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By Usama Jawad96
You may soon be able to get new emojis on Android without waiting for system updates
by Usama Jawad
Love it or hate it: a lot of people use emojis to convey a variety of emotions as it allows them to do so in a lesser amount of time with fewer taps of the keyboard. Typically, support for new emojis on Android and iOS devices comes with system updates such as Android 11 and iOS 14.2. Now, a new report claims that Google may be looking to decouple this dependency on Android system updates.
As spotted by the folks over at XDA, Google has made several commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit to achieve this purpose. Currently, all fonts and emojis are stored in a read-only system partition so updating them requires either rooting your phone and having a go at modifying system files yourself or waiting for a system update.
The new commits on the Gerrit indicate that Google will allow the "system_server" process read-write access to the system directory, which essentially means that the company will be able to roll out support for new emojis faster than before.
It is important to note that these commits have not been merged as of yet, so there's no assurance that this change will even happen. However, if they do get merged, we should probably see this change happening with Android 12 which is supposed to bring in at least 217 new emojis with Emoji 13.1 in 2021.
Source: Google (1, 2) via XDA
By Jay Bonggolto
Motorola unveils the Moto E7 budget phone in Europe for €119.99
by Jay Bonggolto
Image via PhoneArena Motorola today announced a new budget phone in Europe that costs only €119.99 (~$143). The Moto E7 will also be available in select countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia in the next few weeks.
As a budget-friendly handset, the phone comes with modest specs that don't compromise its performance. Inside, it's rocking an octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.
The phone sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 and a waterdrop notch that houses a 5MP selfie camera (noted by PhoneArena). Additionally, its display has a 20:9 aspect ratio that Motorola says provides "the best viewing experience" for watching movies together with friends and family.
At its back, the Moto E7 features a dual camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor and a 2MP macro camera. Its camera can also record videos in both HD and FullHD resolution at 30fps.
The phone packs a 4000mAh battery that can keep it running for up to "36 hours" on a single charge for various tasks, Motorola says. Speaking of gaming, the handset features HyperEngine technology for smooth and improved gaming performance.
The device runs stock Android 10 and it also includes a dedicated Google Assistant button mounted on the side.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Microsoft Office edit support comes to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS
by Jefferson Mangubat
Google has rolled out native editing support for Microsoft Office files on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS. The company announced the latest change today, available now for all users with both personal and enterprise accounts.
The new update allows you to edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides on your iPhone or iPad. Google says the feature "brings the collaborative and assistive features of Google Workspace to your Microsoft Office files” for iOS users. That means you no longer have to download and email file attachments like before. Prior to this change, you would need to convert an Office file into a format that's compatible with Docs, Sheets, or Slides in order to edit it on your iOS device, making that task cumbersome.
Office editing support was previously introduced to Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android in September. The same functionality was rolled out on the web last year. Just like its Android release, today's update gives you access to new improvements to sharing options and controls. The new capability also replaces the previous Office Compatibility Mode (Quickoffice), which only had basic functions.
By Rich Woods
2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Smartwatches
by Rich Woods
Smartwatches can be an excellent gift because not everyone has one. If they do have one, it might be a few years old, as it's not something that we refresh as often as a smartphone. If you're looking to get a tech gift for someone that seems to have everything else, a smartwatch might be the way to go.
Here are some of our favorite smartwatches:
Huawei Watch Fit
Huawei's Watch Fit was one of my personal favorite smartwatches of the year. It's also the most inexpensive one that I reviewed at $129.99, but what's cool about this little device is that it has guided workouts. It's a great way to stay in shape when we can't go out. Of course, it will track your regular workouts, deliver notifications, and more. It also gets up to 10 days of battery life.
You can check out out review here, or find the product here. It works with iOS and Android.
Huawei Watch GT 2
It probably looks weird to have two Huawei products back-to-back, but it wouldn't make sense to come back around to this, as the Watch GT 2 series is so similar to the Watch Fit. The Watch GT 2 Pro is definitely the most stylish watch that I reviewed this year, and it has everything the Fit has except the guided workouts, and then some. For example, this watch can playback music during your workouts. It also gets up to two weeks of battery life, something that's unheard of in a smartwatch.
Coming in at under $200 for the non-Pro, it comes in a 46mm size and a smaller 42mm size for those with smaller wrists. You can check out our review here and check it out here. It works with iOS and Android.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3
The TicWatch Pro 3 is the first smartwatch to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, the first to use Cortex-A53 and the first major advancement to the chipset since Android Wear was introduced in 2014. For that reason, the TicWatch Pro 3 is actually the only Wear OS smartwatch that I'd recommend right now.
It also has a unique dual-screen technology, which puts an LCD display on top of the OLED screen, so it's not using much power when it's idling. You can check out the review here, and check out the product here for $299.99. Wear OS works with both iOS and Android, although using it with iOS can be a bit limited.
Samsung Galaxy Watch3
Samsung's smartwatches run its Tizen OS, and they're actually pretty good. The newest one is called the Galaxy Watch3, and it has new features like blood pressure, ECG, and blood oxygen monitoring.
The 41mm model normally starts at $399.99, but you can get it for $339 right now. The 45mm variant is normally $429.99 and is on sale for $369. Both LTE variants are $60.99 off as well, with the 41mm one coming in at $389 and the 45mm one coming in at $419.
If you're looking for something that's more inexpensive along the same lines, check out the Galaxy Watch Active2, which is $70 off at $179.99 and $199.99 for the 40mm and 44mm models, respectively.
Samsung's watches work with all Android devices that have access to the Google Play Store, but it has much better integration with Samsung phones.
It wouldn't be a smartwatch gift guide without the Apple Watch, a device that many consider to be the best on the market. It only works with iPhones, of course, and the newest update adds features like sleep tracking, third-party watch face support, and more.
Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3, and it's currently $20 off at $179. You can also grab the Apple Watch SE $20 off for $289, or the Apple Watch Series 6 starting at $379. Apple offers a bunch of different configurations, and the prices go up from there.
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By Jay Bonggolto
Poco M3 debuts with 6,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 662 SoC, and more from $129
by Jay Bonggolto
The Pocophone F1 undercut its rivals when it debuted in 2018 with top-of-the-line specs such as a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM for $300. Today, Poco is out with another mid-ranger that could give its rivals a run for their money.
Poco announced today the Poco M3, its latest smartphone that retails from $129. Under the hood, it's powered by Qualcomm's 11nm-based octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with a clock speed of up to 2.0 GHz. The chipset is paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB of 128GB of internal storage that's expandable to up to 512GB with a microSD card. It also features Adreno 610 for graphics.
Perhaps the phone's main selling factor is its 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W charging. In addition, it comes with a 22.5W charger in the box. Poco claims the battery can last up to 40 hours for calling or up to eight days for basic tasks like listening to music, although these can vary depending on real-world settings. Still, these specs offer a better value than the likes of the Nord N100, which features a 5,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 460 SoC, and up to 64GB of storage for £179.
The Poco M3 sports a 6.53-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a Dot Drop notch that houses an 8MP selfie camera. Its screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Optics-wise, the phone rocks a triple AI camera setup at the back featuring a 48MP main shooter, 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Other features of the device include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, AI face unlock, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top.
The Poco M3 will come in Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black. The 4GB/64GB memory configuration will be available to purchase for $129 and the 4GB/128GB for $149 beginning on November 27 as part of Poco's Black Friday promotion.