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Android P Beta extends to non-Pixel phones

All thanks to Project Treble

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Whenever Google makes the beta build of the latest Android version available, its very own Pixel phones naturally get first dibs. It’s going to be a little different for the rollout of Android P, however. This time, even non-Pixel devices are receiving early access to the latest software.

This is mostly thanks to Google thinking ahead and providing third-party manufacturers with a feature called Project Treble, allowing their products to easily update to the newest version of Android without much delay.

Aside from the expected handsets to get Android P Beta as early as today — specifically the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL — the following phones will also be part of the lucky group:

– Essential Phone

– Nokia 7 Plus

– OPPO R15 Pro

– Sony Xperia XZ2

– Vivo X21 (and its UD counterpart)

– Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

– OnePlus 6 (once it’s launched)

While it’s not surprising for the Essential Phone and Nokia 7 Plus to be included with their stock Android builds, it’s unusual to see the likes of Vivo, OPPO, and Xiaomi here. Those three brands (and Sony to an extent) tend to add a heavy layer of their own user interface on top of the Android operating system, making it more difficult to adapt fresh coatings of the OS.

This also makes us wonder: Where are Samsung, Huawei, LG, and ASUS? They missed a golden opportunity to be on this list. Only time will tell when they’ll get their chance at Android P — which doesn’t have a real name yet.

You can learn more at Android’s Developer website.

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EMUI 10 is rolling out this month

Dark mode + faster UI

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Huawei smartphone users have something to forward to look this month. The company is rolling out the new EMUI 10 to some of its smartphones. The rollout is gradual and many more will receive the update in the coming months.

For now, the smartphones receiving the update include the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20X (4G), and Nova 5T. Go to “System” > “System” > “Software Updates” to install EMUI 10.

In the coming months, Huawei will gradually roll out EMUI 10 to these smartphones:

  • Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
  • Porsche Design Mate 10
  • Porsche Design Mate 10 RS
  • Mate 20X (5G)
  • Mate 20 Lite
  • P30 Lite
  • P20 Pro
  • P20
  • Mate 10
  • Mate 10 Pro
  • Nova 4e
  • Nova 4
  • Nova Lite 3
  • P Smart 2019
  • P Smart Pro
  • P Smart Z

An update notification will pop-up for these users when the EMUI 10 is ready for their devices. It’s always better to stay up-to-date with the latest system updates, so you won’t risk yourself from numerous malware in the wild.

Dark mode, revamped app interfaces, and more

EMUI 10 builds on Android 10 in a useful way. Headlining the new version is a global dark mode that lets users comfortably see UI elements at night. Plus, Huawei revamped the UI of its camera and contacts app. The redesign takes its inspiration from magazine layouts with huge titles and grid layout for comfortable navigation. aPlus, the UI animations are faster and more responsive than before.

Elsewhere, EMUI 10 brings improved performance and security for its users with intelligent resource allocation and an isolated secure system. Power users will come to appreciate the new multi-screen collaboration  which lets them mirror their smartphones’ screens to their Huawei PCs.

SEE ALSO: EMUI 10: Three features for a more intelligent system

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Realme Buds Air: Affordable true wireless earbuds

Cheaper ‘AirPods’

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Seems like everyone’s making true wireless earbuds now so Realme decided to join in the fun as well with the Realme Buds Air.

In true Realme spirit, the Realme Buds Air promises to offer quality performance at a competitive price. The company claims it’s the first in its price segment to implement a dual-channel transmission tech for enhanced audio. This helps with minimizing latency which should be perfect for mobile gaming fans — a segment of the market that Realme has been aggressively catering to.

In terms of sound quality, Realme says it has a 12mm bass sound driver that “delivers intensive and powerful audio quality without compromising richness and fidelity.”

While it doesn’t have any fancy noise canceling tech, the company says it does have the capability of filtering out noise. This should help with day-to-day calls and your music listening sessions.

The Realme Buds Air also has a built-in Google Assistant so you can use voice command for various things. It’s also easy to control. You simply need to tap the buds to control what you’re listening to.

It also has the ability to to pause when you take the them off and will resume what you’re playing once you put them back on.

Just like its look-alike — the Apple AirPods — these earbuds comes with a charging case that you can juice up wirelessly or through USB-C.

Pricing and availability

The Realme Buds Air comes in three colors: white, black, and Realme’s signature yellow. It will sell for PhP 3,990 starting January 22, 2020.

As an initial offering, it will be available at a special discounted price of PhP 2,990 on Realme’s official Lazada store on the following dates: January 22, 29, and February 6.

Realme is also giving away a free wireless charging pad to the first 100 customers. There will also be special vouchers on Realme’s official Facebook page from January 22 to February 6. The vouchers will further lower the price of the realme Buds Air by PHP500.

To entice more buyers, customers who will purchase both a Realme smartphone and a Realme Buds Air enjoy an additional discount of Php 1,000.

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Facebook mistranslated Chinese president’s name to something vulgar

Blames glitch in system

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Translation technology is at its best yet. For example, Facebook can already translate Filipino colloquialisms correctly. Even without the formal sentence structures, the feature puts out the smoothest translations. In fact, you might even think that it came from human intervention, rather than a machine.

Unfortunately, for all its wonders, artificial intelligence is still imperfect. Sometimes, translations are still wonky. And more rarely, a translation can even mess up a name.

Recently, Facebook’s algorithm has hilariously butchered one of the most iconic names in the world — Chinese President Xi Jinping. When translated from Burmese (Myanmar’s official language) to English, the president’s name is displayed as “Mr. Shithole” on the social media network.

The glitch appeared during Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Myanmar to discuss upcoming infrastructure deals. Naturally, Burmese news reports popped up on Facebook. Translations were downright unflattering. One headline even read “Dinner honors president shithole.”

Once discovered, Facebook quickly issued an apology for the mess. Apparently, Facebook’s Burmese database did not include President Xi Jinping’s name, resulting in the awkward guesswork. Further tests proved that words starting in “xi” also resulted in a similar kerfuffle.

To its credit, Facebook is now patching the issue out of the system. If anything, the mix-up is a humorous pit-stop in today’s volatile climate, especially with the controversies involving both Facebook and China.

SEE ALSO: Facebook rolls out new interface with dark mode

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