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7 iOS 11 features already found on Android

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The iOS 11 update has just rolled out to compatible iPhones globally. If you don’t have it yet, you should hit that update button already because you’re missing out on a lot of things.

Some of the features that are new to iOS 11 are not unique to Apple’s mobile operating system, however. Android has had them for quite some time, but Apple always has a different way of introducing it to the public.

Here are seven features of iOS 11 that are already on Android.

Customizable control center

Aside from having rich notifications, Android’s quick settings menu offers a number of shortcuts or toggles for phone radios. You can edit out which you don’t need and arrange them depending on your preference. A press and hold on the shortcut will also bring you to the full settings panel.

File manager

Android phones have a default file manager pre-loaded, allowing users to browse their files, installers, and whatnot. Android users can copy and paste files to a removable drive too, without the need of a PC. It’s also possible to download third-party apps from the Play Store if you want something fancier.

Augmented reality support

iOS 11 will pave the way for augmented reality (AR) to become mainstream, but Google’s Tango platform introduced it earlier to compatible mobile phones. Tango needs specific hardware (e.g., special depth-sensing cameras) to make it work; however, with iOS 11, even the older iPhones 6s can make use of it.

Type to Siri

We’ve been waiting for Apple to let us interact with Siri through typing, because it sometimes can’t understand what we’re saying. While Google Assistant is relatively new, users can ask Google questions simply by typing, like when it was still called Google Now. This makes it easier to use while in a noisy environment.

Annotate screenshots

The best example we can give here is the Samsung Galaxy Note line of smartphones. With the first Galaxy Note (announced six years ago), you could already scribble, doodle, and annotate using the S Pen. Using the stylus is admittedly a lot more intuitive, as well.

One-handed mode keyboard

This was one of the solutions introduced by manufacturers and third-party keyboard apps when big Android phones started coming out. It’s hard to type with one hand using a large QWERTY keyboard, so the keys would shrink on one side for easy reach. Not exactly revolutionary, but it’s really helpful when your other hand is busy — that’s true multitasking.

Video screen recording

I can still remember the time I had to root my Android phone to let an app from the Play Store record what’s happening on my screen. With the built-in screen recording feature of Google Play Games, you can also use your front camera to make a video commentary on what’s happening during a gameplay, just like on a PC.

SEE ALSO: Apple iOS 11’s Control Center doesn’t let you switch off Wi-Fi

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

Price isn’t the only factor

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Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.

While we wait to get our hands on the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X, here are the two phones we already know everything about.

Display

One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.

The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.

Performance

Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.

Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.

A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.

Cameras

Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.

There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom

As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.

Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Pricing and colors

This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.

Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.

In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.

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Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card

Could this become a trend?

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Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.

It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?

The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.

In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.

As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.

It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.

Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.

The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.

It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.

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