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Android Q early build leaks, shows system-wide dark mode

Dark mode on everything!

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Android Pie is still struggling to find its way to more phones, but Google‘s next release is already being cooked. The first Android Q developer preview should be available (based on Google’s previous releases) in the coming months, although the folks over at XDA Developers were able to get their hands on an early build of the upcoming Android version.

The early build of Android Q is pretty bare bones, but there are a few notable features that are worth mentioning.

Design-wise, Android Q looks a lot like Android 9 Pie with its rounded icons and familiar layout. That may sound unexciting, but Android Q will finally have what could be the most requested feature: system-wide dark mode. The current Android version has a simpler dark mode available which is not as extensive as we like it to be.

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The dark mode feature will greatly benefit phones with OLED displays. Aside from being easy on the eyes when in the dark, it should also improve battery life since not all the pixels are turned on. Users will be able to set dark more automatically at night or have it activated throughout the day. If they dislike it, users can simply turn it off, too.

Apart from visual changes, Android Q also brings improved privacy features specifically with app permissions; it lets users look at each app’s permission settings individually. The best part of this is there’s now an option to let apps access permitted info only when they are being used.

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Android Q also appears to have some sort of “Desktop Mode” which is suspected to be similar to Samsung’s DeX mode. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be activated yet. This is going to be a big feature for those who rely on their Android phones for work, especially when traveling without a laptop.

There’s a lot to know about Android Q’s early build courtesy of XDA Developers. You may read more about the new features and the changes found on the upcoming Android version at the source link below.

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered loss, Huawei, on the other hand, increase their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an extra 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO the whole year with 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

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Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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