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For anyone wanting to get into VR, the number of options and different price points can be a bit overwhelming. At the lower end, you have Google's Cardboard or Daydream viewers, which can be used in conjunction with Android phones to offer a fairly basic VR experience. Devices like the Oculus Rift fill the middle tier, for those wanting a more robust ecosystem. Then at the top end, you've got the HTC VIVE. At $799 it's only ever been for those who are really serious about VR. HTC is hoping a Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police

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The Mi Mix 2 will be a true bezel-less phone.The Galaxy S8 and LG G6 took the idea of bezel-less displays mainstream, but it was Xiaomi's Mi Mix that kicked things off last year. It looks like the Chinese manufacturer is aiming for an even more ambitious design for its successor, if a new video shared by the phone's designer Philippe Starck is any indication. The video shows off a virtually bezel-less front panel, with just the bottom part of the phone sporting a thin bezel to accommodate the front Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central

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Fly through VR. Games on Gear VR can take you to amazing places. If you've been looking for awesome flight games that let you pilot a vessel, then you're in luck. From manning a Spitfire in the skies during World War II, to soaring through space firing missiles at enemy spaceships, there are a number of different flight games that can take you to the skies. Finding the ones worth their salt can be pesky though. That's why we did the work for you and found the best flight games for Gear VR! End Space The Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central

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Amazon makes some pretty great hardware these days, from Alexa-powered smart speakers to the cheap-but-still-pretty-good Fire tablets. Most of Amazon's hardware lineup is currently on sale, with notable deals including the Echo for $99 ($80 off) and the Fire 7 tablet with special offers for $39.99 ($10 off). The Amazon Echo probably doesn't need an introduction, but if you live under a rock, it's a smart speaker with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. It's currently $80 off, and the more-durable Read more [...]
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Port of Pixel camera app to other phones shows Google is still almost unmatched in computational photography. One of the major trends in smartphones in the past year has been the rise of computational photography — using the vast computing power of modern phones to get better pictures from the tiny lenses and sensors in our devices. However wrong Vic Gundotra was in his recent tirade against Android cameras, he was basically right in saying that improvements in software processing were arguably Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central