Razer Phone will see camera improvements over the next few weeks

Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan has published a post on Facebook about the future of the Razer Phone’s camera app and performance. In our review, we didn’t find that the Razer’s camera did as well as it could have, and most of the shortcomings that we found were software related. The Facebook post mentions that Razer is focused now on improving the experience of the software. Starting with the app itself – Razer will push an update via the Play Store “in the near term” that will improve the performance of the camera app. This is followed by updated in the shutter speed, low-light performance,…

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The iPhone SE sequel tipped to launch in Q1 next year

A portion of Apple fans still believe in the company’s original stance – a 4″ screen is as big as you’ll ever need. They are still clinging to the iPhone SE but that will soon turn 2-years old – right on time for an upgrade? Several reports say “yes”. The latest claims that the iPhone SE 2 will launch in the first three months of 2018, agreeing with the earlier rumors. The new phone is said to keep the 4″ screen (or going up a tick to 4.2″) and use an older chipset – the A10 chipset of the iPhone 7 (still an improvement over the A9 in the original SE). Besides the size, people seek out…

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Taking the next step with Android One

When we launched Android One in India back in 2014, the goal was to get the next billion people online by providing them with high quality, affordable phones. Since then, the larger community has told us they value what Android One stands for across a range of phones—a refreshingly simple software experience that is accessible, always fresh and stays ahead of the curve, with improvements to battery life, usability, and of course, security.  

As phone manufacturers continue to innovate by delivering high quality devices at accessible price points, keeping the inside of one’s phone innovative, fresh and secure is critical to a great experience. We’re extending our commitment to Android One by working with more partners to build phones that run a software experience designed by Google.

In the past year, we’ve expanded the program to new partners, geographies and price points. For example, in Japan, Android One devices are among the top selling phones in Softbank-owned Y!Mobile stores. General Mobile has committed a full portfolio of Android One devices in Turkey, and recently released their fourth offering, the GM 6

Today, our newest program partner Xiaomi just launched Mi A1. This phone is a great example of what Android One represents: a collaboration between Google and our partners to deliver a software experience designed by Google. For example, users can capture moments in stunning detail on Xiaomi’s dual camera with 2X optical zoom. They can then seamlessly save unlimited photos at high quality with Google Photos. Mi A1 will be available in dozens of markets, including India, Indonesia, Russia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

All Android One phones are powered by a Google designed software experience that is:

simple smart
Simple and smart

  • Simple: All Android One phones consistently run a pure Android experience with a clean design and a small, carefully curated set of preinstalled apps.
  • Smart: The latest technology from Google is built right into Android One phones and core to the experience. For example, all devices will be optimized for the Google Assistant for a personalized experience. Google Photos will also be the default gallery for Android One phones to help users avoid running out of space, by providing free and unlimited storage of high quality photos and videos.
Secure and fresh

  • Secure: With multiple layers of protection, Android One phones are kept safe and secure with regular security updates. Devices will also stay secure with Google Play Protect: built-in malware protection that keeps phones clean, fast and high-performing. 
  • Fresh: Android One devices will receive timely upgrades to the latest Android OS, so people can quickly gain access to the latest platform innovations on their device. Users of the new Mi A1 will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo before the end of the year and next year they will also be one of the first to receive an upgrade to Android P. 

Android One phones are Google endorsed devices that run a simple, fresh, and secure experience. We look forward to bringing more Android One partner phones to more consumers around the world. Check out android.com/one to learn more.


Burgundy Red Samsung Galaxy S8 starts selling next week

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled a new, Burgundy Red color variant for its Galaxy S8. At that time, the company didn’t reveal its launch date, but it has filled us in now that the model will go on sale next week. The new color will hit the shelves November 28, with South Korea becoming the first market to get it.at. Availability in other markets is yet to be detailed, though it can’t be far now. Via

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This Humanoid Robot May be Your Next Assistant


On November 20, Toyota revealed its latest humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which the company says “represents an evolution from previous generation instrument-playing humanoid robots,” according to the company’s press release. The new robot was created to assist humans safely whether at home or work, particularly in dangerous or remote areas — even outer space. The T-HR3’s third-generation robotic hardware was developed and designed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, and is meant to facilitate “unique mobility needs.”

The T-HR3 makes use of Toyota’s “Master Maneuvering System,” which allows a human operator to control the robot remotely. Among the features of the robotic exoskeleton is an HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headset which allows the human operator to see what the T-HR3 “sees” in full 3D. The robot’s exoskeleton includes motor gears and sensors that control a total of 29 individual robot parts, allowing the operator to have a “smooth and synchronized experience.”

Enterprise Applications

With the T-HR3, Toyota is banking on the future of what’s been termed telepresence-controlled humanoid robots — though they aren’t the first company to incorporate VR into a device designed to assist with tasks both at home and in the workplace. VR devices seem to have long passed their gaming applications. Although there are still plenty of games developed for VR, the technology is being increasingly tapped for industrial uses.

Ford has started testing the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens VR headset in car design, giving the process a touch of mixed reality. The X division of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) recently gave a new home to Google Glass, along with an entirely new mission.

Toyota is set to demo the T-HR3 at the upcoming International Robot Exhibition 2017 at the Tokyo Big Sight, which is taking place from November 29 to December 2.

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