Tag Archive: Mode


If you’re not using night mode on Google Home, you’re doing it wrong

Don’t let dumb AI kill the mood.

When you think of “night mode” on a device, you think of a dimmed screen and muted notifications. I’d never really thought about it on something that doesn’t have a display.

That is, until I stashed the Google Home Max in my bedroom.

Because there’s nothing quite like enjoying a day full of Norwegian death metal in the comfort of one’s own chambers, only to retire to bed in the evening  [Read More…]

Android apps now support split-screen in Chrome OS’s tablet mode

The line between Chrome OS and Android has always been blurry, and that was even more the case when Android apps got support for running natively on Chromebooks. Now the seemingly desktop operating system from Google has been given support to run Android apps in split-screen while using tablet mode. To activate it after opening […]

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Android apps now support split-screen in Chrome OS’s tablet mode

Available first in Chrome OS’s Canary channel.

While Chrome OS may have started out as Google’s own desktop operating system, it’s rapidly been doubling as the company’s new focus for tablets, too. In the latest move towards this, Chrome OS’s Canary channel now lets you run Android apps in split-screen while using tablet mode.

This was first discovered by the team at ChromeUnboxed, and you can watch their video below to see this feature in action. After  [Read More…]

Instagram welcomes new Type Mode in Stories, here’s how to take advantage of it

Instagram is a photo-centric app, but with the latest update, the company is now offering users the option to add text-only posts in Instagram Stories. The new Type mode uses creative text styles and backgrounds to encourage individuals to express their thoughts with the help of colorful and expressive tools. Instagram also notes you can […]

How to enable developer mode on your Chromebook

Developer mode lets you access deeper parts of Chrome OS. Here’s how to enable it!

At first glance, it may not look like you can do much tinkering on a Chromebook. Open the device, sign in, and enjoy the security of the sandboxed operating system. But if you do want to do more with your Chromebook — run other operating systems, install full Linux programs or sideload Android applications — you’ll need to enable developer mode first.

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Pixel 2 portrait mode can now be used on certain non-Google phones

Thank goodness for ports.

Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 is one of the things that continues to impress me on the phone even after months of using it, and it’s something that was recently ported over to the first-generation Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X as an update to Charles Chow’s Camera NX app. Now, thanks to another developer by the name of Arnova8G2 on the XDA Developers forums, the Pixel 2’s portrait mode can be used on  [Read More…]

Pixel 2 portrait mode now works on 2016 Pixel, Nexus 6P, and 5X

Available now as part of v7.3 of Camera NX.

It’s no secret that the Pixel 2 has an incredible camera, and one of its standout features is portrait mode. Google’s kept this locked to the Pixel 2 and likely won’t release it to other phones anytime soon, but thanks to the hard work of developer Charles Chow, you can now get portrait mode on your first-gen Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.

If Chow’s name sounds familiar,  [Read More…]

How to enable Google Home ‘Guest mode’

Some parties are best handled by a single DJ, but it doesn’t hurt to let guests get in on the fun sometimes.

The Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max can be great party companions, filling the room with music or podcasts and taking occasional breaks to answer questions. But what if your guests want to play something from their own collection rather than talking to it directly? Well that’s what “Guest mode” is for. Once you  [Read More…]

How to enable Chromecast ‘Guest mode’

You don’t have to share your whole network just to let someone use your Chromecast.

The one significant usability hurdle around the Chromecast is that it has no dedicated interface or controls. But a great way to relieve some of that pressure when you have friends and family over is to enable what’s called “Guest mode.” With a little setup ahead of time, you can let people Cast to your Chromecast without getting them onto your home  [Read More…]

Why is there no AR Plus mode for Pokémon Go on Android?

The latest feature for Pokemon Go is iOS-only. Again.

For a company that used to be a part of Google, the folks at Niantic sure seem to be favoring people who use iPhones with the smash hit Pokémon Go game. The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch available today with its own Pokémon Go app for tracking steps, and no further mention of this ever coming to Android Wear. Now, with the latest update to the app,  [Read More…]