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Netflix gets a gaming controller app, Huawei various 5G cell phones and Instagram a new layout on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5.
Instagram UI Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

Netflix releases Gaming Controller app on the App Store

Netflix has released a new gaming controller app on the App Store for iOS and iPadOS devices. The app lets you play supported Netflix game titles on your TV by pairing your phone or tablet. However, the app is currently not functional because an update from Netflix is still missing.

The controller layout features a directional pad on the left and A-B-X-Y buttons on the right, along with Netflix and menu buttons in the middle. It is not yet known when the Android version of the gaming controller app will come. Netflix Games now supports over 50 mobile games with no ads and no in-app purchases. The service is part of every Netflix membership and works on Android phones and tablets as well as Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.


Various 5G Huawei phones certified

Five new Huawei smartphones have been certified by the Bluetooth SIG. That’s where the really exciting point came out – according to their identifiers, all these smartphones offer 5G connectivity. The five new devices are named ADA-AN00, PSD-AN00, ADA-TN00, BLK-AN00 and BLK-TN00, with the AN and TN suffixes indicating 5G. For reference, Huawei 4G phones like the Mate 50 Pro (DCO-AL00), the Mate X3 (ALT-AL00) or the P60 Pro (MNA-AL00) carry the suffix AL. Much more is not yet known, except that the devices support Bluetooth 5.2.

Also, certifications for the Huawei nova 13, nova 14, nova 15, and nova 16 series have surfaced. All of these phones will come in Basic, Pro and Ultra variants and will also support 5G. According to a recent Reuters report, Huawei is working with Chinese manufacturer SMIC to develop 5G chipsets. Forecasts indicate that 2 to 4 million 5G modules will be produced initially. The first 5G cell phones with the newly developed chipset should come from the Mate 60 series and will start this year.


Instagram brings new optimized UI for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold phones

Instagram is currently rolling out an update to its app especially for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold smartphones. It aims to fix the strange aspect ratio and layout of previous versions on the Korean foldables. The updated navigation bar moves to the left side, with the feed running to the right. The crux of the matter is that content is now properly scaled for larger form factor displays, showing reels with a black bar down the side.

According to current reports, in addition to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, older devices such as the Galaxy Z Fold4 will also get the new layout. However, the rollout is gradual, so it may take a few days or even weeks for the update to reach all devices. As of now, Instagram didn’t mention other foldable phones such as the Google Pixel Fold.


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