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Facebook Messenger Dark Mode Android iOS
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Mobile phone users prefer “dark mode” to save energy, and the latest app to offer this feature is Facebook Messenger, as the company announced it for Android last year at the F8 conference. It’s now available all users, but activating it is not as simple as heading over to the settings menu, but rather an Easter Egg hunt of sorts. Simply put, users have to send a half crescent moon emoji to someone. Read more for a video showing exactly how it’s done.

Nintendo Switch Android
Photo credit: Max Keller
Nintendo Switch fans who have always wished the portable game console could double as a full-fledged tablet will be happy to know that Android is officially coming, thanks to developers Billy Laws and Max Keller. They managed to get an early version of Android Q running on the device, complete with a working touchscreen, Joy-Cons, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.

Google Fi Rich Communication Services RCS Text Messaging

For those who don’t know, Rich Communication Services (RCS) is essentially a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier. It aims to replace traditional SMS messages with a text-message system that is richer, provides phonebook polling (for service discovery), and transmit in-call multimedia. Starting today, RCS is available on phones designed for Google Fi as well as compatible Android phones – if you’re using a phone designed for Fi, RCS will be automatically enabled. Read more for another video explaining what this technology actually does.

iLight 7S Smallest iPhone

The iLight 7S is touted as the world’s smallest iPhone-inspired Android handset, if that even makes any sense. However, if you’re hoping for decent performance, this may not be the microscopic handset for you. Featuring a 2.4″ touchscreen display, an MTK quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Bluetooth / WiFi connectivity, and a metal body. Unsurprisingly, there is no headphone jack, so you’ll need to snag a pair of wireless headphones or earphones to jam. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video review and additional information.

Nebula Capsule Projector

The Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector is basically a smart cinema that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere, and it’s being offered for just $248 shipped, today only, originally $349. Using Android 7.1 it plays content from your favorite video streaming app or mirrors your phone’s display to create a remarkably detailed picture up to 100″. Stunning image quality is complemented by a class-leading 360° speaker to deliver heart-pounding sound, anywhere you sit. It delivers up to 4-hours of continuous playtime on a single charge, while Quick Charge technology enables Capsule to recharge faster and charge while in use. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

Android P

Google showcased Android P at their 2018 I/O Conference this week, and it’s packed with major new features, including some AI-powered ones. Just a few of the highlights are time limits on apps, being able to switch your phone’s display to grayscale at night, and quickly hiding all notifications when you don’t want to see them. User interface wise, there’s a revamped control scheme that updates Android’s back, home, and multitasking buttons. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

Fate Grand Order

Fate / Grand Order is basically an online free-to-play role-playing game based on the Fate / stay night visual novel game and franchise by Type-Moon, developed by Delightworks. It’s centered around turn-based combat where the player, who takes on the role of a “Master”, summons and commands powerful familiars known as “Servants” in battle against their enemies. This game may be free-to-play, but Daigo, a 31-year-old gamer from Japan, has already spent over $70,000 and counting on the title. How? The title enables players to summon new ‘servants’ by spending in-game currency called Quartz. Daigo has spent $500 acquiring a new character for his collection, and then an additional $2,500 leveling it up. Continue reading for three more videos and more information.

Snowden Surveillance App Haven

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Guardian Project, have unveiled a new app called “Haven”. When installed on an Android smartphone, it activates different sensors on the device, uses the front / back cameras to detect motion, and uses the microphone to spot changes in the volume level, thus turning it into a personal surveillance system of sorts. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.

Apple Watch X

Android Wear smartwatches have always sported round designs, but that hasn’t been the case with Apple’s offering. Industrial designer Ruguan Liu aims to change that with the Apple Watch X by showing that iOS works just as well as its square-faced counterpart, starting with an edge-to-edge OLED display and a dial that can be used to scroll through apps. Continue reading for more pictures.

iPhone X vs. Google Pixel 2

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

The iPhone X pre-order officially goes live on October 27th at 12:01am PST, but some smartphone users have already opted for the Google Pixel 2 instead. For those wanting a size comparison, 3D artist Martin Hajek has created a set of pictures that show just that, but anyone seeking a performance benchmark may want to see how the iPhone 8 stacks up against Google’s Pixel 2. Continue reading for more pictures.