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Month: June 2018

Report: Facebook’s grip on US teens loosening as many quit the platform

Facebook is no longer the most used social media platform among U.S. teens, according to findings from a recent Pew Research Center survey. The results were published yesterday (via Slate) and reveal that Facebook is now in fourth place compared to first place in its last teen survey in 2015. Of the 13-17-year-olds surveyed for the “Teens, Social Media and Technology 2018” report, 85 percent said they use YouTube, 72 percent said they used Instagram, and 69 percent said they use Snapchat (the values reached more than 100 percent combined because multiple answers were allowed). Roughly half of the teens surveyed, 51 percent, said they are Facebook users. Editor’s Pick Facebook and Qualcomm join forces to speed up the internet, but then what? Terragraph Back in 2016, Facebook announced a new program called the Terragraph Project at its annual developer conference. With Terragraph, Facebook plans to bring high-speed internet to rural and urban areas where laying down … In the 2015 report, Facebook was in the number one spot with 71 percent of teens saying they used it. Instagram was in second with 52 percent, and Snapchat was third with 41 percent. The last report didn’t include YouTube, however, and while it’s not a social site in the more traditional sense, it received a messaging component on mobile in 2016 which started rolling out to the web version last month....

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How to install Android P on the Oppo R15 Pro

If you’re like me, you probably want the newest and shiniest version of Android Google has to offer. This luxury was previously restricted to Nexus and Pixel devices. Being a beta tester for Google meant you needed a Google branded phone, and nearly every other Android phone on the market was incompatible with the beta channel of Android. That all changed at Google I/O 2018. At this year’s annual developer conference, Google announced the Android P beta was immediately available on not only Nexus and Pixel phones, but seven other smartphones as well. The list of compatible devices include the Essential Phone, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, and the Oppo R15 Pro. If you’ve got an OPPO R15 Pro and want to use the beta, don’t fret. We’ve gone ahead and put together a simple guide on how to get it done. Stick with us as we help you jump on the Android P bandwagon. See also: Android P beta hands-on: Gestures galore At the Google I/O 2018 developer conference, Google announced a slew of new product updates for Gmail, Photos, Google Assistant, and much more. One of the biggest announcements of the day was the unveiling of … The process For some phones, upgrading to the P beta is a little tricky. Devices like the Essential phone need to be...

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Nokia 8 gets Pro Camera update for Lumia-like manual controls

The Pro Camera menu on the Nokia 8 Sirocco. HMD Global The Nokia 8 has joined the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 6 2018 in receiving the Pro Camera interface. The interface is a copy of the Lumia Pro Camera mode, as HMD acquired the related patents from Microsoft last year. HMD’s cheapest smartphones won’t be getting the UI, however, the company previously confirmed. Back at MWC 2018, HMD Global announced that the Pro Camera update would be coming to its smartphones, starting with the new Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. Now, last year’s Nokia 8 has received the camera update as well. The announcement was made on Twitter by chief product officer Juho Sarvikas, who added that the Pro Camera update was available now. Take control of every photo. I’m glad to announce that Pro Camera mode is now available for #Nokia8 ! — Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) May 31, 2018 The Pro Camera update delivers manual controls for white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and focus. Manual controls aren’t new, but the UI is an exact copy of the intuitive interface seen in Nokia’s Lumia smartphones. HMD can do this because they actually acquired the patents for the Pro Camera interface from Microsoft last year. It’s unclear whether the manual controls are available for both rear cameras or if the monochrome shooter is...

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Oppo Find X teased: Is a real Oppo flagship coming soon?

The Oppo Find X has been teased by the manufacturer, slated to be its first proper flagship in several years. Oppo’s last Find device offered VOOC fast charging, 50MP images, and a QHD screen back in 2014. The company has since focused on mid-range and upper mid-range phones. The Oppo Find 7 flagship arguably put the Chinese brand on the map, showcasing a number of nifty technologies. It’s been years since we saw a bona fide flagship from Oppo though, but it looks like the Oppo Find X is coming. The company has published a teaser image on its Weibo profile, complete with the ‘Find X’ name (h/t: My Smart Price). According to Google Translate, the post mentions the term “future flagship” too. The mobile brand has also changed its profile photo to ‘Find X’ as well. The Find X teaser image. We haven’t seen any major leaks regarding the Oppo Find X, but we’re expecting a Snapdragon 845 chipset, dual camera setup, and Oppo’s trademark VOOC fast charging, for starters. Oppo’s new profile photo on Weibo. Could the company’s unique zoom solution, shown off at MWC 2017, appear on the new flagship? Back then, Oppo showed off 5x zoom on a dual-camera smartphone, enabled by a prism. Oppo’s last cutting-edge flagship? Oppo has a solid track record of bringing cool tech to the Find series. The Oppo...

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Google Lens makes its way to the Xperia XZ2/XZ2 Compact’s camera app

Sony announced Google Lens integration in the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact’s default camera app. The Xperia XZ2 Premium will also feature Lens in the camera app. During Google I/O 2018, Google announced that itself and other companies will integrate feature Lens in their smartphones’ default camera apps. Available within Google Photos for most Android smartphones, Google Lens is available in the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact’s default camera app. According to Sony, all you have to do is update the Google app in the Play Store and Lens should show up as a new mode in the camera app. Sony also mentioned that the upcoming XZ2 Premium will also feature Lens in its camera app out of the box, with no update required. Once you select Lens on the Xperia XZ2 or XZ2 Compact, you should see the redesigned UI that showed up in the most recent update. Along with the refreshed visuals, Lens now features real-time search that automatically loads results as you pan to different objects, copies and pastes text from real-world objects, and identifies articles of clothing and furniture. Editor’s Pick Those slick, new Google Lens features are rolling out now — here’s how they work The new Google Lens features made for quite an impression at Google I/O 2018, as the company demonstrated a variety of machine vision features. Now, it looks like Google...

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