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Last minute Google Pixel 4 leaks reveal possible US price and box accessories

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There’s just one day to go for the new Google Pixel 4 series to launch and leaks around the two new Android phones keep coming. One of the latest leaks reveals what could be the price for the Google Pixel 4 XL in the US. Meanwhile, images of the Google Pixel 4 retail box have appeared on Reddit, revealing all the accessories you will get with the phone.

Google Pixel 4 XL price

A Best Buy employee apparently provided 9to5Google with information regarding the price of the Pixel 4 XL. He gave the publication a screenshot of the retailer’s system, revealing that the larger 2019 Pixel will be priced at $ 999. If true, this will make the Pixel 4 XL $ 100 more expensive than the Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 4 series was previously tipped to cost CA$ 1,049.95 ($ 795) in Canada for the 64GB model. The Pixel 4 XL was rumoured to cost CA$ 1,359 ($ 1,029) for the 128GB variant.

We would advise our readers not to take these leaked prices at face value since none of these have been officially confirmed or strongly verified. 9to5Google notes that it is possible for the US Pixel 4 XL price listed on Best Buy to be a placeholder.

Pixel 4 retail box

New images shared on Reddit show what looks like the retail box for the smaller “Just Black” 2019 Pixel. The front of the box features the rear panel of the phone with the square camera setup. The image matches all previous Pixel 4 leaks.

The back of the box reveals specs such as 64GB storage and a 5.7-inch screen. These are also in line with all the information about the Pixel 4 that has been floating around these past few months.

The box also mentions the accessories that come bundled with the Pixel 4 unit. You will apparently get an 18W USB-C power adapter, a charging cable, and a Quick Switch Adapter in the box. What you don’t get is a pair of headphones or a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.

The Pixel 4 series launches on October 15. Stay tuned to Android Authority as we bring you all the hot news from the Made By Google event tomorrow.

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Deal: Save 96% on this Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle

The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle

Raspberry Pi is like the Swiss Army knife of DIY tech projects. The possibilities are endless, including building a drone and retro gaming station. To make your own, all you need is motivation and proper training.

The Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle can be your guide, and the best part is it’s 96% off today. This eight-part bundle is a treasure trove of tips and tutorials you can use to draw out the full potential of your multifaceted gizmo.

No knowledge is assumed. For beginners, you can start at the beginning with Introduction to Raspberry Pi course. The simple projects in this learning kit gently familiarize you with how your IoT device can be used as a computer.

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OnePlus sweetens the pot for Indian buyers by launching OnePlus Care

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OnePlus has launched an after-sales service program in India called OnePlus Care. The new initiative from OnePlus is designed for existing and new OnePlus smartphone buyers. The company is offering buyers three exclusive perks through the OnePlus Care program at no cost whatsoever.

Extended Warranty

The first benefit of enrolling in the OnePlus Care program is a free one-year extended warranty on OnePlus smartphones. The offer is applicable for phones still under the original warranty period.

Smartphones eligible for the one-year free extended warranty include ⁠the following:

  • OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • Any future phone that follows.

By getting it for free, you end up saving anywhere between Rs 1,299 (~$ 18) and Rs 2,039 (~$ 28) for an extended warranty if you have devices ranging from the OnePlus 6T to OnePlus 7T.

50% off on battery replacement

The second benefit of enrolling in OnePlus Care in India is a 50% discount on battery replacement. This is valid on the OnePlus 3/3T/5/5T/6 smartphones. The original battery replacement cost for these devices ranges from Rs 1,651 to Rs 1,607 ($ 22-23 approximately). This has now been set at an even Rs 600 (~$ 9) for all the above mentioned phones.

Upgrade Plan

Perhaps the juiciest benefit of OnePlus Care is the upgrade program. OnePlus users in India will now be able to upgrade their current device to the latest one with attractive trade-in offers.

The trade-in value starts at up to Rs 5,400 (~$ 75) for the OnePlus 3 and goes all the way up to Rs 32,200 for the OnePlus 7 Pro (~$ 452). You can check out all the trade-in prices on offer under the OnePlus Care program here.

How to get OnePlus Care in India?

To avail all the benefits of OnePlus Care, you need to download the OnePlus Care app and sign-in using your OnePlus account. You can then link your OnePlus devices and redeem the benefits. If you’ve been using the old OnePlus Care App, uninstall it and then download the updated app.

The company says you can link multiple devices to one OnePlus account. Those going in for battery replacements are requested to make a reservation in advance through the OnePlus Care app.

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What are the must-have features for gaming phones? Google has the answer

Google is working on a game device certification program for gaming phones.

We’ve seen loads of so-called gaming phones launched since the Razer Phone revived the category in late 2017. Since then, we’ve seen the Asus ROG Phone series, the Black Shark family, and several other devices.

The “gaming phone” term is rather vague in practice though, as many brands interpret this as packing powerful internals and better cooling. Fortunately, XDA-Developers has uncovered the existence of a Game Device Certification program by Google.

Google documents obtained by the outlet reveal several requirements for a device if a brand wants game device certification for it.

How to qualify?

The first requirement is that the device should offer “predictable performance.” This means no “unexpected throttling, lost CPU cores, or other odd system behaviors” when playing games on the device.

Google is also focusing on GPU performance for the program, saying that devices should offer a “modern, up-to-date GPU and display APIs.” More specifically, the search giant mandates that Vulkan 1.1 should be supported on these devices.

Finally, the documents also address RAM behavior, saying that a certified gaming phone should provide access to RAM in a predictable way. Furthermore, Google says certified phones must allow a minimum of 2.3GB of RAM to be used by a process before it gets killed off.

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We’re glad to see Google reportedly mandate a few requirements for gaming phone certification, although you could argue that this is a low bar. For one, virtually all flagships (aside from Huawei and some Samsung devices) use the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which supports Vulkan 1.1. We’ve even seen this API supported on mid-range silicon.

This just leaves better cooling and RAM management as two challenges for manufacturers, although many existing gaming phones tout improved cooling measures and a ton of RAM.

The Razer Phone 2 display.

It’s also interesting to note that refresh rates and physical inputs don’t seem to be taken into account for gaming phone certification. We’ve seen the likes of the Razer Phone series offering 120Hz refresh rates, which translates into a smoother gaming and system experience. Meanwhile, the Asus ROG Phone family offers ultrasonic triggers that act like shoulder buttons.

In other words, Google’s reported definition of a gaming phone is basically a reasonably powerful device that won’t overheat but packs sensible RAM management. What would you like to see from gaming phones? Let us know in the comments!

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OnePlus 7T international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway! Like every week, we’re giving away another brand new Android phone to one lucky Android Authority reader.

A big congratulations to the winner of last week’s OnePlus 7 Pro giveaway, Prabhu M. from India.

This week we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 7T, brought to you by the Android Authority app!

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In our opinion, the OnePlus 7T is one of the best devices OnePlus has made in years. It offers many of the same features as the OnePlus 7 Pro, and brings the Snapdragon 855 Plus and a 90Hz display to the masses.

As well as a bigger display than the OnePlus 7, there’s a new triple-camera system, and the newest gaming-focused processor from Qualcomm. Effectively, this is the OnePlus 7 Pro in a different body, but it’s actually better in many ways.

The OnePlus 7T is targeted at customers who want one of the fastest devices on the market for a price that’s nearly half of its competitors. If you’ve enjoyed OnePlus devices before this, you’ll adore the 7T.

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Samsung Pay Cash is a new virtual prepaid card to help you control your expenses

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When you have a payment wallet, you tend to make impulsive buys just because it’s quick and easy. Services like Samsung Pay make it simpler by enabling contactless payments. Now, Samsung is introducing a new feature to its payments platform called Samsung Pay Cash.

Samsung Pay Cash is a virtual prepaid cash card that you can load up with money and use just like Samsung Pay. It is a result of Samsung’s partnership with Mastercard and Netspend.

The difference between Samsung Pay and the new prepaid card is that unlike the former which gives you unlimited access to funds in your bank account, Samsung Pay Cash can only be used for the set amount loaded in the virtual card.

The new feature will work anywhere Samsung Pay and Mastercard is accepted for contactless payments and magnetic stripe cards. It can even be used for payments on ecommerce platforms.

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The card can be topped up using a debit card, credit card, or bank transfer. You will be restricted from spending more than the pre-loaded amount in the virtual card. Samsung says your funds never expire, and there’s no fee for inactivity.

Since the virtual card resides within Samsung Pay itself, it will be protected by Samsung’s Knox security. Knox secures payments by encrypting and securing transactional data on your phone.

The company is offering a limited-time $ 5 credit in your Samsung Pay Cash account once you complete your registration. It is valid till October 15, 2019 for the first 20,000 qualifying Samsung Pay Card users.

The new feature will only work with Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S6 and above devices.

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Duet Display for Android lets you turn an old device into a second screen

You simply cannot have too much screen real estate, that’s a fact. Coming to Android today, Duet Display promises to let you turn that old Android tablet you have lying around into a second screen for your PC or Mac.

Duet has been quite successful on iOS, and over the past months the team behind it worked to make the jump to Android. The app lets your devices act as secondary displays for your laptop or desktop. The beauty of it is the broad compatibility – as of today, Duet Display works on Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Mac, and Windows devices. Whatever combination of platforms you favor, there’s a solid chance you’ll be able to run Duet (except Linux, sorry Linux users, I love Linux).

Duet for Android works on phones or tablets running Android 7.1 or higher. That covers most Android tablets released in the past three years. If you have a Chrome OS device that supports Android apps, it can join in the fun as well.

On the other end, the computer needs to run Mac OS 10.14 or later or Windows 10 and the Duet desktop app. You can connect your Android device either using a USB-C cable (microUSB is sadly not supported) or wirelessly.

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Once set up, your Android or Chrome device will work just like a regular secondary monitor. The Duet team promises “stellar performance” with zero lag, regardless of the platforms you use. That said, to ensure lag-free functionality you’ll probably want to use the wired connection.

Duet has long been available on iOS only, and it’s good to see this genuinely helpful app make the jump to our platform of choice. Duet Display normally costs $ 19.99, but for the first week of Android availability you’ll be able to get it for 50% off or $ 9.99.

Other Android apps, like iDisplay, have purported to offer the same functionality as Duet. However, a brief look at iDisplay’s recent user reviews suggests the app is suffering from performance and compatibility issues.

Will you try out this app?

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Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers, updated Pixel Launcher, and more

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A number of Google Pixel 4 apps expected to debut on the new phones are now available for download.

If you’ve been following the Pixel 4 leak frenzy, you may have seen a bunch of new developments after a website called Nextrift got access to a pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The website (via 9to5Google) shared a number of Pixel 4 apps — the new Google Recorder app, updated Pixel Launcher, new Pixel Themes app, and a handful of new Pixel 4 live wallpapers (via XDA). Now, all of these apps are available for download.

Pixel Themes app

Google’s new Pixel Themes app will allow you to customize fonts, icon designs, accent colors, and more on Pixel 4 devices. While Google will possibly bring this app to all Pixel users in the future, you can now download it with the APK 9to5Google was able to access through the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The Pixel Themes APK can be downloaded from the link in the button pasted below. You can head over to the 9to5Google link given above for the complete instructions on how to do so.

Pixel Launcher

The new set of Pixel 4 apps also features the Pixel Launcher. The only new change here is the ability to swipe down to access your device’s notification tray. The APK for the Pixel Launcher was also extracted from the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit and should work with any Pixel device.

Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers

While new live wallpapers on Pixel 4 were uncovered by 9to5Google, a member of XDA Developers was able to modify the APK so anyone with an Android 7 and above 64-bit device can download them.

You can choose from wallpapers called Prickly, Leafy, Rocky, and Sights From The Sun. There’s also a Doodle wallpaper which allows you to move objects around on the screen. A Compass wallpaper lets you pick a location and the compass then points to it. There are the “Living Universe” set of wallpapers which now feature locations in Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Switzerland.

Six of the nine Pixel 4 wallpapers also support the system-wide dark mode and turn dark in accordance. Download the Pixel 4 live wallpapers at the link below.

Google Voice Recorder

The Google Pixel 4 phones will come pre-installed with a voice recording app. The app allows you to start voice recordings with the tap of the record button, and you can also share recordings straight from within the app.

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Unleash your inner graphic designer for just $29

The Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle

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You don’t even need to be good at drawing for modern-era graphic design. All that’s required is the creative spark and mastery of the software.

For the latter, this bundle is ideal. Across eight different learning kits, you’ll be immersed in many aspects of graphic design and the tools that you’ll need. Naturally, this includes extensive training in various Abode programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. The Adobe suite is the gold standard of design software so it’s an important string to your bow.

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How to use the Windows 10 start menu with some fun tricks

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The Windows 10 start menu is a mixture of old and new. After many users expressed hatred toward the Metro UI start menu on Windows 8, Microsoft decided to do something about it with Windows 10. Microsoft took some Windows 7 elements and blended them with Windows 8 elements to make the Windows 10 start menu.

It’s surprisingly easy to navigate and customize, so a lot of info here won’t be brand new. However, we’re hoping to add in some tips and tricks to give you even more customization options. Here’s how to use the Windows 10 start menu.

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The basics

There are a bunch of little things you can do to the Windows 10 start menu. We’ll briefly list off some of the easier customization options below and we’ll go into the more powerful stuff further down the article:

Change the start menu size – This is easy enough. Move your mouse to the top edge of the start menu. Click and drag it up to make it taller or down to make it shorter. The width is determined by how many columns you have.

Enable full screen mode – Open the Windows 10 Settings and select the Personalization section. Click the Start option in the left margin. From there, there are a variety of minor customization options. Full screen mode is one of those options. Simply enable it in this menu.

Most used apps, suggested apps, and recently added apps – These are all toggles to add or subtract more elements of the Windows 10 start menu. They are all located in the same Personalization section as the full screen mode above. Simply flip the toggles on or off depending on how clean or cluttered you like your start menu.

Pin apps to the start menu – There are two methods to pin apps to the start menu. The first is to find the app in the All Apps List menu, right-click the app, and click the “Pin to start” option. You can also drag and drop apps from the All Apps List straight to the start menu to create a new tile on the start menu. To reverse this process, right-click any tile and select the “Unpin from start” option.

Enable and disable live tiles – Simply right-click any tile on the start menu, select the “More” option, and select either “Turn Live Tile on” or “Turn Live Tile off”. Please note, apps that don’t have live tiles do not have this option.

Move and resize tiles – This is another easy function. You can simply drag and drop tiles wherever you want them. To resize, right-click the tile, select “Resize” and then select the size you want. Not all apps have access to all available tile sizes.

Change accent color – Your accent color determines the color of the tiles. You can customize this by opening Windows 10 Settings, navigating to Personalization, then clicking the “Color” option in the left margin. Scroll down and select your favorite color. You can also set it to automatically change the color based on your wallpaper colors.

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Customize the left margin icons with folders

The left margin of the Windows 10 start menu has a few icons that do various things. This is the fastest way to get to things like the Settings, your account page, the power menu, and other things. It is entirely customizable as well.

  1. Open the start menu.
  2. Right-click on any icon.
  3. Select the “Personalize this list” option.
  4. You can also get to this menu by opening the Settings, navigating to Personalization, clicking the “Start” option in the left margin, and then clicking the “Choose which files appear on Start” option.

From there, select the icons you want along the left side. You can include various folders, the file browser, the Settings menu icon, your network settings, and other personal folders. Close out of the window once you’ve selected everything you want to select.

Windows 10 Start Menu shortcuts

Customize the All Apps List

The All Apps List is a static list of all of your apps in alphabetical order. There isn’t a lot of customization for this part of the Windows 10 start menu because it’s supposed to act as a sort of static list for easy reference. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no way to customize it.

The only way to remove Universal Apps, or apps installed from the Microsoft Store, is to uninstall them. The method below only works with desktop apps you install from outside the Microsoft Store. You can right-click any Universal App and click the uninstall button option to remove it.

Here is the best way to customize the All Apps List:

  1. Right-click any app in the All Apps List. Select “More” and then “Open file location”.
  2. A screen similar to the screenshot above will appear. These are all the shortcuts for your All Apps List and you can do whatever you want here.

Change app and folder names – You can right click on anything in this window and click the “Rename” option to change the name. Any changes reflect in the All Apps List. For instance, you can rename Firefox to FF Browser and it’ll show up as FF Browser in your All Apps List.

Add/remove apps from folders – Improve your organization by adding apps and games to various folders. Simply right click the empty white space in the folder and click the “Add new folder” option to create folders. Alternatively, you can remove apps from folders as well.

Remove and hide apps – You can delete icons at will. This removes them from the All Apps List view, but leaves them installed on your computer. You can use this to hide apps from your kids, for instance, so they don’t get into the wrong stuff.

Please note, a lot of the stuff in here requires administrative privileges. Additionally, Universal Apps like Calendar or Outlook won’t appear here and you can’t customize them.

Windows 10 start menu Add Tile to Group

How to create and customize tile groups

The Windows 10 start menu lets you organize your tiles into specific groups. You can group them whichever way you want, name the groups, and add and subtract tiles from the group.

Create a new group – Click and drag a tile to the section of the start menu where you want your group. You should see a translucent bar show up like the screenshot above. Drop the app near that bar to create a new group. The bar will be the same color as your accent color.

Add tiles to any tile group – Click and drag other tiles into the group by placing it near the other apps in the group.

Rename tile groups – Tile groups have a pronounced space between one another vertically. Click in that space to create a name for that group.

Move entire tile groups – Finally, you can move entire tile groups if you need to. Simply move your mouse cursor over top of the group name. You should see a two-line icon appear to the right of the group name. Click and drag that two-line icon to move the entire group along with every tile in that group.

Tile groups are useful for a lot of things. You can organize similar apps together for easy access. Plus, you can set up groups how you want so yours will differ from everybody else’s. Use the tips above to make it yours!

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Other tips and tricks

The Windows 10 start menu is the most powerful start menu of any Windows version so far. There are a bunch of little tips, tricks, and secret functions available. We have as many as we could find just below. We also recommend using the right-click often in the start menu because different tiles, apps, and settings bring up different menus with different functions.

Magnify the start menu – If the start menu is a bit hard to read for whatever reason, you can magnify the start menu along with every other part of the OS. Simply open Settings, navigate to System, and tap the “Display” option in the left margin of the System settings. There is an option there to change magnification from 100% to 125%, 150%, or 200%. This enlarges everything, including the start menu.

Expand the left margin icons – The top left corner of the Windows 10 start menu has a three-line button. Click it to expand the left margin outward, making it easy to read the options there.

Uninstall apps quickly – You can right-click any app, desktop or Universal, and hit the uninstall button. If it’s a Microsoft Store app, the app will simply uninstall right then and there. Uninstalling a desktop app will immediately take you to the Control Panel to uninstall it there.

Recreate the classic start menu – This isn’t so much a trick as it is an observation. You can make the Windows 10 start menu look like Windows 7 by simply unpinning every tile. All that’s left after that is the All Apps List.

Add tiles to folders – Much like Android and iOS, you can move tiles on top of one another to place them into a folder. You can move this folder around like its own tile and access the apps inside by clicking on it. It’s an excellent way to clean up a messy Windows 10 start menu. You can name folders by opening them up, clicking where it prompts you to name the folder, and then type in the name. You can remove tiles from folders by clicking and dragging them anywhere outside of the folder.

Extra contextual menu – You can right-click the Windows 10 start menu button to see a massive contextual menu with some basic power user functions like running the command prompt, Powershell, network connections, Apps & Features, and other settings.

Change the background color – This is a bit of a niche setting and it looks pretty bad with most colors. Still, you can do it. Go into Settings, then Personalization, and click the “Colors” option in the left margin. Scroll down to where it says “Show accent color on the following surfaces” and tick the box with the start menu option. You can also enable transparency effects in this menu and it affects the start menu a little bit as well.

Did we miss any awesome Windows 10 start menu tips and tricks? Tell us about it in the comments!

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