Yesterday, Google introduced the second beta version of Android 13 and officially announced the public beta testing program for the new OS. Traditionally, it has been supported by about a dozen brands, each with one or more top devices.
The following devices are participating in the Android 13 Official Public Beta Program: Asus Zenfone 8, Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (called Xiaoxin Pad 12 Pro in China), OnePlus 10 Pro, Oppo Find X5 Pro, Realme GT2 Pro, Sharp Aquos sense6, Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G, Vivo X80 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 12, 12 Pro and Mi Pad 5, Redmi K50 Pro, ZTE The Axon 40 Ultra. HMD Global is also involved with an unnamed Nokia model. And of course, the Android 13 beta is already available on a large number of Pixel smartphones: Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.
The advantage of Pixel smartphones is that the second beta version of Android 13, presented yesterday, is already available for them, for the rest of the devices, for the most part, only the first beta version has been presented so far. And in any case, before installing Android 13 on a smartphone or tablet, you need to back up your data.
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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