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Huawei’s AppGallery offers various rewards this January

App rewards for the new year

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Got the latest Huawei smartphone? You might be bummed to find out that it lacks Google Play Store. Due to the ongoing ban, some of their smartphones come with their versions of popular Google apps and services instead.

In place of Google Play Store is the Huawei AppGallery. It features numerous apps divided into several categories. To entice you to look at the selection of apps from AppGallery, Huawei is offering various rewards through the app from January 1 to 31.

You can receive a wide range of perks such as vouchers from selected app partners, Huawei Points and Huawei smartphones by simply installing select apps and joining events inside the app. The promo has three divisions:

Download apps and get Huawei points

You can win up to 800 points by installing select apps from the AppGallery. Each one of the 16 participating apps come with 50 points equivalent to PhP 50. These points can then be used for in-app purchases in Huawei’s AppGallery, Themes, Mobile Cloud, and more.

New Year gifts on the AppGallery’s Gift Center

Huawei is treating its users with freebies for the new year. You can claim these freebies by going to AppGallery’s Gift Center. Freebies include VIU subscriptions, iFlix VIP subscriptions, and many more.

Play Games and Win HUAWEI Smartphones

Do you play Guns of Glory, Jellipop Match, Mobile Royale, Rise of Kingdoms and Saint Seiya? You have a chance to win HUAWEI smartphones by buying in-game items and paying through Huawei’s in-app purchases (IAP).

To participate, you must download the participating game(s) from AppGallery. Then, purchase in-game items via Huawei’s IAP with a card payment method. Participants can spend on more than one game to accumulate the spending amount.

The top 30 in-game spenders across Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand will win a Huawei smartphone.

The promo has three phases. The first phase will run from January 1 to 7 with Nova 5T as the prize. The smartphone prizes for Phase 2 (January 8 to 14) and Phase 3 (January 15 to 31) will be revealed on the starting date of each phase.

You can visit Huawei’s promo website for more information.

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Google’s Locked Folder can protect your NSFW photos

Protect everything with a password

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Where do you keep your secret photos? Though there are several options for users, the usual storage suspects don’t have the most robust protection against prying eyes. Google, after a Pixel-exclusive phase, is rolling out a password-protected folder feature for all Android users of Google Photos.

The feature will separate selected photos from the main library. Users can then put them inside a password-protected folder. They can also protect against invaders using a fingerprint. When protected, the selected photos won’t show up when scrolling anymore.

Users can toggle the feature on by going into the Locked Folder option in Utilities. Currently, the Pixel’s camera app can take photos and directly send them to the protected folder. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work on other camera apps. At least for now, that is.

The feature does have its drawbacks. For one, protected photos are only locally saved. If you somehow lose your phone, those photos are lost forever or worse especially if a third party gets it for themselves.

Obviously, the Locked Folder has its more innocuous uses. But it’s definitely a way to hide NSFW photos.

Google initially launched the feature only for Pixel phones back in June. Of course, as most Android features go, the developers promised a more widespread rollout coming soon after. Well, that time is finally now. The feature is set to roll out sometime this fall.

SEE ALSO: Google starts rolling out Material You apps

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update

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One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 is Snow Cone

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month

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There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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