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The Next Version of Android: Oreo

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The Next Version of Android: Oreo

Google announces the sweet-themed name, as well as further details, of the next version of the Android operating system-- Oreo, out now in developer preview/public beta form.

Also known as Android O, the update consists mainly of consumer-facing tweaks. These include picture-in-picture multitasking, notification "dots" on frequently used apps, improved battery management, instant app support, an autofill tool for quick and secure password and personal information entry, and, perhaps most importantly, 60 redesigns of the blob-faced emoji.

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The "Bothie" Taking Nokia 8

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HMD Global hopes to introduce a new word with the launch of the Nokia 8, its first Nokia-branded Android flagship-- "bothie," or a photo taken by both front and rear cameras, simultaneously.

Attempts at terminology aside, the Nokia 8 is the Finnish company's take on the likes of Apple and Samsung. It is a 5.3-inch device with an aluminium unibody, inside of which are a 2560 x 1440 resolution LCD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable to 256GB via microSD card) and a 3090mAh battery. The software of choice is stock Android 7 (aka Nougat).

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IDC: Q2 2017 Smartphone Volumes "Slightly" Down

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IDC: Q2 2017 Smartphone Volumes

IDC reports global smartphone shipments total 341.6 million in Q2 2017-- a decline of -1.3% on a Y-o-Y basis, and by -0.8% following a higher-than-expected Q1 2017.

However, despite such a drop in shipments all leading vendors continue seeing positive shipment growth. Samsung and Apple market share remains "relatively" consistent from Q2 2016, while the other 3 vendors making the top 5 (namely Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi) see share growth.

"In my opinion, the biggest change in Q2 2017 is the size of the contraction among the 'Others' outside of the top 5 OEMs," the analyst says. "It's no secret that the smartphone market is a very challenging segment for companies to maintain or grow share, especially as already low average selling prices declined by another -4.3% in 2016. The smaller, more localized vendors will continue to struggle, especially as the leading volume drivers build out their portfolio into new markets and price segments."

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Meizu Adds Selfie Screen to Pro 7 Smartphone

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Meizu Adds Selfie Screen to Pro 7 Smartphone

China's Meizu adds at least one surprising feature to the Pro 7 smartphone flagship-- a 1.9-inch AMOLED touchscreen on the back, ideal for the snapping of selfies or any number of notification features.

The tiny display handles 240 x 536 resolution, and lights up automatically when users flip the phone over. As well as the aforementioned selfie feature, it can also show the weather, clock, notifications and a music player. Meanwhile the main display features a Super AMOLED panel, and comes in either 5.2-inch (1080p) or 5.7-inch (quad HD) sizes.

As for the rest of the hardware, the Pro 7 is one of the first Android smartphones to carry the MediaTek 10-core tri-cluster chipset, the Helio X30. Built using a 10nm processor, it promises newer ARM cores, a more powerful GPU and a faster Cat 10 LTE radio. Also included are a 3000mAH battery with mCharge fast charging technology (3500mAh in the 5.7-inch model), 6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage Cirrus Logic CS43130 DAC, 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera, 12MP f/2.0 dual-camera on the back.

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Infrared Face Unlock, Bezel-Less Screen for Next iPhone?

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Infrared Face Unlock, Bezel-Less Screen for Next iPhone?

Another week, another batch of rumours related to the next iPhone-- according to iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, leaked HomePod firmware reveals the addition of iPhone unlocking through infrared (IR) and face recognition.

In other words, the future iPhone might use IR to 3D-scan, and thus recognise, faces in order to unlock. Trougton-Smith learned this through examining the firmware for the upcoming HomePod smart speaker, which Apple accidently released to developers earlier last week. A number of lines in the firmware code mention "BKFaceDetect," with "BK" possibly meaning "Biometric Kit." Such a name would make sense, considering how Apple likes using "Kit" in developer tools.

The code also refers to an infrared camera, which would be able to detect faces even in the dark. Earlier this month Bloomberg reported a similar story on the next iPhone featuring face recognition through a "new 3D sensor" able scan a face and unlock the smartphone "within a few hundred milliseconds."

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LG Presents Q8 Smartphone

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LG Presents Q8 Smartphone

LG announces a smaller, splash-proof version of the flagship V20 smartphone-- the Q8, a 5.2-inch handset with all features from its bigger sibling, including the always-on second screen on top of the main display.

The Q8 carries all the high-end internals from the V20, such as the Qualcomm 820 processor, 32-bit DAC, 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, secondary 160 x 1040 always-on display and dual-camera setup. Further internals include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable to 2TB via microSD card) and 3000mAh battery.

Connectivity comes through wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, NFC and USB-C. A fingerprint sensor is included, while the body is IP67-rated for resistance against splashes, drops and other such hazards.

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Facebook, Modular Phone Maker?

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Facebook, Modular Phone Maker?

Facebook is reportedly working on the kind of device even the mighty Google gave up on-- modular smartphones, at least according to a patent filed by the social network.

As Business Insider reports, Facebook owns a patent for a "modular electromechanical device" with different components adding functionality such as a speaker, microphone, touchscreen, GPS and even a phone. The result would solve the waste involved when dumping a phone for a better model. Interestingly, the device is designed to act as either a smartphone or a smart speaker.

"Typically, the hardware components included in the consumer electronics that are considered 'outdated' are still usable," the patent reads. "However, the hardware components can no longer be re-used since consumer electronics are designed as closed systems. From a consumer prospective, the life cycle of conventional consumer electronics is expensive and wasteful."

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Alcatel Keeps Windows Phone Alive With Idol 4 Pro

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Alcatel Keeps Windows Phone Alive With Idol 4 Pro

Windows Phone might soon be over but Europe is soon getting a new smartphone running on the Microsoft OS-- the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, a handset first launched in the US back in 2016.

Technically a rebranded version of the Android-based Idol 4S, the Idol 4 Pro features a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The display is a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution number and the cameras are 21MP back/8MP front, while the body is in metal and glass (as opposed to the typical Alcatel plastic).

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Farewell, Windows Phone

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Farewell, Windows Phone

Microsoft brings Windows Phone to an end as it stops support of Windows Phone 8.1, more than three years after the company introduced the update back in April 2014.

A victim of the Android-iOS duopoly controlling the mobile OS arena, Windows Phone 8.1 and its 8/7 predecessors power around 80% of the millions of devices running on the Microsoft software, according to AdDuplex. As a result such devices are now unsupported, and only 20% of Windows phones run on the latest version, Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Currently Microsoft sells a limited number of budget Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, and in any case the OS appears to be receiving little support from the Windows maker. The company has stopped making own Lumia-brand devices, and rumours suggest Windows 10 Mobile will only be maintained until support ends in 2019.

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Camera Maker RED Claims "Holographic" Phone

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Camera Maker RED Claims

The company known as RED might be famous for high-end digital cinema cameras, but it is now also taking on smartphones with the announcement of the Hydrogen One, the "first holographic media machine."

Details on the Hydrogen One are scant. A bombastic press release claims the device features a 5.7-inch screen able to display regular 2D media, stereo 3D media and "4-view content," something RED fails to actually define. The phone should also be able to handle augmented, virtual and mixed reality, all without need for glasses.

Otherwise, the only details officially known about the smartphone are its featuring a USB-C port, microSD card slot and headphone jack. However, the curious can glean more information from the RED patent for “Modular Digital Camera and Cellular Phone,” which describes a strange device featuring rectangular modules (such as a spare battery, speaker, projector and cameras) users can slot on the back or front.

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The First Battery-Free Mobile Phone!

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The First Battery-Free Mobile Phone!

University of Washington researchers present a world first-- a mobile phone that needs no battery to make calls, since it uses so little power it runs on a "few microwatts" harvested from ambient radio signals or light.

In fact, the phone needs just 3.5 microwatts for continuous operation, and makes both regular and Skype calls. The prototype shown by the researchers is built using off-the-shelf components, receives and transmits speech, and communicates with a base station. To achieve such power savings, the team eliminated the need to convert the analog signals making sound into digital data. Instead, the battery-free phone uses the vibrations in a microphone or speaker caused when the user speaks into a phone or listens to a call.

Even the antenna uses no almost no power, since it converts vibrations into changes in standard analog radio signals emitted by a cellular base station, encoding speech patterns into reflected radio signals. To transmit speech, the phone uses vibrations from the microphone to encode speech patterns in the reflected signals. To receive speech, it converts encoded radio signals into sound vibrations picked up by the speaker.

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