Today’s Wordle answer and hints for game #979, Friday, February 23

It’s time for your guide to today’s Wordle answer, featuring my commentary on the latest puzzle, plus a selection of hints designed to help you keep your streak going.

Don’t think you need any clues for Wordle today? No problem, just skip to my daily column. But remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.

SPOILER WARNING: Today’s Wordle answer and hints are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.

Wordle hints (game #979) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has vowels in two places*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Wordle hints (game #979) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is A.

A is a reasonably common starting letter in Wordle: 140 games begin with this letter. It ranks 6th among starting letters, behind S, C, B, T and P.

Wordle hints (game #979) – clue #3 – repeated letters

Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are repeated letters in today’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

Wordle hints (game #979) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is T.

T is a very common letter to end a Wordle answer – in fact only E and Y are more likely in that position.

Wordle hints (game #979) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #979.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is separated.

If you just want to know today’s Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I’d always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We’ve got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don’t want to know today’s answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don’t say you weren’t warned!


Today’s Wordle answer (game #979)

Wordle answer for game 979 on a yellow background

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Today’s Wordle answer (game #979) is… APART.

I’ve had a tough old time of it in Wordle this week – five 4/6s and one 5/6 dating back to last Saturday. But today, finally, I scored a 3/6.

Admittedly, I needed some luck to do it; but then again, that’s almost always the case. Wordle is a game of skill and luck, as proven by the fact that its own analysis tool, WordleBot, awards scores for each of those aspects.

Today, the ‘bot gave me 96/99 for skill and 63/99 for luck. That latter score may not sound that high, but my ratings over the previous six days were 53, 49, 36, 57, 34 and another 63. That’s not a good run in that regard.

If things went your way today then a 3/6 certainly won’t have been beyond you either, because APART is not a horribly difficult Wordle. It was eminently solvable if you began with TRACE, for instance, because that left only seven possible answers. The likes of CRATE (8), PLATE (6) and STARE (4) were other great choices among the best Wordle starting words, and all will have given you a very good chance of a 3/6, or even a 2/6 if luck did indeed swing your way. 

However, that repeated letter A makes it harder than it would otherwise be, so there may well be some poorer results out there too. WordleBot says the overall average is 3.7, and given that some folk will have solved it in two or three, that implies there will also be lots of fours and fives. 

I didn’t get lucky with my random start word, which was DRIER; this gave me only a yellow R, and left 164 words. Fortunately, my second guess was far more successful. I’ve had great results lately with ROAST, and here it cut those 164 options down to a trio: APART, CHART and QUART.

My memory for past Wordle answers is not great, but for whatever reason I recalled that the latter two had both appeared before: CHART in August 2023 (game #776) and QUART in August 2022 (#408). That therefore only left me one choice, giving me the 3/6 I’ve been craving all week.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.


Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #978)

In a different time zone where it’s still Thursday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #978, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

  • The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was H.

H is not a particularly common starting letter in Wordle: only 69 games begin with it, and it ranks in 15th place.

  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

  • The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #978.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is not light.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #978)

Wordle answer for game 978 on a yellow background

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Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #978) was… HEAVY.

I spend a fair bit of time writing about which letters are most common at the start and ends of a Wordle answer, and even which are the most frequently used combinations at both ends. By now you probably all know, for instance, that S is the most common starting letter (by a huge distance), followed by C and B. Likewise, E ends the most answers, with Y – today’s closing letter – in second place.

But what about the second and third letters? I had a hunch that the EA combo (as seen in HEAVY) is among the most frequently occurring in the game, so I did a quick bit of number crunching to find out. And I was right: it’s the fifth most likely combination in those two slots, with 42 instances across Wordle’s 2,309 original answers. Ahead of it are RA (66), RO (62), RI (58) and LA (49).

You may not find this interesting (the fact that I do is further evidence for my nerdiness, if it were needed), but it does help explain why HEAVY has a reasonably high average score of 4.0.

It’s all about probabilities. Looking at WordleBot’s analysis, lots of people failed on guesses #3 and #4 by playing the likes of BEACH, PEACH, HEARD, HEAVE, HEADY, BEADY, HEART, PEAKY, WEARY and others. Some include the H that starts HEAVY, some include the Y that ends it, but all have that EA pattern in the middle.

There are other factors at play, of course. H is not a particularly common opening letter – it’s only 15th in this position – and V is an uncommon letter in general, ranking 22nd out of 26. But I do think the EA format may have contributed to the problems, simply because many people will have had lots of options until the third or fourth guess.

Then again, it’s all relative. Several of the best Wordle starting words did cut down the options to single figures or close, so with some smart guesses those people will have had a good chance of a 3/6. CRATE and TRACE, for instance, left nine possible solutions, while SLATE was at 12 and STARE at 10.

Did anyone else start with KITTY today? Unlikely, but that’s what fate compelled me to play. KITTY helpfully gave me a green Y, but nothing else, and I still had 292 words left. 

What to do? Well, I had a think about which letters commonly go before Y, and decided that including a D would be sensible. It always makes sense to include an E, ditto R. DRONE therefore seemed to make some sense – and WordleBot agreed, saying it was a “terrific choice”.

It didn’t seem to help much, though, giving me only a yellow E. WordleBot said afterwards that I now had 22 options, but I didn’t come up with anywhere near that many, instead finding about a dozen: ABBEY, ALLEY, SAMEY, BELLY, JELLY, LEAFY and MEALY were all on my list, as was HEAVY itself.

I decided to play LEACH next, and finally made real progress: that EA combination was confirmed, and the H also turned yellow. I now only had one possible solution, HEAVY, and played that next for a creditable 4/6.


Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than two years now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday’s answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #978, February 22 February: HEAVY
  • Wordle #977, February 21 February: BUILD
  • Wordle #976, Tuesday 20 February: MATCH
  • Wordle #975, Monday 19 February: PRICE
  • Wordle #974, Sunday 18 February: RIDGE
  • Wordle #973, Saturday 17 February: PSALM
  • Wordle #972, Friday 16 February: STASH
  • Wordle #971, Thursday 15 February: ASCOT
  • Wordle #970, Wednesday 14 February: TALON
  • Wordle #969, Tuesday 13 February: SCRAM
  • Wordle #968, Monday 12 February: PASTA
  • Wordle #967, Sunday 11 February: NEVER
  • Wordle #966, Saturday 10 February: FRIED
  • Wordle #965, Friday 9 February: STIFF
  • Wordle #964, Thursday 8 February: PLACE
  • Wordle #963, Wednesday 7 February: AFTER
  • Wordle #962, Tuesday 6 February: WHICH
  • Wordle #961, Monday 5 February: REPEL
  • Wordle #960, Sunday 4 February: VERGE
  • Wordle #959, Saturday 3 February: MICRO
  • Wordle #958, Friday 2 February: CLEFT
  • Wordle #957, Thursday 1 February: ALIVE
  • Wordle #956, Wednesday 31 January: BULKY
  • Wordle #955, Tuesday 30 January: EXPEL
  • Wordle #954, Monday 29 January: LEGGY
  • Wordle #953, Sunday 28 January: EMBER
  • Wordle #952, Saturday 27 January: SNAKE
  • Wordle #951, Friday 26 January: ALOOF
  • Wordle #950, Thursday 25 January: BLOCK
  • Wordle #949, Wednesday 24 January: RELIC
  • Wordle #948, Tuesday 23 January: STILL
  • Wordle #947, Monday 22 January: TWEAK
  • Wordle #946, Sunday 21 January: NORTH
  • Wordle #945, Saturday 20 January: LARGE
  • Wordle #944, Friday 19 January: THING
  • Wordle #943, Thursday 18 January: STOLE
  • Wordle #942, Wednesday 17 January: COURT
  • Wordle #941, Tuesday 16 January: BLOND
  • Wordle #940, Monday 15 January: LUNCH
  • Wordle #939, Sunday 14 January: DOING
  • Wordle #938, Saturday 13 January: HEARD
  • Wordle #937, Friday 12 January: ROUTE
  • Wordle #936, Thursday 11 January: BRIEF
  • Wordle #935, Wednesday 10 January: THREW
  • Wordle #934, Tuesday 9 January: LINER
  • Wordle #933, Monday 8 January: FINAL
  • Wordle #932, Sunday 7 January: STONY
  • Wordle #931, Saturday 6 January: CABLE
  • Wordle #930, Friday 5 January: LUNGE
  • Wordle #929, Thursday 4 January: SCANT

What is Wordle?

If you’re on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you’ve not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it’s the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2024.

We’ve got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it’s in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh? 

It’s played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free. 

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle’s list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won’t be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

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Quordle today – hints and answers for Friday, February 23 (game #760)

It’s time for your daily dose of Quordle hints, plus the answers for both the main game and the Daily Sequence spin off. 

Quordle is the only one of the many Wordle clones that I’m still playing now, around two years after the daily-word-game craze hit the internet, and with good reason: it’s fun, but also difficult.

What’s more, its makers (now the online dictionary Merriam-Webster) are also keeping it fresh in the form of a variant called the Daily Sequence, which sees you complete four puzzles consecutively, rather than concurrently. 

But Quordle is tough, so if you already find yourself searching for today’s Wordle answer, you’ll probably need some hints for this game too. 

I’m a Quordle and Wordle fanatic who’s been playing since December 2021, so I can definitely help you solve Quordle today and improve your game for tomorrow. Read on for my Quordle hints to game #760 and the answers to the main game and Daily Sequence.

SPOILER WARNING: Information about Quordle today is below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to know the answers.

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #1 – Vowels

How many different vowels are in Quordle today?

The number of different vowels in Quordle today is 4*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #2 – total vowels

What is the total number of vowels in Quordle today?

The total number of vowels across today’s Quordle answers is 7.

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #3 – repeated letters

Do any of today’s Quordle answers contain repeated letters?

The number of Quordle answers containing a repeated letter today is 0.

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #4 – total letters

How many different letters are used in Quordle today?

The total number of different letters used in Quordle today is 13.

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #5 – uncommon letters

Do the letters Q, Z, X or J appear in Quordle today?

• No. None of Q, Z, X or J appears among today’s Quordle answers.

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #6 – starting letters (1)

Do any of today’s Quordle puzzles start with the same letter?

The number of today’s Quordle answers starting with the same letter is 2.

If you just want to know the answers at this stage, simply scroll down. If you’re not ready yet then here’s one more clue to make things a lot easier:

Quordle today (game #760) – hint #7 – starting letters (2)

What letters do today’s Quordle answers start with?

• S

• B

• M

• S

Right, the answers are below, so DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM.

Quordle today (game #760) – the answers

Quordle answers for game 760 on a yellow background

(Image credit: Merriam-Webster)

The answers to today’s Quordle, game #760, are…

  • SHACK
  • BORNE
  • MINOR
  • STORE

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.


Daily Sequence today (game #760) – the answers

Quordle daily sequence answers for game 760 on a yellow background

(Image credit: Merriam-Webster)

The answers to today’s Quordle Daily Sequence, game #760, are…

  • DUSTY
  • TILDE
  • KNAVE
  • CHILI

Quordle answers: The past 20

  • Quordle #759, Thursday 22 February: BRICK, METER, GNOME, ASHEN
  • Quordle #758, Wednesday 21 February: RADAR, FOAMY, ELATE, STEAK
  • Quordle #757, Tuesday 20 February: BEGUN, DEBAR, CLINK, KAYAK
  • Quordle #756, Monday 19 February: FILMY, NADIR, BELLY, FULLY
  • Quordle #755, Sunday 18 February: TODAY, OMBRE, WEDGE, MECCA
  • Quordle #754, Saturday 17 February: KOALA, GROAN, AGING, DRIFT
  • Quordle #753, Friday 16 February: SNAKY, WEEDY, HAUTE, TALON
  • Quordle #752, Thursday 15 February: SPILL, VIGIL, BLIND, RAISE
  • Quordle #751, Wednesday 14 February: WATCH, SALVE, FLOWN, GRAPH
  • Quordle #750, Tuesday 13 February: RATTY, VAPID, FRAIL, DRAPE
  • Quordle #749, Monday 12 February: TRAIT, FLASH, PLAZA, STORK
  • Quordle #748, Sunday 11 February: GRAVY, COUCH, GUARD, SLATE
  • Quordle #747, Saturday 10 February: SPURN, MOCHA, LAUGH, OMEGA
  • Quordle #746, Friday 9 February: TRACK, PRICE, LUPUS, WRING
  • Quordle #745, Thursday 8 February: NURSE, MECCA, HAUTE, TRUCK
  • Quordle #744, Wednesday 7 February: WRACK, KAPPA, SOOTY, VALVE
  • Quordle #743, Tuesday 6 February: VIRUS, WATCH, KNOWN, FLUME
  • Quordle #742, Monday 5 February: MOSSY, REIGN, GHOST, TIMER
  • Quordle #741, Sunday 4 February: PLAIT, FORTY, WISER, LIVER
  • Quordle #740, Saturday 3 February: CAMEL, FLOUR, THORN, WATER

Quordle FAQs: Everything you need to know

What is Quordle?

Where Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day, Quordle presents you with four puzzles to solve. And rather than complete them in turn, you do so simultaneously. You get nine guesses, rather than the six for Wordle, but the rules are otherwise very similar. 

It’s played online via the Quordle website and you can also get to it via the Merriam-Webster site, after the dictionary purchased Quordle last year

As with Wordle, the answers are the same for every player each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world. And also as with Wordle, the puzzle resets at midnight so you have a fresh challenge each day.

The website also includes a practice mode – which I definitely recommend using before attempting the game proper! – and there are daily stats including a streak count. You also get Quordle Achievements – specific badges for winning a game in a certain number of turns, playing lots of times, or guessing particularly hard words.

Oh, and it’s difficult. Really difficult.

What are the Quordle rules?

The rules of Quordle are almost identical to those of Wordle.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray…

4. …BUT the word you guess appears in all quadrants of the puzzle at the same time, so an A could turn green in one square, yellow in another and gray in the final two. 

5. Answers are never plural.

6. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

7. Each guess must be a valid word in Quordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

8. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses and there is no equivalent of Wordle’s Hard mode.

9. You have nine guesses to find the Quordle answers.

10. You must complete the daily Quordle before midnight in your timezone.

What is a good Quordle strategy?

Quordle needs to be approached in a different way to Wordle. With four puzzles to solve in nine guesses, you can’t blindly throw letters at it and expect to win – you’ll stand a far better chance if you think strategically.

That’s the case in Wordle too, of course, but it’s even more important in Quordle.

There are two key things to remember. 

1. Use several starting words

Firstly, you won’t want just a single starting word, but almost certainly two or three starting words. 

The first of these should probably be one of the best Wordle starting words, because the same things that make them work well will apply here too. But after that, you should select another word or possibly two that use up lots more of the most common consonants and that include any remaining vowels.

For instance, I currently use STARE > DOILY > PUNCH. Between them, these three words use 15 of the 26 letters in the alphabet including all five vowels, Y, and nine of the most common consonants (S, T, R, D, L, P, N, C and H). There are plenty of other options – you might want to get an M, B, F or G in there instead of the H, maybe – but something like that should do the trick.

If all goes well, that will give you a good lead on what one or sometimes two of the answers might be. If not, well good luck!

2. Narrow things down

Secondly, if you’re faced with a word where the answer might easily be one of several options – for instance -ATCH, where it could be MATCH, BATCH, LATCH, CATCH, WATCH, HATCH or PATCH – you’ll definitely want to guess a word that would narrow down those options. 

In Wordle, you can instead try several of those in succession and hope one is right, assuming you have enough guesses left. It’s risky, but will sometimes work. Plus, it’s the only option in Hard mode. But in Quordle, this will almost certainly result in a failure – you simply don’t have enough guesses.

In the scenario above, CLAMP would be a great guess, as it could point the way to four of the seven words in one go.

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Google’s Pixel Fold 2 might bring a whole new look to the camera bar

Google might’ve been late to the foldable party, but it was worth the wait.

The Pixel Fold is undoubtedly one of the best folding phones you can buy, combining a slender, premium design with impressive cameras and great displays. But there are a few key drawbacks, including that high price tag.

So, what will change on the upcoming second generation? There’s evidence that Google is working on a potential Pixel Fold 2, and we already have a good idea of what to expect.

When will the Google Pixel Fold 2 be released?

Google unveils new flagships in the Pixel series every year. Assuming the Pixel Fold series also adopts this schedule, it’s reasonable to anticipate Pixel Fold 2’s arrival at some point in 2024.

Given that Google officially launched the Pixel Fold at its Google I/O developer conference in May 2023, we may see a new model this year. And while it hasn’t been confirmed, the next Google I/O is likely to take place in May 2024.

However, as Android Authority reports, Google may skip straight from the current Tensor G2 to Tensor G4 in the Fold 2, so might not be ready in time for the summer. The article goes on to suggest that the device could arrive alongside the Pixel 9 phones, which are expected in October 2024.

Samsung also updates its book-style foldable each year, with the Galaxy Z Fold 6 likely in 2024. These two devices will likely go head-to-head once again.

How much will the Google Pixel Fold 2 cost?

As for pricing, it is currently also a matter of speculation.

The original Pixel Fold starts at £1,749/$1,799, putting it right in line with the £1,748/$1,799.99 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

However, the Honor Magic V2 has recently launched, and it undercuts both at £1,699.99/€1,999.

There’s also the OnePlus Open, which remains the cheapest of them all with a price tag of £1,599/$1,799.

Will Google reduce the price to put the Pixel Fold 2 in line with OnePlus or Honor? It’s unlikely, especially if there are significant upgrade. But foldables also need to get cheaper in order to achieve mainstream appeal, and the next Pixel Fold may start moving in that direction.

What specs and features will the Google Pixel Fold 2 have?

9to5Google has discovered a device with the codename “Comet’ in the most recent update of the Google Pixel Buds app. Despite being positioned between the Pixel 8 series phones, a “Comet” doesn’t quite align with the dog breed theme associated with this series (“Shiba”, “Husky”, and “Akita”).

Simultaneously, it seems improbable that “Comet” corresponds to the Pixel 9, as there is an expectation that Google will employ reptile-related codenames for that particular generation. That’s why it is believed that it may be the upcoming Pixel Fold 2, or potentially a new Pixel Flip phone.

Either way, it’s evidence that Google is working on more foldables, which is good news.

Design

Recent CAD-based renders posted on SmartPrix offer the most detailed look yet at the device.

So #FutureSquad… Here comes your first comprehensive and detailed look at the massive #Google #PixelFold2 (360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions)!…😏

Once again, on behalf of @Smartprix 👉🏻 https://t.co/9abIZNOvRl pic.twitter.com/RKPqd0i9XV

— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) February 21, 2024

Based on these, the Pixel Fold 2 features a taller, rounded outer display and a new camera module, a departure from previous Pixel designs. When folded, the Pixel Fold 2 measures 155.2 x 77.1 x 10.54 mm, thinner than its predecessor.

The new camera module is split into two sections, and houses three cameras, a flash and a microphone. That tallies with early Pixel 9 renders (also from OnLeaks) that share very similar camera module design.

Display

A respected analyst, Ross Young, suggested back in October that the Pixel Fold will be getting a bigger screen:

We published the display sizes for the Google 9a, 9, 9 Pro and next Pixel Fold in our latest Advanced Smartphone Report. All of them will be bigger than this year’s models…

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 4, 2023

And now those recent renders seems to back it up. According to OnLeaks (via SmartPrix), the inner display measures 7.9 inches (8.1 inches with corners), an upgrade from the original Pixel Fold’s 7.6-inch screen, with a smaller and more uniform bezel. The outer display has also been enlarged to 6.4 inches (6.6 inches with corners).

The hinge design resembles that of the OnePlus Open, with a rounded display meeting a sharper hinge corner. The aspect ratio and display sizes are similar to the OnePlus Open, making the Pixel Fold 2 a noteworthy competitor in the foldable market. It could also rival the Honor Magic V2, which is the thinnest foldable at the moment.

Performance

An undisclosed source revealed to Android Authority that Google is testing the Pixel Fold 2 internally with the Tensor G4 chipset (codenamed “zumapro”), shifting from earlier versions using the Tensor G3 (codenamed “zuma”).

If true, it’d mean the Fold 2 would probably use the same chipset as the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro. However, even the Tensor G3 would be a significant upgrade on the current Tensor G2.

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The Tensor G4 is anticipated to bring slight improvements over the G3, though it’s not clear what these might entail.

According to the Android Authority leak, prototype versions of the Pixel Fold 2 boast 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 4.0 storage, both of which would be upgrades. The original Pixel Fold shipped with a base 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The increase to 16GB of RAM is significant as it would mark the first time Google launches a smartphone with more than 12GB of RAM. This upgrade also seems to support Google’s strategy to enhance on-device AI capabilities through its assistant named Pixie, as per The Information.

Cameras

There’s no evidence of this yet, but it’s possible the Pixel Fold 2 will see improvements to some or all of its current five camera lenses.

However, the cameras on the original Fold were already very good, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Google leave them alone, at least from a hardware perspective.

Battery

Regarding the battery, we have no information at the moment, but we hope it will be more than Pixel Fold’s 4800mAh, or at least the same this time.

The 30W wired charging is also in need of improvement.

Software

If released in 2024, it’s highly likely that the Pixel Fold 2 will run on Android 14.

However, unlike the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, which received seven years of OS and security updates, there’s no assurance that the same extended support will be available for the Fold 2. Nevertheless, it’s reasonable to anticipate at least the current five years of security updates.

This is all the information we have at the moment, but stay tuned, as we’ll continue to update this article as more details emerge.

In the meantime, you may also be interested in the best foldables and best Android phone to see what the Fold 2 will be up against.

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‘Nvidia App’ beta unifies Nvidia Control Panel and GeForce Experience

Windows users with Nvidia graphics cards will be familiar with the Nvidia Control Panel, a somewhat clunky menu interface for the more advanced functions of its GPUs. Nvidia has also been publishing GeForce Experience, a more modern front-end for game settings and driver installations, for the last few years. This is a bit disjointed, so the company is replacing them both with a unified Windows program simply titled “Nvidia App.” You can download the beta version right now.

The new Nvidia App (which also replaces the RTX Experience for the company’s workstation GPUs) is a one-stop shop for driver downloads and installations, individual game settings, and the promotional “Discovery” portal. The app also handles Nvidia’s in-game overlay, which can display the current framerate and other statistics, stream via Nvidia Shadowplay, take screenshots, record game clips, and activate AI Freestyle in-game overlays.

Nvidia’s announcement notes that it’s not bringing over some social features from GeForce Experience, including broadcasting video and sending images to YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. The announcement claims that axing these features helps the new Nvidia App have a smaller footprint on your storage disk and a “50 percent more responsive UI.” Nvidia isn’t currently saying when the new app will exit beta or when support for the Nvidia Control Panel and GeForce Experience will end. Note that installing the beta will replace the current versions of GeForce Experience, but not Nvidia Control Panel.

Quickly testing out the app on my system, it does seem noticeably snappier than GeForce Experience, and I like the more straightforward layout of the left column. I could do without the integrated advertising (Nvidia App, if you know I don’t have Modern Warfare installed on my “Gaming Rig,” why are you offering me XP boosts for it?) or the auto-enabled notifications for same. It is letting me download and install drivers without logging in, which is a plus in my book.

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Microsoft is giving Windows Copilot an upgrade with Power Automate, promising to banish boring tasks thanks to AI

Microsoft has revealed a new plug-in for Copilot, its artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, named Power Automate that will enable users to (as the name suggests) automate repetitive and tedious tasks, such as creating and manipulating entries in Excel, handling PDFs, and file management. 

This development is part of a bigger Copilot update package that will see several new capabilities being added to the digital AI assistant.

Microsoft gives the following examples of tasks this new Copilot plug-in could automate: 

  • Write an email to my team wishing everyone a happy weekend.
  • List the top 5 highest mountains in the world in an Excel file.
  • Rename all PDF files in a folder to add the word final at the end.
  • Move all word documents to another folder.
  • I need to split a PDF by the first page. Can you help?

Who can get the Power Automate plug-in and how

As of now, it seems like this plug-in is only available to some users with access to Windows 11 Preview Build 26058, available to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels of the Windows Insider Program. The Windows Insider Program is a Microsoft-run community for Windows enthusiasts and professionals where users can get early access to upcoming versions of Windows, features, and more, and provide feedback to Microsoft developers to improve these before a wider rollout.

Hopefully, the Power Automate plug-in for Copilot will prove a hit with testers – and if it is, we should hopefully see it rolled out to all Windows 11 users soon.

As per the blog post announcing the Copilot update, this is the first release of the plug-in, which is part of Microsoft’s Power Platform, a comprehensive suite of tools designed to help users make their workflows more efficient and versatile – including Power Automate. To be able to use this plug-in, you’ll need to download Power Automate for Desktop from the Microsoft Store (or make sure you have the latest version of Power Automate). 

There are multiple options for using Power Automate:  the free plan, suitable for personal use or smaller projects, and there are premium plans that offer packages with more advanced features. From what we can tell, the ability to enable the Power Automate plug-in for Copilot will be available for all users, free and premium, but Microsoft might change this.

Once you’ve made sure you have the latest version of Power Automate downloaded, you’ll also need to be signed into Copilot for Windows with a Microsoft Account. Then you’ll need to add the plug-in to Copilot To do this, you’ll have to go to the Plug in section in the Copilot app for Windows, and turn on the Power Automate plug-in which should now be visible. Once enabled, you should be able to ask it to perform a task like one of the above examples and see how Copilot copes for yourself.

Once you try the plug-in for yourself, if you have any thoughts about it, you can share them with Microsoft directly at powerautomate-ai@microsoft.com

Copilot in Windows

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Hopefully, a sign of more to come

The language Microsoft is using about the plug-in implies that it will see improvements in the future to enable it and, therefore, Copilot to carry out more tasks. Upgrades like this are steps in the right direction if they’re as effective as they sound. 

This could address one of the biggest complaints people have about Copilot since it was launched. Microsoft presented it as a Swiss Army Knife-like digital assistant with all kinds of AI capabilities, and, at least for now, it’s not anywhere near that. While we admire Microsoft’s AI ambitions, the company did make big promises, and many users are growing impatient. 

I guess we’ll have to just continue to watch whether Copilot will live up to Microsoft’s messaging, or if it’ll go the way of Microsoft’s other digital assistants like Cortana and Clippy.

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Samsung’s One UI 6.1 update is rolling out to compatible devices soon

A new version of Android is released every year, but every manufacturer also makes changes and tweaks that are specific to its devices.

One UI is one of the most well known of these ‘skins’, as it’s what you’ll find on all recent Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest version of Android for Samsung devices, including the latest One UI 6.1 update.

When will One UI 6 be released?

One UI 6, based on Android 14, was officially released for the Galaxy S23 series in October 2023, though the rollout to other compatible devices took a while.

In January 2024, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S24 series, introducing One UI 6.1 alongside it. It’s still based on Android 14, but integrates several new Galaxy AI functionalities for devices running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.

Samsung says that One UI 6.1 will be available from “end of March“, though it may take a while to roll out fully.

Which phones will get One UI 6?

One UI 6 is currently available for all of the following devices:

Galaxy S series

  • Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S23+
  • Galaxy S23
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S22+
  • Galaxy S22
  • Galaxy S21 FE
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21+
  • Galaxy S21

Galaxy Z series

  • Galaxy Z Fold 5
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3

Galaxy A series

  • Galaxy A73
  • Galaxy A72
  • Galaxy A54
  • Galaxy A53
  • Galaxy A52 (A52 5G, A52s)
  • Galaxy A34
  • Galaxy A33
  • Galaxy A24
  • Galaxy A23
  • Galaxy A14
  • Galaxy A13
  • Galaxy A04s

Galaxy M series

  • Galaxy M54
  • Galaxy M53 5G
  • Galaxy M33 5G
  • Galaxy M23

Galaxy F series

  • Galaxy F54
  • Galaxy F23
  • Galaxy F14 5G

Galaxy Xcover series

  • Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro

Galaxy tablets

  • Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S9+
  • Galaxy Tab S9
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Galaxy Tab S8+
  • Galaxy Tab S8

However, only the below are compatible with the One UI 6.1 update and its AI features:

  • Galaxy S23 
  • Galaxy S23+
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S23 FE
  • Galaxy Z Fold 5
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5
  • Galaxy Tab S9
  • Galaxy Tab S9+
  • Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra

What new features does One UI 6 have?

One UI 6 is quite a substantial change that introduced several new features and notable quality of life improvements on Samsung phones and tablets. Here are the most important ones, plus what One UI 6.1 adds to the experience.

Quick panel

OneUI 6 quick panel

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The biggest UI change in One UI 6 is the Quick panel, Samsung’s take on the quick settings menu. It introduces a new button layout which will make it easier to access the most useful features first, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles. The panel itself is now divided into the most important part at the top, a customisable panel in the middle, and a visual options panel at the bottom.

There are more layout changes, such as an improved album art display in the panel and the ability to quickly access brightness controls. One UI 6 also makes it much quicker to access the full Quick panel, as it requires just two swipes down to get all your options.

New personalisation options

OneUI 6 personalization

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On eUI 6 also focuses on personalisation. You’ll now be able to reposition the clock on your lock screen, as well as add different watch faces.

You can also customize it with routines, allowing it completely different based on the time of day. This means not only different watch faces or wallpapers, but also shortcuts to different apps.

Camera and editing improvements

OneUI Camera

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Samsung also announced lots of One UI 6 features for taking better photos and videos, but also editing them using AI and machine learning (ML).

Firstly, you can now add custom camera widgets to your home screen, each opening the app in different shooting modes and with the options of your choosing. You’ll also have much easier access to options such as resolution settings, video size menu or effects, making customising your photos and videos much easier.

There are also options which allow you to decide quality your photos will be saved at. This allows you to choose how much post-processing is to be done to your photos, giving you more freedom to shoot the way you like.

The Gallery app has also got some attention. It will analyse photos using AI and has new features such Photo Remaster (for improving the quality of photos and GIFs) and Object Eraser (for removing objects you’d prefer not to be in the frame.

Elsewhere, a new video editing app called Samsung Studio aims to make it quick and easy to edit video directly on your phone.

Galaxy connected experience

OneUI 6 connected experience

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Samsung is also trying to unify its ecosystem even more. Sharing content between Galaxy tablets and smartphones was already easy, but One UI 6 makes it just as easy between Android and Samsung’s Galaxy Book laptops.

You can even control all these devices with the same mouse and keyboard, making the experience seamless and allowing you to, for example, copy and paste content between these devices without any issues.

New system font

OneUI 6 font

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One change that might not affect the way you use your phone, but you will notice, is the new system font. One UI Sans will be the new default system font, and is designed to make it feel more modern and improve readability.

One UI 6.1

In January 2024, Samsung rolled out One UI 6.1 alongside the Galaxy S24 series. This updated software package introduced several new features, including:

  • Generative Edit – automatically fills in parts of a photo’s background
  • Circle to Search – circle anything on your screen to search for it on Google (text or images)
  • Live Translate – real-time, two-way voice and text translation during phone calls in the native app
  • Transcript Assist – converts voice recordings into written transcriptions, which can then be summarised or translated
  • Chat Assist – adjust the tone of your message or email to match the conversation. Also, can translate any on-screen text into one of 13 languages
  • Note Assist – create summaries, custom templates and individual cover art for notes in Samsung Notes.
  • Browsing Assist – create summaries of online articles
  • Interpreter – instant, split-screen translation between two languages, allowing conversations between participants who speak different languages
  • Instant Slow-mo – generates additional frames in an existing video to create a slow-motion version
  • Photo expansion– expand pictures beyond their original borders and use AI to fill in the gaps
  • AI wallpapers – choose from various categories for unique images and apply weather or portrait effects to finished wallpapers
  • Quick Share – Quick Share and Nearby Share merged, allowing easy sharing with all Android phones
  • Battery protection: includes Basic, Adaptive, and Maximum modes to prevent battery degradation over time
  • Lock screen widgets – a range of widgets available on the lock screen

For the full range of features, including some smaller ones not mentioned here, see the Samsung blog post.

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