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Android Circuit: New Galaxy Note 9 Feature Confirmed, OnePlus 6 Review, Radical Pixel 3 Design Leaks

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new Galaxy Note 9 leaks, release date thoughts on the Galaxy S10, OnePlus 6 reviews and waterproofing discussions, Pixel 3 design leaked by Google, HTC launching the massive U12 Plus, Nokia 1 going on sale in UK, and BlackBerry Mobile teases the KEY2. Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here[1]). Latest Galaxy Note 9 Leak

Although the under-screen fingerprint may have been dropped, the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is expected to showcase Samsung’s latest efforts in the AI space with an updated digital personal assistant. Gordon Kelly reports[2]:

Speaking to The Korea Herald, Gray G. Lee, head of the AI Center Under Samsung Research, revealed the Galaxy Note 9 will be the launch device for Bixby 2.0. This may trigger sneers given the Bixby smart assistant has been widely derided since it launched with the Galaxy S8 last year, but not so fast.

Lee says Bixby 2.0 will be more than just a personal assistant. Instead, it will be an “artificial intelligence platform” which enhances the performance and user experience across the phone. The Assistant itself will also have enhanced natural language processing, improved noise resistance capability and faster response times.

How much of an impact that will have on the day-to-day use of the phablet remains to be seen. More here on Forbes[3].

Is Samsung Accelerating Galaxy Release Dates If the Galaxy Note 9 is going to be released early (with indications that a late July launch is possible[4]) what does that mean for the rest of the flagship line up over the next device cycle? It could be the South Korean company is getting ready to launch three key devices over twelve months, as I speculated earlier this week[5]:

Perhaps the early Note 9 appearance opens up the window for the Galaxy S10 to make an early run – and if it did that’s going to provide a lot of sales in Q1 2019.

Of course, this only works if Samsung has a third handset that will wow the press with a new design, show off a new user interface, with a radical approach to new technology, that could be revealed at MWC in late February 2019 to go on sale at the start of the second quarter.

At which point I’ll point out the Galaxy X and the mythical Samsung folding phone. More here on Forbes[6]. Ewan Spence

OnePlus 6 (Ewan Spence) OnePlus 6 Reviewed

This week saw the OnePlus 6 go on public sale, and the first full reviews of the Shenzhen-based manufacturers latest device were published. You can read the highlights here[7], before I sum up the internet’s impression:

Although the camera has improved it still misses out on that certain something to push it into challenging the top-line handsets. There is no IP rating for water or dust ingress and while it should survive a quick immersion I would have liked to have seen OnePlus reach the by-now defacto IP67 standard.

And while the move to a glass-backed device brings it into line with other fashionable phones, it also robs OnePlus of the signature metal back. But it still has a headphone jack, it retains Dual-SIM capability, and the OnePlus ‘three way’ slider for muting alerts or vibrations remains present. This is a solid iteration on the OnePlus design.

It moves with the times, although it doesn’t seem to have questions if the times are moving in the right direction. Yet the handset offers an experience that is almost at flagship levels, but for £300 less.

More OnePlus 6 reviews here[8]. One point that every picked out is the lack of an IP67 rating for the OnePlus 6.

This has become a defacto standard in high-end smartphones over recent years, and while OnePLus has waterproofed the handset, it’s tough to compare it without having a standard rating[9]:

If OnePlus is about challenging the flagship offerings from other devices then a defined standard is the way forward. it offers confidence to the public, it offers a measurable standard for the manufacturer to aim for, and it allows easy one to one comparisons. Apple waterproofed the iPhone 6S, and the subsequent iteration saw the iPhone 7 gain an IP67 rating. The campaign for the presumptively named OnePlus 6T to get the same rating starts here.

More on the waterproofing here[10].

Pixel 3 Design Leaked By Google Sometimes it’s the accidental leaks and images close to the source that are the most convincing. Tucked away inside the Android P developer code resources and graphics used by the UI, lies one clear (albeit slightly abstract) look at a mystery Google-branded smartphone.

Has Mountain View leaked the Pixel 3? Gordon Kelly thinks so[11].

Spotted by Slashleaks, I can confirm that buried within the current Android P beta settings (Settings > Sounds > Shortcut to Prevent Ringing) is Google showcasing the functionality using a new phone design which would be an absolute gamechanger. …the image shows a truly bezel-less device. No bottom chin, no notch, just the slender, consistent rim of the phone all the way around the display.

If this is the Pixel 3, then Google will be the first mass-market smartphone maker to essentially reach design perfection.

And it’s not like Google has made this graphical slip up before.

Kelly explains why this Pixel 3 leak feels genuine, here on Forbes[12].

Next: HTC reveals the U12 Plus, AndroidGo arrives in the UK on the Nokia 1, and BlackBerry teases the KEY2…

References

  1. ^ and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ Gordon Kelly reports (www.forbes.com)
  3. ^ More here on Forbes (www.forbes.com)
  4. ^ with indications that a late July launch is possible (www.forbes.com)
  5. ^ as I speculated earlier this week (www.forbes.com)
  6. ^ More here on Forbes (www.forbes.com)
  7. ^ read the highlights here (www.forbes.com)
  8. ^ More OnePlus 6 reviews here (www.forbes.com)
  9. ^ it’s tough to compare it without having a standard rating (www.forbes.com)
  10. ^ More on the waterproofing here (www.forbes.com)
  11. ^ Gordon Kelly thinks so (www.forbes.com)
  12. ^ here on Forbes (www.forbes.com)

Grip2u Smartphone Cases Offer Superior Protection And Style

There are a lot of options when it comes to smartphone cases, but they are not all created equal. Some are nothing more than a shell of armor, while others offer extra features like a grip.

A Colorful Way To Protect Your Phone

They all look good on paper, but as soon as you start using them, their flaws become obvious. The Grip2u smartphone case hopes to be your end all and be all when it comes to protecting your phone.

These cases come in a variety of colors and they will fit your Galaxy S9 and s9+, iPhone X, 8 and 7. So what is it that sets the Grip2u apart from other smartphone cases on the market? Well, it is more stylish than most of the options out there and it features a handy band on the backside to provide you with a sturdy grip that will make sure it stays in your hand.

The bands are even customizable so that you can mix and match band and case colors to your liking. And of course, these cases still give you access to all of your phones features. Just be aware that wireless charging will function with Galaxy S9 / S9+, iPhone X and iPhone 8 / 8 Plus cases only.

Get a grip with this cool case.

It’s Colorful and Customizable

They did a great job designing these cases.

We’ve seen our share of smartphone cases around here and these really stand out. These days it’s not easy to make a case that stands out from the crowd and still manages to be stylish and useful at the same time. Read: http://www.gadgetreview.com/best-smartphone

The customization options are just icing on the cake. The company likes to use the hashtag #PreventTheDrop and you can see why. This design allows you to keep a solid grip on your phone at all times.

If you have ever dropped your phone and broken it, you’ll appreciate this handy case.

Grip2u Smartphone Cases Offer Superior Protection And Style

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Detroit Become Human Review

When you’re done with PS4-exclusive Detroit: Become Human’s lengthy story, the game asks you if any of its moments resonated with you. For us, almost all of it’s near sci-fi tale did, albeit for all the wrong reasons. Developed by French studio Quantic Dream whose previous work includes adventure titles like Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls, it’s a narrative-driven game where the plot takes precedence over everything else.

And while the other two had some intriguing twists you likely didn’t see coming, Detroit: Become Human’s futuristic trappings do little to hide its big reveals which can be seen coming a mile away. Set in a world where the US is at odds with Russia, self-driving cars don’t crash, and most jobs have been taken by robotic androids, Detroit: Become Human has you switching between Connor, Kara, and Markus. They’re three androids all with very different objectives.

Connor was created with the sole purpose of hunting down rogue androids, or deviants as they’re known for turning on their human masters. Kara’s objective is to escape the city with Alice, a small human girl in her care. Markus is the leader of an Android uprising, fighting for the same rights and freedoms for his kind that humanity enjoys.

Despite starting with a bang — having you in the role of Connor negotiating with a deviant holding a child at gunpoint on a building rooftop — Detroit: Become Human quickly settles into a slow burn. As Kara, you’ll clean a house and do laundry while Markus’ arc begins with the mundane task of buying paint from a store. While these chapters exist to give you an idea of the game’s world and the motivation of its characters, it makes it a bit of a chore early on.

So much so that we preferred Connor’s story arc over the other two due to the interesting scenarios you find yourself in.
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From tracking down deviants with a fetish for pigeons to dealing with Hank Anderson, grizzled human detective partner, events of Connor’s chapters stand out compared to the menial busywork of playing as Kara or Markus.

Even when the other two’s narratives finally fire on all cylinders, they don’t feel as polished, memorable, or entertaining as Connor’s and are the most predictable segments of the bunch. Which is saying a lot since Connor’s arc appears to be heavily inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov — I, Robot and The Caves of Steel in particular — making how it will play out rather obvious. However Detroit: Become Human isn’t without its merits.

There are elements of gameplay not too dissimilar to Telltale’s adventure games like Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy, so there’s no learning curve or fancy new control schemes to learn. You’ll press buttons indicated on the screen to perform actions – depending on whose arc you’re playing, this could be anything from washing dishes to choosing the right words to incite an android rebellion, each with different consequences leading to varied outcomes. Compared to Quantic Dreams’ last two games, the aforementioned Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls, it’s easy to pull off Detroit: Become Human’s many button prompts and half circle analogue stick movements.

It sticks to a control scheme that’s similar to the other two games, but the added polish and refinement makes it far from awkward. The controls feel just right. Coupled with smooth animations, it even makes lightning fast action sequences a joy to pull off towards the end of the game.

Furthermore, at the end of each chapter you see a flowchart of your decisions. It makes you aware of what you’ve done and what you could have done, tempting you into another playthrough with the promise of in-game currency or points that you can use to unlock content such as the game’s soundtrack, early sketches, character backgrounds, and so on. It’s a bold move as it lays the entire story bare, right down to the smallest decision.

Quantic Dream hopes it’ll bring completionists back, though to us, it seems like a studio is being transparent about the limitations and scope of the game. In an industry fuelled by hype, keeping your expectations in check seems like a welcome change.

In addition to this, Detroit: Become Human looks great. Be it highly detailed facial expressions on humans and androids or slick lighting effects and reflections, it’s a treat to look at on the PS4 Pro. Backed up by a fantastic soundtrack and voice acting that feels genuine and you have a title with stellar production values.

That said, these additions do little to enhance a derivative story. Most choices or actions are essentially binary, forcing you to choose between usual video game tropes such as non-violent and pacifist options or prioritising capturing a deviant over saving a loved one. It doesn’t help that most characters you interact with feel one dimensional and easy to read, making it simple to gain an outcome you desire.

Clocking in at around 25 hours, it’s not a short game by any means and it could go up to 40 hours should you decide to complete everything, though not all of it is as good as it could be. Overall, Detroit: Become Human is a gorgeous game that brings some welcome improvements over Quantic Dream’s earlier work, but one that is ultimately flawed due to its predictable plot. Pros:

  • Fantastic production values
  • Story flowchart is an honest representation of what you get
  • Connor’s story arc is entertaining

Cons: ?

  • Other arcs are a slow burn?
  • Overall story is predictable?
  • One dimensional characters

Rating (out of 10): 6

Gadgets 360 played a review copy of Detroit: Become Human on the PS4 Pro.

The game is out on May 25 priced at £60 in the US and Rs.

3,999 in India.


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