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    • Qualcomm teams up with Razer for the next evolution of mobile gaming
      von Derrek Lee am Dezember 2, 2021 um 1:50 am

      Qualcomm partners with Razer to boost its gaming strategy. What you need to know Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform. The chipset will power Switch-like handheld gaming consoles based on Android. Qualcomm and Razer have collaborated on a reference device for developers to test out. Hot off the heels of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 announcement for smartphones, Qualcomm launches its new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform as the company aims to use its mobile prowess to take handheld gaming to another level. The new chipset will utilize some of the best of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies, such as an Adreno GPU, which will enable 144fps gaming and 10-bit HDR, with support for 4K when attached to an external monitor or TV. It will also take advantage of Snapdragon Sound for immersive audio while gaming. Qualcomm also touts its industry-leading 5G and FastConnect 6900 with Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support for low-latency gaming, ideal for services like Xbox ...

    • Motorola teases Snapdragon 8 flagship as 5G AR glasses emerge in new leak
      von Derrek Lee am Dezember 2, 2021 um 12:08 am

      We might have our first look at Motorola's smart glasses. What you need to know Motorola says it will be among the first to launch a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphone. The company also plans to utilize the new chip with an upcoming wearable launch. Images of Motorola's upcoming smart glasses may have leaked with an interesting design. Since Qualcomm launched its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, Xiaomi has claimed that it will be the first to launch a smartphone with the new chipset, which isn't too surprising. Now, Motorola has chimed in, saying it will be among the first to feature the chipset, but it has plans for more than just a smartphone. Motorola's head of customer experience, Ruben Castano, has teased that the company is working on a new wearable launch that will utilize the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Motorola is leading the way with new premium experiences based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, bringing to market one of the first Snapdragon 8 smartphones via ...

    • Qualcomm's new 5nm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor takes the fight to Intel
      von Babu Mohan am Dezember 1, 2021 um 11:00 pm

      Qualcomm claims the new chip will "redefine mobile computing." What you need to know Qualcomm has introduced two new SoCs for Always-On, Always-Connected PCs. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm compute platform for notebooks. Qualcomm is also extending 5G across ecosystems with the mid-tier Snapdragon 7c Gen 3 platform. Qualcomm has unveiled the world's first 5nm chip designed for Windows PCs and Chromebooks at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. While the 5nm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is designed for premium devices, Qualcomm has also rolled out a new entry-tier compute platform with integrated 5G connectivity. The announcement comes just a day after the chipmaker introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is expected to power the best Android phones of 2022. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip is built to deliver "breakthrough performance per watt," enhanced AI-acceleration, multi-day battery life, and fast 5G connectivity in ultra-thin laptops with fanless designs. Than...

    • Verizon partners with Bang & Olufsen on pricey Android TV soundbars
      von Samuel Contreras am Dezember 1, 2021 um 10:05 pm

      Verizon partnered with Bang & Olufsen on these new soundbars, so they should sound great. What you need to know Verizon partnered with Bang & Olufsen to create two high-end Stream TV soundbars. The Stream TV Soundbar costs $399.99 and the Stream TV Soundbar Pro costs $999.99. Android TV powers these soundbars with access to all of the latest streaming apps. Verizon has announced that it has worked together with Bang & Olufsen to create two soundbars featuring its Stream TV. This means customers can access the features of the previous standalone Stream TV box with the expanded audio experience of a soundbar. These soundbars each come with Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound, Wi-Fi 6, and run atop Android TV for great app support. These systems have 2GB of system RAM and 16GB of storage which should be more than enough to handle 4K streaming enabled by the HDMI 2.1 port for output with up to 4K 60Hz video support. The cheaper Verizon Stream TV Soundbar has two HDM...

    • Poll: How did you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
      von Derrek Lee am Dezember 1, 2021 um 9:14 pm

      The craziness is finally over. While there might be some deals still shuffling about, the hottest shopping season of the year is finally over. Black Friday deals ran into Cyber Monday, which created a non-stop shopping extravaganza. Yet, amid the global pandemic still ravaging the world, things were probably a lot less crazy for in-store shoppers as more people took to their phones or computers to place orders. And in the age of Amazon, it makes sense. That said, we're curious about how our readers shopped, and we want to know what methods you used to get in on the deals, whether it was on your phone, on the computer, or in person. How did you shop on Black Friday/Cyber Monday? The argument can be made that shipping for things like tech gadgets and the like are more easily done on larger screen devices like the best laptops because it's easier to multitask and research reviews on products that you're considering buying. Meanwhile, if you're shopping for things like clothes, tho...

    • Google Messages starts rolling out Gmail-like 'Nudges' feature
      von Babu Mohan am Dezember 1, 2021 um 8:45 pm

      The app will soon remind you to respond to important messages automatically. Update, Dec 1 (3.45 p.m. ET): Rolling out for some users What you need to know Google is working on a new "nudges" feature for its Messages app. The feature will remind you to respond to important texts. It will likely begin rolling out to users sometime later this year. The Google Messages app could soon offer a useful new feature similar to "nudges" in Gmail, according to an APK teardown of the Google Messages app version 9.5 beta by the folks at XDA Developers. Gmail's nudges feature, which was introduced in 2018, reminds users to follow up on emails that it thinks may be important. New strings found in the latest beta update for the Google Messages app suggest the app will soon highlight "messages you might have forgotten to respond to" at the top of the inbox. It will also show you "messages you might need to follow up on." Google Messages already supports chat reminders, but they need to be set...

    • How to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire Tablet
      von Chris Wedel am Dezember 1, 2021 um 8:00 pm

      Though Amazon may be one of the first places that many people think of when it comes to online shopping, it also happens to make some of the best Android tablets on the market today. The Amazon Fire lineup of tablets offers a variety of use cases, from casual content consumption on the Fire HD 8 to productivity on the Fire HD 10. Whichever tablet you use, there may come a time where you want to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire tablet. Well, not to worry, we have you covered. How to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire tablet Taking a screenshot is much like it is on popular Android phones like the ones from Samsung. The process is relatively straightforward, and here are the steps to help you take a screenshot on your Amazon Fire tablet. Go to the screen, app, or webpage you want to capture. Press and hold the physical volume down and power button at the same time. You'll see an animation on the screen and hear a sound to confirm the screenshot was taken. At the top of the scre...

    • Google's early Christmas gift is a ton of new Android features
      von Derrek Lee am Dezember 1, 2021 um 7:30 pm

      Features galore for all your Android devices! What you need to know Google has announced a ton of new features coming to Android devices. The updates include new emoji kitchen mashups, permissions auto-reset support on more phones, and auto-generated Memories in Google Photos. There are also new updates to Android Auto for improved messaging and new widgets for a few Android apps. 'Tis the season for Android app updates, courtesy of Google. Every few months, Google drops new features for its Android devices and services, separate from the quarterly feature drops it pushes out exclusively for Pixel devices. In this latest set of features for Android, Google is making it easier to stay in touch with the family while adding a few fun and useful updates. Family Bell on more devices One of the most useful features from Google's Nest product family is Family Bell, which allows users to set helpful reminders that are broadcast throughout the house. Google is now expanding this featur...

    • Keep your Galaxy Z Fold 3 looking fantastic with these screen protectors
      von Andrew Myrick am Dezember 1, 2021 um 7:00 pm

      Although there's an all-new PET film and IPX8 water resistance on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, you can never be too careful. Samsung even upgraded the Cover Screen, bringing its 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. So if you want to make sure both displays are protected forever, we've rounded up the best Galaxy Z Fold 3 screen protectors. The ultimate option Whitestone Dome Glass for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Sponsored pick Since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 already has a screen protector installed from the factory, the Dome Glass from Whitestone offers the best-tempered glass screen protector for your Cover Screen. This kit includes two screen protectors and an installation kit, which uses UV curing light to make sure your screen protector remains bubble-free. $50 at Amazon No compromises Olixar Screen Protector (2-pack) Staff Pick This two-pack of screen protectors from Olixar offers excellent protection for the inner display of your Galaxy Z Fold 3. There's an oleophobic coating a...

    • Android Gaming recap: PUBG New State underwhelms on mobile
      von Jennifer Locke am Dezember 1, 2021 um 6:30 pm

      The Genshin Impact memes are out in full force because two more polearm users were announced. Welcome back to Android Central's second monthly Android gaming recap. We always strive to give you the latest gaming coverage surrounding Android, PlayStation, VR, and Stadia, with a roundup of the biggest monthly news in one convenient place. November was fairly quiet on the Android gaming front save for the highly-anticipated launch of PUBG: New State, which didn't exactly go as the developer may have hoped. So let's check out everything that happened and what you may have missed. PUBG: New State has some technical difficulties PUBG: New State didn't exactly have the type of launch the developer was hoping for. While we called it a "solid entry that builds upon PUBG Mobile" in our review, we also noted its myriad of technical issues and its barebones content — at least at launch. As it turns out, the "next-gen battle royale" isn't so next-gen. It's understandable for any multiplay...

    • Google turns your Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 into digital car keys
      von Andrew Myrick am Dezember 1, 2021 um 6:17 pm

      Hey Google, unlock my Beamer What you need to know Google is rolling out Android digital car key support. The feature is only available on Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 devices. Currently, select BMW cars are the only compatible car models. Back during the Google I/O 2021 keynote, the company announced that digital car key support would be arriving on select Android devices. Thanks to the power offered by Ultra Wideband chips, your phone and vehicle can communicate with one another while ditching the physical key in the process. Despite being announced as part of Android 12, the feature was not yet available, at least until now. In a blog post detailing a total of ten different features that are coming to "all" Android users, Google slipped in confirmation that digital car key support is available. There are a few catches to be aware of, however, as the feature is currently limited to the Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 series of devices. One much larger limitation is that you must be using ...

    • Skate your way through a surreal black hole in Solar Ash for PS5
      von Rachel Mogan am Dezember 1, 2021 um 6:15 pm

      The flow in Solar Ash is incredible — but only when it works. As an avid lover of indie games, I'm always on the hunt for something unique or different in the world of gaming. So when a game like Solar Ash comes out, promising the opportunity to skate around an otherworldly dreamscape to your heart's content, you know I just had to give it a try. Developed by the same folks behind Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash is an adventure-platformer for PS5, PS4, and PC with a heavy emphasis on movement and flow over combat. You play as Rei, a Voidrunner on a quest to save her planet from a massive black hole known as the Ultravoid that is sucking up entire worlds and destroying everything in its path. Rei and her people believe that they may have a piece of technology that can save their planet from being obliterated by the Ultravoid: the Starseed. You do this by skating and parkouring throughout a gorgeously-rendered world. It's all incredible, until the flow comes to a grinding halt. S...

    • These are the best running watches you can buy right now
      von Courtney Lynch am Dezember 1, 2021 um 6:00 pm

      Whether you're a new runner, a budget shopper, a casual athlete, or a seasoned expert, there are plenty of smartwatches to choose from these days. You'll discover that many of the best running watches also happen to be some of the best Android smartwatches you can buy. If you're craving a well-rounded experience that caters to your passion for running, you'll have a plethora of options available to you. The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music continues to be the best running watch overall with tons of advanced running features, solid battery life, and highly accurate activity tracking. Best overall: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music If you're a runner of any kind, chances are you've heard a thing or two about the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music. It's been around for two years, but this is one of those running watches that ages gracefully. Newer models continue to come out — from Garmin and other top brands — but the Forerunner 245 Music continues to be a go-to choice for many running enthusias...

    • Do Ring devices work with Google Assistant?
      von Nicholas Sutrich am Dezember 1, 2021 um 5:30 pm

      Best answer: Yes, Ring devices do work with Google Assistant. Ring has an official Google Assistant app that links all devices on your Ring account to your Google account and makes them available in Google Home. Commands made easy Your favorite smart assistant is only as good as the devices it supports, and that goes for our favorite, Google Assistant. As you may know, Ring is owned by Amazon, the same company that owns and operates Alexa and Echo devices. As they are direct competitors in the same space, you will not be able to perform as many commands with Google Assistant as you will with Alexa. However, that doesn't mean you can't do anything with Google Assistant. Quite the contrary. Ring makes an official Google Assistant app, which you can get here. Once you add that app to your Google account and follow the steps to sign in to Ring, your Ring and Google accounts will be linked, and you can control your Ring devices from Google Assistant. As of now, there are a handful o...

    • Here are the best shows on Peacock right now
      von Keegan Prosser am Dezember 1, 2021 um 5:00 pm

      These are the best shows on NBC's Peacock streaming service right now. NBC's Peacock streaming service is the digital hub for new and old NBC series, Peacock originals, and various content from other networks. And with both a free tier and two premium plan options, there's lots of content to choose from. With that in mind, we've rounded up the best Peacock shows available right now. Peacock Find your NBC favorites and more From $5/mo. at Peacock All the shows, movies, and sports you want NBC's Peacock streaming service is the exclusive home for iconic NBC series like The Office and shows from a collection of other networks. You also find a rotating lineup of free and premium movies. Best Peacock shows Original series on Peacock Current series on Peacock WWE on Peacock Comedy series on Peacock Drama series on Peacock Peacock Originals In addition to various classic series and shows that are currently airing new episodes on TV, Peacock features a lineup of exclusi...