Tag Archive: Feature


Xiaomi is testing a new privacy feature that flags suspicious app behavior

The new controls will go even beyond what Android 10 offers.

What you need to know Xiaomi is reportedly working on beefing up security in MIUI 11. It’s working on a feature that notifies users when an app uses sensitive permissions. Potentially suspicious behavior, like opening another app or autostarting in the background, will also be flagged.

Privacy controls are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, with every day bringing a new story about  [Read More…]

YouTube lets you donate to your favorite creators with new applause feature

It’s available in a select few regions.

What you need to know Google is adding a Twitch-like Viewer applause feature to YouTube. Users will be able to pay $ 2 to clap for a video they like. It’s limited to Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S at this time.

YouTube is testing a new way for viewers to support creatives on YouTube in select countries through an Applaud feature (via The Verge).

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Google tests a new autofill feature for SMS 2FA codes

It’s a little more convenient than the current copy and paste method.

What you need to know Google is testing out an auto-fill feature for SMS One-Time Passwords (OTP). This lets OTP fields automatically pull in verification codes from the texts sent to the Messages app. It’s enabled on beta builds of the Android Messages app.

Google is working on a new Android Messages feature that’ll make entering two-factor authentication (2FA) and OTP codes much simpler, and  [Read More…]

Google Music’s original feature will transition to YouTube Music

As if anyone still has a music library to upload.

What you need to know YouTube Music will soon let users upload their music library for cloud storage. This was an original Google Music feature and Google Play Music users will port their library to YouTube. The transition is expected to happen in the next few months, with the end of Google Play Music in 2020.

Google sources have let slip to 9to5Google that the transition from  [Read More…]

Google Maps feature request: Let me truly customize my transit directions

For many people, quality transit information is far more important than driving directions and traffic.

I’m a huge advocate for taking public transit. Whether you’re living in a city or just visiting, if you’re fortunate enough to have access to a public train system, you should use it when possible. Google Maps does a great job of showing transit directions, which really lowers the barrier for using public transit while traveling.

But as you get familiar with  [Read More…]

OnePlus joins Wireless Power Consortium hinting at OnePlus 8 feature

Just because they’re on the team doesn’t mean they’re playing ball.

What you need to know OnePlus has been spotted on the list of supporting companies for the Wireless Power Consortium. The company’s next flagship OnePlus 8 is rumored to use wireless charging. Joining the consortium is no guarantee that the next phone will use the feature.

After hearing rumors that OnePlus would be including the long-awaited wireless charging feature on the company’s next OnePlus 8 flagship  [Read More…]

The first Android-powered feature phone might be the Nokia 400 4G

It’s been coming since 2019.

What you need to know HMD Global is reportedly working on an Android feature phone. Called the Nokia 400 4G, it’ll ship with a new variant of Android customised for the form factor. New evidence of its existence was just spotted on the Wi-Fi Alliance.

HMD Global, the company behind the Nokia brand, might be getting ready to bring Android to the feature phone world. A phone known as the Nokia 400  [Read More…]

Google Translate will soon get a real-time transcription feature

The feature is expected to start rolling out to users sometime later this year.

What you need to know Google will be adding a live transcription feature to the Google Translate app on Android sometime in the coming months. The feature was previewed by the search giant at an artificial intelligence event held in San Francisco. It will require an active internet connection to work, as the translation will be done on Google’s servers.

The Google Translate  [Read More…]

Microsoft shows Google some love, ports Edge feature to Chrome

The ability to move multiple tabs to a new window is being ported from Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome.

What you need to know Microsoft isn’t only taking Google’s browser tech for its own. The company is also contributing to the Chromium project. A feature found in Microsoft Edge is being ported over to Chromium and Chrome.

While Microsoft may have thrown up its arms and submitted to Google’s dominance in the browser space by porting Edge  [Read More…]

Uber testing feature that lets some California drivers set their own fares

It’s one of several changes being made in response to California’s new gig-economy law.

What you need to know Uber is testing a feature that will let drivers set their own fares. It’s being tested in California, specifically by drivers picking up from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Sacramento. It will allow drivers to set fares in 10 percent increments, up to five times the Uber base price for the ride.

Uber is testing a  [Read More…]