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New update for ASUS Zenfone 6 includes camera improvements

The Zenfone 6 has been one of the best surprises in the smartphone industry this year. Asus has been making Android phones for years, but the excellent design, flagship specifications, and low $499 price tag of the ZF6 made it fiercely competitive with OnePlus' devices. A new update is rolling out for the device that makes it even better, with improvements to the camera, power consumption, and more.

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Chrome might add support for scheduled notifications that even work offline

If you use Chrome, then you have probably seen it deliver a notification — or, at least, you've been to one of those sites that spams you with repeated requests to enable them, yuck. According to some changes spotted by Chrome Story at the Chromium Gerrit, that notification system could be picking up the ability to schedule notifications for the future.

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Cross-platform Bluetooth device sync arrives in Chrome OS Beta channel

Last year, Google announced a series of improvements coming to Fast Pair, a component of Google Play Services that detects nearby Bluetooth devices and pairs them automatically. One of the promised features was the ability to sync connected devices across multiple devices, whether they were Android phones or Chromebooks. At long last, Chrome OS integration appears to finally be going live, at least in the beta channel.

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Samsung Galaxy A10e and A20 coming to T-Mobile on July 26, available now from Metro

Samsung is slowly starting to bring more of its mid-range devices to the United States. Some carriers began selling the Galaxy A50 last month, while the lower-end A10e became available from AT&T two weeks ago. If you're a T-Mobile customer, you'll be able to grab both the A20 and A10e starting July 26th. Alternatively, if you're on the Metro by T-Mobile NVMO, it's available now.

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Sky: Children of the Light is coming to Android, and you can pre-register right now

Sky: Children of the Light comes from Thatgamecompany, the same developer behind the critically-acclaimed titles Journey, Flower, and Flow. Sky offers an experience closest to that of Journey, where the player gets to explore a beautiful world in an effort to discover an evolving story that's told through meditative puzzle-based gameplay. Unlike Journey, Sky is a title that was built to focus more on a multiplayer aesthetic where players can easily team up with friends and strangers to journey through the world together while solving the game's many puzzles. Sky: Children landed on iOS at the tail end of last week, but it is also coming to Android sometime in the future, and you can pre-register on the Play Store right now.

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OnePlus Nightscape mode coming to telephoto and ultra-wide cameras on the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus has made great strides in camera quality over the last few years. Whereas past OP cameras have been "good for the price," the OnePlus 7 Pro is just plain "good." It's going to get a little better soon, though. OnePlus product manager Zake Zhang says the night camera mode will come to all the device's cameras soon.

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Hex Installer enables Substratum-like theming for Samsung Galaxy phones

After years of torturing customers with the hopelessly bloated TouchWiz UI, Samsung's software team has drastically improved the user experience on recent flagships. The latest interface is OneUI, and if you want to change the look of it you can do so using themes found in the Galaxy Store. There's little room for self-customization though, which is where a new app called Hex Installer comes in. It allows you to tweak every bit of the UI to your liking, including within some third-party apps, which is very reminiscent of Substratum.

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Chrome OS might get a touchpad gesture to move between virtual desktops

Back in 2018, Google told us that it was planning on adding support for virtual desktops to Chrome OS, and following some teasing, we finally got them under the name "Virtual Desks." The only real issue with Google's implementation was with navigation: you had to enter the "Overview" mode then manually click around the list of desktops like some kind of laptop-wielding neanderthal. Thankfully, a recently spotted comment on the Chromium bug tracker (noticed by Chrome Unboxed) indicates we'll eventually get a "4-finger swipe and lift" gesture that should make using Virtual Desks much easier.

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Google is stopping people in the street to buy their face data — possibly for Pixel 4's 'Face ID'

If you're working on any kind of software that utilizes facial recognition — a secure Face ID camera system for a phone is just one example that comes to mind — you need a good amount of data in order to train the AI that powers it. Google isn't exactly new to the data collection game, but you might be surprised to learn that it's been doing so via such an old-fashioned method.

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All-time low: Nokia 7.1 drops to $250 ($100 off)

The Nokia 7.1 was released a year ago and remains one of the most relevant budget devices on the market. The phone was initially priced at $350 when it came out, but it's dropped to $300 a couple of times since then. The handset has now reached an all-time-low, as several retailers are selling it for just $250.

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