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Android 12 could get a new giant clock lock screen

27th February 2021
"It was discovered during the testing that the Android 12 was able to come up with a new UI and lock screen."

A few days back, Google rolled out the developers' preview of Android 12. For developers and reviewers, the developer preview was created to look at what Android 12 is about. During the testing, a new user interface and locking screen were discovered for Android 12. Android 12 could have iOS-like widgets stacked.


An extended smart space feature might get an Android 12 lock screen stack. It also posted a little video demonstrating that Google was able to connect stacks to the home screen. The video was identical to the feature Smart Stacks implemented in iOS 14.

It has been noticed that the clock on the lock screen is quite large. It uses two separate lines. The hour is placed up while the minute is placed right below the hour. However, the large lock moves to the top whenever there is a new notification. The same clock design can also be seen in the Always-on Display. Notably, Google has not made the new design available for the larger audience there are chances that the new design could be scrapped before the launch of the final update.

Apart from this, a lot of new and smart features were seen in the Android 12 Developers preview. Talking about the changes, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Android said in a blog, “With each version, we’re working to make the OS smarter, easier to use, and better performing, with privacy and security at the core. In Android 12 we’re also working to give you new tools for building great experiences for users. Starting with things like compatible media transcoding, which helps your app to work with the latest video formats if you don’t already support them, and easier copy/paste of rich content into your apps, like images and videos. We’re also adding privacy protections and optimizing performance to keep your apps responsive.”

If you are not a developer or a tester, you should not download the developers' preview to your main device. 

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Apple, Google launch contact tracing platform

25th February 2021
"When the crisis has disappeared, the system must be taken down."

A report in AFP states that, US tech giants Apple and Google said Wednesday they were offering health authorities around the world their platform for coronavirus contact tracing, a key tool in trying to tame the pandemic.

"The work public health officials are doing around the world humbles us all," the two companies said in a statement.

"Google and Apple are clear that this is not a panacea but we do believe Exposure Notifications can make a contribution to the broader work of contact tracing," they said.

Under the notifications system, someone exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will receive an alert on their phone.

"Public health authorities will take the lead with this technology, and we will continue to support and advocate for it."

They said they would release software updates for health authorities to use to deploy their own apps, developed by their own technical staff.

In Europe, most countries are leaning toward the use of the Apple-Google platform but France and Britain have opted to develop their own systems, currently being tested.

The two US firms said 22 countries had so far asked to use their platform and they expect more to come on board in the coming weeks.

Amid concerns about the security and use of the personal data such tracing apps will generate, Google and Apple laid down several conditions for the use of their technology.

The first is that any app based on it must be voluntary, not gather geolocation data, and not be used for commercial purposes.

In addition, only one app per country is allowed so that there is no competition involved while it will be up to the individual user to declare if they have been infected with the coronavirus or not.

When the crisis has disappeared, the system must be taken down.

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Google Home 2.27 brings dark theme to Android

26th February 2021
"Google’s first-party apps have dark modes."

At this point, nearly all of Google’s first-party apps have dark modes. There are some glaring exceptions to this, but fortunately version 2.27 of Google Home today adds a dark theme.

The Google Home dark theme is quite straightforward, with the stark white background turning into the same shade of dark gray used by every other Google app. It makes for a world of difference, given that you’re controlling your smart devices throughout the day and long into the night. It starts at the splash screen.

All icons, including the shortcut rows at the top of the app and device stand-ins, are appropriately adjusted and tinted. The text for room names are now white against the darker background, while devices are gray.

This dark theme spans every menu and screen in Google Home 2.27. This includes the Primary events feed, settings menus, panes, and more. There is no option in app preferences to independently set the dark theme independent of your device’s theme.
In addition to un/locking the Nest x Yale Lock, the Home view of all your devices will soon identify the on/off state of lights, switches, and plugs.

Google Home 2.27 with a dark theme for Android is rolling out now via the Play Store. Version 2.27 is available for iOS today, but the new look is coming via a server-side update.

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Facebook starts rolling out dark mode for Android users

26th February 2021
"Facebook had earlier rolled out the dark mode for the website and the Facebook Lite App."

After a long wait, Facebook has started rolling out dark mode for Android users. Facebook had earlier rolled out the dark mode for the website and the Facebook Lite App. The social media giant will now make the feature available to the Facebook app users on Android as well.

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The development was first announced by noted tipster Jane Manchun Wong, who tweets about the features of the social media apps but this time her tweet comes in collaboration with Facebook. She also shared a small snippet of how the Facebook dark mode will look like once the feature is rolled out. She wrote, “Facebook is publicly testing Dark Mode! You asked it, I chatted with Facebook’s @alexvoica about it, and here’s a video made in collaboration with Facebook!”

Facebook had rolled out dark mode for web users earlier this year. However, it took Facebook rather long to roll out the feature to the Android users. Now that Facebook has started rolling out the feature, here is what you can do to get it

  • To get the dark mode, you first need to update your Facebook app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • After updating the app, go to the Settings menu on Facebook
  • Scroll down and you will find the dark mode option
  • In order to enable it, you will have to turn on the toggle to activate the dark mode feature.

Facebook is yet to announce the feature officially but a spokesperson of the company was quoted as saying, “We know people have been asking for dark mode, and they won’t have to wait much longer. People will start to see the option in their Facebook app settings as we roll it out globally.”

Earlier, Facebook rolled out a new logo for Messenger along with interesting color pallets. “Messenger gets a new look to mark our continued evolution from a simple way to message your Facebook friends, to a place to hang out with your favorite people, on your favorite apps and devices. With over a billion users around the world, our mission is to be a universal way to connect and be closer together. That mission has never been more important as people everywhere look to private online spaces to stay connected,” Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger said in a blog post.

Source: indiatoday


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