Asking for the Wi-Fi password always feels a little awkward, but Google has been working on ways to make the process easier. Android 10 allowed users to share network details via QR codes, and now it looks like Nearby Share could simplify things even further in an upcoming version of Android — possibly even this year's Android 12 release.
Google's Play Points rewards program, which offers about 1% in rewards points for your Play Store purchases, is now available in 13 more countries, ten of which are in Europe. Last we'd heard about Play Points, there were 9 countries on the list, so the support has more than doubled with these latest additions.
OnePlus hasn't been quite up to the mark with software updates, as its inability to push the Android 11 update to its 2019 flagships, among other instances, reflects. Last month the company announced it wouldn't be able to get that update out to the 7 and 7T because of an issue it encountered during software development. While stable Android 11 still isn't within sight, the company has just announced Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 7 and the 7T series.
Another month, another Chrome release: Following the usual beta testing period, Google has just started rolling out version 88 of its browser, and there are quite a few improvements and significant changes on board. The release enhances some password protection features and paves the way for more web apps in the Play Store, but it also says goodbye to FTP connections and puts the final nail in the Flash Player's coffin.
Not too long ago, Reuters reported that LG was looking to outsource some of its smartphone business, particularly when it comes to low-end devices. Now a rumor has popped up that the company is looking to sell its smartphone business altogether, courtesy of Korean outlet TheElec. However, LG's global communicator Ken Hong confirmed to us that there's absolutely nothing to these rumors.
The Galaxy Buds Live, affectionately known as the Galaxy Beans, are now discounted at Best Buy in refurbished form. For only $69.99, $100 less than MSRP new, you can have yourself a pair of true wireless buds that will (hopefully) nestle comfortably in your ears and let you listen to your music in peace.
Today marks the launch of Hitman 3 on Stadia. Like most modern AAA games, there are a couple of editions to choose from. The Standard Edition is priced at $59.99, and the Deluxe Edition is $79.99. Stadia users can also expect State Share (a feature to share your missions with friends) to be included with today's release, and better yet, Hitman 1 and 2 will also offer State Share starting today. Beyond the arrival of Hitman 3, Google has announced a free weekend (starting Thursday) for WWE 2K Battlegrounds and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Plus, the quirky indie platformer Pikuniku was recently released on the platform, rounding out a solid week of Stadia news, and the week isn't even over yet.
Music is one of the best ways to motivate yourself when working out, which is why it's key to have a good pair of buds as your workout companion. Jabra is known for the quality and durability of its wireless earbuds, especially its Active range, which is designed to provide sweat resistance and comfort while you exercise. They're usually relatively costly, as they traditionally went for $140, but they're now down to just $90 on Amazon and Best Buy.
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.