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Google will soon ban Russian users to buy games via Play store

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Google Play Store Update

Recently, Google declared that they are planning to ban Russian users to buy apps, games, IAPs, and subscriptions through the Google play store in the coming days. Which seems the biggest step against the Russian troop’s arms to support Ukraine.

In-app purchases or Russian will no longer be able to make subscription payments that have been disabled for games downloaded in these markets. No upcoming game updates will be available in Russia and Belarus.

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Meanwhile, the available free applications on Google Play Store will continue to exist to download. A likely the live subscription and purchase will also running-wisely until the end of the current billing period but is canceled later, due to non-payment.

 

 

As a solution, Google proposes to postpone the renewal of users, which is possible for up to a year. Google amended that Play Store users in Russia will not able to purchase apps, games, and more.

Their efforts are really helping Ukraine in the fight against the invasion, albeit a little bit, and it’s really nice to see how the gaming community continues and has a positive impact on the conflicts that go down in the history books.

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Google could offer 7 Android OS updates to Pixel 8, specs sheet leaked

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Google Pixel 8 Pro 7 OS updates

Google is all set to launch its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, on October 4th. The devices will come with some impressive features, such as a brighter display, a durable design, and a powerful camera system. But perhaps the most notable feature is that both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro could offer OS and security updates for 7 years.

According to the 91Mobiles report, Google will offer 7 years of OS and security updates to Pixel 8 and 8 Pro devices. In addition, the all specs of the upcoming Google smartphone series have been revealed. You can check the specs below.

Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro Specs

Pixel 8 

  • Display: 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display with 60Hz-120Hz refresh rate. Up to 2,000 nits peak brightness
  • Processor: Google Tensor G3 with Titan M2 security coprocessor
  • RAM and Storage: 8 GB LPDDR5X RAM, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • Battery and charging: 4,575mAh with up to 27W fast charging, Qi-certified wireless charging up to 18W
  • Security and OS updates: 7 years of OS and security updates
  • Cameras: 50MP Octa PD wide camera, ,12MP ultrawide camera, OIS and EIS on wide, 10.5MP Dual PD front camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth v5.3, NFC
  • Material: Corning Gorilla Glas Victus cover and back, IP68 rating
  • Others: Under-display fingerprint sensor, Face ID

Pixel 8 Pro 

  • Display: 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with 1Hz-120Hz refresh rate. Up to 2,400 nits peak brightness
  • Google Tensor G3 with Titan M2 security coprocessor
  • RAM and Storage: 8 GB LPDDR5X RAM, Up to 1TB in US and 512GB rest of the world, UFS 3.1
  • Battery and charging: 5,050mAh with up to 30W fast charging, Qi-certified wireless charging up to 23W
  • Security and OS updates: 7 years of OS and security updates
  • Cameras: 50MP Octa PD wide camera, 48MP Quad PD ultrawide camera, 48MP, Quad PD telephoto camera with Super Rez Zoom up to 30x, OIS and EIS on wide and telephoto, 10.5MP Dual PD front camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth v5.3, NFC
  • Material: Corning Gorilla Glas Victus 2 cover and back, IP68 rating
  • Others: Under-display fingerprint sensor, Face ID

The Pixel 8 series will also have some new video features, such as Video Boost,  Light Sight, and Audio Eraser. The Pixel 8 will be available in Obsidian, Hazel, and Rose color options, while the Pixel 8 Pro will come in Obsidian, Porcelain, and Bay. The prices and availability of the devices are yet to be announced by Google.

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Trusted devices returns to Smart Lock on Samsung, Google smartphones

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Google Samsung Trusted devices missing issue

Some Google Pixel and Samsung owners recently noticed that a useful feature of Smart Lock called Trusted Devices disappeared from their devices. Now, Google has fixed the Trusted devices missing issue and users can now again use this feature.

Smart Lock allows users to keep their phones unlocked when connected to a trusted Bluetooth device, such as a smartwatch or a car system. This feature is part of Smart Lock on Android 13 and older and is renamed to Extend Unlock on Android 14.

However, in recent days, many users have reported that the Trusted Devices option is no longer available in Smart Lock/Extend Unlock settings on Samsung and Pixel devices. They can only see On-body detection and Trusted places options. This issue seems to affect both Android 13 and 14 devices, regardless of the Google Play services version.

If you are still experiencing this issue on your device, check if there is a Google Play system update available. If yes then the update is now to enjoy a smooth and bug-free experience.

Aside from this, Google is also working on a new feature called Watch Unlock, which will let users unlock their phones with their smartwatches. However, this feature is not ready for public release yet.

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Google Messages adds waveforms to Voice Recorder UI

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Samsung Phone September 2023 update One UI 6

Google Messages is getting a new look for its voice recorder UI. The microphone icon in the text field will change to a waveform icon, which is different from the voice typing button in Gboard.

Instead of holding down the mic to record, you will now see a panel with a start/stop button and options to cancel, delete, or attach the recording. You will also see a waveform and a timer while recording, and you can play back the recording before sending it.

The voice messages preview will also show a waveform between the play/pause button and the timer, making it more noticeable than the current straight line.

These changes are not widely available yet, but some users have reported seeing them on their phones. These new changes are part of a bigger redesign that Google is working on for Messages, which includes a revamped home screen that is still in beta testing. Google might announce new features soon.

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