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 …


Custom processors may come to Pixel as Google hires ex-Apple chip designer

Google has been slowly expanding its hardware division, most notably with the new line of Pixel phones. Now, it appears as though Google has interest in designing its own custom silicon chips with the new hire of an Apple alumn who worked as a processor designer at Apple for eight years. 

Manu Gulati announced on LinkedIn that he had been hired by Google to be the “lead SoC architect” for the company. Gulati has a long work history in processors, having previously been employed by AMD and Broadcom before spending eight years with Apple. According to reports, Google is looking …

Qualcomm may have two more processors in the cards for May 9

Twitter buzz started by leakster Roland Quandt suggests chip maker Qualcomm has two more rabbits in the proverbial hat for the Snapdragon 660 processor’s impending May 9 announcement. These could be the Snapdragon 630 and 635 processors, envisioned as upgrades to the company’s well-regarded mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip. It contains a 14nm octa-core CPU with eight ARM Cortex A53 cores running at up to 2GHz speeds, along with the Adreno 506 graphics unit.

Judging from previous leaks, the 630 and 635 will be similar in design, but bumped to 2.5GHz maximum speed and …

Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling Exynos processors

Samsung has proven to manufacture very solid processors. Its Exynos chips have always been on par with the best, and they have produced consistent results that rival those of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. So, in case you were wondering why Samsung doesn’t sell its chips to other smartphone manufacturers, safe for some Meizu models, you’re not alone.

For a long time the most popular opinion was that Samsung was just trying to protect its chip-making technology, but a new report out of South Korea claims otherwise. According to said report, Qualcomm has blocked Samsung from selling its Exynos processors …