Posts From Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel
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Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user 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 mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at ip2unique@gmail.com.

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...

Bootloader Unlock Codes for the LG V30 (H930/H930G Models) are Now Available

The last update to LG's bootloader unlock program added the unlocked US model of the LG G6 (US997). Since then, the LG V30 has been announced, and released in select markets. It still hasn't seen a wider roll-out yet, but it has been available for more than a month in markets such as the US. ...

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Leaked by China Telecom, Has 5.7-inch HD+ Display and Snapdragon 625

Thanks to devices such as the Redmi 1s, which offered a great experience at a price point under $100, Xiaomi's Redmi series are some of the most popular devices out there. The Redmi 1s has since been followed up by the Redmi 2, the Redmi 3/3s, and most recently the Redmi 4/4X in 2017. Now, rumors about...

Honor Announces the Honor V10 in China: Kirin 970, 6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ Display, 16MP+20MP Dual Cameras, and More

The Honor V10 has been leaked quite a few times, and information from official and unofficial sources has circled the internet for the past few months. We've known for a while that Honor would hold a global event to launch its new flagship smartphone in London on December 5. Then, Honor announced that the phone...

LG is Rolling-out Android Oreo Beta for the V30 and the V30+ in South Korea

The LG V30 was announced on August 31, 2017, but has been released in only a few markets so far. This is perplexing as the V30 is intended to be LG's premium smartphone for the second half of 2017, and it has a list of flagship specifications to match. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835...

Microsoft Office for Android is Now Available on All Chromebooks

Microsoft Office was released for Android over two years ago, with separate apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The apps were free to use for viewing and editing documents on phones if users signed in to their Microsoft account. On the other hand, the Office productivity suite was not available on Chrome OS, which was...

Google is Being Questioned by Regulators Over Location Data Collection on Android Phones

Location services have been a part of Android since its original release. This has always involved a little controversy on the privacy aspect of such services, because if a user keeps location enabled on an Android smartphone, the device's cell tower location is being continuously sent to Google. For privacy-focused users, this hadn't been a huge...

Report: Galaxy S9’s Screen-to-Body Ratio Could be as High as 89-90%

A consistent trend in smartphone design has been to increase the screen-to-body ratio of smartphones. As display sizes get larger, smartphone bezels have to be reduced in order to make sure that devices are still comfortable to use and hold. The screen-to-body ratio measures the amount of surface occupied by the screen in relation to...

Chrome OS to Soon Get Dictation as an Accessibility Feature

In recent months, Google has been adding features to Chrome OS at a rapid pace. Not too long ago, the OS had a basic feature set, which made it inadequate for power users. However, we have seen that features like a floating keyboard, split screen in tablet mode, and keyboard shortcuts to move the active...

Xiaomi India to Announce a New Redmi Smartphone on November 30

Xiaomi India is on a roll when it comes to launching new phones in the Indian smartphone market. The release of the Mi A1 in September was followed by the release of the flagship Mi Mix 2 in October. The Mi Mix 2 launch was followed by the launch of the Redmi Y1 alongside the announcement of...

VentureBeat: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to Make a Cameo Appearance at CES 2018

Over the years, Samsung has followed an annual release schedule for its Galaxy S flagship smartphones. Usually, Samsung announces the latest Galaxy S flagship variants at either MWC, or at a dedicated event held later. This year, for example, the company announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at an event held on March 29, and...