It’s been quite a while since Android 8.0 Oreo was officially announced. However, some manufacturers are only just getting ready with the updates for their respective smartphones. Huawei is one of them, with the company now detailing the devices that will officially receive the EMUI 8.0 update which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
Google Assistant already supports Netflix. However, the functionality was quite limited, especially if there were multiple profiles on your Netflix account. A new update changes that with Assistant’s ability to voice match each individual based on their profile.
Last year, camera maker RED surprised everyone by teasing a new smartphone: the Hydrogen One. The company did not provide much information about the smartphone back then except for mentioning that it would sport a modular design, a holographic display, and details about its internals. And for interested customers, it also started accepting pre-orders for the smartphone with prices starting from $1,195 and going all the way up to $1,595.
Audiobooks have certainly picked up attention over the years, and Google is finally jumping on board the idea.
Huawei is on a roll in India launching four smartphones in the country over the last two months. More recently, the company launched the Honor 9 Lite in the country which comes with four cameras — two at the front and two at the rear. The price of the handset also ends up making it compete with another offering from Huawei: the Honor 7X.
Google tried to rehash the Android One platform last year in the form of Android Go. Apps and services meant for the Android Go platform would take up less RAM and be lighter on the device overall. After unveiling a handful of Go apps, Google is now launching its widely popular Gboard app under the “Go” moniker.
When you connect to a Wi-Fi network on your Android device, you are able to see how strong the connection is before you connect. This can help a user choose between multiple public hotspots, depending on Wi-Fi coverage.
Chinese manufacturer Vivo is one of the biggest smartphone brands in the region, along with Huawei, Oppo, Gionee, and the likes. Given the highly competitive nature of the mobile industry, there’s a race within the region to bring out the newest innovations on their respective devices. It seems like Vivo is now on the verge of becoming the first company to offer a phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Back in 2016, Google unveiled the Nexus 5X alongside the Nexus 6P. Made by LG, the handset was the spiritual successor of the massively popular Nexus 5 from 2013 and was offered as a cheaper alternative to the Nexus 6P with the same excellent 12MP rear camera. Google also started offering the handset through Project Fi in the US.
The Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are pure magic. It is amazing to see what Google has managed to achieve using a single 12MP rear camera and machine learning while other OEMs are unable to achieve something similar despite using a dual-camera setup on their phones.