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  • 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...

  • Xiaomi’s goal? Regain top spot in China ‘within 10 quarters’

    2017 saw Xiaomi bounce back from a rather tumultuous 2016, as it clawed back marketshare and delivered a ton of growth globally and in its home of China. The last quarter saw the brand claim the number one spot in India for smartphone shipments, according to Canalys. Then there was its resurgence back home, joining Huawei in being the only major manufacturers to see growth in China in 2017. Now, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has reflected on 2017, while also outlining plans for 2018. And foreign markets will be a big focus. "While continuing to focus on technology innovation and quality improvement, we will...

  • Huawei press invite suggests triple-camera flagship phone

    Rumours have been floating around since December that Huawei is switching from dual-camera technology to triple cameras. Now, the Chinese company has hinted at this switch... Yep, press invites have gone out for a 27 March event (h/t: Pocket Lint) in Paris, with the invite's background clearly featuring three circles. "SEE MOOORE WITH AI," reads the tagline, featuring three Os as well... For those keeping track, the Huawei P9 press invites featured two circles, hinting at what turned out to be a dual-camera setup. Is the next Huawei P-series going to be an imaging powerhouse? A digital artist at one of the company's...

  • Nintendo Switch: 9 indie titles that would make for a perfect fit

    The Nintendo Switch hasn't even been out for a year, but it's already home to a variety of quality titles. Between Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Skyrim, Doom and Super Mario Odyssey, there's no shortage of big-budget fare. The console is also shaping up to be an indie powerhouse of note, so that got us thinking about indie titles we'd like to see on the machine. Here are a few games that would make for a great fit. Nidhogg 2 A local multiplayer title that sees two players frantically duelling against each other, Nidhogg quickly became a staple at gaming nights and game events...

  • Nest, Google hardware teams to merge, separate branding to stay

    It's taken them four years, but Google has announced that smart home company Nest (acquired by Google in 2014) will merge with the Google Hardware team. The move will see the two join forces to "combine hardware, software and services", read an excerpt of a post on Google's blog. Previously, the Nest team worked as a separate division. "The goal is to supercharge Nest's mission: to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it," the post continues. "By working together, we'll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a...

  • Doogee V: next phone with in-display scanner set for MWC 2018

    CES 2018 saw a pleasant surprise in the form of Vivo's X20 Plus UD smartphone, being the first production device with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Now, Doogee has announced that its own effort, the Doogee V, is going to launch at MWC 2018 on 27 February. According to the firm's website, the Doogee V will pack an "in-screen fingerprint sensor", a 6.2-inch OLED screen with iPhone X notch, facial recognition, a 16MP+8MP dual camera setup and a 4000mAh battery. The company adds that the phone will pack "AI" capabilities and wireless charging. They don't seem to be the only phones shown off on...

  • Kerbal Space Program gets expansion, mission builder

    Popular rocket-building and space-faring title Kerbal Space Program has achieved quite a lot of success since its inception. Heck, you know you've done something right when the likes of Elon Musk tweet about it... Now, almost seven years on from its first public release, the game's getting an expansion, called Making History, set for a 13 March launch on PC. As the name implies, we're getting a series of missions inspired by historic events, for starters. "Now you can spacewalk, pull off a crash landing, and attempt to recreate some of the most memorable moments inspired by historic events. But with our...

  • 4 cheap dual-camera smartphones you can get in SA

    Dual cameras aren't just for expensive superphones, as we see the technology come to cheaper devices too. It's one thing to have cheap dual-camera smartphones, but another to have them in the country. Fortunately, there are actually a few devices that fit the bill... Ulefone S8 Pro Ulefone is a little-known Chinese brand, specialising in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. In other words, don't expect blazing-fast phones from this company. Nevertheless, you can buy the Ulefone S8 Pro from the Smartphone Shop on Takealot, coming in at a rather well-priced R2499. For your cash, you're getting a 13MP+5MP combo on the back (enabling depth-of-field tricks), a 5MP...

  • Samsung reveals dual-camera sensors for ‘mid-to-entry-level’ phones

    Dual-camera technology has enabled all sorts of cool photography features in today's smartphones, but the truth is that it's largely restricted to flagships and mid-range devices. Now, Samsung has announced its ISOCELL Dual range of dual-camera sensors, being divided into two dual-camera setups for "mid to entry-level" smartphones. But the interesting part is that Samsung is also equipping each setup with its own proprietary algorithms, reducing the need for a client manufacturer to develop its own algorithms from the ground-up. The 13MP and 5MP setup offer Samsung's refocus algorithms, while the 8MP+8MP set comes with the firm's low-light shooting (LLS) algorithms. "Dual cameras are delivering new and exciting photo-taking experiences...

  • 1080p TV owners get a boost with new PS4 Pro firmware

    The Xbox One X has technically been the better console for gamers still using 1080p TV sets, as gamers still get better performance and improved visual effects on their old TVs. The same couldn't be said for the PS4 Pro, as the console was pretty much a bog-standard PS4 if you were using a full HD TV (with the exception of boost mode for unpatched PS4 titles). Now, Sony has stepped up to the plate with its latest 5.50 system software, launching in beta this week. "PS4 Pro users taking part in the beta will see a new 'supersampling mode' under...