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 Chrome Will Soon Begin Blocking Code-Injecting Apps

Google Chrome for Windows is a fast, capable web browser, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. Case in point: Chrome's proclivity to slowdowns, crashes, and other unwanted behaviors as a result of third-party applications. It's a serious problem, but Google's working on fixing it. In a post published Friday on the Chromium Blog, Google says that it...

Google Home Now Responds to Chained Commands

The Google Assistant-powered Google Home pretty much does it all. It can give you a weather report and keep you abreast of current events, of course, but it can also broadcast your voice across a room, control smart appliances, manage multiple calendars, and distinguish between different voices. And now, it can juggle more than one of those tasks at the...

Google Home Max Might be Released on December 11

There's no question that Google Home, Google's machine learning-powered smart speaker, is incredibly useful. Want to know the temperature? Ask the Google Assistant. What about your commute? It can answer you that, too. But it's always fallen short in the audio department, which is why Google announced a high-end follow-up to the Google Home, the Google...

Unlocked HTC U11 Life Receives Android Oreo Update in the US

The HTC U11 Life was announced on November 2 alongside HTC's flagship HTC U11 Plus. While the latter's yet to launch in all markets, the U11 Life hit store shelves earlier this year, including in the US. But there was a problem: In some countries, it shipped with an Android 7.1 Nougat-based version of Sense...

New Samsung Patent Shows a Fully Curved Galaxy Smartphone

In 2013, Samsung released its first smartphone with a flexible AMOLED display: The Galaxy Round. A year later, the Galaxy Note Edge hit the market with a curved display. The Galaxy Round and the Note Edge had limited availability, and it took 2015's Galaxy S6 Edge to make curved displays really popular. It's telling that Samsung doesn't sell...

Google’s Datally Helps Manage Your Mobile Data Usage

Despite the advent of 4G LTE, mobile data continues to be an expensive and unreliable proposition in many parts of the world. But at the same time, data consumption has increased exponentially -- and with it the need to track it. Newer versions of Android have built-in management tools that keep tabs on data consumption, but for...

Google Chrome for Android will Soon Support Password Exporting

It's a little hard to believe, but it's been almost five years since Google released Chrome for Android. Since then, the mobile port of Google's popular web browser has replaced the stock Android Open Source Project (AOSP) browser on most Android phones, received countless updates, and become one of the most-downloaded browsers on Android. Now,...

Xiaomi Redmi 5A Launched in India with Snapdragon 425 and 13MP Rear Camera

A week ago, Xiaomi said that it would launch a new Redmi smartphone in India. Some reports suggested that it was the Redmi 5A, the successor to the Redmi 4A, which launched in India in March. Those reports turned out to be true: On Thursday, Xiaomi has officially took the wraps off the India-bound variant of the...

Honor’s Smartphone Shipments Doubled in India in 2017

Honor's relentless release cycle shows no sign of slowing down. Earlier this year, the Huawei sub-brand took the wraps off the Honor 6X and a couple of high-end devices, most recently the Honor 7X in China. On Tuesday, it made the Honor V10, its newest flagship phone, official. And the effort's paying off -- the company...

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Leaked on TENAA Ahead of December 7 Launch

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus was leaked by the Chinese regulatory body TENAA on Wednesday. What's more, Xiaomi officially confirmed via its Weibo account that it will announce the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus on December 7. To recap, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 was announced earlier this year, and rumors of its successors have been churning out...

Report: Samsung Likely to Source Fingerprint Sensors from Egistec for the Galaxy S9

These days, it's hard to find a phone without a fingerprint sensor. But not all fingerprint sensors are created equal. Take Samsung, for example, which shipped the Galaxy S5 with a swipe-based fingerprint sensor that didn't always work reliably. The Seoul, South Korea-based company switched to a much better touch-based sensor for the Galaxy S6,...

Google Lens is Now Widely Rolling-out in Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens, which was announced in Google I/O 2017 as the spiritual successor to Google Goggles, is a next-gen computer vision platform that classifies real-world objects. With nothing more than a smartphone's rear camera and a machine learning algorithm, Lens recognizes objects, landmarks, and even text in real time. It's exclusive to Google's first-generation and second-generation...