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Few users are enjoying a slice of Android Pie so far

More phones need to have the update

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Android 9 Pie is almost two months old. Ideally, it should be available to a number of users already but that’s not exactly the situation it’s in. Google releases a distribution chart showing how the Android versions are doing every now and then. Sadly, Pie is nowhere to be found this time.

There are a few things to note about the new numbers from Google. Let’s start with Oreo (both 8.0 and 8.1 versions) which keeps on rising. It’s now powering 19.2 percent of Android phones.


Nougat still has the largest share at 29.3 percent even though it enjoyed a larger audience during the previous month. The slight drop from 30.8 to 29.3 percent is probably due to the increasing Oreo software updates.

The rest of the dessert family are not far behind like Marshmallow at 21.6 percent and Lollipop (both 5.0 and 5.1 versions) at 18.3 percent. KitKat and Jelly Bean are starting to shrink out of the list, while Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are practically irrelevant today.

According to the chart, any versions with less than 0.1 percent distribution are not shown. This means that Android Pie is practically non-existent as of the end of September 2018. Where are the Pixel users, as well as the Essential Phone?

Hopefully, we get to see better adoption of Android Pie this month. With more flagship devices and Android One phones getting the update notification, the Pie will slowly rise.

SEE ALSO: List of devices getting Android 9 Pie

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Huawei Nova 5T first appearance is at KL Fashion Week

Showing up in style!

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Leaks have surfaced online but now we will finally get a glimpse of the Huawei Nova 5T. The phone is set to make its first official global appearance at the Kuala Lumpur Fasion Week 2019.

The unveiling of the latest phone on the Nova series will take place at the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the #WeAreNova Fashion Showcase at 10:30AM (GMT+8) on August 25. This clearly indicates how Huawei wants to position the Nova 5T — a productive phone that will match your style.


A chance to see the Nova 5T live

Malaysians will also have a first crack at getting to see the phone live by participating in Huawei’s #novaOOTD contest. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Dress up in your best Outfit of The Day and take a picture showcasing your OOTD.   Make sure you capture your best pose!
  • Step 2: Share the photo to Instagram or Facebook (or both!), including the hashtag #novaOOTD and tag @HuaweiMobileMY 

The contest will run from now until August 22. Five winners will be chosen and will also get a chance to gain backstage access to KL Fashion Week. Winners will be announced on August 23 on Huawei’s official Facebook Page.

Leaks revealed a lot

Midway through August, the phone showed up on the Android Enterprise list revealing that the phone will feature a punch hole display. It will be flushed to the upper left side of the display similar to the one seen on the Honor View 20 and Honor 20 Pro. It also clearly states that the Nova 5T will have a 5.5-inch display, 8GB of RAM and two storage variants — 128GB and 256GB.

Other rumors indicate that the phone will have a quad-camera setup with the main camera being a 48-megapixel shooter.

No one has been able to verify if any of these rumors are true. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see when the phone makes its first global appearance — which it hopes to do in style.

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has a release date!

So soon yet, not soon enough!

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After our heartstrings were played with by the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered teaser, fans have swarmed with tons of memes predicting and wondering how specific scenes would appear with stunning new visuals. Well, our memes and dreams are about to either come true or get shut down because Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is getting released on September 3, 2019!

Final Fantasy VIII and why fans love it

Final Fantasy VIII was a game that plotted itself in a fantasy world while digging into an emotional story-line of war and love. The game focuses on a group of young mercenaries led by Squall Leonhart. They’re adventure begins with a striking conflict: Ultimecia. Ultimecia is a sorceress from the future who possesses Edea and wants to compress time. In this quest, Squall encounters friends who inevitably join his quest to keep the world in its balance.


Final Fantasy VIII was the first of its series to reinvent the active time battle wheel without ignoring its roots. The game allowed more customization which ultimately allowed players to work around weaponry, armor, and summons that drastically affected characters’ combat style. These seemingly small tweaks in gameplay gave players breathing room to pick how they wanted to play the game making it all the more immersive.

While its predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, had 3-dimensional models, it didn’t significantly refine designs as much as Final Fantasy VIII. Every element in the game expressed more detail with as much accessible technology as Square could get their hands on. From the planet that showed a level of meticulous detail we hadn’t seen in the series before, to the hilarious “you’re the best looking guy here” memes, Final Fantasy VIII was weirdly ahead with visuals at the time.

What’s new with Final Fantasy VIII Remastered?

First, and obviously, enhanced visuals. The announcement trailer that was revealed in E3 this year made it loud and clear that each element of the game — characters, enemies, objects, and summons — were all refined and enhanced.

Second, battle assists. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered allows you to activate a booster to max out health points (HP) and active time battle (ATB) bars that trigger limit breaks at any point players need. Regardless, you will lose HP when you get hit with a critical attack that renders more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.

Third, turning off encounters. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has setting you can use to allow you to turn off random encounters. This is incredibly useful when you’re out of potions, phoenix downs, and need to run to the nearest shop. This doesn’t apply for event battles that need to be done to further the game’s plot.

Fourth, battle speed boosts. The game lets you accelerate time by a factor of three. If you want to breeze through easy battles or rush through level grinding, this feature is useful. This feature isn’t applicable for certain scenes and movies.

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Realme 5 series launches with quad-camera setup

Affordable, yet powerful

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Realme and Xiaomi have been on a launch spree this year, each trying to undercut the other. The two are focused on grabbing as much market share as possible and have practically taken over the affordable segment. Realme is back with another set of offering, the Realme 5 and 5 Pro.

The Realme 5 series has been launched in India and shall be available in other international markets soon. This comes just a day before Xiaomi is scheduled to launch the Mi A3.


To start with, the phone has a new design that imitates holographic color with texture. The sides are gently curved and two color options are available — Crystal Green and Crystal Blue.

The front has a 6.3-inch Full HD LCD display with a claimed screen-to-body ratio of more almost 91 percent. The notch is smaller and houses the front camera as well as a sensor array. The complete design is splash resistant but lacks an IP rating.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 712 processor with a dedicated AI-engine. It has up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that’s expandable via a micro SD card. For gaming enhancement, Hyperboost 2.0 is a software feature that improves refreshing and frame drops.

48MP camera on a quad-camera setup

The rear has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front gets a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The software comes with various shooting modes like Nightscape, Chromaboost, and auto HDR.

Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that supports VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge. The phone runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Pricing and availability

It’s available in three memory configurations. The 4GB+64GB option costs INR 13,999 the 6GB+64GB variant costs INR 14,999 and the 8GB+128GB variant costs INR 16,999. They’ll be going on sale from September 4 via Flipkart and other partner channels.

On the other hand, the Realme 5 comes with a similar design language, but sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 665 processor with 4GB RAM in the top offering.

The quad-camera array consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front gets a 13-megapixel selfie clicker and all other software features remain same. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery.

It’ll also be available in three options. The first one comes with 3GB+32GB configuration and costs INR 9,999 the 4GB+64GB option costs INR 10,999, and the 4GB+128GB unit costs INR 11,999. It’ll be available from August 27 also via Flipkart and other partner channels.

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