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Samsung launches 4 new ISOCELL image sensor sub-brands including Dual, a likely Note 8 candidate

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

MWC Shanghai started today and Samsung is on the floor making some announcements. The first one is the growth of its ISOCELL technology to become a standalone image sensor brand, with 4 new sub-brands that cater to different devices and markets. The aim is to make it easier for customers to recognize the main strength and features of future devices' cameras.

The 4 sub-brands are Bright for great low-light images, Fast for quick autofocus even in the dark, Slim for thin sensors that still deliver great photos in slim devices, and Dual which have combinations of different sensors to bring multiple features in one device.

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Samsung launches 4 new ISOCELL image sensor sub-brands including Dual, a likely Note 8 candidate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fix Released] Latest Google Play Music v7.9.4920 is crashing on launch for a lot of users

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Google Play Music rolled out a new version of its app several hours ago that seems to bring a big bug in tow: many users are reporting that the app is crashing on launch so they can't listen to their music or use it at all.

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[Update: Fix Released] Latest Google Play Music v7.9.4920 is crashing on launch for a lot of users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Street View goes round and round, reaches 1 Billion installs on the Play Store

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

I still remember when Google Street View was that pre-installed icon that I wished I could remove from my device but couldn't because it came as part of Google Maps. Now the exploration service is all grown up, living independently, and thanks to the spread of 360 cams and user-generated content as well as the addition of dozens of interesting photosphere collections from real to fictional, has reached 1 Billion total installs on the Play Store.

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Google Street View goes round and round, reaches 1 Billion installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony Xperia Z5 range, Z4 Tablet, and Z3 Plus start getting Android Nougat 7.1.1 OTA

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

When it comes to software updates, Sony is on the job. The company is always one of the first to release updates for its recent flagship devices and is great at updating even relatively older-generation devices quickly too. Take the Xperia Z3 Plus, Z4 Tablet, and Z5 family which were announced sometime between May 2015 and September 2015, making them nearly 2 years old. They got the update to Android Nougat 7.0 back in February and they're now following the footsteps of the XZ and X Performance and getting upped to the more recent Android 7.1.1.

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Sony Xperia Z5 range, Z4 Tablet, and Z3 Plus start getting Android Nougat 7.1.1 OTA was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook celebrates 2 billion monthly active users

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

This is a little bonkers. Out of the 7.5 billion people living on the planet, give or take a few hundred million, 2 billion visit Facebook at least once a month. On a conservative estimate, that's 1 out of any 4 people alive right now... any 4 humans, be it newborns, kids, teenagers, adults, elderly people, those without internet access, those in war-torn countries, those sick and unconscious, those living in the hidden nooks and crannies of our planet... literally one out of any four persons.

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Facebook celebrates 2 billion monthly active users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

American Express is now supported by Android Pay in Canada

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Android Pay has barely been available in Canada for a month, but it already has a good selection of debit and credit cards signed up to use the service. The latest to get on board is American Express, adding the first card that isn't a MasterCard or Visa to Android Pay in the country.

This is great news for Canadian Amex users, especially considering the cards are not yet available on Android Pay in the UK (which we've had since May 2016).

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American Express is now supported by Android Pay in Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google News desktop site gets a Material redesign, with new Story Cards and more customization options

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Google News & Weather app for Android has been updated semi-regularly since it was re-branded in 2014. But during that time, the desktop site remained mostly unchanged. Today Google took the wraps off a brand new Google News site, which not only has a fresh coat of Material Design, but also adds some major new functionality.

The new layout consists of a user-configurable sidebar, a list of 'Story Cards,' and additional info like weather reports and commonly-searched keywords.

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Google News desktop site gets a Material redesign, with new Story Cards and more customization options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 450, a major update to the 400-series platform

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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It's been some time since Qualcomm issued the 400-series Snapdragon chip a generational update, but it looks like we're finally getting one today. The new Snapdragon 450 sees Qualcomm's mid-range smartphone platform move to a 14nm process, a change that should bring very significant efficiency gains, as current 400-series chips are on a 28nm process.

Like the outgoing Snapdragon 435, the current most-powerful 400-series chipset, the 450 still utilizes Cortex A53 cores, but on a smaller 14nm process.

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 450, a major update to the 400-series platform was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon Wear 1200 for entry-level wearables and LTE IoT devices

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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Qualcomm announced at MWC Shanghai today that it's releasing a new wearable chipset, Snapdragon Wear 1200. The chip is actually a pretty major advancement over the previous generation Wear 1100, in that the overall package size is a whopping 45% smaller while adding support for LTE Cat M1 connectivity, a technology designed to allow ultra-low-power electronics to connect to an LTE network with minimal power consumption. LTE Cat NB1, also supported by Wear 1200, offers similar benefits.

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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon Wear 1200 for entry-level wearables and LTE IoT devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It’s happening: Qualcomm is building fingerprint scanners that go inside your phone’s screen, coming in 2018

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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We've been waiting years for this moment, and it looks like Qualcomm will be the first one to deliver on our dreams: fingerprint scanners that go directly underneath your phone's display panel. At MWC Shanghai today, Qualcomm announced that it will be supplying these futuristic scanners - a new business for the company - starting in Summer 2018.

Qualcomm's design utilizes the company's previously-announced ultrasonic fingerprint detection method. Because of its use of ultrasonics - as opposed to capacitance - Qualcomm says this fingerprint scanner design makes it much easier to "see" through your smartphone's display panel to take a fingerprint read...

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It's happening: Qualcomm is building fingerprint scanners that go inside your phone's screen, coming in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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