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Quick image sharing comes to Android 12's app switcher

Quick image sharing comes to Android 12's app switcher

One of the Pixel line-up's little known hacks is the ability to select text and images — really, any text or image — from the Overview screen and copy or share it. The feature, which first showed up more than three years ago, works like magic for apps that don't allow you to select anything (like Instagram for example) and is somewhat of a replacement to Assistant's on-again-off-again "What's on my screen?" option. Google has been improving it too, first by adding Lens detection and translation, then by simplifying link sharing in Android 12. Now, it's doing that same thing for images.

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Trying iOS made me appreciate these 8 Android features a lot more

Trying iOS made me appreciate these 8 Android features a lot more

Late last year, I decided it was time to move from my Huawei MediaPad tablet and get a new iPad. That wasn't my first foray into iOS/iPadOS — I'd previously had an iPod Touch and an iPad Mini — but it had been a few years since I'd last used Apple's mobile operating system. I was excited to discover what it offers and to explore all the big and small differences between it and Android. My journey uncovered some frustrating truths, but over the months, I've also come away with a newfound appreciation for features I'd taken for granted on Android, but that are either missing or aren't as good on iOS/iPad OS.

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Multitasking on Chrome OS with an external keyboard will soon be even easier

Multitasking on Chrome OS with an external keyboard will soon be even easier

Let's be honest: it's outright frustrating to remember which function key on your external keyboard activates each Chrome OS feature, especially when you're trying to get work done. That's because Google designed these functions around its own keyboard layout, which has symbols that illustrate what they do. Google eases the friction a bit by including a shortcut on the taskbar to launch overview mode, but for now, it shows up only when connecting a keyboard to a Chrome tablet. That may soon change, as Google is working to make Chrome OS more user-friendly with any keyboard.

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Google Lens translate feature spotted in Android 12 recents screen

Google Lens translate feature spotted in Android 12 recents screen

As far back as July 2019, we saw evidence that Google was preparing an easy-to-access translate feature in the recents/overview screen. This was finally announced by Google as part of December's Pixel Feature Drop, along with a similar feature for screenshots, but it's not appeared since. It now looks like it's finally showing up, although only in the latest Android 12 developer preview.

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Chrome OS 79 released with better Overview window management, lockscreen media controls, and stolen password protection

Chrome OS 79 released with better Overview window management, lockscreen media controls, and stolen password protection

Chrome OS 79 has been pushed to the Stable channel — that sounds technical, but it means the latest version of Chrome OS is now rolling out. This new release includes a tweak to the last version's Virtual Desks feature, better window management for touch controls in Overview mode on some devices, a renamed "Apps" section in Settings with per-app permissions and other options, lockscreen media controls, expanded port support in Linux/Crostini, and Chrome 79's stolen password protection.

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[Update: Fixed] Selecting images in Android 10's app switcher is broken, preventing you from easily sharing Instagram pics

[Update: Fixed] Selecting images in Android 10's app switcher is broken, preventing you from easily sharing Instagram pics

Android P introduced a rather magical ability for smart text and image selection (on Pixel devices, mostly in English). When you opened the app switcher, a.k.a. Overview or Recents, you could tap and hold on any text or image to share it to another app. This allowed users to circumvent certain apps' lack of a proper share menu, so you could send Instagram pics as proper images via other apps, instead of sending post links.

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[Update: Works in Beta 5] You can't disable app suggestions in the Pixel Launcher in Android Q Beta 4

[Update: Works in Beta 5] You can't disable app suggestions in the Pixel Launcher in Android Q Beta 4

One of the changes introduced with Android Pie was a list of suggested apps and App Actions in the drawer and the Overview screen when you were switching between apps. However, that was a customizable setting that you could disable if you wanted. With Q's latest Beta 4, the setting is gone, meaning you can't get rid of those icons if you don't want to see them.

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Google Lens option shows up when selecting images in Overview on Android 9 Pie

Google Lens option shows up when selecting images in Overview on Android 9 Pie

One of the features that launched with early developer previews of Android 9 Pie was the option to select text and share images straight from Overview (aka Recents). Google promised that plenty of contextual options would show up there, like Spotify or Google Play Music when selecting the name of an artist, or Maps when selecting an address. Another integration that would have made a lot of sense is Lens, but Google's image recognition wonder was not showing up there — until now that is.

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[Update: US English only] First-gen Pixel's Overview screen allows for text selection on Android 9 Pie

[Update: US English only] First-gen Pixel's Overview screen allows for text selection on Android 9 Pie

A cool little feature in the Android P Developer Previews was that you could select text and images from any item on the Overview screen. Unfortunately, it stopped working on original Pixel devices — intentionally, it seems, as Google support marked an Issue Tracker complaint about it "Won't Fix (Intended Behavior)." But the feature has now made it to the full release of Android 9 Pie, even on 2016 Pixels.

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Google Assistant is the new home for Now's old contextual cards

Google Assistant is the new home for Now's old contextual cards

Long ago, before Google Now turned into the Feed, Google used to provide you with an easily accessible summary of custom tailored, account-scraped stuff, useful for keeping track of various deadlines or ongoing details. In that transition to Feed, though, the information was relegated to a new "Upcoming" tab in the Google app, and the personal overview started to stagnate a bit. Well, Google's bringing it all back better than ever via the Assistant. 

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