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Not a day goes by without discovering subtle touches in Apple’s iOS 6 software. We covered most of the big and little things already. Perhaps unsurprisingly, cool nice-to-haves still get discovered on a daily basis, proving iOS 6 is the most well-rounded release to date.

iDB told you yesterday how the virtual keyboard is now clever enough to capitalize after quotes and emojis (iOS 6 also sports a bunch of new emojis). We even proposed how Apple could make sharing between third-party apps simpler and more akin to Android’s comprehensive Action Menu.

Today, I wanna talk about some noteworthy store tweaks and cosmetic changes in Spotlight and Wallpaper settings…

iTunes previews

I’ve always hated how iOS 5 handles iTunes links and most certainly I’m not alone. Don’t you hate how iOS immediately yanks you out of your app and into one of the store apps (App Store, iTunes Store or iBookstore) upon tapping an iTunes app link in email or chat messages?

As Jeff showed you in his video walkthrough, Apple redesigned storefront apps in iOS 6. One of the major enhancements includes  preview sheets that Apple appears to be intent on taking system-wide. Specifically, tapping an App Store link in Mail brings up a nice app preview with screenshots, description, reviews, related items and other information.

Tapping App Store links in the iOS 6 Mail app now invokes a handy app preview sheet, without yanking you out of Mail and into the App Store client.

Tapping App Store links in the iOS 6 Mail app now invokes a handy app preview sheet, without yanking you out of Mail and into the App Store client.

From there, you can access the Share menu at the top or hit the Store button in the upper right to launch the App Store app. These preview sheets support any content type linkable in iTunes, not just mobile applications.

I emailed myself links to iTunes songs, movies, television shows and e-books and in each instance tapping the URL in Mail would produce a preview page. I suspect third-party programs need to specifically enable this feature by way of APIs as iTunes previews wouldn’t work in Sparrow or any other third-party app I tried.

I wasn’t also able to preview items in-line by tapping URLs I iMessage’d to myself. Here’s to hoping that Apple will bring iTunes previews to every stock app by the time iOS 6 launches.

Live Wallpaper previews and Spotlight folder labels

Another cool ‘man-I-didn’t-notice-this-before’ type of tweak can be found under the Brightness & Wallpaper page in the Settings app. As you can see from the below screenshot, here we have live previews of your lock and home screen wallpapers.

You gotta love how Apple superimposes not just your actual home screen icons, but their badges, too. That’s why they call it attention to detail. I wish the lock screen preview had live time, too.

Live wallpaper previews in Settings (left) and Spotlight folder labels (right)

Live wallpaper previews in Settings (left) and Spotlight folder labels (right)

Another useful cosmetic change is in Spotlight, which now lists folder names next to apps listed. If you’re big on apps and tend to organize them in folders like I do, this nice-to-have helps quickly distinguish between two same-named apps residing in different folders.

How do you like these enhancements so far?

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Odyssey Team Previews Upcoming Cheyote Jailbreak For Ios & Ipados 15.0

The Odyssey Team’s upcoming iOS & iPadOS 15.0-15.1.1 jailbreak is well underway, and as a token of excitement this Sunday afternoon, the team took to Twitter to show off the interface of said jailbreak, which appears as if it will be going by the name of Cheyote.

As many will remember from the Taurine era, Taurine was originally referred to as Odyssey14 before receiving its official nomenclature, so it should come as no surprise that the Odyssey Team is giving the jailbreak its own name. While there’s still no ETA for release as of yet, the official name designation, as well as the UI unveiling, are both signs that the jailbreak is nearing completion and should be released in the near future.

The Odyssey Team’s Tweet Sunday afternoon shows off a green and yellow interface that reminds us a lot of what the Taurine and Odyssey jailbreak interfaces already look like. Worthy of note the font used is a little bit different, but users will be able to change the Cheyote color scheme from the jailbreak app’s internal settings much like users already can in the Odyssey Team’s existing jailbreak apps.

Note: All updates regarding the Cheyote jailbreak will occur via the @OdysseyTeam_ Twitter account. All other accounts claiming to represent the Cheyote jailbreak are fake.

Other tidbits from the Cheyote app’s settings include options for:

Enabling and disabling jailbreak tweaks

Restoring the system from jailbroken back to stock

Setting the nonce

Enabling or disabling the log window

Going to recovery

Choosing between different preset themes

Selecting up to two different custom colors for the interface gradient

Another tidbit that will interest users is the familiar OTA updating of the Cheyote jailbreak tool when the Odyssey Team pushes updates:

Obviously, the Cheyote jailbreak will install the Sileo package manager by default, but users will be able to install alternatives if they wish, such as Zebra.

As many would come to expect from the myriad of status updates shared by CoolStar over the past several months, internal confirmations between the Odyssey Team and iDownloadBlog note that the Cheyote jailbreak will indeed be rootless and that it will initially support iOS & iPadOS 15.0-15.1.1 on all devices based on an exploit released earlier this year. The possibility of including support for up to iOS & iPadOS 15.3.1 is being investigated, but isn’t guaranteed.

iDownloadBlog has also been told that the Cheyote jailbreak app’s user interface will be open-sourced around two weeks after being released, and that the remaining components of the jailbreak will be open-sourced longer down the road.

The Odyssey Team has already secured website domain(s) for the upcoming jailbreak tool, and as the team works to transition the jailbreak community from a traditional jailbreak experience to a rootless jailbreak experience, support will be provided in the team’s Discord channel for developers who need hep converting jailbreak tweaks to the new user experience to be fully compatible with the upcoming iOS & iPadOS 15 Cheyote jailbreak.

Those who want more information regarding how the upcoming Cheyote jailbreak’s rootless dynamic will impact them should take a closer look at our F.A.Q. post.

6 Ways To Develop Ios Apps On Windows

Have a Windows computer and want to develop iOS apps? It’s not easy, so you might be thinking of giving in and buying a Mac computer instead. Before you do that, read this tutorial. We cover six ways to build iOS and iPadOS applications on Windows.

If you’re an aspiring Android developer, don’t miss our guide that will help you get started developing Android apps on Windows.

Why It’s Hard to Develop iOS Apps on Windows

Apple’s walled garden makes it almost impossible to develop iOS apps without a Mac. Xcode, the sole integrated development environment (IDE) for building iOS apps, is only available on macOS. Important development features, like simulating an iOS device on the computer, are only possible with Xcode installed.

Unlike Google’s Play Store, which allows uploading apps via a website, the only way to upload iOS builds to Apple’s App Store is by using software tools exclusive to macOS: Xcode, Transporter (a macOS exclusive app), and the Altool command line program. It is literally impossible to publish an app on the App Store without using macOS.

But considering how expensive Mac computers are, simply buying a Mac computer is not an option for many people. Fortunately, there are a few ways to develop iOS apps using just a Windows computer. One approach is using Windows to access a macOS machine and developing the entire app using Xcode. Another is to write the code on Windows using cross-platform development tools. Read on to learn the specific options for both of these approaches.

1. React Native and Expo

React Native is Facebook’s Javascript framework for building Android and iOS apps. You can make apps that look and feel like they belong on iOS, as React Native lets you use native UI components. This also results in faster performance than something like a WebView app, which simply renders a responsive mobile website. The popularity of React means that there are plenty of relevant tutorials and tools to help you along with your development.

React Native is even better when you use it with Expo, a collection of helpful development features. For developing on Windows, the Expo Application Services (EAS) are especially important: they provide a way to build and submit your iOS apps in the cloud. While Expo itself is free, EAS is paid.

A downside of React Native is that it runs Javascript and does not compile into native code, so the performance won’t be the best, even if it is good.

Want to optimize your code? Check out these useful Javascript one-liners.

2. Flutter and Codemagic

Flutter is Google’s framework for building cross-platform applications using the Dart programming language. The main distinction between Flutter and React Native is that Flutter doesn’t use native UI components, instead compiling to native code, giving it even faster performance.

Codemagic is a paid cloud service that lets you build and publish your Flutter iOS apps without a macOS computer.

A minor downside is that Flutter and the Dart programming language aren’t as popular as React and Javascript, so there aren’t as many resources available.

3. Haxe

Haxe is a programming language that can build applications for a huge number of different platforms, including iOS. It’s a great choice if you want your application to run everywhere: desktop, mobile, and Web (both frontend and backend). While it’s very popular with game developers, Haxe can still be used to build iOS apps with static UI.

Haxe is a jack of all trades but a master of none. As its strength comes from building applications for many platforms, it won’t have features tailored specifically to iOS app development, so you may not get the native look and feel of iOS that you would with React Native.

Have a new interest in programming? Check out the best YouTube channels that can teach you how to code.

4. Adobe AIR

If you have experience developing with Adobe Flash or Actionscript in the past, then Adobe AIR might be right for you. Being based on Flash, AIR makes it easy to build rich and animated experiences, like 2D games, with a single codebase for multiple platforms. With AIR’s toolchain, you can generate Android, iOS, and desktop app files directly on Windows. When used in conjunction with Adobe’s Animate CC, it becomes the fastest way to bring your idea to the screen.

One downside is that AIR’s vector-based graphics lead to high battery and CPU usage. Additionally, to achieve core functionality like in-app purchases, third-party software called AIR Native Extensions (ANEs) are needed. These are usually not free.

Under Harman, the AIR platform itself may cost you money too. You can use Adobe AIR for free if you make under $50K a year in revenue. However, this free tier requires including an AIR splash screen in your application. Paid tiers with no splash screen, starting at $199 a year, are required for anyone making more revenue.

5. Rent a Mac in the Cloud

A legitimate but pricey option is paying to access a real macOS machine in the cloud. You can do this by paying providers like MacinCloud, MacCloud, or MacStadium a recurring fee. If you go with this method, it’s best to rent it for the minimum amount of time you need to build and upload your app, then cancel it as soon as you’re done. You would do almost all of the programming on your Windows machine using one of the development methods listed above, then send the output to the macOS cloud instance for building/uploading.

6. Install a macOS Virtual Machine

If you still want the full macOS + Xcode development experience, you can install a macOS virtual machine (VM) on your Windows computer. This is nice, as you get all of the native development tools that Apple intended you to use to build iOS apps. You can do all of the design, programming, building, and uploading to the App Store entirely on macOS with this option.

Good to know: don’t want to wait until the official release of the latest macOS version? Install the beta version and enjoy upcoming features sooner.

Frequently Asked Questions Is Adobe AIR still functional?

You may recall Adobe killing Flash and turning Adobe AIR over to a different company, Harman, effectively abandoning the AIR platform. While this is true, AIR is surprisingly still viable today.

Harman appears to be doing a great job actively developing and improving the AIR platform. They are working on an AIR developer website with documentation, tutorials, and community discussion. There appears to be a decent amount of community interest, so continued support for AIR is likely. However, AIR is nowhere as popular as other platforms.

Is it better to develop an app for the iPad or iPhone?

If your development platform doesn’t make it easy to build for both iPhone and iPad, then choose the iPhone. More people carry iPhones with them and are more likely to use your app when outside. Additionally, an iPhone-designed app can still be used on iPad, but the reverse isn’t necessarily true.

How do I test an iOS app on Windows without an Apple mobile device?

Using BrowserStack’s App Live service, you can upload any IPA file to a physical Apple mobile device, then use the device directly in your browser to test and debug your app.

How can I share my iOS app without publishing it on the App Store?

You can upload your app file to Diawi for a shareable install link. Anyone can install your app with the link, though it can only be used 25 times when using a free Diawi account. While it is extremely limited, Diawi is your best bet on Windows, as uploading to TestFlight is only possible with macOS.

Image credit: Pexels. All screenshots by Brandon Li.

Brandon Li

Brandon Li is a technology enthusiast with experience in the software development industry. As a result, he has a lot of knowledge about computers and is passionate about sharing that knowledge with other people. While he has mainly used Windows since early childhood, he also has years of experience working with other major operating systems.

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B2B Technology Marketing And Media – Market Spotlight: China

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An interview with Shirley Xie – Country Manager, TechTarget China

In this 2024 Market Spotlight series we’ll be giving in-depth interviews with regional marketers on the current state of B2B technology marketing in countries around the world.  This series is meant to provide regional background understanding of unfamiliar markets that you, as a marketer, might be purchasing or working within. 

Can you give a current market landscape? What is going on today in the market?

You might have already heard a lot about China economic slowdown. It’s true that there are many economic uncertainties and challenges. The stock market is down; investments and growth have slowed. However, let’s put things in perspective. China’s GDP growth target this year will still be 6%. A lot of countries would love to be anywhere close to that type of growth. Much of the local growth is spurred by infrastructure investment. Worldwide IT spending is forecast to decline in 2024, according to Gartner and IDC. However, our recent survey on 2024 IT priorities in China shows that 58% of respondents will increase tech spending in 2024 compared to 2024. Big data and cloud computing, which have triggered changes in IT infrastructures and operations, will lead the charge.

And how has Chinese publishing changed over the last 5 years?

Radically! Digitization is at the heart of the change. Traditional print media is still hanging on – but barely and with dramatic revenue declines. The rise of the Web and proliferation of mobile devices has ushered in a new era of more niche and in-depth content.  The old notion of a portal homepage overwhelmed with ludicrous amounts of Chinese characters and graphics all on one seemingly never-ending page has become far less common. Publishers have moved towards higher quality content and user- friendly navigation.

The unique landscape of China social media (the market has no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat thanks to the Great Firewall) also caused great changes in Chinese publishing. WeChat, an instant messaging app owned by Tencent that launched in 2011, is the dominant social media player in China. It allows companies and individuals to sign up an official account to publish content and engage with users directly. According to the official WeChat Impact Report published by Tencent in January 2024, monthly active users of WeChat reached 468 million. Nearly every company has a WeChat official account to communicate with its target audience. In fact, some influential individuals have gained as many as 200K followers within a year and generated more revenue than a mid-size publishing company. Clearly WeChat has shaken up the traditional publishing industry. However, it’s important to note that for serious B2B IT research unbiased information websites remain critical. It’s tough to consume long-form, pre-purchase content on a mobile device.

Who are the current B2B IT media companies in the market?   How has this changed?

There aren’t too many global players still investing in the China enterprise IT market. IDG used to be the leader in IT publishing. It brought the first foreign IT publication to China. But IDG’s China team has shifted its core business to the venture capital market. CBSi sold its subsidiaries in China last year. ZDnet China is now owned by local publishers and is very news-oriented with a B2B/B2C mix. The same could be said for another local player, Chinabyte. Others like CSDN and 51CTO have big audiences that mainly consist of developers and programmers. TechTarget sits in a unique position within the market. Our content is 100% focused on solving IT problems and supporting IT purchases. Our editors handpick the best global TechTarget pieces to translate and then supplement that content with locally generated insight from the China tech market. Our audiences come to our network with a clear mission of leveraging technology to better support their businesses.

How does Chinese culture affect marketing spend?

“Guanxi” (which translates to “relationship”) still plays an important role here in China. Face-to-face meetings and building out a network of trusted colleagues is the key to getting things done. Offline events remain popular, but increasingly Chinese tech buyers will have done significant pre-purchase research online prior to attending those events. They’re combining independent content consumption with personal connections. That’s why successful China marketers are right sizing their investment in events and ensuring they also have a strong digital footprint.

What are the current B2B IT buying trends and priorities in the market?

Economic pressure has increased the focus on ROI. And IT buyers are now a bit more cost conscious. However, we’ve seen that once an IT project is identified, the buying cycle moves pretty fast, especially for the local private-owned companies as opposed to state-owned enterprises.

Data center consolidation, big data and mobility are the top 3 IT priorities according to our 2024 IT priorities survey:

As China’s digital economy grew rapidly, data centers sprung up. It’s estimated there are 400,000 data centers in the country, but some are falling behind international standards for energy efficiency. The China government has issued a set of guidelines calling for green data centers, which is the big push for data center consolidation initiatives.  Organizations are being forced to explore how to control the high costs of energy use and old hardware and how to optimize data center management.

Like other markets, big data is also driving IT spend, especially in the finance and e-commerce industries. Last year, the government announced its national Big Data strategy aimed at improving public data sharing and management.  We’re seeing this market move from strategy discussions to actual implementations.

Finally, there’s mobility. This is a country with 1.3 billion mobile users. According to IDC, China’s enterprise mobility service market reached USD $685 million in 2014 and will grow rapidly in the next several years. Our research finds that within the enterprise the deployment of mobile device management software and the roll out of mobile enterprise applications are the main spending priorities for mobility.

APAC, TechTarget China

Iphone 6 And Iphone 6 Plus Hands

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

It’s the iPhone duo we’ve been expecting, the screen size increases we’ve been so curious about, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus likely to be on many wishlists this holiday season. Apple’s iOS 8 smartphones are bigger, faster, and more capable than before, but have they also lost some of their charm in the process? Read on for some hands-on impressions.

First off, the leaks were right… up to a point. As is so often the case in the run up to a big product launch, the designs are commonly seen before they’re meant to be, and these days Apple is no exception.

What makes a difference is how our expectations were shaped by those leaks, and how the iPhone 6 and its Plus sibling actually feel in the hand. Some were worried that the antenna bars would be too obvious, that the camera bulge would protrude too greatly, or that the phone overall would feel too cushiony with its rounded edges in the face of the crisp-sided iPhone 5s.

Happily, that’s really not the case. In fact, dozens of little details leave the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feeling like the best versions yet when you pick them up. The way the touchscreen glass curves and blends sinuously into the edges, your thumb trailing smoothly from one to the other. The crisp slices of the partially-recessed side buttons.

Yes, the camera sticks out a little – in return, on the iPhone 6 Plus at least, you get optical image stabilization for the camera – but it’s a minor bump. Aesthetically, I prefer the way the antenna lines look on the darker versions of the phone, but they’re certainly not the design deal-breakers many presumed them to be.

Turning it on, and you’re faced with a screen that’s clearly a step above previous iPhone panels, even with Retina display technology. Inkier blacks and wider viewing angles; it’s a cliche, these days, to say that a phone’s panel looks like its been printed on, store-dummy style, but it’s nonetheless a fitting description for the iPhone 6.

It’s responsive, too, though I only had the chance to scratch the surface of iOS 8. Still, maps shift around and render swiftly, and I was able to briefly play a couple of games with no lag or stuttering. The full capabilities of the Apple A8 chip will have to wait until we have a device in-hand, but I’ve no pre-emptive concerns out of the gate.

On the back, Apple has further opted out of the megapixel race, instead throwing in phase-detection style autofocus. Again, I wasn’t able to extract any of the sample shots I took from the handsets themselves, but the focus lock was certainly swift, more so than the iPhone 5s I compared them with. [Updated to clarify pixel size stays the same, at 1.5u]

Apple’s upgrade/replace cycle has certainly produced some impressive smartphones, but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are arguably the best yet. Purists may decry the bigger screens, but even after a few minutes features like double-tapping the home button on the iPhone 6 Plus to shift down the upper half of the screen so it was within thumb-reach became near-automatic (unfortunately you can’t swipe up with a thumb to shift it back into place, instead having to tap the button again).

It’s simple, but it’s so convenient I wonder why other phablets haven’t done it first. Similarly, moving the power button down to the side makes a lot of sense.

So, the changes have been considerable, but I’ve a feeling the Apple-faithful will embrace the new iPhone 6, certainly, and even find room to accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus in their pockets. We’ll know more when review units drop on the desk, however.

[NB: In the video I accidentally say 5-megapixels, not 8-megapixels, for the iPhone 6’s camera]

Common Pixel 6 And 6 Pro Problems And Their Solutions

Just when we thought Google finally managed to launch a new Pixel phone without any major issues, the internet has proven us wrong. The device started shipping on October 28, and just within a few weeks of time, Reddit and Google’s support forum is flooded with users reporting Pixel 6 issues. Whether you are still on the fence about buying the Pixel 6 yourself or facing these issues on your device, we have compiled a long list of the common Pixel 6 and 6 Pro problems along with their solutions.

Fix Common Pixel 6 Series Problems (November 2023)

We have listed all the common Pixel 6 and 6 Pro problems along with their potential fixes. Feel free to use the table below to browse through all the problems or jump to a specific issue you are facing with your Pixel 6. We will regularly update this article to keep you informed about any new issues or fixes shared by Google.

Slow Fingerprint Scanner

If you feel your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro’s fingerprint scanner is slow and inconsistent, you are not alone. Google officially says it is due to enhanced security algorithms that are at play during the unlocking process. It is a common Pixel 6 series problem, and there are a few nifty methods to fix it. In case you encounter a laggy unlocking experience on your Pixel 6, the methods below should hopefully improve the situation.

Increase Touch Sensitivity to Speed Up Pixel 6 Fingerprint Scanner

Increasing touch sensitivity is believed to improve the reliability of Pixel 6’s fingerprint reader. Here’s how to do it:

2. Scroll down until you find the “Increase touch sensitivity” toggle under “Other display controls”. Enable this toggle to fix your Pixel 6’s slow fingerprint scanner.

Register Fingerprints in Different Pressure Levels and Lighting Conditions

For instance, if you applied light pressure when you first set up the fingerprint scanner, do a firm press to register the same finger the next time. Once you’ve done that, wait for the fingerprint scanner to malfunction and enroll a new fingerprint that works well in that condition. The idea here is to train the fingerprint reader in light and dark lighting conditions to improve efficiency. Meanwhile, Google recommends firmly pressing and holding the fingerprint scanner when unlocking the device in bright outdoor sunlight.

Use Certified Screen Protectors

A cheap screen protector may also impact the fingerprint scanner’s performance. Google recommends using screen protectors from ‘Made for Google’ certified brands, namely Zagg, Otterbox, and Panzerglass. You could also take a look at our roundups of the best Pixel 6 screen protectors and Pixel 6 Pro screen protectors to find one that works well with your device’s fingerprint scanner.

Dead Fingerprint Scanner

If you are facing this issue, perform a factory reset to immediately fix your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. Given the severity of the issue, we could expect Google to release a fix in a future update.

Rapid Battery Drain Issue

Battery drain is a widely reported problem in the Pixel 6 series. While some users are getting decent battery life, others aren’t. This is likely due to the fact that adaptive battery needs some time to learn your usage patterns. In fact, several users have noticed an improvement in battery life after using the device for a few days. While you give your new Pixel 6 time to adjust to your daily usage, you could try these nifty hacks to get the most use out of your handset on a single charge.

Turn off 5G To Reduce Battery Drain on Pixel 6 From Settings

Although Pixel 6 is a capable 5G phone, you are better off without 5G if you are in an area with weak 5G connectivity. In the process, you would also save some precious battery life. Check out the steps below to turn off 5G connectivity on the Pixel 6 series:

1. Open the Settings app and tap “Network & internet“. On the next page, tap on SIMs.

Use USSD Code to Turn off 5G

If you are not seeing the option to change the preferred network type in the Network & internet settings, follow the method below to turn off 5G using USSD code to fix the battery drain problem on your Pixel 6.

1. Open your phone’s dialer app and type the following USSD code.

*#*#4636#*#*

2. You will now see a “Testing” screen. Here, tap on “Phone information”.

2. On the Phone Info screen, you will see key details about your device, including your IMEI number, phone number, and more. Tap on the ‘Set Preferred Network Type’ dropdown list option and choose a network type that doesn’t have “NR” in it. Although it won’t look scrollable, you can scroll down the list to find network types without “NR”.

Disable “Mobile data always active” Toggle to Improve Battery Life

Having said that, this option is not for everyone. You might run into issues related to calls and MMS, especially if you use Wi-Fi calling. If you face MMS-related issues after disabling the toggle, make sure you re-enable it.

Pixel 6 Ghost Dialing

If you have been keeping up with the latest Pixel 6 news, you would know that Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are automatically calling random contacts. This is happening due to Google Assistant, and Google is already working on a fix. Meanwhile, you can disable Google Assistant on the lock screen to stop the device from pocket dialing your contacts. To fix this Pixel 6 problem, follow the steps below:

2. Here, tap on ‘Lock screen’ and then disable the “Assistant responses on lock screen” toggle on the next page. Google Assistant will no longer automatically call people on your Pixel 6 moving forward.

Nova Launcher Crash Issues

Are you facing crashes while using Nova launcher or other best Android launchers on your Pixel 6? As it turns out, there’s an easy fix for this issue.

As the Nova Launcher developers have pointed out on their official Twitter handle, all you have to do is remove all widgets from the home screen in Pixel and Nova launchers to fix the crashing problem. After removing these Android 12 widgets, reboot the phone, and you should no longer face launcher crashes. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you could try installing Nova launcher after removing all the widgets from Pixel Launcher’s home screen.

Inconsistent Adaptive Brightness

Adaptive brightness automatically adjusts the brightness based on ambient light conditions. However, the Pixel 6 series seems to be a hit or miss when it comes to the accuracy of adaptive brightness, as users complain about the display getting too dim at times. If you would like to manually control the brightness instead, turning off adaptive brightness from Settings will fix this common Pixel 6 problem.

Pixel 6 Overheating/ Throttling Issue

There’s no hiding the fact that users are facing overheating issues with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Users report that the device gets noticeably warm even with regular browsing and using social media apps. Moreover, in our testing, we have discovered that the Pixel 6 is throttling performance at temperatures over 40-degrees. It is difficult to enjoy a simple game like Genshin Impact, PUBG Mobile, or other popular and best Android games.

The worst part is that there is no tangible fix for the Pixel 6 overheating problem. You could try simple fixes like switching off 5G whenever it is not in use, keeping the device away from direct sunlight, and killing resource-intensive apps when you are not using them.

Poor Video Call Quality

According to multiple user reports, the output shown in the front camera viewfinder is grainy, resulting in an underwhelming video calling experience. It seems to be happening even on Google’s own video calling app Duo. That said, user reports on the Pixel Support page suggest that Google plans to fix this in a future software update. If you are facing this issue, you hopefully won’t have to wait too long for a fix.

Slow Charging Speeds

If you have noticed slow charging issues on your Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, it is, unfortunately, a feature and not a bug. Although Google is urging customers to get a 30W charging brick, independent tests have found that the Pixel 6’s charging speed maxes out at 22W. This is a weird Pixel 6 problem with essentially no solution readily available at the moment.

As a workaround, Google recommends not cycling the power button and pressing and holding it instead to switch on the device. Google has promised to fix the display residual light issue with the December software update.

Turn off Game Dashboard

Game Dashboard is an excellent Android 12 feature that offers a variety of useful tools to improve your gaming experience. However, you might not find it useful if you are an occasional gamer. If you are annoyed by the Game Dashboard icon pop-up whenever you open one of the best casual Android games, you can choose to disable Game Dashboard.

Fix Assistant Voice Typing

Gboard’s Assistant voice typing is one of the highlights of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The feature offers a hands-free experience and lets you type, edit, and send messages with your voice. However, some users report that the feature is greyed out by default, and it is due to secondary language selection. You can fix this Pixel 6 problem using the steps below:

1. Open the Google app and tap your profile picture at the top-right corner. When the pop-up menu appears, tap on “Settings” and select “Google Assistant” on the next screen to browse Assistant settings.

2. From the Google Assistant settings page, tap on “Languages” to manage Assistant languages.

Media Auto Pause Bug Bonus: Check your Pixel 6 Order

Google seems to be facing a logistics problem while shipping the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to customers. There are multiple reports on Reddit and Twitter from users suggesting that they got the wrong model and storage size. While some got lucky by receiving an upgraded model at no additional cost, others had to deal with customer support for replacements.

Hence, if you are planning to gift a Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro to your loved ones during the holiday season, make sure to check what you have received from Google to avoid potentially awkward moments.

Find Solutions to Common Pixel 6 Problems

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