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[Update: ‘Buds’] OnePlus’ truly wireless earbuds rumored to arrive in July, look like AirPods

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As truly wireless earbuds take over the market in 2020, OnePlus has basically ignored the form factor and kept releasing new generations of neckbud-style designs. Now, a reliable leaker is claiming that OnePlus has truly wireless earbuds around the corner and they look… familiar.

Max J claims on Twitter (and confirmed through private messages) that OnePlus is preparing to launch new truly wireless earbuds in July — just two months from now. It seems entirely possible this could line up with the launch of the OnePlus Z mid-ranger, but there’s not enough evidence yet to say that for sure.

These new earbuds, apparently, would look a whole lot like Apple’s AirPods. The buds themselves seem a bit more rounded, but the “stems” and lack of silicone tips are a stunningly close design to what Apple has been pumping out. Max also notes that this is the actual design, not just an illustration. The case, though, may look a bit more like Google’s Pixel Buds case as was teased in a previous tweet.


Update 5/23: In a highly original train of thought, OnePlus is apparently going to simply name its upcoming truly wireless earbuds the “OnePlus Buds.” Max J also tweeted the picture seen above to further illustrate the design of the case and earbuds themselves, as well as privately clarifying the name itself.


Notably, Oppo recently launched a pair of truly wireless earbuds that somewhat fit this description, too. OnePlus designs and components are often similar to Oppo’s — especially in the case of the OnePlus 8 series and Oppo Find X2 series — since both companies share the same manufacturing lines and owner.  Take that for what it’s worth.

It’s very important, though, to take this with a grain of salt. Max says in a follow-up tweet that this information comes from a newer source that, while seems reliable, doesn’t yet have the same track record as his other sources for OnePlus information. I wouldn’t write this information off entirely, given Max’s own track record, but it’s not set in stone just yet.

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Google app tests compact weather bubble on Android

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After several years of evolution, Google Discover has firmly settled into a feed of news and articles that are tailored to your interests. Cards for sports and weather still exists, with the latter on Android seeing a redesign today in the form of a bubble.

The latest Google app beta this evening swaps out the weather card under the Search field for a pill-shaped bubble in the top-left corner of the screen. Opposite the account switcher, this oval simply features the current weather condition as an icon and temperature. Tapping performs a standard “weather” lookup.

It’s quite a clean design, but you lose the day’s high/low, precipitation chance, and your current location. Then again, you likely have a multitude of ways to see the temperature on your phone. Google’s methods include the Discover feed to the left of the homescreen and Assistant’s new Snapshots feed, which features a nicer looking card and hourly forecast.

In the Google app removing it’s built-in weather card, Discover is moving ever closer to just a feed dedicated to personalized stories. Sports will likely remain there as those recap cards are an opportunity to surface game-related content.

This weather bubble is already found on the Google app for iOS. On Android, it’s appearing naturally on a OnePlus device running the latest Search beta (version 11.11). None of our Pixel phones have the new compact pill.

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Latest Google Pixel Buds firmware update rolling out

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The second-generation Pixel Buds went on sale in late April and tomorrow marks their one-month anniversary. They have been well-received with no real outstanding issues. Google is now rolling out the latest firmware update for the 2020 Pixel Buds.

Out of the box, the Pixel Buds received a day one update from firmware version 195 to 225. As of this afternoon, 295 is rolling out for both earbuds and the case.

If you open “Device details” or the Pixel Buds app > “More settings” > “Firmware update,” there’s an “Update available” message. All users are seeing the update, with no tiered rollout.

Those with “Automatic updates” enabled will have the new firmware installed in the background. If it’s turned off, a “notification will appear on your device when an update is available.” In the latter scenario, you’ll have to re-enable the auto option to install.

If you’ve paired your Pixel Buds with a Pixel phone with Android 10+, or a compatible Android device with the Pixel Bud app and an internet connection, firmware updates should be automatically downloaded in the background and installed when the earbuds are in the case.

No release notes for 295 are currently available. Compared to the first-generation Pixel Buds, the 2020 model does not have a dedicated page detailing what’s new. These updates presumably deliver bug fixes and other usability patches, while major updates will likely be detailed in blog posts.

Google promised Feature Drops for Pixel Buds, with Find My Device capabilities not yet available, while we spotted work on “attention alerts” that detect crying and barking.

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Switzerland first to release COVID-19 app using Apple and Google Exposure Notification API

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The first app to take advantage of the Apple and Google Exposure Notification API has been released in Switzerland, according to a new report from the BBC. The app is called “SwissCovid” and is currently available to select essential workers.

As of right, members of the Swiss outlook as well as hospital workers and civil servants can install the SwissCovid app. A wider rollout is planned, but the report explains that in Switzerland, members of parliament must approve the app before it is widely released.

In Switzerland’s case, MPs must first debate and approve the scheme before it is offered to the general public. The government hopes this can be done by mid-June.

In Latvia, developers hope to release their Exposure Notification API to everyone by as soon as Thursday because a parliamentary vote is not required. The report says that Apple has already approved the app to appear in the App Store:

By contrast, the Latvian team – which has also incorporated the API – is able to proceed without a parliamentary vote, and hopes to offer its Apturi Covid app to the public as soon as Thursday.

A spokeswoman told the BBC that Apple had already approved the software to appear on its App Store, but the developers were still waiting for permission to list it on the Google Play marketplace. “Of course we would be very happy to be the first (national launch), but the most important thing is to help our inhabitants fights the virus,” she added.

When iOS 13.5 was released to the public last week, Apple said that a handful of U.S. states and 22 countries across five continents had requested and received access to the Exposure Notification API. We’re tracking the rollout in the United States in detail right here.

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