Google's ARCore SDK allows phones to place virtual objects in mixed reality situations using their processors, motion sensors, light sensors, and, yes, their camera. However, even with the proliferation of quadruple rear camera phones, ARCore has only been able to use one of them. But soon enough, it'll work with two cameras on a couple of choice devices.
Google Workspace, nee G Suite, has some very cool new options incoming in the near future. If you use Workspace at your company (and/or you have some Google-branded hardware around your home), you'll soon be getting access to interesting new ways to work remotely.
Oppo isn't a household name in the US, but in Europe and other territories it's a common sight for buyers of budget and midrange devices alike. The company's Find flagship line (its equivalent to the Galaxy S) is being updated at an event in a couple of weeks, but a new leak is already managing to reveal pretty much all the info you could want on these upcoming phones.
Debuting as part of Samsung’s CES 2021 product lineup, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 feels more like a prequel to the original notebook and not a real successor. That’s mainly because Samsung had to cut a few too many corners to slash the starting price nearly in half, down to $549 this year. More than a month after its unveiling, the convertible Chromebook finally has a release date for the US: March 1. That means you can get one today.
Following Verizon's early teasing, Google has just released details about the March 2021 Feature Drop update, which should be rolling out today. Pixel owners can look forward to enhanced underwater photography when paired with a specific case, expanded Smart Compose support for some messaging apps, a snazzy new bedtime screen when using the Pixel Stand and Clock app, and wallpapers for International Women's Day. On top of that, Google promises more fixes for Android Auto disconnection issues.
The March Pixel Drop isn't the only Google Pixel-related thing that's dropping: if you've been looking at grabbing a Pixel 4a 5G, you can look forward to a nice price drop, too! And it's available pretty much anywhere you can buy the unlocked version of the phone.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is nearing a year old at this point, but it's still the most high-end device the company has released (the 8T never had a Pro variant). The phone has been available for $799 for a while, but now OnePlus is sweetening the deal by knocking an extra $100 off the price tag and throwing in a pair of OnePlus Buds Z at no extra cost — a $50 value.
Samsung kickstarted its February 2021 patch rollout a bit early this time, with the European Galaxy S20 line being the first recipient. Now, these latest Android security updates are spreading to the US, starting with the unlocked Galaxy S20 models and the Note20 Ultra, and more recently followed by Verizon's Galaxy S9 and T-Mobile's Note20 series.
Samsung is transitioning to a next-gen platform for its SmartThings smart home system. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of the old hardware isn't going to work ...which includes the SmartThings Link USB dongle that lets it integrate with the Nvidia Shield. Samsung made the announcement about shifting support last year, and now we learn it's formally ending things for the Link effective June 30th.
Samsung's Galaxy A51 was one of the company's best phones last year, offering a large 6.5-inch screen and good performance for the relatively low price of $400 (before all the sales started). Unsurprisingly, Samsung is working on a sequel, and now we have images of the phone from WinFuture.