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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.