Unbelievable features on todays flagships

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Unbelievable features on todays flagships

If you head over into your wardrobe and dish out your old favorite smartphone or feature phone you’ll realize that while the basic premise of what makes a phone tick is same (processor, RAM, display and battery), a lot of features have seen massive upgrades. Displays on today’s smartphones are much larger and higher resolution than before, processors can now process a lot more tasks including AI! which manufactures brag about at length and camera sensors have for the first time made it possible for us to leave our bulky cameras and video cameras at home.

 

But despite the huge numbers of smartphones in the market, there are a lot of similarities amongst most of them. But, today we are going to look at some unique features in flagship smartphones.

 

Sliding cameras:

It’s no secret that a lot of people hate notches on their phones, but the reason for the existence of notches was that it wasn’t possible to place camera sensors under the display along with the sensors. But over time we have managed to make ultrasonic sensors and in-display fingerprint scanners but the cameras still take up considerable space and that’s why we have notches. But Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Vivo have come up with nearly bezel less phones with sliding/ pop-up cameras. While Vivo’s approach is more simple and thoughtful putting only the front camera on the slider, Oppo went all out, putting both the front and rear cameras on the slider. But these are not all, the upcoming Honor Magic 2 and Mi Mix 3 are rumored to have something similar with manual sliders.

 

Multiple cameras

For a long time smartphones were considered inferior to standalone cameras and while the current generation hasn’t surpassed DSLR’s they have certainly come very close. But with people’s obsession with shallow depth of field effects of the DSLR meant smartphones makers had to mimic the same on phones. But with the size of the camera sensor being tiny on phones you’ll need a very wide lens so a secondary sensor is used to get the depth effect. Manufacturers often go berserk when a new feature or trend is created, the same is with multiple cameras. A few of the latest phones have up to 5 cameras on their phones like what LG did with the V40 ThinQ (appalling name, we get it). The ThinQ gets a 12 MPx primary sensor at the back along with a 107 degrees wide-angle sensor and a 50mm equivalent zoom sensor. The story is similar at the front as well with an 8Mpx primary sensor and a 5 MPx wide angle shooter. There are only a handful more phones that use these many sensors like the Huawei P20 Pro which was amongst the first ones to start this trend of triple rear sensors.

 

But hold on if you though three rear facing camera sensors are a lot, look at the world’s first quad rear camera phone, the Samsung A9 with four rear cameras (Mian camera, Wide angle, zoom and depth)

 

High refresh rate display

Razer debuted its first gaming phone the Razer phone almost a year ago and while it wasn’t a standout in terms of design there was one feature that not a single phone in the market at that time (and even today) possessed- a 120Hz refresh rate display. A high refresh rate display is common in gaming monitors that go all the way to 144 Hz and more but what’s the use of it you may ask? Well, for gaming it means a far smoother game play, on your phone you can expect silky smooth animations and ultra smooth scrolling and app openings. Not just that the phone can dynamically adjust the refresh rate so as to conserve power during tasks like reading a web page where it can dial down all the way down to 20Hz.

 

Holographic display

Displays have improved over the years in terms of brightness, resolution, colors, viewing and more but there are few that have had something revolutionary. Way back in 2011 there were a couple of 3D display phones but the technology never caught on and most of them were shelved. But recently iconic camera manufacturer, Red decided to make a smartphone (The Red Hydrogen One) for movie makers that would pack a ton of kit from ergonomic design, high-end cameras, pogo pins for Moto Mods like attachments and a Holographic display. The Holographic display is what caught the fancy of many as it lets you watch 3D content without 3D glasses. From the few people who have had access to private demos of the phones describe it as something similar to R2-D2 projecting an image. While it sounds cool and almost science fiction like, how effective it is only time will tell.

 

Quad DAC and Headphone jack

2018 has been the year when most flagship phones ditched the age-old headphone jack for wireless and wired USB-c connectivity. Apple iPhone, the next generation OnePlus, Razer phone, Pixel 3 all lose out on the headphone jack but one manufacturer is firm about its commitment to the headphone jack and high-quality audio- LG. Long been a favorite of the audiophile community the LG flagship phones come with an excellent 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (balanced sound signature) with the Stereo Boombox Speaker with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. Also, this time around the sound is tuned by Meridian Audio This makes it one of the few truly capable phones for great audio quality.

 

Super fast charging

OPPO Find X Automobile Lamborghini Edition is a limited edition version of the Oppo Find X and while it has the usual limited edition features like a high price tag, exotic materials and a lot of accessories, there is one really cool feature that is pretty unbelievable-Super VOOC Flash Charge. Building upon the VOOC charging in current Oppo phones the Super VOOC technology uses a 50W charger and two batteries to deliver an unbelievable charger rate. Taking around 35 minutes to juice up the 3400mAH from dead the Super VOOC is undoubtedly the fastest smartphone charging standard in the world.

 

Reversible wireless charging

While wireless charging is a common feature on most flagships, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched recently takes that feature a step forward with something called reversible wireless charging. With this, you can use you Mate 20 Pro to charge your mates iPhone or other devices that can be wireless charged. Despite your phone’s battery being drained, you don’t have to worry as the battery is a large 4200mAh unit which can be charged up to 70% in only 30 minutes.  

 

These are some of the standout features, especially in today’s smartphones. There are still many phones out there with quirky features like the Note 9’s super capacitor powered stylus or the Moto Mods on the Moto Z lineup of phones and more. While phones of today are not as quirky as the phones of yester years, we do occasionally get something with unbelievable features. So, what are the unbelievable features you came across on a smartphone? Do let us know in the comments below.

Learn How To Develop Android Apps

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Coding is like printing your own money!!! 

Everyone has that one app idea that’s sure to be the next big thing, yet so many of these possibilities slip away unnoticed by the world.  The problem isn’t coming up with the idea, it’s crafting it into a tangible app people can download and share.   If you’ve been itching to turn an idea into reality and show the world what it’s been missing, then you’re in luck.

Phonlab’s newest course has officially been released, and to say we’re excited is an understatement.  The Android App Development course is designed to guide a student all the way from writing their first line of code ever to publishing apps on the Google Play Store.  We’ve built it to cover all the basics of Android while throwing in some snazzy features to make your creations more exciting for users.  By the end of the course you’ll not only be set up with the resources need to make a million-dollar app, but you’ll already have a portfolio of 5 apps to show off to family, friends, and potential employers.  

Here’s a quick rundown of the apps you’ll be building:

  1.  ScoreKeeper:  After learning about the basics of Java and XML this multi-sport score keeping app will show students how to build complex layouts.  Here we’ll make the jump to multiscreen apps with complex interactive layouts.  
  2.  SoundScape:  For app #2 students will learn how to include audio into their apps by building a soundboard with their own personal touches.  Audio’s not always a necessity in apps, but learning to include it can create a more immersive experience and really make your app pop.
  3.  NewsNet: In this app students will learn about this beautiful thing called the web and begin streaming live data into their apps.  We’ll consolidate articles from over 5,000 news sources into just one screen and learn some tricks the pros use to speed up development.
  4.  MyReads: Have you ever wanted to keep a log of every book you’ve ever read?  Well if so (and if not) app #4 of the course is centered around building a database for this very purpose.  We’ll learn about SQL, one of the most important languages in the data world, and learn how to share info between apps.
  5.  FireChat: In our 5th app students will build a group messaging app complete with social media incorporation by learning the syntax behind Android’s newest language Kotlin.  Kotlin has a bright future ahead of it, but online learning resources are currently few and far (Phonlab to the rescue!)

These apps are the bedrock of the education, but of course we want to set you up for success, so there are lots of other topics covered along the way.  These include how to use Github to build projects with a team of developers, and diving into the depths of object oriented programming.

Whether you want to learn as a (lucrative) career choice, or as a side hobby, there’s no better time to begin your journey, and we want to be by your side all the way.

Enroll Now At Phonlab

Phonlab’s new Apple iOS app developer course

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Phonlab’s New Apple iOS App Developer course is finally here!!!!

We’d like to give you a warm welcome to our new iOS Application Development course at Phonlab. A course we’ve put together so that you can learn the art of iOS programming from scratch, with no hassle and no programming skills required.

In this course, you’ll learn the very basics of iOS app development in the Swift programming language. Swift was created by Apple to make iOS app development as easy as it can get. Combined with Xcode, it provides an easy route for beginners to learn how to code. Swift can also be used to build macOS, watchOS and tvOS applications, so learning it will help you a lot in the future when you’ll want to extend your knowledge 🙂

The course we provide is different than any other course. Why? Well, aside from the fact that we provide you the basics you need to have in order to be able to make iOS apps, we also provide you good real-world examples, DOs, DON’Ts, and support when you get stuck. You can ask us to review your code, and we assist you in putting your first app into the app store. We focus a lot on the basics as nothing compares with a good foundation when it comes to programming.

In this course, you will learn about Variables, Constants, Loops, Functions, Classes, Inheritance in Swift, and so much more. You’ll learn about Frameworks, CocoaPods and code examples and where to find documentation for each of these. You’re going to also gather some basic photo editing and graphics creation skills that will help you build your User Interface so that your users will love your app.

Security

We can’t leave behind the aspect of information security – not in a world where Jailbreaks, roots, hacks, and mods exist all over the place. Your application can be safer if you understand the basics of iOS security, that’s why we provide you a brief introduction to the world of Jailbreaking (modifying iOS), and we help you understand the risks your users take when they use Jailbreak methods so that you can make sure sensitive data never escapes from your app.

Publishing your first application to the iOS App Store is a little bit of a cause for celebration but at the same time it can be quite challenging, that’s why you get our assistance, and we’ll help you achieve your goals as a Apple iOS Developer.

I am glad I can be your instructor on this amazing journey. By the end of this course, you’re going to know things you never knew, have skills you’ve never had and most importantly, you’ll be able to get your feet on the ground of quite possibly the greatest programming community.  By the end of this course, you’ll have enough iOS knowledge to be able to sketch your own apps, and you’ll start a long and amazing learning process on which, this time, you’ll be your own teacher.

I know you have questions. You’re wondering “will I ever learn how to make these things appear on my screen?”. You will because if you’re reading this, you’re already on the good path. It’s normal to be concerned about the difficulty of programming. Nobody said it is easy, that’s why we’re here, to teach you what we did not have the chance to learn the easy way. To make your learning process easy, fast and consistent. 

ENROLL AT PHONLAB NOW

Welcome to the real iOS, let’s learn and grow together.

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Made By Google New Tech

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Made By Google New Tech

Made by Google is a interesting term since Google has never been in the mobile manufacturing industry. I personally am not sure if i like this move or not, this is kind of a big conflict of interest going on with this move as Google is also the owner of Android. That being said i am not really surprised by it. This new move is evident when you look at there new Google Store as it only host Made By Google products and all of the third party products have been removes right after the launch on October 4th.

A lot of new device just got lunched, some that I for one wasn’t expecting along with some that where missing from the line up like a Made by Google Android Wear watch. I have been using Android Wear devices from the beginning and i really like using it. I hope that Google will also enter this realm to round out there offerings.

 

Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 is Googles new phone this year named after last years model the Pixel. The Pixel 2 has been updated with the latest specs and one of, if not the best camera on the market today. It will also come with stock Android Oreo of course since it is a Google product and get support for 3 years which is awesome. The price point on these devices is right in line with all other flash ship device on the market now with the Pixel 2 base model coming in at $649.00 and the Pixel 2 XL at $849.00. I will be purchasing the Pixel 2 XL as it comes with a better and bigger screen and higher battery capacity at 3520 mAh as well.  The Panda look as seen in the picture below is the style I ordered it just looks awesome to me. 🙂

 

Google Home Max & Home Mini

I have been using a couple Google Homes in my house since last year when Google released its first version and I have to say that I and my kids love using it. Listen to music with a Google Music account, just asking Google questions, or setting a time for dinner is awesome. The Google Home Max and Home Mini will be a awesome addition to the Home line. Home Mini gives you a cheaper option then the original Home if you just want to check it out and whats even better is if you pre-order the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL you will get a FREE Home Mini with your order. The Home Max in my mind is really designed for those Music lovers out there. It is probably one of the most expensive wireless smart speakers i have ever seen and for my needs is just way over prices at $399.00. My guess is that it will quickly drop in price as Google realizes that the demand for this product is really low.

Google Pixel Book and Pixel Pen

What can I say about the Google Pixel Book……  To dam expensive for a Chromebook. The Google Pixel Book starts at $999.00 and doesn’t even included the Pixel Pen.  The Specs on this Laptop are amazing but the limitations you have with Chrome OS kill it. This device has more power under the hood then what is needed for a Chromebook. Basically you are paying for hardware that will never get used to it’s full potential. I would by a Samsung Chromebook Plus and save $500 bucks. As you can see I am not really that excited about this product and prices point.

Google Clips

The Google Clips is the one device that i really wasn’t expecting from the event. Basically what it does is, you point the camera at something that you are doing and it uses AI to take pictures and then decide what pictures are good and send them to your smartphone using Google Photos app. This gives you a photographer where ever you bring the Google Clip. Google is focusing a lot of research on AI so I think in the near future we will be seeing more new devices that use AI to improve the user experience or SkyNet will take over i am really not sure 🙂

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Android 8.0 Oreo whats inside

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What’s Inside Android 8.0 Oreo?

Today Google has released there new Android OS version 8.0. (Code Name Oreo) If you are interesting in watching the live stream announcement from Google then watch the video here.

The Android 8.0 Oreo Firmware has been released and you will find it here, with this link to access all of the new firmware images from Google. You will need to know the code name IE (sailfish Marlin) of your nexus or pixel device to make sure you download the right version. If you need help installing this firmware then check out my tutorial HERE.

Lets take a look.

RootJunky

 

Android VS. Apple what device should you purchase

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Android VS. Apple

It has always be a epic dual

 

Why Android is more advanced then IOS but less stable. First you need to understand that I carrier and use both a iPhone and Android device everyday. Currently I have a IPhone 7 and a One Plus 5 both are high end devices. The Android OS is more advanced for many reasons but the two that come to mind are better specs (physical hardware) and development.

Android OS is Open source which means that anyone can develop and work on the operating system. This leads to advances and new features all the time. What I have seen happen over the years is that the Android community developers come up with new software features in custom roms. Once the community shows that they want them then Google comes in and adds those features to stock Android. Really Google is genius in this manner getting great free development from the community. Apple IOS is ok but being locked down like it is means that you are waiting on the Apple company to come up with new ideas instead of the whole world. The benefit of Apple keeping it’s OS closed source is that they can control and keep it clean. This is again great for stability and uniformity.

Original equipment manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and many others use the latest hardware for there new device. Quad HD screens, 8GB of Ram, fast processors, and wireless charging make these devices amazing and for many people even better then there home PC. Apples hardware generally lags behind Android by 2 years. This sounds like a bad thing but really its not. Because by the time that Apple has this hardware in there devices all the software and hardware bugs have been killed leaving a rock solid experience for there users.

Last is security, while Android is open source which is great for developing on it this also opens up the source code to be looked at by everyone and that means bugs can be found and exploited much easier then on Apple. I am not saying that Apple IOS is 100% secure, I am just saying that it is harder to HACK.

This is the way I think about it and this can really help when others ask me about what device they should purchase.

Android = Advancements, Affordable, and Customization

Apple IOS = Stability, Security, and Consistency


Android will always be my choice of preferred device for these couple reasons.

– RootJunky

 

Magisk Systemless Root Manager

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In the wake of Chainfire selling SuperSU, Magisk has stepped in to fill the void. The best part about it is that this new root management solution is open source which SuperSU was lacking. The good part about this tool is that the root manager does still work with supersu, if you have already rooted with it. So if you just want to check out Magisk just go ahead and install it on your Supersu rooted device. Magisk is systemless root only which is nice for those of use that still want to use Android Pay or any other apps that check for root access on the device. Also because it doesn’t change anything on the system partition you can still take OTA updates without any problems. Just follow these directions below and you to can install it on your device as long as you have TWRP available for your device.

Installation Instructions
Before Magisk installs anything on your device, please note that magisk will create a boot image backup in /data/stock_boot_<sha1>.img.gz
If anything goes wrong (e.g. bootloop), you can either use the uninstaller (recommended) or decompress the backup and manually restore your boot image
It should ALWAYS bring your device back to life (supposing you have a custom recovery that can decrypt your /data)

If you’re already rooted with MagiskSU or Latest Official Systemless SuperSU

If you’re not rooted, or something went wrong and you need a clean start

  • (Recommended) Restore your boot image back to stock (flash uninstaller if Magisk is previously installed)
  • Download the latest Magisk zip file
  • Reboot to a custom recovery
  • If you choose to use SuperSU (only support Android 6.0+), flash SuperSU in systemless mode now
  • Flash Magisk zip
  • Reboot. Update the stub Magisk Manager to the latest from Play Store

Features

  • 100% fully open source and easy to build! 
  • Magic Mount:
    Allow you to do any system (vendor) modification without actually tampering the partitions.
  • MagiskSU: Open Source Root Solution
    Root your device with MagiskSU, based on phh’s Superuser, which is based on CM Superuser.
  • Magisk Manager:
    MagiskSU Root Management, Install / Upgrade Magisk in-app,
    Manage, Upgrade, Download, Install Magisk Modules within a few taps.
  • Magisk Hide:
    Hide Magisk from detection, including SafetyNet, which is used in Android Pay, Pokemon GO, Mario Run etc.
  • Resetprop:
    Allow you to do any modifications to system props (build.prop), including read-only props.
    It is also used for tricking the bootloader state, and (for Samsung) the KNOX state
  • Multiple Entry Points:
    Provide several entry points to developers, reliably pausing the boot process before everything is done.
    Include post-fs (cache) mode, which happens even earlier than data is mounted (used to replace Boot Animation etc.)
  • Standard Stuffs:
    Remove dm-verity, forceencrypt; includes a super complete busybox to guarantee consistent behaviour, and can also be toggled to be used universally.

Downloads

Latest Magisk
Latest Uninstaller (Support v1+)
Magisk Manager

If you have installed Magisk on your device please comment blow and let me know your thoughts.

Phonlab E-Campus Free Course

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Phonlab E-Campus free Chromebook Support course

I have been working with Phonlab for many months now and we decided to bring everyone a FREE course on Chromebooks to help techs and repair shops trouble shoot and fix customer devices. If you want to get access to this FREE course just head over to Phonlab.Teachable.com and enroll. Once you enroll in the Chromebook Support course you will have access to all the lessons. We hope you enjoy them and if you find them handy you may want to check out Phonlab E-Campus where we cover smartphone repairs and security.  Phonlab has just added our own tool called MotoReaper and it can remove FRP factory reset protection lock on any Motorola device on the market today. It is an amazing tool and all students at Phonlab E-campus get access to this tool. We hope to see you there so join us and be the future of mobile today.

 

RootJunky