Without a doubt, the best feature of Google’s new Pixel lineup is the camera. (Sorry, Google Assistant!) If you’re itching to try out the new camera app before the flagship phones come out, now you can — just as long as you have a compatible Nexus device.
The ever-helpful developers at XDA managed to extract the Pixel’s Google Camera 4.2 software and port it over to non-Pixel phones. This being a modified app, it won’t overlap your Nexus’ default camera, so no need to worry about messing things up.
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Of course, there’s a catch. As of now, this trick only works on the Nexus 6P and 5X, because they meet three important criteria: Both are 64-bit smartphones, have access to an official Android 7.0 Nougat build, and are dead to Google. Fortunately, there’s no need to root your device.
All you have to do is download the APK file, permit Android to install from unknown sources (found under Settings > Security), and let the installer do its work. Be warned: You might accidentally miss the app when you open up your app drawer, since the icon looks like a duplicate of the default camera’s.
New features include long-pressing to lock the exposure and focus point, sliding to manually adjust exposure, and updated composition grid options. Might not seem that special, but they help tremendously when the camera gets confused in terrible lighting conditions, even during video recording.
We tried it out ourselves on a Nexus 6P, and the exposure control works wonders in situations like the one above. Raising the level by 1.0 brightened up the tricky subject.
While this won’t magically turn your Nexus into a better shooter, it’s always nice to have shiny new software. If you can wait, it’ll come with version 7.1 of Android once it starts rolling out, whenever that may be.
Let’s hope more Pixel goodies come to other handsets soon, especially the neglected Android One series.
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Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.
If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.
We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.
But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?
Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.
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Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.
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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger
An awesome midrange comeback
Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.
Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.
Build and design
Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.
Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.
What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.
The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.
The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.
Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.
When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.
But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.
Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.
The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.
And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.
It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.
With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.
EMUI and multitasking
As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.
Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.
And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.
Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.
And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.
nova 8i — easy to recommend
Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.
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