We announced Sony’s reveal of the PlayStation 5 last week but seems some individuals will be have a budget rethink all the same after a reported Image shared on Flickr crashed hundreds of Android smartphones.
San Diego-based scientist Gaurav Agrawal has emerged as the photographer behind the controversial image that caught headlines for crashing many Android phones recently.
Just like many freelance photographer would do, Agrawal took that image at Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, back in August last year of a sunset landscape which he later uploaded on Flickr without knowing the fact that it would become viral — for just about all the wrong reason.
Who is Gaurav Agrawal
Indian-origin photographer. He started his journey with landscape photography as a hobbyist — perhaps by hijacking what was initially the interest of his wife.
He got his first camera phone as the instrument to capture scenes in his frames back in 2006. But that was just a beginning.
Afterwards, he got his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, has been selected as a part of National Geographic photo assignments. He said that one of the photographs he took at the Salton Sea of the Great White American Pelicans was even selected as the cover page of the yearly calendar of the Audubon Society of North America.
Furthermore, he has won various photo competitions earlier, including one at the University of California, San Diego, where he did his post-doctoral work.
But then, his smartphone crashing image might just have skyrocketed his popularity in the tech world with renowned YouTubers and major tech sites all detailing on his beautiful and awesome-esque image.
What image did Agrawal upload to Flickr?
Just as we stated above, the image was of a Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana captured using a Nikon DSLR and uploaded on Agrawal’s Flickr profile on September 16, 2019.
However, before sharing publicly, he explained on Flickr that he used the image editing tool Adobe Lightroom through which he changed the format to ProPhotoRGB.
Before you get super confused on what ProPhotoRGB Image formatting is and probably asking yourself
According to PetaPixel, ProPhotoRGB is a newer color space and default work extension for Adobe Lightroom edits that has a much wider gamut than normal sRGB and is
more in line with modern digital cameras.
Smartphones won’t even be able to decode and display the colours…
However, sRGB has a relatively narrow gamut but is designed for consistency and compatibility for all photos shared on the Web.
This ProPhotoRGB image extension isn’t supported by some Android devices and, thus, resulted in issues with several phones.
What has Agrawal said about the recent developments to his photograph?
No doubt, the crashes with that single photo have ultimately made Agrawal to switch to another format from now on but he had a lot to say to the public on his controversial image.
However, people weren’t even aware that the image was captured by Agrawal until he gave an interview to BBC earlier last week.
He told Indian news site, Gadgets 360, that the original source of the image wasn’t public as it was mainly shared by a third-party wallpaper site that didn’t credit him and was circulating the image without any due credits.
Agrawal told Indian news site Gadgets 360 that he got to know about the crashes users faced from his image from some of his followers on Flickr.
After receiving comments and messages on the platform, he searched the term “Android crashing wallpaper” on
Google to understand the issue.
“I would have been very disappointed if something like that would happen to me,” he said. “There were some websites touting conspiracy theories that it may be a targeted attack by China or Russia.
In the midst of a trade row between the United States and the Chinese, this made it even more unsettling.
“It was alarming to say the least,” Agrawal, 41, told Gadgets 360 in a conversation. “I felt sympathetic to people who may have lost their data and photographs due to the crash.”
The crashes with that single photo have ultimately made Agrawal to switch to another format from now on.
Furthermore, he’s planning to expand his photography reach by joining Instagram — alongside maintaining his Flickr profile that has over 10,600 followers.
“I deeply care about my viewers and look forward to their appreciation as well as constructive criticism,” he said.
Though iOS devices were not affected, they always seem to have their way
The accidental Android crashing wallpaper issue could have escalated quickly had conspiracy theorist been allowed to have their way.
However, if you find yourself amongst the crew that went ahead to check out the photo on your smartphones, you now have a new tech budget to handle.
Mediatek unveils Helio G95 gaming Processor for budget smartphones, could debut on Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7
Adding to its ever-growing portfolio and stern competition to it’s Qualcomm counterpart, Taiwanese chipmaker, Mediatek has announced a new gaming Chipset for the Helio G90 series. The Helio G95 SoC offers a 5% boost in GPU performance over the G90T though the rest of the feature set is identical to the latter.
With the G95, MediaTek aims at closing the huge gap existing between the mid-range and flagship gaming smartphone segment and the first phone to use this processor could be the Tecno Camon 16 or Realme 7 with both due for official releases on September 3.
The G90T ended up on phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 , so the odds are on we likely get to see more phones with the G95 chip launch in the final lap of the third quarter of the year.
Here’s everything the Mediatek Helio G95 has on offer
Mediatek Helio G95 Features
Essentially, it would be best to understand that the Helio G95 SoC is an overclocked G90T processor, in that it comes with an upgraded Mali-G76 GPU running at 900MHz. The G90T, on the other hand, is equipped with a Mali-G57 GPU that’s running at 800MHz.
Features like HyperEngine game technology, multi-camera support of upto 4 sensors and an APU (AI processing unit) are also very much welcome. The chip also supports upto HDR10+ enhancement quality in real-time.
The G95 processor is manufactured using the 12nm fabrication process and has two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.05GHz while the six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores can run upto 2.0GHz.
MediaTek’s famed HyperEngine game technology is responsible for optimizing the gaming experience to provide the best connection speed, picture quality and ensures a smooth gameplay experience on budget devices. There are several customisation options that users can fine-tune further.
Furthermore, Helio G95 chipset supports upto 10GB LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 2.1 storage, upto Full HD+ displays with 90Hz refresh rate and dual 4G SIM cards.
Additionally, the chip can be paired with upto 64MP cameras with upto 4K UHD rerecording.
The MediaTek Helio G95 will power many phones set to launch in September. The first of such as confirmed by Naijatechguy could be the Tecno Camon 16 set to launch on September 3 in India.
The smartphone has been teased with stunning bezeles display, a 64MP camera unit with Samsung’s GM1 or Sony’s IMX686 sensor here which could all play into the hands of the new Helio G95 processor.
Android 11 Beta 2 Update Released, Emphasis on App Compatibility and Platform Stability Ahead of Public launch
The 11th iteration of Google’s Operating System – the Android 11 has initially been released for selected smartphones. But recent developments have seen the Android 11 Beta 2 released by Google for all compatible Google Pixel phones.
With the new release, Android 11 has reached the Platform Stability milestone, which means that the APIs and behaviours included in Android 11 are finalised now.
Pretty buggy wordings right? Don’t worry, hang on here with me.
Google seems to prioritize app stability in it’s latest Beta release and is calling on developers to start updating their apps to target Android 11 and make them ready for its official release that will take place in the third quarter.
Although the search giant hasn’t yet revealed the release date of Android 11, it is briefly suggested that it could be September 8, the exact same timing for its Android 10 release last year.
Also, Google made sure to fix most errors reported with the first Beta release and even went on to throw in more spice therein. We will have an expansive look at everything new in Android 11 Beta 2 in a giffy.
Everything new in the Android 11 Beta 2 Update
One of the major changes that Android 11 Beta 2 brings over the existing beta release that debuted last month is its Platform Stability reach.
Essentially, the “Platform Stability verification means that all app-facing surfaces and behaviors are now final in Android 11 ,” said Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Android, in a blog post. “This includes not only final SDK and NDK APIs, but also final system behaviors and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces that may affect apps. So from Beta 2, you can release compatibility updates with assurance that the platform won’t change.”
Moreover, the Android team confirmed all major requirements are at their final stage for the new beta version, hence, developers are encouraged to start their compatibility testing and publish updates ahead of the official public Android 11 release.
Another major stress point for the recently released Android 11 Beta 2 is its special attention to app compatibility which really cannot be overemphasized.
This means that Google has brought the new beta 2 version to give a ground to developers to make sure that their apps run flawlessly without downtimes and crashes. Developers can test their apps either on an Android 11 Beta 2 device or using the latest emulator available on Android Studio.
“With each release, we’re working to reduce the work you’ll need to do to get your apps ready,” said Burke. “In Android 11, we’ve added new processes, developer tools, and release milestones to minimise the impact of platform updates and make it easier for apps to stay compatible.”
Now, I know I told you to stick by but all the jargons really doesn’t make much sense to you right? And I guess you really asking
What Android 11 Beta 2 release means for you the end user?
Is it really close to public launch or what? Just hit the godammn nail on the head will you!
Well, in a nut shell, it theoritically means we are gradually getting to the finishing line.
For end users, Android 11 Beta 2 doesn’t include any major surprises over what we already received through the last beta release. You’ll, however, get a list of interface changes that are offered to enhance the overall user experience.
One of the noticeable changes that Android 11 Beta 2 brings is the updated Pixel Launcher that no longer has transparency, as detailed by XDA Developers.
A Smooth Display toggle has also been added to the Display settings to let users easily enable automatic switching from 60 to 90Hz for select content. The existing Force 90Hz option in the Developer options menu has also been removed, as highlighted by some users on Reddit.
Google has also removed some clutter from the Share Sheet available on Android 11 Beta 2 and made a pin icon available for the apps that are pinned on the Share Sheet.
The default screen recording option on Android which has often been a headache for Android users also gets a major addition. Android 11 Beta 2 comes with the ability to record the device’s internal audio while capturing the screen. This is in addition to the existing audio recording from microphone option. You can also use the new addition to record the device’s audio as well as from its microphone simultaneously.
Moving on, a new icon to let you launch a conversation in a bubble has also been added. Similarly, the Allow apps to show bubbles option is now enabled by default for all apps to show conversations in bubbles. The list of supported apps, however, is currently not so populated and includes only renowned names such as Facebook Messenger and Google’s Messages Apps.
Developers have also received a cached apps freezer option that appears to “suspend execution for cached apps,” as noticed by XDA Developers. However, the Android team is yet to reveal the purpose of the new addition.
There is also a pre-installed app called Device Drop Monitor that uses the built-in sensors of the device to detect its dropping and log the duration of the freefall. Once the app detects a fall, it shows a notification to the user and asks them to complete a brief survey to provide details about the accident, as reported by XDA Developers.
This is crazy and one very essential for smartphones and pixel phones which will support pop-up camera module going forward.
Google says it will give users feedbacks after completing the survey that says the user inputs “will help improve the design on future Pixel devices.”
Finally, Google seems to have made the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode a little more functional in the latest Android 11 Beta 2 update.
Early Android 11 beta testers, are reporting a limited resizability handling to the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) window in the Android 11 Beta 2. Also present is a dedicated settings for Conversations.
Furthermore, XDA Developers has noticed that the new media player that debuted in the earlier Android 11 Beta release is now available in the Quick Settings panel by default. This means that you don’t need to enable the Developer options menu to activate the new design.
Also, there is a reported new ripple animation effect that appears when you hit the play/ pause button on the media player available in the Quick Settings panel.
All in all, early impressions suggest Android 11 promises to come with a hench of features which definitely will mean more internal storage space options is needed.
Android 10 already gave birth to enormous storage options in smartphones, and with the continuous update been rolled out, we feel devices running or users hopping to update to the new OS should definitely have this at the back of their mind.
When could Google release Android 11 stable update?
We already mentioned how Google usually release it’s premier Operating System in the third quarter of the year, though the latest beta debut suggest we could already have a set date on our hands for the Android 11 stable release.
The search giant hosted a “Hey Google” Smart Home Summit in which it included a slide showcasing a “Checklist for September 8th Android 11 launch,” XDA Developers
Android 10 was launched in September last year. Thus, it makes sense for Google to launch its new iteration after one year. However, with the Global pandemic that is the Coronavirus pandemic pushing schedules to the extreme, no official communication on the release date has been made so far.