The last few years the smartphone segment has been witnessing a familiar battle on a year-on-year basis. Apple Vs Android is a classic tug of war of the Tech giants, each vying for a leading market share and supremacy.
Together, they have created a Duopoly and account for more than 99% in smartphone sales. We can say that this trend repeats itself when it comes to the respective OS too.
Let us know look at this competition scenario from various parameters. Viz. OS, Smartphone market share, Performance, etc.
Apple Vs Android — A comparative study
Worldwide Market Share in OS
Android OS, belonging to Google, is Linux-based and is partly an open source. Originally developed by Android Inc., the company was later acquired by Google in 2005. iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system. Android dominates the market with a whopping 87%, while iOS comes at a distant second at 12%.
While Apple tended to dominate the market in the early stages, it is now clearly dominated by Android.
Android has a more market share in developing nations like Asia and Africa while iOS leads the market in developed countries like US, Australia, Europe etc. This may be due to the various cultural and socio-economic factors that are in play in the local geographies.
Android exhibits a high level of device fragmentation due to the huge variety of models and varieties available, not just in Samsung but from other OEMs too. This becomes a problem when a lot of Android users are still running their devices on older versions of the OS. This is a big headache when it comes to fixing the bugs, and it creates vulnerability and security concerns. This is not a problem in the case of Apple with fewer models.
Security and Privacy
As the OS model is more open in Android compared to Apple, it is slightly more vulnerable to hacks and cyber threats. The device fragmentation and openness of installing apps that are from third-party makes Android OS susceptible to security concerns.
Apple iOS very rigid in giving access to your locations and contact info to your Apps, which is not the case with Android OS Apps.
Applications — Apple Vs Android
When it comes to Android App development and iOS App development, there are few clear demarcations which make for obvious preferences.
Android App development is easy due to a deeper access to their OS, and high levels of customization are possible, whereas this is not the case with Apple App development.
App development in Android takes more than 40% of code lines and is 30% more expensive than iOS of Apple. But, once developed, it is easier and quicker to publish in the Play Store. iOS App Developers find it more of a stricter and longer process in iTunes.
Maintenance and Bug fixing are difficult in Android OS compared to iOS, due to high levels of device fragmentation.
Apple Apps are more beautifully designed, easy to use and are presented in a well-organized iTunes Store. Android offers an extensive range of Apps in the Google Play store.
Apple Users access more content categories and do more online shopping than Android users. This means that they have higher mCommerce engagement than Android users.
iPhone users tend to make more in-app purchases compared to Android. Ad-displays is the main source of revenue generation in Android Apps.
As per App Annie reports, revenue generation is 60% more on iTunes store of Apple, as compared to Google Play of Android.
Apple Vs Android — The Future Trends
Apple and Android, together dominate the market and are equally good in their own right. Choosing one over the other becomes a matter of personal preferences or by one that is governed by your business needs. So, if you are an individual planning to buy a new Mobile phone or a Business Owner who has hired a Mobile App Development Company to build his first App — do your homework. Identify your needs, preferences, time and budget and use these as a criterion for your decision-making, as both are Tech giants come with awesome products.
Other than those few brave/crazy folks who choose to patrol and attempt to protect certain city streets in their homemade outfits — we know that superheroes are only something out of comic books, movies, and television shows.
Often all three in this day and age.
So there’s not really a Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent walking among us or if there is, they have no altered ego. However, there are those with whom we can draw comparisons. Elon Musk is not genetically altered like the Hulk (as far as anyone knows), he is not from another realm like Thor or both genetically altered and from another time like Captain America.
But when it comes to comparing him to one of the Avengers — he is strikingly similar to Iron Man and his counterpart Tony Stark. Let me explain…
Let’s look at the similarities between the two. Firstly, the respective net worth of each man:
Tony Stark/Iron Man — $12.4 billion Elon Musk — $13.6 billion
Even his net worth is higher than the fictional Stark.
Tony Stark — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk — Tech entrepreneur
Tony Stark — Women, alcohol Elon Musk — Diet Coke
Well not quite the same, they both have their voices at least.
While Musk started his companies on his own, Tony Stark inherited his company from his father but Elon Musk’s growth to multi-billion dollar valuations is not unlike Tony Stark’s ascent to becoming Iron Man or changing Stark Industries from weapons to more positive industries. After being attacked as part of an Army convoy, Stark was held in an in a cave/prison where neither his mogul status nor his billions of dollars were of any use to him. All he could do was use his brain to escape and to do so — he had to become Iron Man.
Musk was never a prisoner of any kind — he grew up in South Africa in a middle-class family — but his growth to who is he today and the companies he has started were completely self-made much like Iron Man’s suit.
His parents strongly encouraged reading and education when he was young and Musk took to both with vigor. He began to code at the ripe old age of 12 and after his family moved to North America, he went to university in Canada and the United States. Starting at Queen’s University and eventually graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. Then he started his own company, Zip2, he sold it for $21 million and used $10 million from the sale to launch a second company — X.com. X.com then merged with a company you may have heard of: PayPal.
The Paypal Mafia (sort of like the Avengers) was born:
But that’s an entirely different story.
Iron Man’s suit changed and evolved. Once Tony Stark was out of the prison (the whole purpose for his suit in the first place) and back in his offices, he continued to make improvements. Make the suit better, more efficient with more features. He didn’t have to do so, he could have just went back to work or even retired but he continued with his suit and becoming Iron Man.
Musk’s entrepreneurial ingenuity evolved as much as the Iron suit which went from Iron and Copper to a Molecularly aligned crystallized iron over a base of titanium nitride. You see after PayPal was sold to eBay for $165 million when Elon was just 31 years old, he could have easily retired. That is more than enough money for anyone to live off quite extravagantly for several lifetimes.
But Elon wasn’t interested in retirement, he wanted to keep improving so he went another route — he invested every penny of his profits from the PayPal sale into starting three new companies:
When we say he invested every penny, we mean EVERY PENNY. He had to borrow money for food and rent as he worked tirelessly to build each company. Investing less in any of them and they may not be around anymore. As it was, SpaceX was near failure when their final attempt at a launch finally proved successful.
After a while, Tony Stark built an army of Iron Man suits and so Musk built an army of tech companies.
Stark invented the Arc-Reactor. Musk launched HyperLoop.
The real Elon even has the potential to one-up the fictional Iron Man. Aside from all his other ventures he also wants to explore Mars with the hopes of one day colonizing the planet and he owns the company that could help make that a reality. It’s not just a pipe dream.
We have put a machine on Mars, we’ve flown past it, but Elon wants to put a human there for the first time. Science lesson — the temperature on Mars hovers around -29° which is not overly hospitable to humans even those who are used to living in Canada.
Worry not, as Musk has a plan for that which would entail dropping thermonuclear bombs on each of Mars’ poles to artificially heat the planet. He’s about one step away from putting on a metal suit and just doing that himself. Why does he want to do this?
Because Musk realizes that colonizing Mars may be the only way for humans to exist in the future. And between electric cars which will slow down the deterioration of our ozone layer or SolarCity which aims to make Solar energy the number one energy source — Elon could save civilization as a whole.
We could go over the similarities or you can just listen to the director of 2008’s Iron Man who said that the Tony Stark/Iron Man we see in the movie was based on Musk himself.
He was even given a small cameo in the second film:
He’s changing the world with technological advancements: high-end electric cars, solar energy, and rocket ships. And so it goes.
He may not be like the Iron Man that you would see in the comics or movies.
It’s better than that.
He is the real-life Iron Man that we can all emulate and appreciate.
I’ve been playing PUBG with my boyfriend and his brothers on Xbox for the past couple of months (and I’m super addicted), so of course, I freaked out when I saw the mobile version.
But that got my brain a-thinking’: what’re the big differences between PUBG mobile and PUBG for console?
Here are a number of ways PUBG is different while playing on mobile vs. playing your Xbox.
Bots, bots and more bots
Auto best-weapon pick-up powers activate
Daily rewards for playin’ on the reg
Level up, up, up
Bots, bots, and more bots
Have you ever played a new game, got a couple of kills right off the hop, and felt like a total badass? Maybe you’ve been hesitant about a game because of its difficulty, but once you play a few rounds and headshotted a couple of dudes, you’re suddenly hooked?
It’s because of reasons like this that some have speculated bots are aplenty in early gameplay of PUBG on mobile.
One major difference from the other versions is the presence of bots, apparently designed to help new players get to grips with the game. As you level up, the ratio of real players to bots increases, and it’s easy to tell the difference — the bots are pretty dumb and don’t put up much of a fight. This might be disappointing to hear for anyone who plays for the first time and is amazed by their own latent skill level, but it’s a clever way to ensure people have a good experience when they first play PUBG. The Verge
When you’re playing on your console, you won’t have to worry about bots invading your battle royale experience, but playing on mobile might mean you get a couple of easy kills while you’re still a relatively low level.
Auto best-weapon pick-up powers activate
If I had a dollar for every time I was playing PUBG on Xbox, landed on a roof with another dude, only to scramble to pick up the crappiest possible gun by accident (when there’s clearlysomeone better 2 inches away), then I’d be a billionaire.
With PUBG mobile, one feature I really like is the automatic ability to pick up the better weapon. By that I mean if you approach a pile of weapons on the battlefield, your character will automatically pick up the better gun.
The only time this gets annoying is when you have two of the same type of gun and want to get rid of it for something different, like a pistol or a crossbow (for variety’s sake, y’know?) and your character keeps automatically grabbing the better weapon every time you drop it for the crappier one, forcing you to run a distance to ditch the old and come back for the new.
What does Kim Kardashian’s mobile game and PUBG Mobile have in common? The fact that you can buy clothes and dress up your avatar with different accessories, outfits, shoes, parachutes, and so, so much more!
These outfits can be unlocked by buying crates with in-game currency in order to get certain items.
Unlike games similar to the Kardashians, though, PUBG Mobile doesn’t allow you to actually make IAP with your hard-earned coin: you can’t spend $5 in real life to get 5,000 gold coins so you can buy that gas mask you’ve always wanted.
PUBG mobile also shows you all the clothing and accessory options available and lets you try them on to see how kick-ass your avatar looks (with or without pants).
Daily rewards for playin’ on the reg
Maybe you’ve played a mobile game a couple of times and your interest is now fading fast: PUBG mobile entices players into playing every single day with daily rewards every time you log in, so you’re more and more willing to join the battle royale daily.
Whether you’re someone who’s a serious gamer or someone who’s playing casually, getting free items and coins is always a super big bonus, and PUBG mobile gives you that little reward every time you log in at the beginning of each day.
When you’re playing on console, you don’t get free coins or daily presents: you just get the cold, harsh reality of placing second after TOTALLY SHOOTING THAT GUY LIKE 50 TIMES COME ON.
Level up up up
Levels and ranks are non-existent in console PUBG gaming, while leveling up on mobile helps you in a number of different ways.
Leveling up helps you do things like join a group chat (level 5), while on console you don’t need to be any particular rank to unlock features like this. They’re already available for every player.
While certain popular console games like Overwatch and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege focus on competitive gaming and ranks, PUBG has never made that a priority, but the mobile version is a wee bit different.
What are the big differences you’ve noticed while playing PUBG on mobile?
Is there a particular feature that you’ve noticed in PUBG mobile that doesn’t exist on console that I might have missed on this list? Do you think PUBG mobile is too easy compared to console or even PC versions?
Let me know what your PUBG playing has revealed in the comments down below!
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If tech experts are to be believed, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the world. But those same experts don’t agree on what kind of effect that transformation will have on the average person. Some believe that humans will be much better off in the hands of advanced AI systems, while others think it will lead to our inevitable downfall.
How could a single technology evoke such vastly different responses from people within the tech community?
Artificial intelligence is software built to learn or problem solve — processes typically performed in the human brain. Digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, along with Tesla’s Autopilot, are all powered by AI. Some forms of AI can even create visual art or write songs.
There’s little question that AI has the potential to be revolutionary. Automation could transform the way we work by replacing humans with machines and software. Further developments in the area of self-driving cars are poised to make driving a thing of the past. Artificially intelligent shopping assistants could even change the way we shop. Humans have always controlled these aspects of our lives, so it makes sense to be a bit wary of letting an artificial system take over.
The Lay Of The Land
AI is fast becoming a major economic force. According to a paper from the McKinsey Global Institute Study reported by Forbes, in 2016 alone, between $8 billion and $12 billion was invested in the development of AI worldwide. A report from analysts with Goldstein Research predicts that, by 2023, AI will be a $14 billion industry.
KR Sanjiv, chief technology officer at Wipro, believes that companies in fields as disparate as health care and finance are investing so much in AI so quickly because they fear being left behind. “So as with all things strange and new, the prevailing wisdom is that the risk of being left behind is far greater and far grimmer than the benefits of playing it safe,” he wrote in an op-ed published in Tech Crunch last year.
Games provide a useful window into the increasing sophistication of AI. Case in point, developers such as Google’s DeepMind and Elon Musk’s OpenAIhave been using games to teach AI systems how to learn. So far, these systems have bested the world’s greatest players of the ancient strategy game Go, and even more complex games like Super Smash Bros and DOTA 2.
On the surface, these victories may sound incremental and minor — AI that can play Go can’t navigate a self-driving car, after all. But on a deeper level, these developments are indicative of the more sophisticated AI systems of the future. Through these games, AI becomes capable of complex decision-making that could one day translate into real-world tasks. Software that can play infinitely complex games like Starcraft, could, with a lot more research and development, autonomously perform surgeriesor process multi-step voice commands.
When this happens, AI will become incredibly sophisticated. And this is where the worrying starts.
Wariness surrounding powerful technological advances is not novel. Various science fiction stories, from The Matrix to I, Robot, have exploited viewers’ anxiety around AI. Many such plots center around a concept called “the Singularity,” the moment in which AIs become more intelligent than their human creators. The scenarios differ, but they often end with the total eradication of the human race, or with machine overlords subjugating people.
Several world-renowned sciences and tech experts have been vocal about their fears of AI. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking famously worries that advanced AI will take over the world and end the human race. If robots become smarter than humans, his logic goes, the machines would be able to create unimaginable weapons and manipulate human leaders with ease. “It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he told the BBC in 2014. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Neither Musk nor Hawking believes that developers should avoid the development of AI, but they agree that government regulation should ensure the tech does not go rogue. “Normally, the way regulations are set up is a whole bunch of bad things happens, there’s a public outcry, and after many years, a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,” Musk said during the same NGA talk. “it takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad, but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”
Hawking believes that a global governing body needs to regulate the development of AI to prevent a particular nation from becoming superior. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stoked this fear at a meeting with Russian students in early September, when he said, “The one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.” These comments further emboldened Musk’s position — he tweeted that the race for AI superiority is the “most likely cause of WW3.”
Musk has taken steps to combat this perceived threat. He, along with startup guru Sam Altman, co-foundedthe non-profit OpenAI in order to guide AI development towards innovations that benefit all of humanity. According to the company’s mission statement: “By being at the forefront of the field, we can influence the conditions under which AGI is created.”Musk also founded a company called Neuralink intended to create a brain-computer interface. Linking the brain to a computer would, in theory, augment the brain’s processing power to keep pace with AI systems.
Other predictions are less optimistic. Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer at SETI believes that AI will succeed humans as the most intelligent entities on the planet. “The first generation [of AI] is just going to do what you tell them; however, by the third generation, then they will have their own agenda,” Shostak said in an interview with Futurism.
However, Shostak doesn’t believe sophisticated AI will end up enslaving the human race — instead, he predicts, humans will simply become immaterial to these hyper-intelligent machines. Shostak thinks that these machines will exist on an intellectual plane so far above humans that, at worst, we will be nothing more than a tolerable nuisance.
Not everyone believes the rise of AI will be detrimental to humans; some are convinced that the technology has the potential to make our lives better. “The so-called control problem that Elon is worried about isn’t something that people should feel is imminent. We shouldn’t panic about it,” Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates recently told the Wall Street Journal. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg went even further during a Facebook Live broadcast back in July, sayingthat Musk’s comments were “pretty irresponsible.” Zuckerberg is optimistic about what AI will enable us to accomplish and thinks that these unsubstantiated doomsday scenarios are nothing more than fear-mongering.
Some experts predict that AI could enhance our humanity. In 2010, Swiss neuroscientist Pascal Kaufmann founded Starmind, a company that plans to use self-learning algorithms to create a “superorganism” made of thousands of experts’ brains. “A lot of AI alarmists do not actually work in AI. [Their] fear goes back to that incorrect correlation between how computers work and how the brain functions,” Kaufmann told Futurism.
Kaufmann believes that this basic lack of understanding leads to predictions that may make good movies, but do not say anything about our future reality. “When we start comparing how the brain works to how computers work, we immediately go off track in tackling the principles of the brain,” he said. “We must first understand the concepts of how the brain works and then we can apply that knowledge to AI development.” Better understanding of our own brains would not only lead to AI sophisticated enough to rival human intelligence, but also to better brain-computer interfaces to enable a dialogue between the two.
To Kaufmann, AI, like many technological advances that came before, isn’t without risk. “There are dangers which come with the creation of such powerful and omniscient technology, just as there are dangers with anything that is powerful. This does not mean we should assume the worst and make potentially detrimental decisions now based on that fear,” he said.
Experts expressed similar concerns about quantum computers, and about lasers and nuclear weapons—applications for that technology can be both harmful and helpful.
Predicting the future is a delicate game. We can only rely on our predictions of what we already have, and yet it’s impossible to rule anything out.
We don’t yet know whether AI will usher in a golden age of human existence, or if it will all end in the destruction of everything humans cherish. What is clear, though, is that thanks to AI, the world of the future could bear little resemblance to the one we inhabit today.
In the most-talked-about video game of the last several weeks, 100 players are loaded into a cargo plane. As it circles above a large island, players can choose where to drop out. After the players touch down, they have to scrounge for weapons, ammo, and armor in abandoned houses — hoping to remain alive until a ticker in the top-right corner clicks down to one. The game is called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; it’s five weeks old, costs $30, and, technically, isn’t even finished. And — despite a release with no major marketing campaign or PR push — at any moment, 100,000 people are running it.
It’s tough to overstate how wildly successful Battlegrounds has been, especially given how different its path to consumers’ hands has been. The game’s developer, Bluehole, sold 2 million copies in just five weeks on Steam’s Early Access, a section of the marketplace where game-makers can sell in-development versions of games at a discount, letting players buy in before it’s actually finished and help fund further development. Minecraft, one of the most successful video games ever made, popularized the business model, but offering half-finished games is an obvious gamble. “I was really concerned about doing Early Access, because there have been so many titles in Early Access that it was almost like a poison pill,” PlayerUnknown, in real life an Irish game designer known as Brendan Greene, told me.
In this case, it paid off. Back-of-the-envelope math shows that the game, sold at $30 a pop, has brought in more than $60 million (Greene said that the initial version of the game was made by a staff of 30 to 40 people within Bluehole’s 500-plus staff), and the game has remained near the top of Steam’s sales charts since launch. In terms of concurrent players on Steam — a measurement of how many people are playing the game at a given moment — it usually lags behind only Counter-Strike: GO and Dota 2, both of which have half-decade head starts, and millions of dollars of marketing and eSports money behind them.
Battlegrounds is a “battle royale” game, a genre inspired by the Japanese film Battle Royale, which follows a group of schoolchildren trapped on an island and forced to fight to the death until only one remains. Greene is essentially the creator of the genre, and his popular battle-royale mods (modified game files) for extant games like Arma 2 and H1Z1 cemented him as its leading light. They also caught the eye of Korean development studio Bluehole.
“Chang-han Kim, the executive producer from Bluehole, contacted me with his idea for a battle-royale game, synced very much with what I wanted to do,” Greene said. “I went out, met them. He said, ‘We’ll make a game in a year.’ I didn’t quite believe him, but he proved me wrong.” Since then, Greene’s been traveling to South Korea on a regular basis; he was in the throes of jet lag when we spoke. “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” was chosen for the name because it wasn’t copyrighted, and Greene liked the anonymity of his handle. “I like going to conventions and not being known,” he said when we spoke. “I introduce myself as, ‘Hi, I’m Brendan.’ Then I’ll hear people talking at our booth like, ‘PlayerUnknown this’ and ‘PlayerUnknown that,’ and I’m just like, ‘I’m sure he’s a lovely guy.’”
As a game, Battlegrounds is fairly simple — a smartly designed, well-made combination of shooter and survival simulator. As a phenomenon, though, it’s fascinating. Video games are a multi-billion-dollar industry; major titles are released with marketing budgets and campaigns that rival Hollywood movies. Battlegrounds somehow managed to skirt this entire process: It didn’t release a barrage of trailers, trickling out minor details over the course of months, nor did it leak details, nor give access to a gaming news site for a major prerelease feature. Rather than games journalists, much of its momentum came from big streamers — pro and semipro gamers who stream their lengthy game-playing sessions online, usually on Amazon’s Twitch service — like Lirik, a 26-year-old American with 1.6 million Twitch followers; it reached and has retained a position near the top of Twitch’s list of the most-streamed games since release, standing alongside major blockbuster titles like League of Legends and Hearthstone.
Battlegrounds’ success was “rooted in several factors,” Twitch’s Jason Maestas, senior director of partnerships, North America, told me. “The fanbase was already in place,” thanks to PlayerUnknown’s previous popular mods, for one. But, just as significantly, “their team has done a phenomenal job of getting the game into the hands of many of popular Twitch content creators” — according to Twitch’s data, “essentially every major variety and FPS streamer” is playing it.
That word-of-mouth distribution method, which can bring in millions in revenue without a traditional PR blitz, represents a dramatic shift in how games are sold, and how they are played. From one standpoint, it’s meritocratic, and it’s easy to sense the waning market influence of traditional gaming publications. Personal brands and one-man (or woman) media operations can now move the needle in ways unimaginable even five years ago. This can give smaller developers, who don’t have marketing or PR budgets, a chance to shine. At the same time, the feedback loop between developers and the people who play their games most prominently and obsessively lets developers make tweaks and changes that benefit their customers directly.
In fact, part of what has made Battlegrounds such a success is that the game seems, in some ways, made for streaming. “The heart and soul of battle royale — the idea of looting, then fighting with other players — is good for streamers, especially the starting part,” Greene noticed. “It’s a bit slower, gives streamers a chance to interact with their chat [audience members], and then there’s action later.” As streamers become more and more important to the video-game economy, the more a game can cater to the rhythms of streaming, the more publicity it will get.
But while streaming factors into the game, it doesn’t dictate how Greene designs it: “At the end of the day, we’re striving to make a good game. There’s no focus on one particular part of our player base.”
Greene said that Battlegrounds has a pretty aggressive six-month road map for coming out of Early Access, and then maybe gamers can see it elsewhere. Asked if he was thinking about other platforms, Greene noted, “We’d be silly not to. We want to get this out on Xbox; we want to get this out on PS4.” Maybe eSports down the road. But he wants to get it running smoothly for PCs first. Luckily, there are already millions of beta testers.
Top 10 best upcoming smartphones in India 2019 When we talk about best upcoming smartphones, OnePlus comes to everyone’s mind because the company only make high-end smartphones with a very reasonable price tag. Their latest flagship smartphone is OnePlus 5Twhich comes with some impressive hardware specs like 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 SoC and a gorgeous 18:9 Display. OnePlus 6 is also expected to feature a QHD Display and optical image stabilization in their dual camera setup.
Expected Specifications of OnePlus 6
6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Full-screen display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Android 8.0 Oreo
Expected Launch Date: Q2 2018
2. Huawei P11
Top 10 upcoming smartphones Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were announced back in February at MWC 2017. Now it’s time for the next flagship smartphone Huawei P11. Rumors have already started to surface for this device. Huawei P11 is expected to feature Kirin 970 SoC processor along with whopping 8GB of RAM. The processor will be made under the 10nm process. Huawei has done a very good job in dual camera segment in the last two years. Especially the Huawei P9 is one of the first smartphones to show the world how good dual cameras can perform. We hope next year they will come up with much more powerful flagship smartphones.
Expected Specifications of Huawei P11
5.8-inch Quad HD curved glass
Kirin 970 SoC
Android O based on EMUI
Expected Launch Date: Q1 2018
3. Nokia 9
If you are waiting for a high-end smartphone then Nokia 9 is one of the top contenders to look at. Nokia is the most well-known company for delivering quality handsets with great hardware. Nokia has already launched their midrange Android smartphones Nokia 3, 5, 6 and also high-end smartphone Nokia 8. The Nokia 9 is expected to come with 5.5-inch AMOLED 2K Display with Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. Out of the box, the device is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo. Nokia is doing well with their midrange Android smartphones and we hope their high-end phones will also be able to compete with top contenders like Samsung, Google. Nokia 9 has already gained so much popularity and this is one of the best upcoming smartphones to look at.
Expected Specifications of Nokia 9
5.5-inch AMOLED QHD (2560×1440 pixels) Display
Dual 13MP Carl Zeiss optics
Android 8.0 Oreo
Expected Launch Date: No News
4. Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Smartphone
It’s been a while since we are getting rumors on Galaxy X. Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone and they are looking forward to launch it under Galaxy Note brand. If you are not sure what is a foldable smartphone make sure you check out the video given below. It’s like a clamshell phone or wallet which folds inwards and outwards. While it is stretched out it reveals the tablet-like device inside. There are some problems until now regarding the foldable smartphone and Samsung is working on it. When they will fix all the problems they are going to launch it. Not only Samsung even LG, Lenovo has shown their bendable display at various events.
Expected Specifications of Galaxy X
5-inch 4K Display / Tablet Mode 7-inch
12MP, OIS, 4K video recording
Android 8.0 Oreo
5. Samsung Galaxy Note9
Top 10 upcoming smartphones If you are looking for best upcoming smartphones then Samsung is the best company to look at. The company is back to back high-end phones which are best in all segments. Samsung has launched Note8 last month with dual camera setup at the back. The device features same Infinity display which we have seen in Galaxy S8. But the fingerprint sensor is still at the back. Now in Note9, Samsung is eyeing to implement on-screen fingerprint sensor. The device will obviously feature all the latest hardware specs, unlike every year. Overall we will witness another beast next year from Samsung and Note9 is going to be the most anticipated upcoming smartphone in 2018.
Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note9
6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display
Android 8.0 Oreo
Expected Launch Date: Q3 2018
6. HTC U12
Top 10 upcoming smartphones HTC has skipped their HTC 11 phone this year; rather they have launched U11 this March. Now it is expected the company will launch U12 next year. HTC is good with their innovative features like with U11 they have introduced the Squeezable Edge Sense. We hope next year they will come up with some very exciting features on their smartphones.
So far what we have seen in 2017, it was a great year for smartphones, and we have seen a hell lot of development in every aspect of the smartphone this year. The upcoming smartphone from HTC is expected to feature Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4K Display, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Expected Specifications of HTC U12
5.7-inch 4K display with curved corners
Android 8.0 Oreo
Expected Launch Date: Q1 2018
7. Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+
Samsung announced Galaxy S9 and S9+ last month. The devices were pretty much same from outside like its predecessor S8 and S8+. But inside it has all the latest top lineup specs that set a new benchmark for others just like every year. This year Samsung’s main focus was on Camera. The company has upgraded the camera and implemented variable aperture which can go from f/1.5 to f/2.4.
Next year Samsung is going to implement their in-screen fingerprint technology for sure. According to some new rumors, Note 9 will not feature the on-screen fingerprint sensor in which the company is working on since last year. So there’s a big chance that we will see the on-screen fingerprint tech in their upcoming smartphone Galaxy S10 series.
The camera is going to be even better next year. It is also expected that Samsung will include the latest Snapdragon processor with 6GB and 8GB RAM.
Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+
5.8/6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display
Expected Launch Date: Q1 2019
8. Xiaomi Mi 7
Xiaomi is currently one of the best smartphone brands who keeps coming with some amazing smartphones at a very cheap price. Top 10 upcoming smartphones
The upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi, Mi 7 is going to launch next year and we expect it will come with very powerful specs. Xiaomi has already launched Mi 6 and Mi Mix 2 this year which literally amazed the smartphone users all around the world. We hope next year Xiaomi will cook something really good for their next upcoming smartphone.
Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 7
5.2-inch QHD+ Display
Android 8.0 Oreo
9. Microsoft Surface Smartphone
Microsoft is currently taking a shot at a 4GB RAM based &model, Microsoft Surface smartphone. Recently few information of the Microsoft Surface Mobile is leaked online. From the various responses, it seems that people are waiting to get it on hands. This device might launch in Q1 2018. Top 10 upcoming smartphones
Expected Specifications of Microsoft Surface Mobile
5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display
Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor
10. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Top 10 upcoming smartphones if you are really looking for an upcoming smartphone with super thin bezels then Xiaomi Mi Mix series the best one to look at. Xiaomi introduced their original Mix series last year and the whole industry was bound to follow their footsteps. The competition for bezel-less display is increasing. Xiaomi has launched their latest version of Mi Mix series which is Mi Mix 2. The device comes with 5.99-inch Full-screen Display with 91.3% screen-to-body ratio.
We hope next year Xiaomi will be able to provide even thinner bezels in their upcoming phone with more powerful specs. We will also wait for the implementation of the on-screen fingerprint sensor in Mi Mix series.
Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3
6-inch QHD+ Full-screen Display
Android 8.0 Oreo
Expected Launch Date: Q3 2018
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That rounds up the list. If there is any device that will be amongst the top upcoming smartphones of 2018 than it has to be one of these devices. We’ve taken all the strong players in the market who have a proven record of coming up with great phones each year and lined it up here.
Top 10 upcoming smartphones this year we are expecting to see the upcoming flagship smartphones to have a better display and a better battery life. We will also see some smartphones to come up with the on-screen fingerprint sensor.
Floating farms, brain wave passwords, and coffee-powered cars are just some of the incredible inventions and innovations that will shape our future.
NASA has challenged designers to develop a conventional drone to work inside a space station, navigating with no ‘up’ or ‘down’. The winning design, ArachnoBeeA, would use cameras and tiny beacons to maneuver its way around. How popular drones would be in such a confined space is a different question.
Hate commuting? Imagine, instead, your train carriage hurtling down a tunnel at the same speed as a commercial jet airliner. That’s the dream of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. His Hyperloop system would see ‘train’ passengers travel at up to 760mph through a vacuum tube, propelled by compressed air and induction motors. A site has been chosen with the goal of starting test runs in two years. Once built, the loop will ferry passengers between San Francisco and LA in 35 minutes, compared to 7.5 hours by train.
London’s coffee industry creates over 200,000 tonnes of waste every year, so what do we do with it? Entrepreneur Arthur Kay’s big idea is to use his company, bio-bean, to turn 85 per cent of coffee waste into biofuels for heating buildings and powering transport.
Drown forest fires in sound
Forest fires could one day be dealt with by drones that would direct loud noises at the trees below. Since sound is made up of pressure waves, it can be used to disrupt the air surrounding a fire, essentially cutting off the supply of oxygen to the fuel. At the right frequency, the fire simply dies out, as researchers at George Mason University in Virginia recently demonstrated with their sonic extinguisher. Apparently, bass frequencies work best.
The AI scientist
Cut off a flatworm’s head, and it’ll grow a new one. Cut it in half, and you’ll have two new worms. Fire some radiation at it, and it’ll repair itself. Scientists have wanted to work out the mechanisms involved for some time, but the secret has eluded them. Enter an AI coded at Tufts University, Massachusetts. By analyzing and simulating countless scenarios, the computer was able to solve the mystery of the flatworm’s regeneration in just 42 hours. In the end, it produced a comprehensive model of how the flatworm’s genes allow it to regenerate.
Although humans still need to feed the AI with information, the machine in this experiment was able to create a new, abstract theory independently – a huge step towards the development of a conscious computer, and potentially a landmark step in the way we carry out research.
If you want to take a trip into space, your quickest bet might be to take a balloon. The company World View Enterprises wants to send tourists into the stratosphere, 32km above Earth, on hot air balloons. Technically ‘space’ is defined as 100km above sea level, but 32km is high enough to witness the curvature of the Earth, just as Felix Baumgartner did on his space jump. The balloon flew its first successful test flight in June, and the company will start selling tickets in 2016 – at the bargain price of just £75,000 per person!
Viagra for women
Now approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, flibanserin looks set to become the first in a new class of drugs for improving female sexual desire. Though it’s been dubbed ‘the female Viagra’, flibanserin works rather differently: Viagra works by boosting blood supply to the penis, while flibanserin acts on serotonin receptors in the brain. Its makers say it increases sexual satisfaction, but critics question the drug’s safety and effectiveness.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed devices that can monitor alcohol levels by sniffing a driver’s breath or scanning the blood in their fingertips via the steering wheel, immobilising the car if levels are too high. Drivers using the system could be offered lower insurance premiums.
Swallowing seawater is part of surfing. But now the scientists behind a new initiative called Beach Bums want to swab the rectums of surfers, to see if this water contains the key to developing new antibiotics. They’re searching for antibiotic resistant bacteria known as superbugs: by studying the samples from the surfers, they hope to learn more about these potentially dangerous organisms in the hope of producing new drugs to combat them.
Internet for everyone
After Tesla and SpaceX, PayPal founder Elon Musk is turning his attention back to the internet: he’s awaiting permission to send almost 4,000 small satellites into low-Earth orbit that would beam back a high-speed wireless signal to everyone on the planet. And things are moving fast: Musk hopes to launch a series of test satellites in 2016, with a view to completing the project by 2020. He has competition to get there first though, as British billionaire Richard Branson also wants to cover the world with wi-fi.
Personalities for robots
Google has obtained a patent on robot personalities, reminiscent of the ‘Genuine People Personalities’ of robots in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Owners could have a personality automatically chosen to match their needs, or select one based on a fictional character or even a loved one. Although the patent was announced suspiciously close to April 1, it does exist (US Patent 8,996,429), and with our natural tendency to anthropomorphism it seems a likely development.
Smart food labels
UK homes throw away 30 to 50 per cent of what we buy from supermarkets, says a 2013 report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The report claimed we’re guided by ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates on food packaging, which are kept conservative because they are driven by shops’ desire to avoid legal action. An invention called ‘Bump Mark’ could change all that. Originally developed for blind people, it’s a label that starts out smooth to the touch but gets bumpier as food decays. And since it decays at the same rate as any protein-based food within, it’s far more accurate than printed dates.
We’ve almost got used to the idea of driverless cars before we’ve even seen one on the roads. The truth is, you might well see a lot more driverless trucks – after all, logistics make the world go round. They’ll be cheaper to run than regular rigs, driving more smoothly and so using less fuel. Computers never get tired or need comfort breaks, so they’ll run longer routes. And they could drive in convoys, nose-to-tail, to minimise wind resistance. Companies like Mercedes and Peloton are already exploring these possibilities, and if the promised gains materialise, freight companies could upgrade entire fleets overnight. On the downside, it could put drivers instantly out of work, and even staff at the truck stops set up to service them, but many companies have said the trucks will still need a human passenger to ensure their cargo is safe
£3 pain-free tattoo removal
Got a tattoo that you now regret? There may soon be a gentler, cheaper alternative to laser removal. PhD student Alec Falkenham in the US has worked out how to harness a property of your body’s own immune system. He’s developed a cream that delivers drugs to white blood cells called ‘macrophages’ (Greek for ‘big eaters’), causing them to release the ink they took up in order to protect your skin during the tattooing process.
Sleep in a petri dish
Up to 30 per cent of us have trouble sleeping, but help may be at hand. A team at Washington State University has identified the smallest set of neurones in our brains responsible for sleeping, grown a tiny group of these cells in the lab and induced them to fall asleep and wake up. Their work could help to unravel the science of sleep disorders.
Human head transplants
Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, intends to attempt the first human head transplant by 2016, though no successful animal transplants with long-term survival have yet been made. Because of the difficulty of connecting the spinal cord, Cannavaro has suggested improvements in the process using a special blade and polyethylene glycol, a polymer used in medicine as well as in everything from skin cream to the conservation of the Mary Rose, can help start growth in spinal cord nerves.
Other experts say Canavero is wildly optimistic, but we can at least expect improved ability to repair damaged spinal cords over the next decade, restoring body function to some spinal injury patients.
Your brain print as a password
Could your brainwaves function as your computer password? A team at Binghamton University, New York, looked at the way volunteers’ brain signals changed as they read a list of acronyms. Each person reacted differently enough for the system to predict who was reading the list with 94 percent accuracy. In the future, a honed version of this idea could verify who is sitting at a PC.
Holiday by Airship
If you’ve heard of the Hindenburg disaster, you’ll probably question the advisability of firing up massive passenger balloons filled with flammable gas. But modern airships are filled with helium rather than hydrogen and can fly for thousands of kilometers while burning less fuel than an airplane. The UK-built Airlander 10 is actually a hybrid, using helium to provide 60 percent of its lift, while the rest is provided by its wide, wing-like hull. The first airships have been given government grants to investigate whether they could replace long-haul freight trucks and cargo ships, but the company also has more ambitious plans for tourism.
The UN predicts there will be two billion more people in the world by 2050, creating a demand for 70 percent more food. By that time, 80 percent of us will be living in cities, and most food we eat in urban areas is brought in. So farms moored on the sea or inland lakes close to cities would certainly reduce food miles. But how would they work? A new design by architect Javier Ponce of forwarding Thinking Architecture shows a 24m-tall, three-tiered structure with solar panels on top to provide energy. The middle tier grows a variety of veg over an area of 51,000m2, using not soil but nutrients in liquid. These nutrients and plant matter would drop into the bottom layer to feed fish, which are farmed in an enclosed space.
A single Smart Floating Farm measuring 350 x 200m would produce an estimated 8.1 tonnes of vegetables and 1.7 tonnes of fish a year. The units are designed to bolt together, which is handy since we’ll need a lot of them: Dubai, for instance, imports 11,000 tonnes of fruit and veg every day.
The four-day working week
It turns out working less might mean more work gets done. A raft of studies have shown that with less time to work, less time is wasted – there’s less absenteeism and, in most cases, greater productivity. A more compact working week has also been shown to encourage employees to stay with companies for longer, and works as a recruitment tool. A shorter working week could even reduce global carbon emissions, with fewer commuters clogging the roads on certain days.
Russian scientist Sergey Zimov hopes to recreate a 12,000-year-old environment in a wildlife park for herbivores like wild horse and bison, with extinct megafauna like mammoths replaced by modern hybrids. Zimov will study the impact of the animals on the environment and climate.
There are two things the majority of people in the Western world own: a refrigerator and a mobile phone. And aerogels could revolutionize the manufacture of both.
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An aerogel is a material that’s full of tiny holes. Made by extracting all the liquid from a gel, it can be up to 95 percent pores. Those pores are so small – between 20 and 50 nanometres – that gas molecules can’t squeeze through them. As a result, aerogels can’t transport heat, making for a material with incredible insulating properties.
The unusual electrical properties of aerogels also make them suitable as lightweight antennae for mobile phones, satellites, and aircraft.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, Brahmastra is an Ayan Mukerji directorial that has made waves ever since it rolled. The work in progress for this movie has been on since more than six months and this one is the part one of a three-part trilogy. Reportedly, the trilogy will be completed over a span of 10 years. Producer Karan Johar has also declared that that film is a ‘romantic-fairytale in a supernatural format’. Initially titled Dragon, the film’s temporary release date is 15th August 2019.
Release Date: 22nd March 2019
An upcoming Indian period war drama, Kesari stars Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra and is based on the Battle of Saragarhi. It details the life and the times of Havildar Ishar Singh who fought hard to earn the respect of his estranged daughter. The shooting for this film begun in January this year and the movie is all scheduled to release on 22nd March 2019.
3. Super 30
Release Date: 25 January 2019
Anand Kumar is one of the most respectable names in the field of education today. His program Super 30 is credited with making IIT dreams come true for people who cannot afford to study. Based on the life of this mathematician, Super30 is a movie that is all set to release in January 2019. The movie stars Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and debutant Mrunal Thakur in lead roles.
4. Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
Release Date: 1st March 2019
Although it’s been a long 5 years since Ishaqzaade hit the screens, the magic of that love story still continues to give viewers goosebumps. The lead couple, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra are all set to return in yet another Yash Raj movie- Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. This story is the story of a man and a woman who embody two completely different sides of India, united by only their mistrust, suspicion and hate for each other. Scheduled to release on 1st March 2019, this is one movie which has managed to garner a positive buzz already.
5. Gully Boy
Release Date: 14th February 2019
Based on the lives of real-life rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy known for their song “Mere Gully Mein”, Gully Boy is a Zoya Akhtar directorial that stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles. Although the shooting for this movie has wrapped up, it is scheduled for a Valentine day release in 2019.
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Powered by a 2GHz octa-core chipset and 2GB of RAM, the Redmi 6 Pro runs Android Oreo. Armed with dual 12+5MP rear and a 5MP front-facing shooter, the smartphone packs a 3,900mAh battery. Boasting a 5.45-inch Full HD+ display, the device has 16GB of expandable internal storage space. There is support for VoLTE along with two SIM slots.
Expected Price: ₹ 12,999
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Release Date
10th September 2018
23rd August 2018
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Price In India
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro price in India is expected to be Rs. 12999. Redmi 6 Pro is due to be launched in September 2018. The 16GB variant costs around Rs. 12999. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro comes in multiple color options like Gold, Grey, and Black which are also priced the same.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro DetailsIntroduction and Camera
The successor to the Redmi 5 Pro, is the Redmi 6 Pro. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is an affordable Android-based device which sports a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and has curved edges on all sides making it easy to hold and carry around. At the back, the device sports a fingerprint sensor which is a trademark of most Xiaomi smartphones.
For shutterbugs, the device has dual 12+5-megapixel rear shooters which along with an LED flash is designed to capture images and videos. The LED flash aids low-light photography. On the front, for video calling and selfies, the smartphone hosts a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Performance and Battery
At its heart, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro houses an octa-core Snapdragon chipset which is clocked at 2GHz and is coupled with 2GB of RAM to ensure seamless performance. The device also aids multitasking but one should not expect much out of it.
For power, the handset sips juice from a non-removable 3,900mAh cell which can easily last for an entire day for any moderate to heavy user.
Display and Storage
In terms of display, the Redmi 6 Pro flaunts a 5.45-inch Full HD+ display which offers a bright and vibrant visual experience to its user. The screen has warm color reproduction which makes videos and games look great.
For storage, the handset ships with 16GB of onboard storage space which you can expand further using a microSD card up to 128GB.
Platform and Connectivity
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro makes its mark with multiple connectivity options including 4G with VoLTE support, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a microUSB 2.0 port. Also, there is support for dual SIM that lets you use two networks simultaneously.
On the software front, the smartphone boots the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.
Gold is a Indian hindi language film having genre as sports/drama directed by Reema Kagti. It stars Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy and Vineet Kumar Singh in main role. The film is based on India’s first olympic medal won in hockey after independence. The film brings the golden era of Indian hockey run by Tapan Das, a young assistant manager in 1936 who dreams of playing as an Independent nation.
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The movie is set to be released on 15th August 2018 with clash of John Abraham starrer Satyamev Jayate movie.
When is Android P coming out, and what new features will it include? We explain when and what we expect to see from Android 9.0, which may or may not be called Pistachio Ice Cream. What will Android 9.0 be called? Since the early days of Android updates have been named after sweet treats and in alphabetical order. So far we’ve seen:
Android Donut (v1.6)
Android Eclair (v2.0)
Android Froyo (v2.2)
Android Gingerbread (v2.3)
Android Honeycomb (v3.0)
Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
Android Jelly Bean (v4.1)
Android KitKat (v4.4)
Android Lollipop (v5.0)
Android Marshmallow (v6.0)
Android Nougat (v7.0)
Android Oreo (v8.0)
In 2018 we should see Android ‘P’ launch as Android 9.0. The name won’t be announced until the summer, but that doesn’t stop us having a guess as to what it could be.
There are already rumours the name could be Android Pie, Android Pecan Pie or Android Pumpkin Pie, thanks to a reference to Android Pi within the Android Open Source Project. But that doesn’t sound very Google.
Google Developers have also begun dropping hints on Twitter, and the binary code pictured takes you to the google.com/io website where you’ll be able to use Street View to explore the reception area of a Google Developer’s building. There are various puzzles to solve, and locked away in a second room you’ll find a Pineapple Cake. Could we be looking at Android Pineapple?
Plans are coming along for #io18… pic.twitter.com/48VpqvVqWU
— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 24, 2018
More recently sources are pointing to Android Pistachio Ice Cream, which is apparently what Google is calling the upcoming OS internally. It fits the usual sweet-treat requirement, and from previous OS names we know Google likes ice cream. But pistachio? What about all the nut-allergy sufferers?
Our favourite is Android Popsicle, but vote in our poll below and add any other ideas to the comments at the bottom of this page.
When is Android 9.0 coming out?
Android 9.0 will most likely be announced during Google I/O 2018, which we expect to take place in mid-May, potentially 16-18 May 2018. It is possible we’ll see an earlier release in March, as we did in 2017 with Oreo.
At this point a Developer Preview will be released, which can be installed on recent Google Pixel devices but should really be left to those who now what they’re doing.
A few public betas will follow, and we expect to see the final consumer release in August 2018.
When will my phone get Android 9.0?
Although Android 9.0 will be released in August 2018, it won’t be immediately available to all Android devices. The update will first be available to Google Pixel devices, and then we’ll start to see new phones arriving with Android P out of the box at September’s IFA 2018 show.
Android updates are rolled out by phone manufacturers and network operators rather than Google itself, because any Android updates must first be tweaked to work with any customisations they have made.
Those with vanilla interfaces – such as Nokia, which has already confirmed Android P updates for all 2017 phones – will be among the first to roll out the update, then the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC will begin rolling out Android 9.0 in late 2018/early 2019.
OTA updates, when they do arrive, are expected to download and install faster and use less data thanks to Google’s Brotli compression algorithm.
There’s also no guarantee that your device will be updated to Android 9.0 (see how to update Android). Device fragmentation is still a problem for the OS, and at the last count (by Android Developers) on 5 February there were still devices running version 2.3.3 Gingerbread.
What new features to expect in Android 9.0
There have been very few rumours so far as to what we can expect from Android P, though XDA suggests Google will remove access to unofficial APIs (those not part of the official SDK) – news that will upset some developers.
Other changes we can expect to see in the upcoming update, according to the enthusiast site, include support for Wi-Fi Direct Printing support and Bluetooth hearing aids, and better integration for Android Things.
The new OS will also prevent malicious apps running in the background from accessing your camera and mic in order to spy on you, according to AOSP. We’ll have to wait and see how this affects anti-theft apps, a consideration pointed out by Slashgear.
One potential new feature is to do with smaller image file sizes. In iOS 11 Apple introduced HEIC files, which are also known as HEIF or High Efficiency Image Format. It’s the still image version of HEVC, which is the latest video codec. It makes for Jpeg images just 50 percent of their previous size, can store image edits and multiple photos in one file (think Live Photo and burst mode), and it supports transparency and 16-bit colour.
HEIC is not a proprietary image format developed by Apple itself, so there’s every possibility Google could opt for the same format. However, Google is also working with the Alliance for Open Media on its own version that is currently able to create images 15 percent smaller than HEIC. It would make sense to use the better version, of course, but for now the project is very much in its infancy. Whether it will be ready for Android 9.0 we simply don’t know.
According to Bloomberg, Android is also set to be adapted to support phones with a ‘notch’ design, as introduced by the iPhone X. The upcoming OS will also support foldable displays, such as that of the Galaxy X, and devices with multiple displays.
Increased call blocking is another possibility, according to XDA, where users will even be able to block private numbers, pay phones and numbers that either have no ID or aren’t in your contacts list.
Things we would like to see in the new OS include a faster rollout and less defragmentation among devices, improved Picture-in-Picture app support, and further enhancements on battery life and performance.