XDA https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Fri, 27 May 2022 23:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 Google Assistant ‘Personalized speech recognition’ in the works https://www.xda-developers.com/google-assistant-personalized-speech-recognition/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-assistant-personalized-speech-recognition/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 23:29:29 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=649095 Sometimes, having a digital assistant can be life-saving, but at other times, it can be a complete nightmare. While things have come a long way in that regard since their inception on smartphones, Google is hoping to accelerate things further by introducing a new feature called “personalized speech recognition”, according to a report from 9to5Google.

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Sometimes, having a digital assistant can be life-saving, but at other times, it can be a complete nightmare. While things have come a long way in that regard since their inception on smartphones, Google is hoping to accelerate things further by introducing a new feature called “personalized speech recognition”, according to a report from 9to5Google. Essentially, it can store audio recordings of you on your phone to help with recognizing what you say, which is a similar technique to how the company already improved speech recognition on its smart hubs.

By decompiling a recent version of the Google app, parts of the code revealed a new feature that could be a game-changer for Google’s digital assistant. “Personalized speech recognition” will reportedly enhance the digital assistant’s ability so that it can get “better at recognizing your frequent words and names.” The following string was found.

Store audio recordings on this device to help Google Assistant get better at recognizing what you say. Audio stays on this device and can be deleted any time by turning off personalized speech recognition. Learn more

Although the “learn more” portion doesn’t have a hyperlink associated with it, the 9to5Google team thinks it could link up to an existing support article. The support article discusses Google’s use of federated learning, which “learns how to adjust the model from the voice data, and sends a summary of the model changes to Google servers. These summaries are aggregated across many users to provide a better model for everyone.” If this comes to fruition it could be quite interesting, as having Google Assistant learn a user’s speech pattern could vastly improve the experience.

As mentioned previously, this information was found by looking through the decompiled code of the latest update. In other words, just because these strings have been added doesn’t mean the feature will be added anytime soon. APK Teardowns offer mere glimpses of features that could arrive at some point. As a result, the feature may never see the light of day. You might have to wait a while to gain the aforementioned advanced features in Google Assistant.


Source: 9to5Google

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Verizon data breach contains personal data of its employees https://www.xda-developers.com/verizon-data-breach-employees-data/ https://www.xda-developers.com/verizon-data-breach-employees-data/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 21:59:55 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=649059 Verizon has experienced a data breach, where the full names, email addresses, corporate ID numbers, and phone numbers of Verizon employees were compromised, according to a report from Motherboard. Verizon has also confirmed the data breach, though the company has said it will not engage with the hacker because Verizon does not believe the information

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Verizon has experienced a data breach, where the full names, email addresses, corporate ID numbers, and phone numbers of Verizon employees were compromised, according to a report from Motherboard. Verizon has also confirmed the data breach, though the company has said it will not engage with the hacker because Verizon does not believe the information is sensitive.

As to how the data breach came to light, it was as a result of the hacker reaching out to Motherboard to share the information with the publication. There is no clear indication of just how up-to-date the information is, but it does appear to contain a mix of current and previous employees.

In order to verify the contents of the dataset, Motherboard reached out to some of the phone numbers in the data. Four people confirmed that their phone number and email address were correct, and they also confirmed they currently worked at Verizon. One other confirmed they had previously worked at the company, and another dozen or so numbers had voicemails that matched the associated names in the database.

According to the hacker, the information was obtained when they were able to convince a Verizon employee to give them remote access to their corporate terminal. Apparently, this was an easy task, as the hacker simply posed as an internal support employee.

“These employees are idiots and will allow you to connect to their PC under the guise that you are from internal support,” they told Motherboard.

By gaining access to an employee’s computer, the hacker said that they were able to gain access to the wireless carrier’s internal tool, allowing them to check out various details about employees working for the company. The hacker then created an additional tool to download the aforementioned data.

The hacker also stated that they had contacted Verizon, requesting a payment of $250,000 USD in order to keep the information contained. Verizon did confirm the attack to Motherboard when asked, stating:

A fraudster recently contacted us threatening to release readily available employee directory information in exchange for payment from Verizon. We do not believe the fraudster has any sensitive information and we do not plan to engage with the individual further. As always, we take the security of Verizon data very seriously and we have strong measures in place to protect our people and systems.

While it’s true that no social security numbers, passwords, or credit card information was stolen, it still has the potential to be incredibly dangerous for past and present employees at the company. They can be used to impersonate employees, harass people in the dataset, or to even conduct phishing scams.

It’s currently unknown who the hacker is.


Source: Motherboard

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Instagram might soon let you customize how posts appear on your profile https://www.xda-developers.com/instagram-might-customize-profile-posts-feed/ https://www.xda-developers.com/instagram-might-customize-profile-posts-feed/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 18:03:43 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=649047 Instagram is a platform that we’re all familiar with, and for some people, it’s their primary social media intake. In particular, many artists use Instagram to share their photos and drawings, and while the app does offer a ton of ways to edit your photos, there’s not a lot of control over how those photos

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Instagram is a platform that we’re all familiar with, and for some people, it’s their primary social media intake. In particular, many artists use Instagram to share their photos and drawings, and while the app does offer a ton of ways to edit your photos, there’s not a lot of control over how those photos appear on your profile. Now, according to findings from two separate users on Twitter, it seems that Instagram may finally be letting you customize how posts appear on your profile.

The first customization option, spotted by @alex193a, will allow you to choose and crop what part of the image will be shown on your Instagram profile.

This is especially useful for people who like to curate how their profiles look at a glance. Some people like to combine the thumbnails of every image on their profile so that when you visit, it looks like one cohesive photo split up into many pieces. This will make it easier for those people who may want to do that or even just those who want to focus on one specific aspect of a photo. This may tie into the feature the company was reportedly working on that would allow you to re-arrange the order in which posts appear on your feed.

The second customization option was spotted by @salman_memon_7, and it’s the ability to select an aspect ratio for the thumbnails of photos on your Instagram feed.

This feature is currently in testing as well, but it will allow you to have slightly longer photos on your feed to add a bit of variation. You may also typically prefer to upload portrait photos, so therefore, a 4:5 aspect ratio may suit your feed better.

Currently, both of these features are being worked on by Instagram, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be released to the general public. Companies have a habit of testing features all the time, and while some make it to end-users, others don’t. It’s very likely we’ll see something arrive for Instagram users to customize their feeds in the future, but who knows what exactly.

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Google’s Cursive app is coming to more Chromebooks https://www.xda-developers.com/googles-cursive-app-is-coming-to-more-chromebooks/ https://www.xda-developers.com/googles-cursive-app-is-coming-to-more-chromebooks/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 17:10:25 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=649033 Today, Google announced Chrome OS 102, and it comes with some decent new features for your Chromebook. There are USB-C cable alerts, magnification and panning improvements, and the Cursive app is now available on more devices. Cursive is available for all pen-enabled Chromebooks The Cursive app first debuted on HP’s Chromebook x2 11 last year.

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Today, Google announced Chrome OS 102, and it comes with some decent new features for your Chromebook. There are USB-C cable alerts, magnification and panning improvements, and the Cursive app is now available on more devices.

Cursive is available for all pen-enabled Chromebooks

The Cursive app first debuted on HP’s Chromebook x2 11 last year. The whole idea is to replace pen and paper when taking handwritten notes. Naturally, you can add images to your notes, sort them into various notebooks, and so on.

It also supports features that you’d expect from any handwriting application, such as the ability to scribble on something to erase it. You can circle things and drag them to move them, and you can even draw a line at the top and drag all of your content down, making more room.

Not only is Cursive now supported on all stylus-enabled Chromebooks, but it’s going to be pre-installed on them as well.

USB-C cable alerts

As we all know by now, not all USB Type-C cables are equal. In fact, the same can be said for USB ports. Coming first to Chromebooks with Intel 11th- or 12th-gen CPUs, you’re going to get a notification if the USB Type-C cable you plug in doesn’t support the Thunderbolt standards that your port does. Also, if your cable doesn’t support an external display and that’s what you’re trying to connect, you’ll get a notification for that too.

Changing the size of the magnifier

If you use the magnifier in Chrome OS, you’re used to seeing the screen split into two sections, one with the content that you want to magnify, and the other with the magnified content. Now, you’ll be able to resize those sections. This should make it easier to view different portions of the screen, and make it easier on different screen sizes.

This update should be rolling out to Chromebooks today.

Source: Google

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HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022) vs MacBook Air: What’s the best premium laptop? https://www.xda-developers.com/hp-spectre-x360-13-5-2022-vs-macbook-air/ https://www.xda-developers.com/hp-spectre-x360-13-5-2022-vs-macbook-air/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 15:00:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=644137 HP just recently launched the Spectre x360 2022 models, roughly one and a half years since the last refresh. In addition to an upgraded Spectre x360 16, the lineup includes the new HP Spectre x360 13.5, a successor to the Spectre x360 14. We’ve usually considered this to be one of the best laptops around,

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HP just recently launched the Spectre x360 2022 models, roughly one and a half years since the last refresh. In addition to an upgraded Spectre x360 16, the lineup includes the new HP Spectre x360 13.5, a successor to the Spectre x360 14. We’ve usually considered this to be one of the best laptops around, so you may want to know how this new refresh fares against other popular laptops on the market right now. In this article, we’re pitting the HP Spectre x360 13.5 against the latest MacBook Air, powered by Apple’s M1 chipset.

Right off the bat, there are some fundamental differences that might make the decision for you right away. If you prefer Windows over macOS (or vice versa) then you really only have one choice here. There’s also the fact that one of these is a convertible, meaning you can use it as a tablet or a laptop, while the other is a standard clamshell. Either way, let’s take a closer look at the differences.

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HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022) vs MacBook Air: Specs

HP Spectre x360 13.5 MacBook Air
Operating system
  • Windows 11
  • macOS Monterey
CPU
  • 12th-generation Intel Core i5-1235U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache)
  • 12th-generation Intel Core i7-1255U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Apple M1 (8 cores, up to 3.2GHz)
Graphics
  • Integrated: Intel Iris Xe
  • 7-core GPU
  • 8-core GPU
Display
  • 13.5 inch IPS, Full HD+ (1920 x 1280), touch, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, anti-reflection
  • 13.5 inch IPS, Full HD+ (1920 x 1280), HP Sure View Reflect, touch, 1000 nits, 100% sRGB
  • 13.5 inch OLED, 3K2K (3000 x 2000), touch, 500 nits (HDR), 100% DCI-P3, anti-reflection
  • 13.3-inch 16:10 (2560 x 1600) IPS, 400 nits, True Tone, P3 Wide Color
Storage
  • 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 256GB SSD
  • 512GB SSD
  • 1TB SSD
  • 2TB SSD
RAM
  • 8GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz (soldered)
  • 16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz (soldered)
  • 32GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz (soldered)
  • 8GB unified memory
  • 16GB unified memory
Battery
  • 4-cell 66Whr battery
    • Up to 65W USB Type-C power adapter
  • 49.9Whr battery
    • 30W USB-C charger
Ports
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C)
  • 1x x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD card reader
  • 2 x USB 4 / Thunderbolt (USB-C)
  • 3.5mm headphone jac
Audio
  • Quad speakers by Bang & Olufsen
  • Dual-array digital microphones
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support
  • 3-microphone array
Camera
  • HP True Vision 5MP IR camera with camera shutter and temporal noise reduction
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Biometric authentication
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Touch ID in power button
Connectivity
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5
Color
  • Nightfall Black with Pale Brass accents
  • Nocturne Blue with Celestial Blue accents
  • Natural Silver
  • Silver
  • Space Gray
  • Gold
Size (WxDxH)
  • 297.94 x 220.47 x 17.02 mm (11.73 x 8.68 x 0.67 in)
  • 304.1 × 212.4 × 16.1 mm (11.97 × 8.36 × 0.63 inches)
Dimensions
  • Starts at 1.37kg (3.01 lbs)
  • Starting at 1.29 kg (2.8 lbs)
Price Starting at $1,249 Starting at $999

Operating system: Windows or macOS?

As we’ve already mentioned, the operating system is potentially the biggest deciding factor when choosing between these two laptops. There’s a very good chance you’re already familiar with Windows or macOS, and that’s what you want to stick with. Both are great platforms in their own respect, so you can’t necessarily go wrong. Plus, this is a very personal choice, so everyone will feel differently.

What we can say is that Windows is the most popular operating system in the computer world, and because of that, a lot more apps and software exists for it. If you can think of it, there’s probably a Windows app that can do it, and it even gives you room to fiddle around with some settings you probably shouldn’t touch. And while it hasn’t always been the case, Windows 11 brought a fresh and beautiful design to the table, so it actually looks great now – you can read our Windows 11 review if you want to learn more about that.

macOS vs Windows

On the other hand, macOS is sometimes considered more friendly for newcomers compared to Windows, so if this is your first laptop, it might be a good idea to go that route. macOS is also extremely popular among content creators, and that’s thanks in great part to Apple’s great software. Final Cut Pro is one of the most popular video editing tools out there, it’s very capable, and it’s developed by Apple, thus, exclusive to macOS. And if you want a free video editor, iMovie is also available from Apple, and it’s a much better tool than anything Microsoft is offering on Windows 11.

Performance: Both laptops are plenty fast

One of the big new things with the HP Spectre x360 13.5 is that it’s powered by the new 12th-generation Intel processors. Generational upgrades aren’t new – in fact, that’s what you expect with a new iteration of a product – but this time, it’s a pretty big deal. These new processors have a hybrid architecture, combining performance cores with efficient cores, in a somewhat similar fashion to Apple’s M1 processor. The HP Spectre x360 13.5 comes with processors from intel’s U15 series, meaning they have a 15W TDP. Specifically, you can go up to an Intel Core i7-1255U, which has 10 cores, 12 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.7GHz.

Comparing that to Apple’s 8-core M1 processor, which maxes out at 3.2GHz, it seems like Intel would have a big advantage, but the benchmarks tell a different story. The two laptops are actually fairly close, and the MacBook Air still pulls slightly ahead. We should note that these are early results for Intel’s processors and there haven’t been enough tests yet to determine the average performance, but this should give you an idea of what to expect. It’s also important to keep in mind that Geekbench strictly tests CPU performance, so other factors that affect overall performance aren’t taken into account.

Intel Core i7-1255U
(see test)
Intel Core i5-1235U
(see test)
MacBook Air, M1
(average)
Geekbench 5 (single/multi-core) 1,647 / 6.968 1,592 / 6,492 1,709 / 7,419

Apple should also have an advantage in terms of integrated graphics. The Apple M1’s 8-core GPU was significantly faster than the Intel Iris Xe GPU inside Intel’s 11th-generation processors. Intel didn’t deliver a significant upgrade to the GPU with its 12th-generation models, so that likely remains the same.

An advantage that the HP Spectre x360 does have is in the RAM, at least as far as the amount of it goes. You can get it with up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM, while the MacBook Air tops out at 16GB. Apple’s laptop does have the benefit of using unified memory, though, meaning the CPU and GPU can access that memory at will based on their needs. Again, that will help with GPU performance as well.

The MacBook Air's M1 processor is a bit more power efficient.

One other area where the MacBook Air may pull ahead is battery life. The Arm architecture, which the Apple M1 processor is built on, is know to be extremely efficient, meaning it’s going to drain your battery considerably slower. On the flip side, the HP Spectre x360 has a much larger battery, so that may even things out.

Display and sound: The HP Spectre x360 has an OLED option

As far as the display goes, which one is better is heavily dependent on how much you want to spend. The base configuration of the MacBook Air comeswith a sharp Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. That’s the standard across the board, so for the starting price of $999, it’s kind of fantastic. Plus, it hits up to 400 nits of brightness and support P3 Wide Color, so it’s a great experience.

macos 12 monterey on macbook air m1

The base configuration of the HP Spectre x360 13.5 is slightly less impressive – starting with a Full HD+ (1920 x 1280) panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio. However, it’s all in the upgrades here. For one thing, you can add an HP Sure View Reflect privacy screen to keep sensitive information safe if you’re working in public. But perhaps most importantly, you can also upgrade to a 3K2K (3000 x 2000) OLED panel, which is not only incredibly sharp at this size, but also has the benefits you’d expect from OLED – true blacks, vivid colors, and a high contrast ratio. On top of that, because it’s a convertible, the display supports touch and pen input in every configuration, something you can’t get with the MacBook Air at all.

Another major advantage for the HP Spectre x360 13.5 is right above that display – the webcam. Apple is still using a 720p FaceTime webcam on the MacBook Air, and while it’s enhanced by AI processing, it’s still not a great sensor. Meanwhile, HP has taken a big leap in quality by upgrading to a 5MP camera, which records 1080p video in addition to supporting features like auto framing, backlight adjustments, and appearance filters so you look your best during video calls and meetings. The Spectre x360 13.5 also supports Windows Hello facial recognition in addition to having a fingerprint sensor, while the MacBook Air only has Touch ID.

The HP Spectre x360 has a 5MP webcam with smart features.

As for sound, the HP Spectre x360 comes with a quad stereo speaker setup, which should deliver more immersive sound compared to the dual speakers of the MacBook Air. Conversely, the MacBook Air has one extra microphone, which could result in better audio quality during calls.

Design: The Spectre x360 is beautiful and versatile

This is a fairly subjective topic, but we can start with the parts that aren’t. In terms of dimensions, the MacBook Air is the more portable of the two devices. It’s not as tall or as thick, though it is wider than the Spectre x360. It’s also slightly lighter, starting at 2.8lbs, while the Spectre x360 13.5 starts at 3.01lbs. Neither of them is extremely light, but that’s the result of being premium laptops made from aluminum, and in the case of the Spectre x360, being a convertible laptop also adds to the weight.

But being a convertible is a major advantage for the HP Spectre x360, too. The MacBook Air is a laptop, and it’s always going to be just that – you can open and close the lid, and that’s it. The Spectre x360 has a hinge that rotates all around, meaning you can use it as a tablet if you want to draw or take notes, or you can use it in tent mode if you want to watch a movie and bring the screen closer to you. There’s a lot of versatility in this form factor, and – speaking personally – that can play a huge role in your decision.

Looks are the most subjective part of this, but we have to say we definitely prefer the Spectre x360’s appearance. It’s been tweaked from previous generations, but this model still comes with a beautiful dual-tone design – the Nightfall Black model has “pale brass” accents along the edges of the chassis, while the Nocturne Blue version has celestial blue accents. They don’t pop as much as previous models, but it still adds a bit of personality to the design. And if you want something really subdued, you can always go with the classic Natural Silver colorway.

macbook air colors

Meanwhile, the MacBook Air comes in three colors – silver, space gray (which is basically dark silver), and gold. All of these feel premium enough, but they’re also very subdued, and there’s not much in the way of flair here. You may enjoy that, but you may also find it boring considering that’s what almost every premium laptop tries to do these days.

Ports and connectivity

Rounding things out with ports, it’s a convincing victory for the HP Spectre x360. The MacBook Air has a total of three ports – two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support (40Gbps) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s it. And you might forgive the lack of more ports when you have Thunderbolt, but Thunderbolt is severely capped on the MacBook Air. For one thing, the laptop only supports one external display, so no amount of docks and adapters is going to change that. On top of that, there’s also no support for external GPUs, something else Thunderbolt is known for. All you can use these ports for is data, and that’s good to have, but this still isn’t a great setup.

The MacBook Air only has Thunderbolt ports, and they're very limited.

On the other hand, the HP Spectre x360 13.5 has two fully-featured Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s not overly impressive, but having the USB Type-A port means you can connect at least one legacy peripheral, and since the Thunderbolt 4 ports support all the features you’d expect, you can connect multiple displays or use an external GPU to turn your laptop into a gaming rig. There’s a lot more versatility in that.

HP Spectre x360 13.5 in Nocturne Blue

For wireless connectivity, the Spectre x360 13.5 also supports newer versions of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but that’s par for the course considering it’s coming out a year and a half after the MacBook Air did. Neither of the laptops offers options for cellular connectivity, which is also unsurprising.

HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022) vs MacBook Air: Final thoughts

As we’ve already mentioned a couple of times, there are a couple of factors that might make the decision for you if you’re trying to choose between the HP Spectre x360 and the MacBook Air. Choosing between Windows and macOS, or choosing between a convertible or a clamshell laptop – those are pretty straightforward decisions.

But if you need to look closer, then it becomes a bit more nuanced. The MacBook Air might give you slightly better performance in some ways, as well as better battery life. And if you’re looking for a cheap option, you get top-notch performance and a fantastic display even with the base model of the MacBook Air, while the HP Spectre x360 has a slightly lesser screen and CPU to start with.

On the other hand, the HP Spectre has the option for a stunning OLED display that’s also incredibly sharp, it has a more appealing design (depending on who you are), and it has a more capable port setup. Plus, of course, benefits like having a touch screen that come naturally with being a convertible laptop. It can definitely give you a more premium experience, but you have to be willing to pay a bit more for it. And if you stick around the base price, the MacBook Air is a better choice in some ways.

Regardless of where your preference lies, you can buy either of these laptops below. If you’re still exploring other options, you can always check out the best HP laptops out there, as well as the best Macs. Both companies have a lot more to offer for different kinds of users.

    HP Spectre x360 13.5
    The 2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has a 3:2 display and 12th-generation Intel processors with 10 cores and 12 threads.
    MacBook Air
    The MacBook Air is powered by the Apple M1 chip, providing fantastic performance with low power consumption. It's also got a premium design and a great display.

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Samsung’s rugged Galaxy XCover 6 Pro spotted on Google Play Console; design and key specs revealed https://www.xda-developers.com/galaxy-xcover-6-pro-leak-specs/ https://www.xda-developers.com/galaxy-xcover-6-pro-leak-specs/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 14:39:24 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648917 Samsung’s XCover series is quite a departure from other Galaxy phones, offering a rugged build with MIL-STD-810 certification, IP68 rating, and, wait for it, a removable battery. It’s been two years since Samsung released the Galaxy XCover Pro, and we’re still waiting for a direct successor. But the long wait might end soon, as the

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Samsung’s XCover series is quite a departure from other Galaxy phones, offering a rugged build with MIL-STD-810 certification, IP68 rating, and, wait for it, a removable battery. It’s been two years since Samsung released the Galaxy XCover Pro, and we’re still waiting for a direct successor. But the long wait might end soon, as the Galaxy XCover Pro 2 has been spotted on the Google Play Console.

The Google Play Console listing, spotted by MySmartPrice, reveals key details about the upcoming rugged phone (SM-G736U), including its design and specifications. Interestingly, the listing hints that the phone may not be marketed as the Galaxy XCover 2 Pro, as suggested by previous rumors. Instead, it may hit the market as the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, which would mean it’s a successor to the Galaxy XCover 5 that launched last year.

Google Play Console listing for Galaxy XCover 6 Pro

The listing also includes a render of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro/XCover Pro 2, showcasing its waterdrop notch display. The overall design is in line with OnLeak’s leaked renders from March. OnLeaks’ renders revealed a dual-camera setup on the back, a hardware button at the top, a 3.5.mm audio jack, and a USB type C port.

Galaxy XCover 6 Pro front

As far as hardware is concerned, the phone is said to feature an FHD+ display though it’s unclear if it’s an AMOLED panel or LCD. As per the listing, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset, paired with 6GB RAM. On the software front, the device will run Android 12 out of the box with One UI on top. Details about the battery and charging speed aren’t known, but we hope the phone will retain the removable battery and removable back panel.

It’s unclear when the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro will hit the market. But considering its Play Console appearance, the official launch shouldn’t be too far away.


Via: MySmartPrice, OnLeaks

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Google reportedly working on built-in snore and cough detection for Android https://www.xda-developers.com/google-developing-snore-and-cough-detection-feaure-android/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-developing-snore-and-cough-detection-feaure-android/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 12:20:34 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648797 Last year, Google rolled out a new update to the Google Fit app that turned the Pixel phones into the mobile heart and respiratory monitors. The features take advantage of your phone’s cameras, microphone, and accelerometer to measure your heart and respiratory rate. Now Google is reportedly working on two new features for Android phones

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Last year, Google rolled out a new update to the Google Fit app that turned the Pixel phones into the mobile heart and respiratory monitors. The features take advantage of your phone’s cameras, microphone, and accelerometer to measure your heart and respiratory rate. Now Google is reportedly working on two new features for Android phones to provide more insight into your sleep quality.

Folks over at 9to5Google have uncovered a string of code within the Google Health Studies app that reveals Google is testing snore and cough detection features for Android. These features are part of the Google Health Sensing team’s ongoing Sleep Audio Collection study.

You must be a Full Time Googler with an Android phone to participate in this study. Environmental conditions required for this study are to have no more than one adult sleeper in the same room who does not work for a competitor company.

Google says the Health Sensinog team is developing advanced sensing capabilities and algorithms to provide Android users a deeper insight into their sleep activity.

Health Sensing team is actively working to bring an advanced suite of sensing capabilities and algorithms to Android devices with the goal of providing users with meaningful insight into their sleep.” This audio collection “supports this mission by providing data necessary to validate, tune, and develop such algorithms.

The “nocturnal cough and snore monitoring” will likely use your phone’s microphone to record snoring and coughing events during your sleep. It’s worth noting that Google’s Nest Hub already offers these capabilities. The device uses Motion Sense (powered by Soli Radar) to track your sleep, measure your breathing, and analyze disturbing sounds like coughing or snoring. Fitbit also offers a similar feature called Snore & Detect Noise on Sense and Versa 3.

It’s unclear whether the snore and cough detection feature will work with a smartwatch (possibly Pixel Watch) or independently. We also don’t know if it will be a Pixel exclusive feature or made available to other Android devices.


Via: 9to5Google

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OnePlus Nord 2 gets OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 with May 2022 patches, Fortnite crash fix, and more https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-nord-2-oxygenos-12-open-beta-2/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-nord-2-oxygenos-12-open-beta-2/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 11:35:23 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648725 Towards the end of last month, OnePlus rolled out the first OxygenOS 12 Open Beta based on Android 12 for the OnePlus Nord 2. The update came with a UI refresh, new Canvas AOD features, and more for the OEM’s first MediaTek device. The company is now rolling out OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 for

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Towards the end of last month, OnePlus rolled out the first OxygenOS 12 Open Beta based on Android 12 for the OnePlus Nord 2. The update came with a UI refresh, new Canvas AOD features, and more for the OEM’s first MediaTek device. The company is now rolling out OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 for the Nord 2, featuring several system optimizations, camera improvements, and an updated security patch.

OnePlus Nord 2 OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 OTA OnePlus Nord 2 OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 Changelog

The second Android 12-based Open Beta release has started rolling out to the OnePlus Nord 2 in the form of software version C.04. According to the changelog, the new build includes the following changes:

  • System
    • Fixed the issue that the lock screen interface displayed abnormally when charging
    • Fixed the issue that the screen brightness displayed abnormally in certain scenarios
    • Fixed the occasional issue that the desktop text displayed abnormally in certain scenarios
  • Camera
    • Optimized the anti-shake effect when shooting videos
    • Optimized the speed of enabling Camera in certain scenarios
  • Others
    • Fixed the issue of abnormal crash when enabling Fortnite

Although not explicitly mentioned in the changelog, OnePlus also bumps the underlying Android security patch level to May 2022 with this update. At the time of reporting, there is no official announcement thread for the release, hence we can’t list the known issues present in this build.

OnePlus Nord 2 XDA Forums


Download OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus Nord 2

If you’re already running the Open Beta 1 release on your device, you should receive the OTA update notification soon. Keep in mind that the Indian edition of the Nord 2 is the only eligible variant for the beta.

Notably, OnePlus is utilizing a feature called “component OTA” for delivering the new build. There is no single ZIP anymore, as the incremental update package is being delivered as a set of partition-specific deltas. Although we have the download links, we have yet to come across a simplified manual installation process.

Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer mlgmxyysd for the download links!


Source: OnePlus Community Forums

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Play Store app listings start showing a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section https://www.xda-developers.com/play-store-compatibility-active-devices-section/ https://www.xda-developers.com/play-store-compatibility-active-devices-section/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 10:31:23 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648739 Google is reportedly rolling out a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section on app listings on the Play Store, which highlights whether an app is compatible with your active devices or not. This new section is currently available for a handful of users running version 30.6.16-21 of the Play Store app. According to 9to5Google, the

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Google is reportedly rolling out a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section on app listings on the Play Store, which highlights whether an app is compatible with your active devices or not. This new section is currently available for a handful of users running version 30.6.16-21 of the Play Store app.

According to 9to5Google, the new ‘Compatible for your active devices’ section appears within the ‘About this app’ section on app listings. As shown in the attached screenshots, it can be found right at the bottom of the app info section. A description for the section states that it “shows you whether this app works on your devices. You’ll only see devices that are linked to your Google Account and that have been active in the last 30 days.”

Gboard Play Store app listing active device compatibility Gboard Play Store app listing active device compatibility Google Calendar Play Store app listing active device compatibility YouTube Music Play Store app listing active device compatibility

Screenshots: 9to5Google

The new section should list your current phone at the top, followed by any active Wear OS watches and Android/Google TV devices. The section shows Compatibility, Version, Download Size, and Required OS for each active device. It’s worth mentioning that the Required OS section first appeared as ‘Android OS’ within the App info section in February this year. Google has now renamed it and moved it to the new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section.

As mentioned earlier, the new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section is only available for a handful of users at the moment. It is available on my Galaxy S22 Ultra running Play Store version 30.6.16-21, but not on any of my other devices. This leads us to believe that Google could be rolling it out in a phased manner. However, we have no official confirmation from the company on the matter. We’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we have more information.

What do you think of the new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section? Do you think it’s a helpful addition for users who have multiple phones, Wear OS smartwatches, and Google/Android TV devices connected to their Google account? Let us know in the comments section below.


Via: 9to5Google

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Meta updates its privacy policy to make it easier to understand how it uses your data https://www.xda-developers.com/meta-new-privacy-policy-instagram-facebook-messenger/ https://www.xda-developers.com/meta-new-privacy-policy-instagram-facebook-messenger/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 08:43:23 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648679 Meta, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, has announced new changes coming to its privacy policy. The changes, Meta says, are designed to more clearly convey to users how the company uses collected information. Meta emphasizes that the updated Privacy Policy doesn’t introduce new ways for the company to collect, use, or share

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Meta, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, has announced new changes coming to its privacy policy. The changes, Meta says, are designed to more clearly convey to users how the company uses collected information.

Meta emphasizes that the updated Privacy Policy doesn’t introduce new ways for the company to collect, use, or share user data. Rather it simplifies the wording and provides more detailed and clearer explanations of the policy and various data practices. The new Privacy Policy, formerly known as Data Policy, will go into effect on July 26. It covers Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and other Meta products, but leaves out WhatsApp, Workplace, Free Basics, and Messenger Kids. The company says it has started sending out notifications to users about the new policy. Users can click on the notification to review changes and get more details, though they don’t necessarily need to act on these notifications and choose to ignore them.

“We’ve rewritten and re-designed our Privacy Policy to make it easier to understand and clearer about how we use your information. We’ve also included more details about the types of third-parties with whom we share and receive information and explained how and why people’s information is shared across our products, among other changes.” wrote Micheal Protti, Meta’s Cheif Privacy Officer.

 A summary of Meta's new privacy policy for Facebook and Instagram

Meta is also updating its Terms of Services “to better explain what is expected from us and those who use our platforms.” In select countries, including India, users will have the option to not accept the updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

“For most countries, our Privacy Policy is informational – and so we’re sharing a prominent notice to highlight the change to users, but they are not invited to, for example, click to agree to the update to our Privacy Policy. In India, users are given the opportunity to accept the updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or not, without any impact on their access to our products,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to Moneycontrol.

Meta is also rolling out a new privacy setting that will allow users to control who sees their posts on Facebook by default. Finally, the company says its Privacy Center dashboard is now available to everyone on Facebook, and it connects directly to the updated Privacy Policy.


Source: Meta, Moneycontrol

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Several OnePlus phones are getting the May 2022 security update https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-8-pro-nord-ce-nord-n20-may-2022-update/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-8-pro-nord-ce-nord-n20-may-2022-update/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 06:57:40 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648657 Just a few days ago, OnePlus rolled out new OxygenOS updates to the OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus 10 Pro, complete with the latest security patches. The company is now giving a similar treatment to a bunch of other phones in its lineup. The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Nord CE, Nord 2T and Nord

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Just a few days ago, OnePlus rolled out new OxygenOS updates to the OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus 10 Pro, complete with the latest security patches. The company is now giving a similar treatment to a bunch of other phones in its lineup.

The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Nord CE, Nord 2T and Nord N20 have started receiving a new software update, which brings the latest May 2022 security patches. It’s strictly a security update, with no new features or visual changes part of the package. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are receiving the C.20 build, and it includes new security patches and system stability improvements.

OxygenOS update prompt on a OnePlus 8

Screenshot credit: OnePlus Community member AMALVPILLAI

Changelog:

  • System
    • [Improved] system stability
    • [Updated] Android security patch to 2022.05

OnePlus Nord CE

The OnePlus Nord CE is receiving OxygenOS 11.0.17, and it’s currently rolling out in India, Europe, and North America.

Changelog:

  • System
    • [Updated] Android security patch to 2022.05

OnePlus Nord N20

The affordable OnePlus Nord N20 is getting the May 2022 patch with OxygenOS A.05. OnePlus’ latest budget phone offers a solid hardware package, including a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, a great design, Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, a 64MP primary shooter, and a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. You can read more about the phone in Rich’s hands-on review.

OnePlus Nord 2T

The first software update for the new OnePlus Nord 2T (OxygenOS A.09) also includes the May 2022 security patches. In addition, it brings a bunch of optimizations, bug fixes, and stability improvements to the device.

Changelog:

  • System
    • [Optimized] the speed of Face Unlock in certain scenarios
    • [Optimized] the power consumption in some scenarios, improved user experience
    • [Optimized] network stability
    • [Improved] system stability
    • [Updated] Android security patch to 2022.05
  •  Camera
    • [Optimized] HDR shooting effect
    • [Optimized] the anti-shake effect when shooting videos and photos in certain scenarios
  •  Others
    • [Fixed] the occasional issue that the battery percentage displayed abnormally in certain scenarios
    • [Fixed] the issue that unable to access Wi-Fi automatically in certain scenarios
    • [Fixed] the issue that the photos displayed abnormally after using NIGHT mode to shoot in certain scenarios
    • [Fixed] the occasional issue that the preview interface flickered abnormally when shooting with wide-angle lens in certain scenarios
    • [Fixed] the issue that the preview interface displayed abnormally after turning on AI scene enhancement in certain scenarios

As always, the new updates are rolling out in a staged manner. That means only a handful of devices will get the latest software initially, with a wider rollout happening over the next few days. You can manually check for the update by heading to Settings > System > System updates. If you don’t want to wait, we have provided direct OTA links below to let you manually install the new update. Once you have downloaded the appropriate OTA package, transfer it to the internal storage and use the Local Upgrade option in the System Updates menu to initiate the installation.

Download OxygenOS builds for OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, Nord CE, and Nord N20

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus Nord CE

OnePlus Nord N20

  • Awaiting links

OnePlus Nord 2T

Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer mlgmxyysd and XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username for the download links!


Source: OnePlus Forums (1), (2), (3)

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SteamOS 3.2 makes its way to the stable channel https://www.xda-developers.com/steamos-3-2-update-stable/ https://www.xda-developers.com/steamos-3-2-update-stable/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 05:44:24 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648629 SteamOS 3.2 has been made official and can be downloaded to your Steam Deck right now. Previously, the update was only available to those enrolled in the beta channel. First and foremost, the update brings the ability to change the refresh rate. The default refresh rate on the Steam Deck is 60Hz. While you could

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SteamOS 3.2 has been made official and can be downloaded to your Steam Deck right now. Previously, the update was only available to those enrolled in the beta channel.

First and foremost, the update brings the ability to change the refresh rate. The default refresh rate on the Steam Deck is 60Hz. While you could previously limit the frames at 60Hz to 15fps, 30fps, and 60fps, with the update, you’ll be able to lower the refresh rate to 40Hz. Within this 40Hz refresh rate setting, you’ll be able to further refine the frame rate by dialing in the settings to 10fps, 20fps, and 40fps. This should allow users to find the best settings for each game and it can also enhance battery life. Best of all, you will be able to save these settings for each game, making it easy to customize. Users will also gain access to more internal screen resolution options for games.

The next enhancement brought by the update is the adjustments made to the console’s fan behavior. Rather than relying on the BIOS, the new update brings fan control to SteamOS. According to Valve, this means that “overall it’s smarter, more responsive to what’s happening on and inside Steam Deck, and quieter.” The feature has been rigorously tested but Valve is committed to improving it and states that it will continue to be updated, so look out for more changes in the future. Valve has also introduced a change for the console’s audio, allowing users to eke out more sound from the speakers.

As a final note, Valve has stated that they have added Remote Play Together, a feature that will allow players to join in on a game remotely as if they were sitting right next to you. This isn’t part of SteamOS 3.2, but is instead an update to the Steam Client. Unfortunately, for now, this doesn’t apply to all games and is instead limited to a few supported titles.


Source: Steam

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Samsung shows what its 200MP camera sensor is capable of with massive photo print https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-200-mp-camera-sensor/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-200-mp-camera-sensor/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 05:23:32 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648515 It was towards the end of last year when we first caught a glimpse of Samsung’s 200MP camera sensor. Since then, Samsung has taken things a step further, improving its previous 200MP sensor with a new model. Despite this technology not being found on any production device to date, the firm has continued to tout

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It was towards the end of last year when we first caught a glimpse of Samsung’s 200MP camera sensor. Since then, Samsung has taken things a step further, improving its previous 200MP sensor with a new model. Despite this technology not being found on any production device to date, the firm has continued to tout the sensor, going as far as printing a massive canvas.

The picture in question measures 616 square meters or roughly around 6,630 square feet. If you need an idea of just how large this is, it is roughly one and a half times the size of a basketball court. As mentioned previously, the image was captured with Samsung’s 200MP sensor, and the project came about as a way for the company to “truly test the limits of the high-performance 200MP image sensor and its image quality.” Of course, printing out a large image is a challenge because if the picture isn’t clear, you’ll begin to see more defects on a larger print.

Although Samsung is using the 200MP sensor, it is still currently in its testing phase. The 200MP sensor was used in conjunction with a custom board. Samsung also fitted the board with an adapter that allowed the team to attach DLSR lenses to it. But for the end result, the team decided a pure image was best and just used the camera sensor as is. The team was happy with the results, getting shockingly good photos. After getting the perfect photo to show off the sensor’s ability, it was time to print.

This was quite a challenge, as the 616 square meter image had to be printed in pieces. In total, there were 12 pieces, and they all needed to be stitched together to create one giant image. By going through this process, Samsung realized that having a sensor with a large megapixel count does have its advantages. The main one is the ability to zoom in and crop images without quality loss. The team also stated that beyond its imaging capabilities, it could also be used to film movies in 8K. Hopefully, we will get to experience it on a phone soon.


Source: Samsung

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Does the HP Spectre x360 (2022) have good battery life? https://www.xda-developers.com/does-hp-spectre-x360-2022-good-battery-life/ https://www.xda-developers.com/does-hp-spectre-x360-2022-good-battery-life/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 04:20:06 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648689 HP has refreshed the Spectre x360 lineup for 2022, and with it came some big changes. The 13.5-inch model got a brand-new design, a new webcam, and upgraded processors, while the bigger 16-inch version mostly focused on processor upgrades. One thing that didn’t change, though, was the battery inside each of these models, which begs

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HP has refreshed the Spectre x360 lineup for 2022, and with it came some big changes. The 13.5-inch model got a brand-new design, a new webcam, and upgraded processors, while the bigger 16-inch version mostly focused on processor upgrades. One thing that didn’t change, though, was the battery inside each of these models, which begs the question: How good is the battery life on the 2022 HP Spectre x360? The answer is a bit complicated, but both of them should give you solid results.

Battery life always depends on your usage of a laptop, so it’s hard to say how long exactly each of them will last. We can start by saying that the HP Spectre x360 13.5 comes with a 66Whr battery, which is fairly large for a laptop of its size, and the Spectre x360 16 comes with an 83Wh unit, which is also reasonably big. Both should give you solid results, but it depends on a few factors, so let’s take a look.

Battery life on the HP Spectre x360 (2022)

As we mentioned above, the HP Spectre x360 models have fairly large batteries, but that doesn’t tell us much by itself. HP provides three estimates for how long the battery should last: mixed usage (based on the MobileMark 2018 benchmark), video playback, and wireless streaming.

Spectre x360 13.5

Starting with the smaller 13.5-inch model, HP claims up to 16 hours of battery life on the Spectre x360 13.5. For local video playback, it’s up to 19 hours and 30 minutes, and for wireless streaming, up to 15 hours.

HP Spectre x360 13.5 seen from the front

The thing about those measurements is that they’re always done in very specific – and ideal – conditions. The video playback tests assume a brightness level of 150 nits, that the audio is playing through headphones, and so on. Plus, these values only apply to specific configurations, so depending on what you get, that will vary. If you upgrade to the 3K2K OLED panel, for instance, battery life will be much worse.

That said, we can look at reviews for the previous model, the HP Spectre x360 14, to get an idea of how long the battery will last. Because it’s still using the same kind of display and processors, the results shouldn’t be too far off. For the models with Full HD+ displays, the previous Spectre x360 14 was found to last between 8 and 12 hours, and that’s actually great. Meanwhile, with the OLED panel, it hovered around 7 hours, which is still good for such a high-resolution screen.

Spectre x360 16

As for the Spectre x360 16, HP’s claims are a little lower – up to 15 hours of mixed usage, 19 hours of local video playback, and 12 hours and 30 minutes of wireless streaming. Again, this will vary depending on your configuration, and that’s especially important with this model.

That’s because the HP Spectre x360 is available in two very different processor configurations: one with an Intel P-series processor with a 28W TDP, and one with an H-series processor with a 45W TDP. The H series processor will use up battery much more quickly, so that’s something you need to keep in mind. On top of that, this laptop has optional dedicated graphics that will use even more power, and there’s also two display options, with the Ultra HD+ OLED panel being more power-hungry.

HP Spectre x360 16 in tent mode seen at an angle

HP Spectre x360 16

If you look at our review of last year’s Spectre x360 16, you’ll see that it lasted about five hours on a charge during real-life usage. That’s with the OLED panel and dedicated graphics, and for that configuration, it’s actually a solid result. You should get an even better result if you choose not to get the dedicated Intel Arc A370M graphics and stick to the standard display. But there’s also another factor – last year, the laptop used a 35W processor, which isn’t an option with this year’s model. You’re probably going to get worse battery life by going with the 45W processor. The 28W model should get you better battery life, but that one isn’t available yet at writing time.


And that’s all you should need to know about the battery life on the HP Spectre x360 2022 models. While we haven’t had the chance to test the new models yet, last year’s models should give us a pretty good estimate of what to expect.

If that has convinced you to buy either of these laptops, you can find them below. They’re both fantastic devices in their own right, with premium designs and build quality on top of top-notch specs. They’re probably the best HP laptops you can buy today, but if you want to check out some other options, we also have a list of the best laptops overall.

    HP Spectre x360 13.5
    The 2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has a 3:2 display, 12th-generation Intel U-series processors, and a premium design. It also has a 66Whr battery that can last you a whole day with no problem.
    HP Spectre x360 16 (2022)
    The HP Spectre x360 comes with a large 16:10 display, 12th-generation Intel processors, and other powerful specs. That includes an 83Whr battery that promises up to 19 hours of battery life.

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The best docking stations for the HP Spectre x360 (2022) https://www.xda-developers.com/best-docking-stations-hp-spectre-x360-2022/ https://www.xda-developers.com/best-docking-stations-hp-spectre-x360-2022/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 04:10:22 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648513 The HP Spectre x360 2022 models are a pair of fantastic laptops, packing the latest high-end specs in a chassis that looks and feels premium. With many premium laptops these days, you often get a limited setup of ports, but these two actually have a decent range of them. Still, if you have a complex

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The HP Spectre x360 2022 models are a pair of fantastic laptops, packing the latest high-end specs in a chassis that looks and feels premium. With many premium laptops these days, you often get a limited setup of ports, but these two actually have a decent range of them. Still, if you have a complex desk setup with multiple monitors and peripherals, it may not be enough. Thankfully, the HP Spectre x360 models have two Thunderbolt 4 ports that make it easy to expand the port selection on your laptop with a docking station.

We’ve rounded up some of the best docking stations you can buy for the HP Spectre x360 today, but while we mentioned Thunderbolt above, there are some other options here. Thunderbolt docks are the most powerful, but they are expensive, so we have a couple of cheaper options if you want some extra ports without spending hundreds of dollars. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

    CalDigit TS4

    Absolute unit

    The CalDigit TS4 is one of the most powerful docks you can buy right now, featuring a total of 18 ports and 98W power delivery. That includes five USB Type-A, three standard USB-C ports, two THunderbolt downstream ports, DisplayPort, 2.5Gb Ethernet, and more. Plus, it has a tough all-metal build.
    Brydge Stone Pro TB4

    Sleek but capable

    The Brydge Stone TB4 is one of the sleekest-looking docks around, but it still gives you plenty of connectivity plus 90W power delivery. You get four USB-A ports, three Thunderbolt downstream ports, 1Gb Ethernet, and a full-size SD card reader. It's not as varied as the CalDigit dock, but it's much cheaper.
    HP Thunderbolt Dock 120W

    The official dock

    If you're only comfortable buying straight from HP, the company makes its own Thunderbolt dock that goes great with the Spectre x360 with up to 120W charging. It has two DisplayPort outputs (an HDMI adapter is included), VGA, two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports (one with Thunderbolt), and Ethernet.
    Anker 777 Thunderbolt Dock

    All metal

    The Anker 777 is a sleek, but tough-looking Thunderbolt docking station for the HP Spectre x360. It has 12 ports, including four USB-A, one regular USB-C, one Thunderbolt downstream port, two HDMI, and gigabit Ethernet. It also supports 90W of power delivery.
    Pluable TBT3-UDZ

    Lots of ports

    This Plugable dock has more ports than most, including six USB-A ports, one USB-C, two HDMI, two DisplayPort, and gigabit Ethernet ports. It can only connect two displays at once, but you can choose your preferred output. 90W power delivery is supported, too.
    Sonnet Echo 11

    Lots of Thunderbolt

    The Sonnet Echo 11 is a relatively compact dock that's very similar to the Brydge Stone Pro, but with a metal shell. It has three Thunderbolt 4 ports, fur USB-A, gigabit Ethernet, and an SD card reader, plus it provides 90W of power to your laptop.
    Brydge Stone C

    Up to three displays

    This is the first non-Thunderbolt dock on this list, and it's noticeably cheaper. Still, it gets you up to three display outputs, four USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethermet, and SD card readers, all for under $250. Plus it supports up to 100W charging.
    TOTU USB Hub

    Compact and affordable

    If you want a truly affordable option, the Totu USB-C hub is a great choice. It has two HDMI ports, one VGA, three USB-A, and SD card readers. It also supports 100W passthrough charging (if you have your own USB-C charger).
    Mokin USB-C Hub

    Cheap with Ethernet

    This Mokin hub is an even cheaper option, but it's still versatile and has a gigabit Ethernet port. On top of that, you get three USB-A ports, two USB-C (one with 100W power passthrough), HDMI, and SD card readers.

And those are all the docking stations we recommend for the HP Spectre x360 2022 models. These are all great choices for different kinds of users, but if you want the cream of the crop, it’s fair to say the CalDigit TS4 is the most versatile and capable option. Of course, it’s also the most expensive, so maybe you want something a bit cheaper, like the Plugable TDT3-UDZ, one of my personal favorites because of its HDMI and DisplayPort ports.

If you haven’t yet, you can buy the HP Spectre x360 below, both in 13.5-inch and 16-inch flavors. They have a similar design, but they’re actually quite different in a few ways, including the fact that the larger model has an HDMI port, potentially reducing the need for a dock. Still, both are among the best laptops HP has made, so they’re certainly worth checking out.

    HP Spectre x360 13.5
    The 2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has a 3:2 display, 12th-generation Intel U-series processors, and a premium design.
    HP Spectre x360 16 (2022)
    The HP Spectre x360 comes with a large 16:10 display, 12th-generation Intel H-series processors, and other powerful specs.

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Can I replace the battery in the HP Elite Dragonfly G3? https://www.xda-developers.com/replace-battery-hp-elite-dragonfly-g3/ https://www.xda-developers.com/replace-battery-hp-elite-dragonfly-g3/#respond Fri, 27 May 2022 04:01:05 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=618753 The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is a premium business laptop, and it’s looking to be one of the best ones around. It has powerful Intel processors, a great 3:2 display, and one of the best webcams on a laptop. Business laptops are often known for their repairability and upgradeability, but being a premium lightweight laptop

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The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is a premium business laptop, and it’s looking to be one of the best ones around. It has powerful Intel processors, a great 3:2 display, and one of the best webcams on a laptop. Business laptops are often known for their repairability and upgradeability, but being a premium lightweight laptop often comes with sacrifices in that department. So you may be wondering whether you can replace the battery on the HP Elite Dragonfly G3.

HP has yet to reveal that information, unfortunately, but we can look at past models to see what to expect. Based on the service guide for the HP Elite Dragonfly Max and the Elite Dragonfly G2, replacing the battery is possible, but it’s not meant for end-users. HP says replacing any component inside the Elite Dragonfly laptops should be done by an authorized service provider. The company does provide steps on how to do it, but if you do it yourself, it may void your warranty or break your laptop.

What you’ll need

If you do want to attempt to replace the battery inside the HP Elite Dragonfly G3, you’ll first need tools to help you open up the laptop. With the HP Elite Dragonfly G2, you need a Philips M2 screwdriver and a prying tool to separate the bottom cover from the laptop’s chassis and remove the battery. That should be the same for the HP Elite Dragonfly G3 as well, though it may be wise to wait for HP to confirm that. The iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit includes all of this and it’s fairly affordable, so it’s a good choice to get you started.

    iFixit Essential Electornics Toolkit
    This iFixit toolkit includes 16 precision bits, a spudger, suction cup, and more tools to help you get inside your laptp and other electronics.

Additionally, you’ll need to ground yourself by touching a metal surface to avoid static current. An anti-static wrist band is the ideal way to go to make sure you’re grounded during the whole procedure. You’ll need to wear the strap around your wrist and attach the cable to a metal surface (other than the laptop itself).

Of course, you’ll also need the battery itself. The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 comes with either a 45Wh or a 68Wh battery, and you should be able to get either one for your laptop. The 45Wh unit has spare part number M73476-006, while the 68Wh model is labeled M73478-006. You’ll want to use those numbers to look for a replacement battery.

Replacing the battery in the HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Now that you have all the tools, you can get started with replacing the battery inside the HP Elite Dragonfly G3. First off, you’ll want to unplug the charger and any peripherals connected to it. Then, follow these steps:

  • Lay the laptop upside down with the hinge facing away from you
  • Use the Philips screwdriver to remove the four screws holding the bottom cover in place. Keep in mind the screws at the top are longer.
    Illustration showing how to remove the screws at the bottom of the HP Elite Dragonfly G3
  • Slide the plastic prying tool along the edges of the base cover to detach it, then lift it up to remove it. The battery is on the bottom half of the laptop.
    Illustration showing how to remove the bottom cover of the HP Elite Dragonfly G3
  • Start by disconnecting the battery from the motherboard. The connector should be right near the middle of the laptop. Then, remove the five Philips screws holding the battery in place, then lift the battery up from its slot.
    Illustration showing how to remove the battery from the HP Elite Dragonfly G3
  • Insert the new battery and tighten it with the screws. Then, connect it to the motherboard.
  • Reattach the base cover in the same position and secure it with the screws. Use the longer screws in the two holes at the top, and the shorter ones at the bottom.

That’s it, you should now be able to plug in your laptop and turn it on, though you may want to let it charge for a while before doing that.


That’s all you need to know about replacing the battery inside the HP Elite Dragonfly G3, at least until HP shares more information specific to this new model. Truth be told, you shouldn’t need to replace the battery yourself anytime soon, seeing as the laptop isn’t available yet and you’ll have at least a one-year warranty after you buy it.

If you do want to buy the HP Elite Dragonfly G3, you can do it below. If you’d rather look at some other options, you can check out some of the best HP laptops you can buy right now. There are some great options in there, including for business users.

    HP Elite Dragonfly G3
    The HP Elite Dragonfly is a lightweight business laptop with 12th-gen Intel processors with vPro support and a 3:2 display.

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New report details continued work on ‘Keystone,’ an Xbox streaming device for cloud gaming https://www.xda-developers.com/xbox-keystone-streaming-device/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xbox-keystone-streaming-device/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 19:50:20 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648555 Talk of an Xbox streaming stick has swirled for a number of years now, but a new report from the folks at Windows Central provides some of the latest, and best information yet. The device, codenamed “Keystone,” definitely exists, but Microsoft is in no hurry to push it out. At least, not until it’s ready, which doesn’t

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Talk of an Xbox streaming stick has swirled for a number of years now, but a new report from the folks at Windows Central provides some of the latest, and best information yet. The device, codenamed “Keystone,” definitely exists, but Microsoft is in no hurry to push it out. At least, not until it’s ready, which doesn’t sound like any time soon.

A key quote given to Windows Central highlights how Microsoft has decided to call it quits on whatever the current working iteration was and go for something new.

We have made the decision to pivot away from the current iteration of the Keystone device. We will take our learnings and refocus our efforts on a new approach that will allow us to deliver Xbox Cloud Gaming to more players around the world in the future.

There’s still no word on what any of these iterations look like or the software they run. Or indeed what other services besides gaming it would carry. The obvious thought is something small and affordable, akin to a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Both now combine smart TV functionality with an affordable price and access to cloud gaming.

Xbox Cloud Gaming on console

Microsoft is already late to this party, but the brand value behind Xbox and Game Pass would make it an easy sell. Just this week at Build we heard that over 10 million players already use Xbox Cloud Gaming. Then there’s Xbox Game Pass, which is one of the best value packages in gaming, and a device like Keystone could open the door to a whole new audience. The cloud is already helping bridge the gap between console generations, like allowing Xbox One owners to play Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Done right, this type of hardware could be a massive win for Xbox. Google Stadia has been doing this since launch, delivering up to 4K60 games with HDR first through the Chromecast Ultra. But Google’s Cast protocol is widely supported, and gaming is really just a bonus. It’ll be interesting to finally see how Microsoft positions its Xbox streaming hardware when it finally arrives.

Source: Windows Central

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Gucci and Oura collaborate to deliver a new smart ring dripping with luxury https://www.xda-developers.com/gucci-and-oura-smart-ring/ https://www.xda-developers.com/gucci-and-oura-smart-ring/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 18:23:57 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648433 After witnessing early leaks, we finally got an official announcement between Gucci and Oura. The two have announced a new collaborative project that will yield a new ring that can deliver accurate health data and look fashionable at the same time. Oura is best known for its compact smart ring that launched via Kickstarter back

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After witnessing early leaks, we finally got an official announcement between Gucci and Oura. The two have announced a new collaborative project that will yield a new ring that can deliver accurate health data and look fashionable at the same time.

Oura is best known for its compact smart ring that launched via Kickstarter back in 2016. Since then, it has launched two versions, with the most recent one, its third generation ring, debuting towards the tail end of 2021. The Gucci collaboration is technically its fourth product but the technology of the ring is based on its third generation ring. So what makes the Gucci collaboration different from its standard offering?

The Gucci x Oura collaboration comes in at a staggering $950

For one, the price tag, coming in at a staggering $950. As you might expect for this price, Gucci is also using premium materials, relying on a black synthetic corundum for a majority of the exterior of the ring. Of course, the ring will have the iconic interlocking Gucci G logo that is made from 18-karat yellow gold. The ring also features a braided torch design in 18-karat yellow gold that decorates the outer part of the band.

The Oura smart ring can monitor heart rate, temperature, sleep activity, and more. The measurements are taken from the arteries in the finger, which Oura claims as giving better and more accurate results than sensors found on the wrist. This data can be viewed on the Oura app available for iOS and Android with one of the more unique features being that it is processed to “offer science-backed content on how to optimize each day”.

If this high-end luxury smart ring has what you’re looking for, you can now pick up the device online at Gucci.com or at select physical retail Gucci stores around the world. The ring will be sold at a retail price of $950. If you’re looking for the standard Oura ring, that can be purchased via Oura starting at $299.


Source: Oura

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LG made a Star Wars OLED TV you probably can’t buy https://www.xda-developers.com/lg-star-wars-oled-tv/ https://www.xda-developers.com/lg-star-wars-oled-tv/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 18:00:26 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648199 Would you buy a TV purely because it had a tie-in with Star Wars? OK, that’s a silly question, but the reality is that LG has indeed launched a very special Star Wars OLED TV. The partnership is part of this year’s Star Wars Celebration in California, and the new Star Wars edition of the

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Would you buy a TV purely because it had a tie-in with Star Wars? OK, that’s a silly question, but the reality is that LG has indeed launched a very special Star Wars OLED TV. The partnership is part of this year’s Star Wars Celebration in California, and the new Star Wars edition of the C2 OLED evo 65-inch TV is on display there for the first time. It looks and sounds awesome, but the chances of buying one are almost none.

The Star Wars LG OLED evo TV features a Star Wars-themed cosmetic design with a special edition Star Wars-branded version of LG’s Magic Remote, an exclusive gallery of Star Wars content, and other exciting features delivered in a Star Wars-branded packaging featuring Darth Vader. The Magic Remote control user interface will mimic the look and sound of the iconic Star Wars lightsaber. Each TV will include a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Just 501 of the Star Wars C2 OLED evo are being made in reference to the 501st Legion. And they’ll only be available in the United States. There are, naturally, some customizations that come with a special edition like this. The first is the logo on the rear, and the fact the remote will look and act like a lightsaber. Honestly, that’s probably enough reason to want one.

LG Star Wars magic remote

The TV will also have some special Star Wars-themed artwork for LG’s Gallery Mode. Two categories will display original storyboard and illustrated images, or movie posters and scenes.

Tech-wise, for those not familiar, the C2 OLED evo boasts four HDMI ports, including HDMI 2.1, 0.1ms response time, low input lag, and Dolby Vision IQ with Precision Detail. What we don’t know right now is the price and how the lucky 501 people will be able to get their hands on one. But LG probably won’t struggle to sell them.

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Android 13 Beta 2.1 is here with bug fixes https://www.xda-developers.com/android-13-beta-2-1-released/ https://www.xda-developers.com/android-13-beta-2-1-released/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 17:26:12 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=648469 Android 13 is edging closer and closer, and we’ve already seen a lot of what’s to come with the next platform release. We’ve seen the company adding new features with each build, and some highlights include the photo picker API and more granular media files permissions. Most recently we saw Android 13 Beta 2 drop

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Android 13 is edging closer and closer, and we’ve already seen a lot of what’s to come with the next platform release. We’ve seen the company adding new features with each build, and some highlights include the photo picker API and more granular media files permissions. Most recently we saw Android 13 Beta 2 drop during this year’s Google I/O which set the groundwork for a more predictive back gesture, but the company is already out with Beta 2.1, packing in a few software fixes for users who are currently testing out the betas.


When will Android 13 release?

For Android updates, Google typically reveals a “platform stability” milestone so that developers can know when Google intends on delivering the final SDK/NDK APIs, along with final internal APIs and app-facing system behaviors. Google intends on reaching platform stability in June 2022, with several weeks at minimum planned before the official release. Android 12 hit platform stability in August of 2021 and the final version was released in October of that year. Google has released more details about the release timeline that you can check out.


Android 13 Beta 2.1 bug fixes

These fixes are as follows:

  • Fixed an issue where typing in the search bar resulted in a blank list of suggestions.
  • Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart when turning on hotspot.
  • Fixed an issue where a continuous call dialing sound could be heard in the background during a phone call.
  • Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart after disconnecting from Android Auto.

Google also says that there are stability improvements.

If you’re someone who’s using one of these betas, then you should think about installing Beta 2.1 that just came out. Note though that the known issues list that Google published for Beta 2 applies here, it just seems to be the case that Google deemed these ones to be a higher priority and fixed them in between beta releases.

All in all, it’s a pretty minor release, and it’s good to see Google ironing out bugs in between releases. Beta builds are designed to be used by users who want to try out the next version of Android, so while you shouldn’t use it on your daily driver, I’m sure plenty of users do. As a result, some of these are pretty problematic bugs that could have caused problems for people.


How to download and install Android 13 Beta 2.1 on your Google Pixel device

You can easily download Android Developer Beta 2.1, and be sure to check out our guide on how to install Android 13 if you’re unsure of how to do so. If you already have a previous beta, then you will receive the update via OTA.

Google is officially releasing this beta update for the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4. You can use the 64-bit system images with the Android Emulator in Android Studio too.

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