Essential Camera update adds AutoHDR mode and new HDR algorithm

The Essential Phone may not be the perfect flagship, but the folks behind it are trying to make it better and better. One aspect that Essential needed to improved considerably, the camera is now getting another software update that should provide Essential Phone users with more options when taking pictures.

This isn’t the first nor the last update the Essential Camera app gets, but it’s definitely an important one since it brings a couple of new major features. Firstly, the update adds an AutoHDR mode and a new HDR algorithm that should improve performance, capture speed, and scene rendering.

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Instagram's 'Type' mode is coming to your smartphone!

 

Popular social media Instagram is releasing a new feature for its stories, called ‘Type’, and it brings to the table the ability to type (what a surprise!) in various styles. The new feature was already available in some regions, but with Instragram’s latest update it will be released worldwide.

What is different about the new feature is it requires absolutely no images whatsoever, all the magic is done using words instead. You can use different new fonts and styles to express what you felt right after you ate that delicious mac-and-cheese, …

Results: People enjoy shooting in Portrait mode

So, Portrait Mode has been around for a while now. Manufacturers put it in their top (and not-so-top) phones, app developers made software that smulates the feature, even Google jumped on board and achieved it with a single camera module. And while it has been fun to use and dissect, we wondered if it has gotten old for most people by now.

After taking a bazillion photos of your kids, your pets, your partner, and even yourself, the novelty should wear off. So, what now. Is Portrait Mode still useful or was it just hype? We asked you…

Spoiler: turns out plenty of people still enjoy …

Honor V10 updated with Party Mode, network optimization feature

Honor V10 is getting a small update that adds two new features important to those who use their smartphones for entertainment more often than not. Yes, the V10 is getting a “Party Mode,” but also a new optimization feature for the Game Suite app.

But what exactly does the new Party Mode? Well, it’s pretty simple. Apparently, when enabled, Party Mode allows multiple Honor V10 smartphones to connect via NFC (Near Field Communication) and play the same tune a the same time across all handsets. That’s supposed to produce a multi-channel sound effect for a stunning audio experience.

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Honor 8 update adds 3D panorama mode, lots of new features

Despite the fact that Honor 8 will not be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, the smartphone keeps getting new features and improvements. It’s true that the Chinese company may change its mind and decide, by popular demand, that the Honor 8 is worth of a major software upgrade, but until then, let’s see what the newest update brings into the mix.

First off, there’s a new 3D panorama mode that will allow Honor 8 owners to shot 3D dynamic images. The new mode can be accessed via the Camera app, so you’ll have no issues in triggering it whenever you want.

Another important addition to the Honor …

YouTube on iOS scores native dark mode for some users, but what about Android?

A while ago, we told you that code suggesting that YouTube on Android is about to score a native dark theme has been unearthed in the app. 
However, as it often happens with Google’s software, it’s the iOS version of the YouTube app that receives this new feature first. 

Well, that’s only true for a select few iOS users who boasted on Reddit that version 13.01.4 of the app has introduced  a neat switch in the preferences that allows users to switch opt for the new dark interface in favor of the default light one. 

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Google's Portrait Mode has been ported to most Android phones, including Samsung Galaxies with Exynos processors

While everyone out there is busy simulating large camera apertures and shallow depth of field by using two cameras and some crazy algorithms, Google did what it does best when it released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and doubled down on the crazy algorithms, sans the multi-camera modules. Essentially, Google brought Portrait Mode to its phones without the need for a second sensor — it just uses machine learning to split and analyze the data from the sensor of its primary camera.

Now, if you own a phone with a single main camera, like the Galaxy S7 or S8, or if you have one of LG’s fisheye-bearing …

Nokia 6 2nd Generation announced with better CPU, OZO Audio and Bothie mode

As expected, HMD Global has just taken the wraps off another Android smartphone, a small Nokia 6 upgrade. Dubbed Nokia 6 2nd Generation, the handset will be exclusively available for purchase in China for $230.

Unlike the previous Nokia 6 model that packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, the 2nd Generation comes with an upgraded 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 CPU.

The new Nokia 6 2nd Gen comes in two variations: 32GB and 64GB. Both versions include 4GB RAM though. The former costs $230, whereas the latter will sell for around $245 …

Microsoft to bring Mobile View mode to Office for iOS

Mobile View is the new feature iOS users will benefit when using one Microsoft’s Office apps, specifically Word. The developers have just announced that a couple of new features and improvements will be added to the Office package on the iOS this month.

The most important, Mobile View is supposed to adjust a document to the iPad screen so that you won’t have to pinch and zoom whenever a document doesn’t fit the size of tablet’s display.

Word app will also receive Learning Tools, which enable users to adjust text spacing, column width, and page color. Keep …