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YouTube introduces smart suggestions for dumb people who can't hold their phone good

YouTube introduces smart suggestions for dumb people who can't hold their phone good

YouTube is one of the most widely used apps in the world, so whenever the company makes even a slight change, people notice. The announcement that four playlist-centric features were being killed last month was a bit disheartening, but YouTube's latest move doesn't kill off old features — instead it brings a variety of useful new ones to life, including streamlined player controls and a more accessible captions button.

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Google says we haven't seen the last of Soli and Motion Sense

Google says we haven't seen the last of Soli and Motion Sense

Google launched the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a (5G) yesterday, marking the return of the rear-mounted fingerprint reader on the company's flagship phones — the innovative Soli radar and the spacious face unlock mechanism are nowhere to be seen. But in an interview with The Verge, Google hardware lead Rick Osterloh said that the radar and the gestures it enables aren't gone for good. "They'll be used in the future," he stated.

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Xiaomi is working on back-tap gestures, just like Google and Apple

Xiaomi is working on back-tap gestures, just like Google and Apple

Earlier this year, it was discovered that Google is working on a new tap gesture for Pixel phones in the Android 11 beta. More recently, Apple rolled out the same feature to iPhones participating in the iOS 14 beta. These gestures allow you to assign tasks to a double or triple tap on the back of the device — things like toggling the flashlight, bringing down the notifications shade, taking a screenshot, and opening Google Assistant, to name but a few. Now new evidence suggests that Xiaomi is working on a very similar feature for MIUI 12.

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Samsung Good Lock updates bring new features to One Hand Operation +

Samsung Good Lock updates bring new features to One Hand Operation +

Good Lock is one of my favorite parts of One UI, which is why I've droned on about it so many times. In short, Good Lock houses several modules that allow you to tweak your Samsung software experience, offering a degree of control that rival custom ROMs. Several of those modules just received new updates today, most of which are small bug fixes. However, One Hand Operation + got a more significant update, bringing some new features, as well.

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Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

OnePlus is a genuinely innovative smartphone company, and we don't just mean hardware: its OxygenOS Android skin is our favorite of all the currently available flavors, and that's generally because OnePlus adds genuinely useful things plain old Android doesn't have. Stock Android is definitely great, too, but Google's hesitance to add too many fresh new features—even exclusive ones on its Pixel phones—can be a little frustrating, especially when it's something as basic as toggling what icons appear in the status bar. Some useful features from OnePlus phones, like theming and scrolling screenshots, have already made their way to stock, the latter being a part of Android 11.

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Google releases Soli Sandbox app to kickstart gesture-based experiments (APK Download)

Google releases Soli Sandbox app to kickstart gesture-based experiments (APK Download)

Google first demonstrated Project Soli at Google IO 2015. Four years later, the Pixel 4 debuted the radar-based sensor as a feature called Motion Sense with the ability to detect basic gestures in front of the phone. If you happen to have a Pixel 4 and want to try out the gestures for yourself in an interactive space, or you want to go further and build your own simple apps and games, Google just released a sandbox app that brings Soli to life.

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You can now exit fullscreen YouTube videos with a swipe down

You can now exit fullscreen YouTube videos with a swipe down

The YouTube app’s player interface has started to look cluttered with tens of options and icons crammed onto a tiny mobile screen. Google has been trying to alleviate the situation a bit lately by adding a few neat gestures that cut down the number of taps required. Joining this list is a relatively new gesture that lets you exit fullscreen videos with a single swipe.

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Android 11 DP3 adds independent left and right sensitivity options for gesture navigation

Android 11 DP3 adds independent left and right sensitivity options for gesture navigation

Back in Android 11 DP2, separated back gesture sensitivity settings first popped up, claiming to tweak how the edge navigation gestures worked. At the time, we weren't sure if the new settings actually worked, but as of DP3, it seems like they do. 

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Hidden Android 11 feature splits notifications from Quick Settings

Hidden Android 11 feature splits notifications from Quick Settings

Android's notification shade has been getting a lot of attention in the first Android 11 Developer Preview. In addition to some cool new updates like conversation grouping and enhanced long-press options, a hidden feature uncovered by XDA Developers separates quick settings from app notifications into their own distinct menus.

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Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot better

Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot better

When the Pixel 4 landed, one of the biggest features included in the phone was a new radar-based "gesture" system called Motion Sense. Unfortunately for Google, it was pretty garbage at launch — personally, I could never get it to work right. But a new "pause" gesture is rolling out now (probably as part of an app update, but definitely included in Android 11), and across the board, we see big improvements in the overall "finickiness" of the gestures. In short, they don't suck now.

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