New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …


New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

Nokia 9 leaked back cover confirms dual-camera setup, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

If you haven’t gotten too attached to HMD’s first true flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, then you might like the next top-tier handset coming from the Finnish company.

The phone will be available on the market as Nokia 9, but word is HMD plans to announce it early next year. However, rumors about HMD’s upcoming flagship have already popped up online, along with a host of pictures based on the CAD files.

Recently, a picture allegedly showing the back plate of the Nokia 9 have leaked out directly from China. The image confirms a couple of details about the phone that emerged weeks ago, …

This pocket-sized sensor can duplicate colors on demand

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From photography to painting your bedroom, sometimes exact color comparison can be the difference between perfection and disaster. 

Assuming that you’re in fact not some sort of color wizard, The Nix Mini Color Sensor could be an awesome tool to feed your innate perfectionism. The Nix Mini Color Sensor apparently measures the color of anything your heart desires IRL and sends the exact digital color profile directly to your smartphone. It’s not magic, but it might be.

While this pocket-sized device might be best suited for creative types (hello designers, illustrators, and architects), but it’s actually super handy for anyone out there living their life. While many of us have taken on home DIY projects inspired by our favorite HGTV shows, this tool apparently takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect shade of paint. The listing says it can instantly scan 28,000+ brand name paint colors (not to mention RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors too) and returns you a match.  Read more…

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Issues popping up for Apple iPhone X 3D sensor suppliers; low yields could affect production numbers

With Apple slated to deliver the tenth anniversary iPhone X model on November 3rd, a new report published in Japan today says that production issues have cropped up in relation to the production of parts for Face ID. The new feature, which is found only on the iPhone X, uses the user’s face to quickly unlock the phone and verify the identity of the user. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, suppliers of the 3D sensors used in Face ID are having problems achieving a decent yield rate.

Two executives who work for companies that supply parts for the iPhone say that it is unknown whether Apple …

Alleged Huawei Mate 10 Pro shows up in leaked images sans rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

Huawei is expected to unveil at least three new smartphones on October 16, all three variations of the Mate 10 flagship. In fact, one of them, the Mate 10 Lite, was officially introduced in China as Huawei Maimang last week.

Two other high-end handsets, Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, will be announced next month, but we already know quite a lot about both devices. All three models will pack displays of various sizes, but with 18:9 ratio. We also know that the Mate 10 Lite will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, something that doesn’t seem to be present …

Rosenblatt: 40 million iPhone 8 units to ship in the second half of 2017; model's 3D sensor leaks

Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang apparently has a large number of fingers and toes. Zhang expects 35 million to 40 million units of the Apple iPhone 8 to ship in the second half of this year. That would include less than three full months of availability for the iPhone 8. The analyst says that a low yield rate will prevent Apple from including a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8. Instead, Apple will use a facial recognition system that unlocks the phone and verifies identity in “millionths of a second.”

Breaking down the shipping data, Zhang calls for 5 million iPhone 8 units to ship in the …

Report: Apple iPhone 8 sensor will handle facial recognition while lying flat on a desk

The bottom line seems pretty clear. Neither Apple nor Samsung will be first to the market place with a fingerprint scanner that will be embedded under the front display. In fact, at the moment, that accomplishment will apparently be first credited to Sharp and its Aquos S2 device. Samsung is relying on the use of its rear-facing fingerprint buttons for biometric control, and it seems that Apple will be hoping that its 3D scanning facial recognition system will be able to unlock phones and verify identity. The main question is whether the financial institutions partnering with Apple on Apple Pay …

OmniVision announces new 16MP camera sensor with PDAF and zHDR support

OmniVision has just announced its new 1.12-micron camera sensor featuring PureCel Plus-S pixel architecture. Carrying model number OV16B10, the new sensor feature extremely high-sensitivity imaging and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and is aimed at smartphones with either single- or dual-camera setups.

According to OmniVision, the 16-megapixel OV16B10 sensor is designed for flagship smartphones. The sensor has a built-in feature that syncs the frames and supports context switching when it’s used in dual-camera setups, supporting image fusion.

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Apple may still be undecided on the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, less than 3 months from announcement

It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn’t decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we’re less than three months away from this year’s September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.

Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen’s 46 million sales …