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Google has officially released Android 10 to all the Pixel devices. It includes all Pixel phones, namely Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. This includes September security patches. It’s a pleasant surprise to see that even the very first Pixel devices are included in the Android 10 rollout, though it may take a while for the company to roll it out for other Android phones. Like Google announced, Android 10 is the first Android release that will not carry a dessert name. Some features that Android 10 will bring include the highly request Dark Theme, a new gesture navigation system that gets rid of the navigation bar entirely, Smart Reply that will suggest actions and replies in messaging apps, and Live Caption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL-8Xfx6S5o Privacy options have also been improved with a new setting that lets you share…

Google is breaking off from its dessert-themed naming convention for the next version of Android, and have just decided to simply call it, Android 10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2w7RKAlKTs The reason behind is quite simple, for better familiarity. There’ll also be changes to the Android logo and Mascot, which will now be a Bluish-green colored robot, not just for aesthetics, but also a measure to improve accessibility for those with color-blindness. A set of other colors will be used for packaging and digital assets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2UDgpLz20M The Android logo will also undergo some changes, such as using different font for the text, and the robot’s head being part of the logo itself (no longer a full-body robot). We can expect to see these changes when Android 10 comes out, which is expected to be later this year. Sources 1, 2, 3

Google has suspended business operations with Huawei, according to a report. In addition, it was also reported that chipmakers including Qualcomm, Intel, Xilinx, and Broadcom have also joined the suspension. The suspension is to comply with the trade blacklist made by the US Commerce Department that includes the Chinese company, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Google, through the official Twitter of Android, has since clarified that existing Huawei devices will still have services like Google Play and security from Google Play Protect to continue functioning. https://twitter.com/Android/status/1130313848332988421 Future Huawei devices, however,  will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system through the open source license, Android Open Source Project. But the suspension means that Google will stop providing access, technical support, and collaboration involving proprietary apps and services to the Chinese company. What does that mean? Well, this means that Google apps like Gmail, Youtube, and Chrome that…

After months of inactivity, Google has finally brought its Android Distribution Dashboard (a chart that shows the percentage of devices that run on each version of Android) back to life, with a bit of good news. Note : Data was collected during a 7-day period ending on May 7, 2019  Thanks to Project Treble, the company’s initiative that allows manufacturers to easily update their devices, Android Pie is now on 10.4% of Android Devices, and take note, at the same time that it took Oreo to reach 4%. Of course, 10.4% might look a little low on the surface, but hey, for an OS that’s just nine months old, it can actually be taken as a great feat, since you know, there are a lot of things going on under the word “Update.” The reason why the company stopped updating the dashboard is that it’s merely showing percentages, which wasn’t…

Google has finally made the latest version of Android official – Welcome Android 9.0 Pie, and it has a ton of features that would set the trend for upcoming devices.  Here are some of the most notable ones: Adaptive Battery Basically AI battery management, which works intelligently to learn your usage pattern, and optimizes your device so that apps that you don’t often use, will be given less priority, and will use less power. App Actions Android Pie can now predict your next action, such as firing up your best playlist as soon as you plug in your headphones. Now, of course, we’ll have to see which apps can actually support this feature, but it’s a good to have. Intuitive Navigation The on-screen buttons are now replaced by gestures, which for one, gives you more screen, and is also at times, faster to do and feels more natural. It does…

If you’re an owner of an ASUS ZenFone 4, you’ll probably remember that the company has promised an Oreo update sometime in 2018. Well, lucky you, because the Taiwanese tech giant has just announced that the update has already started rolling out and will take about a week for the autopush to complete, so it might take some time for your device to receive it. The release notes reveals some notable changes such as the swipe up gesture to show all apps, minimized background activity to keep the device optimized, Picture in Picture, and many more. You may check out the rest of the notes here. Source: GSMArena

After it was unveiled a few months back, the newest version of Android has been officially confirmed by Google. Android 8 is named Oreo, an update that brings a ton of new features and improvements. When we talk of major updates, speed is one of the things that we focus on most. Oreo is significantly faster, in fact, up to 2x faster on bootup compared to Nougat. Speed tests were done in Pixel devices, so the results may vary in other devices. There’s also a notable increase in menu speeds, thanks to Oreo’s ability to limit background activity for apps that you rarely use, making those resources available to the more utilized ones. There’s also support for Autofill, so you don’t have to enter your credentials in apps again and again. Another new features is Picture in Picture, which allows you to minimize a video call while doing other things,…

The Starmobile Knight Spectra is the latest Android phablet to be announced for the Philippines, and here’s why it deserves your attention: it’s going to be the first among local phones with a dual camera setup at the back. You read that right, there will be two cameras on the back of this one phone. So apart from having a huge screen and the some pretty advanced hardware and software specs, the Starmobile Knight Spectra has that “extra sauce” that shows the local company’s determination to keep taking mobile photography a little more seriously than the competition. Here’s a quick list of the Knight Spectra’s specs: Starmobile Knight Spectra specs: Snapdragon 615 CPU (octa-core) + Adreno 405 GPU 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage (microSD card support available) 5.5-inch Full HD On-Cell AMOLED IPS screen Scratch resistant display protection 13-megapixel rear main camera with LED flash + 2-megapixel rear backup…

The Mobile World Congress 2015 was held last March 2 – 5, 2015 at Barcelona, Spain. The tech world welcomed new and exciting devices. Here are the most notable and top announcements during the event: 1. The Samsung S6 and S6 Edge Adopting a new design philosophy, which was stemmed from the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung released its newest flagship phone, the S6 and a variation of it, the S6 Edge in their Samsung Unpacked Event held during the MWC 2015. The new S6 series is a departure from the previous series, switching from an all-plastic shell to a dual-glass design enhanced with a metal frame. The Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution resulting into the amazing 577 ppi density. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the display glass…

[blockquote] See our unboxing here: https://www.gadgetpilipinas.net/2015/02/skk-mobile-lynx-unboxing/ See our review on this post: https://www.gadgetpilipinas.net/2015/03/skk-mobile-lynx-review/ [/blockquote] We recently had the pleasure of unboxing the brand new SKK Mobile Lynx smartphone for our most ardent techie readers (that means you), and there was at least one person who got curious about this new model’s retail price. So how much is it? At the time of our unboxing we didn’t have any info on the SKK Mobile Lynx’s pricing yet. But we do now. Apparently, it’s going to be sold as the cheapest octa-core HD Android phone here in the Philippines. And to that end, SKK Mobile decided to give it a retail price of only Php 3,999. That price makes it even cheaper than the Cherry Mobile Vibe, another budget octa-core phone with Android that got launched earlier this year. The SKK Mobile Lynx easily comes out as the better handset on paper,…

In this review, we’re going to talk about a smartphone that has the following highlight features: 5-inch screen with minimal bezels, rear power button, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Is it 2014 all over again? No, but we are going to talk about something that was first shown to the public last year, the SKK Mobile V2. This rather elusive smartphone was subjected to the Gadget Pilipinas unboxing treatment recently. And now, it will be the topic of yet another of our ever-helpful full reviews. So, what do you need to know about this handset? What’s in the box? As we have touched on our initial unboxing and impressions post for the SKK Mobile V2, it comes with the following items inside its retail box: SKK Mobile V2 User manual Battery USB cable wall charger 3.5mm stereo headphones As you can see, the retail box and its contents are nothing out…

G3 stylus
Whether you like it or not, stylus-enabled smartphones are here to stay. And after Samsung, Korea-based LG is the latest company to try and cash in on this now-unconventional input craze.

The LG G3 Stylus is the result of LG’s attempt to take its current flagship handset — the LG G3 — and turn it into something that works with a pen. How well does it work? That’s what we set to find out in this LG G3 Stylus review.

Is it possible to create something new simply by adding a few key changes to what is already a proven winning formula? We have a feeling that this is the question that Samsung set out to answer when it came up with the idea for the Galaxy Alpha smartphone. It’s an Android handset unlike any other from Samsung’s past (in some ways), and yet it feels right at home in the company’s now-extensive product line. Allow us to tell you what it’s like to use it, and if it deserves its status as a new flagship product, in this Galaxy Alpha review. The Galaxy Alpha was born out of necessity. Faced with slowing sales of its aging Galaxy smartphone line, Samsung had to take action. For the hugely successful Note series, the key differentiator was the large touchscreen display. For the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung decided to go in the opposite…

Yesterday, Rovio has released another sequel of Angry Birds—the Angry Birds Friends. It has the same game play as the previous series of the game. The best thing about this game is that you may now compete with your friends. The game offers a weekly tournament against your friends. There will be weekly winner of the tournament. The highest score wins. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the tournament. Log in to your Facebook account and compete with your friends. You need to finish the Tutorial Tournament before you can to join the weekly tournament. There are power ups which is you can use to finish the levels. There will be new levels every week. So you compete with your friends on different levels. The game is free and it is available in Android and iOS. You may download the game here: for Android | iOS

Google announced the new Play Store wherein they claim that this will be a simpler yet more pleasing application. Simple, clean and fast. New set of tabs will be seen in the Play Store and also has added a new tab for Trending Application. I have already downloaded it and was able to browse on it already. Indeed it is more appealing to the eye because of its simple look. It is more organized than the previous version of the application. They also have a simplified process when purchasing paid application. Google has brought what they have promised. Download Google Play Store now and enjoy

There are lots of styli (or styluses) in the market for your tablet. Some come in cheap or expensive variants. Of course, I am not referring to the styli tips made of plastic (also known as resistive stylus), which your fathers may have probably used on their palm pilots. Since most devices today use capacitive touchscreens, styli tips are now made of rubber, which tricks the screen into thinking the stylus is your finger.