In this week’s top stories: One user interface 3.0 loses the ability to hide the camera notch, the security update from January 2021 arrives Google Pixel phones, a likely Nest Hub successor goes through the FCC and more.
Ahead of the launch of the Galaxy S21, the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has hit quite a few Samsung phones. Unfortunately, owners of these phones are discovering that a popular feature, the ability to turn off part of the screen to hide the forward-facing camera notch, is missing in One UI 3.0.
That begs the question, is Samsung set to introduce impressive on-screen camera technology in the not-too-distant future? Well, given the Galaxy S21which has already leaked a showcase a prominent screen hack, we will not bet on it for a while yet.
On Monday, Google released its first Android software update of the year, bringing its Pixel phones up for security update in January 2021. The biggest changes were for the latest generation of Pixel phones, resolving system volume and automatic brightness issues.
All other phones (Pixel 3 / XL, 3a / XL, 4 / XL, 4a, 4a 5G and 5) get the following enhancements:
- Resolve an issue that causes periodic restarts in certain apps
- Further enhancements for automatic rotational response in certain device directions
- Fix for problems prevents calls on certain MVNO networks
This week, a new Google device passed through the FCC, putting it one step closer to release. From archiving, we were able to determine that it is most likely a Nest Hub-style smart screen with built-in Soli radar technology. Meanwhile, sources told us that this new Nest Hub will be able to use Soli to track your sleep habits.
In terms of launch, the new Nest Hub comes with Soli this year. We are informed that it will come sooner rather than later, which is in line with FCC confidentiality when archiving (and related images) ends in July. Meanwhile, the company revealed to us on Tuesday that it plans to release a new series of Nest security cameras in 2021.
Elsewhere in the Google News team, the company has confirmed that the clear white color of the Pixel 4a 5G will soon be available from several retailers. Up to this point, the Clearly White Pixel 4a 5G has only been available through Verizon, which means it was only available on the $ 599 model with support for mmWave 5G.
Holiday and barter retailers may feel a little taken aback by the fact that Google launched a new color after the gift season, but it will not come until closer to February. It comes as Google aggressively encourages people to acquire Pixel 4a 5G.
Another week, another streaming service. This week, Discovery + became the latest network-specific streaming service, offering content from the likes of The Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network and more.
If Discovery + sounds like a great addition to your streaming library, the platform is available on many Google platforms. You can download Discovery + on both Android TV and the new Chromecast with Google TV. The service also works through a native app on Android as well as online on Chromebooks. Discovery + also works with Chromecast devices and TVs with built-in Chromecast.
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