Tag Archive | Android 11

My New ‘Google Pixel 5’ Got The Android 11 January Update On Jan. 5, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


 

5th of the month is early, BUT I am not complaining.

I had to check for it manually — once I had read, online, that it was available.

NOTICED immediately that the camera shutter VOLUME had been turned down noticeably. That is good.


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Google Pixel 4 Image Naming That Starts ‘PXL_’ (Rather Than ‘IMG_’) Is Still A Timestamp — Now UTC In 24H Format.

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The change from ‘IMG_’ to ‘PXL_’ happened in Android 11. My Pixel 4 got Android 11 on September 10, 2020.

Though the image names are now longer it is still a TIMESTAMP.

The first part — the DATE — is still the same, i.e., yyyymmdd. So, 20200912 — 09 (September) 12th in 2020. That is easy & the same.

Then it is still the TIME. But, now in UTC (i.e., dear GMT). So, 4-hours ahead of U.S. Eastern (right now). So, 10am Eastern is 2pm in UTC — or 14 in 24hour format. So that is it. Then the seconds have been increased. But, easy enough to get the time in terms of hours & minutes. In UTC in 24hour mode. OK?


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Google Has Changed ‘Pixel’ Phone Image Naming Convention From ‘IMG_’ To ‘PXL_’.

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Happened yesterday. Yes, I had updated to Android 11 a few days ago. Well, image above shows that once it switched, it has stayed the same. Now ‘PXL_‘ rather than ‘IMG_’. Kind of makes sense. Others also use ‘IMG’. So this provides differentiation.


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Google Pixel 5’s ‘Battery Share’ Feature & Implications To Garmin.

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Click image to access the original at: xda-developers.com, These were the folks that broke the news.


Click to ENLARGE and view. This was from Forbes.com but they cite the article XDA article referenced above.


True, this hasn’t happened as yet, and the Google Pixel 5 is not going to be available until October 2020. Based on what they have seen in the Android 11 code, so far, it looks fairly certain that Google will get this neat feature into the Pixel 5 (which would also mean that I will have to upgrade from my Pixel 4).

Yes, it is true that the battery in the Pixel 4 isn’t the greatest. But, the whole world knows that. Google will fix that come the ‘5’. Of that I am fairly sure.

So, what does this mean. Wireless charging of COMPATIBLE devices. Hold it close to a Pixel 5, which has the SHARE feature enabled, and you can get battery boost from the Pixel. Like jumpering a car. Neat.

But, the KEY question is compatibility. And that is what worries me, now that Google (pending the last regulatory approvals) owns Fitbit.

Will Google ever let Garmin be compatible? That is what concerns I.

Yes, Garmin now has Solar Charging and by Black Friday we should have that on the Fenix 7, the Instinct and the next Forerunner. That is all good. But, battery sharing will be more ‘powerful’, in every way, to Solar. Would be a bummer if Garmin is forever excluded.

Unlikely that Apple or Samsung will go out of their way to support Garmin with their, inevitable, variations of SHARE.

So, where will this leave Garmin?

I care. I love my Garmin watches (and yes, I have three.).


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