Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

If you don’t relish the idea of having to spend more money, you’re in luck because at IFA 2019, Google has announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant which the company is calling “Ambient Mode”. Basically, what this does is that it will take your Android device, like a smartphone or tablet, and turn it into a ready-to-go smart display.

According to Google, “Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is a new visual overview that makes it easier to see notifications and reminders, start a playlist and control smart home devices on the lockscreen of your device. When you’re done, your screen will turn into a personal digital photo frame linked to your Google Photos account to add another personal touch.”

Microsoft Office For Ios And Android To Get A Dark Mode

Microsoft Office For iOS And Android To Get A Dark Mode

Last year, we heard that Microsoft could be working on a dark mode for its Outlook app. Just last month, renders of the upcoming dark mode were leaked, and now for those who are fan of dark mode, you’ll be pleased to learn that Microsoft has confirmed that dark mode will be coming to its Office and Outlook apps on both iOS and Android.

According to a post on Medium, Microsoft Office’s head of design, Jon Friedman, wrote, “A cross-company design collaboration propels us to seamlessly bring Dark Mode to the broader M365 product suite, and today marks the initial rollout of Dark Mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, as well as Office.com! The upcoming launch of iOS 13 will then extend this rollout to Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, and To-Do on mobile.”

How To Turn Off Safe Mode On Android

How To Turn OFF Safe Mode On Android

In Windows whenever you need to debug a problem that’s plaguing your computer system, the best way is to go into Safe Mode (check out our guide here). In case you’ve never had the misfortune of experiencing it, Android also has its own Safe Mode which it enters into when it detects that something is wrong, like an app error, malware, or operating system glitch.

It can be a bit disconcerting to see your phone boot up in Safe Mode, but if you have experienced it (or are experiencing it), here are several ways that you can get out of Safe Mode and back into normal mode.

Android Q's Focus Mode Will Help Users Cut Out Distractions

Android Q's Focus Mode Will Help Users Cut Out Distractions

We spend an obscene amount of time on our phones on a daily basis to the point where for some, the endless stream of messages and notifications from social media can be extremely distracting when it comes to getting work done. However, Google is here to help with a new feature in Android Q called Focus Mode.

With Focus Mode, users will be able to hit the pause button on apps that they don’t want to be distracted by. This means that if you’re trying to cut out messages or notifications from social media during your working hours or while you’re at school, Focus Mode will let you do that. It will also give users the option to allow the notifications for other apps to come through, so you’ll get to control what you see.

Android Auto Gets A Complete Redesign With Dark Mode Included

Android Auto Gets A Complete Redesign With Dark Mode Included

It has been over four years since Google launched Android Auto, the extension of its mobile platform into the car. It has looked the same over the years but that’s going to change in the coming months. Google today revealed a major redesign for Android Auto which even includes a dark mode.

Google has said that it’s going to roll out this new design to all Android Auto compatible cars this summer. This interface has been developed to help users get on the road faster, see more useful information at a glance, and to simplify common tasks while driving.

Android Q Will Automatically Switch Between Dark And Light Mode

Android Q Will Automatically Switch Between Dark And Light Mode

According to reports, it has been revealed that the upcoming Android Q will finally be introducing a system-wide dark mode. Now according to a report from Android Police, it seems that a feature in the Android Q beta has been activated in which users will now be able to schedule when dark mode turns on or off.

What this means is that if you’d prefer having Android manage when your dark mode turns on or off, you can now schedule it accordingly. For example, if you tend to use dark mode at night, you can set it so that your phone automatically enables it at night, but disables it in the morning when you wake up.

How To Use Gmail Confidential Mode (windows, Android, Ios)

How To Use Gmail Confidential Mode (Windows, Android, iOS)

Sending emails hasn’t changed much in the last decade or so. Yes, the user interface has gotten better and we have more features but the basic stuff remains the same. Despite all the newness security is still one of the main concerns we have while using email. Gmail has decided to tackle this issue with the help of Gmail Confidential mode.

You might be wondering what is Gmail Confidential mode? No, it’s not an encryption service by Gmail. The confidential mode works by deleting the email after a specific time period, much like the burner phones most of us have used in the past.

Whatsapp To Get Dark Mode On Android

WhatsApp To Get Dark Mode On Android


Beta versions of WhatsApp for Android often reveal the new features and improvements that are in development. The latest beta has now been submitted and version 2.19.82 reveals that a dark mode is being developed for the Android app. This feature is obviously not available for everyone just yet.

There has been sort of a dark mode awakening among app developers over the past couple of months. Many popular apps have been updated with support for the darker theme. Facebook-owned WhatsApp is evidently making a similar move.

Apple Tv Gets Playstation Vue's Multi-picture Mode

Apple TV Gets PlayStation Vue's Multi-Picture Mode


PlayStation Vue, Sony’s live TV streaming service, isn’t just available on the company’s gaming consoles as the name might have you believe. It’s available on a wide variety of platforms including the Apple TV. The Apple TV is now getting a feature which has been available on the PS4 app for PlayStation Vue: multi-picture mode.

Sony is rolling out the multi-picture feature for PlayStation Vue on the Apple TV starting today. It will roll out the feature to the set-top box by way of an update for the app. The multi-picture mode allowed users to have three channels running on the screen at the same time. Sony is going to improve it further for the Apple TV by supporting four channels at the same time instead of three on the PlayStation 4.

Android Q Brings Support For A Native Desktop Mode

Android Q Brings Support For A Native Desktop Mode


Google released the developer preview of Android Q yesterday ahead of formally unveiling the latest iteration of its mobile operating system later this year. The developer preview has revealed some of the new features that Google has been working on. A new report points out that Android Q brings support for a native desktop mode.

This won’t be the first time that a software solution has been created to provide a workstation-like experience powered by an Android device. Samsung’s DeX is perhaps the most recent example and the company even did away with the requirement to use a dock for the experience. You can hook up Samsung’s latest flagships directly to a display through the USB-C port and use DeX.

Pokemon Go Gets Ar Portrait Mode On Android

Pokemon Go Gets AR Portrait Mode On Android


Pokemon Go developer Niantic confirmed earlier this month that it would be rolling out an AR portrait mode for the popular game on Android. This feature is called “Go Snapshot” and it lets players use the app to take AR photos. This feature is now live for Pokemon Go on Android devices.

Do bear in mind that the Go Snapshot feature can only be accessed by players or are a Level 5 or above trainer. This means that you can’t just start playing the game from scratch and use this feature. You’ll have to go out and walk around to capture some Pokemon if you’re able to take AR photos with your favorite monster.

Leaked Early Android Q Build Hints At Desktop Mode

Leaked Early Android Q Build Hints At Desktop Mode

Recently the folks at XDA managed to get their hands on what is apparently an internal build of Android Q, and based on their findings, it seems that one of the features is that it might finally bring system-wide dark mode to Android. However another feature that they discovered is that Android Q could also introduce a desktop mode for Android.

This is based on the discovery of a new Developer Option called “force desktop mode”. Unfortunately details about this mode is scarce but its description reads, “force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays”. However based on its name, XDA has speculated that it could be similar to what Samsung attempted with its DeX device, or EMUI’s Easy Projection-type feature.

Android Q Might Bring A System-wide Dark Mode

Android Q Might Bring A System-Wide Dark Mode


Google has gradually been updating some of its core apps with a dark theme. It’s present in apps like YouTube, Messages, Google News, and even some parts of the Maps app. To some, it felt like Google was setting the stage for a system-wide dark mode in Android and it appears that the company might deliver it with Android Q, the next major version of its mobile platform.

A post by one Googler by the name of Lukasz Zbylut on the Chromium bug tracker raises the possibility that Android Q might finally bring a system-wide dark mode for the platform. The dark, more battery-friendly theme is widely appreciated so many users will be pleased if Google goes ahead with this.