Motorola’s indestructible smartphone is back. At the #HelloMotoWorld event today, the company took the wraps off the Moto Z2 Force, their latest and greatest flagship phone. But the newest generation comes with some shiny new things and, of course, some compromises.
The last Android O developer preview dropped in early June. That was Dev Preview 3. And here we are, nearly two months later, and the Android team has gone ahead and dropped Dev Preview 4.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of SoC’s is one of the most popular around the world when it comes to smartphones. In a recent patent filing, the name of the newest Snapdragon chip was confirmed: the “Snapdragon 845” chipset.
Xiaomi tends to make the news every week, with its new launches and one year anniversary in India coming up, there are a ton of new leaks and rumors doing the rounds. Xiaomi tends to keep its big bang releases delayed until the latter half of the year, and that time is almost here.
One of the biggest anticipated news is that of MIUI 9. MIUI is Xiaomi’s take on Android, and it is one of the most controversial skins around, with equal parts of hatred and love going for it. Thus, it is kinda obvious that any news about MIUI 9 is sure to make waves. However, a new device launch is also around the corner. The device touted the Mi 5X, is an incremental step down from the erstwhile flagship. However, it is being targetted towards the young audience, and the threat seeming stems from other Chinese manufacturers that are giving Xiaomi fierce competition in China and India, one of the key markets for these manufacturers.
Continue reading “Xiaomi Roundup: Mi 5X, MIUI 9, and more”
Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+? Chances are you’ve heard some cool news about Samsung’s own voice assistant being installed natively on the S8 and outsmarting Google’s Assistant in terms of raw intelligence. You may have even searched through the thousands of settings options to find out how to activate an always-on listening feature. Well, wait no further: Bixby is here, and here to stay.
Back when Nougat was released, in August 2016, rovo89 said that a Nougat update for Xposed was coming in 2017. However, Nougat brought with it so many changes that it has taken quite a bit of time. The good news is that we can finally use Xposed on Nougat, as a dev has managed to port it. The bad news? It’s not what you think it is.
Once again, Apple is last to the party. Fashionably late maybe, but late, nonetheless. Silicon Valley’s finest introduces a brand new device: A voice-controlled home assistant speaker. Just like everyone else.
As with most parties, it’s hard to appreciate a fashionably late arrival when the perpetrator hasn’t helped send out invitations, set up decorations, plan activities, or even bring a side dish. Pretty socially un-cool. So did Apple bring something new to the table, or did it just copy everyone else (again)? Continue reading “HomePod on the range”
It seems that everyone wants to make more messaging apps instead of making the current ones better (looking at you, Google). Now Amazon has jumped on-board too, with rumors that it’s working on a messaging app called Amazon Anytime.
Google Duo has certainly received less criticism than that of its sister-app, Allo. Of course, it’s not battling issues like “SMS fallback” and whatnot, and it’s still not perfect, but more or less, it’s definitely a solid app, and today, Google’s video calling application has crossed another milestone today—100 million downloads on the Play Store.