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OPPO’s ColorOS 7 is coming soon with these new features

Realme phones will also get it

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It’s been a few months since Google officially rolled out Android 10 and brands are scrambling to implement it along with their skins. Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 11 last month and now OPPO is working on ColorOS 7. Realme will also be adopting OPPO’s skin and has already shown-off a roadmap.

ColorOS 7 will be available to more than 20 phones across all global markets. There are over 300 million active ColorOS users across the world, spread over 140 countries, and using it in 80+ languages. For its latest iteration, the focus was on providing a “Smooth and Delightful” experience that delivers consistent performance and stability.

What’s new?

1. Infinite design: The new update is focused on efficiency, convenience, and simplicity. The new visual design comes with increased white space and tweaked UI colors that are expected to reduce visual fatigue. Even the rest of the icons have been made simpler and follow dual-tone Material Design guidelines. The update brings four different icon designs along with the new OPPO Sans font. Oh and yes, there will be Dark Mode.

2. Privacy protection: Features such as the Personal Information Protection option that lets users protect their personal information from third-party apps. There are also Payment Protection and File Protection options as the two major additions in the privacy settings.

For India, OPPO has announced a new app integrated with the government’s DigiLocker service. Called DocVault, the app will help users manage and securely verify their official documents like school certificates, domicile certificates and more.

3. Better audio and haptic feedback: OPPO collaborated with Denmark’s audio design company Epic Sound to upgrade the overall sound system. Backed with improved haptics, all touches, slides, and toggles will respond with new sounds that make more sense and are pleasing to the ear.

 

4. Performance improvement: CachePreload is said to make apps open and start faster than the previous custom skin version. Further, there is oMem that adapts to user habits to shift and allocate system resources accordingly. The proprietary feature is claimed to boost RAM utilization by 40 percent and increase system response by 30 percent.

5. Intuitive interactions: The new weather-adaptive alarm automatically adjusts alarm sounds to weather. The company says that the UI is smarter and it can automatically switch to drive mode when it is connected to the car Bluetooth. For taking screenshots of specific regions, a 3-finger swipe follows by a long press will select only the part that is swiped.

6. Improved photography: Night Mode has been upgraded to Ultra Night Mode, focusing on optimizing the clarity, brightness, and color of photos taken at night through multi-frame HDR and AI algorithms. An Ultra Steady will also be added for action videography.

OPPO is also working in collaboration with Google’s CameraX project, which lets third-party app makers better optimize their in-app cameras to make better use of the phone’s camera capabilities.

Availability:

The first wave of phones includes the Reno and the Reno 10x Zoom Edition. This will be followed by the Reno2 and the F11 series, in December of this year. First-quarter of 2020 will see phones such as the Find X, Reno Z, Reno 2Z, R17 series, RX17 Pro, and the A9 be included. Lastly, the next quarter will involve the F7 series, the F9 series, the R15 series, the A5 2020, the A9 2020, and the K3.

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Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse

Boasting 20,000dpi

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For such a thriving industry, the gaming peripherals industry still has no easily manufacturable solution for left-handed gaming. Years ago, Razer spent resources to develop an ergonomic solution for the problem. However, because of a lack in demand, the company pulled the product out. Now, Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse.

Initially launched in 2014, the Razer Naga Left-handed Edition combines a thumb-optimized 12-button gaming grid with left-handed ergonomics. All in all, the mouse has 19+1 programmable buttons. Inside, the mouse’s new sensor sports 20,000dpi with 99.6 percent resolution accuracy. As a result, the Left-handed Edition is optimized for MMO gaming.

Further, the mouse boasts a durability of up to 50,000 clicks. It boasts slick movement across any surface with PTFE coating. It also a super flexible cable for minimal drag. The mouse’s memory can also store up to five profiles.

Razer now claims that it is the only company that sells true left-handed gaming mice. True enough, most left-handed gaming mice today are just symmetrically designed. Basically, the mice’s developers did not design ergonomically for another market. Instead, they made a mouse applicable for both markets. Razer says that it expended a lot of resources by developing a truly left-handed mouse, often causing a loss more than a profit.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the newly designed mouse will likely still cause a loss. However, “the more [they] sell, the less of a loss [they] will take on it and the more likely [Razer] can continue to produce it,” he said.

Besides the new Naga, Razer also sells the DeathAdder Left-handed Edition, a more minimal gaming mouse for any use. The Naga Left-handed Edition is still an upgrade over the DeathAdder. The new mouse is now available for US$ 99.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

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Even Samsung calls them Beans, according to teardown

They also have an easily replaceable battery

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Marketing will always clash with engineering. Whereas the latter will use quirky names for a product, the former will always prefer a more marketing-friendly name. Take the Android 11 versus Android Red Velvet Cake debate, for example. Now, another weirdly named product is falling into the same marketing versus engineering clash: the Galaxy Buds Live. If you’ve seen the product, you already know what it should be called. Apparently, Samsung does, too. According to a tear-down video, even Samsung calls them Beans.

In iFixit’s latest teardown video, the infamous dissector of tech revealed the inner workings of the small Galaxy Buds Live. Composed of many minuscule components, each earbud contains a flexible strip that holds the entire thing together. Each cable has a perfectly readable label called “bean left” or “bean right.” Without a doubt, Samsung — at least, their engineering department — calls them beans as well.

In other news, iFixit also comments on the relative ease of taking the earbuds apart, making them much easier to fix. They even found it easy to replace the battery (provided you even have a spare battery in the first place). Overall, the YouTuber gave it a repairability score of 8.

Regardless of what you call the Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Beans, the new wireless earbuds are a marvel of product design. The bean-shaped design makes for a more comfortable fit than more elongated earbuds out there. It fits snugly rather than protrudes invasively. Right now, the Galaxy Buds Live are available for US$ 169.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: Staying the course

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Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses

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Today, Facebook launched a new service wherein small businesses can now effectively host paid livestreaming events right on the platform. Of course, while individual users might not find much use for the service, small businesses will benefit from centralizing their operations in fewer platforms. However, in the same launch, Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses.

You might ask why Facebook took the time to attack Apple during their own launch event. Well, for two reasons.

The first reason concerns the new service’s payment structure. The new service includes a host of possible events like fitness classes, meet-and-greets, and pay-per-view events. Naturally, paid online events will help recoup losses from a still-ailing live events industry. To help these small business, Facebook chose to forego any revenue from hosting any events on their page. Small businesses will essentially earn 100 percent of their ticket sales from the event.

Now, Apple currently has a 30 percent cut on all transactions made through their devices. Hence, small businesses will earn only 70 percent of the revenue made from Apple users. Facebook asked Apple to either reduce the revenue cut or allow Facebook to shoulder the burden. Apple declined.

The second reason is, strangely, because of Fortnite. Lately, the still-popular battle royale game launched a crusade against the App Store’s monopolistic 30 percent cut. Epic Games migrated Fortnite’s transaction system away from Apple or Google and into Epic Games directly, earning them 100 percent of the revenue. As a result, Apple and Google kicked Fortnite from their respective stores. Now, Epic Games is suing Apple for the monopolistic practice.

Facebook’s dig against Apple is timely. In exposing Apple’s decision, Facebook can hope to change the practice in the future.

SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok

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