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Weekly poll results: for gaming phones to succeed, they need hardware controls

The future of gaming phones proved to be a more divisive topic than we anticipated – the final result is nearly even, a 47/53 split in favor of "no, gaming phones do not have a future". At least some consensus seems to have formed in the comments.To succeed, these phones need two things – games and hardware controls. The former seems obvious but isn't. Nvidia tried to lure game devs into porting their games to Android (to promote its Tegra chipsets), Sony is still trying to do the same. And yet sales of AAA mobile games are nowhere near as profitable as they are on console and PC.As for hardware controls, they really are a must. Casual games are fine with a touchscreen, but more advanced games need more inputs than would fit on the screen and precision that gliding your finger on glass just doesn't offer.The Xiaomi Black Shark comes with a hardware joystick and shoulder buttons, which is a good start. Still, companies can be more ambitious and borrow some ideas from …

Political scrutiny on Google continues to grow in Europe

The European Parliament adopted a report which recommends that Google be restructured.Though the report was adopted 445-104, it is not a binding one.The European Commission has two open cases against Google, which will take years to be completed. The European Parliament just adopted a report which calls for the complete structural separation of Google's general and specialized search services.Editor's Pick Google fined record €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) over search results abuseGoogle has been hit with a €2.42 billion (~$2.7 billion) fine by the European Commission, the regulator's largest ever penalty. The search giant has been charged with giving its own shopping comparison tool an illegal … It was around a year ago that the European Commission issued Google a record-high $2.7 billion fine for violating the European Union's antitrust rules. The Commission found that Google was giving itself an illegal disadvantage over its competition by displaying Google Shopping resu…

Huawei’s upcoming AI assistant is a Black Mirror episode in real life

Huawei is looking to provide emotional interactions through its AI assistant.The company's team is inspired by the movie Her and envisions that soon enough, we won't even need to touch our smartphones to use them.While Huawei's vision sounds ambitious and exciting, its plans to essentially replace human interactions sound slightly worrisome.
Huawei is reportedly preparing to launch an AI assistant with high emotional intelligence so that you can "get rid of your girlfriend."Editor's Pick Huawei plans first 5G phone for Q3 2019, might be Mate 30Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei is in the middle of its global analyst summit in Shenzhen, in which it gives details on its plans for the next year. During a presentation, a Huawei rep confirmed that … In 2017, we saw a sudden explosion of smart speakers and AI assistants, and the trend has continued into 2018. While Google Assistant and Siri remain the dominant players in the world of smartphones, it seems as thoug…

Google app gets updated to version 8.0, includes new feature "Your People" which is not yet live

The Google app for Android has been updated to version 8.0. One new item is the addition of the "Your People" page, which apparently is a way for Google Assistant users to set up a link between nicknames and relationships to people in their contacts. This way they can tell the virtual assistant to call, text or email  "Mom" and the virtual assistant will make the call, send a text or send an email to the correct number or email address. To see the "Your People" page, go to the Google Assistant settings and click on Personal info. From there, tap on "Your People" (see the screenshots at the ...
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DEAL: US Unlocked Galaxy S9, S9+ Drops are $50 Off + Free $250 SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Best Buy just dropped the US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ price by $50 in one of the first major deals we've seen on these models. Originally priced at $719.99 and $839.99, you can get the smaller Galaxy S9 for $669.99 or the bigger Galaxy S9+ with dual cameras for $789.99. Couple those $50 discounts with the free $250 SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit they are including and you've got yourself a super deal.That's right, not only is Best Buy slashing $50 off each S9 and S9+, they are including a free Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit that typically runs $250. It includes the SmartThings Hub, two multipurpose sensors, a motion sensor, and a smart outlet.There is one catch, though. The Best Buy $50-off price only works if you activate the phones right away on a carrier. At this time, it looks like they are forcing you to do that on Verizon. So yeah, that kind of sucks.If you just want a straight up $50 price drop with no extra fuss, Amazon has you covered, o…

You can now view your entire contact list on Android Auto

When Android Auto was first released, Google made sure that it included just enough functionality to let drivers use the infotainment system while keeping their eyes on the road. Now, though, the company is adding more features that could easily distract you.Cell Phones from Amazon Last month, Android Auto was updated with a "Swipe up to unlock" feature that allowed users to access their phone even when it was running the infotainment system. Google said it added this so that passengers could still utilize the connected handset.Announced in the Android Auto User Community, Google's in-car system has been updated to allow users to access their entire contact list. Previously, you could either rely upon Google Assistant to find someone in your contact list, view your starred contacts as well recent calls, or just dial a number.To access your contact list, first head in the phone tab within Android Auto. Next, tap on the hamburger menu icon and select Contacts. Here, you can…

5 apps you've got to try this week

There are a ton of apps in the Play Store, but we've sorted through them for you and picked some winners. This week, we've selected five great apps for you to try. Avoid sunburns, get fresh wallpapers, find out what's happening around you, get cute stickers for your photos and learn to play guitar with these apps. QSun - Sun Safety & UV ForecastQSun helps you keeps your skin protected in the sun in a smart way. It will tell you the current UV index in your location and when you need to seek sun protection to avoid burns. Balance your sun exposure and vitamin D, and get tips to prevent cancer and skin aging. It's the perfect app for the warmer months! Walli - HD Wallpapers & BackgroundsWalli features hand-picked, creative wallpapers made by a community of artists that design for mobile and earn money from their creations. You can scroll through a feed of the latest wallpapers, or browse by category. This app is unique to others in the same category and the quality…

We asked, you told us: Android P will be called…

Android P is coming fast, with the developer preview already out, and we expect to know more about the confectionary-based name of the coming Android operating system upgrade during a keynote at Google I/O 2018.Android has been released numerically and alphabetically ever since Android 1.5, or Cupcake. Since then, along with the numerical increment, there's been a name; a tasty sweet-treat that leaves enthusiasts (and journalists!) everywhere just a little hungry.Here's a short and delicious trip down memory lane:Previous Android version names (versions 1.0 and 1.1 didn't have release codenames):Android 1.5 CupcakeAndroid 1.6 DonutAndroid 2.2 EclairAndroid 2.2 FroyoAndroid 2.3 GingerbreadAndroid 3.0 HoneycombAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichAndroid 4.1 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4 KitKatAndroid 5.0 LollipopAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 8.0 Oreo (current)So what will Android P be named? There's not a completely obvious P dessert, sweet, or candy that leaps out …

Android Auto adds ability to view full contacts list

Android Auto is meant to simplify your phone experience so that you can keep your eyes on the road, but that simplification can sometimes be taken too far. For this reason, Google is adding the ability to view your full contacts list. That means that there are now four ways to call someone while connected to Android Auto.Previously, you could use Assistant, choose from your call lists (favorites, recently placed calls, received calls, missed calls), or manually dial the number to call someone. But sometimes having access to a full contact list is just more convenient. To access it, just hit the hamburger menu on the top left and select "Contacts." When your car is stopped, you'll be able to browse for as long as you'd like, though you will be restricted after a few taps while you're in motion.Google says that the feature is now live. Artem and I are both running the latest version of Android Auto (3.1.58) and haven't seen the "Contacts" option on th…

[Deal] Get $20 off your first Amazon Australia order

Since their launch late last year, Amazon Australia hasn't grabbed me enough to purchase anything as yet, but their latest offer – $20 off your first order – has finally tipped the scale. The offer is for orders $79 and over, an odd amount but coincidentally the same price as the Amazon Echo Dot, meaning …The post [Deal] Get $20 off your first Amazon Australia order appeared first on Ausdroid.
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The LG V30s ThinQ wins the flagship camera blind test

Last week, we let you vote on which of the 6 best smartphones of the moment takes the best photos in several different situations. Of course, there was no bias, since it was a blind test and the order of the photos was totally random in each section. The people have spoken, and the results may surprise you.  The 'best' is subjectiveThe world of photography is an art. Therefore, it is full of subjective points and depends a lot on personal taste. But on the other hand, it also has features that can be measured objectively, like the focus or dynamic range, not to mention the specifications of the camera. To better understand what I mean, DxOMark is usually the reference in the quality of smartphone photography. It is a very technical ranking that often does not match up with the lists of best cameras published by reviewers like us. And the results of our blind test are yet another illustrative example of this fact. You can find the original blind test from last week here:We'v…

Capcom is killing 'Puzzle Fighter' on July 31, less than a year after launch

...Capcom announced in a blog post yesterday that it's winding down support for its free-to-play puzzle game, Puzzle Fighter. In-app purchases will be available until April 23, and the game will be removed from app stores on July 1. The game's servers will shut down on July 31, making it unplayable.Puzzle Fighter is a fairly run-of-the-mill puzzler that sees players matching colored gems to eliminate them from the screen, with the addition of characters from Capcom's various properties, like Mega Man and Street Fighter's Ryu. The game launched just a few months ago in November. Capcom is giving players free in-game currency to use for the remainder of Puzzle Fighter's lifespan, and any currency purchased can be used up until the game's servers are shut down.Created and maintained by Capcom Vancouver, Puzzle Fighter wasfairly well-received, with more than 500,000 downloads on the Play Store and an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars. The studio says it's…

Huawei's Honor MagicBook is an inexpensive MacBook Pro-like laptop

Huawei's Honor MagicBook is an inexpensive MacBook Pro-like laptopNewsBytesFull coverage
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Huawei Honor 10's Fingerprint Sensor is Powered by Precise Biometrics

Huawei Honor 10's Fingerprint Sensor is Powered by Precise BiometricsfindBIOMETRICSFull coverage
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Huawei's Honor MagicBook is a MacBook Pro-like laptop on the cheap

Honor 10 will give Huawei flagships a run for their money

AT&T CEO describes new $15/month streaming service during antitrust testimony

...AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson surprise-announced the company's upcoming streaming service, called Watch, during his testimony at AT&T's ongoing antitrust trial this week. The service will be free for AT&T unlimited wireless subscribers, a spokesperson later said, and cost $15 per month for everyone else. The service won't include sports programming.Watch will allow subscribers to watch cable content without a cable subscription. AT&T already provides a service like this one in DirecTV Now, which starts at $35 a month; Watch will be considerably less expensive, and sounds like it could be a good deal for folks who want cable but aren't into sports. Watch will be available sometime in the "next several weeks," an AT&T spokesperson said.Spectators at the trial, including an AT&T spokesperson, were apparently caught off guard by Watch's abrupt unveiling. AT&T has been wrapped up in an antitrust suit over its plans to purchase comp…

Poll results: which unlocking method do you prefer?

There are so many ways to unlock your phone with the development of new technologies.Last week we had your vote on which would be your preferred way to do this.  Coming in first place is the fingerprint scanner, which explains all the hype surrounding the in-display fingerprint sensor. Why is this be the preferred method of unlocking? Some of you said that this is because it's the most natural and easiest way, and that it works quickly and reliably. It seems that with the iris, face and blood scanner, trust is a big issue. The risk of someone stealing your data can be quite unnerving, but the use of these may also be a bit more practical too. For example, you can't use the iris scanner if you wear contacts or glasses, and you cannot use face scan in certain lighting conditions (with most devices). As well as this, these methods are not as fast. Many of you mentioned the reliability and accessibility of the trusty pin code, so this way is definitely not obsolete! The fingerp…

Google app testing more ‘Material Design 2,’ redesigned bottom bar, & ‘Collections’ [Gallery]

Google app 8.0 revealed several features in development for Assistant like training "Your People" and Custom Routines that could run on a schedule. We've now managed to enable a number of new interfaces and other functionality in version 8.0, including a bottom bar redesign and the upcoming Collections feature.Nintendo Switch About APK Insight: In this 'APK Insight' post, we've decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we're able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We'll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they'll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.Material Design 2 bottom barLast week 9to5Google ena…

Google app v8.0 beta adds a screen for Your People, prepares custom routines to run on a schedule, switch Lens to the selfie camera, and more [APK Teardown]

The Google app just leapt up to version 8.0 late last night, but despite the shiny new version number, most things are looking about the same. A new screen has been added for "Your People," while a teardown tells us that it will be possible to set regular schedules to run custom routines (when they launch), the Google Lens will be able to switch to the front-facing selfie camera, and more.What's NewUnofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found) Your People screenGoogle has supported voice commands with familiar nicknames for the last four years, making it possible to refer to somebody as mom or brother in place of their full name. It shouldn't be surprising that Google Assistant made use of that functionality early on. Seemingly, there is now a new screen related to that called Your People. It can be found in the Google Assistant settings under the Personal Information section.The purpose of the screen appears to be purely instructional, as there's no sign that it act…

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