Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Google announces Android 8.0 Oreo

Today google revealed the new version of Android. It is to be called Android 8.0 Oreo. The name was revealed earlier today during a live stream following the solar eclipse.

Android 8.0


The name has been licensed from Nabisco. This is not the first time Google has partnered up with another company to create a name for Android. Android 4.4 was called KitKat.

Features in Android 8.0


 

There are many changes that are to be introduced with Android 8.0. First and foremost, Oreo will bring a number of behind-the-scenes changes like background limits for apps to improve battery life. Bluetooth audio improvements and Google Play Protect to help on the security front, and other important changes will be implemented.

Android Oreo will also bring faster boot speeds (up to twice as fast on the Pixel), a much better Autofill implementation, plus support for Android Instant Apps. There are also some user-facing additions. These include adaptive notification dots, wider support for picture-in-picture mode, over 60 new emojis.



A new look for media notifications and the quick settings menu, a redesigned settings menu, adaptive icons, notification channels are some of the rest.

When will your device get Android 8.0


According to Google, Android 8.0 will roll out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player very soon. If you are in the Android Beta Program, your device will automatically update to the stable version.

Google also notes that it’s been “working closely” with partner. By the end of 2017, Hardware makers including Huawei, HTC, Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony are all scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android Oreo.

For those who aren’t keen on waiting for the over-the-air update to hit their devices, factory images will be available sometime, again, “soon” at the Google Developers website.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

First Opinions of the Nokia 8

HMD Global has just unveiled what will be the very first Nokia flagship running Android: the Nokia 8. Historical significance aside, does the Nokia 8 represent the return to form that legions of Nokia fans have been waiting for?

Well, it certainly looks and feels a whole lot like a 2017 flagship and like many flagships, it has a killer feature to set itself apart. Let’s dive right in.

Design of the Nokia 8


The Nokia 8 has most of the hallmarks of a modern flagship, while continuing the design language of the last three models. It has an attractive and very slim all-aluminum design with an average thickness of 7.3mm.

It has a 5.3 inch QHD screen with a brightness of 700 nits. The colors look very vibrant and bright. There is a fingerprint in the front of the phone that couples as a home button too. The back of the device looks great but it attracts quite a lot of fingerprints. It is splash-proof with an IP54 rating.

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Camera of the Nokia 8


The Nokia 8 camera is the result of a partnership between HMD and Zeiss and is the core experience the phone is designed around. The rear shooter utilizes two sensors: one color and one monochrome.

The two images are then combined into a single shot with greater contrast using ‘Image Fusion Technology’. This is essentially what we have seen from several other handsets recently, such as the Honor 9 and Huawei P10. There’s also a two-tone flash and both apertures are f/2.0.

Both rear sensors are 13 MP, but in a unique twist, so too is the front-facing camera which, in fact, utilizes the exact same camera module. That means you also get auto focus, which is another rare feature for a selfie camera. The camera app is pretty basic and does not include a manual settings mode.

Everything we know about the Samsung Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest comeback story in phones following all of the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 battery failures last year. Samsung will be looking to improve on their all screen technology. Just like the previous Note devices, they are likely to come with a S pen.

The release date of the Samsung Note 8


Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23, according to the official invite sent to the media a month in advance. When will it actually be in your hands? The company recently hinted at an early September release date in some countries, with others getting it in October.

More specifically we"ve now heard from both an analyst and a South Korean carrier that the Note 8 will hit stores on September 15. Samsung will look to beat the iPhone 8 as it’s the same time the iPhone releases to the market.

Display of the Samsung Note 8


The Samsung Note 8 is rumoured to release with a 4K screen. While this might seem like overkill, it is has a major advantage when you are using the device for VR. The screen size is rumoured to be 6.3 inches and it is likely to have the infinity display.

Design of the Samsung Note 8


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 design is likely to take almost all of its cues from the glass-and-metal sandwich that is the Galaxy S8 Plus. It"s almost a Note phone – minus the stylus. If the rumors are true, we will be presented with a larger Galaxy S8 Plus. But it will come with one more camera on the back of the phone and a place to store the S Pen. There is also talk of a dedicated button to use Bixby. The device will not have a physical home button. It is rumored to have a pressure-sensitive screen. The screen brings up different menus and options depending on how hard you press the display.

note 8 display

Worst trends in the smartphone industry!

The smartphone industry is continually evolving to adapt to customer demands and preferences, but sometimes a company’s decisions can be baffling. Not everything is sunshine and roses when it comes to getting a new smartphone, either. These days designs are diverging enough that you need to keep a list of features you hold dear to determine if the newest flagship is right for you.

Shipping a smartphone with a Micro USB port in 2017


USB Type C has been used in devices since 2015. There is hardly any advantage in sticking with Micro USB in this age where every new phone is releasing with USB Type C. The only thing it does is leave the smartphone world deeply fragmented.

Worst trends in the smartphone industry!

The Snapchat app for an Android smartphone


It’s become almost a meme at this point when using Snapchat on Android. Snapchat’s CEO promised improvements to the Android app back in February, but also admitted that his company prioritized iOS development over Android since most of Snapchat’s users are on iOS. The app hasn’t gotten better and with Instagram Stories, it’s becoming irrelevant for most Android users.

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Removing the headphone app from a smartphone


It’s inevitable that phones will eventually ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s progression and technology marches ever forward. However, the downside is that in the in-between year, there is no real solution to fill the void. USB-C hasn’t become the standard enough for USB-C ear buds to be readily available. Bluetooth audio isn’t ready for prime time. All in all it feels like the audio jack died too soon.

Not issuing updates on time


Every single carrier and manufacturer aside from Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices suffer from this. Some are worse than others But so far it seems like Nokia is the only manufacturer that’s serious about supplying the monthly Android security updates on time. In fact, they even beat Google in the month of July.

Simple Tips to Speed up Your Android Phone In Just 5 Minutes

As a matter of fact, we all love our smartphones, they help us with everything ranging from sending texts to calling, from capturing photos, videos, and GIFs to sharing with our friends sitting across the globe. But at the same time, we all those sluggish phones. There is nothing worse than a slow smartphone that keeps on halting whenever you try to use it.

And this is the common problem of all the android phones but you need not panic as there are many simple ways to fix it. Below is our guide to getting your phone fast again. Read out the tips and brighten up your smile.

 

#1: Free up Some Space:

Simple Tips to Speed up Your Phone In Just 5 Minutes

All those photos that you have taken and all those apps that you have installed on your phone can make your Android sluggish like ever. Your phone needs a little breeze of fresh air and room to run smoothly. So, the first thing that you can do to make your phone fast again is to delete all those extra photos, videos and even apps that are not of your business. Just long tap the app that you want to uninstall and free up some space.

#2: Cut Back on Widgets:

Simple Tips to Speed up Your Phone In Just 5 Minutes

Widgets are your friends when your phone is having a bit of extra space, but when not, widgets are not your thing. So, the next thing that you need to do is to get rid of all the widgets on your screen that you don’t need. There is no harm in having some of the widgets active, but running too many can be a factor slowing your phone down.

#3: Restart the Device:

Simple Tips to Speed up Your Phone In Just 5 Minutes

The most common and the most practiced tip for your smartphones is to restart them. Well, this is truly functional to give your phone a fresh start, especially when it is not in the mood to run smooth. Restarting the device can clear the cache, stop unnecessary tasks from running and get your phone back to its speed.

Try out these tips before you bang your cell on the wall!

Using the Samsung Internet Browser

Samsung recently caused stirs in the tech world when it released its beta Samsung Internet Browser. Not just to Samsung devices but to every Android device out there. It does make sense as a large number of devices in the market are non samsung. If you are out looking for a internet browser, this might cut it. Lets find out!

 

Samsung Internet Browser vs Google Chrome


Google Chrome is the most used browser right now. If the Samsung Internet Browser wants to break into the top, it has to topple Google Chrome.

 

To start off with, Samsung has a better UI than Google Chrome. Most of the UI is at the bottom of the screen where it is easier for the thumb and fingers to reach. Smart eh? Plus, Samsung adds a Quick menu which is used to access some other functions with a couple of taps. This quick menu floats, much like Facebook’s chat heads on either the left or the right side. It is also optional.

 

When it comes to privacy, security and ad blocking, Samsung ticks all the boxes here too. It offers a Secret Mode. This means your browsing history will not be recorded. It is also possible to password protect the Secret Mode. Add to that, DuckDuckGo is an option for default searching in the app. If you’re not familiar with DuckDuckGo, it’s a search engine that emphasizes privacy, and doesn’t feed you personalized ads based on searches. Basically, it’s the anti-Google search engine. It also offers an array of ad blocking applications that a person can make use of if they don"t like ads popping up on the screen.

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Videos on the Samsung Internet Browser


You have the ability to pop out the video when you are watching embedded videos. This is much easier than dealing with embedded videos on Google Chrome.