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  • LG’s WebOS now in open-source flavour, available for Raspberry Pi

    WebOS is probably the most underrated mobile platform in modern smartphone history. The Palm-made OS introduced the card-based multitasking menu seen on every platform today and gestures used by the iPhone X. HP eventually acquired the platform from Palm, before LG acquired it for use in its smart TVs. Now, the South Korean colossus has revealed WebOS Open Source Edition (WebOS OSE), as well as a first target device. "Web developers can easily build apps and services for webOS OSE. With the initial release, you can port webOS OSE to Raspberry Pi 3 for use in your own projects. It will be extended in...

  • ARCore 1.0: these are all the supported phones

    Back at MWC 2018, Google announced that its ARCore platform for augmented reality was ready for prime-time, hitting 1.0. Since then, we've seen quite a few AR-toting apps hit the Play Store, but what about compatible phones? Well, that's more complicated... Nevertheless, the full list of ARCore-compatible phones (as of writing) is the Asus Zenfone AR, LG V30 and V30+, Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, the OnePlus 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. Samsung also used its Unpacked event to confirm that the Galaxy S9 phones would offer ARCore support in the near future. Since the...

  • Honor 2018 flagship coming, to be based on Huawei P20?

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand saw a stealthy launch in South Africa earlier this month, offering the mid-range Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. The brand is also known for taking flagship Huawei phones and releasing them under the Honor name, albeit with a different design and a few other tweaks. For example, we saw the Honor 9 in June 2017, essentially being a Huawei P10 in terms of chipset and camera setup. Back in 2016 we also saw the Honor 8, being a Huawei P9 with a few changes. Now, an Honor representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the sub-brand will be offering...

  • More Android apps will be able to accurately track your driving, walking

    Driving modes have silently become one of the more indispensable features for smartphone users, allowing users to concentrate on the road. But truth be told, few third-party Android apps have been able to take advantage of this data. This week however Google announced that the so-called Activity Recognition Transition API was being made available to all Android developers. "We've heard from developer after developer that they're spending valuable engineering time to combine various signals like location and sensor data just to determine when the user has started or ended an activity like walking or driving," read an excerpt from an official...

  • Huawei P20 Lite launched in China, called Nova 3e because Huawei

    The Huawei P20 launch is still a few days away, but the firm held an event in China for the Nova 3e. And it's pretty much the Huawei P20 Lite with a different name -- the firm isn't averse to giving different names for various markets. The Nova 3e packs an identical design to the P20 Lite that was leaked by Evan Blass earlier this month. It's also not the first time that we've seen the phone, as an Italian retailer outed the device a few days ago. But this is indeed the first official look at the Lite model. The...

  • Exynos 9610: a rival to Snapdragon 660, Helio P60?

    Samsung's Exynos chipsets are nothing to scoff at, frequently sparring with Qualcomm's top-flight processors. The firm also produces mid-tier chipsets for its cheaper smartphones, and the latest chip, the Exynos 9610, looks to take on Qualcomm and Mediatek's cheaper offerings. Samsung is clearly positioning the chipset as an AI-focused bit of silicon, touting a vision and image processing unit. However, as the name implies, it seems like the AI bits are purely for camera-related tasks. "The unit consists of a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that efficiently converts analog streams of images and video into a digital signal and a neural-network engine that analyses...

  • Breath of the Wild glides to victory at GDC 2018

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has claimed its place as one of the greatest video games of all time, following its March 2017 launch on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Now, the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2018 has seen it earn three awards. The open-world title claimed awards for best audio, best design and game of the year, being the only title to claim three awards on the day. However, Cuphead and developer Studio MDHR claimed two awards for best debut and best visual art. Mobile title Gorogoa also claimed two gongs for best mobile...

  • Hisense H11, F24, E7 hit SA, here’s what they’ll cost

    Hisense is no stranger to the South African mobile landscape, producing a few budget devices as well as several durable (yet mid-range) smartphones. Now, the company has announced its latest crop of devices for South Africa, in the form of the H11, F24 and E7. The H11 is undoubtedly the star of the show here, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor that's at pretty much at the bottom of the mid-range market. In fact, this is the same chipset seen in last year's Hisense C30 Rock (review). Other than the older chip, it's got a 12MP main camera (Hisense says it, 16MP selfie camera,...

  • Don’t expect high-end Honor smartphones in South Africa

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand silently launched in South Africa last week, bringing the mid-range Honor 7X and Honor 9 Lite to the country. The two devices are very similar to the R4000 Huawei P Smart, save for a few tweaks here and there. But the sub-brand also plays host to some high-end wares, such as the recent Honor View 10 and Honor 9. However, you shouldn't hold your breath for these top-shelf phones anytime soon. "Will we see high-end Honor phones in the country, such as the Honor View 10 and Honor 9?" we asked the sub-brand in an emailed query. [caption id="attachment_107330"...

  • Huawei P20 Pro has 40MP, 20MP, 8MP rear cameras – report

    By now, it's a given that the Huawei P20 Pro will be packing a triple camera on the back -- just when you got used to the idea of dual camera smartphones. Now, WinFuture journalist Roland Quandt has revealed the exact nature of these cameras. And the report claims 40MP, 20MP and 8MP rear shooters. The 40MP camera means it'll go toe to toe with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on paper, although the Lumia's 41MP camera actually topped out at 38MP. According to Quandt, the 40MP and 8MP cameras are in one housing, while the 20MP camera is in a separate housing....