Google app v7.19 beta prepares Assistant to go bilingual, expands on smart display details, and hints at TV show identification [APK Teardown]

It’s already time for another update to the Google app, and this version bump carries a little bit of the post-CES glow with it. Of course, there are some new details related to the smart displays we’ve been expecting. Also joining the round of topics are clues that suggest we’ll be able to use Google to identify TV shows by sound and that Google Assistant is going to become bilingual. There’s even a sign of a new feature called summer time mode, though it’s still a mystery for now.

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‘Galaxy S9’ packaging leak hints at single rear camera sensor with variable aperture

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Samsung’s upcoming ‘Galaxy S9’ smartphone may include a dual-pixel rear camera with a variable aperture, according to an image allegedly showing part of the mobile device’s packaging, which also claims it to have a similar-sized display to its predecessor, last year’s Galaxy S8.
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Samsung Exynos 9810 Hints iPhone X-esque Features for Galaxy S9

Samsung on Thursday took the wraps off its next generation Exynos 9 SoC, which the South Korean company asserts will bring a range of premium features and industry firsts to select upcoming Galaxy devices.

The Exynos 9810 “built on Samsung’s second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process, brings the next level of performance to smartphones and smart devices,” Samsung said via its official announcement, going on to flaunt its numerous advantages including a “third generation 2.9GHz custom CPU, an industry-first 6CA LTE modem and deep learning processing capabilities.”

Following the announcement, Samsung provided a slew of additional details about its Exynos 9810 with 9to5Google, including what users can realistically expect from the SoC on its upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. Keep in mind that not all variants of the S9 will receive Samsung’s Exynos 9810 — but some, including here in the U.S., will more than likely be outfitted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 instead.

Though not surprising to us at all, Samsung’s proposed slate of Galaxy S9 features reads an awful lot like the iPhone X’s spec sheet.

Exynos 9810 Specs

  • According to Samsung, its Exynos 9810 is built on a second generation 10nm FinFET fabrication process, which itself guarantees as much as a “two-fold improvement in single core performance,” as well as an impressive 40 percent boost in multi-core performance.
  • The Exynos 9810 is an octa-core (eight core) CPU, boasting an even more impressive maximum speed of 2.9GHz per core.
  • In a clear attempt to one-up Apple’s iPhone X, Samsung noted that its Exynos 9810 employs advanced neural networks for “accurately recognizing people or items in photos for fast image searching or categorization, or through depth sensing, scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection.”
  • The company goes on to tout how the 9810 features a “separate security processing unit” which, among other things, is designed to “safely secure facial recognition and fingerprint sensor data.”

Samsung also touted a few industry first smartphone features coming to its Exynos 9810 equipped devices. In a nod to multimedia fanatics, the Galaxy maker says its new SoC will enable users to record UHD quality video at an incredible 120 frames per second (fps) — a first for any smartphone. Additionally, the 9810 combines its robust power with advanced image processing and upgraded multimedia codecs, which will ultimately improve image and video stabilization when recording at any resolution.

“With 10-bit HEVC (high efficiency video coding) and VP9 support, the MFC can render 1,024 different tones for each primary color (red, green and blue). This translates to a vast 1.07 billion possibilities of colors, or 64 times the previous 8-bit color format’s 16.7 million,” Samsung noted, adding that “With a much wider color range and more accurate color fidelity, users will be able to create and enjoy highly immersive content.”

The Exynos 9810 SoC is currently being mass produced, according to Samsung, which means we can almost certainly expect it to debut in select variants of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and possibly others.

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Screen protector hints at a notch in the Huawei P20 Pro’s screen

Screen protectors on Amazon are perhaps not the most trusty source, but here’s another clue that the Huawei P20 Pro will have a notch on its screen. The cutout is tied to the trend of shrinking bezels as the other solution – putting the earpiece under the screen and moving the selfie cam to the bottom – isn’t great. A screen protector with a notch for the Huawei P20 Pro The notch isn’t the only way the upcoming Huawei flagship will resemble the iPhone X, the company is working on its own implementation of 3D scanning for FaceID and animoji. Where the P20 will one-up the Apple…

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