Android Devices – What’s New?

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Past are the times when devices and gadgets were updated after a considerable long period of time. Since the invention of the telephone, things have moved at a considerably fast speed. The first super computer came in 1969 and in just a period of 50 years that super computer sits in our pockets inside our mobiles. From storing data too surfing the net and using cloud technologies, today the mobiles are quite capable of doing anything. Comparatively when the Symbian operating system was around the progress was a bit slow but with Android jumping into the foray, the speed of progress saw an upward hike. Today we already have the Android ver. 10. The main reason for this is a widespread user base. India is one market where perhaps, the user base is quite big and every Android app development company wants to invest in India because of this. Also, just for this reason one could easily find Android app development companies in India in abundance.



1) One-Plus coming up with One-Hand Mode devices: Yes, that’s official. Besides adding other features to its Oxygen OS, One-Plus is planning to bring about a drastic change to the way mobile devices are being used. It plans on introducing the single-handed models in the near future. This feature though is not present in the latest version of Oxygen OS 10.1 This past year OnePlus has come up with devices in the range of 6.4 to 6.7 inches display. This made the users a bit uncomfortable as reaching the corners with a single hand was a bit tedious job. Some of the one-handed usage is already there on the large screen displays of OnePlus that also use gestures. In case the users further want to make use of a single hand, they can change their keyboard to either the Google’s Gboard or the SwiftKey for further shrinking the size of the keyboard.

2) Android 10 walks hand-in-hand with One Plus devices: Earlier this One Plus launched the One Plus 7 Pro and surprisingly the One Plus 7 (which had already been launched in India a week before). One Plus actually was rolling out the Android 10 update in its Pro version. Moving further, the company has decided to support its earlier devices also with the Android 10 update. Some users of One Plus 7 and One Plus 7 Pro may even have to wait and there is no option of availing of the update using a VPN. The One Plus 6 would get the update by November 2019 whereas One Plus 5 and 5T users will have to wait for the second quarter of 2020.

3) Wide Screen Displays are now passé: As per the information that was passed by the ‘Father of Android’, Andy Rubin, CEO of Essential Products, the mobiles that we have been using till date are just coming to their dying days. In today’s world this is nothing new. With better options becoming available the technology of the erstwhile era is lost to the past. The users these days dfo not find themselves interested in very wide screen mobile devices as they are difficult to handle. They would rather prefer mobiles that are sleek, long, and less in width. Of course, they can view a video very easily by rotating their mobile in a horizontal direction. Andy Rubin pointed out the narrow candy bar-style touchscreen and a new user interface for the upcoming mobiles. The mobiles will come in a variety of colors but will be accompanied by colour-shift material. The CEO of Essential Products believes that it could as well be the next Essential device users will like to possess. In the top-left corner, the model has a front-facing hole punch camera with primary navigation (back button and pill) clearly at the top rather than the middle. The whole screen is surrounded by a thin curved screen and you can see a large grill at the top edge. The UI tends to be a collection of different widgets, each featuring different applications: on the one side climate, charts, calendar and Uber, and on the other a full-length map. It is certainly different and even more of a departure from the previous Essential smartphone, which had very little to do with the industry-revolutionizing effect that the company initially hoped for.



4) A Date with Pixel 4: The D-day is finally here after weeks if not months of speculation, rumors and leaks. At the Google Event in New York City, Google is announcing its new models, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL today, and of course they are having Google’s favourite OS – the Android. The word on the street is that Google will release the Pixelbook 2, Google Nest Mini and Google Pixel Buds 2 in addition to dropping the Pixel phones. Google has already sent out New York City invitations to the gathering. The event’s tagline says,’ Come see a few new things Made by Google ‘ Google has taken the specs a little higher if rumor mills are to be believed. Pixel 4 is expected to have a Face ID and may have an orange version as well. Google Nest Mini, Google Home Mini’s second generation, is tipped for a wall mount, aux jack, and better audio. What’s more than that? We could get a Pixelbook 2 as well! It is confirmed that Pixelbook 2 will have a 4 K screen and more color options. On the other hand, Pixel Buds 2 is likely to go completely wireless. Pixels 4 and 4 XL are high-end features for packing. They also have motion sensors along with a dual rear camera as well as running on Android 10. Social media anticipation has peaked with tech enthusiasts marking their calendars and setting mega-event alarms. Just days after the Apple launch, it is expected that the Google gig will release new pieces of tech that will be added to their arsenal. As a result, there’s a high pressure on Google. There’s a lot of riding on Pixel 4 and 4 XL as they need to overcome the situation created by Apple and their own Android counterparts to stand out from each other.

5) Samsung Rolls out UI 2.0 Beta: Google launched Android 10 for users of Pixel about a month ago. Days later, Xiaomi and OnePlus released the software’s public beta versions for Redmi K20 series and OnePlus 7 phones. Now, taking the experience to the new Galaxy S10 series, Samsung launched the beta 2.0 One UI update based on Android 10. The update will include various features of Android 10, including ‘ enhanced ‘ dark mode, smaller notifications. This was announced on Samsung’s official blog in an update. Nevertheless, the blog does not discuss whether all users of the Galaxy S10 will soon see the update, or whether it will be launched region-wise. If you are a user of Galaxy S10 and you’re hyped about the update just now, make sure you have a Samsung account. You simply wouldn’t be able to participate without the account in the One UI Beta Program. Once you’ve created an account, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 + (review), or Galaxy S10 5 G, you can use the Samsung Members app to sign up and check for the update.

6) Dark Mode for Play Store: With Google having achieved its objective of launching Android 10 and that too successfully, it has turned its attention to Google Play Store. The Google Play Store is all set to assume a dark mode of its own and any applications that are installed from the Play Store would also get a Dark Mode of their own. Google is rolling out this dark mode Play Store currently only on Pixel devices.In addition, the Gmail app has already started receiving the dark mode update and is confirmed to be updated with the 2019.08.18.267044774 edition, which is currently available on the Play Store. With Android 10 system-wide dark mode, not only do Google’s own apps switch over to the dark side, but other third-party apps such as Pocket, Amazon Kindle, and Gboard, that have the feature also go dark. For all Pixel smartphones, Google has released the Android 10 OTA update files. Use Settings > System > System updates to check for new updates.



7) First One Plus TV to be an Android Device: The first OnePlus TV, the company revealed on Saturday, will be an Android device packed with Google Assistant, Chromecast built-in and Google Play. India would be the first market to get the OnePlus TV, according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, because the company has great relationships with the country’s content providers. The company is also working its way into North America, Europe and China besides India as soon as they are able to partner with the local and regional content providers. According to Pete Lau, they are favouring Android app development companies in India also because Google has been very cooperative with them in India since the beginning, furthering their efforts towards achieving their goal.

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