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Google Messages might stop working on uncertified phones at the end of March

Google Messages might stop working on uncertified phones at the end of March

Google Messages is one of the prettiest and most useful messaging apps in the Android world, so it's no surprise that some people download the app as a replacement for their pre-installed default messaging app on phones that don't ship with Google apps. It looks like they might soon not be able to use Messages anymore if they don't have a certified device. XDA Developers has uncovered a string that points to a March 31 deadline when the app will stop working on phones without Google services.

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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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These cases turn the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro into a retro flip phone

These cases turn the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro into a retro flip phone

Truly wireless earbuds are hella convenient, but the comparatively expensive price tags associated with them usually call for the use of cases. While most official cases are a standard affair, Samsung's newest ones for its latest Galaxy Buds Pro offer up some welcome nostalgia.

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Wine, the Windows compatibility layer for Android, hits v6.0

Wine, the Windows compatibility layer for Android, hits v6.0

Wine version 5.0 was released almost exactly a year ago, and today, the open-source project is back with another significant update to v6.0. It adds some major improvements to the Windows compatibility layer, including an experimental Vulkan renderer for WineD3D, sRGB support, better support for input methods, and an initial USB kernel driver.

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MediaTek wants to put its new chips in your next 5G phone

MediaTek wants to put its new chips in your next 5G phone

MediaTek has just announced two new 5G-compatible chipsets for upcoming phones: The Dimensity 1200 and 1100. Incrementally improving on the prior Dimensity 1000, these new chips pack better A78 cores, hit faster display refresh rates, and they're built in TSMC's newer 6nm node. Mediatek hopes they'll end up in your next phone — assuming you can live without mmWave 5G and can stomach the wait.

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Verizon now pushing Android 11 update to Galaxy Z Fold2

Verizon now pushing Android 11 update to Galaxy Z Fold2

As Samsung promised in its international update timeline, the Galaxy Z Fold2 has just started receiving Android 11 this month. The update includes the latest version of One UI, 3.0, and the most recent Android security patch from January 2021, as SamMobile reports.

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Google Sheets adds range name box for faster navigation

Google Sheets adds range name box for faster navigation

Google has added a simple, but useful feature to Sheets: a range name box. If you click to the left of the formula bar, the new dropdown shows your current ranges in the sheet, as well as an option to manage new ranges.

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Netflix to roll out Shuffle Play feature globally in the next few months

Netflix to roll out Shuffle Play feature globally in the next few months

Netflix announced its Q4 2020 earnings today, but amidst the actual figures being presented, the company briefly mentioned a new feature it's been working on. The working title for this is Shuffle Play, and it'll help you decide what to watch by showing content its algorithms think you'll like. Netflix says this feature will fully roll out to all users worldwide by the first half of this year.

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Bug causing Google Search queries with custom date ranges to freeze has been fixed

Bug causing Google Search queries with custom date ranges to freeze has been fixed

When you run as many services with as many features as Google, bugs tend to pop up from time to time. The latest major bug concerns Google Search's custom date ranges, which are causing tabs to freeze when used. Google is working on fixing this and has presented a workaround for the time being.

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Google Pay now works with another 18 American financial institutions

Google Pay now works with another 18 American financial institutions

Google Pay already works with about 3,000 partners, but that doesn't hinder it from continuing to support more banks and credit unions. After adding 89 financial institutions to the list last month, the mobile payment service just added another 67 just in the US.

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