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[Update: Live] What's new with Chrome OS? Post-update release notes may start filling you in on changes

Google's Chrome OS usually sees a "major" Stable Channel update about every six weeks, but if you don't follow the news at places like our site, you might have trouble knowing what is new or changed in the latest version when it hits. That gives new features in Chrome OS like the upcoming Virtual Desks a bit of a discoverability problem, but according to a recently spotted commit on the Chromium Gerrit, new "Release Notes" may appear following future updates to Chrome OS, illuminating the changes delivered with new versions.

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[Update: Not released] Pixel Launcher set to pick up new notification pull-down gesture in future Android Q beta

One of the most popular tweaks offered by many third-party Android launchers/home screen replacements looks like it might be coming to Google's Pixels. According to a report by the folks at XDA Developers, the Pixel Launcher in a future Android Q release (originally pegged to be Beta 5) may include a gesture that allows swiping down to expand the notification shade from anywhere on the homescreen.

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[Update: Statement] OnePlus accidentally pushed a cryptic notification to 7 Pro users

About an hour ago, OnePlus 7 Pro users got pinged with two weird notifications on their devices, emanating from OnePlus's own Push service. One of them had a string of gibberish latin consonants and the other what appears to be Korean or Chinese characters. Users were obviously confused and thought this was spam or the servers were hacked, but OnePlus has just cleared things up saying it was an error originating from a test.

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[Update: Fixed] Bluetooth devices are breaking Android notifications with duplicate alerts and ignored settings

This seems to be the week of Bluetooth bugs. In what could be a related issue, we've received reports that notifications and notification sounds are being doubled (or even tripled) on Android devices which are paired with other Bluetooth devices. Some are also reporting that media and ringer volume are being inexplicably paired together, resulting in do not disturb, silent, and vibrate mode settings being effectively ignored when media channel volume is above silent.

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[Update: Swipe either way] Notification swipe directions are customizable on Android Q Beta 2

With the first beta of Android Q, one change left some of us really annoyed: unlike Pie and previous versions of Android, you couldn't dismiss notifications by swiping them either way. Instead, swiping right would dismiss whereas swiping left would show snooze and block controls. A mention in the issue tracker gave us hope that the direction would be customizable in future versions, and that has indeed happened in Q beta 2.

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No, the Samsung Notification app update is not dangerous

Some Samsung device owners are having a bit of a freakout over the last couple days, and the cause is a something as minor and innocuous as an app update. A new version of a built-in "Notification" application is rolling out to some via the Play Store, and while seeing an app that you don't recognize request an update can be a bit concerning, Samsung's choice when it came to the app listing's screenshots were not great.

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Swiping left on Android Q notifications shows snooze controls

Android 8.0 Oreo added the ability to snooze specific notifications, so they re-appear after a set amount of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour). This is currently activated by partially swiping a notification to the left or right, but in Android Q, the snooze function is taking over the swipe left gesture.

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WhatsApp adds Android Pie's native notification inline photos

Like many other messaging services, WhatsApp has shown inline photos in notifications for a long time. But with the arrival of Android 9 Pie, Google changed how things are done and introduced a proper MessagingStyle notification style with support for inline pics and stickers. In the past couple of days, WhatsApp has implemented it in the beta channel.

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FYI: Google Maps can suggest parking spots near your destination

It can be tough to pinpoint when specific features go live, given Google's penchant for silently flipping switches and subsequent, months-later announcements. In this case, we know Maps has been prepping for near-route parking since early last year, and some time between then and now, (likely around the beginning of this year) that switch was flipped for at least some of us. So, in case you weren't aware, Maps can suggest spots to park while en route to your destination.

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Tip: Google Maps on the web tells you when it's time to leave for your appointments

You're working at your desk or leisurely browsing from your computer at home, you forget you have a meeting or event soon and that you should leave to make it on time. Your phone may or may not notify you that it's time to leave, and if it does, you likely miss it. Next thing you know, you're rushing out and reaching your destination late, or you get a very angry call from the person you were supposed to meet. That shouldn't happen in our connected day and age, but sadly, it still does. However, there's a way to prevent it: Google Maps has time to leave notifications on the web and you can easily turn them on.

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