Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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<p>Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India who has been tinkering with Android since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies. The areas in which he is interested are SoCs, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at ip2unique@gmail.com.</p>

Google is Actively Investigating Reports of Pixel 2 XL Display Burn-in

The first reviews of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were posted on October 17, and we have seen questions being raised over the display quality of the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL display is a 6-inch WQHD+ (2880x1440) 18:9 aspect ratio P-OLED display made by LG. Google has stated that...

PSA: Google Pixel 2’s Active Edge Squeeze Doesn’t Work in Immersive Mode

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were announced on October 4, and have started to ship in certain markets. At the launch event, Google showed off the Active Edge feature on the phones, which enabled users to squeeze the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL to open Google Assistant or silence...

Why Glass is Replacing Aluminium and Plastic in Flagship Smartphones, and Why it Shouldn’t

Smartphone design trends come and go, but one trend which has been persistent for the past few years has been the transition to premium materials used in the construction of smartphones. While there was a time when it seemed like every single Android phone was made of plastic, design paradigms have slowly but steadily changed...

Huawei Mobile Phone Shipments Exceed 100 Million in First Three Quarters

On Saturday, Huawei announced that its mobile phone shipments have exceeded 100 million units in the first three quarters of 2017. This is a 19% increase year-on-year in terms of shipments, and further consolidates the company's status as the world's third largest (or second largest, depending on who you ask) smartphone manufacturer in the world. According...

More Specifications for the HTC U11 Plus (Ocean Master) Leaked

The rumour mill for the HTC U11 Plus has been heating up over the past few days. The device's existence was first reported back in September, when it was rumoured for a launch in November. In the past few days we have seen HTC confirm that it is holding an event in Taiwan on November...

Google Play Store Showcases Android Instant Apps with “Try Now” Button

Android Instant Apps were first showcased in Google I/0 2016. The premise was great: users could try out apps without the hassle of actually installing them. Instant Apps worked by breaking down a native app into small parts, which could be loaded faster and downloaded, then executed quickly. It displayed the UI screen for an...

‘Hey Google’ Command is Now Slowly Rolling Out to Users in the Google App

Waking up Google's voice search by voice isn't a new feature; it was first released in 2013. At that time, Google heavily promoted the 'OK Google' wake command, even to the extent of displaying 'Try OK Google' in the persistent search bar on the homescreen of the AOSP Launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat. The OK...

DxOMark Reviews Huawei Mate 10 Pro Cameras: ‘Outstanding Still Image Performance’

Recently, we have seen a lot of controversy erupt over DxOMark's reviews of flagship smartphone cameras. At one time, it seemed the general public wasn't well-aware of DxO's role as a consulting company which helps OEMs deliver better image quality from their cameras, which, depending on who you ask, leads to an inherent bias on...

HTC to Announce a New U Device on November 2

The considerable windfall in HTC's fortunes that came with Google's acquisition of part of HTC's smartphone business for $1.1 billion has changed the situation for the company. HTC had been struggling to keep itself afloat, but the U11 did help things considerably by selling better than the HTC 10. However, HTC's revenue drastically decreased in August,...

Microsoft Brings LinkedIn Integration and Customized Translator to the Huawei Mate 10 Phones

There was a time when Microsoft had a goal of competing with Google and Apple in the war of operating systems, as the company threw all its energy behind Windows Phone and later on Windows 10 Mobile. However, the platforms never gained a lot of traction and Microsoft was finally forced to admit defeat, with...

Google Camera with HDR+ Supposedly Working on Exynos Galaxy S7/S8/Note 8

Up until now, the Snapdragon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S8, and the Galaxy Note 8 could install and use the unofficial Google Camera HDR+ port to benefit from its image processing, but the Exynos variants of these devices were out of luck. This changes today, as the unofficial Google Camera HDR+...

HMD Global Announces the Nokia 7 with Snapdragon 630 in China

At an event held in China, HMD Global has announced the Nokia 7 mid-range smartphone, which fits between the Nokia 6 and the Nokia 8 in terms of the price range. The Nokia 7 is the first Nokia phone to have a glass back. Previously, both the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 6 had used aluminium...