Update für iOS 12: Alle Neuheiten und Änderungen im Überblick

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Apple plant ein Update für sein Betriebssystem iOS.

Am 30. Oktober um 15 Uhr findet die nächste Keynote von Apple statt. Es wird erwartet, dass iPad und MacBook ein langersehntes Update erhalten – darüber hinaus werden aber auch iPhone-Nutzer im Anschluss an das Event einige Neuerungen genießen können. Mit dem System-Update iOS 12.1 implementiert Apple einige neue Features.

Gruppenanrufe mit FaceTime

Apple führt mit iOS 12.1 Gruppenanrufe in FaceTime ein. Dank des Updates können dann bis zu 32 Personen gleichzeitig an einem Gespräch mit Videooption teilnehmen. Auch die Nutzung von animierten Filtern soll dabei möglich sein.

Apple liefert neue Emojis

Apple fügt mit dem neuen Update zudem 70 weitere Emojis hinzu: Jetzt gibt es beispielsweise auch rothaarige Menschen sowie einen Superhelden, Cupcakes, Donuts, Mangos und neue Tiere wie Känguru, Hummer, Schwan und Pfau:

Kamera-Upgrades für iOS 12.1

Mit dem Update soll außerdem ein Software-Problem der Kamera behoben werden: Nutzern der neuesten iPhone-Modelle war ein Weichzeichnungsfilter aufgefallen, der nicht abzuschalten war. Künftig soll sich das aufgenommene HDR-Bild auf das schärfste Foto beziehen, damit natürliche Features nicht verloren gehen. Darüberhinaus soll es dank iOS 12.1 eine Live-Vorschau für die gerade aktivierte Blende geben. (Lesen Sie auch: Apple könnte vier neue Macs vorstellen)


Die Möglichkeit zur Dual-SIM-Nutzung wird alle iPhone-Nutzer freuen, die mehrere SIM-Karten benötigen. Mit dem Update auf iOS 12.1 können Besitzer der neuen Modelle XS, XS Max und XR das eSIM-Feature nutzen, der SIM-Karten-Slot bleibt somit für eine weitere Karte frei.

iOS: Weitere Neuerungen

Ob Nutzer in Deutschland dank des Updates auch endlich mit Apple Pay zahlen dürfen, ist noch nicht bekannt – der Start für den Bezahldienst wurde zumindest für dieses Jahr angekündigt. In jedem Fall soll aber der Zugang zum hauseigenen Streamingdienst Apple Music verbessert werden – in Zukunft sollen Titel leichter zu finden sein.  (Lesen Sie auch: Das neue iPhone XR im Test)

Es wird erwartet, dass das Update spätestens im Anschluss an die Apple-Keynote am Dienstagabend zum Download für iPhone und iPad bereitgestellt wird. iOS 12.1 kann in den Systemeinstellungen unter dem Punkt „Softwareupdate“ heruntergeladen werden.


This is how you make sure your apps only update over WiFi

FOR THE MOST part, updating apps and your phone is important. Not only will you get improvements to your apps and bug fixes, but it can also mean security updates too.

It’s recommended that you update your apps as soon as they arrive, but you only want to do that when you’re connected to WiFi. Some apps, especially games, are large and updates for them can really eat into your data usage.

In certain cases, your phone is automatically set to update apps but if you want to check and make sure mobile data isn’t being used, you can.

On iOS, go into Settings and scroll down to iTunes & App Store. Here you will see some options. The first is automatic downloads which include Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks and Updates.

Underneath it is the option to use mobile data and if you turn it off, the above will only update on WiFi. If you keep it on, downloads are limited to a file size of 100MB or lower but that can still eat into your data allowance.

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On Android, you need to go into Google Play itself. Swipe out the left-hand menu and go into settings. Here you will see Auto-update apps at the top of the screen. Tapping on it will give you the option to update via WiFi only or do it at any time.

Scrolling further down will show you other options like adding new apps to the home screen automatically or notifications for when updates are available. You can turn these off if you wish to keep your home screen and notifications uncluttered.


Next Windows 10 update will let you delete more built-in apps you never use

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update will make it possible to shed the cumbersome load of many more of the operating system’s built-in apps.

The option will give Windows 10 users much more control over what’s taking up space and sapping memory from their laptop or desktop device, while also removing some of the clutter from that overflowing applications folder.


Some apps won’t work on iOS 11 — here’s how to check which ones

iOS 11 is almost here, and it’ll bring a host of new features to your iPhone or iPad. Also coming in the new update is the final switch for Apple from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps, meaning that if an app you’ve been using hasn’t been updated for the more modern software architecture, it won’t work at all on iOS 11.

Apple has built a handy tool into iOS 11 that can show you all the apps on your device that won’t work with the coming update. To do that, navigate to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications on your iPhone, and you’ll get a list of the apps currently installed on your phone that haven’t been updated for iOS 11. (You can also access this on iOS 11, but at that point it will be too late.)

Fortunately, Apple’s been getting developers to start switching their apps over to 64-bit for years now, so chances are most, if not all, of your applications are already good to go. In recent iOS 10 updates, Apple added a prompt informing users when launching apps that haven’t been updated that they won’t work on iOS 11. So, chances are you’ve gotten some warning, too.

Before you update, however, it’s probably worth checking to make sure that there’s nothing mission critical getting messed up on your device. Although at this point, unless you get very lucky, odds are that most things that haven’t been updated for 64-bit probably won’t be, so it might be time to just give them up.


Google says it did reset phones remotely, didn’t mean to

Google says it did reset phones remotely, didn't mean to

Whether you use them or not, your smartphone is filled with features. Some have to do with security and privacy, while others impact its ability to perform certain tasks or run specific apps.

Most of the settings can be found or messed with through just a couple of taps, and you have probably figured out how to do that for the things you often need. Regardless of what it is, though, there is an understanding that a setting will not change unless we do it ourselves.

At least, that’s how it is supposed to work. But for some folks with Android phones, a setting was changed automatically and from afar.

Google said it was a mistake and they apologized

The setting that was activated was the battery saving one. The battery saver impacts how often apps update and work in the background, so while it’s possible people noticed immediately there’s also a good chance the change went undetected for many.

The battery saver impacts how often apps update and work in the background while also delaying notifications and even stopping location services when the device is not in use. Everything it does is meant to help preserve battery life.

Google explained what happened in a Reddit thread:

“This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking. Sorry for the confusion.”

Nothing to see here…or is there?

Now, we all know manufacturers can push things to our phones, be them updates or other kind of notifications. But even as innocuous as accidentally activating battery saver may be, the very idea that Google can just alter our device’s settings is at least a little concerning.

It also probably shouldn’t be surprising. The more our technology is connected digitally, the more they can likely be controlled remotely.

For instance, certain electric car manufacturers are actually able to increase the battery capacity of their vehicles seemingly at the flip of a switch. Tesla, in particular, announced in preparation of Hurricane Florence it would remotely enable the ability to tap into extra battery capacity for its Model S and X, giving each about 30 miles of extra range.

The limited, normal battery capacity will return in October. While not at all the same as what happened with Google’s mistake, it is just another instance where changes can be made from afar and without your knowledge.


Just in time for the Pixel 3: Google’s new designs leak for Gmail, Photos, and Drive

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Google is redesigning several of its most critical Android apps, giving them a beautiful Material Design makeover right in time for the arrival of Android P, and, most importantly, the Pixel 3 series.

A new presentation video was just leaked, highlighting the new Material Design changes coming to several Google apps, including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, and Google Trips.

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According to Ars Technica, the video was created by Adam Grabowski and Nicolo Bianchino, who worked with Google on previous video demos for significant designs. However, the two creators aren’t Googlers themselves; they just handle the clips.

As you’ll see in the following images that show comparisons between the current versions of the apps, and the Material redesign, Google is going for a simpler design across the board, both when it comes to the color palette and the various UI elements.

For example, the Gmail app will lose its distinctive shade of red, which is going to be replaced by a lot of white. On top of that, the Gmail experience is richer and more consistent with the web redesign.

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One notable change concerns the top menu which is now placed at the bottom. That should make it a lot more accessible and improve one-handed operation, especially considering that Android P will remove the iconic navigation menu that we’ve had on Android for years. Furthermore, that bottom menu is contextual, as it’ll get additional elements depending on what page you’re on.

Similarly, Google Photos gets a shade of white as well as toned down buttons when it comes to color choices. And I have to say the apps look cleaner, with white bringing consistency to Google’s design.


Samsung Galaxy S9 to support Google’s ARCore for augmented reality apps (Update)

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Update – Feb. 25: As part of its Samsung Unpacked press event at MWC 2018, the company confirmed that its newly announced Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones will support Google’s ARCore platform. That means those phones will be able to run augmented reality apps developed with the the ARCore SDK. That also means those apps will have an even larger audience.

Original story – Feb. 23: Augmented reality (AR) has some incredibly exciting potential applications and Google is betting big on the prospect of people using their phones to virtually interact with the world around them.

Today, Google announced that ARCore — the Android SDK that lets developers create AR apps — has left the preview stage and jumped into its first public stage, ARCore 1.0. Apps developed on ARCore work on 100 million Android phones, and advanced AR is available on 13 different models for now (the entire Pixel line; the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8; the LG V30 and V30 Plus; the ASUS Zenfone AR; and the OnePlus 5). More phones with advanced AR capabilities are coming soon, as Google is working closely with manufacturers to bring AR to everyone.

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As you can imagine, this means plenty of new AR experiences will begin rolling out in the not too distant future. In fact, several major brands have apps based on the ARCore SDK, including Porsche, whose Mission E Concept app puts a virtual Porsche that you can walk around and even look inside in your driveway. Perhaps AR’s most exciting realm is gaming. 2016’s AR game Pokémon GO was a major sensation, and other apps are hoping for that level of adoption. A Ghostbusters-branded game enables you to snare Slimer with your proton pack and is just one example of the kind of experiences we can expect down the pipe.

Google is also pushing its Google Lens platform, a different type of AR experience. While ARCore enables developers to create artificial images in real-world environments, Lens can give users information about real-world environments simply by looking at it. Lens allows for things like taking a photo of a dog you met in a park to find out its breed, or taking a picture of someone’s business card and automatically creating a new contact for that person on your phone.

ARCore and Lens will both have a presence at Mobile World Congress 2018, which officially begins on Monday. We will no doubt have more information as well as some hands-on demos to share with you then!


Reply is working on bringing Smart Reply to all messaging apps (Update: download now!)

Reply is still in testing, but you can download an early version today! The APK has shown up on APKMirror, which you can download at the link below.

Original article (02/13/18): If you happen to use Gmail, Inbox, Google Allo, or Android Messages on Project Fi, you no doubt know (and love!) Smart Reply. You know those boxes that pop up when you are composing a reply to a message and make suggestions what to say? That’s Smart Reply in action, and it’s going to start rolling out to chat platforms in the future.Smart Reply is an AI-based feature that runs within the app. It scans the message you are replying to and takes into account other factors like your current location, what’s in your Google Calendar, the time of day, and even the weather, and then suggests applicable replies that you can tap and automatically fill in.

For example, if you are replying to an email that includes the phrase “Is Tuesday good for you?” Smart Reply will scan your calendar, see that Tuesday is totally open, and then make suggested replies, like, “Tuesday works for me,” or “Let me get back to you.”

Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, is working hard to incorporate this functionality into chat apps such as Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages (for all carriers), Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. The newly announced project is simply called “Reply” and will be initially available to Android users. You can fill out this form for a chance to beta test Reply once it’s available.

Area 120’s vision is to have Reply take over all the busy work when it comes to responding to messages of all kinds. An example would be receiving messages while driving; using your phone’s GPS and Bluetooth sensors, Smart Reply would know you are in your car. When a text comes during your trip, it would mute the notification and automatically respond with, “I am driving right now and will respond to you when I get to my destination,” or something along those lines.

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There would also be a vacation responder that would automatically reply while you are in an area without cell service for an extended period. Smart Reply would even be able to break out of your phone’s silent mode if a message came in that seemed urgent, such as, “We’re all here, where are you?” or “I am in the dungeon of the castle, my name is Zelda, please help me.”

Smart Reply first appeared in the mobile app Inbox two years ago. While the Inbox app is still available in the Google Play Store, many of its features have been rolled into the official Gmail app.

Google oversees the Area 120 incubator team, but its work is not actually under Google’s control. As such, Google confirmed Reply experimentation is ongoing, but wouldn’t give any details such as who is on the Area 120 team or when the product might start to launch. But get excited: replying to messages will eventually get a whole lot easier.


Google Intros In-App Updates API For A More Seamless User Experience

Image result for Google Intros In-App Updates API For A More Seamless User ExperienceUpdating Android applications will likely become a much more convenient process for both end users and developers at some point in the not-too-distant future thanks to a new In-app Updates API introduced at this year’s Google-hosted Android Dev Summit. Set to begin rolling out “soon,” the new API has already been in testing with early access partners and fundamentally changes the way Android apps update. Namely, the company is looking to make updates a true ‘background’ process that happens in-app even if the end user is still using the app in question. There are two possible ways that can be implemented, which Google refers to as either an “immediate” in-app update or a “flexible” in-app update.

For the first of those, the immediate in-app update, a developer can have the new software install all at once, pushing users to a short-lived full-screen message that has to be waited-out while installation happens. However, under another option called “flexible update,” developers can effectively hot-swap code while the app is in use, leading to a more natural update flow wherein changes are incorporated without interruption. In either case, once the installation is completed, the app automatically restarts in a way that’s much more akin to a page refresh than a reset, with users placed within the app right where they left off.

Background: Aside from obvious benefits, the change will help developers incorporate updates so that the process becomes very much a part of their app in a much more integral way. However, that’s not the only new development the Android Dev Summit has brought to the table in terms of letting developers make things more their own. On the hardware side of things, Google also recently announced that it will be helping push the boundaries forward with system-level changes made in support of the expected incoming wave of flexible or foldable smartphones. In summary, Android OS will support two types of folding handsets. That will include those with two or more displays and those with a single panel that can be bent directly.

Fittingly, Samsung’s own Developer Conference event is running in conjunction with Google’s and that company has already revealed its own Infinity Flex display panels. Since the two company worked on the new UI and other API changes together, Samsung is likely to be among the first, but not the only, manufacturer to take advantage of those in the future. In any case, the announcement marks at least one other area where Google is working to help developers across the board create diversity in Android while simultaneously still keeping everything consistent.

Impact: In the meantime, there’s no immediate indication as to how the new API might affect more traditional installations. All installs will likely still be processed through the Google Play store in order to continue the company’s policies taking advantage of its threat scanning tools and Google Play Protect. What’s more, major changes might still require a more traditional update. Bearing that in mind, from a user’s perspective, the changes will undoubtedly seem much larger than that once developers start implementing In-app Updates API. The change will enable updates that almost feel seamless simply because they don’t require the user to leave an application and come back to a brand new app startup just to get new features or to see UI tweaks. In that sense, they’ll act more like server-side updates. At the same time, rather than having the Google Play Store install updates in the background, unseen and often unnoticed, developers will be able to lead end users’ attention first to the fact that an update has actually been installed.


Google Fit gets full redesign w/ activity goals, updated Wear OS, Android apps [Update]

Fitness is an important part of everyone’s lives, whether you give it the proper attention or not. There are hundreds of great apps out there to help you with that, but today Google is introducing a brand new version of its Google Fit service, and there’s a lot to like here.

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The “new” Google Fit is focused around two main parts of your health – physical activity and your heart. Built in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Google Fit now offers two activity goals with “Move Minutes” and “Heart Points.”

Move Minutes are how Google Fit tracks your physical activity. Through the day, it tracks the time you spend moving, whether that’s going out for a walk, taking the stairs, or just your exercise routine. The app has a daily goal for you to reach as well.

In addition to that, Heart Points are gathered based on activities that get your heart pumping. These points are gathered based not only on the time you spend doing an activity but also the intensity of that activity. Google explains:

You’ll score one point for each minute of moderate activity, like picking up the pace while walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running or kickboxing. It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week to reach the AHA and WHO’s recommended amount of physical activity, which is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental well-being.

As with the version that came before it, Google Fit still offers integration with other popular fitness and health apps such as Strava, Runkeeper, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, as well as many others. The app can also track a variety of forms of exercise using the sensors on your phone or your connected smartwatch.