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  • Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

    It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. In fact, if you happen to have a Sony Xperia XZ2, or Nokia 7 Plus, you may be able to receive an official Android P beta build from your vendor. If not, you're just going to have to see what's brand new in this piece. AI everywhere Google's word of 2018 is AI apparently. From its news product to Android, AI is going to be everywhere in the company's future. And I'm already tired of its countless references to...

  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • 4 interesting ARCore apps you should download

    Google's ARCore is finally available to all -- if you have a compatible device, of course. But for those with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or OnePlus 5 (among other devices), it means you can check out the firm's improved take on augmented reality. But where do you start though? We've got four interesting ARCore apps to play with. BBC Civilisations AR Ancient history seems like a good match for augmented reality, bringing dusty relics and important artifacts to life in a way few platforms can match. So we're glad to see the BBC release the Civilisations app, being a rather polished, content-rich...

  • Notch a chance: Xiaomi’s ‘work of art’ Mi Mix 2S debuts for $530

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official, and not sporting a notch (thank the phone gods). Instead the Chinese marque has remained true to the original Mi Mix, waging an even greater war on the bezel. But it's quite a beautiful war, even if it's not much of an aesthetic step-up from 2017's Mi Mix 2. Shirking Apple's trendsetting quirks, the Mi Mix 2S flaunts an 82% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a 5.99-inch LCD display slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a fingerprint reader located in the middle of the device, flanked by a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it? [Updates]

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed!

    Android Oreo is running on just over 1% of all Android devices right now, but that hasn't stopped Google from announcing the developer preview for Android P. The latest version of Android is available now for developers to try out. And if MWC wasn't a hint, then Google is also telling us that notches are an accepted thing on Android now. Yep, notch support is built into Android P. "Cutout support works seamlessly for apps, with the system managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout. If you have critical, immersive content, you can also use new APIs to check...

  • Google brings plenty of news in time for MWC 2018

    Mobile World Congress week is upon us, and Google has made several key announcements to mark the start. First of all, the company has confirmed that Google Assistant will dramatically increase its footprint, saying the assistant will be available in 30 languages by the end of the year. "In the next few months, we’ll bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones, and we’ll add more languages on more devices throughout the year," the company wrote on its website. "We’re also making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that...

  • Android gets better Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp images, but…

    If there's one problem we have with Android versions of popular apps, it has to be the photos produced by them. Case in point: Snapchat and its awful Android quality for the longest time. Now, Google has announced that it's bringing improved quality to these apps -- but only for the Pixel 2 smartphones. You see, the Mountain View company has finally turned on the phone's Pixel Visual Core, a co-processor that enables HDR+ photography in third-party apps. "This means it'll be easier to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2...