Sunday, 22 October 2017

A suit against Apple for using the name Animojis

A suit against Apple by a Japanese company
Apple is sued by a Japanese company Emonster which holds the trademark for Animojis, which is a new feature in the new Apple iPhone X. The Japanese company is saying that Apple knows about the Animojis as the same named app is available on iTunes and instead of knowing this Apple has used this name for it's new feature in iPhone X.
Animoji is an app which is owned by Emonster which helps user to send moving emojis to the other user. In this, these emojis are send with the help of a code written in Java or Python and thus moving emojis are send to the other person. While Apple's feature is a little bit different, it uses the face recognition technology present on the iPhone X for creating these Animojis. The user has to make the face like what he wants for the Animoji to be look like. So the emoji will be created of the same face which we make in front of our phone.
But as these both have the same name Animojis, both involve moving emojis and both are involved on the same platform that is Apple, according to the lawsuit one should be ruled out of the other.
According to the suit apple knew about the trademark ownership as the app is available on the same platform. Also Apple offered to buy the trademark but when it was turned down it kept on using the same name, and didn't change the name.
Apple has also filed a petition in court this September to cancel the trademark of Emonster, which is under review. Apple said because of filing error, Emonster registered the trademark to a non existent  business and therefore can't actually own Animoji.
Emonster is seeking for unnamed amount of money in damages and also a law order to stop apple using the name Animoji for the new feature available on iPhone X.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Nokia 7: A midranger

Nokia 7
This year Nokia has made a comeback in the smartphone 
 world by launching four of it's devices which are Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8. Among which Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 lie in lower budget segment, Nokia 6 in higher budget segment and Nokia 8 in Flagship segment. But now it's time for a mid ranger smartphone. Nokia on Thursday launched a mid range smartphone which is called Nokia 7. This is the first smartphone from HMD Global to launch in this segment. So let's see what features do Nokia has provided in this.
Nokia 7 is the first smartphone from the company to have a glass back. It has a 3D Gorilla glass on back. This glass is a corning gorilla glass. The frame is of Aluminum which provides a good grip. The design of the phone is really premium. It looks really stunning. But this glass back also makes it slippery as well as fingerprint magnet.
Nokia 7 also has 5.2" IPS Panel on front. This display is of full HD resolution. It's a normal display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Also the phone is splash proof  but it isn't water proof.
Nokia 7 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset which is based on 16nm architecture. The chipset is built on a octa core processor with eight cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 2.2GHz each. The performance of the device will be decent with this chipset. Also for better graphics there is Adreno 508 GPU. So the device will be able to handle all the heavy games without any issues and lags.
The phone is having 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixels. The camera can record videos upto 4K @30fps. There is a front camera of 5MP with f/2.0 aperture lens with 1.4µm pixels. The camera setup is supported by Carl Zeiss technology. This also includes a new thing which is also included in Nokia 8 is what called Bothies which captures the back view and front by splitting screen by using both cameras.
The phone comes in two variants 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM while internal storage is fixed at 64GB. It can also take microSD cards for memory expansion. It also has OZO audio recording which records audio from 360 degrees.
Nokia 7 is having 3000mah battery and also supports 18W fast charging. It has a USB Type-C port. It also has 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports NFC. The device is having Android 7.1.1 Nougat which will be upgraded to Oreo in future. And the user interface is stock android, so it will not be having any extra bloatware. Also the device is having all the basic sensors. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back.
There are some shortcomings in this phone which are Ni dual camera setup. In this price segment most of the phones come with dual camera setup which is simply missing in this phone. Also these days, most of the devices are coming with bezelless displays which have 18:9 aspect ratio, but it comes with a simple IPS panel which has 16:9 aspect ratio.
Nokia 7 comes in two colors which are Gloss Black and Matt White. The phone will be available in china from 24 October. It will be priced at $370 for the 4GB model and $410 for the 6GB model.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Potrait mode in camera is coming to more affordable phones

Portrait Mode is coming to more affordable phones as well

These days Portrait mode is becoming very famous in smartphone photography in which only the object gets focused and the background becomes blurry. So the picture looks really great in this portrait mode. But for this portrait mode an extra telephoto lens or wide angle lens is required to produce the depth effect which adds extra cost to the device. That's why this mode is restricted to high range phones only.

But Samsung on Wednesday came up with a new image sensor chip which uses the single lens to produce the portrait mode shots. Actually this is a dual pixel lens and these split pixels helps in generating the portrait mode photos. It's dual pixel are able to offer the slightest shift in the perspective when shot is taken. In a split second it is able to understand from two shots what to be kept in focus and what to be blurred out. This new camera chip is known as Fast 2L9.

This technology is already present on Google Pixel 2 which also uses the dual pixel to generate the portrait shots. Samsung came up with this chip because it wants to cut the extra cost for the extra depth sensor at the back and also to make the phone sleeker. So in future we will see affordable phones with this Portrait mode in their cameras.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Honor 7x goes official with 18:9 screen

Honor 7x
These days most of the smartphone companies are decreasing the side bezels of their phones and launching the phones at a higher aspect ratio particularly 18:9. Honor also come up with a phone that is Honor 7x with the same screen which is a mid ranger device. Earlier Honor launched Honor 9i with this type of screen and now it's time for Honor 7x.
Huawei has finally unveiled Honor 7x in the market. The most interesting feature of this phone is that it is a budget smartphone and has this display which has very small bezels and has an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is among one of those rare phones in this price segment which comes with this type of display. The display looks really good with very small bezels. The size of the screen is 5.5" with resolution of 2160*1080 pixels. Also there is 2.5D glass at front. The phone has a full metallic body and weighs 165 grams. 
Also this phone comes with dual camera setup which looks same as that of Honor 9i, that is 16MP main lens along with 2MP lens. But front camera is a single 8MP shooter unlike Honor 9i which has dual camera setup on front as well.
The phone is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 659 chipset which has eight cortex A-53 cores grouped in two clusters. For graphics the phone is having Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Honor 7x is having 4GB of RAM but it has three storage options which are 32GB 64GB and 128GB.
The phone will come with Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1. The device is priced at around $200 for 32GB, $260 for 64GB and $300 for 128GB. The phone will be available in china from October 17.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Xioami Mix Mix 2 launched in India

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

So finally Xiaomi launched it's flagship phone of 2017 in India that is Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Yes, Mi Mix 2 launched in India as a flagship phone of 2017 after Xiaomi drops plan to launch Xiaomi Mi 6 in India. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is successor to last year launched Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Xiaomi actually didn't launch Xiaomi Mi Mix in India as it was launched as a concept phone. The phone is also based on the same concept as that of Xiaomi Mi Mix that is bezelless display. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has very thin side bezels as well as top bezel. While there is still a thick bezel at the bottom which holds a secondary camera and navigation keys. So let's see some of the specs of the phone.

Size: 5.99"
Display: IPS LCD Full HD display
Resolution: 1080*2160 pixels with 18:9 aspect ratio
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Chipset: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset
GPU: Adreno 540
Weight: 185 grams
Primary: 12MP with phase detection autofocus, OIS(4-axis)
Video: 2160 @30fps, 1080 @30fps, 720p @120fps
Secondary: 5MP
Battery: Non-removable Li-ion 3400 mah
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
3.5 mm jack: No
Memory: 128GB
Colors: Black, White

The design of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is very cool. The most interesting feature of this phone is it's display. It is having a bezelless display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is having a full HD IPS LCD type display. The display of the phone looks really great. It not only makes the display much enjoyable to watch but it gives a premium touch to the phone. It is having a full ceramic back which further makes it more premium. Actually the back is really shinny but it is also a fingerprint magnet. Also it makes the phone a bit slippery but we can use the phone with supplied cover. There is an aluminum rim which runs around the sides of the phone. So overall the design of the phone is very premium. Also Xiaomi Mi Mix was having a piezoelectric speaker but this time Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is having a physical speaker in a thin slit above. But it retains the ultrasonic proximity sensors beneath the display.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset about which we already know. The performance of the phone will be really good. It will be able to do any task thrown on it. So there is nothing to worry about the performance of the device as it is having one of the fastest mobile chipset of 2017.

 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has just single camera at back which is little bit disappointing as many of the flagships these days have dual camera setup for better photography. The phone is having a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture size, 4 axis OIS, 1.25 micron pixels. On front it has a 5MP secondary camera. The placement of this camera is at the bottom of the display which is a very awkward position for the front camera as it creates a lot of difficulty for user to click selfies. The camera appears to be little bit disappointing as it is having a single lens at back.

Xiaomi is powering Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat. This device is having a 3400 mah battery. Also the phone is supplied with a fast charger. Due to 18:9 aspect ratio, most of the apps won't run in the full display because most of the apps still runs on the 16:9 aspect ratio. So there will be black bars around some apps and videos as well.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is priced at 36000 INR which appears to be high by seeing it's competition in market. It is in direct competition with OnePlus 5 which has sort of same specifications. OnePlus 5 has many better features than Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 such as dash charging, dual camera setup and many more. So Xiaomi should have priced this device lower in market. The phone will be available from 17th October to buy.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 Announced

 So finally after so many rumors and leaks, Google has announced it's 2017 flagship devices that are Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. These two phones are successor to last year launched Pixel and Pixel XL. Last year Google started it's new smartphone series Pixel, in which all the smartphones in this are designed by Google. These smartphones are the first in market to get Google Android Updates.
Last year Pixel smartphones were praised a lot due to their best camera performance than any other smartphone in the market. So this year these devices should also have good cameras, as cameras are focused a lot in the launch event. Also this year these have some new features in the department of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality. So let's see some specs of the device and see whether these are worth buying flagships of the year or not.
Size: 5" for Pixel 2 and 6" for Pixel XL 2
Display: Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Pixel 2 and Quad HD P-OLED display for Pixel XL 2
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Weight: 143 grams for Pixel 2 and 175 grams for Pixel XL 2
Chipset: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset
GPU: Adreno 540
Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
Memory: 64GB and 128GB
SD card: No
Primary: 12.2 MP with f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS, PDAF and Laser Autofocus
Video: 2160p @30fps, 1080p @30/60/120fps, 720p @240fps
Secondary: 8MP with f/2.4 aperture lens
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Fingerprint, Ambient Light Sesnor
Battery: 2700 mah for Pixel 2 and 3520 mah for Pixel XL 2
3.5 mm jack: No

 The design of the phone is more or less same for the both of the models. While the Pixel XL 2 has small bezels and has more screen to body ratio but Pixel 2 has comparatively larger bezels. Pixel XL 2 has screen to body ratio 18:9 while Pixel 2 has 16:9.
 On the back the phone has aluminum back with small portion of glass as well on the camera portion. On front the phones have 5" and 6" screens with full HD and Quad HD resolution respectively.
Also the front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The build quality of the phone appears good same as there predecessors. Both the devices are not having 3.5 mm jack. But they both are having front firing stereo speakers for better sound output.
The design of the phones don't appear very premium like other flagships such as Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X. It appears to somewhat boring. Also even if Pixel XL 2 comes with bezel less display it still have considerable side bezels which look very annoying. Pixel 2 comes in three colors which are black, white and blue while Pixel XL 2 comes in just black and black and white mix colors. Also this time we have colorful power buttons with red and neon colored.
The performance of the phone will be really good. We already know about the performance of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset which also powers many other flagship smartphones this year. This chipset is among the best performance chips of the year. So we shouldn't care about the performance of the device, it will be as fast as other flagships like OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8 or may be even faster than them due to Stock Android OS.
Software and OS

 The most important component of the Pixel series is it's OS. Pixel smartphones have stock android Operating System. Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are powered by latest version of Android that is Android 8.0 Oreo. There won't be any bloatware in the device. The experience will be really good in the OS without any lags.
Also the device is having always on display just like many phones.


Both Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 have same camera specs. The phone is having a improved camera sensor of 12.2 MP with f/1.8 aperture lens. This time the device is having Optical Image Stabilization with Electronic Image Stabilization as well. Last year Pixels were among the best camera phones of the year. So this year the legacy should be maintained. There is a small camera bump this time. The phone also has portrait mode which blur the background and focuses on main object. But it doesn't use a secondary lens for the portrait shots, it uses dual sensor technology for this. It is done by software tricks. Also there is HDR+ mode which was also present on previous pixels for better dynamic range. This camera is very helpful in Augmented Reality. Yes this camera looks the surroundings around us in a 3D view and understands it. The front camera on the device is a 8MP shotter with f/2.4 aperture size. Also the front camera supports Portrait mode. So this is really cool. Also there are motion photos present on the camera which are 3sec videos just like Apple Live Photos.
New Features

Augmented Reality: Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting feature in the world of technology. That's why Google has also implemented this in it's new device. Augmented Reality is the technology by which our devices see our surroundings in a 3D way. It acts as a link between Physical and the Digital world. As this phone can see the surrounding in 3D we can interact the world digitally on the phone and do many things on the device which can't be done physically. So implementation of this Augmented Reality is a very good move from Google. This technology is also very useful in some of the AR games which let the user to experience digital game play in a real world environment.
Google has used this technology to include a very cool thing in their devices that is AR Stickers, this stickers acts as little characters. These little characters can be put in our scene, we can see them on screen beside us on the phone with the help of camera. And thus we can record a video or click a picture with these characters doing their cool stuff. There are many such characters which are available in these Pixel devices such as from SNL, Star wars, YouTube and NBA. This is very good implementation by Google.

Google Lens: Google Lens is also a cool stuff from Google. Google announced this thing in I/O 2017. This is a kind of search in which when we focuses on some object or some written material with it's camera it searches about that thing on web and gives us some info about that. This is really helpful when we come across some new thing in our life and we just focuses on that with the phone's camera and we get info about that thing.
Squeeze: So we know about the squeezable sides on HTC U11 which can do many things by just squeezing the sides of the phone. In this device we also get that technology but unfortunately we can only do one thing with that, we can only open Google assistant. We can't map it to do some other work. We can only customize the amount of force applied to make Google assistant active.
Always On display: Another good feature of new pixels is their always on display. This tells us time and other notifications.
Also the microphones of the device are always active so we can activate Google assistant at any time we want to open by just saying the hot word Okay Google.
The most important thing is the pricing of the devices. Google Pixel 2 is priced at $649 and Google Pixel XL 2 at $849 in the US market for the 64GB versions. In India the phones are priced at 61000 INR and 73000 INR respectively. The pricing is fair by seeing the price of other flagship phone sin the same price segment.  

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