How to enable the Pixel Visual Core for HDR+ with Android 8.1 installed on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The recently launched Android 8.1 Developer Preview (Beta) 2 allows Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to get some idea of what the Pixel Visual Core co-processor can do with your photos in conjunction with third party apps. Like a hidden monster from a scary movie, the co-processor has been hiding in wait, looking for the right time to pounce on the unsuspecting victims. In this case, the installation of Android 8.1 will allow you to enable the feature if you follow the proper instructions to enable it.

To turn on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor (assuming that you do have Android 8.1 developer …


How to change the ringtone on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X with a custom one: 5 visual guides

So, you’ve got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Good for you, but how are you liking the default ringtone, which is by now so ingrained into our society that we are frantically checking our phones once we hear the well-known rhythm of Opening. 
To be honest, changing the ringtone on your iPhone is a task that looks deceptively simple, but has its own quirky moments, especially if you are a fan of little-known anti-consumerist music bands from the 70s and would love your iPhone to ring with the sounds of first-gen punk music, like The Mekons’ “Empire of the …

Intel helped Google develop the Pixel Visual Core co-processor inside its newest flagships

It might not be common knowledge yet, but Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with an additional processor inside, which is supposed to help the flagships perform better when executing various tasks.

Dubbed Pixel Visual Core, the co-processor is not yet enabled, so the smartphones do not yet take advantage of the AI-related features. However, the special chip will be activated along with Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview that’s expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The co-processor has been co-developed by Google and Intel since no current chip fit the search …

From the Nexus to the Pixel: the evolution of "Google Phones", a visual history

The Google Nexus family was born in the early days of 2010. A project that had been in development for quite a while, the first Nexus One phone was for a long time considered a phone made for developers with no clarity whether it would ever be released to the masses.

It was, and it was the first step in a long journey that had Google define the idea of a Nexus phone more clearly: a phone designed by Google itself and made to showcase the newest version of the Android platform in a way that Google itself envisioned it.

Nexus phones …

The evolution of Apple iPhone: a visual history

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the mysterious 3-in-1 device that no one could fully predict: the original Apple iPhone (check out our review back from 2007 here).
And it has changed a lot since its inception, but the foundation that was laid back then was a solid one that ensured every iPhone would deliver predictably smooth performance and come with a set of features that would make it stand out, starting with the iOS platform and finishing with the little details like the useful mute button on every iPhone.
With …

iOS 11 vs iOS 10 first look: A visual comparison of all the new features

So, iOS 11 is finally official. Showcased on stage at WWDC 2017, it’s another evolutionary chapter that fine-tweaks the user experience and aims to make it a more customizable and pleasurable ordeal.
Has it succeeded? We think so. If anything, most of the new iOS features have been requested for a long time and will likely find a warm welcome with all the iFans out there.
We can babble about the new features all day and all night long, but a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes a visual comparison between the old and the …

How to unlock your Galaxy Note 8 with irises: A visual guide

Ever since the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has endowed its high-end handsets with iris scanners that essentially enable users to employ another layer of biometric security frontier.
Being the best large-screen phone Samsung has come up with so far, the Galaxy Note 8 is, of course, coming with this neat feature on board. In case you have a serious gripe with the awkward fingerprint scanner positioned at the upper rear of this rather tall device, then you’d likely want to use the built-in iris scanner given that it’s so much easier and doesn’t require you to fumble …

Android O vs Android Nougat: A visual comparison

Expected to arrive in early-to-mid August, Android O is just around the corner, when it will most certainly roll out to all compatible devices, with the Pixel and Pixel XL first in line. Tons of neat new features will be making an appearance on deck, with the most important and actually useful ones being under-the-hood improvements – as is tradition! We’ve neatly summarized most of these for you right here, but there’s much more to the upcoming Android O release than under-the-hood features alone…
One of the not that important, but still relevant areas in which …

Monument Valley 2 review: a perfect visual experience, less so a game

The original Monument Valley game launched in the middle of 2014, nearly three years ago, and since then it has been a benchmark for excellence in graphics and atmospheric story-telling. In our review, we called Monument Valley “impossibly beautiful”. Yet as popular as it was, it was by no means perfect: the original game was way too short, ending in just an hour and a half or less, and it never felt like a ‘game’ per se, lacking nearly completely the competitive aspect of gaming, but instead feeling more like a walk in a beautiful virtual garden.

MV2 boasts creative …

Android O Developer Preview 3 overview: stability improvements, visual tweaks and more

Out of the blue, the third Android O Developer Preview hit earlier than expected last night, bringing us one step closer to the official release, with only a single developer preview left before the stable version finally touches down. As such, this release consists primarily of stability improvements, but with a couple of new features added to sweeten the deal. 

Before diving in, though, make sure you’ve also checked out what other new stuff has been added to Android O in the past couple of months:
So …