Google to Introduce Android Pixel Tablet in 2023

At the 2022 Google I/O, the tech giant unveiled a new Pixel tablet. However, this new Pixel tablet will not be launching until next year. Google has not launched a tablet since the Pixel Slate in 2018. The Pixel Slate ran on Chrome OS and there were plans for it to have a successor, but these plans were discontinued by Google. Prior to the Pixel Slate, the tech giant had launched the Pixel C in 2015. The Google Pixel C ran on Android.

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Google Rolls Out the First Beta of Android 13 for Google TV and Android TV

Tech giant Google has released the first beta of Android 13 for TV. This beta is the first look at the next version of the Android TV platform. With this beta being rolled out, developers and users will be able to have a preview of the new smart TV interface. However, users cannot simply install the latest beta on their existing Android TV or Google TV devices. To test out the Android 13 TV on a physical device, users need access to the ADT-3, an Android TV dongle meant for developers. Users can also access the new software by using the Android Emulator for TV within Android Studio.

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Sleep Timer Introduced in Apple Music 3.10 Beta for Android

Cupertino tech giant Apple has introduced a sleep timer to the Android beta of its streaming platform. The Apple Music 3.10 beta on Android now flaunts the new feature of a sleep timer. Oddly enough, the very same feature is currently missing in Apple’s own operating system, as there is no equivalent feature for the iOS beta of Apple Music.

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Google Assistant in Chrome for Android Offers to Automatically Change Compromised Passwords

At the Google I/O developer conference held in 2021, the tech giant had announced a new Google Assistant-powered feature for Chrome that would help users easily change compromised passwords. Now, this feature is finally rolling out to users of Chrome for Android. This new Assistant-powered feature will display a pop-up notification as soon as a user logs in with a password that has been found in a data breach. The pop-up notification states, “Chrome found the password you just used in a data breach. Your Google Assistant can change your password automatically.”

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Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 for Pixel Released by Google

Tech giant Google’s June Feature Drop for Pixel is eagerly awaited by tech enthusiasts across the world. Google has announced Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3 for all eligible Pixel devices. Like the previous Quarterly Platform Release beta, this update will be available for Pixel 4 devices onwards. The update includes May 2022 security patches that were rolled out on Monday via the stable channel. The beta build version number is S3B1.220420.005.

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Hulu Scraps Signup Options from Android and Smart TV Apps

Google Play’s new billing requirements seem to have affected popular streaming service Hulu. New customers are not able to sign up for Hulu on their Android phones or smart TVs. According to a report by 9to5Google, the Hulu app on Android TV-based smart TVs and other Android devices are no longer allowing new users to create an account. This also prevents new users from signing up for a free trial. Users without an existing subscription who wish to sign up for Hulu are required to do so through its website or by using a non-Android device. Users who already have subscriptions can log in to their accounts on the Android app.

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Android 13 Beta 1 Available for Supported Google Pixel Devices Now

Following two Developer Previews that were respectively released in February and March, tech giant Google has made the first Android 13 beta build available for public testing today. The Android 13 beta 1 is considerably easier to install and use than either of the two Developer Preview builds were. Hopefully, all major bugs and issues have been worked out by now. However, it is likely that users of this beta will still experience several issues. The Android 13 Beta 1 is the first of four planned betas before Google launches the final release in late 2022.

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Android 14 to be Named “Upside Down Cake”

Google used to have a long-standing tradition of naming its Android versions after desserts. The tech giant ditched this tradition with the introduction of Android 10. However, internally, it still uses the dessert names corresponding to the Android versions. For instance, in 2021, Google was found internally referring to the upcoming Android 13 version as “Tiramisu”. Now, as suggested by recent Android Gerrit commits, the future Android 14 is going to be called “Upside Down Cake.”

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Future Android Versions to go Easier on Killing Background Apps

text reading "Android", android logo. Future Android Versions to go Easier on Killing Background Apps.

Android smartphones often end up killing apps in the background. It makes for a very inconvenient user experience. This behavior is entirely randomized. A future change in Android, however, has people hopeful that this behavior of killing background apps might, at the very least, slow down. Google may introduce this new change as early as Android 13. although there have not been any confirmations regarding this as of yet.

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