which allows people to slow all the way down to 0.25x speeds, and speed up by twice the normal playback speed. Playback speed options are also available on downloaded titles that people have saved for offline viewing. Subscribers must opt in to use the playback speeds with every single title they want to watch; it won’t just remain active when you pick something else to watch. This prevents people from accidentally watching everything at 1.5x speed if they don’t want to. The feature is rolling out tomorrow and will be available to everyone globally in the coming weeks. Netflix announced it was testing the feature in 2019 and was met with backlash from Hollywood’s creative community. Actor Aaron Paul and director Brad Bird spoke out against Netflix’s decision to introduce the playback controls, and director Judd Apatow tweeted in October that “distributors don’t get to change the way the content is presented.” Netflix’s team is introducing a number of features with the rollout to try to work with the creative community to ensure the quality of the content isn’t disrupted, including automatically correcting “the pitch in the audio at faster and slower speeds,” according to the company. “We’ve also been mindful of the concerns of some creators,” a spokesperson told The Verge. “It’s why we have capped the range of playback speeds and require members to vary the speed each time they watch something new — versus fixing their settings based on the last speed they used.” The creative community understandably wants their work to be seen a specific way. It’s why Christopher Nolan refuses to have his movies premiere anywhere other than in a theater. But distribution methods have changed over the last few decades that have already disrupted the industry. VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray players, alongside digital retailers and PVRs have given viewers more control over how they watch movies and TV shows. There are people who listen to podcasts at faster playback speeds and, anecdotally, I watch all YouTube videos at twice the speed. Keela Robison, Netflix’s vice president of product innovation, addressed the changes in technology that have allowed for different types of viewing over the years, and why Netflix decided to move forward after a brief testing phase. “The feature has been much requested by members for years,” Robison wrote. “Most important of all, our tests show that consumers value the flexibility it provides whether it’s rewatching their favorite scene or slowing things down because they’re watching with subtitles or have hearing difficulties.” Both the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind commended Netflix on adding the playback features. Since captions are slowed down (and also sped up) to keep in time with the images on-screen, it can help deaf people who might prefer the captions at a slightly slower speed, according to Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf. On the other side, many people in the blind community “can understand and appreciate audio played at a much faster pace than what might be comfortable for most sighted people,” Everette Bacon, a board member on the National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement. Netflix is planning to keep an eye on the response to the playback speeds from both the creative community and subscribers. The company is also set to begin testing on iOS devices and the web version of the app, but there’s no testing phase set for Netflix’s TV app. Netflix is letting people watch things faster or slower with new playback speed controls
  5. Chrome on Android adds new features to make autofill more secure Google announced today a new feature for Chrome on Android that lets you authenticate credit card transactions through biometric information. In addition, the web browser on mobile is introducing improvements to its native password manager that will make signing in to a site quicker with the new touch-to-fill capability. Currently, when you make a purchase through Chrome on mobile, you will be asked to enter your card's CVC before the autofill feature provides your full card number to a form. Over the coming weeks, Chrome on Android will allow you to use your phone's biometric authentication to retrieve your card numbers with your fingerprint when making a purchase. That means you won't need to enter the CVC, except when you're using your credit card for the first time. You can still opt out from this feature and, instead, choose to verify your card with the CVC. Also, there's an option in Chrome to disable this capability. The ability to confirm credit card transactions with biometrics first surfaced earlier this month via a Chrome flag. Another update to Chrome on mobile is the new touch-to-fill capability that will show you your saved accounts for a current site through Android's standard dialog. This feature is rolling out to Chrome on Android over the next few weeks. Chrome on Android adds new features to make autofill more secure
  6. Firefox 79 for Android tweaks and tips Mozilla's new mobile browser for Android, Firefox 79, has been released. Users of the classic browser will be upgraded to the new version automatically over the coming weeks, and new users may install the new stable version of the browser soon from Google Play and other sources. Firefox 79 is a redesigned version of Firefox for Android that shares many of the features of the classic version but not all of them. Migrations include important bits of data such as the bookmarks, open tabs, or saved passwords if no master password is set. With any new browser release, it is a good idea to go through the settings at least once to make sure everything is set up correctly. The following tips and tricks help you make educated decisions about some of the features and settings of Firefox 79 for Android. Tip 1: Search Engines Custom search engines are not migrated when classic Firefox is upgraded to the new version. Users who have used non-standard search engines in Firefox, e.g. Startpage search, need to add these again to the browser. A tap on Menu > Settings > Search opens the configuration. Select "add search engine" on the page that opens a selection of additional search engines and an option to add a custom search engine. The process of adding a custom search engine is quite cumbersome as you need to supply the full search URL of the desired search engine plus the placeholder for the search query; this may work okay on desktop devices but is not user friendly at all on mobile devices. Firefox does not appear to add search engines that you use to the list of engines that it displays automatically on that page. Tip 2: Data Collection Firefox 79 collects data by default and also shares some of the data with the customer engagement platform Leanplum. Tap on Menu > Settings and select Data Collection on the page that opens to control the options that Mozilla provides. All three available options were enabled by default: Usage and technical data -- "shares performance, usage, hardware and customisation data about your browser with Mozilla to help us make Firefox better". Marketing data -- "Shares data about what features you use in Firefox with Leanplum, our mobile marketing vendor". Experiments -- "Allows Mozilla to install and collect data for experimental features". The page offers no additional information and there is no link to Mozilla's or Leanplum's privacy policy. It is unclear which data is shared, e.g. what usage data under "usage and technical data" entails. For an organization so focused on privacy, it is problematic if users are not even informed about these settings in first place. Tip 3: Add-ons Firefox 79 supports nine add-ons at the time of writing that were handpicked by Mozilla. The organization promised that full add-on support will be introduced in a future version of Firefox for Android but for now, it is these nine extensions that Firefox for Android users may install. The installation process is very straightforward as all of them are listed under Menu > Settings > Addons. Each add-on is listed with its name, a short description, rating, and the current number of users (Android version only it appears). To install an extension, tap on the plus icon, check the permissions that it requests, if any, and click on add to proceed. The extension is downloaded and installed, and you may enable it in private browsing mode as well. The settings of extensions that we tested are identical to the desktop versions, and Mozilla picked several good ones including uBlock Origin, NoScript Security Suite, or Privacy Possum. Nine is not a lot on the other hand, but it is definitely better than nothing. Tip 4: Site Permissions Autoplay blocking is enabled by default, which is good. If you don't care about notifications, you may want to turn them off instead of keeping them at the "ask" setting. Select Menu > Settings > Site Permissions, and then Notification. Switch from "ask to allow" to "blocked" to prevent any notification permission request. Tip 5: Customize The Customize settings page lists two of the new features of Firefox for Android. Use it to switch the theme to light or dark permanently, and to move the toolbar from the bottom to the top. Other tips and information While on a site, tap Menu > Desktop site to request the desktop site. To use and configure installed add-ons, select Menu > Add-ons > Name of add-on, or Add-ons Manager. Select Menu > Add to top sites, to add the current site to the New Tab page's top sites listing. Firefox Stable for Android does not allow you to use about:config. You can manage font sizes under Menu > Settings > Accessibility. Enhanced Tracking Protection is set to default. You may change that to strict or custom in the Settings. Firefox 79 for Android tweaks and tips
  7. Microsoft's Family Safety app exits preview, now generally available Microsoft announced the Family Safety app back in March when it rebranded Office 365 subscriptions to Microsoft 365. The Redmond firm began taking sign-ups for a preview and the preview became available to those users in May. Now, after a couple of months in testing, the company has announced that the service is being made available to Android and iOS starting this week. The app – as the name suggests – lets users keep a tab on family members and their digital usage. It lets users set screen limits, restrict access to certain websites for children, and even keep a tab on members’ whereabouts through location sharing. In addition to these, parents can also choose to receive weekly activity reports to monitor not just usage stats, but also the content that they are consuming. In addition to the usage reports, as mentioned earlier, parents can set app limits for children, limiting the time that they spend on games and the like. The firm has also added the ability to block certain apps. As for web browsing, parents can also ensure that adult content is blocked, and web search filters are applied for searches using the Edge browser. This works on Windows, Xbox, and Android. Along with content moderation and usage limits, the Family Safety app also lets parents avoid accidental and unwanted purchases since they can enable purchase requests. The feature allows for parents to approve requests that are served via email when family members or children initiate a purchase. Lastly, location sharing in Family Safety lets users “stay connected in the real world” when it is safe to go out. Users can also set favorite locations such as Home and ensure that members are “safe and sound”. The company is also working to bring location alerts to the app, a feature that alerts users when a family member enters or leaves a specific location. Another feature that will also be making it to the tool is ‘drive safety’, a functionality that will “help to build better habits behind the wheel with insights on driving behavior”. Not much else is known about the feature. While most of the features are available for Android, Windows, and Xbox users, the ability to set app limits and search filters will make it to iOS in the future. It must also be noted that SafeSearch and other web controls can be enforced on the Microsoft Edge browser on Android, Windows, and Xbox and will need users to be logged in to their Microsoft account. While you can head to the Play Store on Android to download the app, the iOS version is still not live and should be made available soon. Microsoft's Family Safety app exits preview, now generally available
  8. Mozilla releases final update for the old Firefox for Android browser Mozilla has released what should be the final update for its old Firefox for Android browser. In the next release cycle, which is due in about a month, the firm should switch users to its newly-built browser as the default option. Mozilla codenamed its new browser Fenix but when it launches to the general public, it will be known as Firefox. The firm has been working on the new browser for over a year and is continually adding new features. While the desktop browser is now on version 79, the main Android browser has been stuck on Firefox 68 and just received point release updates to patch bugs. Firefox 68 launched on July 9, 2019, and is beginning to feel stale when compared to Chrome and other browsers available on Android. The brand new version of Firefox uses GeckoView which should make browsing quicker and Mozilla has completely overhauled the look and feel of the browser compared to Firefox 68. Unlike the existing Firefox for Android browser, the new version only has a limited selection of add-ons to install. In one respect, this is good because it gives Mozilla a chance to test the add-ons and ensure they work correctly in a mobile environment, on the other hand, you could be left without some of the add-ons you use at the moment. Mozilla is always expanding the list of add-ons available but depending on which ones you use, you could be waiting a while until they’re are approved. If you want to test out the new browser, you can install Firefox Nightly or Firefox Beta from the Google Play Store. What you see with those is what you can expect next month when Mozilla releases it on the stable branch. Mozilla releases final update for the old Firefox for Android browser
  9. Microsoft Remote Desktop brings your Windows 10 PC to your Android smartphone or tablet The update also brings support for Microsoft Authenticator and Android TV (Image credit: Windows Central) Microsoft has unleashed a new version of its Remote Desktop client for Android that brings full support for the Windows 10 Virtual Desktop. Remote Desktop, which was brought out of beta earlier this year, allows users to access Windows apps and desktops directly from an Android device or a Chromebook that supports the Google Play Store. Microsoft has released an update client, version 10.0.7, that brings a number of new features to Remote Desktop for Android, chiefly full support for Windows Virtual Desktop. Remote desktop Windows Virtual Desktop allows users to run a virtual machine powered by the Windows 7 or 10 operating system. During the coronavirus lockdown, Microsoft has seen a major increase in usage of Windows Virtual Desktop as more professionals forced to work remotely over the last three months. To improve the Windows Virtual Desktop experience, the Remote Desktop update also brings Microsoft Authenticator integration, which means users can log-in to the service securely without using a password. The Remote Desktop update has also been rewritten to use the same underlying RDP core engine as the iOS and macOS clients, support for transferring of connections and settings from Remote Desktop 8, and a number of new Connection tools, including a redesigned Progress UI and an in-session Connection Bar. Finally, Remote Desktop for Android v10.0.7 adds support for Android TV devices for the first time, which means the client is supported on the likes of the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S. If you haven’t already got your it, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app can be downloaded for free from Google Play. Microsoft Remote Desktop brings your Windows 10 PC to your Android smartphone or tablet
  10. How to take screenshots on your Android phone A quick way to take photos of your display If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Screenshots are handy. You can use them to show your grandparent how to use a new app. You can use them to send a shot of that strange error message to your company’s IT department. You can use them to capture tweets — yours or someone else’s — before they disappear down the deletion black hole. There are two ways to take a screenshot of your Android device’s screen. (We’re assuming your phone is loaded with Android 9 or later): Press and hold the power button. You’ll get a pop-out window on the right side of your screen with icons that let you power off, restart, call an emergency number, or take a screenshot. Or... Hold down the power button and press the volume-down button Hold in the power button and tap on “Screenshot.” After the screenshot is saved, you’ll have a chance to edit or share it. Either way, after you’ve taken the screenshot, it will briefly appear as a smaller version and then disappear. A drop-down will briefly appear on top letting you know that the screenshot is being saved, and then it will be replaced by another drop-down that, if you tap it, will let you share or delete the screenshot or make some basic edits. That box will disappear after a few seconds, but if you check your top-left notifications bar, you’ll find one for that screenshot. If you miss the share / edit / delete drop-down, you can find the new screenshot in your notifications. Android lets you do some basic photo editing. Some Android phones (for example, certain Samsung and Huawei phones) let you take “long” screenshots, where you can scroll the screen down and capture the entire page. Check your phone’s support pages if you think you might have that. It can be handy. If you want to find all your past screenshots: Go to your Photos app Tap on the three parallel lines in the top-left corner Select “Device folders” > “Screenshots” How to take screenshots on your Android phone
  11. Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps Google is already under investigation by Congress, DOJ, and 50 state AGs. Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images 37 with 31 posters participating, including story author Google for several years has collected app-usage data collected from Android phones to develop and advance its own competing apps, a new report alleges. The project, called Android Lockbox, "collects sensitive Android user data" for use within Google and has been in effect since at least 2013, The Information reports. An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information. The data was used earlier this month in India, where Google planned to roll out a competitor app to TikTok. The information is collected through Google Mobile Services, the collection of apps and APIs such as Google, Chrome, Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Maps that usually comes pre-installed with Android. Google told The Information that it does access usage data on other Android developers' apps but only through an API that has also been available to third-party developers since 2014. While the API grants developers access to information about phones on which their apps are installed, however, Google has much wider insight into the broad pool of all Android phones globally. A Google representative told The Information, "The API doesn't obtain any information about in-app activity and our collection of this data is disclosed to and controllable by users" but did not comment on how Google uses that or any other data to research or develop competitors to other apps. Sound familiar? If The Information's allegations are accurate, antitrust regulators are likely to have a whole lot of questions for Google. As we here at Ars have explained before, antitrust law isn't just about monopolies. It's also about a broad bucket of behaviors that are considered anticompetitive under the law. Using your power as one of the biggest companies in the world to put the squeeze on startups who could eventually become viable, serious competitors is one of those anticompetitive behaviors, and regulators don't like it. Four of the biggest US tech firms—Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, and Facebook—are all under a bevy of state, federal, and international antitrust probes at this moment, investigating whether—and, if so, to what extent—those companies grew and maintained their market power through underhanded, unlawful tactics. Facebook in particular has been scrutinized for using data on competitors in almost exactly the way the new report accuses Google of doing. The social giant used a VPN it acquired, called Onavo, to redirect traffic through Facebook servers, where it could be logged and analyzed. That data let Facebook see what competition apps were growing in popularity so that it could then either buy out those start-ups or launch competitors. One of those competitors was Snapchat. Last fall, reports surfaced that Snap for several years kept a dossier, called Project Voldemort, documenting Facebook's attempts first to acquire it and later, after acquisition didn't work, to copy Snapchat's key features. US investigators are also widely assumed to be probing the way in which Apple can leverage data from the iOS App Store to inform its own software development. The EU is also probing the way Apple privileges its first-party apps after Spotify last year filed a complaint against the company. Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps
  12. Meet integration with Gmail begins rolling out for Android users Google announced back in June that it will begin integrating its Meet conferencing service into its Gmail app for Android and iOS. While the rollout of that capability for the iOS version of the app began last week, the search giant has announced that the Android rollout begins today. With the integration, users will be able to easily join video conferences right from Gmail on Android. The dedicated Meet tab will let users check their schedules and join a meeting, create a new meeting, and more without having to switch between apps. Users can also use a code that was shared with them to join a meeting. The integration is a part of the company’s broader plan to make Gmail a centralized location for communication. As part of these efforts, the company is also redesigning the Gmail app for business customers. G Suite customers will see more features added to the app, such as Chat and Rooms integration. The Meet tab for all users will be made available by default but those who want to disable can head to settings and untick the “Show the Meet tab for video calling” option. The integration is currently rolling out to all G Suite customers and users with a Google account. However, the rollout is staggered and could take up to 15 days to completely roll out to all users. Google has made the service free for all consumers until September 30. However, after that date, some features of the app could be restricted for non-G Suite accounts. Meet integration with Gmail begins rolling out for Android users
  13. Chrome for Android: new download options including scheduling Google is working on improving the download options provided by the company's Google Chrome web browser for the Android operating system. Current versions of Chrome for Android offer little when it comes to downloads. Downloads start immediately when you select to download files, and while that is probably wanted in most cases, there are cases where users may not want downloads to start immediately. A prime example is when the device is connected to a mobile network and not a wireless network. There may also be situations where you don't want downloads to start right away, e.g. when you are still connected to a school or work network with your device. While you could wait before you start the download, other options may be welcome to address these situations. Google engineers added a new experimental flag to the latest Chrome Canary version that introduces new download options. Once enabled, Chrome will display several options to the user when files are selected for download. These let users start the download right away, start it when the device is connected to a wireless network (if it is not at the time), and to schedule the download. Let's take a closer look at the available options and how to enable the feature in Chrome. Make sure you run the latest version of Chrome Canary for Android; the version that I used for the test is 86.0.4204.0. Load chrome://flags in the web browser's address bar. Search for "Enable download later". Set the experimental feature to Enabled. Restart the Chrome browser on the Android device. Google Chrome for Android will display a prompt when you start downloads in the browser after the restart. The prompt provides you with options to start the download at that point in time, wait until the device is connected to a wireless network, and to schedule the download. The first two options are self-explanatory, the third resembles functionality known from Download Managers. When you select it, Chrome asks you to pick a date and time for the download. It will schedule the download and start it at the selected date and time. Chrome users may dismiss the prompt to restore the default downloading functionality of the browser. The scheduled downloads are listed on the browser's downloads page. Closing Words Experimental features may come and come at any time, and it not 100% ensured that the download scheduler and other download options will make it into stable Chrome. The options may be useful in some situations, e.g. when starting downloads while connected to a mobile network; the scheduling on the other hand, I'd estimate that it would not become a very popular feature. Chrome for Android: new download options including scheduling
  14. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.forvo.forvokids Forvo Kids is a children’s application aimed at 3 to 6-year olds and designed to teach English using vocabulary games. Features: • 10 different topics: animals, colours, numbers, human body, school, clothes, food, shapes, toys, and household objects • More than 135 basic words which children can play with • Simple to use and fully adapted to children • Evaluation of content learned by the child
  15. Google Chrome for Android could soon get biometric authentication for payment autofill The Google Play Store already uses biometric authentication for confirming a transaction when one tries to purchase an app or game from the store. Google is working on bringing similar functionality to Chrome for Android as well. A new Chrome flag "Allow using platform authentication to retrieve server cards" points to Google allowing users to verify their identity using biometric authentication or the screen lock of their Android device. As of now, when one autofills payment details, they first have to enter the CVC of their card to retrieve the data from the server. While the flag is already present in the latest Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary builds of Chrome, it does not work properly. After enabling the flag, users will get a notification whenever they next try to autofill their credit or debit card information that they can use screen lock to confirm cards going forward. However, the screen lock prompt just does not come up. Nonetheless, the flag confirms that Google is indeed working on bringing biometric authentication for payment details autofill to Chrome. On Android devices where biometric authentication is not available, the feature will fallback to using screen lock. The wording on the flag from Google also makes it clear that the company intends to bring this feature to Chrome on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS as well. At the moment, it is unclear when Google plans to roll out biometric authentication for payment autofill. Since the flag and initial UI seems to be ready, it is possible that the feature will at least show up in a working state in the Dev or Canary build of Chrome before the end of this year. Source: Android Police Google Chrome for Android could soon get biometric authentication for payment autofill
  16. Google begins rolling out dark mode support for Sheets, Docs, and Slides Google is beginning to roll out dark theme support to Sheets, Docs, and Slides on Android starting today. The apps have been one the holdouts for dark theme support, with the search giant bringing the theme to its other services and offerings such as the Google app. The company says that the dark theme will “intelligently adjust the product interface and user-generated content” to make the app more usable in darker environments. Once the feature is made available, the apps will obey the system’s theme settings. However, as is customary with most apps, users can switch to the light theme through the settings for each individual app by heading to Menu > Settings > Theme > Dark. In addition to that, users can also view how their content will look in the dark mode by heading to the three-dot menu and tapping on the ‘view in light theme’ toggle. The colors in the content are not affected by the change in modes and remain constant. The ability to change to a darker theme is a welcome addition for those that prefer the mode on other apps and the system. The firm notes that the feature is rolling out to all G Suite customers and users with personal accounts starting today. However, the rollout is staggered, and the Mountain View company says that it could take longer than 15 days for the feature to be visible to all customers. There is no information on when the theming option will be made available to iOS users. Google begins rolling out dark mode support for Sheets, Docs, and Slides
  17. 8 iOS 14 features Google should bring to Android Apple and Google have both announced the next major version of their mobile operating system that's due to release later in the year. Google was the first to announce Android 11 with a focus on conversations, people, and privacy, and Apple followed suit last month with iOS 14 at WWDC 2020. While both iOS and Android are very mature operating systems at this point, there's still a feature disparity between them in some aspects. It is also quite common for both companies to take inspiration from each other for new features in their OS. For example, Apple added widgets support to the home screen in iOS 14, a feature that has been available in Android since its first public release. Similarly, the new screenshot preview interface in Android 11 is very similar to that of iOS. So, on similar lines, below is a list of features that I hope Google ends up adding to the next release of Android after taking inspiration from iOS 14. 1. Widgets Stack Apple might have taken its own time to add widgets support to the iPhone's home screen but in some ways, its implementation is superior to what Google has done in Android. Widgets Stack in iOS 14 will basically allow users to stack one widget on top of another. This way, they can have multiple widgets on their home screen but only have to make space for one. The stacked widgets in iOS 14 will automatically cycle depending on the location and time of the day to show you the most relevant widget. You can also cycle through them by swiping up or down. Widgets in Android are more powerful compared to Apple's implementation in iOS 14 since they are interactive, but Google needs to add the ability to stack them on top of each other to help boost their adoption. 2. Universal Search Ok, technically this is a feature that's a part of iPadOS 14 and not exactly new, but one that's still worth mentioning because of how useful it is. With Universal Search in iPadOS 14, you can search through your contacts, apps, app data, music library, web, and more. The Google app in Android had a universal search feature before Google got around to removing it for some reason. While at it, Google should also make it easier to trigger the search with a simple gesture as it works on the iPhone and iPad with a simple swipe down gesture on the home screen. 3. Digital Car Key How cool would it be if you could use your Android smartphone as your car keys? With iOS 14, Apple is basically making that possible by working closely with BMW. Starting next year, you can simply walk to your BMW car with the iPhone in your pocket and unlock it. Then, you can put the device on the wireless charger in the dashboard of the cabin and then proceed to start the car, all without needing the physical key. You can even share the car keys digitally over Messages with your friend or family and give them temporary access to your vehicle. The digital Car Key feature is going to be available for a number of BMW vehicles manufactured on or after July 1, 2020. Google will need to work closely with some car OEMs for this, but it would definitely be cool if the next version of Android is able to turn your smartphone into a digital car key. 4. Picture-in-Picture window resizing Picture-in-Picture is a feature that is already available on Android, long before Apple got around to adding it to the iPhone with iOS 14. However, Apple's implementation is better as it allows one to resize the PiP window to their liking. One can also dock the PiP window to the side and then bring it back on the display as per their requirement. In comparison, on Android, there's no option to change the PiP window size or dock it. 5. Ability to send voice messages Siri on iOS 14 can be used to send voice messages in the Messages app as well as in third-party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. This might seem like a small feature but it can have a great usability impact for a lot of people as this essentially allows users to send a message without having to worry about Siri fumbling with the voice recognition part. Google Assistant might have better voice recognition than Siri but it lacks the ability to send a voice message to any contact. Since Google can update Assistant without having to update the entire OS itself, this feature might just make it to Android devices sooner than later. 6. Privacy-focused Chrome Apple has always focused heavily on privacy with its services and products. The company has added a new Privacy Report feature to Safari in iOS 14 thereby allowing users to easily see the cross-site trackers that have been blocked by the browser. Considering how widely cross-site tracking is prevalent in the advertising industry, this is a big move from Apple and shows just how much it cares about user privacy. The feature is also going to be available in Safari on macOS Big Sur. Since Google still generates a bulk of its revenue through advertisement, one can only hope that the company also gets around to adding a similar feature in Chrome for Android. 7. Mentions and Inline replies Messaging is one area where Android heavily lags behind iOS. Despite multiple messaging apps and services from Google, Android still does not have a true iMessage replacement. The RCS-backed Messages app is gaining traction but it still feels a bit too late to the game and its adoption outside of the United States has been slow. In iOS 14, Apple is further improving iMessage by adding support for @mentions and inline replies. Despite launching later than iMessage, the Messages app/RCS still lacks these features despite them being present in almost every other third-party messaging app. 8. Approximate location access Google has introduced a number of privacy-focused features in Android 11 but in many ways, the company is still playing catch up to what iOS offers. In iOS 14, Apple has again taken things to the next level by allowing users to provide apps with their approximate location instead of their exact location. This way, when an app requests your location in iOS 14, you have the option of only providing it with an approximate location instead of your exact location. Similarly, iPhone users in iOS 14 can provide an app with access to only selected photos in their media library or contacts instead of providing them with access to all their data. Google has made great improvements to the privacy model in Android with the last two releases of the OS, so here's hoping the company follows Apple in adding similar features to the next version of the OS. There are actually quite a few other features in iOS 14 like App Clips and compact Call UI that Google should get around to adding or improving in the next version of Android, but the ones mentioned above are the ones I feel will have the biggest impact. One thing I must note here is that the beauty of openness of Android is that at least some of the features above can be replicated using third-party apps found on the Play Store. 8 iOS 14 features Google should bring to Android
  18. How to check whether your Chrome on Android is 32-bit or 64-bit Google plans to migrate installations of the company's Chrome web browser on Android from 32-bit to 64-bit in the near future. While the migration is limited to devices running Android 10 or newer, it should have a positive effect on the performance of the browser and security. Chrome users on Android may wonder whether their version of the web browser is a 32-bit or a 64-bit application to find out whether their version of Chrome has been migrated already. Good news is that the process of finding out is relatively easy. All you need to do is load chrome://version in the mobile browser's address bar to get information about the architecture and related information. Check the first line of the output on the page to find out whether the installed version of Chrome is 32-bit or 64-bit. The browser has been upgraded to the 64-bit version already if you see 64-bit listed in that line; if it still states 32-bit, you are still using a 32-bit version and need to wait for the migration to happen on the device. The following screenshot shows a 32-bit version of Google Chrome Stable, currently at version 83, and a 64-bit version of Google Chrome Dev, currently at version 85, running on the same device. Google Play, the official store for Android applications on most devices, does not provide options to download 32-bit or 64-bit versions of applications. There is no official option to migrate manually to the 64-bit version of Chrome if the 32-bit version is still installed or offered. Third-party sites that provide downloads for Android APK files may offer 64-bit versions of Google Chrome that users with Android 10 or newer versions of the operating system may install. While that may make sense in some cases, it is safer to wait for the official rollout of the feature. How to check whether your Chrome on Android is 32-bit or 64-bit
  19. 64-bit Chrome for Android will soon arrive with improved performance Google is all set to stop accepting 32-bit apps on the Play Store from next year. Ahead of that, the company is in the process of transitioning its own apps to 64-bit. With the release of Chrome 85 later this year, Google will be installing a 64-bit version of the browser on all devices running Android 10 or higher. With Chrome 85 being a full-fledged 64-bit app, it will bring a number of performance and security improvements to the table. A quick comparison of Chrome 83 stable which is still a 32-bit app and Chrome 85 Dev 64-bit in Octane 2.0 benchmarks shows a notable jump in performance -- 15515 vs 16785. Google is also doing an A/B testing with the 64-bit version of Chrome Beta 84 on some devices. You can find the version of Chrome running on your device by going to chrome://version. Image Source: Android Police Google had added 64-bit support to Android OS itself with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop back in November 2014. At this point, almost all Android devices ship with a 64-bit processor as well. However, Google and many other developers continue to offer a 32-bit version of their app on these devices leading to a loss in performance and security lapses. The stable build of Chrome 85 will land in late August, though there's always a possibility that Google delays the rollout of the 64-bit flavor of the browser on Android for some reason. You can install the latest version of Chrome Dev to get the 64-bit version of the browser on your device. Source: Android Police 64-bit Chrome for Android will soon arrive with improved performance
  20. geeteam

    Hidden Android Secret Codes

    How well do you know your Android device? Here are some of the hidden Android secret codes. Since most hidden menus are manufacturer specific, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work across all Android smartphones, but you can try them out nevertheless on your Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and other devices. Be advised, though, that some of these can cause serious changes to your device’s configuration, so don’t play with something that you don’t fully understand. You can find more of these spread across the internet, and they’re usually very handy to have, even if just to show off your geekiness to your social circle. Update x1: More codes! Source : Redmondpie
  21. Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st You still have one month to enjoy the Apple-owned weather app Image: Dark Sky Popular weather app Dark Sky, now owned by Apple, is keeping its doors open on Android for a little longer. The company said on Wednesday in an update on its website that it plans to keep the Android version going until August 1st, after initially announcing it would shut it down today, on July 1st. Presumably, the Wear OS version is still functioning as well, but we’ve been unable to check that. Both apps appear to have been removed from the Play Store, however, so you need to have the app downloaded or have downloaded it at least once in the past to be able to continue using it for another month, according to 9to5Google. On August 1st, all existing subscribers to Dark Sky’s Android version will receive a full refund — Dark Sky has charged Android users $2.99 a year for access to the service, whereas the iOS version involved just a $3.99 one-time purchase. Dark Sky says August 1st is also when it will remove weather forecasts, maps, and embeds from its website, pushed back from an original July 1st deadline as well. The Dark Sky API, in part why Apple purchased the company, is remaining active through the end of the year, but it’s no longer accepting new signups. That will eventually cut off third-party apps from the platform’s valuable data. Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st
  22. Dark Sky alternatives for Android weather watchers Dark Sky is going away on July 1st, but here are other weather apps that may work for you Photo by Eduardo Sanz / Europa Press via Getty Images If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. If you’re a weather geek, you probably already know that Dark Sky, one of the most popular weather apps around, has been acquired by Apple and is probably being integrated into iOS 14. As a result, anyone who uses an Android device and has the Dark Sky app is going to lose access on July 1st. In addition, a variety of other apps (some not even weather-related) will lose access to the Dark Sky API. If you’re an Android user with Dark Sky and you’re wondering where to go now for your weather report, there are a few alternatives to choose from. But first, here are a couple of things to consider. Several Android weather apps have been found to ask for more permissions than they need and to have shared location data with advertisers and other third parties. These privacy issues are detailed in a Vice article by Jason Koebler. One suggestion is to simply use the weather app that Google supplies with its OS. A way to get that somewhat elusive app to live on your home screen is described on GadgetHacks.com. We tried it, and it works quite nicely. If the Google app isn’t enough for you, here are six alternatives. All have free versions with ads, and all have paid versions that not only remove the ads but add other features. Besides the price of each app, I’ve also listed all the various permissions requested as listed on its Google Play entry. Keep in mind that some of these permissions are specific to certain features, so if you never use the feature, you won’t be asked for permission. Some can be controlled within the app. You can also refuse specific permissions that you feel are over the top by going to “Settings” > “Apps & notifications,” finding the app, selecting “Permissions,” and then tapping on the specific permission you want to deny. Carrot Carrot greets the day with a snarky comment. Carrot offers a reasonable amount of data on current and upcoming weather. Carrot may be known less for its weather predictions than for its personality, which offers tongue-in-cheek commentary in audio and / or text on the happenings of the day. (Today, for example, it snarked, “I’m sending bad weather to all the people who refuse to wear masks to hide hideous faces.”) In fact, you can set its personality (friendly, snarky, homicidal, or overkill) and its politics (liberal, conservative, centrist, libertarian, communist, or apolitical) to suit your own tastes. All that being said, Carrot is a solid, good-looking app that offers a reasonable amount of data on current and upcoming weather. It has been using the Dark Sky API for its data, which will disappear by the end of 2021. However, according to a tweet by creator Brian Mueller, other data sources will be available. Price: Free with ads. “Premium Club” removes the ads and offers a widget and other features for $0.99 per month or $3.99 annually. Permissions requested: photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection information, storage, location, and others, including control vibration and network connections. 1Weather 1Weather offers a good amount of info. 1Weather gets its info using the Weather2020 platform. 1Weather is a well-known app with a variety of screens showing the current weather, the forecast, precipitation, radar, and the Sun and Moon rise and set, among others. I personally found the interface a bit crowded, but it does offer a lot of information, and it even has its own TV weather forecaster. Unfortunately, besides the usual scrolling ads at the bottom, the app also includes full-page pop-up ads; one that I got was from a political advocacy group that I found annoying. According to the app’s website, it gets its info using the Weather2020 platform, along with meteorologist Gary Lezak. Price: Free with ads. Without ads: $1.99 one-time purchase. Permissions requested: photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection information, storage, location, and others (receive data from internet, view network connections, prevent device from sleeping, run at startup, full network access, set wallpaper, control vibration, read Google service configuration). AccuWeather AccuWeather’s app has an easily understood interface. A news section offers videos on the latest weather-related disasters. Anyone who ever watched cable TV or listened to the radio is probably familiar with AccuWeather, which has been used by many stations for their forecasts. According to its website, it collects its own data using a combination of meteorologists, a global forecast engine, and other sources. The app has a reasonably clean interface, although the data was a bit too sparse for my taste. The front page gives you just the facts — the current weather, including humidity, wind speed and UV index, and a general idea of tomorrow’s weather; you can click on the “more details” links to get to the nitty-gritty. You are also invited to get notifications for cold or wet weather. A news section offers videos on the latest weather-related disasters. Price: Free with ads or $3.99 for no ads and an additional 10 days of forecasts. Permissions requested: storage, microphone, photos / media / files, location, Wi-Fi connection information, others (receive data from internet, disable your screen lock, prevent device from sleeping, draw over other apps, run at startup, access Bluetooth settings, full network access, read Google service configuration, change system display settings, Google Play license check, pair with Bluetooth devices, view network connections, control vibration, connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi). Today Weather Today Weather is a very attractive app. Scroll left for more details on the weather. Today Weather may be the best-looking of all the apps listed here. It’s got a straightforward interface that starts with a photo and today’s weather, and you can scroll down for details on the weather for the next 24 hours and seven days, air quality, and other categories. You can scroll left for more details on any of the categories. If you’re in the US, you automatically get your data from weather.gov (which is served by the National Weather Service); paying customers can choose from a variety of data sources. Price: Free with ads, $1.99 for six months, $2.99 for one year, or $6.99 forever. The paid options remove ads, let you choose your data source, and add a few other features. Permissions requested: location, photos / media / files, storage, camera, Wi-Fi connection information, others (receive data from internet, control vibration, run at startup, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections). Appy Weather Appy Weather’s timeline lets you scroll down to see the current weather and the upcoming forecast. Scroll from left to right at the bottom to see the temperature, “feels like,” precipitation, etc. Appy Weather bills itself as “the most personal weather app.” It’s certainly privacy-conscious; at the outset, it asks if you want to check the weather via your current location (in which case it requires permission), or do a search for your location (in which case it doesn’t ask for your location permission). The interface was one of the most straightforward and simple I’ve seen, especially its timeline, which lets you scroll down to see the current weather and the upcoming forecast. You can also scroll from left to right at the bottom to see the temperature, “feels like,” precipitation, etc. Appy Weather currently uses Dark Sky for its data; according to the developer, they are looking for alternative data sources. Price: Free version with ads or $3.99 annually for no ads, radar, notifications, widgets, and other features. Permissions requested: location and others (control vibration, view network connections, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, run at startup, set an alarm). Overdrop Overdrop has a simple, easy-to-understand interface. Select a drop-down arrow to get more details. Like Appy Weather, Overdrop has a simple, easy-to-understand interface with a reasonable, if somewhat limited, selection. You can see the current weather, hourly weather, and weekly forecast; select a drop-down arrow to get more details. However, its main advantage may be that, if you’re a paying customer, you can access 51 different weather widgets — something that widget fans may find worth the price. At the time of the review, you could choose between Dark Sky (which, presumably, will be going away soon) or Weather Bit if you used the free version; subscribers can also select AccuWeather. Price: Free with ads, $0.99 per month, $2.19 annually, or $7.49 forever. The paid options remove ads, unlock additional providers, add 51 widgets, and provide other features. Permissions: storage, photos / media / files, storage, location, others (receive data from internet, run at startup, prevent device from sleeping, set an alarm, Google Play license check, control vibration, full network access, view network connections). NOAA Weather Unofficial This app pulls its info directly from the NOAA. The weather.gov site can be placed directly on your phone’s home screen. This simple app goes to the source: the National Weather Service, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It presents data from the NOAA in a clear, easy-to-read format: it opens to the weekly forecast, and you can tap on each day to get more data. You can also get an hourly forecast and a weather map. By the way, if you want to get your weather info directly from the NOAA, you can go to the site (weather.gov), enter your zip code to get your local forecast, and then save the mobile page to your home screen (by tapping the three “More” dots in the upper-right corner of your browser and then selecting “Add to Home screen”). Price: Free with ads. $1.99 version removes ads and allow more than three saved locations. Permissions: storage, location, photos / media / files, others (receive data from internet, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections control vibration, run at startup) FlowX FlowX offers data maps for weather nerds. FlowX lets you adjust the data that it shows. It’s immediately apparent that FlowX (once known as WeatherBomb) is for weather nerds: when you first install it, it opens to a weather map and temperature / humidity charts rather than the usual text-based weather summary. You get a seven-day forecast; slide your finger across the screen for each day’s forecast. The free app gives you a choice of getting data from the NOAA or CMC (Canadian Meteorological Center); the Pro version gives you more map styles, a graph editor, and access to more focused NOAA data for $4.99 / year. The Silver Pro subscription ($9.99 / year) adds additional international sources, and the Gold Pro ($19.99 / year) even more, including the RTOFS (Global Real-Time Ocean Forecast System). Price: Free; $4.99 / year version offers additional features; $9.99 / year version adds international sources; $19.99 / year version provides additional resources. Permissions: storage, location, photos / media / files, Wi-Fi connection, others (receive data from internet, full network access, prevent device from sleeping, view network connections) Update June 29th, 3:42PM ET: This article was originally published on April 1st, 2020, and it has been updated to include two new apps and to update several of the entries. Dark Sky alternatives for Android weather watchers
  23. You’ll never guess Google’s most valuable Android app of 2020 Top Google app has nothing to do with games and everything to do with family (Image credit: Pixabay) Google One, the search giant's equivalent to Amazon Prime, emerged as the surprise leader in SensorTower’s list of top grossing Android apps worldwide for the first half of 2020. For the first time, Sensor Tower split its list to provide a more granular perspective on the most lucrative applications around. While Tinder rules the overall leaderboard across both App Store and Google Play - earning about $433 million - the dating app plays second fiddle to Google One in the Android marketplace. We reached out to Sensor Tower to obtain more data about the estimated revenue generated by Google One, but it's likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Google One The subscription service costs as little as $19.99/£15.99/AU$24.99 per year (for a total of 100GB) and is mainly used as additional cloud storage, over and above the 15GB Google users get by default. Other options are available up to 30TB, which costs a staggering $2999 per year. For Google One to top the rankings, at least 10 million Android users must have purchased subscriptions over the last six months (55,000 per day), which still accounts for less than 1% of the user base of Google’s operating system - the world’s most popular. Google One allows you to add up to five family members, talk to Google experts and enjoy extra benefits from other Google products, such as special hotel pricing, Google Play credits and more. However you don’t get YouTube Premium yet (that will cost another $18 per month), nor YouTube Music. You’ll never guess Google’s most valuable Android app of 2020
  24. Opera for Android 59 advances online payments Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 59. The new update comes with a handful of new features including a Payment Request API, improvements to site settings, and other smaller improvements which many won’t even notice but should provide for a more polished browsing experience. The most notable addition to this upgrade is the Payment Request API. The firm said that as more shopping moves online, the need for standards such as the W3C-recognised Payment Request API will increase. This particular API will allow sites to access customer data such as addresses, contact information, and payment details which will save customers time and energy. Opera admitted that this API is not yet in widespread use but by including it in its browser, the foundation for its use is being laid. Also in this update, Opera has taken the opportunity to improve dedicated app handling making it easier for users to decide whether they want to keep the website open in the browser or switch to an external app; this functionality will be helpful on sites like YouTube and Reddit. In order to access this setting, just press the green padlock in the omnibar where you’ll also find settings for controlling permissions and more. It has been removed from the company’s announcement now, but the firm had also included some of the latest developments surrounding cryptocurrencies in its browser. It’s not clear why the information was pulled but it’s possible it wasn’t supposed to be announced today. This news included that those in the UK can buy crypto from inside Opera’s wallet thanks to a partnership with the Ramp Network and that the Dapp store has been launched in partnership with Dapp.com and features “the best & newest Dapps for Ethereum & Tron.” You can head over the Google Play Store to install or update the app to try out these new features. Opera for Android 59 advances online payments
  25. Chrome for Android finally gets a bottom tab bar in new experiment A new flag in Chrome Beta will create a strip of favicons at the bottom of the screen. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 3 images. Everyone reading this probably uses multiple tabs on a desktop computer, but on mobile, tab management can be tough. On and Android tablet, Chrome looks like a real browser with a top tab strip, but on a phone, you don't get any kind of tab UI. There is a button that will take you to cascading UI of different Chrome windows, but a one-tap tab strip hasn't existed on Chrome for phones—until now! A new Chrome for Android experiment, first spotted by Android Police, will add a tab strip to the bottom of the Chrome window. Tabs take the form of site favicons, and just like on a real computer, a single tap will switch between tabs. The currently active tab gets a little close icon next to it, meaning that tapping the tab again will close it. An "X" button to the left will close the tab bar entirely, while a plus button on the right will open a new tab. For now, the feature is in Chrome Beta for some people, and you'll need to turn on a flag to enable it. To turn it on, paste chrome://flags/#enable-conditional-strip into the address bar, hit enter, enable the flag, and restart. Right now it can be kind of finicky to pop up at first. When I first open Chrome, sometimes I have to tap on the old window-switcher button to make the tab strip appear. This is just an experiment, and Android Police says it plainly doesn't work for some people. So there is probably a server-side switch involved, too. This UI seems like a big improvement over the current version of Chrome. The lack of a tab strip on mobile has made managing multiple tabs a real pain, and Chrome's separate window-changer page has a number of problems. First, the button for it (number with a square around it) is all the way at the top of the phone, which makes it hard to reach. Second, it's just a number, and the lack of page titles or favicons gives you absolutely no context for what other tabs are open. Third, it's really clunky to use, requiring a tap on the button, scrolling through the list of thumbnails, and another tap to load a new page. All these problems make the Chrome "tab" button really easy to just ignore and never use. Faster, easier, closer The tab strip is faster, easier, and closer to your fingers than the old window-switcher button. The favicons provide context about what tabs are open and what tabs are easy to close, and the growing line of tabs encourages you to actually close unwanted tabs. The strip auto-hides just like the address bar does, appearing when you leave the window alone and moving out of the way when you scroll the page. If you have too many tabs open, you can horizontally scroll through the tab strip with a swipe. If you've ever used a desktop browser, you instantly know how this works, and it seems crazy it's taken this long to develop. Hopefully, Google keeps this feature around. The Chrome team has been known to launch and then kill experiments like this without them ever hitting the stable channel. The tab strip is built off of a previous experiment that enabled tab groups on mobile (just like on desktop), which had the tab strip confusingly only show up inside a tab group. Now, a regular old tab strip makes a lot more sense. Listing image by Chrome Chrome for Android finally gets a bottom tab bar in new experiment (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
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