Former Googler Vic Gundotra extols iPhone 7 Plus camera, pans Android photo ecosystem

In some Facebook postings over the weekend, Vic Gundotra shared his opinion about the state of smartphone photography and it is sure to rankle Android fans. Gundotra, who is mainly credited with the Google+ social network although he also played a big part in evangelizing Android, opined on the how well smartphones compare to traditional DSLR cameras. In follow-up comments, he praised Apple and said he thinks Android is trailing several years behind.

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Slides revealing Samsung Galaxy S8 Active specs leaked

Samsung and AT&T must be getting close to launching the Galaxy S8 Active, a rugged version of the flagship Galaxy S8 that follows in the footsteps of similar offerings from AT&T. Apparently Samsung or AT&T has started the process of preparing people to be able to explain the features of this new variant and they prepared some slides for this purpose. Where there are slides there is a good chance a camera will be present along with someone willing to post what they capture to social media. That has happened in the case of this latest leak giving us an early peek at the specs for the new Galaxy S8 Active.

Honor 9 review: Affordable flagships never look this good

Huawei’s budget conscious e-brand, Honor, has been building up quite the reputation in recent years for producing affordable smartphones with a high level of specifications, especially so in Europe. Last year’s Honor 8 was a stunning example of how a phone doesn’t have to cost the earth to be both beautifully designed and feature rich.

This year the Honor 9 launched with Huawei’s flagship Kirin 960 processor providing the grunt, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, upgraded optics, and a glass rear panel that somehow looks even more impressive than the one found on the Honor 8. The burning question is, does the Honor 9 match up to the standards that its predecessor set? The answer, as you might have guessed, can be found after the break. 

Next software update for the OnePlus 5 looks to improve battery life

Since the release of the OnePlus 5, the company has released several updates to address a variety of problems and issues. Most of them have been minor, although the most recent update to OxygenOS for the OnePlus 5 addressed a significant problem with dialing 911. Hopefully these post launch jitters are behind the company as it starts work on the next significant update with a concentration on improvements or new features. According to one source, OnePlus plans to include a major enhancement to power management on the OnePlus 5 that will have a significant, noticeable result in battery life for users.

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Google exec confirms that YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge into single service

Despite Google’s prowess when it comes to search and advertising, its approach to apps and services isn’t exactly clear-cut, its gluttony of messaging apps is a prime example. Another would be its music offerings, with Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and YouTube Music featuring different, yet overlapping content. YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, says that YouTube Red and Google’s Play Music need to be joined into a single offering.