The OnePlus 5 has to be the most anticipated of the flagships that will be released this summer. We are not far from the official release of the device, but we already have some leaks showing off the design of the device. The phone features a full aluminum body, dual lens camera, and USB Type-C charging port. The specs we expect to see on this device include a 5.5" full HD display, Snapdragon 835 cpu, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of on board storage, a 3,600mah battery, and 24% faster charge times when compared to the OnePlus 3T. This is shaping up to be a true flagship killer if OnePlus can keep a lower price tag on the device.
We now have some leaked images for the Moto Z2 Force. The device looks very similar to the Moto Z2 Play. This phone features a front side fingerprint. The Moto Z2 Force won't adopt the minimized bezels of other flagship devices. We do have pins on the back for Moto Mods compatibility. We don't have any details on the specs of the device, but it is expected to come with Shatter Shield technology, a 5.5" 1080p display, and a Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Android O will be bringing some performance enhancements to Android. One major improvement which may not be all that important to most is the fact that Android O will cut reboot times in half. If you make many mods to your phone then you reboot your phone often. This will save you plenty of time. This also helps for those times when you have to reboot after an update.
Along with faster reboot times Google says that application performance will also be improved with Android O. According to Google apps will function twice as fast. The technology behind these enhancements was not revealed. Hopefully the app performance enhancements will be across the board and not only in specific situations.
Pokemon Go was all the rage last year. It got us off the couch and into the world. Many avid Pokemon players were walking miles a day in search of rare monsters. Niantic had an instant hit on their hands and brought in more than $1Billion. Then the winter came and it became to cold to go outside and catch Pokemon. People were getting tired of catching the same Pokemon in their general area, and the game just became a bit stale.
As you can imagine Niantic would love to see that Billion dollar mark in 2017 as well. They are pushing a new Adventure Week which they hope will get you back in the game. The event will see an increased rate of appearance of rock type Pokemon like Omanyte, Kaubto and their evolutions. You may even walk up on an Aerodctyl. You will also find candy four times as fast and you will find items at pokestops more often, and balls will be 50% off in the game shop. The event will take place between May 18th and May 25.
Saying "OK Google" to activate your Google Home or Google Assistant can be a bit annoying especially when you have to activate it back to back. It would be nice to be able to change the hot word. It looks like Google is considering giving us that option. Rishi Chandra, VP of Google Home, revealed this consideration to The Verge. She didn't confirm this as being definite, but did say Google is looking closely at feedback to see if this is the right move and how to best implement it. They aren't sure if they will change the hotword to something easier or let users choose their own. For me I would probably just name my Google Home and then simply call out it's name when I need it. What would you change your hot word to?
LG has one of the sleekest designs around with the nearly bezel-less design of the LG G6, and it looks like they will be improving on that design language with the V30. Recently an LG patent was leaked that shows what the second screen of the V30 might look like. It appears to wrap around a center front camera. The patent shows a broken line between the "main" and 'secondary" screen. It almost looks like this could be one fluid display instead of two displays. The secondary display appears to give us quick access to parts of the phone as previous secondary displays have.
At first glance their doesn't appear to be a speaker on the front of the phone at all, but it is likely that the speaker would be placed behind the camera with the speaker grill surrounding the camera. I imagine this will also feature all the latest specs including a Snapdragon 835, waterproofing, and wireless charging, and possibly an OLED display. This looks to be like another successful device for LG.
The OnePlus 5 is just around the corner. It is not surprisingly one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017. OnePlus is known for releasing flagship quality smartphones at midrange smartphone prices. Their next phone is expected to include a new design, Snapdragon 835 cpu, and a dual lens camera setup. The camera experience may be one of the best we have seen from a OnePlus device. Carl Pei just announced on twitter that the company will be working closely with DxOLabs to improve the photography experience on the OnePlus 5. This may mean that OnePlus has decided to pay the company to review the camera, or that they have hired the company to help test the camera on the phone to help OnePlus tweak it for best performance. Either way it is nice to see OnePlus put priority on the camera experience.
Voice assistants have been making all kinds of progress in the past few years. They are smarter in the way they communicate with people, and can recognize questions that are being asked with ease providing pertinent information to the end users. There seems to be one big hangup with the tech being the ability for voice assistants to understand a large number of accents. In the comical video posted above you can see how each of the main voice assistants can interpret different accents. Google Home seems to be the winner!
An all new feature is coming to Android O called Google Lens. The new tech was announced yesterday at Google's annual developer conference Google I/O. Google lens allows your camera to do some pretty awesome things. When you point your camera at things it will tell you exactly what it is. If you point it at a flower Lens will tell you what kind of flower you have pointed at. If you point your camera at a restaurant you will be given the restaurant's name, hours of operation, ratings and more.
It gets even more mind blowing. You can do things like point Lens at your router's sticker and it will automatically connect your phone to wifi without you having to go into settings and put in the password! If you point Lens at a concert poster it will give you options for purchasing tickets. This may launch as a Pixel exclusive on the next Pixel, but will eventually be available in Google photos and Google Assistant on all Android devices with current software. This seems to be a much better version of Samsung's Bixby. Do you guys think the new Android O feature is useful?