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You can use Nearby Sharing (beta) on Android now

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If you’re using the right phone with the right software update, you can use Nearby Sharing right this minute. This is a software feature that makes sharing files from device to device super simple and relatively fast. It’s like what Bluetooth connectivity was originally meant to be… but better.

Per a statement sent to Android Police, Google suggests: “We’re currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms.”

Google previously released a system called Android Beam, which used Bluetooth. With Nearby Sharing, Google uses Wi-Fi Direct. With Wi-Fi Direct, everything is faster, and it’ll work with all Android devices with Android 6 or higher.

Android 6 is Android M, or Android Marshmallow, first released in October of 2015. In other words, basically any Android device you’ve got working right now should be able to use Nearby Sharing in the near future. When we saw Nearby Sharing back in January, it was just after Nearby for iPhone was revealed.

With these “Nearby” features, we’ll see the true power of 5G (in some cases) and a new generation of smartphone functionality… ideally. This device connectivity system will allow smartphone users to connect locally, in a way that’s been … technically possible before, but took too much effort to be realistic as a centerpiece of everyday smartphone use.

Now that Google’s begun enabling Nearby Sharing for the world of Android devices with Android Marshmallow (and newer), we can see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Cross your fingers for quick roll-out.

To get Nearby Share as early as possible, you’ll want to take a peek at the Google Play Serivces Public Beta Program. But even if you’re signed up for that, and download the Beta app as such, you may still need a Google Pixel 4 to make this wook this week. Cross your fingers and see!

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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