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Amazon’s deals for Valentine’s include the cheap $20 Echo Input, $70 2nd gen Echo, and $100 Spot

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Just a few days after Google's "Dump your valentine" discount, Amazon has come up with its own deals, in time for February 14. These offers are more relevant, though, and are worth considering if you're short of gift ideas. Most of the giant's connected home devices are on sale, including Echo speakers and smart displays, Fire TVs, cameras, and even Kindles.

Amazon's speakers have been marked down several times in the last few weeks, including deals on the Echo Plus and Echo Input, but the retailer is going stronger now to rival Google's bundles.

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Amazon's deals for Valentine's include the cheap $20 Echo Input, $70 2nd gen Echo, and $100 Spot was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG G8 to have 3D time-of-flight sensor on front for enhanced face recognition and portrait shots

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Now that renders have shown what the G8 ThinQ will look like, LG has revealed more about the upcoming flagship that will be unveiled at MWC. The new handset will feature a time-of-flight sensor, which is expected to offer fast and precise facial recognition.

Just like FaceID, the time-of-flight camera in the G8 will use infrared light to build a 3D model of the subject and confirm identity. LG has collaborated with Infineon to integrate its dedicated REAL3 ToF chip, meaning the phone will need less processing power and use less energy compared to other devices that rely on software algorithms for facial validation.

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LG G8 to have 3D time-of-flight sensor on front for enhanced face recognition and portrait shots was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung said to acquire Israeli dual-camera expert Corephotonics

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Picture quality is becoming a key differentiator for Android manufacturers, and many are racing to offer unique features that will make their devices stand out. Nokia is expected to launch a phone with five lenses, Google has developed an algorithm to improve low-light photography, and Samsung built a variable aperture technology into the Galaxy S9. To make its cameras even better, the Korean firm has allegedly bought Corephotonics, an Isreali company known for developing powerful lenses with optical zoom.

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Samsung said to acquire Israeli dual-camera expert Corephotonics was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung said to acquire Israeli dual-camera expert Corephotonics

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Picture quality is becoming a key differentiator for Android manufacturers, and many are racing to offer unique features that will make their devices stand out. Nokia is expected to launch a phone with five lenses, Google has developed an algorithm to improve low-light photography, and Samsung built a variable aperture technology into the Galaxy S9. To make its cameras even better, the Korean firm has allegedly bought Corephotonics, an Isreali company known for developing powerful lenses with optical zoom.

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Samsung said to acquire Israeli dual-camera expert Corephotonics was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies

Monday, January 14th, 2019

In his review of Samsung's Galaxy S9, David remarked that camera performance relative to Google's latest offerings was somewhat wanting. Front-facing camera performance in particular, he noted, was "pretty meh." Samsung apparently agreed, as patch notes for January's update call out selfie shooter improvements.

On top of general performance improvements, Samsung specifies that the update makes faces in selfies easier to see in photos taken in backlit conditions. Here are the full patch notes:

· Improved performance.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 update brings better selfies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon’s Ring reportedly gave unrestricted camera access to employees

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

It might be time to throw your Ring cameras in the garbage. Amazon purchased Ring in 2017, and the company's smart home security cameras and locks have continued to be incredibly popular. In fact, the Ring Doorbell 2 was one of the best-selling smart home devices on Amazon during the 2018 holiday season. However, reports from The Information and The Intercept claim that Ring gave unfiltered access to all customer video footage to its R&D facility and some employees.

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Amazon's Ring reportedly gave unrestricted camera access to employees was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon V30 update brings handful of new camera features, always-on display tweaks, and recent monthly patches

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

The V30 may be over a year old at this point, but the Verizon version was updated just yesterday with a handful of new features, including some camera functionality tweaks and additional always-on display modes inherited from the newer G7. The security patch level has also been bumped up to November 2018.

The full changelog is available over at Verizon, but the short version is that this update delivers portrait mode to the front-facing camera (complete with adjustable blur) and a new "Flash Jump-Cut" mode that captures and creates GIFs based on a 3 second timed capture, in addition to those always-on display changes.

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Verizon V30 update brings handful of new camera features, always-on display tweaks, and recent monthly patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS 71 includes new Camera app, improved app launcher, and more

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Chrome 71 arrived for desktop platforms and Android earlier this month, and now Chrome OS 71 is starting to roll out. This release includes a ton of new features, but many are limited to Google's Pixel Slate at the moment.

Most of the changes in this release are Pixel Slate features being ported upstream into Chrome OS. This includes Android P, the new native Google Assistant (the Pixelbook's Assistant runs in the Android layer), fingerprint scanner support, and Portrait Mode on the camera.

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Chrome OS 71 includes new Camera app, improved app launcher, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google used this ridiculous 5-phone case to fine-tune the Pixel 3’s portrait mode

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

We were pretty impressed with how the Pixel 2's portrait mode worked, and Google's deep dive into the technical details was easily one of my favorite reads of last year. The company must have recognized what a hit it was, as a new explanation for the differences behind the Pixel 3's depth-sensing tech was just published. As always nowadays, a big chunk of the changes are due to the magic of neural networks, but Google also has a "Frankenphone" 5-Pixel case to thank for the Pixel 3's Portrait progress.

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Google used this ridiculous 5-phone case to fine-tune the Pixel 3's portrait mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo CEO teases upcoming app enhancements such as widgets, 2FA, and temporary notification muting

Monday, November 26th, 2018

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Connected security cameras from Arlo are some of the best on the market — Ryan called the Pro 2 the best wireless camera in his review, despite a couple of drawbacks. With Cyber Monday deals you can still get some substantial discounts on Arlo products (like at Amazon and Costco), and thanks to a tweet from the company's CEO, there will soon be even more features to make it worth your while.

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Arlo CEO teases upcoming app enhancements such as widgets, 2FA, and temporary notification muting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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