Google Release Android 8.1.0!

Google is finally releasing Android 8.1.0 Update over the Android Beta program. Earlier they just had released it as factory images for Google Pixel devices.

The devices that is getting this brand new 8.1.0 OTA update are: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X!

Some updates stuff is a new hamburger emoji fix. People were upset that the cheese was at the bottom in previous Android 8.0 Nougat release. Google has finally fixed this serious issue. You also get a December security patch.

First in Android 8.1.0 you get a new easter egg on the about page that will finally display an Android Oreo cake! They have changed the search bar so it’s located at the bottom instead of at the top. At the top side you have a new widget that display some basic stuff like calendar and weather.

The app drawer in Android 8.1 is also a transparent version. The Quick Settings are also transparent. I don’t really like it that much I feel it looks better the way it looks on OnePlus 5T! Another cool thing is that with connected Bluetooth devices you can now see the battery status in percentage on the connected device.

Also if you change to a dark wallpaper then the background will change inside app folder and on quick settings page and in app drawer to a more darker look. To try to match the colours. Instead of just a search button now you will get a search bar inside the settings app. So easier to find stuff faster instead of always having to push a button.

There is a big focus on Blue inside of the theme on this new version of Android. Especially on buttons when you turn something on or off. They are starting to use more white colour in their theme instead of Black to prevent screen burn in.

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Nubia M2 New Smartphone!

Nubia M2 is a new smartphone from a company famous for bringing out cool new devices on the market. This one will rival the brand new Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus in pricing.

Main specs: 5.5-inch display, 1920×1080 pixel resolution, 3.5mm earphone port, Snapdragon 625 Chipset, Octa-core A54 clocked at 2.0GHz 64-bit, Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB of RAM clocked at 933MHz, 64GB Internal Storage and TF card up to 200GB!

First thing that is cool on Nubia M2 is how main display has 2.5D display curve. On the back side you get a slim non-protruding Dual SONY camera with 13.0MP + 13.0MP sensors that is RGB and MONO ISP.

The battery life will last long because of the big 3630mAh battery that comes with NeoPower 2.5 Power saving technology. The colour editions are Gold and Black. Which comes with premium Nubia phone design. Same as you get on their high-end phones. The OS is Android M with Nubia UI 4.0 skin.

This is a very slim phone with just 7.0mm thickness and 168 grams in weight. The front facing camera is 16.0MP sensor with specs: F/2.0 aperture and 80 degree wide angle lens. The specs on Dual back camera is: Stacked CMOS image sensor, Sapphire glass lens, F/2.2 aperture and NeoVision 6.5!

With audio you get Dolby decoding and Dolby surround 7.1. The chipset for multimedia audio is TAS2555. Of course this is a phone that comes with support for the latest 4G speeds. I wish they had a red edition of this phone. This design looks like a premium Xiaomi Redmi 5. The pre-order stock will be available on December 22 2017, so if lucky you can get this phone already in January 2018.

The edges on Nubia M2 looks like they are using metal. It makes it look extremely premium and sleek!

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus New Smartphones!

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus is finally official and live! Earlier I been talking a lot about the rumored specs on these devices. The most impressive thing here is the low price start range. First you get the Redmi 5 for 120 dollars and the Redmi 5 Plus for low 150 dollars.

These two phones comes with the aspect ratio of 18:9. And the colours are: Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue. I wish they had a red edition.

Main specs on Redmi 5: 5.7″ Display, 1440×720 pixels, Snapdragon 450 Chipset, 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB Internal Storage, 3300mAh Battery, 12MP Rear camera with F/2.2 + LED Flash, 5MP Front Facing camera, 7.7mm Thickness, 157 Grams weight and Fingerprint scanner.

My first worry with Redmi 5 is that the display is a bit too big for my taste. I would prefer if they kept it around 5-inch or 4.8-inch. The compact phones are highly valued. But I do enjoy how these two mobiles have more bezel-less design on the front.

Redmi 5 Plus specs: 5.99-inch Display, 2160×108 pixels, Snapdragon 625 Chipset, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB Internal Storage, 4000mAh Battery, 12MP Rear camera + F/2.2 aperture, 8.05mm Thickness, 180 Grams weight and Fingerprint scanner.

The good with the Plus edition is the better chipset and way bigger battery. But it’s also a heavier phone, slightly larger and thicker. Up to you to decide what you prefer inside a phone!

The most expensive Redmi 5 will cost 135 dollars and most expensive Redmi 5 Plus will be 180 dollars. Which is nice to see how they still keep the price down on their low-end Android devices. And how you get rounded back design and sleek overall look. Xiaomi doesn’t seem to wanna raise their price as aggressive as Samsung and Apple is doing with their latest premium phones.

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Three New iPhone’s For 2018 Rumors!

3 new iPhone’s that we are expecting to see in 2018 we now here rumors will pack more stronger batteries. What the naming process will be we can only guess. But maybe they call it iPhone 9, iPhone X 2 and iPhone 9 Plus. They may even skip the number on the end and just stick to same name but improve the specs and just call it 2018 edition, 2019 edition etc.

iPhone X had worse battery life than Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 consumer reports showed us in their phone test. The display size on 2018 iPhone’s we expect will be: 6.5-inch iPhone and 5.8-inch iPhone. 6.5-inch will be really insane! I never seen a phone that large. Largest I seen and used has been Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Both these new iPhone’s are expected to come with OLED displays. Which will bump up the price even further. The battery size KGI predicts are 2900mAh or 3000mAh.

The third iPhone that we think will come will be more budget friendly and have a large 6.1-inch display, it will feature a simple LCD display instead of OLED. This will keep the price down.

Other cool features in 2018 iPhone we think will come are rear-facing TrueDepth camera that can track your face and use Animoji and facial recognition with Face ID. This is something Samsung already offers with Samsung Galaxy S8. And it works great.

In 2018 all iPhone’s will probably come with an all-screen display. Finally moving away from the iPhone 6 front that has been used for far too long. But Apple still is at least a year behind Android companies like Xiaomi. Feels like they are slipping behind more in the phone industry. Feels like Apple peaked around 2013. Not that much interesting has been happening lately. But we hope that iOS 12 will have massive UI upgrades. Like iOS 7 had when it replaced iOS 6!

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New Sony Xperia 2018 Smartphones Leaked!

Sony’s new slim high-end device leaked in new pictures! Reminds me a little about Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Let’s take a closer look at what specs we are expecting. These are two new Sony phones with very interesting rumored designs. One looks like an iPhone X competitor.

The specs we may see here in these are 5.7″ display with 4K resolution, Snapdragon 845 Chipset, 6GB of RAM and Android 8.0 Oreo Android version.

One of these phones come with a glass back a little more rounded shape. It’s glossy on the back. The other edition has a metal back with rear fingerprint sensor. A bit like Huawei Honor 8. Both phones come with rare camera designs on rear. Both have dual sensor.

Seems like these phones will come with the new popular smartphone aspect ratio of 18:9. Just as with other Sony Xperia phones these doesn’t come with any home buttons. And it seems like they have slimmed down the top and bottom to give it a more modern look and feel. But they will probably be hard to hold Sony phones tend to be large in size. Hopefully they also come with water resistance. Sometimes Sony phones doesn’t have this feature.

It feels like Sony finally have start to got their design right. The Sony Xperia XZ was a big improvement compared to earlier designs from Sony. It’s good that they are trying out something new. I hope these phones comes with Bluetooth 5 and 3.5mm earphone jack. We know with Snapdragon 845 that they will feature latest Quick Charge 4+.

In terms of storage we will probably see 128GB. Seems like it may be the default size in phones 2018. Samsung with Galaxy S9 may also have it. Another cool thing here is how one phone here may have dual front-facing speakers. We may even see HTC quality speakers! Which would be a major improvement.

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