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Google reveals official name for Android N

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After weeks of releasing beta versions to the wild for testing and collecting submissions for Android N names since the Google I/O 2016 developer conference in mid-May, Google has finally named its next major mobile operating system update. Android N will now forever be known as Android Nougat, following today’s announcement on Snapchat and Twitter.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise — several popular tech blogs had expected Google to choose Nutella or Nerds. But that would have required a licensing deal, and the last time Google went after a brand name was with KitKat, released three software iterations ago in 2013.

Android versions have indeed come a long way since the release of Android Cupcake (and subsequently, Donut) in 2009. In the past, the most popular operating system in the world, with over 80 percent global market share, has been named after a sweet treat or dessert, taking the name of Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, and currently Marshmallow.

Android Nougat brings some significant user interface changes, including a redesigned notification panel and camera app, as well as a host of fresh features like a VR mode, split-screen multitasking, and support for a new application program interface (Vulkan) that should lead to better gaming performance. Its latest beta build is available to eligible Nexus devices, the General Mobile 4G (Android One), and the Sony Xperia Z3. The market-ready version of Nougat is expected to roll out in August or September.

Now, for some bad news: Android Marshmallow still has a dismal number of installs, despite launching in September 2015. Only 10 percent of Android devices are running the current version of Android, according to Google’s data; KitKat remains the most widely installed at 31 percent. That’s not to say Nougat users are guaranteed to be in the minority for a long time, but that may be the case.

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Huawei officially announces the Nova 3 and Nova 3i

New flagship and midrange phones from Huawei

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Huawei has announced their latest phones: the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. In a grand launch in China, the company made the two phones official after the long wait. The looks of the Nova 3 phones are based on the P20 series, but they offer a lot more value for the money.

Nova 3

The Nova 3 is Huawei’s newest flagship-level offering which sits below the P20 series. Despite having a different name, the Nova 3 borrows a number of design cues and specs from the P20. The Nova 3 is also powered by the Kirin 970 processor along with a built-in NPU chip for AI capabilities. The GPU Turbo feature, which will soon arrive on existing Huawei phones, comes out of the box and promises better gaming performance.

The phone sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display encased in a full-glass body. Just like with the P20, Huawei will offer the Nova 3 in exciting colors: Primrose Gold, Light Blue, Blue Purple, and Bright Black.

Huawei Nova 3 in Primrose Gold, Blue Purple, and Light Blue

Huawei phones have been known to have great cameras, and the Nova 3 will be no different because there are four cameras on board the device. At the back, there’s a 16-megapixel color sensor and a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. In front, there’s another 24-megapixel shooter accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor for sharper portrait shots.

All of these features are run by Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with EMUI 8.2. A large 3750mAh battery keeps the phone on and charges quickly with Huawei SuperCharge through USB-C.

The Nova 3 is priced at CNY 2,999 (US$ 445) in China for the variant with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Nova 3i

Then there’s the Nova 3i which is basically a more affordable, toned-down version of the Nova 3. It still has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.

To make the Nova 3i cheaper, the specs have to be adjusted. Instead of the Kirin 970, it’s got a midrange-class Kirin 710 processor but still with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

Four cameras are still on board the Nova 3i, but the rear shooters have a different combo. Gone is the rear monochrome sensor which has been replaced by a 2-megapixel depth sensor to help the main 16-megapixel shooter. Don’t worry, the selfie cameras of the Nova 3i are kept similar to the Nova 3’s.

Huawei Nova 3i in Blue Purple

Battery capacity is also different on the Nova 3i. A slightly smaller 3340mAh gives juice to the phone and it charges through a micro-USB port.

The Nova 3i has a launch price of CNY 1,999 (US$ 300) for the 4GB/128GB variant while the 6GB/64GB variant is priced at CNY 2,199 (US$ 330).

We already have a hands-on of the Nova 3i which you can read here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i is a beautiful phone with quad-camera goodness

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Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) is a more affordable X6, retains notch

This would do well in more markets

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The Nokia X6 came out two months ago, and even though it was pegged as a budget phone with a notch, it wasn’t that affordable. That’s why we have the Nokia X5 launched earlier today.

Possibly named the Nokia 5.1 Plus when it hits other countries, the Nokia X5 is more affordable than the X6 while retaining a lot of key traits.

The first is the 5.86-inch 720p display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the notch. On top, you can find the 8-megapixel selfie camera with the usual AI and portrait mode tricks.

Fortunately, the rear retains the dual-camera setup: a main 13-megapixel shooter with a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for measuring depth.

Since this is a cheaper model, there are some changes in hardware. The X5 settles for a Helio P60 processor (compared to the Snapdragon 636 of the X6), although the memory and storage configuration can go up to 4GB and 64GB, respectively.

And because this is the rejuvenated Nokia we’re talking about, it comes with an updated version of Android Oreo, which is kept alive by a 3060mAh battery.

As an X-series phone, it’s currently exclusive to China, just like the Nokia X6. Everyone can agree, however, that this could be a potential hit in other countries like India.

The lowest configuration with 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage retails for CNY 999 (US$ 150), and the one with 4GB memory and 64GB storage costs CNY 1,399 (US$ 210). Those prices are well below Nokia X6 pricing, making this a more attractive option for budget-conscious markets.

For colors, you have blue, black, or white to choose from.

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Samsung Galaxy J8 price and availability in the Philippines

A new dual camera phone from Samsung

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Samsung launched their new midrange phone for the Philippine market. After bringing the Galaxy J6 last month, here comes the better offer with dual rear cameras and an updated processor: the Galaxy J8.

The Samsung Galaxy J8 features a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with an HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio, or Infinity Display as Samsung calls it. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. A pretty big 3500mAh battery fuels the phone, so this one will be able to last you more than a day moderate use.

Apart from the updated Snapdragon processor, another main selling point of the Galaxy J8 is the dual-camera setup on the rear consisting of 16- and 5-megapixel sensors. It’s got the Live Focus feature which was once exclusive to the premium Galaxy S and Note series. Of course, they didn’t forget about selfies: a 16-megapixel front camera is more than able for vanity.

In the Philippines, the Galaxy J8 will retail for PhP 15,990. It’ll come in purple, black, and gold.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J8 hands-on: Not your usual J

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