Monday, October 24, 2016

[Video] Stunning Cinematic 4K Footage Shot Entirely On Google’s Pixel

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[Video] Stunning Cinematic 4K Footage Shot Entirely On Google’s Pixel

After reading tons of  review and every other positive review about the camera of the Pixel. There’s no denying that the Pixel has so far proved to be a home run for Google. With massive marketing campaigns where the company is working hard to sell you on the idea of a phone “Made by Google”, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just an empty shell.

Google Pixel's camera is one of the best feature in the device other than software ones and boy, is it one hell of a shooter. Beyond DxO Mark scores and promotional material, in fact, the 12MP sensor on the Pixel’s back has proved to be right up there with the best of the best (yes, we’re talking Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 Plus), and at times even superior to its rivals.

Even when it doesn't support optical image stabilization, the inclusion of EIS amid a series of fine-tuning tweaks Google worked on has made it so that its rear eye is capable of taking some stunning video, even in 4K, and with its latest project filmmaker Matteo Bertoli may have just proven as much.

After having used the phone for but a few days he decided to put it through its paces and ultimately gift us with this marvellous little movie, which was shot entirely on his Pixel. There’s very little to say about the video itself: it’s beautifully shot and edited, and it shows just how much mobile photography has advanced as of late. It really is mind boggling to think that the phone in your pocket is able to do something like that, but luckily for us, this is the age we live in.

Says Bertoli:

“I bought my Google Pixel on Thursday and I decided to test the camera in the weekend. I went to Park City and Salt Lake City downtown. I was very impressed with the new Google phone. Dynamic range is good, plenty of details. The software IS is not bad at all considering is not optical. Overall the phone did very well.
For this video I used a tripod, a Rhino slider and the Shoulderpod S1 for handheld footage. I didn’t use any lenses or gimbal. I edited in FCPX and graded in DaVinci Resolve. I also used Filmic Pro and the native camera app to record the entire video.”
Enjoy the full video down below.

Source : YouTube

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Exploded While Charging

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After Samsung closes the Note 7 chapter, their second best devices are Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Recently, Folks at PhoneArena claims that one of their readers, which is in a big U.S. wireless carrier told them about a case pertaining to one of his company's subscribers. 

However, they couldn't share the details of their source due to his anonymity. The source says that one customer came into the store he works at, with a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that had exploded. The sad thing for the customer, is that he just received the unit two weeks ago after returning his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Safe Model). According to the owner of the handset, it was charging overnight using the OEM charger given with the device. 

Of course this is not the first time that the Galaxy S7 edge has been involved in an explosion. Last month, we told you that a man working on a construction job in Ohio sued Samsung after a Galaxy S7 edge exploded in his pants. The victim suffered second and third degree burns and had to go through painful skin grafts. Also last month, we told you about a Galaxy S7 edge that exploded in the middle of the night while being charged. Similar to the latest issue with the phone, the original charging equipment was being used.

The big question at the moment is, how many explosions does it take before a manufacturer feels it necessary to carefully re-examine a smartphone it designed and had built? For now Samsung has not made any official announcement about any problems with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Source : Phonearena

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Google Support Services Lands On Play Store For Only Pixel Phones

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Google Support Services Lands On Play Store For Only Pixel Phones

When Google introduced Pixel phones, they said there is an Support tab in the settings which helps users to connected with the customer support, which can be done via text, calling or screen sharing. Yes, you can share your screen with an Google agent which will look onto your screen (if you allow them), like video call and gives you instructions. Because not everyone's is a tech savvy. Some people need an actual person to help them, and that's completely okay - that's where Google Support Services comes in.

Today, Google has published the Google Support Services application to the Play Store, to allow updates without new system updates. Also Google Support Services is only available in some regions, so if you can't load the Play Store listing, you'll know why.

One of the Nexus owner with the Android 7.1 Developer Preview were actually able to receive support as well until Google disabled it. Now the Support tab in settings just has links to Google's online help.

Right now it only works with Pixel devices, but it can be installed on any Lollipop device. This is a bug that will be fixed by Google in no time, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Source : Android Police

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[Leaked] Huawei Mate 9 Shown Off In New Render

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[Leaked] Huawei Mate 9 Shown Off In New Render

Huawei is expected to announce their latest flagship smartphone at an event in Munich, Germany on November 3rd. That’s just a few weeks away, and the rumor mill has started running into overtime with leaks and rumors of the upcoming device. 

We got a leak from Evleaks, and this appears in a color we haven’t seen just yet. This is what appears to be a purple color, a color we haven’t seen on a smartphone in quite some time.

However, since the information about the Huawei Mate 9 keep coming through various sources, it makes sense to believe the smartphone's launch is very close. 
Other than that, we can also see the phone's dual camera setup on the back, along with a fingerprint sensor positioned below the photo snapper, which by the way, it features Leica lens. A dual-LED flash is placed to the left of the camera as well.

You'll also be pleased to know that Huawei did not dropped the 3.5mm audio jack, which is now located on top of the device. We've also noticed the USB Type-C port on the right side of the phone, along with one of the speakers.

Rumors also claim the Mate 9 boasts a large 5.9-inch display that supports either full HD (1080p) or Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. Huawei is likely to include its own octa-core Kirin 960 chipset inside, along with 4GB of RAM and enough storage (64GB or 128GB). 

A slightly bumped up model might include 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory, but this is just a rumor. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Mate 9.
Source : Evan Blass

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TRAI Suggests ₹3,050 Crore Penalty On Airtel, Idea, Vodafone For Denial Of Interconnection To Reliance Jio

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TRAI  Suggests ₹3,050 Crore Penalty On Airtel, Idea, Vodafone For Denial Of Interconnection To Reliance Jio

Recently there is a war going between India carriers. So, Reliance Jio had filed several complaints with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) against incumbent operators who failed to provide sufficient POIs to Jio. Yesterday TRAI in separate letters to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) secretary, has recommended a total penalty of Rs. 3050 core on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular in circles where the point of interconnection (PoI) congestion exceeded the permissible limit of 0.5%.

TRAI has suggested penalty of Rs. 50 crore per circle for 21 service areas, except Jammu & Kashmir, for Airtel and Vodafone. For Idea Cellular, TRAI has suggested Rs. 50 crore penalty per circle for 19 circles, except Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and North East. For Airtel and Vodafone the total suggested penalty amount is Rs. 1,050 crore each, and for Idea Cellular it is Rs. 950 crore.

TRAI said that it is mindful of the fact that revocation of the license will entail significant consumer inconvenience and therefore in view of the larger public interest involved, so it is recommending penalty.

It also said that it has been taking necessary steps to ensure effective
interconnection between these operators and Jio, it is evident that they are
non-compliance of the terms and conditions of license and denial of Interconnection to Reliance Jio appears to be with ulterior motive to stifle competition and is anti-consumer.

TRAI has also released a consultation paper on review of the regulatory framework for interconnection.

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had promised to increase the total number of PoIs between them and Jio. However, Jio recently said that it has been repeatedly raising the issue of insufficient POIs as anti-competitive aimed at hindering the entry of a new operator.

Source :

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[Leaked] Moto M Surfaces In Renders And Live Images

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[Leaked] Moto M Surfaces In Renders And Live Images

The Moto line has been vibrant since Lenovo took over and soon, we could see its first device released with high-end features. The upcoming Moto M's specs have already been leaked in a TENAA certification and now, there are possible renders of the phablet. Here is everything we know about the Lenovo Moto M.

Today we have a barrage of images showing it - leaked promotional renders, live hands-on images, the whole nine yards.

The Moto M will be the first device from Motorola to feature a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will have a full metal body, and a rear that curves towards the sides - reminiscent of older high-end Motorola phones. It's expected to arrive with a 5.5-inch touchscreen and a 3,000 mAh battery.

It could be powered by MediaTek's MT6750 chipset, which has a 1.9 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage will be in tow. The rear camera will be a 16 MP unit, while for selfies you'll have to use an 8 MP sensor. 4G support will be baked in, and the Moto M will launch running Android 6.0 Marshmallow apparently. Its dimensions are 151 x 75 x 8 mm.

Rumor has it that the Moto M will finally be released at some point in November. What remains to be seen is exactly which markets will get it. Pricing is also a mystery.
Source : Techdroider

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Google Partners With uBreakiFix To Provide Walk-In Screen Replacements For Pixel Phones

11:39:00 PM

Google is making Pixel and Pixel XL screen replacements rather straightforward for customers by partnering up with uBreakiFix, a chain of over 250 locations across the United States and Canada.

Google has partnered with uBreakiFix to provide a walk-in solution for those looking to get their new Pixel or Pixel XL fixed. Naturally, there is a cost associated with doing this and the cost to have the Pixel screen replaced is $129.99 with the Pixel XL priced at $149.99.

What makes this solution better than others is not only are there over 250 retail locations across the country, but Google is providing OEM parts to uBreakiFix. This will remove any concerns with a third-party using questionable parts to repair your precious device.

If you are having different issues with your Pixel or Pixel XL, uBreakiFix also offers other services to get you back up and running. This includes a water damage diagnostic, battery replacement, charge port repair, and a general diagnostic service. The company will also be able to replace the LCD on your device if you happen to smash it into bits.

Although there are retail locations available to just walk into, uBreakiFix will also replace your display if you have to mail it in. Although inconvenient, it’s better than having to deal with customer support and waiting an eternity to get your precious device back into your hands.
Source : uBreakiFix

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Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat Update in India

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Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat Update in India

Motorola today announced that it has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India. This makes the Lenovo-owned company the first in the world to roll out the Nougat update to any of its smartphones.

Moto is also adding a new Moto action with Nougat that lets you swipe to shrink the screen, and a new setting to disable and enable locking the screen when the screen is on and you touch the fingerprint sensor (for Moto G4 Plus). To access this setting, you need to go to Security, then tap on the screen lock gear icon.

Highlights of Android 7.0 Nougat update for Moto G4 and G4 Plus

  • Quick switch between apps
  • Multi-window view
  • Work mode
  • Data saver
  • Doze on the Go
  • JIT compiler
  • Stability improvements
  • Notification direct reply
  • Bundled notifications
  • Notification controls
  • Custom quick settings
  • Quick settings bar
  • Improved settings navigation
  • Settings suggestions
  • Lock screen wallpaper
  • Improved system backup coverage
  • New and updated emoji
  • Emergency information
  • Accessibility settings in initial setup
  • Accessibility mono output
  • Variable text to speech
  • Size of display elements
  • Trusted face improvements
  • Call screening
  • Multi locale language support and preferences
  • Locales by language
  • New Moto action
If you have not already received the OTA update notification on your Moto G4/Plus, head over to Settings -> About Phone -> System updates and tap Yes, I’m in to download the software update. Once downloaded, proceed to tap Install now to start the installation procedure. If the OTA update does not show up for you, try again after a few days since it is likely that Motorola is rolling out the updates in stages.

The company also says that post the Nougat update for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India, the company will start a worldwide rollout of the update for the handsets. You can check out the complete set of release notes on Moto India support page here.

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Google Pixel XL Teardown Reveals Modular Components With Little HTC Branding

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With the Google Pixel and Pixel XL releasing earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before the first teardown of the handsets hit the web. Doing the deed, iFixit has posted the teardown of the HTC-made Google Pixel XL. iFixit notes that there is “almost zero evidence of this phone’s HTC manufacturing origin.” 

In opening the device, iFixit has qualms at how the Samsung OLED panel has no internal support and is separated from the front glass a little too easily. As the initial opening procedure requires prying, it is extremely difficult to open the phone without damage to that component.

The 13.28 Wh battery is one of the few places where the HTC logo is present on the XL and is rated lower than both the Galaxy Note 7 at 13.48 Wh and the 13.86 Wh one on the S7 Edge. The 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB UFS 2.0 internal storage is also made by Samsung, while Qualcomm supplies the majority of the other chips, including the Snapdragon 821 processor, likely unused Quick Charge 3.0 chip, and various antennas.

Like with the Nexus 5X, most of the internal components are modular and can be replaced independently. As common failure points like the USB-C port can be inexpensively replaced. Also, JerryRigs reveals that the front speaker grill is actually made of cloth, which leads to difficulty in cleaning and possible puncturing.

iFixit applauds the use of modular components, standard T5 Torx screens, and tabs that allows for easy removal of the battery. However, this is only possible after removing the display assembly without breaking it. With a 6/10 repairability, iFixit notes that is actually better than any previously scored HTC device.
Source : iFixIt

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Android 7.1 Night Light & Fingerprint Reader Gestures Won't Come To Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X

2:18:00 PM

Google recently released Android 7.1 Developer Preview with some new features including Night Light and Fingerprint Reader Gestures as 'Move'. However, Nexus devices won't be treated to the Pixel and Pixel XL's Night Light and Fingerprint sensor gestures functionality as Google's team member +Ian Lake confirmed this to be the case in a Google+ post. Unfortunately, the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, or any other Nexus device won't be getting these bits of functionality, which are available in Android 7.1.

Night Light reduces the amount of blue light emitted by the display, making it less harsh on your eyes at night or in dim surroundings. As for the fingerprint sensor, there are shortcuts such as swiping down on the Pixel and Pixel XL's fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade. More might be coming down the road with software updates. 

The feature requires specific hardware built in the fingerprint sensor, though, and the Nexus 6P and 5X lack these bits of gear. Night Light too relies on a hardware implementation – a composer interface that does color transformations on the display driver, instead of in software.

As a little solace, both Nexus devices will be getting Android 7.1 updates in time, which is still a privilege of very few smartphones on the market.
Source : Ian Lake

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[Tip] Enable Google Pixel And Pixel XL's LED Notification Light

1:20:00 PM

Google's Pixel have the Ambient Display mode, which gives you a great gentle reminder on your screen whenever a notification is sitting waiting for your attention. But some people prefer the simplicity and battery savings of a basic LED notification light. The Pixel and Pixel XL actually have a notification LED nestled into the far left side of the loudspeaker at the top of the phone, though you wouldn't know it because it's not enabled by default

Here's a quick tip for keeping up to date with notifications arriving on your phone. If you want to switch from using Ambient Display to the notification LED or just want to have both for the total package of alertness, here's how you enable it.

  1. Go to your phone's Settings.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap on the Gear icon in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap on the toggle next to "Pulse notification light".
  5. How to enable the Google Pixel's LED notification light
That's it! Your Pixel will now blink its notification light when you have a notification waiting. There are no further settings or configuration options that let you change the color or frequency right now, but you'll at least have that extra reminder — in addition to Ambient Display — letting you know your phone has something to tell you.
Source : Reddit

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[Report] Samsung Considering LG Batteries For The Galaxy S8

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[Report] Samsung Considering LG Batteries For The Galaxy S8

After the incident Samsung had with their Galaxy Note 7's, with the two separate recalls for the Galaxy Note 7 due to overheating and exploding batteries, it looks like the company might be turning to one of their largest competitors, LG, to supply batteries for their next flagship phone.

A report from The Korea Herald states that, Samsung is looking at outside suppliers when it comes to the battery that will be used in the Galaxy S8. Originally, the battery inside of the Note 7 was manufactured by Samsung SDI and was later made by China’s ATL after the first round of recalls. Batteries made by both manufacturers were found to be faulty which led to the end of production for the smartphone.

The Maeil Business Newspaper was able to talk to a Samsung executive and was told the following:

We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem.
After the two separate recalls, it came out that Samsung was using its own labs instead of independent ones to test the Note 7 batteries. As the company needs to do everything possible to rebuild its reputation and gain back its customer’s trust, it would make sense that Samsung would be looking at LG and others to make sure that the Galaxy S8 does not share any of the Note 7’s faulty hardware.
Source : The Korea Herald

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Google Posts Pixel and Pixel XL Factory Images, Binaries and OTA Files

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Google Posts Pixel and Pixel XL Factory Images, Binaries and OTA Files

Ever since Google introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL, we have been wondering how the update situation would work. Would Google just push over-the-air updates as they were ready or would they treat them similarly to Nexus phones by issuing factory image and OTA .zip files. I think we now know the answer – Google is giving us the files we want. 

This afternoon, Google posted the first sets of images along with the driver binaries for these device and OTA .zip files for the Pixel and Pixel XL. There are three builds in total, all of which are Android 7.1.0. For now, we have builds NDE63H, NDE63L, and NDE63P. The third one began rolling out to Verizon devices today as an OTA update. The full OTA images are available here, as well.

That NDE63P update supposedly brings Wi-Fi fixes, so if you're on an earlier build and having trouble, this OTA may resolve it.

You can download the factory images and the driver binaries at the links below which, yes, still contain 'Nexus' in the page title. Maybe they'll call it the "Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices" eventually?
Links : Factory Images | OTA Files | Driver Binaries 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Google Pixel Guaranteed to Receive Android Updates until October 2018

8:34:00 PM

Google Pixel Guaranteed to Receive Android Updates until October 2018

Whenever Google launches a smartphone, it has a 2-year guarantee of OS updates (and 3 years of security patches) for their Nexus phones, and while that reassurance is nice, we were hoping that they’d extend that expectation a bit for the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL. Sadly, those phones are getting the same treatment according to this Google Support page.

It goes without saying that Google possibly can update the Pixels to Android updates post October 2018 as well, but it will not be any under obligation to do so.

As for security updates, Google will be rolling them out to the Pixel and Pixel XL until October 2019 or until 18 months after the Pixel smartphones are taken down from the Google Store, whichever is later.

For a Nexus user, this should not be surprising since Google has been rolling out confirmed Android updates for all Nexus devices for at least two years since their launch. However, considering the price and the powerful hardware that they pack, Google should consider extending the two-year guaranteed Android update timeline to three years at the very minimum.

Source : Google Support

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Android 7.1 Developer Preview Is Now Available For The Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P & Pixel C

7:39:00 AM

Android 7.1 Developer Preview Is Now Available For The Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P & Pixel C

Now that Google Pixel and Pixel XL are finally making their way into the hands of many happy customers, Google is providing users the first taste of Android 7.1 with some additional goodies over base Nougat. Fortunately for users of the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or the Pixel C you will no longer have to wait to try out Android 7.1. 
As promised just last week, Google has announced that the first Android 7.1 Developer Preview will begin automatically rolling out to users on the aforementioned devices so long as you are enrolled in the Android Beta program. Alternatively, you can skip the wait and manually update your device by flashing the updated system images.

What’s New:

Android 7.1 introduces several new features which we’re summarizing below:

  • App Shortcuts API – up to 5 intents can be launched within a menu accessed by long-pressing on an app’s icon from the launcher
  • Image Keyboard Support – easily share images from your IME to any text input in your favorite app
  • Enhanced Live Wallpaper Metadata – wallpaper pickers can now display more detailed information while previewing the live wallpaper
  • Round Icon Resources – developers can now easily style their app icon to be rounded to fit in with the new Pixel Launcher
  • Storage Manager Intent – if running low on storage, apps can now directly guide user to the storage manager so they can quickly free up space
  • Improved VR Thread scheduling – developers can dedicate a single thread solely to handling the VR process, hopefully reducing latency
The Android API level is also finally being bumped up to version 25 with this release, so if your device is running this latest preview you can start taking advantage of apps that are targeting API level 25, which includes Google Camera v4.2. Google has also opened up the ability for third-parties to start publishing apps in the Play Store under this new API level, so if you’re a developer looking to build an app aimed at Pixel owners you can get started immediately with the updated development tools.

Google tends to not publish a fully comprehensive change-log for the Developer Preview, so there’s always some goodies for users to discover once they’ve flashed the update. Here is a list of some new features that users are reporting on our forums. Keep in mind, though, that these features can be removed in a future update without notice:
  • Reboot option in power menu
  • Notification panel has space for an additional tile, and provides easier access to directly launch the settings app
  • Support tab in settings
  • New “Moves” menu in settings, which now holds all of the gesture-based options including Ambient Display, Double-Tap Power to launcher Camera, and Double Twist to switch between Cameras while in Google Camera
  • sRGB picture color mode in Developer Settings
As expected, the Pixel “exclusive” features such as Google Assistant and fingerprint gestures are not available in this Developer Preview. Of course, you can already try Assistant if you have root access on your phone but we’ll have to wait and see if fingerprint gestures can feasibly be ported to other phones.

Today marks the release of the first Preview for Google devices, specifically the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C. Google has promised a second Developer Preview sometime in November that will be available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6X, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G. Finally, Android 7.1 Nougat will be officially released to the public via OTA update sometime in December to all of the aforementioned devices. If you are planning on running the developer preview, keep in mind that you may face issues with performance, battery life, or stability.

You should be aware that Google does not intend for users to run these Developer Previews as a daily driver, so don’t be surprised when something goes wrong. That being said, Google has provided a list of currently known issues:
  • System:
  • Device may freeze when users are playing videos in multiple windows and change the volume.
  • Framework:
  • Device with low storage stuck in boot loop animation on reboot.
  • Native crash in Bluetooth observed when trying to share a file from Files app.
  • Setup Wizard:
  • Users setting up a factory-reset device and using Setup Wizard may experience minor issues with UI and functionality.
  • Backup and restore:
  • After backup, launcher data and wallpapers may not be restored.
If you’re brave enough to flash the Developer Preview, let us know if you find any additional new features below. Get the images here : System Images
Source : Android-Developers

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