Qualcomm unveils its first depth-sensing camera technology for Android devices

Chipset maker Qualcomm has just introduced its new camera technology, which will soon make its way to Android devices. The new depth-sensing camera technology comes as an expansion to Qualcomm’s Spectra Module Program, but the US-based company hopes to implement it on its Snapdragon Mobile chipsets.

The new IPSs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency. Moreover, the camera module program will include a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing …


Google Pixel 2 visits the FCC with Android 8.0.1, Active Edge and SD-835 on board

The Google Pixel 2 has been certified by the FCC. Based on documentation found on the FCC website, it appears that the Pixel 2 will once again be built by HTC. The latter has its name all over the FCC filing. The paperwork also reveals that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will have a feature similar to the Edge Sense that is used on the HTC U11. With this feature, users can squeeze both sides of the phone together to open apps, control certain functions (like snap a picture, for example) and more. The FCC leak indicates that on the Pixel, this will be known as “Active Edge.”

Based on some leaked …

Google Contacts updated to work on all Android devices running Lollipop and above

The last major Google Contacts update dates from May when a new UI and lots of tweaks have been added to the app. Today, the developers announced another important update, which is meant to expand the availability of the app to even more devices.

Starting with this update, the Contacts application will be available for download on all Android devices running Lollipop and above. Previously, Google Contacts was only available to Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition devices via Play Store.

The compatibility with just about any Android device is the most important change …

Opera Max for Android gets discontinued and removed from the Google Play

Sad news for Opera fans, as the Norwegian developer announced one of its popular Android applications will be discontinued, Opera Max. Originally launched back in 2014, the application was meant to allow users to manage and reduce data usage on Android smartphones.

For whatever reasons, Opera has decided to discontinue the Android app and remove from the Google Play effective immediately. Apparently, the developer wants to focus on other services and stop pouring any resources into Opera Max’s development.

Opera has now decided to discontinue Opera Max. The …

Time for deals: These iOS and Android apps and games are free right now

Deals, promotions, price reductions… who doesn’t love these? Almost each and every week, we get treated to a round of notable iOS and/or Android apps and games that are available for less than usual and carry a smaller price tag.

Surely, we are among those who can’t wait to get their hands on a sweet bargain, that’s why we always try to get hold of the discounted app and games. But sharing is caring, so we usually inform you about these in a timely fashion.

We’ve aggregated a brief pick of iOS apps and games that are currently available for bread crumbs. As usual, however, these …

Android Wear bug leaves Google Assistant unable to do anything but basic search requests

A bug affecting smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 is preventing Google Assistant from fully working on the platform. Actually, the virtual assistant will still run very simple Google searches. What it won’t do is set alarm times, send text messages or control smart appliances to name a few features. A community manager keeping his eye on the Android Wear Help Forum posted a message revealing that Google is aware of the problem and is “gathering bug reports.”

While most of the incidents surrounding Google Assistant deal with the version of the virtual personal assistant employed on Android …

Google Camera with HDR+ added can be sideloaded on many 2016-17 Android models

The camera found on the Google Pixel impressed us when we reviewed the phone last year. The software used by the Pixel in the processing of photographs is obviously doing a fabulous job, thanks to the HDR+ feature. Now, an app developer named B-S-G has posted a modification to Google Camera that delivers the HDR+ technology to any Android handset running the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821 and the Snapdragon 835 chipsets. XDA tried it out with several phones such as the LG G6 , OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The bottom line? The software provided definite improvements …

Google releases Android Things Developer Preview 5 based on Android O

Even though Google announced last month that Developer Preview 4 will be the last beta release before the launch of Android O. But it’s not too late for another Android Things OS beta release, so if you’re a developer, then now would be a good time to make any last minute changes before the final version is launched.

Android Things Developer Preview 5 is quite important since this is now based on Android O, which is still under development for phones and tablets.

As expected, the 5th Android Things developer preview is aimed at developers and early adopters, …

Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn’t mean that the phone’s new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won’t be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

Helping …

Samsung's Galaxy A5 (2017) is now getting Android 7.0 Nougat


It looks like Samsung is slowly beginning to roll out Android Nougat to the 2017 version of its notable Galaxy A5 mid-ranger. The update is reportedly rolling out in Russia as we speak, but it’s quite likely that rollout to other regions is also underway. Thus, if you own a Galaxy A5 (2017), it’s worth heading to Settings -> Software update and manually checking if the update is available for you. 

Aside from the latest openly available version of Android, the update also brings a slightly refreshed interface, a redesigned Multi Window multitasking feature that feels …