Android 12 Beta 4 has added a fair volume of new features and functions, but the lockscreen has seen a trio of tweaks that include the brand new Google Sans font for the Now Playing feature, plus some improved icons for other existing features.
We’ve done a deep dive into just what makes this latest version of the pre-release OS tick, but we’re still finding new little tweaks and changes the longer we spend with Beta 4. The lockscreen has seen quite a few substantial changes with the Android 12 Developer Preview and now the Beta phase. Three new adjustments have been added with Beta 4, including another usage of the Google Sans font, this time for the popular Now Playing music identification feature.
The font is much wider, ever so slightly more rounded and spaced a little different than the more compact Roboto font used previously. It’s very, very subtle, but you might have spotted it already and had difficulty working out just what has been altered. So yes, you’re not crazy; Now Playing just uses the Google Sans font as you’ll see on Gboard and various other areas of Android — and associated apps. You can see just how minor the change is below:
Another minor tweak — as seen above — is to the Cards & Passes icon. The icon is now more reminiscent of a credit card with a magnetic strip rather than a wallet filled to the brim with credit cards. It’s flatter and easier to decipher when viewing quickly. We can foresee this being an important change for people that might not necessarily be massively versed in Android and are faced with a new lockscreen icon to contend with.
Joining the new Google Sans font on Now Playing and this updated Cards & Passes icon is a slight location change for the device lock indicator — or padlock. The lock icon has been moved up into a more central position from the lower position it has lived for quite a while now.
None of the changes, be that the Google Sans font for Now Playing or the adjusted icons and positioning, will drastically alter your daily experience with Android 12 Beta 4 — which isn’t without issues. However, add in the sheer volume of other tiny tweaks, and the result is a very different UI experience than with Android 11 and earlier.
Let us know what you think of the changes down in the comments section below.
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‘Genshin Impact’ Sumeru Gift Codes For Free Primogems, 3.0 Character Banners, Release Date – Forbes
At long, long last, Genshin Impact just wrapped up its new 3.0 special program, revealing a whole lot of new information about the new region, the new element, Dendro, new characters and of course, there are free goodies if you hung out and wached the stream. Or even if you didn’t, I have them right here.
We’ll just get these out of the way first, here are the three gift codes for free primogems and other materials that you can redeem here. These ones are only good for 24 hours, I believe, so you better hurry.
- 8ANCKTWYVRD5 – 100 Primogems and 10 Mystic Ore
- EA7VKTFHU9VR – 100 Primogems and 5 Hero’s Wit
- KT7DKSFGCRWD – 100 Primogems and 50,000 Mora
Past that, the most pressing information is probably the release date for Genshin Impact’s Sumeru update, which is August 24, 2022.
We also were told about the first two character banners for 3.0, which will include three total Sumeru characters with only one five star. Those are:
- Phase 1 – Tighnari (5 star), Zhongli (5 star), Collei (4 star)
- Phase 2 – Ganyu (5 star), Kokomi (5 star), Dori (4 star)
While other Sumeru characters were shown or teased onscreen, it will be deeper into the 3.0 patch series before we get to those, which is not unexpected, given that’s how Inazuma worked, and we ended up getting new Inazuma characters for essentially an entire year. And we’re probably still not done.
Sumeru is probably going to end up being the most significant addition to the game to date, because unlike Inazuma, it’s not just a new region, it also has an entirely new element being added to the game for the first time, Dendro. While Dendro has cropped up here and there among a few enemy types, this is the first time we as players can wield it ourselves, and these new characters will be our first introduction to the concept. Like all the elements, you can probably have attack/defense/support focused teammates using the element, and we’ll have to spend some time digging deep into all the new characters to find out exactly how best to use them in their new roles with this new elemental type supporting your team.
Genshin Impact continues to generate massive amounts of revenue, and I have to imagine the Sumeru region is going to boost that even further, even in the face of new rivals like Tower of Fantasy that has just arrived this month. Genshin is the gold standard at the moment and it’s going to be hard to compete with it as it expands to seven massive regions over the next few years.
Poll: Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Watch 5, Buds 2 Pro — what are you most interested in buying? – Android Central
Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices were just announced, and they’re already making waves. The company’s latest foldables offer plenty of refinements on last year’s models, the smartwatches bring bigger batteries for a new target audience, and the earbuds promise to take active noise cancellation to another level.
Now that Samsung’s devices are finally out there, we want to know which device you’re most looking forward to getting your hands on.
If you’ve been holding out on Samsung’s foldable smartphones, now might be the time to consider them. For instance, the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 is thinner (and wider) than ever, packs a fast new processor, and gets an upgraded camera array.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has the same new processor, a bigger battery, and many color combinations to choose from, letting buyers design their phones to match their style.
For anyone looking for a smartwatch, the new Galaxy Watch 5 series gets a boost in battery life, with Samsung claiming up to 50 hours for its standard watches and a whipping 80 hours for the new Pro. In fact, Samsung says the new Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is ideal for anyone with a love for the outdoors, thanks to its tough titanium chassis and Sapphire Crystal display.
Read up on why our Andrew Myrick decided to trade his Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for the new Watch 5 Pro.
Lastly, Samsung announced the latest Galaxy Buds 2 Pro with a new design and improved ANC, enough to block out most outside noise.
All Samsungs devices are currently available for preorder and will hit store shelves later this month on August 26. Please drop a comment on our Twitter and Facebook accounts and let us know which device you’re most interested in buying and why.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung’s new foldable is better than ever, with an improved hinge design, much better cameras, and wider displays to better handle your media. Preorder this folding beast today for some awesome deals.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip 4 is here, and you can make it your own with more than 70 color combinations to choose from. Plus, get more out of your phone with improved battery life and a much faster chip.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5/Pro
The new Watch 5 Pro series is here, with bigger batteries to help you get through your day. And the new Watch 5 Pro takes it to another level with its rugged build to help it withstand the elements.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung’s new earbuds offer a sleek design that lets you block out most noise so you can focus on the task at hand or just immerse yourself into your movies or music.
How to Enable Encryption in Facebook Messenger – OSXDaily
By default, communications through Facebook Messenger are not end-to-end encrypted, which means that theoretically another party could retrieve sensitive information from the chat if they were nefariously minded. It also means that the conversations are basically wide open for reading by Facebook and whoever has access to Facebook data.
If you’re a privacy buff (then why are you using Facebook, which is the antithesis of privacy?) you may be interested in enabling end-to-end encryption on your Facebook Messenger chats. End-to-end encryption makes it so that nobody, including Facebook, can read the content of your messenger conversations.
Curiously, Facebook does not have a global end-to-end encrypted messaging setting, which probably demonstrates how enthusiastic they are to not be able to read your messages, so you have to enable this one by one on a per conversation basis.
How to Enable End-to-End Encryption in Facebook Messenger for iPhone
- Open the Messenger app if you haven’t done so already, then tap on the conversation you want to encrypt
- In the messenger thread, now tap on the persons profile at the very top of the screen
- Look for “Go to secret conversation” under the More actions section
- Tap back, then repeat with other conversations you want to end-to-end encrypt as desired
Now that you have end-to-end encryption enabled for a particular Facebook Messenger conversation, you can be somewhat more confident that nobody is going to be creeping in on your conversation. But it’s still Facebook, which is not exactly a bastion of privacy given that you and your information are their product, so how much you trust them as a secure platform for communication is entirely up to you.
If you’re serious about having secure conversations that are encrypted and less likely to be snooped upon by who knows what and who, you might consider using something like Signal, which is always end-to-end encrypted, and offers other nice features like disappearing messages too. Given that Signal’s entire business model is focused on security, privacy, and encryption, it’s probably more reasonable to trust something like that, compared to a company like Meta/Facebook whose entire business model is gathering details about you and selling your information.
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