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Google is Making It Easier For Anybody To Design Amazing Apps

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Google just launched a new suite of tools  to make it easier for designers and developers to collaborate. It’s a partial  expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago.

However for Google, Material is more  about interaction than how it really looks. And as part of that effort, Google has decided to expand its education about how Material works and making some collaboration tools that might be useful even if you’re not interested in Google’s app design philosophy.

The first is simply called “Gallery,” and it’s a set of tools that work sort of like  GitHub for designers. It makes it easier for people to upload, share, and comment on designs. It will have some sort of version control, too, so you can add different iterations of what you’re working on and find them easily as you continue to work. It also has a presentation layer, so you can give out simple web links rather than pass around PDFs or Dropbox folders or whatever.

Inspired by Material Design, but works for anything

It’s the most interesting of the tools that Google is creating, because it takes the ideas and tools that engineers have used to iterate on their work and gives them to more creative people.

Alongside Gallery, there’s Remixer, which allows app makers to create prototypes of apps that you can interact with directly — so you can both demo the design and change it on the fly right on  your device or on a website. There’s also Stage, which speeds up the prototyping process and allows app makers to test out and demo movement in their apps at much earlier stages. It kind of combines tools  seen before from Pixate and Form.

It all sounds too techy — and it is! But it’s techy in an interesting way, allowing designers and app makers to start playing around with how their projects will look and work way earlier in the process than before.

Though these tools are not meant exclusively for people trying to work with Material Design, they’re very much inspired by the same philosophy. The idea of integrating the motion and feel of apps early in the design process is essential to Material, and it’s probably why these things are showing up at material.io, the website for Google Material.

All the stuff we’ve traditionally expected from Material Design is there — guidelines on how to make buttons and tabs and drop shadows and all the rest. As Steve Jobs once put it, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

But you don’t have to buy into that heady design philosophy to use the stuff that Google has created. Instead, you can head over to a new site, material.io, and sign up to try out all the news tools — most of which are going to be in limited beta to start.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Tecno Camon i4 – Full Specs And Cheapest Price

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Tecno just launched a new device into the Camon lineup the Tecno Camon i4 and the device comes with very impressive specifications and a very good price in this post I’ll be looking at the specs of the Tecno Camon i4.

Tecno Camon i4

The TECNO CAMON i4 ships with a mid-range MediaTek Helio A22 processor for the 2GB / 3GB RAM version and a MediaTek Helio P22 processor for the 4GB RAM version and 32GB / 64GB  of internal storage.

The Camon i4 runs on Android 9.0 with HiOS 4.6 on top, keeping the lights on is a 3500mAh battery with support for fast charging.

I do hope the fast charging isn’t the same as the Xcharge on the Tecno Spark 2 because that means it’s not actually fast charge. Tecno deserves this shirt on that note

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Design And Display

I’m quite impressed with the fact that Tecno decided to go with the dewdrop notch on this device instead of that lousy Apple-like rectangular notch. This one is quite similar to the one on the Samsung M20 and I’d say it’s not bad at all considering the fact that they’ve been giving us phones with notches since the release of the Camon 11 Pro.

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You basically get a 6.2-inch IPS Capacitive display with an 81.3% screen-to-body ratio. It’s not something you would call totally bezelless as there’s still as small chin below the device.

Tecno Camon i4

Camera 

The Camera is one of the selling points of this device as the smartphone’s triple camera has a 13MP, 8MP, and 2MP lens combination, which means you would get an impressive performance while taking photos and recording videos at 1080p. The secondary camera at the front is a 16-MP lens and great for selfies. You also get better quality when calling someone via video so cheers to the Snapchat and Instagram Slay Queens.

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Software And Hardware

In the specifications department, I’ll give Tecno a B+ on this. The Camon i4 comes with a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset clocked at 2-GHz combined with a Cortex A53 quad-core processor, which takes charge of the Camon i4’s performance. In the graphics department, you get A PowerVR GE8300 GPU to take care of the graphics. There’s also a 4GB variant that comes with a higher Helio P22 Chipset.

Storage

The Camon i4 comes with 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256GB via a memory card. There are 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB variants.

Network And Connectivity

The new Tecno Camon i4 offers a variety of options for easy connectivity, which includes 4G with VoLTE (Voice Over LTE), Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, micro-USB, GPS, Bluetooth, etc.

Battery

The Tecno Camon i4 ships with a 3500 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery which means you get a battery that’s enough to last you 10 hours when used actively and about 36 hours when on standby

TECNO Camon i4 Specifications

  • Display: 6.217-inch (1520 x 720) pixels) HD+ display
  • Chipset: 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor / 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm processor
  • RAM+ROM: 2GB / 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Operating System: HiOS 4.6 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear camera, 8MP 120° ultra-wide camera, quad LED flash; 16MP front-facing camera
  • Sensor: Fingerprint sensor, AI Face Unlock
  • Dimensions: 156.9×75.8×7.96mm
  • Network: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery :3500mAh battery

Pricing

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N49,000 ($140)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 3GB + 32GB variant is N55,000 ($154)

The price of the Tecno Camon i4 for the 2GB + 32GB variant is N63,000 ($175)

So what do you think? Is this your next smartphone

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How Multiple Cameras Work On Android And iOS Smartphones

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How multiple cameras work on smartphones have always been a question on the minds of most people and 2019 is the year of multiple cameras and many if not all smartphone brands have released phones with multiple cameras. You’ve probably seen the Nokia 9 Pureview with 5 cameras and the Huawei P30 Pro that comes with 4 cameras  (40MP + 20MP +12MP +TOF Camera) and 50x optical zoom.

https://www.gadgetsnow.com/mobile-phones/Huawei-P30-Pro

 Huawei P30 Pro

How Multiple Cameras Work

These two devices come with crazy specifications but I won’t go into that right now, maybe in another post.

However, have you ever tried covering the main camera of your device with a dual camera?

If you haven’t, try doing that right now.

You’ll notice you are actually blocking the whole camera. That leaves the question – What do the secondary cameras do and how do they work.

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How Multiple Cameras Work

Now I want you to understand this. Most OEMs have other uses of their secondary camera other than the ones I’m going to mention below. These are just the basic functions of the secondary camera.

The secondary camera improves the overall clarity of the image with the help of a “Monochrome” feature. The secondary camera only records the black and white version of the image. With the help of the Monochrome sensor, the primary camera measures how much light is coming from the point of focus.

Previously (with the exception of the Google Pixel 3), the primary camera in smartphones normally handled the measurement so there was a very high possibility of losing some detail while measuring light intensity since it would still need to work on the color filtering.

So this extra burden is handled by the second camera which takes care of that area. Combining the monochrome image which has detailed information about the light and sharpness with the colored image that was captured by the primary camera will produce a rich and detailed image.

In some phones, the secondary camera acts as the zoom lens. Huawei uses their cameras on the P30 Pro a bit differently but going into the entire details might end up making this post a bit lengthy and a bit boring for people who aren’t hardcore techies so I’d try to keep this balanced. However, if you’d like to see that in another post do let me know in the comments.

So that’s basically how multiple cameras work on smartphones

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