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Pixel exclusive Android 11 features: Better Screenshots, Live View Location Sharing

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With the release of Android 11, Google revealed a set of features that they delivered to Pixel phones that won’t appear on phones from other manufacturers. This set of features is largely focused on allowing you to “focus on connecting with those close to you.” Features also include smart routine learning and suggestions editing as well as a new UI and controls for handling screenshots!

Screenshot update

As a person who snaps screenshots on my smartphone several times a day, I appreciate that Google’s making an effort to make the screenshot experience more user-friendly. Once I snap a screenshot with this update, I’ll have several pathways.

One: Screenshot or Select. Using Select, I’m able to select any element on the screen I’ve just captured for further analyzation or action. If I select Screenshot, I’m offered two further pathways: Share or Edit. Editing remains simple – cropping, drawing, turning, and the like. I can share or delete from there.

Live View Location Sharing

The Live View Location Sharing feature added to Google Maps with Android 11 will be helpful if you’re out in the park or exploring a city with a friend, and you’ve become separated. This is going to be a whole lot more helpful once COVID-19 is under some measure of control and we’re back in a place where we’re once again amonst crowds of people.

Using Live View with Location Sharing in Google Maps, you’ll see your friends on a map with an icon. Tap the icon and you’ll have the ability to show your friend’s relative direction via augmented reality – little “THIS WAY” arrows appear when you turn to the left or the right.

Smart folder name suggestions

This is a minor update, but it’s nice to see. Once you place more than one app in a folder, you’ll see several suggestions based on the sort of app you’ve added to said folder. If you’ve used a Samsung Galaxy or Apple iPhone in the past, you might’ve had a similar feature in play.

Smart Reply on Gboard

While not available for all chat apps, and only available in English, this new Smart Reply makes simple the typing of replies to tiny questions from friends. You could potentially have a whole conversation with a friend without typing a word – just tap the suggested replies!

Pixel Predictions

Your Google Pixel phone can learn your daily routine and recommend apps for you based on factors like time of day. We’ll be testing this system extensively to see what other factors are taken into consideration. In the morning, we’ll likely see Spotify or another podcast app suggested for our morning commute, while at lunchtime we’ll probably see Instagram placed in the predicted apps row.

Android 11 update download released

If you own a Google Pixel smartphone that’s generation 2 or newer, you’ll have access to Android 11 today. If you want to check on your current status re: Android 11, head to Settings – System – Advanced – System Update. Google Pixel phones are joined in Android 11 by phones from OPPO, Realme, Xiaomi, and OnePlus today too!

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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Why Black Holes Slow Down Time As You Get Closer To One

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To understand why time slows down as an object gets closer to a black hole, it is necessary to understand what time dilation is. Live Science explains that Einstein — obsessed with space and time — was the first to realize that time was relative. After more than a decade of work, Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, shocking the Newtonian establishment and revolutionizing science. Einstein argued that while the laws of physics are constant throughout the universe (via The Conversation), speed or motion, space, and time are not constant but relative. Relative to what? To the point of observation or observer.

Einstein often spoke about trains and how people on and off moving trains would perceive time and speed differently. He cited, for example, that a speeding train would move much faster for a person standing on the side of the track than for a person chasing the train on another train running parallel to it. This has fueled a range of wild experiments with clocks and atomic clocks, and the answers proved Einstein was right: time is not constant and it can dilate.

But to be scientifically accurate, time does not change because of where an observer may be; it changes due to changes in gravity. Scientists have proven these changes in time by measuring atomic clocks on top of buildings and on ground levels, or on orbiting satellites and on Earth. So, if gravity can change time, what would happen to time in the presence of the massive gravitational forces of a black hole?

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