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Asus Zenfone 7/7 Pro go official w/ flippy tri-camera setup, more - 9to5Google
Asus has officially unveiled the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro with the devices including 180-degree rotating "flip" cameras and some impressive spec sheets.
Asus has officially unveiled the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro, with the devices including 180-degree rotating “flip” cameras and some impressive spec sheets. The devices are expected to come to European markets from September 1, but no word has been shared on a potential US launch. Both Zenfone 7 models measure in at 6.67 inches with a completely notchless 90Hz FHD OLED panel. Asus has made quite the jump from the LCD display found in last year’s Zenfone 6 series. The internals are closely aligned but with some slight alterations for the Pro and non-Pro variations. You’ll get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, but the standard Zenfone 7 is clocked ever so slightly lower than the Zenfone 7 Pro 2.4GHz vs. 3.1GHz. We’re not sure why this is the case, but it’s a notable difference between the two, despite using the same chipset. The standard Zenfone 7 comes with 6 or 8GB of RAM, while the Zenfone 7 Pro includes 8GB. Storage is capped at 128GB for the standard model, while the Pro comes with 256GB of internal storage both being UFS 3.1. You can boost that up to 2TB though with a microSD card. Both devices come with 5,000mAh batteries and side-mounted capacitive fingerprint readers. Now the star attraction on the entire Zenfone 7 series is undoubtedly the flippy camera setup, which has seen some upgrades of its own. It now consists of three cameras, up from two found on the Zenfone 6. It relies on a 64-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultrawide, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. Of course, this triple camera array also flips round 180 degrees to act as your selfie camera setup. Only Taiwanese pricing has been revealed, which is slightly higher than initially expected. The Zenfone 7 will start at NT$21,990 (approx. $750) while the Zenfone 7 Pro starts at NT$27,990 (approx $955). Both handsets will be available in Pastel White and Aurora Black. More on Android: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Meet is now available on Chromecast, uses camera, microphone from your computer - 9to5Google
If you're running a lot of meetings through Google Meet, you might be happy to know that the service just added support for Chromecast displays on your TV.
Video conferences are a daily part of life for millions of workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, and today Google is announcing a big new feature for Meet. Starting today, Google Meet works with Chromecast devices up on your TV. In a brief post today, Google confirms that Google Meet is rolling out to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices (Android TV, smart TVs, etc). Meet on Chromecast works exclusively through the Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop computer. That’s because, when this is running, Google still uses the camera, microphone, and audio from your machine to power the experience. The meeting itself is just cast off to your TV or other display so you can view it on a larger display. Google says that this functionality will appear when you’re about to join a meeting with a “Cast this Meeting” option. From there, you can select your device. You can also select this option during a meeting under the 3-dot menu. With more people spending time at home these days, Meet provides the opportunity to stay connected with family, friends, co-workers, and others. We recognize that many schools are moving to distance/remote learning, and we wanted to support this new learning environment for teachers and students. Meet on Chromecast will let you host or join meetings giving you the opportunity to connect with classmates, collaborate on projects, and even attend lectures. As work from home opportunities increase, Meet provides an enterprise-grade solution for employees to stay connected and on top of work projects. Change up the usual environment and enjoy your morning meetings on your TV screen in the living room, with a big cup of coffee in hand. Google can’t guarantee perfect performance on every device, but this is still a handy option to have. It also sets Google Meet apart from competitors such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams which, currently, don’t offer official ways to get your meetings on a TV outside of a good ol’ HDMI cable. You can view the full requirements for Google Meet on Chromecast here. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Play Services hits 10 billion installs, the first Android app to do so - 9to5Google
Google Play Services, a core part of Android smartphones, has just become the first app to cross 10 billion installations.
Being pre-installed on most Android devices, Google’s apps rack up quite a lot of downloads and cross milestones on occasion. Now, for the first time ever, an Android app has crossed 10 billion installs on the Play Store Google Play Services. This one shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but it shows the wide-reach of the Android platform. According to the Play Store (via Android Police), Play Services has crossed 10 billion installs, the very first app to cross that milestone. It hits that total because Play Services has been pre-installed on every Android phone since 2012, and reset devices often inflate the numbers as well. After all, Android is only installed on around 2.5 billion devices currently. Google Play Services is a suite of APIs, services, and more for Android smartphones that enables many features to work. For example, Android’s AirDrop competitor, Nearby Sharing, has been rolling out users over Play Services updates (in beta). Play Services can also track data. Google explains in the app’s listing: This component provides core functionality like authentication to your Google services, synchronized contacts, access to all the latest user privacy settings, and higher quality, lower-powered location based services. Google Play services also enhances your app experience. It speeds up offline searches, provides more immersive maps, and improves gaming experiences. Apps may not work if you uninstall Google Play services. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
[Update: More renders] Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 press renders and Tab S7+ live images leak - 9to5Google
Renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 have now leaked alongside live-images of its larger sibling the Galaxy Tab S7+.
Ahead of the late 2020 Unpacked event, yet more information and details have been leaking on the internet. The latest are renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, while the Tab S7+ has cropped up in live images. First, OG leakster Evan Blass has been drip feeding tech over the last week or so. His latest leak includes renders of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S7. It’s nothing more than a glimpse at the front of the display, which shows a uniform bezel on all sides of the upcoming Android tablet. We can’t glean a great deal from the solo render shared, but it looks as though the Tab S7 will follow the same design language of previous Galaxy Tab hardware. Previous rumors suggest that the Tab S7 series will come with some impressive internals. Expect to see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, between 6 and 8GB of RAM, and 128 and 256GB of internal storage. 45W charging will also be available for super-fast battery top-ups. While the press renders were a nice bonus, thanks to South Korean regulators, we now have a glimpse of the Galaxy Tab S7+ in live images for the first time (via SamMobile). These images shed more light on the renders, with the centrally placed selfie camera being in the “middle” of the bezel when held in landscape orientation. [Update 07/14]: Another render has been shared by Evan Blass over on his paid-for Patreon page, which showcase the Galaxy Tab S7, the folio-style detachable keyboard cover, and even the S Pen gets a brief outing. The renders look eerily like the iPad Pro, with the bottom-firing speakers being particularly similar. You can see that the keyboard cover also has what looks like a touchpad, which means that Samsung clearly is targeting the “laptop replacement” crowd with this latest Android tablet. We’re led to believe that the Tab S7+ will pack in a 13MP/5MP rear camera setup, 8MP front-facing camera, and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. At the rear, these live images of the Galaxy Tab S7+ show the AKG logo for audio certification, plus the magnetic strip where the S Pen can be stored for safekeeping. We know that the Tab S7 will measure in at 11 inches, while the Tab S7+ will come with a 12.4-inch display. You can get a closer look for yourself below: Both Android tablets are expected to come with the same internals, and will run the latest version of Samsung’s One UI 2.5. But as is often the case, expect to see even more renders, images, and information on the upcoming Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ in the build-up to the Galaxy Note 20 series live launch at Unpacked 2020. Be sure to let us know down in the comments section below what you think of the Galaxy Tab S7 renders and live images. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 rolls out for OnePlus 7T/Pro w/ July patch, more - 9to5Google
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the preview software bringing the July 2020 security patch, plus more.
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the preview software bringing the July 2020 security patch, plus some other notable improvements. For those of you enrolled in the beta, it will be great to hear that the latest update is now heading out after being confirmed over on the official OnePlus Forums. The OTAs are rolling out with quite a list of new additions including backlight brightness improvements and optimizations. These include tweaks for the double-tap to wake and some ambient display enhancements. The Game Space now has a new “Moments” section that will host in-game screenshots and screen recordings you’ve collated. You’ll be able to tap the three-dot menu when Game Space is active to view them in one place. Within the Clock app, OnePlus has now added “Lap time” and “Split time” titles within the Stopwatch. This makes it far more explicit what you are tracking and how to get into these modes. OxygenOS Open Beta 6 also adds some Messages app fixes plus a color fix for the stock OnePlus Launcher. You can check out the full changelog below:
- Optimized adaptive brightness curve. The backlight brightness softer, improving user experience
- Fixed the issue that double tap could not wake up the screen in some settings
- Fixed the automatic pull-down issue with unlock screen in ambient display
- Updated Android security patch to 2020.07
- Newly added Lap time and Split time title for Stopwatch, the interface looking more clear-cut
- Game Space
- Newly added Moments to store gaming snapshots and screen recordings, please go to the three-dot menu at upper right corner>Moments>Recent/Games to find them.
- Fixed the bug of unable to receive wireless alarm notifications within a short time despite repetitious trials
- Fixed the abnormal color display at the top area and button of Notes
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus remain some of the best truly wireless earbuds around - 9to5Google
There are literally hundreds of different truly wireless earbuds out there, but Samsung's Galaxy Buds Plus remain one of the best options for many people.
Over the past few years, there’s been an explosion in the number of truly wireless earbuds earbuds without any cables connecting to each other to the point where it’s tough to say which ones are the best. Samsung, though, might take the crown with its Galaxy Buds Plus. Why? Let me explain. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: What makes them so great? I’ve used a lot of truly wireless earbuds from Google’s Pixel Buds to Jabra’s Elite 75t’s and many others. The ones that stand out, though, are Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus. Where other pairs like the Pixel Buds are more opinionated and, as a result, may not be for everyone, the Galaxy Buds+ pretty much check all of the important boxes. Samsung’s earbuds are most notable for their ridiculously good battery life. The buds on their own manage 11 hours on a single charge with another 11 hours ready to go within the carrying case. The vast majority of people won’t ever use their earbuds more than even 4 hours at a time, but what’s awesome about the Galaxy Buds+ is that you’ll never have battery anxiety. That’s helped, too, by the ability to charge them wirelessly. In our review of the Galaxy Buds Plus from February, one of the things I praised most of all was how the Buds integrate with Spotify. A simple long-press on an earbud’s touchpad starts your tunes through Spotify, even if you were using another app first. For Spotify subscribers, this alone is a selling point! Another perk, too, is the sound quality. It’s pretty decent! You shouldn’t expect world-class audio and deep bass, but if you are looking for decent quality from a pair of compact, affordable earbuds, these are a great offering. Here’s an excerpt from our earlier review: The sound profile is fine with a decent amount of bass and balanced audio on the highs and lows. There are a few different profiles in Samsungs app, but I settled on Dynamic as the best one. Normal sounds pretty bad, Bass Boost muddles vocals, and the rest feel too soft to me. In the months since that review, too, I’ve only come to better appreciate the quality in “Dynamic” mode after spending some time listening while connected to a Samsung device. The short story is basically these ain’t half bad. As mentioned, too, Galaxy Buds Plus pretty much nail the rest of the experience. The fit is going to be solid for most people, as will the price point. Better yet, it seems like Buds+ are almost constantly on sale. What colors are available? Perhaps one of the best things about the Galaxy Buds Plus is that you can buy a pair in several different colors. Where AirPods are only available in white and Google is delaying different colors of Pixel Buds, Samsung has an edge with several different color variants available. As pictured below, Galaxy Buds Plus colors include: Do they work with my phone? Yes, the Galaxy Buds Plus will work with almost any smartphone. You can pair them to any device using just the Bluetooth pairing menu, and that process works on both Android and iOS. Notably, though, Galaxy Buds Plus work considerably better with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. There, a suite of apps is preinstalled which enables super-fast pairing and greater controls over the earbuds. Also, the Buds sound better when connected to a Galaxy device because they can pull from Samsung’s audio codecs that other phones might not support. To get controls over sound quality, noise-canceling, and custom buttons, though, you’ll need to download other apps from the Play Store. What’s the catch? What’s wrong with Galaxy Buds Plus? Really, there’s not a whole lot. As mentioned, sound quality is decidedly better when connected to a Samsung phone, but it’s still not bad elsewhere. The glossy case picks up scratches and oils from your hand quickly, but that feels minor. Some of the gestures, too, like Samsung’s recent addition of tapping to adjust the volume can be pretty picky. The biggest annoyance for me, really, is just the apps you have to install to gain control over these buds. If you’re not using a Samsung phone, you have to install two separate apps to get control over sound and any customization whatsoever. The app itself, too, is often a bit buggy. I also took issue with the case size which is just a bit on the thick side, but that’s a very minor problem really it still fits in a coin pocket, after all. Where can I buy Galaxy Buds Plus? Samsung charges $149 for the Galaxy Buds Plus, a pretty reasonable price if you ask me. As mentioned earlier, though, they’re often on sale! If fact, they’ve been on sale for as little as $90 for a refurbished pair. You can keep an eye on 9to5Toys for all the best deals on Galaxy Buds and thousands of other products. Where to buy, though? Samsung sells these earbuds pretty much everywhere, and we’ve listed several below. More on Samsung: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Podcasts for iOS adds CarPlay support - 9to5Google
Back in March, Google Podcasts launched on iOS alongside an Android revamp and tweaks to the web experience. Google Podcasts for iOS today adds CarPlay...
Back in March, Google Podcasts launched on iOS alongside an Android revamp and tweaks to the web experience. The first update to Google Podcasts for iOS today adds CarPlay support. CarPlay support is the highlight of version 2.0, with Google touting how “you can more easily and safely listen while you drive.” Like other audio apps on the automotive platform, the UI is quite straightforward in offering access to your subscriptions and large now playing controls. This update to Google Podcasts also touts “several bug fixes to improve performance.” The app is quite simple with only three tabs. The “Home” tab has a carousel of your shows at the top, while below is a feed of unplayed episodes. “Explore” lets you search for podcasts indexed by Google Search, with a “For you” section providing suggestions tailored “for you.” Users can also browse by news, business, arts, comedy, and more. “Activity” is the final section with episode filters like “Your queue,” “Downloads,” and “History,” as well as a list of all your “Subscriptions.” The now playing screen has a sleep timer and playback speed adjuster that can trim silence. Other standard features include new episode notifications and auto-downloading. Google Podcasts 2.0 with CarPlay is rolling out now via the App Store: Google Podcasts now supports Apple CarPlay so you can more easily and safely listen while you drive. We’ve also made several bug fixes to improve performance. More about Google Podcasts: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Huawei’s AppGallery gets ‘HERE WeGo’ to replace missing Google Maps - 9to5Google
Huawei's AppGallery store has just added the HERE WeGo app as an alternative to Google Maps for users without Play Store access.
Huawei’s past couple of major releases have lacked a huge selling point Google apps. That’s a result of the ongoing situation with the US and, now, Huawei is building out its AppGallery store to fill the gap with one of its latest big additions potentially able to fill the place of Google Maps. Google Maps is the biggest mapping product on the planet, but it has healthy competition from the likes of Apple Maps and HERE. The latter has been around for quite a while and is actually the second-largest mapping product out there. Recently, HERE’s “WeGo” navigation map was added to Huawei’s AppGallery, offering a useful Google Maps alternative to users of Huawei phone without access to the Play Store. WeGo is a city-first mapping app, offering turn-by-turn directions using various forms of transit including walking, cars, bikes, and more. The app also has information on public transit in over 1300 cities including some of the biggest in the US (NYC, San Francisco, etc). Offline maps are also available in over 100 countries. This is handy for those tempted by the hardware of devices like the Mate 30 or Huawei P40 series. Still, the software difficulties on those devices don’t end at just lacking Google apps, so filling out the AppGallery is only a small part of the bigger solution that’s needed. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: