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The Pixel Slate is Google’s first tablet to run Chrome OS

Android is not for tablets anymore

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Google didn’t just announce the Pixel 3 phones today, they also welcomed a new member to the Pixel family: the Pixel Slate. The Slate is a practically a 2-in-1 tablet that runs Chrome OS — not Android.

Right off the bat, the Pixel Slate is a full-sized 12.3-inch tablet with an LCD using Low Temperature PolySilicon (LTPS) technology. Google is proud of its 293ppi resolution and color accuracy which will be pleasing to mainstream consumers, and even professionals. Complementing it are two front-facing speakers that are said to be loud and crisp.

What’s perhaps the best feature of the Pixel Slate is its operating system. This version of Chrome OS is redesigned to be touch-optimized. Of course, it can also do a regular desktop interface.

Inside the tablet are powerful specifications. It’ll come with either Intel Celeron or Core m3, i5, or i7 processors and memory options from 4GB to 16GB. You won’t run out of space with the Pixel Slate and its top 256GB SSD configuration, but you could also just settle for 32GB.

The rest of the specs include 8-megapixel cameras on both sides, which use machine learning to do portrait mode. It also has an embedded fingerprint reader on the power button and two USB-C ports. As for the battery, it’s rated to last up to 12 hours on a single charge.

To fully enjoy the Pixel Slate for productivity, it has a specially designed keyboard folio with circular keys, trackpad, and a dedicated Assistant button.

The Google Pixel Slate will go on sale later this year starting at US$ 599. The keyboard folio will be sold separately for US$ 199, while the PixelBook Pen remains at US$ 99.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL retain single rear camera, add wireless charging

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Spotify Premium Mini launches, removes ads with limited downloads

Can be billed through your carrier

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Spotify Premium Mini

It’s now cheaper to get rid of those Spotify ads. Sure, the voice overs sound good but it just ruins the mood when your jamming to your favorite tracks only be interrupted. Spotify Premium Mini is here for all of us.

What you’re getting with Spotify Premium Mini

Ad-free individual music listening on mobile with unlimited skips — Listeners can access over 70 million music tracks and over 2.9 million podcast titles on the world’s largest audio streaming service

Download and play up to 30 songs offline on one mobile device — This allows a user to be on-the-go and stay connected to their favorite artists and creators without the need to connect to WiFi or tap into their mobile data.

Flexibility at its best –– Whether it’s for a morning exercise or simply seeking a motivational podcast to kick start the week, users have the option to immediately subscribe for just a day or a week at any given moment.

Hassle-free and seamless payment methods — Beyond the credit card option, users can choose to make payment through Carrier Billing or via digital wallets (GCash, PayMaya in the Philippines)

Better together — Premium Mini Listeners also have the ability to tune in to the same playlist or podcast with up to five friends via Group Session in beta.

How to sign-up?

  1. Download Spotify’s mobile app or head over to Spotify’s website on desktop.
  2. Click the ‘Premium’ section at the top right of the website or at the bottom right of the Spotify app.
  3. Choose ‘Get Mini’ and choose ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ plan. This is a prepaid offering.
  4. Choose payment methods
  5. Register or log in to the Spotify account.
  6. Users can start enjoying Spotify’s Premium Mini experience for the day or week.

Here are the the rates:

Philippines — PhP 7/day and PhP 26/week
Malaysya — MYR 1/day and MYR 3.90/week

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Google unveils Pixel 6 series

Way ahead of schedule

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Over the past few years, Google’s presence in the smartphone realm has considerably dwindled. During its first few launches, the Pixel series boasted a truly vanilla Google experience untainted by bloatware or custom software. However, over the past few launches, the series gradually declined compared to other smartphone brands. With its sixth generation coming, Google wants to reclaim that spot as the best smartphone brand for Android with the Pixel 6 series.

Teased today, Google took the curtain off from the upcoming Pixel 6 series way ahead of schedule. First of all, the flagship series has one of the most interesting prototype designs. Instead of the typical slab phone design, the Pixel 6 series will have a sizable camera strip on its rear. Though the design will surely incite some polarizing opinions (especially from that insane bump), it is a refreshing change from the usual.

The unveiling is just a tease, though. Google is still planning a larger launch event in October. As such, the company only revealed a few details for the coming series.

The Pixel 6 will sport a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. It will have a dual rear camera setup: a wide-angle main shooter and an ultrawide sensor.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a smoother 120Hz refresh rate. The phone will have same two camera sensor but with an additional 4X telephoto lens.

Both smartphones carry the newly announced Tensor processor. For the first time, Google has its own chipset inside the smartphones, instead of relying on the usual Qualcomm chips.

SEE ALSO: Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

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Google is shutting down very old Android phones

Starting in September

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Android Gingerbread

Google is slowly shutting down its (almost) long-forgotten past. Very soon, Android’s oldest versions will stop working. Though the company has previously announced the removal of support for Android Jellybean, Google is going a step further and completely shutting Android Gingerbread devices soon.

First spotted by 91Mobiles, Google will stop users from logging into devices with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older starting September 27. The niche market that still runs these operating systems will not be able to use the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google apps, rendering them completely useless. Affected users have to either upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb or upgrade to a newer phone.

Given the current state of older Android phones, it might be better to grab a new one instead. According to Google, the shutdown aims to bring older Android users to a more secure front. Android Gingerbread has long stopped receiving necessary security updates, making them prime targets for updated hackers.

On a similar note, Google has also announced the end of support for Android Jellybean devices after August this year. Though Jellybean users can still use their devices, they won’t get any more updates going forward. The timing is, thus, correct. Google has moved its window of old Android versions up a notch: Honeycomb to Jellybean. After September, these versions will not have access to security updates going forwards.

This year, Google is expected to launch Android 12 around the same time.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 comes with added privacy features, almost like Apple

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