Honor 10, Honor View10, Honor Play receive Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 update

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Google’s Android Pie update is rolling out to Honor 10, Honor View10 and Honor Play smartphones. The update is part of Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 update and brings full-screen gestures and a new UI for these devices.

With the latest EMUI 9.0 update, Honor 10, Honor View10 and Honor Play will receive gestures-based navigation features. The update also includes GPU Turbo 2.0 which Huawei says gives an on-demand performance boost to the devices while reducing power consumption when using power-intensive applications.

The new update also includes new features such as Translation, AI Shopping, HiVision visual search, Password Vault, Uninterrupted Gaming Mode, Wireless Sharing (Projecting), and Digital Balance dashboard among others.

“The new Digital Balance dashboard allows users to track device usage metrics and let them set the usage quota for each app. Using onboard AI capabilities, EMUI 9.0 brings HiVision that enables the camera app to recognize major landmarks, paintings, and structures surrounding the environment and provide users with the relevant information using a layer of augmented reality,” said Honor in a release.

“Also, using AI Shopping objects can be recognised and directly shopped from Amazon.in just from camera view finder, or through any image on phone. The upgraded system introduces Wireless Projecting, which provides a desktop-like experience when the device is wirelessly connected to a supported TV or monitor.[1] Users can project presentations, photos, videos or gaming to the larger screen directly from the device. In addition, EMUI 9.0 enables wireless printing via Huawei Share,” it added.

Honor says the latest EMUI update will boost system operations by 12.9% on Honor 10, Honor View10 and Honor Play smartphones.


Malavika’s Mumbaistan: A Passage Through India


“I’ve been scarcely here for 48 hours,” said NYC-based author Aatish Taseer, whose books, from his first ‘Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands’ (2009) to his latest ‘The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges’ (2019), have made him the toast of literary circles and ordinary readers alike. We have known the son of journalist Tavleen Singh and the late Pakistani politician Salman Taseer ever since he was a child (in fact our connection with him precedes his birth, as his father’s family was a dear friend of our own parents during their Lahore days), and have taken much joy in seeing him flower in his chosen vocation and in his life in New York, where he lives with his husband Ryan Davis.

Taseer began his writing career as a journalist working for Time magazine and still contributes to various media outlets; unsurprisingly, given the rich background he comes from, much of his writing is autobiographical and about the subcontinent and its people. This, unfortunately has not always made him popular and apparently there is a whole segment of Lutyen’s Delhi (particularly an erstwhile Maharani-politician friend of his mother’s) who will not speak to him on account of his lampooning them mercilessly (and quite accurately) in one or the other of the five books he has produced until now.

However, on this visit, Taseer appears to have been met with only warmth and hospitality. “I flew straight from New York to Bhubaneswar where I saw dear Uncle Pappu for a lunch of smoked hilsa,” he said to us yesterday, referring to the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, a common friend. “Then I attended the Bhubaneswar Literary Festival (believe it or not!) and arrived in Delhi late last night and have had the most wonderful relaxing day of clear blue winter skies,” he said, adding, “It’s such a joy to be in Delhi.” Taseer’s India Darshan has to do with his latest book. “I have a reading of it on Friday and then another one on Saturday. It’s extraordinary to see the passion for (book) clubs like these in Gurugram — nice to see the cynical old city I used to know, supplanted by something younger and more energetic,” he said. After the Capital, Taseer flies to Chennai on Sunday, and then to Kolkata on Monday, before he returns to what he describes as ‘arctic New York’. Looks like there’s no chance of running in to the fuming Maharani this time.


Asus ZenFone 5Z Starts Receiving Android 9.0 Pie via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone 5Z Starts Receiving Android 9.0 Pie via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone 5Z has started receiving Android 9.0 Pie. The new development comes weeks after Asus confirmed that the ZenFone 5Z would receive the Android Pie update by the end of January 2019. However, the latest version is now rolling out in Taiwan. The update is expected to bring the core Android Pie features as well as enhances the camera experience. The ZenFone 5Z originally runs Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 on top. Also, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, along with up to 8GB of RAM.

As posted on the official ZenTalk forums, the Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) has started rolling out in Taiwan. The update is rolling out as a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) package in phases. It can be manually downloaded by going to Settings > About > System Update.

The changelog provided on the ZenTalk forums revealed that alongside having some of the core Android Pie features, the latest software update speeds up the camera experience. The new package also comes with software version

Several ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan have confirmed the Android Pie rollout in a Telegram channel. Users report that the update carries the November 2018 Android security patch and is 1048MB in size. The update also reportedly comes with a preloaded Dark theme and a new navigation system along with gesture support.

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You can manually download the OTA Zip package and flash your ZenFone 5Z. The OTA package is compatible with the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) model based on

As we mentioned, Asus last month announced that ZenFone 5Z would receive Android 9.0 Pie in January 2019. The smartphone was launched in India back in August with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Asus ZenFone 5Z specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone 5Z features 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) Super IPS+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM.


Facebook Privacy Debacle Continues as Popular Android Apps Found Sharing Data Without User Permission

Facebook Privacy Debacle Continues as Popular Android Apps Found Sharing Data Without User Permission

A bunch of popular apps on Android could be putting your privacy at risk, according to a study conducted by Privacy International. 61 percent of the apps that were tested were sending data to Facebook as soon as the user opened the app. The data was being shared even before the user was asked for their permission. This happened even if a user didn’t have a Facebook account or wasn’t logged into one.

Privacy International studied 34 popular Android apps to see if they send data to Facebook without a user’s permission. The information sent to Facebook included the app’s title, the user’s unique Android ID, and other app analytics.

However, some apps like Kayak were found sending sensitive data to Facebook. This included flight searches, travel timeline if children were being accompanied, and all the destinations that a user searched for. Most of these popular apps are available for free on the Google Play Store.

Some of the apps that were a part of the study included MyFitnessPal, Duolingo, Family Locator, Kayak, My Talking Tom, Shazam, Spotify, and several other popular apps.

The move is being seen as a clear violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was set up in May this year. Under the new regulation, mobile apps cannot collect or share a user’s data without their permission.

Privacy International claims that the data collected from users’ devices can be combined to connect activities, interests, behaviours, and other activities of a user. Facebook could use this data, later on, to serve ads based on some highly specific demographics.

While Facebook asks app developers to make sure they can lawfully collect, use, or share their users’ data before sending it to Facebook, the default implementation of the Facebook SDK enabled automatic transmission of event data to Facebook.

After GDPR came into effect, Facebook did release a new feature in its SDK to delay the collection of logged events until a user has given permission to the app. But this was around 35 days after GDPR was implemented and currently works only on Facebook’s SDK version 4.34 and above.

Privacy International has put up a detailed analysis of its study on its website. The group has released details of how each app sends data to Facebook along with responses from each app developer.

This isn’t the first time Android apps have been found to share user data. Earlier in October this year, a report claimed that 88 percent of free apps on Android share data with Google.


Nokia 8 Gets Pixel 3’s Night Sight via Ported Google Camera App

Nokia 8 Gets Pixel 3's Night Sight via Ported Google Camera App

The Google Camera app that arrived alongside the new Pixel devices has been lauded for its loaded software features. The app brings EIS, Night Sight, and many other features that really bring high quality photo results. The app has been ported for many smartphones like the OnePlus 6T ₹ 37,999, OnePlus 6 ₹ 35,999, Xiaomi Mi 8, and Poco F1. Now, the Nokia 8 ₹ 24,990 smartphone also gets the ported version of the Google Camera app, and the download link can be found below.

NokiaPowerUser has a list of smartphones that can download the Google Camera APK, and it has recently added Nokia 8 to the list as well. The ported version of Google Camera app can be downloaded by Nokia 8 users running on Android Pie and on Android Oreo as well. The app is 110MB in size, and can be downloaded directly onto the smartphone. The other Nokia phones that can download the Google Camera APK include Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. You can find all the download links here.

As mentioned, this app brings the Night Sight mode on to the Nokia 8. Google notably announced the new mode alongside unveiling the Pixel 3 ₹ 58,804 models in October, but officially rolled it out to all Pixel users last month. While comparing the camera performance of the Pixel 3 XL ₹ 74,999, iPhone XS ₹ 93,505, and Galaxy Note 9, we found that the Night Sight mode helps in capturing enough light during low-light conditions to deliver bright shots with all the relevant details. It essentially captures up to 15 frames with a reasonably slow shutter to provide an effective exposure of nearly five seconds. This comes in place of keeping the camera shutter open for four to five seconds, which would blur the image.

We recently reported, that the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T also got the ported version of the Google Camera app. Even the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Poco F1 ₹ 19,999 got the ported app, and users can download it on to their devices. Of course, we’d like to inform our readers that ported apps can damage phones, so caution before download is advised.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie Update Scheduled for January 15

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android 9 Pie Update Scheduled for January 15

Samsung is planning to start rolling out the Android 9 Pie stable update for the Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 62,400 smartphone in January 2019. The phone is currently undergoing the beta testing. Additionally, it is expected that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900 and Galaxy S8 ₹ 36,099-series smartphones will receive the Android Pie update in February of next year. The Galaxy Note 9 will be the third smartphone from Samsung to receive the latest Android operating system, after the South Korean company started pushing the same update for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones last week.

According to Samsung-affiliated Turkish website Guncel Miyiz, Samsung will begin the Pie update rollout for the Note 9 on January 15, whereas the Galaxy Note 8 ₹ 48,900, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ ₹ 32,499 will get the update on February 15. Although it is unclear if the update date is Turkey-specific, but it is quite likely. Still, it does offer a tentative time-frame on when to expect the Android Pie update on the four Android phones. The Turkish website also adds that all the updates are currently undergoing testing. The update dates revealed by the Guncel Miyiz are ahead by one month than what was earlier seen in Samsung Members app.

According to Samsung, the company is bringing the brand new One user interface (UI) with the Android Pie update to its devices. The One UI has been designed to make the experience natural and comfortable for one-handed usage. In addition, the phones will get Android 9 Pie base features like app actions, gestures, smart replies, better notification management, and more.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S9 ₹ 48,500 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 52,499 owners, who have received the Pie update, are haven’t a great time as some of them are facing battery drain issue and others are dealing with Bixby 2.0 related problems.


Moto G6 Plus Android 9 Pie Update Set to Roll Out in India, Will Bring December Security Patch

Moto G6 Plus Android 9 Pie Update Set to Roll Out in India, Will Bring December Security Patch

If the official Android 9 Pie changelog shared by Motorola on its official India website is any indication, the Moto G6 Plus ₹ 16,121 is all set to receive the Android Pie in the country. The new software update will bring all the core Android Pie features as well as the December 2018 Android security patch. It is also expected to include the navigation-based navigation system, which debuted on the Google Pixel models initially. The core features of the Android Pie update includes Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness to enhance the user experience. The Moto G6 ₹ 9,699 Plus was originally launched in India with Android 8.0 Oreo. Aside from the Moto G6 Plus, Motorola recently released the Android Pie update to the Moto X4 ₹ 10,599 and Motorola One Power.

The official Motorola changelog shows that the latest update for the Moto G6 Plus brings all the core features of Android Pie. This means we can expect to see Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and a refined Doze mode. The update will also bring a redesigned Settings app with colourful icons. Furthermore, the gesture-based navigation system is expected. The changelog was first spotted by users on Reddit.

Additionally, the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus will come with the December 2018 Android security patch.

Motorola on the support page mentions that the users are recommended to install the latest Android update when the battery is at least 50 percent charged, and the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. The update is likely to shortly begin rolling out in batches and will be notified through a push notification.

However, you can manually check the availability of the Android Pie update on your Moto G6 Plus by going to Settings > System > System updates.

To recall, the Moto G6 Plus was launched in India back in September with Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone debuted globally in April – alongside the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play.

As we mentioned, the news of the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus comes days after the Motorola One Power received the same update in India. The handset also recently got the December 2018 security patch. The Lenovo-owned company has also reportedly pushed the fresh Android experience to the Moto X4 in select regions.