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Google revives its blob emoji as sticker packs on Gboard and Android Messages

Google revives its blob emoji as sticker packs on Gboard and Android Messages
since we're talking about emojis i just want to give a shoutout to the android 7 turtle emoji. why did they have to go and kill him :(

a beautiful friend. a wonderful smile. rip

since we're talking about emojis i just want to give a shoutout to the android 7 . why did they have to go and kill him :(

a beautiful friend. a wonderful smile. rip

Remember blobs? They're back, in sticker form.

I loved the blobs 😊

I am one with the blob, the blob is with me. ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

PrimeDay Alert: Amazon is offering Essential Phone at the unbeatable price of $250

PrimeDay Alert: Amazon is offering Essential Phone at the unbeatable price of $250

Just a word of warning before anyone buys this phone, it still has huge reception issues and gets worse dBm than any modern flagship, my Essential Phones would consistently drop signal downtown Ottawa on TELUS while my Pixel 2 XL has 3-4 bars and no coverage loss in the same place. It also still has a ton of quality control issues, a lot of people still report stuff like ghost touches (I had to replace my essential phone 3 times and all 3 had this issue). It's worth looking elsewhere if you want a phone without issues.

This.

Same problem. T-Mobile. Excercise caution.

I don't need one, but it's an absolute steal at $250.

Got one for $250 recently and it's worth $250 but the cameras are horrid even with the GCAM app. Screaming deal if you don't use the cameras at all, don't care about water resistances, or having a headphone jack.

Ice Universe via Twitter: ...Galaxy S10 does not use an optical fingerprinting solution because optical fingerprinting can cause a bad user experience. Otherwise, Samsung could adopt it two years ago. We will bring a better screen fingerprinting experience for S10.

Ice Universe via Twitter: ...Galaxy S10 does not use an optical fingerprinting solution because o...

People are speculating that Samsung will use an ultrasonic in display fingerprint scanner

This tweet is saying they won't use optical, but is still saying Samsung will use an in display fingerprint scanner

Kitty 😚🐱

They're gonna one up you. There's gonna be 3 finger print scanners.

but what is the difference?

Ultrasonic uses soundwaves, optical uses light.

I used an Android Go phone for a month, and it was terrible

I used an Android Go phone for a month, and it was terrible
I used an Android Go phone for a month, and it was terrible

I live in a developing country market (South Africa) for which Android Go should be well-suited, but it's made almost no impression at all. I've never seen one being used in the wild, and I've almost never seen it advertised. Most buyers looking for inexpensive smartphones tend to go for brands like Huawei or entry-level Samsung devices. Based on this article, it seems like Android Go itself might be part of the problem; it seems like Google really hasn't delivered on the promise of a good Android experience on only 1gb of RAM.

I still remember when 1 GB of RAM was considered huge for a desktop PC. Looking at phone specs makes me feel old.

it seems like Google really hasn't delivered on the promise

I'm shocked. shocked.

So there's the verdict then. Plus, markets that Android Go are targeted to also generally have Xiaomi phones available. It makes no sense to get a shitty Android Go phone when you can get a Redmi 6A instead.

Nokia 6 (2018) review

Nokia 6 (2018) review
Nokia 6 (2018) review

In my opinion, it's best mid range android one device until the Mi A2 comes along(if it even exists).

One I like flexibility so if they do abandon their phone in 2 years and I want to keep it I can still install new ROMs, two I typically don't like stock Android I have been on Resurrection Remix for the last 2 years and I love the customization. Stock Android doesn't have quite the level of customization especially when it comes to things like the quick settings, maybe it's gotten a little better in oreo but I'm not sure. Even if I don't install a new ROM I can still install Xposed and root and with Xposed I can install something to where I can get more tweaks that I don't get in stock Android

Best US midrange phone IMO.

The point of this is that it's android one(oreo) and will receive 2 years worth of updates and implicitly 2 major android versions.

Older phones will not be updated as much.(unless you consider pixel 2 but that isn't 200€ used). As far as new phones go...idk. The moto E5 is getting zero major android updates while the moto g6 is getting 1 major update with security every 60-90 days instead of 30. https://www.xda-developers.com/motorola-moto-g6-moto-e5-series-poor-software-support/ (When did lenovorola become such cucks by the way? Genuinly curious)

As far as updates go, this and the Mi A1(albeit xiaomi are not quite as speedy but the mi A1 is also cheaper) are what should be considered. Otherwise, from a pure hardware overview, there are better options at this price point(I think). One of them would be the redmi note 5 pro in my opinion. But then again, software is the point of this device.

DisplayMate calls the S9's absolute color accuracy "virtually indistinguishable from perfect," earning it the highest-ever A+ grade.

DisplayMate calls the S9's absolute color accuracy "virtually indistinguishable from perfect," earning it the highest-ever A+ grade.
DisplayMate calls the S9's absolute color accuracy "virtually indistinguishable from perfect," ea...

Wish I could get the Samsung hardware with vanilla Android tbh (and no dedicated Bixby button ofc).

Let's all remember one thing is panel quality and a different thing is factory calibration.

You can source the best Samsung panel on the planet but you need to calibrate EACH one of them separately.

Many companies are not willing to spend that extra money and will accept the colour variance.

Samsung, Apple and Google are examples of companies which do spend the extra money.

Eh. That used to be me but after a year with an S8 honestly, I don't care. It's a good enough software and actually adds a lot of little features that makes the experience richer. And nowadays, most of these features can be turned off if you don't care about them.

I don't see the appeal of AOSP Android as much as I used to.

IMO, unless you really need stock software from the pixel, Samsung makes the best phones in the world and you can’t go wrong with one. The Pixel 2 has the best camera of any phone, but Samsung is not that far behind.

Dark Mode or Night Mode in Android 9.0 - Feature request marked as "fixed" and "will be available in a future Android release"

Dark Mode or Night Mode in Android 9.0 - Feature request marked as "fixed" and "will be available...

I think this has been one of the most requested features on iOS/Android for some time now. Glad they're finally doing it.

It's funny. Back then we mostly had LCDs we had black everywhere, which offered no practical benefit. But as soon as AMOLED became ubiquitous, Google switched to white.

But the Android started as a black theme. I remember android 3, 4 and 4.1 were completely dark.

I’ve seen this comment on every rumor OS release for android since 4.1

Xiaomi deletes an "Android One vs MIUI" poll after MIUI loses

Xiaomi deletes an "Android One vs MIUI" poll after MIUI loses

At least it proves they don't rig their results ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

On the one hand, it's hard to acknowledge that a sizable population doesn't want your highly customized software that took countless hours to build.

On the other, it's obvious that they aren't interested in taking this particular feedback to heart. Which is a shame, because MIUI is the single biggest reason I am completely uninterested in Xiaomi devices.

You know what will help Xiami dominate more markets? Take this poll to heart. Keep releasing MIUI phones. But add more Android One phones. Win more customers with more choices.

The day these Chinese companies stop making shitty iOS wannabe skins for Android is the day I'll consider buying their products.

Google Won't Take Down 'Pirate' VLC With Five Million Downloads

Google Won't Take Down 'Pirate' VLC With Five Million Downloads
Google Won't Take Down 'Pirate' VLC With Five Million Downloads

they won't take this down, even though it clearly abuses the VLC public license. Meanwhile, they'll take down other apps that don't actually break any law or license, on a whim, because feelings. YikYak and Clover come to mind.

It's a real shame that, even though there are other ways to install apps on these devices, and of course other ways to access content besides apps, Google (and Apple) basically run a walled garden with vague rules and clear favoritism.

There actually a video player called Indian VLC player

They also posted a fake developer address, the address is a temple, not a business or home. That's against google policies, but google seems to be fine looking the other way

Same developer also has several MX player clones like

Indian MAX Player

HD MX Player

Indian MX player

MAX Player

and a whole lot of other scammy apps.

Blatant rip off of SwiftKey keyboard on play store, even has the same icon

Blatant rip off of SwiftKey keyboard on play store, even has the same icon

Typing like flying Swift

What even

Designer Superman

Lol

Update: the app has already been removed from the Play Store (at least from what I can see on my phone), good job everybody!

Reported.

Try one of these subthreads