Tag: Android

OnePlus 5 officially announced

OnePlus has officially unveiled the OnePlus 5 few minutes back via a live stream.

One of the features that was talked a lot in the press conference was the Dual Camera system, letting you choose between three modes. The first one is Portrait Mode, where the Dual Camera system allows you to focus on the subject and blur the background at the same time.

The second one is called Smart Capture where the camera can detect certain objects and optimise for accuracy and quality. And the last one is called Pro Mode, where it lets you fine tune settings like ISO, and capture them in RAW format.

The OnePlus 5 also has a new alert slider, similar to what can be found on the iPhone and can be customised to three profiles, Silent, Priority and All.

When it comes to specifications, the phone uses the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, paired with 6/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. You will be able to choose between 64 and 128 GB of storage and will come with a 3300 mAh non-removable battery. The phone will run OxygenOS powered by Android Nougat out of the box.

The phone is now available to order here with the base model starting at $479.99.


Sony launches PlayStation Communities mobile app

PlayStation Communities

Sony Interactive Entertainment has yet again launched another PlayStation mobile app and this time it’s all about the PS4 Communities feature.

The Communities feature, introduced in PS4 version 3.00 has now made its way to Android and iOS as a mobile app. You can use the app to post or reply to posts in a community, discover new ones based on the games you play and get notifications from the communities you are participating in.

One thing you cannot do however, is moderate your own communities. Hopefully Sony updates the app soon with these features.

The app is now available to download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Digitise your old photos with PhotoScan


Google has recently announced PhotoScan, a brand new app that lets you easily convert your old printed photos into high quality digital ones.

PhotoScan detects edges, straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation and removes glare. After scanning the photograph, it can be safely backed up to Google Photos.

Advanced editing options will also be available in the Google Photos app, so if you want to tweak the photo any further, you can.

The app is now available to download from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

Source: Google via Android Police

Facebook releases Messenger Lite for emerging countries


After the successful launch of Facebook Lite, Facebook is taking one step further and is releasing Messenger Lite in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, with more countries in the coming months.

The Messenger Lite application is less than 10 MB, so it will work great on older phones and tablets. The app includes standard features you would expect from a messaging app, such as sending and receiving messages and images. The Messenger Lite logo is the same as the regular Messenger logo but with colours reversed.

Facebook says currently more than 1 billion people around the world are using Messenger to stay in touch with friends and family. With Messenger Lite, users will now be able to send messages from devices with poor network conditions and/or low internal storage, because we know how bloated the regular Facebook apps are, right?

The app is now available on Google Play in the countries mentioned at the beginning of this article, however as of now you cannot download the app from Facebook’s website like you can with Facebook Lite. However Android Police’s APK Mirror has the APK ready for you to download, so if you want to grab the app, then click here.

YouTube introduces live streaming in its Android app

YouTube logo

Live streaming on YouTube has become a thing for a while, and with live streaming becoming a big thing on the internet now a days, YouTube wants to find new ways to make live streaming easier.

YouTube will soon be introducing live streaming in its Android app, allowing anyone with an Android device to live stream to YouTube, simply by using the mobile app. We have seen some phones with live streaming built-in, such as the Xperia Z3 and the Galaxy S7, but by including live streaming in its mobile app, nearly everyone with sufficient bandwidth will be able to live stream to YouTube.

Previously YouTube has included live streaming in its YouTube Gaming mobile app, mainly for streaming games. With other services like Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope, which streaming service are you going to use to live stream from your Android device? Let us know in the comments.

Source: YouTube Creator Blog

Sony announces the Xperia X series

Sony has announced a new series of Xperia phones at MWC 2016, the Xperia X series.

Xperia XA

Xperia XA Colours

The Xperia XA is the cheapest offering of the Xperia X line. It packs in a Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 processor, 2 GB RAM, 720p display, 13MP/8MP cameras, 16 GB internal storage and a 2300 mAh battery. The phone will be available in both single and dual SIM variants, depending on your country/region.

Xperia X

Xperia X Colours

The Xperia X sits between the other two X series phones, boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 3 GB RAM, 5″ 1080p display, 32/64 GB internal storage, 23MP/13MP cameras and a 2620 mAh battery. The front 13 MP camera is said to have a 6400ISO, allowing for images in dark settings.

Xperia X Performance

Xperia X Performance Colours

The Xperia X Performance is the top of the line device out of all the X series phones. It comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 5″ 1080p display, 32 GB storage, 3 GB RAM, 23MP/13MP cameras and a 2700 mAh battery.

All of these phones will come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. However they won’t be available until the summer of 2016.

Samsung announces the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Galaxy S7

Samsung has today announced their newest flagships, the S7 and the S7 edge at the Mobile World Congress 2016.

For starters the design of the phone hasn’t changed much from their earlier flagships, the S6 and the S6 edge(+). But it packs in some stuff people were wanting for a long time, as well as some new and returning features.

The two features that have returned are the microSD card slot, which supports up to 200 GB expandable storage, and the IP68 water certification. The SIM tray is a hybrid, which means you can put in your nano SIM and a microSD card in the same tray.

The phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, or in some regions the Samsung Exynos 8890. Both phones come with 4 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, and a “Dual Pixel” 12 MP camera. The screen on the regular S7 is 5.1 inches while the screen on the S7 edge is 5.5 inches. Both screens use Super AMOLED technology with a resolution of 2560×1440. The mobile radios are LTE Category 9.

We were disappointed to find out that the 128 GB option is not available this year, as well as the 64 GB model being limited to a few countries/regions.

The S7 has a 3000 mAh battery while the S7 edge packs in a 3600 mAh battery. Both phones use microUSB instead of USB Type C, and feature an “Always On Display” which we really need to look into this further. It feels kind of gimmicky right now, as it may affect battery life. But since the screen is Super AMOLED, it shouldn’t use much battery, but again we have to see how it performs in the long run.

The S7 and S7 edge will be available on March 12. However both phones will be available to purchase early in the UK on March 10.