Things are moving fast in the Android world. There are many devices, a lot of development and many mistakes. This is your weekly look at the biggest stories in Android between March 1
New Vivo, Meizu, Oppo, and Motorola Devices
New devices are commonly called Android games – re-stuffed up all the time. There were four this week: a few weird things from Vivo and Meizu, a mid-range device with an Oppo popup camera, and a new Motorola Google Staple for Google Fi.
Vivo IQOO for Gamers
Vivo isn & # 39; All of this is well known here in the US, but this Chinese company is known for bringing crazy concepts to the mobile scene. His latest sub-stamp IQOO – which apparently stands for I Quest On and On – is one for the players. This 6.4-inch handset comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 12GB of RAM and can be fully charged in just 45 minutes. Nuts.
Read more about this mobile phone at Engadget.
Meizu Note 9 for China
Like Vivo, most Americans are unfamiliar with Meizu. However, they are huge in China and known to bring decent hardware. The new note 9 – not to be confused with the other Note 9 – is of course more of a mid-range handheld device, but with a 6.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 675, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage options.
For more information about the Meizu Note 9, see XDA.
Oppo F11 with a pop-up selfie cam and … MicroUSB port
Chinese phone trend Oppo The new F11 handset has dropped this week, with some killer specifications and a really stupid feature. The design itself is intriguing thanks to its pop-up selfie camera, with an almost marginal display, but also the courage is not too shabby. It has a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage under its 6.5-inch FHD + display.
The disadvantage? It is charged via micro USB. On 9to5Google you can bring the full skinny over on the Oppo F11.
Motorola G7 for Google Fi
Motorola phones may not come with so much fanfare on the market as before, but the company still releases absolute killer budgets that pack a lot of punch for the money. The G7 is no different – this Google Fi phone of $ 299 comes with a 6.2-inch FHD + panel, Snapdragon 632, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (plus one SD card slot), 15 Watt turbo charging and Android real cake out of the box. Good stuff.
For more information, see Google Fi.
Huawei, Nokia, and Samsung device updates
Because there are so many devices, device updates are commonplace.
- Huawei has pushed Android cake to Mate 10 Pro. (Android Police)
- Nokia has abandoned a zero-day update for the camera-loaded 9-Pureview camera. (9to5Google)
- Samsung has also released an update from the first day to improve the camera and fingerprint reader of the S10 family (Android Police).
Other Software Updates: Netflix HDR on the S10, Pocket Casts 7, Nova 6.1, and More
This week saw a slew of decent software announcements from Netflix, Pocket Casts, Nova Launcher, and Google, to name just a few. Here is the fast and dirty.
- Pocket casts encountered version 7 with a completely redesigned user interface. (9to5Google)
- Nova Launcher 6.1 Beta has been released with some new features. Personally, I think that's super cool, because I also work on with TeslaCoil on in-app text in Nova . (TeslaCoil Apps)
- Netflix added HDR support for the Galaxy S10 family and HD support for Galaxy M. (Android Police)
- Tasker added support for Bixby key mapping so you can use the official unofficial role feature. (XDA Developers)
- Samsung Good Lock, which provides customization options for Galaxy phones, has been updated to support One UI on the latest phones. (XDA Developers)
- Google has released its duplex technology for booking restaurant assistants in 43 countries on Android and iOS. That's a pretty big deal. (Google Blog)
- Google has made the Android lock screen safer (and less convenient) when you call the wizard with "Ok Google." (How-to-Geek)
- Players can earn game credits by advertising through a new Google Play initiative. (Engadget)
- Google Hangouts was officially removed from Wear OS. Rest in peace. (Android Police)
- Android Q has been officially rooted, though it is not available. As ever. Whoa. ( John Wu / Twitter)
Other News: Bugs and More
There are always other things buzzing around out there – the quirky things or things that just do not fit anywhere. What we found most interesting this week.
- Android TV had a fatal flaw that made photos available to complete strangers. Google has disabled photos on Android TV while trying to find out what exactly is going on here. This story is crazy. (Engadget)
- Meizu's CEO said his portless phone was a "publicity stunt" after it crashed and burned on Indiegogo. Sound shadow for me, but anyway. At least it has not reached its funding target. (The Verge)
- Obviously, Samsung Galaxy devices are losing value faster than other brands. I think that means you should always buy used second? (XDA Developers)
That's about all we have this week, but we always keep our eyes open for new and cool stuff like this. If you find something that you think should be included, call me with a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. The rarer (or cooler!) The better. Peace