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Google decided to do things differently this year. Instead of just ignoring the variety of rumors out there, swirling around the future launch of its newest flagship smartphones, the company doubled down and actually confirmed them. So while the rumor mill is definitely still churning out news regarding Google’s upcoming devices, we already know at least one aspect: there will be a on the back of the phones. And just to get this out of the way: yes, that design is similar to what the rumors have suggested Apple will be using this year for the 2019 iPhone lineup, so things will be interesting later this year. Google (and Apple) has its reasons for opting for a design like this. Because I think the general consensus at this point is that it’s. 07/22/2019 15:58
may be gaining a new trick soon. is currently testing the ability to send text messages using Google Assistant with your screen locked. Currently you can compose texts with Google Assistant, but your phone will prompt you to unlock your phone to continue and actually send the message. The ability to use Google Assistant to send texts with your screen locked is currently in A/B testing. That means that it's only available to some users and there's no easy way to enable it for yourself, as the folks at got it on a Pixel 3 XL running Android Pie but not on a Pixel 3 running Android Q. Being able to use Google Assistant to send a text message without unlocking your phone could be super handy since you could chat without having to enter your PIN. 07/22/2019 12:26
Would you sell your face to for $5? The company is apparently collecting face data in several major cities and paying folks in exchange for their faces. One person says that they were in a park in New York City and discovered a small group of Google employees approaching people with phones. These Google employees came up to the man and, according to , said that they were "collecting data to improve the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking.". The man was handed a phone in a large protective case and used the selfie mode to capture his face from different angles. After he was done, the Google employees offered him a $5 gift card to either Amazon or Starbucks in exchange for capturing his face data. When asked if they were the 07/22/2019 11:11
I recently wrote about , a brand new gaming console that aims to rely more on the mobile than the home experience. As such, there’s a focus on the games that the Switch has access to, as compared to what’s available on smartphones and tablets. But at the time I was focused more on the console itself, and whether or not folks would be interested in it over their smartphone they have with them all the time. So, maybe naturally, now I want to find out what you might be playing these days. There are so many games out there to choose from, filling all different kinds of genres and niches. Whether you like puzzle games, action titles, or just about anything else, the digital app stores on iOS and Android have just about anything you could ask for. 07/20/2019 15:27
After at the start of the month, we're now getting a peek at . New renders that claim to show the Google Pixel 4 have surfaced, depicting a device that looks an awful lot like Pixel 4 XL but in a smaller size. We can see a forehead with dual front cameras and a couple of sensors, and there's a smaller chin at the bottom of the phone's face. Around back, these renders from show a square housing with a couple of cameras, another sensor that could be a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for helping to capture depth info, and a flash. As with the Pixel 4 XL, there's no rear fingerprint reader on the Pixel 4, suggesting that Google will either adopt an in-display fingerprint sensor or go all-in on face unlock. At the bottom of the Pixel 4 are a couple 07/19/2019 18:55
is making it better to use truly wireless earbuds on Android. The company today to , its set of specs for connecting Bluetooth headphones and speakers to Android. Perhaps the most notable is better system-wide support for truly wireless earbuds. Later this year, truly wireless earbuds that support Fast Pair will be able to have their individual battery levels shown on Android as well as the battery level of their case and battery notifications when the case is opened or closed. Also coming is support for Fast Pair devices appearing in the Find My Device app and website. This will let you see the location and time that you last used your headphones. You'll also be able to unpair or ring them when you're in range. Finally, Fast Pair devices w. 07/19/2019 17:25
announced this week that it's expanding the testing of one big change to its service and rolling out another change. First up, Instagram is that hides the number of Likes that a post gets. and has now expanded to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. "We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get," Instagram said when explaining its decision to hide Like counts. "You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who've liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.". Also rolling out this week is . Instagram currently removes accounts that have a certain percentage of content that violates its rules, and now it will. 07/19/2019 13:11
We've heard that , and it's been said that Huawei would use it as a replacement for Android if it ever lost access to Google's mobile OS. Now, though, Huawei says that its OS isn't an Android replacement. Catherine Chen, Senior Vice President at Huawei, says that the OS known as Hongmeng is not meant to be an alternative for Android and is not meant for smartphones at all. Chen went on to tell that Hongmeng is actually intended for industrial use. As for finding a replacement to Android, Chen said that Huawei intends to continue using Android for its smartphones. Earlier this year, that Huawei had built its own OS in case it was no longer able to use Android, but now the company says that the Hongmeng OS actually isn't intended to replace A. 07/18/2019 21:18
We're accustomed to seeing on big touchscreen slabs, but according to a leaked image, there's a new Android device coming on a form factor that we don't see as much of. A photo of an Android-powered feature phone from has made its way online. On the screen, we can see Google's well-known microphone icon that could indicate Google Assistant access or some other voice action, and there are Android icons for Camera, Chrome, and YouTube on the display as well. It's not known what the fourth icon with the arrows could be for. We can also see Android-style icons at the top of the screen for things like battery level and signal strength. At the bottom of the screen are buttons for Settings, Select, and Alerts, which could give you a way to access 07/18/2019 20:01
Earlier this week, Netflix that it is going to launch a mobile-only plan. It will be the cheapest plan the streaming platform offers, which certainly makes sense since it has plenty of limitations tied to it. The company also confirmed the plan will launch in India first, and unfortunately there’s no word on when, or even if, this mobile-only plan will ever expand beyond those shores. Netflix is losing a lot recently. The company recently confirmed that it was not only losing beloved third-party content like. Friends. to other streaming services, but also subscribers. Which, at least in a moment of brilliant honesty, the company says probably has something to do with recent price hikes. And it probably does! The last price hike made a lot of 07/18/2019 15:43
Razer Phone 2 owners have been , but anyone using is still waiting for Pie. Thankfully, that wait will soon be over. that it will release an Android Pie update for the original Razer Phone "in coming weeks." (via ) The update will also include unspecified Android security patches. This is big news for anyone using a Razer Phone, and not just because it means that their slice of Android Pie is near. The original Razer Phone hasn't received an update since September 2018 when it received the July 2018 Android security patches. That's kind of a bummer considering the Razer Phone is a flagship smartphone that's . At least now Razer Phone owners know that their Android Pie update is coming and that it'll bring with it some recent security patche. 07/18/2019 15:28
Earlier this week , and now the backside of ASUS's next gaming phone has leaked out along with some more spec details. Photos of the ROG Phone 2 have leaked out thanks to , a Chinese regulatory agency. The design doesn't look all that different from , as it's got "Republic of Gamers" branding and a jagged rear camera housing. One thing that is different about the ROG Phone 2 is its size. The device is listed as measuring 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.78mm, compared to the original ROG Phone that measured 158.83 x 76.16 x 8.65mm. That size increase is the result of a much larger screen. According to spec details that've also been spilled by TENAA (via ), the ROG Phone 2 will have a 6.59-inch display, up from the ROG Phone's 6-inch screen. We also know t. 07/18/2019 13:05
We've seen the and a few times now, including in , but there's not been a ton of info regarding the specs of the upcoming Google flagships. Today some of those details may have leaked out. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will reportedly have larger displays than the and . Sources speaking to claim that the Pixel 4 will have a screen resolution of 2280x1080, up from the Pixel 3's resolution of 2160x1080. Meanwhile, the Pixel 4 XL is expected to have a display resolution of 3040x1440, while the Pixel 3 XL's resolution is 2960x1440. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are said to have 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And both of the new Pixel phones are also expected to have a 128GB storage option. We know from both leaked images 07/18/2019 10:36
A few weeks after Verizon , the coverage is growing again. Verizon 5G is . This is the fifth city to get Verizon's network, joining Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Providence. Verizon has said that it plans to launch 5G in more than 30 cities in 2019. Verizon customers in St. Paul can find 5G service in parts of the Downtown, Lowertown, and West Seventh neighborhoods around landmarks like the Minnesota Children's Museum, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Fitzgerald Theater, Cathedral Hill Park, and the Alexander Ramsey House. The Twin Cities now have matching networks St. Paul joins Minneapolis on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Are we hitting 2gig speeds in the Land of 10,000 Lakes? You. Betcha. — Andy Choi (@dudeitsandychoi. 07/17/2019 21:07
Google has rolled out another nice deal on its flagships. Google Fi is . This deal is open to both new and existing customers, and the discounted price will be automatically applied at checkout. You'll need to activate the phone on the account used to purchase the phone within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email, otherwise the discounted amount will be charged to your Google Payments account. With this discount, the Pixel 3 will start at $499 or $20.79 per month for 24 months. The larger Pixel 3 XL will start at $599 or $24.96 per month for 24 months. We're getting closer to the debut of the , but the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are still very capable Android flagships. They've got flagship specs that include high-res OLED screens, Snapdr. 07/17/2019 20:14
The smartphone market adopted big displays pretty naturally. There might still be some holdouts out there, the folks who prefer a smaller phone (especially if they use a tablet on a regular basis), but for the most part it looks like most smartphone users want a big display. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially recently as companies get creative with ways to minimize bezels and keep standard features like a front-facing camera. Some companies have had better luck than others. But at least things are interesting in smartphone design again (for the most part). But it’s still a far cry from what phones used to be, especially from the companies who were embracing things like hardware keyboards. I can still remember all the cool slide.

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