In this week’s top stories: Google holds sweepstakes “Pixel 5 $ 5G”, Google One deploys VPN for Android, we show you how to restore some of Google’s older app icons, etc.
In an effort to increase Pixel 5 sales even more, the Google Store is running a sweepstakes for $ 5000 Google Pay, which will automatically enter you if you buy a Pixel 5 between the 2nd and the next. November 30. Anyone and everyone else, likewise, are allowed to participate in this sweepstakes by sending mail on postcards.
On (or around) December 20, a random lottery will be drawn to determine the winner. Full terms and conditions are available here.
This is a special Google promotion that will likely coincide with Black Friday later this month. Cross-advertising with Google Pay also creates an interesting partnership.
Last week, it was announced that Google One will receive an accompanying VPN as an exciting new feature for the higher level members. This new VPN is coming to Android this week, and we̵7;ve taken the time to demonstrate exactly how to use Google One’s free VPN protection.
Currently, there are three requirements to use Google One VPN for yourself. First and foremost, you must use Google One’s 2TB storage plan ($ 9.99 / month) or more or be a member of the Google One family plan of 2TB or more. The other two requirements are that you need an Android device – or a Chrome OS device that supports Android apps – in the United States. Google plans to expand to other platforms like iOS and Windows as well as more countries in the coming months.
Over the past month or so, Google has been steadily replacing the icons of their various apps on Android, iOS, and the Web, coinciding with the recent G Suite renaming to Google Workspace. However, many people are not particularly pleased with the new icons, as it is often difficult to tell what is at a glance. This week, our Ben Schoon compiled a guide to getting back old icons for many Google apps.
Technically, there is no official way to go back. On some platforms, you can revert to older versions of your apps, but that solution won’t last forever and may break certain functionality. Fortunately, all three main places where people use Gmail and other changed products have methods of replacing icons. Here’s how to do it.
Each year, Google is somehow trying to improve the Pixel series camera experience, be it through various sensors like ultrawide or machine learning adjustments. Since some of these can be difficult to quantify, some may turn to DxOMark to evaluate the quality of a smartphone camera. This week, DxOMark gave the Google Pixel 5 an overall score of 120.
Unlike previous years, where a 120-point total camera score would place the Pixel device firmly in the top 10 in DxOMark’s rankings, the Pixel 5 barely made it past the top 15. This is without a doubt. furthermore due to the lack of a telephoto zoom lens, as DxOMark’s scoring system means that the average score is higher based on the number of lenses a device has available. For photos, the Pixel 5 received an impressive 129 total.
Finally, OnePlus announced a new version of the OnePlus 8T, now exclusive to China, created to commemorate the frequently – delayed launch of Cyberpunk 2077. The real standout feature of electricity This phone is wide camera bump, which takes up nearly the entire width of the phone. You can check out our full article for more details and a few other angles, but only look at this.
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