Google is now in full swing preparing for the launch of its new mobile platform – Android 12. Meanwhile, the network began to appear details about it.
This time, enthusiasts from the mobile developer community XDA Developers have found one of the features of the future update by digging into the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code.
The new feature is internally called restricted networking mode. Interestingly, in a note describing the innovation, enthusiasts expressed disappointment that the feature does not add the hotly anticipated customizable system-level firewall.
However, this mode may well prove useful. If you activate it in the settings, then only those applications that have received special permission CONNECTIVITY_USE_RESTRICTED_NETWORKS will be able to connect to the network. Such permission will only be issued to specific system applications and / or installed by the manufacturer. Thus, in restricted network mode, any applications installed by the user cannot access the Internet.
The first developer preview of Android 12 is expected in February.
Now requires Windows 10. Google released the first version of Chrome under a new scheme
Google has released a branded browser update. The latest version of Chrome 110 is now available to a limited number of users, but already belongs to the stable stage.
Chrome 110 was the first version of Google’s browser to have an adjusted release schedule with a more cautious approach to distribution. Google has now given access to Chrome 110 to a small number of Chrome 109 users, with a major release coming in a week. It is assumed that this approach will allow developers to identify problems with the browser and fix them before a large-scale launch.
Chrome 110 contains a rather long list of changes, but many of them are mainly relevant to developers, not ordinary users. For example, Chrome 109 was supposed to be the first version of the browser to implement an alternative to Google support for CHIPS (Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State), a proprietary addition to Cookies. It looks like CHIPS support has been moved to Chrome 110.
Of the notable innovations, you can now insert characters like “ß” and “ς” in domain names. These characters have been handled correctly in Firefox and Safari since 2016. Another innovation is a simplified procedure for setting up languages in the built-in Google Translate service for translating pages. Translator settings are available directly in the browser settings at chrome://settings/language.
Chrome 110 also drops support for Windows 7 and 8.1. The browser requires Windows 10 or later to run.
Microsoft is determined: users see annoying Windows 11 ads in full screen, leaving Windows 10 is not easy
Microsoft has begun aggressively encouraging Windows 10 users to upgrade to the more modern operating system, Windows 11.
Windows 10 users have been complaining online that a full-screen page has begun to appear on Windows 10 computers, offering to upgrade to Windows 11 and completely covering the desktop.
What’s more, Microsoft offers only two options for the obvious closing of this page, and both, in essence, mean “I agree.” The first button starts the update right at the moment you click it, and the second one allows you to schedule the installation at a later time. If you look closely, you can see a less noticeable “breaking the dead end” – a small link “Keep Windows 10”.
Needless to say, Windows 10 users are unhappy with Microsoft’s attempts to impose the operating system with tricky banners and optical illusions. Many users are likely to hit the first button that is visually highlighted with color without reading the message, let alone looking for the cancel button, just to get back to their desktop and do their work.
Luckily, Microsoft hasn’t launched an automatic update to Windows 11 yet, so the chances of you suddenly getting a new operating system are slim.
On February 1, Microsoft stopped selling Windows 10 licenses on its website.
Which Android smartphones are the most satisfied users. Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra are knocked off the Antutu rankings by an unexpected newcomer
The team of the popular benchmark AnTuTu has published a fresh rating of smartphones based on the Android operating system, which received the highest user satisfaction ratings.
The leader of the ranking was Huawei Nova 10 Pro, “unexpected and surprising” even for Antutu experts. The model based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G debuted last July and scored 97.04% positive reviews in January 2023.
Second place went to Honor X40 GT with 96.23% positive reviews. This smartphone has already hit second place in November and now it’s back again.
Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13, which occupied the first and second places in December, fell to the third and ninth places, respectively, with 95.26% and 92.52%. And the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which held the first place for five months in a row until December, is now in fourth place with 95.15%.
Rounding out the top 10 are OnePlus 11 (94.19%), Vivo X90 Pro+ (93.83%), Red Magic 8 Pro+ (93.68%), iQOO Neo7 Racing Edition (93.51%), Xiaomi 13 (92, 52%) and Redmi K60 Pro (91.91%).
Statistics collected from January 1 to January 31, 2023. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.
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