Google is working on enhanced Android desktop mode for Android 15

When most people hear desktop mode on Android, they tend to think of Samsung’s DeX or perhaps Motorola’s ready for platforms. Indeed, those two are among the most advanced custom implementations currently out there. However, a lesser-known fact is that there is a Desktop mode in Google’s AOSP. It was first released with Android 10 in a very barebones state mostly to enable developers to test their apps in multi-display scenarios.

Desktop mode has been steadily, though slowly, improving since then, and it can now easily handle a side-by-side mode with two apps on screen. More apps can be opened simultaneously using the so-called freeform multi-window experience but with plenty of caveats.

Apparently, Google is working on its multi-window Android desktop experience and has already made some progress. Android Authority discovered some interesting new additions through tinkering with developer flags on the latest Android 14 QPR3 2.1 beta build.

You can see the new multi-window experience in the video for yourself. But basically, there is now a new title bar with a small menu that appears once you tap the small handle on top of a full-screen app. The menu contains options for full-screen, split-screen or freeform mode. Once in freeform mode, windows can be dragged around and resized freely. A “snap to edge” feature allows you to snap a window to the left or right half of the screen. You can even skip the whole menu and go from a full-screen app directly into a freeform window by just holding and dragging the new handle on top of a full-screen app. Notably, there are still no window positioning or keyboard shortcuts for snapping. Nor is there a proper desktop launcher.

These major productivity and usability improvements are likely slated to arrive alongside Android 15. Perhaps Google might even market

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Google is working on a ‘lookup’ button for unknown callers on Android

Google is working on a feature that is so simple and so useful that I’m shocked it hasn’t been part of our lives for a decade: a way to look up a phone number that just called you, right from your recent calls screen. X user AssembleDebug tipped off PiunikaWeb to a new “Lookup” button in the beta version of the Google Phone app that, when tapped, brings up a Google Search with the number already entered for you.

Although the Google Phone app is the default for Pixel phones, other Android owners can download it. The new Lookup button lives with other options, like “Block” and “History,” that you see when you tap on a recent call in the Phone app. In an age where so much spam comes from spoofed phone numbers made to look like local calls, it almost feels like the feature is about five years too late.

Even so, I’m sure I’m not the only person who still goes through the painstaking process of copying unknown numbers that pester me and pasting them into a Google search. These days, I only do it after I see the same number more than once, but that happens often enough that I would love to stop messing with the clunky smartphone copy / paste song and dance.

AssembleDebug also sniffed out that Google is working on adding Gemini email summaries to the Android version of the Gmail app. As you can see in the screenshot above, the feature exists as a button just under the subject line of an email. Tap it, and it will give you a summary. At least, that’s the presumed idea. PiunikaWeb writes that the button doesn’t do anything quite yet, but that there is also a new Gemini menu option in Gmail’s three

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Google is working on showing battery health in Android

As most of you might know, a battery loses some of its capacity over time, and the one in your smartphone is no different. That means, as your phone ages, it will offer you a lower battery backup. At one point, you might have to replace the battery to continue using your smartphone without any difficulty. To let people know when it is time to do that, Apple shows the health of the battery in an iPhone in the device settings. Google, unfortunately, doesn’t offer that functionality with Android. Well, that’s going to change soon.

According to a new report from Android Authority, the latest version of the Settings Services application in Android has a new page called Battery Health. Google hasn’t made this page live yet. However, the publication was able to activate it and they found that it is made to show the health of the battery of a device and to let people know if that battery is the one that came from the company or a replaced one.

At the moment, the page doesn’t show any statistics, and that’s probably because it isn’t fully functional yet. Currently, there’s no solid information about when Google will get the feature up and running or when the company will roll it out to the public. However, Mishaal Rahman says that it might happen with Android 15. So, we’ll have to wait for at least one year before we can check the battery health in Android.

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Samsung’s working on stable One UI 6.0 firmware for Galaxy Z Fold 3

Last month, the Samsung Community moderator in charge of Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold software said the firmware development team aims to start distributing beta firmware for the Z Fold/Flip 3 and Z Fold/Flip 4 in October. Although the third-generation foldable phones have yet to show signs of joining the One UI 6.0 beta program, we have now found evidence that Samsung is developing the stable One UI 6.0 update for at least one of these devices.

We came across new firmware on Samsung’s servers, affirming that the company is testing One UI 6.0 for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This unreleased update carries firmware version F926BXXU5GWJ3, and this string of letters and numbers pretty much confirms this isn’t a beta update but one that, in theory, is aimed at the stable channel.

Whether the GWJ3 update will be the first public One UI 6.0 build for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is debatable, but the takeaway is that Samsung is already working on a stable One UI 6.0 release for the Fold 3. And that’s despite the fact that we have yet to see evidence of a beta build in develoment.

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One UI 6.0 will be a big leap for the Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung’s new One UI 6.0 update is full of new features and revamped UI elements. If the update aimed at the Galaxy Z Fold 3 won’t miss out on any features, it will breathe new life into Samsung’s aging foldable phone.

One UI 6.0 comes with UI changes, big and small, from a new typeface called One UI Sans to redesigns across the quick toggle area, apps, and widgets. Multi-tasking, which is the name of the game for a Galaxy Z Fold device, is improved by One

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There’s proof Samsung is working on Galaxy S22 One UI 6.0 firmware

Last updated: August 18th, 2023 at 16:37 UTC+02:00

While Samsung is hard at work testing One UI 6.0 for the Galaxy S23 series with the help of beta participants in a few countries, behind closed doors, the company is also working on bringing the update to the Galaxy S22 lineup.

Evidence of the first One UI 6.0 firmware for the Galaxy S22 Ultra now exists on Samsung’s servers. The One UI 6.0 update carries firmware version S908BXXU6ZWHE.

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The One UI 6.0 open beta for the Galaxy S22 is closing in

If you’re new to how things work behind the scenes, this One UI 6.0-based firmware version found on Samsung’s servers is not meant for public release. Once Samsung opens the One UI 6.0 beta program for the Galaxy S22 series, the update will likely have a different firmware version.

The takeaway here is the certainty that Samsung is working on bringing One UI 6.0 to the Galaxy S22 series as we speak. First through a beta program similar to the one for the Galaxy S23 and then through a public release for every Galaxy S22 user worldwide. Both events are likely to happen before the end of the year.

The One UI 6.0 update is a significant step in the right direction judging by the beta firmware for the Galaxy S23. The new version introduces a redesigned quick panel area, a new font, a variety of smaller changes across the UI, new widgets, beautified apps, and more.

Check out the video below for an in-depth look at One UI 6.0 beta running on the Galaxy S23. Most, if not all the features showcased in the video will be available for the Galaxy S22 series.

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Google is reportedly working on a Continuity-like feature for Android

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One big selling point for Apple in the “Android vs. Apple” debate is the ease with which Apple devices all link together. Whether it’s a feature like Sidecar, Handoff, Universal Clipboard, or even call continuity, it’s a pretty seamless ecosystem.

Apple could be losing a little ground in the fight though, as Google is working on a very similar feature that lets users link all of their Android devices together. 

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While there’s been no official announcement from Google, this news came courtesy of Mishaal Rahan, a noted expert in all things Android.

The reported sharing feature would include call switching (moving a phone call from one device to another) and internet sharing (setting up a personal hotspot and having all devices connect). While those are the only two uses so far, it’s almost certain that other Apple-style features like easy file transfer (similar to Nearby Share for Windows) or an all-device clipboard would be available, too. 

“When you link this device and turn on Bluetooth,” the screenshot shows, “others may be able to see your device name and some other device information. Apps can show you ways to share across devices.” Naturally, since Google is working on the feature, it would likely be a requirement that users be signed in to a Google account on the device to share.

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One major thing to note is that while Apple doesn’t let one iPhone transfer a call to another iPhone, the wording in Google’s description makes it sound like the Android share feature could do just that — something especially useful for people who have to carry more than one phone. 

Once this feature fully

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