Android P beta released for Pixels, Nokia 7 plus, Essential Phone, Xperia XZ2, other phones

Google kicked its I/O conference with an announcement related to Android Things and Android Auto, but Android P got in the spotlight as well. Along with the official launch of the new Android OS for smartphones, Google confirmed that a beta build is now available for download.

However, unlike in the previous years when these beta builds were a Google Pixel/Nexus affair, for the most part, this time the search giant has decided to make Android P beta available to additional smartphones launched by other major companies.

Apparently, this is possible due to Project Treble, which means …


Kernel source code for the Moto G6 Play released by Motorola

Earlier this month, Motorola unveiled the Moto G6 line, which includes the G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play. While the whole G6 series is now offered in Brazil and Mexico, sometime over the next few months the G6 and G6 Play will be coming to the states. For those who like to develop custom ROMs, Motorola has released the kernel source code for the Moto G6 Play. So far, we can’t say the same thing about the G6 or G6 Plus.

The kernel source code for the Moto G6 Play can be found on GitHub as “aljeter” and “jeter.” Those who like to flash custom ROMs on their handsets will be happy to see the code …

A Samsung Gear S4 smartwatch might be released this year

Samsung is reportedly working on a brand new smartwatch that should succeed the Gear S3 series (launched in late 2016) and the Gear Sport (released in October 2017). According to SamMobile, the new watch has the model number SM-R800, and might be called Samsung Gear S4. For now, though, this name can’t be confirmed. 
At the moment, there aren’t many details about this alleged Samsung Gear S4. However, it’s said that the watch should – unsurprisingly – bring upgraded internals, as well as enhanced fitness capabilities, including more accurate sleep tracking.  
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WearOS developer preview released; Android P features are coming to wearables

A developer preview for the newly renamed WearOS (formerly Android Wear) has been released and it brings features of Android P to wearables. Because this is not made for consumers to play around with, it is available only through a manual download, or by flashing it on to a device. It includes updated system images on the official Android Emulator, and there is a downloadable system image for the Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth, or Huawei Watch 2 Classic Bluetooth.

Among the new features is a Dark Theme. The darker background for notifications and the system launcher that has been in place since …

Red menace P20 Pro won't be released in the US, 40MP camera or not

Huawei’s new P20 and P20 Pro flagships are the buzz of the week not only because they are high-end Android handsets with a notch, but on account of the impressive camera hardware they carry, especially the Pro model.

A huge 1/1.7″ sensor with 40MP resolution? Check. Sidekicks with 20 MP monochrome and 8 MP telephoto lens? Check. A 4-in-1 hybrid focusing system with color temp sensor, laser and phase-detection autofocus? Check. The highest light sensitivity levels on a smartphone camera of up to 102,400 ISO? The first phone with 3x optical zoom thanks to the telephoto lens? Super …

Oppo F7 is official; check out all of the videos released by the manufacturer

The Oppo F7 is now official after being unveiled on Monday. The handset carries a 6.23-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 2280 resolution, which makes the aspect ratio weigh in at 19:9. A MediaTek P60 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core CPU (built with the bigLITTLE architecture) and the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. There is an iPhone X-esque notch in front, which hosts the 25MP front-facing selfie snapper. Not only does the front-facing camera offer HDR, it uses AI to determine if the subject is male or female, and enhances the image accordingly. The camera also is used for a Facial Unlock feature that …

Apple Store app version 5.0 released, here is what's new

Apple has just updated the app that lets iOS users interact with its online store. Since this is a major release, Apple tagged it version 5.0, so here is what you’ll get with the latest update.

First off, the new version of Apple Store is meant to turn the app into a more personal and relevant experience for iOS users who like to shop directly from their handsets. In order for that to happen, the application gained a couple of improvements like product and session recommendations, as well as the options to see Favorites in stock, and scan and buy accessories right from the iPhone.

Furthermore, …

Final version of Android P scheduled to be released in Q3 of 2018

A timeline shared on the Android Developers site gives us an idea on when future developer previews for Android P will be released. Just yesterday, Google released the first developer preview for its new Android build. This is considered an alpha version, and unless you’re a developer who needs to see how Android P’s new capabilities affect your apps, the best bet is to wait for future versions of the developer preview to be made available. The final official version of Android P is slated to be released during the third quarter of this year, according to the timeline.

Meanwhile, the first …

Instagram voice and video calls might get released soon

Social media Instagram might release video and voice call features soon to increase the functionality of the app to an even greater extent.
News has surfaced after an APK teardown in which a couple of icons and files were spotted, presumably hinting at the upcoming features. The files and icons have the names “voice call” and “video call” respectively, which is more than enough to tell what’s coming. Voice and video calls are already available on Instagram’s biggest rival – Snapchat, so it makes sense for the social media to include that …

The best battery case for the Galaxy S9 will be released in April, says Mophie

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a bit better battery life than the S8 and S8+, but not to the extent you would be comfortable taking them, say, for a weekend away from a charger, or even a day full of very heavy usage. That’s the curse of modern smartphones with QHD+ display resolutions, so the news from Mophie that it will be releasing its acclaimed Juice Pack battery case for the S9 and S9+ earlier than it did last year for their predecessors, is very welcome.

The Juice Pack for Galaxy S9 or S9+ is arriving in April, or, just 2-3 weeks after everyone of the early adopters has gotten …