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Google has changed plans to support for DNS over HTTPS in Android 13

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Google seems to be working on adding native support for another private DNS standard. As per the new information, Google has changed those previous plans and won’t support DNS over HTTPS in Android 13 “Tiramisu”.

However, Google and Qualcomm’s plan to make the Neutral Networks APIs (NNAPI) for Android 13 is still on that improve those Andoird features, which is updateable through Google Play Services.

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Benefits of DNS over HTTPS (DoH):

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  • It provides more privacy and security to consumers.
  • HTTPS makes encrypting DNS queries more difficult for someone in the center-like someone with can access your web to track or block your DNS access and allow them to redirect your queries and can which sites you’re visiting.

According to Cloudflare, DoH queries are more able to blend in from an external outlook, like HTTPS traffic. Multiple famous DNS resolvers including Google and Cloudflare support both idols. Current versions of macOS and iOS support both standards, while Windows 11 supports DoH. Moreover, the latest version of macOS and iOS both brings support for DoH and DoT.

Google DNS plans Android 13

In February 2020, Mozilla Firefox has started using DNS over HTTPS in the US, and for years Google has been waiting for it. The company hoping to expand DNS over the TLS segment that encrypts DNS invites through another method (acquired back in Android 9 Pie). Several different browsers also support DoH, even it’s not turned on by default.

To be mentioned, DNA over HTTP was expected to arrive as part of  Android 13 but it looks like Google has changed the plans. Meanwhile, it is also hoped that Google could change its mind later and mat enable this feature.

DoT and DoH:

For your information, DoT and DoH are private DNS standards that encrypt communications between the Domain name server and your device. However, both standards DoT and DoH perform the same functions.

Among them, DoH uses TLS (SLS) to encrypt DNS traffic while the DoH uses HTTPS protocol to send questions and solutions rather than instantly over UDP. Further, from a privacy point of view, DoH is controversially preferable. This delivers network administrators slighter visibility but provides users more privacy.

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(Via- Android Police)

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MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta rolling out for Honor phones

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Last month, Honor announced Android 13 based MagicOS 7 and its beta is now rolling out for several models. The rollout is confirmed on various models mentioned in the official roadmap.

According to the information, Honor MagicOS 7 is released for closed beta testers and selected participants will move to public beta in the next phase. After completing the beta test, Honor will send stable MagicOS 7.

Let’s look into the models and their corresponding Honor MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta versions:

Honor Magic V:

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The phone is receiving MagicOS 7.0.0.101 upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.185.

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Honor Magic 3 Series:

Honor Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro, and Magic 3 Supreme Edition are receiving MagicOS 7.0.0.107 upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.139.

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Honor Magic 4 Series:

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Honor Magic 4, Magic 4 Pro, and Magic 4 Supreme Edition getting MagicOS 7 version 7.0.0.108 version upgrading from Magic UI 6.0.0.178.

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Honor V40:

Honor V40 series is also eligible to download MagicOS 7 closed beta with version 7.0.0.121 users will have to download Magic UI 4.0.0.201 and 205 to participate in the beta activity.

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MagicOS 7:

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Honor MagicOS 7.0 is a people-centered intelligent interconnection ecosystem, it continues to improve AI Services. The software is also released with a personalized OS, protects privacy and security proactively, and updated the accessibility operation.

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Beta:

It’s noted that the active rollout is spreading as Log and Nolog software packages.

Global:

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Currently, Honor is conducting these beta activities in China and it may soon open for global users of these devices.

Notes:

  • All of the eligible Honor smartphone owners must have to download the required firmware version before upgrading to MagicOS 7 closed beta.
  • During the closed beta testing, users are recommended to join the software user experience improvement program. You can report or suggest features to support closed beta testing environments.
  • This software update won’t erase your data but it’s recommended for you to make a backup of important files.
  • Users are suggested to update system apps to meet the compatibility.

(source – Honor 1, 2, 3, Reddit)

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Google releases new Android features with reading mode, creative emojis, and more

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Google is releasing a huge bundle of new Android features including advanced reading mode, innovative emojis, a useful pic editor, and many more. Eventually, these tweaks will offer effective and improved functioning to your device.

As per the inputs, the US tech giant is celebrating the holiday season. And to bring exclusive benefits to its users, the company has extended Android’s feature section with various goodies-like elements.

To begin with, Google has added a new reading mode to the Android features list. It counts as an accessibility feature and helps in reading and extracting text from web pages and other eligible applications.

Moreover, it provides customizing options for display, fonts, speed, and more. As a result, you can adjust the brightness, and font size, or can use the text-to-speech option (with speed control) to access the web pages more efficiently.

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Being an accessibility feature, the reading mode is very useful for those with vision impairments, or low eyesight problems. You can check and install the latest reading mode app from HERE.

Google Photos – Pic Editor

Yes, the US manufacturer has added a new collage editor to the Photos application. Consequently, you can create ultimate collages and give a new look to your memories. Just pick a handful of images, select the design or templates, and arrange the snaps accordingly by the simple drag-and-drop method.

A cluster of new emojis!

To enhance the chat experience, Google has tossed several new emojis in the Gboard. Since it’s the holiday season, you will find some relatable emojis such as holiday flair, wolf stickers, snowflakes, and more.

YouTube Search Widget and Google TV features

Now you will find a new search widget on YouTube’s home screen. Ultimately, this will help you to have a quick search of your libraries, shorts, and other subscription content without puzzling between several tabs or sections.

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Meanwhile, the company has made the functions of Google TV more convenient. Now you can directly cast the phone objects, and services on your Google TV as well as browse other apps with just one tap. To access the app, click HERE.

Digital Car Key

Now you can lock or turn on your car by just using your smartphone. The company has installed the digital car key feature in the Google Wallet in such a manner that within a few steps you can access your smart vehicle.

Furthermore, you can share your digital car key with your friend and family. This also allows you to keep an eye on who is accessing your car, using the Google Wallet app.

In addition to these features, Google is also performing some tick-tacks to its Wear OS. The latest information suggests that the company is making the Wear OS widgets and tiles more efficient to use. Alongside this, it is also upgrading some major apps.

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So Android users, enjoy this holiday season with new and bashing features on your smart gadgets.

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Here’s how good Android 13 works on old Pixel devices

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Android 13 and its interesting features are a vast topic to discuss among users. And today we are up to tell how well the Android 13 operating system is working on the old Pixel devices.

To begin with, Google launched the stable Android 13 in August for its Pixel smartphones. Thereafter, the company began to roll out the latest operating system to other OEMs and their gadgets.

While the U.S. tech maker is still testing new features and pushing off the Android 13 QPR1 beta iterations to its flagship Pixel phones, some users are discussing how Android 13 works on the old Pixel series.

A Pixel 5 user come around the Reddit table and described how Android 13 has offered the best experience. So far, the user was having trouble while performing certain actions on the Pixel phone.

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However, after upgrading to the latest Android 13, the device system and its performance is quite responsive and convenient. Alongside this, the user states that privacy and UI are the best segments that get better with every new update.

“Android 13 on my Pixel 5 has been absolutely the best experience I’ve had on a smartphone ever. It is fast, elegant, etc. I like had to fight my phone to get it to do what I want – which is the exact opposite of now that I have Android 13 on my Pixel 5.”

In addition, the user also draws attention to the camera quality. Eventually, the camera quality remains absolute even when not in frequent usage. In short, the users state that Android 13 is much better than previous builds, which often have issues with stability and the lens hood.

Android 13 is a favorite for many users!

In the meantime, many other users also agreed that Android 13 is doing well with their 2 or 3-year-old Pixel smartphones. Notably, the newly-released operating system provides a better experience in many aspects.

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For instance, fingerprint sensors, face unlocking, eye-catching UI elements, smart and efficient widgets, Material You, themed icons, and whatnot. On the flip side, there is a huge list of revamped features and functions.

Android 13 QPR1 beta and its issues

Even after many positive points, Android 13 is surrounded by various negative comments. To be specific, the fresh QPR1 beta packs have proved vain and trouble for many Pixel device owners.

Up to this point, we come across a variety of issues that appeared in the Android 13 QPR1 beta iterations. While some users were stuck with the App Switcher bug, other users were busy dealing with the camera and screen defects.

Moreover, the very famed addition – Material You also caught some glitches when a user upgraded the device to the beta 3 rollout. Together, these issues made the users think twice before installing new firmware.

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It’s not confirmed how many more beta iterations Google will release for its users. However, the issues with new builds and benefits of the old versions have made it clear that the previous stable Android 13 works well on both old and new Pixel devices.

Which firmware are you using, the stable one or the newly-released beta firmware? Let us know your experience with Android 13, in the comment section.

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