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Honor Magic 2 teardown shows how the phone’s slider mechanism works

By Justin Duino

Honor Magic 2 Disassembly

PC Pop

  • The Honor Magic 2 has been completely disassembled by a Chinese news site.
  • One of the included images shows exactly how the sliding mechanism works.

At the end of October, Honor announced the Magic 2, the successor to its AI-focused smartphone. While the handset is impressive from a specs and camera perspective, the phone features a nearly bezel-less display thanks to a sliding mechanism that hides the front-facing sensors.

Unlike phones like the Vivo Nex that feature a pop-up camera module, Honor separated the Magic 2’s display and fingerprint sensor from the body of the handset. When the user wants to take a selfie, they have to slide the front portion of the device down.

Honor Magic 2 Slider PC Pop

As you can see from the above GIF, all that connects the screen section of the phone to the rest of the Honor Magic 2 is a set of slide rails and a ribbon cable. It’s a simplistic design, but if the slider section gunks up or breaks, you immediately lose access to your three front-facing cameras and other sensors.

And while this also might seem like it would make replacing a …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Best of Android 2018: the best displays

By Chris Thomas

A photo of a smartphone being tested with a spectrophotometer.

After testing the best Android has to offer in 2018, we can give you a more complete picture of the best displays than ever. Though we only specifically highlight two models here, there are plenty of displays on the market that meet or exceed what you’d get in some televisions. We’ll be mentioning a few additional screens that — while not award winners — are almost as good.

Display tech has come a long way for smartphones, but what makes a good TV doesn’t work so well on mobile handsets.

This year, we partnered with our friends at Spectracal to kick the proverbial tires on the displays of all the Android phones we tested, to see just how good they could get. For the most part, phones tend to sacrifice color accuracy for screen brightness. However, while many phones are happy to make their screen as blue as tolerably possible (looking at you, LG G7 ThinQ) for brightness, there are a handful of phones with extremely good displays. Let’s explore!

What makes a good smartphone screen?

What’s “best” generally requires a certain philosophy. That may not make a lot of sense to you now, but it will in a minute.

<img src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/How-we-test-3-of-3-840×473.jpg" alt="A photo …read more

Source:: android authority

    

We asked, you told us: You’d rather have bigger bezels than a notch

By Justin Duino

A photo of a man using the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

It’s no secret that most people dislike display notches. Unfortunately, as most customers want completely bezel-less phones, there’s currently no way to avoid the cutout until under display sensor tech advances past the prototype stage.

To avoid notches, smartphone manufacturers like Samsung retain large forehead and chin bezels to house the various sensors while Oppo, Xiaomi, and others have built sliding mechanisms that expose the front-facing sensors only when they’re needed. So we decided to ask you, how do you wish phone manufacturers would circumvent the display design choice?

What’s your favorite notch alternative?

Results

Unsurprisingly, over 58 percent of the participants on our polls across the website, Twitter, and YouTube voted that they would rather have a smartphone with larger bezels like those on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 than have a notched display.

Despite being an innovative approach to hiding the front-facing sensors, only a quarter of the voters were interested in manual or automatic slider mechanisms. While the design might seem incredibly cool, many people appear to fear that the moving parts will end up breaking with extended use.

Interestingly, 17 percent of you voted …read more

Source:: android authority

    

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

By Joe Hindy

This is the featured image for Android Apps Weekly 11-17-2018

The 269th Android Apps Weekly is live! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Feedly, the venerable RSS reader, and Pocket Casts, arguably the best podcast app, both received huge redesigns this week. The Feedly redesign wasn’t too huge, but it did change how things work a bit. The controls are across the bottom of the app now as you see in Material Design 2.0 apps. It does look much cleaner than it used to. Pocket Casts also received a Material Design overhaul. Likewise, it looks a little cleaner with about the same controls as before. Both apps are huge in their respective genres and we’re glad they’re still getting design love.
  • The successor to Vine is on its way. Byte works a lot like Vine does. People can upload bits of stuff. That includes graphics, musical content, and, of course, video. You can also share them anywhere if you want to or keep them to yourself. There is still a lot we don’t know and we expect changes before the official launch. However, there is a private beta available for iPhone with an Android beta coming later this year. We’ll know more when it comes …read more

    Source:: android authority

        

Gboard and Android Pie for Chromebooks might finally arrive soon

By Williams Pelegrin

Keyboard that is not Gboard.

  • The HP Chromebook x2 recently received an update on the Canary channel that introduced Android 9 Pie.
  • With the update also came support for Android keyboards, namely Gboard.
  • The update might be coming to other Chromebooks very soon.

The best way to fix Chrome OS’ bare-bones software keyboard is to just bring Gboard over. While Google is at it, why not also bring some of that delicious Android 9 Pie support? According to XDA-Developers, that is exactly what Google looks to do with Chromebooks eventually.

XDA-Developers noticed that their HP Chromebook x2 on the Chrome OS 72 Canary channel jumped from Android 7.1 Nougat to Pie, skipping over Android Oreo. The Google Pixelbook also received the Pie update on the Canary channel back in October, so it might be only a matter of time until other Chromebooks get the update.

XDA-Developers

Based on what we saw on the Pixelbook, the changes with Pie are mostly aesthetic. The Android Settings page has the same colorful Pie look, while the Google Assistant pop-up is more prominent than before. The update also includes more Material Design aesthetics, which means plenty of white.

Editor’s Pick
<a target="_blank" href="https://www.androidauthority.com/best-chromebook-for-students-875070/" …read more

Source:: android authority

    

MediaTek vs Snapdragon: Everything you should know about the two companies

By Hadlee Simons

A Qualcomm Snapdragon render.

Huawei and Samsung are two of the only Android manufacturers regularly producing in-house processors. Everyone else turns to Qualcomm and MediaTek for their mobile chip needs.

The two companies have been the dominant third-party chipset providers for several years now, following the withdrawal of players like Texas Instruments, Intel, and ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor.

We’ve put together a handy primer on the MediaTek vs Qualcomm, covering their differences and reasons why a company would opt for one or the other.

CPU technology

When it comes to the all-important CPUs, Qualcomm has a history of creating its own Kryo cores. Since 2017, however, the company has settled on semi-custom designs (dubbed Kryo Gold or Kryo Silver). These designs are based on standard Arm CPU cores, with a few tweaks for power consumption and performance.

Meanwhile, MediaTek uses standard Arm CPU cores for its processors, without modifying them to the same degree as Qualcomm.

Qualcomm uses the latest and greatest Arm CPU cores whenever they’re available, as is the case with the new Snapdragon 675. MediaTek hasn’t used Arm’s latest cores yet (Cortex-A76, A75, and A55), content to use legacy cores for now.

The long and short of it is Qualcomm and MediaTek both …read more

Source:: android authority

    

MediaTek vs Snapdragon: Everything you should know about the two companies

By Hadlee Simons

A Qualcomm Snapdragon render.

Huawei and Samsung are two of the only Android manufacturers regularly producing in-house processors. Everyone else turns to Qualcomm and MediaTek for their mobile chip needs.

The two companies have been the dominant third-party chipset providers for several years now, following the withdrawal of players like Texas Instruments, Intel, and ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor.

We’ve put together a handy primer on the MediaTek vs Qualcomm, covering their differences and reasons why a company would opt for one or the other.

CPU technology

When it comes to the all-important CPUs, Qualcomm has a history of creating its own Kryo cores. Since 2017, however, the company has settled on semi-custom designs (dubbed Kryo Gold or Kryo Silver). These designs are based on standard Arm CPU cores, with a few tweaks for power consumption and performance.

Meanwhile, MediaTek uses standard Arm CPU cores for its processors, without modifying them to the same degree as Qualcomm.

Qualcomm uses the latest and greatest Arm CPU cores whenever they’re available, as is the case with the new Snapdragon 675. MediaTek hasn’t used Arm’s latest cores yet (Cortex-A76, A75, and A55), content to use legacy cores for now.

The long and short of it is Qualcomm and MediaTek both …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Google Home Hub vs Lenovo Smart Display

By Robert Triggs

Google Home Hub showing feature menu

There are now a few choices if you’re in the market for a new smart display. The JBL Link View, Amazon Echo Show, Lenovo Smart Display, and the new Google Home Hub all pair the convenience of a voice assistant with the utility of a screen for even more useful features.

Lenovo recently rolled out an update to its Smart Display that includes much of the Google Home Hub’s functionality, including the Home View dashboard. With software parity now on the cards, which of these two Smart Displays is the better buy?

Spec showdown

Google Home Hub Lenovo Smart Display
Display 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 resolution 8-inch, 1,280 x 800 resolution
10-inch, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution
SoC Amlogic CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 624
(Android Things)
Speakers 1x full range speaker, 80dB SPL @1KHz 1.75″ 10W Full Range Speaker, 2 x Passive Tweeters
Microphones 2x mic array 2x dual mic arrays
Camera No 5MP wide angle, 720p video call resolution
Wireless Bluetooth 5
802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 Ghz) Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 Ghz) Wi-Fi
Dimensions 178.5 x 118 x 67.3mm
480g
263.2 x 142.2 x 111.4mm /
311.4 x 173.9 x 136mm
1kg / 1.2kg
Colors Sand, Aqua, Chalk, Charcoal Grey / Bamboo
Price $149 $199.99 / $249.99

At $149, the Google Home Hub is much more affordable than the larger Lenovo Smart Display. As such, it’s a little more …read more

Source:: android authority

    

UK Deals of the Week: Google Pixel 3 and Honor early Black Friday sales

By Oliver Cragg

Google Pixel 3 deals

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!

US Deals

Deal: Google’s Black Friday sales offer deals on the Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, and much more

With Black Friday right around the corner, Google is unleashing a slew of deals on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google Home Hub, and much more on the Google Store.

First up are the …

This week’s deals include early Black Friday offers on a whole load of Google products, an iPhone X for less than 700 pounds, a killer offer on a Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Mi Band 3 bundle, and much more.

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Deals, dates, and everything else you should know

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

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Source:: android authority

    

Pop quiz: Match the feature to the Android skin!

By Mitja Rutnik

huawei p20 pro vs samsung galaxy s9 plus hands on comparison

This week, we’ll test out just how familiar you are with Samsung Experience, OxygenOS, EMUI, and other Android skins. Each of the 10 questions in this quiz revolves around a specific feature offered by an Android skin and your job is to figure out which one. There are four answers available for every question, only one of which is correct.

Are you up for the challenge? Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your result on social media at the end.

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This is the 17th quiz in our regular weekly series. You can take a few of the most popular ones via the links below or check out all of them by clicking here.

Let us know which questions you thought were the hardest and share your result …read more

Source:: android authority