The X8b is Honor’s latest X-series smartphone, giving respectable features for a midranger with plenty of storage and a 108MP main camera. The Honor X8b features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a peak brightness of up to 2,000 nits. The display also has a pill-shaped cutout known as the Magic Capsule, which provides system and status notifications. There is a 50MP front-facing camera with its own flash.
Despite having a 6.7-inch screen, the Honor X8b is only 6.78 mm thick and weighs 166 grams. The gadget is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 CPU and comes with 8GB of RAM and storage options of 128/256/512GB. A 108MP main camera, a 5MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor are housed on the back. The software is MagicOS 7.2, which is based on Android 13, and the battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh and enables 35W charging.The Honor X8b is available in Glamorous Green, Titanium Silver, and Midnight Black.
Google’s Update to “Quick Share” Improves Usability
In a recent CES announcement, Google disclosed its collaboration with Samsung to extend Quick Share compatibility to all Android phones. Although Samsung’s Quick Share has coexisted with Google’s Nearby Share on Galaxy devices, the two services are now interoperable. The integration eliminates the need for Samsung users to choose between two separate file-sharing services. Google’s update of the Nearby Share branding to align with Samsung’s enhances the cohesion of the file-sharing experience between Galaxy and non-Galaxy devices. It’s important to note that not all functionalities have been retained in the rebranding process.
As Google began the rollout of Quick Share to non-Galaxy devices today, users observed that the enhanced experience lacks certain features present in Quick Share on Samsung devices. Notably, functionalities such as creating a temporary link for file sharing (link sharing) and temporarily sharing encrypted files (private sharing) are unavailable in the updated version.
An included feature in Google’s version of Quick Share, borrowed from Quick Share on Samsung devices, is the capability to display available devices directly in the share sheet. This functionality ensures that nearby Quick Share targets are visible within the share sheet, eliminating the need to tap the Quick Share button to access the full interface when sharing files with your own devices.
The alteration simplifies the process of file sharing across your devices. While Google has been working on integrating Nearby Share targets into the share sheet since last year, the introduction of Quick Share on Android marks the official rollout of this feature. Although observed on devices like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, and OnePlus 11, some users have reported not seeing Quick Share targets in their share sheets. This change may be associated with a server-side flag independent of the Quick Share rollout, so users are advised to watch for Quick Share devices appearing in Android’s share sheet.
Google lauches “Circle to Search”
Today, Google has globally launched the Circle to Search feature on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S24 series. This recently unveiled feature enables users to perform searches anywhere on their phones through gestures such as circling, highlighting, scribbling, or tapping.
The technology company sees the new feature as an effort to seamlessly integrate Google Search into everyday moments. Whether you’re watching a video or browsing images on a social app, the goal is to make it easier to pose spontaneous questions. As an illustration, while watching a video of someone enjoying a Korean corn dog, you can circle the corn dog and inquire, “Why are these so popular?”
The feature extends beyond circles to include various gestures. For instance, while conversing in a messaging app about a restaurant with a friend, you can effortlessly tap on the restaurant’s name to access additional details without exiting the app.
Circle to Search simplifies the process of looking up definitions for words or phrases. Imagine watching a video with a drink labeled “prebiotic,” and you’re unsure of its meaning compared to “probiotic.” Previously, you’d have to switch to your browser to search. Now, you can activate Circle to Search by long-pressing the home button or navigation bar, highlight “prebiotic,” learn more, and seamlessly resume the video with a swipe.
Circle to Search allows you to initiate searches from any app, eliminating the need to pause your current task and open a browser for a search. Additionally, if you typically take screenshots as reminders to search later, this is no longer necessary; you can search immediately without disrupting your ongoing activities.
On January 31, Circle to Search will debut on the recently unveiled Galaxy S24 Series smartphones at the Samsung event. Additionally, it will be accessible on premium Android devices like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, supporting all languages and locations where these phones are sold. Google anticipates expanding support to more Android smartphones over time.
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