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Richard Lucarelli 2021-07-28
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Android TV 12

Everything indicates that Google will unveil its Android 12 update in September this year. The new update will come first for the Pixel smartphones, the ...

The post Android TV 12 will be a massive update with a lot of new features appeared first on Gizchina.com.

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Robert Russo 2018-12-28
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They've already shipped 200m phones in 2018, but Huawei's not stopping now: today the smartphone megamanufacturer announced a new version of the P Smart phone.

The original P Smart featured twice in EE's January sales deals, suggesting the network was trying to clear stock ASAP, and this is likely why.

The P Smart 2019 features a 'dewdrop display', otherwise known as a mini notch like on the Essential Phone.

6.21-inch screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 415ppi, FHD+ (2340 x 1080)

Octa-core chipset Kirin 710 (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)

8MP wide-aperture (f/2.0) selfie camera with AI

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Michael Wilson 2018-10-20

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

I’ve been using the Google Pixel 3 XL since its launch two weeks ago, and I wholeheartedly agree with our review’s conclusion that the Pixel 3 offers the best Android experience right now.

But there’s one aspect of that Android experience that I can’t abide, and no, it’s not the gargantuan notch.

It’s the appallingly bad new multitasking system, which is mandatory on this year’s Pixel generation, foregoing the option of the old familiar Android button trio as we had with the Pixel 2 on the same Android 9 Pie OS.

On its surface, Google’s new approach to switching between apps looks a whole lot like the one Apple introduced with the iPhone X.

Like my colleague Dan Seifert, who argues everyone should copy the iPhone X’s gestures, I think Apple’s implementation of this approach is gorgeous (in its animations) and quickly becomes second nature once you figure out the basics.

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James Manzo 2018-10-24
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If you knew nothing (or almost nothing) about how to build an app, then get it in front of paying customers, how long do you think it might take you to learn that process?

The 7-Day Android Pie App Bootcamp with Kotlin boldly asserts it’ll only take you about 2 hours a day for just one week.

If you’ve got a brilliant app idea you’ve been burning to develop or you just want to test your skills learning a marketable talent in a matter of days, you can get in on this basic training course for the cost of a fast food lunch, just $11.99 right now from TNW Deals.

While some students get overwhelmed by all-inclusive omnibus courses, this bootcamp is streamlined training tailored to brand-new programmers.

With just six hours of training, instructor and noted iOS developer Nick Walter will get you up to speed on the basics of building with Kotlin and Android Studio while walking you through the creation of three fully-functioning Android Pie apps.

By Day 3, you’ll be assembling your own working Tip Calculator app.

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James Mckinnis 2018-11-13
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Hidden away amongst all the interface enhancements and feature additions in Android Pie is an all-new feature that has somewhat slipped under the radar for many users.

Lockdown mode is a new security-focused addition that is going to be of particular use to anyone who is worried about protecting their private data in situations where their smartphone might not be in their possession.

Let’s start with a quick background on what lockdown mode is all about.

There has been an increasing number of instances where law enforcement officials or thieves have forced smartphone owners to use their fingerprints or face recognition tech to unlock their device.

With face recognition technology becoming faster by the day, you might not even realize that your phone has been unlocked without your permission.

Lockdown mode comes in as a worst-case option that lets you disable face unlock, fingerprint-based unlock, as well as any smart unlock options you might have set up.

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Filiberto Lahey 2019-02-27
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Earlier this month, word surfaced that the Razer Phone 2 would get the Android 9.0 Pie update in the near future, and now that day has arrived.

Razer has announced the release of the Pie update for its Razer Phone 2, bringing more efficient battery use, a greatly enhanced user experience, and more.

Handset owners will receive the update over-the-air starting today.

The Razer Phone 2 is the sequel to the original Razer Phone, offering mobile gamers a device tailored to their gaming needs.

The handset was released in October 2018, bringing with it Android 8.1 Oreo alongside the promise of a future Android 9.0 Pie update.

On February 19, news surfaced that the Android Pie update would drop for Razer Phone 2 on February 27, which is exactly what happened.

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Charles Glass 2019-02-21
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Samsung has made a tradition of releasing two flagship Galaxy S smartphones simultaneously each year, but in 2019, we’re getting three: the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E.

(If you count the S10 5G that’s coming out in a few months, it’s actually four.)

How are consumers supposed to make sense of the new lineup and find the option best for them?

Compatible with new, faster Wi-Fi 6

Wireless PowerShare: you can charge other devices by resting them on the S10’s back

All of the Galaxy S10 models also share at least two cameras:

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Michael Ambriz 2019-08-17

The Realme 5 which will be officially presented on August 20th had a few days back appeared on Geekbench revealing some interesting internal hardware by one of the fastest-growing brands in India.

Now, with only a few hours to the official debut, the Geekbench has again played host to another Realme made phone believed to be the Realme 5 Pro.

Bearing the model number RMX1971, the supposed Realme 5 Pro runs Android Pie and is powered by the same SoC previously used on the Realme 3 Pro – the octa-core processor coupled with 8GB RAM.

Do note that there are reports that say the Realme5 Pro will get the SD 712 and not the 710, so it is plausible the Geekbench got it wrong this time around.

Whatever be the case, the performance scores are not out below expectation.

It returns 1143 and 4618 on the single and multi-core test in that order.

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Peter Williams 2018-11-21
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Google has revealed some details on the inner workings of Android Pie’s Adaptive Brightness setting.

The company discussed how the setting learns from its users and how it will continue to improve as Pie lands on more smartphones.

Google also explained how it improved the brightness slider setting based on how our eyes perceive light.

This is an extension of the automatic brightness display setting many Android users will already be familiar with.

In a post on the Android Developers blog earlier this week, Google explained how and why it’s better than its forerunner.

This is not only intended to save you time manually altering brightness settings, but also to improve battery life; your smartphone should always be bright enough for your needs but not so bright that it’s consuming more battery than is necessary.

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Joseph Wiles 2019-03-18
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A few of the high-profile flagship models have already gotten their freshly baked update but majority are still munching on Oreo cookies or even nutty Nougat.

Those might have become impatient and have started looking for alternative solutions.

Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous developers are taking advantage of them by presenting very fake apps that promise to do the impossible.

To be clear, the only way you can update Android itself is through an OEM’s or carrier’s OTA or by manually flashing it yourself.

It has never been possible to do so via a simple app update from Google Play Store, especially from third-party developers.

Unfortunately, not all Android users are aware of that and some may be desperate enough to try the first search result they see.

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Bruce Garland 2019-02-04
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The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a pretty competitive mid-range smartphone that goes up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro and the Honor 10 Lite.

As Asus gets ready to roll out Android Pie to the device, the company has launched a beta upgrade program for prospective testers.

The beta power user program, as Asus calls it, is meant to test the Android Pie update before the company does a widespread roll-out for all users.

Like many beta programs, the company warns that no downgrades will be provided.

We wish to grow stronger and better with you, the Zenfone Community.

Your feedback & inputs matter, and will eventually lead to the official release of Android Pie.

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Charles Pete 2018-10-21
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Google’s “Flip to Shhh” feature enabled Do Not Disturb on the Pixel 3 when the phone is placed face down on a surface.

The owner of Tasker created a task that mimics the feature on almost every Android device.

Once activated, the task will make a sound when the Flip to Shh feature is enabled or disabled.

Back at I/O 2018, Google showed off a new feature alongside Android Pie called “Shush.” In practice, the feature would enable Do Not Disturb (DND) as soon as a handset was placed face down on a surface.

Finally, at the search giant’s fall hardware event, the feature was made official as “Flip to Shhh” and launched on the Pixel 3 smartphones.

Fortunately, if you wanted “Flip to Shhh” on your Android device, the creator of the popular Tasker app has created a task that replicated the exclusive functionality (via XDA-Developers).

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Richard Bond 2021-04-26
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Realme X2

Realme is working hard to ensure that Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 arrives for most of its devices. The company is taking more time to ...

The post Realme X2 gets Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 beta update appeared first on Gizchina.com.

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Donald Koontz 2018-12-24
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Samsung celebrated Christmas a little early in the form of its stable Android 9 Pie update with One UI for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners.

In addition to the rollout, SamMobile reported that Samsung updated its Members app with its Android 9 Pie update roadmap.

According to the roadmap, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will receive Android 9 Pie in January 2019.

Even though the update is rolling out to the phones starting today, the carrier variants might not see the update for another month.

Next in line is the Galaxy Note 9, which looks to receive its Android 9 Pie update in February 2019.

We’re not sure why the newer Galaxy Note 9 will get the update after the older Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but there it is.

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Sean Biro 2018-11-16
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It’s understandable that many are curious if not excited over Samsung’s Android 9 update.

Plus, it will be the UI that will run on its foldable phone next year.

If that excitement turns into more than just mere curiosity, then you might want to try out Samsung’s One UI Android Pie beta.

That is, if your Galaxy S9 or S9+ qualifies.

Interest over this Samsung One UI isn’t all positive, of course.

Even those on Samsung’s camp are curious how far the company will manage to mess up its Android interface.

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Dwayne Alcorn 2018-12-21

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Code discovered in the latest Android Pie build for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 suggests the company is working on a new night photography mode called Bright Night, reports XDA-Developers.

The code says that it will allow you to “take bright pictures even in very dark conditions,” which is similar to the functionality we’ve seen from Google’s Night Sight mode and Huawei’s Night Mode.

Given how Samsung likes to debut new photography features with each flagship handset, XDA speculates that the company might be about to do the same with Bright Night and the upcoming Galaxy S10, which is expected to be announced at the end of February 2019.

Samsung released new scene optimizer technology with the Note 9 in August, following the addition of super slow-mo to the S9.

After their initial releases, both technologies were later brought to older handsets, which explains how this code has cropped up in a Note 9 build when it’s expected to be announced alongside the S10.

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Richard Lucarelli 2021-07-28
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Android TV 12

Everything indicates that Google will unveil its Android 12 update in September this year. The new update will come first for the Pixel smartphones, the ...

The post Android TV 12 will be a massive update with a lot of new features appeared first on Gizchina.com.

Michael Wilson 2018-10-20

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

I’ve been using the Google Pixel 3 XL since its launch two weeks ago, and I wholeheartedly agree with our review’s conclusion that the Pixel 3 offers the best Android experience right now.

But there’s one aspect of that Android experience that I can’t abide, and no, it’s not the gargantuan notch.

It’s the appallingly bad new multitasking system, which is mandatory on this year’s Pixel generation, foregoing the option of the old familiar Android button trio as we had with the Pixel 2 on the same Android 9 Pie OS.

On its surface, Google’s new approach to switching between apps looks a whole lot like the one Apple introduced with the iPhone X.

Like my colleague Dan Seifert, who argues everyone should copy the iPhone X’s gestures, I think Apple’s implementation of this approach is gorgeous (in its animations) and quickly becomes second nature once you figure out the basics.

James Mckinnis 2018-11-13
img

Hidden away amongst all the interface enhancements and feature additions in Android Pie is an all-new feature that has somewhat slipped under the radar for many users.

Lockdown mode is a new security-focused addition that is going to be of particular use to anyone who is worried about protecting their private data in situations where their smartphone might not be in their possession.

Let’s start with a quick background on what lockdown mode is all about.

There has been an increasing number of instances where law enforcement officials or thieves have forced smartphone owners to use their fingerprints or face recognition tech to unlock their device.

With face recognition technology becoming faster by the day, you might not even realize that your phone has been unlocked without your permission.

Lockdown mode comes in as a worst-case option that lets you disable face unlock, fingerprint-based unlock, as well as any smart unlock options you might have set up.

Charles Glass 2019-02-21
img

Samsung has made a tradition of releasing two flagship Galaxy S smartphones simultaneously each year, but in 2019, we’re getting three: the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E.

(If you count the S10 5G that’s coming out in a few months, it’s actually four.)

How are consumers supposed to make sense of the new lineup and find the option best for them?

Compatible with new, faster Wi-Fi 6

Wireless PowerShare: you can charge other devices by resting them on the S10’s back

All of the Galaxy S10 models also share at least two cameras:

Peter Williams 2018-11-21
img

Google has revealed some details on the inner workings of Android Pie’s Adaptive Brightness setting.

The company discussed how the setting learns from its users and how it will continue to improve as Pie lands on more smartphones.

Google also explained how it improved the brightness slider setting based on how our eyes perceive light.

This is an extension of the automatic brightness display setting many Android users will already be familiar with.

In a post on the Android Developers blog earlier this week, Google explained how and why it’s better than its forerunner.

This is not only intended to save you time manually altering brightness settings, but also to improve battery life; your smartphone should always be bright enough for your needs but not so bright that it’s consuming more battery than is necessary.

Bruce Garland 2019-02-04
img

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a pretty competitive mid-range smartphone that goes up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro and the Honor 10 Lite.

As Asus gets ready to roll out Android Pie to the device, the company has launched a beta upgrade program for prospective testers.

The beta power user program, as Asus calls it, is meant to test the Android Pie update before the company does a widespread roll-out for all users.

Like many beta programs, the company warns that no downgrades will be provided.

We wish to grow stronger and better with you, the Zenfone Community.

Your feedback & inputs matter, and will eventually lead to the official release of Android Pie.

Richard Bond 2021-04-26
img
Realme X2

Realme is working hard to ensure that Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 arrives for most of its devices. The company is taking more time to ...

The post Realme X2 gets Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 beta update appeared first on Gizchina.com.

Sean Biro 2018-11-16
img

It’s understandable that many are curious if not excited over Samsung’s Android 9 update.

Plus, it will be the UI that will run on its foldable phone next year.

If that excitement turns into more than just mere curiosity, then you might want to try out Samsung’s One UI Android Pie beta.

That is, if your Galaxy S9 or S9+ qualifies.

Interest over this Samsung One UI isn’t all positive, of course.

Even those on Samsung’s camp are curious how far the company will manage to mess up its Android interface.

Robert Russo 2018-12-28
img

They've already shipped 200m phones in 2018, but Huawei's not stopping now: today the smartphone megamanufacturer announced a new version of the P Smart phone.

The original P Smart featured twice in EE's January sales deals, suggesting the network was trying to clear stock ASAP, and this is likely why.

The P Smart 2019 features a 'dewdrop display', otherwise known as a mini notch like on the Essential Phone.

6.21-inch screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 415ppi, FHD+ (2340 x 1080)

Octa-core chipset Kirin 710 (4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)

8MP wide-aperture (f/2.0) selfie camera with AI

James Manzo 2018-10-24
img

If you knew nothing (or almost nothing) about how to build an app, then get it in front of paying customers, how long do you think it might take you to learn that process?

The 7-Day Android Pie App Bootcamp with Kotlin boldly asserts it’ll only take you about 2 hours a day for just one week.

If you’ve got a brilliant app idea you’ve been burning to develop or you just want to test your skills learning a marketable talent in a matter of days, you can get in on this basic training course for the cost of a fast food lunch, just $11.99 right now from TNW Deals.

While some students get overwhelmed by all-inclusive omnibus courses, this bootcamp is streamlined training tailored to brand-new programmers.

With just six hours of training, instructor and noted iOS developer Nick Walter will get you up to speed on the basics of building with Kotlin and Android Studio while walking you through the creation of three fully-functioning Android Pie apps.

By Day 3, you’ll be assembling your own working Tip Calculator app.

Filiberto Lahey 2019-02-27
img

Earlier this month, word surfaced that the Razer Phone 2 would get the Android 9.0 Pie update in the near future, and now that day has arrived.

Razer has announced the release of the Pie update for its Razer Phone 2, bringing more efficient battery use, a greatly enhanced user experience, and more.

Handset owners will receive the update over-the-air starting today.

The Razer Phone 2 is the sequel to the original Razer Phone, offering mobile gamers a device tailored to their gaming needs.

The handset was released in October 2018, bringing with it Android 8.1 Oreo alongside the promise of a future Android 9.0 Pie update.

On February 19, news surfaced that the Android Pie update would drop for Razer Phone 2 on February 27, which is exactly what happened.

Michael Ambriz 2019-08-17

The Realme 5 which will be officially presented on August 20th had a few days back appeared on Geekbench revealing some interesting internal hardware by one of the fastest-growing brands in India.

Now, with only a few hours to the official debut, the Geekbench has again played host to another Realme made phone believed to be the Realme 5 Pro.

Bearing the model number RMX1971, the supposed Realme 5 Pro runs Android Pie and is powered by the same SoC previously used on the Realme 3 Pro – the octa-core processor coupled with 8GB RAM.

Do note that there are reports that say the Realme5 Pro will get the SD 712 and not the 710, so it is plausible the Geekbench got it wrong this time around.

Whatever be the case, the performance scores are not out below expectation.

It returns 1143 and 4618 on the single and multi-core test in that order.

Joseph Wiles 2019-03-18
img

A few of the high-profile flagship models have already gotten their freshly baked update but majority are still munching on Oreo cookies or even nutty Nougat.

Those might have become impatient and have started looking for alternative solutions.

Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous developers are taking advantage of them by presenting very fake apps that promise to do the impossible.

To be clear, the only way you can update Android itself is through an OEM’s or carrier’s OTA or by manually flashing it yourself.

It has never been possible to do so via a simple app update from Google Play Store, especially from third-party developers.

Unfortunately, not all Android users are aware of that and some may be desperate enough to try the first search result they see.

Charles Pete 2018-10-21
img

Google’s “Flip to Shhh” feature enabled Do Not Disturb on the Pixel 3 when the phone is placed face down on a surface.

The owner of Tasker created a task that mimics the feature on almost every Android device.

Once activated, the task will make a sound when the Flip to Shh feature is enabled or disabled.

Back at I/O 2018, Google showed off a new feature alongside Android Pie called “Shush.” In practice, the feature would enable Do Not Disturb (DND) as soon as a handset was placed face down on a surface.

Finally, at the search giant’s fall hardware event, the feature was made official as “Flip to Shhh” and launched on the Pixel 3 smartphones.

Fortunately, if you wanted “Flip to Shhh” on your Android device, the creator of the popular Tasker app has created a task that replicated the exclusive functionality (via XDA-Developers).

Donald Koontz 2018-12-24
img

Samsung celebrated Christmas a little early in the form of its stable Android 9 Pie update with One UI for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners.

In addition to the rollout, SamMobile reported that Samsung updated its Members app with its Android 9 Pie update roadmap.

According to the roadmap, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will receive Android 9 Pie in January 2019.

Even though the update is rolling out to the phones starting today, the carrier variants might not see the update for another month.

Next in line is the Galaxy Note 9, which looks to receive its Android 9 Pie update in February 2019.

We’re not sure why the newer Galaxy Note 9 will get the update after the older Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but there it is.

Dwayne Alcorn 2018-12-21

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Code discovered in the latest Android Pie build for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 suggests the company is working on a new night photography mode called Bright Night, reports XDA-Developers.

The code says that it will allow you to “take bright pictures even in very dark conditions,” which is similar to the functionality we’ve seen from Google’s Night Sight mode and Huawei’s Night Mode.

Given how Samsung likes to debut new photography features with each flagship handset, XDA speculates that the company might be about to do the same with Bright Night and the upcoming Galaxy S10, which is expected to be announced at the end of February 2019.

Samsung released new scene optimizer technology with the Note 9 in August, following the addition of super slow-mo to the S9.

After their initial releases, both technologies were later brought to older handsets, which explains how this code has cropped up in a Note 9 build when it’s expected to be announced alongside the S10.