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Logitech’s voice-controlled Harmony Express is being discontinued, will stop working in September

Logitech took a risk when it launched the Harmony Express, a new take on age-old problems surrounding universal remotes. Instead of plastering the device with every button you could possibly need, the Express' primary input is its microphone, powered by Amazon Alexa. While our own Ryne Hager loved this approach in his review last year, the unique strategy apparently didn't catch on as much as the company had hoped: Logitech is discontinuing the remote on September 30, 2020, when the Express and its companion apps will stop working.

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Google Home will soon let you specify what type of device a smart plug controls

Smart plugs are a great way to make simple electronics more intelligent — be it an old lamp with a non-removable light bulb, an older TV, or a coffee maker. However, the intelligent outlets have no way of telling what's plugged into them, so until recently, any smart plug just got a generic logo in the Home app. That changed when Google started automatically adjusting the symbol depending on what you call the device — e.g., "desk light" will give you a light bulb icon — but there was no way of manually changing it until now. It looks like Google wants to change this, as the iOS Home app has received an option to change the device type manually.

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Google Fit gets a selection of curated workout videos courtesy of YouTube

Google wants to help us stay fit during a time of disrupted routines. That's why the company's Fit team joined forces with YouTube and added a new video feed to the Fit app. You'll find all kinds of health-related content from different creators in it, such as home workouts, meditation routines, and mental wellness tips.

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Galaxy Tab S7+ leak reveals the specs of Samsung's iPad Pro competitor

Samsung remains the sole Android manufacturer really trying to take on the iPad these days, and it looks like the company is not lowering the effort it's putting into its Tab S series. After we've already seen first renders of the Galaxy Tab S7+ and got some details on a 12.4-inch screen and the dimensions, SamMobile now provides an almost complete overview of the rest of the tablet's hardware specifications.

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Google officially reveals Nest speaker set to replace Home

Following those previous leaks, Google has taken a page out of its own book and shown us a glimpse of "what the Nest team is working on from home." The images (and video!) clearly depict the upcoming Nest Speaker, confirming the overall design we saw earlier today.

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Phone makers are breaking your favorite apps with reckless changes to Android's power optimization features

Power management on Android has always been a very real problem. While Google has done what it can over the years to improve battery life (with success, I'd argue), some smartphone companies still don't think it's enough. Many make their own adjustments on top of so-called "stock" Android, and in many cases these modifications interfere with normal operations, resulting in issues ranging from delayed notifications, to prematurely killed apps, and even outright breaking behaviors that developers rely on. In fact, the lack of predictability that has ensued under the current laissez-faire power management scheme has become so dire that it recently took the top spot in a developer AMA request thread for Android 11 on reddit.

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Gboard may soon get a toggle to follow system dark theme, according to teardown

An APK analysis of version 9.6 of Gboard has revealed some major aesthetic changes and some good news on dark theme programming. Changes, as dug up by 9to5Google and seen here, may or may not be carried over to the public release.

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Google's response to Android apps getting delayed or killed in the background leaves a lot to be desired

Google's Android AMA is underway, and the team's engineers have already answered the most hotly-anticipated question: How will Google fix the problem of inconsistent background limits across different manufacturers and devices? It's a long-standing problem where overly aggressive power management tweaks break functionality in plenty of apps, resulting in a headache for developers and frustration for users. According to the AMA, Google does plan on making a few changes to help fix things, but the company isn't doing all that it could.

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Android 11 won't have scrolling screenshots after all

One feature that is now extremely common on Android devices is scrolling screenshots, where the phone will scroll through content automatically to create a super-tall image. However, the functionality has yet to appear in stock Android (or Pixel phones), and Google confirmed today that it won't be ready in time for Android 11.

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Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro delivers adaptive brightness adjustments

Update pulses are now reaching OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro owners on the Open Beta program. Pretty much all of the major talking points in the changelog are quality-of-life improvements and bug squashes, but not all the puzzle pieces are there.

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