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Android 11 Beta 1 arrives early and reveals developer option for new media controls in quick settings

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Android 11 Beta 1 was scheduled to launch via a virtual event on June 3. However, Google decided to delay the launch due to ongoing protests in the United States. While the launch was officially pushed back on Friday, some Pixel owners were in for a surprise. On Monday, some Pixel owners reported getting Android 11 Beta release. It has reportedly rolled out to at least two Pixel 4 XL owners and potentially to other Google devices as well.

According to XDA‘s Mishaal Rahman, Android 11 Beta 1 arrives with build number RPB1.200504.018. 9to5Google further reports that the update is not widely available yet. There is a possibility that someone pushed the switch and released the update early to a small set of users. In the past, we have seen Googlers-only OTA builds being pushed to users. However, the update being pushed out early to Pixel owners does not carry the “Confidential internal only”.

Android 11 Beta 1 Arrives Early

This appears to be a straightforward release of “beta version of Android R”. While Google announced a tweak to roll out schedule, it announced that the final Android 11 update will release during the third quarter of this year. The beta 1 release includes the final SDK and NDK APIs. Google will also open Play Store publishing for apps targeting Android 11. The update already includes some features previously not seen in the Developer Preview 4. Here is a look at some of these features.

Google is allowing developers to enable media controls in Quick Settings with the release of Beta 1. It means Spotify can add a music player in the quick settings with the new beta release. As reported yesterday, Android 11 Beta 1 also brings a customizable power menu. This includes the option to control devices and wallet. There are also new app suggestions for Pixel Launcher dock, as noted by 9to5Google. Rahman further adds that Beta 1 brings new icon shape overlays including Vessel, Tapered Rect and Pebble.

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The Android 11 Beta 1 release also includes a new setting for Bubbles notifications. In Settings, you can head to Apps & Notifications followed by Notifications and then tap on Bubbles. Here, you now have the option to enable or disable apps from showing bubbles. It is not uncommon for Google to add new features to beta release. However, Android 11 Beta 1 seems like an update that brings a new developer option that will simplify user experience.

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Huawei files patent for smartphone design with an attachable zoom lens

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Huawei seems eager to stay at the top of DxOMark’s ranking of the best smartphone cameras. Despite the difficulties that the company has faced lately, it does not want to give up its dominance in the field of photography. For this, the Chinese tech giant has now patented a smartphone design with an attachable external zoom lens at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Huawei’s bet on Traditional Zoom lens camera

While several manufacturers include the periscopic zoom system that Huawei used back in the Huawei P30 Pro, it appears that the Chinese giant is taking a step forward (or backward) with a new old zoom system. Although the patent’s exact details were not explained initially. It does showcase a smartphone an external lens at the back. Something very similar to what is already possible on DSLR cameras.

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Unfortunately, there are no details on the operation of the system by Huawei, but the following images perfectly convey the idea of ​​what users could have at their disposal. It’s hard to imagine how Huawei could improve this. But advancements in zoom capabilities are among the most prominent areas where things can improve. And there are two possible ways for Huawei to implement something similar to what is shown in its patent.

The first is through an accessory. But we have already seen those reaching the market and being practically abandoned by users. The other would be to include a mechanism inside the smartphone itself. That protrudes outwards when zooming, and this may be the ideal solution as per the patent images.

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Currently, the Huawei P40 Pro+ is the company’s mobile with the best capable zoom system. It uses up to two telephoto lenses: one that has a 10x zoom sensor in optical format. The second telephoto camera has a 3x optical zoom. The mixture of both allows a 20x hybrid zoom and a digital zoom of up to 100x.

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Snap Spectacles 2, Spectacles 3 launched in India starting at Rs 14,999

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Snap Inc. recently launched two smart spectacles in India, namely the Snap Spectacles 2 and the Snap Spectacles 3. Snap is the company behind popular instant messaging/social media app Snapchat. Both the new Snap Spectacles models will be available on the brand’s India website. The Snap Spectacles 2 will be priced at Rs 14,999, while the Snap Spectacles 3 will be made available for Rs 29,999.

Both the Snap Spectacles 2 and Snap Spectacles 3 will be made available through Flipkart. The e-commerce website listing is also up with the price and availability date of June 4. These smart glasses by Snap Inc (previously known as Snapchat) were first launched in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The first glasses were launched in November 2017 through limited availability and went on sale online in February 2017.

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The Snap Spectacles feature in-built cameras, which allow users to capture photos or videos via the glasses and lets them upload directly to their Snapchat account. Users can easily sync the captured content with the iOS or Android Snapchat app. They come with 4GB storage allowing one to record up to 100 videos or up to 1,200 photos. Users can recharge the battery of these glasses with a USB Type-C cable in 75 minutes.

Specifications

The Snap Spectacles 2 is able to take 1642×1642 resolution pictures. It can also record 60fps videos at a resolution of 1216×1216 pixels. The device comes with 4GB onboard storage. Meanwhile, the Snap Spectacles 3 can take pictures at a resolution of 1728×1728 pixels. The cameras can also record 60fps videos at a resolution of 1216×1216 pixels. Here too, you get 4GB of onboard storage. The company claims this is good enough to store up to 100 3D videos or 1200 3D photos.

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The Snap Spectacles 3 features a secondary HD camera. It uses the extra camera to capture depth. The company also built a number of 3D effects to go with the newly available depth data. The Snap Spectacles 3 will be available in two color variants – carbon and mineral. Meanwhile, the Snap spectacles 2 will be available in Onyx Eclipse, Ruby Sunset, and Sapphire Midnight variants.

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Samsung Galaxy M41 spotted online with massive 6,800mAh battery

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A few weeks ago, we heard reports that Samsung will ditch the Galaxy M41 entirely out of its M-series in favor of the upcoming Galaxy M51. However, this information may not be valid anymore. This is because a new certification has surfaced online and it points directly to the Samsung Galaxy M41.

As per a report by GSMarena, the Samsung Galaxy M41 3C certification had been cleared last week on June 28. If we go by the certification, which is a very reliable indicator that the phone is still alive, we also spot some specifications of the upcoming M-series phone. This includes a massive 6,800mAh battery powering the phone. That is 800mAh larger than even Samsung’s recent M series phones.

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The 6,800mAh battery is actually comparable to the batteries used in larger tablets. Considering this is an M-series device, the Samsung Galaxy M41 could be priced at around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in India. Hence, it will remain as of now, the only phone with such a large battery in the segment. There is also a picture of the large battery on the Safety Korea website.

The information points to the fact that Samsung may have found a way to solve its OLED panel supply issue. We heard Samsung was going to implement an OLED panel that was made by a third-party company on the M41. This would have contrasted other Samsung phones that use OLED panels made by the company itself. This third party was believed to be TCL’s China Star Optoelectronics Technology. However, in later development, Samsung had apparently canceled the plan and ditched the Galaxy M41 altogether.

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