iOS 11.3: Five features worth the upgrade

Today we’re taking a peek at 5 reasons why iPhone and iPad users should update their iOS device to iOS 11.3 immediately. These features range from performance to autocorrect – from the most important features for the average user to features ever-so-slightly less important. No matter how you splice it, the update’s free, and it’s just about Easter weekend, so make an evening of it.

5. Performance Manager Switch

Users can access a new “Battery Health” option to stop the software’s automatic performance throttling to avoid unexpected shutdowns. This is not something I recommend doing, unless you absolutely, positively need your smartphone to run AS FAST as possible. Chances are you’re not one of the very, very few people in this world that need that top performance at all times. If you DO, head to Settings – Battery – Battery Health (Beta).

4. App Review Sorting

For those users that take their app downloading and buying seriously, sorting reviews has arrived. “Four options now allow you to sort the customer reviews on the product pages: the most useful, the most favorable, the most critical or the most recent.” Now we’ll see if people review apps with highest or lowest ratings just to top the list. That’d be not so great.

3. Name and Password Autofill inside apps

Users that don’t just log in to apps using Facebook or Twitter, there’s this. Names and Passwords can be saved to Apple’s memory for the user, then recalled in in-app web views. This applies to webpages that’ve been opened in an app, for example – now they work just like a standard browser like Safari or Chrome for autofilled names and passwords.

2. Your Health Records (Yes, really)

Inside the Health app, users are able to access their health records – just so long as your health system is in the mix. Health Records data is “encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.” This feature was previously available only to those users that’d joined the Apple Beta Software Program. A full list of institutions that are now part of this Health app initiative can be found below.

1. Autocorrect Capitalization Bug Fix

Autocorrect’s most devious plan for destroying every sentence I type included not just correcting my spelling, but adding a capital letter, too. According to the iOS 11 release notes from Apple: “Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.” At last!

To update your device, head to Settings and tap General – Software Update – Download and Install. From there you should have to wait a while, tap the update button again, and you’ll be good to go.

 

Original Text ►► iOS 11.3: Five features worth the upgrade

iOS 11.3: Five features worth the upgrade

Today we’re taking a peek at 5 reasons why iPhone and iPad users should update their iOS device to iOS 11.3 immediately. These features range from performance to autocorrect – from the most important features for the average user to features ever-so-slightly less important. No matter how you splice it, the update’s free, and it’s just about Easter weekend, so make an evening of it.

5. Performance Manager Switch

Users can access a new “Battery Health” option to stop the software’s automatic performance throttling to avoid unexpected shutdowns. This is not something I recommend doing, unless you absolutely, positively need your smartphone to run AS FAST as possible. Chances are you’re not one of the very, very few people in this world that need that top performance at all times. If you DO, head to Settings – Battery – Battery Health (Beta).

4. App Review Sorting

For those users that take their app downloading and buying seriously, sorting reviews has arrived. “Four options now allow you to sort the customer reviews on the product pages: the most useful, the most favorable, the most critical or the most recent.” Now we’ll see if people review apps with highest or lowest ratings just to top the list. That’d be not so great.

3. Name and Password Autofill inside apps

Users that don’t just log in to apps using Facebook or Twitter, there’s this. Names and Passwords can be saved to Apple’s memory for the user, then recalled in in-app web views. This applies to webpages that’ve been opened in an app, for example – now they work just like a standard browser like Safari or Chrome for autofilled names and passwords.

2. Your Health Records (Yes, really)

Inside the Health app, users are able to access their health records – just so long as your health system is in the mix. Health Records data is “encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.” This feature was previously available only to those users that’d joined the Apple Beta Software Program. A full list of institutions that are now part of this Health app initiative can be found below.

1. Autocorrect Capitalization Bug Fix

Autocorrect’s most devious plan for destroying every sentence I type included not just correcting my spelling, but adding a capital letter, too. According to the iOS 11 release notes from Apple: “Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.” At last!

To update your device, head to Settings and tap General – Software Update – Download and Install. From there you should have to wait a while, tap the update button again, and you’ll be good to go.

 

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Galaxy S8, Note 8 get GIF support for Always On Display

Samsung’s flagship smartphones have included the Always On Display (AOD) feature for several years now, giving users a way to glance at essential information like notifications, battery level, and the time, by keeping these details constantly displayed even when the device is asleep. Since then, the feature has become more customizable in terms of color and clock style, and even allowing a photo to be shown. But now there’s support for the internet’s favorite media format: the GIF.

While users have been able to choose between preset images or their own photos, the addition of GIFs on the AOD opens the door for displaying animated imagery, not to mention the meme or other humorous clip of the week. The feature comes with a handful of GIFs to use, but can be customized with any stored in the photo library.

The new AOD update is available on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note 8, however these devices must be running Android Oreo. Once that’s taken care of, users will want to make sure they’re running AOD version 3.2.26.4 or later for GIF support.

There’s a limit to the length of GIFs that can be shown on the AOD, and to help prevent the feature from being an even bigger battery drain, the images won’t endlessly loop. It will play once when the device is put to sleep, but users can double tap on GIF to get it to play again.

Original Text ►► Galaxy S8, Note 8 get GIF support for Always On Display

Galaxy S8, Note 8 get GIF support for Always On Display

Samsung’s flagship smartphones have included the Always On Display (AOD) feature for several years now, giving users a way to glance at essential information like notifications, battery level, and the time, by keeping these details constantly displayed even when the device is asleep. Since then, the feature has become more customizable in terms of color and clock style, and even allowing a photo to be shown. But now there’s support for the internet’s favorite media format: the GIF.

While users have been able to choose between preset images or their own photos, the addition of GIFs on the AOD opens the door for displaying animated imagery, not to mention the meme or other humorous clip of the week. The feature comes with a handful of GIFs to use, but can be customized with any stored in the photo library.

The new AOD update is available on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note 8, however these devices must be running Android Oreo. Once that’s taken care of, users will want to make sure they’re running AOD version 3.2.26.4 or later for GIF support.

There’s a limit to the length of GIFs that can be shown on the AOD, and to help prevent the feature from being an even bigger battery drain, the images won’t endlessly loop. It will play once when the device is put to sleep, but users can double tap on GIF to get it to play again.

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Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say “the perfect smartphone” I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption – logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that’s going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

The folks at Goodix create several sorts of products, the most important of these being their “Innovative Biometric Solutions.” Most important to our subject matter today, that is to say. They’ve made clear over the past few weeks that they’re the reason why several early adopter manufacturers were able to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to the market before anyone else.

Goodix created what they call “Goodix’s Optical IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR.” They’ve branded it in all caps like that because they’re VERY PROUD OF THEIR AWESOME NEW TECHNOLOGY. They’ve delivered this tech this week to the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. This is the super-duper-premium version of the Huawei Mate RS, a device which also rolls with a flexible OLED display.

There’s also a Goodix fingerprint sensor in the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, but they’re not under the display just yet. It’s not for lack of trying, as Goodix’s current solution works with both flexible and rigid OLED displays. They’ve also delivered an in-display fingerprint sensor to the vivo X21.

“The era of bezel-free smartphones has arrived, it is imperative to offer differentiating values through innovative products to excel in competitions,” said a Goodix representative this week. “Through five years of exploration, the commercialization of IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR on PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS, and vivo X21 only marks the beginning.”

It’s a real deliverable now. Any phone without an in-display fingerprint sensor is going to look like it’s been left out in the cold from this point on. Every single one of them.

Original Text ►► Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say “the perfect smartphone” I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption – logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that’s going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

The folks at Goodix create several sorts of products, the most important of these being their “Innovative Biometric Solutions.” Most important to our subject matter today, that is to say. They’ve made clear over the past few weeks that they’re the reason why several early adopter manufacturers were able to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to the market before anyone else.

Goodix created what they call “Goodix’s Optical IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR.” They’ve branded it in all caps like that because they’re VERY PROUD OF THEIR AWESOME NEW TECHNOLOGY. They’ve delivered this tech this week to the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. This is the super-duper-premium version of the Huawei Mate RS, a device which also rolls with a flexible OLED display.

There’s also a Goodix fingerprint sensor in the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, but they’re not under the display just yet. It’s not for lack of trying, as Goodix’s current solution works with both flexible and rigid OLED displays. They’ve also delivered an in-display fingerprint sensor to the vivo X21.

“The era of bezel-free smartphones has arrived, it is imperative to offer differentiating values through innovative products to excel in competitions,” said a Goodix representative this week. “Through five years of exploration, the commercialization of IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR on PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS, and vivo X21 only marks the beginning.”

It’s a real deliverable now. Any phone without an in-display fingerprint sensor is going to look like it’s been left out in the cold from this point on. Every single one of them.

Original Text ►► Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say “the perfect smartphone” I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption – logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that’s going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

The folks at Goodix create several sorts of products, the most important of these being their “Innovative Biometric Solutions.” Most important to our subject matter today, that is to say. They’ve made clear over the past few weeks that they’re the reason why several early adopter manufacturers were able to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to the market before anyone else.

Goodix created what they call “Goodix’s Optical IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR.” They’ve branded it in all caps like that because they’re VERY PROUD OF THEIR AWESOME NEW TECHNOLOGY. They’ve delivered this tech this week to the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. This is the super-duper-premium version of the Huawei Mate RS, a device which also rolls with a flexible OLED display.

There’s also a Goodix fingerprint sensor in the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, but they’re not under the display just yet. It’s not for lack of trying, as Goodix’s current solution works with both flexible and rigid OLED displays. They’ve also delivered an in-display fingerprint sensor to the vivo X21.

“The era of bezel-free smartphones has arrived, it is imperative to offer differentiating values through innovative products to excel in competitions,” said a Goodix representative this week. “Through five years of exploration, the commercialization of IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR on PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS, and vivo X21 only marks the beginning.”

It’s a real deliverable now. Any phone without an in-display fingerprint sensor is going to look like it’s been left out in the cold from this point on. Every single one of them.

Original Text ►► Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say “the perfect smartphone” I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption – logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that’s going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

The folks at Goodix create several sorts of products, the most important of these being their “Innovative Biometric Solutions.” Most important to our subject matter today, that is to say. They’ve made clear over the past few weeks that they’re the reason why several early adopter manufacturers were able to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor to the market before anyone else.

Goodix created what they call “Goodix’s Optical IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR.” They’ve branded it in all caps like that because they’re VERY PROUD OF THEIR AWESOME NEW TECHNOLOGY. They’ve delivered this tech this week to the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. This is the super-duper-premium version of the Huawei Mate RS, a device which also rolls with a flexible OLED display.

There’s also a Goodix fingerprint sensor in the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, but they’re not under the display just yet. It’s not for lack of trying, as Goodix’s current solution works with both flexible and rigid OLED displays. They’ve also delivered an in-display fingerprint sensor to the vivo X21.

“The era of bezel-free smartphones has arrived, it is imperative to offer differentiating values through innovative products to excel in competitions,” said a Goodix representative this week. “Through five years of exploration, the commercialization of IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR on PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS, and vivo X21 only marks the beginning.”

It’s a real deliverable now. Any phone without an in-display fingerprint sensor is going to look like it’s been left out in the cold from this point on. Every single one of them.

Original Text ►► Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Google Play Services start blocking uncertified Android devices

The Android platform is open source (though more like open source dump) and there’s no way to close that door anymore. Google, however, has found a way around it through its oh so essential Google Play apps and services. While OEMs had to comply with Google’s rules and certification requirements to officially ship with these, some have found ways around that, usually by side-loading GApps, as the bundle is called, themselves or telling users how to do so. Now it seems that Google is closing the door on that method but users of custom ROMs need not be too worried because Google is surprisingly giving them a special pass.

Google Play Services (sometimes called Google Mobile Services) is one of the more controversial aspects of the Android platform. Very few will deny how these apps and services are critical to providing a full Android experience. Google Play, however, is proprietary and therefore doesn’t ship with the open source Android code (AOSP). No one but Google has the legal right to distribute it and Google has used that to practically keep Android device manufacturers in line. If they want to ship their device with Google Play Services, then they better comply with Google’s rules.

There are always methods to go around this. Some would not ship with Google Play apps at all, like the Amazon Fire tablets or Xiaomi’s phones. Others would tell their users to sideload the package themselves, as is the case with custom ROMs. While the more daring OEMs do ship devices with Google Play already sideloaded for convenience.

Those last two methods might no longer work. There are reports coming in that such uncertified devices won’t be able to log into or sign up for Google apps and services. Sources claim that Google was already testing this for a year now but might finally be pushing the change to all devices via a Google Play update.

This naturally affects custom ROMs but they need not worry. Google actually isn’t completely slamming the door shut. You can register such an uncertified device on your own via a specially-made Device Registration web page. You will need to type in an “Android ID”, which is a long string of letters and numbers that you could get through ADB. Android IDs are also limited to only 100 devices per user and a new ID is generated every time you do a factory reset.

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OnePlus 6 release tipped best iPhone X clone of all

Leaks today show the OnePlus 6 to come in more than one material with a notch’ed display design. This might well be the non-T OnePlus phone users have been waiting for – if not for the company’s abandonment of their low-end price-destructor attitude a couple years ago. Now it’s just OnePlus trying to be Apple, coming with a OnePlus 6 with the frontside of an iPhone X.

The price of the OnePlus 6 might be the killer point for the device. Not because it’s low, but because it’s comparable to the iPhone X. If in the minds of consumers, OnePlus is able to deliver an iPhone-like device with a price that’s similar to but less than the iPhone X, they’ll think they’ve found a winner.

The OnePlus team generally deliver a software experience that’s roughly equivalent to that of a basic Android device with a few of their own apps on top. The hardware they make has top-tier specs on paper, and indeed the end product generally end up feeling like a high-end flagship.

With the OnePlus 6, they’ll likely hit all the checkmarks, but go one step further. That means Qualcomm’s newest processor (Snapdragon 845), a 6.2-inch display, a whole bunch of RAM, and 256GB internal storage. If they are indeed able to deliver that for $749, as the rumors say, they’ll SEEM to have a winner.

But OnePlus isn’t competing with the Galaxy S9, or the iPhone X. OnePlus is competing with the rest of the internet-store-sales smartphone market. That means companies like Huawei, Sony, and to a lesser degree Google (with the Pixel). They’re not going up against Motorola at Verizon, and they’re not taking on the carrier-carried price leaders.

One new thing OnePlus seems to be working with is a new set of hardware components on its exterior. Thanks to leaks from Evleaks and our recent list of leaks from CNMO and IT_Home, we’re able to see how OnePlus might just use a couple different materials for backsides. Both seem to be consistent with case materials OnePlus used on previous devices, which means they’re likely plastic, despite the one looking a lot like wood.

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