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New year, new phone? Congratulations! Speaking of the new year, wire-powered charging is so 2017. Now that the new era of smartphones is here, it’s only right that you free yourself from the nuisances of cords and cables and embrace the wireless life. No more tripping over wires, no more untangling wires, and no more dealing with flimsy cables — wireless charging is what you deserve.

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OneNote for Android scores Office Lens integration in latest update

OneNote for Android has scored a new update that adds Office Lens integration to the note-taking app. Google recently did something similar with Keep and Google Lens, although the feature is currently available only on a limited number of phones that support Lens. Microsoft’s solution, on the other hand, works on pretty much any device, so long as it has OneNote installed on it.

Office Lens is Microsoft’s take on mobile document scanning and has been quite reliable thus far, in my experience at least. It’s pretty adequate at cleaning artifacts from your …

Telephoto or wide-angle lens? Nokia camera app update hints at possible dual-camera setup for the Nokia 9

As you might have heard, HMD Global announced an Android Oreo beta program for its Nokia 5 model. Surprisingly, the recently released Oreo beta for the affordable mid-ranger also includes an update for the camera app which reveals some pretty interesting details. 
A teardown of the APK package shows that the camera app now features support for both wide-angle and telephoto dual-camera setups. The Nokia 5 packs a single 13MP main sensor, so these functionalities are obviously not intended for the budget-friendly smartphone. 
Nokia …

Google exec hints at AR shopping, other features coming soon to Google Lens

Google Lens is still in its early stages of development, but the engineering team behind the visual analysis app seems to be on a roll teasing upcoming features. After the recent introduction of direct imports to Google Keep and OCR (optical character recognition), the next big thing coming to Lens is AR shopping.

What this entails, although details are scarce at this point, is pointing your camera at something—say, an article of clothing or whatever else—and automatically getting prices and online store links for it on your phone. The feature is already …

Samsung launches an Android flip phone with the biggest lens aperture on a smartphone yet. China only

OK, so if you’ve been out of the loop on this — Samsung does manufacture high-end clamshell Android smartphones still. However, they are only sold in Asia, as that’s the market where the flip phone form factor is believed to be most in demand.

All that out of the way, you may find it interesting that Sammy has just introduced its latest clamshell “flagship” — the Samsung W2018 — in China, and it’s the first smartphone in the world to have a camera lens aperture as wide as F1.5. Previously, the record was held by the LG V30 and its F1.6.

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Latest update for Google Photos adds text recognition in Lens, light navbar

Earlier this month, we told you about Google’s plans to at least partially combat screen burn-in on its OLED smartphones by more widely implementing light-colored navigation bars in its apps. Google Photos is the latest of the bunch to gain a white navbar in the latest update, but it’s not the only change in tow.

Google Lens in Photos 3.10 also gets an additional feature, allowing users to export recognized characters from an image in text form. Making use of OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Google Lens can now recognize text in images and allows users to highlight lines …

Google Lens is gradually rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners worldwide

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Back in October, Google announced that its machine-learning powered visual analysis app Lens will hit Pixel and Pixel 2 phones later this year. Lens went live for the first time as a feature in Google Photos, but over the last couple of weeks, a number of reports emerged online, suggesting that Lens is also making its way to Google assistant, albeit incrementally.

In Google Photos, Lens can be activated when viewing any image by tapping the Lens icon. The process of launching Lens from within Google Assistant is similar – …

Early OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5 camera comparison: No telephoto lens


The OnePlus 5T is leaking left and right like crazy, with an unofficial unboxing making the rounds some two days ago and a full specs sheet popping up online, seemingly revealing everything there is to know about the upcoming flagship device. But the leaks are not stopping still.

German website heise.de seems to have secured a OnePlus 5T prior to the device’s official announcement on November 16 and has already posted a brief camera comparison between the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.
The big news here is that OnePlus has reportedly ditched …

Should Samsung have put a wide-angle lens on the Galaxy Note 8?

Dual cameras on smartphones are still a fairly new trend, but one that’s picking up fast. And there are four different ways in which manufacturers implement the technology.

The first we actually saw on the HTC One M8 years ago — a low-resolution sensor assists the “main” camera only by collecting distance information each time you take a photo. Thanks to that, users are able to return to the picture later and set background blur effects and the like. Of course, the tech back then was a bit bad and the effect was far from convincing.

Then, we have the “Huawei” …

The Trippy Clip Pryzm clip-on lens turns ordinary photos into psychedelic rock cover-art

Clip-on lens attachments are an easy and affordable way to experiment with your smartphone’s camera and make it do things that may not always be possible with software. And Pryzm Lens has a clever idea about its – by applying artful lens distortion to any smartphone’s camera, interesting creative results can be obtained.

In this case, the outcome looks downright trippy, ready for instant psychedelic rock cover art. With the Trippy Clip Pryzm lens, you will be seeing scenes from life in ways not possible even with strong mind-altering substances. Thankfully, no LSD is needed, and the experience …