How to enable Android Pie’s new dark mode and save battery life

Android users have been begging Google to add a dark theme, or mode, to the mobile platform for years. With Android Oreo, Google added a dark mode that activated based on the wallpaper you were using. Google then removed the feature, saying it was accidentally released.

Starting with Android Pie not only is dark mode back but now there’s a manual way to switch to it on demand.

Outside of looks, why would you want to use a dark mode on your Android device? According to Google, it saves battery life. It turns out, all of that empty white space that Google (and Apple) has been using over the past few years uses more power, which in turn drains your battery. A darker interface requires less power and is less taxing on your battery.

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

To switch to dark mode in Android Pie, open the Settings app and select Display. Next, tap Advanced and scroll down until you find Device theme; tap it, followed by Dark.

That’s all there is to it. Now when you view your app drawer or the quick-settings card (swipe down from the top of the screen), it’ll be in dark mode.

[“source=forbes]

Oppo R17 Neo launches in Japan: its first phone with in-display fingerprint reader

Japan often gets cool tech gadgets first, but not this time – it just got its first phone with an in-display fingerprint reader and it’s late to that particular party. The phone itself is quite interesting – the Oppo R17 Neo.

It’s a version of the Oppo K1 and R15X, which are partially based on the Oppo R17. That means a 6.4” AMOLED display with a teardrop notch and 1080p+ resolution, which houses the fingerprint reader in question. The back is painted in two new gradient colors.

The computational power of the phone took a bit of a hit. The Oppo R17 Neo has a Snapdragon 660 chipset (down from S670) with 4GB of RAM (down from 6-8GB). The storage remains at 128GB and the microSD card slot is still here.

The camera changed too – the main module on the back still has a 16MP sensor, but the depth sensor is now at 2MP (down from 5MP). Not a huge loss, but note the different design. The selfie camera remains a 25MP shooter.

Oppo R17 Neo (left) and Oppo R17 (right)

This could be a mistake but the Neo is much lighter than the vanilla R17 – 156g vs. 182g. That’s even though it has a slightly larger battery, 3,600mAh. It could be a mistake on the seller’s page, otherwise it would mean that Oppo changed the phone’s construction (which seems unlikely).

The Oppo R17 Neo is available on contract for JPY 3,218 a month or JPY 38,988 total ($345/€305). That’s quite a discount on the vanilla R17.

Japan often gets cool tech gadgets first, but not this time – it just got its first phone with an in-display fingerprint reader and it’s late to that particular party. The phone itself is quite interesting – the Oppo R17 Neo.

It’s a version of the Oppo K1 and R15X, which are partially based on the Oppo R17. That means a 6.4” AMOLED display with a teardrop notch and 1080p+ resolution, which houses the fingerprint reader in question. The back is painted in two new gradient colors.

The computational power of the phone took a bit of a hit. The Oppo R17 Neo has a Snapdragon 660 chipset (down from S670) with 4GB of RAM (down from 6-8GB). The storage remains at 128GB and the microSD card slot is still here.

The camera changed too – the main module on the back still has a 16MP sensor, but the depth sensor is now at 2MP (down from 5MP). Not a huge loss, but note the different design. The selfie camera remains a 25MP shooter.

Oppo R17 Neo (left) and Oppo R17 (right)

This could be a mistake but the Neo is much lighter than the vanilla R17 – 156g vs. 182g. That’s even though it has a slightly larger battery, 3,600mAh. It could be a mistake on the seller’s page, otherwise it would mean that Oppo changed the phone’s construction (which seems unlikely).

The Oppo R17 Neo is available on contract for JPY 3,218 a month or JPY 38,988 total ($345/€305). That’s quite a discount on the vanilla R17.

 

[“source=TimeOFIndia”]

OnePlus 6T durability test: scratches don’t bother the in-display fingerprint reader

The OnePlus 6T was unveiled just minutes ago and it already had to face the JerryRigEverything durability test. Not just that, Zack was at the event in New York and he disassembled the phone in front of a live audience.

Back to the durability test. The phone has Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, which gets minor scratches at a level 6 and deeper ones at level 7 of the Mohs’ scale. The thing to worry about here is that the in-display fingerprint reader needs a clear view of your finger through the glass. The good news is that it seems undeterred and works just fine even with a badly scratched glass.

What about the glass on the back? The Midnight Glass back has a frosted finish and softer metals leave traces that can be wiped off. Harder metal will leave permanent scratches, however, so you still need to be careful.

The video concludes with the bend test – how tough is the OnePlus 6T? Well, we don’t want to spoil the ending, so hit play.

[“source=gsmarena”]

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo goes on sale early

Xiaomi’s Black Shark Helo gaming phone was announced a week ago and the release date was supposed to be November 10, but it appears that the handset is arriving a bit early. A lot earlier, in fact.

In a Weibo post, Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s founder, announced that the official Mi online store will start selling the phone as early as today. The flash sale begins at 8PM local time and as far as we can tell from the post, it’s the second one for today.

Unfortunately, the 10GB version is still nowhere to be found and the store is offering the 8GB/128GB and the 6GB/128GB configurations only. The 6GB model will sell for CNY 3,199 ($459) while the asking price of the 8GB alteration is CNY 3,499 ($502). Just make sure you are one of the first in line because stock won’t last.

[“source=gsmarena”]

AnTuTu: The OnePlus 6T is second fastest Android smartphone

Following last night’s launch event, AnTuTu published a screenshot of a OnePlus 6T score sheet with pretty impressive results. The overall score is 298,011, which is an improvement over the OnePlus 6’s average score of around 289,424, despite the two phones packing identical chipsets.

Last month’s AnTuTu global ranking placed the OnePlus 6 in the third position right after Asus’ ROG Phone and Xiaomi Black Shark. But the OnePlus 6T is here to disrupt the charts – the screenshot says it takes second place, right behind the ROG Phone.

In any case, the score appears to be in line with what we got during our testing of the handset and we also have to see how the Mate 20s will perform with the new Kirin 980 on board. We can’t wait to see the November ranking.

[“source=gsmarena”]

ZTE to bring four smartphones in India

ZTE had a rough couple of months after it breached US trade regulations, but is finally back on track and even managed to launch a hot flagship on the Android One program – the Axon 9 Pro.

According to reports, the phone will arrive in India along with three cheaper devices from the manufacturer – Blade A7 Vita, Blade V9 Vita, and Blade V9.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The Blade trio will be part of “an aggressive comeback in the country” and will arrive as early as November. The Blade A7 Vita will cost less than INR6,000 (about $80/€70), the Blade V9 Vita will be slightly more expensive – INR8,000 ($110/€85), while the bigger and more powerful Blade V9 will be around INR15,000 ($205/€180).

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ZTE Blade V9 • ZTE Blade V9 Vita

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro will appear in India in December for under INR35,000, which is equal to $475/€420. The price is similar to some of the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered devices in India like the LG G7 ThinQ and the Asus Zenfone 5Z, but still nowhere near the INR21,000 price tag of the Poco F1 by Xiaomi.

[“source=gsmarena”]

Panasonic P85 Nxt arrives in India for under $100

Panasonic India keeps expanding its presence in the offline smartphone market in India with the latest entry-level device called Panasonic P85 Nxt. The device has basic specs, big 4,000 mAh battery and a price tag of INR6,999 ($95).

The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 210 chipset that has a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. The screen is 5” with a standard HD resolution, and there is Gorilla Glass on top for protecting the LCD and the capacitive keys. The memory combo is 2/16 GB with a slot that can carry up to 128 GB.

There is one camera on the back and one on the front of the device; both coupled with an LED flash. The sensors are respectively 8 MP and 5 MP, with the main one having 5P lens and AF. Biometric security options include Face Unlock and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

The P85 Nxt is dual SIM and comes with the dated Android Nougat OS and the pre-installed app Arbo Hub that brings news updates, cab rides, games without the need to download them, and even horoscope if you are into this kind of stuff.

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Panasonic P85 Nxt

One neat feature about the new phone is that it supports reverse charging – simply plug another device into the Panasonic P85 Nxt and it will start filling its battery (given you have the proper cables, of course). The phone is offered in Blue, Gold, and Black and is already available at “all leading retail outlets.”

[“source=gsmarena”]