Back in August, WhatsApp let Samsung users transfer chats and backups from iOS to Android, but the feature was mainly limited to Samsung branded devices, and it wasn’t widely available on other smartphones. That’s all changing today, as WhatsApp now is letting any device transfer chats and other conversations to iOS and Android.
Google officially announced that WhatsApp’s new chat migration tool will now officially be available for all Google Pixel devices and that it’ll soon arrive to even more smartphones that launch with Android 12. It’s great to see that the feature will no longer be limited to only Samsung devices, and that any Android 12 smartphones will be able to migrate data over other devices, but it’s weird to see it being limited to Android 12.
Luckily, transferring conversations from WhatsApp is relatively simple and straightforward. You’ll be able to go to the Settings > Chats > and select Move Chats to Android on an iOS device. You just need to make sure that WhatsApp is up-to-date on both devices, and that you have a USB-C to lightning cable ready. Once you’ve gone through the steps, you’ll be greeted with a QR code that you’ll have to scan to start the migration.
Google mentioned that other phone manufacturers would be able to support the new feature when they update their devices to Android 12, which means that many more devices will start supporting this functionality in the near future, but sadly there’s no timeframe given, as it’ll likely depend on each and every OEM – some may be faster than others, and some devices will never receive Android 12. Google also stated that any and all devices that ship with Android 12 will support the feature by default, and users will be able to ready to use it right out of the box without requiring any additional steps.
Watch the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4, Flip 4, Watch 5 Unpacked event live here
Samsung is hosting its second Unpacked 2022 launch event later today where it is expected to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy foldables. The company has been teasing the launch of its foldables for quite some time now, and the moment is finally here. Interested in tuning into the live launch event? You’ve come to the right place. Follow along to find out when the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked launch event starts, how to watch it, and what to expect.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event: Date and Time
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022, where the company is expected to announce Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Watch 5, and new earbuds, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 9 AM ET.
This event, just like the past few Unpacked events, is being held virtually. Thankfully. Samsung will be live-streaming the event on YouTube (you can find the live stream link below). Here are the kick-off timings for some regions:
- USA (West Coast): 6:00 AM PT
- USA (East Coast): 9:00 AM ET
- UK: 2:00 PM GMT
- Berlin: 3:00 PM CEST
- India: 6:30 PM IST
- Japan: 10:00 PM JST
- Sydney: 12:00 AM AEDT (August 11, 2022)
In case you having trouble converting the start time of the event to your local time zone, head over to TimeandDate to find out when the Galaxy Fold 4 launch event starts in your region.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: Livestream
Samsung will be live streaming the launch event on YouTube. YouTube is one of the best ways to stream an event as its live stream can be viewed on every platform where the service is available — smartphones, tablets, consoles, smart TVs, and more. You can catch the live stream of the launch event embedded above. Those who don’t want to watch through YouTube can also watch the event live on Samsung’s own website.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4
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Samsung will announce new Galaxy products on 10 August 2022. New devices that will be announced at the event will likely include the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds. You can now reserve your Galaxy device via the official Samsung Store page.
What to expect?
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Starting off with the launch expectations, Samsung has all but confirmed that it will introduce the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 at today’s event. The new version is rumored to feature a smaller and better hinge, allowing a less visible crease and increased overall durability. The device is also expected to be smaller and slightly wider.
While many were expecting that Samsung would add an S Pen slot to the foldable, much like the company’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, the leaked design renders have shown it is not the case. Other than that, a few reports have also suggested that the foldable could get a chip upgrade in the form of the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
Want to know more about the Galaxy Z Fold 4? Learn everything we know about the upcoming Samsung foldable, including its specs, features, and more, right here.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
In addition to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung is also expected to showcase the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Past rumors suggest that Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will gain a new hinge, making it more durable and tougher than before. The clamshell foldable could also feature a larger cover display, making it more useful for checking notifications and previewing selfies.
Similar to the Fold 4, improvements are also expected in the SoC department. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 struggled with the battery life, and the rumored Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, with its excellent performance and better efficiency, could help the Fold 4 in this department. Everything about the device will be revealed at the event, but until then, you can learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 right here.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Buds, and More
The Galaxy Watch 5 is the most likely product to accompany Samsung’s foldables. The successor to one of Samsung’s most sold smartwatches is expected to come with a handful of improvements, including a body temperature sensor, a bigger battery allowing for longer battery life, and an updated design. The Classic model could be rebranded to Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. Rumors also suggest that the Galaxy Watch 5 would start around €300.
Finally, Samsung is also expected to introduce new premium earbuds called Buds Pro 2. Samsung unveiled the first generation of Buds Pro back in January 2021, and now a new version is expected to be announced at today’s event. While we haven’t heard much about the Galaxy Buds Pro 2, a few reports suggest that the earbuds could boast features like improved battery performance and support for 24-bit audio.
There is no doubt that today’s Samsung Unpacked 2022 will be an exciting event, not only for fans of the brands but also for those considering gadgets other than smartphones.
In case you’re unable to watch the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, make sure to check out the Pocketnow website, where we’ll be covering the launch live. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on everything Samsung announces at the event.
Best deals today: M2 13-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy products and more
M2 13-inch MacBook Pro
We start today’s deals with Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Pro, which currently receives a 12 percent discount. Usually fetching for $1,299, the latest version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a $1,149 price tag on its Space Gray color option, which means you can get your new laptop and save $150. This will also get you 8GB RAM, 256GB storage space, a 13-inch Retina Display, a backlit keyboard, and more.
However, you can also opt for a more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro model that now sells for $1,900 after seeing a $100 discount on its 512GB storage model that’s powered by Apple’s M1 Pro chip with an 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, and 16GB RAM.
If you’re looking for more affordable options, you can still get your hands on a new M1-powered MacBook Air for just $850 after a $150 discount, or get the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro for just $799 after scoring a very compelling 24 percent discount that will help you keep $250 in your pocket.
13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same old design but comes with the all-new second-generation Apple M2 chipset. The new chipset offers 20% better CPU performance than the last generation and a lot more.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra that is now receiving up to $277 savings, representing a 21 percent discount. This amazing smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB storage space. You also get an elegant design that resembles the long-gone Galaxy Note series.
However, you can also opt for the more affordable Galaxy S22 Plus which now sells for $800 after picking up a $250 discount. Or get last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that now sells for $500 with $100 savings. And if you want the best savings available on a new Galaxy phone, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 that now sells for $1,200 after receiving a $600 discount representing 33 percent savings.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the best Android devices available on the market. It features top-of-the-line specs, tons of power, an extraordinary camera, stylus support, and other great features.
Garmin Instinct Solar
Moving on to wearables, we have spotted some incredible savings on the Garmin Instinct Solar, which is now available for $260. This smartwatch normally sells for $350, so you can get yours and score $90 savings. It comes with a rugged design, which makes it perfect for those who love outdoor activities, and solar charging capabilities to help your battery last longer.
Other options include the Garmin Vivoactive 4, which now sells for $265. This model also comes with tons of sensors and features to keep track of your activities, and the best part is that it looks a bit more elegant, so you can wear it anywhere you want. It is currently receiving a 20 percent discount, which means you can save more than $65 if you choose to get one. And if you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly, check out the Garmin Venu Sq that now goes for $170 after receiving a $20 discount.
Garmin Instinct Solar
The Garmin Instinct Solar is an excellent alternative for those looking for a tough watch compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Plus, its advanced health monitors are a great tool for those users who love to track their progress in various activities.
Beats Studio Buds
Another great deal comes with the Beats Studio Buds that now sell for $100 after picking up a 33 percent discount representing $50 savings. The Beats Studio Buds come in five different color options, and the best part is that this deal applies to every single variant. In addition, these fantastic earbuds feature active noise cancelation, transparency mode, up to 24 hours of battery life, and IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
And you can also consider picking up a new pair of Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbud Headphones that now sell for $148 on both color options, which means you can enjoy these new earbuds and still get to save $51.99.
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds feature amazing class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, active noise canceling, up to 24 hours of battery life with their charging case, and more.
Hisense A6 Series
Finally, you will also be able to take a new smart TV home for as low as 230 when you go for a new 43-inch Hisense A6 Series 4K UHD Smart Google TV, as it s currently receiving an 18 percent discount that will help you save $40. However, savings will vary depending on the display size you go for, as the best deal comes with the 55-inch version that is also receiving an 18 percent discount, which translates to more than $61 savings. In other words, you can take this model home for just $288, which is kinda great considering that Hisense delivers excellent products. And if you want the largest model, get ready to pay $618 after the latest $91 discount.
However, you can also add a new 64GB version of the Apple TV 4K to the package since it is now selling for $140 after the latest 30 percent discount that will get you $59 savings.
Hisense A6 Series Smart TV
The Hisense A6 Series Smart TV comes with a Voice Remote, support for Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS Virtual X. Plus, you also get sports & game modes, as well as a Chromecast built-in.
OxygenOS 13: All new features and supported devices
At its August 3 event, OnePlus officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 10T. Along with the new Android device, the company also showcased its upcoming Android 13-based software skin — OxygenOS 13. The new OxygenOS version comes with a new design and many features. In this article, we discuss the new features launching with OxygenOS 13, supported devices, and the software’s release date.
OxygenOS 13: New Features
OxygenOS is no longer the stock Android skin we all used to love once. Instead, the core of the OS has now totally shifted to ColorOS, which means the software is now heavily skinned with a new design language and a lot of features. However, OnePlus says that it will not deviate from its “core product philosophy,” and OxygenOS 13 will offer a “fast, smooth, and burdenless experience” like its previous versions. Here are all the new features of OxygenOS 13:
Starting off with the design, OnePlus has given OxygenOS a new look which it calls ‘Aquamorphic design.’ The company says OxygenOS 13’s new design is inspired by natural elements, such as water, hence the term “aqua.” It offers soft and rounded edges across the UI for a more “soothing” and pleasant viewing experience.
OxygenOS 13 will be brighter in the morning and “intelligently” transition to a darker aesthetic in the evening as a part of its “soothing” approach to Android. In addition, some of the apps have been redesgined, and there there are new fonts as well. The company also adds that it has worked on improving the software’s stability, and OxygenOS 13 should be able to deliver a smooth, stable, and consistent experience.
Most OnePlus smartphones support the feature called always-on display (AOD). This feature shows limited information while the phone is locked. Users can conveniently view time, recent notifications, battery levels, and more. With OxygenOS 13, AOD mode is getting a huge upgrade.
OnePlus has partnered with Spotify to bring a custom widget to AOD mode that lets you view currently playing songs, control the playback, like the song, and do much more without even having to unlock the smartphone. In some regions, such as India, the new AOD mode will also be able to show information from food delivery apps, which will show a map with live tracking data and other info, all while the phone remains locked.
Fast Pair and Spatial Audio
OxygenOS 13 also brings a number of audio-related features. OnePlus has added support for multi-direction audio output, called Spatial Audio, and Dolby Atmos in OxygenOS 13. The company is also adding support for Fast Pair, a feature that will allow you to connect your smartphone with wireless earbuds and other supported products quickly. There’s also an Audio Switch mode that makes switching between sources effortless. Notably, these features will only be available on devices that have the necessary hardware.
OnePlus says that OxygenOS 13 has several productivity features that simplify your workflow. To begin with, the new software comes with a smart launcher that allows users to access apps within folders without actually having to open them. It also includes an expanding widgets feature that lets you see more content by just performing a long press action.
Moreover, OnePlus is also bringing ColorOS’ sidebar feature to OxygenOS 13. Users can pin pre-installed apps and shortcuts (such as shortcuts for screenshot, screen recording, etc.) in the sidebar menu to access them quickly. There’s also a new mini-window mode that opens up apps over other apps in a floating window. On the whole, OxygenOS 13 brings several new ways to access and use apps.
OxygenOS 13 also incorporates two of Android 13’s most beloved features — Nearby Share and App Streaming. Nearby Share, which is available on previous Android versions as well, lets you wirelessly transfer photos, videos, files, and other files from Android and Windows devices in a flash. App streaming, on the other hand, allows you to cast your smartphone’s screen content to nearby ChromeOS devices.
OxygenOS 13 also comes with several security features. The OS will now alert users when they download risky applications or files on their smartphones. A new feature protects your location information when you connect to public Wi-Fi networks and the operating system, in general, gives you greater control over the data you share.
Private Safe has been upgraded to version 2.0 and now supports AES data encryption. For those unaware, Private Safe is a feature that allows users to lock sensitive files, photos, videos, and other data behind a passcode. The new version brings a tighter security protocol than before.
OxygenOS 13: Supported Devices
Here is a list of all the devices that will receive Oxygen OS 13 in the near future:
- OnePlus 10 Pro
- OnePlus 10T
- OnePlus 10R
- OnePlus 9RT
- OnePlus 9R
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 8T
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OnePlus Nord 2T
- OnePlus Nord CE
- OnePlus Nord CE 2
- OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite
Oddly, the OnePlus Nord N20, which launched in the US earlier this year, has not made it to the list of compatible devices with OxygenOS 13. Another major omission is the last year’s OnePlus Nord N200. Thankfully, the most recent Nord models will be updated to OxygenOS 13, albeit sometime in 2023.
OnePlus hasn’t provided an exact date for the release of OxygenOS 13 but ensures that the software will be available on the OnePlus 10 Pro sometime in Q4 2022. An Open Beta build will be available for download before the end of this week, with the stable build rolling out in the coming months. Following the 10 Pro, OnePlus’ latest smartphone, the 10T, will be updated to OxygenOS 13.
The rest of the OnePlus models, including last year’s OnePlus 9 series, will receive the update in the first half of next year. What are your thoughts on OxygenOS 13? Do you like the new features? Let us know in the comments section below!
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