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Samsung's Galaxy S21 doesn't support seamless updates

Samsung's Galaxy S21 doesn't support seamless updates

Last year, a change to the Android 11 Vendor Test Suite was spotted, indicating that phones launching with Android 11 and later would be required to support so-called "seamless" updates. This feature allows a phone to install a system update while it's running and simply reboot into the new environment without any user-facing delay. Unfortunately, that hasn't panned out. According to the latest Android 11 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), Google has seemingly walked back that requirement, and we can confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S21 doesn't support seamless updates.

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Weekend poll: Did you pre-order a Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra?

Weekend poll: Did you pre-order a Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra?

Samsung dominates the Android market, especially here in the US. That means quite a few of our readers are likely taking the recent Galaxy S21 series launch as an opportunity to upgrade — especially with how good carrier and trade-in promotions are. So, did you order one, or are you passing on Samsung's latest?

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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the arrival of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the sequel to last year's breakout platformer Dadish, and an average Wallace & Gromit idle game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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January 2021 security patch rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S9, S10, and S21 series

January 2021 security patch rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S9, S10, and S21 series

Samsung is continuing its update hot streak this week, starting the US rollout of the January 2021 security patch with the unlocked Galaxy S20 and Note20, as well as the Verizon S10 5G and A50. The changelog doesn't mention anything other than the bump to January's patch, so don't expect any new features.

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The comprehensive guide to installing and using ADB on any platform

The comprehensive guide to installing and using ADB on any platform

Whether you want to install a custom ROM, activate some hidden Android features, or take screenshots in apps that forbid you from doing so, you'll need the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and fastboot. They're part of Google's SDK platform tools and give you some lower-level access to your phone. You have to prepare a few things before you can start, so here's the comprehensive guide showing you how to get the platform tools up and running on any platform.

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Should Galaxy S20 Fan Edition owners upgrade to the Galaxy S21?

Should Galaxy S20 Fan Edition owners upgrade to the Galaxy S21?

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition was one of the best smartphones of 2020, as it included most of the features of Samsung's more expensive phones at a lower $700 (or $600, or $550) price point. It clearly served as inspiration for the newer Galaxy S21 series, as the phone has the same plastic casing and flat display as the Fan Edition.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks (1/9/21 - 1/23/21)

13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks (1/9/21 - 1/23/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a fabulous winter sports tracker that's finally made its way from iOS to Android, the rebranding of DC Comic's streaming app into a competent comic subscription service, and a new Japanese Twitter app that's been gaining popularity as it receives English-language updates. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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You can now view photorealistic 3D car models from Porsche, Volvo, and more on your Android phone

You can now view photorealistic 3D car models from Porsche, Volvo, and more on your Android phone

About a month ago, Google published highly realistic 3D models of 250+ cars that could be viewed with an Android phone in the Search app. Today, Google has added models from Porsche, Volvo, and FCA (well, it's Stellantis now) to the mix, making it even easier to daydream.

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All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you're staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.

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Google details its 'bubblier and bouncier' mobile Search redesign

Google details its 'bubblier and bouncier' mobile Search redesign

Google's well known for extensively and silently testing different UI tweaks, sometimes for years before settling on something. So, it's nice when the company outright announces an upcoming redesign — we know what to expect and look for before it's thrust upon us. Just earlier today, Google teased us with what it calls a "bubblier," "bouncier," and more Googley refresh of Search on mobile. It's expected to roll out in the coming days (though some folks may already have it) and honestly, it looks pretty good.

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