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Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

For many, the hardest part of having an electric vehicle is route planning on longer trips. In-range drives aren't really an issue, but if you have to stop to charge, it can be a bit of a hassle estimating when and where to do it, and it gets more complicated the longer the trip is. A conservative estimate just wastes time, which is already at a premium with you having to wait at each pit stop to top up. But for EVs with Google Maps built-in, like the recent Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, it's less of an issue thanks to some new tweaks rolling out now.

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Android 12 might decouple fonts and emoji from system updates 🤯

Android 12 might decouple fonts and emoji from system updates 🤯

Every year, the Unicode Consortium releases new sets of emoji, adding ever more options to our already big selection of smileys. Unfortunately, Android stores emoji on the system partition, along with fonts, so a full system update is required to get the latest and greatest on your phone — particularly a nuisance if your phone's manufacturer isn't known to provide fast OTAs. That might be about to change with Android 12. Some commits have been merged that would make emoji and fonts updateable without a new OS release.

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Pixels could get iPhone-style back tap gesture with Android 12

Pixels could get iPhone-style back tap gesture with Android 12

Touchscreen presses and gestures make up the vast majority of our interactions with smartphones these days, but sometimes it's nice to be able to perform an action without looking, as we could by squeezing the Active Edge to summon the Google Assistant on older Pixels. A similar feature that enabled double-tapping on the back of the phone was in the works for Android 11 but didn't make it into the final version. Thankfully, it seems like it will make a comeback in Android 12.

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TCL plans to update its 2019 and 2020 TVs to Android 11

TCL plans to update its 2019 and 2020 TVs to Android 11

At the recently concluded CES 2021, TCL made a host of announcements about its upcoming 8K and mini LED TV range — one of which touched upon Google TV coming to its 2021 lineup. Now the company has a little news to share about its existing Android TV models, some of which are now confirmed to be getting an Android 11 update.

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App Pairs on Android 12 may let you open two apps at once

App Pairs on Android 12 may let you open two apps at once

Long gone are the days when smartphones were tiny and cramped, and multitasking on them was a distant dream. With the adoption of larger displays and more flexible software, smartphones make it easier than ever before to do more at once. Split-screen, a native Android feature, already lets you work with two apps at the same time. Now Google is reportedly working on a way to make it even easier to multitask, with a new App Pairs feature for launching two apps simultaneously.

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Sony Xperia 5 II owners are getting a major update with Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 II owners are getting a major update with Android 11

Sony's latest compact flagship may not be a phone we'd recommend to most people, but current owners of the Xperia 5 II are already in for a major upgrade. Last year, the company shared its estimated Android 11 update timeline and now Sony is rolling out Google's newest OS to the Xperia 5 II right on schedule.

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Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Here's how Google might simplify Wi-Fi password sharing in Android 12

Asking for the Wi-Fi password always feels a little awkward, but Google has been working on ways to make the process easier. Android 10 allowed users to share network details via QR codes, and now it looks like Nearby Share could simplify things even further in an upcoming version of Android — possibly even this year's Android 12 release.

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Google may add a Restricted Networking Mode in Android 12

Google may add a Restricted Networking Mode in Android 12

Android 11 may not have rolled out to your phone just yet, but that doesn't change the fact that we're going to hear a lot more about Android 12 starting next month. If previous years are any indicator, February will see the announcement of the first developer preview. We recently learned about the upcoming app hibernation feature, and today we've heard about yet another one.

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Google can’t seem to fix an Android 11 issue that breaks support for gaming controllers

Google can’t seem to fix an Android 11 issue that breaks support for gaming controllers

Touchscreens are great for many things, but gaming is not one of them. A better way to play games on smartphones is with the help of controllers and gamepads, and with the dawn of cloud gaming, they've sort of become essential for a console-like gaming experience on the go. Unfortunately, for some users, Android 11 is acting funny with controllers, and in certain cases refuses to recognize them or let them be remapped.

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Unlocked, T-Mobile, and Verizon Galaxy S20 FE now receiving Android 11-based One UI 3 update

Unlocked, T-Mobile, and Verizon Galaxy S20 FE now receiving Android 11-based One UI 3 update

Android 11 is slowly starting to make its way to Samsung phones on US carriers, with the Verizon Galaxy S20 FE being the latest recipient. The update started hitting global S20 FE variants around a month ago, making its way stateside last week on the AT&T model. Now, it's Big Red's turn to send the OTA out.

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