Android news #174: pre-order Galaxy Note 9 and important update YouTube

We present to your attention the 174th issue of our weekly project “Android news”! Today we talk about taking orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which have not yet submitted, the release date of the game Honor Play in Russia, and more. Below, with the same news you can find in a traditional text format.

Pre-order Galaxy Note 9 opened

Despite the fact that before the official presentation of the Galaxy Note 9 remains a whole week, Samsung Electronics decided to play on the trust of fans by accepting pre-orders for the next smartphone. It follows from the manufacturer’s official website where anyone can now reserve a flagship phablet for yourself absolutely free.

Pre-purchasing anything you do not oblige, because the vendor does not require a smartphone to pay in advance for reasons of common sense and secrecy, not wanting revealing the retail price of the future leader in advance. After the presentation you will have exactly 72 hours to return to the Samsung website and make the payment, the product began to prepare for sending.

In most countries, retail sales of Galaxy Note 9 will start on August 24. However, those who pre-order the phablet, according to tradition, will receive it a few days earlier. Thus Samsung Electronics encourages its customers to make advance orders, which, in addition to early delivery, often accompanied by valuable gifts.

Google Assistant from JBL

Google Assistant is not only for smartphones and smart speakers. Began taking pre-orders for the highly anticipated, announced after the New year, with this device, one of the most exciting technologies of Google.

Google Assistant

It seems that Google Assistant is finally getting a leader amid the most popular voice assistants recent past, Apple’s Siri, Alexa, and Cortana. And it’s not just in smartphones. Google Home, Home Max and Home Mini have become very popular products. As reported by Adrian Diaconescu (Adrian Diaconescu) on the resource page phonearena.comfor pre-orders today became available announced in January 2018 smart display JBL Link View.

JBL Link View - умный дисплей с Google Assistant

Price new — 249,95 USD, which is about $ 20 above normal retail price Echo Show. Link View has an 8-inch touch screen. It can be used to watch photos, YouTube videos and other content. On the front panel even located a 5-megapixel camera.

JBL is known in the automotive industry for its “legendary technology of sound” and “deep bass”, which are the key attractive to consumers the characteristics of its products. Perhaps these qualities also distinguish the new company from the increasing number of such offers available on the market.

Price and release date gaming Honor Play in Russia

Smartphone Honor Play with native support of GPU accelerator Turbo enters the Russian market. New, promising high potential in the games will go on sale August 10 at a price of 24 990 rubles for the model in the basic configuration memory 4/64 GB.

Outwardly Honor Play is executed in the General stylistics of smartphones Huawei Honor and the 2018 model year, if not considered typical for most of last year’s devices metal housing: the same cutout in the upper part of the display, a thin frame and a logo of the manufacturer.

In technical terms, the novelty is also not surprising. Hardware-based Honor Play is chip HiSilicon Kirin 970 with support of GPU Turbo mode. It increases the efficiency of processing graphics in games, increasing the performance of your smartphone by 60% and increasing its range by 30% from baseline.

Honor Play can’t be called a compact smartphone. Diagonal its display is equal to 6.3 inches. However, due to the thin part (so thin that under the display did not have enough space even on the Home button with the fingerprint scanner) around the perimeter of the front panel does not look bulky.

On the rear panel of Honor Play, as expected, is dual camera with a resolution of 16+2 MP and a fingerprint scanner. Under the hood was a place of the battery capacity of 3750 mAh battery, the smartphone provides up to 4.5 hours in the games without having to re-arm exercises.

Vertical videos on YouTube is now not a problem

In the web version of YouTube has added support for aspect ratio 4:3 and the ability to automatically adapt to display vertical videos. This follows from the official developer blog. Now all the videos are available in assortment of sharing, will be displayed without black bars regardless of the format in which they were removed.

Whenever the user will include videos, broadcasts, automatically defining its proportions, will adapt to them. Even if the video was filmed in vertical format, YouTube will make browsing on devices that are traditionally used vertically, more comfortable by eliminating the characteristic black stripes on the sides.


The need to support vertical video due to the high popularity of YouTube among users of mobile devices, for which the vertical mode of use is preferred. In this regard, the developers went to meet the audience and adapt the video for the most natural interaction.

Along with support for the vertical video, it changed the principle of display of horizontal rollers. Due to the fact that YouTube is now more efficiently uses space on the page, the frame looks much bigger. The lack of space, were selected the useful area of the interface can be better seen in the screenshots above.

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