LG to introduce 5G smartphone in US by H1 2019

LG to introduce 5G smartphone in US by H1 2019

Sprint has just announced its collaboration with LG Electronics USA to deliver the first 5G smartphone in the United States. The timeline is the first half of 2019, with the phone's specifications and exact release date to be announced later.

The partnership reveals not only the plans for Sprint but also the dedication LG is putting into announcing a flagship device with a 5G modem in the early months of 2019. A Snapdragon chipset will power the new phone since Qualcomm already unveiled its X50 modem with 5 Gbps speeds, later followed by the actual 5G antennas that will work with the mmWave signal.
Introducing a 5G smartphone might be one thing, but you also need the network to use it. Back at the beginning of 2018 Sprint announced six major US cities will be ready for the 5G wave that is about to hit us next year.
9mobile MoreCliq Tariff - Get 4.5GB Data for just N500

9mobile MoreCliq Tariff - Get 4.5GB Data for just N500

9mobile has just announced a new data offer via its social media page. The offer is for new 9mobile users who are on the MoreCliq tariff plan.

If you purchase a new 9mobile SIM and migrate to the MoreCliq tariff plan, you will get a whopping 4.5gb data for just N500 when you purchase the data within 30days of migrating.

You can use the data to browse, stream or download and it works on all internet enabled devices.

How to Get the 9mobile 4.5GB for N500 Data
  •  Buy and register a new 9mobile SIM.
  •  Dial 200 and select 2 to join the MoreCliq tariff plan.
  • Make sure you have at least N500 airtime and Dial *229*10*16# to subscribe for the 4.5GB data plan.
  •  N500 will be deducted from your airtime and you will be given 4.5GB data valid for 5days.

  • This is a one-off data plan and it's only available for new users only.
  • The 4.5gb data can be used on any internet enabled devices and it's valid for 5days.
Google officially releases Android P, calls it Android 9 Pie

Google officially releases Android P, calls it Android 9 Pie

Google is officially announcing its next major version of Android today. Called Android 9 Pie, the update is ready to roll out in its stable form and will be available for download today on Pixel devices. Devices from OEMs who were part of the beta program with Google will get their update before the end of fall this year.

Android Pie is the ninth major release of Android and the successor to last year's Android Oreo. The update introduces several new features primarily centered around using machine learning to make your phone smarter.
One of these is Adaptive Battery, which figures out which apps you use less and cuts off resources to them to make your battery last longer. Similarly, Adaptive Brightness will automatically adjust the display brightness to your current location and what you are doing on the device.

Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness
Other use of machine learning is to make  frequently performed tasks quicker. Slices (a pun on pie, apparently) is a new feature where apps can insert themselves into your searches so you can perform a task quicker. For example, if you search for Lyft in the Google app, Lyft will show a Slice with options to go Home or Work and you can tap those to quickly request a cab to those locations.

Another example is App Actions, which insert quick actions within the app launcher at certain times of the day based on your activities. You may see a button to quickly set navigation to your work place in the morning, or start a playlist when you plug in your headphones. These will improve as you use your phone.

App Actions
Android Pie also introduces new system navigation. Three buttons at the bottom are now replaced by two, with the Overview mode being invoked by simply swiping up from the bottom in any app. You can interact with contents of the Overview windows without switching to them, including copying text from them and pasting into other using the updated Smart Text Selection feature.

Notifications have also been updated, with new circular icons and expanded previews for messages with smart reply options.

Later in the year, devices will also gain the Digital Wellbeing features, which includes a new Dashboard that tracks your app usage and set App Timers to prevent overusing apps and also Wind Down that switches on Night Light and Do Not Disturb and turns the display grayscale so you don't overuse your phone before going to bed. These features can currently be downloaded on Pixel phones by signing up for the beta and others will get them later.

Digital Wellbeing
There's a whole bunch of other features too in this update, including several security improvements, but we will have to look at them in detail at a later date.
Google Pixel 2 Android Pie update
 Google Pixel 2 Android Pie update 

Google Pixel 2 Android Pie update

For now, if you have a Pixel device (or even an Essential Phone), you may have an update waiting for you in the Settings app.
Android P may be released on August 20

Android P may be released on August 20

Google has been testing the next Android release for a few months, emulating what it's done last year with Oreo. Similarly, the company hasn't yet unveiled an exact release date for the final build of Android P, only mentioning it would come out in the third quarter of the year (so before the end of September).
That's where Evan Blass of @evleaks fame comes in, sharing the image you can see below. According to his sources, August 20 is when supported Pixel and Nexus devices are going to start receiving the update to Android P.
If this pans out, we hope the official dessert name for Android 9.0 will be announced very soon. As usual, a statue representing the Android robot enjoying said dessert should be unveiled on Google's lawn in Mountain View on the day of the release.
We're assuming Google won't announce the 2018 Pixels until later in the year, again going by its past antics. So while August 20 will be a big date for Android, if you're looking forward to the search giant's Pixel 3 and Pixel XL you're probably going to have to wait until October.
Huawei shipped more notched smartphones than any other company in the first half of the year

Huawei shipped more notched smartphones than any other company in the first half of the year

Yesterday news broke that Huawei overtook Apple to become the world's second biggest smartphone maker, despite its lackluster presence in the US. However, the Chinese company has another achievement it can be proud of - it's apparently the company that is selling more notched smartphones than anyone else.
This has surfaced today through data from Sigmaintell Consulting. In the first half of 2018, Huawei shipped 25.4 million handsets with a display notch. The second place goes to Apple with 20.7 million units, followed by Oppo, vivo, and Xiaomi.
In total, the industry sold 86.1 million notched devices from the beginning of the year and until June 30. Huawei itself managed to ship more than 100 million phones this year already, so about 1 in 4 devices it's sold have a notch.
The same source has interesting statistics on smartphone display panels. a-Si LCD (including Oxide LCD) screens made up 42% of the global shipments in the first half of the year, with 390 million units being moved. LTPS LCD panels had a 36% market share from 340 million units sold, while the 200 million AMOLED screens shipped in this period accounted for 21% of the market.
12 Hidden WhatsApp Features That Will Save You From A Lot Of Unwanted Shit

12 Hidden WhatsApp Features That Will Save You From A Lot Of Unwanted Shit

While you may be using this app every day, there may be a few hidden features that you may not know of.

Here are a few features on WhatsApp that you can boast of knowing (in case you didn't already).

1. You don't need to tell people you're ignoring them - Hide blue texts 

Curious about the 'unread' messages lying in your WhatsApp? And worried that you might have to reply to someone you don't want to? No worries! Switch off the blue ticks on WhatsApp using these simple instructions: Settings > Account > Privacy > Read Receipts
Now your messages remain unread - at least for the sender!

2. Hiding your last seen for a peaceful life

Hiding the read receipts might not be all, as there might be someone to tell you that you were online but didn't checktheir messages. Hide your last seen using these simple steps: Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen.
Now you can be online or offline anytime you want without giving any justifications to anyone.

3. Make your point in bold

Giving any special instructions or just want to make your point noticeable and strong? Bold the text in your WhatsApp messages using this very simple trick. Put asterisks on either side of the word like *this* and voila!

4. Emphasize using Italics

Not just bold, you can also italicise your text. Put underscore on both sides of the word like _this_ and you are good to go.

5. Strikethrough like a pro!

Yes, now you can easily strikethroughtext.Grab some attention and strikethrough text ~just like this~ and be a WhatsApp pro!

6. Best friend customized WhatsApp?

Can't go even a day without talking to each other? It is super comfortable to create a shortcut of your best friend's chat box and place it right on your home screen.
A long press on the desired chat will launch a menu of options, including the 'Add chat shortcut' tab. Sharing pictures and gossip just got quicker and easier.

7. Star your messages

You don't need to keep going back to that one message your crush sent which made your heart skip a beat or that important text about your exam date sheet or notes.
Simply star the message and view them all at once in the starred messagescolumn.

8. Go old school and use thetypewriter font

Go a little old school with your WhatsApp conversations like this: enclose your message with three characters of ` on either side. Send the message and it'll go through in thetypewriter font.

9. See who you prioritize the most

Want to check who you spend your maximum time with in the virtual world?
Go to Settings > Data Usage > Storage Usage.
The window will show you a ranking of chats according to the amount of data spent, along with messages or media exchanged.

10. Delete embarrassing messages and typos

Sent something by mistake and now want to delete it?WhatsApp introduced its new Delete for everyone featureenabling us to delete messages after they have been sent.
Now when you send a message to someone that you don’t want them to read, simply hold down the message, and select delete for everyone .
Earlier WhatsApp allowed you to 'delete for everyone' only for a span of 7 minutes but now this has been extended to an hour.

11. Limit data usage

Do not want those unnecessary pictures and videos to keep getting downloaded from family and college groups?
You can control how much data you consume by limiting the types of media you automatically download on a mobile connection.
Go to Settings > Data Usage and choose the option best for you.This would help you save on a lot of data which you can use elsewhere.

12. Customise notifications

If you’re expecting an important WhatsApp message from someone, set a custom notification for them by opening the chat, tapping their name at the top and hitting Custom notifications. This way, you won't be missing out on the important stuff.
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Apple releases iOS 12 Public Beta

Apple releases iOS 12 Public Beta

Apple just released the first Public Beta of iOS 12 for those among you eager to go hands-on with the latest features that Apple is bringing to your iPhone, iPad and 6th generation iPod touch.
iOS 12, announced earlier this month at WWDC brings a bunch of new features, key among which are:
  • Improved performance, especially on older devices
  • Grouped Notifications for greatly improved Notification management
  • Screen Time, see how long you use your device and for what. Set limits on yours or your kids usage
  • Enhanced Do Not Disturb
More details on iOS 12 features can be found here.

In order to install the iOS 12 Public Beta, either login or sign up to the Apple Beta Software Program.
Once completed you will then be able to download and install the iOS 12 Public Beta Software Profile, following a reboot you're then ready to install iOS 12 via Settings>General>Software Update.
We praised iOS 12's stability and reliably during our recent iOS 12 Hands-on of the Developer Beta 2. Even so, we can't in good conscience recommend that you download the Public Beta on your daily iPhone or iPad. As always, before proceeding backup your iDevice.
iOS 12 will be released later this year following the launch of this years iPhones in September and will be available for the iPhone 5s or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later and the 6th generation iPod touch.