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What's new in Android, March 1 to January 7, 2019



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Things are moving fast in the Android world. There are lots of appliances out there, lots of development and bugs aplenty. This is your weekly look at the biggest stories in Android between March 1

and March 7, 2019.

New Devices from Vivo, Meizu, Oppo and Motorola

New Devices are often the name of the game for Android new stuff emerging all time. This week there were four: a pair of oddities from Vivo and Meizu, a mid-player with a pop-up camera from Oppo, and a new bar from Motorola for Google Fi.

Vivo IQOO for players

Vivo isn & # 39; t all that is well known here in the states, but this Chinese company is well known for giving crazy concepts to the mobile. Its newest submark IQOO – which stands for I Quest On and On apparently – is one for the players. This 6.4-inch handset packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12 GB of RAM, and can get a full charge in just 45 minutes. Nuts.

Read more about this handset at Engadget.

Meizu Note 9 for China

Like Vivo, most American people are not familiar with Meizu. But they are huge in China and known for having good devices. The new note 9 – not to be confused with the second Note 9 is of course more of a space device, with a 6.2-inch FHD screen, Snapdragon 675, 4 or 6 GB RAM, and 64 or 128 GB storage option.

You can learn more about Meizu Note 9 at XDA.

Oppo F11 with Popup Selfie Cam and … MicroUSB Port

Sticky with the Chinese phone trend, Oppo drooped its new F11 handset this week, which comes with some killer specs and a really stupid feature. The design is fascinating, with an almost edge-to-edge screen thanks to its popup selfie camera, but the intestines are not too shabby either. It has a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space under its 6.5-inch FHD + display.

The disadvantage? It charges micro USB. Motorola G7 to Google Fi

Motorola phones can't beat the scene with as much fanfare as they once did, but the company still leaves completely killer budget hands packing a lot of money for the money. G7 is no different – this Google Phones $ 299 mobile phone holds it properly with a 6.2-inch FHD + panel, Snapdragon 632, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory (plus an SD card slot), 15 watts turbocharging and Android Cut out of the box. Good stuff.

Check out Google Fi for more information.

Device updates from Huawei, Nokia and Samsung

Since there are so many devices out there, devices are updated quite often.

  • Huawei pressed Android Pie to Mate 10 Pro. (Android Police)
  • Nokia released a zero day update for the camera's loaded 9 Pureview. (9to5Google)
  • Samsung has also been running a daily update to improve the camera and fingerprint reader of the S10 family (Android Police).

Other software updates: Netflix HDR on S10, Pocket Casts 7, Nova 6.1, and more

This week saw some pretty decent software messages across the board from Netflix, Pocket Casts, Nova Launcher and Google to name a few. Here it is fast and dirty.

  • Pocket cleats encountered version 7 with a completely new design. (9to5Google)
  • Nova Launcher 6.1 Beta was released with a few new features. I personally think that this is great fun because I work 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)
  • Bags supported Bixby button stapling so you can use the official feature to do unofficial things. (XDA Developers)
  • Samsung Good Lock, which provides customization options for Galaxy phones, was updated to support an interface on the latest phones. (XDA Developers)
  • Google released its Duplex digital assistant-guided restaurant reservation technology in 43 states across Android and iOS. It's a pretty big thing. (Google Blog)
  • Google made the Android lock screen safe (and less convenient) when using "OK Google" to retrieve the assistant. (How-To Geek)
  • Players can earn from gaming credits by looking at ads thanks to a new Google Play initiative. (Engadget)
  • Google Hangouts was officially removed from Wear OS. Rest in peace. (Android Police)
  • Android Q has been officially spun even though it is not available. Like at all. Oh. John Wu / Twitter)

Other news: Bugs and more

There are always the odds and ends things that float around out there – the unique things or things that do not fit anywhere. Here's what we thought most interesting this week.

  • Android TV had a massive bug that gave photos access to complete strangers. Google has disabled photos on Android TV while trying to list exactly what happens here. This story is nuts. (Engadget)
  • Meizus CEO said his portless phone was a "publicity stunt" after it crashed and burned on Indiegogo. Brightly shaded for me, but anything. At least did not meet its funding goal. (The Verge)
  • Technically, the Samsung Galaxy devices lose value faster than other brands. I guess that means you should always buy? (XDA Developers)

That's pretty much everything we have this week, but we always have our eyes open for new and cool things like this. If you happen to find something you think should be included, hit me at cameron@howtogeek.com with a link. The rare (or cooler!), The better. Peace.


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