XDA-Developers is a large community of developers, many of which enjoy Android development and a hobby and contribute their projects with the public. Since the Google Pixel Launcher isn’t available on the app store, both the Pixel and Pixel 2’s Launchers were repacked into APKs that can be installed on any Android device and would work without the need to root, appropriately named “Rootless Pixel Launcher” by AmirZ, and “Rootless Pixel 2 Launcher” by paphonb, both members of XDA. The Rootless Pixel Launcher is also optimized for tablets like the Google Pixel C and comes with various…
Today ARM has announced its new Mali G52 and G31 GPU designs, respectively targeting so-called “mainstream” and high-efficiency applications. The bigger G52 will someday make its way into more demanding use cases like TVs and high-end phones, where its 3.6x performance improvements in machine learning/AI workloads can be appreciated, while the G31 brings ARM’s Bifrost architecture, Vulkan and all, to a more affordable level.
It’ll probably be at least a year or two until we see either of these reference GPU designs in a shipping product, so it’s tough to say precisely which market each might find the best success in.
ARM announces Mali-G52 and G31 GPU designs, bringing AI performance benefits and Vulkan to the low-end was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype for Android, one that’s optimized for devices running older versions of the OS, providing better audio and video quality for lower-end devices.
The new update will optimize the app for Android devices running versions 4.0.3 to 5.1. Microsoft says that this version “is lighter on both disk and memory consumption,” and that it’ll provide better audio and video for those devices, in addition to better performance when the connection isn’t so hot. The update will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.
The approach looks a bit like what Google is doing with Android Go, a stripped down version of Android that doesn’t require as much processing power, RAM, or storage. They’re phones…
A new report says that we will see three new iPhones come September time; the largest iPhone we’ve seen to date, an upgraded iPhone X and a cheaper model iPhone that will still offer some of the flagship model’s main, or “key” features.
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Google keeps releasing versions of its apps taileored for smartphones with less than 1 GB of RAM. After YouTube, Gboard and Google Assistant, now Gmail also gets a Go version. The app is available on Google Play, but can be downloaded in a limited set of countries and only by devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. There is also an link shared by APKMirror if you want to try and side-load it. Gmail Go screenshots Gmail Go does almost everything the regular mail app can. It uses less RAM and loads images on demand. When combined with Gboard Go, for example, the data…
Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a "low-end" model this fall costing between $ 150 and $ 200 instead of the current model’s $ 349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.
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At the high-end, Samsung’s all about Infinity Displays and small bezels and the 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but the Korean company also churns out quite a few low-end offerings each year. And now we’re fast approaching the launch of just such a device: the Galaxy J2 (2018), previously thought to be Galaxy J2 Pro (2017). The handset has received the full leak treatment today, with specs accompanying the press renders you can see below. The Galaxy J2 (2018) will come with a 5″ 540×960 Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset,…
Panasonic has launched a new budget Android smartphone, the Eluga I9. The phone is priced at INR 7,499 ($ 116) and will be available exclusively on Flipkart in India starting December 15. The Eluga I9 has a 5-inch 720p IPS display in a 7.8mm thickness unibody design. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor with 1.25GHz quad-core CPU, with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. On the back is a 13 megapixel camera and on the front a 5 megapixel camera, both with flash. The phone has a 2500mAh battery and comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. The Eluga I9 will be available in…
Google has made public the first release of Android Go—the optimized version of Android for low-end phones targeted toward developing markets, which was announced in May at I/O 2017. Rather than let OEMs stick to outdated Android versions when shipping budget phones, Android Go brings a full, up-to-date experience for devices which ship with 512MB or 1GB RAM.
According to the release announcement, Android Go is centered around three pillars for improving usability for low-end devices.
Launch of Android Go brings Oreo optimizations and features to low-end phones for developing markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Researchers have found a way to use neural networks to create DSLR-quality photos from snapshots taken with low-end smartphones. A team of scientists at the ETH Zurich Computer Vision Lab recently published a paper describing a deep learning approach that uses neural networks to translate photos taken by cameras with limited capabilities into DSLR-quality photos automatically. “We tackle this problem by introducing a weakly supervised photo enhancer — a novel image-to-image GAN-based architecture,” they wrote.