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Android Neko is surprisingly addictive

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It’s been nearly two weeks since we installed the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat on our Nexus 6P, and while we’ve been enjoying every new feature, there’s one that really stands out. No, it’s not the upgraded multitasking button or extra set of emojis, but the hidden cat-collecting game called Android Neko.

An obvious reference to the mega-popular Neko Atsume game, the Nougat-only feature doesn’t have all the intricate gimmicks and visuals of its standalone app equivalent. In Google’s implementation, you’re restricted to leaving out food for the cats, being notified when one arrives, and naming the felines that stay in your collection forever.

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Surprisingly, since Android Neko doesn’t require as much dedication to feed and pamper playful kitties, the simplicity of letting you casually check on notifications whenever your busy schedule permits actually adds to the addictiveness of the game.

Activating the mini-game isn’t as simple as opening up the hidden Flappy Bird clone of Android 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow, so we came up with a step-by-step guide to accessing Android Neko on Android Nougat. Here it goes:

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  1. Make sure you have Android 7.0 installed.
  2. Navigate to the Nougat logo by going to Settings > About Phone, and then rapidly tapping “Android version 7.0” three times.
  3. Tap the huge letter N a few times, then give it a long press until a cat appears below it.
  4. Pull down the notifications shade from above twice and tap on “Edit.”
  5. You’ll find a new icon named “Android Easter Egg.” Drag that to your Quick Settings list.

Now that it’s part of your Quick Settings, tap on the icon to select which food you want to place on the dish. There are a total of four: chicken, treat, bits, and fish. As far as we know, it doesn’t matter which one you choose – cats will come. Once it’s empty, simply refill the dish to lure in another cat.

You’ll be shown a traditional notification whenever a cat appears. Tap it, and you’ll be presented with your hopefully growing collection. You can also hold the icon in Quick Settings (with or without food inside) to check out the cats.

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Again, Android Neko is no where near as comprehensive as the already simple Neko Atsume. You’re limited to renaming your new friends by tapping on them, and sharing your pets with actual friends by pressing on a cat a little longer. The great thing is that it could probably go on much longer with hundreds of furry friends to discover.

For the fortunate minority who have Android Nougat: Enjoy!

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?

BEAST!

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Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this, but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 beats iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark

Just behind Huawei’s best camera phones

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Xiaomi Mi 9 | GadgetMatch

Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 9 earlier today. It’s the Chinese manufacturer’s first smartphone to sport three rear cameras and it’s also their best rated on DxOMark.

The Mi 9’s cameras are composed of a primary 48-megapixel sensor with an f/1.75 aperture, a 16-megapixel wide-angle shooter, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x zoom. But for the sake of the camera review, DxOMark only used the main 48-megapixel shooter.

With an overall score of 107, the Mi 9 easily beats the likes of the Apple iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which scored 105 and 103, respectively. This gives the phone the third best spot on DxOMark’s charts, just two points behind the leading Huawei phones.

In its testing, DxOMark gave the Mi 9 an individual photo score of 112 thanks to the phone’s consistent and spot-on target exposure. It captures images pleasantly with accurate white balance. Noise levels are also kept under control, plus the autofocus system works swiftly in almost all circumstances.

Of course, there are cons about the Mi 9’s shooter. DxOMark finds the dynamic range to be slightly limited with loss of fine details. There are also unnatural compression effects in the bright areas of high-contrast shots.

The Mi 9 shines in the video department, as well. DxOMark gave the phone a video score of 99, the highest so far in video recording. The 4K video capture is top-notch and paired with impressive image stabilization.

You may read the full camera review of the Mi 9 on DxOMark’s website here.

From us here at GadgetMatch, we also played around the Mi 9’s camera during our hands-on. Check out these samples and tell us what you think of them:

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SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi 9 with Snapdragon 855 and 48MP primary camera

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Xiaomi unveils Mi 9 with Snapdragon 855 and 48MP primary camera

Has all the specs fans want

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Xiaomi Mi 9 | GadgetMatch

After the week-long tease, Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi 9. As seen with all the pre-launch material, the Mi 9 is going to be a beastly smartphone with all the latest specs and features you’d expect. Indeed, fans are in for a treat.

The Mi 9 directly succeeds the Mi 8, which is Xiaomi’s main series of flagship devices. The overall design hasn’t changed much; the curved glass design (using Gorilla Glass 5) is still the overall aesthetic of the Mi 9. Although, there are some noticeable tweaks to make the Mi 9 more appealing.

For starters, the notch has been vastly reduced, making the 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display more immersive. It’s topped with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and has support for Always-On display. Xiaomi has also integrated the fingerprint scanner to the display coupled with AI face unlock for faster authentication.

Going inside the phone, we have the Snapdragon 855 processor and Adreno 640 graphics chip. By using the most powerful mobile chipset for Android phones, the Mi 9 is a certified powerhouse. It’ll also come with up to 12GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage.

Camera-wise, the Mi 9 has four cameras overall: three at the back and one in the front. The triple rear camera setup is composed of a main 48-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.75 aperture, a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel shooter with an ultra wide-angle lens.

On the software side, there’s AI scene detection and a steady handheld night mode for taking photos in the dark. As for selfies, the small notch houses a 20-megapixel camera complete with AI portrait selfies and scene detection, as well.

A modest 3300mAh battery powers everything. It can charge quickly up to 27W over USB-C. However, the standard retail package comes with an 18W charger only. Not only that, the Mi 9 is capable of 20W rapid wireless charging. For comparison, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that was unveiled in October last year supports up to 15W wireless charging.

The new Xiaomi flagship starts at CNY 2,999 or roughly US$ 445 for the base 6GB+128GB variant. For CNY 3,299 (US$ 490), you can already get the 8GB+128GB variant. But, if you want the limited edition transparent Mi 9 with 12GB of memory and 256GB of storage, you’ll have to shell out CNY 3,999 or almost US$ 595.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi has become an undisputed leader by market share

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