If you're in Apple's ecosystem, then chances are you might be familiar with AirDrop, which allows users to wirelessly share files across devices like iPhone to iPad, iPad to a Mac, Mac to an iPhone, and so on. Google debuted their own version called Nearby Share a couple of years ago, which eventually made its way onto Windows computers.
Now, previously the feature was only available in beta and was limited to a handful of countries like the US. The good news is that if you don't live in the US but think that this could be a useful feature, then you might be pleased to learn that Nearby Share is now available to all Windows users around the world.
According to Google's support page, there are some countries where it is not supported which includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria, so unless you live in any of those countries, you should be able to take advantage of this feature.
Also, take note that there are some hardware and software requirements you'll need to meet to get the feature up and running. This includes a 64-bit version of Windows 10 or later, an Android device running at least Android 6.0 or later, Bluetooth connectivity, and you'll need to make sure that both your Android device and Windows PC are connected to the same WiFi network and are within 16 feet or 5 meters of each other.
Have you at any point experienced how when you switch your phone's presentation off and betray, it is blindingly brilliant? This is on the grounds that your phone's showcase is set at a specific level when locked and stays that way until it is opened, after which it will then, at that point, consequently correct itself.
For the individuals who have been dazed on numerous occasions because of this framework, you may be satisfied to discover that Google is at last going to take care of business. As per a report from Mishaal Rahman, apparently inside Android 13's QPR2's source code, Google is dealing with a way for Android to distinguish the radiance of your environmental factors to decide your phone's underlying brilliance level, in any event, when your presentation is switched off.
This implies that suppose you were outside and your phone's splendor was consequently set to the greatest levels, you lock it, place it in your pocket, and go into a dull room like a film. Rather than your phone's screen currently being at the maximum levels, it will actually want to utilize the surrounding light sensor to recognize that it is dull and bring down the brilliance so you don't visually impaired yourself when you open your phone.
On the off chance that this sounds like a wonderful element, you should watch out for it in the following update. It is right now just accessible in the Android 13 QPR2 so it is possible that it will be accessible as a component of the following Android update, or it very well may be turned over to Android 14.
We're certain that a large number of you have seen promotions or gone over applications that case to cause your phone to feel quicker, otherwise called "task killer" applications. While these applications aren't precisely lying, fundamentally what it does is it kills the cycles of applications running behind the scenes, which gives a brief lift in apparent speed.
Sadly, these applications more frequently cause damage than great, and it appears to be that come Android 14, Google is rolling out certain improvements that will deliver a ton of these purported "task killer" applications futile, as indicated by Esper's Mishaal Rahman. Google is doing that they will be confining admittance to one of the APIs that these "task killer" applications use. As indicated by Google's clarification:
"Android is designed to keep cached apps in the background and kill them automatically when the system needs memory. If your app kills other apps unnecessarily, it can reduce system performance and increase battery consumption by requiring full restarts of those apps later, which takes significantly more resources than resuming an existing cached app."
While killing the course of applications, similar to we said, it gives the phone an impermanent lift in speed, however the adverse consequences normally offset the momentary advantages, so as a general rule, these applications don't be guaranteed to do that much for the client.
That being said, it very well may be some time before we see these "task killer" applications grow dim from the Play Store since these progressions are simply applied to Android 14 which hasn't been delivered at this point, and, surprisingly, then, at that point, it very well may be quite a while before most of phones are moved up to the most recent variant.
2023 is a new year which also means that we can look forward to the launch of the next major Android update - Android 14. While it will still be a while before Android 14 is available to the general public, Google has since launched the developer preview which gives developers early access so they have an idea of what to expect.
The good news is that this developer preview will also give us a hint of what's to come. Keep in mind that seeing as we are this early in, there is a chance that some of the changes might not make the final cut or might see a rework ahead of its release, but either way we should still be able to get a slight idea of what to expect.
One of the things that Google is continuing to push in Android 14 is customization. This includes the ability to resize fonts where they are now increasing the max font size to 200%, up from 130% on Pixel devices. They will also apply non-linear font scaling to prevent already-large text from getting ridiculously larger.
Users will also be able to look forward to per-app language preferences. This might be useful for people coming from another country where they might still have some apps developed in their native language and want to keep it that way. Most of the other changes are largely catered towards developers which will affect how apps will behave.
According to the timeline Google shared, they expect that the beta for Android 14 will launch in April and reach platform stability around June and July before it is eventually released. More details and changes should also be revealed in the coming months, particularly at I/O 2023, so check back with us then for the updates. For those who are curious about the technical aspects of Android 14, you can find those details on the Android 14 developer site.
One of the main changes that Google brought to Android 13 was Material You. This is more or less an aesthetic feature where apps could change their icon to match the overall theme and color scheme of their phone, giving it a more uniform look.
The downside to this feature is that as far as third-party icons are concerned, developers will need to support the feature and supply the icon. So, depending on the apps you use, there may be one or two apps that do not support this feature which could "ruin" the look you are trying to go for.
The good news is that according to a tweet by Mishaal Rahman, it appears that in the latest Android 13 beta, Google is introducing a new feature that will basically force app icons to match the color scheme that you have chosen by generating an icon to match. We're not sure if these generated icons will provide the best results, but if you're a stickler for uniformity, we suppose it's not a bad alternative.
That being said, the feature isn't live yet so Android users will have to wait until the feature becomes available to them, which at this point in time we're not sure when that will be, but it might be something worth keeping an eye out for.
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