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The Google Pixel 6 needs to do a lot to overcome the iPhone 13
We’re coming up on the big fall phone releases, which basically means it’s almost iPhone 13 time. But in Android land, that also means we’re due for Google’s next round of Pixel phones and that’s always exciting. Whatever your preference, the September-October timeframe is always fun.
While neither phone has been announced yet, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on how they’ll stack up. More importantly, we can speak hypothetically about what Google needs to do to match Apple, even though we all know that the Pixel sales won’t come close to matching the iPhone’s. 
The Google Pixel 6 needs to do the following five things to succeed, even if the sales aren’t all that great. Google’s hardware hasn’t always been up to the task, but its software game has remained strong for years. Let’s hope the Pixel 6 does it all well.
Google has held the Android photography crown for years, despite challenges from Samsung and Huawei. However, on the other side of the aisle, Apple does an incredible job with the iPhone’s photography capabilities. Honestly, you’d be hard pressed to find many differences between photos from an iPhone and a Pixel. It’s one reason why both companies’ devices are on our list of the best camera phonesGoogle Pixel measure heart rate and breathingBut Google can’t rest on its laurels. Apple is continually pushing the computational photography envelope while packing the iPhone with powerful camera hardware. Though we’re going off of leaks right now, the iPhone 13 looks like it’ll be a photography powerhouse, especially the Pro models.
Word has it that Google is upping the camera hardware game for the Pixel 6, especially with the so-called Pixel 6 Pro. The company held out for years saying that one lens was plenty, then caved and added a second camera on the Pixel 4/4 XL and Google Pixel 5. Nowadays, people expect an ultrawide and many prefer to have a dedicated telephoto lens. Even though Google’s Super Zoom technology is excellent, having the hardware chops to back it up doesn’t hurt.
Rest assured, Apple is going to be bringing its best on the iPhone 13’s cameras.
While neither the iPhone 12 nor the Pixel 5 have bad displays, neither are as amazing as what you’ll find on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series from Samsung or the OnePlus 9 Pro. We can all argue about color calibrations and accuracy, but at the end of the day, it’s a given that Google and Apple will both source excellent panels.iPhone 12 Pro Max reviewWhere we want the Pixel 6 to improve upon its predecessor is by offering at least 120Hz for the refresh rate. Any less and it stands to fall behind Apple, which we strongly believe will have a 120Hz refresh rate on at least the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
If the rumors about Apple keeping the iPhone 13 and 13 mini on 60Hz are true, Google could undercut those two phones with the base model Pixel 6. The smaller device is still rumored to have 120Hz, so if Google could keep the price below the $999 mark we expect the iPhone 13 Pro to start at, that’d be a win.
One of Google’s greatest struggles with the Pixel brand is battery life. Even something as recent at 2019’s Pixel 4 series had horrendous battery life, and though the Pixel 5 improved things a bit, Google still has a long way to go.iPhone 12 Pro Max review MagSafeThat’s not to say that the iPhone 12 was a battery life champ, either — quite the opposite, in fact. That said, we know that Apple noticed this downside in the iPhone 12’s design and you can bet that it made addressing that weakness a priority for the iPhone 13. Besides some optimizations in the software and the hardware that it controls, we hear that Apple is planning to shove bigger batteries in the iPhone 13 models.
Google has a lot of catching up to do to match the devices on the best phone battery life list, but we’re hoping against hope that the Pixel 6 will buck the poor Pixel battery life trend. While the jury is still out on the iPhone 13’s battery life, we hope Google has made this facet a priority for the Pixel 6. Subpar battery life just doesn’t cut anymore.
This is a lost cause before it even started, but hear me out. Apple is going to crush the Pixel 6 in terms of performance, since the A15 Bionic system-on-chip is looking to be even better than its A14 predecessor, as you’d expect. Even if Google used the Snapdragon 888 like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and OnePlus 9 Pro do, the Pixel 6 would nonetheless lag behind the iPhone 13 in benchmarks.
However, rumors suggest that Google is creating its own silicon in partnership with Samsung. Codenamed Whitechapel, Google’s own chip would be somewhat analogous to Apple’s Bionic chips. In practice, however, some insiders think that Whitechapel won’t be even able to match the Snapdragon 888 in terms of raw power.iPhone 12 Pro reviewThat means that the Pixel 6, if these rumors are true, may not even match some of the best Android phones available right now. Hardware isn’t the whole story, though, and Google has the ability to make Android work incredibly well on Whitechapel. We’ll just have to see, but we’re hoping the Pixel 6 puts up more of a fight against the iPhone 13 than the Pixel 5 did against the iPhone 12.
One major advantage to buying an iPhone is how long it’ll be supported. Since Apple controls much of the hardware, it can decide when to stop sending out iOS updates. This is usually when the software capabilities grow beyond what the hardware is capable of. 
Android phones are getting better with support, but there’s still a long way to go. We want the Pixel 6 to have longer software support, especially if Google controls the silicon. Oftentimes, it’s Qualcomm that gets in the way of a phone manufacturer supporting its devices for longer. If Google skips Qualcomm, it could theoretically support the Pixel 6 for four years or longer.Google Pixel 6 3d modelFor phone nerds like you and me, this fall is going to be one heck of a battle between Apple and Google — that’s not even to mention Samsung’s new foldables. We expect Google and Apple to continue to duke it out for the best camera experience.
And with the sweeping changes coming in Android 12, we think the software experiences are going to be better than ever. You can bet that iOS 15 is going to continue iOS 14’s incredibly good legacy. 
Will the Pixel 6 sell in the same numbers as the iPhone 13? No. But, the Pixel line is hugely important to Android as a whole and we want it to succeed relative to its market scale. We’ll just have to see how things turn out, but if Google nails most or all of the things listed above, then we think the Pixel 6 will be a comparative success.
Jordan is the Phones Editor for Tom’s Guide, covering all things phone-related. He’s written about phones for over five years and plans to continue for a long while to come. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. Jordan likes finding new things to dive into, from books and games to new mechanical keyboard switches and fun keycap sets. Jordan tends to lurk on social media, but you can best reach him on Twitter.
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How to delete your recent search history in Google Chrome for Android – Android Central

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Android 12 saw the introduction of new privacy features from Google, empowering users to have more control over their data. In line with that, Google launched a nifty “quick delete” feature to delete your recent search history in Google Chrome. Here’s how you can find and use it to delete the last 15 minutes of your history on Android.
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This feature is so accessible and incredibly easy to use. You don’t even have to step into the Google Chrome app itself to delete your recent history. It takes literally three taps to remove the last 15 minutes of your browsing history. If you change your mind, you can cancel the deletion from the toast notification at the bottom.
Whether you’re on your phone or your computer, Google Chrome functions as a powerful web browser. You can learn to use Chrome Actions to edit passwords, delete search history, or run a safety check directly from the browser. If your phone isn’t nearby, you can use Google Messages from a web browser or Chromebook. There are countless tips and tricks to make your Chrome experience more productive and efficient. We especially recommend these 15 top pointers for Google Chrome.
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New iPhone 13 Exclusive Exposes Likely Apple Price Increases – Forbes

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iPhone 13 leaks had seemingly told us Apple’s most exciting upgrades (and disappointments), but new information has revealed one more big surprise. And it is not good news. 
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In a new report, Digitimes reveals that Apple is set to increase iPhone 13 prices after receiving a notification from TSMC, its biggest chip supplier, that production costs would be going up. Moreover, the change looks set to have implications for every iPhone model. 
Breaking this down, Digitimes explains that TSMC will increase prices for “sub 7nm process technologies” by up to 5% and “mature process technologies” by as much as 20%. Like the iPhone 12 range, iPhone 13 models will use a 5nm chip so — even with a predictable Apple markup on these costs — you would think that means a lesser impact. But that’s only half the story. 
Even if Apple were to swallow the increased costs for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 ranges, the “mature” 7nm-based iPhone 11 and iPhone SE (both of which are set to stay on sale) face much bigger rises. Consequently, Digitimes states “Apple is likely to set higher prices for its upcoming iPhone and other series.” 
The iPhone 12 A14 chip – Apple’s chips are about to get a lot more expensive
If correct, the news throws a wrench in Apple’s plans. Just two weeks ago respected industry analyst TrendForce reported the company had decided against any price increases. On the flip side, following recent iPhone 13 release date leaks, at least we won’t have to wait long to find out. 
Furthermore, given the majority of iPhone buyers subsidise the cost of their devices through telcos over a multi-year period, the news is unlikely to dent the enthusiasm of the biggest Apple fans. And for those who do upgrade, they will find the iPhone 13 range sports supersized new cameras, bigger batteries, faster charging, next gen WiFi and a smaller notch. For iPhone 13 Pro buyers, there will also be globally upgraded 5G, ProMotion displays and (potentially) double the storage
One word of warning: Apple already confirmed iPhone stock will be limited for the rest of the year. So, if you are on the fence about upgrading, don’t take too long to make up your mind. 
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We have already tested the current crop of top Android smartphones against each other in the summer. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra almost won the test themselves. These two phones are once again in this test and now have to compete against the likes of the Oppo Find X3 Pro and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro.
The prices of these three Android rivals are quite close to each other and none of these smartphones can be bought for less than 1000 Euros (~$1,000). Oppo offers the cheapest entry, but even the iPhone is only a bit more expensive with the smallest storage configuration.
However, the camera equipment couldn’t be any more different. The iPhone relies on three 12 MP sensors, which cover almost all needs. In addition to the main camera, Apple provides a 3x optical zoom and an ultra-wide-angle lens, which also allows macro shots at a distance of 2 cm.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra presents itself with an in-house 108 MP sensor, which is supported by an ultra-wide angle and two optical zoom (3x and 10x) lenses. All in all, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra offers even more megapixels. Although the main sensor is only a 50 MP one, both the ultra-wide-angle, which is also used for macro shots, and the 5x optical zoom lenses are each 48 MP.
The zoom race is won by the Find X3 Pro without parallel. Oppo’s smartphone also offers a dedicated zoom lens, but the 2x optical magnification is already the end of the line, and the digital zoom is not really superlative either. Instead, the Find X3 Pro has a microscope camera that enables a 60x magnification. The ultra-wide-angle can fall back on a modern sensor, which is also used in the OnePlus Nord 2.
In our comparison test, all candidates have the latest software (see table) and work with activated AI support and the integrated camera app.
As soon as we get into the close-up, the first differences between the rivals become apparent. While the under-performing 2 to 5 MP macro sensors are often installed even in the mid-range, such solutions are not found in the premium smartphones. Rather, they do without them or use the ultra-wide-angle for this task like the iPhone 13 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra. The other two smartphones use optical zoom instead.
The image quality turns out to be quite different among the contenders. The iPhone convinces with a very balanced and detailed image, but the colors remain a bit pale. We like the Mi 11 Ultra’s colors the best, but its picture is largely blurry. Only the center of the picture is reproduced appealingly. The Find X3 Pro oversaturates the colors and lacks some sharpness. The S21 Ultra is the complete opposite, chiseling the entire subject in stone and bleaching the colors.
If the iPhone performed a bit better in terms of color reproduction, it could have been the clear winner in macro photography. However, the Mi 11 Ultra does a better job but exaggerates the bokeh. The Find X3 Pro earns a plus point because it offers a unique alternative with its microscope optics.
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Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.
More megapixels do not necessarily mean better imaging performance. This hypothesis is supported by Apple with its ultra-wide-angle sensor, which offers by far the lowest resolution with just 12 megapixels, together with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Xiaomi and Oppo rely on high-resolution sensors that work with pixel binning and thus generate similarly large final results.
The rivals perform close to each other in daylight, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra shows the most natural colors. However, it has to struggle with slight aberrations at the building edges in city scenes. These are even more noticeable in the Find X3 Pro, but Oppo’s smartphone manages a more detailed reproduction with more details being especially preserved in the depth.
The Mi 11 Ultra’s imaging performance drops in low light, but the Samsung phone also struggles a lot. The iPhone and the Find X3 Pro manage the cleanest photos in this situation although the latter sharpens the image a bit too much in some places.
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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra offers the highest possible magnification with a 120x digital zoom. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a three digit-100x digital zoom, and it also offers the highest optical magnification with a 10x zoom lens.
In daylight, it is directly noticeable whether optical or digital zoom is used. The iPhone 13 Pro’s 2x magnification is not very convincing; the Find X3 Pro manages this best. The Mi 11 Ultra delivers really good results with a 3x zoom, but Apple and Samsung can also deliver good results in this range.
The iPhone 13 Pro and the Find X3 Pro already fall behind the competition a bit in 5x zoom, and the software irons out some structures. The Mi 11 Ultra also reproduces the most details here, but the white balance is too cool.
From 10x zoom onwards, things get muddy with the iPhone 13 Pro while the Oppo smartphone delivers an even more washed-out performance. The results of the other two models remain usable. Samsung, in particular, presents a very natural picture, while the Mi 11 Ultra’s is a bit reddish and is sharpened a lot.
Apple stops at 15x magnification and Oppo at 20x. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Mi 11 Ultra can offer much more zoom even though the maximum zoom levels are not really useful. The Xiaomi smartphone, in particular, needs a solid base for stabilization. Samsung, on the other hand, offers surprisingly good image stabilization even at long zooms.
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None of the smartphones deliver a usable result in low ambient light, if a real photo on paper is to be printed. We like the image composition the best in the Apple smartphone, but details are muddy in its pictures as well. The pictures of the Mi 11 Ultra also turn out to be very dark. The Xiaomi phone only manages a pretty good picture at 5x magnification; this is also very dark, but it most closely matches natural conditions.
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Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.
The iPhone 13 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra take decent selfies in daylight. Oppo follows close behind, but its pictures are a bit too cool for our taste. The Mi 11 Ultra, on the other hand, exaggerates the blur in the default setting, but this can be disabled in the settings.
The situation is similar in portrait mode. All four rivals reproduce straight edges quite cleanly. All algorithms only reach their limits with wild hair; the Mi 11 Ultra is a bit less accurate here.
Things start to get problematic in low light, and none of the front cameras can really convince. Either the details are blurred and/or the white balance is off. The software of the Galaxy S21 Ultra still works best here, but it renders the subject too cool.
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Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.
All four competing devices use different main sensors. Nevertheless, all smartphones deliver good results in daylight. The difference is mainly seen in the white balance. While the iPhone 13 Pro selects a slightly warmer white balance, things get cooler with the Find X3 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, casts a slight red tone.
The Android smartphones tend to sharpen the pictures a bit too much via their algorithms, which can sometimes lead to loss of details in the background. Oppo and Xiaomi in particular do a lot of resharpening via the software. For example, the photo at the lake was taken on a very cloudy, slightly hazy day, which can still be guessed well in the S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro. The other two smartphones work harder via software and completely remove the haze from the picture.
In low light, the iPhone 13 Pro demonstrates strong imaging performance in the bunny subject, even when automatic exposure is deactivated. The other three rival phones only show washed-out details, but brighten the picture a bit more. The Mi 11 Ultra, in particular, delivers a pretty weak performance in this test. However, this changes when the night mode is activated or automatically used by the scene detection. The Xiaomi smartphone then generates a very high-contrast picture, which already looks quite artificial. It is similar with the Find X3 Pro and the S21 Ultra, but their pictures are warmer.
On a dark street, the Mi 11 Ultra and the Find X3 Pro can convince with homogeneous illumination. However, the Samsung device goes overboard with the brightening while the iPhone remains a bit too pale.
Image Comparison
Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.
All four smartphones offer strong camera setups. The quality is even better compared with the upper mid-range or cheaper flagship models. This is not only noticeable due to the more powerful main sensors but also due to the additional lenses. These expand the range of applications enormously, and those preferring ultra-wide-angle sensors will find much better lenses in the high-end range than in inexpensive models this year.
There is no clear winner that dominates all areas. The iPhone 13 Pro shows a very wide range of possibilities, which all rank on a good level. Richer colors would have been more appealing for the macro shots, since they otherwise differ too much from the main lens. Compromises in zooming are needed with Apple’s smartphone.
It is a tough fight among the high-end smartphone cameras. We cannot identify a clear winner; buyers should be better aware of the intended use and personal preferences.
Oppo succeeds with the Find X3 Pro. It manages a strong setup, whose shortcomings are mainly found in long zooms. There is no macro solution, but it is the only smartphone with a microscope camera.
Samsung offers a strong overall package with the Galaxy S21 Ultra but no macro mode. Close-ups can also be taken via the zoom, but they do not reach the quality of competing devices. On the other hand, Samsung’s smartphone flexes its muscles when zooming and benefits especially from its very good image stabilization, which enables shake-free pictures even at a magnification of 50x or more.
The Mi 11 Ultra also offers a strong overall package from macro to 120x magnification. However, Xiaomi goes overboard a bit with the bokeh in macro mode or rather, the focus range is quite small. A solid surface is necessary to hold the camera steady enough at long zoom levels.
The choice of cameras depends on the user’s preferences, but none of the smartphones achieve bad results.
There are bottlenecks in the smartphone availability, especially for the Mi 11 Ultra. It is not available in the manufacturer’s store or on Amazon at the time of the test, but it can be imported with an EU ROM via TradingShenzhen, among others and is available for less than 800 Euros (~$800).
Not all storage variants of the Galaxy S21 Ultra are available immediately, and delivery delays can also occur at Apple depending on the color choice and storage configuration. The Find X3 Pro is quite stable in terms of price, but it also has availability issues.

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