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Big iPhone changes with iOS 14 (you can skip)

Big iPhone changes with iOS 14 (you can skip)

Some big iPhone software changes are in the making now with WWDC 2020 and iOS 14's big reveal for 2020. This update will be released to Public Beta in July and is out for developers in an early Beta now - and will be available to everyone by the end of the year. But if you don't want to change the way your iPhone looks, you don't need to - pretty much everything is optional.

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Android 11 Beta 1.5 squashes some showstopping bugs

Android 11 Beta 1.5 squashes some showstopping bugs

A beta release, though closer to the final version, doesn't mean it's bug-free. In fact, it's actually more of a call for developers and adventurous users to put the software through the wringer to uncover those bugs before it finally lands in the wider public's hands. Unfortunately, some nasty bugs do manage to sneak in from time to time, like some rather serious that have discouraged some users from even trying out the first beta for this year's Android 11 release.

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Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

This afternoon Google released Android 11 Beta for Pixel 2, 3, and 4, with a very obvious upgrade to Voice Access. This is a feature in Android that allows the user to make commands - it's part of the "OK Google" and Google Assistant family. This feature now, far more accurately than ever before, understands screen context and content, so you can ACTUALLY control your phone without touching your phone.

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Pixel 4a release date change: Lower price, ideal launch

Pixel 4a release date change: Lower price, ideal launch

Today a leak tipped a changed date for a phone Google's not yet confirmed actually exists. The Google Pixel 4a, an essentials-only smartphone that'll likely act as the perfect jumping-off point for the Android 11 Beta launch - that's what's coming soon. The original assumed launch date (inside May, 2020), will now more likely be pushed to early June of 2020, right in time for the public Beta of Android 11.

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Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Today Google revealed the release date for the first public release (in beta format) of the next major version of Android. That'll be Android 11, the Android 11 public beta, and it'll be revealed during a live stream that'll take place on June 3rd, 2020, at 11AM ET. That's 10AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, and 8AM Pacific Time.

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iOS 13.4 beta 4 released for your iPhone now

iOS 13.4 beta 4 released for your iPhone now

If you're in the mood to test the latest software from Apple for your iPhone or iPad, today's the day. Today Apple released their fourth betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 to developers and the public. Developer Beta 4 was released earlier today at 1PM EST - that's 10AM Pacific - and the public beta's been released at 4PM EST, 1PM Pacific. Indications appear to be that this release comes just before a full standard release - past Beta, that is to say.

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Stadia update adds Samsung Galaxy S8 up to S20, iOS Beta incoming

Stadia update adds Samsung Galaxy S8 up to S20, iOS Beta incoming

Samsung Galaxy S20 headed up the line of devices added to Stadia functionality in an update released this week. Starting February 20th, a wider variety of Android smartphones will be able to play Stadia with the Stadia app. This includes the ASUS ROG Phone 1, ASUS ROG Phone 2, Razer Phone, Razer Phone 2, and a variety of other Samsung smartphones.

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Emoji Kitchen: Google starts mixing emojis in Android

Emoji Kitchen: Google starts mixing emojis in Android

A new iteration of the Gboard Beta app for Android - made by Google - appeared today with a new concept in the emoji universe. They look like emoji images, but they're stickers. Because they're not emoji, they don't need to be cross-compatible to appear - because they're stickers, everyone who can see images in any app can see these new emoji stickers sent via chat. That includes chatrooms and messaging apps the same!

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Project xCloud Limited iOS TestFlight released: first-come, first-served

Project xCloud Limited iOS TestFlight released: first-come, first-served

Today a preview of Microsoft's Xbox-centric cloud gaming platform Project xCloud was released with a limited iOS TestFlight program. This system has been in play in testing for some time - now it's about to be made semi-public. This is different from the testing platform on Android, due in part to "App Store policies", as suggested by Major Nelson at Microsoft. This system will appear starting today.

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Android 10 beta release for Galaxy Note 10 out now

Android 10 beta release for Galaxy Note 10 out now

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus users have the ability to beta test Android 10 and Samsung's own One UI 2.0 starting today. This system was launched earlier this year for the Samsung Galaxy S10, and is now active in a number of regions through the Samsung Members app. The first country to get this update today - for the Beta program - is Germany.

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7-11 app lures Beta app testers with store points

7-11 app lures Beta app testers with store points

There's a 7-11 app here in the United States that's released a Beta version for product testing. This app was recently given a big update with Mobile Checkout and what's called "7NOW delivery" - but the interesting bit is the call out to the public issued by the Product Owner for 7-Eleven's apps just this week on Reddit. There he suggested that beta testers would get "reward points" for signing up, and that he'd be looking to get some "exclusive rewards and benefits" for testers as they "scale the beta group up" later this year.

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Android update fixes night owls’ worst enemy

Android update fixes night owls’ worst enemy

The latest update to the Beta release of Android Q (yet-unnamed version of Android in testing on Pixel phones) revealed a simple-yet-fantastic new feature this week. Users of the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3 XL found themselves with a new boot screen. It's nothing too revolutionary, really - it's just a fix for the eyes.

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