On April 26, 2023, Google started rolling out the latest update for Pixel devices, Android 14 Beta 1.1. This comes just two weeks after the release of Android 14 beta 1 on April 12, 2023. This is a minor update, with a size of 7.67MB, for users who have already installed Android 14 beta 1 on their devices.
Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices that use Verizon as their carrier will have the build number UPB1.230309.014.A1, while all other devices will have the build number UPB1.230309.014. The security patch update for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices that use Verizon as their carrier is for March 2023, while all other devices will have the update for April 2023.
The Android 14 Beta 1.1 update includes several fixes for issues that were present in the previous version, such as the system UI crashing when trying to access the Wallpaper & Style screen through the Settings app or by long-pressing from the home screen, fingerprint unlock issues and an issue where the status bar did not display the mobile network. It also fixes an issue where a SIM card or eSIM was not detected or activated in some cases, and an issue where the lock screen displayed a message with an unresolved string placeholder when Smart Lock was enabled.
Android 14 Beta 1.1 OTA update will be rolled out for only who signed up for beta program for their pixel devices. This update will bring improvements and fixes to the devices, ensuring a better user experience.
Android 14 Beta 1.1 (April 2023)
This minor update to Android 14 Beta 1 includes the following fixes:
- Fixed an issue where the system UI crashed when trying to access the Wallpaper & Style screen either through the Settings app, or by long-pressing from the home screen. (Issue #277938424)
- Fixed some issues that prevented fingerprint unlock from being used. (Issue #272403537)
- Fixed an issue where the status bar did not display the mobile network. (Issue #277892134)
- Fixed an issue that prevented a SIM card or eSIM from being detected or activated in some cases. (Issue #278026119)
- Fixed an issue where the lock screen displayed a message with an unresolved string placeholder when Smart Lock was enabled. (Issue #278011057)
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Microsoft Notifies 365 Admins of Google’s Upcoming Anti-Spam Measures
Microsoft is sending out warnings to its 365 email users about changes coming their way. These changes are due to new anti-spam rules set by Google. If 365 administrators don’t keep up with these new rules, their emails might be flagged as spam or not delivered at all.
The new guidelines set by the American tech leader require email senders, especially those sending out many emails, to follow certain rules. If not, there are risks to their email deliverability. Microsoft suggests that if there are any issues, administrators might want to consider using their own servers or finding another service to send out their emails.
It’s also worth noting that while Google plans to enforce these rules from February 1st, 2024, Microsoft is already taking steps to prepare its users. The main advice from Microsoft is to set up proper email authentication. This helps in making sure emails aren’t seen as spam by big email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and even Outlook.com.
For those who send out lots of emails, this step is vital. Proper email authentication helps in making sure these emails get to their destination. It protects the reputation of email campaigns and ensures they are delivered as intended.
For a detailed look at these new rules, users can check out the official anti-spam guidelines.
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Android 14 Update is Now Live for Pixel Devices
Google’s Pixel devices are now receiving the much-awaited Android 14 update. This follows a preview program that began in February, where several previews and betas were issued. If you own a Pixel 4a 5G or a later model, you can download this latest Android version.
It’s not just Pixel users who can look forward to this update. Companies like Samsung, iQOO, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, and Xiaomi plan to release Android 14 updates for their devices soon.
A highlight of Android 14 is its customization features. Google had hinted at these earlier, and now they are a reality. Generative AI wallpapers are making their debut on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, backed by advanced text-to-image diffusion models.
Lock screen personalization has also leveled up. Users can change font styles, choose from different color palettes, and add custom widget shortcuts. This makes it quick and easy to access tools like the QR reader or the Google Home app. There’s even a new feature where the home screen templates adjust dynamically. For instance, if there’s a storm approaching, the weather app widget becomes more noticeable.
Photography enthusiasts will appreciate Android 14’s support for HDR images. The Ultra HDR feature enhances photo quality, making pictures look more vibrant. Audio enhancements are also part of the package, with the inclusion of native spatial audio support, a new media player, and a cross-device copy/paste function.
Prioritizing user privacy and security, Android 14 introduces Health Connect. This feature securely stores and encrypts personal health data directly on the device. Users will now also receive alerts if apps want to share location data with third parties, and they have the option to decline such requests.
Improvements extend to passkey features. Android 14 offers enhanced support for fingerprint authentication in external apps. Additionally, there’s a revamped 6-digit PIN lockscreen option.
Accessibility has also been a focus for this update. Users can now magnify content more effectively using the pinch-to-zoom feature and select from various magnification sizes. The quick settings menu offers faster font size adjustments using nonlinear scaling, which makes text easier to read. Hearing aid users will find the dedicated setup in the Accessibility settings beneficial, along with expanded options to direct audio to different outputs.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro Debut in India: Here’s a Look at Launch Offers Including Discounts and Exchange Deals
Google unveiled its latest flagship smartphones Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in India and global markets this Wednesday. At its annual Made by Google hardware launch event, the company showcased these smartphones as the next in line after the Pixel 7 series introduced last year. While the price tags on these devices are heftier compared to their predecessors, Google is offering a range of bank discounts and special offers to ease the blow.
The Pixel 8 is priced at Rs. 75,999 in India, and the Pixel 8 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs. 1,06,999. In comparison, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were introduced at Rs. 59,999 and Rs. 84,999, marking a price surge of 26.6% and 25.8% for the new models. Flipkart has now opened its gates for Pixel 8 series pre-orders.
Discounts and Bank Offers for Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
Potential Pixel 8 buyers can get their hands on the device for Rs. 64,999, thanks to a total discount of Rs. 11,000. This includes a Rs. 8,000 bank discount combined with a Rs. 3,000 exchange offer. The Pixel 8 Pro is available for Rs. 93,999 after availing a Rs. 13,000 discount, which breaks down to a Rs. 9,000 bank offer and a Rs. 4,000 exchange deal.
Customers using Axis Bank ICICI Bank or Kotak Bank cards can avail these discounts while purchasing the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro as revealed by the e-commerce giant.
Additionally, with the purchase of either Pixel 8 model, customers can grab the new Pixel Watch 2 for Rs. 19,999 or the Pixel Buds Pro for just Rs. 8,999, even though their actual prices are Rs. 39,990 and Rs. 8,999 respectively.
Features and Specs of Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
Both smartphones, Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, operate on Android 14 and are powered by Google’s in-house Tensor G3 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB of RAM. The Pixel 8 boasts a 6.2-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while its bigger sibling, the Pixel 8 Pro, flaunts a 6.7-inch OLED display with adaptive 1-120Hz refresh rate.
In the camera department, both phones come equipped with a 50-megapixel primary sensor. The Pixel 8 features a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, while the Pro variant gets a 64-megapixel ultra-wide lens and an additional 48-megapixel telephoto lens. Both models sport a 11-megapixel front-facing camera.
Battery-wise, the Pixel 8 is backed by a 4,575mAh cell supporting 27W fast charging. The Pixel 8 Pro is powered by a 5,050mAh battery compatible with 30W fast charging. Both phones also come with facial recognition and an in-display fingerprint sensor for added security.
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