Huawei’s next-gen chipset is said to be faster than Apple A10



Huawei just unveiled the next-generation mobile chipset that will power the company’s rumored Mate 9 flagship, which is expected to debut on November 3 in Munich, Germany.

The new Kirin 960 system-on-a-chip features eight CPU cores — one set of four performance cores and another that utilizes four low-powered cores — and a graphics chip that could be headed to the Samsung Galaxy S8 as well. In other words, pretty exciting stuff if you care about specs and what they will mean for the Mate 9.

But if anything, today’s announcement suggests how the next breed of Android devices could close the gap or even pull ahead of the iPhones of tomorrow. If you ask Huawei, they will tell you they’re already ahead of their U.S.-based arch-rival, in that the Kirin 960 smokes the silicon inside the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 in multicore tests, outdoing its competition in all but one of the 14 most popular apps in China.

The Kirin 960’s GPU is said to be 180 percent faster than that of Huawei’s P9, closing in on the graphical power of the iPhone 7. Assuming that is indeed the case, we may be looking at one of the most powerful — if not the most powerful — Android phones ever produced.

The chipset also further lowers power consumption while playing demanding games like Pokemon Go, with an array of optimized motion sensors. For Pokemon Go, the claim is up to 1.2 days of playing time compared to a device that can barely handle half a day’s worth of playing. The Kirin 960’s onboard radio is capable of hitting peak download speeds of 600Mbps and working effectively in areas where cellular coverage is weak or unreliable.

As for its camera capabilities, the chip improves image clarity and brings more selective focusing options after the fact, further hinting at the dual-camera setup on the back of the Mate 9.

Considering the hardware of the P9 phones, it’s practically a given that the upcoming phablet will sport more than one rear camera, though the second camera’s purpose may not be to capture black-and-white images but to refocus shots after they have been taken. Huawei isn’t new to taking that approach. We’ve seen the Honor 6 Plus and what it could do with its cameras.

In any case, we’ll report back on November 3rd when the Kirin 960 (and Mate 9?) becomes official.

Source: Android Central


Google Lens is now available on iOS

Scan all of the things!



A master at recognizing images, Google is the go-to guy when you want to find out more about a photo. Last year’s launch of Google Lens packed the tech into a convenient app. Now, the former Android exclusive finds a home in iOS.

Launched late last year, the image recognition software followed in the footsteps of the Google Goggles from years ago. Back then, Google Goggles was just a playful way to see if Google knew what something is when you took a photo of it. Its novelty quickly ran out.

Of course, now we know that Google can really tell what objects in a photo are. Sorting images by subject is already a feature on Google Photos.

Google Lens promises similar features to its predecessor, powered by AI technology. It differs from the former by integrating Google Assistant when it recognizes an object. Did you just a take a photo of a Crowne Plaza? Well, Google Lens can reserve you a night’s stay with a few clicks.

When it launched, Google Lens was still an Android exclusive. Now, following an announcement on Twitter, Google will launch the tech on iOS over the course of the next few weeks. Some devices already have the app fully integrated into the iOS version of Google Photos.

Google only warns that users who want the feature should have the latest version of Google Photos (v3.15).

AI-powered image recognition is still an imperfect tool. It has its fair share of mistakes. However, at least, the move to iOS makes the tech available for a wider public.

SEE ALSO: Google announces three new photography apps

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Spotify might be testing its own voice assistant

‘Hello, Spotify’



For all our obsession with voice assistant like Siri and Alexa, you might think that we already have choices of which we want. However, popular apps have other plans up their sleeves.

Following recent news of a planned smart speaker, Spotify is reportedly testing a voice assistant feature for its app. Spotted by Twitter user Hunter Owens, the feature allows searches for songs, artists, albums, playlists, and genres. The feature opened through a microphone icon on the bottom right portion of the screen. Sneak peeks of the new feature are limited to only iOS apps.

Image source: Twitter

As reported before, job listings reveal that the music streaming company might be looking into its own smart speaker.

Currently, Spotify still plays second fiddle to other smart speakers and voice assistants. They play at the mercy of third-party software from Apple and Google.

Plus, these brands are coming up with their own music streaming services. Even if Apple Music and Amazon Music share only a tiny share of the music streaming pie, their more rotund ecosystem takes away from the convenience formerly ruled by Spotify.

With a smart speaker and voice assistant, Spotify can go head to head directly with these giants. If not, these new products will separate them from others at the very least.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Flagship Mi Store opens in the Philippines with Redmi 5 Plus in tow

Bigger and better than the first one



Last month, Xiaomi officially came back to the Philippines with the opening of its first authorized store in TriNoma, Quezon City. That store was not the most spacious site, so there’s a need for a bigger store to accommodate all the Xiaomi fans.

A bigger and better Authorized Mi Store opened today in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Xiaomi labels the newly opened store as its Philippine flagship. The opening was even attended by Xiaomi representatives, marking how truly official this new flagship is.

Spotted in the new Mi Store is the Redmi 5 Plus (or the Redmi Note 5 in India) priced at just PhP 9,990. The locally available variant has 4GB of memory and 64GB storage, the same one we recently reviewed.

Here are some pictures from inside the store:

From small gadgets to huge smart TVs, there are a lot of Xiaomi items available at the flagship Mi Store. It’s located at the fourth floor of SM Megamall, near Cyberzone.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi 5 Note) Review

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