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Android 9 Pie update tracker: What we know so far (Updated October 23)

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The next major version of Android, Android 9.0 Pie, has already made its way to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Google announced this official Android 9.0 update on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day.

But what about other devices? What will happen to the other non-Pixel Android phones that were a part of the Android Beta program? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Android 9.0 Pie update schedule, which devices are compatible with Android Pie, how to install Android Pie updates, and more.

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Key Android Pie update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 9 Pie review. We’d suggest checking out that article to see what’s new in Android Pie, what new features it brings, all the design tweaks, and more.

  • Gesture navigation
  • Redesigned app overview screen
  • New look for quick settings
  • Optional dark/light themes
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Adaptive Brightness
  • Adaptive Battery
  • App Actions and Slices
  • Improved notifications
  • Improved Do Not Disturb mode

More coming soon

While Android Pie is already available on Pixels, not all the features that Google teased are coming right away. Digital Wellbeing, a major Google initiative for this year, will arrive this fall, likely with the Pixel 3. Pixel owners can sign up for a beta program for Digital Wellbeing, but it won’t roll out to everyone until later this year. Meanwhile, App Slices, which provide quick access to specific features inside apps, will also arrive this fall.

Android Go Pie edition

A week after the official launch of Android 9.0 Pie, Google announced the Pie version of Android Go. The company claims it’s even smaller, faster, and more secure than the Oreo version. The OS will free up even more space on smartphones, as shown in the image below:

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The Pie version of Android Go also offers faster boot times, security features like verified boot, and a dashboard for tracking data consumption.

Google Pie update

Google began rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie update to its Pixel smartphones on Monday, August 6, 2018. All four Pixel phones, whether they were enrolled in the Android Beta program or not, received the update on the same day. Android Pie factory images and OTA files are available on Google’s website. We also have a handy how to install Android Pie article if you need help sideloading the update manually.

Below, you’ll find a list of Pixel factory images and OTA files:

Google Pixel 2 XL

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel 2

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel XL

Factory images

OTA files

Google Pixel

Factory images

OTA files

What about the other Android manufacturers?

This year, the Android Pie rollout was a bit different from other major OS releases. Thanks to Google’s efforts with Project Treble, seven other phone makers — Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Essential — were able to enroll their smartphones in the Android Beta program alongside Pixels. Google says all non-Pixels enrolled in the Android Beta program will receive the official Android Pie updates by the end of fall 2018 (which could be as late as November 31). Additionally, “qualifying Android One devices” will also be updated by the end of the fall, though Google never specified what “qualifying” means.

We’ve reached out to each one of the manufacturers listed above to see when their smartphones will receive the Android 9.0 Pie update.

Essential Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Essential has always been extremely fast at issuing Android updates, and this release is no different. Minutes after Google announced Pie, Essential already started rolling out the update to the Essential Phone. Some of us actually received the update on our Essential Phones quicker than our Pixels. Not bad!

August 13, 2018 — Essential has announced via Twitter that the Android Pie update has been released for Sprint customers.

August 27, 2018 — The company took to Twitter to announce that the Android Pie update started rolling out to Telus variants of the Essential Phone.

OnePlus Pie update

August 6, 2018 — The company said in a statement that it looks forward to bringing Android Pie to the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 3, but stopped short of offering any details:

OnePlus is driven by the idea of giving people the best possible hardware and software experience and that’s why we’ve been excited about Android P for some time now, having worked closely with the Android Beta Program. We’re looking forward to bringing Android P to OnePlus 6, as well as updating OnePlus 5/5T, and OnePlus 3/3T, ensuring OnePlus users all over the world can continue to enjoy new features.

August 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, unofficial AOSP ports of the latest Android version are already available for some OnePlus devices. These include the OnePlus 3 and 3T, as well as the older OnePlus X and OnePlus 2.

September 3, 2018 — The company has released the Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6, which brings Android 9.0 Pie to the device. To try it out, click here to read instructions and get links to download the software. But before you do, keep in mind that as this is a beta update, some things — including Google Pay — won’t work properly. And if you don’t like the software and want to go back to the stable Oreo version of Android, you’ll have to wipe your OnePlus 6 and then reinstall the OS — which means you’ll lose all the data that’s not backed up.

September 7, 2018 — The manufacturer has released the Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6. The update brings Wi-Fi stability improvements, optimized background power consumption control, optimized multitasking UI, and more — see the entire changelog here.

September 15, 2018 — OnePlus has released the Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 6. The update adds the ability to launch Google Assistant or any other third-party assistant by pressing and holding the power button for 0.5 seconds. It also adds new functionality to Parallel Apps: the feature now supports Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, and OLA. Additionally, the beta update brings with it stability fixes for the fingerprint sensor, face unlock, and ambient display.

September 21, 2018 — OnePlus has released the stable version of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the OnePlus 6. It’s a staged rollout, which means the update will be available for a limited number of users at first and will make its way to all OnePlus 6 device over the next few weeks. The rollout isn’t based on regions — the update is instead randomly shipped out to a limited number of handsets.

October 16, 2018 — The stable version of Android 9.0 Pie is now rolling out to OnePlus 6 devices in the U.K. The update weighs about 1.5GB.

October 14, 2018 — Pete Lau, one of the founders of OnePlus, revealed on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo that the upcoming OnePlus 6T will launch with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. However, the OnePlus 6T’s software will be different from the current version of Pie on the OnePlus 6. It will have some new gestures as well as “a whole new UI, ”according to the OxygenOS development team.

Pete Lau also mentioned that while the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T will still receive Android 9.0 Pie, the update is taking longer than expected. Unfortunately, he didn’t share specific details on when it will be available.

Oppo Pie update

August 6, 2018 — Oppo reached out to Android Authority to say that it does not yet have a target release date for Android Pie.

Vivo Pie update

August 8, 2018 — Vivo told Android Authority that it plans to release Android Pie in Q4 2018:

Designing for consumers’ needs continues to be Vivo’s top priority. Upgrading to the latest Android Pie operating system to deliver better mobile experience is therefore an area Vivo is working on bringing to consumers as soon as possible. Consumers can expect this update to come out in Q4 this year. We will keep you updated once we have more details to share.

Sony Pie update

August 16, 2018 — Sony published a blog post detailing the nine devices in its roster that will get Android 9.0 Pie. They are:

The update process will kick off in November for the XZ devices and then start in early 2019 for the XA2 line.

October 12, 2018 — Sony is rolling out the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The update comes in just over 1GB in size and includes the latest October 2018 security patch.

October 18, 2018 — Sony has revealed detailed info regarding its Android Pie update schedule. The company said the XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact will get the update sooner than expected — the rollout will begin on October 26 as opposed to in November. The other handsets will get the update as per original schedule. Sony will begin to roll out the update for the XZ2 Premium from November 7, while the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus will get the update from March 4 next year.

HTC Pie update

August 10, 2018 — HTC took to Twitter to announce that it’s bringing Android Pie to four of its smartphones: U12 Plus, U11 Plus, U11, and the Android One variant of the U11 Life. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the updates will be available. HTC said this will be announced in “due course.”

Huawei/Honor Pie update

August 9, 2018 — Huawei revealed on Weibo that it’s conducting internal testing of the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20, Honor 10, and Honor V10.

August 21, 2018 — A Huawei South Africa spokesperson told MyBroadband that the manufacturer will release its EMUI 9.0 skin based on Android Pie at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which kicks off August 31. The spokesperson also said the company will roll out Android Pie to the Huawei P20 series in September, followed by the Mate series shortly after. We expect loads of other Huawei devices to get the update as well, although the company didn’t mention which ones and when.

September 1, 2018 — Huawei announced EMUI 9.0 at IFA, which is based on Android Pie. It also kicked off its beta program, allowing users of select Huawei devices to try out the software before it is officially released. These devices include:

To sign up for the program, go to Huawei’s Friendly User Test page, download the Huawei Beta app, go to Personal > Join project, select the EMUI 9 beta program, and tap “Sign Up.” Keep in mind that Huawei may choose to limit the number of users it accepts in the program — learn more here.

September 30, 2018 — Huawei is rolling out the beta Android Pie update based on EMUI 9.0 to the Mate 10 Pro.

October 2, 2018 — Get Droid Tips reports that Huawei has released the beta Android Pie update for the Honor View 10. However, the update is only available to users in Europe for now.

Motorola Pie update

August 15, 2018 — Motorola revealed which devices would receive the Android Pie update. Starting this fall, Android Pie will make its way to these phones:

It’s worth noting that the Moto E5 lineup isn’t on that list (despite being announced only months ago), and the entire Moto G5 lineup isn’t on the list either.

Nokia Pie update

August 21, 2018 — HMD Global promised back in May that all Android-running Nokia phones will be updated to Android Pie. Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas now shared more details on the topic, confirming at a New Dehli event that the Nokia 7 Plus will be the first of its devices to be updated to Android 9.0 this September. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Nokia 7 Plus was part of the Android P beta scheme.

August 31, 2018 — Responding to a user on Twitter, HMD Global executive Juho Sarvikas said that a camera-related update with “new experiences” is coming to the Nokia 8 with Android Pie. The update will also bring ARCore to the device. Unfortunately, Sarvikas didn’t mention when the update will be available.

September 12, 2018 — The Nokia 7 Plus has received another beta Android Pie update. The changes in the latest version appear to be minimal. The update apparently brings the September security patch, a non-removable “At a Glance” widget on the home screen, data arrows inside the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar, and support for the aptX Bluetooth codec to the device. The stable version of Pie is expected to hit the device sometime this month.

September 28, 2018 — Nokia has released the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie for the Nokia 7 Plus. The update comes in at around 1.4GB.

October 4, 2018 — The recently announced Nokia 7.1 will get the Android 9.0 Pie update by the end of November. HMD Global has also confirmed to Android Authority that it plans on rolling out Android Pie to the Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus in the same month, followed by the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco by the end of 2018.

October 9, 2018 — Juho Sarvikas, Nokia’s CPO, took to Twitter to announce that the beta version of Android 9.0 Pie is available for the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

October 11, 2018 — Looks like Nokia plans on speeding things up a bit. The company shared more detailed info on its Pie update schedule (via Android Central), saying that the Nokia 7.1, 6.1 Plus, and 6.1 will get the stable version of Android Pie before the end of October. The previous plan was to release the update sometime in November. The Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco will follow soon after, with the stable version of the OS expected to roll out to the devices in November.

Xiaomi Pie update

September 12, 2018 — MIUI 10 Open Beta firmware based on Android Pie is available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8. The Mi Mix 2S beta can be flashed using recovery or fastboot methods, while the Mi 8 firmware (via XDA-Developers) is currently only available via recovery — so you’ll need to unlock your phone’s bootloader to install it using TWRP. You can find the download links for both ROMs in our dedicated post at the link.

October 16, 2018 — According to XDA-Developers, the stable version of Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top is now available for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

Samsung Pie update

October 20, 2018 — Thanks to a teaser the company posted in the Samsung+ app (via Pocketnow), we have a better idea on when the Android Pie update will be available for devices such as the Galaxy S9. The teaser revealed that the latest version of the OS will start rolling out “early next year.” Unfortunately, a more specific time frame was not given.

Looking back at the Android P beta rollout

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Google released the first Android P developer preview on March 7, 2018. Following that alpha release, Google revealed the first Android P beta build (developer preview 2) at Google I/O 2018 on May 8, also announcing other non-Pixel devices would be compatible with the Android P beta.

The third Android P preview (beta 2) released June 6, 2018. This build featured the final APIs and official SDK. Following that, the fourth Android P preview launched on July 2, 2018. It included the latest Android security patches as well as some bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Google released the fifth Android P developer preview (beta 4) on July 25. This release candidate build includes final APIs and system behaviors. Google released the final, public version of Android 9.0 Pie on August 6.

You can see an overview of what each build featured:

The Android P beta was available for the following devices:

Additionally, Nokia brought the Android P update (beta) to three of its other phones: the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though only in China.


That’s everything we know about the Android 9.0 Pie update so far. Did we miss anything? Sound off in the comments!

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Google News bug reportedly led one user to receive a $240 data bill

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  • Some Google News users are reporting that the app used an excessive amount of background data.
  • The first report of the issue was said to have been made in June, while the most recent was made just last week.
  • Google says it is looking into the issue.

Google News appears to have a bug that is causing it to use huge amounts of background data without users knowing. The issue, which was reported on the Google forums and spotted by The Verge, has apparently affected users in Japan, the U.S., and the U.K.

The initial post was made by a user named J J F at the beginning of September. In the report, the user stated that the app used 7.65GB of data overnight. The user said the device was connected to Wi-Fi, but also mentioned that the signal was weak and may have been connecting and disconnecting. A more extreme example of the bug was reported by a user who said the app used 19GB of data without their knowledge which apparently led to a charge of $240.

While the first post on the main forum thread was made on September 1, other users stated that they made Google aware of the issue as early as June. The most recent report came on October 17. The bug has also been reported on Reddit, the Verizon community forum, and Twitter.

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A Google representative said the company is looking into the issue, although, this was on September 27 and there still doesn’t appear to be a fix. So far, the best solution for those affected appears to be turning off background data. However, given the service relies on background data to push through notifications about relevant news stories, this isn’t particularly ideal.

Next up: Google News app hands-on: The be-all-end-all news aggregator



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Qualcomm shares advancements in 5G tech

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  • Qualcomm reduced the size of its QTM052 5G antennas by 25 percent.
  • Samsung will use Qualcomm’s FSM100xx chipset in its 5G Small Cell solution.
  • Qualcomm and Ericsson conducted the first sub-6GHz call with a mobile form factor.

During Qualcomm’s annual 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm shared some advancements in its 5G tech. These advancements come just as we turn toward 2019, when 5G will become a commercial reality. Without any further ado, let’s see exactly what’s new.

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Smaller antenna modules

Qualcomm announced a major update to its QTM052 family of 5G antennas, the components required a handset to connect to 5G NR mmWave networks. In just three months, Qualcomm was able to reduce the size of these antenna modules by 25 percent. That may sound insignificant, until you recall that the first 5G smartphone designs will need to include these antenna modules.

Qualcomm 5G

Manufacturers rely on these critical components being small enough to implement into their thin smartphone designs. Any remaining space is of extreme value as it provides the opportunity to include a higher capacity battery.

As a consumer, this is exciting as it means fewer design compromises in the first 5G smartphones

By reducing the size of these antenna modules, Qualcomm is giving smartphone manufacturers more flexibility in how they implement them within their products. As a consumer, this is exciting as it means fewer design compromises in the first 5G smartphones.

Deal with Samsung to develop small cells

Small cells will be a key piece to the 5G platform, as they can offer extremely fast, ultra-low latency, and reliable connections. Since these small cells broadcast high frequency sub-6 and mmWave bands, however, many small cell units will need to be installed in order to take advantage of some of 5G NR’s most ambitious promises. This is especially true for “last-mile” deployments.

Qualcomm has announced it is collaborating with Samsung to create small cell units that utilize the FSM100xx

In May of 2018, Qualcomm announced a 10nm chipset designed for 5G NR small cell use: the FSM100xx. Now, Qualcomm has announced it is collaborating with Samsung to create small cell units that utilize the FSM100xx.

Qualcomm says that Samsung’s 5G Small Cell solution is expected to begin sampling in 2020.

First 5G NR sub-6GHz OTA call with Ericsson

In September, Qualcomm and Ericsson successfully conducted the first 5G NR mmWave over-the-air data call in a mobile form factor. That call was transmitted over both the 28 and 39GHz mmWave spectrum bands.

Now, Qualcomm has announced that it has also been able to conduct the first 5G NR sub-6GHz call in a mobile form factor, again with the help of Ericsson. For those interested, the call was conducted over the 3.5GHz frequency.

These calls are promising milestones that should help accelerate 5G deployment

This is important to the rollout of 5G, as it demonstrates Qualcomm’s compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15 spec. These calls are promising milestones that should help accelerate 5G deployment.

A bright future

Clearly, Qualcomm is well-positioned to help commercialize 5G during 2019. These announcements are very impressive, as they demonstrate rapid progress in the actual tech. With that said, there are still a number of challenges that remain for both Qualcomm and the general deployment of 5G NR. Hopefully, Qualcomm will be able to continue its work in facilitating 5G network deployment.

As a general consumer, it’s important to remember that the 5G platform involves multiple types of spectrum: mmWave, sub-6GHz, and aggregated LTE. Thus, we should expect the roll-out for 5G will be more like slowly turning a faucet rather than flipping a switch.



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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 675, yet another mid-range chipset

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  • Qualcomm optimized the Snapdragon 675 for mainstream use.
  • The first smartphones using the Snapdragon 675 will ship in Q1 2019.
  • The 675 is Qualcomm’s third mid-range processor announced within the past six months.

During its annual 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 675. According to Qualcomm, this new processor is less about specifications and more about overall user experience. On paper, it doesn’t look like much of an upgrade over the three-month-old Snapdragon 670.

There are even a couple hardware downgrades with the 675. For example, the 675 is constructed with a 11nm process instead of a 10nm process like the Snapdragon 670. The GPU has been downgraded from an Adreno 615 to an Adreno 612, too.

  Snapdragon 675 Snapdragon 670 Snapdragon 710
CPU 2x 2.0GHz Kryo 460 (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.7GHz Kryo 460 (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.0GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A75)
6x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.2GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A75)
6x 1.7GHz Kryo 360 (Cortex-A55)
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 615 Adreno 616
RAM LPDDR4X @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X @ 1886MHz
DSP Hexagon 685 Hexagon 685 Hexagon 685
ISP Spectra 250L
25MP single or 16MP dual
48MP snapshots
480fps HD Slo-Mo
Spectra 250
25MP single or 16MP dual
Spectra 250
32MP single or 20MP dual
Modem X12 LTE
600Mbps down
150Mbps up
X12 LTE
600Mbps down
150Mbps up
X15 LTE
800Mbps down
150Mbps up
Quick Charge 4+ 4+ 4+
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0
Process 11nm LPP FinFET 10nm LPP FinFET 10nm LPP FinFET

With that said, Qualcomm assured us that the Snapdragon 675 performs considerably better than the Snapdragon 670 in real-world scenarios. Built-in game enhancements, for example, reduce “janks” or stutters by over 90 percent during game play.

In addition, the new fourth generation Kryo cores offer anywhere from 15 to 35 percent faster performance in common tasks like opening apps or browsing the web. Qualcomm has used these stats combined with reduced costs when justifying their decision to use an 11nm manufacturing process.

Learn: Why everyone is rushing to 7nm

It’s no secret that Qualcomm has been focusing a lot on AI recently, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve included their Hexagon 685 digital signal processor. That’s the same DSP Qualcomm is using for the Snapdragon 845, 710, and 670.

While each smartphone manufacturer has the ultimate say on which AI features to include in their devices, the 675’s hardware should enable fast face detection, smart image processing, and high accuracy keyword detection for built-in voice assistants.

The largest improvements with the 675 come with its upgraded Spectra 250L image signal processor. With this ISP, the Snapdragon 675 offers more advanced camera features like high-resolution snapshots and slo-mo video. With the help of the Hexagon 685 AI smarts, Qualcomm is also offering a universal portrait mode with the 675. For those unfamiliar, the portrait mode creates an artificial bokeh effect after an image has been captured. This effect makes images seem more professional, as if they were taken with a DSLR camera.

Qualcomm has created a lot of confusion with their recent mid-range chipset release strategy

Despite these improvements, Qualcomm has created a lot of confusion with their recent mid-range chipset release strategy. When asked about the crowdedness of this space, Qualcomm’s VP of Product Management, Kedar Kondap, agreed that there were a lot of mid-range options but noted that Qualcomm was simply responding to OEM demand. Still, that’s not a great excuse for releasing three very similar processors within a matter of six months.

It’s puzzling why Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 670 just three months before today’s release and three months after the release of the Snapdragon 710. Since these processors are so similar to each other, we’re worried that this strategy will cause confusion for buyers.

In the future, we’d like to see Qualcomm either do away with its 700 series or use it to consolidate its high-600 chipsets. As of right now, there’s simply too many similar processors for the vast majority of consumers to understand the differences between them.

With that said, we do see the Snapdragon 675 as a nice upgrade to Qualcomm’s existing options. Let’s just hope there isn’t another mid-range processor release in three months from now.



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Screen Calling: let Google deal with scam likely

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Telemarketers suck, it’s just a fact of life. Thankfully Google’s new Call Screening feature will let Google Assistant answer your phone so you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

Call Screening is built into the Pixel 3 phone app and will roll out to the Pixel and Pixel 2 family this November. As for what it does? If you receive a call and have no clue who it is, simply hit the call screen button and Google Assistant will pick up the phone for you.

The caller will hear the following:

“Hi, the person you’re calling is using a screening service from Google, and will get a copy of this conversation. Go ahead and say your name, and why you’re calling.”

Odds are the person on the line instantly hangs up if they are a telemarketer. At least that’s been my experience.

Occasionally the caller will respond to Google and tell you who they are. If you still aren’t sure if you want to pick up you can choose “tell me more”, “is it urgent”, “call me back”, and other similar options. You also have the option of flagging the call as spam so it ends up blocked.

If you decide the person calling is worth answering, you can simply hit the answer button and begin the call like normal.

What else you need to know about Call Screening

Call Screening is a pretty simple feature but here are a few other things you might want to know about it:

  • The option is available in the dialer by default. There’s nothing to enable to get this working. Of course if you don’t want to ever use it, that’s your choice.
  • You can change the voice. The voice is set to female by default but you can change it. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right of the phone app to go into settings, from there go to Call Screen > Voice and choose the male voice option.
  • The data is not saved. If you are worried about Google recording you, don’t. Straight from Google: “The Google Assistant helps with screening calls, but doesn’t save call audio or transcripts to your Google Account, your Google Assistant Activity page, or Web & App Activity.”

Google has yet to announce plans to bring this feature to non-Pixel devices but it’s certainly possible this could change in the future. Is this feature something you’d like to see? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.



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Award-winning Mondly is a language game-changer

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Mondly App on PhoneIt’s Mondly Monday, and learning a new language could be your thing this week. Whether you need to make yourself more marketable, or you just want to chat up the locals on your next vacation, being bilingual has big advantages.

Just because you didn’t pick up a language at school, doesn’t mean you can’t do it. School language lessons were boring, long, and difficult. Mondly is a new way of learning. If it didn’t make language learning fun, quick, and easy, then it wouldn’t be winning awards.

And it did win awards. Mondly was the winner of Best New App in the App Store in January 2016 — among others — and it’s not hard to see why. It combines the simplicity and fun of language apps with state-of-the-art speech recognition and professional voice actors.

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The lessons are more like little games, so they don’t feel like a chore. If you switch 10 minutes of Instagram time for 10 minutes of Mondly each day then you’ll be jabbering away in a new dialect before you know it.

There are 33 different languages you can learn with Mondly, and that doesn’t mean you have to start in English either. That’s why it already has over 25 million subscribers.

Mondly at a glance:

  • Up to five of 33 languages to learn in your native tongue
  • Memorize core words, form sentences, and take part in conversations
  • Enhance your education with a dictionary, verb conjugator, and speech recognition technology
  • Learn pronunciation from conversations between native speakers
  • Break the learning process down into short lessons

Instead of a monthly subscription, right now you can get lifetime access to Mondly for a one-off payment. You can sign up for one language for just $39.99, and there are even better deals if you’re looking to learn several languages. It’s normally about $10 per month for one language, so you stand to save big.

The offer expires very soon, so don’t put it off any longer. Hit the button below to find the deal.

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Get the Pixel 3 Night Sight on your Pixel, Pixel 2, or Pixel 3 right now

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  • The new Night Sight camera feature Google unveiled at its recent hardware event is now unofficially available for all Pixel devices.
  • You can get the new feature via an unofficial port of the Google Camera app.
  • Eventually, Night Sight will roll out to all Pixel devices via the official app, but you can give it a try now!

Google’s line of Pixel smartphones has always been highly regarded for its photography capabilities. As such, it wasn’t much of a surprise Google devoted a substantial block of its hardware launch for the Google Pixel 3 to different camera tricks coming to the highly-anticipated smartphone.

One of those features is called Night Sight. Using Night Sight, a Pixel owner can shoot a long-exposure photo at night or in a dark area and Google’s software will magically make the shot look much better.

Check out some camera samples below. The picture on the left is the photo taken with just HDR+ on, and the right is the same shot with Night Sight:

Night Sight didn’t ship with the Google Pixel 3 — it will instead come through a future software update to the device. However, modders over at XDA Developers figured out a simple way to bring Night Sight to any Pixel device, including the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.

To get Night Sight, you need to download a slightly-modified version of the Google Camera app which is available at AndroidFileHost. You can click here to get it or click the button at the bottom of the article.

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To be clear, this is a customized application and will register on your Pixel device as a new app. That means after installing this app you’ll have two Google Camera apps on your phone: the official version and this modified version.

Eventually, Night Sight will roll out to Pixel devices within the official Camera app. Keep in mind that since this mod is based on a leaked version of the software, the results you get from Night Sight using this custom app might be different from the final version.

Click the button below to install the modded Google Camera app. Remember, you’ll need to enable the installation of unofficial apps in order to install.



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Honor Magic 2 leak shows off a Huawei P20 Pro lookalike and a pop-up camera

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  • Several Chinese celebrities got hands-on time with the upcoming Honor Magic 2.
  • The images show off a slider mechanism, three rear cameras, and a color gradient.
  • The Magic 2 also has a TENAA listing, which revealed flagship-level hardware.

Even though Honor has yet to release the Magic 2, several lucky Chinese celebrities got some hands-on time and gave us a first look at the upcoming smartphone in action on their respective Weibo pages.

Based on the images, it looks like the Magic 2 will feature a slide-out section that hides the 16-megapixel camera and two TOF lenses used for 3D facial recognition. Honor already touted the mechanism during IFA 2018, though it looks like you have to manually slide out the cameras instead of there being a motor to do it for you. Singer Jiacheng Wu said the sliding mechanism felt “very good,” though fellow celebrity Enqi Zhong took it the the next level and turned the clicking sound into a song beat.

Elsewhere, the back of the Magic 2 is very reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro’s due to the camera alignment. From top to bottom, the cameras reportedly come in at 16, 24, and 16 megapixels. We do not know which sensor is for what, though we can guess the camera array will be some combination of regular, monochrome, and telephoto sensors.

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Taking a look at the back some more, we cannot help but stare at the mirror finish and gradient that takes the phone from red to purple. There will likely be other color options, though the red option looks stunning.

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Thankfully, the Magic 2’s listing on TENAA shows us that the phone is not just about its looks. The Magic 2 sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and almost a 100 percent screen-to-body ratio, thanks to the lack of a notch and the front camera hidden in the slider mechanism. The phone might also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, since there is no such sensor around back or below the display.

Under the hood, the Magic 2 features Huawei’s new Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,400mAh battery. The battery size might be average, but the phone reportedly comes with a 40W charger that debuted alongside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Lastly, the Magic 2 runs EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie.

We should learn much more about the Magic 2 at the end of October, when Honor will reportedly release the phone.



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