lundi 19 mars 2018

Exclusive: Huawei P20/P20 Pro will feature “Super Slow Motion” to rival the Samsung Galaxy S9

On March 27th, Huawei will officially unveil the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, and Huawei P20 Lite. The P20 Lite has already gone on sale in a few countries, while the P20 and P20 Pro have had nearly everything leaked about them. We’ve seen leaked press renders, manuals, and even official wallpapers in the wild. As the launch day approaches, we now have new information to share about the devices, both from our own analysis as well as from Roland Quandt from WinFuture. In summary, WinFuture has leaked exact specifications of the P20 Pro’s triple camera setup, while we have obtained information about the P20 and P20 Pro’s super slow motion feature which competes with the slow motion recording on the Samsung Galaxy S9.

First, let’s talk about what WinFuture has disclosed today. The publication has detailed most of what’s new for the highest-end Huawei P20 Pro model. According to WinFuture, the P20 Pro will offer triple Leica-branded camera sensors on the rear. The main sensor offers a whopping 40MP while another sensor offers 8MP 5X hydrid zoom and another sensor captures at 20MP in black and white. In addition, WinFuture notes that the P20 Pro combines sensors with apertures of f/1.6 and f/2.4, though it is unclear which sensor works at these aperture values.

Huawei P20 Pro Triple Camera

Huawei P20 Pro Triple Camera Setup. Source: WinFuture.

On the front, both the P20 and the P20 Pro will have a 24MP camera. There’s also something called a “Light Fusion” system in place for both the front-facing camera and the rear-facing cameras, though it’s unclear what this will be used for.

The WinFuture report goes into more detail on the RAM, storage, pricing, colors, and other aspects of the devices, so we recommend you read their full report here.

Now that we’ve discussed the main camera features of the devices, we can offer our own information on top of the WinFuture report. Yesterday, a user on Twitter posted a video of what appeared to be a promotion for the upcoming P20 devices. This video is clearly promoting a slow motion capability on the devices, but the video did not mention a resolution or frame rate. After digging through the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro firmware files (as we have done many times in the past), we can offer exact information on the P20/P20 Pro slow motion feature.

The following information is based on firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the man behind the service, which allows users to updateunbrick, or rebrand Huawei and Honor phones for a fee. He has provided access to these firmware files exclusively to XDA-Developers.

Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro Slow Motion Recording

Although the Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first to feature 960fps recording, the world didn’t really pay attention to such a feature until Samsung did it. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ offer super slow motion video recording (960fps) at 720p resolution. Now, it appears that Huawei will follow suit as we performed a teardown of the EMUI 8.1 camera app taken from the P20 and P20 Pro’s firmware files and discovered explicit references to a 960fps recording mode at 720p resolution.

Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro Super Slow MotionThe above code is for a class called “SuperSlowMotionResolutionExtension” and one of the methods called “setSupportedHighSpeedData” shows that “1280x720_960” is a supported video mode. That means that the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Plus (the code is present in both phones’ firmware files) will support 720p@960fps, just like the Samsung Galaxy S9 series.

Thus, it looks like the Huawei P20 will match the Samsung Galaxy S9 at least in high frame rate recording. Huawei reportedly canceled their P20 unveiling at Mobile World Congress because of Samsung after all, so it’s important for the phone to not only offer features comparable to those found on its main competitor, but to go even further in other aspects. Given the insane camera specifications leaked by WinFuture today, it’s clear that Huawei’s main focus is on the camera improvements. Although, we should mention that the recently announced Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact offer super slow motion 960fps recording at 1080p resolution, so Samsung and Huawei still have some catching up to do.

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Huawei is working on a low-end Android 8.1 Oreo device with a MediaTek MT6739 SoC

Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer. The company has a broad lineup of phones, ranging from the mid-range Mate 10 Lite to flagships such as the Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro. Honor, a subsidiary of Huawei, also sells smartphones ranging from the Honor 7X and the Honor 9 Lite to affordable flagships such as the Honor View 10.

However, Huawei currently doesn’t have any presence in the low-end price segment of the smartphone market. Recently, we exclusively reported that the Huawei Y5 Lite will be the company’s first Android Go phone. It will have low-end specifications, including the MediaTek MT6737m system-on-chip, a WVGA (854×480) display, and run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition). Now, we have information on a new low-end Huawei device, which looks to have slightly higher-end specifications than the upcoming Huawei Y5 Lite.

The following information is based on firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the man behind the service, which allows users to updateunbrick, or rebrand Huawei and Honor phones for a fee. He has provided access to these firmware files exclusively to XDA-Developers.

The upcoming Huawei budget phone will have 2GB of RAM. It is code-named DRA-L22, and it will have an HD+ (1440×720) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

It will be powered by the MediaTek MT6739 system-on-chip, which is the successor to the MT6737m. The chip won’t compete with higher-end chips such as the Snapdragon 450, or even the Snapdragon 430/435. That’s because it still has only a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cluster which is clocked at up to 1.5GHz. The SoC has Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR GE8100 clocked at up to 570MHz. It supports 18:9 displays with a maximum resolution of HD+ (1440×720), and it has an LTE Cat 4 modem. The maximum RAM supported is 3GB LPDDR3 RAM. The SoC supports a maximum camera resolution of 13MP, and it can record video up to 1080p resolution at 30 FPS. Finally, it supports eMMC 5.1 and Bluetooth 4.2.

Finally, the upcoming budget phone will be powered by Android 8.1 Oreo. That’s good news as it means it’s required to have Project Treble support. The specifications of the device aren’t exciting, but if it launches at a low enough price, it could make sense for emerging markets or for use as a secondary backup device.

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Monitor your phone’s GPS and Wi-Fi Scanning with Toggle Track

As more high-end hardware components are added to devices, the more battery life our phones eat up. Some features like GPS and WiFi Scanning can be incredibly useful in certain situations but they usually aren’t something you want to be enabled all the time. So XDA Junior Member abhinandanbr has created Toggle Track to actively let you know when these features are turned on. There are ways to automate the enabling and disabling of these features with applications like Tasker, but Toggle Track is a free application with a simple setup process to simply notify you when they are on.


  • Free app.
  • Prevent battery drain.
  • Notifies when user left GPS on.
  • Notifies when WiFi scanning is ON.
  • Stats via pie chart, pull down to refresh the chart.
  • Persistent notifications settings also available.
  • Supports phones and Tablets.
  • 4.3+ supported.

Toggle Track (Wifi/GPS Status Monitor) (Free, Google Play) →

Check out Toggle Track in our Android Apps and Games forum

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Possible ‘Nexus Player’ successor shows up in AOSP running Android Q

You may or may not remember Google once had a streaming media device called the Nexus Player. It flew under the radar for most people, even more so than its predecessor, the Nexus Q. Support for the Nexus Player ended with Android 8.0 Oreo, so fans of the standalone Google-made streaming media device may feel left out with the release of the Android P Developer Preview. However, a new device has shown up in AOSP with the code-name “elfin” and it may be a Nexus Player successor.

A new commit has popped up in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for enabling R8 by default in Android Q. R8 is a ProGuard replacement developed by Google that aims to be better optimized. What’s interesting about this commit are the devices that this change is being tested on: “taimen” which is also known as the Google Pixel 2 XL, and “elfin” which is our unknown Google device.

Pixel Player Nexus Player Android Q

Searching through the AOSP Gerrit for further references to “elfin” brings us to this commit fixing a bug with the WifiConfigManager. The bug appears to affect two devices: “fugu” which is the Nexus Player, and “elfin” which is again the unknown device.

Nexus Player Android Q

Thus, it’s clear that this “elfin” device is having Android Q tested on it, but as for exactly what model it will be, we aren’t very sure. The fact that the bug listed affects both the Nexus Player and this unknown device hints that the two may be related in some way, so it’s possible that this device is a Nexus Player successor.

Admittedly, there’s no real solid evidence pointing towards what this elfin device may be. The code name deviates from Google’s norm of naming their devices after fish. According to an earlier Droid-Life report, the 2018 Google Pixel devices will be code-named “crosshatch,” “albacore,” or “blueline.”

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Use your phone in One Hand with the Niwatori Xposed Module

Not all Android smartphones offer a built-in one-handed mode, which is quite sad since it can be incredibly useful as smartphones have continued increasing in size. We recently launched an application called One-Handed Mode to help with this issue and it doesn’t even require root access. However, it doesn’t work with all applications. If you have root access and the Xposed Framework installed, it’s worth checking out the Niwatori Xposed Module if you are running into difficulty with our application. The Xposed Module is in the Xposed Repo right now. Check the forum thread below for more information.

Read mroe in the Xposed Framework Modules forum

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Unofficial TWRP now available for the Gemini PDA

Planet Computers was able to raise over $2 million with their crowdfunding campaign for the Gemini PDA. This is an Android & Linux mobile device with the goal of bringing the keyboard personal digital assistant into the 21st century. The device got the attention of the Android community and an unofficial release of TWRP from XDA Recognized Contributor deadman96385 makes the device even more interesting. This build is for version 3.2.1-0 of TWRP and there are a couple of known bugs to watch out for (displayed in portrait mode and encryption does not work). The method of installing TWRP on the Gemini PDA from Planet Computers is different from standard Android devices, but deadman96385 has included an easy to follow tutorial in the linked thread below.


Check out this unofficial build of TWRP in our Planet Gemini PDA forum

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‘Simple Ad-blocker for Samsung’ blocks ads, manages permissions, and disables packages on Galaxy phones

There are multiple ways of implementing ad blocking software on an Android smartphone or tablet. AdAway is a popular choice for those who don’t mind rooting their devices as it lets you modify the HOSTS file. For those who can’t or don’t want to root, the VPN method has become popular with DNS66 being a go-to application for many people. For a while, Samsung had an option called AdHell that utilized the Samsung Knox Standard SDK to block them. This option has been discontinued, but now Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners are able to use a new application called “Simple Ad Blocker for Samsung” (SABS).

We first highlighted the Adhell application in June of last year as it was a clever use of the SDK that Samsung implements for devices secured with Knox. The developer of Adhell actually worked for Samsung and was forced to remove it along with the publicly available source code. A few months later, XDA Senior Member FiendFyre stepped up and released Adhell 2, which was based off the original source code of the project. Adhell 2 has become obsolete and unsupported so XDA Senior Member NeedleGames filled the role and released this app better known as SABS.

Similar to the two previous Adhell releases, SABS is described as a “system-wide, rootless Ad Blocker, package disabler, permission manager and more” and works by using Samsung’s Knox SDK. There are a lot of Samsung devices out there with different versions of the Knox SDK, so NeedleGames says SABS “only focuses on Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 devices with latest Android version.” However, they also note that it should work on all Samsung devices that are running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Along with providing an ad blocker service, SABS can also disable system apps that are impossible to disable within the settings application without root. You can also use it to remove permissions from apps that you can’t usually control.

The latest update to SABS added the ability to block the theme store so that 3rd party themes from the XDA community would work on non rooted devices. The setup process can take some time as you need to complete tasks such as obtaining a license key directly from Samsung. NeedleGames has laid out the entire process in the official XDA thread linked below. For those who are interested, the application is open source and you can find the GitHub page for the project right here.

Check out SABS in our Android Apps and Games forum

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