Android Reading mode updated with background playback

Google announced Reading mode in December and the Android app is now getting its first big update that adds background playback support.

Version 1.1 of Reading mode will let you “keep listening to audio when you’re using other apps or the screen is off.” Previously, exiting the overlay sheet or tapping your device’s lock button would immediately end text-to-speech.

Now, Reading mode keeps playing and you get a media player notification that lets you play/pause, skip to the next or go back to the last sentence, and scrub the entire article. This means you can start a long article and lock your phone. This is great for walking around or as a pseudo-podcast/music experience. 

If you prefer the old behavior, opening settings from the bottom-left corner and going to the Audio tab lets you toggle on/off “Play in background.” Note the Material 3 component complete with in-head checkmark, with Reading more being a pretty good example of Material You.

Version 1.1 of Android Reading mode with background playback support is rolling out now via the Google Play Store, but it’s not yet widely available. You could also sideload here to get it immediately. There are no other changes to the app today.

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How to set up Android’s Data Saver mode

While most carriers offer unlimited data with their monthly plans, there are some out there that still limit cellular data usage. With dozens of Android’s best apps and services running in the background, you may run out of your monthly mobile data rather quickly. So instead of paying for expensive mobile internet every month, you can enable the data saver mode on your top budget Android phone and restrict apps from consuming data in the background. Here’s how you can start conserving your data with ease.


What is Data Saver on Android?

Google introduced the Data Saver feature with the Android 7.0 release. The search giant used to offer Lite mode in Google Chrome to block images and save up to 70% of data. Since mobile data costs have reduced over time, Google removed the Lite mode in Chrome on March 29, 2022.

Data Saver mode limits how much data your installed apps can use in the background. If your phone isn’t connected to Wi-Fi or frequently remains out of the Wi-Fi range, it switches to mobile data to function properly.

Some video streaming and instant messaging apps may consume abnormal data in the background. When you enable Data Saver on your Android phone, these apps can’t connect to the internet in the background. You must open the app to receive updates.

Since the installed apps can’t refresh in the background, an active Data Saver mode also improves your Android phone’s battery life.

We use screenshots from a Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phone in the steps below. The steps may vary on Android phones from Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and OnePlus.

Enable data saver mode on most Android phones

You can turn on data saver mode from the settings or access

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Google TV’s Apps only mode is getting a visual refresh

Google TV has picked up a few updates in the recent past, including some not-so-exciting ones. However, it continues to power some of the best streaming devices on the market, especially if you’re invested in Google’s smart home ecosystem. Back in 2020, the company started offering an apps-only interface, which puts Google TV applications front and center, hiding away Assistant and personalized recommendations. Over this past week, one of our readers witnessed a new visual upgrade to this interface, with larger icons and a new grid format for apps while scrolling down from the banner.


It’s not exactly clear if Google meant for this change to go live right away, but it looks like people can manually enable it by updating the launcher app. From what we can tell, the feature seems to come with version 6.0.16 of Android TV Home, which is currently up on APKMirror. The changelog appears to corroborate the inclusion of these visual changes, though nothing specific is mentioned.

Google launched Apps only mode as a kind of alternative to guest mode, wherein your content recommendations won’t appear, but people can continue to access videos via individual apps. Other features like Assistant and search are also missing in this view. This is a godsend for households where the television is shared and you’re not comfortable with your personal content recommendations appearing for everybody. Ads and other promotional content will continue to appear, however, so there’s no escaping that.

Turning on Apps only mode requires you to navigate to the Settings page from the home screen of your Chromecast or other Google TV device, then select Accounts & Sign In. From there, tap your profile and enable Apps only mode.

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Telegram introduces Energy Conserving Mode as part of the new update

What you have to have to know

  • Telegram has launched a new update this 7 days.
  • It incorporates a new Electrical power Saving Method and new Playback velocity alternatives.
  • The update also optimizes the app to run far better on lower-stop Android phones.

Telegram is one particular such messaging app that continuously provides new features on the messaging platform and is frequently uncovered competing neck to neck in introducing new equipment challenging its rival WhatsApp. A latest update to the app delivers a new electric power-conserving manner and optimizations for decreased-close Android telephones.

Telegram presently has lots of customizations, animations, and light-weight effects that maintain people engaged in discussions on the messaging provider. For occasion, they comprise automobile-enjoying gifs, stickers, movies, emoji animations, and far more. These customizations carry a exciting, energetic working experience to the application, but with the new update, these animations can now be disabled to make any Android phone complete more rapidly when utilizing the app.

Telegram update March 2023

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In an announcement blog site publish, Telegram claims the new Energy Conserving method can disable the explained functions to “extend battery existence and make improvements to effectiveness on more mature equipment.”

With the most up-to-date update, buyers can toggle Electric power Conserving method or tweak particular person options for autoplay, animations, and outcomes in Options Power Saving. Telegram suggests it has manually tested above 200 product sorts to generate “optimized default settings” that be certain it provides the best app consumer encounter throughout all Android phones.

The other highlighted characteristic of the new update is the capacity to change granular playback speed a lot more flexibly. At this time, the messaging platform permits .5x, typical, 1.5x, and 2x playback speeds, which can be modified for video clips, podcasts, and voice and video messages shared

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WhatsApp brings new video mode for Android users: Details

Meta-owned WhatsApp has rolled out a new camera mode for its Android app users. With the new camera mode, users will be able to record videos on WhatsApp hands-free. At present, WhatsApp users need to tap and hold the camera button to record videos. But with the new feature, they can simply switch to video mode.

First reported by WaBetaInfo, the new video mode comes with WhatsApp for Android update. It is already available on Google Play Store. Those interested can head to the Play Store to update the WhatsApp app on their device and start using the feature.

In addition to the new video mode, this update also comes with bug fixes and performance improvements from the previous 2.23.2 beta build.

Meanwhile, WaBetaInfo has discovered new features that WhatsApp is working on. As spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update, the platform is working on new fonts that will be released in the future. These include Calistoga, Courier Prime, Damion, Exo 2, and Morning Breeze. “Thanks to new fonts, users will be able to add more personalization and creativity to their text within images, videos, and GIFs and better express themselves by making their content more visually attractive,” the report says.

For iPhone users, WhatsApp is working on the ability to react to messages within the Community announcement group. As spotted in WhatsApp beta for iOS update, users will see an in-app banner to inform users about message reactions within the announcement group. In this case, it will be needed to update the version of WhatsApp from the App Store or the TestFlight app in order to react to messages sent within the community announcement group, the report says.

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