Pixel 3a And 3a Xl Support For Android Q Beta Removed

Pixel 3a And 3a XL Support For Android Q Beta Removed


Google announced the Android Q beta 3 at its I/O 2019 developers’ conference and confirmed that a total of 21 devices will be eligible for the beta. The list didn’t include the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the new smartphones that Google unveiled at I/O, but it later confirmed that they would get the beta. The list has now been updated and the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been removed.

The official page for enrolling in the Android Q beta 3 only mentions that six previous Pixel smartphones are supported. They don’t include the new handsets but the website mentions that the “Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be eligible in June.”

Android Q To Remove Support For Android Beam

Android Q To Remove Support For Android Beam


The Android Beam feature has been around for a few years now but it seems that not a lot of people have been using it. Perhaps that’s why Google has decided to remove this functionality with Android Q. The next major OS release is going to remove the Android Beam feature with no official replacement taking its place.

Google introduced Android Beam in 2011 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Android has come a very long way since then. Those who do use Android Beam need not worry. They can get similar functionality by using many third-party apps. The company’s very own Google Files app offers a similar feature as well.

Emperor Thanks People For Support

Emperor thanks people for support

Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate, bringing the three-decade-long Heisei era to a close. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the Imperial Palace.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on behalf of the people of Japan.

Kono Pledges Support For Saudi Economic Reform

Kono pledges support for Saudi economic reform

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has pledged support for Saudi Arabia's effort to reform its economy. Kono made the promise in a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday.

Kono is making his 100th foreign visit since he took his position in August 2017.

Android Will Not Natively Support Scrolling Screenshots

Android Will Not Natively Support Scrolling Screenshots

If you’ve ever wanted to take a screenshot of a message thread or a website, back in the day, the problem was that you could only screenshot what you saw. This meant that if messages go beyond the screen, you would need to take multiple screenshots. However, some handset makers introduced a feature known as scrollable screenshots.

For those unfamiliar, this meant that you could take screenshots the length of the entire conversation in a chat app if you so choose, thus saving users time from having to take multiple screenshots and send multiple files. If you were hoping that such a feature would find its way into native Android, think again.

Kono Pledges To Support Saudi Women

Kono pledges to support Saudi women

Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has pledged to help women in Saudi Arabia take an active role in society. He also said that he hopes to see Japan's investment in the Middle East increase.

Kono visited a Japan-affiliated plant that manufactures diapers and sanitary products outside of the capital, Riyadh.

Android Q Will Be Adding Support For 3d Touch-like Gesture

Android Q Will Be Adding Support For 3D Touch-Like Gesture

When Apple first launched 3D Touch, it was rumored that Android handset makers could be looking to follow suit with 3D Touch like features of their own. However, it seems that 3D Touch never quite took off the way Apple had hoped and for the most part, pressure-sensitive displays are a rare find on Android handsets, if at all.

Now it seems that according to a report from 9to5Google, it looks like with Android Q, Google could be looking to introduce a similar gesture to the Android operating system. Of course, Google can’t magically create pressure-sensitive displays on Android handsets, but rather this will be support for “deep presses”.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Super Mario Odyssey To Get Vr Support For Nintendo Labo

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey To Get VR Support For Nintendo Labo

Last month to everyone’s surprise, Nintendo announced a new Labo kit that basically introduced virtual reality (VR) features to the Switch. Given that the last time Nintendo attempted anything VR was with the Virtual Boy, it did come out of the blue. For those who need more reason to pick up the Labo kit, Nintendo has announced some updates for their existing games.

If you own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and/or Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has announced that they will be updating both games where they will now support VR on the Labo kit. With Super Mario Odyssey, the update is expected to add three new mini-missions where users will be able to collect musical notes and coins, while Breath of the Wild will give users the ability to active the Toy-Con VR Goggles.

Apple Music For Android Could Soon Get Chromecast Support

Apple Music For Android Could Soon Get Chromecast Support

While music streaming services such as Spotify can be streamed directly through certain speakers, the same cannot be said for Apple Music. Instead, if users wanted to stream Apple Music through their speaker systems, they’d have to stream it over Bluetooth or connect a device to it.

Unfortunately those are some of the “costs” associated with Apple Music, but the good news is that if you’re an Android user with an Apple Music subscription, you might be in luck because according to 9to5Google, they have discovered within the APK teardown of the app that it looks like Apple could be working towards introducing Chromecast support for the app.

Google Adding Support For Nintendo Switch Controllers To Chrome

Google Adding Support For Nintendo Switch Controllers To Chrome

We know that Google is looking to get into video game streaming as they ran a small test back in 2018 where gamers would stream games through the Chrome browser. In fact later this month at GDC, Google is expected to unveil more of their plans and leading up to the event, we might have an idea of what to expect.

As spotted by Owen Williams on Twitter, it appears that Google is adding support for the Nintendo Switch controllers to its Chrome browser. What does this mean? This means that in theory you should be able to play games through Chrome using your Nintendo Switch controllers if you prefer.

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.

Students Thank Taiwan For 3/11 Disaster Support

Students thank Taiwan for 3/11 disaster support

Japanese students in Taiwan have held an event to thank people on the island for the support Japan received after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The students gathered in Taipei on Sunday, one day before the eighth anniversary of the disaster that devastated northeastern Japan.

Ioc President Sends Message Of Support To Ikee

IOC president sends message of support to Ikee

The president of the International Olympic Committee has sent a message to Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee saying "wishing you all the best for your recovery." Ikee was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Thomas Bach on Wednesday tweeted from the official Olympic account, saying "Joining with all your millions of fans to send you all my best wishes. Now just concentrate on getting better."

Toyota Finally Adds Android Auto Support

Toyota Finally Adds Android Auto Support


Toyota has finally relented. It has been one of the biggest car manufacturers to not offer Android Auto support in its vehicles but that’s set to change now. The Japanese auto giant has confirmed at the Chicago Auto Show that it’s bringing Android Auto to six models, initially. Four of the six models that are receiving support for Android Auto happen to be pickup trucks.

It was first rumored in the fall of last year that Toyota could announce Android Auto support for some of its new models. Toyota has long been focused on developing own system based on Automotive Grade Linux which relies on Ford’s SmartDeviceLink to enable select phone apps to be mirrored on a car’s screen.