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Android 13 “Tiramisu” Details Leak Before Most Phones Get Android 12

An Android cartoon character with a wrench.Primakov/Shutterstock

You’re still waiting for Android 12 to reach your phone, but Google’s already working on the next iteration of its mobile OS—Android 13. Codenamed “Tiramisu,” the Android 13 update may include a ton of killer new features, such as opt-in notifications for all apps.

A ton of internal development screenshots obtained by XDA Developers shows off a few of Android 13’s features. Of course, there’s no guarantee that Google will actually implement these features or that they will be exclusive to Android 13.

Panlingual: Choose Language on a Per-App Basis

App language settings in Android 13.XDA Developers

One of the coolest new features that Google’s testing for Android 13 is called “Panlingual.” It allows you to set languages on a per-app basis, rather than setting a system-wide language that applies to all apps.

Of course, some apps like Google Maps already offer custom language settings. But Panlingual will allow you to set an individual language for each app, so long as that app supports the language of your choice. (Google could also use the Android 12 Translation API to automatically set apps to different languages without help from the app’s developer.)

Post Notifications: Opt-In App Notifications

A phone with app notificaitons.Google

We’re all frustrated by app notifications, which are often annoying and difficult to turn off (especially the Doordash notifications). And although Google has made some minor improvements to notifications over the years, they still suck. But they might stop sucking in Android 13.

Google is testing a new “POST_NOTIFICATIONS” runtime permission for Android 13. That’s a fancy way of saying that all app notifications could become opt-in. No more digging through settings to disable notifications every time you install a new app!

I would do just about anything to make opt-in notifications a reality. Of all the features Google is testing for Android 13, this one is my favorite, although I have a soft spot for the next new feature because it’s so freakin’ weird.

TARE: Uhhhh … What?

Google Pixel 6 Pro battery menuJustin Duino

If there’s one thing that Google is obsessed with, it’s battery management. Every new Android release includes some fancy tool to extend battery life, and of course, the Pixel 4’s lukewarm critical reception taught Google an important lesson about batteries.

But Android 13 could find a very weird way to preserve battery life. Google is testing a tool called TARE, or The Android Resource Economy. Basically, it’s a digital currency system that Android 13 awards to apps when battery life is low. Apps can “spend” this currency to perform tasks in an orderly fashion and preserve battery life.

If apps run out of “money” when the battery life is low, they can no longer schedule tasks. Google could also increase the “cost” of performing tasks as battery life depletes.

Early leaks indicate that TARE will operate through the JobScheduler and AlarmManager policies. The system sounds incredibly complex, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t included in Android 13.

Other Features: Lock Screen Clocks, Bluetooth LE Audio

Google Pixel 6 lockscreen with At a Glance widget.Google

Along with its notification, language, and battery-saving features, Android 13 may feature new controls for your lock screen clock. The Android 12 lock screen clock has a weird behavior where it switches between a “stacked” double-line layout and a more traditional “digital clock” single-line layout. Android 13 may let you force the clock to stay in the layout of your choice.

Android 13 may be the first release to add full support for Bluetooth LE Audio.

Google recently merged an LC3 (the LE Audio codec) encoder and is adding the codec as an option in settings. It’ll be the highest priority A2DP source codec.


— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) December 21, 2021

Additionally, Android 13 could introduce Bluetooth LE Audio to your phone. The Bluetooth LE Audio protocol is exactly what it sounds like—it lets you stream wireless audio using Bluetooth Low-Energy radio, saving battery life in the process. The new protocol also unlocks killer new features, like the ability to broadcast audio to multiple devices simultaneously or run hearing aids over Bluetooth without wasting power.

Bluetooth LE Audio has some tradeoffs, including reduced audio bitrate. But the drop in audio quality isn’t noticeable if you’re using a cheap pair of wireless earbuds, and anyway, Bluetooth LE Audio isn’t a full replacement for traditional Bluetooth Audio.

Source: XDA Developers, Android Police

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What’s New in Chrome 96, Available Today

Google will release Chrome 96 on November 16, 2021. Your Chrome browser will use more of your system’s RAM, but for a good cause: The back and forward buttons will get even faster. There are many more changes behind the scenes, too.

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Intel’s hybrid 12th-gen chips are a major strike against AMD

We’ve been hearing about Intel’s powerful hybrid chips for so long, they’ve achieved almost mythical status. The idea behind them is intriguing: they feature both performance-cores (P-cores) and and efficient-cores (E-cores) on a single die, giving you chips that can be beefy and a bit more power-conscious, depending on the task. Previously, all of Intel’s CPU cores were pretty much the same, which led to the energy-hungry designs we’ve seen over the last few years. 

Now the company is ready to launch those chips, previously codenamed “Alder Lake,” as its 12th-gen desktop processors. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll be able to steal the spotlight back from AMD and Apple.

In addition to their hybrid configuration, these 12th-gen chips are also the first under the “Intel 7” process technology, which was previously seen as a refined 10nm design. When Intel revised its product roadmap in July with new names, it seemed to just be steering us away from its 7nm delays. But the performance of these 12th-gen chips may be enough to justify the new branding.

Intel 12th-gen CPU die from the bottom


Intel is throwing some major numbers around: it says 12th-gen chips are up to 19 percent faster than 11th-gen CPUs overall, and they’re twice as fast in the Adobe After Effects Pulse benchmark. When it comes to multithreaded performance (tasks built specifically for more than one core, like video and 3D rendering), the company claims the top-end i9-12900K is 50 percent faster than last year’s 11900K while using less power. And even better, it can achieve performance parity while using only around a quarter of the power. Basically, everyone who held off on upgrading over the last few years is in for a treat, as these chips promise to be a big leap forward.

Intel’s 12th-gen Core chips can fit in up to 16 cores on the i9-12900K. That’s a combination of 8 P-cores and 8 E-cores, with a total of 24 process threads (every P-core counts double, since they support hyper-threading, but the E-cores don’t). Given that this is an entirely new way of designing its chips, the company also worked together to develop a new Thread Director with Microsoft, which intelligently assigns tasks to the appropriate core. That way you don’t have to manually assign a background thread to an E-core, or start mucking about your settings once you start working on concurrent tasks. (If the hybrid core design seems familiar, it’s because ARM has been pushing something similar for the past decade with its big.LITTLE technology on mobile CPUs.)

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts


Intel claims P-cores can perform up to 28 percent faster than its 10th-gen Comet Lake S chips in single-threaded performance. The E-cores, meanwhile, are just as fast as the 10th-gen hardware on their own. As you’d expect, these chips shine best when you’re throwing serious workloads at them. Intel says the i9-12900K can get around up to 84 percent higher framerates while playing Mount and Blade II and streaming over OBS, compared to the previous generation chip. Similarly, it’s 47 percent faster while multi-tasking with Adobe Lightroom Classic and Premiere Pro.

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts


Intel’s figures sound impressive when compared to its own hardware, but the company also noted that its Ryzen benchmarks were run before AMD and Microsoft deployed Windows 11 updates to fix some performance bugs. At the time of its testing, the i9-12900K appeared to have a commanding lead over the Ryzen 5950X in many games, like Troy: A Total War Saga and Grid 2019. But it’ll be interested to see what those numbers look like now. And of course, AMD could easily come back with speedier hardware of its own early next year.

Intel 12th-gen CPU charts

The new 12th-gen chips are also looking towards the future, with support for up to 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0 and DDR5-4800 RAM. Intel’s new 600-series chipset will feature PCIe 4.0 support, integrated WiFi 6E, and an updated Direct Media Interface (DMI) that’ll offer “double and faster bandwidth between the chipset and the processor.” There’s also support for up to 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports, as well as far more USB 3.2 Gen 2 connections in general.

As you’d expect, it’ll cost a bit more to jump into Intel’s 12th-gen chips. The Core i9-12900K will go for $589, compared to the 11900K’s $539 to $549 price range. You could always save $20 or so by getting the “KF” chip without onboard graphics, but in general I’d recommend keeping graphics in case your GPU gets fried. The more approachable Core i7-12700K, thankfully, hasn’t budged from its predecessor’s $409 price, while the Core i5-12600K is around $20 more than before if you want onboard graphics.

The real question for Intel is how this new hardware stacks up against what AMD and Apple have coming. Benchmark leaks suggest that the i9-12900K is faster than Apple’s M1 Max chip, but that’s also a power-sipping laptop part. A faster, desktop-focused chip from Apple would likely leave Intel lagging behind again. Still, this uncertainty is a good thing for the PC industry as a whole. Now we’ve got several companies producing powerful processors. Their attempts to one-up should ultimately be a very good thing for consumers.

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DJI Action 2 camera goes modular in battle with GoPro

DJI today announced the DJI Action 2, a modular action camera that will serve as the successor to 2019’s Osmo Action. A lot is changing with this new camera, which features a very different design from its predecessor and supports a number of modular accessories. It certainly seems to be a refinement of DJI’s efforts to go toe-to-toe with the … Continue reading

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15 Things You Can Do in Android 12 That You Couldn’t Do Before


Android 12 is here, rolling out first to Pixel devices and then to everyone else, depending on your phone manufacturer and carrier. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system is packed with new stuff for you to explore, and these are the 15 features to check out first.

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What’s New in Chrome 95, Available Today

If you feel like the last Google Chrome release just happened, you’re not alone. Version 95 of the popular browser is available starting today on October 19, 2021. This update includes improved security for payments, the ability to save Tab Groups, and more.

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New iOS 15 Feature Is Deleting User Photos from iCloud


New versions of an operating system are always a big deal. They’re highly anticipated so that you can check out all the new features – features that are supposed to help you. But sometimes these photos don’t end up helping as much as they should. Sometimes they even do more harm than good. This is the case with iOS 15 that was just released last month. A new iOS 15 feature that saves photos sent to you through iMessage does so, but if you delete the message thread that sent the photos, the photos get deleted from iCloud.

Deleting an iOS 15 iMessage Thread Deletes Saved Photos from iCloud

It’s such a great feature – in theory. You don’t need to manually save your photos from your text messages, as iOS 15 will automatically save them to your iCloud. However, if you delete the iMessage thread in iOS 15 that sent the photos, later when an iCloud Backup is performed, the photos will be deleted from iCloud.

Unfortunately, your iCloud photos are removed after you delete a message thread, even if you manually save the photos. It’s not only… Read more14791579.gif

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Apple is reportedly on track to release its new MacBook Pro this fall


Apple has already updated the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch for the holiday season, but we’re still waiting on an update to the Mac lineup. There have been plenty of rumors about a totally redesigned MacBook Pro coming out this fall, and the reliable Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reported in his Power On newsletter that an M1X-powered MacBook Pro will arrive “in the next month.” Apple has typically held Mac-focused events in October or early November; the first M1-based Macs were announced in early November of last year.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Gurman predicts that there will be two M1X variants, both 10-core processors with eight high-performance cores and two efficiency cores. The difference between the two chips are in the graphics department — Apple may be offering an M1X with either 16 or 32 graphics cores. As for Apple’s other Macs, Gurman says that the company is working on a high-performance chip for a future Mac Pro, and an M2 for the MacBook Air, iMac and lower-end MacBook Pro models. 

Rumors have swirled all year long about Apple’s next MacBook Pro revision; the first 13-inch M1 model that was released last fall was essentially identical to the one it replaced, aside from the Apple Silicon inside. And Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro hasn’t been updated since it was released in late 2019, so the whole lineup is due for a refresh. 

Potential changes include new 14- and 16-inch models with a redesigned case that’ll bring back more ports like HDMI and an SD card slot. It might also bring back a MagSafe-style power charging port, and Apple is expected to drop the Touch Bar, which was first introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro revision. 

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Microsoft Just Leaked Windows 11’s New Media Player

Microsoft recently held a Windows Insider webcast, and the company accidentally showed off a new app called “Media Player,” which was first spotted by Windows Latest. It could replace the current Windows Media Player, the Movies & TV app, or even both.

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