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Chrome OS is working to help solve your Chromebook's audio problems

Chrome OS is working to help solve your Chromebook's audio problems

It's frustrating to deal with broken audio on your Chromebook. With much of the world relying on video calls to communicate with family, friends, and work colleagues, issues with audio input and output can be a pain to troubleshoot and threaten disrupt an otherwise productive day. But with the help of a forthcoming Chrome OS update, you might just be able to find out why your speaker or microphone isn't performing as intended.

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OneUI 2.5 update silently brings sound to Samsung's motion photos

OneUI 2.5 update silently brings sound to Samsung's motion photos

Samsung's One UI 2.5 update comes with a small surprise. In addition to all the other named and unnamed improvements, it also brings audio recording to motion photos in Samsung's camera app. So not only will your photos include a short video if you have the feature enabled, now those clips have sound, too.

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Volume settings now called 'Sound' in Android 11 Dev Preview 3

Volume settings now called 'Sound' in Android 11 Dev Preview 3

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Android Q Beta 2 brings back individual volume channel controls in new pop-up

Android Q Beta 2 brings back individual volume channel controls in new pop-up

Less than a month after the first one, Android Q Beta 2 has landed with a decent amount of changes in tow. Among those changes is a convenient new volume pop-up to control all of the different volumes without having to enter the settings app.

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[Update: Stable release out now] Firefox 66 blocks auto-playing sound by default

[Update: Stable release out now] Firefox 66 blocks auto-playing sound by default

Few things are more annoying when browsing the internet than media that plays automatically, particularly if it makes noise. Mozilla is hip to this, and beginning in version 66, its Firefox browser will block automatically-playing audio by default.

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One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional.

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Chrome 64 will make sure you never have to hear autoplaying sounds again

Chrome 64 will make sure you never have to hear autoplaying sounds again

Autoplaying videos are among the most annoying web trends of recent years, bombarding you with unsolicited content when you least expect it. Chrome 63 (currently on the dev and canary channels) on desktop recently gave users the ability to mute certain websites permanently, and there's a special toggle in the works so you can ensure they stay quiet. In the upcoming Chrome 64, both on mobile and desktop, Google is introducing even stricter conditions that should stop unwanted audio from ever playing automatically.

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Chrome will soon let you permanently mute websites

Chrome will soon let you permanently mute websites

A lot of awful things can happen on the internet, but few are as terrible as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound. Thankfully, this is something Google is addressing in a future update to Chrome. You will be able to block sound on a per domain basis using the page info bubble.

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Android O feature spotlight: Easily add custom ringtones, alarm sounds, and notification sounds

Android O feature spotlight: Easily add custom ringtones, alarm sounds, and notification sounds

Oh Android... you have the most modern and complicated of features, yet every once in a while we're reminded of one basic, really really really really basic, feature that you're still missing. Did you know that you can't easily choose a custom ringtone in Android AOSP? I didn't. I have used LG and Samsung phones for years and it's been ages since I tried to change the default ringtone (my phone is always silent anyway), so all I knew was that I could choose a file manually on these phones. AOSP? Not so. Wh---at?!

See, on Android Nougat in AOSP, if you go to change the ringtone, alarm sound, or notification sound, you can pick one of the default options.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Sound Settings Have A New Mono Playback Toggle

Android N Feature Spotlight: Sound Settings Have A New Mono Playback Toggle

The developer preview of Android N may have been released a week ago, but we're still discovering loads of changes and new stuff across the OS. The most recent one that's come to our attention is a new toggle in Sound Settings for mono audio, which makes both left and right audio channels get played back simultaneously through any active sound output.

There are plenty of reasons why someone would want to play sound in mono instead of stereo. Many people prefer listening to music with a single earbud in their ear, but with stereo playback this meant that half the song was never heard.

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