Even if we don’t know what Android P stands for yet, we now know a lot about what it’ll be able to do. At Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, we got a sneak peak of what’s to come.
This year’s highly anticipated Android update was explained and it’s looking pretty awesome. Google highlighted three main themes: intelligence, simplicity, and digital well-being, and Android P’s features centered around these three themes.
Android P will have an adaptive battery feature powered by machine learning. Basically, your phone will learn your usage patterns and be able to optimize power based on that. This means more battery life for devices, something we all need and clamor for. Adaptive brightness is also improved on Android P. Your phone will actually learn your preference vis a vis actual ambient lighting and adjust your phone’s screen brightness according to that.
Your phone will also be more suggestive. App actions — those two buttons you see below — show up depending on usage patterns. It will also suggest things to you based on context or activities on your handset.
Slices are introduced. These are snippets from the actual app that you can interact with. They’re found straight from the phone’s UI.
Imagine being able to book a Lyft from your Google Search screen! Yup, it will be possible soon.
Google envisions technology that will fade into the background. The following features were designed for that easier smartphone experience.
In line with this, new gestures are unveiled: A swipe up brings you to your overview, a second swipe will show you all apps, and swiping right even allows you to slide through recent apps!
More intuitive changes were also announced. A new volume slider turns up (or down) the media volume by default; it was previously the ring volume. And a tiny rotation button will show up on the navigation bar once you tilt the phone for easy screen orientation changes (my favorite feature thus far).
Google places importance on meaningful engagement and champions digital well-being in this year’s conference. Thus, the Android dashboard is born. This will tell you a lot about your relationship with your phone: how much time you’ve spent on your phone with a particular app, and what you actually do most on your device. It can even tell you how many minutes you’ve spent watching on YouTube across all your devices. It will not only tell all this info and more, it’ll also help control your impulsive phone usage tendencies with Controls. This new feature allows you to set time limits per app. When the time’s over, the icon is grayed out so that you know you shouldn’t be on it anymore.
There’s also a new Shush mode which automatically puts the phone into Do Not Disturb mode every time it’s placed on the table on its face — perfect for dinners and meetings! Of course, you can always star certain contacts to makes sure certain people can still get to you despite the DND mode.
Another great feature addition is the Wind Down mode. This will help you sleep better at night by switching to a grayscale screen in the evening during your bedtime so you won’t be distracted while on your phone.
Android P Beta comes to Pixel phones and a number of other devices today.
Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy S10E: What are the differences?
A decade of Galaxies
Samsung has launched three new flagship phones: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10E. With three new models to choose from, it might be difficult to choose which Galaxy S10 is the one for you.
To help with this, we took the liberty to show you the differences between the three. Which of the Galaxy S10 models will be your GadgetMatch?
Starting with the screen, the three Galaxy S10 models sport Super AMOLED displays in different sizes. The Galaxy S10E is the smallest among the bunch with a 5.8-inch display. It’s followed by the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch display and, of course, the Galaxy S10+ with its large 6.4-inch panel.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S10E has a completely flat display, while the other two Galaxy S10 variants have the curved panels we’ve come to expect from Samsung.
All three models don’t sport a notch, but they do have holes on the upper-right corner for their front cameras. The Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 have a perfectly rounded hole-punch camera, while Galaxy S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout since it has two front-facing cameras.
Despite the size differences of the phones, all models are powered by a flagship processor. Depending on where you are, the Galaxy S10 family will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820.
Memory and storage configuration will also vary depending on the region. The lowest possible memory available is 6GB and it can go as high 12GB. As for storage, it starts at 128GB and will reach up to 1TB. The 12GB+1TB combo will be exclusively available for the Galaxy S10+.
Another significant difference between the Galaxy S10 phones is battery capacity. The Galaxy S10E has a modest 3100mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 owns a pretty standard 3400mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+, being the biggest of the three, comes with a huge 4100mAh battery.
All three variants support fast charging using wired or wireless chargers. They can also do reverse wireless charging (which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices using the Qi wireless standard.
Lastly, both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature the new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which is definitely faster than any of the in-display fingerprint readers we’ve tried before. The Galaxy S10E has a more conventional side-mounted fingerprint reader that’s still accurate and fast, but not as advanced.
The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ are the first among the Galaxy S lineup to have triple rear cameras. The setup is composed of a main 12-megapixel Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
Since the Galaxy S10E is priced lower, it only has two of the three rear cameras of its more expensive siblings: the main Dual Pixel camera and the ultra wide-angle shooter.
The situation in the front is quite different, though. Both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E have a single selfie camera, while the Galaxy S10+ gets an extra depth sensor for a more precise bokeh effect or Live Focus.
Pricing and colors
The cheapest model is the Galaxy S10E which starts at US$ 750. The regular Galaxy S10 will set you back US$ 900, while the bigger Galaxy S10+ is priced at US$ 1,000.
All three models will come in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue. In addition, the Galaxy S10E will be available in Canary Yellow, as well. The Galaxy S10+ also has premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White variants, but these are only available for the high-tier configurations.
Colors option may vary per region, so not all colors will be available in all markets.
Get to know more about the latest Galaxy S10 series by watching our hands-on video:
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Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).
Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!
In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!
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Infinity-O Display, five cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, next-generation wireless charging: these four features define Samsung’s new Galaxy S10.
When you take its features apart like this, it makes it seem like what we have is yet another underwhelming phone with no new groundbreaking feature. But to look at the S10 that way does the phone an injustice. It’s one that needs to be taken as a whole, not a sum of its parts.
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