Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

If you don’t relish the idea of having to spend more money, you’re in luck because at IFA 2019, Google has announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant which the company is calling “Ambient Mode”. Basically, what this does is that it will take your Android device, like a smartphone or tablet, and turn it into a ready-to-go smart display.

According to Google, “Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is a new visual overview that makes it easier to see notifications and reminders, start a playlist and control smart home devices on the lockscreen of your device. When you’re done, your screen will turn into a personal digital photo frame linked to your Google Photos account to add another personal touch.”

Saitama Zoo Puts Beetles On Display

Saitama Zoo puts beetles on display

Beetles from Japan and other countries have been put on display at a zoo in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The exhibition, featuring 20 species of rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles, is underway at the Hodosan Zoo in the town of Nagatoro. The exhibit is sure to delight children, who are now on summer vacation.

Olympic Torches For Tokyo Games On Display

Olympic torches for Tokyo Games on display

The relay torches for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have gone on display at the Tokyo metropolitan government building.

The exhibit began on Wednesday, exactly one year to the day when the Tokyo leg of the torch relay will get underway.

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-up Display

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-Up Display


You have heard all about foldable smartphones so it’s time to give rollable smartphones some attention. A new rumor claims that Sony is working on a smartphone that will have a roll-up display. What this would mean, at least in theory, is that the display could be rolled out to offer increased real estate. This is said to be a prototype currently so it’s unclear whether the device will ever make the cut.

Smartphone manufacturers are trying out different things as they look to set the tone for the future of mobile devices. Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown their foldable smartphones. It has previously been reported that Sony has a foldable smartphone in the pipeline as well.

Sony Xperia 1 Flagship Announced With 4k Oled 21:9 Display And Triple Rear Cameras

Sony Xperia 1 flagship announced with 4K OLED 21:9 display and triple rear cameras

Sony Mobile unveiled the Xperia 1 flagship at MWC earlier today. There were few surprises given the numerous leaks in the lead up to the press conference, including a full specs leak a few days back. All of those leaked specs were on the ball, but to repeat, Sony's new flagship is called the Xperia 1, which shows Sony adopting a new naming structure for 2019 devices.

Xperia Xa3 Render Leaks With 'cinemawide' 21:9 Display

Xperia XA3 render leaks with 'CinemaWide' 21:9 display

Sony Mobile will announce the first Xperia handsets of 2019 at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona later this month. One of these models will be the Xperia XA3 according to leaker Roland Quandt. He has shown off some pictures that show a smartphone with a very tall and skinny display, large bezels on the top of the phone, but very little elsewhere. It's also great to see the side fingerprint power sensor back.

Sony Xperia Xa3 To Feature A Notchless 21:9 Display

Sony Xperia XA3 To Feature A Notchless 21:9 Display


Tall 18:9 aspect ratio displays have become quite common ever since the industry as a whole shifted to the whole notched display style. Some companies have even stretched it to 18.5:9 and 19:9 aspect ratios. Sony is looking to outdo them all with an even taller 21:9 ratio display for the upcoming Xperia XA3.

Some press renders of the upcoming Sony handset have been leaked online which show a significantly taller notchless 21:9 aspect ratio display. It’s notchless because Sony hasn’t opted for a notch or a punch hole. It has stuck with the old school design of having a camera in the top bezel.

Sony 'cinemawide' Trademark Hints At The Xperia Xz4's Display

Sony 'CinemaWide' Trademark Hints At The Xperia XZ4's Display

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Sony’s next flagship smartphone is expected to be the Sony Xperia XZ4, which leaked photos and specs have clued us in on some features that we can expect. Now according to a trademark filing spotted by LetsGoDigital, the company has filed for the trademark for “CinemaWide”.

Naomi Osaka Display Draws Crowds In Nemuro

Naomi Osaka display draws crowds in Nemuro

Naomi Osaka's victory in the Australian Open has been drawing crowds to a display related to her in the northern Japanese city of Nemuro, where her grandfather lives.

The people of Nemuro in Hokkaido prefecture are excited about Osaka's recent spectacular performances. Local resident Tetsuo Osaka is her grandfather.

Giant Sand Sculptures On Display At Chiba Park

Giant sand sculptures on display at Chiba park

Two giant sand sculptures are on display at a park in Tateyama City, southeast of Tokyo.

Artist Toshihiko Hosaka created the artworks, named Pegasus and Dragon. He won an international competition for sand art in Taiwan in 2017.

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-dash Car Display

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-Dash Car Display

#CES2019 – If you are buying a new car, you might be given the option to choose an infotainment system that will support Android Auto or CarPlay. If you aren’t buying a new car but want those features, there are some aftermarket options to check out. However if you think that those are still a bit too pricey, maybe Pioneer could have something for you.

At CES 2019, the company announced a new device called the SPH-10BT Smart Sync in-dash receiver. This will basically take your smartphone and turn it into an in-dash car display that will use the Pioneer Smart Sync Driving system. This means that it won’t be Android Auto or CarPlay, but at the same time it will leverage the use of your phone which should help cut down on costs.