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    by Published on 11-16-2018 03:50 PM
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    I know what you're thinking and yes, it's the same Russian site that leaked what turned out to be legit photos of the Pixel 3 XL last August. Now, barely three months later, they've got photos of what they're claiming is a new Pixel variant; codenamed "Sargo", everybody seems to be calling it the Pixel 3 Lite.

    And yes, that is indeed a headphone jack along the phone's top edge. Other notable specs are reported to be as follows:

    5.56 inch 2220 x 1080 pixel IPS display @ 444 ppi
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor
    4 GB RAM / 32 GB of storage
    12 MP rear camera / 8 MP front camera
    2,915 mAh battery

    Android Police speculates that the processor—also found in Oppo's R17, for example—means that it's intended for Asia and Europe only. Unlike North America, where the Pixel's main competition bears an Apple logo and also doesn't come with an audio jack, there are plenty of Xiaomi and similar devices across the Near and Far East that do.

    Read more about Sargo at the links and source below.

    Source: Rozetked via Android Police, Liliputing

    by Published on 11-15-2018 03:30 PM
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    With Samsung's forthcoming update to Android 9 Pie comes a new policy on themes downloaded from their theme store: users will only be able to trial a free theme on their devices for up to fourteen days.

    Yes, you read that correctly... free themes will be automatically deleted from Samsung devices running Android Pie after two weeks.

    Still don't believe me? Here's proof, in the form of a screen grab from PhoneArena:

    I can think of exactly one reason why Samsung would want to do this. They must be trying to purge free themes from their store altogether, presumably so that they can then take a cut of the paid ones. No other explanation makes sense.

    Fortunately (I guess?) Android Pie is still a ways off; the first public beta for Germany, South Korea and U.S. markets will be available for download "later this month".

    Source: PhoneArena, XDA

    by Published on 10-10-2018 03:55 PM
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    Korean tech site etnews broke the following bombshell earlier today:

    "Samsung is considering removing the earphone jack from Note 10 or S11..."
    If you're already rolling your eyes I don't blame you; stories like this, particularly in regards to Samsung, have been clickbaiting fans ever since Apple dropped the audio jack from its iPhone 7. A few random examples:

    Exhibit A: Exclusive: Galaxy S8 is not going to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack
    Exhibit B: Samsung Galaxy S9 could drop the headphone port, and fans are not happy

    However, it must also be pointed out that neither of those sites are etnews. According to this redditor:

    "ETNews is pretty reputable as far as Samsung rumors go. They’ve correctly predicted the Infinity Display of the GS8, the QLED tech on their smart TVs, and they’ve been first to report mostly everything relating to the GS10."
    But why would Samsung take such a user-hostile action on their most popular devices? I mean it's not like they have their own version of AirPods that they want to cram down their customers' throats. Oh wait, they totally do...

    Source: etnews via r/Android

    by Published on 10-05-2018 04:00 PM
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    And the OnLeaks / MySmartPrice partnership continues... The G7 and G7 Plus won't come to market until early next year, but thanks to some leaked design details and the magic of CAD software they're providing an early peek at the smaller of the two phones. The renders match up with a purported photo of the G7 published by XDA last summer. Waterdrop notches are going to be a thing, apparently...

    Confirmed specs for the G7 are as follows:

    6 inch Full HD+ 18:9 screen
    Unconfirmed octa-core processor
    4 GB of RAM / 64 GB storage
    16 MP + 5 MP dual rear-facing cameras
    12 MP selfie cam
    3,500 mAh battery
    Headphone jack (!)
    Android 9.0 Pie

    What do you think? I'm not really digging the Moto logo on the front chin, but the camera assembly round back is rather Droid-esque... and in a good way!

    Sources: MySmartPrice, XDA

    by Published on 10-04-2018 04:10 PM
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    Android Headlines is calling an exclusive on this third colour variant for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. According to them, joining the available options of black and white at the #MadeByGoogle event next week will be... sand...?

    It's a good thing I don't often take phone calls, because either of these phones would look more than a bit weird against my bald, pink head. I don't hate the colour, but I can't say I like it much, either.

    Apparently that mint colour hinted at by Google Japan isn't coming to the Google store, at least not here. I can certainly imagine an exclusive colour for the Japanese market; Google Home and Home Mini were being pushed fairly aggressively on television last time I was over there, and Japanese mobile users sure do love their big brands.

    All will be revealed in New York City at 11am Eastern next Tuesday. Until then no more leaks, okay Google? Seriously...

    Source: Android Headlines, Droid Life

    by Published on 09-26-2018 03:45 PM
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    It won't be officially announced until a week from today (Wednesday, October 3rd) but thanks to leaker Evan Blass you can enjoy this sneak peek of LG's V40 ThinQ.

    You're welcome.

    I haven't yet heard anything about it being an AT&T exclusive; I guess we can ThinQ (okay, I'll stop now) someone at that carrier for leaking the press image to Blass. In addition to the five cameras—that's three on the back, two on the front—we can expect the following in terms of specs:

    Quad HD+ OLED display, with notch (hidden in image but trust me, it's there)
    Snapdragon 845 processor
    6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    3,300 mAh battery
    Hi-Fi Quad DAC
    Headphone jack (!)

    And some additional info about the rear-facing cameras, courtesy of Pocket-lint: there will be no BS "depth sensor" present; instead, we can look forward to a 12 megapixel main lens, a 12 MP zoom and a 16 MP wide-angle. That's some pretty decent focal length coverage right there!

    Anybody see a V40 in their future?

    Sources: @evleaks, Pocket-lint

    by Published on 09-21-2018 04:20 PM
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    Invites are going out for a Nokia event to be held in London on Thursday, October 4th. It could be the long-rumoured flagship Nokia 9, but is more likely to be this:

    The second-gen Nokia 7 Plus, which both Android Police and its source are calling the 7.1 Plus, will add the dreaded notch and chin combo to last year's FHD+ 18:9 display, ZEISS-powered cameras and "clean" Android One experience. It's expected that this year's update will be powered by an upgraded Snapdragon 710 processor and have RAM and storage options of up to 6 and 128 GB respectively.

    Nokia has gotten a bad rap in this part of the world for its locked bootloaders and ad-riddled offerings on Amazon. But in Europe and Asia the storied brand of yore seems to be making quite the comeback. Die-hard Nokia fans can read more at the links immediately below.

    Source: MySmartPrice via Android Police

    by Published on 09-19-2018 03:15 PM
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    Dutch tech site Nieuwe Mobiel—which, as you can probably guess, translates as "New Mobile" in English—somehow managed to get a hold of what they're claiming are official press renders of the forthcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And here they are:

    As an added bonus, the devices are shown in Google's own fabric cases, which made their début alongside the second-generation Pixels last year. Expect the phones and their cases to have additional colour options. But don't expect the rumoured no-compromises (no notch) Pixel 3 Ultra; the rising consensus seems to be that it's nothing more than fanboy fantasy.

    Source: NieuweMobiel.nl via XDA

    by Published on 09-17-2018 04:00 PM
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    Here's Phil Schiller talking about AirPower, Apple's multi-device inductive charging mat, at the iPhone X event last October. You may have noticed that there was zero mention of this product during the iPhone and Apple Watch event last week; what you maybe didn't know is that Apple has also scrubbed any and all mentions of it on Apple.com—and .ca, etc.

    So what happened? Apparently there are ongoing technical issues holding up its development. These are only rumours, mind you, but they come from respected sources. Here's Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball:

    Something about the multi-coil design getting too hot—way too hot. There are engineers who looked at AirPower’s design and said it could never work, thermally, and now those same engineers have that “told you so” smug look on their faces.
    In addition to thermal issues there are problems with connectivity as well. According to Sonny Dickson the feeling among Apple employees working on AirPower is that it's "doomed to failure". More at the links immediately below.

    Sources: Daring Fireball, Sonny Dickson via Wareable

    by Published on 09-14-2018 04:00 PM
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    I'm just now learning about a Google-branded accessory that could be announced alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL next month. Some clever people over at XDA have been assembling a convincing body of evidence that supports a new wired (or wireless) charging dock, bearing the name "Pixel Stand".

    The first and latest hint is the screen grab you see above, showing what you'd see on your Pixel when it's docked. An XDA expert enabled this new UI on their own device by finding and activating some flags deep within the code of the latest Google app (v8.14). Selectable options spill over onto a second screen, and include the following:

    Weather information
    Set a reminder
    Set a timer
    Play a game
    Make a phone call
    Read my messages
    Play music
    Set an alarm
    Set a timer
    Play news
    Explore what’s new

    As for the name Pixel Stand, turns out it's hiding in plain sight, also in the latest Google app. Here's the snippet:

    <string name="trusted_dock_action_text">I Agree</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_cancel_text">No thanks</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_message">Your Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand</string>
    <string name="trusted_dock_title">Get personalized help when your phone is on your Pixel Stand</string>
    To get the technical details check out the two links immediately below. I myself am not sure how much I'd want to interact with my phone while it's charging, but I'm all in on a fast wireless charging dock, if only for the convenience of it!

    Sources: XDA (1) (2)

    by Published on 09-11-2018 04:00 PM
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    CNET has, somewhat suspiciously, managed to scoop every other tech blog with this, an alleged standby screen from the forthcoming OnePlus 6T. They're not saying how they got it, which leads yours truly to suspect that this "leak" is actually the latest guerrilla marketing move by Carl Pei and co.

    There's the icon indicating the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner—which we already know from last week's box leak—but also the unusually specific time and date above that. Could it be that the official unveiling of the 6T will take place at 11am on Wednesday, October 17th? Well, duh...

    Source: CNET

    by Published on 08-22-2018 04:15 PM
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    It's the Jay Leno of phones!

    Some Russian dude has posted photos of—and also photos taken with—the forthcoming Pixel 3 XL from Google. I get the mandate for front-firing stereo speakers but damn, that bottom bezel... Fortunately, there will also be a smaller Pixel 3 for the chin and notch-averse.

    In a second blog post the same person uploaded a gallery of photos taken with the as-yet unreleased phone. They all look fantastic, particularly the subtle HDR effect on shots taken at dusk like the one above.

    But Ivan wasn't done yet (his name's actually not Ivan); he then proceeded to tweet a video demonstrating how the Pixel 3 XL supports wireless charging.

    Google's third-generation Pixels are expected to be announced in early October. At the rate we're going, expect a lot more leaks before then.

    Source: Максим Хорошев (1) (2) (3)

    by Published on 08-20-2018 04:00 PM
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    If XDA got this right, you're looking at what's going to be the next volley in the escalating arms race on smartphone cameras (or at least lenses). Expected to be made official in the next two to three months, the Huawei Mate 20—codenamed "Hima"—will apparently ship with no less than three cameras on board, just like the already-available P20 Pro. Based on leaked firmware files, notable specs are as follows:

    6.3 inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 2244 pixels
    HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
    Triple rear camera system
    At least 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage
    3.5 mm headphone jack / stereo speakers
    4,200 mAh battery with wireless charging
    Android 9 Pie with EMUI

    As yet there are no specifics on the Mate 10's tri-camera setup, but there's every reason to believe that it would be similar to what's on the P20—that is:

    40 megapixel RGB sensor with OIS
    20 megapixel monochrome sensor with OIS
    8 megapixel telephoto sensor with OIS

    Unfortunately the Mate 10 will also almost certainly ship with an unlockable bootloader, as per Huawei's new policy. If you're still interested, there are more details and renders at the link directly below.

    Source: XDA

    by Published on 08-13-2018 04:00 PM
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    For those who can remember way back to the fall of 2016, OnePlus saw a literal hole in the market, created by exploding Samsung Note 7 batteries. They decided to put some new internals into their already popular OnePlus 3 and release a mid-season refresh called the OnePlus 3T. Then, last year, they upped the ante a bit with the OnePlus 5T—not only did it run on a newer processor but had a brand-new 18:9 screen as well.

    So here we are in mid-2018 already talking about the successor to a high-end phone that's barely two months old. I tells ya, this business is nuts...

    Anyway, the news: Android Authority reports that Oppo has just announced the R17, shown in the image above. It features an in-display fingerprint reader and, perhaps more importantly, an acceptably-small display notch. Why is this important? Because one, Oppo and OnePlus share the same parent company (BBK Electronics) and two, previous Oppo phones—the R11, R11s and R15—have designs virtually identical to the OnePlus 5, 5T and 6. Google those Oppos if you don't believe me.

    I don't think the fingerprint reader is going to make it over to the 6T, and that's not necessarily a bad thing; it likely wouldn't be as lighting-quick as what OnePlus users currently enjoy. But if that smaller notch shows up on the 6T then my patience in holding out for it will have been justified.

    Oh, and fast wireless charging would also be acceptable.

    Sources: Android Authority, Deccan Chronicle

    by Published on 08-09-2018 08:45 AM
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    Way back in the long long ago my trusty sidearm was a Handspring Treo 270, a forebear to the circa-2003 Palm Treo 600 that you're seeing above. We smartphone users take such things for granted now, but back then having a PDA, mobile phone and Internet connection in a single device was nothing short of amazing. My Treo didn't even have a camera.

    That was, of course, some sixteen years ago—ancient history by mobile tech standards. So it's with some bewilderment that I report to you today on a 2018 Palm-branded device which has just stopped by the FCC and WiFi Alliance.

    The Palm PVG100 was spotted by Android Police this week. PVG apparently stands for Palm Ventures Group; it turns out that TCL, which acquired BlackBerry's handset business in 2016, owns the rights to another storied PDA phone brand as well. And as BlackBerry has migrated to Android this new Palm device will likewise be powered by the world's dominant OS.

    If TCL is really going for the whole nostalgia experience here I'd be very interested in seeing what kind of skin this thing ships with.

    Source: Android Police

    by Published on 08-08-2018 08:00 AM
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    If you're in the market for a Wear OS-powered smartwatch you'll definitely want to hold off on any purchase until at least September 10th. That's when Qualcomm is expected to announce a much-needed update to its ancient 2100 Snapdragon Wear chipset.

    Tech bloggers like Michael Fisher (Mr. Mobile) are getting "save the date" emails directly from Qualcomm; from the graphic above it's fairly obvious that the event is smartwatch-related.

    I call the 2100 chip "ancient" because it's now more than two years old. If you've ever wondered why Wear OS watches are so huge, with batteries that only last about a day, and why so few of them have extra features like GPS and NFC, you can thank the 2100 for pretty much all of that. Here's a taste of a hit piece that Ron Amadeo wrote on the subject for Ars Technica earlier this year:

    The Wear 2100 wasn't even a good chip when it was new.
    Read the first link below to see why he's right.

    Hard-core watch nerds might lament Qualcomm's missed opportunity in not choosing October 10th for their announcement. But there's no time for a luxury like that—Wear OS needs a better chipset, now.

    Links: Ars Technica, @themrmobile

    by Published on 07-30-2018 08:15 AM
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    XDA Forums member dr.guru says:

    I present you some pictures of the pixel 3 xl in white, taken by me. Unfortunately the phone doesn't boot because it was remotely erased by google.

    Despite all the redacted info Android Police deems the photos to be legit, and that this is indeed an engineering prototype Pixel 3 XL in Clearly White. The display notch, signature front-firing speakers and dual selfie cams are consistent with what we've already seen—that is, the leaked CAD renders and screen protectors posted here previously.

    The Pixel 3 XL's code name is apparently "crosshatch", and the variant shown in these photos is the SKU with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Additional photos of the leaked device are available through the links immediately below.

    Source: XDA via Android Police

    by Published on 07-25-2018 08:15 AM
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    In case you missed this in yesterday's news round-up, Evan Blass has leaked no less than three press images of the next Note on Twitter. And here they are:

    Note that the fingerprint sensor is in a more sensible spot, directly below the camera assembly instead of within it, as on the current Note 8.

    Other details about Samsung's forthcoming phablet remain elusive. It will almost certainly have a 3.5 mm audio jack, will probably have a variable-aperture lens on at least one of its cameras, and there might be a SKU with 512 MB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery. We'll know for sure when the Note 9 is officially unveiled on August 9th.

    Source: @evleaks via Android Police

    by Published on 07-03-2018 07:45 AM
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    Just a few weeks ago I posted about the escalating arms race in smartphone cameras—specifically the rising number of lens assemblies on the backs of premium units. In that post was a photo of the Light L16, a $2,000 USD compact camera capable of stitching together a 52 megapixel image from its array of 16 lenses.

    And wouldn't you know it, Light is making a phone now.

    The photo above is a prototype sporting no less than nine lenses (plus flash), published by The Washington Post in a feature on future phone tech. Depending on your subject as few as five lenses will be needed for any one shot, but the resulting photo will have a resolution of 64 megapixels—even better than Light's current standalone camera.

    The first Light-branded smartphone will almost certainly run Android, and will likely be built by Foxconn, which has enjoyed a strategic relationship with the company since 2015. There's no word yet on when it's coming to market, but look for an official announcement later this year.

    Source: Washington Post via Tom's Guide

    by Published on 06-29-2018 08:15 AM
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    PCMag had a sit-down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at the Shanghai, China edition of Mobile World Congress, where it was revealed that the upstart OEM was not only working on a 5G-capable smartphone for next year, but looking to sell it through a carrier channel in the U.S. as well:

    Lau said OnePlus wants to go with carrier sales because it lets more people in the U.S. have hands-on time with phones before buying them, which so far people have only been able to do at periodic pop-up events.

    Lau didn't specify a carrier, or whether he is talking to more than one carrier. The OnePlus 6 currently works well on AT&T's and T-Mobile's networks, but as the company uses common Qualcomm chipsets, it's conceivable that it could make a phone that works with any US carrier.
    As a OnePlus user myself I'm skeptical about this, and not just because of the company's prevalence towards #HYPE. Since their second release OnePlus has made it their mission statement to sell dual-SIM hardware, and I can't ever see AT&T selling a phone that could undercut their revenue by allowing a SIM from another provider. Also, OnePlus currently sells a single SKU (plus available upgrades for storage and RAM) that supports most networks around the world. Unless their 5G modem is going to support CDMA-based networks as well, they're going to have a fragmentation problem on their hands.

    On the other hand, it was a joy to see OnePlus hardware on display in the carrier shops of Copenhagen; if they can score a similar deal with a carrier in the U.S. then good for them. I just don't think it's ever going to happen.

    Source: PCMag.com

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