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Google представила бета-версию фреймворка Flutter, который позволяет создавать приложения для iOS и Android. Компания рассказала об обновлении сервиса на Mobile World Congress 2018.


Разработчики могут создавать приложения при помощи Flutter, используя разработанный Google язык Dart. Бета-версия сервиса будет также работать с предрелизной версией Dart 2, рассказали в компании.


В отличие от альфа-версии, новый Flutter также начнёт работать с новыми смартфонами, в том числе iPhone X, и получит поддержку Android Studio и Visual Studio Code.


Google обещает разработчикам значительно сократить время написания приложений. Например, этому должна помочь функция «горячей перезагрузки»: она позволяет менять код и видеть изменения на странице в режиме реального времени.


Воскресенье, 25 февраля 2018 21:13

Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

Sometimes you travel all the way to Barcelona, only to meet up with a startup that’s been operating right around the block. Waverly Labs is a 20 person Brooklyn-based company that specializes in real-time translation through a pair of Bluetooth earbuds.


The startup is on-hand at Mobile World Congress this week, showing off Pilot, its first piece of hardware, which launched at the end of last year. The product is the culmination of four years of research on both the hardware and software side of the equation, funded by a wildly success Indiegogo campaign that netted the company $4.4 million (around 3,000-percent of its initial goal).


The startup also scored an additional $1.07 mill in equity crowdfunding through StartEngine, rather than seeking out VC. VP of manufacturing, William Goethals tells TechCrunch Waverly went the full crowdfunding route so as to avoid having to give into the whims of investors. With all of the money it’s managed to drum up by way of excited consumers and the fact that it actually managed to launch a product, all of that appears to be a fairly sound business strategy — for the time being, at least.


Of course, Pilot is far from the only player in the real-time wearable translation space. The category is booming of late, including, most notably, Google’s Pixel Buds. Though unlike those headphones, this  offering is translation first. And honestly, they’re pretty big for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, so you probably wouldn’t want to use them your go-to headphones.


Also, unlike the Pixel Buds, the Pilot’s earbuds aren’t tethered together. In fact, they’re meant to be shared (but maybe pack an alcohol wipe, if other people’s earwax creeps you out). When you need help translating, you can hand the other bud to someone and have them sync it up with the own phone, and the Pilot will do the inverse translation, listening for speech and speaking the words into your ear.


Our demo was, admittedly, in a pretty loud environment, so the hardware has some trouble catching all the words, but the translation did come through fairly quickly. According to Goethals, the company developed its own translation software in-house, but uses a wide number of third party sources to cross check its accuracy.


The Pilot is currently up for purchase through Waverly’s site for $249 — nearly $100 more than Google’s admittedly mediocre Pixel Buds.

Воскресенье, 25 февраля 2018 20:47

Обновлённый телефон Nokia 8110 из «Матрицы»

В чёрном и жёлтом «банановом» цвете.


На конференции MWC 2018 компания HMD Global представила обновлённый телефон Nokia 8110. Этот телефон-слайдер выпускался в 90-х годах и стал популярным после фильма «Матрица».


Обновлённый Nokia 8110 может работать в 4G-сетях, его можно использовать как точку доступа и раздавать интернет через Wi-Fi. Он оснащён 2,4-дюймовым экраном, камерой в два мегапикселя и 4 ГБ постоянной памяти. Устройство работает на собственной системе Smart Feature OS, в которой смогут работать приложения из магазина Nokia (NMD Global планирует наполнять его с помощью Google и Facebook).


Телефон выйдет в мае 2018 года и будет стоить €79 (около 5,5 тысяч рублей). Создатели называют его идеальным телефоном для отпуска, который сможет работать около 17 дней от одного заряда.

This week has been marked by a number of Asus handsets that are being revealed before the time. Earlier today, we’ve got a glimpse of the look of the upcoming Asus Zenfone 5, with the so controversial top notch. Now, a new mysterious handset just popped out in the AnTuTu database, revealing high-grade specifications.


With the season of high-end smartphones, packing the best of technology, set to start on MWC 2018, a lot of OEMs are showing their intentions with the newest Snapdragon 845. However, Asus has traced a parallel path since last year, being more focused on mid-range devices rather than flagship smartphones.


Apparently. this is about to change. According to a Screenshot leaked through AnTuTu database, the Taiwanese manufacturer has a flagship device codenamed as Asus Z01RD. The handset sports the latest Snapdragon 845 paired with Adreno 630 GPU. The multi-tasking power is ensured by 6GB of RAM, while the files capacity is defined by 64GB of Storage.


The Z01RD comes running Android 8.0.0 out the box, which also confirms that this will be a Treble-compliant device. While the screen size wasn’t revealed, we know that the handset will have a panel with 2246x1080p pixels, which may result in an 18:5:9 aspect ratio, just like Samsung and some other OEMs are using.


Lastly, but not least, the handset breaks the AnTuTu 200,000 points barrier with exact 238,129 points. There is no word or confirmation if this handset will be part of the Asus Zenfone 5 series or if it will be a separated device from a different flagship series. Asus is preparing an event for MWC 2018, so stay tuned for more details about its smartphones and possibly about this new flagship smartphone.

Вторник, 20 февраля 2018 02:17

Nokia 7 Plus Leaks Again!

The Nokia 7 Plus has been making the rounds for weeks now. Veteran tipster Evan Blass has reported a render of the  Nokia 7 Plus. The leaked render corroborates with the earlier reports and live image of the 7 Plus.


The render confirms the presence of a full screen display, with no physical navigation keys on the front. The fingerprint scanner has also taken a back seat here. The display seems to be slightly curved on the sides. The top bezel houses the front camera and the Nokia logo on the top right corner. The earpiece sits right in the middle of the top bezel.


This render is similar to the live image of the Nokia 7 Plus which was reported just a few days ago. The 7 Plus’ Geekbench listing hints towards the presence of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. Also known is the fact that it will sport a dual camera setup on the rear by Zeiss Optics. The configuration is speculated to be a 12MP+13 MP. The front is rumoured to have a 16MP snapper.

Another speculation surrounding the 7 Plus is that it will be an Android One phone and will come with Android 8 Oreo. We will to see the 7 Plus at MWC 2018. Stay tuned!


Вторник, 20 февраля 2018 01:57

Sony confirms MWC 2018 appearance, releases video teaser

Mobile World Congres 2018 will officially begin in Barcelona, Spain on February 26th. The event is expected to witness products launches from giants like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, HMD Global and more. Sony will be live at the mobile show, as it has confirmed with the release of a Video teaser hinting at its product lineup for the MWC.

As usual, this teaser reveals nothing at first sight, but it did reveal that Sony will be holding its MWC 2018 Press briefing just a day after Samsung and HMD Global might have unwrapped the Galaxy S9 and Nokia 9.

A couple of days back, it came to public knowledge that Sony wrote a letter to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) requesting the dismissal of one of the approvals given to some of its devices, probably to reflect modern day reality. If the request is given appropriate attention, then there is every tendency that Sony’s phones that will debut at the MWC 2018 might not reflect the design change as the time frame is considered too short to effect such.

Recent reports have it that the company plans to bring the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 pro, as well as the Xperia XZ2 compact, will all be unveiled at the MWC 2018. These devices look set to a 4K edge-to-edge display, dual-lens rear camera, flagship SD 845 SoC and more. 

Воскресенье, 11 февраля 2018 22:08

Asus becomes the latest brand to be a notch follower with the ZenFone 5

Apple’s decision to make a notch on the iPhone X had its valid reasons. However, what many Android OEMs are doing following Apple’s lead is both needless and looking ugly from my point of view. There, I said it. There’s no need to go around putting a notch on your flagship devices just because Apple did. To top it, these OEMs don’t want to get rid of the bottom bezel, one of the reasons for the notch to exist. Even then, Asus has become the latest company to adopt the herd mentality.


New renders of the ZenFone 5 have surfaced that clearly show the notch on the flagship device. The design isn’t much different from the Huawei P series that has leaked in its entirety. Besides that, what is visible is the dual camera on the back, fingerprint reader, USB Type C as well. The leak comes from a reputed source and we have all reason to say this is authentic. There isn’t much to go about the spec sheet here. But we’ll get to know them soon.


Besides the ZenFone 5 which will house flagship hardware, the ZenFone 5 Lite has also leaked in the past sporting a different design than its premium counterpart. The ZenFone 5 family that usually has more than 3 variants will be launched at the MWC 2018.


Воскресенье, 11 февраля 2018 22:01

Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro Leaked on A HTML Benchmark Screenshot

Earlier we have seen some news concerning the Sony Xperia XZ2 disclosed by Irish carriers. So there was every reason to think this flagship will be uncovered at MWC 2018 later this month in Barcelona, Spain. But today another spotted screenshot makes us think there will be one more premium flagship along with the mentioned handset. And the upcoming phone is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro, which is considered to be the world’s first 4K OLED screen smartphone.


According to a leaked HTML benchmark test screenshot, a mysterious phone codenamed as the Sony H1866 is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro. The latter is said to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio display with a whopping 4K resolution. And as we have heard the next Sony flagship will be using OLED display, we think this is the case. Apart from this, the benchmark screenshot shows this handset will be running on Android 8.1.


We have heard there is a Sony smartphone in works that should come with a 4K screen resolution. But all rumors were about a device relatively named the Sony Xperia XZ Pro. So this test screenshot not only confirms its existence but also reveals its name.


So as there is no doubt the Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro will be unleashed at MWC 2018 and it will be the industry’s first 4K OLED screen phone, let’s collect all the rumors into one place. According to them, the phone’s display will be supplied by LG, which is quite reasonable. LG is a leading manufacturer in this niche, and almost all innovations concerning displays come from it. Other than that, the Xperia XZ2 Pro will be packed with a Snapdragon 845 chip, 6+64GB of memory combination, and a 12MP dual-camera. It should also cancel the 3.5mm audio jack, and support wireless charging.

Воскресенье, 11 февраля 2018 21:45

What to expect from Samsung’s next Galaxy flagships

It’s that time of year again. Samsung is getting ready to unpack some shiny new high end smartphones at the world’s biggest mobile confab. And Android fans are getting ready to cheer.

The TechCrunch team will be on the ground at MWC in Barcelona in two weeks’ time to bring you all the news. But if you’re wondering what Sammy’s got cooking ahead of the official Galaxy unboxing, read on…


S9 and S9+ unpacked

While most major Android smartphone handset makers are skipping a flagship launch at MWC 2018 — perhaps feeling the pinch from shrinkage in the Chinese smartphone market — Samsung most definitely is not. Not this year.


The world’s biggest smartphone maker by marketshare is expected to unbox the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the show.


Indeed there’s a pretty gigantic clue to that in the invitation for its pre-MWC press event — in the shape of a purple-hued number ‘9’…


Samsung’s timing means the S9 and its phablet-sized S9+ fellow are being outted about a month earlier than last year’s S8/S8+, when it switched to a post-MWC launch in New York.


Some have suggested Samsung felt the need to move up the S9’s reveal by a month after Apple skipped an iPhone digit with its fall unboxing of the iPhone X (and iPhone 8/8Plus). Although that theory doesn’t really hold water, given Samsung has debuted new Galaxy flagship(s) on the eve of the MWC conference for years — and consistently so, until 2017.


Last year was the anomaly. And that beat-skip can be explained by it falling behind its usual release schedule after the Note 7 recall — and the subsequent pressing need to spend time making changes to its product safety processes after having such high profile problems with, er, exploding batteries.


Samsung is clearly hoping to put all that mess behind it now. And how better to project a ‘business as usual’ message than by returning to its usual pre-MWC global stage for the S9 launch?


And things are looking pretty good for Samsung to hog the hardware limelight at MWC 2018: Huawei, its main Android phone challenger in global marketshare terms, isn’t expected to launch much, having announced its own Paris-based press event for late March.


While the Nokia-branded upstart HMD can’t — surely — hope to tug on the nostalgia heartstrings twice in a row and pull another retro mobile phone trick this year.


Camera capabilities in focus

Of course Samsung is hoping its new smartphones grab attention on their own merits. And it’s drawing explicit attention to the camera as the eye-catching upgrade here.


In many ways this is a curiously quaint kind of premium smartphone marketing message. And not just because of the subtle allusion to film photography in the shape of the graphic. But because of how much engineering attention has already been lavished on smartphone cameras over the past decade. And how high the premium bar has consequently gotten.


A truly reimagined smartphone camera would have to have real superpowers — like being able to shoot through walls. Which would also be horribly weird and disturbing. So happily no one is expecting the S9 to be able to do that.


Apple’s iPhone X is a better explanation for Samsung’s teaser that the S9 camera will be “reimagined”, given Cupertino’s top-of-the-range iPhone packs dedicated depth sensors for powering augmented reality experiences via the camera lens — such as face masks and animated emoji that can track facial expressions.


The iPhone X also features a new biometric authentication method which relies on capturing a facial biometric using the same TrueDepth camera unit.

So Samsung trying to do more with sensing hardware to chase Apple’s lead here seems probable.


That said, judging by leaked device images — obtained by trusted smartphone leaker Evan Blass (see below) — the S9/S9+ don’t appear to be packing any additional sensor hardware up top vs last year’s S8/S8+.


Last month Samsung did make some noise about its latest smartphone chipset, explicitly touting the potential for the silicon to power similar experiences to what Apple has done with the iPhone X  — writing that “through depth sensing” the chipset could be used to “scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection”. So, well, [insert thinking emoji face here].


Another possibility: Samsung could use an engineering workaround that combines multiple existing biometrics (i.e. the S8’s face + iris scanning systems) to try to up its game vs Apple’s FaceID. This has been rumored.


And that approach might make most sense for the S9, given Apple has not yet pushed the TrueDepth camera across all iPhones. Indeed, the iPhone X’s sensor-packed notch remains iPhone X only. And so do associated iOS features — like Animoji and FaceID.


Given that premium gating by Apple, Samsung could be spying an opportunity to build some ‘animojish’ flashy and fun camera features that work across its S9 flagships — even if its FaceID competitor isn’t yet ready for the prime time.


(And — a little more fuel — a Blass source claims the S9 will include a selfie mode with “animated avatars kinda like animoji”.)


Apple also used the opportunity of a major sensor upgrade on the iPhone X to ditch the home button and switch to a more gesture-heavy user interface on the device. Which, in some ways, is unfortunate as it has bifurcated the iPhone UI. (Something Cupertino will presumably move to unify again in future.)


Samsung was ahead on killing the home button, having removed the physical key on last year’s S8 to maximize screen real estate. Though it didn’t go all in on swipe-based navigation. Instead it added a virtual touch-sensitive button with haptic feedback at the bottom of its otherwise near-edge to edge display.


It will therefore be interesting to see whether Samsung decides to entirely remove that usability crutch on the S9. And, indeed, there have been a few rumors of a new, S9-only user interface incoming.


On the other hand, a major break with interface convention would really demand a more radical hardware upgrade than Samsung appears to have in the pipe here. So we wouldn’t bank on any overly sweeping interface changes landing here.


Look, no notch!

Blass got his hands on the above leaked images of the S9 and S9+ late last month. He’s since posted a few more (see below).


An immediate takeaway from looking at these is there’s no notch on the S9/S9+. The notch being the shaped sensor unit that takes an unfortunate bite out of the iPhone X’s screen.


Indeed, the sensor configuration on the leaked S9 images looks identical to the S8. So if Samsung is squeezing more sensing hardware into that slender space at the top of the phone it’s not obviously doing so.


(For the record the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera unit contains: An infrared camera; a flood illuminator; a proximity sensor; an ambient light sensor; a dot projector; and a 7MP camera, as well as housing a speaker and microphone. While the S8’s bevy of front sensors includes an SVC LED; a proximity sensor (detector) & light sensor; a proximity sensor (emitter) and Iris LED — the latter powering an iris scanning biometric feature.)


The visual design consistency between the S8 and the S9 heavily suggests Samsung doesn’t yet have sensing hardware to directly challenge the capabilities of the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera.


And the company’s own PR specifies that its aforementioned top-of-the-line chipset hardware does also need depth sensing hardware to be able to power 3D face scanning “for hybrid face detection” (which then enables “realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face”, as Samsung sells it).


So unless it’s managed to radically miniaturize the necessary depth sensing hardware on the S9, shrinking it to fit into pretty much the same S8 form factor — and at a time when it was also retooling its smartphone processes with a focus on safety concerns — then a comparable FaceID-style face-unlocking feature seems unlikely to be about to be unpacked.


Though Samsung may still manage to drum up a few animojish flourishes using the sensors it has been able to bake in.


So get ready to cue up your jokes about the S9’s ‘invisible notch’.


The other glaring design point of note is there isn’t really anything new in the look of the S9 vs the S8. Unless you could the fuchsia-ish shade of purple/lilac.


Design wise it’s essentially more of the same, curved screen edges — love ’em or hate ’em! — and all.


And talking of more of the same, we reckon Samsung won’t do an Apple and will keep the 3.5mm headphone jack on the S9/S9+.


Why? Because why look a rival’s gifthorse in the month and pointlessly squander an unexpected competitive advantage. Courage be damned.


Sticky fingers

Moving on, Blass also got his hands on some rear shots of the S9/S9+ and associated components — which show a fingerprint reader in a newly positioned location right underneath the rear camera(s). Which would certainly be a welcome tweak on the awkward S8 side-of-camera placing.


So — depending on your view — Samsung is taking a ‘cake and eat it’ biometrics approach vs Apple, which simply doesn’t offer iPhone X owners the option of using a fingerprint biometric (they can either choose to register a robust, depth-mapped facial biometric, or do without biometric authentication entirely).


Or Samsung is not entirely confident in the robustness of its own facial biometric authentication systems — which have previously been shown to be pretty trivially fooled. Hence retaining the fingerprint scanner is helpful because it offers an alternative option for users not comfortable with the company’s iris or face scanning systems.


In security terms at least, Apple appears to be making the iPhone X’s dedicated sensing hardware count. (Unless you happen to have an identical evil twin.) So Samsung keeping the fingerprint reader alive also fits with the notion of the S9 being more of a stopgappish, iterative upgrade than a major step change for its smartphone strategy.


On the plus side, at least these phones aren’t going to force you to face unlock if you don’t want to.


Blur when you want it

Another takeaway from Blass’ leaked images: The S9+ does have one very visible camera hardware difference vs the S9 — it’s packing two rear camera lenses. At long last!


This fits with widely reported rumors that Samsung is finally adding dual cameras to its flagship smartphones — having initially brought the hardware feature to its premium phablet, the Galaxy Note 8.


As with the Note 8, the S9+’s dual lenses will be used for enhanced photography depth effects — such as bokeh (where a subject gets crisply picked out against a pleasingly blurred backdrop), on account of the stereoscopic data that the two lenses can gather.


And for boosting low light photography — a perennial challenge for smartphone cameras, with camera sensors having to be squeezed into such small spaces.


On the Note 8, Samsung also uses the dual cameras for other stuff too — like a photo feature that can capture additional imagery outside the framed composition.


The bottom line here is it’s playing necessary catch-up. Apple introduced dual cameras to the iPhone line up back in 2016, on the iPhone 7 Plus. So Samsung definitely needs to close the gap.


A video version of the S9 invite which it tweeted last month emphasizes bokeh by fading out in a blur of glory. The animation also hints at a super slow-mo video capture feature — another widely reported rumor which we’re expecting will be stood up.


Samsung’s oddly worded claim that the S9 launch will “change how you experience everything” could be an allusion to camera-powered AR features or a hint — as has also been widely rumored — that the S9 will have a mechanically variable aperture too. (Or else, well, it’s just some horribly overreaching PR.)


What’s the point of a variable aperture? It allows a camera to switch between different focal lengths by controlling the amount of light entering through the lens — literally by expanding or contracting the hole through which it enters.


Which in turn allows for greater control over the look of photos/videos by being better able to adapt to different shooting conditions. So, again, the promise is improved smartphone photos/video, including in low light conditions.


But, as with all the expected features, we’re talking ‘welcome improvements’ and ‘nice-to-have enhancements’. Not a smartphone with X-ray vision.


Don’t get too excited — yet

All in all, we’re expecting Samsung to have a few nice extras up its sleeve for the S9/S9+. But its next Galaxys look more like they’re playing catch up — and doing the usual bit of beefing up (expect processor and battery upgrades too, of course) — than shooting for smartphone fame.


But — but! — if you’re hankering for a more radical Samsung smartphone upgrade in 2018, well, other rumors are available. Even though MWC 2018 probably isn’t going to be the event where Sammy finally unboxes its very-long-slated-in-the-R&D-works foldable smartphone (though the company did say, as recently as last month, that it plans to release foldable phones in 2018). If it does, well, Samsung has been keeping that powder very dry indeed.


Nor — we’re fairly sure — will the company be pulling out its intended iPhone X killer in Barcelona. Though, again, it might have ‘one more thing’ on that front later this year.

It seems that LG is going to “play it safe” this year, as the Korean company decided to delay the official launch of its LG G7 flagship. Instead, they will probably improve one of their most successful smartphones that made an impressive launch last year. Yes, we’re talking about the LG V30s, the improved variant of their 2017 flagship that really impressed most of of us with its price, specs and performance.


Recent rumors say that LG will go for the improved version of the V30 this year at Mobile World Congress, packing 256GB of storage in the device, along with LG Lens, a feature that will bring AI features to its imaging capabilities. Rumor has it that this LG Lens technology will be able to translate text and show online product listing while snapping an image of a product.


It will also offer bar-code recognition and QR code support but this isn’t something ground breaking of course. No need to worry about the rest of its technical specs, as the V30s is expected to keep all the hardware of its predecessor. This means that it will be equipped with a 6-inch FullVision OLED display with QHD+ resolution, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 16-megapixel dual rear cameras, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 3,300mAh battery.


All the recent info suggests that the upgraded LG V30s model will be announced during MWC 2018 and it will hit the stores on March 9 – starting from South Korea with a price tag of approximately 1 million won (~$919).


That’s all we know so far, keep in touch to find out more info on this subject.

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