You no longer have to choose: Google Maps on your smartphone can finally be opened with Android Auto connected
The Android Auto car platform has long had a frustrating limitation that prevents you from opening Google Maps (Google Maps) on a connected phone. However, it looks like Google has finally canceled it.
Some Android Auto users over the past couple of days have noticed that recent updates to Google Maps for Android have unlocked the use of “Maps” on phones while Android Auto is running.
This is a big step forward for a platform where Google Maps on the phone has always thrown an error saying the app can’t be opened while Android Auto is running.
This approach was disappointing, as the Android Auto version of Google Maps has fewer features than the phone version. For example, the phone app supports displaying more destination data and user-created lists of locations.
So far, not all users have the innovation. Apparently the change may be related to Google Maps v11.67.0701 and seems to work regardless of the version of the Android Auto app.
Pebble founder wants to release a compact Android smartphone with a good camera and quality materials
It is quite possible that a compact smartphone from the founder of Pebble will appear on the market in the foreseeable future.
Eric Migicovsky, who founded the acclaimed Pebble, is literally now gathering a new team to release a compact smartphone with Andorid. In fact, at the moment there is no company that will eventually be created for these purposes. Now the Small Android Phone team is only discussing options, but even now the participants are trying to decide on the characteristics.
The team now includes several former Pebble employees, including the founder, GoPro designer, MongoBD manager, and other enthusiasts. Interestingly, it all started, in fact, simply with the cry of Migikowski on the Web for someone to make a good compact smartphone. But, as we know, even the iPhone mini sold very mediocrely.
However, perhaps they were too small. The Small Android Phone team has not yet finalized the dimensions, but has repeatedly mentioned, firstly, that the screen should be less than 6.1 inches diagonally, and secondly, the participants often mentioned ZenFone 9 with a 5-screen diagonal as a reference point. 9 inches.
The team’s designer even already has a number of sketches, although it’s hard to say what the smartphone will be like in the end. But the team definitely focuses on good photo opportunities as well. In addition, apparently, the emphasis will be placed on the materials of the case, along with the tactile sensations of users.
In terms of performance, the smartphone will definitely be very powerful, but not necessarily one of the best. The team is currently looking at two platforms: the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and a mid-range Qualcomm chip that has yet to be released. Although, perhaps, this meant the new SoC Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2, which was just announced the other day, but has not yet hit the market. By the way, such a selection of platforms hints that the smartphone will not be released sometime in a few years, but relatively soon. Perhaps in a year and a half.
There is a guideline for the price: about $ 850.
New camera phones Oppo Find X6 and Find X6 Pro immediately became bestsellers
As expected, Oppo’s Find X6 and Find X6 Pro flagship smartphones launched today have become instant hits in China.
The published official Oppo posters confirm that the Oppo Find X6 and Find X6 Pro have become the best-selling Android devices on the popular Jingdong and Tmall platforms. As usual, the manufacturer does not provide any specific sales figures.
Recall that the flagship Oppo Find X6 Pro is offered at a price of $870 for the version with 12/256 GB of memory up to $1020 for the version with 16/512 GB. The basic version (no Pro in the name) costs $655-$730.
Oppo Find X6 Pro with its camera system will claim the title of the best DxOMark camera phone, but the review has not yet been published.
Satellite communication and “space” price. Huawei Mate X3 foldable smartphone unveiled
Huawei today unveiled not only the Huawei P60 line, but also the next generation of the foldable smartphone, the Huawei Mate X3. The new model received several significant differences from its predecessors at once.
Features include Beidou two-way satellite, ultra-thin tempered glass, reduced size and weight, water resistance (IPX8), and wet-hand touch mode.
The smartphone is equipped with a 7.85-inch internal flexible screen (2496 × 2224, LTPO, 120 Hz) and a 6.4-inch external display (LTPO, 120 Hz, Full HD + 2504 × 1080 pixels), a main camera (50 MP with optical stabilization , 13MP ultra-wide and 12MP telephoto with 5x zoom), 8MP selfie camera.
The hardware basis was SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 4G, from 256 GB to 1 TB of flash memory. The 4800mAh battery supports 66W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.
The smartphone weighs 239 grams, which is quite a bit for such a form factor, and the unfolded thickness is 5.3 mm. The hinge can be fixed at any angle, that is, the smartphone can be used in a partially open state. The operating system HarmonyOS 3.1 is installed on the smartphone.
The smartphone can already be ordered in China at a price of 12,999 to 15,999 yuan, which in terms of dollars now ranges from 1,903 to 2,343 dollars. Open sales will start on April 7th.
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