Tag Archive: Mode


How to use the new screen recording mode in OxygenOS 9.5

OnePlus has added a ton of useful new features in OxygenOS 9.5, and one of the most exciting is the screen recorder. There’s now a native screen recorder that’s baked into the interface, and you can even record your own audio as you’re recording the screen, making it a great choice for those offering troubleshooting advice or who want to record something for the web.

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Google Calendar and Google Keep get dark mode on Android

Rolling out to phones via an app update.

What you need to know Google Calendar and Google Keep are getting dark modes on Android. Available with the latest available app update. The rollout could take up to 15 days.

Over the last few months, Google’s been steadily adding an official dark mode to more and more of its apps. Following the likes of Google Messages, News, Contacts, and others, Google’s now announced dark modes for Calendar and  [Read More…]

New Limited-Time Mode highlights latest Fortnite 9.01 patch

Ready for something new? Check it out!

The latest content update for Fortnite — the 9.01 patch — is out today, and with it comes the introduction of a brand new, John Wick-themed limited-time mode, as well as the addition of a new weapon and some minor fixes throughout the game.

Titled Wick’s Bounty, the newest limited-time mode will drop players into a game with gold tokens similar to that of the assassins in the movie. Eliminating  [Read More…]

Every phone should have a Zen Mode

Zen Mode forces you to stop using your phone by disabling everything for 20 minutes. Here’s why I think it needs to be on all phones.

Smartphones are addictive, and while smartphone addiction is not something that can be treated medically, it’s clear that humanity has reached a point where smartphones (and technology in general) are so ingrained in our lives that it’s having an effect.

Children used to spend their days living and enjoying life, but  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Google Assistant Driving mode, a new way to drive safely

Google is changing the way you use your phone in the car… again.

We’ve seen “car mode” on Android change almost as often as messaging apps on Android over the last couple of years, but it seems fairly confident about this new iteration. Briefly announced during the I/O keynote as Google Assistant Driving Mode, this new UI for how you handle things in the car is pretty different from the Android Audio app mode we currently have.  [Read More…]

What’s new in Android Q beta 3: Dark mode, new gestures, better privacy

Dark theme is finally here, the back button is going away, and we have our first look at Focus mode.

The Android Q Beta 3 is going live today, and the build will be making its way to 21 phones from 13 OEMs. We already got a look at some of the new features in Android Q, and with Beta 3 Google is introducing a few new features. Here’s what you need to know about the latest  [Read More…]

Paint it black: Android Auto gains dark mode and new UI

Google’s approach to in-car navigation and technology, Android Auto, gets a fresh coat of paint this summer. Key among the changes is a new, default dark mode.

The phone-powered entertainment and information center that is Android Auto is approaching five years old and, as such, is due for a design refresh. Things have changed in the half-decade since launch and Google feels it has a more intuitive way of doing things.

The new look to Android Auto will be  [Read More…]

Google Chrome for desktop is getting a distraction-free Reader Mode

Reader Mode is now live in the Canary build, coming to beta channel soon.

Google Chrome is getting a built-in reader mode on the desktop, similar to what you get on Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. As its name suggests, Reader Mode facilitates distraction-free reading by stripping out ads, animations, and other background content from a page, leaving only the text and article images.

As spotted by ZDNet, the reader mode is now live in the Chrome  [Read More…]

Galaxy S10 gets a dedicated Night mode with latest software update

It can be enabled manually whenever you want.

The Galaxy S10 has a pretty impressive combo of cameras to work with, and when the lights go down and you still want to snap photos, there’s a feature called “Bright Night” that makes it easier to capture low-light images. As effective as it is, Bright Night is slightly annoying in the sense that it can’t be enabled manually and is only used when the S10 thinks it should  [Read More…]

How to enable One UI (Android 9 Pie) dark mode on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung’s software has provided comprehensive theme capabilities for years but has never had a system-level dark mode like many competitors. Its Android 9 Pie software, which brings the new “One UI” interface, introduces a brand new “Night mode” that accomplishes the same goal: black out as much of the interface as possible, which is easy on your eyes at night but also friendly to your battery. This is how you enable and configure it.

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