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Android 11 is taking away the camera picker to limit potential geotag hijacking

Android may have started with the mantra that developers are allowed to do anything as long as they can code it, but things have changed over the years as security and privacy became higher priorities. Every major update over the last decade has shuttered features or added restrictions in the name of protecting users, but some sacrifices may not have been entirely necessary. Another Android 11 trade-off has emerged, this time taking away the ability for users to select third-party camera apps to take pictures or videos on behalf of other apps, forcing users to rely only on the built-in camera app.

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Soon, everyone you share photos and videos with will know you've got a Pixel

IMG is the most common file name for images that come out of cameras, used in many phones and DSLRs, including the Google Pixel lineup. Google is looking to differentiate files created by the Pixel line's excellent cameras, though. Starting with Google Camera version 7.5, currently only available for devices running the Android 11 beta, image file names will start with PXL instead of IMG.

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Arlo Ultra one-camera kit drops to $290 ($110 off) on Amazon

The Arlo Ultra is no longer the newest version out, with the Ultra 2 having debuted last month. That said, the Ultra 2 doesn't add much aside from better Wi-Fi connectivity, which means that you could save a whole lot without sacrificing much at all with the first-gen Ultra. The single-camera Ultra kit is down to just $290 at Amazon, representing a discount of $109.99 from its MSRP.

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Pixel 4a camera sample gallery: Our first shots with Google's newest Pixel

With smartphone manufacturers trying to jam more and more camera sensors into phones at every price point, it's become genuinely difficult to understand just what makes a good smartphone camera. With the Pixel 4a, Google reminds us that more is frequently no substitute for "better." With its single, aging 12.2MP Sony camera sensor used since the original Pixel in 2017, the 4a takes photos that will make an iPhone 11 Pro blush, let along the multi-cam monstrosities many budget brands are pumping out right now. While it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why), the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more.

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OnePlus Nord will have ultra-wide and macro cameras

OnePlus has been slowly drip-feeding information about its upcoming Nord budget phone to build up hype, and even though the complete reveal is only a few days away on July 21st, we're still receiving bits of new information. A new forum post from the company shares details about the Nord's camera setup, including the exact configuration and Megapixel count.

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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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