Would you like to see a dual camera system on the next Google Pixel phone?

Dual cams seem to be turning into a fad as of late, though, manufacturers still can’t come to an agreement on how they should be utilized. Some stick a wide-angle lens for the secondary camera, some have a telephoto lens for optical zoom-in, and others don’t have a particularly special lens over the second camera, but its sensor is used purely for “assistive” purposes, collecting information on objects, distance and so on.

With a lot of manufacturers looking at the tech, Samsung is rumored to feature a dual cam on its Note 8 and we got to thinking — what if the One True Android Phone, *ahem*, …

Is OnePlus bringing back the invite system with the OnePlus 5?

When OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 3 last year, one of the most important things that the company did was to eliminate the invite system. As a new smartphone manufacturer back in 2014, the company needed to watch every penny spent. So it used an invitation system that required buyers of the OnePlus One to have an invitation before being allowed to purchase the phone. This allowed the company to have a buyer for every handset that rolled off the assembly line. It prevented the company from wasting money by building phones on spec. While consumers were not happy with this, OnePlus used the system …

OxygenOS 4.1.5 update for OnePlus 3 and 3T adds new push notification system

It’s an incredible time to be a OnePlus 3/3T owner, as the Chinese company is pushing new updates almost on a weekly basis. These aren’t just maintenance updates that fix minor issues but full-fledged software updates that many times bring many new features to OnePlus 3 and 3T users.

As it happens, OnePlus pushed another major update for its high-end smartphones, the OnePlus 3 and 3T. OxygenOS 4.1.5 is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and adds a brand new push notification system for important information coming from OnePlus.

Also, some optimizations to the …

Apple iOS 11 wish-list: system wide drag-and-drop, finder and more in this detailed concept

Apple’s iOS 9 truly redefined the tablet experience: it was a ground-breaking change that introduced split-screen multitasking and a ton of other functionality that paved the way towards the iPad as a computer that can do everything.
Unfortunately, since then, Apple has not really done much in terms of radical improvements in iOS, at least when it comes to the tablet side of things.
And now, just a few weeks before WWDC 2017, where Apple is expected to lift the cover off its new iOS 11, we are seeing MacStories’ Federico …

Android O will allow users to pause a system update and return to it later

If you’re a long time PhoneArena reader, you know by now that we often remind you to take care of certain things before starting the process of downloading and installing a system update on your phone. The suggestions actually come from both carriers and developers, and urge you to make sure that your handset is connected to a Wi-Fi network before initiating the update. If that is not possible due to any one of a variety of reasons (perhaps there is no Wi-Fi network near your location), you need to have a strong connection to your carrier’s signal. Another suggestion that you shouldn’t take lightly …

HoloLens system uses augmented reality to aid spinal surgery


Augmented reality (AR) isn’t just for Pokémon Go and Snapchat masks, the technology will can have practical applications in areas like medicine, too. 

At least that’s the promise of the new Scopis Holographic Navigation Platform, which is designed to be used with the Microsoft HoloLens to help doctors perform spinal surgery. 

The company claims that its system can use 3D tracking with the HoloLens to help accurately find spinal screw positions faster during surgery. The system also allows the medical team to place virtual monitors above the surgery space, giving the surgeon a hands-free way to refer to charts and images while operating. Scopis also employs the HoloLens’ familiar finger gestures (which look like you’re pinching the air) to allow the surgeon to control the AR content. Read more…

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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

Android O breaks apps like Twilight and Status that draw over the system UI

There is a number of Android apps that draw (or display content) on top of everything else on the screen. Such is the case with popular blue light dimming app Twilight, which applies a color overlay on top of other apps and the system UI, as well as status bar “replacement” tool Status, which enhances the status bar with a host of neat features. Twilight and Status are just two of the most popular examples, but there are other Android apps that also take advantage of the permission to draw over everything else on the screen.

However, with the arrival of Android …

Netflix eliminated the 5-star rating system because most subscribers didn't understand it

Netflix has announced today that it is no longer using its 5-star rating system that was supposed to show viewers how much they would enjoy watching a particular movie or television shows. The stars are being replaced by a percentage that is supposed to show the same thing. Netflix was forced to make this change because the 5-star system was misunderstood by most Netflix subscribers. It was never intended to be a rating that all potential viewers would use to determine whether or not to watch certain content.

To put it another way, the star ratings on Netflix were not designed to …

Galaxy S8 system dump lets Android users test drive the devices' apps

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally here, and while neither device is yet available to purchase, this hasn’t stopped many of the new apps from leaking out into the wild. A system dump over at XDA-Developers has outed a slew of S8 goodies, and many can be installed by those rocking other devices. 
A package totalling just over 1 GB inside, some have had luck installing Messaging, Clock, Video, My Files, Galaxy Apps, Samsung Account and Samsung Cloud successfully, and without root. The new Bixby virtual assistant can also apparently be installed, though it’s …