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Pixel’s improved RAM management set to appear on other Android phones

By Hadlee Simons

Google Pixel 4 XL home screen standing up 5

The Google Pixel series received a so-called “feature drop” this week, bringing quite a few additions to these devices. One of these additions is an improved way to manage RAM, compressing cached apps to reduce their footprint.

Now, The Verge has interviewed a Google representative and reported that this method of RAM management “should” make its way to other Android phones.

As for a timeline? The website says it’s possible the functionality will only come to other Android phones in the next Android version (Android R/11). In other words, the Pixel series may have received an Android feature almost a year before other phones.

The Pixel series certainly needed better RAM management though, as Pixel 3 owners in particular frequently complained about the phone hastily killing background apps. Fortunately, the Pixel 4 series offered more RAM, going from the Pixel 3’s 4GB to 6GB.

Editor’s Pick

My Pixel 4 pickle: I love it and hate it at the same time

I came down pretty hard on the Pixel 4 in our review, and for good reason. Compared to everything else out …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Google Dialer bug means bank services, conference calls are a no-go

By Hadlee Simons

The Google Phone Dialer icon on a Pixel phone.

The phone app is one of the defining features on smartphones today (it’s even in the name!), but it looks like this functionality is broken for some Google Dialer/Phone users.

Smartphone users have reported that a recent Google Dialer app update — issued last month — has broken functionality in a big way. More specifically, the dialpad doesn’t appear when you’re in a call.

This bug is very significant as it means people are unable to navigate telephonic menu options from the likes of their bank. It also makes life difficult if you need to enter a PIN for conference calls.

Editor’s Pick

Google Pixel 4 update: Auto call-screen, improved Duo calls, more coming soon

Update: December 9, 2019 at 10:33 a.m. ET: Google is bringing new features to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in an update, and it’s not part of a regular security patch. Pixel devices already …

The Google Dialer/Phone app page on the Play Store is filled with negative reviews noting the flaw. Many users are also reporting the issue on Nexus devices (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P), and we’ve …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Airtel launched India’s first voice over Wi-Fi service. Here’s how to set it up.

By Phillip Prado

Huawei P30 Pro on a call

India’s largest integrated telecommunications company, Airtel, just announced it’s launching the country’s first voice over Wi-Fi service. The company is calling it Airtel Wi-Fi Calling, and it’s available in Delhi NCR and will gradually roll out across the country.

Voice over Wi-Fi is something we have had in the US for many years now. Sprint began offering the service way back in 2014, and the other major carriers followed soon after.

Wi-Fi calling is so convenient because it allows users to make and receive calls over Wi-Fi even if they don’t have a signal. And unlike services like Skype, FaceTime, or Duo, Wi-Fi calling lets you use your existing phone number without the need to download a separate app.

Airtel Wi-Fi Calling works in this same way, and users can set it up by following these steps:

Reliance Jio vs Vodafone-Idea vs Airtel: New prepaid plans comparison

By Adamya Sharma

Indian telecom companies

All three major carriers in India — Vodafone-Idea, Airtel, and Reliance Jio — have announced price hikes across their prepaid plans. The new tariffs see prepaid prices in India increased by up to 50%. The revised prepaid plans from Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and Airtel came into effect in the first week of December, 2019.

Vodafone-Idea and Airtel have revised prices for unlimited prepaid plans with two days, 28 days, 84 days, and 365 days of validity. There is literally a Rs. 1 difference between prepaid plans from the two competing telcos. However, Airtel is also bundling free subscriptions to Airtel Xstream and Wynk music with its plans. These plans have no FUP on calling, which means subscribers can make unlimited voice calls to all networks without incurring extra charges.

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio has updated its one month, two month, three month, and 12 month prepaid plans. The company has also introduced separate affordable plans with 28, 84, and 365 days validity. Jio calls these All-in-One plans and they are almost 25% cheaper than prepaid plans from Airtel and Vodafone-Idea.

Here’s how the revised prepaid plans from Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and Airtel compare on paper.

Jio Vs Vodafone-Idea Vs Airtel: New prepaid plan comparison

Vodafone-Idea Plan Benefits Airtel Plan Benefits
Rs …read more

Source:: android authority

    

OnePlus could release its own AirPods competitors

By Phillip Prado

AirPods 2 in wireless charging case held by man's hand.

More people are ditching corded earbuds in favor of their true wireless counterparts. Offerings like the Apple AirPods Pro, the Huawei FreeBuds 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds are some of the best and most popular options out there. And now, OnePlus looks like it might want in on some of the true wireless earbuds action too.

Tipster Max J. (@Samsung_News_) alluded to new wireless earbuds coming from OnePlus in a recent tweet. We didn’t get any information about the possible earbuds from the post, just a concept image hinting at an upcoming product.

Related: AirPods Pro vs. Powerbeats Pro

OnePlus already has its own line of wireless earbuds, but they feel a few years behind the competition with a cord connecting the two buds. A pair of true wireless earbuds from OnePlus could be really compelling, especially given the company’s track record of undercutting the competition.

But can they compete against the current offerings or the upcoming Pixel Buds 2? We will have …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Become excellent at Excel for under $25

By AA Picks

Microsoft Excel and Advanced Excel

When it comes to important office skills, experience with Excel is up there with making a great cup of coffee. You just can’t really get by without it. Whether you just want to make some clean spreadsheets or you’re looking to wrangle with PivotTables, you can grab the Microsoft Excel Advanced Bundle this week for under $25 with a promo code.

This learning kit is Excel through and through. There are beginner and advanced courses, and they pack in a huge 48 hours of content. You can learn at your own pace to fit your schedule, and by the end, you’ll know Excel like the back of your hand.

Impress your superiors or potential employers.

Most of us can already throw a few figures into a spreadsheet. This hands-on experience starts at square one, but you can skip ahead to learn the advanced features that make your life easier. You’ll have the opportunity to master formulas, create advanced graphs, and even automate your spreadsheets with macros.

Your training could save your work team hours, and impress your superiors or potential employers. Just don’t complain when your coworkers ask you for help.

Microsoft Excel Advanced highlights:

DOJ allegedly looking into the Google Fitbit deal over antitrust issues

By C. Scott Brown

Fitbit Versa 2 on wrist

The Google Fitbit deal announced in early November could possibly be facing a roadblock. According to an anonymous source speaking with Reuters, the United States Department of Justice could be looking into the deal with concerns about antitrust issues.

As of now, there’s no official announcement from the DOJ on the investigation, so this is all rumor. However, the DOJ investigating such a large deal — valued at $2.1 billion — isn’t out of the ordinary.

Watchdog groups such as Public Citizen and the Center for Digital Democracy, among others, have already gone on record denouncing the Google Fitbit deal. These groups contend that if Google has direct access to the health data of millions of Americans, it will give the company more power than it should have.

Related: It’s official: Google is buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion

However, Google already obtains fitness data from smartphones. While fitness data obtained from a smartphone app such as Google Fit isn’t as precise as data from a smartwatch or fitness tracker, it can obtain more data than you would think. Fitness data also goes to Google through wearables running the Wear OS platform, such as prominent smartwatches like the Fossil …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Apple AirPods Pro vs Huawei Freebuds 3: The pro or the clone?

By Adam Molina

Apple AirPods Pro Isolation

True wireless earbuds have been some of the most popular releases of the last few years, but it can be tough to figure out which ones are best for you. With the newest crop of ‘buds featuring active noise cancelling, we’re putting two of the most recent options against each other: the Apple AirPods Pro and the Huawei Freebuds 3. While you can’t really go wrong with either, there are still some things you should know before you pick one or the other up for yourself. Let’s get into it.

Which one has a better design?

The AirPods Pro and the Freebuds 3 are similar in many ways, right down to preference for their own source devices.

Let’s start with obvious. The Freebuds 3, like the Freebuds before them, are an obvious clone of the AirPods 2. They feature the same design right down to the one-size-fits-all open-air approach to fit. Having reviewed the original AirPods, I have the same problem here regarding fit. The Freebuds 3 just would not stay in my ears no matter what I tried. Like the original AirPods, the Huawei Freebuds 3 …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Yesterday’s Pixel 4 ‘feature drop’? You can expect more of those each quarter.

By C. Scott Brown

Google Pixelbook Go Review artistic pixel 4

Yesterday, there was a Google Pixel 4 “feature drop” that landed quite unexpectedly. The update came with a bevy of new features, including new photo editing tools, enhanced Call Screening, improved Duo calls, and more.

Now, according to statements given to The Verge, Google is proclaiming that its goal is to make feature drops such as this one happen for Pixel phones on a quarterly basis. Although Google doesn’t come right out and say it, the new strategy is likely an attempt to make the Pixel line more enticing by focusing on the software advantages and taking the spotlight off the myriad hardware issues that have plagued the Pixel line for years.

“We’re targeting a quarterly cadence [for the feature drops],” vice president of product management Sabrina Ellis says. Additionally, Ellis confirmed that Google is also working to make Google Pixel 4 feature drops happen instantly rather than via a slow rollout. “I would like to be where you get that drop, you get that notification, and everything will be [available]. We are working towards that.”

Related: Google Pixel 4 issues: Everything you need to know

According to The Verge, these …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Upgrade to a Thonet and Vander sound system for just $51

By AA Picks

Thonet and Vander Kind speakers

The secret to a great computer battlestation is a sound system that can keep up with your games. Immersive sound is key to really feel like you’re experience a game.

Today you can pick up the Kind sound system and Flug Bluetooth receiver from Thonet and Vander for only $51 with our promo code.

Pump powerful sound with 125 Watts of peak power.

The Kind set features a total of three units: a four-inch subwoofer and a pair of 2.7-inch mid-range satellite speakers. The satellites are Bluetooth connected with the Flug receiver, so you can change your setup for every game and movie. Your speakers can do double-duty for both gaming and bumping party music.

Whether you’re gaming or watching the latest episode of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, your speaker has to have the power to make you feel the sound. The Kind set features 125 Watts of peak power and a carefully crafted design to boost the overall sound of each speaker.

The Thonet and Vander system at a glance:

  • Easily adjustable ergonomic sound controls
  • Four-inch woofer optimizing driver performance
  • 2.7-inch mid-range that allows excellent coil movement
  • 32-foot wireless transmission distance

The Kind and Flug set has a …read more

Source:: android authority