Newsletter: Source Predicts 3-Camera iPhone 2019 & Android Q’s System Wide Dark Mode

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RELIABLE SOURCE PREDICTS 2019 iPhone TO HAVE 3 OFFBEAT CAMERA LENSES

THE STORY

According to OnLeaks, iPhone in 2019 will supposedly have three rear facing camera lenses arranged in an oddly way. The report also says that the design is undergoing engineer which might result in change of final design.

 WHERE WILL BE THE CAMERA LENS ON DEVICE?

According to OnLeaks, the iPhone in 2019 may come up with three rear facing camera lenses. What makes the news more crisp, is the arrangement of these camera lenses on the device. Although, this is not the first time that you may be getting rumors for next iPhone on having three lenses. However, the oddly arranged camera lenses is what’s new.

The OnLeaks reveals that camera lenses would be mounted on a large camera bump on the back of the device. Also, you can expect the LED flash and the microphone to be there on the same bump. It is important to know that the design is undergoing the engineering part and the final product may have slightly different design than said.

 WHY THE THIRD LENS IS NEEDED?

When you look around the phone cameras, you’d find iPhone XS   series that includes two 12MP lenses, out of which one is wide-angle and the other one is telephoto with a 2X zoom. This way, together they form Bokeh effect. So, it is not confirmed what new feature the third lens might bring.

On the other hand, there’s a possible option of providing ToF (Time of Flight) scanner for AR (Augmented Reality). In ToF, the lens would not serve as a dedicated camera, but would run a laser in the environment and use the time taken for the light to bounce back in order to generate the distance of the nearby object. This may be a possibility due to the fact that an earlier report indicated on Apple considering ToF for its iPhones and iPads.


ANDROID Q IS EXPECTED TO GET A SYSTEM-WIDE DARK MODE

 THE STORY

According to a comment spotted in the Chromium bug tracker, the Android Q version is expected to get a system wide dark mode. The feature is reportedly confirmed by a Google engineer in a bug description.

WHAT IS DARK MODE?

Dark Mode in any device or within the app is another feature that makes the background of the device or the app in dark or black. The need for dark mode was realized long back when the night-time mobile users started to feel pain in eyes due to the high-brightness emitting from their phones. With Dark Mode turned on, the background becomes dark and you get only the specific content brightened enough that it doesn’t irritate your eyes. Also, Dark Mode is proven to save battery life to a significant level.

While the Dark Mode being rumored for Android Q, an engineer from Google confirms its approval for development in Android Q. He adds, “Dark mode is an approved Q feature […] The Q team wants to ensure that all preloaded apps support dark mode natively. In order to ship dark mode successfully, we need all UI elements to be ideally themed dark by May 2019.

HOW TO ACCESS DARK MODE ON ANDROID Q?

Although, this isn’t the first time that Google showed interest in the Dark Mode as it has already rolled out this feature in some of its popular app including Contacts, Messages, YouTube, Google News etc. This indicates that the company has already covered a lot of ground to support the Dark Mode and there shouldn’t be a lot of UI moderation left.

The description revealing the Dark Mode indicates that the feature would be placed under Settings > Display > Dark Mode. Meanwhile, another commit in AOSP code suggests that it would require a specific wallpaper file. It says, “Dark Mode expects a specific wallpaper file to be present in the filesystem. This file is generated for most ways that the wallpaper can be set except for when the default_wallpaper resource is used.”

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