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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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Samsung starts rolling out Android Pie beta to Galaxy S9 units worldwide

Full update to come within the coming months

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Baking pie takes a little patience. Of course, patience varies from person to person. However, everyone can agree that it shouldn’t take months. Despite launching months ago, Android Pie is still the rarest operating system in the market.

Throughout Android’s evolution, Google has never been a stranger to this disparaging trend. Seemingly, every succeeding version gets rarer and rarer. However, the system’s developers have, at least, acknowledged the abysmal distribution rates. Developers and phone makers alike are slowly adopting the new version across the industry.

For one, Samsung is finally rolling out some much-needed updates to this year’s Galaxy S9 series. On launch, the series was stuck in Android Oreo. However, with Pie’s launch months later, every Galaxy S9 user’s immediate question was: When are we getting Android Pie?

Probably, it won’t be that far off anymore. The company has started releasing an Android Pie beta to users in South Korea and the United States.

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Based on the update’s changelog, the beta will come with Samsung’s new One UI. The new user interface is Samsung’s next evolution in software design. Among other features, it comes with improved gesture controls and convenience features. Additionally, Samsung’s keyboard will come with Samsung’s take on the new Unicode 11 emojis.

Though in beta phase, Samsung’s latest rollout is a huge step in Android Pie distribution. It signals Samsung’s increasing readiness in releasing Android Pie to a larger chunk of its user base. The move likely indicates a full release within the next few months.

Currently, the update is available only in South Korea and the USA. However, it will likely trickle down to other territories in the coming weeks leading up to the year-end holiday.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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Windows 10 will soon go full white with a light theme

To complement the new dark theme

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All the buzz in today’s user interface bonanza is the dark theme. An all-black interface supposedly consumes less power (if you have an OLED display) and it’s also easy on the eye, especially at night. A number of mobile apps already have a dark theme and even macOS finally has it. As for Windows, the popular operating system doesn’t just want a dark theme, it wants a light one as well.

Microsoft just unveiled the light theme for Windows 10, but it’s only available for the new test build which is not meant for a major release yet.

Generally, Windows 10’s UI has always played with dark and light elements. It’s pretty inconsistent, so you get both dark and light at the same time. Soon, you can finally get either an all dark UI or a bright white UI.

The new system-wide light theme also comes with a slightly tweaked default wallpaper.

Again, the light theme is still undergoing tests, but it’s expected to come to the next major update of Windows 10 sometime in 2019.

The latest test build comes with a number of new features that’ll soon come as an update to Windows 10. You may head over to the source link below to know more.

Source: Windows

SEE ALSO: Apple’s macOS Mojave offers Dark Mode, new Mac App Store, and more

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Spotify introduces its app for Apple Watch

Control music from your wrist

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Spotify has just launched its new mobile app for the Apple Watch. Users can now access and control their favorite music and podcasts while on the go.

The new app allows you to play music on the Apple Watch and control how it’s played on compatible devices. However, you can’t stream your favorite songs straight from the watch even if it’s via your connected phone. Instead, the app acts like a controller for Spotify Connect. This allows you to control your music and select playlists individually then play it on shuffle from your wrist.

The downside is there’s no offline playback yet so users still need to bring their phones when going for a run or listening on wireless headphones. Spotify guarantees that they have plans to make offline playback available in the future.

On the bright side, you can now do a lot of things with ease. You can play music even if your phone is in your pocket and you can switch songs when running without having to take your phone out of its running case. When you encounter a friend while your music is playing, you can just tap pause if you ever want to chat. You can skip tracks to match your mood or the activity you’re in, and rewind podcasts to catch details you missed. It’s all on the watch’s screen, accessible with just a single tap.

Spotify will be rolling out the new app to Apple Watch users over the coming week. It requires the latest version of Spotify. Make sure to download it on the App Store and look out for updates.

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