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Option to force 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 is back in Android 11 Beta 3

Option to force 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 is back in Android 11 Beta 3

The setting to forcibly enable the Pixel 4 to a 90Hz-always mode has been brought back as of Android 11 Beta 3. So far as we can tell, the setting was removed in Beta 2. However, it has been brought back — seemingly with a new name.

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The Android 11 Easter egg has landed, and the cats are back

The Android 11 Easter egg has landed, and the cats are back

Android 11's Easter egg has landed as part of the Beta 3 release, and it should probably be familiar to folks that remember Android 7 Nougat. That's right — the cats are back. Get ready for some kitty collecting.

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Android 11 Beta 3 is here with support for the Pixel 4a — our last beta before the official release

Android 11 Beta 3 is here with support for the Pixel 4a — our last beta before the official release

Android 11 Beta 3 is out today. (Surprise! A rare Thursday release.) For folks keeping track at home, this is the last beta version before Android 11 is formally released later this summer — probably on September 8th, unless there are some last-minute changes. Google considers this a "release candidate build," so those of you that want to get a taste of Android 11 early have your best shot at stability, and developers can rest assured basically everything in Beta 3 is fixed, final, and ready for your last rounds of app compatibility testing.

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Xiaomi launches its aggressively-priced Mi TV Stick in India

Xiaomi launches its aggressively-priced Mi TV Stick in India

Last month, Xiaomi took the stage in an online-only event to show off a slew of products, including its Redmi 9 phone series and its new true wireless earbuds. Among them was also the hotly anticipated and often-leaked Mi TV Stick, which the company has now finally released in India, where it will become available for purchase starting August 7.

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Wear OS will lose Google Play Music months before a YouTube Music app exists

Wear OS will lose Google Play Music months before a YouTube Music app exists

Google Play Music is being phased out in favor of YouTube Music starting next month. That change already exacerbates the need for the latter to achieve a desirable feature parity with its predecessor, but it also now presents a challenging chasm for Wear OS users who will lose access to Play Music without a robust YouTube Music experience.

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Android TV gains new recommendation section and simplified subscription sign ups

Android TV gains new recommendation section and simplified subscription sign ups

When Android TV launched with the Nexus Player back in 2014, it was a bit of a rough start. In the years following, Google has kept working on the platform. The company has improved Chromecast audio support and announced that Casting content in general will soon be a much better experience. Now Google is announcing more new features like simple subscription sign ups and personalized highlights on the home screen.

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Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Google's new Cast Connect library might sound a bit snore, but it should make casting to Android TV devices a whole lot better. With it, developers can do a few new things, but by far the most important is that it will allow hardware remotes to control 'casted playback, and apps can open Chromecast streams remotely into the same app on your Android TV.

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Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature for Android is now officially rolling out. Marking the successful end of a test that started back in June, the long-awaited Android Beam successor is landing today on Google's Pixels and select Samsung phones, and it should be coming to all phones running Android 6.0 and later in the coming weeks. Chromebook support is also planned "in the coming months."

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Stadia's Android TV workaround can now be used without a mouse

Stadia's Android TV workaround can now be used without a mouse

A few months ago in June, a Stadia app update added (unofficial) support for Android TV. To get it up and running, you need a mouse, a Bluetooth controller, and you have to sideload the Stadia phone app including some weird scaling, all of which makes it more of a proof of concept right now. The latest Stadia update to version 2.26 doesn't quite fix any of these gripes, but at least you don't need a mouse to navigate the Stadia store and game selector anymore — controllers are finally supported for that.

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The long-awaited Android Auto update for BMWs is now available

The long-awaited Android Auto update for BMWs is now available

Virtually every major auto manufacturer has already incorporated Android Auto into their infotainment systems, leaving BMW as the final holdout. Although the company had claimed in 2017 that it had no plans to add Android Auto to their lineup, it must have changed its mind at some point, because it announced in December of last year that Android Auto would be coming in July 2020. Well, it's July 2020, and I can confirm that BMW has finally made this long-awaited Android Auto update available.

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