Google has announced a new version of its Chrome OS, dubbed Chrome OS Flex, which is now available as part of its early access system. This new operating system is designed to run on older PCs and Macs.
The company targets businesses and schools and claims that the Chrome OS Flex operating system can be installed “in minutes.” Google claims that Chrome OS Flex can work effectively on devices up to 13 years old.
The announcement of Chrome OS Flex comes a few years after Google acquired Neverware, the company that created Cloudready, a lightweight operating system for schools and businesses with fleets of older PCs or Macs. Speaking of the use case, Google says older systems can be “revitalized” by replacing Windows or macOS with Chrome OS Flex, a lightweight operating system that can run on weaker hardware and remain stable for years.
The company says Chrome OS Flex will get the same attention from Google as Chrome OS. It will look and work just like Chrome OS because the new operating system is based on the same codebase.
Some features may not be available depending on the hardware. This means that some features, such as always having access to Google Assistant and syncing with an Android smartphone, may not be available on some devices.
Paid apps in Huawei AppGallery can be downloaded completely free of charge: Huawei has not yet responded
Since Huawei was under US sanctions, Huawei has been forced to switch to its own software solutions as it is banned from using Google services. One of them is the AppGallery app store, which has become a replacement for Google Play.
AppGallery has a pretty serious issue that one developer says has remained unresolved for months, even though he reported it to Huawei back in February. This vulnerability allows anyone with a little bit of technical skill, some free time, and a bit of inclination to put in a little effort to download and install any paid app from AppGallery without paying for it. Of course, for developers who support Huawei by releasing their apps in the AppGallery, this is very bad news.
Dylan Roussel, the developer who discovered the problem, emphasizes that this vulnerability is on the side of Huawei, which still remains unresolved. The bottom line is that the AppGallery API does not offer any protection for paid apps.
Roussel himself was able to download and use several paid apps by exploiting this vulnerability. Obviously, this is a big problem, because with the active exploitation of the vulnerability, developers will receive less profit from the possible sale of their applications.
It remains to be hoped that Huawei will soon solve the problem.
The new king of Android: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus is 10% faster and 30% more energy efficient than its predecessor
Tomorrow, Qualcomm will host an event where the company plans to unveil its flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus mobile platform. But the key characteristics of the single-chip system leaked before the announcement.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus (SM8475) will be manufactured using 4nm process technology by TSMC. The platform will offer an overall performance boost through overclocking. The processor will still retain the “1 + 3 + 4” architecture. It will receive the main Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex A710 cores and four Cortex-A510 cores.
According to well-known insider Digital Chat Station, the architecture of the CPU and GPU remained the same, but at the same time significantly (30%) improved energy efficiency. Productivity increased by 10%.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will replace the existing Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and will soon be available in flagship smartphones from various brands.
Digital Chat Station was the first to report the specifications of Xiaomi 12 and Redmi K50.
The latest Google Camera (GCam Go) for low-cost Android devices is out
There are many ports of the original Google Camera (GCam) for different brands of smartphones. However, the app may not work on low-end devices for which the GCam Go app is made.
Camera Go v2.12 is the latest stable version of GCam Go and is already available for most Android Go devices. It works great on devices running Android 8.0 or later.
This version includes support for HDR+, night mode for low-light photography, support for additional camera modules, and other improvements. The app supports a wide range of devices from leading OEMs including Samsung (both Exynos and Snapdragon), Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo and more. The app works well with all the leading SoCs on the market, including Snapdragon, MediaTek, and Exynos.
What’s new in GCam Go v2.12:
- Added support for ultra wide-angle lenses
- Fixed intermittent support for many devices including Redmi Note 7 series and several Samsung devices
- The application now supports 32-bit and 64-bit architecture
- Fixes for HDR+ and color grading. Night mode has also been improved
- Updated GUI and in-app layout
Download GCam Go v2.12 MOD APK.
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