Huawei Announcement Regarding Google’s Blacklisting

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I am looking forward to attending the global launch of the brand new HONOR 20 Series at Battersea Evolution, London, SW8 tomorrow afternoon. HONOR are Huawei’s sub-brand and I was saddened this morning to read, in conjunction with my press invitation, a notice from Google cutting Huawei’s access to key Android apps and services following the United States’ move to blacklist the tech company. Essentially, Google has ceased to provide software and support to Huawei as part of President Trump’s blacklisting of the company and affiliates.

So, what does this mean if you own, at the least, one of the 59 million Huawei or Honor smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2019? Well, you will still be able to use your smartphone, it means that Huawei has to supply its own updates from SOSP to the version of Android running on its phones, rather than Google’s updates. It does this anyway, for its own domestic market in China. But it does mean that any new additions Google make to Android via their Google Play Services framework, will no longer be available to Huawei for its western phones.

Huawei apparently were not taken by surprise by this announcement and are said to have had a Plan B in place for a while, which includes working on its own operating system, they already have this in place in their smartwatches.

But this is an extremely bad day for Huawei, not only for their smartphones but also to their computer business…watch this space for further updates…

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On My Radar Eight Apps for a Desert Island with WiFi by Fleur Schim from California, United States

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We have another brand new section here at TheAppWhisperer called ‘On My Radar’ and this time we are asking a selection of highly talented mobile photographers and artists, which apps they would take with them on a unique desert island, that has wifi! We want to know exactly what apps are really on their radar and why. As well as eight apps, we have also allowed each artist to select a book and a luxury object on this luxury journey. Kicking us off with our second issue of this section, is non other than the highly talented Fleur Schim from California, United States.

“Thank you, Joanne Carter, for inviting me to participate in this imaginative endeavour.  The rules of the fantasy game are interesting, especially, but not limited to, the allowance of Wi-Fi on a deserted island! And, I was posed with a dilemma of whether to abandon my iPhone Xs, in lieu of my iPad Pro.  Adios iPhone XS!”

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Mobile Photography & Art – Tickle Your Fancy #59

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Welcome back to our fifty ninth post in our Tickle Your Fancy section. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between seven to eight links to articles from around TheAppWhisperer over the past few weeks, that you may by chance have missed.

Just to explain the title for this sectionTickle Your Fancy is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

Enjoy!

 

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Google adds Night Sight option to Pixel smartphones’ Camera app

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Google’s Pixel smartphone Camera app is being updated with new functionality to allow the capture of clean images in light levels so low you can barely see, according to a post on the company’s AI Blog.  The app is used in all of Google’s Pixel smartphones from the original model to the latest Pixel 3, … Read moreGoogle adds Night Sight option to Pixel smartphones’ Camera app

Google Pixel 3 Just Announced!

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It’s been rumoured for so long and finally it is here! The new Pixel 3, it’s designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device in your life. It’s a phone that can answer itself, a camera that won’t miss a shot, and a helpful Assistant even while it’s charging…so they say.

There’s also a Google Pixel 3 XL if you need a larger Android flagship phone. Prices range from around $799/£739. It’s possible to preorder now and if you’re in the US the phone should be with you by October 18, elsewhere around the world, it will be 1 November.

It comes complete witha 12.2 MP dual pixel camera on the rear that f/1.8 aperture. It also have a dual front facing selfie camera using two 8 MP sensors.

We’ll feed through more information as soon as we have it!

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Top 10 iOS Mobile Photography Apps

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Having consulted over 2,700 posts where I asked award winning mobile photographers for their favourite mobile photography apps, I feel confident publishing this article today.  Everything is relative and following extensive research I am happy to announce that these are TheAppWhisperer’s Top 10 iOS Mobile Photography Apps, at this time.  I have not included apps more suited to mobile art, they will be included in another post. There are of course,  more than ten good photography apps but these ones, should be standard on every mobile photographer’s device. Take a look…

 

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‘How I Did It’™ with Rad Drew – ‘How To Use SnapSeed to Keep Colour in Part of a B&W Image’

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I’m glad to be back again to share another video tutorial on TheAppWhisperer segment, “How I Did It!™ with Rad A. Drew.” Today I have a very short and sweet video tutorial, How To Use SnapSeed to Keep Colour in Part of a B&W Image.

SnapSeed by Google, which runs on both iPhone and Android devices, has a very robust masking tool hidden in the adjustment stacks. I’ll show you how to use masking to selectively color part of an image. Note: This video assumes some basic knowledge of SnapSeed.

If you’d like more support learning SnapSeed, see my You Tube Channel, Rad Drew Photography, LLC  for additional free SnapSeed tutorials. You also may purchase my recent hour-long SnapSeed Webinar recording here. To be notified of my upcoming webinars on various mobile phone processing apps and techniques, sign up for my newsletter.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more to come! Until next time, keep on shooting!

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Mobile Photography – The Software behind the Cameras in Google’s Pixel Devices – Gcam

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A really interesting article by my friend and colleague, Lars Rehm in DPReview yesterday, links to a collection of stories about Google’s now independent X research division, known as the ‘moonshot factory’. These stories relate to the group’s graduated projects and where they stand today.

Rehm explains, “The blog post outlines how the Gcam team was set up back in 2011 to find a solution for the Google Glasses smart goggles’ most pressing challenge: providing a high-quality camera in a very small device. As using bigger hardware wasn’t an option, the Gcam team developed a method called image fusion, which uses multi-frame-stacking techniques to create a single, higher quality image with lower noise levels, better detail and increased dynamic range”

To read more about this, please go here.

Source: DPreview.com

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Instagram Mobile Photographers To Follow Now @kerenzayuen by TheAppWhisperer

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TheAppWhisperer.com is about nurturing mobile photography and mobile art as well as discovering new art,  photography and of course, artists. This new section is an area where we can really explore and identify new talent. We are paying attention and we hand-pick highly talented mobile photographers and artists from Instagram and present them here.

Today, we are featuring and not a moment too soon @kerenzayuen – Kerenza, a student based in Toronto, Canada. Please take a look below.

To follow this new series, please go here.

[Please visit our Artist Directory and find out how we can add you too!]

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Mostly Mobile Photography & Mobile Art – Tickle Your Fancy #56

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Welcome back to our fifty third post in our Tickle Your Fancysection. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

Enjoy!

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