Tag Archive: Users

Users are petitioning Samsung to stop using Exynos processors in its phones

It’s already gathered nearly 2,300 signatures in a single day.

What you need to know Some users are complaining about Samsung’s use of Exynos processors in its phones. Calling these products “inferior,” the petition asks Samsung to abandon the lineup and use only Qualcomm’s SoCs in its phones. In just a day, nearly 2,300 people have already signed up.

While Samsung may be proud of its capability to manufacture its SoCs in-house, its customers clearly aren’t satisfied  [Read More…]

Google One users get gifted $5 Play Store credit

It’s essentially a free month and a half of base Google One storage.

What you need to know Google One is Google’s paid storage subscription service. The company is now offering users of its service a $ 5 reward voucher. This can be redeemed across all of Google’s Play enabled devices to purchase apps, books, movies, and games.

If you have a Google One subscription, you would do well to check your email. A nice surprise might  [Read More…]

Google’s G Suite, which includes Docs, just surpassed 2 billion users

G Suite boss Javier Soltero also suggested the company is looking at better integration between apps for the future.

What you need to know G Suite now has over 2 billion active monthly users, the GM and VP of G Suite revealed this week. Bringing smart compose to other apps beyond just Gmail and Docs is one of the ways the company is looking to improve its productivity suite. It’s also looking at improving integration between the  [Read More…]

Some VPN apps and ad blockers have been spying on users’ phones

A total of 20 apps with a combined 35 million downloads were found to be engaging in these practices.

What you need to know Sensor Tower, a data analytics company, has been using an assortment of free VPNs and ad-blocking apps to collect user data. The identified apps have more than 35 million downloads in total. Both Google and Apple have removed some of these apps from their app stores since the revelations.

A new report from  [Read More…]

Spotify’s brand new home screen is now rolling out for Android users

It offers customized content recommendations based on the time of day.

What you need to know Spotify has updated its mobile and tablet Home screens to help users access their favorite content faster. The new section at the top offers recommendations that keep changing throughout the day. The updated home screen is now rolling out to users globally.

Spotify has started rolling out a redesigned home screen to users, which it says has been designed to help  [Read More…]

Broadcasting to specific Assistant speakers is in testing for some users

For the last couple of years, the only option has been to broadcast your message to all of your connected speakers.

What you need to know Broadcast is a feature that lets you send either a custom or Google default message to all of your Google Assitant enabled speakers. The impending update will allow you to specify the speaker you’d like to send the message to. Currently, there is no official mention from Google about broadcasting to  [Read More…]

A Gmail bug is preventing users from emptying their spam and trash folders

Google is aware of the problem and is working on a fix.

What you need to know Your email might be a bit messier than usual today. The Gmail app on Android is no longer showing the option to clean the spam and trash folders in their entirety. Google has said this is a bug and will hopefully fix the problem soon.

The Gmail app on Android is acting up a bit, as reported by the folks  [Read More…]

Facing backlash, Ring gives users additional privacy controls

In light of recent privacy scandals, the security company Ring has made a concerted effort over the past few months to empower its users to take greater control over their data and video feeds. Features such as two-factor authentication are now officially required to set up a new account, and the company is phasing in additional user controls like the ability to control what information is shared with third-parties (coming this spring) and opt-out of personalized advertising. We’ll  [Read More…]

Essential Phone users will get a taste of Android 11 (with a small catch)

It won’t be as effortless as a simple OTA, but it’s better than nothing.

What you need to know Essential will let users flash the Android 11 Developer Preview on their devices. The firm made a few public code-commits on their GitHub repo aimed at improving Essential Phone compatibility with Android 11’s Generic System Images. Essential was shut down this month, with all official updates and support for the Essential Phone going forward being necessarily discontinued.

Essential  [Read More…]

Google warns users against sideloading its apps on Huawei devices

Huawei’s latest phones are considered “uncertified” for Google Play Protect.

What you need to know In a new post, Google’s Legal Director for Android and Google Play warned users against sideloading Google’s apps on Huawei’s latest phones. He noted that Huawei’s latest phones were not Play Protect certified, and sideloading Google Mobile Services could pose a security threat. Huawei phones launched before May 16, 2019 will continue to be supported, however.

Following its addition to the U.S.  [Read More…]