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Is Samsung teasing what its next folding phones will look like?

Samsung is no stranger to staying at the forefront of technology, and they’ve long been a leader in display manufacturing. That paid off with the recent launch of foldable phones, which has seen Samsung take the crown from, well, pretty much everyone. They’re really one of the only manufacturers consistently making good foldable phones early […]

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The Essential team is back (without Andy Rubin) to make your phones more secure as OSOM

The team behind the Essential Phone is back at work, sort of. Essential is still gone, so don’t get your hopes up for a PH-2, but they might still have a hand in your next smartphone anyway. This time they’re focused on hardware and software security as a startup called OSOM, and they’re doing it […]

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Samsung unveils the next chip for mid-range Galaxy phones on November 12th

Samsung’s next big wave of Galaxy phones is still a ways off, but that isn’t stopping the company from drumming up hype — even for the chips that will power those phones. SamMobile reports that Samsung’s Chinese branch has teased a launch event for i…
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OnePlus expands its Nord line with two even cheaper phones

The OnePlus Nord debuted to fairly solid acclaim over the summer, but it came with one notable caveat: It’s only available in India and parts of Europe. Mid-range phone fans in North America had to make do without, but won’t be true of the company’s…
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LG Velvet review: This phone’s just okay

The LG Velvet was a strange move from LG. Instead of getting the LG G9 this year, we’ve seen an earlier-than-usual V series phone, and a midrange but premium phone to fill out LG’s lineup. While it’s clear that the Velvet wasn’t designed to replace the LG G9, it tries to tackle an emerging segment […]

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Vivo phones are coming to Europe

Vivo has expanded its reach and announced its entry into the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. The Chinese tech manufacturer has also presented its first European line-up at an online media briefing broadcast from Dusseldorf, Germany, rev…
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Huawei says that phones running EMUI 11 will be able to ‘upgrade’ to HarmonyOS

Huawei held its annual Developer Conference yesterday and besides announcing some very interesting laptops, smartwatches, and earphones, also revealed that its HarmonyOS will debut on smartphones during 2021, which is big news in itself. Today brought another intriguing factoid with Huawei saying that devices running on EMUI 11, which is only just beginning to roll […]

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[Updated 26/08/20] These Android phones and tablets can stream HDR content on Netflix

With more and more flagship smartphones and tablets supporting HDR 10 and higher, the list of smart devices that can stream Netflix in HDR isn’t as vast as you might think. Your device may have a display with QHD or even 4K resolution, but if Netflix hasn’t certified it as compatible with HDR streaming, you […]

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Redmi announced the K30 Ultra, one of the first phones available with dual 5G SIM standby

Redmi announced the K30 Ultra flagship today, highlighting that this is one of the first phones supporting dual 5G standby. The K30 Ultra goes on sale on August 14, 2020, offering a lot for the money in true Redmi style. Redmi, Xiaomi’s Xiaomi’s more value-based sub-brand, seems to have polished the existing Redmi K30 Pro […]

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WhatsApp plans to add multi-device support, allowing you to use your phone number across phones

WhatsApp is reportedly planning on launching a new feature that would make it a much more viable service for using across devices. Currently there’s no way to use your linked phone number across several devices (you can do the opposite and utilize two numbers on one device, like for dual-SIM business phone) which is a […]

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 690 chipset aims to bring 5G to budget phones

After MediaTek announced its intention to make 5G more accessible with its new Dimensity 820 chipset, it was only a matter of time before Qualcomm unveiled its own take on an affordable 5G chip. The Snapdragon 690 5G, as it is called, features an integrated Snapdragon X51 5G modem and is the first 6-series chip […]

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Be careful: this wallpaper can cause your Android phones to lock up

It’s pretty rare for anyone’s phone to become completely bricked outside of hardware failures. Tinkering around with ROMs and third-party hacks can certainly do the trick, but besides those things it’s just not something that you’d have to worry about. But apparently something’s happened with a particular wallpaper floating around the internet that can cause […]

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Nokia announces a slate of Android 10 phones for Cricket Wireless

Nokia is rounding out its portfolio of affordable US devices with three new phones slated for Cricket Wireless over the next couple months. Best of all, these are running Android 10 out of the box. We’ll talk about the Nokia C5 Endi, Nokia C2 Tava, and Nokia C2 Tennen. The C5 is the highest-end of […]

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The McLaren edition OnePlus phones might be at the end of the road

For the last few years we’ve seen a McLaren branded version of OnePlus’s flagship phones. There’s typically not anything too different from these models, but they do get a unique design and will pack in the highest amount of RAM and storage that OnePlus offers. That might be coming to an end, though. No more […]

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Samsung no longer syncs keyboard data between phones

If you’re about to hop from your current Samsung phone to a Galaxy S20, don’t expect your keyboard info to come along for the ride. Samsung has stopped syncing keyboard data through its Cloud service as of April 13th, according to a notice seen by Sa…
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The OnePlus 8 Pro might be one of the most durable phones out there

Looking for a phone that holds up to the abuse of life. According to JerryRigEverything’s durability test, the OnePlus 8 Pro could be your guy. Zack, operate of YouTube Channel JerryRigEverything, puts flagship smartphones to a hefty durability test whenever they launch. Today’s subject? The OnePlus 8 Pro. You can watch Zack put the smartphone […]

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Always-On Display coming to OnePlus phones sometime this year

OnePlus is reportedly testing bringing an Always-On Display feature to its phones. We don’t know exactly when that’ll happen, but it’s confirmed to be in the works directly from the company. The confirmation comes OnePlus’s IDEAS program, where users can submit their most wanted features on OnePlus phones. OnePlus Always-On Display If you’ve wanted an […]

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These Nokia phones are getting an Android 10 update soon, despite coronavirus delays

Nokia has tried to be as transparent as possible about software updates in their lineup of phones, and for the most part, they’ve succeeded. We’ve been well aware of what Nokia devices are getting which updates, and HMD Global has rolled things out on time almost every time. The latest refresh update from both companies […]

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Google Rules adds Tasker-like automations to Pixel phones, starting to roll out now

Smartphone automation has always been a thing in the enthusiast world of Android, going as far back as Tasker in the early Android days. While it’s still probably the de facto automation app, this kind of thing hasn’t really blown up with your average consumer. That’s starting to change, however, with Apple launching Siri Shortcuts […]

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HTC is apparently​ still making phones, announces the Wildfire R70 for India

HTC hasn’t done much in a very long time, but they’re apparently still making phones somewhere. They’ve announced the HTC Wilfire R70 specifically for Indian markets, and it’s… well, it’s okay. HTC Wildfire R70 This phone is probably (hopefully?) aimed at being a little more budget-friendly, but it’s got some very old design choices. The […]

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Huawei P40 phones set for a March 6th launch, still no Google apps in sight

Huawei is in for a crazy few months. A new rumor pegs the launch of their next P40 series of devices in the next couple weeks, but the phones still won’t have Google apps. However, Google has applied for an exception to the current ban that prevents them from doing business with Huawei, which might […]

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Emoji galore: 117 new Unicode Emoji 13.0 have been confirmed for phones in 2020

A handful of new emoji have been announced with Unicode Emoji 13.0 being finalized. These new additions won’t appear on your phone just yet, but they will likely be slated into any 2020 software updates you might be getting from your phone manufacturer. 117 new emoji This update includes a total of 117 new emoji […]

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Huawei says it may ‘never’ return to using Google apps on its phones, even if the ban is lifted

In a recent post, I asked if Huawei is still relevant in the west considering that the US ban is still in effect but maybe the better question to ask would have been if Huawei would return to using Google’s apps and services if or when the ban is lifted. According to Huawei’s Product Manager […]

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TCL enters the smartphone market with a bang, bringing folding phones and 5G to CES 2020

TCL is definitely best known for their popularity in the smart TV market, but they do dabble in other aspects of consumer electronics. One area that they’ve been mostly absent in, though, has been smartphones. At least up until CES, that is. The company has announced that they’re working on an entire lineup of TCL […]

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Samsung will unveil its latest Galaxy phones on February 11th

In case you've been losing sleep over whether that leaked Samsung invite video was real, fret no more. Samsung itself confirmed this evening that it plans to show off "new, innovative devices that will shape the next decade of mobile experiences" at…
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[Deal] OPPO joins in the Black Friday madness by discounting the Reno 10x Zoom Edition by £190, other phones also reduced

If you read our review of the Reno 10x Zoom Edition, you’ll know that we were mightily impressed with OPPO’s 2019 flagship smartphone. Combining impressive camera chops, flagship hardware, incredible battery life, and a snazzy design, the Reno 10x signifies OPPO’s rise from a niche import in the UK to a mainstream competitor. And, with […]

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Xiaomi will flood the market with 5G phones in 2020

Xiaomi is known for its aggressive pricing strategies, but sometimes that kind of strategy doesn’t mesh well with brand new technology, like 5G. But if anyone is going to combine the two, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll be Xiaomi. Their CEO has doubled down on Xiaomi’s commitment to launching at least 10 new […]

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[Deal] Save 20% on phones, gaming consoles, TV’s and more with eBay UK’s Black Friday discount code

If you’ve had an item on your eBay (UK) watchlist that was a little too expensive to justify purchasing but that you really, really wanted, now is the time because the auction site has just kicked off its Black Friday deals (early, I know) by offering a 20% discount on items from its biggest sellers. […]

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You guys don’t actually care about the headphone jack, and you’re keeping your phones for way longer than you used to

If you frequent the blogosphere and read about Android phones and smartphones in general, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea about how mad everyone is about notched screens and the lack of a headphone jack. Most of these things are the butt of the joke in advertising campaign, and readers really hate wireless headphones […]

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Here’s how to get your app drawer back on the LG G8 ThinQ and other LG phones

LG makes some killer flagship hardware, especially if you’re someone looking for a high-end phone that actually doesn’t have any compromises. The LG G8, for example, still has a headphone jack and microSD card, it has a regular fingerprint scanner, and there’s no weird design stuff going on, outside of a notch. It’s a killer […]

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Best Wireless Chargers For Your Android Phones and Tablets [2019]

Tons of new smartphones are supporting wireless charging, especially many of Samsung’s best offerings. If you go with some really high-end stuff, you’ll also get some incredibly fast wireless charging speeds, like what we’ve seen in the Galaxy Note 10. However, you don’t get the wireless charger in the box, so that’s probably one of […]

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ARM’s latest chip designs promise 60 percent faster AI on phones

ARM isn't boasting about PC-crushing performance like it did in 2018, but it still has plenty of swagger going into Computex 2019. The designer has unveiled two new chip architectures that promise giant strides in performance, especially for AI. Th…
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OnePlus 7 Pro will be one of the few phones with an HDR10+ display

OnePlus isn’t holding anything back from the OnePlus 7 Pro this year. We already know it’ll be nicking some high-end features from the competition, like curved displays, 5G, and super fast storage, but the display looks to be one area where OnePlus wants to be better, not just match the other guys. While it’s already […]

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Merger or not, Sprint will soon start carrying Google Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel phones have notoriously always been exclusive to Verizon, at least if you wanted to buy it on a US carrier. Buying direct from the Google Store (and getting your phone factory unlocked) has been an option, but that’s not for everyone, especially more casual buyers or something looking to finance hardware through their […]

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Google looks to announce new phones at Google I/O 2019

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been making the rounds in and out of the rumor mill lately, but we still aren’t really sure when Google will make them official so we can, you know, actually buy them. We still have a couple weeks, but now it looks like those announcements will come […]

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Not many Google Pixel 3 buyers switching from Apple phones

Although Google, through their Android operating system for mobile phones, is in charge of the mobile phone market, in some places it does not seem like it. In the U.S. in particular, Android phone manufacturers have been playing catch up to Apple’s market dominance. When Google transitioned their own line of phones from budget-oriented Nexus […]

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Google adding call screening to Android One phones

In another win for Android One devices, specifically those from Lenovo Moto and Nokia for now, they are now receiving Google‘s Call Screen feature for combating telemarketers. As a selling point Google reserved for their Pixel phones since its release six months ago, the company introduced the imaginatively named ‘Call Screen’ as a Google Assistant […]

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ZTE’s solution to the notch is to put cameras on the side of phones

If there’s one thing Android manufacturers deserve a lot of credit for, it’s trying weird ideas that may or may not have any chance of actually succeeding in the real world. ZTE is tackling the problem of a display notch in the weirdest way yet, and even though I don’t think it’ll catch on, it’s […]

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Nokia’s new line of phones drops at MWC 2019, including the PureView 9 with five cameras

Nokia has brought their latest crop of phones to kick off MWC 2019, and there’s plenty here to be excited about. Not only are we finally getting to see that phone with the ridiculous camera layout that’s leaked multiple times, but Nokia is keeping their non-smartphone game going, too. Nokia 9 PureView First up, let’s […]

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Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren’t playing well with Android phones

How do you know you're living in the future? When your shoes have technical problems. Owners on Google Play and CNET report that Nike's Android companion app for the self-lacing Adapt BB has some teething troubles, most notably a buggy firmware updat…
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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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HTC says it hasn’t given up on mobile yet, plans to release new phones soon

The former ‘King of Android,’ HTC, has been absent from our minds in recent months that have seen flagship smartphones launched by just about every other handset maker. With the exception of the ludicrous blockchain smartphone, Exodus 1, HTC has been quietly existing in the shadows of its competitors, with its most recent offering being the […]

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Google apparently can’t fix any damaged Pixel 3 phones right now

If you’ve already purchased a Google Pixel 3, don’t break it. According to some horror stories on the internet, Google is apparently unable to fix broken devices just yet, and they aren’t able to get the parts to their partner repair store, uBreakiFix. The story, which comes from 9to5Google, saw a Pixel 3 XL take […]

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The last of the Nexus phones receive their final update

The Nexus 6P and budget-friendly 5X launched in 2015 with a three-year update guarantee from Google. This included two years of major software upgrades and three years of security updates. That makes 2018 the last year for Nexus updates as the new Pixel line replaced them in 2016. A spontaneous two-month extension was granted last […]

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China suggests President Trump switch to Huawei phones after wiretapping accusations

Earlier this week a report broke that Chinese spies were eavesdropping on Donald Trump’s phone calls from his personal, unsecured iPhone, which obviously carries a ton of political implications that your local Android site probably isn’t qualified to evaluate. And while that kind of accusation and potential carelessness really isn’t great for anyone involved, China […]

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Razer Phone 2 is official, still wants to make gaming phones a thing

  Razer is taking another stab at the gaming market with the aptly named Razer Phone 2, offering unparalleled performance, a high-refresh rate display, and a gamer-y aesthetic in a pretty slick package. This isn’t a major redesign from last year’s phone, but there are a few things worth mentioning. Gaming powerhouse The Razer Phone […]

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Google’s phone-calling AI comes to Pixel phones in November

Do you want to be one of the first everyday users to try Google's phone-calling Duplex AI? You'd better have a Pixel device. Google has announced that Pixel users in the US will be the first to have access to the feature in November. If you live in A…
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CEO who sold encrypted phones to drug cartels pleads guilty to DoJ

In March, the FBI arrested Vincent Ramos, the founder and CEO of Phantom Secure, for allegedly modifying phones and selling them to criminal organizations including drug cartels. Now, Ramos has pled guilty to these charges.
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Google changed a battery setting on Android phones by mistake

Some Android users probably noticed some strange things happening with their phones over the last couple of days. Apps might have stopped updating in the background, location services maybe weren't in use when your screen was locked, and your notific…
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Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max officially launch, brings AI and notches to budget phones

Honor has officially released the 8X and 8X Max budget-friendly devices, although as of now they’re only set for a Chinese release. They’re still rocking some flagship-caliber features, however, including a dual-camera setup and a notched display. Yep, 2018. You know we had to mention the notch. First up, we’ll talk about the Honor 8X. […]

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