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I don't know about you but I have always wanted an app that would tell me my blood group and save me the trip to the clinic each time I needed to get some blood tests done. It looks like that is not going to be a problem in the future as Google's acquisition of Senosis Health might allow smartphones to do just that.


The start-up from Seattle has developed a technology which can use a smartphone's camera, flash, accelerometer and microphone to measure hemoglobin in blood. The data collected with the help of this technology can then be used to detect early symptoms of certain types of tumors and cancers, lung diseases, kidney issues and most forms of undetected malnutrition. The application of this technology can change the face of telemedicine forever, especially in remote areas of the world and for patients who can't move about easily.


Although it will probably be a while before the kinks are ironed out and the technology is useable on a large scale, Senosis Health might just have handed Google a very potent tool to make medical science more easily accesible to the US and eventually the world.


Via: Android Authority


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Anyone who looks at the Galaxy S8 or the Mi Mix instantly appreciates the bezel-less design and it is expected that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also sport similar borderless display. In fact it seems to be the future of evolution for smartphones in general from here on. However, Google doesn't think that it is necessary to adopt that design as their "only" option yet. Make no mistake, all leaks and rumors are still suggesting that the Pixel XL 2 will be sporting a borderless display, but the regular and smaller Google Pixel 2 will apparently, not be as lucky.

 

Take a look at the picture and tell me if you think it looks exactly like last year's Google Pixel made by HTC or not. I ask this because it looks like that to me at least! Also, if this leak by VentureBeats is to be believed then the Pixel 2 won't have a dual camera either, but then again, that's true for the Pixel XL 2 as well unfortunately.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


 

Courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, we have renders of the upcoming Google Pixel 2 on display here. The video shows off the Google Pixel 2 in beautiful 3D rendering and while it really does look light years ahead of the Google Pixel in terms of design, we couldn't help but notice that it's missing the 3.5mm audio jack. Do take a look at the video above and let us know what you think about this decision by Google, if it really does turn out to be the case of course.

 

Personally, I have never understood the logic behind removing the headphone jack from a smartphone and that is only because there is no logic behind it, just business. It costs next to nothing, doesn't interfere with any other functionality and is something that is preferred by a large section of the customer base. Even if you are all for the "wireless revolution," a headphone jack doesn't stop the smartphone from being compatible with wireless technology or the user from using wireless headphones if he/she wants to. It has more to do with business and marketing than actual usefulness because even if you could shave a few centimeters of a smartphone by eliminating the headphone jack, it hardly matters. Most people would rather have a headphone jack than a paper-thin phone!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Tab S3 have High Dynamic Range or HDR capabilities, but due to lack of quality content, that has not been put into full effect so far. That's about to change though as Google's own Play Movies & TV will now support HDR on these devices. The extremely bright QHD+ Super AMOLED displays are perfect for watching HDR content on them so it's definitely good news if you own any of the devices.


The only thing is that the HDR content is only available in the US and Canada at the moment but it should soon be making its way into India and the UK as well. Rest assured that wherever you are in the world, you will most definitely be getting the same treatment sooner or later, provided that Google Play Movies & TV are available in your location of course. There are a few catches though and they are as follows.


1. The 4K HDR content in the library is only limited to a few movies like Batman Vs. Superman and The Amazing Spiderman 2 at the moment.


2. There's only one Android smartphone/tablet out there with 4K resolution and HDR support; the Sony Xperia XZ Premium


3. You will be spending a lot of data by streaming 4K content and a superfast internet connection with excellent download speeds is necessary to do that.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were without a doubt, the fastest phones running on Android in 2016 and early 2017. While that title might be up for debate now with the launch of a number of smartphones with the next gen flagship processors in 2017, they continue to remain two of the fastest phones that you can buy. In terms of software optimization and camera performance however, they are arguably, still unmatched. With all that said and done, if there was only one gripe about those two smartphones, it would be the design. They just look so outdated compared to the competition, especially with those giant top and bottom bezels. Well, the bad news is that the design may not change much unfortunately.


If the latest report by Forbes turns out to be true, then HTC will be making this year's Pixel phones as well and they will largely reflect the same disappointing design language as that of the HTC U11. In order to find out more about how HTC Soku came to this conclusion by going through the U11's system files, check out the Forbes article here.


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