Android news #162: Google I/O in 2018, do frameless smartphone Lenovo and ZTE sunset

We present to your attention the 162nd edition of our weekly project “Android news”! Tonight we talk about Google I/O in 2018, frameless the Lenovo smartphone, and much more. Below, with the same news you can find in a traditional text format.

The results of the presentation of Google I/O 2018

Google held a presentation of the I/O 2018. This time they managed to surprise a huge number of useful and exciting features. Gmail, Photo, Assistant, Android P, Adaptive Battery and much more. However, everything in order.

The presentation started with what came on stage, Sundar Pichai and began immediately with Emoji. He discussed the arisen problems in the past with a drawing of Emoji Burger and beer:

Then he spoke about artificial intelligence. Overall the whole presentation is focused on integration of AI with all the services of the company. And if last year the discussion about AI was just talk, today company practice shows all its new developments.


Sundar started with medicine. The company has provided health centres in AI systems, which made possible to predict various cardiovascular diseases. Next we were shown a function that divides the speech into dialogues. Artificial intelligence analyzes speech and automatically breaks it into the dialogue each of the participants in the conversation.


Not left without attention and Gmail. This month, the service users will appreciate the auto-completion phrases. This will significantly speed up the process of writing letters.


The Photos app has several new functions. Now the photo of the document can be converted to PDF, while unimportant position where the camera is in the time of the shooting, the AI will automatically correct the perspective of a document and converts it to PDF. Another nice feature is the coloring of black-and-white photos — it also meets AI.

Assistant Google

The presentation was presented to the TPU 3.0 chipset, then we are talking about the Assistant. In the application settings, users in the U.S. will be able to activate the voice John legend. Besides, now do not need every time to pronounce the phrase “OK, Google”, it is enough to say it once before the beginning of the conversation. Of nice innovations — Assistant will now reward users with a pleasant word, if you hear a polite address. Another interesting feature associated with the Assistant — integration with navigation in Google Maps.

Now the most important thing. If you ask your Assistant to remind you, for example, about cutting tomorrow at 10 am, the Assistant himself in the background will call the barbershop and begins to communicate with the employee to reserve the date and time of the visit. This feature made the audience a strong impression — the hall was ecstatic.

The struggle with addiction

It is a kind of panel that shows statistics on the usage time of the gadget. If long time to use the device, you will be asked to complete operation of the gadget, thus trying to prevent the development of dependence. About this problem before, wrote many, and Google is the only company that is seriously thinking about it. For example, the YouTube app will receive the notification “it’s Time to take a break”. The company also showed the function of Family Link, it is possible to restrict use of the device by the child.

Google News

A few words should be said about the news app of Google News. Now Google news is made in Material Design 2.0, and the news are selected on the basis of the AI taking into account the interests of the user. Google News is available today to owners of iOS and Android, also available as a web version.

Adaptive Battery

It analyzes the use of the device and based on the AI disables uninteresting user services, whereby the load on the processor and memory is reduced.

Adaptive brightness enabled AI

Users will no longer be faced with the need to constantly manually change the position of the slider aftertaste, artificial intelligence will analyze the movement of the slider depending on the light and adjust the brightness to a specific user in various scenes.

App Actions

She puts the card in the applications menu, which are adapted to the use of the device. If you connect headphones, you will see the card with the ability to quickly navigate to the songs of your favorite artist.


The usual navigation buttons in the past — they will be replaced by more convenient gestures. Swipe up — open a list of running applications. Swipe right on navigation bar — quick switching between apps using the scrollbar.

Shush and Wind

The Shush function activates the mode “do Not disturb”, if you turn the device face down. Wind is an even more interesting feature. Many are faced with the inability to refuse the use of smartphone at night. For them and invented Wind. When the time comes to sleep, the device automatically converts the image from color to black and white. The content on a black and white screen is perceived difficult, the user in this case will refuse usage of the device in favor of healthy sleep.

AR + Card

In Google Maps appeared augmented reality. Set the destination point, aim the camera at the road and look for signs. In addition, if you pass by the shops, point the camera at one of them, the screen will display information on it.

Google Lens

You can highlight text on pictures. Is integration with an Assistant. That is, selecting some text, the Assistant will find it information.

Supported smartphones

Well, now the most important thing. Android P Beta will receive the following smartphones:

  • Essential Phone
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Nokia 7 plus
  • OPPO R15 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Vivo X21UD
  • Vivo X21
  • Xiaomi Mi 2S Mix
  • OnePlus 6

ZTE is winding down sales of branded smartphones

The Chinese company ZTE is suspending sales of its smartphones indefinitely, reports Reuters , citing sources. The reason was the ban of the US authorities for the implementation of proprietary technology in the country. Products manufacturer has already started to disappear from the range of major online platforms like Taobao and branded online store ZTE.

According to representatives of ZTE, at the moment the company has enough funds to stay afloat, fulfilling all its obligations, even for some time. During this period, lawyers ZTE expect through negotiations with the US authorities to soften the ban on the sale of smartphones as well as the right to cooperate with American companies.

The reason why smartphones ZTE disappear from stores all over the world, directly connected with the ban on the use of components produced by U.S. companies. Appropriate taboos restrict the right of American companies to cooperate with actors who are in the sanctions list of the US authorities.

The Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 9 with the big share of probability will look exactly the same as the current model generation. This is indicated by the renderer, confirming the appearance of the future smartphone, which was published the famous insider with the nickname Ice Universe on his Twitter page.

According to Ice Universe, this year Samsung has decided to do without rethinking line of flagship smartphones, giving more attention to the available models. Galaxy 9, and Galaxy S9 will get mainly “iron” upgrade, while its appearance will remain virtually unchanged.

Most likely, Samsung Electronics “pack” Galaxy Note 9 in the case of the more durable and thick glass to increase its impact by making it slightly narrower and shorter — for the greater whatisthedi. In the same way the manufacturer did against Galaxy Galaxy S9 and S9+.

According to data of the synthetic tests, the Galaxy Note 9 will be one of the most productive solutions in its class. The smartphone will have Snapdragon or Exynos 845 9815, depending on the region of supply, 8 GB RAM and dual camera with Live Photo.

The CEO of Lenovo has shown truly frameless smartphone

The Chinese company Lenovo, have not asserted themselves on the market of mobile devices is preparing to release a smartphone with a truly edge-to-edge display. This confirms the teaser showing part of the housing of future trends, which the General Director of the enterprise published in social network Weibo.


The upcoming gadget will be the first commercial bezrabotnym, warns a top Manager. During production it was decided not to go for half-measures, as do the competitors. 95% of the front panel of the smartphone will be the display, under and over which there will be no place for ledges, chins and necklines.

If making such a statement, the CEO of Lenovo has not played a cunning trick, we can assume that the new brainchild of the company will be largely similar to the Apex conception Vivo. Its display occupies the entire front panel of the smartphone, leaving no room even for the front camera. It is like a periscope, leaves the upper end.

Considering how much work will be spent on developing such a smartphone, there is every reason to believe that its hardware will be at the highest level. Most likely, the device will be equipped with Snapdragon processor 845, 6/8 GB of RAM and — in order to follow the trends — dual camera with optical zoom.

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