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Android 11 rolling out to supported Google Pixel phones now!

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Not much has arrived on time this year but it seems that COVID-19 and civil unrest have not slowed down Google in their work on Android 11. Good news for Pixel users (and other Android owners) because it...

Pixel 4a now has has factory images and Beta enrolment availble

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If you’ve picked yourself up a Pixel 4a (or had a previous Pixel device) and enjoy messing with root or custom ROMs then you probably have needed a factory image. If you haven’t needed one, you’ve either been very...

Android 11 Power menu controls gain wider support for Cast devices with media controls

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One of the more exciting features dropping in Android 11 has to be the new home automation power menu controls in the Android power menu. It seems an update to the Google Home app overnight to version 2.27 has...

Microsoft Surface Duo will receive 3 years of OS and security updates

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The Microsoft Surface Duo is the talk of the town. Even with its 12 month old specs, spud cam, lack of NFC and tiny battery it is set to be a revolutionary productivity device. If anyone was...

Google rolling out new categories to Android Auto including other mapping apps

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As part of their 11 weeks of Android Google have been focusing on the changes under the hood for developers to help them get their apps ready for Android 11. Overnight it was Android Auto's turn with new...

More autofill options coming to Android 11 with keyboard integration

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Autofill itself is not new to Android of course the changes are afoot with new autofill functionality set to arrive on Android soon according to the Android Developers website. Beginning with Android 11 keyboards will be able to "display autofill...

Google rolls out Android 11 Beta 3 to supported Pixel phones, final version next

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Last month we saw Android 11 Beta 2 pushed out to Pixel phones and time has marched on, as has the Google engineering team with more bug fixes for Android 11. As such the Beta 3 is now...

More leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 range

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I find it both fascinating and frustrating as we approach release dates for devices. The continual stream of leaks now seems as though it's a deliberate marketing ploy as it strengthens closer to release. That aside, there's...

Stable Android 11 set to be release by Google on September 8

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Usually it is anyone's guess just when Google will release the next version of Android ot the world but it seems that they have let the cat out of the bag this year in a presentation at their "Hey...

Telstra adds a new budget device to its prepaid line up with the Telstra...

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Telstra has quietly added a new budget smartphone to its prepaid line up of devices with the Telstra Essential Smart 3 (A3 2020). The Telstra Essential Smart 3 (A3 2020), is the ZTE A3 2020 device, which runs Android 9...

ICYMI: You can share your Wi-Fi without divulging potentially sensitive passwords

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We’re living in a world where we need connectivity, so much so that if we’re not on Wi-Fi at times we feel a little lost. So, it’s pretty common to allow your family and friends (if you’re generous) onto...

Android 11 Beta now available for the OPPO Find X2 Pro

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OPPO have been criticised (by us as well) for their slow (if they actually ever arrive) updates to their phones over the years but they have been slowly turning that around and at least providing updates, eventually. Now...

Android 11 Beta’s new Bubbles coming to Android Messages Beta in the next couple...

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Although bubble messaging has been in Android apps for a while but it was not officially supported by any particular API until Google introduced a Bubbles notification with Android 10 Beta 2 last year. It was enabled in...

Android 11 Beta can now be installed on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro:...

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It has only been a day since Google announced Android 11 Beta to the world but companies are already coming out with their plans for the Beta on their flagship devices. We saw OPPO announce their support for it...

PSA: Google Pay is NOT working with Android 11 Beta

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Developer Previews are often rife with bugs and issues preventing them from being everyday use software. Beta's are usually a lot more stable. It seems with Android 11 Beta the stability and compatibility has regressed in on...

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