Google has released the last beta version of Android 14 Beta 5, as they inch closer to the launch of the stable build. This beta version will not only fix lingering issues but also introduce some new features to improve the user experience. Now we’ll look at what’s new in Android 14 Beta 5.
Comparison with previous Android 14 Beta 4
Comparative insights were provided through two devices: the Pixel 6A running Android 14 Beta 4 and the Pixel 7A running the latest Beta 5. The new version comes with the security patch dated August 5th, 2023.
Quick Setting Tiles
One immediate change noticed was in the quick setting tiles, specifically in the date and day format. In the new build, the month now precedes the date, unlike the previous build. Also, the time remaining display from Beta 4 has been removed, and there’s a tweak in how the text adapts to the wallpaper color.
Changes in Wallpapers and Styles Section
An interesting visual modification was seen in the “Wallpapers and Styles” section, where the word “and” was replaced with the “&” symbol. This change reflects across the entire UI. Additionally, the spelling of “color” has been changed, and the number of clock styles has been reduced from nine to eight, with one particular style being removed.
Volume Slider and Settings Page
The volume slider panel has been noticeably enlarged in Beta 5, creating a distinct difference between the previous and current builds. The settings page also witnessed some alterations, including:
- Battery Section: The battery widget option has been removed, though it can still be accessed from the widget section.
- Display Section: A change in wording from “storage” to “flashlight,” along with a change from “torch” to “flashlight.”
- Theme Section: Removal of the “turn on at bedtime” option from scheduling.
- Screen Saver: Addition of the “show home control” option.
- Color Section: Uncertainty regarding the presence of the “boosted colors” option on Pixel 7A in Beta 4, but it was noted to be absent in Beta 5.
Android 14 Beta 5 may not be a ground-breaking update, but it brings forth important refinements and sets the stage for the upcoming stable release. With Google’s consistent efforts in fine-tuning the Android experience, users can expect a polished and efficient version when Android 14 officially rolls out.
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Rumors Suggest iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max to Feature 5x Optical Zoom
As we already know the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s tetraprism camera comes with 5x optical zoom. But now, Apple is planning to add it in both Pro models of iPhone 16 i.e. iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max.
This is a rumor that we have already heard from many big sources such as MacRumors, Taiwanese research firm Trendforce, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In today’s press release, Taiwanese research firm Trendforce has adverted regarding this.
Following the successful launch of the iPhone 15 Pro Max with its exclusive Tetraprism telephoto zoom lens, the industry is expected to see an increase in the adoption of periscopic lens modules. Apple plans to bring this advanced hardware upgrade to the iPhone 16 Pro, making it accessible to more users in the Pro series.
The design of the tetraprism camera system in the iPhone 15 Pro Max is folded due to which it can be easily fitted into the smartphone. This tetraprism camera system enables 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom. The Pro Max models of iPhones i.e. iPhone 15 Pro Max have a bigger display size i.e. 6.7 inches.
But, on the other hand, if we talk about the Pro models i.e. iPhone 15 Pro, then the display is 6.1 inches as like the iPhone 15 which is small if we compare it with Pro Max. So, as per rumors, Apple will increase the size of the iPhone 16 Pro from 6.1 inches to 6.3 inches to fit the tetraprism camera system in the Pro model of the iPhone 16.
What do you guys think whether we get 5x optical zoom in iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max? Do let us know in the comment box. Also, tell us whether you like this post or not.
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Apple Introducing New iMessage Feature in iOS 17.4 Update Next Month
Apple, an American-based Premium Smartphone Manufacturing Company is going to roll out stable iOS 17.4 in March. If you want to know about the features that are coming with this 17.4 update, then we already have a dedicated post for that. Additionally, Apple is introducing a new cryptographic security feature to its iMessage called PQ3. It is a new encryption protocol which is advanced. PQ3 is designed to protect against potential threats from quantum computing. It helps us to keep our sensitive data safe.
As we know, Apple’s iMessage supports end-to-end encryption like other messaging apps. However, some of the researchers found that existing cryptographic protocols used by messaging apps depend on mathematical problems that can be solved by future quantum computers.
To remain ahead of the cryptographic curve and lighten the risks from future quantum computers, Apple is introducing this new PQ3 messaging protocol. Apple calls this PQ3 protocol as Level 3 security which can offer better protocol protections than other popular messaging apps.
According to Apple, this new PQ3 is a new standard in the security of messaging app which reflects the privacy and security of the company in this quantum computing era. PQ3 feature will be rolled out in the March update, starting with iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4, and watchOS 10.4. Apple says that this PQ3 feature is already available in the iOS 17.4 public and developer beta testers.
What do you guys think, how useful will be this new PQ3 cryptographic security feature in iApple’s iMessage? Do let us know in the comment box. Also, tell us whether you like this post or not.
OnePlus Watch 2 Price Leaked Before Launch
As we already know, the OnePlus upcoming flagship Watch 2 is going to be launched tomorrow at MWC 2024 (Mobile World Congress). If you want to know about the specifications, then do consider this post. Additionally, if you want to know about the color variants and some features of the Watch 2, then consider this post.
OnePlus Watch 2 Price Leaked Before Launch
Recently, the price of the upcoming OnePlus Watch 2 has been leaked. Ishan Aggarwal, a popular tipster, has recently posted a thread on their X (formerly Twitter) account. According to Tipster, the price of the upcoming OnePlus Watch 2 will be:
- India: Rs.24,999
- US: $299
- Europe: €329
- UK: £299
As we already said the OnePlus Watch 2 will be launched in India at the same time as it is launched globally. Do you guys think that it can compete with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6? Also, do let us know, whether you consider the OnePlus Watch 2 at this price in the comment box.