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Huawei

Huawei has revealed a brand-new chipset, the Kirin 710, with its Nova 3i smartphone. The new chipset represents the biggest leap in power for Huawei’s lower-tier phones since 2016. It’s unclear whether the processor is indeed a successor to the Kirin 650 series of budget chips.

Huawei has quietly announced the Nova 3i this week (h/t: GSMArena), a less powerful version of the standard Nova 3. Nevertheless, the new phone is a landmark moment for the company, as it’s running the all-new Kirin 710 chipset.

Aimed at devices below the flagship level, the Kirin 710 is the biggest step for mid-range Huawei chips since the Kirin 650 in 2016’s P9 Lite.

Every Kirin 65X chip since the Kirin 650 has delivered the same octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU setup, the same aging Mali T830-MP2 GPU combination, and a 28nm manufacturing process. So aside from storage, RAM and clock speed improvements, the P9 Lite is roughly as powerful as the latest P20 Lite.

Read: Hate EMUI? Get stock Android on your Huawei/Honor phone with OpenKirin

Now, the Kirin 710 has landed and it looks like a massive improvement upon the older mid-range chipsets. It...

Periodically, members of the Android development team do a Reddit AMA to keep other developers in the loop on what’s going on with Android. It’s a rare and terrific opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike to get answers to pressing questions.

With the stable release of Android P right around to corner, today’s AMA was especially active. While a lot of the questions and answers were extremely technical in nature – and therefore difficult to explain to a non-development audience – there still were some interesting tidbits about Android P (and beyond).

Editor's PickAndroid P update tracker: Here are all the phones that run Android P (Updated July 18) The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018. Before that, you can actually test out a beta build of the software if you have a compatible smartphone. Below, …

We’ve compiled some of the more general statements from the AMA below. If you feel like taking a deeper dive, the full AMA is available here.

  • Battery saving: Right now, each OEM institutes its own battery-saving...

If you’re one of those ‘techies’ who’s the go-to computer whiz for your friends and family, it’s about time you stepped up and got recognized.

Linux and Unix operating systems have become increasingly popular in commercial computing environments, which means systems administrators have also become very much in-demand. That could be your calling.

The Linux/Unix Certification Training Bundle is a valuable resource if you’d like to go for one of these lucrative roles. Not only does it give you the skills that you need, it also specifically prepares you for two of the top certification exams in the industry: CompTIA Linux+ and the Novell Certified Linux Professional.

Adopters of Linux includes tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon.

The two-part Linux and Unix bundle is produced by Vision Training Systems, and combines an array of teaching methods to ensure you’re engaged and prepared for the exams. These include instructor-led lectures, visual demonstrations and presentations, test simulations, flash cards, educational games, and even online support.

Vision only hires the highest-level experts to instruct it’s courses, leading to the impressive and reassuring claim that its pass rate is over 98 percent.

Linux and Unix bundle features: Gain the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and support a Linux or Unix server. Learn to control and troubleshoot the...

Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do. This level of control seems more important now than ever so let’s dive into what app permissions do and how to use them.


As the name suggests, app permissions govern what your app is allowed to do and access. This ranges from access to data stored on your phone, like contacts and media files, through to pieces of hardware like your handset’s camera or microphone. Granting permission allows the app to use the feature. Denying access prevents it from doing so.

For DevsWhat are Android App permissions, and how do devs implement them? From recording videos, to making phone calls, to completing purchases and posting updates to your various social media accounts - there’s countless legitimate reasons why an Android app might require access to sensitive services, device …

Applications cannot automatically grant themselves permissions, they have to be confirmed by the user. Apps will ask you to accept each of their permissions the first time you launch them via a popup that asks you to “allow”...

This post will be updated regularly as we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2.


After the reveal of the Mi Mix 2S and Mi 8, the next phone from Xiaomi that will grab headlines is expected to be the Mi A2. The smartphone will likely stick to the same recipe as its predecessor, featuring a solid spec sheet, a bloat-free Android experience, and an affordable price tag.

Although Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed anything about the Mi A2 yet, we have a good idea of what to expect thanks to the latest rumors and a few educated guesses — check them out below.

Xiaomi Mi A2: Release date

The nitty-gritty

Xiaomi announced that it will introduce the Mi A2 July 24 in Spain. The smartphone could go on sale on August 8. In addition to Spain and Switzerland, the Mi A2 could launch in Russia and Western Europe.

The Mi A1 launched last September at a press conference in India. According to MySmartPrice, Xiaomi will launch this year’s device on July 25...

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding LG’s upcoming V40 ThinQ smartphone.

At the beginning of the year, it was reported that LG’s CEO told the G7 ThinQ team to stop development and start from scratch. Because of this, not only was the LG G7 going to have a delayed release, it brought a lot of uncertainty to the future of the company’s V-series.

Well, if you’ve been keeping track, instead of playing it safe and only releasing as few phones as possible, LG has already released two V-series smartphones in 2018. Now, to end the year off with an even number, the company is reportedly planning to release a fourth flagship smartphone called the LG V40 ThinQ.

LG V40 ThinQ: Release date

The nitty-gritty

LG will likely skip IFA and host a private launch event sometime in September. The V40 ThinQ is rumored to launch in Korea on October 5 and internationally on October 18. While nothing has been confirmed, this launch period would strategically...

DC

Update, July 19, 2018 (1:39PM EST): DC announced its new DC Universe subscription plan in June, but didn’t announce many details. Now we know that the service will cost you $8 per month, and early adopters can pay in advance for the next 15 months at the reduced rate of $75, a savings of $45 per year.

However you choose to pay, your subscription gets you access to DC Universe on all your devices, unlimited viewing of DC television series, animated movies, “select” live-action films, and a curated selection of DC comics. You also get access to exclusive DC news and the chance to win exclusive contests and sweepstakes.

You can pre-sign up for DC Universe here. The service is expected to launch in the fall of this year.


Original article, June 29, 2018 (2:46PM EST): Although the Marvel universe of superheroes and supervillains dominates the media landscape these days, there’s a whole lot of DC stuff out there in the world of movies, TV shows, and obviously comic books. There’s so much, it’s hard to keep track.

Enter DC Universe, a new subscription-based product from DC that delivers you a huge assortment of DC media. There’s no release date or pricing information as of yet, but...

Developers will pay good money for pentesters who can identify security breaches in their apps. Today’s deal is a great chance to learn how.

Smartphones are big targets for hackers. They look for weaknesses, and the computer in your pocket is usually more vulnerable than the one in your house. It’s less likely to have firewalls or antivirus software, and it’s connecting to different Wi-Fi networks all the time.

In the Python For Android Hacking Crash Course you can quickly learn some of the best techniques the hackers use. Learn from experienced penetration tester Hussam Khrais, how to use Python coding to build a Trojan for ethical hacking purposes.

And once you know how to do it, you know how to prevent it. You can turn your own device into Fort Knox.

Highlights of the Android hacking course: Access 26 lectures and 3.5 hours of content 24/7. Code a simple Android GUI interface with Python. Build a simple cross platform SSH botnet in Python. Create an SSH Android Trojan. Transfer and exfiltrate data out of a target device. Run Python SSH reverse shell on Windows, Linux, Android.

This online training originally retailed at $199, but until the end of the week Tech Deals are offering lifetime access for $45. It’s a pretty big saving, and especially good value if you end up making some...

In a press conference in New Delhi today, Vivo launched its latest flagship – Vivo NEX – in India.

The NEX sports an almost bezel-less display with a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. The highlight of the smartphone is the world’s first elevating front camera that allows for a notch-free display. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner that we first saw on the Vivo X21.

The Vivo NEX packs in top-of-the-line specifications with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

 Vivo Nex Display6.59-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD+ (2316 x 1080, 338ppi), 19.3:9 aspect ratio SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845 with AI Engine, 64-bit, octa-core, 10nm GPUAdreno 630 RAM8GB Storage256GB CamerasRear: Dual pixel 12 MP f/1.8 (Sony IMX363) with 1.4µm pixel size, OIS and EIS + 5MP f/2.4 Front: 8MP, f/2.0 with elevating mechanism Audio32-bit/192kHz audio, 3.5mm audio jack Battery4,000 mAh, fast charging IP ratingNo SensorsFingerprint (3rd generation in-display), accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared, ambient light NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

A new report citing sources inside Google has revealed new information about the company’s possible Android and Chrome OS successor — Fuchsia OS. Fuchsia is being designed to run on Pixel phones, smart speakers, Chromebooks, and beyond, as well as third-party mobile devices currently powered by Android. The project reportedly has the support of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, but there are logistical and legal concerns about its future.

It’s been a while since we first got wind of Google Fuchsia — a mysterious, open-source operating system that could one day replace Android and Chrome OS as the search giant’s single, unifying software platform.

Now, almost two years after the first sightings of Project Fuchsia, a new report has emerged citing sources inside the Mountain View firm that outlines the current state of Fuchsia OS, it’s possible future, and the many, many roadblocks that could see the whole endeavor go up in flames.

Editor's PickThe history of Android OS: its name, origin and more Sometimes it feels like we've been running Google's mobile OS on our Android devices forever. However,...

The Samsung Galaxy S9 shipped nine million units in Q2, one million less than in Q1. This is the first time in the history of the Galaxy S line that Q2 shipments are lower than Q1. These numbers represent further evidence that the Galaxy S line is in trouble.

Korean news site The Bell published some shipment numbers related to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. According to the report, the second quarter shipment numbers for the Galaxy S9 are lower than the previous quarter.

That has never happened before in the history of the Galaxy S line, which is going on eight years now.

Specifically, Samsung shipped around ten million Galaxy S9s in Q1 of 2018 and then only nine million units in Q2. Historically, Samsung ships more units of Galaxy S devices in the second quarter than the first, which makes sense because Galaxy S phones don’t even launch until the end of the first quarter.

Editor's PickWhen the Galaxy S9 doesn’t sell: how flagship phones lost their magic When was the last...

HMD Global has announced the launch of Nokia 3.1 in India. Nokia 3 has been the most successful model in the line-up of Nokia smartphones and the Nokia 3.1 is the latest iteration of the device.

Like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus, and Nokia 6.1, the new Nokia 3.1 joins the Android One family, delivering a pure, secure, and up-to-date Android experience. Nokia 3.1 is ready for Android P and will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates from launch, as guaranteed in the Android One programme.

Editor's PickHands-on with Nokia’s new affordable range for 2018 It’s barely been three months since HMD Global introduced a handful of Nokia phones at MWC earlier this year, but the firm is already back with another batch of new devices. This time, the resurgent …

It sports a curved screen with Corning Gorilla Glass that melts into the slim CNC’d aluminium sides with a dual diamond cut. The 5.2-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio makes for a compact and ergonomic smartphone.

Nokia 3.1 Specifications
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo | Upgradable to Android P
  • Display: 5.2-inch HD+ (720 x 1440) | 18:9 aspect ratio | Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: Octa-core MediaTek 6750 | Mali T860 GPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD
  • Rear Camera:...

Once upon a time, phones were devices in a variety of sizes and shapes with one thing in common: they were made from plastic. Over the past few years, things have changed with phones appearing in a variety of finishes, from metal and leather to plastic and glass. The latter now dominates many of today’s high-end designs, but not everyone is happy with the more limited choice than just a few years ago.

Each build material has its own pros and cons, ranging from the texture and feel in the hand, to durability and its ability to withstand the odd accidental drop. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each and some of the smartphones available for each type.

Metal

Metal was first adopted in mass market smartphones about half a decade ago and it was commonly used by Huawei and HTC in their flagship devices. It was probably the HTC One series that really kickstarted this trend back in 2013. Other manufacturers do use metal now, but the material has become more associated with some cost-effective high-end...

The PUBG Mobile development team have removed a weapon and mask pack from PUBG Mobile. The pack contained a pilot mask with a decoration resembling the Imperial Japanese Military’s “Rising Sun” insignia. PUGB Corp apologized and issued refunds, but quickly came under fire for another perceived reference to Japan’s military regime during World War Two.

The team behind PUBG Mobile has been forced to apologize twice after players of the hit battle royale game spotted perceived references to the Imperial Japanese Army.

The controversy kicked off over the past weekend following the release of a new, premium weapon and armor pack. The flight helmet included in the bundle appeared to be decorated with a red rising sun symbol — an insignia that is seen as offensive in some parts of Asia due to its connection with Japan’s imperial military during World War Two.

Editor's PickPUBG Mobile tips and tricks: How to survive and win a battle royale PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds—or PUBG as it’s known by fans—is finally available on mobile. The PC, Xbox One, and now Android and iOS smash hit may have lost some ground to...

Huawei is reportedly planning to release a phone with a notch-like hole for the selfie camera. Unlike a notch, the hole would be completely surrounded by the display. This could allow for an even greater screen-to-body ratio, without resorting to a pop-up camera.

Huawei is reportedly planning to release a phone with a notch-like hole in the display panel that would house the front-facing camera. According to ETNews, the device would have a 6.39-inch LCD display and Huawei is expected to release it in the fourth quarter of this year.

The hole appears to be a unique way to further increase the phone’s screen-to-body ratio without resorting to a pop-up camera like found on the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X. Unlike a notch, the hole would be punched into the display panel itself, meaning it would be completely surrounded by the screen.

Editor's PickMobile VR headsets – what are your best options?Standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive do their job brilliantly but both come at a premium. The Rift will set you back...

HTC will reportedly halt smartphone operations in India, following disappointing results in the market. The company has struggled to gain marketshare as rivals such as Samsung and Xiaomi streak ahead. It’s believed that the brand will still sell Vive virtual reality headsets in the country.

HTC’s financial struggles have been well-documented in recent years and it seems like the company’s woes are continuing as it will reportedly halt smartphone operations in India.

According to The Economic Times, citing three senior executives at the brand, HTC India’s top-level management team is leaving the company. The Taiwanese firm has also asked most of its 70-80 member Indian team to leave, the sources say. Exceptions are reportedly being made for a few employees, however, such as the chief financial officer.

It’s believed that the firm is also terminating distribution agreements in the country and that it owes money to at least one distributor.

Editor's PickHere are the best HTC phones you can buy right now  Over the past several years, Taiwan-based HTC has been a highly prolific company when it comes to releasing Android smartphones. While HTC recently pledged to...
The Samsung Gear S3.

Update, July 19, 2018 (03:58AM EST): FCC documentation has finally confirmed that Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch will be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch. In diagrams featured in the documents, the name “Samsung Galaxy Watch” is written on the back of the case above the model number, FCC ID, and country of manufacture.

FCC

The name appears on documentation for two different models. The first is SMR810 which has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, while the second is SMR815U which has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE support (via Droid-Life).

Now that the name is sorted, can we please get some confirmation as to whether the new wearable will run Samsung’s Tizen OS or Google’s Wear OS, please?


Update, July 10, 2018 (4:15PM EST): There’s now even more evidence to support the idea that the follow-up to the Samsung Gear S3 is going to land as the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Via SamMobile, we now know...

Huawei

The Huawei Nova 3 features four cameras, two in the front and two around back. The phone also features a display notch, the Kirin 970 SoC, and visually striking color options. The Nova 3 is now available in China.

Huawei might have more than a few headaches in the U.S., but the company continues to churn out smartphones in more hospitable regions. The Huawei Nova 3 is one such smartphone that, while introducing several flagship-level features, focuses on its four cameras.

The phone features dual 24MP and 2MP cameras on the front and dual 24MP and 16MP cameras around back. The Kirin 970 chipset under the hood brings its neural processing unity (NPU) with it, which allows both camera arrays to use Huawei’s AI-enhanced features.

For example, the front cameras can recognize and enhance up to eight scenes and objects. The rear cameras, by comparison, can detect and enhance up to 22 scenes and objects. The camera arrays also detect your face and apply adjustments using beautification algorithms, though the feature will cater more to those in the East.

Evan Blass has shared what could be the first leaked image of the BlackBerry Key2 Lite. The phone in the image is almost identical in design to the BlackBerry Key2 but made out of plastic. The phone will likely launch in late August or early September, potentially at IFA.

The BlackBerry Key2 looks like it might be getting a little sibling. Thanks to a fresh leak from Evan Blass, we have our first few details about the BlackBerry Key2 Lite and a real-life photo of the handset.

We expect the Key2 Lite to be a mid-to-low tier device, though it looks like it may have a very similar design as the standard BlackBerry Key2 and be around the same size. This means a rubber-like backing (though Blass later called it a “plastic Berry”), centered BlackBerry logo, and a dual-camera setup at the top-left.

Additionally, the phone shown in the photo appears to have a red frame. According to Blass, consumers will also be able to purchase one of these handsets in blue and copper if red doesn’t fit their fancy.

In a follow-up tweet, Blass writes that the...

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau answered fan questions in a recent interview. Lau stated that the OnePlus X was the least fan-liked product, despite public comments showing otherwise.

On Monday, OnePlus shared an interview on its forums in which its CEO Pete Lau answered some questions from fans. Of course, it included things like how much he liked his job, which phone he was currently using, and what features might be added to future handsets. But what seemed odd was Lau’s suggestion that fans didn’t really like the OnePlus X.

Since you’re the CEO of the company, I need to ask you if there’s was a product you were expecting the fans to have a better reaction?

The OnePlus X. We aimed to create a best in class flagship-lite product, and although the community loved the design and thought the product was beautiful, most still preferred flagship devices. This reaffirmed our positioning as a flagship only company and culture.​

OnePlus has always marketed itself as a “flagship killer” by offering smartphones that had premium specs at mid-tier prices. But back in 2015, the company released the OnePlus X, an actual mid-tier smartphone for an even more discounted cost.

When the phone sold out half a year after its release, OnePlus stated that it would not be...