In this week’s top stories: Pixel 6 is set to run on a Google-made chip, the existence of “Pixel Buds A” is leaking, and Samsung’s security update from April 2021 is rolling out.
The biggest news in the Android world this week comes from our exclusive report that Google’s fall 2021 phones, including the supposed “Pixel 6”, will run on the Google-made Whitechapel “GS101” chip. This violates the standards of the Pixel line, which so far has run exclusively on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
From the references, it seems that Whitechapel is being developed with Samsung Semiconductor̵7;s system for large-scale integration (SLSI), which means that the Google chips will have some common features with Samsung Exynos, including software components.
Elsewhere in Made by Google leaks, we reported this week that Google’s next earplug is set to be “Pixel Buds A.” These new earbuds come in two colors, white and green, and are visually identical to last year’s Pixel Buds, except for a few changes in color choices.
Prices for Pixel Buds A are currently unknown, but the “A” designation suggests that we can look at a cheaper set of Made by Google earbuds, just as Pixel 4a is an affordable alternative to Pixel 4. With the second-generation Pixel Buds Currently for $ 179, there is plenty of room for a less expensive set in the Made by Google series. That said, it is not clear what cuts Google can make to offer these knobs at a more affordable price point.
On Samsung’s side, the company began rolling out the security update from April 2021 as early as March 29 to their flagship and intercoms. Given that Google does not launch the monthly Pixel update until the first Monday of each month, this puts Samsung’s April 2021 security update a full week ahead of the competition.
Samsung’s true flagship series is usually among the first to see monthly updates, and this month the launch began on March 29 with the current flagship family, the Galaxy S21 series. The download on S21 devices weighs over 1 GB and started in India, but has since expanded on a largely global scale. The update has expanded to the S20 FE and S10 series, and on April 1 it appeared on the Galaxy S9 + in Germany.
Fans of Chromecast with Google TV were treated to a hands-on look at a fun new accessory this week, “SideClick.” As the name suggests, SideClick attaches the standard buttons of a universal remote control to the side of the Chromecast with Google TV remote control.
What is the use of this accessory? SideClick is actually a miniaturized universal remote control that will handle vital functions on your TV or soundbar without holding out more reports. It can duplicate the IR output of the original remote control and add it to your “new” remote control.
The developers of Lawnchair – the third-party Android launch app that replicates some of the best aspects of the Pixel Launcher – have shared the Alpha version of their next release, Lawnchair 11. The headlining feature is that the launch vehicle now supports Android 11, but significant efforts have been made to make a full rewrite of the app’s functionality.
At this time, the team behind Lawnchair 11 has only confirmed Android 11 support, but older version support is set to arrive. You may experience crashes or issues if you try to load page loads on a device that is not running the latest mobile operating system. We must also mention that you should not expect the same feature set as the current public building of Lawnchair Launcher. This is still a very early construction, with certain core features still absent.
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