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  1. Many phones from major companies like ASUS, Essential, LG and ZTE are shipping with severe vulnerabilities out of the box, according to a report by cyber-security firm Kryptowire. Android is the most targeted mobile OS, firstly because of its huge user base, and secondly, because OEMs usually install their own skins on top, without keeping security in mind. Apps are usually the easiest way to gain access to your phone, a link you may have clicked, or a .apk file you may have installed could be syphoning your data in the background. This has been the core reason why Google has always recommended its users to install apps from trusted sources or the Play Store. © Pexels Kryptowire has recognised 38 different vulnerabilities that can allow spying and factory reset to be loaded onto 25 Android phones. There are at least 10 devices sold across the major US carriers that come pre-loaded with bugs that are a security threat. The list of Android vendors affected includes Asus, Essential, LG, Nokia, Sony, and ZTE. Angelos Stavrou, Kryptowire's CEO, and Ryan Johnson, the firm's director of research, disclosed their findings at the DEFCON hacker conference on Friday. © MensXP "All of these are vulnerabilities that are prepositioned. They come as you get the phone out the box," Stavrou said. "That's important because consumers think they're only exposed if they download something that's bad." Essential has confirmed that they have fixed the vulnerability after Kryptowire shared their findings, while LG has said it's working on fixing these loop-holes. Even ASUS has confirmed that they are working on patching the security concerns raised and will be pushing out OTA updates soon. © YouTube Kryptowire says the issues are at the firmware level, as malicious apps from the Google Play store too can cause a lot of damage. The ASUS ZenFone Live is said to be the most affected one, as it exposes the user's entire data and a complete system takeover is possible including taking screenshots and video recordings of a user's screen and making phone calls. If you own any of these phones, you should install OTA updates as soon as possible in the coming few weeks. Running an anti-malware app won't be of any help here, as the loop-holes are at the firmware level. Source: CNET
  2. Fortnite is a massively famous online multiplayer game that is finally making its way to Android devices. It is free to play and has attracted millions of players thanks to its competitive Battle Royale mode. Fortnite first came to iOS in April after its initial release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac in the summer of 2017. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took over the stage at the launch of Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 to confirm the launch of Fortnite for Android. © BCCL It was earlier rumoured that the game will launch as a Note9 exclusive in the beginning, but in fact the game has been launched for previous flagships as well, including the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge and even last year's Tab S3. Using any of these devices, you can download the game via Samsung's Game Launcher app or head over to Epic Games' Fortnite installer. Interested owners of these smartphones can start playing the Beta version of the game starting today. © Epic Games All these Samsung users also get an exclusive Fortnite Galaxy skin to help them stand apart in the game. Don't Have Any Of These Samsung Flagships? There's nothing to worry about. The Beta has only come 'first' to Samsung devices, Epic Games' has confirmed that the Beta will be made available to other devices in the coming days. Unlike other Android games, Fortnite will not be available on the Google Play Store and users will have to go to the official website of Epic Games' Fortnite to download the installer. The developer has already announced the next batch of devices that will support the Beta variant, you can head over to the FAQ page to know more. © Epic Games The mobile version of the game comes with a host of advanced features like voice chat, battery saver mode, customizable HUD, and the same Fortnite experience. The game enterprise has been massively successful thanks to the free to play model. Because of Fortnite's success, SuperData estimates that games featuring a battle royale mode will earn 12% of all gaming revenue in 2018. Read Also: Top 5 Tips and Tricks to master Fortnite
  3. Every year all of us wait patiently to see what's new in Android's latest update. The cycle is pretty clear by now, Google shows off upcoming features at I/O in June, Android Beta starts rolling out for those who just can't wait and the package is released OTA to supported devices in August. To start off, Android P has been named Pie and it's officially called Android 9.0 Pie. Since its inception, Google has named Android's updates after appetizing treats like Oreo, Marshmallow, Lollipop and more. With Android Pie, the focus has been on artificial intelligence, which will power the user experience on the OS. The update is approximately 1.2GB in size and already available for download on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Now, here's why Android Pie is so exciting: 1. New Gesture-Based Navigation With this update, you now have the option to ditch Android's traditional three-button navigation and go with gestures instead. A pill can be your only home button, tap it to go home, swipe right on it to go back and swipe left to see recent apps. This is pretty similar to what we've seen on the iPhone X and many other Android devices have been shipping with this feature as well. Yes, you obviously also have the option to retain the older navigation buttons, but a choice is always appreciated. 2. Notch Support © MensXP While the addition of a notch will forever be a controversial debate, Google has embraced the notch and understood that it's better to natively support it and improve the user experience than letting OEMs dig through the UI and add the functionality in their skin. This way, apps are also built keeping in mind the proper scaling norms and notifications can be more easily incorporated throughout the UI. Even the Pixel 3 is rumoured to sport a notch. On the other hand, Google doesn't want OEMs to go overboard with the notch and is limiting it to only 3 per display. You can also simulate a notch by enabling the option in Developer Mode. 3. Wellbeing Program © Google It is a universal fact that every one of us is almost or even actually addicted to our phone, and Google doesn't want it to be that way. The program isn't actually ready yet but Pixel users can sign up in Beta. Android Pie brings in a Dashboard that lets you set time limits on apps and grays out the icon on your home screen when you have exhausted the minutes. You can also keep a track of how much you've used the phone throughout the day along with separate counters of every app. This way, you know which apps are taking up most of your time. The onboard AI will also suggest you a few steps to curb usage. 4. Artifical Intelligence Everywhere © Google AI is at the heart of Android Pie and is active in almost every process of the phone. Starting with Adaptive Battery, which tracks your most frequently used apps and saves battery for them to Adaptive Brightness that learns how you like the display colours and brightness and automatically shifts the output accordingly over time. Google is also working on a program called Slices that show you relevant information from your top apps. This way, apps like Google Maps will automatically learn your movements and suggest traffic alerts and faster routes. 5. New Screenshot Tool © Android Police Taking a screenshot has always been pretty straightforward, but the functionality was never actually natively supported by Android and every OEM had a different way of dealing with it. With Android Pie, Google is making this uniform across all devices. Obviously, the old method of taking one still works. Android Pie also brings in a new edit feature that lets you draw, crop, or highlight the screenshot before sharing it. This has been standard in the iPhone since iOS 11, and we're glad it's finally coming to Android.
  4. The Pixel 2 launched last year and it was probably the most talked about Android flagship device then. We've been using the phone for almost a year and the smartphone hasn't let us down in any category so far. Google released Android Pie for the device today and our experience has been enhanced even more since the update. Since its release, many notable devices like the OnePlus 6 and the Galaxy S9 have been launched, that can give the Pixel 2 some tight competition. Having said that, the Pixel 2 has a few advantages over its counterparts that make it a flagship worth owning. This is not a knock on the OnePlus 6, as we already know it outperforms the Pixel 2 by a great margin. But not everything is about performance. Here's why we feel the Pixel 2 is still a great smartphone you can invest in today: 1. It Still Has The Best Camera © BCCL The Pixel 2, in our opinion, takes some of the most incredible shots with its single camera sensor. It still takes pictures today that can outmatch almost every smartphone available today. The Huawei P20 Pro comes close, but it still doesn't deliver what the Pixel 2 can do. Pixel 2 also has the gyro-based EIS with the OIS that makes video footage look smoother and stable. The sharpness of pictures from the Pixel 2 is still king and we feel that it can only beaten by the Pixel 3 later this year. Low-Light imagery on the Pixel 2 is out of this world and is capable of capturing the minutest of details that most phones cannot. Here are a few sample images below for your reference: These pictures were taken on the #Pixel2, not a DSLR. A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Aug 7, 2018 at 1:43am PDT 2. Android's Best Experience Is On The Pixel The OnePlus 6 delivers a near perfect experience of stock Android, however, the Pixel smartphones always get updates before everyone else. On top of that, the Pixel also gets some exclusive features that are not available on other Android phones (for example Google's algorithm for Bokeh pictures). Services like Google Maps, Gmail, Docs, Keep are fine-tuned and deeply integrated with Pixel's OS. If you like and have already invested in Google's ecosystem, then services like Google Home, Chromecast and Google Wi-Fi should work without any hiccups. 3. It's A Steal Right Now © YouTube At the time of this story, the Pixel 2 retails for Rs 53,899 on Flipkart. If you've always been wanting a smartphone that can take amazing pictures and also performs like a beast, this is probably a steal for you right now. Sure, it's a little bit more expensive than the OnePlus 6, but you do get a superior camera in return. 4. It Has Unlimited Photo Storage © Google The Pixel 2 may not have expandable storage, however, it does support unlimited picture storage via the Google Photos app. On every smartphone, the maximum number of storage is utilised by all the pictures you take, which often makes you want to delete memories or take a backup. Google Photos on the Pixel smartphones automatically backs up your gallery without you ever having to deal with manual labour. This in turn also leaves you extra room for storing music, comic books, games and other apps. Not All Is Rosy Though Even though we've stated some great things about the Pixel 2 above, every smartphone comes with caveats. First of all, the Pixel 2 does not have an imaginative design like other flagship devices. It has noticeable bezels and a bulky design when compared to the Galaxy S9 or the OnePlus 6. © Google The other annoying missing feature is the lack of a headphone jack. Google opted to provide water resistance and removed the headphone jack in the process. The company replaced it with stereo speakers which are a plus point if you like to watch videos with the loudspeaker on. Having said that, if you are an audiophile, you will not enjoy the sound quality over Bluetooth which can be a major drawback. If you want to use your wired headphones, you will need to carry the supplied dongle with you everywhere and guard it with your life. If you want to know more about why Bluetooth headphones are inferior to wired earphones/headphones, you can read our explanation here
  5. Every year all of us wait patiently to see what's new in Android's latest update. The cycle is pretty clear by now; Google shows off upcoming features at I/O in June, Android Beta starts rolling out for those who just can't wait and the package is released OTA to supported devices in August. To start off, Android P has been named Pie and it's officially called Android 9.0 Pie. Since its inception, Google has named Android's updates after appetizing treats like Oreo, Marshmallow, Lollipop and more. With Android Pie, the focus has been on artificial intelligence, which will power the user experience on the OS. © BCCL The update is approximately 1.2GB in size and already available for download on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Earlier, only Google's Pixel and Nexus devices received the update immediately after release. This time, things have changed thanks to Project Treble. In partnership with OEMs like Sony, Xiaomi, HMD Global, OPPO, Vivo, OnePlus, and Essential, the Android P Beta was available to a range of many more devices. While the final update is already available for download to Pixel devices, these other phones too will be among the first to get it. © DigitallyBones / Twitter The other supported phones are: 1. Essential Phone 2. Nokia 7 Plus 3. OnePlus 6 4. Oppo R15 Pro 5. Sony Xperia XZ2 6. Vivo X21 7. Vivo X21UD 8. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S The manufacturers shall take some a little time to further polish the OS, and release it soon. In fact, Essential has already pushed out the update OTA to the PH-1. And if you too are very excited and can't wait, you can download the appropriate beta system images onto your PC and manually flash Android P onto your phone. Even a few qualifying Android One devices shall directly receive the update, this includes all Nokia branded Android One phones as well as the Xiaomi Mi A2. © MensXP If you are already running the Android P Beta, you don't need to do anything right now. You just need to download the new version that will soon be available and install it. You'll continue to be on the Beta channel. The Android Pie update brings a host of new features like adaptive brightness, gestures, Digital Wellbeing, as well as new security features. Read Also: Top 5 New Features in Android P Update
  6. Planning to go on a much-needed vacation? Or a solo trip and explore the world? Either way, there are a few things you might want to make sure are on your phone. Here is a list of a few apps we'd advise you to download on your phone for all your travel needs. And don't worry, we've made sure that these are available for both, Apple and Android fanboys. These set of apps are super useful for international as well as domestic travelling and range from trip organizers to bookings: 1. Google Trips: © Google This app is basically a compiler that scans through your trip-related info with the assistance of Google services. Just like your flight and hotel bookings often show up on Google Now, Google trips extracts that information from Gmail. Apart from that, it uses Google's already robust Maps to show you nearby attractions and restaurants. It has a feature that gives you an itinerary for the day if you wish to. It's a neat little app to help keep travel info together. The information is as reliable as the one on Google maps. Users have reported poor to no information of small cities and towns, although larger cities have a well-curated list of things to do and places to visit. Thanks to Google's Local Guide program, the details are even more accurate. Download for Android 2. Easy Currency Converter: © Google Play Store Straightforward name of an app which gets the job done and you can rely on for currency conversions. It updates whenever you are connected and allows you to save numerous currencies offline. All you need to do is select currencies, start your favourites and save for offline. The only drawback seems to be the UI which is by and large primitive. But that's only on Android. Functionality comes over aesthetics here. And don't worry, it has added Bitcoin as well! Download for Android 3. Skyscanner: © Skyscanner This should be your go-to app for affordable flights, car rentals, and hotels. It is an all-in-one for your transport and accommodation needs. It has the most affordable time and flights listed in neat lists. For the adventurer in you, the app can surprise you whenever you type “Everywhere" in the search. It comes up with the cheapest travels to destinations around the world. Added benefits: it has it's own frequent flyer miles program and has no additional fees. It is also smart enough to show you cheaper routes to cities which have multiple airports. For last minute trips, this app should be your first stop. Download for Android 4. Duolingo: © Duolingo One of the best things to bring back from any trip you take to a foreign land is the culture and language of the place. Duolingo allows you to learn new languages on the go for free. This app has been a trusted one for many users to learn the basics of any, among a host of popular languages. It is fun, has a net UI, uses visual, audio and textual aid to help you get a good grip on the language. What's more, you can practice what you learn while travelling, and impress the locals with your knowledge of the same. Download for Android 5. Google Translate: © Google Learning a new language is not easy and while you may know the basics, it is still a foreign language to you. Finding yourself in a new land with little connection may be your idea of a perfect holiday, but sometimes you need to navigate through signs and text which you don't understand to reach a destination or even interact with locals. Google Translate, a long and withstanding service from Google, will come to your rescue. The most exhaustive resource of a number of languages which can help translate images containing text by just pointing your camera at it. You can translate and make the local you're speaking to, listen to the audio. No need to fret about the accent and the pronunciation. Download for Android
  7. If you have already been testing the Android P Beta or are waiting for the new Operating System; you may be interested to know that Google could be less than three weeks away from releasing Android P officially. Evan Blass, the ever-so-reliable leaker said that Android P is coming to a smartphone store near you on August 20. He basically tweeted a picture of the August calendar with a green 'P' slapped on August 20th. pic.twitter.com/ovby4pC3ph — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 2, 2018 The timing is in-line with Google's previous releases as the company typically launches the new major update before summer ends. Android Oreo was launched on August 21 last year and it seems like Blass' prediction looks accurate. © YouTube Android P was officially shown off by Google at the annual IO developer conference in May. The new update has some key highlights i.e. smarter battery use, navigational gestures and App actions that add task shortcuts based on usage patterns. Google will also be adding other features that focus on a user's well being. The new update will tell users about their usage patterns and help in spending less time on their smartphone. Apple has also added a similar feature called “Screen Time” which essentially does the same job. © Google When the new update officially rolls, you can expect Google to bring the update to its Pixel smartphones first. Other Android devices should get the Android P update shortly after. Google will launch the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with the new Operating System out of the box. The only thing remaining is the official name of the update. Rumours suggest that the next update will be called Pistachio Ice Cream or just Pistachio. Whatever the name will be, we will soon know what it will be called and find out more details about its availability.
  8. There was a time when Android games were far behind iOS--the graphics were subpar, details or capabilities were lower and the experience just wasn't exciting. Those days are long gone now, Android has come a long way and thanks to the lowering gap between software and hardware, Android now gets some of the best games in town. In fact, the trend has picked up so much, smartphone makers have now started designing special "Gaming Phones" that incorporate better cooling mechanisms, over-clocked CPUs and high screen refresh rate. There are a whole ton of free games on the Play Store waiting for your attention, and it can be hard to pick out the best ones at a glance. Here's a list of the most popular games on Android that everyone is playing right now! 1. PUBG © PUBG It's no surprise that this game made it to the list. This game has been massively trending in India and is extremely addictive. For those who aren't aware, this is an open world game wherein you fight other players in real-time to survive. Considering the fact that it's a mobile game, the open world map is extremely rare and detailed. The developers have made it easier for mobile players to pick up and manage items, and have also added bots in the lowest ranks to help ease players into the game experience. The game is well optimized and can scale down graphics depending on the hardware; hence, almost every device out there can run this game. The best part is, you can team up with your mates and create your own ultimate squad for survival. Read Also: Tips and Tricks to survive in PUBG Download from Play Store 2. Infinity OPS © YouTube This is a multiplayer first-person shooter that has a sci-fi background to it. The event of the game takes place in the distant future when humanity has surpassed the limits of technological development and the world has descended into the chaos of interplanetary warfare. It has a wide range of armaments like plasma rifles and gadgets like jetpacks. You can also create your own clan (squad) and play multiples modes like Deathmatch and Hardcore. Even if you have a phone with low specs, the game has settings to scale down graphics. The range and depth of the gameplay is impressive for a mobile shooter and is the closest thing to Desinty or Halo on your smartphone. Download from Play Store 3. Shadowgun Legends © Madfinger Games There are many out there who do not prefer the Battle Royale format, for them Madfinger Games has Shadowgun Legends. The player is an intergalactic mercenary or 'Shadowgun' who fights alien forces and mercenaries for money and loot. The game has a huge selection of weapons, armour, and skins for your Shadowgun. The story campaign is thrilling and the game also supports co-op missions wherein up to three of your friends can make a squad. There is also a real-time team vs team battle. Although in-app purchases exist, they are mainly for cosmetic additions to the Shadowgun that don't give players a competitive advantage. Download from Play Store 4. Clash Royale © Splinter Cell Clash Royale is a spin-off of Clash of Clans and is the most popular “freemium” mobile game in the world right now. In Clash Royale, you take part in one-on-one battles with other players from around the world. The majority of Clash Royale's gameplay revolves around trying to use resources effectively. It combines the best elements of the Tower Defense and Action Real Time Strategy genres to create an addictive and competitive experience. The game is a couple of years old but has seen massive user retention. In fact, it made more than US$ 1 billion in revenue during its first year alone. Download from Play Store 5. HQ Trivia © HQ Trivia HQ Trivia is a live trivia app that you play for real money. The game consists of 12 multiple choice trivia questions, ranging from easy to devastatingly hard. The daily weekday cash pot has risen to US$ 5,000 with a Sunday evening game that is usually around US$ 25,000. Earlier the app was available only on iOS but an Android version was launched early this year. You can cash out with a PayPal account whenever you want to. There is no minimum threshold. Download from Play Store
  9. Google has made it quite clear about the existence of its experimental 'Fuchsia' operating system. A very early build of the operating system is already available for mobile phones and even PCs. However, currently, it's only in experimentation mode and may not see the day of light anytime soon. © BCCL Having said that, a recent report by Bloomberg says that Google may replace the Android and Chrome OS platform with Fuchsia sometime soon. Google has not formally committed to a concrete date, however, engineers at the search giant are looking to include the new operating system on connected devices like Google Home and laptops. Google has made it clear that the company is unsure about its plans and have not even committed to making this a reality. © Youtube It is safe to assume the Android platform may get outdated in the near future and this would be an opportunity for Google to start fresh. Android is based on Linux and as technology advances, Android will not be able to cope up. The new operating system would also let Google integrate services like voice commands and security patches better. Google has already been experimenting with making their own processor for smartphones and laptops. The search engine giant recently acquired talent from Apple that is currently developing a chipset for future Google devices. It is quite possible that the new operating system might just be getting developed to be in tune with the new processors. © MensXP The major roadblock Google will face, is to convince brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, and other major players to switch to the new operating system. Google will also have the daunting task to make enough Fuchsia-native apps available to attract a mass audience and convince manufacturers. There's a high chance that Google may take longer to implement the new operating system due to the above-mentioned roadblocks. Googled said in a statement to CNET, that currently, the company does not have a five-year plan for Fuchsia. The company described the OS as "one of the many experimental open-source projects" happening at Google. It would be interesting to see if the new operating system may see the day of light or not. Source: Bloomberg
  10. Google faced a record EU anti-trust fine of 4.3 billion euros on Wednesday over its Android smartphone system, in a ruling that risks a fresh clash between Brussels and Washington. Photo: BloombergBRUSSELS: Google faced a record EU anti-trust fine...
  11. Samsung currently is the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones and has shipped more than 78 million phones in Q1 of 2018. This is followed by Apple, who shipped more than 52 millions units. While Samsung has managed to maintain its supremacy, a new report by Blancco states that Samsung is at the top of the list of failures among Android makers, with the failure rate of a whopping 27.4 percent. The report mainly focusses on the failure rates of mobiles from Samsung devices and iPhones. While iPhones are found to be prone to failure at some extent, Samsung handsets have been found much more unreliable, when it comes to failure rate. © BCCL According to a report titled 'The State of Mobile Device Repair', Android phones have nearly 60 percent of the market but are more likely to fail than their iOS counterparts. Samsung devices are most often submitted for repairs and have a failure rate of 27.4 percent, followed by Xiaomi with 14.2 percent. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S are the worst performing iOS devices and they have experienced a failure rate of 22 percent and 16 percent respectively. The iPhone X has a failure rate of just 3 percent though. Even though the failure rate of the iPhone 6 is quite high, it is still considerably lower than the highest failure rate of Samsung devices. © Blancco Blancco also notes that recent software updates have also adversely affected the battery lifespan of both the iPhone 6 and 6S. Huawei is the world's thirst largest manufacturer and has managed to keep its failure rate at 8 percent. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been ranked the worst performing Android device followed by the S7 Edge. © BCCL About 34 percent of these issues are related to performance in Android phones followed by the camera at 14 percent. On the other hand, Bluetooth issues are at 9 percent in iOS followed by WiFi at 8 percent. The data also reveals that 74 percent of iPhones and iPads are running Apple's latest iOS 11 software, while 52 percent of Android phones are running Google's Nougat OS. © iFixit The data and accumulated result from Blancco is based on the “data collected from iOS and Android devices brought into wireless carriers and device manufacturers for Blancco testing and erasure”. Source: Blancco
  12. Android phones often start off running smoothly and responding instantly to every tap, but over time, even the fastest phone will start to show its age. As time goes by, particularly if you upgrade the operating system or add a lot of apps, a lot of cached data, as well as garbage data, is collected that clogs up the performance of your phone. We've listed down a few ways to easily speed up your Android phone! 1. Tidy Up Your Storage: © Google There are a lot of apps out there for clearing up your storage in a systematic manner, Google's Files Go is the one we recommend. It is the company's storage management and offline file transfer service, and it leverages Google's machine learning smarts to declutter your phone. It is designed to get rid of files that are taking up too much space on your phone and even provides recommendations for the course of action after scanning your phone. In fact, the app is specially made for India under Google's "Next Billion" initiative. Have a lot of good morning images? This app can even detect them and delete them in a single tap. Download Files Go 2. Keep A Simple Home Screen Or Try Another Launcher: © AnandTech The home screen takes up a lot of precious RAM when multiple widgets are used, even live wallpapers are very resource hungry. If you notice the home screen is getting laggy or taking a lot of time to load when you quit apps, it means the device isn't actually able to manage the number of resources the process is requesting for. Secondly, try installing another launcher. A vast majority of the phones out there come with an OEM install skin that is not always well optimised. If you notice Samsung's TouchWiz is slowing down your phone, install a lighter launcher. We highly recommend Nova Launcher, it is basic yet has all the advanced customisation one would require and is known to be extremely stable. Download Nova Launcher 3. Force GPU Rendering: © Google A lot of 2D elements in the phone's UI are software rendered, if even normal tasks like opening an app or the app drawer aren't smooth, switch to GPU Rendering. On enabling the option, these tasks will be handled by the device GPU which is a lot more capable. Keep in mind, GPUs are known to consume more power than CPUs hence you might notice slightly higher battery consumption. To switch on GPU Rendering, go to Settings and then tap on Developer Options. Toggle the "Force GPU Rendering" option and you are good to go! 4. Remove / Disable Bloatware: © YouTube A lot of Android phones ship with a number of apps pre-installed by the OEM. There is a high possibility you may have never actually used them, if that's the case, it's always better to remove them. A lot of these installations are sealed by the OEM hence you may not be able to remove them, then disable these apps. Once you disable an app, it will no longer continue running processes in the background and is as good as an uninstalled one, all it does is consume some internal storage. To disable the app, go to settings, tap on Apps and then select the one you wish to disable. You'll see an option to uninstall/disable the app. 5. Install The Latest Software: © Essential A lot of people have a misconception that installing software updates only takes up more storage and further slows down the system. While it has been noticed that a lot of OEMs push out unpolished updates, though, at the same time, a majority chunk of these updates bring in bug fixes and system improvements. You will notice a huge difference in the user experience when a major OS update is released, everything tends to get a lot smoother and efficient. Thanks to Project Treble, it is now, even more, easier for OEMs to push out regular updates. Read Also: How to install Android P
  13. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
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