Day 1 of IFA is over! More is just around the corner, though. Keep it locked to this page as the press days and event progresses, as we’ll be constantly updating it in chronological order with all the essential information and links out to hands-on videos and articles, news, announcements and much more. IFA, Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade show, has kicked off…well, sort of. The pre-event press conferences have begun, with the trade show open to the public between September 2-8.  Entry to IFA is open to the public, with one-day tickets available from €39 and two-day tickets from €56 if you pre-book, with prices rising to €49 and €72, respectively, if you buy at the event itself. BUY IFA 2016 TICKETS IFA is held in Berlin each year around September. IFA stands for Internationale Funkaustellung (hence the abbreviation) and began its life back in 1924 as a radio exhibition. Alongside Mobile World Congress in February-March, IFA is one of the main events on the trade show calendar for new device announcements, although more and more manufacturers have been opting for earlier release cycles and standalone events in recent years. See also: Best of IFA 2015: the 5 most impressive products5 Acer at IFA 2016 Acer has announced two new Android devices at IFA: the Liquid Z6 and Z6 Plus. The Liquid Z6 is a €119 entry-level device running Marshmallow and the Z6 Plus is a decent mid-ranger priced at €249 that also runs Marshmallow out of the box. While a North American release seems unlikely, these phones will be available in EMEA in November and December respectively. As you may recall, Acer recently released the Liquid Zest Plus, but for around $50 more, the Z6 Plus improves on it in substantial ways. Acer also announced a slew of other products, including the world’s […]

Snapchat for Android is getting some fun formatting features (gotta love some alliteration!). Now you can make your caption italic, bold, and underlined simply by press and holding on the text, and if you’re taking a video Snap, you can press and hold to pin a big caption anywhere in your video. It’s no exaggeration to say that Snapchat brought substantial changes to the social media world. Everyone wants to do what Snapchat does: Instagram has Stories, and Facebook is more video-centric than ever. Hell, it even introduced its own app called Lifestage, which is essentially Snapchat for – and only for – teens. See also: Snapchat is buying a company you’ve never heard of for $110 million9 So it’s not surprising that the folks behind Snapchat are keeping themselves busy to bring more and more features to the app. With the most recent update, Snapchat users can now press and hold on a caption to make it italic, bold, and underlined as shown below. Not only that, if you’re sending a video Snap, you can click on the T on top to create a big caption; you press and hold on it, and you will be able to pin the caption on anywhere within your video. It’s kind of like tracking autofocus: you pin a caption on your friend’s head, it will stay there even when your friend is moving. Another neat change is you no longer have to press and hold on a face to bring up the Snapchat Lenses. Instead, a light single tap on the face will do the trick. I’m glad they changed this because on several occasions, I’ve had trouble getting Snapchat to register my long-press on the screen. One last thing for all the Snapchat aficionados out there: custom geofilters are now really […]

The suspect still hasn’t been fromally ID’d, but a handset rumored to be the Lenovo Vibe P2 was just patted down by regulators in China, and it appears to be carrying a robust 5,000 mAh battery. TENAA might have even confirmed the name of the phone when the Chinese regulatory agency posted specs and a codename “P2c72” for a device we last saw creeping through Geekbench in late July. The translated listing indicates that the suspected Lenovo Vibe P2 will include a 5.5-inch display with a full HD resolution. It’ll come with a card slot to add more space to the phone, which comes in 32GB and 64GB versions. See also: Alleged Lenovo Vibe P2 shows up in benchmarks8 The P2 will sport a 13 MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera. The TENAA listing indicates that the phone will have an eight-core processor, though the Geekbench profile went a little further and reported that the P2 will employ a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. The 5,000 mAh battery isn’t new to the Vibe series, as the Vibe P1 and P1 Turbo were both fueled by cells of the same capacity. However the battery, along with the phone’s curious codename, adds more weight to suspicions fingering this suspect as the Vibe P2. So what’s your take? Have you come to a verdict on whether or not this suspect is indeed the Vibe P2? Let us know your decision in the comments!

It wasn’t too long ago that Google’s own photo editing app, Snapseed, saw a revision that added welcomed text customization and image resizing features. The software still isn’t the most robust mobile image editor, but we can’t deny that Snapseed’s nifty interface and ease of use is pleasurable for light tweaks. Developers aren’t done expanding the app’s capabilities, and today, we have another incremental update to version 2.9. See also: 15 best Photo Editor Apps for Android115 A handful of enhancements are added. A brand new Face tool lets the user close in on faces and enrich the quality of skin or eyes. Another new one, called Perspective, can straighten lines to correct for perspective effect in the original image. And White Balance gives fine color balance adjustment using an eye dropper tool. You’ll also now be able to set a JPG compression rate preference and save lossless (PNG) when exporting. One other highlight in the revision is full support for the RAW format on iOS. Mind you, the Android version of Snapseed has had this support since last year; that would naturally be the case. So if you have an iOS device and are a Snapseed user, you’ll now be able to bring your RAW files in (which the app detects automatically) and utilize tools like Details, Brush, Healing, HDR, Text, and the many others in the toolset. RAW tweaks include Structure, Tint, Shadow, Exposure (-4.0 to 4.0 f-stops), and Temperature (1.700°K to over 8.000°K). The 2.9 update of course also takes care of a few UI improvements and bug fixes. How do you feel about Snapseed’s progress? Do you use it as your go-to photo editing app? Snapseed in the Play Store See also: Snapseed 2.5 update introduces ‘Apply Last Edits’ feature3

Let’s face it: Tablets are on the brink of death, and it’s difficult to get excited about a new slate these days. And even though tablet-laptop hybrids are taking off, that market is cornered by Surfaces and iPad Pros. So I wasn’t prepared to be as thrilled as I was by Lenovo’s latest offering. The Yoga Book, based on my experience with a preview unit, is not merely a mimicry of Microsoft’s Surface Book; it has impressively innovative features and a well-thought-out interface that make it a solid hybrid in its own right.

One of the standards among mobile benchmarking applications, Geekbench has been updated to Geekbench 4. The new app contains new GPU benchmarks, as well as other new features. Read more…

Microsoft today announced the Office Insider Program for iOS, along with a Fast ring for all platforms. These Fast ring builds will be the same that Microsoft employees use internally. Read more…

You no longer have to stick to your desk to enjoy a flashy curved display. Acer is unveiling flood of new laptops at Germany’s IFA show, and the highlight by far is the Predator 21 X — according to Acer, the world’s first curved screen laptop. As the name suggests, opening up this gigantic gaming portable reveals a 21-inch curved, ultra-wide display that promises more immersion than you’re used to with portable gaming. It ‘only’ touts a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution, but NVIDIA G-Sync support should give you smoother, game-friendly output. Source: Acer

ARCHOS is building up a rather large portfolio of low cost handsets and the company has just unveiled another smartphone that won’t break the bank.  Dubbed the 55 Diamond Selfie, ARCHOS seems to be chasing after the fashionista crowd, and possibly looking for an entry in our book of worst named smartphones too. The 55 Diamond Selfie seems to have a lot on common with the company’s Diamond Plus and Diamond Note 2 handsets, in so far as it’s a big phone with a small price tag. For hardware, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage complete with a microSD card slot. The phone is also equipped with a 3,000mAh battery, Quick Charge technology, and a stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Given the Selfie name, you might think that there’s something special about the front facing camera. However, it looks like a rather ordinary setup. The phone comes with an 8 megapixel front facing sensor that relies on the screen for the flash. Although ARCHOS says it has some special software called ChromaFlash that can stitch flash and non-flash images together for a more balanced shot. The rear camera features a 16 megapixel sensor with LED flash, complete with a post shot refocusing mode. See also: Best cheap Android phones (August 2016)423 The 55 Diamond Selfie will cost just $199 (£199) and will hit retail channels in September. The company will also sell a Lite version of the phone with 3GB RAM and 16GB of storage for just $169 (£180) sometime in October. That’s certainly enough hardware for your buck to rival the likes of the very decent Moto G and the Honor 5X.

Despite updating the ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Selfie to Android 6.0 Marshmallow months ago, the ZenFone 2 hasn’t seen the same kind of love. Until now. Clearly missing the original Q2 2016 release target, many were wondering if the ZenFone 2 would ever make the move to Marshmallow but finally the wait is over. ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) is being upgraded right now, though it appears to be rolling out in stages. Just like we saw with the other ZenFone 2 family members, the biggest changes to the Asus Marshmallow updates isn’t what is being added, it’s what is going away. Over 20 bundled apps will no longer be present after the update, making for a much sleeker software experience. There is a few new additions however, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Google Messenger, and Google Calendar. And of course, all the new features you’d expect with Marshmallow will also be on board. Excited for the update? Or did you already jump ship from the ZenFone 2 after seeing such a slow update cycle? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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