Last year, the Trump administration decided to put Huawei and its subsidiaries on the U.S Commerce department's entity list to prevent any security risk. This prevented Huawei to have any kind of trade including the licensing from Google for its new devices. For the first few months, Huawei rebranded its existing pre-certified devices to release in the international smartphone market. Even before the ban, Huawei was working on AppGallery which is the alternate app of Google Play store and Huawei mobile services are alternative to Google Play services.
The company is about to launch its next flagship series - Huawei P40 and customers still need to be convinced that they can survive without Google apps. One of the highlighted app as an alternate of Google app is the native Huawei search app, which is in the beta phase right now. Redditor /u/being null informed us that Huawei is recruiting users in the UAE to test the new Huawei Search application.
Google not only gives you access to the search engine but also has Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google podcasts, and many more. Currently, Huawei search is a basic search engine but we may see other features in the future as well. Huawei search allows you to input a basic query to search the internet for web pages, news, blogs, articles, or videos. There is also a weather widget that displays current 24-hour weather forecast data from the China meteorological administration.
In settings, you can have a peek into the search history or can turn it off, give feedback, change the search region or language, toggle safe search or change the app's search scope. The search service is provided by Aspigel limited. There is no information on which search engine Huawei is currently using as the search results from Huawei didn't match results from Google or Yahoo. This service may seem in its early phases but hopefully, it will evolve into something better and who knows might compete with Google in the near future.
Vivo has already launched the Vivo X50 series in China and may hit the Indian markets at the beginning of July. One of the main selling points of the series is that the Vivo X50 Pro phone comes with a gimbal optical image stabilization technology for its main camera. A new poster by the Chinese firm has released a coming soon text suggests that the X50 series may come the upcoming month.
The Vivo X50 series is likely to arrive in multiple markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Thailand. The series has three devices refer as Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro, and Vivo X50 Pro plus. It remains to be seen whether all these phones make to the market mention above. The Vivo X50 series features a Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED screen and a punch-hole design. The X50 has a flat display panel, whereas the other two upper-tier models have curved edges. The X50 and X50 pro support 90Hz refresh rate whereas the pro model comes with 120Hz refresh rate support.
The snapdragon 765G Soc with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM powers the X50 and X50 pro models. The device has huge internal storage up to 256GB that is enough to store all images, videos, and files of yours. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC powers the X50 Pro plus with up to 12GB of RAM and 256G of native storage. The Vivo X50 trio has 4,315mAh batteries. The X50 and X50 pro support fast charging of 33W whereas the X50 pro plus supports 44W fast charging. The trio phone series is loaded with FunTouch OS 10 on the top of Android 10 OS. The three phones feature 32-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Vivo X50 has a 48MP camera with optical image stabilization technology as its primary camera, a 13MP portrait camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a 5MP macro camera lens camera system. The Vivo X50 Pro also features 4 camera system module with a 48MP with gimbal OIS, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS, a 13MP portrait camera lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens. The phone is available in black, blue, and pink colors. The Vivo X50 is expected to price around $500+.
Nokia recently tweeted about the launch of new budget-friendly smartphones for the Indian market. The phones will be unveiled in an event which will take place on August 25. According to some leaks, the company will take the opportunity to launch a feature phone in the event as well. Among the products that will be unveiled, there will be a 4G feature phone as well. This week we got some detail on the specs and renders of Nokia's upcoming 4G feature phone.
One of these products is a new variant of the Nokia 215 that will probably be called as Nokia 215 (2020) or Nokia 215 4G. As it is clear from the name, the phone fells into the budget category and might be the most affordable phone manufactured this year by Nokia. But, to disappoint many, this phone doesn't have any camera. Perhaps, Nokia thinks of people who can't afford an expensive mobile phone with fancy features. The next device is the Nokia 225 that comes with 4G LTE and can run apps like YouTube and Facebook.
According to the reports, the Nokia 225 has already got clearance from FCC. The pictures or renders uploaded on the internet have a date and time on the display of the device that shows August 3, 2020. Probably, the phone was delayed due to the coronavirus situation in the country and around the world. The source wasn't' certain about the name of the third 4G feature phone.
The phone carries the code name Nokia Leo Basic. The Nokia Leo is also expected to feature support for Whatsapp, Facebook, as from being a 4G phone. Further, you will get a dedicated physical button on the side of the phone which is likely to be used as Google Assistant. The feature phones are likely powered by KaiOS. We don't have any detail on the pricing yet, but we can safely assume that these phones will likely be more affordable than any other phone currently in the market with all these features.
It has become quite a norm with Samsung - just before the release of major smartphones certain information gets leaked. This time around a list of Galaxy S7/S7+/S7 edge accessories have surfaced which gives out pricing info - specifically in the German market. Thanks to German WinFuture, the selection packages few major surprises.
To start off, Samsung is planning to compete with Apple by manufacturing a battery case that would look exactly like Apple's case, which will hopefully look beautiful in terms of design. The case would cost €89.99 ($99.9) which packages a battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh with support for wireless charging. As per recent speculations, the Galaxy S7 is supposed to come with a 3,000 mAh battery and the S7+ and S7 edge are said to package a gigantic 3,600 mAh battery.
Another interesting thing in the list is the first of its kind Samsung LED View Flip Cover (€69.99, or $77.7). According to the source, the flip-type case will have LEDs which will send out notification in case of incoming calls. Finally, a Leather Cover in black and brown color will also be released during the launch.
We have already seen the Pearl Black Galaxy S8 in action and we know that it is very likely that Samsung will bring back the Blue Coral with the S8 due to the color's popularity. However, what we were not expecting was to hear about a violet color variant as well. According to a recent Tweet by Roland Quandt, the upcoming flagship will feature a violet color, along with the black and silver options. Although I am in love with the black, it would definitely be interesting to see how Samsung integrates violet with the S8 and S8+.
Additionally, Quandt also mentions the price which Samsung will charge for the two devices. If he is right then the Korean giant is going to charge a pretty penny at 799 Euros for the S8 and 899 Euros for the S8+. Of course, the price will vary depending on the location, but it shouldn't do so by much. You should know that MobileFun already has the Galaxy S8 listed for pre-order on their retail site at 799 Euros. The S7 and the S7 Edge was launched last year at 699 Euros and 799 Euros respectively, so if the pricing is right, then that would mean a 100 pound more for the S8 and S8+ this year. Do you think the price hike is justified? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It only seems like yesterday that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ was launched, but it has already been nearly a year now it's almost time for the S9 and S9+ to make their entries. Thanks to a render video and multiple rendered images by MySmartPrice, that phase of leaks which precedes every major Samsung smartphone release has now officially started. Check out the videos and images included and visit the source to see even more images.
While one must admit that the S9 does look very similar to the S8 in these renders, there are quite a few changes as well. We have listed the highlight points below for your convenience.
· No in-screen fingerprint scanning
· The iris scanner is going to stay
· The fingerprint scanner stays at the back, but has been moved to the middle, right below the camera, like it should have been on the S8/S8+/Note 8
· Presence of a dual camera setup, although rumors indicate that only the S9+ will be getting two rear cameras this year
· They have retained the 3.5mm audio jack like everyone should
· It's slightly thicker than the S8
Do you like what you see? Will you be upgrading to the S9 or S9+ next year? Let us know it all in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
We have just entered June and we already have a pretty convincing image of the Galaxy Note 9 to show you that definitely is the clearest and most realistic picture that we have seen of the upcoming smartphone so far. The photos were created by Phone Arena and we must admit that if this is a render, it's a damn realistic one! In any case, there's little doubt that this is how the Note 9 will actually look like, given that the Note 9 tempered glass image, which was leaked by @UniverseIce earlier, matches this render perfectly.
As you can see, just like the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the Note 9 will look quite similar to its predecessor, but will pack in a lot more power under the hood. In fact, it would be quite interesting to see if the recent rumor about the Note 9 sporting 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of RAM does turn out to be true!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The world's first smartphone with four rear cameras was just announced officially and it came from Samsung, but what do you think about the Galaxy A9 (2018)? It's still too early to get the consumer's real point of view, but do let us know what you think about this device just from what we know about it so far. I mean, do you think it can compete with the OnePlus 6 or the upcoming OnePlus 6T with its impressive set of cameras? Or do you think the quad cameras are just a gimmick to hide weaker specs? Just in case you are not totally aware of the spec sheet, do take a look at the interesting bits below.
· 6.3-inch, 1080p, Super AMOLED display
· Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 SoC with Adreno 512 GPU
· 6GB/8GB RAM
· 128GB internal storage with micro-SD slot
· Quad Rear camera setup: 24 MP: f/1.7, PDAF, 8 MP: f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 10 MP: f/2.4, (telephoto), 2x optical zoom, 5 MP: f/2.2, depth sensor
· Single front camera: 24 MP: f/2.0
· 3,800mAh battery
· Color options: Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, Bubblegum Pink
Smartphones are not divided into male or female, but there are models that are very popular with the beautiful half of humanity. After all, we all want easy access to the internet, watch the latest media streams or enjoy some of the latest new slots online. What are these devices? Well, here is our top 10 of them.
- Huawei P10 Lite 3 / 32GB
Want a stylish smartphone with good features but do not want to overpay? Check out the new Huawei P10 Lite. The smartphone strikes first of all with its very beautiful glass and steel case. On the back of the case, there is a decent 12-megapixel camera, as well as a fingerprint scanner.
- iPhone X 256GB
Of course, it is impossible not to talk about the new iPhone, especially since this is a completely new model. The main feature is a frameless case, that is, in front of us is a full-screen smartphone. For example, the width of the case is only 70.9 mm, which is noticeably less than that of the iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. The second important feature is Face ID - the unlock function by identifying the owner's face.
- Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 is very popular with both men and women. It should be noted that the latest generation of the flagship from Samsung has received not only a great case design but also a large screen with a diagonal of as much as 5.8 inches. Still, the width of the case is small: only 68.1 mm. Not only the design of the case was changed but also the location of the buttons. For example, the buttons are now touch-sensitive and onscreen, the mechanical Home key is no longer there, and the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. There is also one of the best modern smartphone cameras.
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- Meizu Pro 7 64GB
The new flagship from the company Meizu can be safely recommended to the all women out there, especially the ones who like to take selfies. Why? The secret lies in the presence of an additional screen on the back of the device. It is small and only 1.9 inches, but this screen is very useful - you can display a picture from a double rear camera and take a selfie on it!
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
This smartphone is called the most compact among the flagships on Android. And this seems to be true since, in the market, you can hardly find another equally powerful 4.6-inch smartphone. The Xperia XZ1 Compact has a very stylish, high-quality plastic case, an excellent display, the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory.
- Xiaomi Mi A1 64GB
Xiaomi Mi A1 is perfect for both the male half and the female. It received a stylish metal case, the color of which can be chosen (for example, gold or pink gold), a large 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a dual rear camera, a powerful platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4 GB RAM. But the main feature of this smartphone is the presence of "bare" Android instead of MIUI firmware from Xiaomi, which will certainly attract a separate group of users. At the same time, Mi A1 is relatively inexpensive.
- iPhone SE 32GB
iPhone SE is still a great success, and this is understandable - a 4-inch smartphone built on the basis of the powerful iPhone 6S. If you do not like large smartphones, be sure to check out SE. As mentioned above, it is basically the iPhone 6S, so when it comes to raw performance, SE is beyond praise.
- Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) SM-A320F
This is not the most powerful device, but it's very stylish. The case is made of glass and metal; in this generation, Samsung offered several interesting color options. By the way, the display is quite small, being only 4.7 inches.
- Meizu M5c 16GB
Speaking of budget smartphones, it is impossible not to mention the Meizu M5c. Why? At least because this device looks very cool - the case is made of plastic but of very good quality; the quality of assembly is also excellent. Since we are talking about an inexpensive smartphone, do not expect miracles: there is no fingerprint scanner, dual camera or fast charging function, but there is a high-quality 5-inch screen, an interesting interface based on Flyme OS.
- iPhone 8 64GB
If before, the case was completely metal, now, the back cover is made of glass, and the case colors have changed slightly. What is more? The new processor, updated cameras, the new wireless charging function, and the True Tone color technology.
Just recently official render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was uploaded by Samsung itself. And it looks similar to the previous renders of the upcoming premium smartphone. Reputable leaker Max Weinbach was seemingly the first one to report a pair of images, he found on a Russian version of the Samsung website. Other tech magazines and reporters quickly picked the story and spread the word, with Ben Geskin even tweeting a link - which was still live at the press time. The link was pointed to Samsung's official site showing the render of Galaxy Note 20 ultra. The phone shown in the pictures is in Mystic Bronze color and looks stunning.
Leaker @Onleaks leaked a similar render back in May - though he'd referred to is as the Galaxy Note 20 Plus instead of Note 20 ultra at that time. Nothing in the new image indicates that this is the Ultra model, as even the image's link slug refers to it as the ‘galaxy-note8', so it's the series of leakers who are asserting that this is, in fact, the long-rumored Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Other leaks suggest that there would be a stylus-packing Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in plus size.
We are expecting Note 20 line to be released somewhere in August, we are anticipating more leaks and rumors that give us insight into what the ultra looks like, though this picture gives lots of answers to our design questions. As per rumors and leaks, Galaxy Note 2 ultra will be an evolutionary version of Note 10 plus and will be powered by Snapdragon 865+. The display will be QHD with a 120Hz display refresh rate. We don't know about the price so far, but it is safe to assume that this will be the most expensive handset from the series.
A recent Google Camera APL teardown by the famous tech blog XDADevelopers hints that Google's next mid-range smartphone may have the 24fps video recording. The teardown was of Google's camera latest update - version 7.3.017 and it also includes a few minor tweaks to the app interface and functionality. The app reference towards Google's upcoming device - Pixel 4a. The codenames sunfish, redfin, and bramble appear next to a string titled "pixel_20_mid_range." These codenames could mean reference to the Pixel 4a development board and the other codenames refer to the actual upcoming Pixel 4a devices or it could mean nothing specific. All guesses are just speculation at this point.
The teardown report also suggests that possible 24fps video recording support coming to the Google camera app in the near future. There are two strings hitting at this feature. This could be exciting news for the people who look at the camera specs while making the purchase decision regarding the smartphone. As of right now, people can only record video in either 30fps or 60fps on Pixel devices, but 24fps is the standard frame rate used for film making.
There are a few features that landed in this Google camera update too. Google camera is currently rolling out to the Play store, so you can grab the update as soon as it is available for the users. The update completely reorders the camera apps setting men, pushing the flash settings toggle to the top of the device. It also has a new feature that automatically enables do not disturb mode during the video recording. This means there won't be any notification appearing on the screen while you are shooting a video using pixel 4a even if you forgot to enable it.
Staying true to the tradition of naming their Android iterations after desserts and sweets, Google has finally announced the official name of Android N as Nougat. In case you are curious, real life nougats are chewy Spanish sweets/ingredients made with whipped egg whites, roasted nuts, sugar, honey and candied fruit.
As has been the custom for Google, Android 7.0 Nougat has now received its official statue which depicts the Google Android standing over three nougat bars at its feet. The company expressed its appreciation for the public's response when they had put up an official site for anyone and everyone to suggest a name for the next Android OS. In the launch video, it was also mentioned that those suggestions played a major role in selecting the nougat as their preferred choice.
Android 7.0 Nougat should start to make its appearance by late 2016, especially on Nexus devices. This is a version of the OS that will be heavy on the visual animations and will offer a much better graphical support than Android Marshmallow, which will make way for superior looking games on your Android smartphones.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
There was some fuzzy news about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra brand name, as there wasn't much information and a few other sources suggest that there won't be any phone with ‘ultra' name. But it sure looks real in a new leak coming from a reputable leaker. Anyone interested in mobile phone leaks and rumors knows Twitter handler @UniverseIce. He has a leaker with a good track record on Twitter, and as you can see the image above, it shows off the alleged Note 20 Ultra's all-screen look.
As per the rumors, the devices are powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (the chip hasn't been released yet), and a screen that supports a QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. That's an upgrade on the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, as you can only have one of those things at once there. The tweet also claims that there are new camera features and a brand-new S Pen, but didn't mention any further details.
Another leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has bezels that are 0.29mm thinner than on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Additionally, the forehead and chin are in total narrowed by 0.4mm compared to the Note 10 Plus, the punch-hole camera is said to be 0.1mm smaller, and the "fuselage" (presumably the body) is supposedly 0.3mm thinner. That would mean the Note 20 Ultra is 7.6mm thick. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range likely landing in August, we might not know for sure whether there's a Note 20 Ultra for a while yet, but if there is we'd expect plenty more leaks to emerge soon.
Martin Hajek has just released some beautiful 3D renders of the iPhone 7 in color and we think that it indeed looks very pretty. Of course, these renders are based on the designer's own interpretation of rumors and leaked renders of the next iPhone, but they are probably as close to the real thing as it can get right now.
Hajek had three things to work with and base his conceptualizations on, and they are as follows.
1. The recently leaked renders and schematics that allegedly pertains to the iPhone 7.
2. The rumor that Apple might not be changing much about the iPhone 7 in terms of design, thus sticking to the same basic design elements as seen with the iPhone 6s.
3. The American OEM might be retiring the Space Grey color variant and could be replacing it with a shade of blue.
The results are gorgeous and he even managed to do a photo comparison with the Space Grey iPhone 6s to show us the similarities, as well as the changes that we can expect from Apple this year. We love the shade of blue that he has used for his concept phone and can only hope that Apple will be able to replicate something similar, or even better.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The next iPhone is going to be smaller than the iPhone 7. This is the latest news coming from unofficial sources. We have been hearing for some time now that the basic iPhone 12 might have a 5.4-inch display screen, and the latest leak just gives us a hint that how it will look like in your hands. Recently, a user of the MacRumors forum known as iZac bought a dummy phone of the iPhone. Which means it is not a real phone and more like a model representation of how it will look like. I'm sure you have seen these dummy phones in the mobile phone shops while browsing through these to feel how the real phone looks like before actually making the purchase decision.
If you compare the dummy phone of iPhone SE with iPhone 7, you will see that the latter being slightly large. That's despite the iPhone 7 has a smaller 4.-inch display, the iPhone SE is still smaller by 4.0-inches. According to his claims, the iPhone 12 dummy is 6mm wider than the iPhone SE, and 3mm narrower than the iPhone 7. It may feel more of a stretch to use than the iPhone SE but feels more manageable than the iPhone 7 due to its less rounded edges.
So, if this dummy phone is real then the basic variant of the iPhone 12 might be a great phone for people who don't like big-screen smartphones and prefer to use mobile with one hand. Especially people with smaller hands or girls, who like more compact phones that are easy to handle and keep in purse or pocket. This would be great change as phones are getting bigger and not many smartphones are sold anymore that can be held and use with a single hand, let alone high-end ones. Apple recently launched the 4.7-inch iPhone SE 2020 but that's more of a budget-category phone. It has also similar dimensions to the iPhone 7, so the iPhone 12 might be smaller than this one. Although this doesn't confirm anything, as we get closer to the launch date, we will see more leaks.
Apple is going to launch a smaller model of iPhone 12 with a new display option in iOS 14, which is currently in a beta phase. The leak was reported in the third developer beta for iOS 14 by 9to5Mac, which brought in a small update to an unassuming accessibility setting known as display Zoom. This feature allows users to make an iPhone's interface much large and user-friendly to interact with. It does this by swapping out the interface for the next size down.
For example, with an iPhone 11 Pro max with display Zoom active you can resize icons and text to look similar to the smaller iPhone 11 pro. However, 5.8-inch iPhones (the iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone 11 Pro) have been unable to use this feature, since there has never been a smaller iPhone that uses a face ID, so there wasn't any need for an option in modern iPhones to zoom in the display below an interface designed for a 5.8-inch display.
But this has changed in the upcoming smartphone. Assets found in 9to5Mac's analysis of Display Zoom show compatibility for displaying the iOS 14 user interface at a resolution of 2079 x 960, which is the resolution expected for the rumored 5.4-inch iPhone 12. As such, this adds further evidence that a compact iPhone 12 is indeed in the works. A Mac tool designed to mimic the iOS interface for developers can see what their apps might look like on different iPhones through the use of an iOS simulator. 9to5Mac was able to come up with a simulated 5.4-inch iPhone running at a 2079 x 60 resolution.
Apple has been working on the iOS 14 interface so it could adapt correctly to this resolution and simulated display size. Apple might launch the new iPhone 12 series in September as it has been doing years. However, we may witness some delays in the shipments due to coronavirus-related problems. The iPhone 12 series will be made up of four models, ranging in size between 5.4 inches and 6.7 inches. All models will feature OLED displays, a new A14 Bionic chip, and a 5G modem if the rumors are to be believed.
Whether you own an iPhone or an Android smartphone, both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store has enough games to confuse anyone who doesn't exactly know what to look for and where. To help the mobile gamer find the right kind of games that they want to play, we have prepared the following brief guide.
Know What You Want
What kind of games do you like? Everybody seems to like PUBG and Fortnite a lot, but maybe mobile FPS isn't the genre you enjoy as much as puzzle games. In that case, we would suggest The Room saga as they are some of the most enjoyable puzzle games across any platform.
Then there are others who might just be looking for some fun slots to pass the time and win some cash in the process. Slotozilla has this huge collection of the best, free slots games online, listed on their site. Rise of Spartans, Bingo Billions and An Evening with Holly Madison are some of our favorites, but the rest of the free titles are each worth a shot as well.
These are just examples of course, but the idea is to find a genre you actually enjoy, rather than just blindly downloading and trying out everything you see. You can do that too if you have the time of course!
Understand that Most Games aren't Worth Your Time
In spite of being populated with millions of apps, very few of them are actually good in both the App Store and the Play Store, but the Play Store certainly has more unregulated and garbage apps for sure!
For example, if you searched for PUBG, you will get the game as the first recommendation, but just below it, there will be a ton of other rip-off games and apps which only sound similar, but is far from the real deal.
Check the Reviews and Suggestions
There was a time when reviews could actually be trusted, but paid reviews have made the internet an unreliable source of information. Even then, when you are trying to download any game, look for the following signs to know if it's worth your time.
· It should preferably have at least 100,000 - 1,000,000 million downloads
· Check the aggregate review score, as that many reviews can't be faked
· If It's below 4.0, it's probably not going to be good
· When there's an "Editor's Choice" badge next to it, it is most likely one of the better games
· See what the 1 Star and 2 Star reviews are complaining about, and whether that has relevance to you
Look Beyond the Google Store
Not all good games and applications are found in the Google and Apple stores mind you, especially if you like gambling games involving real money. Additionally, the PS1 & 2, Dreamcast and other emulators are also not available to download from the official stores. So feel free to venture outside the realm of the Play Store and try out a few external apps as well.
You might even be surprised at the result, but be careful to ONLY download authentic apps that have reviews online to support their authenticity. As for Apple users, well, you are out of luck! Short of jailbreaking, your iPhone or iPad will not allow any external apps to be loaded on them.
I love emojis and apparently, so does Google. The latest iteration of the Android OS adds 72 new emojis to the list. Apart from the new Unicode 9 emojis, there will also be more details such as skin color modifiers added to some of them. In fact, Google has actually made some of the emoticons clearly recognizable as male or female, while earlier they were gender-neutral. If you are wondering why they did that, it was done to give the emojis a human-like look to make them more relatable. This of course, takes a toll on the inclusivity of the emoticons worldwide, even with the modifiers.
Take a look and tell us if you like the new emojis or did you prefer the less human-like ones we used to see earlier. Personally, I think that while it may be more relatable for certain people, especially with the little modifiers, the original ones had a charm of their own. However, the new move will allow for better cross-platform recognition. This means that your friend on the iPhone will finally be able to see the emoji you had sent her without any compatibility issues.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
No, Google is not making chocolates and yes, it's been hinted that Android v8 could be called Oreo. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the head of Android had earlier posted a GIF image on Twitter that showed a dessert with Oreos sticking all around it in a ring formation. Normally, we would think that this almost confirms that the next Android OS will be called Oreo. However, we are not so sure this time.
It is very likely that Lockheimer is actually trying to pull one on us! He did the same last year when he had hinted in a similar way that Android OS v7 could be called Nutella. As Nutella never really came to be, Oreo could be looking at the same fate. We will have to wait for at least a few more months before we know for sure though.
Did you like the name Oreo? Do you think this would be a good name or do you agree that the head of Android is trolling us? Let us know your point of views regarding the matter in the comments below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Lenovo has just unleashed a brand new series, which will replace the Moto X series of smartphones, starting from 2016. Both the phones in the new Z-series will come with top tier specs like a SD 820 CPU, a 5.5-inch QHD panel, 4GB of RAM and even the choice for 32GB/64GB in-built storage (along with expandable SD card slots). The regular Moto Z will sport a 13-megapixel rear sensor with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and a dual tone LED flash for pitch dark conditions. On the front, there's the 5-megapixel snapper with a dedicated selfie-flash and a wide angle lens for group selfies. All this will be powered by the Quick charging 2,600mAh battery inside the Z.
The Moto Z Force has the bigger 3,500mAh battery and a shatterproof glass on the front. Lenovo calls the glass "ShatterShield" and they are confident that it cannot be broken by even the roughest of falls. The thicker and more premium device also features a higher resolution 21-megapixel sensor with phase detection laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.8 for low-light photography. In spite of the flagship specs, what we did not like is the missing headphone jack that we have grown accustomed to. Although an USB Type-C to headphone adapter is included in the box, it means that you cannot simultaneously use the Type-C port for charging or data syncing, while listening to the headphones.
In addition to the missing 3.5mm jack, the two Moto phones also bring something else that the market is just getting accustomed to. Both phones have 16 magnetic dots at the lower-back area and they are equipped to connect with the "Moto Mods." Similar to what we saw with the LG G5 modular phone that was released earlier this year, the Moto Mods are modular accessories created specifically for the Moto Z smartphones to enhance the device's already impressive capabilities. There's the InstaShare Projector mod and some stylish case mods, but we found the JBL Soundboost mod to be the most impressive with its twin 3W speakers and a 1,000 mAh battery to boost the phone's usage time.
As is evident, the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force has a LOT to offer, but you will have to wait till September to get your hands on one, if you are outside the US. Verizon in the US however, will release their "Droid Editions" sooner.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)