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Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:28
Sasmung Galaxy event invitation April 10th

One month after making the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e official at a huge event, Samsung today confirmed that it's got another Galaxy event coming up.

Samsung has announced that it'll hold a Galaxy event on April 10th. Events will be held in Bangkok, Milan, and São Paulo, but the good news is that Samsung will also livestream the event for those of us that can't make it to those cities.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:08
iPhone XS Max hands-on review

Apple's iOS 12.2 beta testing rolls on today.

iOS 12.2 beta 6 is now available to registered developers. If that's you, then you can grab the update by going into Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device or Apple's Developer Center on the web. Public testers in the Apple Beta Software Program should be able to grab the update shortly.

iOS 12.2 new Animoji

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:21
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 official

One year after Xiaomi got into the gaming phone market with the Black Shark, the company is back with another gaming-focused handset.

The Black Shark 2 features upgraded specs over its predecessor, including a Snapdragon 855 processor. There's more RAM here, too: The original Black Shark came in two versions with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, but the Black Shark 2 starts with 6GB of RAM and is also available with 8GB or a whopping 12GB of RAM.

Source: Xiaomi Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:40
ZTE Axon V design

We've seen smartphone manufacturers come up with a few different ways of making edge-to-edge screens that also include front cameras. There's the notch, the hole-punch, the slider design, and the pop-up mechanism. Now ZTE has cooked up a couple more designs.

Source: iF World Design Guide (1), (2) Companies mentioned: ZTE
Posted: Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:33
iPad Air 10.5 Apple Pencil

Surprise! Apple is starting your week with some new iPad models.

The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch 2224x1668 display, up from the previous iPad Air model and its 9.7-inch display. This model features a design similar to the current $329 iPad, which is still available, meaning the new iPad Air has thicker bezels with a front camera above the display and a Touch ID fingerprint reader below it. There's also a Lightning port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Source: Apple Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 17:12
Android Q desktop mode

Now that the Android Q beta has been out a couple of days, folks have had time to dig into it and find new features that Google didn't mention in its official announcement.

Source: Shad0wKn1ght93 (Twitter), XDA-Developers (1), (2) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:48
Dropbox Android app

Dropbox has quietly made a big change to its free, basic plan.

Dropbox users on the free plan can now have a three-device limit on the number of devices that can be linked to an account. This tidbit was quietly added to a Dropbox support page which also says that the change was made in March 2019.

If you're already on the free Dropbox plan and you have more than three devices linked to your account, all of your currently linked devices will stay linked. However, you won't be able to add any more linked devices.

Source: Dropbox
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:05
Walmart ONN Android tablet

A new Android tablet is coming to market soon, but it's being made from a company that you may not have expected.

Walmart is prepping a new Android tablet that'll be lower-cost and kid-friendly. The device will feature Walmart's ONN branding, says Bloomberg. Walmart spokeswoman Tara House confirmed that the retailer is prepping a new kid-focused tablet, but didn't share any other info. It's unclear when the device will launch or how much it'll cost when it does.

Source: Bloomberg, FCC, Mishaal Rahman (Twitter)
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:50
Qualcomm booth CES

After filing a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple way back in July 2017, Qualcomm today confirmed that the jury has ruled in its favor.

Apple was found to have infringed upon three Qualcomm patents, according to a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million in damages for the infringement.

Source: Qualcomm Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 09:51
Huawei P30 Pro renders leak

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be officially revealed in less than two weeks, but as is the case with most flagship smartphones, details of Huawei's new models have leaked out ahead of their announcement.

Source: WinFuture Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:41
Google foldable phone patent

Foldable phones are super trendy right now, with Samsung and Huawei already introducing foldables and companies like Motorola and Xiaomi teasing that they've got foldable devices in the works. Now it looks like we can add another name to the list of companies interested in foldables.

Source: WIPO Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 03/15/2019 - 06:54
iPhone XS Max

Following Spotify's complaint to the European Commission that Apple is engaging in "anti-competitive behavior", Apple has issued its response.

Source: Apple Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 18:03
Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Things have been kind of bumpy for Huawei lately in the U.S., with some people and companies opting to avoid Huawei devices and equipment over national security concerns. This week Huawei's CEO confirmed that he has a plan B if things get worse.

Source: Welt Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 14:59
Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy S10 may be Samsung's new hotness, but if you love styluses or you just want a deal, you can now get a discount on a Galaxy Note 9.

Source: Amazon Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 13:58
Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL renders leak

We've seen the Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite a few times by now and we've gotten wind of some of their specs. One of the major pieces of info that's eluded us so far are their official names, but now we may have those details as well.

Source: XDA-Developers Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:01
Samsung 12GB LPDDR4X RAM chip

RAM is a major bullet point on the spec list of many Android smartphones, and today Samsung confirmed that it's begun mass production of a significant new RAM chip.

Samsung says that mass production for its new 12GB low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) chip has begun. This 10nm-class chip is 1.1mm thick and offers a data transfer rate of 34.1GB per second while also minimizing the increase in power consumption caused by an increase in DRAM capacity, explains Samsung.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:43
Microsoft Xbox One controller

I was one of those folks who was fully strapped in on the Windows Phone bandwagon back in the day. Even when Windows Phone became Windows 10 Mobile, and support for the platform was obviously waning both in the software and hardware departments, I was over there in the corner hoping for the best. And it's probably crazy, but I'd even consider buying a new Windows Mobile device if it were up to par with the current flagships and, most importantly, had developer support.

But it's 2019 and Microsoft has basically thrown in the towel when it comes to future smartphones.

Companies mentioned: Microsoft, Google, Apple
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:33
Xbox One controller

Xbox Live is a major part of the gaming market, and now it's coming to Android and iOS. 

Microsoft today announced Game Stack, a new initiative that includes bringing Xbox Live and its features to mobile devices. A new software development kit (SDK) will enable mobile developers to include Xbox Live features like achievements, Gamerscore, "hero" stats, and more.

Source: Microsoft Companies mentioned: Microsoft
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 09:22
Apple WWDC 2019

Apple fans, you may want to clear your calendars for the first week of June.

Apple today confirmed that the dates for its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, aka WWDC, are June 3rd through June 7th. The even will take place in San Jose, CA at the McEnery Convention Center.

Source: Apple Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 08:52
Samsung Galaxy S10e camera

A major feature of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones are their hole-punch displays, which puts the device's front-facing camera in a small cutout in the corner of the screen. According to a new report, though, Samsung is already working on a way to ditch the hole-punch.

Samsung is working on a way to make "perfect full-screen" smartphones that hide the front-facing camera and sensors beneath the screen. The camera and sensors would still work like normal, but they would be hidden below the display, giving you a full-screen look.

Source: Yonhap News Agency Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy S10e Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 07:49
Android Q logo

Following the launch of the first Android Q beta, more new features and details have been discovered beyond the ones Google announced yesterday. That includes some theming options.

Source: Android Police Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 18:48
Google Pixel C

Google has a wide variety of hardware, including phones, tablets, laptops, smart displays, and possibly some new gaming hardware, but a new report claims that Google could be paring down its hardware division.

Source: Business Insider Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 13:51
Amazon Fire TV

After launching on Amazon Echo devices late last year, Apple Music is now available on more Amazon hardware.

Apple Music launched on Amazon Fire TV devices in the U.S. today. With this feature, Apple Music subscribers can ask Alexa to play songs, artists, playlists, and albums on a Fire TV device. Just say something like "Alexa, play music by Taylor Swift on Apple Music" and your tunes will start. Plus, Fire TV Cube owners can play songs from Apple Music on multi-room music groups.

Companies mentioned: Apple, Amazon
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 13:19
Netflix

Apple is a constant looming presence in the smartphone market. Even at trade events like CES or Mobile World Congress, Apple's name gets dropped on a semi-regular basis. Whether it's about a future iPhone, or how new smartphones compare to Apple's latest effort, or even just accessories, the company is always present. And while the company certainly enjoys that reality, there may be one area where that isn't really the case.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 12:35
Android Q logo

Almost exactly one year after Android P was first announced, Android Q has been confirmed by Google.

Android Q is available as a beta today. It can be installed on all Pixel devices, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Do keep in mind that this is an early beta meant for developers, though, so you'll probably encounter some bugs. As such, you may want to think twice before installing it on your main phone.

Source: Android Developers Companies mentioned: Google