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Android gets tons of new features: Camera Switches, Project Activate, Heads Up, and so on

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Google has announced many Android updates that cover several different apps and services. Google is not only adding new features, but also bringing features that were previously exclusive to the Pixel to other Android smartphones.

Google is launching a new feature called Camera Switches, which allows users with movement disabilities to navigate the phone using eye movements and facial expressions. The camera switch controls can be edited, so gestures shorter or longer than the set time are ignored, so it looks like users will have a relatively fine level of customization to work with. The camera switches can be found in the Android Accessibility Suite as soon as the function is launched.

Also new is the Project Activate app, which uses eye movements and facial gestures, this time to activate predefined actions that allow those who are not talking or have movement disorders to communicate with others. Project Activate will offer a wide range of actions as users can make their phone speak specific phrases, play audio, and send text messages. In addition, Google says it has added handwriting recognition for Latin-based languages ​​to its Lookout app.

The only update coming to Google TV is big, as it will allow you to use your phone as a remote control for your Google TV device. This, in turn, means that you can use your phone’s keyboard to enter search results. To use your phone as a remote control on Google TV and Android TV OS, all you need to do is add the corresponding shortcut to the quick settings on your smartphone.

Google also announced today that Pixel’s Locked Folder feature will be rolling out to other Android phones in the future. Locked Folder is a fairly straightforward feature as it allows you to isolate private photos and videos in a password-protected folder, preventing them from showing up in Google Photos. In addition, Google is developing Assistant support for daily reminders, allowing users to see all of their reminders at a glance by saying, “Hey Google, open my reminders.”

Gboard is streamlining the way copy and paste is done, with Google reporting that the keyboard will automatically sort copied information containing multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and URLs into a set of different paste options. Phones running Android 11 or newer will even be able to compose entire sentences using machine learning-based predictive input.

Google will also tweak Nearby Share visibility options, which will allow users to choose between being visible to everyone, only to people on their contact list, or to no one at all. Finally, Google is introducing Heads Up Mode, which will regularly remind users to look up from their phone when they are using it on the go.

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Capture almost 5% of the global PC market in three weeks. Windows 11 isn’t just spreading fast, it’s very fast

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AdDuplex statistics released today show that Windows 11 is spreading not just fast, but very fast. Recall that the final version of Windows 11 was released on October 4, a little over three weeks ago, and it has already captured 4.8% of the global PC market. Together with the beta version of Insiders, Windows 11 has a 5.1% share of the global PC market.

Apparently, Windows 11 will continue to be adopted very quickly on users’ PCs and by the end of the year it may well occupy more than 10% of the market. If not for the very strict requirements for the hardware platform of computers and laptops, Windows 11 would have spread much faster.

Capture almost 5% of the global PC market in three weeks.  Windows 11 isn't just spreading fast, it's very fast

As for the most popular versions of Windows, these are still the most recent versions of Windows 10 – 21H1 and 20H2. Their shares are 37.6% and 34%, respectively. For those who are not going to upgrade to Windows 11, Microsoft is preparing the 21H2 update, and it should be out very soon.

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Obsession or Caring? Controversial Windows 10 update tests Windows 11 readiness PCs

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Microsoft has begun distributing the controversial Windows 10 operating system update KB5005463. It is not required or essential, but it can be downloaded and installed automatically via Windows Update.

The main task of the KB5005463 update is to help users prepare their devices for the transition to the new operating system, Windows 11.

Windows 11 is not automatically distributed at this time. And while users needed to download and install the PC Health Check Tool, which allows you to evaluate the performance of your PC and answer the question whether the computer is suitable for installing Windows 11, the system requirements of which are quite strict and strict.

Until now, Microsoft has only offered this PC health check tool through its DIY website. Now the situation has changed – the KB5005463 update automatically downloads and installs the application.

This decision caused a controversial reaction on the network. Some people think that the automatic installation of the PC Health Check Tool is a manifestation of concern on the part of Microsoft. Because it will provide users with useful information about any potential issues with Windows 11 so that their computers are ready by the time Windows 11 begins to roll out.

Others see Microsoft’s actions as too intrusive. Especially for those users who already know that their PC is incompatible with Windows 11, or simply do not want to upgrade to a new OS.

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New Microsoft Defender for Windows 11 spotted on the web

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The recently released operating system Windows 11 has a lot of new features and should receive a few upcoming changes as well. It is reported that Windows 11 will receive a new antivirus Microsoft Defender or Windows Defender.

The source says the new Microsoft Defender is currently in preview, with the code-named GibraltarApp being codenamed. In the new version of Microsoft Defender, the company plans to offer users “simple, convenient and personalized protection.”

Microsoft has said that since the announcement of Windows 11, the company has taken the security aspect of the new operating system very seriously. The current version of Microsoft Defender in Windows 11 is the same as in Windows 10, but it causes problems for some users in Windows 11. Therefore, it seems logical to release an improved and patched version of Windows Defender.

It is not yet known when the Microsoft Defender preview will be available to users. As usual, Insiders will be the first to try the update.

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