Android O new operating system
Google’s latest operating system is Android O, set to debut on the new Google Pixel 2. In fact, the newest update will be available to more devices than ever before, thanks to an initiative called ‘Project Treble’.
Android O features
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
Apple iPad example
As already seen on the iOS 9, one app or background is displayed in full at the same time as one or more other apps are displayed in set windows. This will make multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and offer you a more relaxed experience.
Restricted background activities
After releasing ‘Doze mode’ in Android Nougat 7.0, Google has optimised power consumption further by restricting background activities. The feature de-prioritizes app functions running in the background to ensure your battery lasts. Combined with updates to Doze, it’s likely Android O could keep your phone running for a few extra hours each day.
Faster boot times
Google has unveiled that Android O will offer a boot time twice as fast as previous versions. And it’s not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.
Contextual press-to-hold options
In an e-mail trying to copy an address so that you can paste it into Google Maps? By using machine learning, Android O can recognize which app is best for the string of characters you’re working with. Another example included being able to highlight a phone number and pop right into the dialer.
Notification dots & new emojis
Android O will offer at-a-glance notification bubble to app icons on the homescreen. However, unfortunately unlike iOS, you won’t be able to see how many notifications you have for each app. But the new fairy, mermaid and wizard emojis may make up for that.
The new U11 by HTC features a liquid glass surface, formed by layering highly-refractive minerals across the phone’s back cover. The new design means the U11 reflects vivid new colours that transform light with movement. HTC has updated the design further with a new seamless curved look. Finally, the U11 sports a 5.5″ 3D glass screen designed to preserve the authenticity of the image, making for a pretty impressive viewing experience.
- 5.5″ 3D glass screen
- 12MP camera
- Android 7.1
- 64GB storage – expandable via MicroSD card slot
- 6GB RAM
- 3000mAh battery
Most notably, the U11 features HTC’s new ‘Edge Sense’ technology. Edge Sense means the sides of the phone react to your touch and you can give the U11 a ‘squeeze’ to perform a command. For example one squeeze could open Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or you could use the gesture to summon Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
Beyond virtual assistants, the U11 also provides an ‘Al companion’ that is smarter than ever before. The HTC Sense Companion learns your daily patterns over time in order to offer you convenient and useful support, for example your companion will learn your tastes and recommend new restaurants for you to try. Further features include weather updates, fitness tracking and goals, interesting places nearly by and reminders to power up your battery.
Finally, HTC USonic has been updated to include active noise cancellation technology. The new technology continuously monitors the sound levels in your environment and adjusts to new noises or disturbances to reduce distractions around you.
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Huawei announces the P10 Lite
The Huawei P10 Lite will be launched on March 31st 2017, as a budget version of Huawei’s flagship device, the P10. In fact, the price drop is pretty significant, with the Lite version £300 cheaper than the original P10, at just £299.
The P10 Lite is the budget version of Huawei’s latest flagship, the P10. The P10 Lite features a 5.2″ full HD screen with an accompanying fingerprint sensor. The body is formed of doubled-sided, curved glass for a premium look at a much lower price tag. Colours include midnight black and platinum gold.
Specs & Features:
But how do the specs compare? The Lite version is definitely mid-range, with Huawei’s own Kirin 658 chipset (16nm, octa-core), 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The flagship model on the other hand features notably better cameras with a 20MP rear camera and 12MP front camera.
On the upside, according to Huawei, you’ll get 43% charge in just 30 minutes, two hours of video payback from a 10 minute charge, and a full charge in just over 90 minute from the P10 Lite’s 3,000mAh battery.
The device is also the first lite model to feature Knuckle Sense Technology. Using this technology, you’ll be able to create shortcuts using gestures. The P10 Lite also runs the latest version of Android, – 7.0 Nougat, straight out of the box. You can see the full new features of Android Nougat here
Key Spec Overview:
- 5.2″ HD display
- Fingerprint sensor
- 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- Octa-core chipset
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 3,000mAh battery
- 4GB RAM
To find out more about the Huawei P10 Lite, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager. You can email email@example.com or phone 01252 854352.
Huawei Watch 2 & Watch 2 Classic
Huawei unveiled it’s latest smart watch range at this year’s Mobile Congress in Barcelona, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, aimed to encourage smarter living and offering performance coaching and tracking applications.
The Watch 2 Sport features a ceramic bezel and thermoplastic case and interchangeable silicone straps – designed to endure any sweat from your workout. The Classic version on the other hand, uses stainless steel and features leather strap options that are compatible with standard 22cm straps and can be swapped to suit your preference. Both watch’s have a 1.2″ display.
“We wanted to make a product that suits those individuals who wish to explore the limits of their own expression, while still being bound by a need to stay connected.” – Richard Yu, Huawei CEO of consumer business.
- 1.2″ AMOLED 309 x 390 circular display
- Android Wear 2.0
- 1.1GHz Qualcomm MSM8909W processor
- Connectivty: 4G – Watch 2 Sport Variant only, GPS, VoLTE Support, WiFi, Bluetooth & NFC
- IP68 water and dust protection
- Live GPS Mapping, Heart Rate Monitoring, Real-Time Guidance, Workout Data Report and Offline Music.
- 420mAh batteries
- 768GB of RAM
The Watch 2 Sport is the 4G version and features an independent and cellular connection allowing you to send messages and make calls without needing to be in Bluetooth range of your phone. Better yet, apps such as Uber and Foursquare can be downloaded and used thanks to the new 4G capabilities, combined with the built-in GPS chip, offering you the connectivity of your phone without having the device near around. Ideal for those using the Watch 2 Sport while running or exercising.
Both Watch 2 variants have built-in GPS, feature NFC allowing you to make mobile payments via Android Pay, IP68 water resistance, 4GB of internal storage for music, two days of battery life, a heart-rate sensor and Android Wear 2. Android Wear 2.0 includes Google Assistant aka Google’s take on Apple’s Siri. With Google’s Assistant you’ll be able to take notes, send a text or email, set a timer or alarm and more.
The Huawei Watch 2 will cost 329 Euro or 379 Euro with 4G, while the Classic will cost 399 Euro. While the UK release date or price has not yet been released, it’s expected the Huawei Watch 2 range will become available in the UK over the next coming months.
Further new releases from the MWC 2017:
LG reveal Watch Sport and Watch Style
LG has revealed the Watch Style for the fashion conscious and the Watch Sport for fitness fanatics. Both smartwatches were designed in collaboration with Google and show case Android Wear 2.0 which has also just launched. Some of the best new features include: a new darker design, standalone apps, better notifications, on screen keyboard, fitness challenges, Google Assistant, Google Play and more.
The LG Watch Sport is the chunkier of the two measuring 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm with a 0.18″ larger screen and rubberised fixed strap. It is also slightly more durable with 1P68 water protection compared to the Style’s 1P67 protection. There are three buttons to the right-hand side of the Watch Sport’s circular face, while an optical heart rate scanner sits underneath.
The LG Watch Style is smaller and slimmer, measuring in at 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm and featuring an interchangeable Italian leather strap for a more premium look. Both watch’s feature stainless steel casing. The Sport is available in titanium and dark blue, while the style is available in Silver, Titanium and the much-loved trend – Rose Gold. There is only one central button on the right of the Style’s circular display and the bezels surrounding the screen are narrower than the Sport.
- Full circle 1.38-inch OLED display
- Android Wear 2.0
- Stainless Steel
- 4GB, 768MB RAM
- 430 mAh battery
- 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm
- Titanium, Dark Blue
- 1P68 water protection
- Optional LTE connectivity within the strap
- NFC and GPS
- Full circle 1.2-inch OLED display
- Android Wear 2.0
- Stainless Steel
- 4GB, 512 MB RAM
- 240 mAh battery
- 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.8 mm
- Silver, Titanium, Rose Gold
- 1P67 water protection
Both smartwatches feature Google Assistant and are thus the first wearable to ultilise Google’s take on Apple’s Siri. Using Google’s Assistant you’ll be able to take notes, send a text or email, set a timer or alarm or in the case of LG Sport, request a step count update or heart rate scan.
A huge bonus of the LG Watch Sport would have to be LTE connectivity. Using LTE you could stream music while you’re out and about and take calls if you put in a Nano-SIM, without the need for your phone. The Sport also has more RAM and a large battery. However, the Style is advertised as a cheaper alternative at $249 (around £199) compared to the Style at $349 (around £279). Check back at the blog for updates on the UK release and pricing.
Google launches it’s Pixel Smartphone
Google has recently announced the launch of it’s Pixel Smartphone, available as the Pixel or Pixel XL. The Pixel is around the same size as the Apple iPhone 7, although it sports a slightly larger screen at 5″ instead of 4.7″. The Pixel display is 1080p, where as the Pixel XL features a quad-HD display that offers 5.5″ of viewing. Both displays offer sharp and colourful visuals, however the Pixel XL’s higher resolution does mean it would work better with Google’s new Daydream virtual reality headset. Both the Pixel phones feature a glass-aluminium body with easy-to-grip curved edges and are available in Very Silver and Quite Black.
The Pixel is the first phone with Google’s Assistant built in, giving you the opportunity to be more productive with a host of features. You can ask the assistant questions such as when a local place is closing or if the day’s weather will require a coat. Managing tasks is easier with the ability to create events and set reminders, from putting on the washing to finishing that all important report for your meeting tomorrow. You can also use the assistant to find photos, translate on the go and even keep tabs on travel, whether you need to check your flight’s on time, look up your itinerary or find the address of your hotel.
The Pixel features a 12.3MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, similar to Samsung’s S7 and HTC’s One M10 12MP camera’s. However the Pixel camera has been rated the best-ever 89 DxOMark Mobile score, and is praised for stunning photos in low light, bright light or any light. The selfie camera on the other hand is an 8MP camera. One of our favourite features however, is the Pixel’s unlimited storage for your photos and videos, allowing you to snap and save without worrying about ‘storage full’ notifications.
Google’s also ensured that switching to it’s Pixel smartphone is easier than ever, whether you’re moving from an Android model or an iPhone. The new Quick Switch Adapter allows you to connect your device to the Pixel, from there you’ll need to sign in to your account and then choose what you want to move over, such as your contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, music, SMS messages, iMessages and more.
- 5″, 1080p display or 5.5″ QHD display for the Pixel XL
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 12.3MP and 8MP camera
- Fingerprint scanner
- 32 or 128GB storage
- 4GB RAM
- 2770mAh battery with USB Type C fast charging
For more information on the Google Pixel and information on pre-orders, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 01252 854352.