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Facebook publicly testing dark mode support for its Android app
by Rajesh Pandey
Facebook started testing dark mode for its Android app in August last year. Since then, the company has gone ahead and rolled out a redesigned interface on the web with dark mode and even on the iPhone. However, dark mode support has still been missing from Facebook's Android app.
Now, it looks like Facebook is getting to roll out dark mode support for its Android app as it has started testing the feature publicly. Leaked screenshots from a few months ago had shown how dark mode in Facebook's Android app would look like. A video posted on Twitter by @wongmjane shows the new dark mode in action on Facebook's Android app.
While the video might suggest that Facebook is rolling out dark mode support for its Android app, Wong's tweet indicates that the company is only testing the rollout publicly. If everything goes as per plan, a wider public rollout should be on the cards soon.
NHS COVID-19 app removes possible exposure notifications
by Paul Hill
The NHS COVID-19 app has been upgraded to include a new version of the Google and Apple API. Among the new improvements are more accurate distance measurements and the removal of confusing exposure notifications.
With the updated API, time data is taken into consideration and signal strength data has been improved. By considering these bits of information as two devices pinging each other, the app will be able to make a better estimate of how close to the other person you are. This update will reduce the chance that you’re told to isolate if you were considered low risk.
Another change is the scrapping of possible exposure and near-miss notifications. These were being sent out by Google and Apple rather than the NHS COVID-19 app and caused a lot of confusion among users who were not sure what to do upon receiving the notification. The app was updated a few weeks ago to send a second notification explaining not to isolate but now they’ve been scrapped altogether and the app will tell users directly if they should isolate.
The app uses a risk scoring algorithm to decide whether people should isolate, by taking into account things like the distance between two devices and how long they have been near each other. With the new update, this has been tweaked according to a new statistical algorithm so that more people will be asked to self-isolate. It said that by lowering the threshold at which people have to isolate, the country has a better chance at reducing the R rate and breaking the chain of transmission.
Millions of people have downloaded the app so far but a few people using iOS devices have complained that they cannot upgrade to the required version of iOS to use the app for some reason or other. If you have an iOS device that should be capable of running the app but need to update iOS first, follow Apple’s helpful guide which explains how to update over-the-air or via a computer.
By Rich Woods
LG announces a 5G phone that only costs $359
by Rich Woods
It seems like the second half of 2020 is all about bringing 5G to lower price points, and LG is on board. Today, it announced the K92 5G, a 5G smartphone that only costs $359; indeed, this is among the lowest prices that we've seen for a 5G device.
The handset comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset, which was made specifically to bring 5G to these lower price points. It features a 6.7-inch FHD+ FullVision display with a hole-punch cut-out for the front camera, and it has 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.
For the camera, the main sensor has a 64MP resolution with an f/1.78 aperture. You'll also find a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. The front camera is 16MP f/2.0.
The LG K92 5G comes in a color called Titan Gray, and it should be available soon. You'll be able to grab one from AT&T, Cricket Wireless, and U.S. Cellular, and while the suggested retail price is $359, LG says that pricing, availability, and promotions will vary depending on your carrier.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Sony refreshes the PlayStation app with native store integration, voice chat, and more
by Jefferson Mangubat
Sony is rolling out a refreshed PlayStation app today that should improve your gaming experience on the PlayStation 4 and 5. The updated app adds a bunch of new features including a new interface, a native messaging tool, built-in PS Store integration, and more.
The app's fresh interface will let you view the games your friends are playing via the home screen. You can also see the titles you've recently played along with your Trophy List. In addition, there's an integrated messaging system that lets you communicate with friends from within the app, no need for a separate messaging app like before. That also means PS Messages will be shuttered after this change. That said, the new PS app will contain your older messages.
In addition, you can shop and browse using the new native PS Store experience as well as remotely download games and add-ons directly to your console. The app includes new capabilities that are PlayStation 5-specific. When the new-generation console rolls out, you will be able to launch games and manage its storage, all via remote access. You can also sign in to the console directly from the app.
Another feature introduced by the new app is voice chat that lets you chat with up to 15 people. There's also the ability to create party groups and see news updates via the Explore tab.
The refreshed app will be released today worldwide. It will be available to download on iOS 12.2 or later and Android 6.0 or later.
By Rich Woods
Apple's iPhone 12 series apparently could support reverse wireless charging
by Rich Woods
When Apple introduced its new iPhone 12 series a couple of weeks ago, it showed off a new MagSafe charging feature. The feature magnetically holds a charger in the proper position for wireless charging, but apparently, this wasn't all the company had up its sleeve when it came to new wireless charging technologies.
According to some FCC filings, these devices could support reverse wireless charging at up to 5W, if Apple ever decided to activate it. Unfortunately, it's already limited, with one of the documents saying, "currently the only accessory that can be charged by iPhones is an external potential apple accessory in future".
Reverse wireless charging is not a new concept, as firms like Huawei and Samsung have been doing it for a while now. The idea isn't so much about charging a buddy's phone, but more about charging your own peripherals. For example, if you've got the wireless charging case for your AirPods, you'd be able to use your phone to charge that, or it might work with an Apple Watch as well.
As speculated by The Verge, it's possible that the reason that Apple didn't announce this at its launch event two weeks ago was because the accessory that this works with isn't announced yet. Perhaps that means that new AirPods are imminent.
Source: FCC (1) (2) (3)