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Google’s Android P update release date is close thanks to the public beta that went live immediately after the Google IO 2018 developer conference keynote.

It’s a feature-filled Android 9.0 update, with design changes, helpful shortcuts and, already, phones that are compatible with the the mobile operating system beta. It’s more than just available on Pixel phones this time around.

You may or may not want to test out Android P beta, so we’ve laid out the visual design changes and how they works. Of course, Google is bound to add to its list of changes in the coming months. Here’s what we know so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Android P? The next version of Android
  • When can get you Android P? Public beta is out today, final version likely August 2018
  • How much will Android P cost? It will be a free update

Android P release date

You download the Android P beta today, or wait until August, when Google is likely to launch the final version of its operating system update. That’s when we saw the last Android update release date a year ago.

Google launched its first developer preview in early March 2018. So some people have been testing Android P ahead of its public beta debut. The cadence of beta updates will pick up, according to Google’s vague release date timeline. Expect more versions of the Android P beta as time goes on.

Of course, it will be available first for Google phones, but it will also likely make its retail debut in the Google Pixel 3, which we suspect is being saved for October. Google has also partnered with several Android makers to support the beta.

Android P beta: does it work with your phone?

There’s a better chance that the Android P beta works with your phone than the Android O beta did a year ago, simply because Android P is on more devices. That got audible cheers from the Google IO crowd.

So far, it works with:

  • Google Pixel phones
  • Nokia phones
  • Vivo phones
  • OnePlus phones
  • Xiaomi phones
  • Sony phones
  • Oppo phones
  • The Essential Phone

Adaptive battery life

Android P is being designed to give you a more consistent battery experience by using on-device machine learning to figure out which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you won’t use until later, if at all today.

With 30% reeducation in CPU app wake-ups for apps, adaptive battery is producing promising results, according to Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering for Android. He says Google partnered with Deep Mind to refine its deep learning algorithms and it’s having a big effect on Android battery life.

Adaptive brightness

Current auto-brightness settings aren’t good enough, according to Google, and that’s why it’s giving phone makers a more power efficient way to calibrate phone screen brightness based on both the environment and learned behavior.

Google calls this adaptive brightness and claims that current around 50% of users testing out this Android P feature have stopped manually adjusting the brightness thanks to the adaptive brightness settings.

App actions

Google is inserting more prediction tools into its app drawer. Previously, you’d see a top row of predicted apps, normally based on your usage history. That was helpful.

Android P goes a step further with app actions that predict what you’ll do next, and these shortcuts sit in a row right underneath the predicted app icons. This boils down to shortcuts for calls, or a run routine based on the fact that you just plugged in headphones and run every day at this time with an app like Strava. It’s like Android P is reading your mind.

App slices

You may not see app slices right away when Android P launches, but Google is issuing an API to developers to create more shortcuts around its operating system interface. This is starting is search, of course (after all, this is Google, we’re talking about).

The best example at Google IO was with the ride-hailing app, Lyft. Searching for ‘Lyft’ will provide the app as an answer, but also shortcuts to your top destinations, like work and home, each with a price already listed. It’s saving you from having to go into the app menus in order to select these options.

App slices via the search bar can extend to Google Photos, too. If you look up Hawaii, you’ll see photos from a vacation, for example, and checking into a hotel may soon be easier when you look up your hotel name. Instead of having to wade through the clunky third-party app, you may be able to just select ‘check in’.

Android P navigation design changes

Android P will have a new system navigation interface in order to make multi-tasking easier to understand, with a single clean home button. It’s very much an iPhone X horizontal bar to replace the typical home and recent buttons.

This is part of Google’s plan to make the UI simpler and adapt to the all-screen phone designs out there.

You’ll be able to swipe up from the bottom anywhere in the operating system to see recent open apps as well as five predicted app at the bottom of the screen to save you time. Swiping up a second time and you’ll see your app drawer. With this one-two swipe gesture, Google has essentially combined the all-apps and overview spaces gesture into one.

You can do one better than Apple’s iPhone interface. Android P will let you scroll through all of your apps very quickly by sliding right and left with the horizontal bar at the bottom. It’s like a video you’re scrubbing through, by for app selection.

Volume slider and screen rotation fixed

The volume slider is moving again, and this time it’s off to the right side near the volume rocker. That makes sense, but it does more than just get a new home.

Pressing the volume keys will now adjust the media volume instead of sometimes (but you’re not quite sure when) controlling the ringer volume. The ringer can be turned on and off through a software toggle button when you adjust the volume. This makes a lot more sense.

You’ll also be able to manually control screen orientation. This will be done via a pop-up icon that appears when you rotate the screen. You won’t have to rely on the phone to (often mistakenly) rotate the screen for you.

Android P time dashboard and Shush

It’s no secret that we use our smartphones too much, and you probably do, too (you are on a technology website, after all). But how much time?

Like a Fitbit tracker gauges for activity and informs to motivate you, Google’s Android P update includes a dashboard to monitor how long you’ve been using your phone and specific apps. It’s supposed to aid you in understanding what you’re spending too much time on so that you can adjust your behavior.

It even comes with an app timer and to send you notifications when you cross a self-imposed threshold, and a new Shush feature is launching as a Do Not Disturb shortcut when you turn your phone over on its front face. In addition to silencing alarms, it won’t even display visual notifications. Think of Google as eliminating both audible and visual noise from your life when these modes are enabled.

What we want to see

Android is in quite a polished state by this point, but there are always improvements that can be made, such as the following things.

1. Wider, faster availability

Android has long had a fragmentation problem, with many devices stuck on very old versions and even those which will ultimately get the latest release often taking many months to do so.

With Android P we’d like to see Google push to get the update on more devices, faster. This is largely in the hands of manufacturers, but Google might be able to do something to help.

In fact, Google is already working on this somewhat with Project Treble, a feature which should mean it’s less work for manufacturers to update their devices.

It remains to be seen how much difference that will make, but we’re sure there’s more that could be done in any case.

2. Movable search bar and date widgets

One of the things we typically praise about stock Android is that it’s free of bloat, but that can also mean it’s light on features, such as the ability to move the search bar and date widget.

They are currently glued to the bottom and top of the home screen respectively in the stock version of Android Oreo.

Most people will probably be happy with that, but we’d like the ability to move them anywhere on the screen with Android P, like you can with most widgets.

3. More customization

On a related note, we’d love to see more customization potential in general with Android P.

Some third-party launchers let you customize gestures, screen transitions and the like, but for the most part what you see is what you get with Android Oreo.

There’s nothing stopping you switching the stock launcher for a third-party one to gain those options, but then you lose the Oreo look and feel, so for Android P we want more customization built-in.

4. Make the Pixel Launcher available on all devices

While your device may get Android Oreo, it probably won’t get it as Google intended unless it’s a Pixel phone, so we’d like to see the Pixel Launcher made available for third-party handsets too, so users can choose between Google’s take on Android and that of their device’s manufacturer.

The Pixel Launcher is actually available on Google Play, but only for Google’s own devices, so with Android P we’d like to see its availability and compatibility widened.

5. Feature parity

Even once you get a new version of Android on your device, you won’t necessarily get all the features straight away.

For example, Google Assistant took a while to arrive on many devices even once they had Android Nougat, and Google Lens doesn’t come as part of the core Android Oreo update.

With Android P we’d like to see any and all features, especially big ones like those above, be made available for all devices running the software and to come as part of the core Android P update.

6. Picture-in-picture for every app

Picture-in-picture is one of the big new features of Android Oreo, but it’s actually quite limited, with many apps not supporting it.

That may well change over time, but if it’s not fixed as part of Oreo we want to see it available for most or all video apps as part of Android P.

7. A focus on tablets

While Android is great on phones, there’s a sense that less focus has been put on the tablet experience in recent years, and that’s all the more noticeable now that Apple has launched the tablet-focused iOS 11.

Google could learn from this, and we’d like to see it add the likes of system-wide drag-and-drop and more native tablet apps with Android P. Bringing Google Assistant to tablets wouldn’t hurt either.

  • We also have a wish list for Wear OS
  • Google Pixel phones
  • Nokia phones
  • Vivo phones
  • OnePlus phones
  • Xiaomi phones
  • Sony phones
  • Oppo phones
  • The Essential Phone

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The Russian military admits the satellite was “destroyed” during the test, confirming US allegations

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Russia’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday admitted that it had destroyed a satellite during an arrow test, confirming allegations made by the United States earlier.


“The Russian Ministry of Defense has carried out a successful inspection. Which resulted in the collapse of the Russian spacecraft ‘Tselina-D’. Which had been circling since 1982, was destroyed,” the military said in a statement.

U.S. officials on Monday criticized Russia for testing “dangerous and careless” missiles that exploded on its satellite. Hence creating a cloud of debris threatening the International Space Station.

NASA said crew members aboard the ISS – currently four Americans, Germans and two Russians – were awakened and forced to take refuge on their return ships.

U.S. officials say they were not notified in advance of a satellite missile test. Which is the fourth such strike from space – that produced more than 1,500 pieces of traceable debris.

The Russian military said it was planning to strengthen its defensive capabilities but denied that the tests were dangerous.

“The United States is well aware that the resulting fragments, in terms of testing time and orbital boundaries. They have also not posed a threat to orbital stations, spacecraft and space missions,” he said.

The confirmation of the US claims came after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed them.

“To declare that the Russian Federation poses a threat to the peaceful use of the land, at least, is hypocritical,” Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow, adding “there are no facts” about the allegations.

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XIAOMI REDMI 7 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

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Power of Xiaomi

Display and Configuration
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro flaunts with a 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with the resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels. The high pixel density of 432PPI can give users an eye-soothing experience.
Under the hood, it packs an octa-core processor having a clock speed of 2.2GHz and is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956 chipset. The 3GB RAM helps the users to easily switch between tasks and for the graphics, there is an Adreno 512 GPU.
Storage and Camera
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro comes with an inbuilt memory of 32GB which is large for keeping files and data of the users. It also has an expandable memory option which can be used up to 256GB via a microSD card.
In terms of optics, the device sports a dual set of primary cameras of 12MP + 5MP with autofocus and LED flash, which helps to capture bright and detailed pictures. The secondary camera is of 8MP that can capture clear and bright selfies.
Battery and Connectivity
The device draws the charge from a 3,000mAh Li-ion battery which can give an ample amount of back up to continue the phone operation. The phone has multiple connectivity options including 4G-VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot, GPS, Glonass, micro USB 2.0 and many more.

XIAOMI REDMI 7 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

General

Launch DateJanuary 31, 2019 (Unofficial)
BrandXiaomi
ModelRedmi 7 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UI
MIUI
SIM Slot(s)
Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
SIM2: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint Sensor
yes

Design

Height147.7 mm Compare Size 
Width71.8 mm
Thickness7.8 mm
Weight150 grams
ColorsBlack

Display

Screen Size
5.84 inches (14.83 cm)
Screen Resolution
1080 x 2280 pixels
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density
432 ppi
Display Type
IPS LCD
Touch Screenyes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)
79.87 %

Performance

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956
Processor
Octa-core (2.2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.84 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
Architecture
64 bit
Graphics
Adreno 512
RAM
3 GB

Storage

Internal Memory
32 GB
Expandable Memory
yes Up to 256 GB

Camera

MAIN CAMERA

Resolution12 MP + 5 MP Dual Primary Cameras
Autofocusyes
Flashyes LED Flash
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
Shooting ModesContinuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus

FRONT CAMERA

Resolution8 MP Front Camera

Battery

Capacity
3000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
no No

Network & Connectivity

SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support
4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTE
yes
SIM 1
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2300(band 40) 
FD-LTE 1800(band 3)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
SIM 2
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2300(band 40) 
FD-LTE 1800(band 3)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
GPRS:
Available
EDGE:
Available
Wi-Fiyes Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
Wi-Fi Features
Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth
yes v4.2
GPS
yes with A-GPS, Glonass
USB Connectivity
A mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0

Multimedia

Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm

Special Features

Fingerprint Sensor
yes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer

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Upcoming 5G mobile phones in India: Here are all 5G-ready smartphones expected to launch in 2019

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5G mobile or the fifth generation of network technology has been in testing for the past few years. It looks like 2019 will finally see smartphone manufacturers launch devices that can hook up to ultra-fast 5G networks. 5G is expected to bring lower latency to networks which means online gaming, for one, will become much more faster. Streaming will become a breeze and connectivity, in general, will improve dramatically.  5G phones are expected to support super speeds of up to 10 Gbps and the network is touted to be 100 times faster than 4G. So naturally, 5G smartphones are all the rage right now and a race of sorts has emerged in the smartphone industry as to who will launch the first 5G-ready device in the market. Throughout 2018, we’ve been hearing from smartphone OEMs about their plans to launch 5G devices. Here, we compile that list of upcoming 5G smartphones, ones that you can also expect to land in India. Take a look.

OnePlus

OnePlus announced its plans to launch a 5G-ready smartphone in 2019. The reiterated the same multiple times throughout this year. The industry was expecting the OnePlus 7 to become the first 5G-ready smartphone. The OEM but looks like the company has special plans for the said smartphone. A spokesperson from the company recently said that 5G will mark the beginning of a new line-up of smartphones from OnePlus. It is expected that OnePlus will launch its 5G phone sometime in the first half of 2019, which could mean that the company will showcase the phone or a prototype at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. One major shift we expect from OnePlus’ stable is that of pricing.

Huawei

Huawei is one of the biggest proponents of 5G technology. The company has been perhaps the biggest names when it comes to the development of 5G network equipment and chips, with hundreds of engineers dedicated to the efforts. Huawei is working on commercializing its first 5G smartphone and word has it that the company plans on making it available to the public in the first half of 2019. Speculation circulating the internet suggest the smartphone could be the Huawei Mate 30. A 5G mobile hotspot device is expected to launch in Q2 of 2019. Huawei has also conducted 5G trials in India, in partnership with Airtel. Huawei and Bharti Airtel successfully conducted 5G network trials under a test set-up in India. The 5G trial was conducted at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram). During the test trial, a user throughput of more than 3Gbps was achieved.

Nokia

In February, Qualcomm announced that it has partnered with 18 OEMs, including HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, to launch the 5G-ready smartphone in 2019. The 5G smartphone from Nokia will be running on the Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem. We don’t know much about which Nokia phone will get 5G support first, but we do know that Nokia is testing the technology internally.

Vivo

Vivo also recently fitted the Qualcomm X50 modem in the Nex S smartphone. According to Vivo. the test completed the first phase of the protocol. The company now needs to develop an actual 5G phone and it says its goal is to launch the first batch of commercial 5G devices by 2019. According to the company, China Mobile and Qualcomm have been key partners in the 5G rollout so China could be the first country to get 5G smartphones. But given the China trickle-down effect, we expect the 5G smartphone to come to India as well. The question is, will India be ready to deploy 5G networks by 2019?

Oppo

Vivo’s sister company Oppo also completed 5G tests using the Qualcomm X50 modem on a modified unit of the Oppo R15 smartphone. Oppo also reportedly plans a 5G smartphone release by 2019.

HTC

HTC is not done with the smartphone business just yet. Even though the company has considerably reduced staff, according to its Senior RF designer Kevin Duo. HTC is also sampling the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and the Snapdragon X50 5G-ready modem. This means that the company could be looking to launch a 5G smartphone as well next year.

Lenovo and Moto

 The executive has claimed on the Chinese micro-blogging website. Weibo that the world’s first 5G phone will be from the house of Lenovo and it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. In fact, Moto’s 5G Moto Mod with the built-in Snapdragon X50 5G modem has already been successfully tested. However, we highly doubt that the two companies will be first to bring the tech to market.

Samsung Galaxy S10

One of the hottest and most talked about smartphone right now. It is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 and there is talk that the device will get a special 5G variant in 2019.

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