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Android 11 update tracker - What phones will get it? 15 Apr 2021, 10:43 am
Android 11 was released in September, 2020. Only handful of phones in fall of 2020 were actually released with Android 11 operating system, but the list of phones announced that will get the update has grown significantly over the months.
In this list, we try to keep track of all promised, rumored and confirmed Android 11 updates to all major manufacturer phones. Some of the list is based on -Google's own list, some of the list is based on manufacturer's own announcements.
It should be remembered that even when specific phone model is promised to have an Android 11 update, it doesn't necessarily mean that your phone will get it. The models promised to get the update include typically only unlocked phones, not those customized to specific operator - it is up to operators to decide whether their custom models will get the said update or not.
Android 11 has already arrived or has been promised to arrive to these phone models:
- Google phones
- Samsung phones
- OnePlus phones
- Xiaomi phones
- Nokia phones
- Oppo phones
- Realme phones
- Sony phones
- Motorola phones
- Asus phones
Note! Honor and Huawei models are unlikely to ever get the Android 11 update. Both devices are getting EMUI 11 update, but it is based on Android 10, not on Android 11.
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4a
All the mentioned Google phones can already get the official Android 11 update.
OTA (over-the-air) updates already available:
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy Z Flip
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 10
- Galaxy Note 10+
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy Fold
- Galaxy Z Fold2
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy M31
- Samsung Galaxy A51 (OTA rolled out in Europe: 5th of Feb, 2021)
- Samsung Galaxy M30s
- Samsung Galaxy M21
- Samsung Galaxy M31s
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
- Samsung Galaxy A70
- Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Samsung Galaxy A50s
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy M51
- Samsung Galaxy A70s
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Samasung Galaxy M40
- Samsung Galaxy A31
- Samsung Galaxy M11
- Samsung Galaxy A21s
- Samsung Galaxy M01
- Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020 model)
- Samsung Galaxy A30
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
- Samsung Galaxy A10
- Samsung Galaxy A10s
- Samsung Galaxy A20
- Samsung Galaxy A20s
- Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019 model)
- Samsung Galaxy M10s
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019 model)
Schedule listed here is official Samsung schedule, but might change over the time. We'll update the list accordingly, if needed.
For these models, official, open Android 11 is already available:
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus Nord
- OnePlus 7T Pro
- OnePlus 7T
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus 7
For these OnePlus models, Android 11 beta version can be installed:
- McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
For these models, Android 11 will be released later this year:
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
- OnePlus 6T
- OnePlus 6
- OnePlus Nord N10 5G
- OnePlus Nord N100
Furthermore, OnePlus 8T, 9 and 9 Pro shipped with Android 11.
Android 11 is available for these Xiaomi models:
- Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi A3
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
- POCO X3
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30 5G
- Redmi K30i 5G
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
- Redmi Note 8
- Xiaomi Mi 10T
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Android 11 is promised for these models, but not available yet:
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi K20
- Redmi Note 9
- Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Redmi 10X Pro
- Redmi 10X 5G
- Redmi 9
- Redmi 9C
- Redmi 9A
- POCO X2
- POCO M2 Pro
- POCO C3
Android 11 is available for these Nokia models:
- Nokia 8.3 5G (available from 2nd of Feb, 2021) >
- Nokia 3.2 (OTA rolled out 03/2021)
- Nokia 8.1
- Nokia 2.3
- Nokia 4.2
- Nokia 2.2
These models will get Android 11, according to the manufacturer HMD Global:
- Nokia 9 PureView (Q2/2021)
- Nokia 7.2 (Q1-Q2/2021)
- Nokia 6.2 (Q1-Q2/2021)
- Nokia 5.3 (Q4/2020 - Q1/2021)
- Nokia 3.4 (Q1/2021)
- Nokia 2.4 (Q1/2021)
- Nokia 1.3 (Q1/2021)
- Nokia 1 Plus (Q2/2021)
These OPPO models have Android 11 available:
- Find X2
- Oppo F17 Pro
- Oppo Reno 4 4G
- Oppo F11 Pro
- Oppo A9
These OPPO phones will get Android 11:
- Find X2 Pro
- Reno 3
- Reno 3 Pro
These Realme models already have open Android 11 beta available:
- Realme X50 Pro
For these Realme phone models, Android 11 will be released, but later:
- Realme X50
- Realme X3
- Realme X2 Pro
- Realme X2
- Realme XT
- Realme X
- Realme 7 Pro
- Realme 7
- Realme 6 Pro
- Realme 6
- Realme 6i
- Realme 6S
- Realme 5
- Realme 5 Pro
- Realme 5i
- Realme 5s
- Realme 3 Pro
- Realme 3
- Realme Narzo 10
- Realme Narzo 10A
These Sony phones already have OTA Android 11 update:
- Sony Xperia 1 II (released in December, 2020)
- Sony Xperia 1 (February 2021)
- Sony Xperia 5 II (January 2021)
- Sony Xperia 5 (February 2021)
- Sony Xperia 10 II (January 2021)
These Motorola models have Android 11 OTA update available:
- Moto G Pro (February 2021)
- Moto G Stylus
- Moto G8
- Moto G8 Power
- Motorola edge
- Motorola edge+
This is the official list of Motorola phones that will get Android 11 update:
- Lenovo K12 Note
- Motorola razr 5G
- Motorola razr
- Motorola One 5G
- Motorola One Action
- Motorola One Fusion
- Motorola One Fusion Plus
- Motorola One Hyper
- Motorola One Vision
- Moto G 5G
- Moto G 5G Plus
- Moto G9
- Moto G9 Play
- Moto G9 Plus
- Moto G9 Power
- Moto G Power
For these Asus phones, the stable Android 11 is already available:
- Asus Zenfone 6 (released in end of year 2020 in some countries, most othher countries in February, 2021)
- Asus Zenfone 7 Pro (OTA rolled out in end of March, 2021)
- Asus Zenfone 7 (OTA rolled out in end of March, 2021)
These Asus phones will get the Android 11, as promised by Asus:
- Asus ROG Phone 3
Are we missing something? Let us know in comments!
EDIT 23rd of Feb, 2021: Updated list for Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Nokia and Motorola
EDIT 26th of Feb, 2021: Updated Motorola's status
EDIT 1st of March, 2021: OnePlus Nord updated to Android 11 as of today.
EDIT 26th, March, 2021: OnePlus 7T Pro, several Samsung models, Nokia 3.2, Moto G8 and Moto G8 Power updated to have stable Android 11 available for them. Also, Xiaomi Mi 10T and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro hhave it, updated accordingly. Added Asus phones to the list.
EDIT 15th of April, 2021: Updated the status for several Motorola, Nokia and OnePlus models.
OnePlus Watch review: Big, boring, and buggy 15 Apr 2021, 8:44 am
Modestly priced, awesome battery life, and from a brand known for its quality products! What could go wrong? This is exactly what many of us thought when OnePlus finally decided to launch its own smartwatch, aptly named OnePlus Watch.
We got the OnePlus Watch for review just before its official launch date and were pretty excited to see it in action.
Unfortunately, this time around, the expectations were not met. For us, the OnePlus Watch is a prime example of a product that doesn't have a focus and was simply launched because everybody else had one.
- Tech specifications
- Battery life
- OnePlus Watch UI
- OnePlus Watch and running
- Co-operation with your phone
- Other features
- OnePlus Health app
- Stars / Verdict
|Weight||45 grams (without the wrist wrap)|
|Size||46.4 mm (circular), 10.9 mm (thickness)|
|Build||Stainless steel or Cobolt alloy (special edition)|
|Display||1.39" 454 x 454 pixels, AMOLED|
|Battery||402 mAh (manufacturer states battery life up to 14 days)|
|Internal storage||4 GB|
|Other||Requires Android phone with Android 6.0+ ; IP68 ; suitable for swimming ; integrated GPS|
|Price||$159 / €159|
OnePlus Watch is being sold in two editions: the standard black edition and a special cobalt-colored edition. The one we got for us to review is the standard black edition of the watch. You could call the watch's design as simplistic - but I'd call it just plain boring.
As I struggled to put on the watch, I had to wonder: why in the world would the engineers decide that the century-old, tried and tested method was outdated and decided to replace that method with something that is extremely cumbersome. Sure, with a smartwatch the idea is that it is very tightly placed to your wrist in order to measure your heartbeat and other physical measurements. However, due to the annoying wrist strap, I hated taking it off and putting it back on.
For reasons unknown to us, OnePlus has decided that one size surely fits all. The watch has exactly one size option and it is enormous. OnePlus Watch is one of the largest smartwatches out there. Sure, it is just a matter of millimeters, but with a watch those millimeters are quite important to the aesthetics and feel of the product.
Speaking for myself, I'm from the land of the giant Vikings, but an oddity here - a short guy with a slim body type, and for me the OnePlus Watch was simply too big. Sure, I could still adjust it to my wrist, with the last hook of the wrist strap in use. But for small women or guys smaller than me, the watch is simply too big.
My teenage son tried the watch on and as you can see in the picture above, the watch had to be adjusted quite close to the elbow in order to be snug enough for the heartbeat sensor to work properly. Not an ideal placement for a watch, I'd say.
So, if you're something like 6 feet / 180 cm tall and have a bulky structure, the watch might be just fine. For everybody else, it is just too big.
The pretty massive 1.39" display is covered with curved sapphire glass. The 454 x 454 resolution AMOLED display is actually pretty awesome. It is so bright that watch can be easily used outside on sunny days.
Also, the touch screen of the display is smooth and very responsive but doesn't give you accidental taps, even with a slightly curved display. So, in this area, OnePlus Watch is one of the better smartwatches we've tested.
While I complained about the size of the watch, the other side of that is obvious: the display is also big, as OnePlus has managed to keep the bezels very, very thin.
OnePlus took a massive risk with its OnePlus Watch and decided to build its own operating system for the device rather than adopting Google's Wear OS or another existing smartwatch operating system. OnePlus reasoned this decision with increased battery life. Their marketing claims "up to two weeks" of battery life for the watch. Surely, the actual tech specifications play it down slightly, stating that the battery should last for "one week, even two".
Our test period didn't last two weeks, so we couldn't verify the claim fully. However, based on our several days of testing, the claim actually might have some truth in it. We'd estimate that with our usage, the built-in 402 mAh battery should last for 8 to 10 days.
For a smartwatch to have a battery life of more than a week is an impressive achievement, absolutely.
Obviously, to honor the OnePlus tradition, the watch is very, very fast to charge, too. Just 20 minutes of charging should get the battery to more than 50 percent capacity.
The charger itself is elegantly designed and easy to use. It is just a magnetic cup that snaps the watch inside it for charging. It should be noted though that the watch doesn't ship with the outlet charger, but just the charger cable for the watch that you need to hook up to your existing power adapter.
OnePlus Watch UI
The watch's own user interface is very clear and easy to navigate: all functions are in logical places and nothing is hidden underneath piles of menus like in some other smartwatches. As a handy bonus, the other physical button of the device can be programmed to perform the task you most commonly need to access.
OnePlus Watch was actually a pleasure to use as the operating system was very snappy and the user interface was logically designed. Here I can understand why OnePlus decided to build its own operating system for the watch.
As for the features, OnePlus Watch has all the standard features you'd expect to have in any smartwatch, sports watch, or even sports bracelet. It can measure your heart rate, analyze your sleep, track your daily steps, etc.
Most of the measurement features are on by default, as they should be. None of the features present in the OnePlus Watch make it stand out from its competitors, but then again, it doesn't really lack any of the basic features either. Almost all the features found in OnePlus Watch are the features found in $30 bracelets and $500 sports watches, too.
There's one nice addition, however. For the runners among us OnePlus Watch has an integrated GPS. Having an integrated GPS makes it stand out from many of the other cheaper smartwatches. With the device's own GPS, you can leave your phone at home when you decide to do your morning run and still get the exercise tracked properly.
OnePlus Watch and running
Sure, I had to test how well the Watch works as a sports tracking device. I decided to do two separate 5 kilometer runs on separate days. Both runs I tracked with OnePlus Watch, but also with a chest strap heart-rate monitor, in order to get comparable data.
I was curious to see how well OnePlus Watch could track my BPM. It is a quite well-known fact that wrist-based heartbeat monitoring isn't as accurate as chest strap monitors. Furthermore, I also have this interesting (but harmless!) heart condition that causes my BPM to occasionally spike every now and then. This results in quite interesting data to my BPM charts if the heartbeat monitor is able to pick those up.
left: data from OnePlus Watch, right: data from chest strap monitor
The first run didn't reveal anything weird at all, but the second run was interesting. When comparing the data from the OnePlus Watch app to the data gathered by my chest strap monitor, we can see how OnePlus Watch didn't react to sudden changes in heart rate: it smoothed out the peaks and valleys (caused by short, very fast runs and also by red traffic lights).
Surely, the average BPM is pretty much identical in both charts and thus, is accurate enough to get an idea of how hard/easy the run was overall. But if you're training in a way that you try to keep your BPM within a specific range, OnePlus Watch simply isn't a good enough option for that purpose. Then again, OnePlus never really claimed that they were building a proper sports watch and it is obvious that the OnePlus Watch isn't one either.
The bigger problem though was with the watch's GPS tracking. For my first run, it seems that it took over 10 minutes for GPS to start tracking the route properly. In my map, there's a 1.5 kilometer gap that is simply missing from the very beginning of the run. Interestingly, the totals the app shows are better in line with actual data: according to that, it missed only appx. 500 meters of my normal daily run.
With a GPS problem that significant, it is obvious that you cannot rely purely on OnePlus Watch's data if you have any goals or targets for your running. Even when you don't have any goals, it is very annoying to lose some of the data. After all, you ran in order to get that data!
Co-operation with your phone
Even though OnePlus Watch can be used without a phone, it has been designed to work with one. OnePlus hasn't released a companion app for iPhone, so for the time being, OnePlus Watch is for Android users only. Based on our test Android phones and OnePlus Watch work quite smoothly together.
From your phone, you can select what phone apps can send their notifications to your phone too. I set the Watch to receive notifications for incoming WhatsApp messages and SMS messages. As a handy bonus, you can also quickly reply to your messages with pre-saved quick messages like "I'll get back to you shortly".
The watch can also control music playback on your phone: you can skip tracks, adjust volume levels, and more. The playback controls aren't app-specific, but instead, they are universal Android playback controls. I used them for both Spotify and an audiobook player and they worked perfectly.
As a handy little feature, there's also a "Find my phone" feature in OnePlus Watch that plays a tone on your phone, even when muted, so you can find it if you're accidentally placed your phone somewhere you can't remember.
Beyond those features already mentioned, OnePlus Watch is actually pretty plain. It is quite hard to determine whether OnePlus Watch should be categorized as a "real smartwatch" or just a "big sports bracelet". All the basic features you'd expect from a smartwatch are there, yes, but absolutely nothing else.
And as the operating system is new and solely used for this device, there are no third-party apps to install - and there's no word from OnePlus whether there ever will be.
For me, one of the biggest letdowns of the Watch was the fact that you can't use its NFC feature to do contactless payments in stores.
OnePlus Health app
While the watch itself was a pretty solid, but slightly boring package, the companion Android app is something else. The entire app screams "v1.0". Sure, it worked – for the most part – but everything seemed to be slightly unfinished and lacked polishing.
That said, the only really big problem with the app was the fact that it somehow managed to lose its Google Fit sync after the first day. On the first day or so, the data was flowing nicely from the OnePlus Health app to Google Fit, as it should. But after that, syncing of the data simply stopped, even though the apps were still linked together.
Also, the exercise diary and how the data was presented was simply sub-par compared to any other "real" sports tracking applications. There were no tools for analysis or to create summaries.
For most parts, the app did its job. It was similar to most other smartwatch manufacturers' apps: nothing fancy, but the main screen did its job by providing core information about your current health, recent sleep, etc.
OnePlus Watch is an affordable smartwatch with great battery life, but yes, it is slightly boring too.
Its biggest problem is definitely unfinished software, most notably the Android companion app. Also, its GPS issues need to be addressed soon, one way or another, because a sports device with a non-functional GPS is a bit pointless.
Besides the GPS issue, the watch itself didn't have any significant technical problems. It was smooth to use and did its limited set of jobs as expected.
But even when/if OnePlus manages to get the Android app sorted out and fixes the annoying GPS issue, there is still one huge open question out there. Who is this watch for? It is bit "too dumb" to be a real smartwatch. It lacks training programs and other features you'd expect to have in a real sports watch, so it can't be really called that either.
If you're looking for a real smartwatch, buy a proper Wear OS watch instead and if you're a sports fanatic, buy a real sports watch.
I think OnePlus Watch's core target group is the same people who buy sports bracelets: people who want to keep not-so-detailed track of their health on daily basis, but aren't fanatic about it.
And yes, the potential buyer needs to have bigger arms than I do, too.
Logitech ends its line of Harmony remotes 12 Apr 2021, 7:52 am
Logitech, best known for its keyboards and mice, has decidedd to end its once-popular Harmony line of universal remote controls.
Logitechh's Harmony remotes have been praised by many and they had their heyday in first decade of 2000s. About 15 years ago many countries went through digtalization of TVs and there was a need for separate STB in order to get digital TV transmissions to old, analog TV sets. Furthermore, the decade also marked the peak time for DVDs. Thus, many households had several peripherals connected to the TV: STB, DVD player and various others. So, the need for remotes that could command them all was also at its peak.
Since then, things have changed: streaming services have largely replaced DVDs, TVs themselves have the streaming service apps integrated into them and built-in digital TV receivers are commonplace with TV sets. So, the need for universal remotes has also diminished.
Company predicted the trend early on and considered selling its Harmony business back in 2013, but decided to keep it in house instead. But now, Logitech has announced that they have stopped manufacturing Harmony remotes for good.
Logitech promises to support the existing remotes for several years by adding new devices too its Harmony device database and will also provide customer support for existing customers. But in case you want to buy one, you better hurry, as the ones retailers currently have in stock, will be the last ones.
Sony Pictures licenses its upcoming movies to Netflix, exclusively 9 Apr 2021, 9:08 am
One of the few major studios that hasn't tried to create its own Netflix competitor is Sony Pictures. Now, Sony Pictures has decided to license all its upcoming movie releases exclusively to Netflix.
Deal includes upcoming sequels to award-winning 2018 Spider-Man animation film, Uncharted movies and more. All Sony's big screen releases from year 2022 onwards will be made available to Netflix shortly after their theatrical release.
Furthermore, the deal includes also all Sony Pictures' direct-to-streaming movies and select past titles from its vast movie catalog. It should be noted that while Marvel is nowadays part of Disney empire, Sony has full film rights to some Marvel's characters - most notably, to those appearing in Spider-Man universe. Thus, while other Marvel movies and series are moving to Disney+, those owned by Sony will be Netflix-exclusive.
Sony's press release doesn't give out much more information about the deal. The length nor the price of the deal are not made public.
Sony's Spider-Mar: Into the Spider-verse won the best animated film Academy Award back in 2019. All its upcoming sequels can be found on Netflix under this deal.
Sony Picture's ticker revenue market share has been between 10 and 20 percent, globally, for the past 20 years or so.
World's largest demo party stream banned by Twitch, during the event 6 Apr 2021, 3:59 pm
World's largest pure demo party, Revision has been held annually in Germany since 2011. This time around the event was held remotely, due the global COVID-19 pandemic. But during the event, the streaming platform provider Twitch decided to ban the event's stream, without warning.
Twitch has recently expanded to various gaming and demo events, trying to expand its reach beyond game streaming platform. Thus, Revision had chosen Twitch as its streaming provider in order to cater the event, competitions and all things involved to its virtual visitors.
During the Saturday afternoon, however, Twitch hhad decided to block the Revision's stream - without warning and with no reason given why they banned the stream. Revision party relies heavily on volunteers who have poured thousands of hours of work to ensure that the event runs as smoothly as possible. Not to mention all the demo groups that have invested hundreds of hours to their art that was meant to be showcased in Revision competition.
Among the organizers, there's no information on why Twitch decided to ban the stream, but rumors say that some of the demos shown at the competition showed bare male buttocks at some point and that triggered Twitch to ban the stream. However, this hasn't been confirmed by either the organizers or by Twitch.
Luckily, Revision team got help from other legendary grass-roots group, German Chaos Computing Club, a hacker group founded back in 1981. CCC provided a new host for Revision's stream and the event could continue in new streaming address.
What exactly is a demo scene?
Demo scene is an undergound computer sub-culture that creates demos, computer programs that show off the talents of the programmers, graphics designers and musicians involved in the project. Demos aren't videos, but instead, real-time computer software that generates audio-visual effects, stories and effects, typically in a story-line mode. Hundreds of professional game developers have originally learned their skills in demo scene.
Demos and demo scene, as an art form, was added to Finland's national UNESCO list as a form of digital art worth preserving.
In demo parties, demo groups compete against each other by showing their demos to the party visitors. Visitors then get to vote for the best demo.
The winners of Revision 2021 party
After hiccups with Twitch, Revision party was completed successfully. There were several different demo competition categories, as there always are in big demo parties. To mention some of the competition categories, there was obviously the big "general" PC demo category, but also 4K PC intro category where the competition entry had to be squeezed into 4 kB (yup, kilobytes) in its entirety.
Furthermore, as a nod to the legacy, party had two Commodore Amiga competition categories and handful of other categories too. All the competition results can be found here.
Here's the PC demo competition winner: (and note, while you're watching it through YouTube, originally it is a software program, generating all those visuals in real-time)
And here's the this year's winner in Amiga demo category: (note: again, the computer generated all this, in real time, using original Amiga hardware from early 1990s. To be more specific, the computer used was Amiga 1200 with 68060 CPU running at 66 MHz, with 64 MB RAM)
You can download all the demos and intros shown at Revision party from scene.org download servers.
EDIT: Added Amiga specs and added some rumors about possible ban reasons.
Long-lost Soviet Lord of the Rings movie was found and is now at YouTube 6 Apr 2021, 11:36 am
On the very last days of the Soviet Union, a local TV channel in Leningrad released its own movie version of iconic J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings book trilogy. Movie was aired once and was thought to be lost forever, until now.
The TV channel Leningrad Television aired the movie on the very same year the Soviet Union eventually collapsed. As years passed by, many enthusiasts have tried to find the movie - or even bootleg copies of it, to no avail. But just over the Easter weekend, the TV channel's successor, 5TV, added the entire movie to YouTube.
Movie, called Khraniteli, has gathered already over 700'000 views online, despite it being - well, obviously - in Russian language. As the budget wasn't exactly a match to the movies made by Peter Jackson in early 2000s, it is still a notable piece of history.
You can watch the entire movie here, it has been split into two parts:
..and the second part:
Source: The Guardian
LG to quit mobile phone business for good 1 Apr 2021, 1:11 pm
Korean tech giant LG is reported to end its mobile phone business line completely.
Company's phone business has been a loss-maker for more than 6 years now and company has previously announced that it is seeking for "various options" for its mobile phone business. Now, according to Korean sources it seems that company has made a decision to quit the mobile phone business completely.
According to the reports by The Korean Times, LG will shift its current mobile phone workforce to company's other business segments and to cease the mobile phone business for good.
Meanwhile, LG's shares have soared in Korean stock market, boosted by strong demand for its flat-screen TVs and home appliances. It has also grown to be one of the biggest component providers for electronic vehicles, boosted by its strong presence in battery manufacturing business.
Company hasn't officially confirmed the rumors about its mobile phone business yet, but according to The Korean Times, such announcement is expected on early next week.
Review: OnePlus 9 Pro - Finally a worthy contender 24 Mar 2021, 5:00 am
Back in the day, OnePlus made its mark among tech enthusiasts by bringing high-end phone features to the mid-range price segment. It originally dubbed its phones as "flagship killers" and managed to do exactly that. However, as the competition has intensified, OnePlus has had to push its pricing up each year to maintain its position as a manufacturer with extremely fast Android phones.
This time around, OnePlus's main focus is on camera technology, as it has been widely regarded as the only area where the company's phones haven't been able to properly compete against the big guys like Samsung and Apple. To push its cameras to the next level, OnePlus has partnered with iconic Swedish camera brand, Hasselblad, and has also continued its on-going partnership with Sony to develop a custom imaging sensor for its flagship device.
We got the OnePlus 9 Pro for our review team well before its launch, so we had time to assess whether the company has finally managed to create a phone that is truly superb, in all areas possible.
- Technical specs
- Look and feel
- Main cameras
- Sample photos
- Selfie camera
- Video recording
- Wireless charging
- Battery life and charging
- Oxygen OS / Android 11
- How to improve?
|Dimensions||163,2mm x 73,6mm x 8,7mm|
|Display||6,7" ; 20.1:9 ; 3216 x 1440px (525 ppi)|
120 Hz AMOLED LTPO
Gorilla Glass 5
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Memory||8GB / 12GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB|
48 MP ; OIS ; EIS ; f/1.8 ; Somy IMX789
50 MP ; f/2.2 ; Sony IMX766
|Selfie camera||16 MP, fixed focus|
|Other||Double-SIM, 5G, 50W wireless charging, 65W wired charging|
Look and feel
When you buy a phone that costs approximately a thousand dollars, you're expecting to get a phone that has a certain build quality. OnePlus 9 Pro delivers on that expectation. The phone feels very sturdy and well-built, just as it should. It has this "premium feeling" when you hold the phone for the very first time in your hand.
Sure, the phone is also pretty heavy at 197 grams, making it a no-go for some people who prefer to have lighter phones to carry.
When you take a look at the phone, the first thing you notice is actually its back. The camera area hasn't been "hidden", but is displayed very prominently - and quite stylishly, in my opinion.
The front side is covered with a massive 6.7" display, just as one would expect. The front camera is a punch-hole camera, just a small hole in the front display in the top-left corner of the device.
Interestingly, OnePlus has opted to have a less curvy display design in OnePlus 9 Pro compared to its predecessor, the OnePlus 8 Pro. This was apparently done as a result of negative feedback about the curvy display, with complaints that such a display design caused constant accidental taps on the display itself.
Otherwise, the OnePlus 9 Pro is very much a OnePlus phone. The good old three-stage slider on the side of the phone is still there (that allows to quickly change the phone to vibrate or muted mode), accompanied by the power button. On the other side are located the physical volume controls.
At the bottom of the phone, you find the USB-C port, SIM tray, and stereo speakers. So, no 3.5mm headphone plug there. OnePlus 9 Pro has three color options available: Morning mist, Pine green and Stellar black. The device we tested was the "Morning mist" one, which is basically a silvery, almost mirror-like aesthetic.
The black option should be slightly matte, making it the go-to option for those who hate phones that are constantly covered with fingerprints.
OnePlus 9 Pro continues OnePlus's tradition of sporting great displays. It has a 6.7" AMOLED display with an adaptive 120 Hz screen refresh rate.
The new thing here is the LTPO technology that allows the display to be "smart" about the refresh rate. Basically, the phone changes its refresh rate from 1 Hz to 120 Hz depending on the material you're watching on your phone. If you're just browsing photos, the screen doesn't need to update as frequently as it would when you're playing fps-intensive games. A lower refresh rate means lower battery consumption too, of course.
In our tests, the dynamic refresh rate worked exactly as it should - there wasn't any lag when switching from photo browsing to fast games and back - the screen simply changed the refresh rate accordingly, without any hiccups.
For me personally, one of the key things with displays is the brightness. OnePlus 9 Pro has impressive 1300 nit brightness. With that level of brightness, the phone can be easily used even in direct sunlight.
OnePlus 9 Pro's display is simply put a very, very good display. It is responsive, fast, bright and it's color saturation is excellent.
As OnePlus has made bold claims about the phone's camera abilities, this was a very interesting area to test. Sony has developed the IMX789 sensor just for this phone, bundling its photography know-how for OnePlus's new flagship.
The main camera can shoot 48MP photos and can also output 12-bit RAW images for those of you who prefer to do the image editing on your own, ignoring the phone's own algorithms. The 48MP photos are built by combining four 12MP images into one - a typical method seen in most high-end phones.
The main camera has an aperture of f/2.2 and has both, electronic image stabilizer (EIS) and a real, physical, optical image stabilizer (OIS).
Furthermore, the ultra-wide camera has seen some significant improvements, too, using Sony's IMX766 sensor. This sensor can be found on other phones, too, including the upcoming Oppo Find X3 Pro. The sensor delivers 50 MP ultra-wide shots with something OnePlus calls a "freeform lens". With a freeform lens, OnePlus is able to fix the typical edge distortions that are typically present in widescreen photos. As with the main camera, the 50MP image is built by stitching together four 12.5MP images.
Many higher-end phones nowadays tend not to include tele lens with the phone, but opt to have a macro lens with the phone instead. I've always personally preferred tele over the macro lens, as I feel that there are much more situations where I can use a tele lens than a macro lens. Obviously, this is, again, a matter of preference. But I was delighted that OnePlus decided to keep tele lens with their flagship phone.
Sure, the tele camera of OnePlus 9 Pro is probably the weakest link of its back camera arsenal. It shoots only 8 MP photos, using f/2.4 aperture. There's no OIS available for tele either.
But did OnePlus manage to create a camera setup that can truly compete against Samsung and Apple?
They did. Indeed.
Both, the main camera and the ultrawide camera take outstanding photos, no matter what lighting conditions there are available. The color balance is extremely realistic, resembling the photos taken with the best Sony's high-end camera phones.
As a nice extra touch, the color balance remains the same whether you take photos with the main camera or with the ultrawide lens - something that can't be taken for granted, not even with the most expensive phones nowadays. Apparently, this is the key area where Hasselblad collaboration has been in play.
Above, you can see a small comparison set of dimly lit photos. The first one was taken with mid-range Sony Xperia 10 II, with no flash in use. The second one was taken with OnePlus 9 Pro, using basic settings, no flash. The third one was taken with OnePlus 9 Pro, using night mode, with no flash. In low-light situations, even the ultra-wide camera delivers good results, although, not as impressive as the main camera.
Even though the phone doesn't sport a macro lens, software-based macro photography using existing lenses is still available as an option - and that works pretty well. Photos can be taken about 4 cm away from the object and they manage to maintain a pretty impressive amount of detail in them.
To summarize it: Yes, the OnePlus 9 Pro has an excellent camera.
Here are some comparison photos that were taken with all three cameras: ultrawide, main, and tele.
While OnePlus put significant effort into its back cameras, the selfie cam doesn't get any improvements. It still uses the same Sony IMX471 that company has used since the OnePlus 7 series. The selfie cam can take 16 MP photos, but doesn't have OIS and only has a fixed focus lens.
So, if you're an Instagram influencer whose main job is to take selfies, the OnePlus 9 Pro isn't your cup of tea perhaps. For everybody else, the front camera delivers okay-ish selfies in good light and adequate results in low light situations.
With OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus has jumped into the megapixel video game. The main camera can shoot 8K videos @ 30fps framerate. It is still a bit of mystery to me who actually needs 8K videos, as most people still don't have even 4K displays but for video editing, obviously, the better the source material, the better the end result.
In addition to 8K video, the phone can record 4K video @ 30/60/120fps and can also record slow-motion videos. For slow-motion, 1080p resolution can be captured up to 240fps framerate and 720p resolution can captured at 480fps.
Video quality is comparable to the quality of photos the OnePlus 9 Pro can take: when using the main camera, the quality is simply outstanding. When using the ultrawide lens, the quality is similarly superb in good light and "very good" in low light situations.
The selfie cam can only record FullHD video @ 30fps and doesn't have any other options.
If there's one key area that OnePlus has never made any sacrifices, it must be the performance and this holds true with OnePlus 9 Pro too. The device uses Qualcomm's latest monster, Snapdragon 888 as its SoC. In plain English: the CPU of the phone is the fastest there is.
Various benchmarks prove the point. In AnTuTu test, the OnePlus 9 Pro was the third-fastest Android phone ever built, losing only to Xiaomi's latest flagship and to Chinese iQOOM's gaming phone.
If the SoC is the best there is, the other performance factors are equally impressive: the phone ships with either 8 gigabytes or 12 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM memory. The device we tested had 12GB of RAM.
For mobile gamers, there's also a specific Game mode available that puts all the other apps and notifications to lower priority, giving the game all the oomph the phone has to offer.
Top-of-the-line specs combined with a very carefully customized Android 11 mean that the phone is simply fast. Really, really fast.
OnePlus 9 Pro pushes the OnePlus's wireless charging speeds to the next level with its 50W wireless charger. Unfortunately, the wireless charger isn't included in the retail box, so I'd guess it would be a bit of a novelty for most users -- after all, it is a relatively bulky one to carry with you and I can't imagine anyone buying more than one wireless charger for their phone.
But sure, it is fast and very convenient. With a 50W charger, the phone charges itself from 1 percent to 100 percent in 43 minutes.
OnePlus's new wireless charger also supports other manufacturer's devices: it can charge QI and EPP compliant devices, but slower than what it can deliver to OnePlus's own phone.
As a nice touch, the OnePlus 9 Pro supports reverse wireless charging, too. If you have, say, headphones that support wireless charging, you can simply place them on the back of your phone and use your phone's battery to charge the headphones. OnePlus 9 Pro can deliver 5W output to other devices through its reverse wireless charging.
Battery life and charging
OnePlus 9 Pro has a decent 4,500 mAh battery, split in half in order to support Qualcomm's and OnePlus's own twin-charging methods. Sure, a bigger battery would be nice, but I think 4'500 mAh is a decent compromise between battery life and the weight of the phone.
During our test period, it could last about 24 hours with one charge when it was used relatively actively. During the most active test days that involved lots of app testing, tweaking, and data transfers, the phone had to charged after 12 hours or so.
Obviously, tweaking the phone's settings helps a lot: dimming the display, switching off unused radios (Bluetooth, etc) and forcing the phone to kill unused apps quickly would save battery dramatically. But...
In recent years, OnePlus's key selling point has been its super-fast charging. This time around they don't change the charger to a bigger one, but use almost the same charger that the previous model, the OnePlus 8T, used. Warp Charger 65T delivers up to 65W to phone. This means that the phone can be fully charged in 29 minutes.
And such fast charging speeds tend to change the ways how one uses the phone. After a week or so, I simply stopped charging the phone overnight, as I could simply charge it for 5 to 10 minutes every time I brew coffee or visit the bathroom. This way, the phone was pretty much always at around 40 to 80 percent fully charged.
OnePlus 9 Pro's charger has one interesting detail with it: both ends of the charging cable use USB-C. This might pose a small problem when you want to charge something that doesn't have a USB-C port, as you can't simply plug in a different cable (one that might have an old "big" USB-A plug on the other end, and microUSB on the other end).
OnePlus's Warp Charger 65T can also charge devices that support either USB PD or PPS standard, meaning that the phone's charger can be used as a laptop charger, too.
Oxygen OS / Android 11
OnePlus traditionally doesn't do any heavy customization over "vanilla Android" and many fans of the brand simply love that approach. Lately, though, OnePlus has steered towards Samsung's UI in its settings and its own apps - a decision that might cause some die-hard OnePlus fans to get angry at the company.
However, the Samsung-likeness ends there: there aren't any massive bundled, unnecessary apps or any other bloatware bundled with the phone, just a plain Android with a handful of small, rather smart additional tweaks built by OnePlus.
With Android, there lies also the biggest problem OnePlus currently has. The company has had the reputation as the "savior" of the Android ecosystem, delivering timely updates even for its older flagship models. Surely, OnePlus promises to deliver three major Android updates to the OnePlus 9 Pro, too. However, in recent months, the company has disappointed many of its loyal customers as the Android 11 updates to older OnePlus phones haven't materialized, even though Android 11 was released in Autumn 2020.
So, yes, OnePlus will get its Android updates for a much longer time than most Android manufacturers, but currently, it seems, the company isn't as quick to release them as it used to be in the past.
And at the same time, Samsung has made some serious improvements with its Android update schedule, it is interesting to see how this will play out for OnePlus.
OnePlus 9 Pro is simply a fantastic phone. The company used to slightly lag behind the big guys when it comes to cameras, but that area is now pretty much fixed with the launch of the OnePlus 9 Pro.
I was thinking about this pricey phone and considering what I would change in it to make it even more appealing. I'd say, I'd improve the selfie cams significantly: the mid-price OnePlus Nord from 2020 had two selfie cams and significantly better quality than the one that the OnePlus 9 Pro has.
Other than that, it is very hard to think of anything that should have been done better. The phone has its IP certificate for waterproofness, has the top-notch performance we all need, and has great cameras. With storage options of 128GB and 256Gb, there's very little need for a memory card slot - if any.
Only the slightly worrying situation with Android updates is the big question mark looming over OnePlus's new flagship.
OnePlus 9 Pro is clearly a premium phone. It has Samsung's S21 series and Apple's iPhone in its crosshairs and it isn't ashamed to tell it publicly.
Even back in 2020, OnePlus still had an area or two where it was clearly the underdog when it comes to the fight for flagship dominance. Not anymore.
OnePlus 9 Pro is now in the category where the small differences in performance numbers or camera megapixels don't really matter at all. Whether you're going to buy OnePlus 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or the latest iPhone, you're buying an excellent phone. It all comes down to personal preferences at this level, where you can freely pick your favorite with your gut instinct.
We strongly recommend OnePlus 9 Pro. It is an awesome phone.
OnePlus unveiled their first smartwatch: Here's OnePlus Watch 23 Mar 2021, 4:03 pm
The Chinese smartphone company has today announced their highly anticipated smartwatch, OnePlus Watch. The company's first smartwatch was accompanied by the release of the new OnePlus 9 Series smarpthones.
Interestingly, OnePlus has decided to not go with Google's smartphone OS, or any other common smartphone platform, instead they've created their own.
This Apple-like move might make it easier for OnePlus to customize the experience but amount and quality of apps is reliant on OnePlus as well.
The smartwatch has a clear focus on health but it's packed with features, like GPS and Warp fast charging. You can charge week's battery life in just 20 minutes.
OnePlus has created the body from stainless steel, although there's also a special cobalt version, and watch face is measured at 46 mm.
While the watch is designed to be used alongside OnePlus 9, you can use it with any Android device or even iPhones, although that is still a work in progress.
OnePlus Watch is IP68 water and dust resistant, has a 15 day battery life, features over 110 workout modes, can measure blood oxygen, and offers 4 gigabytes storage for in-device music
OnePlus Watch starts at $159 with Cobalt special edition coming later.
OnePlus announced new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro 23 Mar 2021, 3:48 pm
OnePlus has today announced their new OnePlus 9 Series smartphones. The new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro aim to impress you with new Hasselblad cameras, better performance, and improved displays.
Let's take the most drastic change first which comes with the cooperation between the Chinese smartphone manufacturer and one of the world's most celebrated camera brands, Hasselblad. OnePlus promises that this has resulted in one of the best cameras on any phone.
The Hasselblad Camera for Mobile platform provides more accurate colors and better allround photo quality, OnePlus says. Behind the tuning of the colors and quality are hundreds of tests provided by Hasselblad ambassadors and professional photographers.
Both models have the largely the same camera specs including a 48 MP default shooter and a 50 MP wide angle camera, but only the OnePlus 9 Pro has a telephoto camera capable of optical zoom.
The displays have been improved as well. New LTPO technology brings along variable refresh rate which can change the speed of the refresh rate depending on the situation from 1 all the way to 120 hertz.
You'll get the smooth experience while gaming or simply scrolling but when static content is displayed the phone turns down the knob and saves you battery.
Not only is the refresh rate fast, OnePlus 9 Series has Hyper Touch technology that makes the input lag less of a problem as well. This up to 360 Hz touch response is used by games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, League of Legends, and Brawl Stars.
Overall the display got an A+ rating from DisplayMate thanks to featured mentioned above as well as 1300 nit maximum brightness (OnePlus 9 Pro), HDR10+ support, MEMC technology, and automatic color temperature setting.
Charging is faster than ever on the new OnePlus 9 Series. While the size of the battery is largely unchanged, measuring in at rather mundane 4500 milliamp hours, the fast charging makes it almost inconsequential.
Warp Charge 65T means that you can charge the phones wired at 65 watts, charging the phone from 1 to 100% in 29 minutes, or wirelessly at 50 watts (15 watts on OnePlus 9) only taking 43 minutes from empty to full.
Other specs include Snapdragon 888, 8 or 12 gigs of LPDDR5 RAM, fast UFS 3.1 storage of 128 or 256 GB and of course 5G connectivity.
The differences between the two models boil down to a larger and slightly better screen, additional telephoto camera and better video options, and faster wireless charging, and official IP68 rating on the OnePlus 9 Pro.
Prices start at $729 for OnePlus 9 and $1069 for OnePlus 9 Pro.
Here are the specs in all their glory:
OnePlus 9 Pro
Display: AMOLED LTPO, 6.7", 1440 x 3216 (525 ppi), 20.1:9, 120 Hz, 10-bit, 1300 nits, Gorilla Glass 5
Build: Gorilla Glass, IP68
Measurements: 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 197 g (6.94 oz)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8 GB, LPDDR5
Storage: 128/256 GB, UFS 3.1
Battery: 4500 mAh, Warp Charge 65T (10V/6.5A), Warp Charge 50W wireless charging
OS: Android 11 + OxygenOS
Main camera: 48 MP, Sony IMX789, 1/1.43", 1.12 μm/48M; 2.24 μm (4-in-1)/12M, f/1.8, 7P lens, OIS, EIS
Ultra wide camera: 50 MP, Sony IMX766, 1/1.56", f/2.2, 7P lens
Tele camera: 8 MP, 3.3x zoom, 1.0 μm, f/2.4, OIS
B&W camera: 2 MP
Video: 8K 30fps, 4K 30/60/120fps, 1080p 240fps, 720p 480fps. time-lapse 4K 30fps
Front-facing camera: 16 MP, Sony IMX471, 1.0μm, f/2.4, EIS
Connectivity: USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, 5G (NSA: N1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78. SA: N1, 3, 7, 28, 41, 78), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
Other: In-screen fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, alert slider
Colors: Morning Mist, Pine Green, Stellar Black
Display: AMOLED, 6,55", 2400 x 1080 (402 ppi), 20:9, 120 Hz, 1100 nits, Gorilla Glass
Build: Gorilla Glass
Measurements: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 192 g (6.77 oz)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12 GB, LPDDR5
Storage: 128/256 GB, UFS 3.1
Battery: 4500 mAh, Warp Charge 65T (10V/6.5A), Warp Charge 15W wireless charging
OS: Android 11 + OxygenOS
Main camera: 48 MP, Sony IMX689, 1/1.43", 1.12 μm/48M; 2.24 μm (4-in-1)/12M, f/1.8, 7P lens, EIS
Ultra wide camera: 50 MP, Sony IMX766, 1/1.56", f/2.2, 7P lens
B&W camera: 2 MP
Video: 8K 30fps, 4K 30/60fps, 1080p 240fps, 720p 480fps. time-lapse 4K 30fps
Front-facing camera: 16 MP, Sony IMX471, 1.0μm, f/2.4, EIS
Connectivity: USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, 5G (NSA: N1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 78. SA: N1, 3, 7, 28, 41, 78), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
Other: In-screen fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, alert slider
Colors: Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, Astral Black
Nasa and SpaceX agree on traffic laws for space 22 Mar 2021, 11:32 am
As the Elon Musk's company, SpaceX expands its Starlink satellite constellation, the need for traffic laws for space has grown significantly. Now, SpaceX and Nasa have agreed to create traffic rules for space.
SpaceX's Starlink satellite network requires unholy amount of small communication satellites, located in Earth's geostationary orbit. Company has applied permissions for a whopping 42'000 Starlink satellites to be deployed. Currently there are over 1'200 Starlink satellites in the orbit already.
Such massive number of satellites poses a potential disaster for other organizations operating in space. Thus, the agreement, dubbed as Joint Spaceflight Safety Agreement, was announced by both, Nasa and SpaceX.
Under the agreement, both parties agree that in case of an inevitable collision, it is SpaceX that will steer away, using the ion thrusters on each hStarlink satellite. Without such agreement in place, a situation could happen where both, Nasa and SpaceX try to avoid collision and direct their instruments to the same direction, causing the collision anyway.
Netflix to crack down on password sharing with friends 12 Mar 2021, 1:11 pm
As the world is littered with online streaming services, the habit of sharing streaming service passwords with your friends has become a standard practice for many. This has been the de facto status for Netflix for years now, but company hasn't cared much about it. Not until now, it seems.
Handful of people all across the world have seen lately a message from Netflix asking whether they live with the account owner or not. Message has stated simply:
If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.
To continue watching after this notification, Netflix has sent a confirmation code via email or SMS to the account owner. Only by entering the confirmation code, could the watching be continued.
Netflix has stated that this is a small-scale test it is conducting. Netflix's official Terms of service clearly states that sharing passwords to those who don't live within the same household is banned. Their ToS states that account is for "personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household".
The test might hint that company is about to end account sharing among friends somehow in near future. Spotify started cracking down on unauthorized family account sharing back in 2019, so it might be that Netflix has watched Spotify to do the dirty work - and realize that it didn't have any negative impact on Spotify.
Guide: Create timelapse video with Android phone, using free open source app 9 Mar 2021, 2:00 pm
Timelapse videos are getting more and more popular: you can see them in social media and in ads all over the world. We wanted to create a guide on how to make your own timelapse videos with free, open source apps, but with ease and with excellent video quality.
Timelapse videos are basically sped up videos, focused on specific object or scenery for the duration of the video. Most typical timelapse videos show a scenery, from dawn until dusk.
For the purpose of this guide, we went through tons of various timelapse apps and eventually found the best suited for our purposes: Open Camera app for Android. It is fully free, open source app that doesn't have any ads or doesn't try to make you buy more features. Furthermore, it allows full control of video quality, speed of the timelapse video and more.
Sure, many phones ship with manufacturer's own camera app that might have some kind of timelapse feature built-in. However, we feel that Open Camera provides much more flexibility than most stock apps we've seen so far.
What is needed for creating a timelapse video?
In order to make great timelapse videos, some peripherals are required.
Spare Android phone
Obviously, we'll need an Android phone (or tablet) for this project. Best option would be a phone that is not used anymore: dig through your drawers and see if you can find your previous phone somewhere.
Sure, you can use your current phone, too, but in order to make timelapse videos, the phone can't be used for anything else when we're shooting the video. So, better to use a phone that is spare rather than your "main" phone.
Also, it is a good idea to have a spare charger available for the phone. Especially if you're about to create a very long timelapse video - or in case your spare phone's battery is in very bad shape.
Phone stand / tripod
In order to create a timelapse video, the phone must be kept in same place for long time. Easiest way to solve this problem is to use a phone tripod, like those made by Joby. Cheap ones that have attachment for a phone cost typically something like 20 euros / 20 dollars, so this is not a deal-breaker, really.
Sure, you can make some kind of a DIY structure, too, to keep your phone in place during the recording session.
Obviously, your phone needs to have free storage space available for the video. Luckily, the timelapse videos don't take huge amounts of storage space: in our tests, 2min FullHD video with excellent quality took about 200 to 300 megabytes of storage space.
If your phone has memory card slot, you can use that, as Open Camera app supports memory cards, too.
Open Camera can be found from Google Play store, so simply download it from there and install it on your phone.
Open Camera settings
Tap the gear symbol on top-right corner of the Open Camera app in order to access the settings.
In Settings screen, navigate to Video settings.
In Video settings screen, adjust the Video resolution to your preferred resolution. We opted to use FullHD / 1920x1080 resolution in our tests.
Note: The options available depend fully on your phone's capabilities!
We strongly recommend that you switch the Enable digital video stabilization setting on, as it will reduce the shakiness of the video. This is very important, especially if you're not using a tripod or are shooting the video in windy area.
Other options should be left in their default settings.
Video shooting mode and settings
As you return back to the Open Camera's main screen, tap the camcorder symbol visible at the bottom of the screen in order to change the Open Camera mode from photo to camcorder mode.
Now, tap the three-dot symbol shown at the top of the screen in order to access the camcorder settings.
Video speed and how it will affect the result
In this menu, the only thing that is important for us is the Speed setting. This setting determines how long the timelapse video will be and how much "real life time" can be squeezed into one minute worth of timelapse video.
Here's what it means:
5x speed = one hour recording will play in 12 minutes.
10x speed = one hour recording will play in 6 minutes.
120x speed = one hour recording will play in 30 seconds.
240x speed = one hour recording will play in 15 seconds.
120x and 240x mode are the best ones if you're planning to record a really, really long timelapse video. With 240x speed, an entire day (24 hours) is squeezed into a 6 min video.
Use the tripod to to adjust the phone's camera. Check with Open Camera's viewfinder that you're satisfied with the position of the phone and ensure that tripod is on solid ground, wont shake and wont stumble down.
If you plan to make a really long timelapse video, plug your phone to a charger right now - trying to connect charger to your phone later will inevitably cause video to shake while you're doing it.
Now, tap the top-left corner padlock symbol in order to lock the exposure. This will keep the exposure identical throughout the entire video.
Once everything is set, tap the camcorder symbol at the bottom of the screen so that it turns red. Now, Open Camera is recording your timelapse video.
We strongly recommend that you test the project first with shorter video - say, 15 minutes - so you know what to adjust, if needed, before making longer timelapse videos.
Unfortunately, Android wont let video recording to happen when screen is turned off, so the screen has to stay on through the entire video recording session. And as we all know, screen consumes tons of battery life: it is wise to adjust your screen as dim as possible once you start recording, in order to save battery.
Also, if you're using a spare phone, turn off WiFi and location services in order to save battery.
Once you want to end your recording, simply tap the red camcorder symbol once and recording will stop automatically.
short timelapse video, shot with Open Camera, using 30x speed
Now, the recorded timelapse video is stored in your phone. You can share it directly from your phone to other people or to social media - or you can simply transfer it to your computer, if you wish to.
If you have any questions or ideas related to this guide, feel free to post them to our discussion forums.
Guard shared picture of prison's master key - Prison had to change its locks 5 Mar 2021, 2:49 pm
In German prison, a novel breach of security happened that mixed the old and new world quite beautifully.
An intern working at German prison shared picture of the prison's master key to his buddies through WhatsApp. After German Brandenburg's state justify ministry found out about the incident, they ordered all the prison's locks to be changed.
According to Brandenburg's justice ministry, a skilled locksmith could be able to reproduce the prison masterkey just from the shared picture, so they couldn't take the risk that such incident would really happen.
The intern now has to pay for up to 50'000 euros (appx. $59'600) what it costs to replace all 600 locks in the prison complex. Also, his internship was terminated immediately.
Source: The Local (paywall)
Google's crazy idea: Project Wolverine to bring superhuman hearing to masses 4 Mar 2021, 3:35 pm
Google's parent company, Alphabet, has a "crazy ideas" subsidiary that is simply called as X. Now, rumors say, X is developing something straight out of sci-fi comics.
Dubbed as Wolverine, as a nod to the X-Men character with superhuman senses, thhe device is aimed to enhance human hearing to superhuman levels. Several former Google employees have confirmed the project's existance to Bloomberg.
Wolverine is basically an ear-piece that is connected to extremely sensitive microphones, coupled with sci-fi level of algorithms and pinch of processing power. The aim is to create a device that would allow person to choose one person in a crowded area who they want to listen to. The device would mute out all other background noise and other people's voices, allowing person to listen to selected voice - even from a distance. Imagine a concert where you want to speak to a person standing 10ft apart from you and you might grasp the idea of how useful such device would be.
According to sources, X has worked on the project from 2018 and it has been personally approved by Google co-founder Sergey Brim. X's spokesperson has also hinted about a product related to "future of hearing", which would pretty much confirm the Bloomberg's findings.
X is Alphabet's "moonshot lab" that develops products that are meant to be so futuristic that they can't be developed under normal product development requirements. Very few X's products have ever seen a daylight, but one major exception there is: Google Glass AR glasses that launched back in 2013 were developed within X (called as Google X back then).
Obviously, the project is still in development and we don't know if it will ever become a real product. But it is always good to know that there are companies developing "crazy" ideas, too.