A new version of Android Q is deploy today, bringing us closer to the final version. This fifth beta is also the first version of Android Q. "publication candidate". Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and be certain that they will work the same way with the final version launched later this summer. Although all the features of Android are pretty detailed at this point, there are some new features in Beta 5.
Google says all developers need to implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and collapsible optimizations. This last point seems terribly optimistic considering that Samsung has not yet managed to pull out its foldable phone.
Much of Google's Beta 5 effort revolves around refreshing motion navigation. As Google has announced to I / O this year, it will no longer be possible with clumsy two-button gesture navigation that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will switch to an iOS style bar of gestures. This will however require some changes in the current operation of Android.
Beta 5 includes the new wizard shortcut that works well with gesture navigation. Previously, you would have long pressed the Home button to access Wizard. In Beta 5, you can slide your finger diagonally from the bottom left or right corner to access Wizard. Google's new gesture (swiping on the sides) seemed to break the navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in version 5 that tells users to interact with the drawer rather than triggering the gesture. return.
Apparently, Google also admits that it does not have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features such as the multitasking menu are part of the Home screen and therefore do not work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will need to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will occur during a post-launch update for Android Q.
Android Q Beta works on all Pixel phones, as well as on some third-party devices. Google phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it will take a few days before the other preview program OEMs prepare the new versions. We expect that a new beta will be released in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it will be the time of the final version. It's probably also when we discover what Google has decided to name Android Q – its options are far more numerous than those of previous letters.
You never expect that a phone with a value below 100 USD will be as fast as a flagship device such as the Pixel 3 or the Galaxy S10, but it can sometimes be excessively slow . Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Series low-cost chips offered minimal minimum performance, but the company's new Snapdragon 215 SoC (SoC) could make ultra-low-cost phones much more usable with higher performance and higher resolutions. high. and more
The Snapdragon 215 replaces the 210, which is a lower-ranking chip for Qualcomm since 2014. You would see the 210 most often in unlocked ultra-economical phones from white-label factories. These are the kind of phones not necessarily wants to use, but many people still do it. The 215 SoC is a leap forward compared to the 210 – Qualcomm said it was 50% faster overall. Like the old 210, the SD215 has a quad-core processor. However, it has A53 Cortex cores instead of older A7 processors. These 64-bit cores are considerably faster and more efficient than the old 32-bit A7s.
Cheap phones are slowly moving towards high display formats, such as 18: 9, and the Snapdragon 215 supports it up to HD + at 720 × 1560 (19.9: 9). The most powerful Adreno 308 graphics processor can also decode video and make games easier. It is 28% faster than the 210's GPU while providing better battery life.
The new Qualcomm chip will also help budget phones compete on the front of the camera with its dual ISP (image signal processors). The 215 supports dual camera configurations for better depth detection and portrait effects. The resolution of the camera also increases from 13 MP to 13 MP. The new Hexagon DSP allows about five days of music playback on a medium phone, and applications that use sensors such as GPS will not drain the battery as much.
The new SoC also has more wireless capabilities. NFC support for the first time on a 200 series chip. It was understandable to omit this in 2014, but mobile payments are much more common now. There is also support for dual SIM with VoLTE on both cards. The updated 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio also means faster speeds, up to 433 Mbit / s down. However, LTE still exceeds 150 Mbps as the 210 (it has the same old X5 LTE modem).
The first devices equipped with the Snapdragon 215 will be released later in 2019. Although it supports more features, there is no guarantee that device manufacturers will use all the technologies offered by the Snapdragon 215. Phones equipped with this SoC will cost well under $ 100. be the place for all the bells and whistles.
The new speed test data provided by Ookla shows that Verizon and AT & T have improved mobile network performance over the last 12 months, although our absolute world relative to other countries remains at the center of the pack. In the first quarter of 2019, the United States ranked 40th in the world for wireless download speeds (between Spain and Saudi Arabia). In downloads, we had a lot more trouble, in 94th place (between Angola and Poland).
Ookla bases its speed test information and comparisons by collecting data from 2.7 million unique mobile user devices used to perform more than 11.5 million tests. This type of test is different from the driving tests that our sister publication PCMag also performs, but their results largely echo what Ookla reports. (Note: For full disclosure purposes, Ookla and PCMag are the property of Ziff Davis, who is also the owner of ExtremeTech.)
Performance across the United States increased by 24% in download and 13% in download, provided you lived in a large metropolitan area and you can benefit from these improvements in the first place. I make this distinction – not Ookla – because, if you live in a rural area in the United States, the speed of improving your performance depends on when the old equipment of the local cell tower needs to be replaced and not much. More According to Speedtest.net, as of 08/07/2019, my iPhone is capable of a 6.7 Mbps, 3.31 Mbps drop on the LTE network of AT & T. C & # It's pretty normal at home. It's also 1/5 and about 1/3 of the median wireless performance in the United States.
The degree of improvement you see from year to year (if any) and when these improvements happen are both related to how your home is urban. For example, if you live in areas where AT & T has not yet deployed LTE technology, you will get better results than those that Ookla deceive does not mean in any way your quality of service.
I raise this issue, not to defeat Ookla's efforts, but to illustrate the fact that such reports are only really valid if you live in the areas they describe. This metric is called "LTE Accessibility" in the first graph. Verizon users have access to LTE 95.9% of the time and have access to the service only 3.3% of the time. AT & T has a much lower LTE access rate and a higher rate of "No Coverage".
A person's experience is not the same as a general report like this, but these findings are what I found true when I was AT & T and lived in a more rural area than the one I currently occupy. In 2014, my old trampling areas still used HSPA +. Five years later, this has not changed. With a new wave of 5G devices expected to start being marketed by 2020, cell providers will start hitting with the drum "Improve your life with wireless faster!". Never forget to check and make sure that the address of your home (or where you spend most of your time) will actually benefit from the upgrade.
With regard to the "acceptable speed ratio", the ASR measures the percentages of cellular operators' connections at 5 Mbps or more, in order to allow streaming of HD videos. Verizon gets the best results here, with 87.3%, but most other companies are tightly grouped – T-Mobile is at 86.9% and AT & T at 85.9%. Only Sprint is an outlier, at 81.2%, which is not surprising given the poor quality of the Sprint network. Like PCMag, Ookla found that AT & T's performance had been best over the past 12 months, thanks to its decision to replace inherited LTE connections with more powerful LTE hardware and of last generation. Despite AT & T's continuing attempts to qualify this technology as "5G E", it remains fully tied to LTE signaling and methodologies.
This distribution indicates what percentage of users in each company indicates which level of network performance. 14% of AT & T users, 19% of Sprint users, 13% of Verizon and 13% of T-Mobile customers are in areas where they receive less than 5 Mbps download performance. A much smaller group of people in each company have the same problem and live in areas where it reports more than 100 Mbit / s of regular service.
Google's privacy history for Pixel phones is uneven at best. There are always leaks here and there, and last year, a 3 "XL pixel case" fell off a truck "in Russia. Nothing informative has happened this time, but there are some new renderings of the next Pixel 4 XL.
Unlike previous years, Google is not fooling with the upcoming launch of its phone. The Twitter account of the company Made by Google posted on shadow phone after the last series of rendering leaks. This image has left much to the imagination, but the new rendering leaks puts everything in value.
This leak comes from OnLeaks, which was very reliable in the past. OnLeaks has access to the CAD files disclosed for the phones, and then creates renderings based on them. Pixel's last leak was about the smallest Pixel 4, but this time it's the Pixel 4 XL. This one also includes the placement and the size of the screen, where the last leak is ignored on this part.
We already know what the back of the phone will look like – it was in Google's post Twitter. A square camera module has three sensors, two of which are probably cameras. The third is the most likely time flight sensor. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back. So have you switched to on-screen sensor technology or abandoned the fingerprint sensor in favor of 3D face unlocking?
On the front, the Pixel 4 XL would have a screen of 6.25 inches that marries the bottom of the device better than the top. There is no nick, however. The Pixel 3 XL was heavily criticized for the massive gash that was about half the status bar for no good reason: the phone still had a gigantic chin at the bottom. This year, Pixel avoids this with asymmetrical glasses. If it's an improvement, it's an aesthetic judgment.
The slightly larger upper bezel houses two front cameras and two other small sensors of unknown nature. A combination of cameras or other sensors could form the basis of Google's 3D face unlock system.
The total body of the phone is 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2 mm. This makes it slightly larger in all dimensions than the Galaxy S10 +. So it will be a very big phone. We expect Google to announce Pixel 4 and 4 XL in October, when all Made by Google events took place.
Samsung wanted to launch the Galaxy Fold several months ago, but hardware defects in the first batch of control units resulted in an indefinite delay. Now, Samsung has would have finished redesigning the device to make it more sustainable. However, the company has not decided on a manufacturing schedule or a new launch date.
Samsung hoped that the Fold would revive interest in the smartphone market, which has become very important because everyone is interested in models of flat glass slabs. The Galaxy Fold was the first folding phone with Google technology. announced, but companies are demonstrating foldable OLED technology for years. The Galaxy Fold showed why they were demos – it is extremely difficult to create a phone that folds several times without fail. Even with robots to test the hinge of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung failed to account for how humans would use and abuse the device.
Some critics began by removing the screen protector from the Galaxy Fold. This however was not a screen protector. This is the top layer of the foldable OLED that watched as a screen protector or an expedition film. Samsung has extended this layer to the edges of the device and has it flush to the surface so that it will not happen in the future.
Apparently, Samsung has also redesigned the hinge to handle other complaints. The new hinge is pushed slightly upward from the screen, which further stretches the display layers when the phone is open. Several review units earlier this year developed bulges and dead zones after infiltration of dust and debris at the edges of the display. The new hinge should prevent dust from getting inside and damaging the OLEDs. This also helps to reduce the formation of a crease in the middle of the display over time.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Fold at a price of nearly $ 2,000, and nothing indicates it will back down. The company plans to ship new components to its manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, but it has not yet been decided to publish the Fold. In August, Samsung will host an Unpacked event to unveil the Galaxy Note 10. People familiar with Samsung's plans say the company will probably not talk about Fold at this event. Huawei announced a foldable phone shortly after Samsung, but this device has been delayed indefinitely due to Huawei's persistent problems with the United States.
China has security and surveillance operations deemed invasive, but activists have reported that at least one region of the country has become even more Orwellian. Several news agencies have joined forces to analyze a new element malware, what are the Chinese border agents forcing tourists to install on their phones. The software copies email, contacts and searches for thousands of different documents on phones.
Tourists report having met this new device by entering the Xinjiang region, which is home to the Uyghur population. Millions of these Muslims of Turkish ethnicity live in China, almost all in Xinjiang. Beijing has been openly hostile to Uyghurs for years, including through monitoring camps and mass detention. The new malware, known as BXAQ or Fengcai, seems to be aimed at tracking Uyghur populations and their supporters.
Crossing the border in Xinjiang can take a good part of the day because of the high security. As part of the process, visitors must make their smartphones for research. Motherboard, The Guardian and The New York Times have collaborated to obtain a sample of the Fengcai app and have it scanned by security companies such as Süddeutsche Zeitung and Cure53. The malware itself is not smart: it exploits no security flaws or vulnerabilities. However, he extracts a huge amount of information.
Fengcai is a standard Android application, but it has a considerable number of sensitive permissions (see below), and it abuses these permissions to the extreme. Border officers must load the application laterally, which means bypassing several layers of protection preventing users from accidentally installing unverified applications. After installation, the application copies the phone's mail history, calendar entries, contacts and account details on a Chinese server.
After copying the data, Fengcai searches for more than 70,000 documents in the phone's memory. Some of these documents are extremist Islamic material, but just as much as it is trivial content like the Qur'an, information about the Dalai Lama and scholarly works on the Islamic world. He even looks for songs from a Japanese metal band called Unholy Grave, who has a song about Taiwan.
Fengcai is designed to be uninstalled after data collection. There is even a big "Uninstall" button in the application. It seems that border guards do not bother to remove people. Motherboard has downloaded a copy from the Android APK to GitHub, but you probably should not be installed It has not been reported that Fengcai is forced to tour other parts of China, but it would not be surprising to see something similar happen.