In this week’s top stories: Google Pixel phones get a new collection of ‘Curated Culture’ wallpapers, the Android security update for February comes, the OnePlus 7 series gets its latest Android 10-based update and more.
As part of Google’s many Black History Month celebrations, the company’s Pixel phones have received a new collection of “Curated Culture” wallpapers created by Melissa Koby. Each loss celebrates the diversity of humanity in its own unique way.
Rolled out via server-side update, Curated Culture wallpapers are not related to today̵7;s February Google Pixel security update. It joins YouTube with a new “BHM” logo for Black History Month.
With February now properly underway, Monday saw the release of the February 2021 security update for Android for Pixel phones. Shortly afterwards, Samsung also released February updates for the Galaxy S9 and S20 series.
Following the update in December, Pixel 4a 5G owners began to face reliability issues. Edge taps, such as when using 3-button navigation, will require several presses before you register. A solution “further setting and enhancements for touch experience” is included in the February security update for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.
Owners of last year’s OnePlus 7 phones should have received an update this week and brought the Android security update from January 2021. In particular, OnePlus has announced that this will be the latest Android 10-based update before the OnePlus 7 series gets a stable update to Android 11 .
The OTA updates should be available right now for those still running stable Android 10 buildings on the OnePlus 7 series or OnePlus 7T hardware. It is also worth noting that OnePlus does not explicitly mention the OnePlus 7T Pro, but we believe that the update is available for the somewhat forgotten handset. You can also download the OxygenOS 10.0.11 or 10.0.16 update by going to Settings> System Updates.
Google Drive started a transition process this week, merging the two separate desktop clients – Backup and Sync for business / enterprise and Drive File Stream for everyone else – into a “Google Drive for desktop”. By the end of the year, “Google Drive for Desktop” will have all the unique features of Backup and Sync, as well as the ability to back up photos to Google Photos.
Before that, Google Workspace accounts can preview the new beta client by signing up for a preview.
This association is intended to simplify the IT distribution process and reduce confusion about which app to use. It will also “result in better performance for end users”, a complaint for some today.
Google Fit can measure your heart rate and breathing rate using your phone’s cameras, starting with Pixel
Last week, Google teased a significant upgrade to the Fit app, including the ability to measure your breathing rate – how many breaths you take in a minute – and your heart rate without using anything other than your phone’s camera.
Google envisions Fit’s camera-assisted measurements as a useful way to “track and improve your daily well-being.” The company has completed initial clinical trials to validate these features. It will start rolling out next month to Pixel owners who have the Fit app installed. Google plans to bring these features to other Android devices in the future.
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