Alcatel today announced the world’s first Android Go smartphone. Google had announced its Android Go platform late last year. Meant for low-end budget devices, Android Go devices feature anywhere between 512MB to 1GB of RAM. They will run a version of Android Oreo that is optimized for low-end hardware along with a lighter ‘Go’ version of all of Google’s apps and services.
The team behind LineageOS today announced the release of LineageOS 15.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The release comes months after Google first released Android Oreo in September last year. The LineageOS builds based on Android 8.1 comes with a number of underlying changes that will help the future releases of the custom ROM.
LG today kickstarted MWC 2018 by announcing the V30S ThinQ. An improved version of the LG V30 from last year, the V30S comes with new AI technologies and more storage and RAM.
Samsung is all set to unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in Barcelona, Spain on February 25 — a day before MWC 2018 starts. The Korean company will be unveiling its flagship smartphone in Barcelona after a gap of one year. While the Galaxy S7 was unveiled at MWC 2016, Samsung did not unveil the Galaxy S8 at 2017’s MWC.
The Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi go on sale in India from later this week. Given the hype surrounding them and the consumer interest, the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are going to sell like hotcakes much like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4.
Google unveiled Google Lens last year which brought the company’s machine learning prowess to photos and images. However, Google Lens has been limited to Photos and Assistant on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL since it was first unveiled.
Way back when Android Marshmallow was launching, Google including a dark theme in the developer preview, which obviously made a lot of Android fans hyped for the potential feature’s debut to the public.
In August last year, Google unveiled ARCore to take on Apple’s ARKit. ARCore was released as a preview version back then that was still being developed. It supported a limited number of devices, though Google promised to support a wider variety of devices when it launched ARCore 1.0 to the public. That day has finally arrived as Google has announced that ARCore is now out of preview.
Sony is the sole Android OEM out there that is yet to release smartphones with an 18:9 aspect ratio display and minimal bezels at the front. With even budget Android phones now coming with full view displays at the front, it was puzzling to see Sony release smartphones with huge bezels at the front.
Google today announced a bunch of updates for Google Assistant which will make the assistant smarter and more useful. Firstly, Google has started rolling out Routines to Assistant users. Initially announced last year, Routines will allow users to chain multiple actions into one voice command.