Google Android 13 to place a QR Code scanner on your phone’s lock screen
From the brand new Material You design to a bunch of new features, Google has made countless changes in the current Android 12. Meanwhile, the upcoming Android 13, which is already merged with leaks and rumors will come with further improvements and changes, such as an easier QR codes scanner.
Once an inconvenience, QR (Quick Response) codes have become an important part of our working life. These little black and white squares are usually used to track information about products in the supply chain and because many smartphones have built-in QR readers they are frequently used in marketing and advertising campaigns.
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More recently, they have been instrumental in helping to detect coronavirus disease and slow the spread of the virus. Commonly, a smartphone user can scan a QR code through their phone’s camera, however, sometimes, it needs to be operated with Google Lens.
Meanwhile, a piece of new information claims that with Android 13, scanning QR will become easier, users will be able to scan it right from the lock screen of their phone. Below you can check the screenshots, revealed by Android Police.
As you can see in the screenshot above, there is an option that reads “show QR scanner” on the lock screen, and the toggle is supposed to allow access to the QR Scanner from the lock screen. A reference is also visible in the quick settings as its own toggle.
If this isn’t just a rumor and is a piece of correct information, the Android 13 QR codes scanner would be a more involuntary method of being able to scan QR codes than existing systems and will make it a really easier process available.
You can get more information about the forthcoming Android 13 operating system through our dedicated Android 13 tracker, which is linked below.
Google Android 13 Tracker: Early info we know so far [December 24]
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Google Assistant is now adding two new US English voices
Google Assistant adds two new styles to its collection of US English voices, which are designed to bring more diversity to your current options. In addition, the virtual assistant has also made it easier to change the voice, thanks to the new command – “Hey Google, change your voice.”
According to the info, the two new US English voices that arrive for Google Assistant are called “Indigo” and “Lime.” These voices are designed to bring more diversity to the existing options, joining the 10 other US English options. The new voices are appearing at the left of the carousel.
- Voice samples are available here
Tips to make Google Assistant your own
In addition to the new voices, Google shared two additional tips so users can personalize their phone’s Google Assistant software. With new upgrades to the application, you can now set up Voice Match for easy recognition and get personal results.
Navigate to Assistant settings on your phone or say “Hey Google, set up Voice Match” on Assistant-enabled devices like earbuds and smart displays. Your Voice Match profile is stored only on the devices where you’ve turned it on, but it may be sent temporarily to Google servers so Assistant can recognize you.
Once you set up Voice Match, the Assistant can share more personal results and responses. It can notify you about upcoming events on your Google Calendar and play music from your favorite streaming service. Here are some other Assistant commands, which you can set up and try:
- Hey Google, play my summer playlist
- Hey Google, call Mom
- Hey Google, take me home
- Hey Google, show me my reminders
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Beta 3 takes Android 14 to Platform Stability: Stable release soon
Google is impressively running its Android 14 Beta Program for Pixel phones. Today, Google announced the Android 14 Beta 3 update, which takes the new operating system to Platform Stability. It’s a notable milestone, which Google reached as scheduled, taking the Stable release closer.
Platform Stability means that the developer APIs and all app-facing behaviors in the OS are now final, and won’t change until the mass market release. Now, third-party developers will work in robust mode to bring new features and user experience improvements to the applications.
Beta 3 allows the OS to support font scaling up to 200% by default, helping low-vision users with additional accessibility options. Moreover, the update makes it possible to grant partial access to the phone’s media library when an app requests any of the visual media permissions.
As showcased during the I/O 2023 Keynote, Google equipped Android 14’s Beta 3 with many new customization capabilities such as clock styles, enhanced always-on display, lock screen shortcuts, and new charging animation, along with several bug fixes.
Google Pixel users who are enrolled in the Android Beta Program, will get Beta 3 update over the air. If not, you can enroll over here with an eligible device. It’s worth mentioning that the company has also joined the Pixel 7a to Android 14’s Beta program.
As displayed in the roadmap, the US tech giant would release the Android 14 Beta 4 next month. Some users reported having severe issues like a broken fingerprint sensor so there’s a possibility of an incremental hotfix update in the coming days.
Expect a stable Android 14 release between late July and early August.
List of devices that are running the Android 14 Beta
On May 10, 2023, Google expanded Android 14 Beta to select non-Pixel flagship devices from partner brands. Samsung, as always, is skipping the Android Beta Program, while the new OS is available for select devices launched by iQOO, Lenovo, Nothing, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Tecno, vivo, and Xiaomi.
According to the roadmap, Android 14 may not get the third Beta in June 2023, along with hotfix updates. By the next month, Android’s version 14 will achieve the platform stability milestone, ensuring developers and OEMs that there won’t be major changes.
With Android 14, Google focussing on integrating Generative AI capabilities to Google Workspace services such as Messages and Gmail. The company teased a number of additions scheduled for release throughout the year, and the new OS will solidify stunning experiences.
The new OS adds an AI-powered Wallpaper feature, which will allow users to create walls through emojis as well as give a 3D effect. Most of the newly showcased features are already available for Samsung phones such as Cinematic Wallpaper is just a simple clone of Samsung’s Wonderland.
Moreover, the company revealed that it’s taking customization to the next level with the arrival of Android 14 later this year. There will be more new customization capabilities such as custom shortcuts and clock styles along with a new monochrome color theme.
Apart from this, there’s a lot in Google’s pipeline for the Android OS. It’s expected that the company may see the new version of AOSP by late July, meanwhile, the One UI 6 Beta is likely to begin this year early than the One UI 5 as Samsung is already testing it on Galaxy S23 internally.
These devices are running Android 14 Beta
- Pixel 4a 5G > Pixel 7 Pro
- Tab Extreme
- Find N2 Flip
- OnePlus 11
- Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro
- Xiaomi 12T
- Realme GT 2 Pro
- Vivo X90 Pro
- iQOO 11
- CAMON 20 Series
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