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You can download Android 7.1 Nougat beta soon

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As any Android fan can tell you, you don’t need to own Google’s Pixel smartphone to have the latest Android operating system on tap. Though, it has to be said, we’re talking Android 7.1, and not the software the LG V20 will be shipping with, which is based on an earlier version of Nougat.

Google today reiterated its preference for Pixel, Nexus, and Android One devices by announcing plans to release a public beta of Android 7.1, first to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C and then to the full lineup of supported phones and tablets.


As has been the norm recently, the prerelease software can be downloaded by users who sign up for the Android Beta program, though Google hasn’t specified the exact timing of the roll-out. Willing guinea pigs Beta testers should get the preview update “later this month.”

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It would be fair to say, however, that it could arrive as early as the week of October 20, or days after the Pixel and Pixel XL arrive in hands of U.S. customers.

An incremental update over the current Nougat release, Android 7.1 will bring support for Daydream VR, circular app icons, and app shortcuts, which allows users to jump straight to a certain action or feature of an app from the home screen. The complete list of changes can be found below.

App shortcuts API — lets you surface key actions directly in the launcher and take your users deep into your app instantly. You can create up to 5 shortcuts, either statically or dynamically.

Circular app icons support — lets you provide great-looking rounded icon resources that match the look of Pixel and other launchers.

Enhanced live wallpaper metadata — lets you provide metadata about your live wallpapers to any picker displaying the wallpapers as a preview. You can show existing metadata such as label, description, and author, as well as a new context URL and title to link to more information.

Image keyboard support — expands the types of content that users can enter from their keyboards, letting them express themselves through custom stickers, animated gifs, and more. Apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user. For broad compatibility, this API will also be available in the support library.

Storage manager Intent — lets an app take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up storage space on the device.

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If you’re wondering why Google Assistant, the company’s take on Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, isn’t included in the mix, know that it’s not an oversight, and that it’s intended to encourage buyers to purchase or upgrade to a Pixel handset. Other Pixel-specific features on Android 7.1 Nougat include live customer care and the Pixel Camera and Pixel Launcher.

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Mi Mix Alpha could be truly an all screen phone

Could have 100% screen-to-body ratio

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Xiaomi is scheduled to host an event on September 24 in China. According to leaks, the company is expected to launch Mi 9 Pro 5G and the next Mi Mix series phone. According to a post on Weibo via their official handle, the next Mi MIX device will be dubbed the “Mi MIX Alpha” and will have an insane screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the NEX 3 was unveiled a few days back and featured a Waterfall FullView curved display that gave a whopping 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.


Xiaomi has also shared a teaser image of the phone, flaunting a radically curved display that wraps around the edges and might even hit the 100 percent screen-to-body ratio mark, becoming the first phone to do so. The last teaser hints that the Mix Alpha will bring the highest screen to body ratio in Xiaomi’s lineup.

As far as specifications go, we’re confident it’ll house a Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The processor will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB of UFS internal storage.

Furthermore, there have been rumors suggesting that the device will sport a triple-rear camera with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Pro 5G will be a stunner as wll. It’s expected to offer a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup and a 4000mAh battery.

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Samsung admits redesigned Galaxy Fold is still too fragile

Don’t press on the phone too hard!

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Early in 2019, Samsung introduced the year’s most revolutionary form factor, the foldable smartphone. Naturally, the Galaxy Fold had its fair share of skeptics. Will the foldable smartphone hold up to durability standards?

Months after the launch, Samsung answered this controversial question. Early viewers discovered a fatal flaw in the Galaxy Fold’s first iteration, prompting a global delay. After months of reworking, Samsung has finally released the second version.


You’d expect a much stronger phone. In most cases, you’d be right. However, Samsung itself has released a critical disclaimer on the new Galaxy Fold’s durability. Despite getting a major rework, the Galaxy Fold still requires your tender touch.

In an official YouTube video, Samsung advises new users to “just use a light touch.” The warning specifically pertains to the phone’s inner spine. In its previous iteration, the inner hinge easily broke — the plastic film comes off, dirt slides underneath the screen. Worse, the screen shuts off after being infiltrated.

In this second iteration, Samsung has added plastic covers and an extended film for added protection. Despite the addition, you should still handle the new device with utmost care, particularly around the hinge. Further, Samsung advises against screen protectors which may interfere with the actual screen.

Also, Samsung has another disclaimer for the Galaxy Fold’s magnetic clasps. To keep it securely closed, the Galaxy Fold uses magnets on both panels. The device’s magnets are likely stronger than the normal smartphone. As such, the magnet might interfere with other metallic objects like credit cards or key cards. In the video, Samsung asks users to “be mindful of objects that may be affected.”

The Galaxy Fold is still a fragile beast. For a US$ 1,980 device, the foldable smartphone still requires extra care. At the disclaimer video’s conclusion, Samsung promotes its Galaxy Fold Premier Service, a training and support program specially built for Galaxy Fold users. According to Samsung, the care program is required “for the complete experience.”

Regardless, if you’re buying the new Galaxy Fold, you might want to trade the extra screen protector for cotton gloves.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-on: The Redo!

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Vivo V17 Pro with dual pop-up camera launches

It has a total of six cameras

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While Xiaomi and Realme are trying to outbid each other by offering higher resolution cameras, Vivo is busy adding as many sensors as possible. The brand was the first to incorporate a pop-up camera mechanism and is now leveraging the technology in all its products.

The phone will be going up against the OnePlus 7 and instead of focusing on performance, Vivo is eyeing an ideal all-rounder. The phone has been launched in India today and shall be landing in more markets soon.


It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.65 percent. The display is surrounded by a 2.5D curved glass and Schott Xensation UP protection. The rear has Gorilla Glass, but it’s always recommended to slap a case on it.

The V17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 9.1, that’s based on Android 9 Pie.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The setup is capable 2x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.

The front gets a dual-camera pop-up selfie module that houses a 32-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The front camera also supports Super Night Selfie mode for low-light photography. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with face unlock.

Backing these internals is a 4100mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine fast charging. Vivo has also added a headphone jack, but the charging is still dependent on a microUSB port.

It’s priced at INR 29,990 for the sole 8GB+128GB offering and will go on sale from September 27 via Vivo eshop, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ. Color options include Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice.

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