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Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google Lens in Google Assistant: here’s what it can do

Google has always boasted about its abilities to churn numbers and data into something meaningful, from the earliest days of personalized search results to the variety of applications of Google Assistant today. It has also been working hard on the field of computer vision, as seen in its impressive Pixel cameras and Google Lens. Now it is bringing those two together, not in a single app, but in a combination that harnesses the power of Google Assistant, seen through the eyes of Google Lens.

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Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Samsung has just teased the existence of an AI-centric software for its flagship smartphones called the Samsung Galaxy AI UX. This may be a rebranding of the company's UI, and it is expected to be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone. This underscores the company's strong focus on Bixby and the overall vision it has for the use of its AI in a full ecosystem of products.

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iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

iPhone X just broke the 3D floodgates

The next age in smartphone sensory abilities began with the iPhone X - but the biggest waves might not come from Apple. While Apple's first moves with 3D sensing technology were to unlock the iPhone and make hyper-creepy Animoji, Android's coming up real soon. Reports from China and South Korea indicate more than one hardware manufacturer is traveling full speed ahead toward creating 3D-sensing modules for a wide variety of smartphones now.

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This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

A Google experiment to extend battery life has landed Android in privacy hot water, with concerns that devices running the OS have been sending details of nearby cell towers to the company's servers. Although Google insists that the data not only was handled entirely separately from any of the location services visible to third-party apps, and indeed its own advertising activities, it has confirmed it will nonetheless be ending the trial. The hiccup once again highlights the at-times difficult balance between maximizing device performance while ensuring essential services act as users expect them to.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a surprise for iOS and Android

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a surprise for iOS and Android

Well, this is a pleasant little surprise: just a day after announcing the release date for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo has launched the game early. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now live on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, launching a day earlier than its originally announced release date of November 22. This is true at least for the US, though this roll out is likely happening across multiple regions.

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Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

Pixel 2 advanced camera features: don’t hold your breath

The Google Pixel 2 is currently rated as the top camera phone on DxOMark's list. And while user testimonies have mostly confirmed that, it is far from perfect. There are only so many things that can be done by software and, even then, Google has put its foot down on some less popular choices. If you're hoping Google will change its tune soon, at least when it comes to 4K 60 fps recording and advanced controls, better face the bitter reality: not gonna happen.

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OnePlus 5T’s “T” could stand for “tough”

OnePlus 5T’s “T” could stand for “tough”

There are a couple of design trends going on in the smartphone market these days. One is the 18:9 screen aspect ration, the other is the switch back to glass backs. Ever the contrarian, upstart OnePlus is saying no, at least to one of those. With the OnePlus 5T, it has jumped on the 18:9 bandwagon, while still retaining the Full HD, FHD+ actually, resolution. It isn’t, however, joining the glass sandwich party just yet, which is probably for the best, as JerryRigEverything finds out.

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Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei might have become one of the world’s top 3 smartphone manufacturers, but there are some things that still haven’t improved over the years. Things like tightly, locked phones, the heavily customized EMUI skin, and the not so global rollout of updates. The latter means that only the latest and greatest, and even then not all, get to enjoy the latest Android releases. That’s the plight owners of the Huawei P8 Lite find themselves in with regards to Android 8.0 Oreo. Fortunately, hope springs eternal. Or rather, trickles, with the new OpenKirin GZOSP Android 8.0 port for the device.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

You can definitely tell that 18:9 is the new black when even mid-range smartphones are starting to sport them. The latest to join that group is Xiaomi, whose Redmi Note 5 has yet to be even announced. But like many smartphones these days, almost everything about the phone has been leaked, one way or another. The latest comes from e-tailer Oppomart, who doesn’t exactly have a track record of accuracy in pre-release information. But, together with what we’ve seen so far, it is pretty much what you can expect.

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OnePlus 5 will soon be discontinued

OnePlus 5 will soon be discontinued

OnePlus has done it again. It has brought out a flagship device at half the flagship price. And it has also ruffled the feathers or some of its own loyal fans. Although the gap between the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T is now just a wee bit longer than the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, so is the gap between features. And with the news of OnePlus unsurprisingly phasing out the OnePlus 5, buyers of the early 2017 flagship are naturally left wondering whether they have just waited a few more months after all.

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Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

While some companies will stop at nothing to prevent their flagship devices from leaking out ahead of time, Samsung takes a more laid back approach to leaks. For all of its major devices over the past few years, it seems that Samsung has had its hand in at least a few leaks, and with the rumored Galaxy X, things are no different.

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Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

As the OnePlus 5T is released worldwide, we've discussed the lifecycle of each OnePlus device - and the software updates therein. Upon setting out the entirety of OnePlus' short company history, it's clear that this is no ordinary brand. Updates come quicker in some areas, and not at all in others - this is no Apple, that's for sure.

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