Pixel 2 battery drain issue being looked into, Google says

Last week, it came to light the Pixel 2 February update has caused some serious issues, with users reporting poor battery life and device overheating. What’s good is that Google has already started investigating the reports. Here’s what a company employee said on a Google forum thread discussing these problems: We want to look into this issue and I’m going to reach out privately for bug reports. Please keep an eye out for my email, thanks! No timeline for a fix yet. The best affected users can do at the moment is to share bug reports with the company. These are critical problems,…

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[Update: Now official, more devices supported] Google releasing ARCore 1.0 at MWC, but it seems to be rolling out early

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Google has grown increasingly fond of virtual and augmented reality, culminating in its release of the ARCore SDK last year. ARCore was meant to democratize AR, giving more phones the ability to do it without having to rely on extra hardware as in the case of project Tango (which is now dead).

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Google says dark mode coming to future version of Android

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UPDATE: Google has now clarified its statement, saying that an official dark mode isn’t coming. Instead, it’s planning to enable a developer-facing night mode to help devs test apps that use a night mode.

 

ORIGINAL: As more and more smartphones come to market with OLED displays, many Android owners have been clamoring for Google to add a dark mode to Android. Now it looks like Google is finally going to do just that.

Back in November 2017, someone posted in the Google Issue Tracker asking for Google to add a dark mode to Android 9.0. A Google employee said at the time that they shared that request with the engineering team and that they’d share more info as it became available.

Fast forward to February 2018 and the Googler has marked the issue as fixed and said that a Google engineering team has added a dark mode. “It will be available in a future Android release,” the employee added.

There aren’t really any other details about Android’s dark mode right now, but this is still exciting news. One of the benefits of OLED displays is that you aren’t using as much energy to power a black screen compared to an LCD, so a dark mode that has mostly black or dark elements could help conserve energy. Plus, sometimes you just want to have a dark UI rather than a blindingly white one.

It’s unclear when Google will officially add dark mode to Android, but it is expected that Android P will be released later this year, so maybe we’ll see it then. Will you use Android’s dark mode when Google adds it?

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Google said to introduce ARCore 1.0 officially at MWC 2018, but the update is already rolling out [Update: Now available for 13 smartphones]

Update: Google is officially rolling out ARCore 1.0, which is now available for 13 smartphones – Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 edge, LG V30 and V30+ (Android O only), ASUS Zenfone AR and OnePlus 5. It will be available in upcoming devices from Samsung, Huawei, LGE, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo later this year. Google said that ARCore is designed to work on a wide variety of qualified Android phones running Android 7.0 (Nougat) and later. Google said that ARCore 1.0 has improved environmental understanding that enables users to place virtual assets on textured surfaces like posters, furniture, toy boxes, books, cans and more.  Google is pushing very hard on perfecting the ARCore to bring augmented reality and according to a report from The Variety, the company is planning on releasing the ARCore V1.0 at the MWC 2018 event. ARCore brings augmented reality to billions of Android phones without having to rely on hardware like project Tango. However, it looks like the update is already available rolling out a bit earlier than planned. Additionally, Google is also expanding the ARCore SDK support to all Nougat devices, instead of …
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Google Drive File Stream update adds bandwidth limit settings, sync pause, and more

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The Google Drive desktop client isn’t very great (at least on Windows), and if you want to access a file, it has to be stored on your computer at all times. Google announced a new client called ‘Drive File Stream’ last year, which adds all your files to your computer, but only downloads the data when you want to open something (similar to OneDrive on Windows 8). Unfortunately, Drive File Stream is only available to G Suite users, so us normal people can’t try it out.

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