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Month: June 2018

OxygenOS: 5 features you need to know about

Along with the competitive price, OxygenOS is a big reason fans pick OnePlus devices. The skin looks and feels a lot like stock Android, but packs in tons of useful features (unlike the competition). Here are five of the best ones you should know about. App locker App locker secures your data-sensitive apps from prying eyes. You have to use a PIN or the fingerprint scanner to open an app, which means only you can use it. The feature can be enabled for every app on your device. The feature is super useful, especially if you have nosy friends who love playing with your device. You can use it for budgeting apps to make sure no one sees your financial info or apps like Messenger that contain private conversations between you and others. I also use it for Google Photos because I don’t want anyone going through my images. To set it up, go to Settings > Security & lock screen > App locker and type in your PIN code. Then just tap the “Add apps” option and choose the apps you want to lock. The feature also lets you hide notification content for an extra layer of security. Gestures OxygenOS supports both on- and off-screen gestures to help you get things done faster. On-screen gestures replace the standard navigation bar at the bottom of the screen (home, back, and...

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How to use Skype for Chromebook

Shutterstock Chromebooks are great at so many things. They’re an inexpensive alternative to many laptops, and their storage is largely cloud based for extra convenience. You can use them for all of your chat needs, but if you want to use Skype for Chromebook, you’re out of luck. Sort of. Google and Microsoft are competitors, and fierce ones at that. As a result, the Skype app isn’t available to Chromebook users. That doesn’t mean you can’t use Skype on Chromebooks though, you just can’t download the app. The browser version of Skype is still on the table. Before you keep reading, it’s worth mentioning there are more Chromebook-friendly video chat options available — Google’s own Hangouts is a solid alternative. However, if you and your friends or family have gotten used to Skype group chats, it might be even more of a bother to try to convince everyone to switch over on your account. Here’s how to use Skype for Chromebook: Open your Chrome browser. Navigate to the Skype website. Log in using your username (or email account or phone number) and password. Once you’ve signed in, that’s it. You’re done. You’re now ready to use Skype to chat with friends, use video, add new contacts, and everything else you usually do — on a Chromebook. Have you had any problems using Skype on Chromebook? Are you a fan?...

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Your older Chromebook might not get Android P

Comments in the Chromium Gerrit point to older Chromebooks not getting Android P. Those Chromebooks feature kernel 3.14 or older and include 2015’s Google Chromebook Pixel. According to comments on a Chromium Code review that XDA Developers spotted, 2015’s Google Chromebook Pixel or any similarly older Chrome OS device will not get Android P. Keep in mind that this is not Android P support in the sense that Chromebooks will run a full version of Android. Rather, Android P would be used as the underpinnings for when you download apps from the Play Store, for example. Based on the comments, any Chromebook that runs kernel 3.14 or older will not get Android P. To check your machine’s kernel version, type chrome://system in the URL bar. Press the Enter key, then press CTRL + F to search for uname. Editor’s Pick What is Chromebook and why should you care? You may be used to choosing between Apple’s macOS and Windows when shopping for a new desktop or laptop computer, but Chromebooks have offered a third option since 2011. The Chromebook, available from many well-known … This does not mean that your Chromebook will no longer receive updates. Many of these pre-3.18 Chromebooks still fall in the five-year window for updates, so your device would remain secure for the foreseeable future. Also, we do not know yet what, if any, impact...

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A red OnePlus 6 is definitely coming on July 2 (Updated)

Update, June 30: Soon after MKBHD teased the mystery red device from OnePlus, the company effectively confirmed the release of a snazzy red OnePlus 6 in a teaser video. The red-tinted clip points to July 2 as the announcement date. We’ll keep you posted.   Original post, June 29: MKBHD Today on Instagram, Marques Brownlee (otherwise known as MKBHD) posted a picture of a OnePlus 6 on top of another device that looks a lot like a red OnePlus 6. You can see the buttons are the same and the curves are similar. Check out the pic below: MKBHD If OnePlus is going to release a red OnePlus 6, it wouldn’t be too surprising, as the company also released a red version of the OnePlus 5T last year. Editor’s Pick OnePlus 6 review: the spiritual successor to the Nexus Buy OnePlus 6 Move over OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 has arrived. The latest iteration of the OnePlus family brings us an all-new design on the outside, and more of what we already love on the … However, if that is, in fact, a red OnePlus 6 in MKBHD’s photo, that is not the Lava Red that was used for the OnePlus 5T. Unless our eyes are tricking us, that is a totally different red color. Brownlee didn’t include any text caption with the image, so we don’t know anything else...

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MIUI 10 global beta details revealed: When will your phone get the update?

c.mi.com Xiaomi has announced a more detailed timeline for the MIUI 10 global beta update. The update will be divided into three batches, starting in early July and ending in early August. The new update delivers a tweaked recents menu, a single camera portrait mode, and more. We’ve already looked at MIUI 10 features as well as tentative timelines for the update to roll out. Now, Xiaomi has published more launch details for the MIUI 10 global beta. In a post on the official MIUI Forum, the Chinese brand revealed the global beta update will be available in three batches, divided into early July, late July, and early August. Editor’s Pick These are the best Xiaomi phones Xiaomi might not be well known in the West, but it’s popular in many Asian countries. It was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in China last year, according to Counterpoint. It beat Apple by … The first batch, which arrives in early July, will see the update hit the Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Redmi S2, Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, and Mi Mix. The second batch, arriving in late July, consists of the Redmi Note 4X/Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi 5,...

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