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Apple broke the silence: iOS 15 lost to iOS 14 and iOS 13

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For the first time in a long time, Apple released data on how popular the iOS 15 operating system is. The results show that among iPhones released over the past four years, the current share of iOS 15 is 72%, and iOS 14 is 26%. The remaining 2% are still using older versions of the system.

If we take into account all smartphones, then the share of iOS 15 installations is 63%, iOS 14 currently has 30%, and the remaining 7% prefer older versions. The share of iPadOS 15 is even lower: 57% for tablets released in the last four years and 49% for all devices.

Apple broke the silence: iOS 15 lost to iOS 14 and iOS 13

In terms of distribution, iOS 15 is significantly ahead of Android 12, but inferior to iOS 13 and iOS 14. In December 2020, the iOS 14 operating system was installed on 81% of devices, and in January 2020, the share of iOS 13 was 77%.

Apple is taking steps to increase the share of iOS 15. Early on, iOS 15 was an optional update, meaning users could stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates. However, now that Apple has stopped iOS 14 security updates, users can only get bug fixes and new features by updating to iOS 15.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that the iPhone 14 Pro will get round and oval cutouts.

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To play Xbox using any Android mobile

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Nintendo found a good niche with the Switch, and Sony flopped with the Vita, but that doesn’t mean “console-quality” handheld gaming isn’t interesting, you just have to find the right way to showcase it to the consumer.

Microsoft is committed to gaming in the cloud with Xbox Game Pass, and that allows games to be streamed directly from the Xbox console itself to mobile, something that many take advantage of to play with touch screen controls. Now a much more practical solution appears.

It is a mobile controller called RIG MG-X, created by Nacon and officially licensed by Microsoft. It works with virtually any Android phone, and offers the controls that appear on the standard Xbox One controller.

The idea is to be able to play Game Pass games without the need for touch controls, as if we were in front of the console.

There are already others on the market with the same idea, such as the Razer Kishi, but this RIG MG-X is more practical and attractive, since the same buttons that we use on the Xbox controller can be used.

The phone is placed in the middle and connected via Bluetooth. It is compatible with any phone running Android 6 and above, and with screens up to 6.7 inches.

Charging is done via USB-C, and the battery gives autonomy of about 20 hours.

In TheVerge They have been able to test it, and although they criticize that some buttons have to be pressed more than they should, in general they are very satisfied with the experience. It can also be used with non-Xbox games.

The only con found is that it is not good for racing games, but for the rest it seems the ideal option.

By the way, it’s already available for $80 on amazon

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It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

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The team behind the popular WhatsApp messenger is one step closer to being able to easily transfer chat history from an old smartphone to a new one without unnecessary complications and additional tools.

It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

Recall that since the fall of 2021, WhatsApp has a tool for transferring chat history from iPhone to some Android-based smartphones, such as Samsung and Google Pixel.

It will be much easier to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone soon

Now in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS there are references to the ability to transfer a chat from Android to iPhone.

The thematic resource WABetaInfo drew attention to the innovation. However, so far there are only “evidence” in the beta version, and the function itself does not work. Nevertheless, this gives hope for a relatively early launch – in the coming months.

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There was a problem with QR codes on Android 12: Google Camera randomly changes addresses

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Recently, QR codes have firmly entered our daily lives, whether we like it or not. But QR codes can also pose a security risk, as the user may not always be able to immediately see which website they are being directed to. While dedicated scanner apps usually show you which URL is hidden inside a QR code, Google Camera seems to try to automatically correct addresses it thinks are wrong, which is more trouble than it’s worth.

There was a problem with QR codes on Android 12: Google Camera randomly changes addresses

According to the German edition of Heise, after an investigation, the Google Camera app on Android 12 regularly issues at least three types of erroneous addresses.

The first type of erroneous corrected addresses most commonly occurs when an address is hidden behind a QR code using country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Google Camera inserts an extra dot in such cases. For example, https://fooco.at becomes https://foo.co.at. As Heise discovered, the problem affects not only the Austrian .at domain, but also .au, .br, .hu, .il, .kr, .nz, .ru, .tr, .uk and .za.

The second issue concerns addresses with top-level domains that are longer than two letters (such as the Catalan .cat). In this case, Google Camera can “swallow” the rest of the address, turning the Catalan independence referendum address https://referendum.cat into a non-existent Canadian address https://referendum.ca. The same problem exists for .int, .pro, .travel, .apple, .bet, .beer, and .amex, with almost all of them abbreviated to the first two letters, with the exception of .apple, which becomes .app). The issue also affects new top-level domains such as .army, .art, .arte, .arab, .audio, .audio, .auto, and .autos.

Another problem concerns addresses with numbers in the subdomain (usually in the www part). Here Google Camera randomly adds a period again, turning working addresses like the Royal Bank of Canada https://www6.rbc.com into non-working https://www.6.rbc.com. Moreover, errors can be combined. As a result, https://www2co.at will become https://www.2.co.at.

The problems appear not only in Chrome, but also in other browsers, even if they are set as the default application on an Android 12 device. For example, when using Firefox, users will still be redirected to the wrong link when scanning a QR code using Google Camera.

Google Camera only reads QR codes when the user activates Google Lens suggestions in their settings. At the same time, according to Heise, the standalone Google Lens app itself works fine with all types of QR codes and does not cause any errors.

Heise was able to confirm their findings with Pixel 3 XL, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, and 6 Pro running Android 12. Pixel 3a running Android 11 did not experience the issue, but appeared after updating to the latest OS version.

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