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Upgrading to Android 12 could spell bad news for your battery life http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/daily-express-tech/~3/IrHR9WX0PaE/Android-12-update-could-be-bad-news-for-Google-phone-battery-life
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1400135/Android-12-update-could-be-bad-news-for-Google-phone-battery-life
<div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/59/750×445/1400135.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div readability=”37.921276595745″><p><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/latest/android” target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Android</a> 12 fans have received an early look at the next major software upgrade from <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/latest/google” target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Google</a>. The first-ever developer preview for Android 12 has been released by the Mountain View-based firm and shows off new additions, like a redesign for your notifications, one-handed mode, and an easier-to-access Emergency SOS function. On the downside, this early look at Android 12 has revealed the new update from Google could lead to your phone battery draining a little quicker.</p></div><div readability=”52.153434433541″><p>That’s because Android 12 tinkers with the Dark Mode theme, which is critical to the battery-saving properties of this gloomy appearance. As reported by <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/02/18/pixel-dark-theme-is-no-longer-pitch-black-on-android-12/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Android Police</a>, Dark Mode in Android 12 will no longer use true blacks. Instead, the Dark Mode theme will opt for a very dark shade of bluish-grey.</p><p>This was spotted in the Pixel version of the Android 12 preview. While there’s still plenty of time to go before launch – so, it’s possible things will change – but as it stands, Android 12 on Google’s Pixel smartphones will no longer offer increased battery life.</p><p><span>That’s because of the way OLED displays work. These panels are commonplace on most Android smartphones from mid-range to the flagship price tags. Unlike LCD displays, which use a backlight across the entire screen to lit the pixels, in OLED panels – each pixel is its own light source. To create a shade of white, the pixels in the OLED crank up their brightness – and to create blackness, they switch off the light. Since no light is used for a black screen, it saves power.</span></p><p><strong>READ MORE: <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1397450/Exclusive-Google-Pixel-features-heading-to-other-Android-phones-but-you-have-to-pay” target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Exclusive Google Pixel features heading to other Android phones</a></strong></p></div><div readability=”14.097538742024″><div class=”text-description” readability=”50″><p>This isn’t the case on LCD as the backlight still has to be on (a little) or you wouldn’t be able to see anything on-screen. Switching the Dark Mode on Android 12 from pitch-black tones to dar blue means OLED displays will need to keep their pixels illuminated – thus draining the battery.</p><p>We’ll have to wait and see whether this Dark Mode change ends up impacting other Android handsets as well, but it could end up being quite a controversial one.</p><p>Something similar happened last year when WhatsApp released its long-awaited Dark Mode, but there was one noticeable difference between the iOS and Android apps. The iPhone Dark Mode theme used deep black tones, while the Android version used a dark grey colour scheme.</p><p>WhatsApp fans were unhappy at this disparity between iOS and Android for two reasons – firstly, on a visual level they felt the true blacks seen on iOS just looked better. But also they felt this change could impact battery. That’s because OLED don’t require a backlight unlike their LCD counterparts.</p></div></div><div readability=”44″><p>So far the early verdict on the new-look Android 12 Dark Mode has been mixed. On Twitter one Android fan who has seen the developer preview tweeted: “I prefer the new darker grey colour, but I also much prefer light mode (until sunset, when dark mode kicks in).”</p><p>While another posted: “Android 12 dark mode is terrible. Light mode is better”. One added: “No! Pitch black is what we need. Battery saving and less eye strain. Win-win for us.”</p><p>And another tweeted: “Pitch black is actually too contrasty when there’s white text. I think the new change looks better.” While one posted: “Google destroys Android!! We need a black theme, not a dark theme.”</p></div><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sat, 20 Feb 2021 09:01:00 +0000 Dion Dassanayake
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Windows 10: Microsoft just lifted the lid on what’s coming in the next upgrade http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/daily-express-tech/~3/2-nPvVVfJi8/Windows-10-news-Microsoft-reveals-next-big-update
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<div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/59/750×445/1400111.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div readability=”37.114503816794″><p><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/latest/microsoft” target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Microsoft</a> has revealed what <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/latest/windows-10″ target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Windows 10</a> fans have in-store from its next feature-packed update. Historically Windows 10 fans have enjoyed two tentpole updates each year – one in the spring, and one in the autumn. While Microsoft releases stability improvements and security patches every month, it’s these updates that bring the headline new features, design changes, and new apps to your PC.</p></div><div readability=”48.550161812298″><p>For a while it has seemed that 2021 would be a little different. Tipsters claimed the Windows 10 update to launch during the first half of the year would be a modest affair – with the download in the second half packing the flashy new software features. Microsoft doesn’t seem to agree with that. The Redmond-based company has now officially confirmed what the first major Windows 10 update of 2021 will bring to the table.</p><p><a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/02/17/introducing-the-next-feature-update-to-windows-10-version-21h1/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>In a blog post</a> online John Cable, the vice president for program management at Windows Servicing and Delivery, detailed what is coming in the blockbuster update, codenamed Windows 10 21H1. And as rumoured, the first landmark Windows 10 update of the year doesn’t have a new design or any new apps. That said, there are some incredibly useful tweaks that have been designed specifically for working from home – something none of the rumours had pointed to.</p><p>Cable explained that Windows 10 21H1 has been designed around offering improvements for those working remotely. The Microsoft bigwig said the improvements coming in 21H1 are based around user feedback, with the patch “optimised” to cater towards users’ “most pressing needs”.</p><p><strong>READ MORE: <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1397698/Microsoft-news-thinking-of-getting-a-Surface-Laptop-you-may-want-to-wait” target=”_blank” rel=”tag”>Thinking of getting a Microsoft Surface Laptop? You may want to wait</a></strong></p></div><div readability=”13.871681415929″><div class=”text-description” readability=”50″><p>Cable said: “Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality. The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now.”</p><p>The main talking points of Windows 10 21H1 will be multi-cam support for Windows Hello as well as new security improvements.</p><p>Here are the headline changes…</p><p>• Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.</p><p>• Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimising document opening scenario times.</p><p>• Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.</p></div></div><div readability=”52”><p>Cable also said that, like with the last feature update, Windows 10 21H1 “will be delivered with servicing technology”. In layman’s terms, this means Windows 10 21H1 – like with 20H2 update launched at the end of last year before it – will be released like a typical monthly update.</p><p>Windows 10 users that installed either 20H2 or version 2004 will benefit from this fast installation process. However, for those upgrading from any Windows 10 version earlier than the May 2020 update, the upgrade process will work in a similar manner to previous Windows 10 feature updates.</p><p>Windows 10 21H1 is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2021. The big upgrade that PC fans will need to look out for will be coming later this year.</p><p>The Windows 10 21H2 update is expected to bring with it the Sun Valley upgrade, which will offer the biggest redesign to the OS since it launched back in 2015. The Sun Valley redesign is rumoured to be based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design language and should give Windows 10 a more modern look and feel.</p></div><div readability=”45″><p>Among the inbound rumoured changes are more rounded edges for Windows, a more modern UI design in general as well as big updates to the Action Centre, Start Menu and File Explorer.</p><p>And Microsoft fans have got a hint of what the Redmond-based tech giant is planning for the Sun Valley upgrade. A recent job listing appeared to outline Microsoft’s vision for Windows 10 going forward.</p><p>It said Microsoft is planning a “sweeping” visual redesign of the Windows 10 experience which show customers that “Windows is back”. The advert, which has since been updated to rumour these OS pledges, also said Microsoft wants Windows to offer the very best OS experience available on the market.</p></div><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sat, 20 Feb 2021 07:01:00 +0000 Dion Dassanayake
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Millions of Sky Q viewers to see prices rises, but there are some key exceptions http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/daily-express-tech/~3/L6z4f5uz8ps/Sky-Q-Viewers-Prices-Rise-UK-Exceptions-Bill
https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1399950/Sky-Q-Viewers-Prices-Rise-UK-Exceptions-Bill
<div><img src=”https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/59/750×445/1399950.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>Sky Cinema, which includes access to some of the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Sky Original films at the same time they debut in UK cinemas (when they’re open), and an on-demand catalogue of 1,000 movies in High Definition and Ultra HD from a variety of different studios, will not see its price alter in April. It will remain at the existing £19 a month, unless there is a limited time discount (such as right now, <a data-link-tracking=”InArticle|Link” href=”https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=11005&amp;awinaffid=213635&amp;clickref=Express—-&amp;ued=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sky.com%2Fshop%2Foffers%2F” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>when it’ll cost you £11 a month</a>).</p><p>Sky Kids, which costs an extra £5 a month, won’t be increasing in price, either. This bundle includes access to eight dedicated children’s channels as well as on-demand shows to download and watch whenever. A separate Sky Kids app for tablets lets younger viewers stream on long journeys and flights too.</p><p>If you’re still in-contract, Sky Sports will not increase in price, Sky has confirmed. So, if you’re still within the original time-frame of your contract, you shouldn’t have to pay any extra to watch the latest sport fixtures.</p><p>You’re unlikely to know whether your bundle is impacted by the price rise – or how much extra you’ll need to pay to stick with Sky – until you receive a personalised email or letter in the post. Sky says these will be sent out to every customer impacted by the increase between Wednesday February 17 and Saturday March 27, 2021.</p><p><strong><a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org”></a></strong> <a href=”https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptable.html”>(Why?)</a></p> Sat, 20 Feb 2021 09:31:00 +0000 Aaron Brown
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