Google is planning to shut down Google Play Music. It is one of the few kinds of music streaming services that let you upload your own content for free.

The tech giant has revealed that it will remove the Artist Hub on Google Play Music, that comes with up-and-coming bands and musicians. However, unfortunately, the service will no longer work as of April 30, 2019.

Google Play’s Artist Hub has stopped the new sign-ups. Google said that the move is part of its plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music.

According to its support page:

YouTube Music lets artists take advantage of YouTube analytics, connect with fans, promote tours and sell tickets, among other things.

After April 30th, musicians will no longer be able to use the service to upload or edit their tracks. Google is convincing users to become “a YouTube Artist in case you are not already” and recommending a list of YouTube partners.

The cost of YouTube Music is $10 per month. It also includes YouTube Premium, that is providing you access to original content along with removing ads throughout all of YouTube. So if you are thinking to make an account in Google Play Music then drop the idea.

Google will soon add a “scheduling feature” to its flagship email service, which will allow users to schedule their emails without having to use a third-party add-on. Google as part of its celebrations of Gmail’s fifteenth birthday has announced various new exciting features for its email service.

Google announced this news on the Google Cloud blog by saying, “We want to make it easier to respect everyone’s digital well-being, so we’re adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent”. Resources in various companies usually face this common issue, where they have to send work emails during non-work hours. The new email scheduling feature will help those resources to schedule an email to be sent later.

It is unclear that when Google will make this feature accessible to its users, but the rollout is expected to be in-line with the Gmail’s birthday, so you can expect it to be released pretty soon. In the meantime, you can go through the steps which Google described in their demo video regarding how you can use the scheduling feature in Google’s email service.

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Step 1 : Open a New Message draft in Gmail, and compose your message.

Step 2: After composing your email, when you’re ready to schedule your email to be sent, select the new downward-facing arrow icon, which is located on the blue Send button, but to the right of the word Send.

Step 3: An option labeled “Schedule Send” will appear on your screen, select that option.

Step 4: A menu will then appear having preset dates and times in it. You can either choose from one of these presets, or you can select the Pick Date & Time option to choose your own schedule.

Step 5: After picking a date and time for your message, an on-screen notification from Gmail will pop up at the bottom of your screen to let inform you that the message has been sent. This popup notification will also offer you the following options: View Message or Undo.

Step 6: The message you scheduled will then appear in your intended recipient’s inbox at the proper scheduled time.

Google also announced a “Smart Compose” feature in its cloud blog. This feature will allow users to draft new emails without needing to type in repetitive words and phrases, to Android. Gmail recently updated its mobile app’s Material theme design which offers a slicker and cleaner user interface by removing most of the app’s accent colors and by sticking with a flat white design.

With all the consumer attention and media frenzy focused on the more interesting aspects of a smartphone like its camera technology, battery capacity, and display, it can be easy to neglect what should be the bedrock of every device in this paranoid age: security. Fortifying user data and prioritizing user privacy are imperative, and no one does it better than the Google Pixel 3.

Android phones are, for the most part, not considered super secure. However, with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one never feels like one’s privacy and need for security is not being taken seriously. This is largely down to the smartphones’ usage of the pure stock version of Android Pie, so whenever a security bug or vulnerability pops up, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches.

Additionally, Google rolls out security patches on a monthly basis thereby ensuring that you are as safe from potential exploits and attacks as possible. The company also guarantees updates for up to three years, which is all the more reason to feel confident buying a Pixel 3.

So Google is always on top when it comes to timely software updates and patches, but what’s the deal with them anyway? Well, whenever a device connects to the Internet, it essentially exposes itself to all manner of exploits that can move past its default security configuration. If the device is not adapting to the hostile environment by updating itself regularly, it can’t hope to survive.

Along with security and privacy, transparency is of utmost importance as well. Google is apparently mindful of that, as it allows you to examine the Android code for the platform version as well as all of the updates.

With a whole team of dedicated engineers and security experts, Google takes the secure nature of its devices very seriously, and the Pixel 3 encapsulates that

The account login that is required every time an Android app needs to be updated is something that we could all do without, and Google seems to have reached the same conclusion. The tech giant has recently started testing a new auto-update feature for pre-installed apps on Android devices.

Conventionally, you have to update the pre-installed apps in order to access their latest versions by signing into the Google Play Store via your Google account and if you don’t do so, the apps won’t be updated. This new feature is going to change that.

Details associated with this new development have been shared by Google with some Play Store app developers. Since some apps do require the presence of a Google account in order to function properly, it is clear that not every app will have this feature. Therefore, Google has mentioned in its email to the app developers that they ensure that new releases of their apps can work even without Google account login.

It is worth noting that this is only applicable to apps that have already been loaded into Android devices. Users will still have to log in if they want to install or update new apps from the Play Store.

The email also stated that this feature will only work on Android API version 21 or later, which essentially means that any device with Android Jellybean or a more advanced version will be able to experience this feature.

Additionally, there will certainly be an option for users to disable the new feature, but that is not advisable considering the importance of security in Android apps. Ultimately, Google is aiming to further simplify and streamline the Android user experience. This also enables the tech giant to minimize costs associated with maintaining older versions of apps.

Keeping an eye on your children today is a hectic job as you cannot really tell what they are up to with their smartphones and basically since you the parent is not always around them To cater to this, Google has updated its Family link parental control app, Google family link in order to support Google’s account for children.

Regarding this, Google announced that:

parents would soon be able to allow or block apps, lock devices, and limit the screen time of their teen’s Android phone, and much more.

Previously, the family link app controls were only available to parents and children younger than 13 years. However, both parents and teens will give their consent to device monitoring. children will be able to turn off the supervision when they want to.

“24-hour lockdown,” though, and Google will inform the parent of the child’s actions. “Ultimately, it’s up to each individual family to have a conversation and decide what’s right for them,”

Meanwhile, Google additionally revealed that complete Family Link support for teenagers and kids will show up to Chromebooks in the foreseeable future that is near and support for Bing Assistant from in a few days .

For sure children will be running away from this app as no one likes their moms and dads to be more controlling? — but I do believe it is born out of a spot that is great as lots of parents are worried about how precisely their children spend time online.

Nevertheless, I suspect that if a parent is forced to make use of an app to find out where the youngster is going in the evening, you can find conditions that Family Link won’t manage to fix.

Six years after its introduction, the Apple Maps app is now starting to collect its own data, with a fleet of vehicles equipped with cameras and LIDARs flooding the streets of California to take their own view on things, instead of relying on third-party mapping data.

Apple is pouring a lot more resources (and thinking) into improving it so that it is now perfectly usable for your day-to-day navigation purposes but that’s still six years behind Google who has being updating their maps regularly to still better them. Looking for a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon? Google Maps.Need direction to a unknown place? Google Maps, even Iphone users still download and use Google Maps as their default navigation app.

You catch the drift, but Google Maps is still way ahead of Apple in the navigation game, and the latest user survey comes to prove it. Market researchers from the Manifest took the two apps to task, and asked around to see which one is more popular and why. It turns around that Google Maps plus Waze (again Google-owned) hold a vast 79% usage share, followed by Apple Maps with 11% and all car riding app all use Google Maps.

When asked why they prefer their first navigation choices, the respondents cited a litany of features that Google does better, such as clearer directions, more useful features, better interface, bike and pedestrian options and so on, outgunning Apple Maps in almost every important category imaginable. If you have never used Apple Maps, and wonder how much better the mapping and directions could be, just get an Apple device and try it out.

 

 

Infinix, the TRANSSION Holdings premium smartphone brand, committed to bringing cutting-edge technology and stylish designed mobile devices to young generations on Saturday, 7th July 2018 unveiled the Infinix Note 5, the brand’s “Beyond Intelligent” smartphone, which is part of the Android One program, designed to deliver a software experience by Google. Encased in the beautifully designed hardware of the Note 5, Android One brings secure and smart AI-powered innovations – like the Google Assistant and Google Lens – to everyone.

The event took place at the Movenpick hotel graced by the media and some invited personalities.

Key features

  • Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and 18:9 screen ratio provide users with superb visual experience
  • 16MP low-light front camera helps users take professional selfies even in low light
  • 4500mAh battery gives 3 days battery life for average use.
Infinix Note 5 Specifications:
Network: 4G
OS Version: Android  One
Display: 6.0″FHD+; 18:9,TDDI; 2.5D
Processor: MT6763
Dimensions: 158*75*8.4mm – 2.5D glass
ROM / RAM: 32GB+3GB/64GB+4GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Front “Selfie” camera: 16 MP ,low light selfie ;4in1
Back camera: 12MP,1.25um large pixel;F2.0

 

The “Beyond Intelligent” Note 5 smartphone is equipped with an amazing display, which provides users with superb viewing and entertainment experience with an Infinity 6.0’’ FHD screen and a 18:9 screen ratio. The edge-to-edge screen also makes the device look stunning, both from a design and a technological perspective.

The Note 5 device features a perfect 16MP low-light front camera, which allows selfie lovers to take professional selfies even in low light. As for the rear camera, it is supported by a 12MP resolution.Its long-lasting battery will provide 3 days on average usage with a 4500mAh battery, built with a 3A Fast Charge, that will keep users fully functional throughout the day.

 

“Targeting trendsetters, and young professionals, Infinix Note 5 comes with a software experience designed by Google,  combined with great hardware from Infinix/TRANSSION. We empower our users to go beyond the limit with our newest breakthrough technology. All while they enjoy an intelligent lifestyle through the fusion of technology and stylishness. In partnership with Google on Android One, we will provide the young generations with unprecedented mobile experience and revolutionize their mobile life with Note 5.” Said Benjamin Jiang, Managing Director of Infinix Mobile.

Speaking on the partnership, Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION said: “As a  provider of mobile devices and mobile value added services in global emerging markets, we focus on serving a wide range of consumer groups and we firmly believe that the mobile communication device that has revolutionized social life belongs to everyone. We are pleased to partner with Google to cater to the young generations and present them with an intelligent and trendy lifestyle with the launch of Note 5.”

“If you get a new smartphone you expect it to be amazing. That’s why we teamed up with TRANSSION through our Android One program. Together we strive to give users a range of smartphones, such as the Infinix Note 5, that combine beautiful hardware with Google’s smartly designed software – from the latest AI powered innovations to the highest grade of security,” said MahirSahin, Director Android Partnerships for Africa.

Infinix Note 5 will also support Google Lens – a new way to search what you see and interact with the world around you. You can take action on text, identify distinct plant and animal breeds, learn more about popular landmarks and discover products similar to the ones that catch your eye – like furniture and apparel. The feature will be available right in the Note 5 camera and through the Google Assistant.

Some pictures from the event.

 

Social media apps or websites have come under fire for being too addictive and has led to it being blocked at workplaces and schools so the social media giant is coming up with a solution to manage your time on Facebook.

Facebook developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered a code for a feature “Your Time on Facebook” on Facebook’s Android app. Facebook has since confirmed the feature and said it is in active development, saying “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is well spent.”

 

The new tool lists will monitor how much time you spent on Facebook in the past week and your average time on the social media app per day. You can even set a time limit for your usage and to manage notification settings. “Time well spent” and “digital wellbeing” are the latest features in tech world which help you to curb social media and mobile phone addiction respectively. Google and Apple have already introduced such features trying to help you spend less time on social media, and now Facebook is going to give it a go.

Mark Zuckerberg earlier responded to the changes in News Feed by saying:

“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to help you have more meaningful social interactions.”

At WWDC 2018, when Apple announced this feature, it used the example of Facebook. At I/O conference, Google also announced a new initiative to improve the digital wellbeing of its users by helping to understand their online habits and learn when it’s time to switch off.

Youtube is adding new ways for content creators to make money from the video streaming platform. While various of these options have already been integrated with popular social media platform.

1 – Channel Membership

The first feature is a $4.99 Channel Membership that will allow users to pay for exclusive content on a channel. The content can range from live streams to extra videos, emojis to special badges, depending on the offerings of the channel. This feature can be the most beneficial for original content creators and vloggers. The feature will be available for Channels with over 100,000 followers.

2 – Merchandise Shelf

This feature will allow users to sell their merchandise underneath every video. Before this feature, YouTubers would link their e-stores in the description of every video. Now, they will have a section on their channel where they can display merchandise with prices and pictures of each item.

Earlier this year, Instagram also introduced something similiar, allowing users to shop directly on the platform instead of being redirected to a storefront via a link.

3 – Premieres

The third feature will enable YouTubers to upload pre-recorded videos in a live stream with a public landing page. They can also interact with the fans as the video goes live. Users can also pay to YouTubers to have their comments pinned to the top of the stream for each upload.

These new monetization options have been introduced after YouTube has garnered a severe backlash for the change in its monetization policies. A lot of YouTubers started complaining that their videos were being demonetized despite not containing any controversial content. Amidst this backlash, YouTube HQ was attacked by a woman who believed the video streaming platform was ruining her channel by keeping her from earning money. She allegedly killed herself.

The new monetization options will not only enable content creators to earn money from their hard work but also help YouTube retain them while Instagram launches a competitive product long-form video platform, IGTV.

Google Play Store is one of the most comprehensive sources out there for Android apps, one has to rely on other sources for their app needs. Thankfully, Google doesn’t block you from installing apps via third-party outlets, but it’s a double-edged sword as it opens the door to a ton of security problems. There are a multitude of reasons why someone would download an app from an unofficial source, ranging from regional restrictions to piracy.

In a bid to combat piracy, Google has expanded on their existing security measures by adding small security metadata on top of developer’s uploaded APKs in the Play Store. This will make sure that the application is distributed from Play Store. According to their blog post:

In the future, for apps obtained through Play-approved distribution channels, we’ll be able to determine app authenticity while a device is offline, add those shared apps to a user’s Play Library, and manage app updates when the device comes back online. This will give people more confidence when using Play-approved peer-to-peer sharing apps.

Another reason why the new measure was implemented was to enable peer-to-peer sharing in locations where mobile data is hard to get. The change will ensure that an app downloaded via P2P is indeed from the Play Store and not anywhere else. The change is a godsend for developers, who can now rest easy knowing that a lack of mobile data won’t hinder potential users from downloading their app.

With the latest update, app authentication can now happen in offline mode as well. One will no longer need any kind of internet connection for making sure of an applications authenticity. The best part is, developers don’t need to do anything other than update the APK file. The new metadata will be integrated into the app itself and Google has adjusted the maximum app size to compensate for increased APK size.

Will this move deter people from pirating apps? Probably not. We’ll probably see a workaround for it hit the internet soon enough, as the battle between developers and pirates continues to rage on endlessly.

 

Android’s openness is a big reason for its success, but  phone manufacturers often use this openness to make the experience worse for its users. Android’s openness gives device manufacturers the freedom to do bad things.

The Android platform is successful because manufacturers are free to produce a wide variety of different devices and customize their software. However, this is also the cause of Android’s biggest problems. Here are a few of them.

Bloatware You Can’t Uninstall

Many Android phones come with bloatware. Bloatware is software preinstalled by the phone’s manufacturer. This additional software ranges from the useful, like some of Samsung’s apps that add unique features, to the useless, like some stupid game that could easily be downloaded separately.

However useful the preinstalled software is, there’s a big problem—this software takes up space on the phone. The software is installed to the system partition, where you can’t normally remove it—just like you can’t normally uninstall Gmail and other important apps that come with the Android OS. Bloatware can often take up a large amount of space, especially on phones with limited storage out of the gate, like most budget handsets. Ample storage has long been reserved for premium devices, and that has yet to change.

Preinstalled apps can be disabled, but that doesn’t free up any space. You can only remove them with a root-only app like the powerful Titanium Backup or by installing a custom ROM.

Skins You Can’t Disable

Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC,Tecno,Infinix and others change the look of the Android operating system, tweaking it to use a different launcher (home screen), theme for included apps, and more. Manufacturers have to modify Android’s code to do this, and they make it impossible to use the default interface if you prefer it.

On Infinix and Tecno devices HIOS and XOS is the only included interface. Sure, you can install a third-party launcher—like the popular Nova Launcher that functions similarly to the default stock Android launcher—but manufacturers deprive you of the choice of using true stock Android on your device. There are, however, some things can you do to make your Infinix or Tecno phone feel a bit more like stock Android—keep in mind, however, this is mostly just a band-aid fix.If you really want to use stock Android, you will have to install a custom ROM like LineageOS. Otherwise, you’re stuck with the manufacturer’s interface or a third-party one, with no ability to easily disable the manufacturer’s custom interface and get Google’s version of the OS if you would prefer it.

Unreleased and Delayed Updates

Manufacturers produce an endless variety of different smartphones but when it comes to system updates manufacturers tend to be reluctant this can mean long waits for simple updates, or updates never coming in the first place ( Tecno is number one culprit when it comes to system updates). It’s the grim reality of system updates on Android, and it’s something that hasn’t changed as dramatically as many have hoped it would over the last half-decade.

This results in many flagship phones only receiving a few updates, lower end phones never receiving updates, and delays while updates make their way to even high-end, recent phones. As a bonus for  manufacturers, this causes a phone to feel outdated before its time, encouraging customers to upgrade to an expensive new smartphone . It’s a sick, sad circle.

Locked Bootloaders

Android phones—even Google’s open and mod-friendly Pixel phones—ship with locked bootloaders. The locked bootloader will only boot an approved OS, ensuring that the operating system can’t be tampered with without your knowledge.

On a Tecno device or another phone with an unlockable bootloader, you can choose to unlock your bootloader, which allows you to install another operating system, like the LineageOS custom ROM. However, unlocking your bootloader in these ways will sometimes void your warranty—that’s what the smartphone manufacturers often claim, anyway.

Some  manufacturers ship their phones with no way to unlock the bootloader, depriving you of the choice to use a custom ROM. This generally means you can’t install something like LineageOS to get a more recent version of Android after they stop updating your device. Unlocking your bootloader may still be possible, but may be more work, often involving running a tool that exploits a security vulnerability in Android to gain access. People have to go out of their way to discover these security vulnerability so newer phones can be unlocked and rooted, which also present an ample number of negative possibilities—like bricking the device, making it completely unusable (which is often permanent).

 

 

 

Google announced a lineup of low-cost, low-spec phones called Android One in 2014. In 2017, they announced Android Go, specifically designed for low-cost, low-spec phones. So…what’s the difference?

What Exactly Is Android One?

Android One is a hardware spec designed for emerging markets by Google. Low-cost, low-spec hardware is the very heart of Android One.

But it’s not just simply hardware—there’s also a specific set of “rules” in place for Android One’s key ideas. Google wants three things for Android One handsets:

  • Unmodified, stock Android: Any manufacturer that wanted to release a handset as part of the Android One program couldn’t modify the operating system with things like custom skins.
  • Regular security updates: Any manufacturer building a handset for Android One had to commit to regular security updates.
  • Strict hardware requirements: Google essentially specific a maximum hardware spec for Android One handsets, and manufacturers have to go with that.

Basically, Google wants control with Android One—everything from the hardware to software updates are set by the company, and manufacturers just have to agree. Think of it as a sort of low-cost Pixel or Nexus.

While Android One was originally released with the intention of bringing usable, affordable mobile devices to third-world countries and other emerging markets, we’ve recently started to see a shift in this idea as One devices become available in other parts of the world.

So What’s Android Go?

Android Go, on the other hand, is purely defined in the software experience. It’s essentially a custom version of Android Oreo designed to run on hardware with as little as half a gigabyte of RAM, with three key points defining what Go is all about:

  • A “custom” operating system: It’s still Android Oreo, but it’s somewhat modified for lower-end hardware.
  • A specific set of apps built for Go: Google released a slew of “Go” apps for limited hardware, including YouTube Go, Files Go, and more.
  • A curated Play Store: The Play Store on Android Go isn’t technically different from the Play Store on other Android devices, but it does highlight apps that will work best on limited hardware—like Facebook Lite.

Since Android Go is designed for low-spec, low-cost hardware, it also features improved data management tools—both for internal storage and mobile data. Android Go is nearly half the size of “stock” Android, leaving more room available on as little as eight gigabytes of internal storage. Similarly, Go apps are have 50 percent of the size of their full-size counterparts.

So, to put it plainly: Android One is a line of phones—hardware, defined and managed by Google—and Android Go is pure software that can run on any hardware. There aren’t specific hardware requirements on Go like on One, though the former is designed explicitly for lower-end hardware.

If a manufacturer plans on releasing a budget handset, Google really wants them to do so using Android Go as its operating system. That’s what it’s designed for. Go really seems to be picking up the torch that was originally designed for Android One—it seems to be a mobile OS designed for emerging markets and third-world countries.

That said, it’s never explicitly stated that Go is designed for emerging markets (just “low-end devices”), but this seems to be heavily suggested. Most of the Go apps—like YouTube Go and Google Go—are geo-restricted.

It’s also unclear whether or not Android One handsets will eventually run Android Go—it really makes sense that they should…but this is Google we’re talking about here. Sometimes “because it makes sense” isn’t a reason to do something, so who knows.

Budget phone like Tecno ,Infinix should start using Android Go on their entry levels as it is software based and can run on any hardware available without lag and will also prefer them to us Android One instead of the complete android os which sometimes creates problems for their flagships.

Google has launched Google Podcasts for Android on Tuesday this week. The app will use Google’s recommendations algorithm to give people personalized recommendations for different podcast channels. Before the launch of this standalone app, podcasts were available through third-party apps and Google Play Music.

Google Podcasts aims to make it easier for people to find listen to podcasts, Google said in a tweet yesterday.

The Product Manager of the application, Zack Reneau-Wedeen, said that there is a lot of room for growth when it comes to listening to podcasts. He believes that creating a native first-party Android app for podcasts has the potential to double the listener ship of podcasts worldwide.

More than 2 million podcasts were made available on the app on its launch day. There is a section “For you” on this app that shows you new episodes, episodes in progress and episodes that you have downloaded of the subscribed podcasts.

If you scroll down, you will come across top podcasts in different categories such as Arts, TV & Film and Religion and Spirituality. You cannot create playlists of podcasts to listen to unlike in Overcast. The podcast app is integrated with Google assistant. So, wherever you have assistant enabled, you can search and play podcasts. The application also syncs your progress with all Google products so, if you haven’t finished a podcast on your way back home, you can finish it on Google Home as you get back home.

The future plans of Google Podcasts include an introduction of artificial intelligence. Among the features, one feature will add closed captions to your podcast that will enable you to read while you are listening to the podcast. This closed captions option will also allow you to skip ahead and read what is coming in the show later on.

According to research done at Google, one-quarter of podcast hosts are female while the ratio of people of color is even less than that. Google plans to promote podcast production to counter that. You can download the app here.

Google’s I/O developer conference is coming this week. The conference will be held in scenic Mountain View, California. The conference will include keynotes, sessions, and musical acts. With all the anticipation coming up for Google I/O, we have summarized all that action, here’s a quick primer on what we know Google has in store for I/O;

Android P

Google will unveil the latest version of Android 9.0 aka Android P. It is expected that the company will also lay out its vision of how these features fit together in greater detail. On a more technical level, lots of sessions are dedicated to getting developers acquainted with under-the-hood changes that come with Android P. Although, with Google’s latest developer preview, you can get Android P on your current smartphone if you think your current Android version is getting slow and boring.

Google Assistant

Google’s Assistant is the most well-rounded of the virtual assistants out there right now, and the company will use its keynotes next week to highlight new changes to the platform. However, we don’t know the exact changes to be expected in the new version of Google Assistant, that remains a mystery for now.

Android Auto

The platform like Android Auto will serve to put familiar features on the dashboard of your car. Android Auto now has Google Assistant. Android Auto will further introduce a map listing for an Android Auto sandbox and create a brand new media experience, which will on both the devices, on your phone screen and on your car display, making it easier and faster than ever before to surface content to users.

The US-based company Google plans to introduce better and newer versions of Chrome OS, Android Wear OS, and Android TV as well in the Google I/O conference.

Techlifeghana will keep you posted with the latest news regarding Google I/O as new features are going to be announced by Google. Are you excited to get the new Android P on your smartphone? Can you guess the name of Android P? Do let us know in the comments section.

April Fool’s Day is a time where everyone pokes fun at things. In the tech industry, this is the time where brands would use their creativity in coming up with ideas and products that are either made of fake news or are simply impossible to happen. Here are some of our picks:

Razer’s Project Venom

Want to improve your gaming skills? Razer has this special concoction up for grabs to make you the best player in any game. According to Razer, the drink aims to “help you be the living embodiment of ultimate gaming performance”. #SeemsLegit

Project Venom V2

Become the extension of the world’s deadliest gaming hardware with Project Venom V2. Formulated with Nano-mechanical bot technology, let us help you be the living embodiment of ultimate gaming performance. The Razer way. For gamers. By Gamers.Be the Machine – rzr.to/VenomV2🎶 ASCEND by Jay Cosmic

Posted by Razer on Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

 

GeForce’s Academy of Gaming

Not a fan of concoctions? Well, you can learn things the traditional way with GeForce’s Academy of Gaming, where they offer classes for you to dominate other players.

 

Google’s Where’s Waldo Game

Among the many April Fool’s pranks of Google this year, this one takes the cake. Think Google Maps is boring? Why not turn it into a game and find Waldo around the world—all at your fingertips?

 

Xiaomi’s “New” Mi A1

Poking fun at Huawei’s triple rear camera-sporting P20 Pro, Xiaomi has a special Mi A1 containing a six rear camera setup to make sure that you get that perfect shot all the time.

https://instagram.com/p/BhAtHiPlKFA/?utm_source=ig_embed

 

Roku’s Happy Streaming Socks

Socks that double as your Roku remote? Now that’s the ultimate accessory to being a couch potato at home! Foot-based gestures while wearing these socks are all you need to control your Roku without fumbling for your remote.

OnePlus’ PeiCoin

Playing around with the number of sketchy cryptocurrencies lately, OnePlus’ CEO Carl Pei decided to join the fray and introduce his own version of cryptocurrency. It’s so simple to use, you just need your OnePlus phone to earn PeiCoins!

It’s quite hard nowadays to decide which smartphone has the best camera in the market, some are good with selfies, other have some excellent rear cameras whereas some are excellent in making videos. The best smartphones can perform overall even in low-lights as well as in daylight. DxO marking is the image specialist, and its Mobile scores and rankings are based on testing every camera using the same procedure, an extensive process that includes taking almost 1,500 pictures and dozens of video clip recordings which are sometimes more than two hours. Here is the list of  the best smartphones according to the DxO.

1.Huawei P20 Pro-Overall score is 109

Bow down to the king of the list, the Huawei P20 Pro has the best smartphone camera in the world. Huawei P20 doesn’t have a single-camera setup or a dual-camera setup, it has a triple-camera setup. Yes, a three camera setup could you believe it. It is the first smartphone with a triple camera setup. The camera configuration is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens.

2.Huawei P20– Overall score is 102

Huawei P20 is Huawei’s second flagship smartphone of 2018, launched yesterday it comes in 3rd place of DxO marking. It does not feature triple cameras like its sibling P20 Pro. P20 has a dual camera setup, the primary camera is 12Mp 1/2.3″ RGB sensor, f/1.8–aperture lens and 27mm equivalent focal length while the secondary camera is 20Mp 1/2.78″ monochrome sensor, f/1.6-aperture lens, and 27mm equivalent focal length.

 

3.Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus-Overall score is 99

Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship by the Korean giant and the smartphone comes in 3rd place. It has a dual camera setup which has a 12Mp main camera with a 1/2.55″ sensor and f/1.5 / f/2.4 variable aperture lens and the second camera is a 12Mp camera with 1/3.6″ sensor, 2x tele, and f/2.4 aperture lens. The Galaxy S9+ offers one of the most comprehensive smartphone imaging features.

4.Google Pixel 2-Overall score is 98

Google’s Pixel 2 was the top contender on the list for a long time but now comes in the 4rth place. Pixel 2 manages this despite having “only” a single-camera design for its main camera which is 12.2MP. It really brought shame to the contenders with dual cameras in the list except the iPhone 8, rest all the cellphones in the list have dual-camera setup.

5.Apple iPhone X– Overall score is 97

Apple released iPhone X in its 10th-anniversary making it come in the 5th place on the list. It features a 12MP camera, including a wide-angle f/1.8 lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) for the primary camera, the second camera, has an improved telephoto lens that features a wider-aperture f/2.4 lens with OIS which was not in Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

6.Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Overall score is 97

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is in the 6th place in DxO marking featuring 2 beautiful cameras for photography enthusiasts. The dual-camera setup is developed in cooperation with Leica, which combines a 12Mp RGB with a 20Mp monochrome sensor.

7.Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S – Overall score is 97

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi launched Mi MIX 2S on 27 March 2018 and it has scored whopping 97 making it in the 7th place alongside Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X. It has a dual 12MP camera setup at an affordable price and competing with the big bosses of town.

 

8.Apple iPhone 8 Plus – Overall score is 94

Apple’s second flagship the iPhone 8 Plus is in the 8th place in DxO marking and has a remarkable camera.The mobile features two camera sensors — a wide-angle 12MP primary camera, and the second camera is a 12MP telephoto sensor which has a slower lens for zooming in on any kind of subjects and for effects such as Portrait mode.

9.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Overall score is 94

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is in the 9th place in DxO marking with the growing number of dual-cam smartphones. The Note 8 features two 12MP cameras, the main camera is a wide-angle 26mm f/1.7 lens, and the second camera is a 52mm telephoto f/2.4 lens for x2 optical zoom shots. It is Samsung’s first dual-camera smartphone.

10. Apple iPhone 8 – Overall score is 92

Apple’s latest iPhone 8 is in the 10th place in DxO marking as it is the highest-performing ‘single-camera’ smartphone. It has an impressive score of 92 which is more than the previous top scorers of DxO marking, the HTC U11, and the Google Pixel.

All the smartphones on the list are the best you can get if you are a photography enthusiast. Well at the end, it all comes to the type of person you are, what matters is the personal preference.

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