Android 12 preview: here’s Google’s radical new design

(rubs hands) – Android 12, it is here
or it's being announced. The new beta where Google
actually tells us what the biggest new user
facing features will be, has been announced. And, I have seen a demo
and I've played around with the beta here on my phone, and I have some thoughts. Do you wanna hear my thoughts or would you rather just see
what's new in Android 12? Oh, why not both… This is Android 12. (upbeat music) Android 12 looks different
from what you're used to on Android, actually very different. Google says that this is
the biggest visual overhaul since 2014, or maybe ever, depending
on who you're asking. And yeah, a lot of the pieces of this operating system here do look very different, but it all basically still works the same. You've got a home screen, you swipe up for apps, you swipe on for quick settings and for your notifications,
etcetera, etcetera.

What you're really looking at here with these big buttons and
the really big bubbly sliders and so on is how the Android team has decided to implement a new design system that Google is calling Material U. Now, Material UX or material UI just Material U like Y O U, whatever. Now, when you're looking at the B roll and the screen recordings and the screenshots on this phone, you should know that it is how Google is implementing Material U on the Pixel. Whether and how Samsung or Xiaomi or OnePlus decide to implement
it is going to be different. And also, you know, much later because their updates always
come later than the Pixel. Anyway, I don't have the full details on Material U and how it works and so on. But, I do know that it's
supposed to apply to everything from the web to Android,
to apps, to even hardware.

What that means is I'm just,
I'm not going to get any of the HETI UI versus UX versus you. You stuff here. I'm just going to talk about what I am seeing here on this phone. And what I am seeing is good. For the Android team the U part of material you hear is an
automatic theming system. So, when you set a new wallpaper you're gonna to be given
the option to have Android pull up some colors from your photo and then, apply that theme with
those colors to the system. So you can see here that the
buttons have turned green, and there's also an algorithm for pulling out complementary
colors from the photo. It's kind of neat, but I don't know that I would have picked
this particular green if I were beaming at myself. And the good news is is you can pick whatever
colors you really want to. So that's neat, but really I
can tell you the whole story of this visual redesign just by looking at a couple
of screen recording.

So, here's Android 11
and here is Andrew 12. So first there's a bunch of new like lighting effects when you unlock the phone,
you can kinda see colors and shadows and light kinda sweep around. And, in general there's just more animations all over the operating system. And we're gonna come
back to why that is, but look, they're even taking advantage of these animations on
the lock screen buttons, and you can see the little color from the material U theming as well. Now, when we pull down the quick settings
and notification shade you see that they are just
very big, easy to recognize easy to understand buttons. Google's just not afraid of taking up more space with all of their UI and they're not trying to cram everything into the most information
dense thing possible.

I actually think it's
like a nice direction. There is another subtle difference in the notification shade, you can see that it's just covering
the entire screen instead of sort of being a translucent layer over. It makes it into an entirely new space. And if you look at the
notifications themselves you'll see that they're
groups together and signified by a bunch of bubbles for
each individual group. So there's conversations and silent notifications and whatever. But if you slide an
individual notification away there's this really
subtle effect where the hard corner turns into a bubble for just that notification to indicate that is its own separate thing. Now on the home screen, let's just pause a moment
to look at these widgets. They are brand new and they're based on an entirely new
system for making widgets that is based on these principles from the material U design system.

So, Google is gonna
update a bunch of their own widgets, but they're also hoping that they can get a bunch of developers on board to update their old
widgets to the new system. And, I really hope it works
because the widget ecosystem on Android has gotten really
crufty and messy over time and it is due for a refresh. Now, next stop are quick settings and Google changes quick
settings every single year. And this year is no different. The new thing this year is that the buttons are huge! I mean, just look at
them, but I don't know. I kinda like it. Google also puts smart home controls and Google wallet into
quick settings finally, which means that now holding
down the power button brings up the assistant just like it does on the iPhone
and on Galaxy phones. And all of that means "adiós weird power button menu from Android 11!". You tried… Finally in quick settings there are toggles for
camera and mic access and we're going to get
to those in a minute.

Oh you know what, one more
thing I just have to talk about that's not in the screen
recordings, the new lock screen when you don't have any notifications you have this giant clock on it and it's dope and it
matches your color theme. We do have notifications. It's still pretty big. It just gets a little bit smaller. It's a good lock screen! Now the version of the Android beta that Google is releasing
this month, doesn't have all of the gewgaws and bells and
whistles that you just saw but, there's enough here that you can see where
Google is going with it.

Like, even if you just
look at the settings I have all of the icons
and the text is bigger and they've got this new
over scroll animation that kinda squeezes things together. It's a big redesign but it's not a complete overhaul
of how everything works. Every design gets crufty over time. And Android was definitely
starting to show a lot of inconsistencies as new features piled on and old ones were kind of half forgotten. I see this design as a general cleanup. All the buttons are big and bubbly and I see a sense that things are going to be a
little bit more coherent now, and, I dig that. So that is the new design
system, but I wanna come back to a thing I mentioned at the
top to the smoothness thing.

Android has a, a reputation that the
only way to make it smooth and good-looking is to
throw more powerful hardware at it with faster refresh
screens or more RAM or whatever. With Android 12, Google's promising that they're going to make
the animation smoother for everybody through
software improvements. So, we sat down with Sameer Samat, the VP of product management for
Android and Google play. And here's how he explains it. – So we've done a few
things to make things to make the system feel smooth. We've reduced lock
contention and key services, [Sameer] activity window
and package manager. What that really means is, there are multiple different parts of
the system trying to talk to the operating system at the same time. And that's when you see things jitter or genic, by smoothing a lot of that out and by reducing,
for example, the amount of time that Android system
server uses by 22%, actually. We've been able to make all the motion and animation feel super smooth. – All right, there are
a few other interesting features that are being announced today. So, there is a proper remote
control app for Android TV.

They're going to have car unlock
that works with NFC or UWB if your phone has it and that'll work with a
few different partners. And later this year, if
you have a Chromebook it's going to be able to
directly access the photo library on your Android phone. So next up is privacy updates. Google is putting privacy updates in every version of Android. That is great. And this year there really are a bunch.

The main thing that Google is trying to do this year is tamp
down on unfettered access to your location, your
camera and your microphone. So there are new indicators in the upper right-hand corner
when they're being accessed. And there are those new
buttons and quick settings that just fully turns off your
camera or your microphone. So, when you toggle them off, an app that looks your camera just gets a black, nothing. It thinks the camera's there, but really it's just getting nothing. There is also a new privacy dashboard that will show you how often those sensors have been accessed and by which apps. So you can view your data
from the past 24 hours in a pie chart or in a
timeline, and then turn off all the different
access stuff from there. Now for location, there is a
new kind of permission that you can grant to an app that's
approximate location instead of just precise location. So, say you've got
something like a weather app and you don't want it to
know your precise GPS pin but you want to know what
neighborhood you're in, you can give it an approximate location.

So let's all the privacy stuff
for sensors, but there's also this new part of the
operating system called the Android private compute core. Now you might think
it's a chip because core but it's not, instead it's,
it's like a sandbox part of the operating system for
machine learning things. It doesn't store data. It runs processes. – A good way to think
about it is, when you have these advanced technologies,
like for example speech recognition or
natural language processing, and they need access
to certain information. Another favorite example
of mine is smart reply. [Sameer] Awesome feature,
looks at your notifications your chat notifications,
and suggests replies based on a speech and language model.

All of that runs on device
in private compute core. – From my perspective, basically
what all that means is that if Google wants Android to be
able to do something with AI that you might think is creepy, now they can put all of
those processes in a box and limit all communication
into and out of that box and everything in the box
can't access the network and it's only accessible via limited API. So, that all seems great
but is it more secure? We'll see. So that's all the privacy
stuff that Google wants to talk about but, there is another
kind of privacy that Google really isn't keen
on discussing that much. And that is app tracking for ads. Now, there have been rumors
that Google would follow Apple and limit some kind of app
tracking for things like ads but, Google also makes
all of its money on ads.

So – Taking a step back on this one, there's obviously a lot changing
in the, in the ecosystem. One thing about Google is
that, it is a platform company. It's also a company that is
deep in the advertising space. So we're thinking, very deeply about how we should evolve
the advertising ecosystem. You've seen what we're doing on Chrome. [Sameer] From our standpoint on Android, we don't have anything
to announce at the moment but we are taking a position that privacy and advertising don't need
to be directly opposed with each other, [Sameer] that we don't believe is healthy for the overall ecosystem as a company.

So we're thinking about that working with our developer partners and we'll be sharing more later this year. – All right, well, stay tuned for news from Google on that later. And speaking of later, when are you gonna be
able to get Android 12 on your Android phone? Well, do you have a Pixel? Because then the answer is easy. You're going to get it this fall. Do you not have a Pixel?
Well, then the answer is later. Google says that the speed by which companies are
updating their phones to the latest version of
Android has improved by 30% but still, other manufacturers besides Google just take awhile to get the latest version of Android on their phones. That's just how Android works. Alright. That's Android 12, a huge redesign that adds some consistency and coherency with big buttons,
big sliders, big everything! There's more theming options. There's a bunch of privacy indicators.

There's a bunch of stuff that they put in the developer betas that
I haven't even covered here and a TV remote. This isn't the most massive release ever but you know what, it's enough. (transition sound) Hey everybody, thanks
so much for watching, right now it is the middle
of Google IO, which means that there is a lot going
on and we're going to have a lot more coverage of
everything Google has announced, and, you know, in general
it's just a big tech week. So I think there's gonna
be a couple more videos on the verge you're
gonna wanna check out….

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Google I/O 2021 keynote in 16 minutes

good morning everyone it's great to be back at io today i'm excited to share our latest breakthrough in natural language understanding lambda it's a language model for dialogue applications and it's open domain which means it's designed to converse on any topic and while it's still in research and development we've been using it internally to explore novel interactions for example say you wanted to learn about one of my favorite planets pluto lambda already understands quite a lot about pluto and millions of other topics let's listen to a conversation the team had with pluto a few days ago i'm so curious about you i sense your excitement ask me anything tell me what i would see if i visited you would get to see a massive canyon some frozen icebergs geysers and some craters it sounds beautiful i assure you it is worth the trip however you need to bring your coat because it gets really cold i'll keep that in mind hey i was wondering have you ever had any visitors yes i have had some the most notable was new horizons the spacecraft that visited me let's break down what made it feel so natural first learn concepts as you saw the model talked about the new horizon spacecraft and the coldness of space lambda synthesized these concepts from its training data because none of the responses were predefined lambda answered with sensible responses keeping the dialogue open-ended natural conversations are generative and they never take the same path twice and lambda is able to carry a conversation no matter what we talk about yet it's still early research so it doesn't get everything right sometimes it can give nonsensical responses imagining pluto doing flips or playing fetch with its favorite ball the moon other times it just doesn't keep the conversation go going we believe lambda's natural conversation capabilities have the potential to make information and computing radically more accessible and easier to use we look forward to incorporating better conversational features into products like google assistant search and workspace lambda is a huge step forward in natural conversation but it is still trained only on text when people communicate with each other they do it across images text audio and video so we need to build models that allow people to naturally ask questions across different types of information these are called multimodal models for example when you say show me the part where the lion roars at sunset we will get you to that exact moment in a video advances in ai are helping us reimagine what a map can be but now you can also use it to explore the world around you you'll be able to access live view right from the map and instantly see details about the shops and the restaurants around you including how busy they are recent reviews and photos of those popular dishes in addition there are a host of new features coming to live view later this year we're adding prominent virtual street signs to help you navigate those complex intersections second we'll point you towards key alarm landmarks and places that are important for you like the direction of your hotel third we're bringing it indoors to help you get around some of the hardest to navigate buildings like airports transit stations and malls indoor live you will start rolling out in top train stations and airports in zurich this week and will come to tokyo next month we're bringing you the most detailed street maps we've ever made take this image of columbus circle one of the most complicated intersections in manhattan you can now see where the sidewalks the crosswalks the pedestrian islands are something that might be incredibly helpful if you're taking young children out on a walk or absolutely essential if you're using a wheelchair thanks to our application of advanced ai technology on robust street view and aerial imagery we're on track to launch detailed street maps in 50 new cities by the end of the year so we're making the map more dynamic and more tailored highlighting the most relevant information exactly when you need it if it's 8 a.m on a weekday we'll display the coffee shops and bakeries more prominently in the map while at 5 pm we'll highlight the dinner restaurants that match your tastes you'll start seeing this more tailored map in the coming weeks people have found it really useful especially during this pandemic to see how busy a place is before heading out now we're expanding this capability from specific places like restaurants and shops to neighborhoods with the feature called area business say you're in rome and want to head over to the spanish steps and its nearby shops with area business you'll be able to understand at a glance if it's the right time for you to go based on how busy that part of the city is in real time area busyness will roll out globally in the coming months let's talk about all the ways we're innovating in shopping soon on chrome when you open a new tab you'll be able to see your open carts from the past couple of weeks we'll also find you promotions and discounts for your open carts if you choose to opt in your personal information and what's in your carts are never shared with anyone externally without your permission we capture photos and videos so we can look back and remember there are more than four trillion photos and videos stored in google photos but having so many photos of loved ones screenshots selfies all stored together makes it hard to rediscover the important moments soon we're launching a new way to look back that we're calling little patterns little patterns show the magic in everyday moments by identifying not so obvious moments and resurfacing them to you this feature uses machine learning to translate photos into a series of numbers and then compares how visually or conceptually similar these images are when we find a set of three or more photos with similarities such as shape or color we'll surface them as a pattern when we started testing little patterns we saw some great stories come to life like how one of our engineers traveled the world with their favorite orange backpack or how our product manager christy had a habit of capturing objects of similar shape and color we also want to bring these moments to life with cutting edge effects last year we launched cinematic photos to help you relive your memories in a more vivid way cinematic moments will take these near duplicate images and use neural networks to synthesize the movement between image a and image b we interpolate the photos and fill in the gaps by creating new frames the end result is a vivid moving picture and the cool thing about this effect is it can work on any pair of images whether they were captured on android ios or scanned from a photo album in addition to providing personalized content to look back on we also want to give you more control we heard from you that controls can be helpful for anyone who has been through a tough life event breakup or loss these insights inspired us to give you the control to hide photos of certain people or time periods from our memories feature and soon you'll be able to remove a single photo from a memory rename the memory or remove it entirely instead of form following function what if form followed feeling instead of google blue we imagined material you a new design that includes you as a co-creator letting you transform the look and feel of all your apps by generating personal material palettes that mix color science with a designer's eye a new design that can flex to every screen and fit every device your apps adapt comfortably every place you go beyond light and dark a mode for every mood these selections can travel with your account across every app and every device material u comes first to google pixel this fall including all of your favorite google apps and over the following year we will continue our vision bringing it to the web chrome os wearables smart displays and all of google's products we've overhauled everything from the lock screen to system settings revamping the way we use color shapes light and motion watch what happens when the wallpaper changes like if i use this picture of my kids actually getting along for once i set it as my background and voila the system creates a custom palette based on the colors in my photo the result is a one of a kind design just for you and you'll see it first on google pixel in the fall starting from the lock screen the design is more playful with dynamic lighting pick up your phone and it lights up from the bottom of your screen press the power button to wake up the phone instead and the light ripples out from your touch even the clock is in tune with you when you don't have any notifications it appears larger on the lock screen so you know you're all caught up the notification shade is more intuitive with a crisp at a glance view of your app notifications whatever you're currently listening to or watching and quick settings that give you control over the os with just a swipe and a tap and now you can invoke the google assistant by long pressing the power button and the team also reduced the cpu time of android system server by a whopping 22 percent and with android 12 we're going even further to keep your information safe to give people more transparency and control we've created a new privacy dashboard that shows you what type of data was accessed and when this dashboard reports on all the apps on your phone including all of your google apps and we've made it really easy to revoke an app's permission directly from the dashboard we've also added an indicator to make it clear when an app is using your camera or microphone but let's take that a step further if you don't want any apps to access the microphone or camera even if you've granted them permission in the past we've added two new toggles in quick settings so you can completely disable those sensors for every app android's private compute core enables things like now playing which tells you what song is playing in the background and smart reply which suggests responses to your chats based on your personal reply patterns and there's more to come later this year all of the sensitive audio and language processing happens exclusively on your device and like the rest of android private compute core is open source it's fully inspectable and verifiable by the security community with a single tap you can unlock and sign into your chromebook when your phone is nearby incoming chat notifications from apps on your phone are right there in chrome os and soon if you want to share a picture one click and you can access your phone's most recent photos to keep movie night on track we're building tv remote features directly into your phone you can use voice search or even type with your phone's keyboard we're also really excited to introduce support for digital car key car key will allow you to lock unlock and start your car all from your phone it works with nfc and ultra wideband technology making it super secure and easy to use and if your friend needs to borrow your car you can remotely and securely share your digital key with them car key is launching this fall with select google pixel and samsung galaxy smartphones and we're working with bmw and others across the industry to bring it to their upcoming cars that was a quick look at android 12 which will launch this fall but you can check out many of these features in the android 12 beta today let's go beyond the phone to what we believe is the next evolution of mobile computing the smartwatch first building a unified platform jointly with samsung focused on battery life performance and making it easier for developers to build great apps for the watch second a whole new consumer experience including updates to your favorite google apps and third a world-class health and fitness service created by the newest addition to the google family fitbit as the world's largest os we have a responsibility to build for everyone but for people of color photography has not always seen us as we want to be seen even in some of our own google products to make smartphone photography truly for everyone we've been working with a group of industry experts to build a more accurate and inclusive camera so far we've partnered with a range of different expert image makers who've taken thousands of images to diversify our image data sets helped improve the accuracy of our auto white balance and auto exposure algorithms and given aesthetic feedback to make our images of people of color more beautiful and more accurate although there's still much to do we're working hard to bring all of what you've seen here and more to google pixel this fall we were all grateful to have video conferencing over the last year it helped us stay in touch with family and friends and kept businesses and schools going but there is no substitute for being together in the room with someone so several years ago we kicked off a project to use technology to explore what's possible we call it project star line first using high resolution cameras and custom built depth sensors we capture your shape and appearance from multiple perspectives and then fuse them together to create an extremely detailed real-time 3d model the resulting data is huge many gigabits per second to send this 3d imagery over existing networks we developed novel compression and streaming algorithms that reduce the data by a factor of more than 100 and we have developed a breakthrough light field display that shows you the realistic representation of someone sitting right in front of you in three dimensions as you move your head and body our system adjusts the images to match your perspective you can talk naturally gesture and make eye contact it's as close as we can get to the feeling of sitting across from someone we have spent thousands of hours testing it in our own offices and the results are promising there's also excitement from our lead enterprise partners we plan to expand access to partners in healthcare and media thank you for joining us today please enjoy the rest of google i o and stay tuned for the developer keynote coming up next i hope to see you in person next year until then stay safe and be well

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Android in Monochrome? | Blloc Zero 18 – exclusive first look

This video was sponsored by Skillshare. This is the Zero 18. It's the first phone from a Berlin based start-up
called Blloc. It's a minimalist smartphone built to get
rid of distractions, and the team behind it decided to completely reinvent the smartphone interface. I've spent a few days with two early prototypes,
so let's take a look. This is not just yet another standard Android phone. The Blloc Zero 18 wants to cure your smartphone
addiction, although you wouldn't know that it's unique from just looking at the device
itself.

In fact the notch on the front and the iPhone-like
back actually make this a fairly standard midrange Android phone for 2018. I like translucent back, but the hardware
certainly feels fairly generic. Makes sense. Blloc is a small startup, so the hardware
is probably off-the-shelf stuff from China. But as soon as you look at either the space-food
inspired packaging, or the company's fancy website, or as soon as you unlock the screen,
you notice that something is different. This phone and the company behind it is actually
rather unique. There are two modes on the phone that you
can switch between, and we will first start with the less extreme one that the company
calls "MNML (minimal) mode". It's basically just standard Android with
a monochrome launcher and a skin applied to it. If you open apps, they launch in monochrome
mode by default, because our monkey brains are apparently really easily distracted by
colors.

A cool trick here is that you can just tap
the fingerprint reader to toggle color on or off anywhere in the system whenever you need it,
like when you want to take a photo. It's pretty nifty, but that's pretty much
all there is to MNML mode as it's really only meant to be used when the other mode gets
a little too restrictive. Because Blloc mode is where the company wants
you to spend your time. This mode has 3 main screens, all in black
and white of course, and each one of them was designed with two goals in mind: to keep distractions in check as much as possible and to keep you from opening apps
as much as possible. By default, your notifications are shown on
the tiles as dots, and if an app annoys you, you can easily phase it out by hiding its
notifications, muting it, or reducing its brightness because dark stuff apparently attracts
your eyes a lot less.

Oh, and you can also lock individual apps
from here. Of course this is a grid of icons so you can
just use it to launch your apps if you need, but the company is slowly building out functionality
so you won't have to. After all, opening apps is usually the first
step to a user being sucked into an endless scrolling time waster. And uh, pro tip here: binge watching TechAltar
videos or scrolling through TechAltar tweets is definitely not considered a time waster,
so just keep watching. Anyway, as a start, some apps like Spotify let you do basic controls from the tile without opening the app and I was told that Blloc wants to add similar controls to most common apps in the future too.

The screen on the right is called the tree
which wants to be a unified communication hub. So the system automatically pulls out SMS
messages, phone calls, Whatsapp, Telegram, Messenger and other conversations from the
apps and puts them all into this page. You can then switch between channels like
Whatsapp or SMS per contact and have them all appear in one feed. All without opening an app and without having to care
or remember which service a person uses. Similar solutions were available on Blackberry,
with Blackberry Hub, as well as Windows Phone in the early days and as far as I know
neither of them ever really took off, but you know Blloc's solution is somewhat
different, so maybe this one will be a hit. And by the way, you might have noticed that
even navigation buttons are hidden in the Blloc UI, as all you do here is swipe either
to the right or to the left. Very minimalistic. To the left you have the last screen called
the root. Here you are supposed to type in commands
and have the phone serve you results.

So you can type "weather Berlin" to get the
weather, you can type "news" and select your source to get the headlines, you can
set up an alarm from here by typing in what you want and so on. Once again, the idea is to avoid opening apps
as much as possible. Now, all of this software is definitely still
a work in progress. Many of the integrations are pretty buggy,
there just aren't enough integrations yet, and it's unclear if Blloc can keep up with
all the changes in the future. After all, Blloc is hacking these integrations
into Android and into Android apps, so if those change the way they work,
these integrations might just break. I'm interested to see if the company manages
to fix everything before they release the phone in November, but even until then, I
like the ideas behind this phone and I just love how the software looks. Little details like the awesome boot animation
give it a character, a kind of Berlin hipster design vibe that I really dig. And if nothing else comes out of it, this phone will at least be a fantastic UI or UX design case study.

Anyway, the rest of the device is pretty much
a standard midrange Android experience. The Helio P23 processor is not too exciting
but at least the phone comes with 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of storage so it feels reasonably
snappy. The screen is not an OLED which is definitely
a missed opportunity given how dark the interface is, but at least the fullHD LCD screen is
pretty good. The 3000 mAh battery is also pretty average
in this category, and the camera, well, it's too early to say given that this is an early
prototype, but so far it didn't seem too impressive. But of course real camera tests will have
to wait until we get the final device. Either way, this phone wasn't built to be
the best Android phone. It was built with a specific goal in mind. Blloc says your regular smartphones are functional,
but too distracting and most specialized phones like the Light phone are distraction free,
but not very functional. Blloc tries to integrate the best of both
worlds by keeping all of the functionality, but still shielding you from distractions
whenever possible.

And if that's what you are looking for, then
there aren't many alternatives on the market right now. And at 359 Euros, also including a full
year of insurance, I think it's pretty reasonably priced. I actually got to hang out with the Blloc
team quite a lot for this video and I always find it inspiring when just a handful of people have the necessary skills to build something cool out of nothing. If you have your own big ideas but don't know
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Nubia Red Magic 5G – Unboxing, Setup, and Review – (4K 60P)

hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
this is the Nubia red magic 5g this is their latest gaming phone with 5g
technology built in and comes in between five and six hundred dollars or so and
is available with eight gigabytes or up to sixteen gigabytes of RAM with 128 or
256 gigabytes of storage now let's flip this over and unbox it here so we'll
take the packaging off here or the wrapper and let's go ahead and open it
up and inside we have the phone itself now it should have an under the screen
fingerprint sensor we'll take a closer look at that in a moment and let's take
this packaging off and we have three different envelopes or three different
packages so inside this one we've got a SIM card removal tool then we've got our
Quick Start Guide it says here just some information about the phone and then a
warranty card as well now on the right we have a charging brick and this is not
the United States variant but there will be a United States variants USB a 2 USB
see look this back and then in here we should have our USB C charge cable so
and here is the charging cable it's a nice red color again USB a 2 USB C so
let's set that aside and take a closer look at the phone itself let's go ahead
and take the wrapper off the phone this is a really interesting color you can
see it says 5g here you've got your cameras so let's go over the specs of
the phone we'll take a look at the design the specs and everything else now
around the outside edge we have a little switch here this is usually a gaming
switch we have a little vent on the side so it's got air that goes through one
side and out the other to keep the processor cool
then we've got some pogo pins for some other accessories they sell on top we
have a microphone and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the right again we've
got these shoulder buttons just like last year's Nubia
magic 3s you've got shoulder buttons here you've got your vent or intake and
then you've got a power and volume button here and they feel like they're
metal but I'm not sure if they are on the bottom we've got a speaker and then
we've also got our USB C charging port along with a microphone now we also have
a SIM card slot as well now we'll pop out the SIM card tray and
we should have dual SIM capability so on each side we can place a SIM card
there is no expandable storage in this phone now let's take a look at the specs
now this is the 12 gigabyte model with 256 gigabytes of storage internally we
have a qualcomm snapdragon 865 along with superfast ufs 3.0 storage and ddr5
ram so not only is the display 144 Hertz it's six point six five inches it's an
AMOLED display 1080 by 2340 with 388 pixels per inch and it supports DCI p3
now not only is it a hundred and forty-four Hertz but it has a 240 hertz
touch esports ultra smooth display it also has 300 Hertz touch sensing
capability on the triggers now on the back we have a couple different cameras
we have a 64 megapixel Sony sensor with an F 1.8 wide lens we also have an 8
megapixel ultra wide and a 2 megapixel macro camera so that's pretty
interesting we can also record in 4k 60 or 8k as well on the front we have an 8
megapixel F 2.0 wide forward facing camera as well internally we have a 4500
milliamp hour battery that supports fast charging with 55 watt chargers and
should charge at about 56% in 15 minutes it will charge 100% in 40 minutes if you
have that fast charger now it also supports Wi-Fi 802 dot 11a b/g/n AC and
a X or Wi-Fi 6 and bluetooth 5.0 a2dp apdex le so this is packed full of specs
for half the price of what you get with a samsung s 20 ultra for example but we
don't have that huge camera array on the back so let's go ahead and boot it up there we go now we'll go ahead and set
it up so we'll connect to a mobile network now it's connecting and checking
for updates and one thing I noticed is it says 90
Hertz in the upper left of the display so it says detected a new version update
now so we'll go ahead and update and it says it optimizes Play Store
compatibility and camera applications so let's go ahead and update this now it's
asking if I want to copy apps and data I won't copy I'll set it up as new and
it says just a sec checking info and we can sign in with Google or do that later
we'll skip that for now and just try to get to the home screen as fast as we can
here now this does have an under the screen fingerprint sensor so it says
unlock with fingerprint we'll hit next so we'll go ahead and setup the
fingerprint sensor every time we do it you can see the screen gets brighter
that's kind of interesting so it's must be optical similar to what oneplus has
says fingerprint add it will hit next and it says adding finishing touches
just to give you a size idea here is the red magic 5g next to a pixel for Excel
so you'll see the size difference thickness wise it's actually not too big
it has a nice curved edge to it so it's not too much bigger but the display is
bigger now if we put our finger on the fingerprint sensor there's an
interesting animation and we won't copy here now this is the home screen of the
nubia red magic 5g and we'll go to settings here after it updated and you
can see this is the 12 gigabyte variant with 256 gigabytes of storage running
Android 10 with the March 1st 2020 security patch so it's actually pretty
up-to-date already maybe there'll be a new update very soon with the latest
security patch now it's also running at red magic OS at version 3.0 now the home
screen skin looks like this it's pretty familiar as far as any other you've seen
in rent magic now a couple of things to know this is very similar to the Google
now launcher so if I slide over here we've got basically our Google now view
but you can't swipe up to go back you have to swipe back to get there so it's
kind of interesting and then it's highly customizable so you can see I have it
set to 144 Hertz for the display and you have that option to change it from 144
Hertz to 90 or 60 and leave it in the status bar so you can change it to 144
for eSports change it back when you need to save some
so that's really nice as well now in the notification in status bar we can also
show our network speed so right now it's gonna give us our overall speed if we're
using network connectivity and it's just nice that we have all these little
customizable options that are really key to people that are playing games on
their phone and if you don't like the gestures that I've been using you can
get back the navigation bar switch it out to whatever you'd like and other
than that you can see we have neo AI for smart game neo speed that helps you with
gaming and you've just got all these really nice effects such as colorful
lighting effects or low power off and all sorts of things now another
interesting thing is other than the lighting we have the cooling fan and we
can tell it to turn on to max speed or even have it turned on for quick
charging so it keeps the battery cool and then you can have it shut down as
well so it's really neat to have all of these different options and it's just
something that's a little bit different than anything else you see out there and
you also have some options such as always-on display they have some nice
options here but the thing that sets this phone apart from others that I've
seen is not its skin but rather it's a gaming mode so in the upper left we have
this little switch here we flip the switch and we go into our game mode and
so you can see we have access to the cooling fan RGB LED strips so if we go
into that we have an RGB LED strip on the back so we'll wait for it to turn on
or off it it lights up this part right here
I can turn it on or off if you want to use that and then also the cooling fan
on or off and now we also have some other options if we swipe from the right
we have options for our fan we have our display switch being switched to 144
Hertz just by tapping on it we also have 4d shocks so it's supposed to be a
better haptic feedback motor and then access to things such as blocking calls
blocking messages or taking a snap of the phone basically a screen shot and
then it also tells us what our CPU and GPU are running at and it's got a bunch
of really interesting stats that you don't normally see on other phones so
it's definitely set up for gaming now let me go ahead and add some games so we
can take a closer look now I've added a couple different games to this phone and
let's go into the gaming mode now as soon as I do this you're going to hear
the fans kick so we'll rotate it here and it's not
terribly loud let's see if you can hear this now that's what the fans ounds like
you can turn it off with this button here and then it kicks back on and it
seems to do a good job you can actually feel air blowing out of the bottom here
so let's go ahead and try a game now because this is in the game mode here
you can go through swipe through your games add a game you can sign in and
then if you swipe to the right it also again shows you what your CPU usage is
at you can assign your triggers and things like that it's really nice so
let's go into asphalt 9 first it seems super fast as well and the sound is
quite good but I have it turned down for this video now this game is super smooth
at 144 Hertz you can see that everything is running nice and smooth it's in full
resolution everything's turned all the way up and the phone is staying fairly
cool but it is getting a little bit warm and let me go ahead and go back to the
game space here you can just swipe in at any time and the back of the phone is
warming up a little bit but that's to be expected when playing something
intensive and ramping up the CPU and GPU let's swipe over and go to call of duty
and check that out so this game is super smooth on this display it looks great it
looks better than I remember it on the Xbox 360 and in general it's very
playable no problems here the framerate super smooth you've got that fan keeping
everything nice and cool now if we want to exit the game we can just swipe to
the right go to the game space and we're back to the main screen flip our switch
here and we're back to the home screen the fan shuts off and you just use the
phone as a normal device and all of your settings go back to normal it's a really
nice way to do a gaming phone and it's pretty interesting now as far as the
camera is concerned on the back we have some interesting options so if we go
into the camera you'll see that we have some zoom options so let me put the
pixel 4xl underneath so you can see this but we can go to 3 X 5 X and then 10 X
and it's actually pretty clear it's not too bad and we also have the option for
macro photos which you don't really see too often so what you need to do in
order to get macro is you actually go into the camera
family here and then in the camera family you go to macro and so maybe I
want to get really close to this looks like it's in focus there we go we've got
some focus peaking which means just the red outline here that lets you know
you're in focus and you can see we have a macro shot so if we zoom in it's
actually pretty nice so it's nice to have that as an option on the camera and
then also you have some really nice video options as well
so if we go into the options here you see we've got grid and things like that
let's see if we can go back let's go back to photo or video here rather then
go back into options and you'll see for the resolutions we have all the way up
to 8k but it recommends it for outdoor use because it probably needs a lot of
light so I've set it to 4k 60 so that's really nice it's got that option so
let's go ahead and see what it sounds like we'll go ahead and hit record and
now we're recording from the red magic 5g so this is what it sounds like just
recording out of it it does seem to have some odd focus issues from time to time
it doesn't seem like it's dual pixel autofocus but this phone is fine for
most people as far as photos and video but it's not going to be something like
an S 20 or a pixel for excel for photos at least with this current version of
software so here's my video on the Nubia red magic 3s let's go ahead and take a
listen to the speaker's quick and turn them up they go nice and loud but they
do distort it high-end so it's pretty good you've got a nice stereo sound as
well that's it for the Nubia red magic 5g let me know what you think about this
color and the phone in general in the comments below for its price it's really
hard to be as far as what you get for specs gaming you've got a fan you don't
have an IP rating really that's going to protect it because you have open vents
and things but in general it's a solid package for the price and you've got a
hundred and forty-four Hertz display which is really impressive but again let
me know what you think in the comments below I'll link this wallpaper in the
description as I always do and if you haven't subscribed already please
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Sony Xperia 1 review: a tall order

The thing that I like about Android is there can be so many
different kinds of phones, just a lot of weird choices. But lately, it seems like
there are really only two choices, at least in terms of screen size. There's regular and there's extra large, which is why I was so excited
to try this phone right here, the Sony Xperia 1. I mean, just look at this good tall boy. It's got a 21:9 aspect ratio, which makes it relatively
narrow and super, well, tall. I think it's a fascinating phone, and it's way nicer than
I expected it to be. But I don't think it can
really justify its $950 price. Let me tell you why. Now, a lot of people would
like to have a big-screened phone, but they're put off by
how big these phones feel.

And that's the reason I like the Xperia 1. It has a big screen, there
is no doubt about it. It's 6.5 inches. But it's quite a bit narrower
than this OnePlus 7 Pro here. So you get the benefits of
seeing more stuff on your screen, like on the web or on Twitter, without the drawback of
feeling like you have a big honking glass slab you can barely wrap your fingers around. This phone is also really good if you like to do split-screen apps, which… I don’t know, I guess
people still do that. I never do. Anyway, it's nicer to hold, but that doesn't make
it a one-handed phone by any stretch of the imagination.

You're still going to need
to use your second hand to reach the top of the screen. Sony has a couple of
software tricks that help with how tall this phone is, but neither of them are great. You can double tap the home button to make a smaller version of the screen. Or there's this other thing with… Er, wow. What are you
doing there, Chuckles? Huh. Sorry, let's back up. Or you're supposed to be able to tap either side of the screen or swipe on it to do other stuff. It's called Side Sense,
and it kind of sucks. I can never get it to
work when I want it to, and it pops up all of the time when I don't want it to.

Now the reason that Sony
says it made this phone at this weird, tall aspect ratio is for watching movies, and Sony says that it
has a 4K HDR OLED screen. It also has, quote, “professional
level color reproduction.” So it can be in the DCI-P3 color gamut. It can also be in the BT.2020 color space if you care about that. And it has the D65 white point. There's this whole “Creator Mode” thing. Basically, Sony is
trying to make this phone appeal to people who really
care about video quality, both watching it and recording it. But Sony, the thing is, if you're going to do that, this screen should get way brighter. It is way more dim compared
to other OLED screens. Anyway, yeah, I will say
watching a 21:9 movie on this phone with its Dolby
stuff, without letterboxing or weird camera cutouts, is great. But the truth is that most
of the video that I watch is not 21:9.

It’s stuff on YouTube, and so I still end up
having big black bars on the left or the right. Or, if I expand it full screen, I end up cutting off people's heads. Now, I do think this phone is pretty good from a build quality perspective. It's got Gorilla Glass and IP68. It's got some bezels,
but they're not too big, and it's just nice to hold. But, you know, of course
there's no headphone jack. But there's no getting around how it being this tall
makes it really awkward. It's so tall, it couldn't
fit in my pocket. I was sitting down, and it just slid right out of my pocket and clattered on the concrete, which is why there are dings on the edges of the
phone on our review unit, which is sad. The buttons are also awkward.

They're all on the right side of the phone and, I don’t know, the fingerprint sensor is separate from the power
button for some reason. And sometimes it gets a little dirty and you have to wipe it off
before it will actually work. I do like that there is
a dedicated camera button. But overall, when I'm
trying to use this phone, I just end up hitting the wrong button, like, all of the time.

On the back, there are
three 12-megapixel cameras. There's a regular, a 2X
telephoto, and a wide. Sony put some nice optical
image stabilization on the main lens, and you know what? Finally, Sony has made
a phone with a camera that's pretty good. It's not quite as good as a Pixel 3 or a OnePlus 7 Pro to my eyes, but it's finally respectable.

I do wish that the
telephoto was more than 2X, but the wide angle one, it's really fun. I kind of love it. But I don't love Sony's camera software. The wide angle thing makes you pick between prioritizing image
quality or distortion. The auto made doesn't do HDR by default, and there's just a bunch of other settings that just really look
and feel kind of silly. Anyway, let's get into the results of what I actually get
out of these lenses. I think that Sony
prefers leaving detail in, even though that also
leaves in a bunch of noise. It also doesn't do as
aggressive HDR as I would like unless you have to, you
know, manually turn it on.

But the thing that did surprise me is that even though there's
no dedicated night mode, sometimes it actually
really nails it anyway, even if it's incredibly dark. Now, you can shoot 4K, and
that's one of the reasons this phone exists. And so Sony also
included a Cinema Pro app that lets you really dial
in all these manual settings for shooting 4K video. Unfortunately, the 8-megapixel camera on the front is junk.

It's really not good. I don't know, man. If this phone didn't cost $950, I'd probably be a little
bit less nit-picky, but you know what? It does. So I am. In terms of software and performance, I actually don't have a ton of complaints. It's a fairly clean version of Android 9 with just a few bells and whistles. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor so it's fast, and there's 6GB of RAM, which is decent, but not stellar. I am a little bit grumpy that there's only one storage option:
128GB of storage. If you're going to want more, and especially if you're
going to want to shoot 4K, you're going to need to expand it. And you can because there's
a microSD card slot. Battery life is
average-ish for big phones. I'm getting over four hours of screen time, and it's lasting through a day, but there's only a 3,300mAh battery in here, and I kind of feel like that's not enough.

I would be happier with that if there was wireless
charging on this phone. But no, there's not. It does do fast charging, but one neat thing Sony does is it won't fast-charge when it knows that you’re charging overnight, which helps with the overall
life span of the battery, which means it should last longer, a year or two for now — at least in theory. Now, after all that, if you're still interested in this phone, you should also know
that Sony as a company has kind of been deemphasizing phones since it hasn't been
really successful with them in the past few years.

And that kind of makes sense, and I also think it makes sense for Sony to try something new and move into this niche
of making tall boys, like this guy right here. Now, of course, you can spend less money and get a better phone
like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but what you can't get is any other phone in this tall aspect ratio, so I like the idea of this form factor. I think that it should exist in
the world of Android phones. So I'm glad that Sony's
trying to make 21:9 happen. But I don't know that I'd
recommend this particular phone to anybody. If you really, really,
really love the tall screen or you really love what
Sony does with video, then maybe.

But there's no getting around the fact that this is an expensive phone. For $950, I expect more,
and you should, too. Hey, thank you for watching. Do you want a tall phone? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you're wondering if
there are other tall phones, we did review the Xperia 10 last month. It's kind of the same idea but cheaper and also, it's really bad for a whole other set of reasons.

But if you want to see a
review of a good big phone, click here..

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Surface Duo first look: Microsoft’s foldable Android phone

– Remember Windows Phone
from way back when? Well Microsoft is kind
of getting back into making smartphones. This is Surface Duo, and it runs Android. Not Windows or Windows Phone. That's right. Microsoft is making a
Surface phone with Android. If that sounds surprising, it's because it really is. But we'll get back into the Android side in a minute. Duo is part of two new futuristic dual-screen devices that
Microsoft announced today. And they're coming in Holiday 2020. Surface Duo has two 5.6 inch displays that fold out into an
8.3 inch device overall. And it's just 4.8 millimeters thin. It folds like many two-in-one laptops thanks to a 360 degrees hinge. And it's designed to
get more done on the go. It looks tiny for this type of device, and it felt kind of like a Galaxy Note in my pocket. Now, I wasn't allowed to play around with the software on this device, but it looks and feels
like a tiny pocket tablet that's also a phone. The difference between this and any other Android phone, except maybe the Galaxy Fold, is visually obvious.

But Microsoft thinks this is part of a new category of devices that allow people to do a lot more with tablets and phones
than they do today. As part of this idea, Microsoft also announced a
Surface Neo device today. Which has two larger 9 inch displays. The Duo and the Neo share a very similar design, but they don't share a
common operating system. Neo, the larger dual-screen device, runs Windows 10 X, and has all your familiar
desktop and tablet apps. The reason this isn't
running Windows Phone is because Microsoft gave up on that operating system years ago, when it couldn't convince developers to create apps for it's devices. Now we sat down with Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, on the Vergecast this week, to talk about why Microsoft
chose Android this time for the Surface Duo.

– [Panay] Well because, those are the apps you want. I don't know how to answer it differently for you. Because there's hundreds
of thousands of apps and you want them. Asati and I talked about it, it's about meeting our
customers where they are. And I don't think the, you know, the mobile application platform's going anywhere any time soon, you need the apps. – So you'll get the apps you'd expect from a phone inside
the dual-screen device, but how is this different from any other smartphone? I mean it obviously looks different. And the main idea is making use of these two displays in ways we're only starting to see other Android phone makers explore. You could run a game on one side, and a game pad on the other, or multi-task by dragging
and dropping content between apps. Microsoft hasn't thought
of everything you'd do with the Surface Duo just yet, but that's why it's announcing it now so developers can fill in the gaps.

They're really aiming to introduce a new form factor here, and a way for a device to
adjust itself on the go, no matter the task. We've seen foldable devices from Huawei and Samsung, but the Duo has two separate displays that are made of glass, rather than foldable plastic. Which given the issues
with Samsung's Galaxy Fold, that might be a good choice right now. Microsoft has been
working on this hardware for three years, and Panos Panay tells us that this device won't change much by the time it debuts late next year.

The real key question will be whether Android app developers create the apps and
experiences that really take advantage of this dual-screen device. And whether consumers
want this type of hardware in a phone form factor in the first place. That's why Microsoft also has its largest Surface Neo device running Windows. And it really feels like the company wants to offer a Surface at every shape and size. Microsoft also seems to be implying that the operating system really doesn't matter for
Surface devices anymore.

And it's willing to partner
with Google and others to offer what makes sense. So does that means that
Android is the future for Microsoft? – [Panay] (clears throat)
No no no no no no. You want to give customers what they want in the form factor that they're using. We've learned this, you know, the right operating system
on the wrong product or the other way around, pick your words, but what's the right operating system for the form factor? And in this case, in mobile devices, Android's
the obvious choice. But anything above that, Windows is everything.

Superior for me. – So, will the Surface
Duo and the Surface Neo combine in the future? Will there be a smartphone
that turns into a tablet, that then turns into a laptop, then you dock and turns into a real PC? We're years away from anything even getting close to that. But it opens up the questions about where this dual-screen and foldable hardware is going exactly. And they're really hard
questions to answer right now. Microsoft will now need to convince app developers and consumers that these dual-screen devices are truly the new device category that we've
all been waiting for.

Wherever things end up, it looks like Microsoft want to be ready at every point with Surface. You want a phone that's a little bit more than a phone that
has an extra display? Surface Duo. You want a tablet that
transforms into a laptop? Surface Neo or Surface Pro. Microsoft is covering
every hardware base here, and it's leaving it up to you to decide what device you actually need.

– [Panay] You know, I think like anything, look at the product you think is most interesting to you and where you think you can be more creative, that's what I would push. And I think this products gonna be there next year. Not in a hurry, you know, hang out. Take photos or do whatever it is you do on your phone today
for a little bit longer and then, see if we can convince you that you can be more
creative on this product. – It's been a crazy day of Surface devices and there's a bunch of hands-on videos you should check out
on our YouTube channel.

Be sure to also definitely
check out the Vergecast, 'cause it has the full
interview with Panos Panay, and you don't wanna miss it..

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