If the robot player has an angle grinder, that is likely to be even worse for the fingers of children.
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Re: 108 Mpixels in a phone?
It's another way of doing a zoom, by cropping the image to a more standard resolution.
I'm not sure about with these phones, but previous phones with high resolution sensors have also used them to reduce noise by downsampling to a lower resolution as well when not zooming.
Facebook won't nuke deepfakes? OK, let's tear up those precious legal protections from user-posted content, then
The $10 a month subscription is for the "pro" package, which gives 5.1 surround sound, 4k video streaming and some other stuff (game discounts and I think free games while paying the subscription, but the only free game at launch will be Destiny 2).
Google has said that in 2020 there will be a free base package that just does stereo sound and 1080p video streaming, where you just pay for games. You also won't need to pay for additional hardware if you already have a controller of some kind and a chrome browser.
The $130 founders edition package includes a Chromecast ultra, controller (which can also be used as a HID wired controller for other devices, from what I've read), and 3 months subscription, plus an extra 3 months to give to someone else (possibly not useful until the base package is available).
Assuming what they've said is true, and the streaming is reliable with very low latency, the prices seem reasonable at the moment.
Re: file system access
I run Linux on Dex, which provides an Ubuntu desktop environment in a container on my Note9 when it's plugged in to a monitor (a basic terminal is also available when not plugged in). Unfortunately the UI is a bit slow, as it's basically a VNC view, but it can happily run some IDEs I've tried, as well as a variety of other tools.
Re: I learned something
If you use iOS, I hope you're also avoiding their app store like the plague. If you are, good luck installing anything from elsewhere. At least Android allows 3rd party app-stores (which can be given permission to install other apps with no warnings after the initial acceptance of the permission for the store), or installing individual apps.
Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer
One huge problem for the majority of people is that installing LineageOS will replace your great quality phone camera (assuming one of the recent flagships) with a very average quality camera.
You'll also be losing pretty much any stylus support if you get it, so you'd be throwing your money down the drain if you did it with the Note range.
Re: Funny Sound Bite on Radio 4 This morning
> The sound of apple fan boys cheering as they announced a built in App to restrict the time you use your phone was funny.
Remember that at apple events, a fairly large proportion of the audience are Apple employees, they reserve a lot of spaces for them to make sure they get enough whoops, particularly if it's a reveal event with journalists (who tend not to whoop much).
Re: Presumably Android would have to be tweaked...
The "Essential" Android phone came out before the iPhone X and already has a small notch in the top. I haven't looked in to how well their version of Android handles it, though.
Google is adding official support for notches in the next version of Android though, apparently.
Re: So, plays tunes you own, alarm clocks stuff you set and listens to everything you say 24/7
> Who on earth has their spouse in their phone under the name "My Wife"?
You don't need to. On the phone, at least, if you ask to call your wife, mother, sister, etc. it will ask you who that is, then assign that information to them (I think in the "nickname" field of the contacts), so it will work in future.
I don't have a Google Home to test with, but it works fine on the phone or through Android Auto.
Not really important but quite a few Android phones have rounded corners on the display already, and the Essential Phone has rounded corners and a notch at the top (although a smaller notch than the iPhone X).
The corners might be rounded differently to the iPhone X, but they looks similar from a glance. You can also get apps on Android that will overlay rounded corners on older phones.
Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...
Re: You sure about that?
They still offer their own calendar. I installed Google Calendar and disabled the Samsung one.
Similarly, there are still multiple email applications (Gmail and a Samsung one), even though the Gmail app can pick up from any account now.
I'd be surprised if Viv isn't fully functional.
I really hope that there is something pretty special about it, as it looks like they're going to charge a premium price for it, and from leaked images, it has massive top/bottom bezel (particularly as it uses on-screen navigation keys and no "proper" stereo speakers -- might have something similar to the HTC 10), and will not be as water resistant as the S7. The S7 still has one of the best cameras around (similar to the iPhone 7 plus, with each doing slightly better in different conditions from what I've seen here: http://www.cnet.com/special-reports/cameras-compared-iphone-7-plus-vs-galaxy-s7-vs-iphone-6s-plus/). I particularly hope that HTC/Google have stepped there game up here.
Re: Patching speed is probably the issue
I'm not sure about the cheaper models, but the flagships (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note) tend to be updated regularly, at least for security patches.
My 2+ year old S5 is still updated almost every month.
If you are using a network branded phone, this may not be the case, particularly if you are on EE/Orange, who seem to be the worst for regular updates, from looking at firmware releases. Flash an unbranded firmware, if you can,to get the updates .
Re: Killing TVs, a step too far
> What could the manufacturer do?
> a) Disable sideloading/fastboot/adb/etc... Although Kodi on a TV would be nice, I could live without it as the TV would just be another device to babysit.
You don't need sideloading/fastboo/adb/etc to run Kodi. It's on the Play store.
> b) Include a reset pinhole. And let's face it, you need it with Android.
Never needed it before and I've been with Android a long time. I have had to hold down the power button for a few seconds to force a shutdown though, I guess that's the same thing. The iPhone has the same feature though, with power button and home, and I know that's been needed a lot by friends.
I don't know about Android TVs, but most (all?) Android phones can be wiped from the bootloader by holding a combination of buttons. I agree that some way of "factory resetting" a TV would be useful. My very old "Smart" TV (most smart functions no longer functioning, as it's so old and the services have changed) already has that on a menu, so I'd be quite surprised if it wasn't available on newer TVs.
"Page back" key
I don't remember having any issues in the past with backspace, but my T510 Thinkpad has a "page back" key that I have hit many times, next to the "up arrow" and "left arrow" cursor keys. Browser extensions like "Lazarus" to save forms automatically have saved me a lot of time due to this issue!
I've looked so that others don't have to. From their website, it looks like they try to "re-engage" you on a site, if you leave it for a bit.
The examples they gave:
If you leave a retail website with a non-empty basket, it will email you occasionally (possibly with deals as an incentive).
Similarly, if on mobile you switch away from the tab or browser and come back, it can pop-over an advert/deal as an incentive to continue.
Re: Alternate operating systems
If they get rid of the compatibility tests, it will also make it fun to try and find apps that work as expected with your phone. Back to the good old days of early Android. Those apps with embedded maps? They won't work on phones without the maps APIs. You want to monetise? You'll need to implement a load of different payment APIs for all the stores.
A lot of the APIs were moved in to other services from core Android, so that they could be updated without a full firmware update. That's pretty important as a lot of carriers and manufacturers rarely provide firmware updates.
Ideally (from my point of view) they'd move even more of them out so that even more security and other bug fixes could be easily fixed. For example, the stagefright bugs weren't able to be fixed without a firmware update, as they were in the core OS.
> and one from a funeral director to a client who had just had a bereavement
That was a made-up example by the twitter poster, not a real example. He even clarified it later in the thread:
>> I thought it was super apparent, but just in case—I made this GIF as a cautionary tale/worst-case example. Not real.
> Or that adding 'hilarious' features to core functionality of a platform that is expected to work day in, day out by business and private users alike probably isn't the finest of ideas.
Google do things like this fairly often, but this one is particularly suspect as it has some pretty big non-cosmetic effects and has replaced an existing button rather than adding a new one. If, as reported, it also affected users that did not press the "drop the mic" button, it was terrible.
For what it's worth, Google Apps accounts for businesses (i.e. paying customers) did not have this feature added.
Re: I never
I've only had the note in my case once, but I know my case has been looked in multiple times, due to cable ties being cut, contents rearrangement and sometimes internal zips/clips opened, that wouldn't be at all likely even with all the damage bags take. I didn't think they bothered officially letting you know, now.
Re: @Twilkins - yup, me too...
I'd really like to unlock my EE S5 to get the latest unbranded ROMs, but as I have a terrible EE signal in the house, I need the EE Wifi calling functionality which isn't available on the unbranded phones.
Unrelated to the article, but on the topic of Wifi calling, it would have been nice if the phone stopped trying to use the radio when Wifi calling is available, as the low signal while at home still destroys the battery life due to the radio working at full power.
If you find it, report it, please, don't just delete it.
Saying you're guilty for repairing a PC containing illegal media is like saying that if you work at a till, then receive money, check it immediately and find it to be counterfeit, you're still guilty for being in possession of it.
The guy who found porn on Gary Glitter's laptop in PC World reported it and there was no legal action taken against him, of course.
Re: If you buy it do you own it? ...or... Will the device start overlaying Ads over the photos?
Here maps (from Nokia) works well for offline maps on Android. I haven't looked to see if the maps can be synced with rsync though. Maybe, if you're rooted. Obviously Firefox and VLC are already available. If you don't log in to a Google account for anything, you can be quite Google free if that's your thing. It's convenient to have an app store of some kind though. Perhaps install Amazon?
A lot of phones have dual booting options available as well, if you look on sites such as XDA-Developers. Invalidates the warranty, I'd expect (some people disagree about this saying EU law allows it).
I think hypervisors will become popular in time, particularly as Android phones are now starting to ship with 3GB of memory.
Re: Remind me again why Android's crappy update system is good?
The majority of phones I've seen ship Chrome, which will auto-update happily.
Some phones (particularly older ones) ship an AOSP based browser, usually also customised by the phone manufacturer, which has this issue.
Android does allow such applications to be updated in the Play store, and some manufacturers have started to do this, e.g. manufacturers putting cameras, etc. in the Play store so they can be updated easily. Unfortunately, this has only started to happen fairly recently and I haven't yet seen a manufacturer customised browser updated via the store.
So -- it's not an Android issue, it's a manufacturer issue that reflects badly on Android.
Agreed. It's going to be interesting to see what Apple come up with. I'm sure it will be a big success because:
a) It's Apple and their target demographic tends to have a fair amount of cash available to spend on tech.
b) It will likely look really nice (unlike the 2 currently released Android Wear devices -- still waiting on the Moto 360, which looks chunky but unique!)
If Android Wear somehow became compatible with the iPhone (may be difficult due to Apple not liking anything with "Android" in the title for apps -- e.g. the Android Central news app can't get in to the App Store, and Chromecast is based on Android but used the Chrome name to get on to iOS), it could make things interesting. I know that as an Android user, I would prefer something cross-platform compatible in case I feel like changing devices. I treat services that I use in the same way, generally veering away from platform specific services.
Obviously the iWatch will not be Android compatible.
Re: I really don't see...
As I understand it, it's because iMessage doesn't send SMS to a number, once it knows that number is an iDevice, it uses a proprietary Apple format.
Apple isn't intercepting SMS messages, it's just not forwarding on their proprietary ones and her friends aren't sending SMS. Imagine it a bit like you using Skype, then you stop using Skype but all your Skype friends still sending messages to you on it. The main difference is that Skype makes the difference between SMS and Skype messages very obvious whereas iMessage hides it from the users and "auto-detects" if the receiving number is an iDevice, but needs it to be manually deregistered by the owner of the receiving iDevice if the number is used by a different phone vendor.
Maybe they were irked by the Samsung commercial that made fun of their iPad Air/pencil commercial and one-upped their thinness.
It shows the pencil, then the iPad Air behind it (as the iPad commercial does), and then the slimmer Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 behind that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fThtsb-Yj0w