Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing reports about some of the features of Android Q, where the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a leaked build, but unfortunately there was no mention of when the official developer preview would be launched. There was some speculation that we could be getting close, and now it seems like the time has come.

Google has officially announced the launch of the beta for Android Q. The beta will be initially available to Pixel devices which means that non-Pixel users will have to wait their turn. Note that this is only the beta which means that certain features might not work, or certain features could actually end up getting removed ahead of the final release.

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing reports about some of the features of Android Q, where the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a leaked build, but unfortunately there was no mention of when the official developer preview would be launched. There was some speculation that we could be getting close, and now it seems like the time has come.

Google has officially announced the launch of the beta for Android Q. The beta will be initially available to Pixel devices which means that non-Pixel users will have to wait their turn. Note that this is only the beta which means that certain features might not work, or certain features could actually end up getting removed ahead of the final release.

Sony Playstation Vita Production Has Officially Come To An End

Sony PlayStation Vita Production Has Officially Come To An End

In the console space, there is Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, each of whom have their own home console device. However when it comes to handhelds, that space was pretty much a fight between Nintendo and Sony, although it seems that now Sony could finally be conceding that market to Nintendo entirely.

This is because Sony has officially ended the production of its PlayStation Vita console. We had previously heard that Sony would be winding down production, and it looks like it has finally come to an end. The PS Vita was launched back in 2011 which means that it has been around for about 8 years or so, although in the past few years, Sony hasn’t really done much with it.

Canon Eos Rp Full-frame Camera Officially Announced

Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Camera Officially Announced

According to recent rumors, Canon has a new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera in the works that could be a budget model. It turns out the rumors were right on the money because Canon has since officially announced the EOS RP, the company’s next attempt at a full-frame mirrorless camera that won’t break the bank.

For those unfamiliar, Canon announced their first full-frame mirrorless camera back in 2018. However there was always something “missing” from the announcement, and it turns out that the EOS R represented a mid-range full-frame camera, and now the EOS RP is the budget version, which means that there could be one more high-end camera in the works.

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed Playstation External Hard Drive

Seagate Unveils Officially Licensed PlayStation External Hard Drive

Sony’s PS4 console supports users attaching external hard drives to it where they can save some of their files onto, especially given that the storage in the PS4 is fixed and there doesn’t seem like there is an easy way to upgrade it short of buying a new console with a larger storage, which actually doesn’t make a lot of sense.

However if you’ve always found that most external drives tend to look kind of ugly and out of place with the PS4, Seagate’s got your back. The company has recently announced the Seagate Game Drive which is an officially licensed hard drive for the PS4. For the most part it is very much an external hard drive, save for the fact that it has been colored and given a PlayStation logo to help it better blend in with the console.

Japan Officially Notifies Us Of Iwc Withdrawal

Japan officially notifies US of IWC withdrawal

The Japanese government has officially notified the US government of its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission. The US is in charge of accepting applications for joining or withdrawing from the organization.

The action will allow Japan to officially withdraw from the IWC at the end of June. Japan plans to resume commercial whaling from July.

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Officially Ends Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released back in 2011, making it 7 years old. Given that it is now Android 9.0 Pie, it is safe to assume that many Android users have since updated to newer versions of Android and have gotten newer devices, so much so that it doesn’t come as a surprise that Google is now discontinuing support for the update.

Announced on its Android Developers Blog, Google has revealed that they will no longer be supporting devices that run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. “The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services. For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99.”

Canon Eos R Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Officially Announced

We have been hearing rumors that Canon could be getting ready to launch a new mirrorless camera and for those who are fans of Canon’s cameras, you will be pleased to learn that the company has officially announced its latest mirrorless efforts in the form of the brand new Canon EOS R.

As expected based on the rumors, the EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless camera. Given that Sony has full-frame mirrorless cameras and with Nikon recently announcing the Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, it isn’t surprising to see Canon follow suit. Just like with the Nikon Z-series, the Canon EOS R will feature a new RF mount which shares the same diameter as Canon’s current EF mount, but will have a shorter flange focal distance.

Sony Xperia Xz3 Has Been Officially Announced

Sony Xperia XZ3 Has Been Officially Announced

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Thanks to various leaked photos and rumors, we have known for a while that Sony might be planning on launching a new handset at IFA 2018. Sure enough the company has as they have taken the wraps off their latest smartphone in the form of the Sony Xperia XZ3 which will be the company’s flagship phone for 2018.

Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless Cameras Officially Announced

Nikon Z6 & Z7 Mirrorless Cameras Officially Announced

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After a bunch of leaked renders, leaked specs, and a series of teasers, it looks like Nikon’s latest attempt at mirrorless cameras have been made official in the form of the Nikon Z6 and Z7. If you have been following all the rumors to date, then for the most part you shouldn’t be surprised, although there are some details that were left out.