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Did you get an odd Find My Mobile alert on your Samsung phone? You’re not alone

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It looks like someone at Samsung might be in hot water after an errant notification was sent out to scores of Samsung smartphones around the world.Users on the likes of reddit and Twitter reported receiving a Find My Mobile notification on their Samsung phones, showing two number ones stacked on top of each other. Check out the featured image up top or the screenshot below for a better idea of what it looks like.Users report the notification on everything from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series and Galaxy S10 family to the Galaxy Z Flip. The alert also found its way to older devices, such as the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A8 2018, and Galaxy S7. Editor's Pick Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite review: An affordable flagship done rightThese are interesting times for smartphone buyers. While OnePlus pioneered the concept of an affordable flagship smartphone, Xiaomi, Realme and many others have sustained the momentum. Packing specifications that rival top-of-the-line hardware and nearly matching … The a…

Report: Verizon puts ‘indefinite hold’ on sales of future Pixel phones

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Carrier partnerships are one of the best ways to ensure your smartphone gets attention in the US, but a new report suggests that Google’s Pixel series is about to lose a key carrier partner.A source familiar with Verizon‘s plans told Android Police that the carrier has put an “indefinite hold” on sales of future Pixel smartphones.Furthermore, the source told the outlet that they believe the chances of the Pixel 4a launching on Verizon is zero. It’s theoretically possible that the Pixel 5 could launch with the carrier as there’s still time for a change of heart. But it’s believed Verizon’s plans don’t include any future Pixels whatsoever right now.Slow Pixel sales to blame?Google executives confirmed a decline in hardware sales and revenue during its Q4 2019 earnings call, but specifically noted that the Pixel 3a series “sold well” in 2019. The company also noted that the Nest Mini and Nest Hub Max sold well, but didn’t mention Pixel 4 sales at all. You’d have to think that the firm wo…

Android 11 (Android R) hands-on and first impressions!

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Google surprised all of us with an Android 11 developer preview in February. It’s quite early for a developer preview and it may mean a sooner launch for Android 11 proper. The OS goes by Android R in its settings and, if you’ll recall, Google still uses the old letter and dessert method internally. In any case, we got our hands on it and we took a hands on. Read more about Android 11 below or watch the video above!UI changesThe UI section of this article is going to be rather short. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of new stuff and any subtle changes aren’t obvious at first glance. However, this is the first developer preview and we actually had quite a few big visual changes last year. Google doesn’t usually do a bunch of UI changes two years in a row.However, I did notice that you can still switch between gesture controls and the three button soft key option. The gestures feel a little smoother this time around but that might also just be me seeing something I wanted to see.If there …

Android 11 will help stop curved displays from breaking your apps

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There’s been a trend lately of extremely curved displays on smartphones. We saw a very curved display in the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro, and an even more curved Waterfall display on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. While these displays can help devices feel more premium and even add features like edge glow for notifications, they’ll often make some apps extremely frustrating to use.Because the app is reading that waterfall display as well, part of the display, some apps will bleed touchable elements over the side. This can be really frustrating because it can be difficult to interact with an element when it’s stuck on the side of your phone.Google knows this and has implemented an API into Android 11 that should make your experience much better. Now, when a developer is creating an app, they can specify the interactable area of the display to prevent elements from bleeding over the edge. See also: Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: The forbidden fruitLet’s get it out of the way. Reasonably speakin…

Could the Pixel 5 have reverse wireless charging? Android 11 makes us think so.

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Reverse wireless charging has always been a weird feature. Ever since we first saw it in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it was clear that, while convenient, you usually lost way more power than you transferred to the other phone. But when Samsung first launched the Galaxy Buds with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, it became clear to me that this feature was way more useful for accessories, which tend to have much smaller batteries. See also: Samsung Galaxy Buds vs Apple AirPods (2019)Aside from the Starks and the Lannisters, few rivalries are more intense than Apple and Samsung. Our sister site SoundGuys took the companies’ latest true wireless earbuds — the AirPods (2019) and Galaxy Buds — for … In the Android 11 Developer Preview, we’ve got a hint that the Pixel 5 might also end up supporting the feature. In the settings, there’s a menu for a feature called Battery Share. The feature warns that your phone’s battery will discharge faster when using it, and that it works with supported earbuds, w…

Android 11 lets you pin your favorite apps to the share menu… again

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Google first introduced the ability to pin apps to the share menu in Android 7 Nougat. This was extremely useful because up until recently, the share menu was… kind of a mess. Fortunately, Android 10 totally overhauled the share menu and made it more seamless than ever. Unfortunately, that same update also took away app pinning, a great way to quickly find the apps you like to share media to the most.But now in Android 11, app pinning is back, which means we’ve got the best of both worlds. Not only do you have the new and improved share sheet, but you’re also able to pin four of the apps you share to most frequently to the top of it. Other apps will still be listed below if you decide you want to send media through other means, though.
What apps do you share to the most? Let us know, and make sure you stay tuned for all of our Android 11 coverage!

Android 11 further restricts always-on location access to apps

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Android has improved significantly when it comes to app permissions compared to just a year or two ago, but Android 11 is making further improvements when it comes to sharing your location. And it’s taking an approach that is very similar to what exists in iOS.In Android 10, if an app asks for location access you’ll get three options on first boot: allow access while using the app, allow access all the time, or deny access. While the first and third options are still available, Android 11 Developer Preview removes the option to all access all the time and replaces it with an “only this time” option.It’s still possible to grant permission for an app to track you all the time, but it requires extra steps . Once you’ve granted permission to an app for location access, if it needs always-on access, it will need to ask again and specifically explain why. It will then provide a link to grant permission within the system settings.Taking things a step forward, Google will require new apps sub…