Beyond the specs: How the iPhone X camera beats the competition

Flashback: When the Google Pixel was released last year, the camera made jaws drop. Its integrated IMX378 Sony image sensor delivered remarkable photos, even under less than ideal conditions. But was it really the IMX378?

Not quite. For instance, the BlackBerry KeyOne used the same sensor, but fared far worse in image quality. The excellent images are due to the Pixel’s camera app, which Google does not share with other manufacturers, unlike the Android operating system. One of the Pixel app’s key points is combining a whole series of photos shot with various settings in order to obtain an optimized image.

This massive influence of image processing algorithms is also known as computational photography. Having said that, let’s talk about Apple now.

The camera in the iPhone X

Even if the technical data is not the focus (pun intended, 😉) of this article, I will list it anyway for the sake of completeness. The iPhone X has two new image sensors that are 12 MP each, and both camera modules are equipped with an optical image stabilizer. The wide-angle lens offers a 28-millimeter focal length and an aperture of f / 1.8, while the telephoto lens is 56 millimeters and f / 2.4. In addition, there is also a quad-LED flash.

The sensor is reportedly bigger and thus, can capture 83 percent more light. Assuming a crop factor of 7 and a 1/2.9-inch sensor size on the iPhone 7, this would approximately mean a 1/2.0-inch format, which would be bigger than in other current smartphones. I am very excited about the additional details.

As with previous iPhone generations, there is also a portrait mode in the new iPhones, which blurs the background, but the portrait lighting function is new. Portrait lighting works by detecting the face of the photographed person in detail and simulating several types of lighting; at least it looked very impressive in the presentation.

studiolichtffloop Here you can see several variations of the portrait lighting function. / Screen Capture: Apple event

To process these elaborate effects, Apple has equipped its new A11 SoC with a standalone image signal processor. It will furthermore assist in focusing and noise reduction—also in video mode.

According to the presentation, Apple divides the captured image into a total of two million squares and analyzes their content. This compresses low-detail image areas more heavily while areas that are rich in detail are preserved as much as possible. Of course, this is nothing new—video encoders also work this way—but Apple wants to be exceptionally good at it. Apple uses HEVC for its video codec and, as usual, speaks confidently about having the best video quality of any smartphone. Of course, we will put that to the test.

video tilesloop I am excited about the iPhone X’s image quality from what I’ve seen in demo videos like these. / Screen Capture: Apple event

60 fps is possible at the maximum resolution, 4K. Furthermore, there are now slow-motion videos at a 1080p resolution and 240 images per second, which equals a slowdown by a factor of eight when played back at 30 fps. In comparison: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 currently achieves only 1,280 x 720 pixels at 240 fps.

At the risk of beating a dead horse: This is once again a clear example of the benefits of having both hardware and software come from a single source. Of course, this is also possible for Android, but it simply requires significantly greater collaboration between many partners that are also simultaneously competing with each other.

The iPhone X furthermore sports a 7 MP front camera with a 3D scanner for the new FaceID feature, allowing for portrait mode, including Bokeh effect and portrait lighting, to work with selfies as well.

Cameras in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

The back of the iPhone 8 Plus mostly sports the same camera hardware as the iPhone X. The only notable differences, from what we know so far, relate to the video camera. Instead of f / 2.4 like on the iPhone X, it only offers an aperture of f / 2.8, which corresponds to roughly a 36 percent difference. Furthermore—as is already the case with the iPhone 7 Plus—there is no optical image stabilizer in the telephoto module, while the front camera is standard fare. Here, Apple foregoes the iPhone X’s 3D scanner and integrates a conventional 7 MP camera.

As in the previous generation, the iPhone 8 (not the Plus version), also foregoes the extra second lens on the rear. According to existing information, the wide-angle camera has the same specifications as the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

apple iphone 8 hero Like the previous generation, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sport a single and a dual camera, respectively. / © Apple

Computational Photography is king

The new iPhone sees Apple continue a trend that we have already observed in many different Android smartphones and their cameras: Software is becoming increasingly important – computational photography is king.

While all manufacturers can largely use the same hardware components and the Android operating system, image processing algorithms are a well-kept secret—even by Google. In order for brands to set themselves apart from the competition and standard Android fare, large software departments are required, like the ones that only the absolute top manufacturers can afford, and it will be all the more difficult for smaller companies to keep up in the long term. Unlike with the operating system and the accompanying media and app ecosystem, Google does not make money from the camera app itself, and Mountain View’s interest in improving Android’s standard features may also be just as low.

Considerable progress can only be expected from the largest manufacturers—or from Android in general, as soon as Google feels the entire system is threatened by Apple’s camera advancements, but nothing may be done in this respect as long as market conditions between iOS and Android do not significantly change.

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A parent's guide to avoiding Amazon Alexa fails

The little helper built into the Amazon Echo is supposed to make life easier, but it could lead to some unpleasant surprises if your kids meet Alexa. Since Alexa doesn’t have comprehensive parental control settings, we’ve put together an article featuring tips and some things parents should be on the lookout for.

Last Christmas, the Neitzel family received an Amazon Echo Dot and set it up in the kitchen of their home. Their six year old daughter learned to talk to Alexa and get her to tell jokes. But one day, her mother got a notification that her Amazon order had shipped, even though she hadn’t ordered anything. A $ 170 Sparkle Mansion dollhouse and four pounds of cookies has just been dispatched. The story had a happy ending, as the dollhouse was donated to a children’s hospital, but it should serve as a cautionary tale to any parent who already has, or is considering purchasing, an Alexa device.

Luckily, there is a way to keep children from making unauthorized purchases, and it only takes a moment to set up. If you don’t want your kids making purchases on your behalf, you can change the voice purchasing settings for your Alexa device to require a four digit confirmation code. Just remember to change the PIN often in case the little ones overhear it, otherwise it’s pointless to disable shopping without a code.

To require a PIN for voice purchases, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Accounts > Voice Purchasing, then Require confirmation code. Enter any four digits and tap Save.

A few months ago, a video went viral on YouTube which shows another way Alexa can be a parent’s worst nightmare. A young toddler told an Echo Dot to play a children’s song, and to say it misunderstood him would be an understatement for what happened next. Alexa began replying with a list of “adult” content options to play as the parents in the room scrambled and yelled, “Alexa, stop!”

This video proves that simply keeping an eye on your child while they use Alexa isn’t enough to prevent accidental exposure to inappropriate content. It may be best in some cases to keep kids from using Alexa at all, and you don’t have to toss out your Echo to do just that. Changing Alexa’s wake word can keep kids from being able to use it and prevent panic-filled situations like the one in the video above.

The word used to get Alexa’s attention, the wake word, is set to “Alexa” by default. This can be a bit too easy for kids to guess since it’s so obvious, plus let’s not forget to learn a lesson from Burger King’s TV ad that activated “OK Google” on Google Home devices nationwide. So, you may want to consider changing the wake word to something else to prevent unauthorized use. Your other wake word options are “Amazon”, “Echo,” and “Computer.” If your kids are able to guess one of these, just change it to another one and then your problem is solved.

To change Alexa’s wake word, go to the Alexa app and then Settings, select the device, then scroll down to pick the new wake word from the drop down menu.

There is more age appropriate content available via Alexa. Amazon seems to be making an effort to make Alexa more kid-friendly, as kids skills have recently been announced in the US. These activities and games are created especially for youngsters and they can only be installed with parents’ permission, verifiable via an SMS code or the security code of the credit card on file. These kid skills include SpongeBob Challenge, Sesame Street and Amazon Storytime.

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Poll: Did Apple or Samsung have the best flagships of 2017?

Apple just revealed its new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X (“Ten”). How do they compare to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the cream of the crop in the Android world? We want to know what you think!

Samsung vs Apple: battle of the top manufacturers

Samsung’s high end offerings are the most coveted among Android users, and this year’s additions to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series have left a very good impression on us so far. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ introduced a modern, luxurious design with all glass and curves. The Note 8 follows suit with the same style and top of the line hardware, plus a few tricks of its own like the S-Pen.

Just days ago, Apple had its big unveiling of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. These devices seem to have taken some inspiration from cutting edge Android smartphones. The tenth iPhone takes a big step forward in terms of design, ditching its iconic bezels and home button for a trendy bezel-less design with a notch at the top of the display for the sensors. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, probably should have just been called the iPhone 7S, as it wasn’t so revolutionary. The finer points of the devices are the new A11 Bionic chip, facial recognition, wireless charging thanks to glass backs and augmented reality capabilities.

With their latest smartphones, both Samsung and Apple offer top shelf hardware, design and high prices to match. To refresh your memory, here’s how much each is going for in the US right now:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: $ 724
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+: $ 824
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8: $ 929
  • iPhone 8: $ 699
  • iPhone 8 Plus: $ 799
  • iPhone X: $ 999

Which manufacturer’s offerings excite you most? Which has the best value for your money? Vote below for the device you’d choose, and we’ll see which side wins!

Let us know what your deciding factors were in the comments!

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Metal Gear Solid 2's Unforgettable Boss Battles

While the game as a whole is impeccable, it’s the game’s epic boss battles that truly stand out. Each features a cinematic lead up that perfectly turns up the tension, and escalates in a thrilling shootout that will test every ounce of your playing skills. Here are five of the game’s memorable encounters that await you in the latest addition to SHIELD TV’s library.

Fatman

This oversized villain dressed in heavy armor (original NES Metal Gear fans will remember the bomb blast suit) may seem slow-footed, but his roller blades allow him to dash around with ease. Finishing him off requires you to be as quick on your feet as you are on the trigger. Fatman’s explosives expertise means the battlefield is littered with bombs, so stay on guard or all your best tactics will literally explode in your face.

MGS2 06 Vamp / © NVIDIA/Konami Computer Entertainment

Vamp

The Metal Gear series has featured plenty of strange and mysterious characters but few can outclass the seemingly undead maestro of mayhem known as Vamp. Possessing superhuman abilities that are surpassed only by his thirst for human blood, Vamp is an absolute pain to deal with. Even when you cut him down, he rises again like some sort of horror movie monster. Still, his incredible back story, bizarre powers and macabre personality make your fight against Vamp one of the highlights of Metal Gear 2: Sons of Liberty.  

Harrier

As if going toe-to-toe with the game’s human bosses weren’t bad enough, this imaginative boss fight forces you to contend with a Harrier fighter jet while confined to a small catwalk. Thankfully, you’re armed with a Stinger missile launcher capable of locking onto the fast moving jet. Series star Solid Snake is also on hand to throw down some valuable supplies. But even with these advantages, this formidable foe can easily do you in, so stay on your toes.

MGS2 04 RAY / © NVIDIA/Konami Computer Entertainment

Metal Gear RAY: x 3

In the series lore, the Metal Gear are walking tanks representing the height of military power, capable of bringing entire nations to their knees. Metal Gear 2: Sons of Liberty features an upgraded version called RAY that operates using an advanced artificial intelligence control system for even greater combat effectiveness. Going up against a single RAY would be bad enough, but in one climactic battle, you have to contend with three of these walking weapon platforms at once. It’s a memorable fight that leads to some interesting plot twists so clearing this battle is like a double reward.

Solidus Snake

The final boss battle of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty deserves special mention for a few reasons. First, it trades the big action sequences of previous battles for an intimate sword-based showdown between Raiden and the game’s lead villain, Solidus Snake. Second, it provides valuable insight into the game’s plot as numerous revelations are sprinkled in throughout the fight. While it isn’t necessarily mind-blowing in terms of visceral action, the fight with Solidus is a cerebral finale that brings the game to a satisfying and dramatic close.

For the first time on Android, Konami’s seminal stealth sequel, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, is available to download. You can get it now on Google Play exclusively for NVIDIA’s Tegra X1-powered entertainment platform, SHIELD TV.

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Google's Pixel XL to replace defective Nexus 6P handsets

Google’s Nexus 6P is a solid smartphone in many aspects, but there is a small segment of Nexus 6P owners who have been negatively affected by one particular bugbear: a battery that performs poorly. In fact, certain Nexus 6P handsets actually shut themselves down even when the battery life still has one third left to go. That is simply not cool at all.

Naturally, disenchanted owners of the Nexus 6P (after trying out all of the battery tips) are not too happy with what was deemed to be the best Nexus handset when it was released at the end of 2015. We are glad to say that Google has looked into the matter for at least one person, and intends to resolve it with smiles all around by offering the Pixel XL smartphone as a replacement unit. This is a step in the right direction for Google when it comes to customer service for this particular Nexus 6P owner, as the Pixel XL is a handset that is one generation newer than the Nexus 6P, meaning it has more recent hardware – leading to a longer time before the monster of obsolescence rears its ugly head.

Android Police reported that a conversation with a Google chat representative concerning the frustration with a Nexus 6P’s unstable battery led to a pleasant surprise. All that the person needed to do was to purchase a 32GB Black Pixel XL using a provided email link, where the person’s credit card was charged for a temporary period of time. In the email, the Nexus 6P’s return label was also provided, allowing the person to ship back the defective handset upon receiving the Pixel XL, an act which will then reverse the aforementioned credit card charge.

AndroidPIT Nexus 6P battery tips 7 Some Nexus 6P handsets have seen battery issues. / © ANDROIDPIT

Do take note that the affected owner was not part of the Nexus Protect program, and the Nexus 6P in question was already out of warranty. We understand that this could be a one-off experience, so don’t expect similar treatment if you are in the same boat.

This is pretty excellent customer service on Google’s part since many of us probably didn’t purchase Nexus Protect and bought the device on the day it was released so it will be well out of warranty by now. So far, another Nexus 6P owner who had similar battery issues with the handset still under warranty, received a refurbished Nexus 6P instead of a sleeker Pixel XL after getting in touch with Google’s support service. Another person with a Nexus 6P had better luck, picking up a 128GB Pixel XL – although this person was on Nexus Protect.

What’s your story if you are an affected Nexus 6P owner after getting in touch with Google’s chat support?

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With Android Oreo you can now change themes without root

One of the primary reasons users love Android is that they can customize their smartphone, from the launcher, to the look of the icons, to a full change of theme. This type of customization is reaching a new level with Android 8.0 Oreo, since now, you don’t even have to root the device!

At the moment, if you want to customize your phone using themes, then you either have to root and use custom ROM permissions, or have a phone that came with the function built-in to the manufacturer’s UI. But now, Substratum developers have announced on the XDA Developers forum that they have a way to use Android Oreo (without root) to apply themes.

Overlay Manager Service (OMS) evolved out of Sony’s theme engine, called RRO (Runtime Resource Overlay), which has been integrated within Android since 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s thanks to OMS that Substratum developers can make themes happen on Oreo without root.

huawei p9 theme engine Some manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei already have a theme manager! / © ANDROIDPIT

There are two drawbacks to keep in mind. First, you’ll need to plug your phone into your PC, install a PC application, and get Substratum for your phone from the Play Store. Second, when you turn your phone off and on again, you’ll lose changes you’ve made, which doesn’t normally happen with soft reboots or restarts.

These two little drawbacks may keep some from trying out themes without root. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting development of the Android customization of the moment, and in conjunction with Project Treble, it should lessen the workload for OEMs, allowing them to push updates even faster with the theme aspect out of the way.

Will you give it a try? Let us know how it goes in the comments below.

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Which smartphone under $500 has the best camera?

It’s an eternal dilemma for fans of consumer electronics. If you’re trying to save money, should you buy a new phone with mid-range hardware, or an older model with high-end hardware? With particularly short product cycles for smartphones, ‘old’ here often means just a few months. We decided to take a deeper look at cameras on these phones to see how noticeable the differences really are. 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is clearly the oldest device in our test selection. It was launched over a year ago, and the former flagship now costs around  $ 320. The Huawei P10 and the LG G6 are less than six months old, and cost $ 400 and $ 250 respectively (at the time of writing this). 

We’re pitching these two devices against top range phones. The Honor 9 currently costs $ 420, and the OnePlus 5 is available for just under $ 500. In the following photo quality comparisons, we alternate between these two phones as they produce very similar results. 

Night photography

When taking night shots, the LG G6 and Galaxy S7 have a definite advantage: they both come with optical image stabilizing. This allows both smartphones to use longer shutter speeds and thus achieve brighter photos. It can even lower ISO sensitivity to minimize image noise. As a result, the photos of this street scene captured by these two phones look nicer and are better illuminated than the others. 

night edit2 Older flagships steam ahead of newer mid-range phones thanks to an optical picture stabilizer. / © AndroidPIT

Artificial light photography

There are two factors to consider in this next challenge. Not only is there far too much light but there is also mixed light with two different color temperatures. The figure is first illuminated with a warm, incandescent light and then by a cold, LED light. This challenge tests the image processing algorithms of each manufacturer. 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 probably has the best white balance. However, all photos of this subject have an overturned contrast, meaning a loss of detail in dark areas of the image. The LG G6 and OnePlus 5 win out here, with a similar white balance. The Huawei P10 ranks somewhere in between.

artificial light edit2 Ssmartphones battle it out for the best photo of this stuffed toy. / © AndroidPIT

Daylight photography

Photos taken in daylight should pose no problem for today’s top class smartphones, which all of our test subjects are. Our phones all performed well in capturing a street scene, delivering vibrant photos with popping and detailed colors. The differences are marginal, and ultimately it boils down to a matter of taste. For example, the LG G6 delivers contrast-rich photos, whereas the Honor 9 and Huawei P10 hold back here somewhat. But judge for yourselves:

daylight edit2 This daylight scene does not pose any issues for the smartphones we tested. / © AndroidPIT

Macro and high contrast photography

Last but not least, we present our smartphones a familiar challenge – taking high contrast photos. The small image sensors in a smartphone are well-known for suffering from low dynamic range. Automatic HDR helps here, which manufacturers have eagerly been including in their devices since it first appeared on the Google Pixel

As the oldest smartphone of the bunch, the Galaxy S7 has clear difficulties here. In the picture, its color reproduction has worked but has burned out the background sky in the process. The Honor 9 and Huawei P10 deliver the most balanced results. The high contrast picture from the OnePlus 5 is certainly a matter of taste. 

contrast macro edit2 The Samsung Galaxy S7 has problems with dynamic range. HDR modes have improved greatly since its launch. / © AndroidPIT

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Conclusion

In good lighting conditions, the differences between these smartphones is negligible and they all perform well. The differences become visible in specialist areas. In conditions of differing brightness levels, the newer automatic HDR functions really prove their worth. But an optical image stabilizer is still beneficial in the dark, and this is missing with the cheaper, new models. 

But the question of which camera performs best overall depends on what you use it for. Which smartphone delivers the best picture quality for your needs?

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Galaxy Note 8 already receives first update

Although the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not yet available in all markets, it’s already receiving updates. Currently, it’s the very first software update but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the arrival of Oreo on Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android updates

  Android 7.1 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Yes Coming soon

The Note 8 comes with Android 7.1 Nougat installed. Needless to say, the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade is surely in the works for this device but the exact date of release is still yet unknown. Thanks to Dutch website Galaxyclub however, we now know that the Korean manufacturer has implemented the first software update in Europe for its brand new phablet.

note 8 update The first Galaxy Note 8 update in Europe. / © Galaxyclub

The 571MB update package does not indicate a version upgrade to Android Oreo. This update addresses improvements in overall performance, wireless charging and camera stability. It also doesn’t include the September security patches, which are likely to arrive soon.

Excited about Oreo coming to the Galaxy Note 8? Do you think Samsung deploys its version updates quickly enough?

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Apple Watch Series 3: the future of the Apple Watch is here

Apple has just presented the new generation of the Apple Watch alongside the three new iPhones. This version will come with watchOS 4, LTE support and an antenna that works through the display.

Apple Watch Series 3

The third generation of the Apple Watch can work independently of a smartphone. For this to work, Apple provided it with a faster chip so that apps could work on their own. The new dual core processor has an Apple-designed Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chip which has low power consumption. In spite of all these changes, it’s the same size as the Apple Watch Series 2. Apple has incorporated an electronic SIM card, though its unclear whether it’s an Apple SIM or an eSIM. With the third Apple Watch, the Cupertino firm has come up with a refined solution for the antenna: it’s built into the display.

The new Apple Watch has other exciting new features as well. For example, Siri is able to speak to you directly through the watch. Apple Music will be available as an app on the Apple Watch this year, meaning you won’t need a paired smartphone to listen to music. With integrated LTE, users will always be connected.

apple keynote iphone x 6 Apple Watch Series 3 / © Apple @AndroidPIT

The Apple Watch Series 3 will be ready for pre-order from September 15, and available from September 22. It will cost $ 329 without LTE and $ 399 with LTE. It will work with all major carriers in the US: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. A wide range of colors and bands are available, and you can check out the Apple website for details.

If you’re not convinced by the newer Apple Watches, the Apple Watch Series 1 received a price reduction and is now just $ 249. Let us know what you think of the Series 3 in the comments!

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Why will Android Go succeed where Android One failed?

Android Go is yet another attempt by Google at creating a more fluid operating system for smartphones that contain less powerful hardware, and which are consequently cheaper. In 2014, Google launched Android One, which was intended for the same target audience – users of lower-end devices. So, having tried once already in the past, will Google be able to reach its goal this time?

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During the Google I/O 2017 keynote presentation, Google’s Vice President of product management, Sameer Samat, said that “every seven minutes, a Brazilian activates an Android device.” Samat was alluding to Android Go, a basic version of Android O, which aims to encourage the market for entry-level smartphones in Brazil and India, among other countries with a user base that tends to favor low-end devices. Thus, it will offer a user experience for basic models only.

For those who might not remember, in the 2014 Google I/O event, Sundar Pichai announced Android One, which targeted very cheaply manufactured smartphones and which had the goal of getting Android up to the two billion user mark. At the time, the idea was to provide manufacturers with a model that had a good quality standard design and software based on pure Android, which would cover the user’s more basic smartphone needs.

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The fact that Android Go has now come out in 2017 is basically confirming that Android One didn’t pan out. This begs the question, why would Android Go work if Android One didn’t? The difference between the speeches during the keynotes is pretty obvious to me. In 2014, Google was focused on acquiring more users, and it was talking about attaining “the second billion”. 

It all seemed very aggressive. What Google has done in 2017 is completely change their tune: now it is going to improve the user experience on smartphones with 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM.

google io 2017 195 Android Go wants to be an entry-level option. / © Screenshots: ANDROIDPIT

The reality is that Google, a division of Alphabet, still needs more users, but now it understands that standardized hardware doesn’t create competition and so it won’t appeal to manufacturers. Now Google has realized that what could work is leaving hardware construction to the manufacturers, however basic that may be, and instead offering its solution as a product consisting of software that can run on entry-level smartphones with basic specs.

It won’t just be a success for Google and manufacturers, but for the user as well. Perhaps you’ve also heard of YouTube Go? The service allows, above all, that users can download videos (when there’s Wi-Fi, of course) on their device to be watched offline whenever they want. But it also comes with different features, such as being able to choose the quality and size of the video and sharing content with other devices by Bluetooth. All of this improves streaming and uses up less data.

google io 2017 196 Optimized data usage helps users rein in their data plans. / © Screenshots: ANDROIDPIT

Imagine, if you will, that Android Go will do the same, but on a system level. Apps like Gboard, YouTube, Google Chrome and the Play Store will be streamlined to save power and data. I’m taking a wild guess with what I’m about to say, but it’s possible that the software will be so good that devices running Android Go will get their system updates first.

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I think Android Go will work because it will offer a decent software experience to be combined with low-cost hardware. Above all, manufacturers can compete in different areas of the entry-level category. I just hope that they don’t all band together and level out the price above $ 150. That’s what we have Android for.

I’ve been writing about all things Android for a long time now and there’s nothing worse than seeing a user spend their hard earned salary on a smartphone that delivers a bad experience. Especially if this is the only platform available to connect to the rest of the world via the internet. That’s why I will welcome Android Go with open arms.

Do you think Android Go will work? What do you think of Android One? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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