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Google really wants LG users to switch to Pixel with this new ad

You can still get the most out of Pixel with the Pixel 5a. What you need to know Google has released a new ad for the Pixel 5a to make it feel relevant amid the Pixel 6 frenzy. The eight-minute ad offers 113 reasons to switch to Google Pixel. Google is obviously trying to get LG users to make the jump to its smartphone. Google's new ad wants you to feel that your Pixel 5a is still relevant in the midst of the Pixel 6 craze. The search giant offered more than a hundred reasons to switch to Google Pixel, and it's clear that the message is aimed at LG users. The eight-minute ad lists 113 reasons to switch to Pixel "when the maker of your old phone stops making phones." The catchphrase clearly refers to LG, which exited the smartphone market earlier this year after failing to turn a profit for the last five years. Among the practical reasons cited in the video ad are Pixel's useful features, such as its seamless integration with Google services and a sl

Google explains Android 12's new Internet Panel, says it's 'more intuitive'

Soe changes are coming with a new Pixel Feature Drop. What you need to know Google tries to explain the thought process behind its new Internet tile in Quick Settings. Google says it was the result of studies showing that the new UI helps avoid excess mobile data use. Google plans to add additional changes with an upcoming Pixel Feature Drop. Android 12 introduced many UI changes, most notably to the Quick Settings menu. One change that users have not been too ecstatic about is the new Internet Panel, which combines and replaces the standalone Wi-Fi and Data toggles. Google has apparently noticed the complaints because now it's trying to defend the changes. In a community post on Monday, Google explained its thought process behind the new Internet Panel. The complaint is that users can no longer toggle data or Wi-Fi on or off which the tab of a button; the Internet tile opens a separate menu where mobile data and Wi-Fi connections can be viewed, and from there they c

Make your Google Meet sessions more lively with animated video backgrounds

Google Meet isn't always the first to offer new video calling features, but it gets around to them eventually. More than a year after Zoom popularized the feature, animated backgrounds have finally arrived on Google Meet. There aren't that many options to choose from right now, but we're so glad that they're finally here. If you've ever changed your background on a Google Meet call, this is all going to feel very familiar, but it's amazing what a difference a little motion makes. Let's get into how to set up animated backgrounds using Google Meet. How to set up animated video backgrounds in Google Meet Open a Google Meet session . Before you join, click on the three-dot menu at the bottom center of the screen. Click on Change background . There are currently three preset animated backgrounds to choose from. Pick the one you like best, including a party with fun blob characters , a tranquil forest scene , and a cute classroom with fruity class

Google Pixel 5: Your complete buyer's guide

Google's latest flagship is here (and green). Following 2019's controversial Pixel 4 , Google showed up to right its wrongs with the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4 introduced new ideas like a telephoto camera, face unlock system, and unique gestures, but it did so at the expense of battery life. This time around, Google's trying something a bit different. Rather than be concerned about having the highest-end processor or five cameras, Google designed the Pixel 5 to be a meat and potatoes Android phone that does everything you need it to do, has all of the core features you could ask for, and comes in at a much lower price than the latest flagships from Samsung and Apple. Whether you want to learn more about its price, specs, accessories, or anything else, here's everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 5. Buy the Pixel 5 Google Pixel 5 $699 at Amazon The newest Pixel has arrived Google packed a lot into the Pixel 5, including a 90Hz OLED display, dual cameras,

6 things Apple stole from Android at WWDC— and one that Google should steal

Every year, Apple and Google trade ideas for their newest versions of iOS and Android, respectively. But this year, during Apple's WWDC 2021, it seems like Apple purloined more than a few ideas that Google's integrated into Android over the last few years. Millions of iOS users won't get their hands on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 until later this year, so until then, we don't know until then how the new features will fare in the real world. For now, here's a tongue-in-cheek look at six features Apple, um, borrowed from Android with its latest software releases. Jump to: iPad widgets and app drawer Live Text Apple Maps AR navigation iOS notifications New Siri capabilities Apple Photos Bonus: What Google needs to steal iPad widgets and app drawer iPad OS 15 introduced two big new updates for the iPad home screen today: widgets and the App Library. If you think this sounds awfully familiar, there's a good reason for that. 2020's iOS 14 introduced both

Google is walking back on one of our favorite Android 12 design tweaks

Android 12's ripple animation has been reported as a "bug" by several users. What you need to know Google has decided to tone down Android 12's ripple animation for taps. A large number of users who installed the Android 12 beta have reported the animation as a bug due to its pixelated nature. The ripple effect will be more subtle and less distracting in the second Android 12 beta. Google's first Android 12 beta, which was released last month, packs a number of significant design changes that make it a lot more dynamic than previous Android versions. While the vast majority of the " Material You " changes have gone down well with users, there are a few that haven't. One such change is the new ripple effect that appears whenever you tap on a UI element. A number of users who installed the first Android 12 beta found the ripple effect to be distracting and believed that it was a "graphical glitch." There are also a few users who c

Here's how to use Google Password Manager on Android and the web

The best password manager is one you actually use. While Google may be trying to build a password-free future , the present current forces us to make a new account and new password for almost every single website we use. From our most secure banking apps to some frivolous web game we use to kill time between meetings, everything has a password and an email/username that we need to keep track of. While most of the best password managers are paid and add features like VPNs, 2FA token keeping, and identity monitoring, you don't really need most of that stuff. For most of us — myself included — we just need somewhere to easily dig out passwords when logging into our apps and websites, and Google Password Manager does that perfectly for free on Android and Chrome. Here's how to use Google Password Manager on both of these platforms to enter, modify, or delete your passwords. Google Password Manager: How to use on Android How to add passwords on Android How to activate or