Google officially unveils Android 8.0 Oreo, mascot and all

As expected, Google has taken the wraps off its newest version of Android and revealed some information about the devices that will be upgraded in the coming months. First off, it’s Android Oreo, not Android Orellete as a previous report wrongfully claimed.

Android Oreo is supposed to be faster, smarter and more powerful than any of the previous versions of the mobile platform. It comes with picture-in-picture and Autofill, these two features being available in the latest Developer Preview builds as well.

New notification dots will now allow users to see …


Qualcomm unveils its first depth-sensing camera technology for Android devices

Chipset maker Qualcomm has just introduced its new camera technology, which will soon make its way to Android devices. The new depth-sensing camera technology comes as an expansion to Qualcomm’s Spectra Module Program, but the US-based company hopes to implement it on its Snapdragon Mobile chipsets.

The new IPSs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency. Moreover, the camera module program will include a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing …

Xiaomi unveils its own $45 smart speaker

Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s recently rumoured endeavor to develop its own smart speaker, and also rambled on for a bit about how more and more big-name tech enterprises are looking to enter the niche of clever speaker devices.

Today we have had yet another entry on the list, as Xiaomi became the latest of companies to launch its own smart speaker, dubbed the Mi AI Speaker, which it unveiled at its MIUI 9 event. Xiaomi’s device will utilize voice-controlled features and would allow customers to control other smart Xiaomi products by voice, such as light switches …

Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …

MIT unveils wearable guides for the visually impaired

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It’s frustrating to see so many wearable innovations without more devoted to providing solutions for the disabled, which is why MIT’s new prototype for the visually impaired is more than just a little exciting. 

A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with a wearable system that helps the visually impaired navigate their environment. 

The system consists of a 3D depth-sensing camera, electronically refreshable Braille pads that display symbols such as “c” for chair and “t” for table, and a belt that vibrate more as the wearable gets close to an obstacle.  Read more…

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Google unveils best Android apps selection of 2017 in its Play Awards winners

The Google Play Award picks the very best Android apps, according to Google itself, and the winners for best of 2017 have just been announced.
The 2017 Google Play Award winners include apps in various categories, and if you haven’t tried some of them (we know we have not checked them all out yet), you definitely should take a look.
Out of the 2017 winners, we can vouch for Memries and IFTTT, two great apps that we have been using for quite a long while, and that have proven to be of great help. These and the rest …

Nokia unveils the Withings Steel HR Leather Special Edition watch just in time for Mother's Day

Nokia has just released a special version of its Withings Steel HR connected analog health watch. The Finnish company believes that the Special Edition Leather of Steel HR would make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day.

Unlike the regular version, the Steel HR Edition Leather comes with a state-of-the-art gift box. The box contains the watch, a leather wristband, a charger, as well as a silicone wristband that makes it perfect for sports, swimming, or wet weather.

Also, the watch comes with an Italian hazelnut leather wristband and a free silicon wristband. …

Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile

Cable giant Comcast announced today that it will be starting a wireless service called Xfinity Mobile that will launch in the middle of this year. Wireless plans will be offered only to Comcast customers who subscribe to the company’s Xfinity home internet service. Xfinity Mobile will use its 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots in conjunction with Verizon’s far reaching 4G LTE network. Comcast had an MVNO agreement with Verizon as far back as 2011, and is just now taking advantage of the deal it made with the nation’s largest carrier.

Despite the MVNO deal, Comcast is not using the Verizon name in …

Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset …

Archos unveils a shock-proof Android tablet with IP54 dust/water resistance and keyboard dock

Although tablets aren’t quite as popular as they used once to be, you shouldn’t count them out entirely just yet. Mobile World Congress is quickly approaching, and one device that we’ll be keeping a close eye out for is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The Tab S3 is the successor to 2015’s rock-solid Tab S2, with some of the main features expected to be a 9.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM. It’s shaping up to be a pretty impressive bit of tech, but it’s definitely a tablet you’ll likely want to baby and coddle.

If you’re someone who’s prone to being rather …