Monday, December 18, 2017

[Leaked] Renders Of Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9+ Reveal Slightly Modified Design

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When it comes to leaking smartphones you can only trust few and Steve H a.k.a. @OnLeaks is one of them. He recently tweeted the leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the bigger brother Samsung Galaxy S9+ , which is expected to be announced in February next year. OnLeaks has always been right about the leaks just like with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ leaks earlier this year, thus giving some credence to this particular leak as well.

The design of Galaxy S9 render looks similar to Galaxy S8 which is nothing new, although the fingerprint scanner has been slightly re-positioned, allowing for easier access. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 have fingerprint scanners placed right next to the camera. But these renders suggest that the sensor will be placed right below the camera instead, which is an interesting choice. Renders also show that the Galaxy S9 will not sport a dual-camera setup on the rear, a feature that appears to be exclusive to the Galaxy S9+.

A heart-rate sensor and a single-LED flash can also be seen on the right side of the rear camera sensor. Renders reveal a USB Type-C port, primary microphone, loudspeaker, and a 3.5mm jack on the bottom. There is also a volume rocker on the left and a power key on the right of the Galaxy S9. The phone is said to have a 5.7-inch display, and feature a bottom bezel just 0.1mm thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S8. The smartphone is said to measure 147.6x68.7x8.4mm.

As for the leaked OnLeaks renders of the Samsung Galaxy S9+, we see an identical design, except for the use of vertical dual rear camera setup. The phone measures 157.7x73.8x8.5mm and comes with a 6.1-inch screen, with top and bottom bezels said to be 0.1mm thinner than the Galaxy S8+.

There are still some questions left to be answered about the next big thing from Samsung, and we’re hoping to find out more in the weeks to come.

Source : OnLeaks

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[Deal] Nova Launcher Prime On Sale For Just $0.99

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[Deal] Nova Launcher Prime On Sale For Just $0.99

If you are an Android enthusiast then you probably like to tweak your phone with custom launchers and all. The big daddy of launcher is Nova Launcher without any doubt. It's not only buttery-smooth but also offers a level of customization that's not present in any default manufacturer environment. Ergo, if you want the best possible Android experience, you'd certainly have to give Nova Launcher a try.

However, Nova Launcher free version limits you with some functionality like you can't really upscale the size of icons past a certain point, which is a hurdle for customization geeks. 

Good news for you because Nova Launcher Prime just went on a sale and can be had for just $0.99, which is a stupidly good price slash of over 80%. Nova Prime normally goes for $4.99 and it's a rather good deal on its own, but at the current price of $0.99, you have no excuses for not getting the lauded launcher in your app library.

There's no saying how long this sale will last, but it's safe to presume that it will be live for the whole holiday season. 

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

[Poll] What is Your Typical Screen on Time in a Day?

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Image Courtesy : Android Authority

If you use your mobile a lot then you care about your battery life. And it is one of the subjects we still talk a lot about, unfortunately. Although nowadays most of the premium phones offers decent amount of battery but still, not all are great when it comes to getting you through a day without looking for an outlet.

So, tell us how much of SoT or Screen on time does you device gives you? Also, feel free to drop your phone model in the comments.

What is Your Typical Screen on Time in a Day?

Less than 2 hour
2-3 Hours
3-4 Hours
4-5 Hours
6+ Hours

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Google Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL Gets A $75 Off Discount

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Google's latest flagship phones getting a small price cut on Google Store for both, the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. The discounts range from $50 on the former, to $75 on the latter model.

 With the new prices, the 64GB Pixel 2 is $599 or $24.96 per month over 24 months with Google Store Financing. The version of the Pixel 2 sporting 128GB of native storage is $699, or $29.16 per month over 24 months using the installment plan offered by Google.

If you're more interested in the larger Google Pixel XL 2, the 64GB model is $774, or $32.25 a month with 24 payments due. The 128GB variant of the Pixel 2 XL has a sale price of $874. Using Google Store Financing, you'll be making 24 monthly installment payments of $36.42 each.

We don't know how long this sale has to run, but we would expect it to continue through at least the end of the holiday shopping season. To take advantage of the sale click the link below :

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Google Is Shutting Down Project Tango On March 1st

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In February 2014, Google launched Project Tango, which is an Augmented Reality system that was made for mobile use. With ARCore made its first big consumer debut with AR Stickers on the Pixel and Pixel 2 this week. Google announced today that its original augmented reality project Project Tango is shutting down. Tango will no longer be supported next year and given the advantages of ARCore, this moving is not all too surprising.

Today, the Tango Twitter account announced the decision this morning as Google unveiled the second developer preview of ARCore. Begining March 1st of 2018, Tango will no longer be supported, with the company pointing developers to embrace its latest AR initiative instead.

The company finally realized that you do not require special hardware sensors and additional cameras for AR, this move is not all too surprising. Only a handful of consumer Tango devices were ever released and by all indications there was little consumer demand.

Tango peaked in June 2016 when the Lenovo Phab2 Pro was unveiled as the first Project Tango phone. With a huge 6.4-inch screen, the handset came with three cameras on back. The trio included a 16MP RGB camera, a snapper for depth perception, and a motion tracking camera. The result was a phone that offered AR features and ran AR flavored apps. When Lenovo showed off the phone, it demonstrated an app that could allow users to take an image of a piece of furniture from an ad, and show how it would look in any room, from all angles. 

Earlier this year, the Asus ZenFone AR launched with support for Tango and Google's VR platform Daydream. Powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the phone, now discontinued by Verizon, was equipped with a 23MP camera with Sony IMX 318 sensors and OIS. Motion tracking and depth sensing cameras were also placed om back. The phone featured a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 QHD display.

Now, as Google shifts its focus to ARCore, software becomes the big driver of AR, which means that you can expect to see Augmented Reality show up as a feature on a large number of Android handsets.

Source : Twitter

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Friday, December 15, 2017

[Download] OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition Wallpapers

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If you are an Star Wars fans then you know that it's hitting theaters today. And there can be some people who didn't booked the tickets on time (hello, that's me).  We got you something that will cheer you up. Yes, Star Wars wallpapers pulled from the special edition OnePlus 5T! 

The wallpapers span a wide variety of The Last Jedi-themed imagery, from silhouettes of Kylo Ren to full-res art of stormtroopers. In line with the menacing theme of the movie, pretty much all of the art in these wallpapers is from the Sith side of things.

The size of the wallpapers are meant to fit OnePlus 5T, so if you apply these on other different resolution devices it will vary.

You can check out the full gallery of wallpapers below, but if you want to just get all the full-res walls in one simple download, you can click the link at the end. From there, just unzip the files and move the wallpapers you want to use over to your devices. 

Let us know whether you liked it or not!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Essential Phone PH-1 Will Get EIS, Project Treble, Double Tap To Wake Feature In Future

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Andy Rubin's Essential startup isn't playing that well but they are very determined to the user's experience and not backing down. In their latest Reddit AMA, it discusses the latest features coming to the Essential Phone, and there are some fun goodies in store.

Many people are still wondering about the PH-1's camera quality. Essential has put a lot of work into making the camera better and while it’s still not fully fixed it, things are certainly improving.

A lot of users asked whether they have planned for improving video, specifically when it comes to implementing EIS (electronic image stabilization). Thankfully, this is indeed on the company’s roadmap, but there’s no ETA as of yet.

Also, good news for those who owns this device regareding on the information of Android Oreo and Project Treble. Essential was more than happy to confirm that the second beta for Oreo on the Essential Phone will actually be coming next week, but Project Treble won’t be arriving with 8.0. Rather, the company is holding that one for its coming Android 8.1 upgrade. It’s also worth noting that users on the 8.0 beta 1 will receive an OTA to beta 2.

The Essential also going to add “double tap to wake.” in their latest update. Unfortunately, this feature has no ETA just yet. And regarding the touchscreen responsiveness, here is what they say :

We are working diligently on it. As we mentioned in our previous AMAs It’s a challenging issue to resolve given our touch panel HW 60hz sample rate. Because of this, there are trade offs in software we are investigating to improve latency without affecting overall touch performance. We want to make sure we get this right and not introduce new touch problems with a hasty fix but I can assure you its an issues our engineering and touch partners are working with us daily to resolve.
You can catch up on all of Essential’s answers over on the original AMA thread over on Reddit. I think this is how the phone should have launched because they are doing everything to make the users happy, plus all the price cuts. Let us know what do you think about this phone?

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Google Assistant Rolling Out To Tablets And Phones Running Android Lollipop

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When Google launched the Google Assistant with the Pixels 2016, it was exclusive to them and soon Google brought the digital assistant to more Marshmallow and higher running smartphones in few months. And now it's finally time for it to expand some more.

First off, it's in the process of being rolled out to even older phones, the ones that still run Lollipop. This rollout is ongoing for users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. You'll get it if you're in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea too. Once you receive the relevant (yet invisible) Google Play Services update, you have to opt-in, and then you'll have an Assistant app icon in your drawer.

The Assistant coming to tablets is probably the bigger news of the day, even if Android slates are slowly disappearing from the market. For starters, only tablet users with the language set to English who are in the US will get it. Hopefully it will make its way to more tablets in more languages in more places soon, but Google hasn't announced anything regarding that yet. 

Despite now being available for phones on Lollipop, if you have a tablet it will only work if it runs Nougat or Marshmallow.

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