Former Google VP says he’ll never buy an Android phone for taking pictures, recommends an iPhone

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By Cosmin V.

Vic Gundotra, the name that’s been associated with Google+ and search giant’s mobile division for many years, has just decided that Android smartphones aren’t as good as he thought they would be in comparison with Apple’s iPhone 7.

According to Gundotra, the main reason Android smartphones can’t have great cameras, as opposed to the iPhone 7, would be the fact that it’s open source and must remain “neutral to all parties.”

Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds …

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The Moto G5S Plus shows off its three color variants in leaked renders

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By Kaloyan C.

Ever since the Moto Z2 Force Edition’s launch event, the company’s other devices we were expecting to see unveiled there, the Moto X4, G5S and G5S Plus have seemed more like mythical beasts than actual, upcoming products. And while we’ve heard of a possible release window for the former, the latter duo is still something of an enigma. But while we wait, the ever reliable serial leakster Evan Blass has come to the rescue with a new set of renders of the G5S Plus to sate our appetite.

While we’ve seen leaked renders of this particular mid-ranger before, …

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First screenshot from the Essential Phone shows one ugly looking status bar

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By Kaloyan C.

People have argued a lot about whether the Essential Phone’s display cutout is ugly or not — so much so, that they’ve missed another, more important question: how will it impact the user interface? Having a tall hole at the top of your screen certainly doesn’t sound like the best idea, though, the device seems to compensate for this by making the status bar extra tall.

And all that is good and well: real-life footage seems to indicate this won’t be that big of a big problem, thanks in large part to the tall aspect ratio of the display. However, potential Essential Phone …

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Here’s how to enable a bottom navigation bar in your Chrome browser (Android tutorial)

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By Peter K.

It’s no news that phones have been growing in size for a few years now, but they are now growing taller too, making one-hand usage a living hell.

Thankfully, whenever hardware obstructs ease of use, software gets in the way and provides users with ways of making things easier. Google’s own Chrome, which is easily one of the most popular browsers around, has a bevy of features that aim to make your experience better, and one of these is none other than the experimental bottom-positioned navigation bar. At least on Android, that is!
Wait… …

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LG V30 may be awesome for low-light photography

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By Milen Y.

Smartphone cameras may have come a long way, but one of their greatest shortcomings is yet to be adequately addressed – their poor low-light performance.

Since smartphone cameras are powered by tiny sensors (at least compared to dedicated cameras), they can get nowhere near the low-light performance and dynamic range of a mirrorless, DSLR—be it crop or full frame—or а film camera. And since manufacturers are not going to start cramming bigger sensors in smartphone cameras anytime soon, for obvious reasons, one way to partially alleviate this issue is to implement …

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Purported iPhone 8 user manual insert depicts an all-screen front with a ‘notch’ at the top

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By Daniel P.

We’ve seen this design numerous times already, but the alleged “all-screen” iPhone 8 front that is supposedly interrupted only by a notch at the top where the selfie camera and the rest of the sensors would lie, has again been leaked, this time in the form of an alleged phone packaging.

Tucked in the handset’s wrappings is supposedly this SIM card swap explanation insert, and the silhouette of the phone depicted here is purportedly of the iPhone 8. It jibes with everything we’ve been hearing about the phone so far, including some quality case maker …

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 passes through the FCC, reveals four variants

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By Kaloyan C.

Samsung, as you may already know, is once again gearing up to release a new entry in its flagship phablet Galaxy Note series this fall. We’ve heard the rumors, we’ve seen the renders, and we’ve even gotten an invitation for the launch event — which Samsung has pushed earlier this year due to fears of clashing with the iPhone 8. And now, the device itself has been certified by the FCC.

Not much can be gathered from the filing, seeing as most of the juicy info is hidden due to a confidentiality request. What isn’t, however, is still of relative interest: …

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Apple seemingly confirms iPhone 8 design, face unlock feature

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By Milen Y.

We’ve seen the iPhone 8 design “confirmed” over and over again in recent weeks, but thus far all the information has been coming from outside sources. Well, what we have on our hands now is different, as it may very well be the biggest iPhone 8 leak thus far… and it’s coming straight from Apple itself!

After Apple accidentally seeded an early version of the firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker the other day, developers have been hard at work digging through the code in search for interesting tidbits and clues for upcoming products and services. And …

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