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    Google Lens from the date it was announced refrained itself within the camera app and Assistant, and today Google has finally launched it as a standalone app on the PlayStore. This way you can now access Lens feature even if your phone doesn’t currently offer it. The Google Lens app offers exactly same functionality as it does anywhere else.  The Google Lens uses artificial intelligence to scan what you are pointing and deliver information about the captured images. Once you install and open the app, it brings the viewfinder and Lens will instantly start identifying nearby objects. Though the app is available on Play Store, it isn't compatible with every Android device. According to Play Store listing, the app requires devices with Android Marshmallow and above. Google Lens has been available on Pixel, Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and OnePlus phones. Google additionally rolled out support to LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, and Asus. You can download the Google Lens app from Play Store here.

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    Google revamped the Gmail interface with Smart Replies, confidential mode, priority notifications, Nudge’ respond reminders was rolled out in early adaptors program back in April, and the interface is still in preview. The new UI will roll out to all G Suite users in July, and we hope it will be available for regular Gmail users as well at the same time. Once the revamped UI is rolled out, G Suite admins will have the option to immediately transition users to the revamped UI, allow users to opt-in for a brief period of time. Google gives G Suite users four weeks time to opt into the new Gmail, and the last option will be the default setting. Eight weeks after the rollout, users will be automatically updated to the new Gmail. However, they still can opt-out for another four weeks. We don't see any reason to opt-out the UI since the new interface is feature rich and is very refreshing. If you wish to try out the new UI, you can opt into the Early Adopter Program by hitting the settings button in your inbox and selecting "Try the new Gmail." Source

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    Lenovo just announced the Z5, the company's latest mid-range smartphone in the 'Z series' in China, as it had promised. It packs a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch and 90% screen-to-body ratio, even though the company teased it as a bezel-less smartphone. It is powered by Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of RAM, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 3.9 on top. It features a 16-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel secondary rear camera to capture depth information in portrait shots with AI support. It has an 8-megapixel camera on the front with AI beautification and face unlock. It comes with a glass back with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass protection, anti-fingerprint coating and 6 Series aluminum metal frame and a fingerprint sensor on the back. It packs a 3300mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging. Lenovo Z5 specifications 6.2-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D curved glass display with 500 nits brightness, DCI-P3 color gamut, 1500:1 contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass Protection 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 3.9, upgradable to ZUI ...

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    Along with the Z5, Lenovo also introduced budget K5 Note and A5 smartphones in China. Both these have 6-inch and 5.45-inch HD+ displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, respectively. These run Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI on top, feature a fingerprint sensor on the back, 8-megapixel front camera and dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots. The K5 Note competes with the Xiaomi Redmi 5. The K5 Note is powered by Snapdragon 450 with up to 4GB RAM and has a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras, while the A5 is powered by MediaTek MT6739 SoC with 3GB RAM and comes with a single 13-megapixel rear camera. The K5 Note has a metal back, and the A5 just has a metal-like finish. These pack a 3760mAh and 4000mAh battery, respectively. Lenovo K5 Note specifications 6-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI 3.9, upgradable to Android P Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) 16MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, secondary 2MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 ...

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    Asus at the Computex 2018 has announced the ZenBook Pro 15 and ZenBook Pro 14 laptops with ScreenPad input device, VivoBook S15, VivoBook S14, VivoBook S13, and VivoBook Flip 14. The Project Precog- first convertible, a dual-screen notebook with fully enhanced AI features, Zen AiO 27 desktop, Lyra Voice, three-in-one 802.11ac mesh Wi-Fi router, RT-AX88U dual-band route, and more.  Project Precog is the company's first convertible dual-screen notebook with fully enhanced AI features. It comes with a 360-degree hinge joining the two displays so that the PC can be used in four modes — Stand, Book, Tent, and Flat. Asus says that its innovative form factor gets rid of the traditional physical keyboard and touchpad setup, replacing it with the flexibility to work as either an extended screen or as a customizable interactive interface. The AI Touch automatically recognizes the active input device and changes the virtual interface accordingly. It comes with built-in Window Cortana and Amazon Alexa.  Other AI specific features include AI-powered Microsoft Office 365 and also supports the Intel Movidius Vision Processor Unit (VPU). The Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) and VivoBook S14 (S430) are Windows 10 notebooks. The VivoBook S15 and VivoBook S14 weigh only 1.8kg and 1.4kg respectively and are just 18mm thin. An ErgoLift hinge raises the ...

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    Samsung today announced that it will support three more projects from its in-house C-Lab (Creative Lab) start-up incubation program. It is now adding AGWART, CATCH FLOW and FOR MAKERS, bringing the total to 34 C-Lab alumni projects fully-fledged start-ups since 2015. The first in the list is the AGWART created ‘PLANTBOX,’ it is an indoor smart garden solution that enables users to easily grow vegetables and herbs at home. It consists of a smart greenhouse similar to a small refrigerator, seed capsules, and an app. It requires users to insert the seed capsule of choice and it automatically detects the species of the seed and optimizes its internal environment including lighting, temperature, humidity, air quality and nutrients. CATCH FLOW developed ‘S-Ray' is a portable directional speaker. The company says that unlike conventional speakers which spread out the sound in all directions, S-Ray focuses on sending the sound towards people so that can hear it perfectly. CATCH FLOW was able to build a smaller, lighter device and compared to previous solutions, S-Ray also runs on lower power without impacting volume or sound quality. FOR MAKERS are the force behind ‘AppBee,’ a research platform that connects clients and users based on mobile usage patterns. Once users’ opt-in, it predicts their characteristics by analyzing their mobile ...

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    Xiaomi today confirmed that it will introduce its budget Redmi 6 smartphone at an event in China on June 12th. This is the successor of Redmi 5 that was announced back in December last year. Xiaomi smartphones with model numbers M1804C3CC, M1804C3DE and M1804C3CE got certified by TENAA last month, so this could be the Redmi 6. The phone is said to come in two versions, one with an Octa-Core SoC with dual rear cameras, and the other one with a Quad-Core SoC with single rear camera. Xiaomi Redmi 6 rumored specifications 5.45-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 2GHz Quad-Core / Octa-Core processor 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 Dual SIM 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary rear camera (High-end version) 5MP front-facing camera Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor Dimensions: 147.46×71.49×8.3mm; Weight: 146g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3000mAh battery The Redmi 6 is expected to come in Blue, Black, Silver, White, Gold, Rose Gold, Purple and Red colors. Xiaomi is also gearing to introduce Mi A2 Lite, a mid-range smartphone in Singapore soon. Source

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    Google has rolled out a new beta update to Gboard bringing the version to V7.3. While there are not many features or changes, digging deep within the APK reveals some critical changes like OCR capabilities, battery saver mode support with a dark theme, custom text and more. Gboard might soon get some OCR functionality, but for now, there are not many details about the same. It just states name and title. Obviously, the name of the string doesn't match with any of the other toolbar features that are available in expanded menu button on the left. It is likely to allow users to either take existing images stored on the device or possibly open a camera to scan something immediately in front of you, then paste the content on the image into the current app. Since Google Lens also has similar functionality, it needs to be seen how the new feature changes things. Google might soon bring the ability to add text to Gif. Users can add text, edit, and delete while you're working on your GIF, and you can choose from seven different colors: Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, White, and Yellow. The company looks to be adding more effects to the 'Make A GIF' feature, this time ...

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    Google rolled out Smart Replies in Android Messages last year, while the initial offering was available to selected devices as it was a server-side roll out. Now according to new reports, the test might be expanding as users have started reporting seeing the feature on their devices. To remind you, Smart Replies is a Google product that automatically generates the responses to the messages you receive. In the last couple of days, the feature has reportedly started reaching to a broader audience. A few Reddit users are reporting that the feature is making its way to Android Messages on devices as old as the Nexus 6. In case you haven't received the feature just yet, you can give Google's Reply a try as it adds similar functionality with more number of apps including WhatsApp. Source

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    Update: Now we have the price of the smartphone. According to @evleaks it will cost $649 (Rs. 43,520 approx.) in the U.S. €649 (US$ 763 / Rs. 51,200 approx.) in Europe,  £579 (US$ 777 / Rs. 52,122  approx.) in Europe and $829 (US$ 640 / Rs. 42,920  approx.) in Canada, which is costly compared to the KEY ONE. $649 US / €649 EU / £579 GB / $829 CA https://t.co/9QLtF76urX — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 6, 2018 BlackBerry is all set to introduce the KEY2 at an event in New York City tomorrow,  June 7th as the successor to last year’s KEYone. More press renders of the smartphone surfaced earlier this week. Thanks to @evleaks, we now have complete specifications of the smartphone, which confirms the specifications that had surfaced earlier, and this also reveals 128GB storage version in addition to 64GB as well as 12-megapixel dual rear cameras with 1.28 micrometer primary camera with Dual PDAF. full BlackBerry KEY2 specs pic.twitter.com/xwp6Qc2Srz — Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 6, 2018 It also reveals that it will come with Dual SIM support in countries like India, which will likely be Hybrid Dual SIM like the predecessor. It doesn't mention anything about the mystery key next to the symbol button. BlackBerry KEY2 (BBF100) rumored specifications 4.5-inch ...

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    Google seems to be rolling out new dedicated topic pages with related articles in the Feed. It is now filling with more articles on a given news category, accessible via the labeled tags above each. Google has picked up the pace of pushing out new features to the Feed section in the recent months. Topically categorized pages look actually be a useful improvement. Feed usually features a small related image, and again since the Feed launched last July, users have been able to tap the top of the card to perform a regular Google Search. But suddenly a right chevron icon started appearing for some users next to the topic name. When tapped, it opens a list of approximately 20 articles in the style of regular Feed cards. At the top of this whole other feed is a related image, as well as the name of the subject. As you keep scrolling, an app bar with the topic name remains. You can also see an overflow menu on the top-right corner where usually users leave feedback. We feel that instead of using Google search to find related articles, users. The update might be a server-side roll out, and the feature has been spotted on older versions of ...

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    Google at the I/O 2018 mentioned that first Google Assistant-powered smart displays from companies like LG, Lenovo, and JBL will be available from July. However, according to B&H Photo pre-order listings, the Lenovo’s smart displays might be up for pre-orders already.  The listing displays "coming soon" with a September 3 “expected availability” date. Thought it might be disappointing, the price tag of the Smart Display according to what Lenovo said at the CES early this year was around $200 for the 8-inch model and $249.99 for the bigger, 10″ model, but the B&H lists them at $149.99 and $229.99, respectively. That's a pretty sweet discount and much more affordable. The Lenovo Smart Display comes in two variants; one with 8-inch and another with a 10-inch Full HD display. Users can interact with Google assistant on the Smart Display via a 10-watt full-range speaker just as they would on a smartphone. It can stream videos directly from YouTube as well. The Smart Display in sleep mode doubles as a digital picture display to showcase images from a folder in Google Photos or other background images of your choosing. Source 1, 2

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    Huawei's Honor Brand just announced Honor Play, the company's latest top-end smartphone in the Honor series in China, as it had promised. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+  19:5:9 display with a notch and a 89% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Kirin 970 10nm processor with up to 6GB of RAM, NPU as well as GPU Turbo  graphics processing acceleration technology that increases graphics processing efficiency of mobile phones for smoother and faster mobile experience, especially for mobile games. It also has 4D gaming experience with real-time recognition of the game scene that vibrates the phone to intelligent match up to 30 different senses promising more realistic game scene experience. It also offers 7.1-channel 3D Histen audio experience in games. The phone packs a 16-megapixel rear camera AI scene recognition that can detect over 500 scenes and the 2-megapixel secondary rear camera for portrait shots. The 16-megapixel rear camera uses pixel binning technology, combining the information from four pixels to create one large 2.0µm pixel. It has a metal back and packs a 3750mAh battery with support for fast charging. Honor Play specifications 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85% NTSC color gamut Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 ...

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    HTC has launched Desire 12 and Desire 12+ smartphones in the Desire series. These were announced back in March and have 5.5-inch and 6-inch HD+ full-screen displays, and the similarity ends there. The Desire 12 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 SoC with up to 3GB RAM, runs Android Nougat, has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.  The Desire 12+ is powered by Snapdragon 450 with 3GB RAM, runs Android Oreo, has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary camera to capture depth information for portrait shots and an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back. Both the phones feature a liquid-surface design with a glossy back. HTC Desire 12 specifications 5.5-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB Android 7.0 (Nougat) with HTC Sense UI Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, BSI sensor, 1080p video recording 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture Dimensions: 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.2 mm; Weight: 137g 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 2730mAh battery HTC Desire 12+ specifications ...

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    Huawei Honor brand at the Honor Play launch event introduced new GPU  Turbo graphics processing acceleration technology that combines hardware and software to increase graphics processing efficiency on its smartphones. Highlights of GPU boost Reconstructs the traditional graphics processing framework at the lower layer system, greatly improving the user experience. Improves graphics processing efficiency by 60% while reducing the SoC (System on Chip) energy consumption by 30%, exceeding the limits of the balance between smartphone performance and energy consumption. Honor devices achieve outstanding graphics quality with GPU Turbo, even if the mobile game application does not support HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging. Will benefit mobile games that demand high graphics processing efficiency, enhancing the speed and optimizing users’ gaming experience dramatically. Will become the core capability of Honor smartphones, resulting in an excellent integration between smartphone hardware and EMUI software, as well as a smoother top layer graphics application. Can support AR and VR in the future and can be applied in the sectors including virtual teaching, online shopping and telemedicine to create the best visual experience for users. GPU Turbo will be firstly introduced to Honor Play that was laucnhed today in Beijing. It will be rolled out via software update ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 has been in the news for quite some time for many obvious reasons. The flagship is back to it again today and this time the source is ever famous Ice Universe who has been the force behind the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 real-life photos, and S9 leaks as well. The new leak offers a flagship with increased size, second camera upgrade, but the surprising thing is its design. On the left is the real Note9 Screen Protector pic.twitter.com/BS8rydeqnS — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) June 5, 2018 While there were many rumors about the Galaxy S9 design changes, the new leak from the ever-reliable leakster shows that the Galaxy Note9 doesn't seem to have taken any huge step forward from the Galaxy Note8. In fact, it remains very identical except for the aforementioned enlarged front camera. Despite very well-established resources at hand, Samsung stuck to basics in what can be seen as a move to save manufacturing costs. It is already reported that Samsung has made some last minute changes with directions from Vice president and this change has caused a delay of two-weeks. with Samsung's 10th-anniversary flagships coming out next year, the company might be saving the best for next year. ...

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    Google rolled out the Android P Beta 2 (DP3) update to Pixel series smartphones with final APIs, SDK, and Play Store publishing today. Now Essential Phone is getting the Android P Beta 1 update (DP2) with bug fixes & June security patch.  Android P is moving from Dev Preview to Beta on Essential Phone! This update, rolling out now, includes the latest Android P code integration, improved adaptive brightness range, various stability fixes and June Security Patches. Learn more here: https://t.co/LWeH1iWrKq pic.twitter.com/PPnRD3YpIy — Essential (@essential) June 7, 2018 The update includes Android P-code integration, improved adaptive brightness range, various stability fixes and June Security Patches. Google at the I/O 2018 event has opened up the beta update beyond Pixel phones and a handful of phones have got the developers beta update of Android P to test. The update to Essential Phone also brings improved adaptive brightness range and increased stability. Interestingly, the update moves Android P from Developer Preview to a Beta, while it doesn't mean it is ready as a daily driver, it does offer improved performance with better stability.  The company has mentioned a list of known issues that includes Outgoing SMS over IP not working, Wi-Fi Hotspot does not stay on, Cannot receive VT (Video ...

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    Apple today has officially rebranded the iTunes Connect to App Store Connect and it confirmed the same in developer blog. There will no change in terms of functionality and it offers the same thing as iTunes Connect. It also includes a brand new iOS app to make the process of uploading, submitting, and managing applications easier. App Store Connect allows developers to manage their applicants, view sales reports, access app analytics, invite users to test apps with TestFlight, get performance insights, and much more. Developers can also create 'Product Page' to help customers find and engage with their apps on the App Store. You can enter your app name, subtitle, keywords, description, and more, in up to 28 languages. It also lets developers upload up to ten screenshots and three optional app previews for each supported language. Apple in the blog said: For app developers and their teams, iTunes Connect is now called App Store Connect. And with the new App Store Connect app, it’s even easier to manage your apps, view trends, respond to reviews, and reply to active Resolution Center issues, all on your iOS device. You can also receive push notifications for changes in your app status and new customer reviews. Source

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    Last week Vivo confirmed that it will introduce its flagship NEX series smartphone in China on June 12. Now the NEX S and NEX smartphones have been listed on the official Vivo site that reveals the design and the complete specifications of both the smartphones. Both the smartphones have a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display without a notch, but there is a small bezel below the display. The phone will likely use ultrasonic technology for proximity sensor and  piezoelectric ceramic acoustic system instead of a standard earpiece similar to the Mi MIX. These run Android 8.1 (Oreo) with  Funtouch OS 4.0 on top and feature a 12-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel camera for portrait shots and AI features. There is also an 8-megapixel camera on the front, which pops up from the top. The top-end NEX S will be powered by Snapdragon 845 with 8GB of RAM and the NEX will be powered by Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of RAM. Latest Geekbench leak confirms that the version with Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM will be called the NEX S. Vivo NEX S and NEX rumored specifications 6.59-inch (2316×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile ...

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    A new version of chrome has been rolled out slightly after the rollout of the Chrome 67 public release. This update brings the version to Chrome 68 and adds features like new payment handler API, adblocker Chrome redirections, changes to web app install banners, and more. Initially, the Chrome's adblocker was supposed to go live in Chrome 64 but has halted in the last minute, the same has happened with Chrome 65 as well, and now with V68 beta, the feature looks to have been enabled by default. However, the blocker is listed active but the discussion on the bug page hasn't had a comment since May. So it creates more confusion if the feature would actually go live in Chrome 68. There's another form of page hijacking called 'tab-under redirects.' This form of hijacking results in when you tap a link that opens in a new tab, the original tab can redirect to another page. The blocker for this has been under development for quite some time and starting with Chrome 68, this will be enabled by default. If you are an avid Chrome user, you will know that Chrome occasionally asks to add websites to the home screen as shortcuts, while they are handy, they take up ...

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