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Stable ColorOS 12 updates now available for Oppo phones

Washington [US] (ANI): Stable ColorOS 12 updates based on Android 12 are now officially available for Oppo’s F19 Pro+ 5G, Reno6 Z 5G, and A73 5G.
As per GSM Arena, stable ColorOS 12 updates based on Android 12 are now seeding for OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G, Reno6 Z 5G, A73 5G devices in the following regions: 1. OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G – Indonesia (Firmware version C.14)
2. OPPO Reno6 Z 5G – Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam UAE (Firmware version C.14)
3. OPPO A73 5G – Saudi Arabia (Firmware version F.14)
To enable the feature, one can head over to Settings > Software Update to check whether the unit has received the update. Since this is a staged update, it might take a few hours before it reaches every unit still, reported GSM Arena. (Image source: Instagram)

Android 13 to bring multiple Material You dynamic theming styles

Washington [US] (ANI): While Android 13 is still a while away from its launch, rumours and leaks have already started emerging. And the latest Android 13 leak is about the design aspect.
With Android 12, Google introduced its Material You theming engine (Pixel exclusive) which applies a varied colour palette across your home screen, widgets, icons and menus based on colours found in your wallpaper. It seems this feature will be further expanded in Android 13 (codenamed Tiramisu) as a new report from Android Police details new colour palette combination options and brings their source code names.
Tonal Spot, Vibrant, Expressive, Spritz will each come with a preset of colours again based on the hues found in your wallpaper. The latter three options offer a wider range of accent colours with some not even part of the background image’s palette.
Spritz, for example, uses more muted monochromatic tones that fit nicely with dark mode while Expressive offers more popping colours that still match the core ones from your background image.
The new features are still in the early development phase and with at least another several months ahead of the first Android 13 developer betas we might see other changes take place. (Image source: Instagram)

Samsung rolling out Android 12-based One UI 4.0 to Galaxy S20 series

Seoul [South Korea]: On Tuesday, Samsung managed to restart its One UI 4 update based on Android 12 for the Galaxy S21 family as well as the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 after pausing the rollout for a few days to fix some bugs. And now, the tech giant is ready to send out One UI 4 to even more devices.
As per GSM Arena, the entire Galaxy S20 family, including the S20 FE, as well as the Galaxy Note20 family have started receiving the new update. All of the devices in these ranges are now receiving the latest software at least in one place in the world, and that is Switzerland. The rollout will soon expand geographically in order to make it to as many other places as possible before the end of the year. Last week, Samsung announced that it was done releasing betas for the S20 family and that a stable update would follow.
If you own any of the Galaxy S20 or the Galaxy Note 20 phones and live in Switzerland, you can check for the update from the Settings > Software Update, and then hit the Download and Install option to get it on your phone.
Speaking about the latest One UI 4.0 update features, the list includes the new Material You design that changes the look of the UI based on the wallpaper of the device, redesigned Home screen widgets, changes in the Camera UI, improvements in the multitasking functionality, and several more features.
Various emojis, GIFs, and stickers have also been added to the keyboard.

OxygenOS 12 update for OnePlus 9, 9 Pro rolling out once again

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus initially started sending out the update to OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12 to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro around the beginning of this month.
The company then pulled the update only a few days later, after the internet got filled with reports about huge bugs, errors, and various issues. Today the update is finally back up again, according to GSM Arena. This time the version is marked C.39, whereas the first try was C.36. Needless to say, those who are stuck with C.36 since it came out earlier this month should definitely install the new build as soon as possible, as it will hopefully fix all problems.
On the other hand, if you didn’t update to C.36, perhaps it’s best to wait a week or so until it’s clear that the new C.39 version actually is usable and doesn’t introduce any new bugs of its own.
Theoretically, things should work fine now, as OnePlus has mentioned it worked on fixing the issues that were most reported, including failure to connect to mobile data, phone notifications not being visible, freezes, display problems, and so on.
On the other hand, some issues like auto-fill in Chrome and the temporary lack of access to the Ultra HD 48M / AUX camera on GCam will be fixed “in the follow-up update plan”.
As per GSM Arena, the rollout is incremental, meaning only a small percentage of units are getting it today, with a broader rollout commencing at some point in the next few days.

Stable One UI 4 update for Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 resumed

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung has resumed its stable One UI 4 release for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 in South Korea.
For the unversed, the update was suspended over numerous bug and bad usability reports from early adopters. The new build comes with the BUL4 build number and is said to iron out all mishaps from the previous releases, reported GSM Arena.
South Korean Fold and Flip users will once again serve as soak testers for the latest build and if all goes well, the release will spread to other regions. When and if the update reaches your device, it’s always good to back up all your data beforehand just in case you run into any issues.
The stable update will bring a fresh look of the home screen, buttons, menus, and background to the table. Various emojis, GIFs, and stickers have also been added to the keyboard.
For better visibility and customised appearance, One UI 4.0 offers redesigned and upgraded widgets.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE to come with Android 12

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korean tech giant Samsung’s upcoming smartphone Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which is set to be launched soon, might debut with One UI 4.0 based on Google’s latest operating system Android 12.
The phone was earlier speculated to launch this year as the successor to the tech giant’s popular device Galaxy S20 FE. But some recent leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will now launch during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022. SamMobile has obtained firmware images for the Galaxy S21 FE and it appears that it’ll boot with Android 12 and One UI 4.0 out of the box.
It’s also being reported that the FE will be supported for three OS upgrades as with pretty much all flagship-tier Galaxy devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE won’t be much different from the regular S21 in terms of both looks and innards. The company had initially published some support pages for the unreleased handset and besides a larger battery and changes to the camera configuration, there are plenty of similarities.
There’s nothing concrete about the upcoming phone’s pricing right now, reported Android Police.
Samsung had released the Android 12-based public beta of the One UI 4 update in September this year with new themes, widgets, and privacy settings.
The company started the official rollout of the new Android skin on the Galaxy S21 series including Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The update is reaching a large number of Samsung phones in India in December. The tech giant has also unveiled the list of Samsung phones that will get the new update in the next year.
The new update brings more customisation options, offers new widgets and a variety of emoji features, GIFs, and stickers. Privacy features of the new update include alerts when an app attempts to access the camera or microphone.

OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro receiving Oxygen OS 12 update

Shenzhen [China]: A new stable update is now rolling out to the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro globally. The update includes Oxygen OS 12 based on Android 12.
Oxygen OS 12 brings new changes to the recently Oppo-fied Android skin. Even with this update, the UI keeps the Oxygen OS despite the recent merging of Oppo’s Color OS team with OnePlus, reported GSM Arena. There are now some new design elements and animations that look new. App icons are also updated with new textures and according to OnePlus “a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers.”
The OnePlus Shelf gets a bunch of changes. There are more Shelf card styles, and there are three new cards: Earphone Control Card, OnePlus Scout (universal search), and a OnePlus Watch Card for glancing at your fitness stats.
The Work-Life Balance feature is now available with the update, and it lets you switch between Work and Life modes using a Quick Setting. Each mode can be customised with app-specific notification settings, and each mode can be triggered by location, Wi-Fi network, or the time.
The Gallery has been updated to support pinch-to-zoom layouts while you scroll through thumbnails. Canvas Always On-Display has also been updated with new styles, lines of colour, and more granular control of the colours and appearance.
However, make sure that you proceed with caution as the update has already received a few reports of signal loss.

Facebook Messenger to get built-in bill splitting feature

Washington [US]: Facebook’s parent company Meta will be introducing a built-in bill splitting feature in Facebook Messenger that it will test with users in the US beginning from next week.
According to The Verge, the feature could be useful for situations like divvying up a restaurant bill with your friends or splitting a bill with roommates. With the feature, users can ask for money from people right in a group chat and see who has paid their portion of the request. They can see how it all works in a series of screenshots below from Meta.
The feature arrives shortly after David Marcus, Meta’s cryptocurrency chief and former Messenger lead, announced he would be leaving the company.
Meta has also added new Group Effects, which let people on Messenger and Instagram video calls use the same augmented reality effects together, it has made with popular creators.
Three are available now, including one that makes it look like your connection is buffering created with Zach King, and one from Emma Chamberlain arrives on December 6.
As per The Verge, Meta recently introduced new ‘soundmoji’ as well. Two are inspired by Stranger Things (ahead of the new season coming out next summer) and one that plays a clip from Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’.

Google announces new Android features

Washington [US]: Google has announced a bunch of new Android features, some of which are already available for users.
As per GSM Arena, the digital car key functionality is now live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S21, in select countries. It will only work with compatible BMW cars for now. Next up, there’s Family Bell, which will alert you and your family when it’s time for important moments throughout the day. The alerts come via phone, home speaker, or smart display. Aside from the shared “bells”, you can also set “bells” on your own devices so you can stay on top of your individual goals too. For the holidays, suggested bells include watering a tree, a family movie night, or volunteering to support a local cause.
Three Google apps are getting new widgets. The new Google Play Books widget lets you access your full library and keep track of audiobook progress, the new YouTube Music widget puts playback controls and recently played tracks on your Home screen, and the new Google Photos People and Pets widget lets you select a few faces and an appropriate frame, and then the widget will decorate your Home screen with your nearest and dearest.
The new Photos widget is rolling out next week, while the others have an unclear release schedule. Speaking of Photos, this week new Memories are rolling out in the app, featuring a curated selection of photos and videos from holidays, as well as important milestones like birthdays and graduations. Specific controls will allow you to rename, personalise, correct and remove these if you want to.
Auto-resetting of permissions for apps you haven’t used in a while will be available next month on Android 6.0 and later, through Google Play Services. This feature will automatically turn off runtime permissions, which allow apps to access data or take actions on your behalf, once they’ve been dormant for a while. The permissions turn back on again when you next open each app.
According to GSM Arena, Gboard is getting new Emoji Kitchen combinations – you can now use the wrapped gift box emoji as well as an all-new collection of furry friends to create cool combos. These are rolling out to Gboard Beta users today and will be available for all “in the coming weeks”.
Finally, Android Auto can be set to launch automatically when you connect your Android phone to your compatible car. Once you’re on the road, you’ll have access to smart replies “soon”, so you can respond to a text more easily with the Google Assistant. Also “coming soon”, the ability to use your voice to search for music faster in your media apps.

Next version of Vivo OriginOS coming on December 9

Dongguan [China]: OriginOS, which is Vivo’s platform of choice for its Chinese phones, is about to get a new version.
As per GSM Arena, the new release is coming on December 9 and it will be called OriginOS Ocean. According to reports at least a dozen phones will be in the first wave to receive it. The new OriginOS (which is technically a UI on top of Android’s kernel) will bring improved features for mobile use, as well as easy cross-device navigation with PC and file transfers.
Design-wise it will keep the grid system with multiple widgets and gesture navigations which became a hit among Vivo users when the first OriginOS came out.
The company will release the official closed beta list once the event takes place in 10 days, but leaksters already revealed its preliminary version. They are mostly flagships, as well as a handful of mid-range phones from the S series.
Here’s the full list of phones receiving the update, but bear in mind it is about the Chinese versions of these handsets:
1. Vivo X70 Pro+
2. Vivo X70 Pro
3. Vivo X70
4. Vivo X60 Pro+
5. Vivo X60t Pro+
6. Vivo X60 Pro
7. Vivo X60
8. Vivo S10 Pro
9. Vivo S10
10. Vivo S9
11. Vivo iQOO 8 Pro
12. Vivo iQOO 8
13. Vivo iQOO 7
There is no news on whether other phones from the brand will be added to the list of devices receiving the update.

Android 12 closed beta program announced by OnePlus for its 8 series users

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus has already released Android 12 beta for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, and now it is recruiting testers for the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T’s Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 closed beta update.
According to GSM Arena, as part of this Closed Beta Test (CBT), participants will be required to sign an NDA and be willing to flash builds that require a clean flash, which wipes the entire data, so it’s advisable to not install the beta firmware on the primary device. Also, one should remember that beta builds often contain bugs that hamper the user experience. For those who are still interested, following are the requirements to be eligible for the CBT:
– You are using a OnePlus 8 series or OnePlus 8T device
– You are an active OnePlus Community member
– You are willing to regularly communicate and provide feedback to the OnePlus team on Telegram
– The CBT version is not the official version, which is still in developing and testing. After updating to CBT version, please be patient and tolerate its instability and accept all risks which might be caused by it.
Those who meet these requirements and can’t wait to check out Android 12 and OxygenOS 12 should do it as soon as possible as OnePlus currently only has 200 slots for the OnePlus 8T users and 200 slots between the 8 and 8 Pro owners.
As per GSM Arena, the company has promised to provide gifts to the best performers, and since the company is calling it a “short-term Closed Beta Project,” users can expect it to announce an Open Beta program for the 8, 8 Pro, and 8T in the coming months.

WhatsApp reportedly working on Communities feature

Washington [US]: Evidence is mounting that WhatsApp may be working on a Communities feature that could give admins the ability to create separate groups within a larger community.
According to The Verge, the Communities feature appears to give group admins more power over groups. This includes the ability to create groups within groups, which may be similar to how channels are arranged beneath an umbrella Discord community. Admins may be able to invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members.
It’s hard to tell how exactly these chats might look right now, but as per reports, they appear to be end-to-end encrypted.
It also looks like a subtle design change will help distinguish Communities from regular group chats. The community icons will be squares with rounded corners, a format that WhatsApp mistakenly enabled (and then quickly disabled) in October. There’s no word on when Communities will be officially rolled out.
By working on a Communities feature, WhatsApp may be trying to close the widening gap between it and other messaging apps like Telegram and Signal.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy caused confusion among users about what it would share with parent company Facebook, sparking a mass exodus to those other apps. When WhatsApp went down along with Facebook’s entire network of apps last month, Telegram gained a whopping 70 million users.

K’taka CM takes stock of damage due to rains in Bengaluru, directs officials to help people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a meeting with senior officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and state ministers to take stock of the damages caused due to rains in the last one month in Bengaluru.

Speaking about the meeting, Gourav Gupta, Chief Commissioner, BBMP told ANI that, to prevent further damage and to control the situation at hand, Bommai instructed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to take up remedial measures, and necessary construction work.
All zonal officers, zonal commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers attended the meeting.

“All officials have been given timelines and instructions to supervise the functioning. We are ought to go out in the field and see that all our officers are there to respond to the ground-level situation. Particularly with reference to the sudden flash rains that are afflicting the city and besides that, other issues which include restoration of roads which have been cut open because of various development projects or adversely affected due to rains. All these should be taken up on war-footing and that is a direction which has been issued. The directions are clear and strict accordingly, action will be taken,” said the BBMP chief.

Bengaluru has been identified as a sensitive area owing to heavy rains. Consequently, the meeting was held, and the Chief Minister directed authorities to implement stringent remedial and preventative measures in the wake of prolonged rain havoc.

Talking about the Covid-19 status, Gupta mentioned that the night curfew has been lifted in the state.

“Covid-19 cases have declined but it is being continuously monitored by the state. BBMP is also testing the sewage samples to ascertain the situation precisely. The state has ensured regular testing with 30,000 tests on a daily basis along with genome sequencing. The situation is under control and regular surveillance is being done.”

“Precautionary measures have been listed out and according to the state-level measures Anganavadi, LKG, and UKG have been opened,” he added. (ANI)

Clubhouse is launching new Music Mode

Washington [US]: The audio social networking app Clubhouse is launching a new Music Mode that could make it a better place to play and listen to live music.
As per The Verge, the new Music Mode “optimises Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound”. Clubhouse doesn’t say what it means by high quality, but it does also mention that you can now hook up professional equipment, like a USB mic or mixing board, and use it during your broadcast.
Clubhouse already added spatial audio in late August, which makes conversations sound more like a room full of people than a flat audio call. You can easily turn on Music Mode by tapping the three dots in the top right corner of a room, selecting Audio Quality, and then choosing Music. If you just want to listen to the performance, however, you won’t have to do any of this — just sit back and enjoy stereo audio from your headphones, speakers, or your phone itself.
Clubhouse also noted that its recently introduced Clips feature — which lets you capture a 30-second recording — will support stereo sound as well, so if you decide to save a snippet of performance in Music Mode, the audio quality will stay the same.
Music Mode will initially only be available on iOS, but Clubhouse says that the rollout to Android will follow shortly behind.
Aside from Music Mode, Clubhouse has also updated its search feature. The platform will now display the search bar in a more convenient location at the top of your hallway. And as an added plus, you’ll also be able to Wave to friends right from the search bar, a feature that lets you quickly invite friends to a live audio room.
Amazon is far from Clubhouse’s only competition for live audio. Clubhouse likely learned its lesson this past year, when Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Spotify made their own versions of audio-only chatrooms.
All of this came at a time when Clubhouse was still in an invite-only state, making it harder for the app to grow. But now that the app is thriving, Clubhouse wants to keep as many advantages as possible.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 get camera improvements with new update

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung has launched a new firmware update for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 in South Korea and it’s probably safe to assume that it will hit the global units pretty soon.
According to GSM Arena, the new update brings the usual fixes and patches but also has a few new cool camera features. The changelog mentions improved overall camera quality without going into specifics and the patch also adds scene recognition for pets in Portrait mode.
This means that the software will be able to better apply the faux bokeh effect when capturing your cat or dog using the Portrait mode.
Moreover, Samsung has added the ability to adjust the cover screen’s brightness of the Z Flip3, which wasn’t possible before.
Some software bugs have been fixed and the overall experience when using screen gestures, capture and the multi-window feature has been improved, as per GSM Arena.

Android 12 lets users customise colour palettes for phone

Washington [US]: Google’s upcoming 12th major release and 19th version of Android- ‘Android 12’will have one more interesting feature that will make you able to automatically fit your phone’s colour palette to that of your wallpaper.
If you are into styling and colours, this feature of Android 12 is a must-try! The Verge listed the steps below to let users know How Android 12 lets you customize your phone’s colour palette

  1. Long press on an empty part of your home screen until you see the pop-up menu.
  2. Select “Wallpaper & style.”
  3. Select “Change wallpaper.”
  4. Tap on one of the categories presented on the Wallpaper screen, and then select a specific image. Or tap on the top button called “My photos” to select one of your own photos.
  5. Once you select your image, you’ll be shown a preview of what it will look like on your home screen and lock screen. (Two buttons below the preview image let you toggle between the two.) If you’re satisfied, tap the checkmark in the bottom right corner.
  6. A pop-up menu will give you the choice of using the wallpaper on the home screen, your lock screen, or both. And you’re done! You’ll find yourself back on your home page — with your new wallpaper.
    If you want to try the themed icons, or use a dark theme, go back to the “Wallpaper and style” page, scroll down a bit and toggle on either or both.
    Interestingly, when a user will use a personal photo for the wallpaper, the Android 12 feature will automatically choose a matching theme colour for the phone.
    As per The Verge, if you don’t feel satisfied, you can also choose a different colour combination for your theme, depending on your wallpaper photo. Here’s how:
  7. On the “Wallpaper and style” page, select “Wallpaper colours” and choose one of the colour combinations shown. You can also tap on “Basic colours” if you want something, well, basic.
    Reportedly, these style combinations would not affect a user’s phone efficiency or performance.
    For the unversed, Android 12 is the upcoming twelfth major release and 19th version of Android, the mobile operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google. The first beta was released on May 18, 2021.

Microsoft threatens to withhold Windows 11 updates for users with old CPUs

Washington [US]: American tech giant Microsoft has threatened to withhold Windows 11 updates and potentially even the security updates for users who have an old CPU.
According to The Verge, Microsoft had earlier said that it won’t actually block users from installing Windows 11 on a PC with an older CPU, but now the company has told the outlet that unsupported PCs won’t be entitled to receive Windows Updates and driver updates. It’s quite possible this is just a cover up measure on Microsoft’s part. It’s hard to imagine that Microsoft wouldn’t issue critical security patches, when they’ve often extended support and offered the occasional free patch even after it’s shelved an operating system for good.
This could be a measure to discourage people from thinking that Microsoft would offer a warranty and technical support for every possible PC configuration under the sun, hence avoiding potential legal headaches down the road. It’s better to underpromise and overdeliver.
It’s also possible Microsoft genuinely does mean to withhold patches at some point in the future, potentially even at launch. Microsoft declined to clarify things further at this time, which suggests the company’s perfectly happy for users to assume this is a genuine threat.
It’s not just security updates at stake, by the way. If a user is unwilling or unable to replace their older-than-Intel 8th-Gen-CPU, Windows 11 could theoretically be an operating system where that user would go back to the days of manually downloading driver updates for all hardware, something people haven’t needed to think about for years.
Feature updates are probably less of a big deal. If you’re the kind of person who would install a Windows 11 ISO on your computer to begin with, you can probably download a newer ISO the next time there’s a major Windows update that you want, and do an in-place-install.
The company seemingly wants to push Windows users to buy a new PC, whether they need one or not. Earlier, the company told The Verge about a loophole that could placate some of the company’s vocal power users who don’t want to give up their old hardware.
But if that loophole gets in the way of Microsoft’s plans, the company is reserving the right to make it far less attractive.

Instagram planning to improve its search option

Washington [US]: Social media platform Instagram in future plans to more prominently feature photos and videos in its search results.
According to Mashable, in a recent blog post, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said that the platform will be “launching a series of improvements designed for inspiration and discovery” with regard to search on the app. Currently, instead of being fed with actual search results, Instagram gives accounts, places, and hashtags. For instance, if you want to see how someone styles a disco ball in their living room, you have to search for either a disco ball account, the location Disco Ball in Greece, or the hashtag #discoball.
“We’re moving towards a full search results page experience that makes it even easier to go deep on your interests,” Mosseri said.
The new update will mean that when you search disco ball on Instagram instead of just hashtags, accounts, and locations, you’ll also be shown disco ball-related photos, videos, and stories.
This is particularly helpful when you don’t know exactly what username or hashtag you want to see. The platform will also expand the keywords you can use to search. They will be starting in English and will expand to other languages in the future.
As per Mashable, speaking further about this new change, Mosseri added, “We design all of our features to help you find the things you love. We are constantly working on improvements to help you discover entertaining things to share with your friends, and we look forward to showing you more about how Instagram works in upcoming posts.”

Hugh Jackman’s Update On Skin Biopsy; Result “Inconclusive”

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman recently shared an update about his skin biopsy, which he underwent for a possible cancer scare, saying that the result came back “inconclusive”.

The 52-year-old actor took to his Instagram account and shared a post updating his fans, saying he will go in for a recheck after he is done shooting in around two months. “Update on my biopsy: It’s comeback “inconclusive”. This means they didn’t take enough. That said, the worst it can be is a Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC). So when I’m done filming, I’ll have it rechecked,” he wrote alongside a short video clip.
Urging his fans to wear sunscreen, he also said that even though he is “repeating” himself, getting “skin checks” is important. He also thanked his fans and followers for their support.

“I know I’m repeating myself and will probably not stop … please get skin checks and wear sunscreen. Thank you all for so much support. I’m seeing your comments and stories. If by posting about this I remind one person to go see their dermatologist – I’m happy,” he concluded.

The actor, widely known for playing the mutant Wolverine in ‘X-Men’ films, has received treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the least dangerous of skin cancers, five times. He last underwent treatment for the condition in 2017, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2015, the X-Men star told ABC News he spent most of his youth outside with his siblings, under the scorching Australian sun. “I don’t think my dad or mom ever bought it or made us put [sunscreen] on,” Jackman told ABC News then.

Basal-cell carcinoma is the single most common form of cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Almost 3 million cases are diagnosed in the US each year. It rarely spreads beyond the lesion site but can be disfiguring if allowed to grow.

Jackman is currently preparing for his highly-anticipated Broadway revival of ‘The Music Man’, which is opening later this year.

He is also set to star in the upcoming sci-fi movie ‘Reminiscence’ for Warner Bros. Also featuring Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton, the film will release in the US on August 20 this year.

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