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    IT news, Декабрь, 18

    While augmented reality technology has quickly turned into a big thing these days, Google has been experimenting with it as far back as 2014 with its Project Tango platform. Tango never quite took off, but it wasn’t a complete failure either, seeing release in several devices like Lenovo’s Phab 2…
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    IT news, Ноябрь, 8

    We just witnessed the latest rush of flagship releases from Samsung, LG, Apple, and more, and previously announced devices like the Essential phone have finally started making their way to consumers. Unlike a few years ago however, it’s not a clear cut spring and fall announcement cycle anymore, and we still have quite a few new and upcoming Android phones look forward to as 2017 draws to a close.

    So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting new and upcoming Android phones heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future!

    New Android smartphones

    In the first half of this post we talk about the new Android phones that have either been formally announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. In the second part we turn on our crystal balls and talk about upcoming Android phones that have yet to be confirmed, pointing out some of the biggest rumors we’ve been hearing so far.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Samsung had a lot to make up for with the latest addition to their Galaxy Note series after the fiasco that was its predecessor, and fortunately, the company has yet another winner on their hands with the Galaxy Note 8.

    Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch curved Super AMOLED Infinity display with a Quad HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is easily one of the best features of this smartphone, and while Samsung’s prowess in this department isn’t particularly surprising, they continue to push it to new heights each and every time.

    Another aspect where Samsung never fails to impress is when it comes to the camera. The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual camera setup, and they take advantage of all that is possible with two rear cameras available, allowing for clear and impressive bokeh shots all the time.

    With a beautiful design, the expected top of the line specifications and features, the introduction of a dual camera setup, and new software features that highlight the S-Pen, Samsung has certainly ticked all the right boxes with the Galaxy Note 8, making it one of best Android smartphones you can currently get your hands on.


    6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region) 6 GB of RAM 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery Android 7.1.1 Nougat 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review Samsung Galaxy Note 8 color comparison Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 quick look Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note Fan Edition quick look Top five new Galaxy Note 8 features Galaxy Note 8 price, release date, and carrier deals LG V30


    LG’s V series has emerged as an impressive contender over the past couple of years, the LG V30 continues to further refine and add to what made its predecessors such great options. This time around, LG combines the beautiful design and display of the G6 with the best features of the V series to make for a device that many consider to be the company’s true flagship.

    There isn’t a lot that stays the same with the V30 when compared to its predecessor, with it now featuring a metal and glass construction, a near bezel-less design up front, and a new P-OLED display panel, along with the fact that the secondary display is not available any longer. Despite looking completely different, the V30 does retain key elements like a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact and shock resistance, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water proofing.

    As was the case with previous generations, one of the highlights of the LG V30 is its advanced photography and videography features as well. The device comes with a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a wide angle lens and a f/1.9 aperture, with the latter always being a lot of fun to use. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

    Audiophiles should also be happy with the LG V30, with its support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by B&O Play. It is also the first smartphone to support MQA, which is supposed to let users stream high-res audio, but with a smaller file size and no loss in quality.

    LG’s flagship offerings sometimes get lost in the crowd in this saturated market, but if there is one device that can and certainly deserves to break through, it is the LG V30.


    6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision display 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4 GB of RAM 64 (V30) / 128 (V30 Plus) GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB Dual 16 and 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery Android 7.1.2 Nougat 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158 g

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    LG V30 hands-on: a mobile photography powerhouse LG V30 vs G6 quick look: LG has finally hit a groove LG V30: what’s new in audio? Inside the LG V30’s new display: POLED vs Samsung’s Super AMOLED LG V30 price, release date, and carrier deals Essential Phone

    After lots of speculation followed by teasers, the man who co-created Android, Andy Rubin, officially announced his next big project, the Essential Phone. The device was announced a while ago, but has finally begun going out to consumers only recently.

    Front and center is a gorgeous looking edge-to-edge display, with the front-facing camera the only slight encroachment up top. The device is also built with a combination of a ceramic body and titanium frame, that should prove to be quite durable, while also looking and feeling great in the hand. Finally, the Essential also boasts some modular capabilities, with accessories, like the 360 degree camera and a charging dock, connecting to the device via metal pins, and for those missing the headphone jack, an upcoming mod should be bringing that feature back as well.

    As we found in our review, the phone is gorgeous to look at and hold in the hand, and the device packs all the high-end specs that are expected from a current generation flagship. Some features may be missing, like dust and water and resistance, but as we’ve now found out, its $700 price tag is actually quite cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30.


    5.71-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1312 resolution, 504 ppi 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4 GB RAM 128 GB built-in storage, not expandable Dual 13 MP rear cameras, f/1.9 aperture, PD and Laser auto focus, LED flash 8 MP front-facing camera 3,040 mAh battery Android 7.1 Nougat 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm, 185 grams

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    Essential Phone review Essential Phone vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Top 5 Essential Phone features What we like and don’t like about the Essential Phone (so far) Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    While there have been a few devices before it, Xiaomi can be credited with kicking off the bezel-less trend and odd display aspect ratios last year with the Mi Mix. Xiaomi recently unveiled their follow up, the Mi Mix 2, and while there is a lot more competition in this segment now, the device doesn’t fail to impress.

    Xiaomi addressed the issues with the alternative to the phone speaker last year by just including a phone speaker this time around, even though the top bezel remains almost as thin as the side bezels, and the front-facing camera continues to be below the display, which some people may prefer over having a notch at the top of the screen.

    The Mi Mix 2 comes with a beautiful metal and ceramic construction and all the high-end specs that is expected from a current generation flagship, and there is also a special edition of the phone that comes with a whopping 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage.

    Of course, Xiaomi’s big thing has always been their aggressive pricing, and the Mi Mix 2 is surprisingly affordable for all that it offers with a price range of $500 to $720 in China. Granted, the price will vary as the phone makes its way to other countries, but Xiaomi will definitely continue to undercut the competition in these markets as well.


    5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a 2160 x 1080 resolution, 403 ppi octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 6/8 GB RAM 64/128/256 GB built-in storage 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera 3,400 mAh battery Android 7.1 Nougat 151.8 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm, 185 grams

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    Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 pricing details revealed Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    Last year, Lenovo and Motorola introduced two flagship phones with Moto Z and Moto Z Force, but this year they’ve consolidated their lineup, and we only have the Z2 Force as their main 2017 flagship. The device retains the shatterproof display feature from its predecessor, but introduces key changes like a thinner body, dual cameras, new Moto Mod accessories, and availability on all U.S. carriers.

    There isn’t a huge change in the design of the phone to allow for compatibility with previous generation Moto Mods as well, but the phone does now come with a metal unibody construction that looks great and feels nice in the hand.

    The Moto Z2 Force does feature high-end specifications and features, but Moto Mods are a huge part of getting the most out of this phone. The release of the Z2 Force has also brought along some new Moto Mod accessories, with a new 360 degree camera and a gamepad that will add physical controls and buttons to your mobile gaming experience. Like all Moto Mods, these will fit Moto Z devices old and new for at least a few years, and the previous generation of Moto Mods are perfectly compatible with the Z2 Force as well.


    5.5-inch P-OLED display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535 ppi octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4/6 GB RAM 64/128 GB built-in storage Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front-facing camera 2,730 mAh battery Android 7.1.1 Nougat 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm, 143 grams

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    Moto Z2 Force review Moto Z2 Force pricing details Sony Xperia XZ1 / Xperia XZ1 Compact

    Sony took the wraps off of their latest flagship offerings at IFA 2017 earlier this month, and while these devices are once again iterative updates, they do offer some special features that make them not only stand out from their predecessors, but from the competition as well.

    The biggest feature on both devices is Sony’s new Motion Eye camera, which aims to show off the company’s prowess in imaging. The Motion Eye app allows you to scan your face or your full head and it then renders both of these in 3D. From here, there are several uses including creating custom wallpapers, an AR effect (where you can put multiple of you in one picture), gaming, and 3D Printing.

    The only major difference between the two is the display size – 5.2-inch Full HD screen for the larger XZ1, and a 4.6-inch 720p display for the Compact. What may be a let down for some though is the design. Both look very similar but the Xperia XZ1 uses a loop surface and seamless metal body design, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact combines a metal panel with a glass woven, plastic body. In a world of near bezel-less smartphones, the thick bezels and huge top and bottom chin are particularly glaring, but fans of Sony will appreciate the signature look.

    Whether the impressive camera, the fact that the Xperia XZ1 Compact is really the only option if you are looking for a small phone with high-end specs, and that these are the first smartphones to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box are enough to give Sony a hit is something we will see as these phones make their way to consumers over the coming weeks.


    5.2-inch Full HD display, 423 ppi (Xperia XZ1), 4.6-inch 720p display, 319 ppi (XZ1 Compact) octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4 GB RAM 32 GB (XZ1 Compact), 64 GB (XZ1) built-in storage 19 MP rear camera, 13 MP front-facing camera (XZ1), 8 MP front-facing shooter (XZ1 Compact) 2,700 mAh battery Android 8.0 Oreo 148 x 73 x 7.4 mm, 156 grams (XZ1), 129 x 65 x 9.3 mm, 143 grams (XZ1 Compact)

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    Hands on with the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact Sony Xperia XZ1 now available on Amazon Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact pricing and availability Xiaomi Mi A1

    A mid-range, affordable smartphone from Xiaomi may seem a little out of place on a list that is home to all the latest flagship smartphones, but the Xiaomi Mi A1 has something special up its sleeve that definitely makes it deserving of a mention when talking about exciting phones that have recently been released.

    Xiaomi has done incredibly well in markets like China and India in particular, with their range of relatively affordable but premium looking smartphones a huge success. These devices feature mid-range specifications but offer impressive performance, and a standout feature of all of them in general is the battery life.

    If there is one gripe with these devices, it is that that the software package isn’t for everybody, and Xiaomi isn’t known for their timely Android updates either. The great news is that that should no longer be a concern with the Xiaomi Mi A1, which features stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat on-board, and should be one of the first devices to receive an official update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

    Apart from the software, the Mi A1 offers everything we’ve come to expect from Xiaomi – a beautiful full metal unibody construction, good performance, impressive battery life, and a very reasonable price point, and this phone also comes with a dual camera setup. Partnering with Xiaomi is definitely a great idea by Google to give the Android One program the boost that it requires.


    5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor 4 GB RAM 64 GB built-in storage Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front-facing camera 3,080 mAh battery Android 7.1.1 Nougat 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm, 165 grams

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    Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi A1 Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

    Google’s 2017 flagship phones are finally here, and they’re great. Both are also exclusive Verizon phones, although they are also available direct from Google. Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature top-of-the-line specs, IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance (finally), as well as the best smartphone cameras on the market, according to DxOMark. They’ll also be the first devices to include Google Lens, and will also come with three full years of OS updates.

    More specifically, the Pixel 2 has a 5.0-inch display and a 2,700 mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 6.0-inch pOLED 18:9 display and a bigger 3,520 mAh battery, but other than that, these two phones are pretty much identical. Both have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and onboard storage options of 64 GB and 128 GB, but with no microSD card slots.


    Google Pixel 2

    5.0-inch OLED display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 441 ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4 GB of RAM 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion 12.2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera Non-removable 2,700 mAh battery Android 8.0 Oreo 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm 143 g

    Google Pixel 2 XL

    6.0-inch pOLED display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4 GB of RAM 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion 12.2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera Non-removable 3,520 mAh battery Android 8.0 Oreo 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 175 g

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    Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Review Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hands-on: the Pixel line, refined Google Pixel 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: the flagship battle Google Pixel 2 vs Google Pixel: what’s changed? Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL specs: Google’s vision for the modern flagship Keep your Pixel 2 protected with these official Google cases Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

    Huawei’s recently announced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are the company’s latest flagship devices over the past few years. Both of these phones share many of the same high-end hardware features, including the Huawei Kirin 970 processor, dual 20 MP monochrome and 12 MP cameras in the back, an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 4,000 mAh battery. The biggest changes are in their displays. The Mate 10 will have a 5.9 inch IPS LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution,while the Mate 10 Pro gets a 6.0-inch OLED screen at 2,160 x 1,080 resolution.

    In addition the Mate 10 is limited to 4 GB of RAM and just 64 GB of onboard storage, but it does have a microSD card slot to expand that storage by up to 256 GB, and it even includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Mate 10 Pro will be released with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, and with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Mate 10 Pro will also lack both a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. The Mate 10 should be on sale now in a number of countries, while the Mate 10 Pro will go on sale in mid-November. Both are definite additions to our most anticipated upcoming Android phones of 2017.


    Huawei Mate 10

    5.9-inch IPS LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution Kirin 970 processor 4 GB RAM 64 GB built-in storage, microSD card for adding up to 256 GB 4,000 mAh battery Dual 20 MP and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera Android 7.1 Nougat 3.5 mm headphone jack

    Huawei Mate 10 Pro

    6.0-inch OLED screen at 2,160 x 1,080 resolution Kirin 970 processor 4/6 GB RAM 64/128 GB built-in storage, no microSD card 4,000 mAh battery Dual 20 MP and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera Android 7.1 Nougat No headphone jack

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    Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro review: All about promises Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro vs the competition Huawei Mate 10/10 Pro: Release date, availability, price, and more HTC U11 Life

    The HTC U11 Life is a recently launched budget friendly member of the HTC U family. It keeps the same look of the other phones in the series, and includes the mirror-like Liquid Surface finish on the back. Inside it has a 5.2-inch Super LCD 1080p display, a Snapdragon 630 processor, 3 or 4 GB of RAM (depending on the market), 32 GB or 64 GB of on board storage (again depending on the market), and microSD expansion up to 2 TB. It also has 16 MP cameras on both the front and the back, as well as a 2,600 mAh battery.

    The phone lack a 3.5 mm headphone jack but does have a IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which means it can withstand submersion in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. There are two versions of the HTC U11 Life. The US version, which is now on sale via T-Mobile, comes with HTC Edge Sense, support for Amazon Alexa and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. However, the global version will be available through Google’s Android One program, which runs a bare-bones version of Android 8.0 Oreo along with Edge Sense (but with no Alexa). The T-Mobile version is priced at $12 down with $12 per month for 24 months, or $300 without a contract. HTC is also selling it unlocked for $349. The Android One version of the U11 Life is on our upcoming Android phones list; it will be out later this year.


    5.2-inch Super LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor 3/4 GB RAM 32/64 GB built-in storage 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP front-facing camera 2,600 mAh battery Android 7.1.1 Nougat/Android 8.0 Oreo 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm, 142 grams

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    The HTC U11 Life is affordable, beautiful, and coming to Android One HTC U11 Life hands-on: Don’t dismiss this phone too quickly
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    That is it for the new smartphones that have recently been announced or have begun to ship to customers. However, the year is far from done, and there are still a slew of upcoming Android phones to be released that we are certainly excited about. Let’s take a look!

    HTC U11 Plus

    The HTC U11 Plus will be the even higher end version of the HTC U11 that launched a few months ago. Nearly everything about this phone is impressive in terms of its hardware specs. The U11 Plus will have a bigger 6-inch display than the U11, with a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution. It also will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4 or 6 GB of RAM (depending on the market), 64 GB or 128 GB of on board storage (again depending on the market), and a big 3,930 mAh battery.

    The camera hardware in the U11 Plus is the same as the one found in the U11, with a 12 MP UltraPixel 3 sensor in the back, with f/1.7 aperture and 1.4 μm pixels, and a 8 MP sensor in the front. The phone lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but does have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The U11 Plus has the Edge Sense squeezable body found in the U11, with the addition of the Edge Launcher, which lets you access favorite apps, contacts, and quick settings by squeezing the phone’s frame. Finally, the phone will come with the option of a Translucent color in the back, which will let you see through the Gorilla Glass back of the phone. This option will you check out the internal hardware of the U11 Plus.

    There’s no word yet on the price or availability of the phone but it is expected to be launched by the end of 2017. The upgraded hardware on the HTC U11 Plus make it an easy choice for our most anticipated upcoming Android phones list.


    6.0-inch Super LCD display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 4/6 GB RAM 64/128 GB built-in storage 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera 3,930 mAh battery Android 8.0 Oreo 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm, 188 grams

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    The HTC U11 Plus is official: HTC’s true flagship for 2017 has arrived! HTC U11 Plus hands-on: greater than the sum of its parts RED Hydrogen One

    As powerful as our smartphones are and as great looking as they are getting with near bezel-less designs and metal, glass, and ceramic constructions, there isn’t as much of a “wow” factor anymore, particularly for us who are a part of this world. RED, a famous cinematography camera company that you’ve definitely heard of if you have any interest in filming, is hoping to change all that with their first smartphone offering – the Hydrogen One.

    We don’t know a whole lot about this addition to the upcoming Android phones list, except for the fact the prototype looks really good, the phone will be modular, and is expected to release only early next year. However, given RED’s area of expertise, we can definitely expect this upcoming Android phones entry to feature an excellent camera setup on-board. Even more exciting is that this phone will feature a holographic display, even if we don’t have much of idea of what exactly that entails, but this member of our upcoming Android phones list is one to watch for.

    OnePlus 5T

    The launch of the OnePlus 5 earlier this year showed that the Chinese company can continue to launch high-end handsets at prices far cheaper than the competition. The latest upcoming Android phones rumors claim that the OnePlus 5T could continue that trend, with an all new design.

    In our exclusive teaser image, we showed that the OnePlus 5T will have a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and will ditch hardware buttons on the bottom. Inside, there might be some other improvements compared to the OnePlus 5, including a bigger battery and a better camera. The OnePlus 5T will be officially revealed on Nov. 16, with a launch date of Novt. 20. The new screen design alone makes it one of our most anticipated upcoming Android phones.

    Specs (rumored)

    6-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution display, 18:9 aspect ratio Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 6/8 GB of RAM 64/128 GB of onboard storage, no microSD card slot Dual 20 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera 3,450 mAh Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 8.0 Oreo

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    OnePlus 5T: Release date, specs, price & features rumor roundup Exclusive: Leaked OnePlus 5T image shows off full-screen display Razer Phone

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    it-technology, Август, 30

    В последнее время что ни день, то новость о виртуальной или дополненной реальности. Стало известно, что компания Google показала платформу дополненной реальности, для работы которой не потребуется ничего, кроме смартфона. Это уже вторая попытка Google двигаться в этом направлении после не слишком удачного запуска другого продукта дополненной реальности – Tango.

    The Verge сообщает, что ограниченный круг лиц уже может протестировать новую платформу дополненной реальности от Google, которую назвали ARCore. Платформа создавалась как ответ аналогичному продукту от Apple для iOS-устройств, анонсированному в июне – ARkit. ARCore базируется на Tango, но, в отличие от своего предшественника, для создания приложений на своей базе не требует дополнительного оборудования и сверхмощных смартфонов.

    На ARCore уже было создано приложение Oz, которое дополняет реальность анимированными персонажами из сказки “Волшебник страны Оз”. Oz ранее был доступен на Tango, но с помощью новой платформы для его запуска не потребуется ничего, кроме обычного смартфона.

    Первые результаты использования ARCore Android дополненной реальности смотрится почти живым

    ARCore состоит из трёх компонентов:

    отслеживание движения мобильного устройства; анализ окружающей среды на предмет плоских поверхностей; работа со светотенью.

    Пока что ARCore доступна только на Google Pixel, Pixel XL и Samsung Galaxy S8, причём она совместима с Android 7.0 Nougat. Ожидается, что массовый запуск платформы будет происходить в конце 2017 года, тогда же планируется поддержка большего количества мобильных устройств. Google обещает, что ARCore будет работать на 100 миллионах уже существующих и будущих девайсов.

    Источник: The Verge

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    Google’s ARCore literally loads to an Android device with the name “Tango Core”. In other words, Tango is dead. Tango Core is available separately, and requires a Tango-compatible device to work. This is only one part of a grand scheme that is Google’s future in augmented…
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    Google has announced ARCore, a software-based augmented reality platform that is likely an answer to Apple's ARKit. This also spells the death of "Tango" as we know it.

    Source: http://phandroid.com/2017/08/29/google-arcore-ar-platform-tango/

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    The processor Intel’s Movidius is unveiling today is the Myriad X. This processor will enable the next generation of smart devices with advanced processing power made specifically for visual computing. That’s what the “VPU” is all about, after all, a Vision Processing Unit…
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    This is SlashGear’s ASUS ZenFone AR Review – complete with Google Tango onboard. This is a review of both the device and the AR – reviewed together and separately. While the device’s full worth does take Tango into account, we’ve also considered the idea that a consumer might not end up using the AR features here as often as they thought they might. With a fine software build and hardware that’s quite top-notch, it wasn’t difficult to look beyond the hype.

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    Look and Feel

    ASUS has managed to create a phone that’s reached Google’s Tango spec without looking completely bonkers in the process. This device is 6.24 inches tall, 3.05 inches wide, and 0.18 to 0.35 inches from its thinnest point to its thickest. The ZenFone AR weighs in at 170g and comes in any color you like, just so long as it’s black.

    The front of this phone is covered with a pane of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, protecting the display from everyday scratches. The edge of the phone is “premium-crafted metallic diamond-cut” and is cool to the touch. The backside of this smartphone has a “leather-like” finish that ASUS calls Charcoal Black.

    The ZenFone AR is a combination of several elements that make me feel as though ASUS is aiming to treat its users like they want all the bells and whistles – even if they don’t plan on using them. That means a microSD card slot, headphone jack, and capacitive buttons up front. The physical home button contains a quick-reading fingerprint scanner, too.

    Special features like Tango are sometimes used as license to create a less-than-great phone to test the market’s interest in the burgeoning platform. ASUS didn’t do that here. ASUS delivered a smartphone that’s ready to do battle with the finest smartphones on the market – with Tango on top like frosting on a tasty cake.


    ASUS hasn’t delivered a curved display and it hasn’t pushed this phone’s display to the point at which my fingers inevitably cover some screen real estate. ASUS kept their display within reasonable boundaries. At the same time, they came correct with a sharp, color-correct panel that’s also super bright.

    The ASUS ZenFone AR comes with a 5.7-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) (aka 2K) Super AMOLED display. This display has 10-finger capacitive touch and responsiveness that parallels the Google Pixel XL (that’s amongst the best in the world). ASUS says this device has an “industrial-leading 60ms touch response time” as well as glove touch support – we’ll see about that this winter.

    ASUS doesn’t mention this in their main presentation for the device, but the ZenFone AR has localized haptic feedback. That’s the thing where the device seems to vibrate right under your finger when you tap the display in any given spot.

    Localized haptic feedback not been on a whole lot of smartphones over the past decade. The lack of localized haptic feedback thus far is likely due to the difficulty with which the feature is presented. But when it’s in a smartphone, I know it, I can feel it, and it’s something that makes the device feel all that much more unique and premium.


    This device rolls with an impressive amount of sound – especially for a single-speaker setup. Inside is a 5-magnet speaker with its own NXP Smart AMP that’s able to play sound at a level that’s surprisingly loud. While the best sound comes from external audio sources plugged in to this device’s headphone jack, the one internal speaker here is one of the most impressive I’ve heard blast music from a smartphone – now, if only it were forward-facing.

    Audio output with DTS Headphone:X with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound is at least as impressive as other similar solutions with the earbuds included in the box. For those users with HR audio needs, this device can output “certified high-resolution audio” to compatible devices at 24-bit/192kHz. And yes, this smartphone has a standard headphone jack.

    Software Bits

    The ASUS ZenFone AR runs Android Nougat right out the box and, since it’s been released so near Google’s release of Android Oreo, we’ll be expecting that update as well. ASUS has not yet confirmed (as of press time for this article) whether they’ll deliver Oreo to this device. At the moment we’re working with Nougat with ASUS’ own ASUS ZenUI 3.0.

    This device comes with 100GB of Google Drive space (good for 2 years) and 5GB of ASUS WebStorage (for life). In Display settings is an option to turn off the device’s front-facing LED indicator, and another option to keep touch key backlights always on or always off.

    Settings for this device’s display include a whole special panel that allows switching between Screen Color Modes. Super Color is the mode that’s turned on by default, and Standard, Customized, and Bluelight Filter are also available. The Bluelight Filter is also accessible in quick settings – for late-night reading and such. I end up sticking with Standard or Supercolor – but it’s nice to have such granular settings available.

    With this phone’s Auto-start Manager, the user can tell the phone which apps should be running in the background and which should be stopped. ASUS has also included access to its own Android theme library, ZenCircle, ZenFone Care, and ZenMotion.

    Battery Life

    Battery life is decent for a smartphone with a display this big, sharp, and bright. The Asus ZenFone AR has a 3300mAh battery which is fairly standard for a phone of this size. The difference between using this phone all day with no AR or VR is quite different from using AR or VR for extended periods of time.

    Depending on how optimized each Tango-friendly app is for this unique device, AR apps can drain the battery within hours. The same goes for VR – though that’s harder to test since VR isn’t normally used for more than a few minutes in one shot. Without AR or VR at all, this smartphone can last 10-15 hours with standard usage.

    Our battery tests – including the example above – represent standard, everyday use with 4G LTE running non-stop. Without any mobile data, the device is able to last well over a day quite easily. Like most Android phones here in 2017, Doze runs in full effect.

    This device works with “BoostMaster Fast Charging” which moves power into the battery at a high rate. With BoostMaster Fast Charging, over half the battery fills up in a half hour or so (that’s using the charger included in the box). With this phone’s inclusion of PowerDelivery 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0, basically any charger that’s Qualcomm Quick Charge compliant will fill this phone’s battery power reserve up with extreme speed.


    The camera on this phone is pretty decent. It had certainly better be given ASUS’ aim with the phone, as the camera is the device’s primary hardware array. In the ZenFone AR we’ve got a device whose ability to snap photos is pretty much on-par with the snapshot quality of Google’s Pixel. The Pixel has one of the best smartphone-based cameras in the world right this minute and ASUS ZenFone AR is one of the few devices whose camera comes close.

    The ASUS ZenFone AR has on its back a 23MP Camera, F2.0 aperture, and an impressive list of other camera features – all listed below. This camera also has a 6P Largan lens, a lens from a brand I didn’t know a lot about before this review. Largan manufactures smartphone camera lenses for massive smartphone releases like Apple’s iPhone. This element isn’t normally important enough to place in a smartphone’s spec sheet – but ASUS mentioned it – and now we know what to look for.

    Camera Features for ASUS ZenFone AR:
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    If you bought the world's first Tango phone hoping it would enjoy an abundance of support over the years, brace yourself.

    Source: http://phandroid.com/2017/08/11/lenovo-phab-2-pro-android-nougat-update/

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