Monday, June 25, 2018

OnePlus Switch now supports backing up app data, downloads, and office files

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The OnePlus Switch application is an app released by the company themselves to facilitate switching from another Android device or an iPhone to your new OnePlus smartphone. It launched earlier this year and has been continuously updated since then with bug fixes, new features, and improvements. Another update has been released, and this is a big one. It now supports backing up your application data, your downloads, and your office files so that they can be transferred to your new device with ease. Note that the OnePlus Switch application is preinstalled on their devices as a system application, so it's likely app data backup only works on OnePlus phones.

OnePlus Switch

Changelog

The OnePlus Switch application is a great way of switching over to your new OnePlus device. It could already transfer your contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, audio, and applications. There was not a huge amount that it could do after that, and with this update, it doesn't seem as if there's anything else left over. It really can transfer just about everything you need. In the future, the company aims to support other platforms too, namely iOS. The team behind the application also said that they planned for Wi-Fi history and camera settings to be transferable too.

Aside from that, there are a number of other improvements. It's great to see that OnePlus finally fixed the "transfer data repeat" error. You can also join the system stability improvement program if you want, though it's not really clear what that's for. It's assumedly for providing OnePlus with data and logs whenever an error occurs, but it's not really clear. Finally, the UI has also been optimized for a better user experience.

If you haven't gotten the update from the Google Play Store yet, you can download the latest version from APKMirror. With the recent OnePlus 6 launch, it's great that the OnePlus Switch application is being continuously updated for those who may still be waiting on their devices to arrive.

OnePlus Switch (Free, Google Play) →



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Huawei P20 Pro update adds 960fps slow motion like the Samsung Galaxy S9

Huawei released the P20 trio (Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite, and Huawei P20 Pro) back in April. While the Lite version is a mid-range device, the regular P20 and P20 Pro versions are both flagships. In the recent months, Huawei really stepped up their development. The P20 Pro already comes with Android 8.1 Oreo and as it turns out, it's getting pretty frequent updates too. Just now, Junior Member at XDA Forums, tamaskurti reported that the device got a new update, with build number CLT-L29C432B131.

The first feature in the update is the June security patch. While it's been about 2 weeks since the release of this patch, it's still nice to see that Huawei isn't delaying security updates any further. True, Essential releases security updates almost instantly after they're available, but Huawei still manages to bring some competition to the table compared to other large OEMs.

The next new feature is camera improvements. The zoom button is now placed lower on the screen. I think it's much more comfortable to use now. But, for unknown reasons, the button is now square-shaped, instead of a circle. Maybe it fits with overall UI? I don't really know.

Users also noticed a new slow motion feature, which works just like Samsung Galaxy S9. It starts recording slow motion video as soon as it detects movement. It's worth noting that we noticed that S9-like slow motion was coming back in March. Here is it in action, courtesy of XDA Senior Member mmeidl78:

XDA Forum member tamaskurti also provided the official changelog:

"This update optimizes system performance and stability.

  • Optimizes power consumption for longer usage.
  • Improves system performance and stability for smoother operations.
  • Optimizes the wallpaper display for a better experience.
  • Fixes an issue where the other party's voice was occasionally delayed when answering calls while using OK Google."

As you see, the changes I've explained above aren't even mentioned in an official changelog, which is a bit strange, but it's a common practice for Huawei already. Nevertheless, this is definitely a welcoming update as it contains some new features while improving stability and security. The update will roll out gradually and it will be available on every Huawei P20 Pro soon.


Source: Huawei P20 Pro XDA Forum



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Essential Phone will eventually get ARCore Support

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The Essential phone has been doing great recently, especially in terms of developer support. With lots of updates, the Android P beta preview, and modules still being released, they've been doing a great job – even if the company appears to be in dire straits. The company also does a monthly Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the /r/Essential subreddit, so you can ask the team behind the phone any questions that are on your mind. One such user asked about ARCore support, as other devices like the OnePlus 6 have also been receiving it. The developer team had an interesting response, but in short, yes, the Essential phone will get ARCore support.

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There's something interesting here though, and it's that, apparently, there's a "queue" of OEMs to receive ARCore on their device as it must be co-developed with Google. Essential is in this queue and will eventually get to implement it on the Essential Phone, but when that is they can't currently say. What we can draw from this as well is that a number of other devices will be receiving ARCore support in the near future. While that may be annoying for Essential Phone owners, it's also great that this is yet another confirmed feature that the device will eventually receive. The Essential Phone is more than capable of supporting it, as devices like the OnePlus 3 can run it too – although unofficially.

For those who don't know, ARCore was launched back in December 2017 and it replaced Project Tango's need for dedicated hardware. The first visible application of it was AR Stickers – augmented reality stickers that allow you to insert various different characters into the real world through the Google Camera. This includes Stranger Things characters, Star Wars characters, and a set of pre-made animated characters made by Google themselves. It's pretty cool and is more of a tech demo to show some of the capabilities of the ARCore. In the future, we'll see other uses of the platform for more practical things, so it's great that the Essential Phone will support it.



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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is official with an 8-inch display and Snapdragon 660

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Android tablets may well face a general decline in demand, but clearly, that hasn't stopped Xiaomi from releasing a new Android tablet. The company's Mi Pad series of tablets are some of the few Android tablets that are worth recommending because of their respectable specifications and affordable prices, at a time when most Android tablets have outdated specifications.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 was released back in April 2017 with the MediaTek MT8176 SoC. We have exclusively reported some of the specifications of its successor, and Xiaomi has now officially launched it alongside the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is not a typical cheap Android tablet. It has a high-resolution display, a capable SoC in the form of the Snapdragon 660, and metal unibody construction. Let's take a look at its specifications:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – Specifications at a glance

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Specifications
Dimensions and weight 200.2 x 120.3 x 7.9 mm, 342.5g
Software MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
CPU Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (4x Kryo 260 Performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz + 4x Kryo 260 Efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz)
GPU Adreno 512
RAM and storage 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage / 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage; dedicated microSD card slot
Battery 6600mAh, 5V/2A charging)
Display 8-inch WUXGA (1920×1200) IPS LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack; LTE version: Nano SIM slot
Bands LTE version:
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
Rear camera 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Video recording up to 1080p at 30fps
Front-facing camera 5MP front-facing camera

The Mi Pad 4 has metal unibody construction, which instantly gives it a more premium look and feel than most budget Android tablets. The tablet has relatively small bezels, and Xiaomi is promoting how it can be used with one hand. The display's 16:10 aspect ratio also helps in this respect.

Performance

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip. The SoC has four big cores in the form of the Kryo 260 Performance (based on Arm Cortex-A73) clocked at 2.2GHz, paired with four Kryo 260 Efficiency (Cortex-A53) cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Snapdragon 660 uses the Adreno 512 GPU, which is more powerful than the Adreno 509 of the Snapdragon 636.

The tablet comes in two variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. It does not have a microSD card slot.

Display

The Mi Pad 4 has a 8-inch WUXGA (1920×1200) IPS LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display's aspect ratio and resolution are different from its predecessors. Technically, the Mi Pad 4 features a lower resolution display than the Mi Pad 3 and the Mi Pad 2. The move to a 16:10 aspect ratio from a 4:3 aspect ratio may also be thought of as a downgrade for productivity tasks, but opinions on this can vary.

Connectivity

The tablet is powered by a 6600mAh battery with regular 10W charging. It has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Software

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is powered by MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, which means that it's required to have Project Treble support.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is available in Black and Rose Gold colors. Pre-orders for the device have gone live in China, with availability scheduled for June 29. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant costs CNY 1099 ($170), while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant costs CNY 1399 ($215). The LTE variant costs CNY 1499 ($230).

Let us know what you think about the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 in the comments below.



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Unofficial Google Play Music desktop app now supports YouTube Music too

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Google Play Music Desktop Player, an open source and unofficial Google Play Music player, has been updated to support the new YouTube Music. This follows its expansion to a number of European countries and Canada. The problem is that there's no official desktop client from Google. Instead, the only way of using it is through a web app in the browser.  The player has a huge number of features that make it better than the web client, which you can take a look at below. We've been hearing about an official desktop client for a while now.

Screenshots of Google Play Music Desktop Player

Firstly, this web application is mostly just a wrapper for the websites of both services. It has a few extra features built in, but all of those could, in theory, break if the websites are ever updated. Having said all of that, there's nothing wrong with using this application and it has some pretty great features as shown above. One of my favorite features is the addition of hotkeys, which allows me to change the music in the background while I'm playing a game – without having to tab out. While I don't use it, LastFM integration is also pretty great for those that do, especially as it's often a much-requested feature of any music service. There's even a remote control service that you can use from your phone on the Google Play Store! You can read the list of main features below.

  • Media Keys support (Play, Pause, Stop, Previous, Next)
  • Last.FM Scrobbling and Now Playing support!
  • Desktop notifications on track change
  • Simplistic mini player
  • Customizable dark theme
  • Taskbar media controls (media controls embedded into the taskbar) Windows only
  • HTML5 audio support – No more Adobe Flash Player
  • Built-in audio equalizer – Make it sound how you like it
  • Background music playing, minimize to the taskbar
  • Customizable hotkeys. No worries if you don't have media keys – Choose your own shortcuts!
  • Choose your audio output device from within the player
  • Interface for external applications such as Rainmeter

While YouTube Music and Google Play Music are two great streaming services, they suffer greatly from the lack of a desktop client when pitted against the likes of Spotify. You can't configure much at all per machine, for example. If you dislike the current state of either service, Give Google Play Music Desktop Player a try. It may well be exactly what you're looking for.


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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is the first Redmi phone with a display notch

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi hopped on the 18:9 display wave with the release of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus in China back in December. Since then, the company has also released the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (which is known as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in China), along with the Xiaomi Redmi S2/Redmi Y2. All of these phones have 18:9 displays without a display notch, as they provide more screen area than their predecessors.

The launch of the flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 (as well as the mid-range Xiaomi Mi 8 SE) signified that it would not be long before Xiaomi released a Redmi phone with a display notch, to keep up with the 2018 smartphone trends. Only a few days after announcing the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A in China, Xiaomi has now officially launched the Redmi 6 Pro in the country. Its specifications are noted below.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro – Specifications at a glance

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Specifications
Dimensions and weight 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm, 178g
Software MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
CPU Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (8x ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz)
GPU Adreno 506
RAM and storage 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage / 4GB of RAM with 32GB of storage / 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage; dedicated microSD card slot
Battery 4000mAh, 5V/2A charging)
Display 5.84-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) IPS LCD with a 19:9 aspect ratio
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Ports microUSB port, dual nano SIM slots, 3.5mm headphone jack
Bands GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA 800 and TD-SCDMA
WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
Rear camera 12MP camera with 1.25μm pixels, f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, EIS
5MP depth sensing camera with f/2.2 aperture
Video recording up to 1080p at 30fps
Front-facing camera 5MP front-facing camera

The Redmi 6 Pro's design is very similar to previous Redmi phones such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5, and the Redmi 6. It features metal construction with plastic caps on the rear top and bottom. The dual camera module is placed at the top left on the back, along with the LED flash.

The change in design comes on the front, as the Redmi 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi budget phone to feature a notch. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's implementation of the notch has led to the worst of both worlds in the Redmi 6 Pro. This is because there is still a sizable chin at the bottom of the front, which is not occupied by navigation buttons or a fingerprint sensor (the phone uses onscreen buttons, and the fingerprint sensor is placed on the back below the dual camera module). The presence of the thick chin is understandable because of its nature as a budget phone, though.

Performance: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

The Redmi 6 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip. Xiaomi's use of the Snapdragon 625 is starting to become legendary now, as this is yet another phone to use the now outdated chip (it's worth noting that the first Xiaomi phone to feature the SoC was the Redmi Note 4, launched back in January 2017). The Snapdragon 625 has long since been succeeded by the Snapdragon 630, which was itself succeeded by the Snapdragon 636. Xiaomi itself uses the Snapdragon 636 in the Redmi Note 5 Pro, so it's perplexing to see the inclusion of the Snapdragon 625 in another Xiaomi budget phone.

The phone comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The 3GB RAM variant is paired with 32GB of storage, while there are two 4GB RAM variants that have 32GB or 64GB of storage. The Redmi 6 Pro also has a dedicated microSD card slot, which means that users can use two SIMs and a microSD card at the same time.

Display

The Redmi 6 Pro has a 5.84-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) IPS LCD with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display size is the same as the Huawei P20 Lite, for example. Despite its "Pro" name, the Redmi 6 Pro has a smaller display than the Redmi 5 Plus/Indian Redmi Note 5 as well as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, both of which feature 6-inch 18:9 notchless Full HD+ displays.

Camera

The Redmi 6 Pro's dual camera setup is the same as the one found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, as well as the Redmi S2/Redmi Y2. It has a 12MP primary camera with 1.25μm pixels, f/2.2 aperture and EIS, which is augmented by a 5MP depth sensing camera with f/2.2 aperture. The primary camera has phase detection autofocus (PDAF). It can record video up to 108op resolution at 30fps.

Connectivity

The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery, with 5V/2A charging. It has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, a microUSB port, dual nano SIM slots, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Software

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is powered by MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro – Pricing and availability

The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant will be available for CNY 999 ($153). The 4GB RAM/32GB storage variant will cost CNY 1199 ($185), while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant will be available for CNY 1299 ($200).

Pre-orders have gone live, and sales will begin from June 26. Xiaomi hasn't stated whether the phone will launch in international markets.

Let us know your opinion about the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro in the comments below.



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1000 may rival the Intel Y/U for Windows 10 PCs

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It's no secret that Qualcomm has been working on entering the PC market for some time. Their first major attempt at doing so was with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip for the Always Connected Windows 10 on ARM devices. We've seen hints that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 may be coming to detachable Chromebooks for which Qualcomm has teased. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 was announced earlier this month as a successor to the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC System, but we haven't yet seen it in action on laptops. Now, we're hearing that Qualcomm's goals are even bigger than before: They're reportedly working on a Snapdragon 1000 SoC that could even end up in desktop PCs.

According to an earlier report by WinFuture, ASUS was working in tandem with the company to release a Windows 10 on ARM device powered by it (codenamed Primus). Windows 10 on ARM aims to bring a full-fledged Windows experience to ARM chips, and we first saw it in a tech demo powered by the Snapdragon 820. Now WinFuture has shared more details on the upcoming Mobile PC platform. The report states that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 series may rival the Intel Y and U series for Windows 10 PCs—beating the Intel Atom and Intel Celeron processors.

Qualcomm's latest Mobile PC platform: the Snapdragon 850

The Intel Y and Intel U series are both aimed at ultrabooks. The Intel Y series tend to have significantly lower clock speeds than the Intel U series, but both are aimed at providing great performance with low power draw. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 reportedly reaches about 12w of power draw, which puts it in the territory of stronger x86 processors. Interestingly, the Snapdragon 1000 would be the first ARM chip to be socketed and not soldered to a board. This could mean that, in theory, you could build your own computer with a Qualcomm chip on board.Qualcomm Snapdragon 850

A Windows 10 on ARM device running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 platform.

The Snapdragon 1000 isn't ready for market yet, but it's clear what direction the company is taking with these chipsets. Though there is one curveball and it's called "Andromeda." We've heard that codename thrown around before when there were rumors about a potential Android and Chrome OS merger. The name here references a similar project for what could be a planned hybrid smartphone and PC.

Finally comes the size of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000. Bigger than any other ARM processor to date, the Snapdragon 1000 is around 20mm by 15mm. Other Snapdragon chips are around 12.4mm by 12.4mm, so it's significantly bigger. That explains the larger power draw, and why heat may be an issue depending on the size and design of the device it's running on, though it might not be necessary to have an active coolant on board.


Source: WinFuture



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