Saturday, July 14, 2018

LG V30+ gets Android Oreo update in India with AI Camera and ThinQ branding

LG V30 Plus India Android Oreo

The LG V30 is LG's 2017 V series flagship. It was announced at IFA 2017 and was launched in a few markets in September. The LG V30+ is a variant of the V30 that comes with 128GB of storage. In India, the company opted to launch the LG V30+ as the only variant of the V30 priced at ₹44,990 ($656). It shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat but is now receiving the Android Oreo update.

The LG V30 first began receiving the stable Android Oreo update in South Korea last year. It has taken LG several months to roll out the update in different markets. In the United States, the carrier variants of the V30 received their Android Oreo updates a few months ago, with the U.S. unlocked variant receiving its update in May.

Now, LG is finally rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to the V30+ in India. The update changes the phone's branding to the LG V30 ThinQ with AI Camera. The ThinQ branding was introduced with the LG V30S ThinQ and later carried over to the LG G7 ThinQ. The V30S is a 6GB RAM variant of the V30. All V30 Oreo updates have included the ThinQ branding and the AI Camera feature.

The update comes with build number OPRR1.170623.026 and software version V20b-IND-XX with the June security patches. It brings AI Camera, a feature that analyzes the subjects in a frame and recommends one of four filters. These filters are based on a total of eight categories: people, pets, food, flowers, city, landscape (sea/sky), sunset or sunrise.

The update is now available to most LG V30+ users in India. Users can also manually check for the update in system settings.

Source: LG India Via: FoneArena

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MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.12 now available for 21 Xiaomi devices

Xiaomi has been making good progress when it comes to rolling-out MIUI Beta ROMs for its devices. The company has revealed the roll-out schedule of MIUI 10. The company's popular custom user interface comes in two variants: MIUI 10 China and MIUI 10 Global. The China ROM is intended for Chinese users, whereas the Global Beta ROM is intended for a global audience and comes with Google Play services integration. Xiaomi phones that are sold internationally ship with MIUI Global Stable ROM.

MIUI 10 China was announced at the Xiaomi Mi 8 event in May, while MIUI 10 Global was announced at the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 event in India.

Last week, Xiaomi rolled out MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5 for eight Xiaomi devices. The Global Beta ROM has a weekly update schedule, and therefore, Xiaomi has released this week's update. MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.12 ROM is now available for 21 Xiaomi devices, which are noted as follows:

The instructions to upgrade to MIUI 10 Global Beta are:

  • Backup your data before upgrading to MIUI 10.
  • Users running MIUI 7 / MIUI 8 / MIUI 9 stable ROM will need to upgrade to MIUI 10 via fastboot method (which requires an unlocked bootloader).
  • Users running MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM can head to the Updater app and check for updates.
  • The Global Beta ROMs can be flashed either via fastboot or recovery. Installation instructions via recovery can be read here.

The changelog for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.12 deals with bug fixes on devices such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi 6, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 . The full changelog is noted below:


Fix – Security stops working [Redmi Note 4]

Fix – No notification on lock screen [Mi 6]

Fix -The video is stuck when taking 1080P video [Mi 5]

Lock screen
Fix – Phone can unlock without password/fingerprint/pattern [Mi 6]

Download links for MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM

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Source: MIUI Forums

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Chrome OS may let you resize picture-in-picture windows for Android apps

Google announced in May that Chrome OS would get picture-in-picture mode for Android apps with the Android P update. The company has been testing the Android P update for Chromebooks for a few months. Chromebooks never received the Android Oreo update, as Google intends to jump straight from Android Nougat to Android P.

Last month, a comment on the Chromium Code Review showed that Google is testing the Android P update only for Chromebooks with kernel version 3.18 and above. This means that Chromebooks with kernel version 3.14 (such as the 2015 Chromebook Pixel) will probably not get the Android P update, which means they won't be receiving the picture-in-picture feature for Android apps. The focus for testing the Android P update is for Linux kernel version 4.4 and 4.14, with support for Linux kernel version 3.18 being the cut off point. Chromebooks with kernel version 3.18 won't get the Android P update until at least Chrome OS 71, which is scheduled for December.

Now, a commit in the Chromium Gerrit indicates that Chrome OS may let users resize picture-in-picture mode for Android apps. The commit is titled: "Allow resizing for PIP windows." It should be noted that it isn't merged yet. When it's merged, users of Chromebooks eligible to receive the Android P update will be able to resize the picture-in-picture windows for Android apps.

Picture-in-picture was one of the major new features of Android Oreo. Picture-in-picture (PIP) mode is a special type of multi-window mode that is mostly used for video playback, as it lets users watch videos in a small window pinned to the corner of a screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen. App adoption of the new feature was slow at the beginning. This month, picture-in-picture began to work in YouTube for non-Red users in the US.

Chrome OS has also been getting other new features in the past few months, such as app shortcuts. App shortcuts are now available in the developer channel, just like Android. Chrome OS 69 will also include support for Gboard.

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Android Go Moto E5 Play is coming to Europe and Latin America

motorola moto e5 play android go

Android Oreo (Go Edition) is Google's lightweight version of Android 8.1 Oreo aimed primarily for distribution on smartphones in developing nations. It makes better use of low-end hardware thanks to a suite of optimized applications and a number of under-the-hood changes. Motorola is looking to get in on the action and will be releasing the Moto E5 Play with Android Go in Europe and Latin America. Note that this is not the same Moto E5 Play that was announced back in April.

So what can we expect to see from this device? Despite having the same name, it's an entirely different device compared to the device released in April. It sports an 18:9 5.3-inch display, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a selfie flash. That's pretty much all we know about it, though. We don't know the processor, screen resolution, the amount of RAM, and pretty much anything else about the device. If we had to take a guess about the RAM, it's likely 1GB which is typical for Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices.

Design-wise, it's the typical Motorola design language that we've come to see across the majority of their devices. The fingerprint has the Moto logo emblazoned on it, and the bottom bezel has the Motorola logo inscribed on it.

Motorola is the second big player to enter the Android Go market in Europe, with Samsung potentially releasing a device in the future too. In terms of cost, Motorola has announced that it will retail at €109 (~$128). It'll be made available later this month, which is strange since we barely have any information about exactly which European and Latin American countries it will be available in. We've reached out to our Motorola contacts for more information and will update this post if we get any details.

Source: Motorola

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Oppo A3s is official with 4,230 mAh battery and 6.2-inch notched display

oppo a3s

The Oppo A3s is now official, and it sports a 4,230 mAh battery alongside a 6.2-inch notched display. The device and all of its promotional material already leaked earlier this week, but now it's out officially. Oppo is calling the display a FullView display, something that the Oppo Find X also features. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a lower powered processor which should maximise the battery life. It also has 2GB of RAM and is running on Android 8.1 Oreo. Obviously, it's no flagship, but this device should be great for basic tasks.

The Oppo A3s also has a dual camera system on the back, comprised of a 13MP f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 sensor for depth perception. We have yet to see any photos from this device yet, but it could be a decent shooter on a budget. The front-facing camera is an 8MP f/2.2 sensor which also sports a "speedy facial unlock." How fast that actually is has yet to be seen, as this particular device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor.

In terms of other extras, you get 16GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. The coveted 3.5mm headphone jack is also present, so you don't need to resort to wireless solutions. Accompanying that massive battery is a microUSB port, though we don't know if it supports fast charging. The regular Oppo A3 supports VOOC fast charging (akin to OnePlus' Dash Charge), so we can hope the Oppo A3s supports it too. The Oppo A3s is going to be available from, Flipkart, and PayTM, as well as offline stores from July 15 at a cost of ₹10,990 (~$160). You can check out the full specifications below.

Oppo A3s Specifications

Specs Oppo A3s
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Camera Rear: 13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)

Front: 8MP (f/2.2)

Storage 16GB storage + microSD card support
Display 6.2-inch 1520×720 IPS LCD
Audio 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker
Battery 4230mAh
Ports MicroUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack
Miscellaneous OTG supported, Dual Nano-SIM
Price ₹10,990 (~$160)

Via: GSMArena

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[Update: Google’s statement] Pixel 2 owners reporting blurry panoramas compared to the Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL

Update: 7/12: A fix has been found by a user, but it requires root. Instructions here.

Update 7/13: Google has finally released a statement on the issue (below).

The camera is arguably the best feature of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google has consistently received praise for their excellent camera software. In many head-to-head comparisons, the Pixel camera comes out on top. However, not everything is perfect. A bug has been affecting the Pixel 2 camera (not the XL model) since November and Google has yet to fix it.

The problem can be found in panorama photos taken with the Pixel 2. The photos appear to be in focus while taking the panorama, but the resulting photo is out of focus. Many users have been reporting the problem in the Google Product forums and Issue Tracker for the last five months.

User bengrulz was the first to report the problem after doing some research with the Pixel 2, 2 XL, and original Pixel. He shared several comparison photos from the regular camera and a single-shot panorama. The panorama photos look slightly out of focus and have far less detail when you look closer. Here you can see the results from the Pixel 2.

Here are the same photos taken on the XL model.

You can see a drastic difference between the two Pixel models. The panoramas taken with the original Pixel were also fine. I was able to replicate the issue on my device running the Android P developer preview (seen below).

In December, a Google community manager said they would reach out privately to collect bug reports. Later they said the engineering team was aware of the issue and they would share more information when it became available. Users have continued to share reports, but Google has mostly been silent. Finally, last week the @MadebyGoogle Twitter account tweeted that they are aware of the issue and still working on it. The issue is still present in the latest April update.

We're surprised Google is taking so long to address an issue for such an important feature of their phone. The Pixel camera is supposed to be the best in the industry. Panorama photos are a great way to show that off. Let us know if you can replicate this feature on your Pixel device. Add your feedback to the links below to hopefully get Google's attention on this issue.

Thanks cstark27!

Update: Google's Statement

A representative from Google released this short and sweet statement (via Android Police):

We are aware of the issue and expect to release an improvement for panoramas and photo spheres taken on Pixel 2 devices later this year.

Source: Google Product Forum Source: Google Issue tracker

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