Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Google Pixel 2 Has Automatic Dark And Light Themes Based On Your Wallpaper

9:32:00 PM

The new Google phones have everything better than their previous models. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not only fast, better battery but also pleases the eye more. There are many software features that aren't available on other phones except Pixel phones. For example, the launcher theme changes automatically based on your wallpaper.

If your wallpaper has lighter colors, your phone will be change the theme to white and if you pick a wallpaper which is darker or close to black. You do have to go pretty dark to trigger this, though.

The dark theme covers up the app drawer, folders, and quick settings. The dark theme looks great there, Google needs to put a toggle for users though because sometimes my wallpaper is very precious to me.

What do you think about it? Let us know!

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Android Oreo 8.1 Coming To Pixel Phones In The “Coming Weeks”

9:17:00 PM

As you all know, we just posted that Google announced the Pixel Visual Core this morning, the company’s first in-house SoC for smartphones. They didn't stop there, they also announced that an Android 8.1 update is arriving in the “coming weeks.” Through their blog post with details on the Pixel Visual Core they mentioned that we’ll see this chipset first enabled with Android Oreo 8.1.

Here's what they said :

In the coming weeks, we will enable Pixel Visual Core as a developer option in the developer preview of Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1).

That's the only detail we have. Looks like Android 8.1 will be the first maintenance release (MR1) for Oreo and will show up on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

If MR1 for Oreo is anything like MR1 for Nougat, we could see a handful of new features. Remember last year with Android 7.1, Google gave us App Shortcuts, support for circular icons, image keyboard support (like GIFs and stickers in Gboard), and a couple of other minor changes.

As we learn more about Android 8.1, we’ll let you know.

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Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL Has Google’s First In-House Chipset Called Pixel Visual Core

8:47:00 PM

We have heard this rumor that Google wanted to design their own in-house chipsets for their phones. But we never heard anything after that until today.This morning, Google announced that Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both comes with Google’s first custom-designed System on Chip (SoC), called Pixel Visual Core, though this one was made to help with the outstanding camera in each rather than replace the work of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line. In the coming weeks and months, Google will enable the Pixel Visual Core to help bring the Pixel camera’s HDR+ magic to third party camera apps.

Yes, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has a secret Image Processing Unit (IPU) that none of us knew about until now and hasn’t even been turned on yet. That’s kind of cool, right?

Google's goal is to bring the Pixel 2’s HDR+ smarts to others outside of the Google Camera app. The SoC will do so by taking advantage of its eight Google-designed custom cores that can deliver “over 3 trillion operations per second on a mobile power budget.” By using the Pixel Visual Core, Google says that HDR+ can run 5x faster and at less than 1/10th the energy than if it was trying to through the application processor (like the Snapdragon 835 in these phones). There are many more nerd details here than that, but it’s over my head and so I’ll leave those dirty details to those willing to dive into the press release below.

Here are a couple of examples of the HDR+ capabilities that are coming to third party camera apps, thanks to Pixel Visual Core:

Of course, since this is Google’s first chip, they won’t just stop with opening up HDR+ to others. They already have the “next set of applications” lined up that they want this Pixel Visual Core to power.

The Pixel Visual Core will be enabled first as a developer option in the “coming weeks” through an Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1) developer preview. Further down the road, likely when Android 8.1 goes stable, Google will enable it for all third party apps to use within the Android Camera API.

Press Release
Pixel Visual Core: Image processing and machine learning on Pixel 2
The camera on the new Pixel 2 is packed full of great hardware, software and machine learning (ML) so all you need to do is point and shoot to take amazing photos and videos. One of the technologies that helps you take great photos is HDR+, which makes it possible to get excellent photos of scenes with a large range of brightness levels, from dimly lit landscapes to a very sunny sky.
HDR+ produces beautiful images, and we have evolved the algorithm over the past year to utilize the Pixel 2’s application processor efficiently and enable the user to take multiple pictures in sequence by intelligently processing HDR+ in the background. In parallel with that engineering effort, we have also been working on creating capabilities which enable significantly greater computing power, beyond existing hardware, to bring HDR+ to third-party photographyapplications. To expand the reach of HDR+, to handle the most challenging imaging and machine learning applications, and to deliver lower-latency and even more power-efficient HDR+ processing, we have created Pixel Visual Core.
Pixel Visual Core is Google’s first custom-designed System on Chip (SoC) for consumer products. It is built into every Pixel 2, and in the coming months, we will turn it on through a software update to enable more applications to use Pixel 2’s camera for taking HDR+ quality pictures.
Let’s delve into some of the details. The centerpiece of Pixel Visual Core is the Google-designed Image Processing Unit (IPU)—a fully programmable, domain-specific processor designed from scratch to deliver maximum performance at low power. With eight Google-designed custom cores, each with 512 arithmetic logic units (ALUs), the IPU delivers raw performance of over 3 trillion operations per second on a mobile power budget. Using Pixel Visual Core, HDR+ can run 5x faster and at less than 1/10th the energy than running on the application processor (AP). A key ingredient to the IPU’s efficiency is the tight coupling of hardware and software—our software controls many more details of the hardware than in a typical processor. Handing more control to the software makes the hardware simpler and more efficient, but it also makes the IPU challenging to program using traditional programming languages. To avoid this, the IPU leverages domain-specific languages that ease the burden on both developers and the compiler: Halide for image processing and TensorFlow for machine learning. A custom Google-made compiler optimizes the code for the underlying hardware.
In the coming weeks, we will enable Pixel Visual Core as a developer option in the developer preview of Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1). Later, we will enable it to all third-party apps using the Android Camera API, giving them access to the Pixel 2’s HDR+ technology. We can’t wait to see the beautiful HDR+ photography which you already get through your Pixel 2 camera also be available in your favorite photography apps.
HDR+ is the first application to run on Pixel Visual Core. As noted above, Pixel Visual Core is programmable and we are already preparing the next set of applications. The great thing is that as we follow up with more, new applications on Pixel Visual Core, Pixel 2 will continue to improve. We’ll keep rolling out other imaging and ML innovations over time—keep an eye out!

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[Video] Google Pixel 2 Has A New Power Menu

1:16:00 AM

Google latest smartphones Pixel comes with stock Android but not completely. Google always added some Pixel exclusive features to their Pixel devices. And today, we got to know about one of their new change which comes with Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL.

Android's power menu has always been a simple and a basic one. Last year when Pixel 2016 got released Google added an Restart button and that's it. But Google Pixel 2 didn't get any new feature but a brand new look.
In this video you can see, the popup should come at the center of the screen but instead it comes on the left side right next to the physical power button on the Google Piixel 2. Triggering the menu has the fresh redesign slide in from the side with the same power off and restart options.

This is not something groundbreaking but a pretty neat change and which feels very polished. There is no information whether this will come to Pixel 2016 phones. We will update you about it when that happens.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Moto G5S Now Comes In Midnight Blue Color Variant In India

12:19:00 PM

Lenovo-owned Moto recently launched Moto G5S smartphone, which is a successor of the Moto G5 in Lunar Gray and Fine Gold colors in India back in August on Amazon.in. Today it has launched the Midnight Blue color variant of the smartphone in the country. Other specifications of the phone are same, including a 5.2-inch 1080p screen , Snapdragon 430 SoC, 16MP rear camera, metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor and a 3000mAh battery with support for Turbo charging.

Moto G5S specifications
  • 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display with Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection
  • 1.4GHz Octa-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Dual SIM
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera with flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Water repellent nano-coating
  • Bottom-ported loudspeaker
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 150×73.5×8.2mm to 9.5 mm; Weight:157g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC
  • 3000mAh battery with Turbo Charging
The Moto G5S Midnight Blue variant is available on all the retail stores and Moto Hubs starting today,  October 14th at a Special Diwali price of Rs. 12,999 and EMI schemes from 14th to 21st October after that it will cost Rs. 14,999.

Commenting on the launch, Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India said:

We continue to offer products that enhance our customers’ experiences. This festive season, we have come up with the new contemporary color variant that will connect with our new-age customers’ sense of style and offer them the opportunity of being a part of the most popular Moto family in the country.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo Comes To OnePlus 3/3T Thanks To The Latest Open Beta

10:42:00 PM

In the recent months, OnePlus keeping up their reputation and providing a good user expirerence and fast updates for their flagship devices. Also, their OnePlus's Open Beta program can be a cool way to experience new features, so long as you don't mind a few bugs. 

Today, OnePlus brings Android 8.0 Oreo Beta to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users before rolling it out to all of its users later in the year.

Here is the changelog :
  • Update to Android O (8.0)
  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • Updated security patch to September
  • Added notification dots
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus
Known issues of the first Android O Beta
  • Fingerprint unlock may be a bit slow in some situations
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Stability of NFC and Bluetooth need to be improved
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will be optimized continuously
  • Complete device tree will be released after a week
The OnePlus Music app has been removed from this build.

As a beta build, there are some issues like, some application optimisation issues and the fingerprint scanner will be performing slower than you are used to – for now. Reverting back to the previous Open Beta is a convoluted process, but it can be done while keeping the internal storage data. You can find rollback instructions from OnePlus thread from the source link.

It’s great to see OnePlus increasing dedication in this aspect and that the OnePlus 3 and 3T are still getting so much attention from the company, even after the OnePlus 5 has been released. While the company keeps finding itself embroiled in controversy (and the timing of this update might have something to do with that), we can at least commend their software support efforts. Now it’s time for us to get flashing!

Source : OnePlus

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Google Confirms 2016 Pixel Owners Can Upload Unlimited Photos With Original Quality For Life

7:53:00 PM

Last year, when the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were launched, Google promised owners of these two devices will have unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos in Google Photo. No expiration date was ever mentioned. So when the word came from Mountain View that Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners will get the same treatment of their photos and videos, but only through the end of 2020, beads of sweat started to drip off owners of the first-gen models. 

Would their unlimited storage of original quality photos and videos also expire after three more years?

According to Google, the answer is "No!" While pictures and videos taken by Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners will still be stored on an unlimited basis after 2020, the images will be uploaded in "high-quality." Note that this is considered a slight drop-off from original quality. One of the Google representative gave some clarification and said nothing has changed when it comes to the original Pixels. Both the 2016 Pixel and 2016 Pixel XL will continue to receive free unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos with no time limitations.

It is rare when an earlier version of a particular model phone gets a better feature than the newer sequel. But in this case, Pixel and Pixel XL owners will get to store photos and videos in original quality for their lifetime. Owners of the two sequels have only three years to enjoy the same.

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Google Drops Price of Headphone Jack Adapter From $20 to $9

12:14:00 PM

You may know that Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL doesn't have headphone jack which is enough disappointing and on top of that Google also went ahead and priced the USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for the handsets at a steep $20. While the company will bundle one such adapter with the devices, most people are likely to lose them and hunt for replacement units soon after.

The steep price led Google to receive a lot of backlash from various online forums. Now, sense seems to have prevailed over at Google as the company has dropped the price of the said adapter from $20 to $9 — a much more reasonable price tag. This new price tag is the same as what Apple charges for its Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.

The adapter will make the transition from the 3.5mm headphone jack to wireless audio easier for many. However, a high price tag for the adapter would have acted as a deterrent and would have made many people look for alternative smartphones. With a more reasonable price tag of $9 though, Pixel 2 owners are less likely to fret when they lose the bundled adapter in their box.

While the adapter will allow you to listen to music using your existing headphones through your Pixel, you still won’t be able to charge the device while listening to music. For that, you will have to look at alternative dongles from other accessory makers. 
If you need one of these, click the link below!

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