Tag Archive: Enables

OxygenOS 5.1.6 update for the OnePlus 6 enables portrait mode for the front camera

The latest OxygenOS update is packed with new features.

The OnePlus 6 is now picking up the OxygenOS 5.1.6 OTA update, which brings a host of new features to the device. The OTA update brings portrait mode for the front camera, and gives us a first look at the Light Bokeh effect that OnePlus talked about at the launch of the phone.

Aside from the camera tweaks, the update includes the ability to schedule Do Not  [Read More…]

YouTube enables 4K live video streaming for all

Quadruple the resolution for your streaming needs.

Though you’ve been able to upload (and of course watch) 4K resolution video on YouTube for years now, the world’s most popular video hosting service is now enabling live streaming in the new higher resolution, including 360-degree videos. From the viewer’s perspective nothing will change, aside from the fact that live videos will now have the same option to bump up to 4K resolution as when you’re watching a  [Read More…]

EE enables low-frequency spectrum to boost 4G coverage in the UK to 75%

EE is aiming to cover 95% of UK landmass with 4G by 2020.

UK carrier EE has switched on the low-frequency 800MHz spectrum (Band 20) at 700 sites across the country, bringing 4G connectivity to 5,000 square kilometers of “not spots” overnight.

The carrier has relied on 1800MHz and 2600MHz thus far, and is now leveraging the 800MHz frequency for covering rural areas. High-frequency bands are ideal for urban centers as they have the ability to  [Read More…]

Firmware flash enables fingerprint on U.S. Xperia XZ + X Compact

Bafflingly, the U.S. models’ biggest feature gap seems to be a software limitation.

For the past year, high-end Sony phones sold in the United States, in the Xperia Z5 and X series, have lacked the fingerprint scanner tech found in their international cousins — a major feature omission for a modern high-end phone. The same applies to the recently launched Xperia XZ and X Compact — fingerprint internationally, no fingerprint in the U.S.

Now it appears  [Read More…]

Microsoft Band 2 update enables weight tracking on Android

Microsoft’s fitness-focused smartwatch, the Band 2, has picked up an update that brings new functionality when paired with Android smartphones, such as the ability to track weight, sharing your workouts, GPS enhancements, and activity reminders.

The update bumps the Microsoft Health companion app to version 1.3.20128.2, with the following changes listed:

Share your workout – Create custom Guided Workouts in the web dashboard, and share them with friends. Track your weight – to help you  [Read More…]

Motorola enables bootloader unlocks for the Verizon Moto X (2014)

For those of you holding onto a Verizon version of the 2014 Moto X, you can now unlock the bootloader on your device. The news comes by way of a Motorola Forums Manager, who says that the company received the go-ahead to start allowing unlocks on Verizon’s 2014 Moto X:

Hey, everyone. Just wanted to let you know that we did get the green light to unlock the bootloader on Verizon 2014 Moto X (2nd Gen) devices.  [Read More…]

Google enables Safe Browsing support by default in Chrome for Android

Chrome web browser users on Android have some extra protection now from malware and other security issues. Version 46 of Chrome now has the Safe Browsing feature that’s been included in PC versions for some time. Safe Browsing has also been enabled as the default setting for Chrome on Android.

Google App update enables Now on Tap on Marshmallow, brings new app drawer to earlier versions

Things are a little wonky still, but Now on Tap is finally ready for M Preview testers to tinker with — as part of an app update that also re-vamps the app drawer for those on Lollipop and earlier.

Now on Tap, Google’s “in the moment” contextual assistant feature, has been conspicuous in its absence from Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview builds up until now. But now Nexus owners with the latest Marshmallow preview build can start  [Read More…]

LifeCable enables direct charging from an Android or iPhone

We’ve all been in that situation when we’re running out of battery, and there’s nothing you can do but run in circles flailing your arms (or simply plug it in the wall). Well, LifeCable is attempting to make that inconvenience a bit lighter by introducing a cable that allows you to charge your phone from another phone. Yes, that’s nothing new, but what is new is that they claim it will be the first to be able to utilize both  [Read More…]