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How to scan QR codes on Android

QR codes have almost infinite uses. Be it simply sharing a URL, a Wi-Fi password, acting as a web authenticator, or helping your pay for goods and services, these little black-and-white jumble squares have evolved into a truly ubiquitous part of our lives. But when you're not using an app or phone feature that specifically knows you want to scan a QR code, you may find yourself a bit puzzled, and that's led many people to just rush to the Play Store and download one of a million ad-filled scanner apps. The fact is, there are far better ways to scan QR codes on Android that don't involve installing a sketchy app, using everything from Google Lens, to your smartphone's own camera app, to a lightweight website that does the job without trackers and ads.

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Latest OxygenOS update nerfs OnePlus 8 Pro's 'X-ray' camera

There's been an outsize and protracted hubbub over the OnePlus 8 Pro's color filter camera. It let users see through some thin plastics and other materials, including certain types of cloth — leading to worries about it granting "X-ray vision." It was never particularly effective at seeing through clothing, but nevertheless, OnePlus is rolling out a patch to stem potential abuse by limiting the camera's functionality.

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OnePlus Nord leak points to quad-camera array with 48MP main sensor

OnePlus is drumming up the marketing for its upcoming affordable Nord phone, publishing a documentary, some trailers, and Instagram posts full of hidden details. Despite the official debut slated for July 21, we still don't know too much about the hardware, except for a confirmed Snapdragon 765G processor and rumored dual-front facing cameras. Now some more information regarding photography has leaked, as Android Central alleges that the phone will have a "flagship-level" camera array with four lenses and a 48MP main sensor.

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The best Android power user features you may have forgotten about

With over a decade under its belt, Android has built a long history as Google's mobile operating system. And in that history are dozens of little features, changes, and updates that have added, removed, or modified aspects of that OS in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. But for every new option Google brings to Android, we're probably forgetting one that been in there for years that we've simply not bothered to use in a while. And in some cases, these are pretty genuinely useful things!

Remember you can use two fingers to swipe down for quick settings? Screen pinning? Lock screen messages?

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Wyze's long-awaited outdoor camera is here: 1080p, no subscription requirement, $50

It hasn't exactly been a secret that smart home company Wyze has been working on an outdoor camera. Wyze said it was beta-testing such a product in February, and the camera passed through the FCC in April. Now every little detail about the camera has been revealed, including the price.

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Get an Echo Show for $10 when you buy one of these discounted Blink XT2 cameras

Amazon introduced its Blink XT2 smart security camera system last summer, and while it didn't quite compare to the likes of Nest and Arlo, it stood out for its affordability. It was already a good value for someone looking to do wireless security, and now it's even better with the bonus of a basically free screen. For a limited time only, you can buy an Echo Show 5 for only $10 when you pick up a set of Blink XT2 cameras.

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DJI's 4K-capable Osmo Action Cam drops to a new all-time low of $229

When you think of action cameras, the first name that probably comes to mind is the ubiquitous GoPro. However, a worthy competitor emerged when the Osmo Action Cam from well-known drone manufacturer DJI launched last summer for $350. Right now, you can pick up one of these 4K-capable action cams for an all-time low of only $229 at Amazon — saving yourself $150 off the original MSRP in the process.

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OnePlus Camera v4 prepares for OnePlus 8 series release with some UI changes (APK Download)

The latest camera app from the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro is now available to download from APK Mirror, and it's got a few little changes in preparation for the release of the new phones. The most noticeable difference from the previous version is that the settings are now accessible from a new button in the top right corner instead of via the pull-up section at the bottom where camera modes are located.

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First OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro ROMs are available for download

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the latest flagships to hit the market, and even though we generally like them, there are some downsides to both of them. While OP can't do much about hardware characteristics like curved edges or crushed blacks, some things can be fixed in software. As such, the phones have already received an update to Oxygen OS 10.5.4 ahead of sales starting April 29, and now that ROM is also available for download on OP's website.

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Today only: Keep an eye on your home with the eufyCam E wireless security camera for just $100 ($150 off)

If you're looking for an affordable security camera that's packed with features, the EufyCam E is the one for you. It's got everything you need, and you can get it for just $110 today, thanks to the coupon code below.

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