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3 Reasons Nigerians Should Stop Looking Down On Android Go Smartphones

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I know most smartphone users won’t ever look the way of devices with 1GB RAM in 2018 but it shouldn’t be so. I can’t really blame anyone for feeling the way they do about 1GB RAM devices since the regular Android OS performed quite badly on those kind of devices. Nevertheless, I feel we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

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Tecno launched the Spark 2 a couple of days ago while iTel launched the A32F smartphone a few weeks ago and the common feature of both devices is that they run on Android Go. The comments I’ve seen online from some users about these devices have been quite appalling and rated the devices as low and unusable and I decided to write this post to clarify things a bit. I’ve tested out a couple of Android Go phones and they’re nothing short of amazing. They may be low-budget but they are definitely not unusable.

It’s quite important that you understand that a smartphone with 1GB RAM running on Android Go is faster and more efficient than one running on the regular Android O.S

Here’s Why –

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1. It Provides Better Optimization

This is the major reason Android Go was created – To give low end users the same experience as mid-range and high end users. This optimization is embedded throughout the device, from app management to battery management and even to data usage control.

We all know that improvements to battery life come on every update on Android and coupled with the fact that Android Go starts off with Oreo 8.1. A device I reviewed – The iTel A32F took about 90 minutes to go from 0 to 100 and almost 7 hours of constant use online to go down to 10%. The capacity of the battery wasn’t even up to 3000mAh.

The O.S detects apps that are using the battery and terminates them once they have been idle to save you more power.

2. Regular Software Updates

If you’re on a low budget and you’re not a fan of the “need an upgrade, buy a new one” style of marketing that a couple of brands do on their regular smartphones then Android Go is probably the best choice for you.

There’s no bloatware pre-installed in the device. Even the iTel A32F has already received an update in less than 4 weeks of release. There’s no custom UI that’ll make the OEM waste time trying to redesign the software for its own version of Go.

On Android Go you get a stock android experience and you’re certain that you’ll receive regular updates. They may even receive the Android P update.

3. Saves Data Efficiently

Google has looked into the fact that the regular Android OS uses up a lot of data so they have optimized the preinstalled apps on Android Go smartphones to be lightweight and take up very little space.The data saver feature works on all the apps on the device. Even the Google Play on the device is optimized to use less data. You don’t have to worry about bloatware on the device as everything has been optimized to give you a better experience.

I understand the fact that you may not really fancy these devices if you are a heavy smartphone user, However it’s worthy to note that they have ultimately improved the Android user experience on 1GB RAM devices.

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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