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OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition release date, price, and features

OnePlus Nord 2 x PAC-MAN Edition release date, price, and features

OnePlus has a new PAC-MAN phone to sell you - or give you, depending on how good you are at the original game. In part to promote the continued availability of the OnePlus Nord 2, and in part to continue the brand's tradition of interesting brand-name crossovers, this new Nord device features details from the arcade classic PAC-MAN. This new device will be released by the end of the year 2021, and will include some features not generally available to the original phone.

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Pixel 6 slow fingerprint scanner speed is a feature, not a bug

Pixel 6 slow fingerprint scanner speed is a feature, not a bug

Fingerprint scanners have now become the de facto biometric security system for many computing devices, especially on smartphones outside of Apple's iPhones. They are often fast, accurate, and cheap compared to a more advanced sensor array like those used for Face ID, even those that are placed underneath the phone's screen. These in-screen fingerprint scanners have come a long way and are almost as reliable as their optical counterparts. The Pixel 6, however, has been reported to have a rather slow or unreliable fingerprint scanner, and apparently, that's by design, according to Google.

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Pixel 6 Pro durability test is a big deal

Pixel 6 Pro durability test is a big deal

The Pixel 6 and Android 12 represent a rather significant departure from Google's past. The software is now designed to be easier to personalize and the hardware has been upgraded to keep up with current industry trends, including making your own mobile processor. Even the design of the Pixel 6 breaks away from tradition and gives the phone a unique visual identity. But does that uniqueness come at the cost of durability? Fortunately for us, JerryRigEverything isn't one to shy from testing that out, even if it means potentially breaking the device.

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Google Stadia players can now join games without waiting for an invite

Google Stadia players can now join games without waiting for an invite

Google's cloud-based gaming platform Stadia has received a small update that will make playing games with friends much easier going forward. In an updated support document, the company revealed that Google Stadia players can now join their friends' games without first receiving an invite, mirroring the option available on traditional gaming consoles.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra leak likely the final nail in Note’s coffin

Galaxy S22 Ultra leak likely the final nail in Note’s coffin

The newest leak of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra shows the device both back and front, side-to-side, delivering an effective near-final look before release. In recent years Samsung hinted at the end of the Galaxy Note smartphone line, then we saw the last of the line with the Galaxy Note 20 as revealed in August of the year 2020. In the year 2021, Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen functionality - with an S Pen sold separate. Now the two phone lines appear to have converged fully.

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Google Pixel foldable release date tipped with controversial cameras

Google Pixel foldable release date tipped with controversial cameras

Google's effectively spilled the beans when it comes to their upcoming Pixel foldable smartphone. This device seemed inevitable since the company started including foldable display features with the newest version of Android and Android development for the near future. But now, here in the latest version of the official Google camera app, codes show the device is in development and appears to be in the pipeline for an expected release in the year 2022.

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Pixel 6 Pro returns Google to DxOMark’s Top Ten

Pixel 6 Pro returns Google to DxOMark’s Top Ten

In addition to the "pure" Android experience, one of the original selling points of Google's Pixel phones has always been photography. Back then, the first Pixel's 12MP camera seemed magical because of how Google was able to pull out high-quality rabbits from its computational photography hat. Five years, however, is a very long time for smartphones, and the Pixel had to grow up both in the software as well as the hardware department. The Pixel 6 Pro represents Google's biggest leap forward in that arena, and, at least based on one set of benchmark tests, it was well worth all the effort.

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Google Play third-party billing goes live in South Korea with a big catch

Google Play third-party billing goes live in South Korea with a big catch

Whether or not you see Epic Games as a champion or just another business with an ulterior motive, there is no denying that its high-profile efforts to make changes happen in the app marketplace are having some positive effects. Pressure, both legal and social, has forced the likes of Apple, Google, and even Valve, to make some changes, though not always in the ways that developers would have preferred. Case in point is what happened in South Korea, where Google is finally allowing third-party billing systems in its Play Store while still taxing developers as if they were using Google Pay anyway.

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Google Play Store’s Best of 2021 nominees hint at a lingering problem

Google Play Store’s Best of 2021 nominees hint at a lingering problem

It's that time of year again where people start to collect and create lists that look back at the past few months. From retrospectives to "Best of" lists, we'll soon be inundated with pieces that will try to point this rather messy year in a more positive light. It's also the time for app stores to reveal their best wares, and Google is asking users to vote on this year's top apps and games. Unfortunately, Google's list, while notable, does throw a bit of attention on one of Android's most ironic problems: apps.

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL might still get one last update next year

Pixel 3 and 3 XL might still get one last update next year

The latest monthly security update for Pixel phones was a bitter one for Pixel 3 owners. It only emphasized the fact that the phone, after three years, is no longer getting monthly security updates even after receiving Android 12. To be blunt, there are very few technical reasons why that has to be the case, and Google's slightly good news partially proves it. Like the Pixel 2 last year, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL might still receive one security patch, but not until some time in early 2022.

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Pixel 3’s end-of-life for updates should be a wake-up call for Google

Pixel 3’s end-of-life for updates should be a wake-up call for Google

Apple really has things going well for it when it comes to the iPhone. It almost controls every aspect of the device, from hardware to software. In addition to its clout in the tech and entertainment industries, this gives Apple the freedom to set the tone and pace for supporting its products, including software updates. That's something that the Android world still has to embrace fully, and even Google is having some difficulty adopting longer support periods. Case in point is the Pixel 3, one of Google's more problematic phones that would have benefited from an extended stay of its expiration.

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Android 12’s widgets focus is well-timed but long overdue

Android 12’s widgets focus is well-timed but long overdue

Although it is often criticized for copying every new Apple innovation, there have been times when Android actually demonstrated new features that would eventually become commonplace in the mobile world. Unfortunately, some of those features may have been ahead of their time, or the opportunity to take advantage of them was squandered. Home screen widgets almost became a tragic footnote in Android's history, but it's, fortunately, getting a renaissance in Android 12, perhaps thanks a bit to Apple again.

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