Google has already released pre-builds of Android 11, but Developer Preview images, according to developers, are not intended for ordinary users. Soon after the announcement of the release date of the new version of the mobile OS, the company published a roadmap with a schedule of releases of more "friendly" beta versions, which all owners of compatible smartphone models can try out.
Initially, it was expected that Google will release the final versions of the API for developers and switch to open testing of new user functions in May this year. Later, the situation changed: according to the updated schedule, the place of the long-awaited build was taken by Developer Preview 4, and the first user beta version of Android 11 will appear only in early June.
The second and third public builds will be presented in July and August, respectively, and the release of the final version, according to Google, will take place in the third quarter of this year. As the reason for the delay of the public beta, the company points out the need for more thorough testing of the stability of the operating system by developers. The exact date of the official launch of the eleventh version of the "green robot" has not yet been announced.
Google has been testing Android 11 for several months and was supposed to tell all the details about the system at the I/O 2020 developer conference, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, the search giant still intends to hold a small presentation, publishing an online invitation for everyone.
The presentation of Android 11 will be held online on June 3 as part of the Beta Launch Show. During the broadcast, Google employees will talk about the new version of the "green robot". A special aftershow is planned for developers, where the company's experts will answer various questions about the new OS. Questions should be asked in advance via Twitter, specifying the special hashtag #AskAndroid in the message.
Along with the presentation, the first build of Android 11 Beta is expected to be released. The final version is scheduled for release in the third quarter of this year.
Interestingly, a little earlier, Apple announced the date of its WWDC conference, where iOS 14 will be presented.
After a series of hints and promotional teasers, the Poco brand has finally confirmed the release of a new model of branded smartphone, which will be presented very soon. Reporters managed to find out the date of the announcement of the mysterious device, the details of which were unknown for a long time even to ubiquitous insiders.
Invitations to an online presentation of the product were sent to reporters by the company's Italian and Spanish representative offices. According to the text on the poster, the announcement of the brand's new device will take place in Madrid next week, on May 12. Although the invitation does not directly mention the device, according to the source, it is about the Poco F2 model and presumably its Pro version, which will be presented simultaneously with the basic modification.
The company still does not disclose the technical characteristics of the device. Earlier, employees of the brand denied the rumor that the gadget will be a renamed version of the Redmi K30 Pro, but did not provide details about its hardware. According to insiders, the device will not be a budget - other details and the official cost of the new product will be known only during the announcement.
Three months after the announcement of the protected smartphone LG K51S, the South Korean manufacturer announced the release of a more affordable version of the device with the model number K51. The device is notable for the main camera module with wide-angle optics, a 4000 mAh battery, and an “indestructible” case with protection from water, dust, and drops according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G.
LG K51 is equipped with a 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 1560x720 pixels and a teardrop cutout for an 8-megapixel selfie module. The smartphone is based on the MediaTek Helio P22 mobile platform with a 2.0 GHz processor clock speed. The device has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. You can expand your internal storage with a microSD card up to 2 TB.
The main camera of the gadget is located in a rectangular horizontal block above the fingerprint scanner and is represented by three sensors with a resolution of 13 (main, f/1.8), 5 (wide-angle optics, f/2.2) and 2 megapixels (depth sensor, f/2.4). another feature of the device is stereo speakers on the front panel-according to the manufacturer, they are able to provide clear and surround sound.
The battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh, which is charged via the USB Type-C port, is responsible for the autonomy of the device. The smartphone runs the Android 9.0 Pie operating system with the LG UX branded shell. The cost of the new product in the US is $150.
Shortly before the presentation, the flagship smartphones Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro appeared in the database of the popular Geekbench benchmark. In addition to performance evaluation in synthetic scenarios, gadget testing records confirm the key technical specifications of new products coming up for release.
According to the results of tests, Meizu 17 and 17 Pro in the single-core discipline received 917 and 913 points, and when loaded on all CPU cores - 3095 and 2965 "parrots", respectively. According to published information, both smartphones will be built on the basis of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 mobile platform.
The amount of RAM Meizu 17 and 17 Pro is 8 and 12 GB, respectively - this is reflected in the test results. As an operating system, the new products will receive the latest Android 10 with the proprietary Flyme OS software shell. According to rumors, the base model will get a 4500 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging support, the Pro version is credited with the functions of wireless (27 W) and fast standard charging (40 W).
The presentation of Meizu 17 and 17 Pro will take place tomorrow, May 8. The manufacturer has not yet announced the cost of new products.
When upgrading a smartphone, you have to transfer not only your Google account to a new gadget but also all programs, many of which often require two-step authorization after reinstalling. To speed up the "move", Google has released the first major update of the company's Authenticator app in three years, reducing the entire tedious process to a few seconds.
In the new version of Google Authenticator, you can transfer accounts from one device to another using a QR code that must be scanned using the camera of the new device. This will significantly reduce the verification time compared to the standard code request and its subsequent manual input. In addition, the application received an interface that meets the concept of Material Design 2.0, as well as a dark color scheme of the design.
The new version of Google Authenticator will be distributed in waves and is already available in Google Play for some regions.
LG introduced a smartphone called Velvet, which received a number of notable differences from previous lines of branded devices of the manufacturer. The list of key features of the device includes the original design of the case, support for styluses with recognition of up to 4096 degrees of pressure, a good supply of RAM, and a high-performance Qualcomm processor with support for fifth-generation networks.
The smartphone is equipped with a 6.8-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 20.5:9. for convenience of working with the smartphone with one hand, its body is also rounded at the edges. The screen of the new product supports working with Wacom styluses, and the pre-installed Nebo app allows the device to convert handwritten text to digital.
The Snapdragon 765 processor with an integrated 5G modem is responsible for the performance of the LG Velvet. The smartphone received 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB UFS 2.1 drive with the possibility of an expansion via a microSD card. The back cover of the device has three sensors of the main camera with a resolution of 48, 8, and 5 megapixels.
The built-in battery capacity of the gadget is 4300 mAh, and fast charging is possible-wired and wireless. Another feature of the model is the IP68 enclosure protection and compliance with the military standard MIL-STD-810. LG Velvet works under the control of OS Android 10.
Specifications of LG Velvet:
Display: 6.8``, OLED, Wacom stylus support
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765
RAM: 8 GB
Built-in memory: 128 GB UFS 2.1, microSD support
Battery: 4300 mAh
Main camera: 48 + 8 + 5 MP
Front camera: 16 megapixels
Security: fingerprint scanner under the display
The cost of the smartphone in the South Korean market is $735, the availability and price of LG Velvet in other regions have not yet been announced.
According to the analytical company NetMarketShare, in addition to the primacy of Google Chrome among desktop browsers, the application engine is actively used by competitors. Today, Chromium remains the most popular solution among browser developers.
The market share of Google Chrome has reached 69.18%, which makes it the absolute leader among the corresponding software. On the second line is Microsoft Edge with 7.76% of the market, and closes the top three Firefox from Mozilla with a share of 7.25%. Among the top ten participants, Safari (3.94%), Opera (1.06%), and Internet Explorer 11 (5.18%) are also worth noting.
At the same time, the total statistics indicate that 77% of browsers installed by users run on the Chromium engine. At the same time, the nearest competitor - Internet Explorer with its own engine - has an audience size of only 5.18%. Over 12 years of existence, Chromium has managed to become the undisputed leader among browsers, and the audience of users who use products built on this engine every day is hundreds of millions of people.
LineageOS, formerly known as CyanogenMod, is now the most popular non-commercial firmware based on the Android operating system. As it became known, a hacker attack was made on the developers' servers, which endangered a huge number of users around the world.
The LineageOS team reported that the attacker used two vulnerabilities in the Salt server software to gain access to the firmware code. However, the developers managed to react in time and simply disconnect the servers to stop the attack.
The developers claim that the hacker failed to damage the firmware source code, builds, or cryptographic keys. They remind that LineageOS is an open-source project, so everyone can personally check the firmware code to make sure it is secure.
Recently, LineageOS released an update to version 17.1, so dozens of devices got Android 10. Among them, there are even seven-year-old models.
OPPO has presented a detailed roadmap of updates to its proprietary ColorOS 7 firmware, built on the basis of Android 10, for the entire line of its devices. The list includes not only smartphone models, but also the exact date of the update release for specific countries.
The list of smartphone models, and the date of the update release for specific countries:
OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
Ongoing: Russia, Kazakhstan
June: Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Poland, Australia
June: Spain, Italy, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Turkey, Poland
OPPO Reno 5G
June: Australia, Switzerland, Italy Spain, United Kingdom
OPPO RX17 Pro/R17 Pro
May: Itlay, Russia
June: France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Poland, Turkey
OPPO Find X Series
Ongoing: Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland
June: United Kingdom, New Zealand
OPPO AS 2020, A9 2020
July: New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom. France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Italy Belgium (AS 2020), Portugal (A9 2020).
Ongoing: Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine
May: Kazakhstan, Russia
June: Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, Turkey
July: Italy, France, the United Kingdom
OPPO Reno Z
Ongoing: Russia, Kazakhstan
June: Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey
OPPO Reno2 Z
June: Germany, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland
July: Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland
OPPO F9, F9 Pro
May: Russia, Kazakhstan
OPPO F7, F7 128G
June: Russia, Kazakhstan
July: Australia, New Zealand
OPPO R15 Pro
July: Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland
August: Italy, Spain, the Netherland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Turkey.
In total, more than twenty devices of the company will receive ColorOS 7, which are sold in Europe. The new firmware is worth waiting for owners of Reno 10x Zoom, Reno, Reno 5G, R17, RX 17 Pro and R17 Pro, Find x series, A5 and A9 2020 release, Reno2, Reno Z, Reno2 Z, F7 (including the version with 128 GB), R15 and R15 Pro, A91.
Among the key innovations of ColorOS 7 is the possibility of flexible customization of the interface, the presence of a dark color scheme, Always-on display settings, font, and icon size adjustment. When developing the new firmware, OPPO focused on reducing the load on users ' eyes by simplifying the interface and making menu items more readable.
In addition, ColorOS 7 has become significantly more energy-efficient, and it handles the launch of applications faster than its predecessor.