For years, non-Pixel phones have been able to enjoy some of Google’s camera magic, thanks to Google Camera ports/mods. Because a good part of the Pixel camera experience comes down to software, developers have figured out ways to bring parts of that experience to other devices. Among the root-and-ROM crowd, it’s a popular practice that can let you enjoy Pixel camera features and enhanced processing on non-Pixel devices. Now a seemingly arbitrary restriction by OnePlus will keep Google Camera mods from accessing auxiliary cameras on the company’s phones.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept, a handful of popular developers (including folks like cstark27, BSG, and Arnova8G2) port and modify versions of the Pixel’s Google Camera app to third-party devices. It can take some research to track down a version that plays nice on your particular phone, and there are usually a couple broken features and some bugs, but you can often get much better photo results from these modified camera apps than you can on the app your phone shipped with, as well as enjoy some of those Pixel-specific camera features on your non-Pixel phone.
As of OxygenOS 12, the auxiliary cameras (read: the non-primary ultrawide, macro, or telephoto lens) are no longer accessible outside of OnePlus’ own camera app, as reported on the Google Camera Port Updates Telegram group. This means that if you were to install a Google Camera mod on your OnePlus phone running Android 12, you’d only be able to use the primary camera/sensor with it.
The OxygenOS 12 update that delivers this change has already been controversial among fans for other reasons. Not only is it essentially just Oppo’s ColorOS with a handful of OnePlus-specific tweaks, but it’s also absolutely loaded with bugs, something that eventually made OnePlus halt the update’s rollout.
Notably, this auxiliary camera restriction is also present in Oppo phones running ColorOS. While it’s unfortunate, that could mean the change is intentional, and we might not see this behavior revert back to a GCam-friendly practice if and when the update starts rolling out again.
If you have a OnePlus phone and want to keep using a Google Camera port or mod with all of your phone’s sensors, consider holding off on the OxygenOS 12 update when it starts rolling out again. And if OnePlus doesn’t bring the feature back, you can always try a ROM — they’re relatively easy to install on OnePlus phones.
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Apple requires employees to have proof of a COVID booster as Omicron spreads, according to reports – Euronews
Apple will require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot, The Verge reported on Saturday citing an internal email.
Starting January 24, unvaccinated employees or those who haven’t submitted proof of vaccination will need negative COVID-19 tests to enter Apple workplaces, the report said.
The Verge said it was not immediately clear if the testing requirement applies to both corporate and retail employees.
“Due to waning efficacy of the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe disease,” the memo read, according to The Verge.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
Many companies in the US have been strengthening their COVID-19 rules, mandating vaccination and delaying back-to-office plans as the Omicron variant increases infections across the country.
This week, Facebook parent Meta Platforms mandated COVID-19 booster shots for all workers returning to offices. It also delayed U.S. office reopenings to March 28, from an earlier plan of January 31.
Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday said it was temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for people entering its US offices.
A report by The Information said Amazon.com Inc has offered its US warehouse workers $40 (€35) to get a booster shot.
The mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch will soon become obsolete – Vaughan Today
Apple will declare the mid-2012 13.3-inch MacBook Pro a “legacy” on January 31, according to an internal memo intercepted by Apple. Mac rumors. This is the last step before it becomes permanently outdated: it means that Apple will stop providing compatible parts to Apple Stores and Authorized Service Centers. It will always be possible to get a repair in the event of a breakdown, but within the limits of the available parts: this will therefore be increasingly difficult, up to the complete obsolescence that must be declared in a couple of years. You can refer to the list of old and outdated products on this page.
The mid 2012 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is the last model to feature an integrated CD/DVD drive. It was on sale until October 2016 to provide a more affordable alternative to models with Retina displays, which explains this late obsolescence. It is particularly reliable and offers interesting upgrade possibilities for people who want to replace the optical drive with a second volume. It is a standout model. Its time and about to give it up.
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Stable ColorOS 12 update goes live for OPPO A73, A74, F19 Pro+, and more – XDA Developers
OPPO has started seeding a stable ColorOS 12 update based on Android 12 to a bunch of its mid-range devices, including the OPPO A73, F19 Pro+, Reno 5Z, and Reno 6Z. OPPO previously said it would kick off the stable update rollout for these devices from January 17 and it’s making good on its promise.
As per recent announcements posts on OPPO Community, the stable ColorOS 12 update with Android 12 is currently rolling out to the OPPO A73, OPPO A74, OPPO Reno 5Z, Reno 6Z 5G, and Reno 5Z in various regions. The update is live for the OPPO A73 and Reno 5Z in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Similarly, the OPPO A74 and F19 Pro+ units in India have also started receiving it. Finally, the OPPO Reno 6Z update is currently rolling out in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the UAE.
If you own any of the above-mentioned devices, be on the lookout for an OTA notification in the coming days. Since the update is rolling out in a staged fashion, it might take several days before it makes its way to everyone. So far, the update has only gone live in select regions, but OPPO says it plans to expand the rollout to other markets soon.
After installing the ColorOS 12 update, users can look forward to many exciting features and changes, such as a new wallpaper-based theming system, Screen Translate, Canvas AOD, Android 12’s Privacy Dashboard and privacy indicators, and much more. You can learn more about ColorOS 12 in our in-depth review of the new skin.
If your phone isn’t on the list, don’t worry. OPPO plans to bring the latest version of its custom skin to many more phones. Owners of the OPPO Reno 5F, Reno 4 Pro, Reno 4F, F19 Pro, and F17 Pro will be able to try out an early version of ColorOS 12 next month. Meanwhile, the Reno 5 Lite, Reno 4, Pro, Reno 4Z, Reno 4 Lite, and more are scheduled to receive a ColorOS 12 beta sometime in March.
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