What’s New in Android, March 1st to 7th 2019

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Things are moving fast in the Android world. There are many devices, tons of development and many bugs. This is your weekly look at the biggest stories of Android between March 1st and 7th, 2019.

New devices from Vivo, Meizu, Oppo and Motorola

New devices are often the name of the game for Android – new things appear all the time. This week there were four: some quirks of Vivo and Meizu, a midrange device with an Oppo contextual camera, as well as a new Motorola staple for Google Fi.

Vivo IQOO for players

Vivo is not well known in the United States, but this Chinese company is well known for introducing crazy concepts on the mobile stage. His most recent sub-brand IQOO– Which means I Quest On and On Apparently – is one for the players. This 6.4-inch handset contains a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12 GB of RAM and a full charge in just 45 minutes. Nuts.

Learn more about this handset at Engadget.

Meizu Note 9 for China

Like Vivo, most Americans do not know Meizu well. But they are huge in China and known for bringing decent equipment. The new note 9 – not to be confused this other Note 9, of course, is more of a midrange handset with a 6.2-inch FHD display, a Snapdragon 675, 4 or 6 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage options.

You can learn more about the Meizu Note 9 at XDA.

Oppo F11 with a Popup Selfie Cam and … a MicroUSB port

True to the trend of Chinese phones, Oppo has abandoned its new F11 handset this week, which comes with breathtaking specs and a really stupid feature. The design itself is fascinating, with an almost complete display thanks to its contextual selfie camera, but the guts are not too shabby either. It features a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage capacity under its 6.5-inch FHD + display.

The wrong side? It is recharged via micro USB. You can get the full lean on the Oppo F11 at 9to5Google.

Motorola G7 for Google Fi

Motorola phones may not be as popular as in the past, but the company still publishes absolutely incredible budget handsets that pay a lot. The G7 is no different: this $ 299 Google Fi phone stays true to its reality with a 6.2-inch FHD + panel, a Snapdragon 632, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (plus a slot for SD card), a 15-watt turbocharger and Android Tart out of the box. Good product.

Check-out Google Fi for more information.

Device updates from Huawei, Nokia and Samsung

Due to the large number of devices available, device updates are quite common.

  • Huawei pushed Android Pie to the Mate 10 Pro. (Android font)
  • Nokia has abandoned a zero-day update for the Pureview 9-loaded camera. (9to5Google)
  • Samsung has also launched a first day update to improve the S10 family's camera and fingerprint reader (Android font).

Other software updates: Netflix HDR on S10, Pocket Casts 7, Nova 6.1, etc.

This week, Netflix, Pocket Casts, Nova Launcher and Google, among others, have been the subject of software announcements worthy of the name. Here is the fast and dirty.

  • Pocket Casts has been upgraded to version 7 with a completely redesigned interface. (9to5Google)
  • Nova Launcher 6.1 Beta has been released with some new features. Personally, I think it's super cool because I've got it too work with TeslaCoil on text embedded in the Nova application. (TeslaCoil Applications)
  • Netflix added HDR support for the Galaxy S10 family and HD support for the Galaxy M. (Android font)
  • Tasker has added support for remapping Bixby buttons so you can use the official feature to perform unofficial tasks. (XDA developers)
  • Samsung Good Lock, which brings customization options to Galaxy phones, has been updated to support One UI on the latest handsets. (XDA developers)
  • Google has released its Duplex technology for restaurant reservations guided by a digital assistant in 43 states on Android and iOS. It's a very big deal. (Google Blog)
  • Google has secured the Android lock screen (and makes it less convenient) when you use "OK Google" to display the wizard. (How Geek)
  • Players can earn credits in the game by watching ads through a new Google Play initiative. (Engadget)
  • Google Hangouts has been officially removed from Wear OS. Tear. (Android font)
  • Android Q is officially installed even if it is not available. Like at all. Whoa. (John Wu/Twitter)

Other news: Bugs and More

There are always lots of things to do, weird things or things that do not fit. Here's what we found most interesting this week.

  • Android TV had a huge bug that gave Photos access to complete strangers. Google has disabled Photos on Android TV while trying to understand exactly what is happening here. This story is crazy. (Engadget)
  • Meizu's CEO said his cell-free phone was a "publicity stunt" after being crushed and burned by Indiegogo. It seems suspicious, but it does not matter. At least he did not reach his funding goal. (The edge)
  • Apparently, Samsung Galaxy devices are losing value faster than other brands. I guess that means you should always buy used? (XDA developers)

That's about all we have this week, but we still have our eyes open for cool new stuff like this. If you find something you think should be included, contact me at cameron@howtogeek.com with a link. The rarer (or cooler!), The better. Peace.

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