Category Archives: Android

Google to roll out RCS messaging, the iMessage destroyer – full details

Google has lost its patience with carriers/networks. In a bold and dangerous move it has decided to force their hands and will roll out RCS messaging with or without them.

If you own an iPhone users, the biggest hurdle holding you back from switching to Android is iMessage. RCS messaging is the solution to this problem by bringing iMessage-like features to Android devices. But RCS will mean even iPhones might have to get this support, negating the need for iMessage even on an iPhone.

The problem so far has been that the various carriers around the world have been dragging their feet when it comes to rolling out RCS support. Google has been trying valiantly to push carriers to speed up the process, but things aren’t going much faster.

Now Google is throwing in the towel on getting the carriers to bring RCS to everyone. Google is just going to roll it out itself.

Finally!

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LG’s Folding Dual Screen for the LG V50 Thinq Review

The LG V50 Thinq is quite a remarkable phone. It seems to have all the features anyone could ask for in a phone including triple rear cameras, dual front cameras, large 4,000mAh battery, the best 3.5mm headphone jack audio from any phone, Qi wireless charging, OLED screen and 5G.

But it also has another party trick up its sleeve. It has a folding screen accessory, called the LG Dual Screen.

So check out my review to see it in action and all the options available, including using it as a gamepad. Fortnite gamers will love using it for this.

LG V50 Thinq – First Camera samples from the triple rear cameras

The LG V50 Thinq features 3 rear lenses and 2 lenses on the front providing superb flexibility.

Above and below are sample photos from the camera.

The main rear lens has a f stop of f/1.5 providing excellent natural bokeh.

This also means the lens is fast enough to freeze motion.

Excellent detail is also possible as you can see from the bee above.

Colours are pretty good too.

The ultra wide lens is 107°. Not as wide as the Samsung Galaxy S10 at 130°, but definitely wide enough. I was able to capture the above house without needing to step too far back.

The LG V50 Thinq also captures the mood of the weather pretty well !

So there you have it, the first camera samples from the LG V50. My camera and audio reviews for the phone are coming soon as well as my review for the LG Dual Screen accessory for the LG V50 Thinq.

HONOR 20 to launch in the UK on 21st June – Pre-Order Deal Available

HONOR 20 goes on sale for £399 on 21 June at Three, Amazon, Mobile Phones Direct, Very and Carphone Warehouse.

HONOR 20 combines a 48MP AI Quad Camera with a powerful Kirin 980 chipset and GPU Turbo 3.0. All customers who pre-order by June 20 will receive a free HONOR Watch Magic, normally £179.99.

HONOR 20 gathered the global limelight at its London launch thanks to its combination of powerful 48MP AI Quad Camera with a multi-dimensional, Dynamic Holographic glass back and industry-leading technology including Kirin 980 chipset, GPU Turbo 3.0, a 3,750 mAh battery and Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound.

The HONOR 20’s Quad Camera leads with a Sony IMX586 48MP Main Camera, as well as a 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 2MP Depth Assist Camera and 2MP Macro Camera. The HONOR 20 is also equipped with AIS Super Night Mode, letting users record their magic moments in great details even in dimly-lit scenarios.

The HONOR 20 also comes with Super Bluetooth, powered by its Kirin 980 and Hi1103 chipset. Thanks to Super Bluetooth, the HONOR 20 can use AI algorithms to adjust its Bluetooth signals and connect to Bluetooth devices further away than ever before. In HONOR’s lab tests[i], the HONOR 20 was able to stay connected to a pair of Bluetooth headphones more than 244 meters away – further than any other phone tested.

HONOR 20 users also can indulge in an immersive audio experience through the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature powered by Histen 6.0. This is the first time that this cutting-edge technology is applied to smartphones. The Virtual 9.1 surround sound supports all types of wired and wireless earphones and packs an in-built dual microphone with noise reduction – a system tailored according to the specific needs of technophiles and audiophiles.

Honor 20 on Amazon UK

LG V50 Thinq 5G – First Impressions

Welcome to my first impressions of the LG V50 Thinq.

The LG V50 Thinq features 5G network support and comes with a raft of practical features that are often overlooked.

The LG V50 Thinq has an OLED screen, large display, big 4,000mAh battery, and tons more. So let’s go and check out what is included.

The camera options are substantial and will be covered off separately as well as the audio options. The dual screen case accessory will also be covered off separately.

This is Korean version that I debloated of crap ware. I talk about what is possible and not too.

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LG V50 Thinq cases and handset latest pricing on Amazon UK

OnePlus 7 Pro – New Firmware Oxygen OS 9.5.7 with the largest camera update – full details

OnePlus just released a new firmware for the OnePlus 7 Pro. This firmware is a massive fix for the camera. The full changelog is –

Camera

-Improved overall contrast and color performance
-Improved white balance consistency of triple camera
-Improved accuracy and stability of auto focusing
-Fixed issue of greenish tone in some low light scenes
-Fixed issue of noise in some HDR scenes
-Improved contrast and color saturation of ultra wide
-Improved clarity and noise reduction in low light scene of ultra wide
-Improved clarity and noise reduction of telephoto
-Improved clarity and color of Nightscape
-Improved brightness and clarity in extreme low light scene of Nightscape

System

-Optimised Double Tap to Wake
-Fixed issues with Ambient Display
-Improved the audio quality for voice calls from third-party apps
-Improved touch sensitivity for screen

So the million dollar question, just how much better is the camera? If you have already installed this update, let us know if the camera is now improved to your satisfaction.

Nokia announces the Nokia 2.2 – Full Details

London, UK, 6th June 2019 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced the new Nokia 2.2, delivering sophisticated AI powered low light imaging and Google Assistant at the press of a button, all at a truly astonishing price. Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be part of the Android One programme, delivering the latest full Android experience on a modern 5.7” screen with a discreet selfie-notch. Shipping with Android 9 Pie, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready and will receive two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates, ensuring access to all the latest innovations from Android.

The Nokia 2-Series phone part of the Android One programme. It is available in Steel and Tungsten Black, starting from 99 Euros.

– AI-powered low light imaging, and tech that lets you get ahead in life
– includes “face unlock” and Google Lens
– 5.71 inch HD+ an edge-to-edge display with a modern discreet selfie-notch
– 400 nits brightness
– quad core MediaTek A22 CPU chipset
– Fast access to the Google Assistant with dedicated button
– Android 9 Pie out of the box

Seems like another solid budget handset from Nokia.

80M Huawei phones are now running EMUI 9, 20M more still expected!

Huawei is continuing to drive a positive message regarding its phone business, despite the political scene that is ongoing between Trump and China over a trade agreement.

Huawei have issued another press statement confirming that over 80 million of its phones now all run EMUI 9, which is Huawei’s skin that exists over Android 9.

Huawei originally released it on a handful of devices which included the Mate 10, Huawei P20, Mate RS Porsche Edition (one of my favourite looking phones) and the Nova 3. To boost the number of devices, Huawei is now adding even more devices, showing some love to the older handsets, including the Mate 9 and P10. The Huawei Mate 9 and P10 are expected to receive the EMUI 9 update by the end of June 2019.

Honor 20 Lite Review – Triple Camera Delight

Welcome to my review of the Honor 20 Lite. The Honor 20 Lite retails for £249.99.

The Honor 20 Lite is a vibrant looking phone, featuring a dual tone gradient, 3D curved body. Anyone buying this will feel like they’ve bought a far more expensive handset.

Key Features

– 4gb ram, 128gb storage with expandable storage via micro SD cards.
– EMUI 9, Android 9.
– GPU Turbo 2 for improved graphics.
– Kirin 710 chipset , Mali G51 graphics.
– Large 3,400 mah battery.
– 6.21 inch full view ips 1080p display , 90% body ratio.
– New generation eye comfort mode, certified by TuV rheinland.
– Dual 4G sim, ideal for travelling or just having flexibility.
– Price £250.
– Weight 164g.
– Construction is a plastic build.
– Includes a 3.5mmm headphone jack with reasonable headphone audio.
– Micro USB connector still and not the newer USB C.
– Single downward speaker – this sounds reasonable.

In terms of security the phone features both face and fingerprint unlock. One of the neat features is the phone wont unlock when your eyes are closed. Also the face data is stored in secure enclave on your handset.

Cameras

The Honor 20 Lite features a strong camera setup on both the rear and front.

Front Camera
– 32mp front selfie camera, f/2.0, allows you to print selfies to poster size with no loss of detail.

Triple rear cameras
– 24mp f/1.8 Quadra CFA sensor , boosts low light performance , crop or zooming is possible with the high resolution .
– 8mp ultra wide 120 degree wide angle
– 2mp depth sensor

The Honor 20 Lite includes a super night mode , with AI stabilisation. You can also adjust the ISO and shutter speed within this mode. In addition to the portrait mode and standard photo mode, you have time lapse, light painting (star trails, traffic trails and silky water) Pro mode and even more options.

The AI camera is smart enough to recognise 500 scenes and 22 categories. In my testing, I found it better to keep AI on.

The AI beauty mode, supports 3D face recognition, detecting over 100 facial point to optimise facial details, adjusting looks based on gender, age and skin tone. Works with group selfies too. You also have the portrait selfie and lighting effects.

Video Review including camera samples

Conclusion

The Honor 20 Lite a solid budget phone with lots of storage available, which is unusual at this price point. It also comes with lots of camera flexibility.

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Latest pricing and more information on Amazon UK Click HERE.

OnePlus 7 Pro First Impressions + Camera Test on new firmware

At 7am this morning, my OnePlus 7 Pro received the new firmware OS 9.5.5 which incorporated big updates for the camera.

I waited for this update before releasing my first impressions video to ensure I gave the phone a fair opportunity to fix a few things and improve the camera.

So what do I think of the phone ? And how good is the camera now?