Qualcomm details its Snapdragon 845 chip: 30% more efficient, fastest modem, 4K HDR video capture

As promised, the second day of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit seems to be completely dedicated to the newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s a lot of technical info about Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset to date, so we’ll try to simplify it for you.

First off, the Snapdragon 845 is 30% more efficient than the previous top-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 835. Also, thanks to the new graphics processing unit (GPU), the Adreno 630, the chipset offers 30% improved graphics, video rendering, and power reduction compared to the previous generation.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon …


Google Chrome browser for Android to get HDR video support

Google is planning to add HDR video support to the Chrome browser for Android. The information comes from a couple of commits (commits record source code changes to the repository) that were recently spotted on Chromium Gerrit (the web-based team code collaboration tool for Chrome). 
According to these commits, the Android version of Google’s ubiquitous web browser will be able to extract VP9 HDR metadata from the video container and pass it to the MediaCodec. In layman’s terms, this means that Chrome will be able to playback …

How to enable the Pixel Visual Core for HDR+ with Android 8.1 installed on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The recently launched Android 8.1 Developer Preview (Beta) 2 allows Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to get some idea of what the Pixel Visual Core co-processor can do with your photos in conjunction with third party apps. Like a hidden monster from a scary movie, the co-processor has been hiding in wait, looking for the right time to pounce on the unsuspecting victims. In this case, the installation of Android 8.1 will allow you to enable the feature if you follow the proper instructions to enable it.

To turn on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor (assuming that you do have Android 8.1 developer …

HTC U11+ is announced with 18:9 HDR display, translucent back design, huge battery

HTC just announced what’s quite possibly its best smartphone ever, and if you live in the US, you can’t have one.
Say hello to the HTC U11+. As the name implies, this is a phone that has a lot in common with the company’s flagship, the HTC U11. It isn’t regarded as its successor, however. The HTC U11+ is more of a refined version, squeezing in a few extra bits and features that smartphone enthusiasts and fans of the brand would appreciate. This includes a larger battery, a rather unique translucent design, and a larger screen built around the increasingly …

How to get the camera HDR setting back in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X

When Apple announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X last month, the company was very proud of its new Bionic chip and the image signal processor that comes with it. It allows the camera to do its magic, like add the special Portrait Lighting effects and intelligently decide when to boost exposure and when to apply HDR. Yes, we’ve had auto HDR before, but now, Apple is so convinced that it’s nailed the exact moments that the feature can kick in that it removed the HDR toggle from the camera app.

For anyone that likes to have some control over what they …

Never mind Netflix: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't have HDR displays, the iPhone X does

While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now in the official list of Netflix-certified phones that can display its HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, you won’t be getting the real HDR experience, as the standard’s requirements are only covered in full by the upcoming iPhone X. Not that Apple has been claiming otherwise, as it does list just the iPhone X as fully HDR-compliant in its own specs comparison table with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

So, why did Netflix list the two new iPhones in its mobile HDR roster? Well, the same reason that the G6 popped up as …

HDR streaming for your phone to cost more, as Netflix raises subscription plan prices

With $5 billion in current debt, and $6 billion to be spent on original programming this year, it was bound to happen sooner or later – Netflix raising its subscription plan prices, that is. Yes, that also includes the plan that lets you stream 4K HDR content to your flashy iPhone 8, Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30, Xperia XZ Premium, or any other phone certified by the streaming giant as having a display that can show those wide color movies and TV series in full bloom.

The top-tier plan that lets you stream 4K UltraHD definition movies shot in the HDR10 …

Netflix adds HDR and Dolby Vision support for iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPad Pro

Netflix introduced HDR streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 early this month, a little bit more than a week ahead of its official launch on the market. Since Apple’s new iPhones have been recently announced, it makes perfect sense for the company to offer the same level of streaming experience to Apple fans.

Four new Apple products have been recently added to the list of devices that support HDR and Dolby Vision: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPad Pro (2nd generation). In order for the new features to work, these devices will have to run the latest version …

HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update


The latest update for the YouTube
app (12.34.55) is enabling HDR playback on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices worldwide.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as a
handful of other HDR-certified handsets, recently tapped into Netflix’s
expanding roster of HDR video content, but the latest YouTube app update seems
to have a more limited scope.

 

After installing the latest update
on our Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6 units, we discovered that the functionality is
available only on Samsung’s phone. Playback at 1440p60 HDR is not perfectly
smooth on either the S8 or S8+ at this point, but this will …

Netflix offers HDR streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Netflix is adding high dynamic range video streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The feature will allow Galaxy Note 8 users to see video streamed by Netflix in richer color and with higher contrast. According to the video streamer’s support page, other handsets receiving HDR streaming of movies and television shows on Netflix include the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Sony Xperia XZ1. These devices must be running the latest firmware available for HDR playback to work correctly.

The Netflix support page also notes that the LG G6 is the lone Android model that runs Netflix in Dolby …