Ahead of schedule, Samsung is now rolling out Android 10 in the United States. Some US carriers including T-Mobile and Sprint appear to be rolling out Android 10 to the Samsung Galaxy S10 for users.
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Reddit users along with reports from publications confirm that this is the week – Android 10 is heading to Samsung users in the US. Previously, a roadmap pointed to this update being released in January but it’s great to see Samsung a few weeks ahead of its own schedule.
This early rollout also shows how much faster Samsung is releasing this update year-over-year. Looking back to Android Pie, the Galaxy S9 wasn’t updated until the end of January, well over a month later compared to Android 10’s release in the US.
So far, it appears Samsung’s Android 10 rollout in the US is only for T-Mobile and Sprint variants of the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.
Update 12/17: Just behind the likes of T-Mobile and Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are now rolling out Android 10 upgrades for the S10 series as well. Speaking to The Verge, both Verizon and AT&T confirmed the update was rolling out. We were also able to confirm the Verizon update with multiple reports sent as tips. For Verizon, users may need to manually check for the update in the Settings menu, but it should be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Update 12/24: A Chrismas miracle? Probably not, but Samsung is rolling out Android 10 to unlocked models of the Galaxy S10 in the United States not long after carrier models. In the past, Samsung’s unlocked models have often been weeks or even months behind the carrier models. Reddit users and SamMobile confirm the update is rolling out now.
The update appears to come along with the December security patch and weighs in at over 2GB as well. As you’d expect, that update comes along with One UI 2.0 which upgrades Samsung’s skin and Google’s improvements to Android as well. The list includes gesture navigation, notification improvements, UI updates, and a whole lot more.
Notably, TELUS in Canada is also rolling out the same Android 10 update to the Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy Note 10 likely isn’t far behind either as its stable Android 10 update also recently started rolling out in some regions.
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AirPods Max: Rumored Spatial Audio Upgrade Isn’t Coming, After All – Forbes
A recent rumor suggested that Spatial Audio on AirPods Max and AirPods Pro was about to become available on Netflix. But it now seems that’s not the case, which is disappointing.
If you’ve listened to Apple AirPods Pro or the more recent AirPods Max, you may have marveled at the audio quality Spatial Audio offers. It’s a surround-sound effect that works really well.
Part of its success is dynamic head tracking. This means that if you’re watching the right content there’s a whole extra level of fidelity.
Say you’re playing The Mandalorian on your iPad and listening through AirPods Pro. Dynamic head tracking means that even when you turn your head left or right, the software instantly and subtly adjusts the relative volume in each ear so that the audio appears to be locked to the screen.
It’s phenomenally effective. My first experience was so realistic that I had to stop to make sure I was really connected by headphone, so perfectly did the sound seem to come from the iPad itself.
So, the prospect that Spatial Audio was coming to Netflix was very welcome, something which was rumored last month. After all, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, HBO Go, Hulu and Disney+ were already on board, with selected content.
So, Netflix was easily the biggest beast of the streaming jungle which was missing.
This week, though, Netflix told MacRumors that contrary to previous reports, it is not testing Spatial Audio support. It is testing multi-channel support for built-in speakers, the company said.
This is a shame and although it can change, the fact that Netflix has gone out of its way to say Spatial Audio isn’t coming suggests that any change would not happen for a while.
Netflix is such a big player in this world that it doesn’t need to follow what others have done, but it would have been great to be able to hear programming with the improved audio Spatial Audio delivers. Of course, if you mostly watch Netflix on a TV or another screen without headphones, then Spatial Audio won’t be there anyway and maybe that was part of Netflix’s thinking.
Even so, let’s hope Netflix changes its mind in time.
Riot unveils Astra, VALORANT's new controller – Dot Esports
Riot Games’ latest agent for the tactical shooter VALORANT is on her way.
The developer revealed the agent on Twitter today. Her name is Astra, she originates from Ghana, and she’s a new controller agent.
“African Futurism was a huge inspiration for us when it came to designing Astra’s thematics,” John “Riot MEMEMEMEME” Goscicki, a character producer at Riot, said. “Once that element was brought into her development all the pieces naturally fell in place.”
Astra joins Brimstone, Omen, and Viper in the controller category. She’s the first controller added to VALORANT since the game released. Duelists Raze, Reyna, Yoru, and sentinel Killjoy were added since the game’s release.
Before activating the C, Q, and E abilities, you need to hang some of Astra’s Stars in the sky with her X ability.
Here are Astra’s abilities:
C: Gravity Well
Activates a Star with C to form a Gravity Well. Players in the area are pulled toward the center before it explodes, making all players still trapped inside “fragile.”
Q: Nova Pulse
Activates a Star to detonate a Nova Pulse. The Nova Pulse charges briefly then strikes, concussing all players in its area.
Activates a Star to transform it into a Nebula (smoke).
Use F on a Star to Dissipate it, returning the star to your inventory be placed in a new location after a delay.
Dissipate briefly forms a fake smoke (Nebula) at the Star’s location before returning.
X: Astral Form, Cosmic Divide
Activate with X to enter Astral Form, where you can place Stars with your primary fire key. Astra will leave her physical body behind in favor of a top-down view of the map. Her physical body will be vulnerable in this form.
When Cosmic Divide is charged, use your secondary fire in Astral Form to begin aiming it, then your primary fire to select two locations. An infinite teleport-esque tunnel connects the two points you select.
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Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 gets Bluetooth certified, leaked render reveals rugged design – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
A press render of the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 we’ve been hearing about since late last month has surfaced, revealing its rugged design.
While we are yet to hear anything from Samsung about the Galaxy Xcover 5, the smartphone has moved a step closer to the launch as it bagged Bluetooth SIG certification.
The certifying authority didn’t detail the Xcover 5’s specs, but it did confirm that it will come with Bluetooth 5.0 and have two models – SM-G525F and SM-G525_DS. The latter is likely a dual-SIM variant, and the former was spotted on Geekbench last month with an Exynos 850 SoC, 4GB RAM, and Android 11.
The rest of the rumored specs of Galaxy Xcover 5 include a 5.3″ HD+ LCD, 64GB storage, microSD card slot, and a 3,000 mAh user-replacable battery that will charge through a USB-C port at up to 15W.
The Xcover 5 is said to feature 16MP primary and 5MP selfie cameras, and come with an NFC chip onboard. It will be IP68 dust and water-resistant, carry a MIL-STD-810G certification, and is expected to cost around €300.
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