Google Play Store Now Has A New Icon That Shows You App Download Trends.
The trends are represented by an upward-moving or a downward moving arrows that look somewhat similar to the icon denoting the rise or fall of stock prices in markets.
The new icons appear next to the apps under Google Play Store’s top charts list. Although the list (say top free apps) is already arranged in descending order, the new icons indicate whether it would stay in the same position for longer.
The new trending icons are currently showing up on Google Play Store India’s top free app list that includes MX Tak Tak in the first position, followed by Moj short video, Signal, Telegram, and Snake Video.
While the top five here remain steady, notice the upward moving icon next to Name Ringtone Maker and Snapchat denoting its rise in downloads or popularity. Moving down the current chart the Sharechat app on 11th position seems to have reached its saturation point and now seeing a drop in daily download numbers.
Those apps on the list which are not represented by any icons to their left likely indicate that these apps are not witnessing any change in trends. Although the new icons are quite self-explanatory, Google is yet to officially talks about them on any of its communication channels.
The Google Play Store does not provide any details over the exact number of downloads other than plain lists such as top free apps, top paid apps, and so on. Notably, as the top free app list is updated almost every day, the new icons also do not reveal exactly how many slots the app has moved up or down.
Since it is a server-side update, users don’t need to do anything on their own. You can check the availability of ‘trending’ icons by opening the Google Play Store app and navigating to the top row of tabs > tapping on top charts > tapping on different charts.
Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds Pro that is the company’s take on the AirPods Pro. The Korean giant might, however, still have a lot of ground to cover to catch up, especially when it comes to support from content providers and streaming services.
Apple’s AirPods Pro and AirPods Max already have a few of those popular services supporting their Spatial Audio feature and now it seems that Netflix will finally be catching up soon.
Spatial Audio is the marketing term Apple uses to name these AirPods’ special implementation of immersive sound, a feature that Samsung calls “360-degree audio” on the Galaxy Buds Pro. It uses a combination of gyro sensors and directional audio to track users’ heads and the position of the iPhone or iPad. The effect is that sound feels like their coming from the right position even when you move your head around.
Of course, this doesn’t happen magically for all kinds of audio content and has to be enabled by sources separately. Spatial Audio is currently supported by Apple’s own Apple TV, of course, but also by Disney+ and Hulu. That short list conspicuously leaves out streaming king Netflix, but that may not be the case soon.
According to an unknown insider (via iPhonesoft), Netflix has actually been working on that feature since December. It might be ready to launch by Spring this year but the catalog will reportedly start out quite small. Netflix could time it with the announcement of new movies and shows that will take better advantage of Spatial Audio.
That said, Netflix subscribers shouldn’t get too excited yet as the requirements might be a bit high. Of course, you need an AirPods Pro or AirPods Max but you might also need to be on the service’s Ultra HD tier to use the feature, seeing as this is the same tier that offers Dolby Atmos surround sound.
As the all-digital CES 2021 comes to an end, we got the official best of CES 2021 awards. This year too, the event was hosted by Engadget and Verizon. So here are the official best of Consumer Electronics Show 2021 award winners and all you need to know about them.
1. GoodMaps Explore: Best Accessibility Tech
The GoodMaps Explore is an indoor navigation app for visually impaired persons and first responders. With navigation accuracy down to just a few feet, it can tell people what’s ahead and help them navigate indoors safely.
GoodMaps uses LiDAR technology for accuracy and eliminates the need to install additional beacons for indoor navigation. It is also convenient for people looking for an accurate map of an indoor venue or location. The GoodMaps Explore is a free app for the blind and first responders to help them navigate indoors and outdoors.
2. Omron VitalSight: Best Digital Healthcare and Fitness Product
The Omron VitalSight is a kit with a blood pressure monitor, a bodyweight scale, and a data hub to monitor your health. This remote patient monitoring program sends an alert to your physician if your vital signs indicate a heart attack or a stroke.
VitalSight not only sends this data to the physician but also manages billing, reimbursement, and other processes. You can contact the company about VitalSight via the company website.
3. Mudra Band: Best Wearable At CES 2021
Makers of the Mudra Band call it a wrist-worn brain to device interface. It is a smart band that you can attach to your existing Apple Watch and enable gesture controls. You can snooze an alarm, answer or reject calls, and do much more using this band.
It uses neural technology to convert your finger movements to gestures for the watch. The Apple Watch integration makes it one of the best wearable devices as it adds more functionality to it. You can order the Mudra Band at $179 from the company website.
4. Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen: Best Transport Technology
The huge 55-inch Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen is a fusion of three screens across your car’s dashboard. According to the manufacturer, it is Mercedes-Benz’s largest and most intelligent human-machine interface.
It packs an octa-core processor, 24GB RAM, and 46.4 GB/second RAM bandwidth for a smooth operation. While the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) tech was first introduced in the A-class cars in 2018, the latest iteration will come to its upcoming luxury car, the EQS.
5. Sony 360 Reality Audio Speakers: Best Home Theater Product
As the name suggests, the Sony 360 Reality Audio Speakers come with ambient room-filling sound. With 3 up-firing speakers, 3 mid-speakers, and a sub-woofer, it’s a complete ambient home-theatre system.
You can connect and stream music on the Sony 360 Audio speakers via Bluetooth or WiFi. The Sony RA5000 speaker is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use voice commands to control the speaker.
6. Samsung JetBot 90 AI+: Best Connected Home Product
Samsung introduced the JetBot 90 AI+ as a cleaning robot that doubles up as a pet monitor for your home. It has a docking station where the bot automatically empties its bin, and you only need to change the garbage back in every month or two.
Powered by AI and packing a LiDAR scanner, the Samsung JetBot 90 AI+ can thoroughly clean the house and avoid bumping into your pets and tables while doing so.
7. LG Rollable: Best Phone Or Mobile Device
This one was in the rumors long before LG decided to finally unveil it. The LG Rollable is true to its name, a phone with a rollable screen. While it isn’t out yet, the company gave a teaser of the phone’s design at its press conference at the CES.
From its teaser video, we can tell that the LG Rollable phone would look like a regular smartphone till you command it to roll out the extra screen. Seeing the way it is, LG can use a compact form factor to accommodate a large screen.
8. LG C1 OLED: Best TV Product
The 2021 Best TV product award was bagged by the LG C1 OLED. With a bumped-up brightness, better image processing, and 5.1.2 surround sound, the LG 2021 OLED lineup is a sweet deal. It will pack the Alpha 9 Gen 4 AI processors to optimize your viewing experience.
The television will come from 48-83-inch screen sizes and you can mount it on the wall or keep it on the provided gallery stand. You can check out the complete details about the LG C1 on the company website.
9. AMD Ryzen 5000: Best Gaming Product
AMD has been making a name in the laptop gaming market for quite some time now. With added features like the Precision Boost Overdrive, the AMD Ryzen 5000 makes up for an unbeatable laptop chip for gamers.
Designed on a 7nm “Zen 3” architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5000 comes with up to 16 cores, and a maximum boosted clock speed of 4.9GHz. You can check out the complete 5000 series lineup here.
10. Kohler Stillness Bath: Most Unexpected Product
This pleasant surprise from Kohler is all about relaxing and letting go of the stress. The American brand’s bathing experience bagged the most unexpected product award as the Best of CES 2021. Kohler Stillness Bath is an inspired combination of aroma, lighting, water, and steam. Unlike any other bathtub, Kohler is trying to deliver a luxury experience with this one.
11. Samsung Health Smart Trainer: Best Sports Tech
With the idea of turning your home into a personal gym, the Samsung Health Smart Trainer is a virtual personal trainer. It tracks, analyzes, and tells you to correct your workout posture. The trainer also gives feedback in terms of rep counts and calories burnt.
In its virtual demonstration, Samsung has shown the trainer integrated into your Samsung smart TV and analyzing body postures using a web camera. It uses Bixby voice controls for an interactive training session.
12. ASUS ZenBook Duo: Best PC Or Tablet
This came as a surprise to many but the ASUS ZenBook Duo has a practical design when it comes to having a secondary display on a laptop. It is one of the more professional laptops from ASUS. The company also offers the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, which is a dual-screen gaming laptop.
With up to an Intel Core i7 chip, the laptop packs 2GB GDDR5 graphic memory, a Full HD 16:9 display, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe storage. You can buy the ZenBook Duo starting at $988.99 from Amazon.
13. Sony AirPeak: Best Robot Or Drone
The CES has always been great when it comes to robots and drones. The best of CES 2021 in terms of drones was bagged by the Sony AirPeak. This drone is capable of flying with a full-frame Sony Alpha camera, which makes it the ideal film-making drone.
It is also the smallest drone to be able to do so. While there are not many details available on the product, the company will make it available in 2021 itself.
14. Samsung Solar Cell Remote: Best Sustainability Product
Samsung seems to have struck all the right tunes at the CES 2021. While the company isn’t the first to bring out solar cell remotes, the initiative of bundling them with the 2021 TV lineup is what earned Samsung this award.
A solar cell remote can recharge itself via sunlight or indoor lighting, saving the hassle of replacing batteries and taking a more sustainable approach.
15. AMD Ryzen 5000 Laptop Chips: Best Of The Best Award
With the bleeding edge technology and innovation, it is no doubt the AMD Ryzen 5000 series bagged this award at the CES 2021. AMD has come up as an alternative to the Intel chips, and the new Ryzen chips are the reason for it to come up at the top this year.
As Apple, Intel, and AMD compete for the market now, the users are likely to get better value for money and performance options in the laptop category.
16. Razer Blade 15: CES People’s Choice Award
The sleek gaming laptop from Razer is the CES People’s Choice award winner this year. The Razer Blade 15 packs an 8 core Intel i7 CPU, up to GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, 4K OLED display, up to 1TB PCIe storage, and up to 32GB RAM.
The advanced model of the Razer Blade 15 gets Window Hello, USB Type-C charging, THX Spatial Audio 7.1, along with other options like the precision glass trackpad. You can pre-order the Razer Blade 15 starting at $1999.99 from the company website.
The Consumer Electronics Show 2021 showcased new tech as well as improvements over previous generations. Companies like LG, Samsung, Asus, and Sony have showed-off products that have the potential to change the way we interact with technology.
Rounding up CES 2021, we can confidently say that there’s a lot of exciting tech developments to look forward to this year.
Mercedes Benz recently showcased the new MBUX (Mercedes Benz User Experience) Hyperscreen at its digital world premiere. A few days after its world premiere, the German automaker made the official debut of MBUX at the 2021 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).
The biggest highlight of MBUX Hyperscreen is its size as it’s 141 cm (55.5 inches) wide and the technology Mercedes Benz used to build it.
MBUX (Mercedes Benz User Experience) Hyperscreen
As per the automaker, it’s the largest and most intelligent human-machine interface built by Mercedes Benz to date.
Apart from this, there are many interesting facts about it. Most people will think that it’s a single screen as it appear.
Mercedes Benz 55-Inch Display Is A Fusion Of Three Screens
The MBUX display might seem like a single superwide screen spanning across the dashboard but it isn’t. Vera Schmidt, the Head of Mercedes Benz Advanced Digital Design, said, though it might look like a single entity, there are three different screens beneath one curved glass.
In addition, there are a number of technical details that we’ll discuss as we proceed.
The MBUX Hyperscreen will first be installed in the upcoming luxury electric car EQS.
However, the MBUX technology was launched back at the CES 2018 event in Mercedes A-class. Later, the platform was introduced in the Mercedes S-class.
Anyway, let’s explore what all new features are there in the latest variant of MBUX other than its Hyperscreen.
Mr. Sajjad Khan, the Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG and CTO, hosted the event and said,
“The new MBUX Hyperscreen combines unique electrical aesthetics with outstanding user-friendliness. A decisive strength is the clever networking of all systems based on intelligent, adaptive software. This makes the Hyperscreen the brain of the car.”
Additionally, he said it’s a customer-centric user interface and uses AI to deliver the best possible experience for you.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said in the new MBUX, “you don’t search for functions, the functions will find you.”
MBUX Hyperscreen is equipped with a completely new and intelligent system called Zero Layer.
What Is Zero Layer Function In MBUX?
Zero Layer in MBUX Hyperscreen is designed to achieve seamless human-machine interaction. In most UI systems, you have to search for the applications scrolling down the screen.
However, in MBUX, the system uses emotional intelligence and offers the most important applications like navigation, telephone, vehicle function, etc. on screen.
Moreover, based on your activity and past behavior, the AI automatically displays more than 20 applications on the screen.
Technical Specifications of MBUX
If we dive a bit more into the hardware, then under the touchscreen there are 12 actuators. These actuators trigger the vibration whenever the fingers touch certain areas.
In addition, there are eight CPU cores, 24 GB of RAM, and 46.4 GB per second of RAM bandwidth. These are some of the technical specs revealed by the company so far.
Before we come to an end, here’s a feature that Mercedes highlighted at the 2021 CES event.
WhatsApp is all about rolling new updates and features to enhance the overall user experience. And now there’s another new handy feature that will allow WhatsApp to make in-app announcements around new updates.
As reported by a popular website WABetaInfo, the feature is called ‘in-app notifications’ and it’ll be used to make new announcements on WhatsApp. Currently, WhatsApp makes all the new announcements through its blog but soon users would be able to directly get these on the app. These in-app updates could direct users to a specific website or even require them to take a particular action. This feature will not be used by WhatsApp for advertising purposes.
Also, these announcements won’t be delivered to users via chat instead it’ll appear as an in-app banner. The first new announcement made by WhatsApp using this feature is the new Terms of Service which states that WhatsApp is releasing their new terms and also sheds light on the main aim of the update.
We’ve already reported that WhatsApp will be updating its Terms of Service in 2021 and WhatsApp users will have to accept it or they’ll have to delete their account. The main focus of this update is around how WhatsApp processes user data and how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats. The update will take effect on February 8, 2021.
If users don’t agree with the changes or the updated terms of service, they’ll lose access to their account. To delete a WhatsApp account, users will have to go to settings > account > delete my account.
Amazon is getting into wearables, but its new device, called Halo, is far from a traditional fitness tracker. In fact, Amazon Halo doesn’t have a screen at all.
The online giant’s new wristband prioritizes health more than anything, with features such as activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and more. What makes Halo unique is its ability to track a wearer’s emotional state by listening to the tone of their voice, and also estimate a user’s body fat percentage by taking a three-dimensional render of their body.
It’s a departure from today’s most popular wearables, which offer general activity tracking features and also provide smartphone notifications for things like messages and phone calls. Also a departure from traditional wearables is Halo’s lack of GPS, Wi-Fi, and a cellular radio. It does, however, feature water resistance up to 5ATM and a battery that should last a week.
Amazon Halo also features an accelerometer, temperature sensor, heart rate monitor, two microphones, and an LED indicator light. These microphones are strictly for the voice tone feature and not for invoking Alexa, which isn’t supported. These microphones can be turned off with the press of a button.
The voice tone feature is particularly interesting. Amazon says Halo will pick up on the pitch, intensity, rhythm, and tempo of your voice, and then return insights into your emotional state. With a “notable moments” section in the smartphone app, you’ll see what you were like during an interview, conversation with mom, etc. According to Amazon, Halo won’t listen to your voice all the time, and when it does, no audio is uploaded to Amazon servers; humans are also not involved in any step of the way. Audio is sent to your phone via Bluetooth, and all analysis is handled there.
The 3D body scan feature is handled differently. When a user does create a 3D scan, pictures will be uploaded to Amazon’s servers but are deleted once a 3D scan is created. Amazon will employ machine learning models to analyze the scan and calculate your body fat percentage.
Amazon is hoping these features will be educational and motivational, providing users with information about how different levels of body fat can increase their risk for certain health problems. Users have to be 18 years or older to use the body scan feature, although users can be as young as 13 to use Halo.Halo app’s main screenHalo’s body scanning feature that calculates body fat percentageHalo guessing your emotional state from your voiceHalo’s activity trackerHalo’s sleep tracker
Amazon Halo retails for $99 and ties into a service that costs $3.99 per month. This subscription will feature body composition, tone of voice analysis, sleep and activity tracking, and challenges designed to improve a wearer’s health, whether it be through things like meditation or exercise. As an introductory price, Halo will be available for $64 and come with six months of complimentary service.
At launch, Amazon Halo will offer a variety of bands and also a variety of sizes. Halo comes in small, medium, and large, so you can find a fit that works for you. Amazon Halo is currently available in early access in Black + Onyx, Blush + Rose Gold, and Winter + Silver. The product can only ship to addresses in the United States.
Amazon Halo Technical Details
Subscription $99.99 device price with six month free subscription. After six months, your subscription will automatically renew at $3.99/month plus applicable tax. See terms of service to learn more. Battery life Up to 7 days (Tone disabled), up to 2 days (Tone enabled). Fully charges from 0% in less than 90 minutes. Battery life varies based on device settings and usage. Water resistance Swimproof; water resistant to 50M (5 atm). Learn more about water resistance. Halo band/sensor colors Black/Onyx, Winter/Silver, and Blush/Rose Gold Band sizes Fabric: Small (135-155 mm circumference), Medium (145-180mm circumference), Large (170-220 mm circumference), Sport: Small/Medium (130-180 mm circumference), Medium/Large (160-230 mm circumference) Band material Fabric: a woven blend of polyester, nylon, and spandex, Sport: high-performance silicone Weight Capsule: 18g, Band: 5.2g (S), 5.4g (M), 6.0g (L) Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, Serial Port Profile for Bluetooth connectivity to Android phones and iPod Accessory Protocol for Bluetooth connectivity to iPhones. Audio 2 built-in microphones for Tone analysis Warranty 1-year limited warranty. Use of Amazon Halo is subject to Amazon’s Conditions of Use and the terms found here. Included in box Sensor, band, USB charging clip, and Quick Start Guide Generation 1st Generation – 2020 Release Bands Interchangeable and available in a variety of colors and materials Requirements Active Amazon.com account, compatible mobile device, and the Halo app
With the launch of Android 11 getting closer, Google today launched the third and final beta of its mobile operating system ahead of its general availability. Google had previously delayed the beta program by about a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since Android 11 had already reached platform stability with Beta 2, most of the changes here are fixes and optimizations. As a Google spokesperson noted, “this beta is focused on helping developers put the finishing touches on their apps as they prepare for Android 11, including the official API 30 SDK and build tools for Android Studio.”
The one exception is some updates to the Exposure Notification Systemcontact-tracing API, which users can now use without turning on device location settings. Exposure Notification is an exception here, as all other Android apps need to have location settings on (and user permission to access it) to perform the kind of Bluetooth scanning Google is using for this API.
Otherwise, there are no surprises here, given that this has already been a pretty lengthy preview cycle. Mostly, Google really wants developers to make sure their apps are ready for the new version, which includes quite a few changes.
If you are brave enough, you can get the latest beta over the air as part of the Android Beta program. It’s available for Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4 and (soon) 4a users.
Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft has resulted in a handful of exclusive features for Galaxy devices in the Your Phone app for Windows 10, including cloud clipboard sync and file drag-and-drop support. Today, Samsung announced an expansion of the partnership, adding even more features to the app.
Most notably, it will now be possible to access your smartphone apps from your PC, and you can even pin them to the taskbar and Start as if they were Windows apps for quick access. You can access social media or other apps this way, and it might be useful considering many services don’t have apps for Windows. For now, only one app can be used at a time, but you’ll be able to open multiple apps side by side later this year.
Additionally, the companies are making so that many of Samsung’s built-in apps sync with Microsoft services. Samsung Notes will sync with OneNote and Outlook, and with features like autosave, so everything is saved to the cloud automatically. The Reminders app also syncs with Outlook, To Do, and Teams, so Microsoft’s services are deeply tied into Samsung phones. Both of these features will be available later this year.
Of course, Samsung and Microsoft are also partnering on Xbox, and the Galaxy Note20 has features like AI game booster and a 240Hz touch sampling rate on the display of the Note20 Ultra, which will help with cloud gaming features in Game Pass, which are set to arrive on 15th September. However, there doesn’t seem to be anything exclusive to Samsung devices in this regard, at least for now.
Yesterday Madhav has tweeted in his account revealing that Realme is planning to launch 65W and 50W Ultra-thin Super Dart chargers in India soon. The image attached to the post shows the illustrated images of the chargers. Previously Realme has already released the 125W Ultra Dart Charger in India that according to the company can charge 33% of a 4,000mAh battery in just 3 minutes.
Oppo has also released a total of four different types of chargers starting from 50W mini charger to 125W ultra-fast chargers. So we can expect the same 65W and 50W mini chargers will be introduced in India under the brand name Realme.
65W AirVOOC Wireless Charger: This is a wireless charger, it will be round in shape. This charger will be capable of charging 100% of a 4,000mAh smartphone battery in just 30 minutes.
50W mini SuperVOOCCharger: This is a mini charger of 50W but it is not mentioned what kind of charger it is.
The above-mentioned chargers are from Oppo and the specs are quite impressive. These same charging techs will also be used in the upcoming Realme’s Ultra-Thin chargers.
The second half of the year has just started, and the Chinese smartphone brands have begun announcing their next-generation fast charging technologies. OPPO confirmed that it will be launching the 125W super flash charge technology on Wednesday.
We don’t expect Oppo to announce a new smartphone featuring 125W fast charging on July 15.
However, rival brand iQOO suddenly unveiled its 120W Ultra-Fast charging technology today. The new charging tech from the brand can completely a charge 4,000mAh battery phone in just 15 minutes.
iQOO already offers fast charging solutions such as 33W, 44W, and 55W on its smartphones. The Chinese brand today unveiled the 120W Ultra-Fast rapid charging technology that promises to charge 50 percent of a 4,000mAh battery in 5 minutes and it can be fully charged in 15 minutes.
Vivo had unveiled its 120W FlashCharge technology at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019 tech exhibition last year. However, it was not a commercial announcement. Also, the technology is yet to be mass-produced. Hence, today’s announcement by iQOO can be called as the world’s first 120W fast charging technology.
At the launch event, the iQOO Product Manager demonstrated the 120W rapid charging tech. The 4,000mAh battery phone has a dual battery system featuring an industry-first 6C cell, each one measuring 2,000mAh in size. Both batteries charge at 5V/12A (60W) by means of a customized chip to achieve a total charging speed of 120W with 97 percent charging conversion rate.
For safety and stability, the charging adapter will come equipped with array type pole structure cell impedance. Phones featuring the 120W ultra-fast charging will come with super VC liquid cooling technology to regulate the internal temperature of the device.
According to a leakster, a mysterious iQOO phone with 120W ultra-fast charging is already in works. He claims to have seen the measured data before and he found that the charging tech can fast enough to achieve 80 percent battery capacity in just minutes.
He revealed that the mysterious iQOO phone’s mass production has started, and it will debut next month. Could it be the rumored Snapdragon 865+ powered iQOO Pro 3 5G phone? Hopefully, new leaks will reveal the identity of the device in the coming days.