Google is already working on Android Q!

But few have Android Pie



Do you remember the rampant speculation over Android P’s name? If you do, that’s because it was practically a couple of months ago. The eventual Android Pie railroaded through the news like a bullet train. Naturally, everyone’s mouths are still salivating to get the new update. Yet, here we are.

Without even waiting to catch their breath, the Android developers over at Google are back at it again. This time, their workaholic hands are busy with Android Pie’s successor — the still-untitled Android Q.

Based on some recently uncovered commits, we can confirm that the successor is already in development. Eagle-eyed watchdogs from XDA-Developers have uncovered the very first features from Android Q.

For one, a commit will alter the system’s behavior towards old apps. Whenever users will try installing old apps (intended for Lollipop or lower), Android will warn them before installation. Above anything, the move will likely help users against optimization issues. At this early stage, it remains unclear whether this is just a warning or actual prevention.

Meanwhile, a second commit confirms a subtler feature. Using proximity and gravity sensors, the phone will detect if you’re on a call (or simply holding your phone to your ear). If another call comes through in this situation, the phone will automatically lower the ringtone’s volume. Naturally, this will prevent calls from blowing your eardrums out.

While these two are very low-key features, their existence confirms that Google is already working on Android Q.

However, this is just a minuscule consolation for most Android users. At the time of this writing, only 14.6 percent of users have Android Oreo. Google’s number-crunching doesn’t even include Android Pie yet.

Unfortunately, Google’s eagerness to upgrade Android underlies its hesitation to push new updates to more people. While Android Q is a welcome update, hype from speculating on its name can only go so far. But enough of that: What do you think Android Q’s name is?

SEE ALSO: Android Oreo users are still too few, even as Android Pie launches


This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch



Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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iPhone 14 series reportedly delayed by China lockdowns

One model is lagging behind



The iPhone 14 series is coming this year. However, if you’re eagerly waiting for the next major entry from Apple, you might have to wait a little longer. Ongoing lockdowns in China have reportedly delayed the development of the unannounced lineup.

As first reported by Nikkei Asia, Apple is asking its manufacturers to pick up the pace in the development process. Currently, China, especially Shanghai, are getting stricter with COVID-19 policies to control any potential resurgences of the virus. Naturally, that means more lockdowns, potentially affecting Apple’s partners in the country.

According to the report, the iPhone 14 series, which supposedly has four models, is currently in the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage. During this process, the manufacturer figures out the mechanical parts needed for the manufacturing process. They also figure out how much the process will cost for Apple.

Unfortunately, one of the four variants is taking longer in this stage. Apple uses different manufacturers per model, a good way to diversify the portfolio. The delayed model is handled by a manufacturer in Shanghai, one of the most affected by the recent lockdowns.

As such, the model is three weeks behind the normal schedule. The EVT stage normally concludes by the end of June. If a model misses the deadline, the delay might have implications for the launch of the final product and the supply down the line.

Apple usually launched the next iPhone series around fall of every year.

SEE ALSO: Apple reveals WWDC22 lineup

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now



Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

SEE ALSO: Electronic Arts is reportedly putting its company up for sale

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