OPPO announces strategic partnership with Hasselblad

Better OPPO mobile photography coming soon?




OPPO announced a three-year strategic partnership with legendary camera manufacturer Hasselblad.  This is to elevate the user’s smartphone photography experience even further.

The landmark announcement allows the two companies to co-develop industry-leading camera technologies for OPPO’s flagship Find X series.

In line with the partnership, OPPO | Hasselblad Camera for Mobile will be first introduced in the next generation of OPPO’s Find X series starting in 2022.

Hasselblad previously partnered with OnePlus — OPPO’s sister brand.

World-class mobile photography

Since the OPPO and OnePlus merger, research and development resources between the brands have been combined for a more improved user experience.

With such advancements, OPPO is expected to deliver on building top-tier imaging systems that shall translate to a world-class mobile photography experience for users.

The partnership follows the launch of OPPO’s first self-development imaging neural processing unit (NPU), MariSilicon X, showing its commitment to creating world-class photography at the palm of consumers’ hands.

Advanced mobile photography with less issues

The new MariSilicon X is an NPU that improves machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in a smartphone, leading to a better overall user experience.

When it comes to mobile photography, having the MariSilicon X will lead to even more optimized mobile photography with less issues.

It will save more battery life when taking photos and 4K videos, as the MariSilicon X delivers up to 18 TOP (trillion operations per second). In fact, shooting in 4K on a phone with MariSilicon X will consume 50 percent less power.

The next OPPO smartphones powered by the new NPU will enable users to produce photos with HDR at four times better – at 20 bit, 120db dynamic range, or 1 million to 1 contrast ratio.

Likewise, along with AI features like noise reduction algorithms and an improved RGBW sensor, 4K AI HDR Night Video capturing on OPPO smartphones will now be possible.

Using color science for improved captures

Already known for its smartphone models’ cameras, OPPO is looking forward to taking the next step, focusing on natural colors with its color science-centered collaboration with Hasselblad.

This will include leveraging Natural Color Calibration to bring the most natural skin tone possible to portrait shots and proving the mobile photography experience.

The plan will start with software improvements for natural color tuning. It will be a long-term goal for the partnership to enhance color calibration solutions for all OPPO mobile phones. The ultimate goal is to become the standard in camera color performance.


Apple might make a ring you can wear on other parts of your body

Patent granted



Earlier this year, Samsung reportedly started development on a smart ring, a fitness tracker shaped like a ring you were on your finger. Now, based on a new patent, Apple is doing the same. However, the company’s iteration goes beyond just a ring meant for your finger.

As first reported by Apple Insider, the American government has recently granted Apple a patent for an “electronic system with ring device.” Though the depicted device repeatedly shows a ring worn on a finger, the patent description also describes other uses, such as on a “wrist, arm, leg, neck, head, and/or other body part.”

The patent was written vaguely enough to accommodate a lot of uses. One example that the patent describes is NFC technology activating when in range of certain devices and objects. For example, a user can use a wearable bracelet or anklet to enter a gated area. A user can also receive information through the wearable when near a book or another device.

Naturally, the described device will also have tracking capabilities. It’s possible that the wearable is meant to pair with Apple’s other devices in its ecosystem such as an iPhone or an Apple Watch.

That said, a patent rarely corresponds to a finalized product. While the possibilities of such a device are numerous, it’s also possible that Apple won’t move forward with an actual product. Currently, smart rings are still a relatively niche segment.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is working on a smart ring

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WhatsApp will let you hide all your secret chats with a password

Passwords can even have an emoji



Secret chats is a boon to the online community. However, while the feature can protect your conversations from online snoopers, nothing can stop anyone who grabs your phone and goes through all your apps. Now, WhatsApp is finally adding an extra layer of protections for those who use secret chats on the platform — a secret code.

For anyone engaged in secret conversations, a password seems like a no-brainer. While the feature has been a long time coming, its launch is still welcome today. With the new version, users can hide all their secret chats with a passcode.

Plus, the passcodes are more unique than most. Rather than just a short PIN or a traditional password, users can use emojis too. Allowing emojis can add an even more secure lock to those private conversations.

Once secured, the locked chats will no longer pop up by default on WhatsApp’s main feed. While users can still toggle their visibility on and off, users will have to input their secret passcodes into the app’s search bar to see their list of secret chats.

While the feature is still rolling out now, users already have existing options to lock individual chats away from prying eyes. These measures include fingerprint scanning, face recognition, and good ol’ passwords. The new feature is more meant to hide all of them at the same time, especially when a shoulder snooper can just spot locked chats right from the list.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp might soon let you chat with Telegram, other apps

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Google Messages adds new features similar to iMessage

Photomoji sounds familiar



It’s been a great month for RCS. Recently, Apple, the messaging standard’s longstanding rival, finally announced support for RCS coming in 2024. Now, it has reached another huge milestone: 1 billion active users, according to Google. To celebrate, Google has announced new features coming to Messages.

RCS has been the standard for Google’s Messages for a while now. However, despite reaching a significant number of users over the years, Messages has often trailed Apple’s iMessage in terms of features. Today, Messages is finally getting a healthy infusion of the latter’s newer developments.

For one, the new Photomoji feature can turn your photos into message reactions. Using the onboard AI, Google can automatically turn the subject of any photo for use in the app. Messages will also save these for future use. Now, while this might sound familiar for iOS users, Google will not require users to turn photos into stickers before using them in iMessage.

Users can also change the color of their bubbles, digging at the ongoing green versus blue debate between iOS and Android.

Additionally, Voice Moods will allow users to add an emoji to sent voice messages. Even before playing them, recipients will already have an idea what the tone of the message will be. And speaking of the format, Google also improved the audio quality for voice messages.

Finally, Messages will have Screen Effects going forward. Like other messaging platforms (like Messenger and Viber), typing certain phrases such as “I love you” will cause the screen to react appropriately. In Viber, for example, typing “happy birthday” will cause balloons to fly up from the bottom.

These updates are slowly rolling out through a beta version coming to select countries and devices.

SEE ALSO: Apple is finally solving its green bubble problem

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