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OnePlus 8T teardown by JerryRigEverything reveals two batteries and thermal paste galore - Android Police
A new phone debut typically means another new JerryRigEverything torture test, and that's indeed the case with the OnePlus 8T. Zack from
This story was originally published 2020/10/14 12:15pm PDTon Oct 14, 2020 and last updated 2020/10/17 2:35pm PDTon Oct 17, 2020. A new phone debut typically means another new JerryRigEverything torture test, and that's indeed the case with the OnePlus 8T. Zack from JerryRigEverything has already taken some picks and blades to OnePlus's latest flagship, and it fares about as well as one would expect. As far as JerryRigEverything durability tests go, this OP8T test went about as regularly as they come. As usual, the screen scratches at a Mohs level 6, "with deeper grooves at a level 7." The chassis and buttons are all metal, though the same can't be said for the speaker grille up top (it's plastic). The SIM tray is revealed to be sealed against water, which makes sense. Zack does note that the fingerprint sensor often didn't want to recognize his fingerprints, even though the portion of screen that the sensor is under wasn't scratched. The video ends with relatively successful burn test and bend tests; the chassis has some flex, but nothing cracks or kinks. It's noted several times that the 8T is a fine phone, but nothing worth upgrading from if you already have the 8; this seems to be the case with most OnePlus -T phones. You can view the video in full via the embed above or the link below. Update 1: 2020/10/17 2:36pm PDT by Corbin DavenportTeardown video Zack has now published a teardown video for the OnePlus 8T, giving us a good look at what's underneath the outside casing. The new video shows off the two combined battery cells, each with a capacity of 2,200m-2,250mAh, which allows the phone's 60W wired charging to work. This wasn't a secret, but it's still interesting to see in person. The rest of the teardown isn't too eventful, except that the OnePlus 8T uses a copious amount of thermal paste around the motherboard, battery, and camera modules. The paste, alongside the vapor chamber cooling system, should help keep the phone at safer temperatures for longer periods.
OxygenOS 11 update starts rolling out, bringing Android 11 to the OnePlus 8 series - Android Police
OxygenOS 11 is OnePlus’ Android 11-based, totally revamped software skin, following in the design philosophy of Samsung’s One UI to allow for
OxygenOS 11 is OnePlus’ Android 11-based, totally revamped software skin, following in the design philosophy of Samsung’s One UI to allow for better one-handed use on big phones. After what was a relatively short beta cycle, OnePlus has decided to go ahead with releasing the stable version of Android 11 to its latest flagships ahead of next week's 8T event. The OxygenOS 11 update is now rolling out first to the 8 Pro and 8, while older models will have to wait a little longer for their turn. OxygenOS 11 brings some big changes to the OnePlus 8 series, including the much-awaited always-on display mode that gives you plenty of different layouts and designs to choose from. Besides that, the update also makes using the dark mode a little easier by finally bringing the much-requested, long-promised, dedicated quick settings dark mode toggle. Finally, this OxygenOS version marks a noticeable departure from OnePlus’ near-stock interface with something that looks a bit closer to Samsung's One UI with bifurcated viewing and interaction areas in first-party apps. Here are all the changes coming to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro with OxygenOS 11 according to the changelog published together with the update: Changelog
- Fresh new UI visual design brings you a more comfortable experience with various optimizations of details.
- Brand-new weather UI supports dynamic switches between sunrise and sunset. You can have day and night at your hand now.
- Optimized stability on some third-party applications and improved user experience.
- Game Space
- Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode. You can now choose three ways of notifications: text-only, heads up and block, just for your immersive gaming experience.
- Newly added quick reply feature in a small window for Instagram and WhatsApp. (Enable it by swiping down from upper right/left corners of the screen in gaming mode)
- Newly added mis-touch prevention feature. Enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen, click and the notification bar will pop out.
- Ambient Displsy
- Added Always-on ambient Display function, custom Schedule/All day option included. (To set: Settings > Display > Ambient Display)
- Newly added Insight clock style, a joint creation with Parsons School of Design. It will change according to the phone usage data. (To set: Settings > Customization > Clock Style)
- Newly added 10 new clock styles. (To set: Settings > Customization > Clock Style)
- Dark Mode
- Added the shortcut key for Dark Mode, pull down the quick setting to enable.
- Supporting automatically turn on feature & customize time range. (To set: Settings > Display > Dark Mode > Turn on automatically > Automatically enable from sunset to sunrise/Custom time range.)
- Zen Mode
- Added 5 new themes (ocean, space, grassland, and so on), and more timing options.
- Included the Group feature in Zen Mode, now you can invite your friends and enable the Zen Mode together.
- Story function supported, automatically forming weekly videos with photos and video in storage.
- Loading speed optimized, and the image preview is now faster.
- The widget on the desktop might disappear. It can be set as followed: Long press on the desktop -"Widget" - "Settings" - Select the widget.
Motorola now thinks it's Samsung or LG, lends its name to home appliances - Android Police
Motorola is known for making smartphones that span from budget to flagship range, but in a year with lagging sales, the company is expanding its
Motorola is known for making smartphones that span from budget to flagship range, but in a year with lagging sales, the company is expanding its repertoire. In partnership with Flipkart in India, Motorola is announcing its debut in the home appliance space with a series of smart-home products. Motorola's first-ever range of home appliances has launched in India. The lineup includes air conditioners, refrigerators (shots fired, Samsung), and even washing machines. The company is also refreshing its Android TV series with the first TV to run Android 10 in India. The products will be available on Flipkart with sales starting on October 16. This woman has only one pose, but she sure loves Motorola appliances. The new product lineup includes something Motorola is calling TruWiFi. Much like other smart home stuff, it allows users to operate smart appliances directly from their phones. There are even special apps that provide more advanced customization and features like notifications for when clothing is clean or the fridge encounters an error. There's no word on if the company has plans to expand these offerings to other regions, but for now, Motorola's first smart appliances are exclusive to Flipkart.
Aggressively-priced Pixel 4a arrives in India alongside Nest Audio speaker - Android Police
Google hasn’t been able to crack India’s highly competitive smartphone market with its expensive Pixel flagships, but it now seems bullish
Google hasn’t been able to crack India’s highly competitive smartphone market with its expensive Pixel flagships, but it now seems bullish that its more reasonably priced a-suffixed lineup has a chance to finally hit a home run. In line with its previous announcement to bring the $349 crowd-pleaser to India in October, Google today announced the Pixel 4a at a price that is even lower than what was widely anticipated. The new Nest Audio speaker is also coming next week. The Pixel range doesn’t move enough units in India to justify local manufacturing, which often means that hefty import duties are levied on Google's phones. This makes them look overpriced compared to alternatives from Xiaomi, OnePlus, and the like. To tackle the market dominance those companies possess in the region, Google has taken a leaf out of their book for its Pixel 4a pricing. Taking a similarly aggressive approach, the Pixel 4a has been priced at ₹29,999 (~$410), including taxes — this is considerably less than the Pixel 3a’s launch price of ₹39,999 (~$547). It's an introductory price for Flipkart’s festive season sales, after which the 4a will sell at its full retail price of ₹31,999 (~$438), which is also very affordable. You’ll be able to pick up the Pixel 4a starting October 16 at the discounted price. In addition to the budget Pixel, Google is also bringing its Nest Audio speaker to the Indian market with a slightly lower price compared to the original Home, along the same lines as its US pricing. It costs ₹7,999 (~$110) usually, but during its initial days as part of Flipkart’s mega sale, you’ll be able to grab one for ₹6,999 (~$96). After that sale is over, the Nest Audio will also hit shelves at other stores, including Reliance Digital and Tata Cliq. Only the standard Chalk and Charcoal options are coming to India, so we'll sadly not get any of those fancy pastel colorways. Both the Pixel 4a and the Nest Audio received a big thumbs-up in our reviews. Check them out before before taking your pick ahead of this festive season.
Realme unveils 4K Android TV with new SLED tech alongside 100W soundbar - Android Police
Oppo spin-off Realme made its name as a budget smartphone maker in parts of Asia and Europe, but it has since ventured out to a bunch of other categories,
Oppo spin-off Realme made its name as a budget smartphone maker in parts of Asia and Europe, but it has since ventured out to a bunch of other categories, ranging from smart TVs to truly wireless earbuds. With today’s announcement, Realme is further expanding its product line by adding the Smart TV SLED 4K, which is based on its proprietary backlighting tech, along with a 100W soundbar. There are also a whole lot of accessories, some IoT devices, and earbuds, following what the company teased last month. Smart TV SLED 4K Instead of shining a blue backlight that later gets broken down into red and green, like in the case of QLEDs, Realme says that its new 55-inch SLED TV uses red, blue, and green emitters at the initial stage itself. This arrangement is claimed to improve the supported color gamut, allowing the TV to hit 108% of the NTSC standard, and reduce eye fatigue. The TV taps into a quad-core MediaTek chip to drive each of those pixels and enable its HDR10+ capabilities. Audio is handled by two sets of full-range speakers and tweeters — all firing downwards — for a total output of 24 watts. This is an Android TV unit that supports Google Assistant, has Chromecast built-in, and includes apps like Netflix and Prime Video (besides a bunch of local options) out of the box. To accompany the TV’s inbuilt speaker system, Realme today also unveiled a 2.1 channel 100W soundbar — including a 40W subwoofer. Those in India can pick up the soundbar for ₹6,999 (~$95) from Amazon.in, and realme.com starting October 16. The Smart TV SLED 4K will also go on sale on the same day on Flipkart for an introductory price of ₹39,999 (~$546). Realme 7i While the TV headlined today’s announcement, Realme also announced a new budget-oriented 7i smartphone to complement its existing 7 series. The ₹12,000 (~$165) phone gets a hole-punch HD+ display that refreshes at 90Hz along with a quad-cam setup on the back. The Realme 7i is powered by a Snapdragon 662 chip and packs a 5,000mAh battery. The handset supports fast charging, has a headphone jack, and can take a microSD card. It'll go on sale on Flipkart from October 16. Earbuds and other accessories Realme also came out with a bunch of other products, including one AirPods Pro-like Buds Air Pro that cost ₹4,499 (~$60), along with the neckband-style Buds Wireless Pro with ANC (both pictured above). The company also launched a 360-degree smart camera, smart plug, 20,000mAh power bank, electric toothbrush, and a selfie tripod.
Samsung retires the Galaxy Note8 from receiving monthly security updates - Android Police
Samsung releases a lot of devices, which means it also issues a lot of security updates. While Google has a standard 3-year policy for Pixel devices,
Samsung releases a lot of devices, which means it also issues a lot of security updates. While Google has a standard 3-year policy for Pixel devices, Samsung keeps a running list of when specific devices will receive security patches, and for how long. Now it looks like the company has made a few updates, including adding new devices to the list and dropping one older model entirely. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition was recently released to provide the essential S20 experience at lower prices. We're big fans of the phone, and now that it's reaching consumers, Samsung has added it to the list of devices receiving monthly security patches. Another device, the Galaxy Tab Active3 has also joined the club, although it will only receive patches quarterly. Now for the sad news — the Galaxy Note8 is getting on in years now, so it will no longer receive monthly security patches. Instead, the company will keep it updated on a quarterly basis. The Galaxy J7 Prime, which was released around the same time as the original Google Pixel, is also seeing an unfortunate update alteration. It's been a good run, but it's being retired from the schedule completely. Bon voyage, old-timer. 👋
Samsung has started rolling out the first public beta of One UI 3.0 - Android Police
Android 11 brings with it a lot of cool new features, but most phones don't have them just yet. Samsung has been testing its Android-11-based One UI 3.0
Android 11 brings with it a lot of cool new features, but most phones don't have them just yet. Samsung has been testing its Android-11-based One UI 3.0 with developers in preparation for a broader beta, and now it looks like the first release of the public beta has arrived. Version ZTJ3 of One UI 3 is currently rolling out to owners of Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra devices. We published the complete list of changes found in the update earlier this month, but highlights include a new visual design of frequently visited places like the homescreen and the notification panel, performance improvements that should help make apps faster while draining less battery, and the enhanced privacy and Digital Wellbeing controls that Android 11 brings. A screenshot of the changelog for the first beta release. While the beta update seems to be beginning in South Korea, Samsung has confirmed that the One UI 3 beta program will be available in the US, China, India, Germany, Poland, and the UK as well — though the timing may vary depending on the region. Now that the rollout has been spotted getting underway, it shouldn't be too long before the beta spreads to other areas.
Google delays crackdown on in-app purchases in India until 2022 - Android Police
Google's rumored crackdown on in-app purchases has just been formally announced. The company is planning to step up enforcement of its existing rules
This story was originally published 2020/09/28 10:04am PDTon Sep 28, 2020 and last updated 2020/10/05 10:57am PDTon Oct 5, 2020. Google's rumored crackdown on in-app purchases has just been formally announced. The company is planning to step up enforcement of its existing rules regarding purchases made inside apps on the Play Store. However, developers don't have to rush to accommodate these changes immediately; the company is granting a one year reprieve in light of current events before it begins policing things more intently. Again, this isn't actually a change in Google's policy, the company is simply going to start enforcing its existing policies more strictly going forward, and refined language will more concisely and correctly express that policy. While Google does grant exemptions in the case of physical products or digital content that can be consumed outside the app itself, the new language should make the precise nature of these exemptions more clear. Unfortunately, Google didn't actually include the changes it expects to make in the information it provided us, but we have to assume it will be up at this page soon. Screenshot of Google's prior exemptions. Google claims that this renewed enforcement will affect less than 3% of developers since the vast majority already use Google's in-app billing for such purchases. Furthermore, the company is pushing out the date it plans to start enforcing its rules until September 30th, 2021, giving developers plenty of time to integrate the required changes, especially in light of how difficult the work might be these days. Google is also imposing this requirement on its own apps going forward — apparently, not all of them used the correct in-app billing system either. Ostensibly, this change is to make it clear Google treats all developers equally and fairly, though given big names like Spotify and Amazon (via Kindle) have flouted these rules in the past without punishment, and given Google has a history of cracking down harder on smaller independent developers for minor (or even non-existent) infractions, I'll take those claims with a grain of salt. In its announcement, Google reminds developers that they still have a choice when it comes to app distribution, and using Google's in-app purchase model is technically optional, as developers can use third-party app stores or even self-distribute apps, unlike other platforms like iOS. While that does ignore a significant difference in viability, since Google has exclusive arrangements with several manufacturers to distribute its own store, it is technically true. Update 1: 2020/10/05 10:57am PDT by Corbin DavenportDelay in India The change in payment policy likely won't be popular with most developers, but firms based in India are especially upset over the move. More than 150 companies in India are forming an alliance against the payment restrictions, and the group is currently exploring creating an alternative app store. In response, Google has announced that it will postpone the in-app purchase requirement in India by a few more months. "We're extending the time for developers in India to integrate with the Play billing system," the company said in a blog post. "For all apps that are yet to launch, or that currently use an alternative payment system, we set a timeline of 31st March 2022." Google also said it is setting up sessions with "leading Indian startups" to hear their concerns.
Indian startups are looking to break Google’s monopoly with a localized Play Store alternative - Android Police
About two weeks back, India’s premier financial services app Paytm got kicked out of the Play Store. While the episode didn’t last long as
About two weeks back, India’s premier financial services app Paytm got kicked out of the Play Store. While the episode didn’t last long as Google reinstated the app within hours, it triggered a widespread call to curb Google’s unabated dominance over the country's app distribution market. That uproar has now reached a point where a local tech startup consortium is exploring the option to launch a Play Store alternative that frees it from Google’s control. In most international markets, Apple and Google together form a duopoly when it comes to app distribution, but the situation is a bit lopsided in India. Given nearly all smartphones sold in the country run Android, and in turn almost solely rely on the Play Store, Google gets to be a monopoly. Calls for establishing an alternate system have been raised sporadically for quite some time but they heightened after Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma became so vocal in the wake of his app’s takedown. Google’s recent decision to enforce in-app purchase rules more strictly further stoked the flames. The founders of dozens of Indian startups — including MakeMyTrip, PolicyBazaar, and Sharechat — have joined Sharma to explore the creation of a formal industry alliance, TechCrunch’s sources told. The group held a meeting on Tuesday, as per ET Tech, to discuss the possibility of a rival app store that would promote the Indian app ecosystem. It even wants the government to oversee and ensure “app neutrality” along the lines of net neutrality guidelines, though no formal communication has been made with the authorities as of yet. As a matter of fact, India’s Indus OS already maintains an app store that hosts a lot of local apps and even powers Samsung’s Galaxy Store. However, the industry body hasn’t reached out to Samsung-backed Indus OS yet. Indus or not, a separate app store will raise some serious concerns over data security, privacy, transparency, and even government snooping — as many members of the group have also questioned. In the meantime, Google has separately decided to make it easier to use alternative app stores, starting with Android 12, which should help if the consortium’s plans come to fruition. For reference, Google also leads the Indian UPI payment market with its dedicated Google Pay app, a Paytm arch-rival. The company also joined hands with India’s Reliance Jio quite recently to create Android smartphones that could cost as low as $50 for those switching over from feature phones.
This phone is the first to ship with Android 11 — but it isn't a Pixel - Android Police
Google is poised to launch new Pixel phones running Android 11 later today, but they won't be the first devices to launch with the new OS on board. Vivo's
Google is poised to launch new Pixel phones running Android 11 later today, but they won't be the first devices to launch with the new OS on board. Vivo's new V20 lineup has started rolling out in select regions starting with Asia. The headlining V20 phone boasts an advanced selfie camera, a sleek design, and comes with Android 11 out of the box. Vivo said its focus with the V20 was combing cutting-edge camera technology, sleek design, and strong all-around performance with the further enhancements brought with Android 11 like better conversation management, device controls, and privacy settings. For the most part, the V20 looks like a solid upper-mid-range device. The specs seem adequate for the most part, although the triple camera system on the back does include a pretty pointless 2MP lens. I'm curious about the selfie camera, though, which Vivo claims can "withstand even extreme zooming" thanks to things like autofocus and its 44MP sensor. Launching with Android 11 baked-in is good to see, too, although the other phones in the V20 series, the V20 Pro and V20 SE, are still debuting with software based on Android 10. In just a few hours, Google is officially unveiling the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G with Android 11 on board — but thanks to Vivo, they won't be the first.