Google beefs up AR and VR with stickers and new Daydream View



Both augmented and virtual reality are starting become true mainstream products, thanks to the efforts of tech companies to push them forward. Google has invested a lot since it introduced AR and VR to consumers, and their latest announcement makes them more fun to use.

Augmented Reality

With the new Pixel 2 phones, Google is pushing AR outside the Tango platform (Google’s design to develop AR phones) and makes it available even without additional special cameras. We saw Apple come up with great AR content with their new iPhones, so Google is not backing down.

According to Google, the Pixel 2’s rear camera is calibrated and optimized for AR. It’s able to track surrounding areas even in low-light scenarios, and render AR objects in a smooth 60 frames per second. To advance this, the company has AR Stickers. They are like your typical emojis or Instagram stickers, but more playful and lively.

You can play with AR food and drinks stickers with the Foodmoji pack, and with AR balloons for a unique birthday greeting. Google promised to release more fun moving stickers in the future, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Pop culture is also coming to AR Stickers with characters from Stranger Things, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, NBA Stars, and the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Apps and games will also take advantage of the new AR prowess of the Pixel 2 with programs from select partners. With Houzz, you can layout and design your house’s interior through your phone. If you’re a fan of League of Legends, you’ll enjoy real-time action gameplay through an AR map. And lastly, Lego is working on an AR app which lets you build models and make it come to life.

Virtual Reality

Google also announced a newer and better Daydream View headset for VR, which is fully compatible with the new Pixel 2 and other Daydream-ready Android phones.

The new VR headset has high-performance lenses, which promise better image quality and a wider field of view compared to its predecessor. It doesn’t differ much in terms of appearance, but it now has a sleeker two-tone fabric material and also comes in three new colors: Fog, Charcoal, and Coral.

New hardware comes with a larger content library of more than 250 titles. Google releases “only-in-VR” moments with exclusive content for Daydream like front-row seat experiences in concerts, original YouTube VR titles, and IMAX 3D movies — all available on your phone.

The Daydream View will be available later this year for US$ 99.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo introduces Star Wars: Jedi Challenges augmented reality experience

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LinkedIn sued for spying on users

Caught by iOS 14



Apple’s iOS 14 has done a lot of snitching lately. Recently, the new operating system discovered several apps copying content from an iPhone’s clipboard. Some culprits, like TikTok, have patched out the flaw and promised more security-conscious decisions in the future. However, the brouhaha has undoubtedly caused a breach in trust for a lot of consumers.

Particularly, an iPhone user in New York has decided to sue LinkedIn, one of the implicated companies. According to the complaint obtained by Reuters, Adam Bauer, the plaintiff, is suing the company for reading and obtaining information from his iPhone. Further, he claims that LinkedIn is also tapping into other devices, besides his iPhone.

Normally, user-filed complaints end up as a quirky way to obtain money from an allegedly erring company. However, Bauer’s case underscores a huge controversy pervading the app world today. Certainly, apps should not have unauthorized access to a user’s information regardless of purpose. If anything, the controversy is a call for companies to instate more trustworthy practices in their products.

Prior to Bauer’s complaint, LinkedIn has already promised to patch out the security flaw in an update. Naturally, it isn’t enough for some users. The complaint also emphasizes the global perspective that the implicated companies are only sorry because they got caught.

Bauer’s case is still ongoing so no one knows how it will affect the company and the world, if any.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

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Nokia 2 series might get an even bigger battery, based on leak

Going past a 4000mAh batttery



Before the advent of smartphones, Nokia’s batteries were a sight to behold. The nostalgic brick phones lasted for days on a single charge. It’s still quite a feat, especially since most smartphones can’t live a day on a single charge alone these days. Today, Nokia is still blazing away at phenomenal batteries on its newer phones.

Throughout the past few years, HMD Global has always touted a marvelous two-day battery life for its Nokia 2 series. The budget lineup has traditionally carried a 4000mAh battery across its different iterations. Only the very first Nokia 2 had a slightly larger battery at 4100mAh.

In an FCC filing spotted by Android Authority, the Nokia 2 series is once again breaking the 4000mAh limit. According to the filing, an unnamed Nokia phone will carry a huge 4380mAh battery. For connectivity, the phone will not have 5G compatibility, topping off at just LTE. Though unnamed, the model likely points to the next generation in the Nokia 2 lineup, the Nokia 2.4.

Earlier this year, HMD Global launched the Nokia 2.3, one of the rare budget-friendly smartphones touting AI capabilities. Much like its predecessors, the Nokia 2.3 carried the 4000mAh battery. It retails for PhP 5,990.

Whatever this unnamed Nokia phone is, it will likely sell for around the same price range. Given the filing, it might also launch very soon.

SEE ALSO: Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

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More OnePlus Nord specs leaked, hints at second midrange phone

Is there a cheaper OnePlus Nord?



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OnePlus is more than excited for its impending midrange launch. Since the very first leaks, the company has hyped up an incoming revolution for its lineup. The OnePlus Nord already promises a lot of surprises for every OnePlus fan, given the amount of information coming out. Now, like clockwork, another leak adds more information about the upcoming release.

Spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench, an unnamed OnePlus phone — the OnePlus AC2003 — recently updated its specs on the database. According to the latest entry, the model will carry a 1.8GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor, likely pertaining to the expected Snapdragon 765G. Further, it will have a whopping 12GB of RAM inside. It’s quite a big spec to pack into a midrange phone. However, given what we know about OnePlus’s plans so far, this unnamed model is likely the OnePlus Nord.

Strangely, the OnePlus AC2003 isn’t the only unnamed OnePlus model on the database. Also posted recently, OnePlus is also working on what it calls the OnePlus BE2028. A tad bit lesser than the previous model, the OnePlus BE2028 will pack in a 1.71GHz Qualcomm octa-core chipset and just 6GB of RAM. For now, no one knows what this unnamed model is.

Whatever it is, the OnePlus BE2028 looks like it will sell cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.  Could it be another variant of the Nord? Or could it be an unannounced OnePlus phone also coming soon? In any case, it won’t be long before OnePlus reveals the truth about the two midrange phones. The OnePlus Nord is set to launch on July 21.

SEE ALSO: The best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free phone

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