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Panasonic introduces the Toughbook S1, a 7-inch rugged Android tablet
by João Carrasqueira
Today, Panasonic announced the latest member of its TOUGHBOOK family, the TOUGHBOOK S1. This is a new 7-inch Android tablet aimed at mobile workers in tough environments, so that they can have a device that can keep up with their daily life. The company already has a solid lineup of Android devices, including the 10-inch TOUGHBOOK A3, the 7-inch L1, the 5-inch T1, and the 4.7-inch N1.
Compared to the similarly-sized TOUGHBOOK L1, this new tablet comes with some major improvements, with one of them being the battery. The TOUGHBOOK S1 comes with a warm swappable battery, meaning you can remove the main battery and replace it on the fly because there's a smaller battery built into the device that keeps it from powering off for 45 seconds. TOUGHBOOK's larger tablets and PCs often have hot-swappable batteries, but this is new for its 7-inch lineup. A regular battery will get you nine hours, but there's an extended battery option that offers 14.5 hours.
The are other things, too, like the fact that this tablet is FirstNet certified, meaning emergency responders on the field can set it up to connect to Band 14, which is reserved for emergency communications.
“The TOUGHBOOK S1 is purpose-built for mobile workers in the most challenging environments and conditions, especially in transportation and logistics, manufacturing and field services where efficiency and reliability are essential for getting the job done,” said Craig Jackowski, GM of Product Management, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America.“Building on the TOUGHBOOK legacy of productivity and ruggedness, the TOUGHBOOK S1 comes at a time when our customers demand reliable technology solutions to support digital and mobile operations.”
Of course, you can count on the TOUGHBOOK S1 being able to take a beating. It comes with MIL-STD-810H certification and it's tested for 5ft drops onto concrete. In fact, Panasonic says it tests the durability by dropping the same device 18 times from the same height. It can also survive between -4°F and 122°F, it comes with both IP65 and IP67 water and dust resistance, and it has glove touch mode so it can work with gloves up to 5mm thick, as well as Panasonic's rain mode so the screen can still respond when it's wet. It also has a 500-nit screen, so it should be visible enough outdoors.
Being a business device also means it's configurable with things like an optional USB Type-A port, an optional barcode scanner that can be had in either portrait or landscape. And, of course, it's backed by Panasonic's productivity+ suite, which helps enterprise customers configure, deploy, and manage these devices. This offering also comes with things like getting fast and easy replacements, so when you need a replacement device, Panasonic can send you one that's already configured for your business and ready to use.
As for performance, Panasonic is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, which you can expand via microSD. These devices are meant to run specific sets of apps, so they don't need the highest-performance components out there, and this chipset ensures that the device can be supported in the long-term so customers don't constantly have to think about upgrading. The tablet comes with Android 10.
The TOUGHBOOK S1 is available from today starting at $2,499. You can contact your local Panasonic representative to order them for your business.
UK set to enable Emergency Alerts after a trial period
by Paul Hill
The UK government has launched a new Emergency Alerts page on its website explaining that it's testing the service on Android and iOS devices before rolling it out across all of blighty. Once it has been rolled out across the country, it'll alert users about nearby disasters so they can respond appropriately.
The types of incidents users will be notified about include severe flooding, fires, explosions, terrorist incidents, and public health emergencies. Alerts will be sent by the emergency services, such as the police, and government departments, agencies, and public bodies that deal with emergencies. The government believes the chance of you getting such an alert will be low.
To see these alerts, you must be using an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.5 or later or an Android phone or tablet running Android 11 or later. Earlier versions of Android may receive these alerts if the Emergency Alerts feature was included on the device’s software. As an additional condition, only users on 4G and 5G will receive the alerts while those or 2G or 3G networks won’t be notified.
The government said that Emergency Alerts can be switched off but should be left on for your own safety. If your device is turned off or in aeroplane mode, it won’t be possible for messages to get through to you. If you stayed opted in, no data will be collected or shared about you, your device, or the location where you got the alert and the government doesn’t need your phone number to send messages.
All messages will be sent to you based on your current location rather than based on where you live or work. You do not need to sign up for anything nor download any apps and any alerts you receive will be free of charge. According to BBC News, the first trial will be held in East Suffolk on May 25 when residents will get a test alert. A second test will take place in Reading on June 15. If all goes to plan, the system will be rolled out around the country.
How to enable the refresh rate overlay on Android 11
by Anmol Mehrotra
The last couple of years have seen a rise of smartphones with high refresh rate displays as well as gaming focused smartphones. However, as high refresh rate displays use more battery, most manufacturers use adaptive refresh rate wherein the smartphone dynamically changes the refresh rate based on the content that is being displayed on the screen. If you are curious about your phone's refresh rate or want to track your refresh rate in real-time then you are in luck. With the introduction of Android 11, Google has added a new feature that lets you add a refresh rate overlay on the top of the screen.
To use this feature, you will need an Android 11 smartphone and you can enable it by following the steps below:
Open Settings and navigate to About Phone > Software information. Tap on the Build Number seven times or until you see a popup saying, “You’re now a developer”. Do note that the content of the popup could change based on the phone manufacturer. Once Developer mode is enabled, go back to Settings and scroll down to Developer options. Again, the placement of Developer options could change based on the manufacturer so if you are unable to find it then use the search bar on the top of the settings menu. Open Developer options and scroll down to the debugging section. Under this section look for the “Show refresh rate” option. Flip the toggle beside the option to turn it on and you should see your current refresh rate on the top left corner of the screen. The feature may look familiar to PC gamers who have similar option available from Nvidia as well as a host of other third-party services. Most smartphone manufacturers use adaptive refresh rate so you will see it fluctuate depending on the content. On my Galaxy S21, 60Hz refresh rate is shown in red text while 120Hz is shown in bright green text. The same will apply to all Android 11 smartphones with the lower refresh rate in red while the higher refresh rate will be shown in the green colour. With the feature enabled, you will be able to see refresh rate change in real-time.
Utilizing this, you will be able to see what apps or games can take advantage of the high refresh rate display. A higher refresh rate will be beneficial for gamers as long as the game can run at high FPS (Frames Per Second). You can turn it on for a couple of days to test-drive the feature and if it gets boring or annoying then you can go back to the Developer options and disable it.
Clubhouse announces global launch of Android app this week
by Subir Kathuria
Clubhouse launched in March of 2020 as an invite-only social media app for iOS where users communicate in voice chat rooms that accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. The audio-only app hosts live discussions, with opportunities to participate through speaking and listening.
After launching its Android app last week in beta, the social audio platform announced it will roll out to more countries in the coming week. The launch will be staggered one, starting with Brazil, Japan, and Russia on Tuesday, India, and Nigeria by Friday, and the rest of the world by end of the week.
Clubhouse was only available on iOS devices at launch and remains an invite-only social media platform. Despite this restriction, it has grown to over 10 million users in just a year since its launch. Its success has also prompted other dominant social media platforms like Twitter and Discord to introduce Clubhouse-like features in their apps. Twitter introduced Spaces and Discord has Stage Channels.
It is used by many famous celebrities like Oprah, Drake, Elon Musk, among others. Elon Musk even invited Russian President Vladimir Putin for a discussion on Clubhouse a few months ago, which apparently never happened. Having such high profile user base has led to the platform been valued at over $4 billion dollars after the latest round of funding.
Elon Musk is quite active on Clubhouse and keeps having discussions with celebrities. It was in one of his Clubhouse conversations where he had stated his support for Bitcoin, following which the prices of the cryptocurrency soared. Just recently Elon Musk announced that Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin as a payment method which lead to the cryptocurrency losing almost 10% of its value overnight.
Source: Clubhouse via TechCrunch| Image source: Penplusbytes
Android 12 leak shows off massive redesign before Google I/O
by Subir Kathuria
Google is set to host its annual I/O event on Tuesday and one of the main product reveals will be Android 12. As is typical with Google events, some of the details Google will reveal have already surfaced online. Google has been redesigning existing UI elements of Android and adding new animations by making small changes year by year but Android 12 is set to be the biggest update since Lollipop.
According to information that has surfaced, the latest Android update will feature a "new experience", improved privacy protections, and it should work with your other devices more seamlessly. Images of the new interface and animations have leaked, but the details regarding the new stronger privacy and security features are scarce. It's also uncertain at this point how devices are going to work together more cohesively.
Even though a lot of changes coming to Android 12 were documented in the various developer previews' release notes, the visual, privacy, security, and connectivity changes bringing Google's device ecosystem together have been kept under wraps so they can be revealed during the upcoming Google I/O event.
With regards to the interface, the update could include a bigger clock on the lock screen, redesigned Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, native theming support, a new keyboard, new app icons, a system app UI overhaul, and widgets that will change their appearance based on the chosen theme.
Other UI customization options that we could see include a revamped Quick Settings menu, updated volume controls, the option to manually group notifications, and the ability to adjust the size of the calculator pad inside the calculator app.
You can check out some of the visual changes in the gallery below.
Gallery: Android 12 leak
Source: Jon Prosser via XDA-Developers | Image source: Phonearena