Samsung’s still on track for a stable Android 12 / One UI 4 release in 2021

Last updated: October 13th, 2021 at 15:10 UTC+02:00

Samsung recently began rolling out the second Android 12-based One UI 4.0 beta firmware for the Galaxy S21 series, but the company hasn’t settled on a launch date for the first public build yet. How could it have?! The point of the beta program is to test the software and fix potential issues, and a developer can never be too sure how much time it will need to polish the firmware enough for a public release. However, with the second One UI 4.0 beta firmware now out for the Galaxy S21 series,

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Android Begs Apple for an Invite to the Texting Party

A photo of an Android phone with a focus on the Messages app icon

Android’s Messaging app is still waiting for one holdout, and that’s Apple.
Photo: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

Google has been doing a ton to make RCS, or Rich Communication Services, the standard messaging protocol across all mobile platforms. It worked with all the U.S. carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, to make Messages by Google the default app, where RCS is supported. It’s pruned its list of extraneous messaging apps and consolidated to only the most essential ones. And it’s now cryptically trolling Apple into playing nice.

Yesterday, the company’s SVP of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, called out to

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Best Android VPN 2021: Our top four

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One of the things most interesting about the Android OS is the wide variety of devices it’s available in. Sure, there are Android phones and tablets. But Android also functions inside most recent Chromebooks and now — improbably, but in a fully supported way — Windows 11 devices, even Intel-based Windows 11 computers.

That diversity of deployment makes the Android implementations of VPN clients particularly interesting. If, for example, you want to run a VPN on your Chromebook, your best bet is to install an Android VPN client and let that client do all

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Here are all the official One UI 4.0 beta builds to download and install

It’s that time of year again when Google releases the new version of its mobile operating system! The stable version of Android 12 is finally here after a long few months of beta testing, and a range of smartphone makers have already announced that they plan to roll it out to their users. Being one of the largest Android OEMs, Samsung is also busy finalizing the features exclusive to its custom skin, One UI, on top of the new version of Android in preparation for an eventual rollout of One UI 4.0 via the stable channel.

When it comes to

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A Pixel phone and Google services for one monthly fee

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  • Google is reportedly working on a Pixel Pass subscription service.
  • This would bundle a Pixel phone purchase with a bundle of premium Google services.
  • There’s no word on availability or pricing for this subscription plan though.

There are several ways to buy a smartphone these days, but it looks like Google might add another option when it launches the Pixel 6 series later this month. A new retail leak has detailed the existence of a so-called Pixel Pass service.

The leak, disclosed by YouTuber M. Brandon Lee on Twitter, alleges that Pixel Pass

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Many Android flagships will use MediaTek Dimensity 2000 SoC next year –

Qualcomm is expected to release a new generation flagship processor, Snapdragon 898 SoC at the end of this year. The general expectation is that this chip will be a standard for Android flagships next year. However, it appears that the Snapdragon 898 SoC will not be alone in the market net year. Qualcomm’s rival, MediaTek is also building the next-generation flagship processor, Dimensity 2000. This will be MediaTek’s flagship high-end processor for 2022 Android flagships.

According to @DCS, some manufacturers are already testing the MediaTek Dimensity 2000 SoC. The test model of this chip shows that it is a high-end

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New screenshots of Android apps on Windows 11 spotted in the wild

Besides the new Start menu, the biggest new feature in Windows 11 Android apps coming to the Microsoft Store, courtesy of the Android Subsystem for Windows, saying:

Starting later this year, people will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore – imagine recording and posting a video from TikTok or using Khan Academy Kids for virtual learning right from your PC. We’ll have more to share about this experience in the coming months. We look forward to this partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.

Microsoft has

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WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups are rolling out on both Android and iOS

Starting today, WhatsApp is adding end-to-end encryption to your cloud backups on both Android and iOS. While WhatsApp itself has been end-to-end encrypted by default for the past five years, until now if you chose to backup your chats to Google Drive (from the Android version of WhatsApp) or iCloud (if you’re on iOS), those backups wouldn’t be encrypted.

Now, however, you can turn on end-to-end encryption for your backups. The way WhatsApp owner Facebook describes this in its announcement, it seems like it won’t be on by default but you’ll have to actively choose to enable it by going

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Windows 11 support Android apps

Back in June, Microsoft officially released its latest system, Windows 11. This new system comes with a couple of upgrades and new features. However, there were some expectations that Windows 11 did not bring at the time of its launch. Of course, the system could not have “everything” that users expect. Prior to the launch of Windows 11, there were multiple reports that this system will Microsoft will add support for Android apps. However, to the disappointment of many users, this feature did not arrive with Windows 11. Nevertheless, this does not mean that Windows 11 will not support Android

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Weekly poll results: Android 12 loved for its looks more than its features

Even though Google no longer puts official dessert names on its mobile OS releases, Android 12 is looking pretty sweet (the code name is “Snow Cone” by the way). And its UI redesign, dubbed Material You, is a big hit.

Most of the people who voted in last week’s poll are excited to receive the Android 12 update. And they will be getting it, sooner or later. Which cannot be said for nearly a quarter of voters – they like what they see, but their phone is unlikely to get an unofficial update (do people still install custom ROMs –

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