Since the beginning of February, Android 14 has been released in so-called developer previews. These early versions of the operating system are unstable and are mainly intended for developers to test applications. Now, the first beta is out for anyone with a supported Pixel device to try out.
We are talking about Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6/Pro, Pixel 6a and Pixel 7/Pro). Please note that this list does not include the non-5G Pixel 4a. This is still a beta version which may have bugs and other issues.
Overall, Android 14 won’t be a huge leap forward from Android 13. One of the changes was the new back gesture animation. When you swipe from the edges of the phone to initiate the “go back” command, the icon will be more visible.
The Share menu has also changed. When you press the Share icon on an app, the first apps in the list are the ones you use most often. The list can also be customized. Sharing content from apps will become faster and more convenient.
In addition, Android 14 has slightly changed icons, visual effects, new wallpapers and sounds.
Ahead of the announcement of iOS 17, Apple said that iOS 16 is installed on 81% of all active iPhones
Shortly before the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC 2023, Apple published statistics regarding the prevalence of iOS 16.
At the moment, the current version of the operating system is installed on 81% of all active iPhones on the market. Another 13% are working with iOS 15 and only 6% are on older versions.
If we talk about smartphones no older than four years, then the distribution looks like this: 90%, 8% and 2%, respectively.
In the case of tablets, iPadOS 16 is installed on 71% of all active iPads. Another 20% remain on iPadOS 15, while older versions are installed on 9% of devices.
Best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance: Meizu 20 series topped the AnTuTu ranking twice
The AnTuTu benchmark team has published the latest rankings of the best Android smartphones in terms of price and performance in different price categories – as of the end of May 2023.
Experts noted the success of OnePlus and Oppo among economical sub-flagships and mid-range phones. In addition, the triumphant return of Meizu is celebrated with the Meizu 20 series, whose representatives took first place in two ratings at once.
In the cheapest category under 1999 yuan (up to $282), the first three places went to OnePlus Ace Racing Edition, iQOO Neo7 SE and Realme GT Neo5 SE.
The next price bracket, from 2000 to 2999 yuan ($283 to $424), gave the top three spots to the Remi K60, Lenovo Legion Y70 and Remi K60 Pro.
In the 3,000 to 3,999 yuan ($425 to $565) category, Meizu 20, iQOO Neo8 Pro, and iQOO 11 lead the way.
The Meizu 20 Pro, Oppo Find X6 and Xiaomi 13 Pro smartphones topped the 4,000 yuan to 4,999 yuan ($566 to $707) category.
Among the most expensive flagships above $708, the Red Magic 8 Pro+ leads the way, followed by the Oppo Find X6 Pro and Honor Magic5 Pro.
Notes and lists may disappear: Google stops integrating with third-party apps
Google has announced the imminent end of support for Google Assistant (Google Assistant) integration with third-party list and note apps. The Google Virtual Assistant will continue to interact closely only with the proprietary Google Keep application.
Maintaining shopping lists through Google Assistant can be quite convenient. It is enough for the user to give a voice command for the assistant to open the list or note, read it or edit it. However, users of third-party list and note apps have begun receiving warnings that Google Assistant voice commands will be discontinued as of June 20.
The documentation on the Google site also states:
Starting June 20, Google Assistant notes and lists will no longer work in non-Google apps.
Not only will users no longer be able to create notes/lists, it looks like notes/lists previously created with Google Assistant will disappear. On the support page under “Where are my old lists?” the company states that these notes/lists will also no longer be available after June 20th.
However, the tech giant offers a way to save this data before the deadline:
- Go to takeout.google.com
- Select Helper Notes & Lists.
- Save your information.
Google also stated that “lists you create by voice in Google Shopping will be saved in Google Keep.” But she clarified that shopping lists created by third-party services will not sync with Google Keep.
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