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Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:46
Samsung Galaxy S20 Cosmic Gray

We're wrapping up the week with deals on a variety of mobile devices and accessories.

First up, Amazon is offering discounts on the entire Samsung Galaxy S20 series. While Samsung is hosting an event on August 5 to show off some new hardware, the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are all well-specced devices that you can get on sale right now. What's more, they're all unlocked and ready for use on any major carrier.

Companies mentioned: Samsung, Apple, Amazon
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 14:03
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G bronze leak

The Samsung leaks are continuing to flow this afternoon with some new info on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G.

The specs for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaked out today, and according to Max Weinbach, the specs for the 5G foldable are going to be pretty similar to the 4G model. In fact, the only notable change with the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is that it's getting a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor.

That's up from the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor that's in the 4G Galaxy Z Flip that launched earlier this year.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:41
LG Velvet colors

The LG Velvet is the start of a new product roadmap for LG, featuring a hardware design that's different from the company's other recent flagships. The software on the Velvet has some new features, too, and this week LG said that it's bringing them to select other models in its lineup.

LG will push an update to some of its former V and G series flagships that includes the UI of the LG Velvet. Those include the ability to change the color of your notification bar, new volume adjustment settings, and a new pop-up window during calls.

Products mentioned: LG V50 ThinQ, LG G8 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ, LG V35 ThinQ Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 09:45
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 render leak

After some renders surfaced to give us our first look at the design of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ tablets, we're now getting a peek at the actual devices.

First up, an official-looking render of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has leaked out, courtesy of Evan Blass. We can only see the front of the device but it lines up with the aforementioned render of the Tab S7.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 08:54
Pixel 3a XL unboxing

It's been widely expected that along with the Pixel 4a, Google will launch a Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL later this year. New code discovered inside the Google app suggests that that may not be the case, though.

The new beta version of the Google Search app for Android includes references to a "Pixel 4a 5G" and a "Pixel 5" as well as the Pixel 4a we've come to know through many leaks (via 9to5Google). Interestingly, one thing that's not listed is a Pixel 5 XL.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 - 07:20
iPhone XS Max

Remember a couple of months ago when a Facebook SDK problem caused several popular iOS apps to crash? Well, it looks like the same thing happened again today.

Many iOS users complained this morning of crashing problems with popular apps like Spotify, Tinder, Waze, and Pinterest. Facebook acknowledged the issue on its developer site, saying that it was "investigating an increase in errors on the iOS SDK which is causing some apps to crash."

Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:27
Google Nest smart speaker official blue

We started today by getting an unofficial look at Google's new Nest smart speaker thanks to some images that were posted by a Japanese regulatory agency, and now we're ending the day by seeing the new speaker again in some images from Google itself.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 17:46
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live charging case

With less than one month to go before Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event, the leaks surrounding their new products are coming fast and furious. Following a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on video and Tab S7+ spec leaks, new images have shown off Samsung's next wireless earbuds.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:30
US Cellular 5G logo

US Cellular's making some 5G news today.

First up, the US Cellular is now selling the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, which is its fifth 5G phone to date. Pricing is set at $19.99 per month for 30 months, but customers who port their line to US Cellular and activate a new line of service on an Unlimited Basic, Everyday, or Even Better plan can get the A71 for $8.32 per month for 30 months.

Companies mentioned: U.S. Cellular
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:38
Android 11 screenshot

When the first Android 11 Developer Preview was released earlier this year, there were hints that scrolling screenshots might be included with the update. Unfortunately, a Google employee revealed today that that feature won't make the cut.

Dan Sandler, who works on Android for Google, revealed during a Reddit AMA today that scrolling screenshots won't be included with Android 11. "We're still working on it, but it didn't make the cut for R," Sandler says when asked if the ability to take a scrolling screenshot will be included with Android 11.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:15
Android 10 logo Pixel

Google used to provide us with monthly updates on the adoption numbers of the various Android OS versions out there, but it stopped sharing those stats recently. Today, though, we're getting a bit of a glimpse into how widespread Android 10 has become.

Google revealed today that Android 10 adoption has grown faster than any previous versions of Android. Five months after its launch, Android 10 was running on 100 million devices, which is 28 percent faster than Android 9 Pie.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:48
PS5 game box design official

One month after we got our first glimpse at the PlayStation 5, Sony has made another big PS5 reveal.

Today Sony showed off the box design for PS5 games. The box itself will be blue, just like the PS4 game boxes, but the new strip at the top of the box where it says "PS5" will now be white with black logos. 

Companies mentioned: Sony
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:33
iOS 14 new features

Been champing at the bit to try all of the new features found in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14? Now you can.

Apple today released the first public beta versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. This means that you can download and install these beta releases on your device right now without having to pay $99 to become a member of Apple's developer program. You can find a full list of devices compatible with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 right here.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:13
Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition, Galaxy Buds+

Right on schedule, Samsung's latest special edition Galaxy S20 has launched.

The Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition and Galaxy Buds BTS Edition are now available for purchase. You can buy from Amazon or from Samsung, and you've also got the option of purchasing either the Galaxy S20+ or Galaxy Buds+ by themselves or you can get a bundle with both devices together.

Amazon

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 09:17
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ render

Last month we got an early peek at the Galaxy Tab S7+ thanks to some renders that surfaced, and now the full specs for the upcoming Samsung tablet have leaked, too.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 - 08:10
Google Nest "prince" speaker rear

The mystery of the Google device with the model number GXCA6 has been solved.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 21:22
Google logo

Ready for a mystery?

A mysterious Google device has passed through the FCC, and no one seems to know exactly what it is. Spotted by Droid-Life, we know that the device is made by Google and that it features the model number GXCA6. The FCC classifies it as a "Wireless Device", which isn't terribly helpful in identifying it.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 15:20
T-Mobile Tuesdays new logo

Next week's T-Mobile Tuesday is looking like it'll be a doozy.

On July 14, T-Mobile and Sprint customers can get a free classic or spicy chicken sandwich plus two pieces of bone-in chicken from Popeyes (via TmoNews). This isn't the first time that we've seen the popular Popeyes chicken sandwich offered through T-Mo Tuesdays, but it is the first time that Sprint customers are getting this deal.

Companies mentioned: T-Mobile, Sprint
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:45
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ unboxing

Just a week after a report claimed that Apple may ship the iPhone 12 without a charger in the box, we're now hearing that Samsung may start doing the same thing.

Samsung will reportedly begin shipping some new phones without chargers in their boxes starting in 2021. That's according to a ETNews, which says Samsung made this decision to reduce costs and because smartphone chargers are so widespread.

There's no word yet on exactly when Samsung may begin excluding chargers from its new smartphones or which models won't ship with a charger in the box.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:10
Android 11 dial logo

We're still a couple of months out from the full Android 11 launch, but today Google is releasing a new beta for testers to play with.

Android 11 Beta 2 is now rolling out. The update is available to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

If you're already in the Android Beta Program, you should get this new update over the air. Pixel owners not already running the beta can sign up for that program to get it now. As usual, Google is also offering factory images that you can sideload it you'd prefer.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:02

If you're jonesing for more Galaxy Note 20 Ultra after those photos surfaced earlier this week, we've got some good news for you.

A new video has made its way online that shows off the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The video from Jimmy is Promo is brief, but it does give us a clear look at the Note 20 Ultra and shows it next to the Galaxy Note 10+ for comparison purposes.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 08:37

So far, Google has only said that Android 11 will launch sometime in Q3 2020. It looks like Google may have accidentally revealed a more exact Android 11 launch date this week, though.

Google looks like it's planning to launch Android 11 on September 8. During a "Works With 'Hey Google' Smart Home Summit" stream that happened last night, Google was highlighting the new Controls feature that gives you quick access to your smart home controls by long-pressing your phone's power button, and it flashed the following slide at the 18-minute mark:

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:04
Snapdragon 865 Plus

The Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm's high-end mobile processor, and today the company is introducing a beefed up version of it.

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 865 Plus. It's a gaming-focused chipset that offers speedier performance and graphics over the  non-Plus Snapdragon 865 to help you get a better gaming experiece on your phone.

Posted: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:23
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked event

Clear your calendars, Samsung fans, because the date for the next Galaxy Unpacked event has been set.

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked will take place on Wednesday, August 5, at 10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT. As expected, it'll be an online-only show due to the coronavirus pandemic, and so Samsung will be streaming the event for all to watch.

Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Tue, 07/07/2020 - 13:55
Nokia 1

It was confirmed last year that the Nokia 1 would be updated to Android 10, and today that update has officially begun rolling out.

Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global's Chief Product Officer, confirmed today that the Nokia 1 is now being updated to Android 10 (Go Edition). The update is going out in waves to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Here are the countries that are getting the update first:

Companies mentioned: Nokia