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Smart Signature SIM-Only plans now come with Netflix subscription

Binge watch to your heart’s content!

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Binge watch to your heart’s content with this new offering from Smart Telecom and Netflix.

Signature SIM-Only Plans start at PhP 999 per month with Plan S. It includes 10GB open access data monthly, unlimited All-Net texts, unlimited All-Net calls, and 150 minutes of calls to PLDT — along with the bundled Netflix Mobile Plan subscription.

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Complete and easy streaming experience with Smart Signature 

Smart Signature SIM-Only Plans offer a complete streaming experience on the go.  With generous data inclusions, users won’t have to worry about running out of data while watching the latest film or doing a marathon of the latest hit series. The Netflix Mobile Plan subscription that comes with the plan also offers a wide catalogue to suit every taste, preference, or mood.

Subscribers can definitely make the most of their plan and Netflix Mobile Plan subscription powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile analytics firms such as Opensignal and Ookla.

Take full control of your plan with the GigaLife App 

Smart Signature subscribers may also take better control of their plan using the GigaLife app. Downloadable on Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, the GigaLife App enables postpaid customers to check their usage, link their accounts, and pay their bills with just a few taps on their smartphone.

Through the app, postpaid customers can keep track of their data, call, and text usage as well as monitor their bill in real time so there’s no reason to worry about incurring unwanted charges.

Customers can also use the app to avail of Data Boosters and other add-ons to enjoy more of their favorite online activities as well as accumulate GigaPoints to earn rewards for every add-on or bill payment through the app.

Customers can sign up for the new Signature SIM-Only Plan now bundled with Netflix Mobile Plan subscription by booking an online or face-to-face appointment with the nearest Smart Store, or by visiting the Smart Online Store.

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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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