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Galaxy Note 8 now has the highest-rated Android camera, says DxOMark

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now tied with the iPhone 8 Plus as the highest-ranked smartphone camera in the world.

With the release of every major flagship, a few different things happen. Reviews flood the Internet with varying opinions, drop/durability tests are conducted, people dig through to find every last new feature, and the cameras are tested out to their fullest potential. DxOMark has been testing smartphone camera quality for years, and it just gave the Samsung Galaxy  [Read More…]

Jerry says, ‘Hit me!’ [#acpodcast]

It’s a huge week of news and leaks in the Android world! Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand settle in for a roundtable feast of epic proportions, beginning with Android 8.0 updates to some Motorola phones, the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability, and data throttling on T-Mobile.

Moving on to the main course, Google spent $ 1.1 billion to acqui-hire HTC’s best engineers, more details and photos have surfaced for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixelbook, and a smaller Google  [Read More…]

Equifax says personal data of 143 million customers exposed in cyber attack

Equifax says a cyber attack leveraged against the company has exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

Credit-reporting company Equifax has just announced a major cyber security breach that has exposed the data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

What data was exposed?

The company says the following data was accessed:

names Social Security numbers birth dates addresses driver’s license numbers credit card numbers (approx. 209,000 U.S. consumers) dispute documents (approx. 182,000 U.S. consumers)  [Read More…]

Kirin 970’s dual image signal processors make the Galaxy S8 camera look like a blurry mess, Huawei says

It’s definitely an understatement to say that he Samsung Galaxy S8 has a more-than capable camera. From the sensor to the lens to the image signal processing, no one would deny this fact.

Huawei, however, has a few things to say about that.

The Chinese behemoth unveiled its new Kirin 970 processor today at the IFA conference in Berlin. In addition to cramming in 5.5 billion transistors on a 10nm manufacturing process, and putting artificial intelligence directly onto  [Read More…]

Google says Oreo will roll out to some partner devices by the end of the year

Google has been working with its partners to get the Oreo update out by the end of the year.

While Google’s first party devices get new Android releases immediately, the same can’t be said for partner devices. Since these devices comprise the vast majority of Android devices, we run into situations like Nougat only being available on 13% of all Android devices a year after release.

But there may be cause for hope: tucked in the Android  [Read More…]

Lenovo says no Android 7.0 update for Phab 2 Pro or other Phab devices

Lenovo recently made a lot of folks happy when it said it’d be ditching its custom Vibe Pure UI for stock Android in future smartphones, but now the company has shared some less than exciting news about some of its previous devices.

Lenovo says that it has no plans to upgrade its Phab products, including the Phab 2 Pro, which launched last year as the first consumer-focused Tango AR device. The full list of Phab devices that won’t be updated includes the  [Read More…]

LG says the V30 will have its best low-light camera ever

LG V30 to incorporate large dual camera system.

LG tends to announce the components for its next flagship in the weeks leading up to announcing the phone itself, and the V30 is no exception. In addition to fancy haptics, LG has also detailed part of the camera setup in the V30.

Like the G6, the V30 will feature a dual camera setup. LG notes that the V30’s main camera will include an f/1.6 lens, allowing 25% more light than  [Read More…]

Former Google SVP says Android photography is a few years behind the iPhone

Google’s erstwhile SVP of social won’t be picking up an Android phone for photography again.

Vic Gundotra worked as an SVP of engineering at Google for nearly eight years before departing the company in 2014. Gundotra was the driving force behind the creation of Google+, and the executive ran Google’s mobile efforts from 2007 to 2010.

In a Facebook post, Gundotra praised Apple’s computational photography chops when it comes to the portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, calling  [Read More…]

New rumor says Samsung Pay could be heading to non-Samsung phones

Samsung is looking to vastly expand the availability of Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay is limited to the company’s flagship devices and select mid-range models, but that may not be the case for much longer. According to Gadgets 360, Samsung held “internal talks within the company and with OEMs” to bring Samsung Pay to non-Samsung devices.

The key difference between Samsung Pay and Android Pay is that the former supports both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission).  [Read More…]

Virgin Mobile says it will continue to support its Android user base

Last week, Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile announced it will stop selling Android smartphones and will instead be offering only iPhones, as well as a new iPhone-exclusive unlimited plan dubbed the “Inner Circle”. But while the news was greeted with enthusiasm by some, Android phone owners under the carrier were understandably starting to get worried. In a […]