Google teases new “Tiles” in Wear OS video

Wear OS isn’t exactly getting the love it deserves from Google, though the latest interface redesign was a big step in the right direction. However, the company isn’t done with our favorite smartwatch operating system, as an even newer interface update is coming soon.
This update will introduce “Tiles”, which are cards to the sides of the watchface. You can swipe side to side to see bit of data like texts, news, weather, flight data, Google Fit, and more. You can also rearrange these Tiles by holding and dragging, making your favorites easier to access.
This will replace the current interface, where a swipe left will reveal Google Fit and a swipe right reveals Assistant. This brings it more in line with Huawei’s LiteOS on the Watch GT, which features almost identical data cards accessible by swiping away from the watch face.
We’ll be getting more details about this new feature at Google I/O next week, and it should be rolling out over the next month. You probably won’t see it for a little while, and we don’t know what watches it will come to, but we hope to see it on older models that got the UI redesign last year. Take a look at this video which showcases the tiles at the end.

Source: Google
Via: Droid-Life

Samsung Good Lock is making a return to One UI

Samsung Good Lock was an intriguing but not often talked about app hailing from Samsung’s own app store called Galaxy Apps. On the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 it allowed for some serious customization to the lockscreen, recent tasks view, quick settings, and a lot more, all without root.
Unfortunately, this app stopped working on devices once they were updated to Android Pie. While the software update to Pie (and Samsung’s new and redesigned One UI) is definitely worth it, the loss of this functionality is unfortunate, if not understandable considering how much has changed thanks to the One UI redesign.
Now Samsung has announced that Good Lock is making a return with full One UI and Android Pie compatibility, along with a couple of new features. You’ll get some extra multi window features as well as new styles for the recent tasks view.
The app should be updated to work with the new One UI software sometime today so open up Galaxy Apps (enable it first if you disabled it when you bought the phone) and make sure to update all of your apps! And if you haven’t tried this feature before, now is the perfect time to give it a shot.
Source: Samsung
Via: SamMobile

Minecraft 1.8 adds pandas, bamboo, and crossbows

A new update was recently pushed out for the Bedrock edition of Minecraft. It brings everyone’s favorite black and white bear the panda, along with bamboo that’s useful for creating scaffolding. Crossbows have also been added, which seems like an outlier compared to the pandas and bamboo. But hey, if you’ve ever felt the urge to shoot a panda with a crossbow, now’s your chance thanks to the Minecraft 1.8 update. Read MoreMinecraft 1.8 adds pandas, bamboo, and crossbows was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Call Screen now showing up on original Pixel and Pixel XL

Google released Call Screen with the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices, but the company promised that the feature would make its way to the older models. Last month it came to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and now it’s the OG’s turn.
Owners of the original Pixel and Pixel XL are now starting to see the Call Screen feature appear on their devices. This feature allows Google Assistant to take over a call (if that’s something that you want), asking what the call is about and taking a message from the caller all while providing a real-time transcript of the screened call. It’s a pretty amazing feature and it’s fantastic to see Google pushing for older devices to get new goodies.
Make sure the Google Phone app is fully updated and check in Settings > Call Screen to see if you have the feature! If you’re using Call Screen for the first time, feel free to let us know what you think of the new feature in the comments.
Source: Reddit Via: Droid-Life

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite gets Android 9 Pie update

After rolling out Android 9 Pie to the Mi A2 a couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi is now following up with the same update for its cheaper sibling, the Mi A2 Lite. The OTA for the stable release is starting to show up for users around the world, only two weeks after Xiaomi began testing it in beta.

According to our tipster, the new Pie update for the Mi A2 Lite brings gesture navigation like we’ve seen on the Pixel line-up, adaptive battery and brightness, App Actions and Slices integration in the launcher, all the privacy-centric features of Pie such as restricting access to the mic and camera for idle apps, and more. Read MoreXiaomi Mi A2 Lite gets Android 9 Pie update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google admits to the Pixel 3’s memory management issue, promises a fix ‘in the coming weeks’

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are among two of the best Android smartphones we’ve seen this year. While the cameras on the two phones are absolutely phenomenal, the devices suffer from lackluster performance due to poor RAM management. The good news is that Google has acknowledged the issue and has promised to fix it with an upcoming update.
The statement from Google didn’t specify why the issue wasn’t caught before the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL went to market, but it did promise that the fix would “keep background apps from being prematurely closed,” which should make a lot of Pixel 3 owners very happy. 
We’re rolling out a software update in the coming weeks to keep background apps from being prematurely closed in certain situations.
Having used the Pixel 3 as my main device for several weeks now, I can say that the aggressive RAM management on the phone has been quite frustrating. While 4GB of RAM is more than enough to keep an Android phone running smoothly, the Pixel 3’s current RAM management has a tendency to kill off apps from the phone’s memory even while they’re being used. On more than one occasion, the music on my Pixel 3 has stopped while I was scrolling through Twitter and Android Auto has disconnected multiple times while in use in my car. Typically, a quick reboot can temporarily resolve the issue, but it’s not the type of experience you expect when you pay $800 or more for a smartphone.
Source: 9to5 Google
 

Essential Phone November update rolling out, hints Audio Adapter HD could arrive soon

The cycle of monthly security updates continues. As expected, Essential has just pushed out its November patch OTA on the same day as Google. There is a twist this time around, though: Essential’s changelog includes notes that reveal the Audio Adapter HD could be coming soon.

Your November software release is here. Check your Essential Phone for the update! pic.twitter.com/xVsgnLUDNz
— Essential (@essential) November 5, 2018

The company revealed the existence of the audio adapter all the way back in June, but since then it’s been strangely silent on the subject. Read MoreEssential Phone November update rolling out, hints Audio Adapter HD could arrive soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Telegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more

Back in January, secure messaging app Telegram acquired an alternative client based on its own database library. Since then, it’s rebranded the app from Challegram to Telegram X, and made it a testing ground for experimental features. An extremely fruitful testing ground. This new October update is no different from its feature-packed predecessors, delivering a ton of changes. Among the most interesting additions: the introduction of new supported languages and Android Pie features. Read MoreTelegram X adds support for Android Pie, new languages, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.