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Android 10 allows multiple apps to access your microphone at once

Android 10 is now available in its final form on a few phones, but some of its more interesting changes flew under the radar. One of those is a change to how audio inputs work, which allows multiple apps to access audio input at once — in some cases, anyway.

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Disney+ launches early in the Netherlands, available as a free trial until November release

Disney+ is launching on November 12 in the US, but in a surprise move, the company is allowing residents of The Netherlands to sign up for a limited pilot phase starting today. It will be free to use there until it officially goes live in a couple of months. For now, the catalog appears to be limited, though there are some surprises. It's safe to assume that Disney will be adding more series and movies ahead of the full release.

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Here's how to get the battery percentage back on Android 10

Android 10 includes a few changes to the status bar and quick settings panel. One of those is that the battery percentage is no longer displayed at the top of the quick settings, only an estimate of how much time is remaining until your phone dies. Thankfully, it's easy to get the percentage back.

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Android 10's share sheet smacks down apps that try to game the alphabetical order

The share sheet in Android 10 has seen many a change. It's supposedly faster, has new previews for links and images before sharing them, eight direct share targets, and four suggested apps on top, plus it uses a strict alphabetical order for apps. What we hadn't noticed, even though it's been there since Beta 3, is one other improvement: apps can no longer hijack the share sheet by naming their targets as "Add to."

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Play Store slices start showing up in Android 10's settings

Ever since Android 10's first betas, we started noticing bits of information pop up at the top of the general settings section. We've seen them for everything, from available Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices to notification channels, customizable styles and themes, and more. A new suggestion is making its way to that area and, this time, it's for the Play Store.

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[Update: In the US] Android 9 Pie rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Tab A 2017

We're fast approaching the final release of Android Q, but Android 9 Pie is still trickling out to some devices. Two such devices: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Tab A, both released in 2017. The tablets have started seeing the update in some Asian countries.

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[Update: Fixed] The My Verizon app is causing call delays on Android 10 devices

It's not atypical for new OS releases to have teething issues, and Android 10 is no different... at least for Verizon users. Those on Big Red who just updated to the latest Android software have been experiencing severe call delays on their Pixels, and it turns out that the My Verizon app is to blame. The issue can be alleviated by revoking some permissions or deleting the app altogether.

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[Update: Live in Canary] Chrome may soon add native clipboard sharing

One of Chrome's signature features is the option to sync your complete browsing experience across all devices you own. There are just a couple of notable exceptions from this synchronization though, including the option to access the same clipboard across multiple devices, which would allow you to copy and paste information from one computer to another (or to a phone). While some extensions can provide this ability, sharing everything you type with a browser add-on comes with inherent security risks. As such, Google appears to be working on native clipboard sharing capability, although we don't have a lot of details yet.

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Opinion: The Apple Watch Series 5 embarrasses Wear OS yet again — it's time for changes

Apple just announced its fifth-generation Apple Watch, and no surprise, it puts Google's Wear OS ecosystem to shame. Even with a headstart on wearables, Google has made such slow progress that Apple easily dominates the market. With the Series 5, Apple has adopted one of the last features that set Wear OS apart. We've waited years for Wear OS to click, and it's simply not happening. It's time for Google to rethink its approach to Wear OS before it slides completely into irrelevance.

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[Update: Back, Norway too] Android Auto support expands to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden

Given the sheer amount of cars that now support Android Auto, you might be surprised to learn that the in-car software isn't actually supported everywhere. Today there are 40 countries that Android Auto is officially available in, with four of those added today and four added late last year.

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