Tag Archive: Beta


Xiaomi is ending its global MIUI beta program on July 1

Security patches will still be delivered in a timely manner.

What you need to know Xiaomi’s global beta program for MIUI is ending on July 1. A small number of people were using the beta to provide feedback. This will allow developers to focus more on optimizing stable builds of MIUI.

MIUI, Xiaomi’s custom build of Android, has changed a lot since its introduction in 2010. One of the ways Xiaomi’s tested out new features and settings  [Read More…]

Note 10 rumors, 5G real-world, Android Q Beta 4

Andrew Martonik, and Alex Dobie host the inaugural episode of the Alarm Clock Central Podcast. Not really, but they do look at Lenovo’s cool little Smart Clock.

They also discuss Galaxy Note 10 rumors. Renders have recently leaked and there’s no headphone jack to be found. What will differentiate the Note 10 from S10 models this year? S Pen for sure, but probably not much else.

Alex shares his experiences using the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in London,  [Read More…]

Xbox One game streaming app OneCast enters beta for Android

OneCast is making the leap from Apple devices to Android to give everyone a taste of Xbox game streaming.

What you need to know OneCast is an app that streams your Xbox games to supported devices. OneCast is undergoing beta for Android devices. The release date of the full Android version is unknown.

If you have an Android device, you can now test out the game streaming app OneCast in beta ahead of its full public release.  [Read More…]

Look out: Android Q Beta 4 update failing for some Pixel owners

What you need to know Android Q Beta 4 is failing to install for many Pixel 3 owners. Phone either fails to boot or dumps into recovery mode. Force rebooting, sometimes with recovery mode, can revert to Beta 3.

The fourth version of the Android Q beta was just released, and OTA updates already started pushing out to Pixel owners who were enrolled in the beta program. But this one isn’t heading out as smoothly as the first  [Read More…]

Android Q Beta 4 released with final developer APIs

The June 2019 security patch is also included.

What you need to know On June 5, 2019, Google started pushing Android Q Beta 4. The final APIs are here for developers. It includes the June 2019 security patch.

Following up on Android Q Beta 3 which was released last month during Google I/O, Beta 4 is now being pushed out.

As expected, Beta 4 is a relatively small update compared to the change between Beta  [Read More…]

First impressions are rolling in from the Mario Kart Tour beta

Prepare for micro-transactions and stamina bars to slow you down in your Mario Kart

Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s strongest franchise with titles available for nearly every Nintendo console and handheld released in the past two decades and over 100 million copies sold — but Nintendo is eyeing a much larger potential audience by bringing Mario Kart to mobile phones.

When Mario Kart Tour was first announced more than a year ago, the online reactions were a mixed  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher beta gets adaptive icons, hidden dock option, more

Resize your icons, hide your dock, and more in the latest Microsoft Launcher beta update.

What you need to know Microsoft Launcher version 5.5 is now available for beta testers. The update brings new features like adaptive icons that can be matched in shape and size, along with the ability to hide your dock. Other tweaks include adjustments for accessing shortcuts when your home screen is locked, faster Tasks card syncing, and more.

Microsoft today pushed out  [Read More…]

OnePlus releases Android Q beta and source code for the OnePlus 7 Pro

The kernel source for the OnePlus 7 is expected to be released sometime soon.

What you need to know OnePlus has released the Android Q beta for the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7. The source code for the OnePlus 7 Pro is now available for developers. You’ll need to wait a little longer for the OnePlus 7’s source code.

The OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 launched only a week ago, and you can now install  [Read More…]

The Android Q beta program is already fragmented

The hoops you jump through depend on who made your phone.

Like we saw with Android P, the beta program that provides early access to Android Q is available for more than just Pixel phones. That’s really cool for a couple of reasons: not every developer can afford a Pixel phone or wants a Pixel phone, and some brands (cough Huawei) need special attention when it comes to making apps compatible.

Android Q beta is not just  [Read More…]

A Colorize beta for Google Photos is coming soon

Colorize uses Google AI to add color to your black and white photos.

What you need to know Colorize was first announced back at Google I/O 2018. Colorize will transform your black and white photos into color photos. A beta version of Colorize is expected soon.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Google made the announcement about its Colorize feature for Google Photos. Ok, so it wasn’t actually that long ago, it was  [Read More…]