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  1. New Pixel Feature Drop brings astrophotography features, new Pride wallpapers, and more As is the case every once in a while, Google has rolled out the latest Feature Drop for its Pixel line of devices that are currently supported, adding a few new features. This month’s additions include enhancements to the astrophotography capabilities of the devices, new wallpapers and ringtones for Pride month, Locked folders, and more. Pixel devices feature enhanced astrophotography capabilities through their Night Sight mode that is used for low light images. The company has boasted of the prowess of the feature in the past and is now improving it by introducing support for Night Sight videos. Users can shoot a video of moving stars in the night sky and choose to have both the still image and the video saved to the device. This feature is rolling out to Pixel 4 and newer devices. Another feature that is rolling out to Pixel users is Locked Folder – a capability announced during the company’s I/O conference. As the name suggests, these folders are secured using a passcode or fingerprint and allow users to save confidential or personal content within them without the fear of accidentally opening or sharing them. The feature allows users to also directly access these images from the Camera app. Google Assistant is getting smarter with this Feature Drop, as the digital assistant can now help with answering and rejecting calls with a voice command when users’ devices are out of reach. Gboard is adding quick clipboard paste snippets that make it easier to paste recently copied content to the keyboard, a nifty use case for pasting OTPs or entering contact information in apps like Messenger. Some of the search giant’s features are also expanding to more regions, with the first being the Call Screen capability that helps answer calls on behalf of the user. That feature is rolling out to users in Japan. The Recorder app’s audio transcription capabilities, on the other hand, are being made available this July to four new English dialects that include Singaporean, Australian, Irish, and British English. Additionally, car crash collision detection is expanding to users in Spain, Ireland, and Singapore. Lastly, the Mountain View firm is adding new wallpapers and ringtones for Pride month. These include three wallpaper designs from Ashton Attzs, along with ringtones and notification tones created by LGBTQ+ artists and YouTube Creators. The Feature Drop also addresses a few bugs such as the one that prevents devices from wireless charging on some chargers, the inability to edit motion pictures, and more. You can read the entire changelog here. New Pixel Feature Drop brings astrophotography features, new Pride wallpapers, and more
  2. Google today pushed the latest source code for Android 10, formerly Android Q and the successor to Android 9.0 Pie, to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Google also started rolling out the latest version of its mobile operating system today as an over-the-air update to Pixel phones. If you don’t have a Pixel phone, you won’t be getting Android 10 for a while (if at all). During the beta testing phase, Android Q was made available on the Asus ZenFone 5Z, Essential Phone, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG G8, Nokia 8.1, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 6T, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Vivo Nex S, Vivo Nex A, Xiaomi Mi 9, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. Google says it is “working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year.” A spokesperson confirmed that this includes the list of devices that received Android Q betas. Android Q was on a tight beta schedule. Last year, there were five developer previews (four betas). This year, Google had six betas in total. Google launched Android Q Beta 1 in March, Android Q Beta 2 in April, and Android Q Beta 3 in May at its I/O 2019 developers conference. Android Q Beta 4 arrived in June, Android Q Beta 5 in July, and Android Q Beta 6 in August. Android 10 features Most importantly, Android 10 brings features powered by on-device machine learning and supports new technologies like foldables and 5G. Google also promises faster app startup and “almost 50 new features and changes focused on privacy and security.” Here’s Google top 10 list for users: Smart Reply now suggests actions without any copying and pasting required. It also works in messaging apps. The new Dark Theme works on your entire phone or for specific apps. It’s easier on your eyes and on your phone battery. A new gesture navigation introduces single swipes that let you go backwards, pull up the homescreen, and move between tasks. Live Caption (coming later this fall) will automatically caption videos, podcasts, and audio messages across any app. Choose to only share location data with apps while you’re using them. Reminders let you know when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location. Settings has a new dedicated Privacy section for controls like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings. Google Play can send system updates with security and privacy fixes just like app updates (Project Mainline). Greater control over where and when notifications will alert you. Mark notifications as Silent and they won’t make noise nor appear on your lockscreen. Focus mode lets you select the apps you find distracting and silence them until you say otherwise. Family Link is now part of every device running Android 9 or 10, so parents can set digital ground rules for their children. You can use different keyboards per profile, set app timers for websites, use gender-inclusive emoji, and stream audio to hearing aid devices. For developers, Android 10 brings new APIs, new media codecs and camera capabilities, NNAPI extensions, Vulkan 1.1, a foldables emulator, biometrics improvements, and TLS 1.3. Source
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