We present to your attention the 154th edition of our weekly project “Android news”! Tonight we will talk about Face ID to Samsung, updated design, Google Play and more! Below, with the same news you can find in a traditional text format.
Google is working on a new design for Google Play
Google is working on a redesign of the Google Play app store, trying to make it more concise than before, journalists learned GadgetHacks. The updated directory is available to only a limited audience of users, but probably soon will be a widespread release.
Trying to rid Google Play of the dominance of visually unnecessary elements, software developers have made a string with information about the number of downloads, reviews and user ratings less than outstanding. Now in its place flaunts tiny characters in black-and-white color scheme, which are not so conspicuous as green.
In addition, now Google Play different displays information about the application depending on whether it was previously installed. For example, if the program is already on your device, you will be asked to give her opinion, to remove or to contact the developers. Those who are unfamiliar with the program, you will see the screenshots and, if possible, a video demonstration of the work.
MIUI 9 was available on all compatible devices
The stable version of MIUI, whose spread began in November last year, is now available for all compatible devices. This was confirmed by the head of the Indian office Xiaomi Manu Kumar. According to him, currently downloading the update in total are more than 50 smartphones and tablets.
Just the final wave of distribution of update touch 18 smartphones the Chinese manufacturer. Among them are the following models: Redmi 2/Prime, 4A Redmi, Redmi Note Prime, 4i Mi, Redmi 3S/Prime, the Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 1S, Redmi Note 3, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Max/Prime, Redmi Y1/Y1 Lite, Redmi 4, Max Mi 2, Redmi Note and Mi 4 2 Max.
To avoid high load on the server, the update will be distributed gradually. When it becomes available, you will receive a notification with link to download MIUI 9 “on the air”. If this happens, just check for updates manually or download from the relevant section on the company website.
It became known when the Samsung smartphones will receive analog Face ID
Samsung Electronics probably will not have time to implement the analogue of the Face ID before the release of the Galaxy Note 9 in the fall of 2018, so the first device manufacturer’s hardware face recognition system will become Galaxy’s next generation. About this newspaper The Bell, citing informed sources.
According to the interviewees The Bell, the development of hardware-software complex of recognition of entities for the new Galaxy S deals with Israeli start-up Mantis Vision, together with the manufacturer of 3D camera Namuga. From the success of Samsung partners depends not only on its ability to compete with Apple, but also a matter of prestige.
Flagship Samsung smartphones current generation are equipped with hybrid authentication system that combines the software technology of facial recognition hardware scanner of the iris. This tool, contrary to the expectations of consumers, does not provide an adequate level of safety, removing the lock on smartphone, even if the user’s eyes are closed.
Xiaomi has brought to Russia Redmi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus
March 15, the Russian “daughter” Xiaomi has announced the start of sales of smartphones Redmi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus in the domestic market. Both models with different capacities and in different colour versions will be available for ordering in a branded online store of Xiaomi at a price of 11 990 rubles.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a typical representative of the mainstream smartphone segment with a claim to the premium. The manufacturer has equipped the novelty 5.7-inch display with Full HD resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The ratio of the area of the display to the area of the front panel is much higher than that of counterparts from the same price category.
For the performance of the smartphone meets the 8-core Snapdragon chipset, 450, working together with 2/16 or 3/32 GB of RAM and internal memory depending on the modification. Main camera resolution 5 Redmi is 12 MP, and a built-in battery capacity — 3300 mAh.
Redmi 5 Plus features increased up to 6 inch display and larger the same battery capacity of 4000 mAh. In the heart of the smartphone is a more powerful processor the Snapdragon 625 and 3 GB of RAM. Main camera resolution with that of the younger version and is 12 MP.
Google has officially renamed the Android Wear app in Wear OS
On Monday, the journalists reported about the possible rebranding of the Android Wear. As pointed out by the contents of the preliminary version of the OS for developers, the system waited for renaming together with the final Assembly. The rumors are true — Wear OS was replaced by Android Wear.
Google officially announced the changes, according to 9to5google. According to employees, the new name “better reflects the technology, vision and, most importantly, users who use the clock of the company.”
In the Internet appeared the updated logo. Wear OS is written together with the mention “by Google”, and the signature image is made in the form of the letter “W” in the native colors of the company. The slogan “Make every moment meaningful”.
The website emphasizes that the watch is compatible with devices both mobile platforms Android and iOS. Google has also updated the companion app. Users will receive an update in the next couple of weeks.
Well, that’s all, see you next week!