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Month: June 2018

Xiaomi pulled the Mi A1’s Android 8.1 Oreo update

Xiaomi released, then pulled, the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Mi A1. Device owners complained of deleted text messages and tripped SafetyNet. Even though updates for the Xiaomi Mi A1 have been sporadic for months, the company’s first and only Android One smartphone received its Android 8.1 Oreo update. According to XDA Developers, however, the update also introduces a few headaches. For starters, Android 8.1 introduces features like a battery icon for your Bluetooth devices, semi-transparent Quick Settings panel that also goes light or dark based on your wallpaper, refreshed Settings menu, fixed burger emoji, and more. The update also bumps the security patch level to June 5 and improves sound quality. However, the update did not introduce Project Treble. Instead, it brought two nasty bugs that might give you reason to hold off for now. Editor’s Pick Android One phones – what are your options? Android One is Google’s platform designed to bring affordable Android phones to the masses. Originally launched in 2014, with the goal of offering cheap smartphones to emerging markets, Google announced a revamp of the program … The first bug is one that wipes your entire SMS history. This apparently happens when you swipe away the messages app from the recent apps screen, so make sure you backup your text messages if you are wary of this happening to you. Another bug causes...

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What’s the best waterproof phone pouch you can buy?

It’s summer and that means it’s time to get in the water! If you want to enjoy your time in the water without leaving your phone behind, a waterproof phone pouch is a must-have. Even if you happen to have a phone with waterproofing built-in, a pouch adds a little extra assurance. For those without waterproofing, it’s the difference between a water-damaged phone and a functioning one.  A waterproof phone pouch keeps your phone protected by sealing out all the water in a system that’s not too dissimilar from a Ziplock bag. Yeah, they are not pretty, but they will get the job done better than anything else. What’s even better is that you can actually use your phone while underwater with them. They are transparent, so you can operate the touchscreen through them and even take underwater photos. Want to get your own waterproof phone pouch? There’s several options out there. Let’s start with our top recommended pick, the CaliCase.  CaliCase floating waterproof phone pouch Promoted CaliCase might just be the highest quality waterproof case on the market, it looks and feels resistant from the first time you hold it. It floats so you don’t have to worry about your phone sinking and if you want to go underwater you can go up to 100 feet thanks to it’s IPX8 Certification. We like CaliCase pouches because the company seems to have...

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3 camera lenses? Psh, Light might be bringing 9 lenses to a new smartphone

Camera company Light is developing a smartphone that could have up to nine camera lenses. Light created the L16, a DSLR-replacement camera with 16 lenses. Light says its new smartphone could launch this year, but it will likely be very expensive. Remember the Light L16 camera? In 2015, a company with the very un-Googleable name Light announced a new type of camera that has 16 lenses working simultaneously to create DSLR-quality photos. You may not remember the story, but you probably remember the way the L16 looked: Light In 2015, the L16 seemed pretty crazy. But today, with smartphones like the Huawei P20 Pro (pictured at the top of this article) sporting three lenses working together to create high-quality images, it seems much less insane. Light might have just been ahead of the curve with its product idea, but now that we’re getting more used to the concept of multiple-lensed cameras, the company is working to bring a new smartphone to the world that will sport anywhere from five to nine lenses. Editor’s Pick 15 best camera apps for Android Cameras on smartphones are a much bigger deal than they used to be. Companies are chomping at the bit to make their cameras more reliable, work better in low light, and add features that people want. … According to an article in The Washington Post, Light has multiple prototypes in...

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MIUI 10 global beta details revealed: When will your phone get the update?

c.mi.com Xiaomi has announced a more detailed timeline for the MIUI 10 global beta update. The update will be divided into three batches, starting in early July and ending in early August. The new update delivers a tweaked recents menu, a single camera portrait mode, and more. We’ve already looked at MIUI 10 features as well as tentative timelines for the update to roll out. Now, Xiaomi has published more launch details for the MIUI 10 global beta. In a post on the official MIUI Forum, the Chinese brand revealed the global beta update will be available in three batches, divided into early July, late July, and early August. Editor’s Pick These are the best Xiaomi phones Xiaomi might not be well known in the West, but it’s popular in many Asian countries. It was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in China last year, according to Counterpoint. It beat Apple by … The first batch, which arrives in early July, will see the update hit the Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Redmi S2, Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, and Mi Mix. The second batch, arriving in late July, consists of the Redmi Note 4X/Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi 5,...

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A Full Circle – The TouchArcade Show #360

Eli is on the road at a Hearthstone (Free) event, so it’s time for another Cartercast with Jared and Carter driving this podcast down the freeway this week. The gang discusses EA wanting you to take Command and Conquer: Rivals seriously, and why maybe EA isn’t the best company to make that argument. They get hyped for Cat Quest 2, and point out that Cat Quest ($1.99) is $1.99 right now…and so is FTL ($1.99). There’s some talk about Fortnite (Free) cross-play and whether Sony will finally make a move, hype for Battleheart 2 now for preorder, the Heroki ($4.99) re-release, and a warning to download Pinball Arcade (Free) licensed tables while you still can! Finally, there’s discussion of Castle Pals (Free), Super Jump Soccer (Free), and kORi WALk (Free) before Carter and Jared drive this podcast off the overpass. Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated! As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the...

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