onlinenews https://onlinenews.tech Android News & Tech News Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:37:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://onlinenews.tech/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-1-32x32.png onlinenews https://onlinenews.tech 32 32 Google Gboard Has Begun Rolling Out Across Android TV https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/google-gboard-has-begun-rolling-out-across-android-tv.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:37:20 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904097 Google has begun to introduce Gboard across Android TV with a new fresh and condensed design. This was first noticed by a Reddit user and has since been confirmed by multiple sources. This is not the first big redesign for Android TV in September. YouTube totally revamped its interface for Android TV as well as [...]

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Google has begun to introduce Gboard across Android TV with a new fresh and condensed design. This was first noticed by a Reddit user and has since been confirmed by multiple sources.

This is not the first big redesign for Android TV in September. YouTube totally revamped its interface for Android TV as well as Fire TV earlier this month.

Android 11 has also brought in lots of new features for Android TV. These include an Auto Low Latency Mode, Gamepad support, silent boot mode for system updates and inactivity prompts amongst others.

This comes after Google promised a big refresh that would come to Android TV’s keyboard back at the start of this year. This appears to be it with a new design of Gboard looking slightly more condensed.Blog Image 2 Gboard TV 1

Condensed version of Gboard comes to Android TV

The introduction of Gboard to Android TV from Google has happened quickly since September 28. It seems that since the original Reddit post showing the new innovation, heaps of users have got the new functionality.

This strikes of a quick and efficient roll out from Google. This is something we rarely get to see but is welcome nonetheless. It generally seems that the wide rollout has occurred completely automatically thankfully.

There is no system update required because Gboard is both installed and set up automatically. This allows it to easily replace Android TV’s built-in keyboard.

The main differences between Gboard and a regular QWERTY keyboard lie in its design mainly. Instead of taking up the entire bottom of the screen Gboard “floats” in the center. However, it does have a traditional QWERTY layout.

Therefore, for those that use Gboard on an Android smartphone, this will be a very familiar change.

New microphone shortcut comes to keyboard

It is also worth noting that Google has introduced a new microphone shortcut at the top of the keyboard. Generally, most Android TV devices have the voice button built into the remote.

However, this shortcut appears to be designed to help with filling out specific text fields. For example, this could be useful for those within apps.

Given this appears to have rolled out pretty widely automatically if you are yet to see this change then expect it very soon. It is certainly an interesting change and one thing you cannot fault Google for is the speed of the roll out which is something you can rarely say for changes of this type.

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YouTube Music Begins Releasing Spotify-Esque Daily Mixes https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/youtube-music-begins-releasing-spotify-esque-daily-mixes.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:26:35 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904084 YouTube Music has started to release daily mixes just like one of its main rivals Spotify. As reported by Android Police, YouTube Music has added this feature alongside some borrowed additions from the outgoing Google Play Music. YouTube Music probably felt it had to improve its offering after Google Play customers were all but forced [...]

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YouTube Music has started to release daily mixes just like one of its main rivals Spotify. As reported by Android Police, YouTube Music has added this feature alongside some borrowed additions from the outgoing Google Play Music.

YouTube Music probably felt it had to improve its offering after Google Play customers were all but forced to transition across. The process of doing so was not entirely smooth as well with significant delays.

As a result, YouTube Music has worked hard to add new features to its platform such as beginning to improve its playlists offering. The platform has also rolled out lyrics integration for its web client.

Now it looks like YouTube Music has borrowed a popular feature from Spotify. The platform has begun testing the My Mix section which offers YouTube Music users seven personal daily mixes.YouTube Music My Mix 5 668x225 1 YouTube Music My Mix 1 668x225 1

YouTube Music borrow Spotify daily mixes feature

To be fair to YouTube Music it has supported personalized playlists for some time now. It worked on their functionality over recent weeks as well.

However, the main problem users found is that the platform's mixes jumbled up songs into a random order. There were no divisions based on genre or mood.

This means you would go from one minute listening to mellow jazz to then suddenly listening to some heavy metal. An extreme case granted, but most users did find the shifts in the genre of these mixes quite annoying.

However, now these My Mix playlists your music be categorized into seven different mixes. In theory, allowing you to get a much more coherent listening experience.

Daily mixes yet to be generally available

It is worth noting, that these mixes have only appeared to YouTube Music’s web client for a few individuals. Some have also got it on the mobile app version as well.

However, thus far the rollout of this new feature is certainly not widespread or in any way uniform. This means that Google may be in the process of a rather a slow and haphazard rollout.

The other option, and the perhaps more likely one, is the Google is testing these changes for a limited group of users.

This new update also does not get rid of the existing YouTube Music playlist including ones created by the platform. They will continue to exist and periodically update alongside the My Mix playlists.

YouTube Music has also made a few other tweaks to the platform. From now on the UI will not take up the entire screen when users select a song.

There also appears to be a new interface for recent searches as well as a new feature called Quick Picks. It appears to starts radio based on the song you selected.

Overall, though none of these new features look like they will see wider availability for a while. YouTube Music looks like it needs time to roll these out to the wider public.

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How To Watch The First 2020 Presidential Debate Online: Biden vs Trump https://onlinenews.tech/how-to-watch-presidential-debate https://onlinenews.tech/how-to-watch-presidential-debate#disqus_thread Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:00:54 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=862950 The first of three presidential debates will take place on September 29. This presidential debate is first time that we'll actually see the Democratic nominee former-Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican nominee President Donald Trump in the same room. And given how this campaign has been so far in 2020, it's bound to be [...]

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The first of three presidential debates will take place on September 29. This presidential debate is first time that we'll actually see the Democratic nominee former-Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican nominee President Donald Trump in the same room. And given how this campaign has been so far in 2020, it's bound to be entertaining.

The first debate is going to be moderated by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. There is only one moderator for each debate this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will also be no customary handshake, and a pretty small audience – to allow for social distancing.

What topics will be covered in this debate?

The first debate is scheduled to run for around 90 minutes. And it'll be broken up into six 15-minute segments. There will also be no commercial breaks, as is customary with debates.

The topics that Wallace will be asking Biden and Trump about include the US Supreme Court, the integrity of the election, COVID-19, race and violence in the US and the economy. Their records will also come into play here, as per usual with debates.

What time does the debate start?

The debate will start at 9PM ET/6PM PT. And as mentioned it'll last around 90 minutes.

It'll be taking place at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It'll be available on almost every platform and network.

How can I watch the debate?

There are many ways to watch the debate tonight. If you live in the US and have cable or an indoor antenna, you can watch the debate on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN. If you are using an antenna for OTA channels, then your choices are a bit more limited to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. But still plenty of places to watch. Since there is only one moderator, the coverage of the actual debate will be the same on every channel. The differences will be on the pre- and post-debate rrrrrrrrsis.

If you are a cord-cutter, you can watch the entire debate on C-SPAN's YouTube channel.

Those that do subscribe to any of the many streaming TV services, you'll also be in luck.

Sling TV

Sling TV costs $30 per month and does have CNN, Fox News, Fox, MSNBC and NBC included in its Sling Blue plan. You also have the ability to DVR the debate to watch later on, if you wish to do so.

You can sign up for Sling TV here.

Hulu with Live TV

Another great option is Hulu with Live TV. Which costs $54.99 per month and gives you access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. It also includes a number of other channels, as well as the entire Hulu catalog.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now is the same price as Hulu with Live TV, and it includes 45 live TV channels. These also include ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC. So you'll be able to watch the debate tonight. You can also upgrade and get more channels as well as HBO MAX included.

FuboTV

This is a really great option for sports fans and costs $64.99 per month. It does have over 114 live TV channels available, as well as those that are needed to watch tonight's debate. That includes ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, but it does not have CNN, unfortunately.

Wrap Up

There are a ton of different ways that you can watch the Presidential Debate tonight. It's going to be interesting to see how Biden and Trump do in this debate, since it is a much different atmosphere, especially for Trump. Who likes to play to a crowd, which won't be available for him tonight, due to the pandemic.

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Woot Is Discounting Many Chromebooks Right Now https://onlinenews.tech/woot-google-chromebook-sale-buy Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:43:07 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904130 Right now, you can buy a new Chromebook from Woot for pretty cheap. As it is currently selling a ton of Chromebooks at vastly discounted prices. These are mostly older Chromebooks, but they are all under $300 – with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel which is $339. Making them really cheap and great for [...]

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Right now, you can buy a new Chromebook from Woot for pretty cheap. As it is currently selling a ton of Chromebooks at vastly discounted prices.

These are mostly older Chromebooks, but they are all under $300 – with the exception of the Chromebook Pixel which is $339. Making them really cheap and great for buying for your kids for virtual schooling. So they won't need to use your laptop.

Included in this sale is the Acer Chromebook C720 and C720P. These are both fairly old, but still capable Chromebooks. They are priced at $155 and $190 respectively.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is also on sale for $190. And the HP 11-G3 is on sale for $169. Among a few other Chromebooks in this sale.

But the only one that we would recommend you purchase in 2020, is the Google Chromebook Pixel. Even seven years after its launch, this Chromebook is pretty impressive. With an Intel Core i5 chipset inside. It does have only 4GB of RAM though, but given that this is only running Chrome inside, it should run pretty well. It also has 16GB of storage too.

Remember that Chromebooks store the majority of their files and such in the cloud – via Google Drive. So the 16GB of storage is going to be more than enough to store everything you need, locally. With Android apps being available on Chromebooks, it makes more storage better, but they are still pretty small, in terms of size. You can also upgrade your Google Drive storage pretty easily, with 100GB of storage for only a buck per month.

You can pick up any of these Chromebooks from Woot today by clicking here. So if you were looking to pick one up, now is definitely the time to do just that. This sale is good through October 24, but the stock is likely going to be gone well before then.

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Nokia Android 11 Update Timeline Confirmed, And Then Retracted https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/nokia-android-11-update-timeline-confirmed.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:30:35 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904119 HMD Global has first confirmed the Android 11 update timeline for Nokia phones, and then retracted it. Nokia Mobile shared the information via Twitter, and then the tweet was deleted for some reason. We’re not really sure what’s going on, but there you have it. Perhaps someone jumped the gun and published the tweet ahead [...]

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HMD Global has first confirmed the Android 11 update timeline for Nokia phones, and then retracted it. Nokia Mobile shared the information via Twitter, and then the tweet was deleted for some reason.

We’re not really sure what’s going on, but there you have it. Perhaps someone jumped the gun and published the tweet ahead of time, or HMD Global plans some additional changes.

In any case, in that tweet, Nokia Mobile said that it made 1,000 updates in the last three years. The company said it did that as part of its 3-year promise that it made.

Nokia Android 11 update timeline confirmed, before being retracted

Along with that, the company shared an image, detailing the Android 11 update timeline. In that image, the company detailed which phones are slated to get Android 11 both this and next year.

Nokia Android 11 roadmap

The fourth quarter of 2020 is listed here, along with the first two quarters of 2021. So, let’s start with the fourth quarter of this year, shall we. The company listed four smartphones that are expected to get Android 11 in that quarter.

Those phones are the Nokia 2.2, 5.3, 8.1, and 8.3 5G. Interestingly enough, the Nokia 8.3 5G is not even official yet, even though it did leak the other day. That’s possibly one of the reasons, if not the main one, HMD Global decided to pull this announcement.

Do note that HMD Global left some room for error, as it did list “Q4-Q1” on the side for these devices, just in case the update ends up running late.

Now, for the first quarter of 2021, the company listed five devices. Those phones are the Nokia 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 3.4, and 4.2. The Nokia 3.2, 6.2, and 7.2 will get the update either in Q1 or Q2, it could go either way.

The Nokia 9 PureView will get the update in Q2 2021

As far as the second quarter of 2021 is concerned, two phones are listed, the Nokia 1 and Nokia 9 PureView. The Nokia 9 PureView is the last true flagship smartphone that the company announced.

That device managed to disappoint in some ways, like in the camera department, but its successor is expected to arrive soon. According to the latest information, its launch is not far off.

There you have it, the company is planning to update quite a few phones in the next couple of quarters. Interestingly enough, the Nokia 8.3 5G is listed here, while the Nokia 9.3 PureView is not, and both are rumored to arrive soon.

That could indicate that the Nokia 9.3 PureView will ship with Android 11 out of the box. On the flip side, it could indicate that the phone is not coming at all, but that’s highly unlikely considering how many rumors we’ve seen.

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Screen Sharing On Google Duo Rolling Out To Some Users  https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/google-duo-screen-sharing-starts-rollout.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:14:55 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904074 The APK teardown of the Google Duo app first revealed its screen sharing feature in October 2017. It even saw a limited roll out in mid-2018. In a deleted tweet earlier this month, Google has officially confirmed to bring back the screen sharing feature for Google Duo users. According to AndroidPolice, the company is rolling [...]

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The APK teardown of the Google Duo app first revealed its screen sharing feature in October 2017. It even saw a limited roll out in mid-2018. In a deleted tweet earlier this month, Google has officially confirmed to bring back the screen sharing feature for Google Duo users. According to AndroidPolice, the company is rolling out the screen sharing feature through a server-side update for limited users.

While the users can grab the app's latest APK file, this still doesn't guarantee that the feature will be available at the moment. As of now, it is available for a few Google Duo users with version 105.0.331. Moreover, there is no official confirmation from Google over the availability of the screen sharing feature.

A few Google Duo users getting the screen sharing feature

The users can expect the wider roll-out of the screen sharing feature in the coming days. The option to enable screen sharing can be found while on the video call. It is placed in the overflow menu that pops up when tapped on the three dots.

Before sharing the screen, the user also needs to acknowledge the prompt asking to confirm sharing the sensitive information displayed on the screen. Tapping on the "Start Now" button will now mirror the screen to the call recipient. When screen sharing is turned on, the user can no longer see the recipient in the PIP mode.

To indicate that screen sharing is enabled, there will be a Chromecast icon in red color. There will also be a notification for ending the call or just disabling the screen share. As per the source, the feature is working seamlessly even on a slow connection.

Compared to the screen grabs from 2018, the UI of the current version looks completely different because of the redesigned layout of the Google Duo app. Though Google Duo is available for both Android and iOS, the screenshare is currently limited to Android users.

The screen sharing feature is an integral part of any video calling service. With the people staying at home, Google Duo can be a good alternative to smartphone users for receiving or offering support remotely.

Earlier this month, Google also started rolling out the Google Duo for Android TV. With no app icon and unable to receive calls, it is still a half baked feature. Notably, the user also needs to connect a third-party camera for making video calls. Or else, there should be a smart TV with a pop-up camera as seen in the Chinese market.

Google Duo Screen Share

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You Can Save 40% On DOSS Bluetooth Speakers & True Wireless Earbuds – Today Only https://onlinenews.tech/doss-speakers-earbuds-sale-buy-price Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:10:12 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904121 In Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today, you can save up to 40% on DOSS Bluetooth Speakers and True Wireless earbuds. Since this is part of its Gold Box Deal, this deal is good today only and will expire at midnight PST. So you'd better grab them before they are gone. Included in [...]

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In Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today, you can save up to 40% on DOSS Bluetooth Speakers and True Wireless earbuds.

Since this is part of its Gold Box Deal, this deal is good today only and will expire at midnight PST. So you'd better grab them before they are gone.

Included in this sale is the DOSS SoundBox Touch Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for $19.96. As well as the DOSS SoundBox Plus Portable Wireless Bluetooth speaker for $27. These are both really great smart speakers, offering some incredible sound for under $30. They are not smart speakers, but for this price, you kind of expect that anyways. Seeing as smart speakers start at $50 – and that's with Amazon and Google losing money on them.

You'll also find a more waterproof and rugged speaker in the DOSS Traveler Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speakers, which is now $27.97. This one is great for taking on hikes and taking camping.

For a tiny speaker, this one has some incredible sound. The DOSS E-go II Portable Bluetooth Speakers with Superior Sound is also on sale for $25.17.

On the truly wireless earbuds side of things, you'll find the DOSS ICON True Wireless Earbuds, Stereo Sound for $33.97. This also has 30 hours of battery life. Making it a really good option. They come in many different colors as well, so you can pick out the pair that best fits your style.

These are just some of the very many headphones and speakers on sale today in this deal, you can check them all out by clicking here. 

Remember that this is part of Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day, so this sale is good today only. At midnight PST tonight, these prices will go back to their regular prices and you may not see these prices again, so make sure you grab them before they are gone.

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One UI 3.0 Android 11 Beta Update Coming Soon To Galaxy S20 Series https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/one-ui-3-0-android-11-beta-galaxy-s20-coming.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:06:15 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904070 Good news for all the Samsung Galaxy S20 series owners, because as per an official post on the Samsung Korean community platform, One UI 3.0 beta update is imminent for the devices. Notably, after the release of Android 11 by Google back in September, OEMs started working on their versions of the Android 11 update. [...]

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Good news for all the Samsung Galaxy S20 series owners, because as per an official post on the Samsung Korean community platform, One UI 3.0 beta update is imminent for the devices.

Notably, after the release of Android 11 by Google back in September, OEMs started working on their versions of the Android 11 update. Samsung has its own skin One UI 3.0 based on Android 11.

And as per an official post by the Samsung Beta manager in South Korea, the Android 11 based One UI 3.0 beta update will soon be hitting the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Besides, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series owners will be at the forefront and the first devices to test out the features of One UI 3.0 beta update based on Android 11.

FYI, the One UI 3.0 Android 11 beta version is already live for the developers. Developers in South Korea and the U.S. can grab their copy of the One UI 3.0 beta update for testing.

However, now as per the beta manager, the U.S. and some European regions will soon be receiving the Android 11 One UI 3.0 beta update, along with their Korean counterparts.

To participate in One UI 3.0 beta program, users have to sign in to Samsung Member app

For those who are willing to get their hands on the One UI 3.0 beta update, they have to enroll themselves via the Samsung Member app.

Moreover, as per the Samsung beta manager, the official roll-out date and the download link for the One UI 3.0 Android 11 beta update will be provided on the Samsung Member app.

Good thing is that the Samsung Member app comes pre-installed on all the Galaxy devices. So, it is high time that you sign up for the Member app to get the One UI 3.0 beta update.

All the details on how you can install the beta update etc. will be available on the Samsung Member app. Note that the update has not yet gone official. You need to enroll yourself first.

It is good to see that the first flagships of the year 2020, the Galaxy S20 lineup that includes the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra will be getting first-hand treatment.

Talk about the features of One UI 3.0, all the Android 11 features will be clubbed along with some subtle tweaks and enhanced features from Samsung.

Users will get new accessibility settings, Bixby routines, Photo editor, improved camera, #s, phones and messages app, Home Screen, Lock Screen, Quick Panel, and AOD features, and much more.

For a full detailed list of changes that the Android 11 based One UI 3.0 will bring to your devices, you can head here. It will give you an idea of what all new features you should expect after receiving the update.

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Designers Recreated Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a 5G Wallpapers: Download https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/recreated-google-pixel-5-wallpapers-download.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:30:36 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904055 Not long ago, numerous leaks regarding Pixel 5 and Piel 4a 5G gave us a glimpse of what Google has in store for its users. Now some artists have recreated Pixel wallpapers, which you can download in high resolution. Well, the Pixel 5 leaks show the device's design and confirm the prior leaks. The display [...]

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Not long ago, numerous leaks regarding Pixel 5 and Piel 4a 5G gave us a glimpse of what Google has in store for its users. Now some artists have recreated Pixel wallpapers, which you can download in high resolution.

Well, the Pixel 5 leaks show the device's design and confirm the prior leaks. The display will sport a punch-hole in the top-left corner.

Volume and power buttons are slapped on the right-hand side of the device. However, the bottom part of the Pixel 5 is not visible in the leak.

But we assume it is going to be the same as we have seen with previous Pixel devices. There will be a capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.

As for the price, the Pixel 5 will cost you $699 in the US, CAD799.99 in Canada, and €629 in Europe. It will pack the Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset, which will arrive on September 30.

Notably, the Pixel 4a 5G also sports a similar design to the Pixel 5. It will be powered by the same Snapdragon 765G chipset as the Pixel 5, but the camera setup will protrude a bit.

Well, both the devices will soon go official. So, we might have to wait for both the devices to appear in full glory. But what we can have right now are the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G wallpapers.

Multiple artists and graphic designers have recreated the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G wallpapers

Rishi Bafna an artist on Twitter has shared the full collection of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G wallpapers. The pack includes the AMOLED and all-black variants wallpapers in high resolution.

In fact, those who are interested or are blown away by Pixel stock wallpapers can grab the bunch from the gallery given at the end of this post.

Another artist on Reddit, Smilesky shared his take on the Pixel 5 marketing wallpaper. Besides, to give you some behind the scenes sneak peek, an artist igbacardi offered the glimpses of this work.

The images shared by him showcase how different boxes were kept and placed at different heights to recreate the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G wallpapers.

The wallpapers look stunning and are pretty nicely recreated. At least the users of Pixel devices, who are waiting for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, can get their hands on the wallpapers for now.

Thanks to artists for the hard work and time dedicated to recreating these wallpapers. If you are planning to use any of the wallpapers, then you can grab your copy from down below.

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A Closer Look At Google Pixel 5 Back; Is It Metal, Plastic Or Both? https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/google-pixel-5-back-design-metal-plastic.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:03:38 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904104 The Google Pixel 5 surfaced several times thus far, and its build materials are still a mystery. This time around, a well-known tipster shared an image of the Google Pixel 5 back side, a closeup of sorts. If you take a look at the image below the article, you’ll be able to see it yourself. [...]

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The Google Pixel 5 surfaced several times thus far, and its build materials are still a mystery. This time around, a well-known tipster shared an image of the Google Pixel 5 back side, a closeup of sorts.

If you take a look at the image below the article, you’ll be able to see it yourself. The image comes from Roland Quandt, and he’s still not sure what we’re looking at here.

The Google Pixel 5 could be using coated metal, with a cutout for wireless charging on the back

In his tweet, he says that he bets on “coated metal”, with a “cutout for wireless charging”. So, this is a possibility, and it wouldn’t be the first time Google is mixing materials, and using a coating to “hide” what’s underneath.

The phone’s body does look quite mysterious, and the tipster could be right. Wireless charging doesn’t work through metal, so if this coated metal, it needs to have a hole somewhere on the back.

It’s possible Google mixed metal with plastic or something of the sort, and that a part of the back is plastic through-and-through. That could enable the phone to charge wirelessly.

The very same source actually published the device’s spec sheet. He says that he actually has an official spec sheet, and that the build materials are listed, but that the listing is quite confusing. Hence the metal + plastic combo guess.

The Google Pixel 5 will become official on September 30, so tomorrow. We won’t have to wait for long in order to find out the truth here. You will also notice that the phone’s back and sides are basically fused together, this seems to be a unibody build, at least from the outside.

A fingerprint scanner is located on the back, along with Google’s branding, and the phone’s rear cameras. This phone will include two camera sensors, alongside some additional sensors, and an LED flash.

The device will feature two rear cameras, ultra-wide unit included

A 12.2-megapixel main camera will be backed by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Pixel users have been requesting an ultra-wide camera for a long time, and Google will finally deliver in that regard.

The Google Pixel 5 will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G. So, the company will utilize a mid-range processor this time around. The Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus won’t be used by Google this time around.

The device is expected to include 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. A 6-inch fullHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate is also expected, along with Android 11.

The phone will include a 4,080mAh battery, and it will support 18W wired charging. We’re not really sure about wireless charging specifics, but it is expected to sport it.

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OnePlus Launches IDEAS 2.0 Co-Creation Campaign To Improve OxygenOS https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/oneplus-launches-ideas-2-0-creation-campaign-oxygenos.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:48:22 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904053 OnePlus is back with round two of its IDEAS co-creation campaign. The IDEAS 2.0 campaign will allow the OnePlus community to provide inputs to help improve the user experience of OxygenOS, the company's custom Android skin. The campaign will run from September 28 to November 6, 2020. Throughout this period, users can submit ideas on [...]

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OnePlus is back with round two of its IDEAS co-creation campaign. The IDEAS 2.0 campaign will allow the OnePlus community to provide inputs to help improve the user experience of OxygenOS, the company's custom Android skin. The campaign will run from September 28 to November 6, 2020.

Throughout this period, users can submit ideas on what features the company should implement on the future versions of OxygenOS. OnePlus encourages you to upload sketches or mockups to better illustrate your concept.

The review and selection process will occur every two weeks. The company will shortlist the top seven ideas each round based on the number of likes. All adopted ideas will be announced by November 16.

Winning ideas will get a VIP ticket to an OnePlus offline event, along with a round trip and one-night accommodation. The winners may have to wait sometime to receive their ultimate prize though, as there's no sight of an offline event happening anytime soon. Additionally, all submitters will win 3 XP while the top seven ideas from each round will also win 50 XP and exclusive community medals.

"It's important to keep your idea clear and neat because you will also have to convince your peers that your idea is worth voting for," the company says. "…if the top ideas fit our software philosophy, they will be picked for implementation."

OnePlus launches IDEAS 2.0 co-creation campaign

OnePlus has one of the most active online communities. And in order to ensure that fans have their voices heard, the company launched the IDEAS campaign earlier this year. It essentially bridges the gap between the community and the OxygenOS development team. It also allows OnePlus to bring some of the most-saught features to its software.

The round one of the campaign saw the company collect feedback and ideas from its users to enhance OxygenOS. The company received thousands of submissions last time. The first campaign was open for both products and software and ran between March 5 to April 30.

Always-on Display (AOD), folders within the app drawer, and Zen mode are some of the OxygenOS features that OnePlus picked from the IDEAS campaign and added to Android 11-based OxygenOS 11.

People have already started submitting their ideas for the future versions of OxygenOS. Customizable refresh rates and split-screen in landscape mode are some of the features that OnePlus users want to see on their phones. OxygenOS 11 hasn't been particularly well-received for its design by early adopters. Perhaps the IDEAS 2.0 campaign may see some feedback around this as well.

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Android 12 Will Simplify Third-Party App Store Use https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/android-12-simplify-third-party-app-store.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:36:16 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904050 Google has announced its plan to relax its developer policies to simplify the use of Android third-party app store in next year's Android 12 update. This comes after recent concerns about monopolies and unfair pricing for app developers, especially with in-app payment systems. Nearly all small businesses have felt the ill effects of COVID-19 on [...]

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Google has announced its plan to relax its developer policies to simplify the use of Android third-party app store in next year's Android 12 update. This comes after recent concerns about monopolies and unfair pricing for app developers, especially with in-app payment systems.

Nearly all small businesses have felt the ill effects of COVID-19 on their profit margin. Android app developers are only the latest group to receive the short end of the stick.

App fairness

This announcement also comes amidst the recent allegations against Apple. Developers claim it has intentionally thwarted competition with its 30percent fee for all digital goods sold on the app store. Most apps on the platform do not sell goods, but many of those that do have banded together in an effort to curtail Apple's monopoly. They formed a group known as the "Coalition for App Fairness."

These developers include Spotify, Epic Games, Protonmail and more. Epic Games, maker of the popular game "Fortnite," has initiated a lawsuit against Apple. It hopes the lawsuit will end in a policy-deciding victory against Apple's App Store as well as Google Play. It is now only available through third-party app stores and Epic's website.

The popular game "Fortnite" was taken off both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store after it introduced its own alternative payment system. The system bypassed the sharp fees required for purchase of in-app digital goods.

Epic Games' request isn't as unusual a request as some might think. Most economies have anti-monopoly laws to keep any one company from becoming too powerful. Many smaller companies see this as a way to force larger companies to play by the rules.

Third-party app store use in Android 12

Google's new announcement may be seen as a move to show solidarity with these developers, and to help draw more developers to its platform. It highlights Google's openness to allow users to download apps from a variety of sources.

Currently, there is very little popular use of third-party app stores on Android. The closest competitor to Google Play is Samsung's app store, and that is device-specific. Other app stores for Android, such as the free and open source app repository F-Droid, have failed to be adopted by the broader public.

Hopefully, the Android 12 update will make the process of using third-party app stores easier, safer, and more straightforward for your average end user. Google plans to release more details on these changes in the near future.

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[UPDATE: Both Phones Coming] OnePlus Nord Teases Product Launch, New Smartphone Coming? https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/oneplus-nord-new-product-smartphone-teaser.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:12:13 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904095 UPDATE: OnePlus is not getting ready to launch just one new Nord smartphone, but two of them, it seems. Max J. responded to us on Twitter, confirming that both Snapdragon 600 and 400 series phones are coming. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A New OnePlus Nord smartphone could be on the way. The company has teased a new [...]

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UPDATE: OnePlus is not getting ready to launch just one new Nord smartphone, but two of them, it seems. Max J. responded to us on Twitter, confirming that both Snapdragon 600 and 400 series phones are coming.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A New OnePlus Nord smartphone could be on the way. The company has teased a new product launch it seems, via its Instagram profile. This is not exactly a straightforward teaser, though.

The company shared an image on Instagram. That image contains the company’s logo, which is black-colored, on a white background. Surrounding it, you’ll see a number of black lines from the edges of the image.

New OnePlus Nord smartphone seems to be coming, at least one of them

Along with the image, the company used the ‘ComingSoon’ hashtag. So, something is coming, and if we had to guess, we’d say it’s a new smartphone. Several new OnePlus Nord devices got teased, so it makes sense.

Now, several OnePlus Nord smartphones got rumored in the last couple of weeks and months, so… we’re not really sure which one to expect. Two Snapdragon 600 series phones were mentioned, and the same goes for a Snapdragon 460-powered device.

OnePlus could, of course, be teasing more than one smartphone here. We could see both a Snapdragon 600 and 400 series devices to become official at the same time.

Knowing the company, it will start teasing the arrival of that device, or devices, soon. The OnePlus 8T is scheduled to launch on October 14, so who knows, maybe one of those phones (or both of them) will arrive at the very same time.

The company does not have a habit of launching two different classes of phones at the same time, though. So, it’s more likely we’ll see the OnePlus 8T, alongside a number of other hardware launches, but not another phone.

The company could announce the ‘OnePlus Nord N10 5G’ and/or the ‘OnePlus Clover’

This new OnePlus Nord handset could be the OnePlus Nord N10 5G which is rumored to be coming to the US. That device is tipped to include the Snapdragon 690 SoC, along with a 90Hz display.

The device is also tipped to sport a 64-megapixel camera on the back, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage. This phone is rumored to cost around under $400.

The Snapdragon 460-powered handset is expected to cost considerably more than that. That phone is codenamed ‘Clover’, and it is rumored to launch globally.

That smartphone is expected to sport an HD display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Chances are this phone will be made out of plastic, but we’ll see.

OnePlus seems to be planning all kinds of product launches, so it remains to be seen what is this teaser all about. It does seem like OnePlus Nord plans to announce at least one new smartphone, though.

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OnePlus Nord Android Beta Is Here, But You Can't Get In https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/oneplus-nord-android-beta-cant-get-in.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 09:29:55 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904028 The long-awaited OnePlus Nord Android beta program is finally official as of this week. That's where the good news ends, at least assuming you're reading this because you want to enroll. Namely, the Chinese company is only looking to fill 200 spots during this initial wave. In other words, that boat has most likely sailed [...]

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The long-awaited OnePlus Nord Android beta program is finally official as of this week. That's where the good news ends, at least assuming you're reading this because you want to enroll. Namely, the Chinese company is only looking to fill 200 spots during this initial wave. In other words, that boat has most likely sailed the second it was confirmed.

As expected, the very first iteration of the program comes with a number of pretty serious requirements. Or, better said, a number of requirements meant to ensure anyone signing up is pretty serious about this testing thingy.

Besides owning a OnePlus Nord (duh), the company says it will only consider applications from active members of its product forums, aka the OnePlus Community. Which brings us to the third and final requirement – being willing and able to provide a lot of written feedback to the devs. As in: this will basically be like a side job, except you're not getting paid.

OnePlus Nord Android beta should look familiar to anyone who ever tested OxygenOS

Which, honestly, isn't a dig at OnePlus. Why not add an air of exclusivity to something as mundane as an Android beta? If there's no shortage of interest among your customers, that is – which there definitely isn't. Add some NDAs for good measure and it's basically free work doubling as free marketing. And and all from a brand that started as a flagship killer back in 2014.

It seems OnePlus didn't just kill flagships of old – it absorbed them. Which we mean in the nicest possible way, no joke. Oh, but the existence of the aforementioned NDA likely means only OnePlus Nord owners that are of voting age will be in contention.

In more mainstream news, the OnePlus 8T launch is almost upon us. And that particular flagship is widely expected to run Android 11-based OxygenOS out of the box. The very same one that's about to get beta-tested on the OnePlus Nord.

Of course, expect the OnePlus 8T to get its very own OxygenOS (and HydrogenOS, in China) beta branch not long after release. And the same Android 11 implementation is also inching closer to the OnePlus 8, the company's first 2020 smartphone.

All things considered, OnePlus is still doing a remarkable job keeping up with the update practices of much better-funded rivals such as Samsung. Of course, having only a few new devices per year helps, but no one's forcing Samsung into releasing three Galaxy M handsets a day.

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OnePlus 8T Pro Is Definitely Not Coming, It's Official https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/oneplus-8t-pro-flagship-not-coming-official.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 09:03:54 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904092 So, it’s official, the OnePlus 8T Pro will not launch alongside the 8T. In fact, the phone is not coming at all. This information comes from the company’s CEO himself, so there’s zero chance this phone will launch. This was actually suggested by a well-known tipster a while back. The OnePlus 8T Pro definitely not [...]

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So, it’s official, the OnePlus 8T Pro will not launch alongside the 8T. In fact, the phone is not coming at all. This information comes from the company’s CEO himself, so there’s zero chance this phone will launch. This was actually suggested by a well-known tipster a while back.

The OnePlus 8T Pro definitely not coming alongside the 8T

The company’s CEO went to Weibo to confirm the news. He also mentioned that the company will continue to sell the OnePlus 8 Pro as “the king of the year”, which is a Google Translate translation of his words in Chinese, so keep that in mind.

Pete Lau said that the company really put extra effort into the OnePlus 8 Pro, and that there’s basically no room for upgrade at this point, hence no new ‘Pro’ model. The OnePlus 8T will be a great alternative to the OnePlus 8 series, though.

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro got announced back in April this year. The OnePlus 8T will become official on October 14, so basically half a year after the OnePlus 8 series.

The OnePlus 8T will arrive alongside several other devices, it seems. We’ve seen several other OnePlus products rumored, while a well-known tipster confirmed yesterday that quite a few other products are coming.

The company’s very first smartwatch is also expected to launch

The company may announce its very first smartwatch during that event, alongside the OnePlus Buds Z. The smartwatch is expected to offer a round shape, while the Buds Z will be a cheaper variant of the OnePlus Buds. In other words, a new pair of TWS earbuds.

The OnePlus Power Bank was also rumored. That power bank is expected to offer the company’s fast charging, though those are only vague rumors for now.

In addition to those two products, OnePlus may opt to release a budget phone as well. Several budget devices were rumored, two fueled by the Snapdragon 600 series SoC, and one with the Snapdragon 460.

Something TV-related may get announced for India as well, though we’re only guessing. It remains to be seen. The OnePlus Watch and Buds Z are the most probable launches.

The OnePlus 8T will be made out of metal and glass, as the phone leaked recently. Its specifications also leaked on several occasions, so we pretty much know what to expect.

The phone will feature a flat display, unlike its siblings. It will include a display camera hole in the top-left corner, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. A 48-megapixel main camera will lead the rear-facing camera setup.

A large battery will also be a part of the package, along with the company’s 65W fast wired charging. Wireless charging will not be a part of the package, though.

Android 11 will come pre-installed on the device, along with the company’s OxygenOS 11 skin. If you’d like to know more about the device, check out our preview.

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Rugged Ulefone Armor X5 Pro Is Official With A Dual Camera Setup https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/ulefone-armor-x5-pro.html Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:56:27 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904081 Ulefone has announced a new smartphone, the Armor X5 Pro. That is a rugged smartphone, as are all other handsets from the company’s ‘Armor’ lineup of devices. This is also a budget phone. This is essentially an upgraded variant of the Ulefone Armor X5. The main upgrade comes in form of RAM and storage. The [...]

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Ulefone has announced a new smartphone, the Armor X5 Pro. That is a rugged smartphone, as are all other handsets from the company’s ‘Armor’ lineup of devices. This is also a budget phone.

This is essentially an upgraded variant of the Ulefone Armor X5. The main upgrade comes in form of RAM and storage. The Ulefone Armor X5 Pro includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The device is fueled by the MediaTek Helio A25 octa-core SoC, and it ships with Android 10 out of the box. The phone features a 5.5-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The Ulefone Armor X5 Pro includes 13 and 2-megapixel cameras on the back

The Ulefone Armor X5 Pro features 13 and 2-megapixel cameras on its back, while a single 5-megapixel camera is included on its front side. A large battery is also included in this package.

The Armor X5 Pro sports a 5,000mAh battery, while it also comes with an NFC chip, and Google Pay Support. 4G LTE connectivity is enabled on this device, as it supports dual 4G with VoLTE.

The phone is IP68/IP69K certified for water and dust resistance, and it even includes a custom key on the left side. Facial scanning is also supported via the phone’s selfie camera.

The phone comes with a number of useful tools, such as a compass, flashlights, hanging painting, height meter, magnifier, and so on. There are quite a few tools included in the software.

The phone is also MIL-STD-810G certified, which means it can take a hit. Ulefone performed a number of durability tests on the device, while the phone is also drop resistant.

Its design reveals its rugged nature

This smartphone does look like a rugged phone, that’s hard to deny. That doesn’t mean it’s not a nice-looking device, though. Rugged phones have come a long way when it comes to the design.

As you can see, the device’s bezels are not too thick, while it does not include a display camera hole, or notch. Its power / lock button is placed on the right, while the volume up and down buttons sit on the left.

The Armor X5 Pro comes in several different color options. Ulefone is offering this device in Black, Orange, and Red colors. The phone is already available for purchase via Banggood, by the way. It is also quite affordable, as it’s priced at $119.99.

The phone is also available via AliExpress, though you’ll have to pay a bit more for it there. It is currently listed for $129.99 on AliExpress. The company has also shared an introduction video for the device, which is embedded below.

Buy the Ulefone Armor X5 Pro (Banggood)

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Phone Comparisons: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/phone-comparisons-samsung-galaxy-note-20-vs-samsung-galaxy-s10.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 23:01:01 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903888 The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 did not receive a lot of praise next to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, despite the fact it’s a really good phone. Well, in this article, we’ll compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10. Why? Well, the Galaxy Note 20 launched with quite a high price tag, [...]

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 did not receive a lot of praise next to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, despite the fact it’s a really good phone. Well, in this article, we’ll compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10. Why? Well, the Galaxy Note 20 launched with quite a high price tag, and buying the Galaxy S10 may still be a viable option for some of you. In this article, we’ll try to figure out if that’s a good idea or not.

The Galaxy S10 is not exactly a new phone. The device launched about a year and a half ago, and its price tag dropped several times thus far. The Galaxy S10 is still a very good smartphone, even though it’s technically no longer a flagship. Do note that we’ll be comparing two Snapdragon-powered variants of these two devices, not the Exynos models. Exynos models of both phones do offer inferior performance, so keep that in mind, other aspects are pretty much the same as with Snapdragon units.

As per usual, we’ll compare the two phones across a number of categories. We’ll kick things off by listing their specifications, and then more to the display, performance, battery, camera, and audio categories. That being said, let’s get started, let’s kick off the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 comparison.

Specs

Galaxy Note 20 Samsung Galaxy S10
Screen size 6.7-inch fullHD+ display (Dynamic OLED, 60Hz) 6.1-inch fullHD+ display (Dynamic AMOLED)
Screen resolution 2400 x 1080 3040 x 1440
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM 8GB 8GB
Storage 128GB; Non-Expandable 128GB/512GB; Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.8um pixel size, 79-degree FoV)
64MP (telephoto, 76-degree FoV, 0.8um pixel size, 3x optical zoom)
12MP (ultrawide, 1.4um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree FoV)
12MP (f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS)
12MP (f/2.4 aperture, 52mm telephoto lens, 1.0um pixel size, OIS, 2x optical zoom)
16MP (f/2.2 aperture, 12mm ultrawide lens, 1.0um pixel size)
Front cameras 10MP (f/2.2 aperture, 26mm wide-angle lens, 1.22um pixel size) 10MP (f/1.9 aperture, 26mm wide-angle lens, 1.22um pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF)
Battery 4,300mAh, Non-Removable, 25W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), 15W Qi wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging 3,400mAh, Non-Removable,  18W Fast Battery Charging (USB-PD 2.0), Qi wireless charging
Dimensions 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3mm 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm
Weight 192g (Sub6), 194g (mmWave 157 grams
Connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Security In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic) In-display fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic)
OS Android 10
One UI
Android 9 Pie
One UI
Price $999.99 $499
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S10 may not look completely different, but they are. Not only are different materials used in their build, but they’re different in terms of size, and in-hand feel as well. First and foremost, let’s just say that the Galaxy Note 20 is made out of metal, glass, and plastic. The Galaxy S10 combines metal and glass, however. The Galaxy Note 20 has plastic on its back, while the Galaxy S10 has glass.

The Galaxy Note 20 also has a slightly boxier design than the Galaxy S10. The phone is larger, quite a bit larger, in fact, and it comes with a larger display as well. The Galaxy Note 20 is almost 40 grams heavier than the Galaxy S10, while it’s considerably taller, wider, and a bit thicker. No matter the way you look at it, the Galaxy Note 20 is a large phone, while the Galaxy S10 is not, at least not for today’s standards. The Galaxy S10 is one of those devices that many people could use with one hand, with a little bit of hand gymnastics.

Galaxy Note20 Group

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 also includes a stylus, while the Galaxy S10 does not. The camera modules on the back are differently-orientated, and are placed in a different spot on these two phones. Both phones look really nice, there’s no denying that, but are meant for completely different types of people. If you don’t like large phones, and are bothered by a plastic back of the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy S10 is a good choice.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Display

Both of these displays are really good, but also quite different. The Galaxy Note 20 features a 6.7-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) display, while the Galaxy S10 comes with a 6.1-inch QHD+ (3040 x 1080) display. The Galaxy S10’s panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass 6, compared to the Gorilla Glass 5 on the Galaxy Note 20. Both displays support HDR10+ content, and both are of an OLED variety.

The Galaxy Note 20 sports a Super AMOLED Plus capacitive display, while the Dynamic AMOLED panel is included on the Galaxy S10. Do note that neither of these displays offer a high refresh rate, both are tuned to 60Hz. You’d be hard-pressed to notice the difference between these two panels when it comes to resolution. The Galaxy Note 20 does offer a lesser resolution, but that’s hard to notice.

Both displays are very vivid, and bright at the same time. The colors are punchy, and viewing angles are great as well. White balance is also nicely-tuned, and there’s not much to complain in either case. If you really need to have a higher-res display, then the Galaxy S10 is for you. The Galaxy Note 20 offers a larger panel, however. Both displays are curved, and the difference in protection is not something that should bother you.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Performance

What about the performance, is there any difference? Well, I’d be lying if I said if there isn’t. The Galaxy Note 20 is the fastest phone. Is it much faster, though? Well, no, but the difference is noticeable. This was to be expected, though, as the Galaxy Note 20 comes with a more powerful processor, and other parts of its internals are also newer. The Galaxy Note 20 can load apps and games a bit faster, while the Galaxy S10 may also offer a few more hiccups in terms of general performance.

Is the difference something that should bother you? Well no, not at the moment, at least. This difference may become more obvious down the road, but at the moment, it’s really not that noticeable. Both the Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 855 are quite powerful chips, and both of these phones work great in collaboration with Qualcomm’s silicone. The software is also well-optimized, and all in all, they’re really great performers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a larger battery than the Galaxy S10, a considerably larger battery. It does include a larger display, though. The Galaxy Note 20 sports a 4,300mAh battery, while the Galaxy S10 features a 3,400mAh unit. Despite the fact the Galaxy Note 20’s display is larger, it’s lower in resolution, and both panels are 60Hz ones. The Galaxy Note 20 will definitely offer more in terms of battery life, at least that’s what we’ve seen.

The Galaxy Note 20 should be able to push the vast majority of you over the 6-hour screen-on-time mark. Your mileage may vary, of course, depending on how many processor-intensive tasks you’re doing, how bright your display is, and so on. There are a lot of variables. The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, can get across that mark, sometimes… it is not exactly as much of a road warrior as the Galaxy Note 20, that’s for sure.

Both phones offer fast charging, though the Galaxy Note 20’s is faster. The phone supports 20W fast wired charging, and 15W wireless charging. The Galaxy S10 is limited to 15W in both cases. Both devices do offer 9W PowerShare, aka reverse wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Samsung Galaxy S10: Cameras

When it comes to cameras, the Galaxy Note 20 is a better choice. That is to be expected, as it’s over a generation newer than the Galaxy S10. The Galaxy Note 20 has somewhat different sensors than its sibling, though both include three rear-facing cameras. Both sets of cameras are extremely capable in good lighting. You’ll get plenty of detail in both cases, while the images will be punchy due to Samsung’s processing. The Galaxy S10 is a bit heavier on processing than the Galaxy Note 20, though.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera AM AH 2

When the light goes away, the Galaxy Note 20 shows its prowess. It can brighten up images more, while offering less grain than the Galaxy S10. It also captures more detail in such conditions, even though the Galaxy S10 is no slouch either. Both phones have really good wide-angle cameras, but the Galaxy Note 20’s is better in low light. The front-facing cameras offer similar results. They’re not great, but not bad either, exactly what you’d expect out of a selfie camera in a flagship phone, pretty much.

Audio

Both the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S10 come with stereo speakers. Both those sets of speakers are quite good, by the way. They’re not that different, to be quite honest. They’re good across the spectrum, with mids and highs being better than lows, slightly. The bass is good as well, and they produce loud and sharp sound. The distortion is barely noticeable, and only if you tune the volume all the way up.

Out of the two, only the Galaxy S10 has a 3.5mm headphone jack. So, if that’s something you need / want, that is your only choice. On the Galaxy Note 20, you’ll either have to use a Type-C USB port, or a wireless set of earphones / headphones. The sound is also quite similar between these two phones when you use earphones / headphones. If you use a quality pair, the sound can be really good, not great, but really, really good.

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Watch TV With No Purchase Necessary Via The New Roku Channel App https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/roku-channel-standalone-app-service.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:35:37 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904035 Roku has no officially launched the Roku Channel app, reports indicate. That means Cord-cutters no longer need to own a Roku-branded device to access the service's free TV and movie services. And they won't be forced into a mobile or desktop browser UI either. In fact, the Roku Channel is an entirely new app, too. [...]

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Roku has no officially launched the Roku Channel app, reports indicate. That means Cord-cutters no longer need to own a Roku-branded device to access the service's free TV and movie services. And they won't be forced into a mobile or desktop browser UI either. In fact, the Roku Channel is an entirely new app, too. That's as opposed to existing in the standard Roku app.

The company announced and released the new app, available now for free on both iOS and Android, today.

What's included with the new app?

For clarity, the Roku Channel is Roku's streaming TV and movie platform. It's pre-installed on Roku-enabled televisions as well as Roku streaming devices. Not only does the service include live TV from the likes of ABC News, Fubo Sports, and others, similar to the company's chief competitors in the space. It also has new content being added all of the time.

For instance, Roku reportedly indicates that it will e adding content from HappyKids.tv, The Martial Arts Channel, iFood.tv, The Lego Channel, Sony Canal Novelas, and other entertainment in Spanish at the end of the month. That's on top of the channels and content already available on the platform, from movies to tv shows.

Subscribers to the Roku Channel can also spend some cash to get extra content. That's from traditional paid TV channels. So users can subscribe to STARZ, ShowTime, and more, at the click or tap of a button in an easy-to-use mobile app. Then they can stream all of their content from one place — the Roku Channel. Of course, setting up the subscription through Roku consolidates billing without raising the price of those add-on services. But no cost is necessary to sign up.

A Roku account is all that's needed to access free content right away. And that account is free to sign up for.

The newest devices might still be the best way to stream the Roku Channel

While there's no longer any Roku device required to access the Roku Channel, that still might be the best way to stream the content in question. Not only are the latest Roku devices 4K HDR compatible, allowing a much better picture. They're also Dolby Atmos compatible to offer the best audio experience around.

Roku recently revamped its lineup to meet those expectations with two new devices. The first is a bit more expensive at $129. But that gadget is also a soundbar. The second device is a more traditional Roku Ultra.

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PS5 Game Install Sizes Are Going To Be Massive https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/ps5-game-install-sizes-games-playstation-5-sony.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:20:55 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904039 PS5 game sizes are likely to be one of the conundrums that players face with the arrival of the new console in November, because the sizes of the installs are going to be massive. One example of this is Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The game size for the PS5 version of this title is going [...]

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PS5 game sizes are likely to be one of the conundrums that players face with the arrival of the new console in November, because the sizes of the installs are going to be massive.

One example of this is Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The game size for the PS5 version of this title is going to be at least 105GB. Add-ons and new content will probably push that number higher.

This isn't really an issue if you have a storage drive that's multiple TB in size. But this is not something the PS5 has. Sony only gave it 825GB of storage space. And some of that is likely to be used for system files and software, which means not all 825GB is going to be available for game installs.

If all the games you install are at a minimum the same size of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, then that'll leave you enough room for about six to eight games.

Some PS5 game sizes will be smaller

Before you start freaking out, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a bit of an outlier at the moment. Out of the games that Sony has listed on its PlayStation Direct website, this is the largest one.

Demon's Souls is at a minimum 66GB. While Sackboy: A Big Adventure is only 31GB at a minimum. So not all games are going to be pushing 100GB+.

That being said, any games which come with the kind of graphical fidelity and gameplay content that Miles Morales has, are likely to fall into this camp. Which means that at some point, consumers will have a choice to make.

They'll either need to go through the dance of uninstalling and installing games as they want to play new ones. Or just buy a bigger solid state drive.

Considering how long it can take to install a game these days, the process won't be quick. Especially not at these sizes. Not to mention if you've never gone through the process of systematically deciding which game to delete to make room for a new one, it's not a fun process.

A problem that doesn't require an immediate solution for most

This will really depend on how often you buy games. But chances are that for a significant portion of PS5 buyers, space isn't going to be a problem that requires an immediate solution.

If you stick to one game at least until you're all the way done with it and you don't breeze through games super quick, you won't have to rush out and buy a new, much larger SSD.

It is something you're going to want to eventually consider though. Because over the years you'll definitely acquire enough games to take up all 825GB. And it really wouldn't take too long to do so.

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You Might See These Android Google Chrome Features Soon Enough https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/google-android-potential-new-chrome-features.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:50:09 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904025 There may be some significant new features headed to Chrome Android in the future, based on a recent blog post from Google. The post is intended to highlight how Chrome is the best browser for iOS. It also lays out exactly how to set Chrome as the default browser in iOS 14 — in iPhone [...]

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There may be some significant new features headed to Chrome Android in the future, based on a recent blog post from Google. The post is intended to highlight how Chrome is the best browser for iOS. It also lays out exactly how to set Chrome as the default browser in iOS 14 — in iPhone Settings, under "Chrome," there's an option to set it as the default browser.

The company highlights a few well-known recent updates to Chrome that are also available on Android. For example, it lines up Chrome's password storage and safety check features. And it also highlights personalization and discovery features such as the Articles for You segment on the new tab UI and integrated Google Translate.

Recently added features such as the ability to send a page from Chrome to any other signed-in and syncing device are talked up as well. But the biggest revelation may be in the features Google is touting specifically for iOS.

What features has Google confirmed with its Chrome blog post?

Of course, easy organization of tabs and pages is among Google Chrome's most prominent features on Android. Or on any other OS. But, as hinted above, it isn't just previously released features Google is touting here. Apple's iOS appears to be getting a head start on mobile-first features.

To begin with, Google indicates that it's adding the ability to create a QR code for pages. That's meant to be shared with friends since Chrome can already send pages between devices on a single account. With that QR code, users can send their websites to anybody. A scan of that code will send them to the desired page.

Conversely, Google is also taking in a feature that allows users to drag and drop links from Chrome. Specifically, to drag and drop them into another open app, as long as those apps are open in split-screen view. Further out, the search giant says that may include drag and drop sharing between two tabs. That's because it's presently working on a feature to open Chrome two tabs in split-view.

Finally, Google says it is adding one of its most requested features to date. A download manager. That will act as a folder for storing downloaded files saved via Chrome.

When will these come to Android?

As of this writing, Google hasn't indicated when or if any of these features will make their way to Chrome for Android. But at least a few of them have already been spotted in the Chromium Gerrit code repository. So it should just be a matter of time. Especially now that they're available for real-world use on Apple devices.

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Sonos Wants To Give You A Free Disney+ Subscription https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/sonos-free-disney%2B-subscription-streaming-tv-speakers.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:37:03 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904020 Would you like a free Disney+ subscription? Of course you would. Who wouldn't want a free subscription to a streaming service that offers plenty of excellent content? No one. Because most people aren't exactly against getting freebies. And there's a way to get a free subscription to Disney+ thanks to Sonos. Which wants to give [...]

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Would you like a free Disney+ subscription? Of course you would. Who wouldn't want a free subscription to a streaming service that offers plenty of excellent content?

No one. Because most people aren't exactly against getting freebies. And there's a way to get a free subscription to Disney+ thanks to Sonos. Which wants to give consumers access to the streaming service at no charge for quite some time.

There is a caveat of course. To get the free subscription you need to buy a Sonos speaker. Specifically one of two. There's also a specific time associated with the purchase.

Get a Disney+ subscription for free when you buy a Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc

The catch basically is that you need to buy a speaker from Sonos. If you buy either the Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc soundbars, the company will give you a free sub to Disney+ for six months.

That's $49 altogether that you wouldn't be spending. Also worth mentioning is that you can't use the free subscription for the bundle that costs $12.99 a month. This is only for Disney+ by itself which is $6.99.

Now granted this probably isn't going to be a selling point for these soundbars unless you were already considering a soundbar. Especially at the cost of these two from Sonos which start at $399. But if you were looking at Sonos as one of your options, then this will be a nice little perk.

All that being said you only have a limited amount of time to take advantage of this promotion. Because it's in partnership with Disney for promotion of the upcoming season of The Mandalorian.

Buy the Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc between Oct. 1 and Oct. 30

Sonos isn't offering this promotion to customers until October 1. And since it's a promotion that's meant to be in partnership with Disney for season 2 of The Mandalorian, you only have one full month to snag the deal.

As it runs until October 30, the day the first episode of The Mandalorian season 2 goes live.

A couple last tiny important details is that you have to be a new subscriber to Disney+. If you've subscribed to the service before or if you're currently subscribed, then it won't count.

The other is that this promotion is only available to consumers in the US, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, and Sweden. So it's fairly limited in terms of region. If you live in those regions though and meet the criteria, you can snag Disney+ for free for six months beginning Thursday.

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Roku Brings Its Ultra Streaming Device To Bleeding-Edge For 2020 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/roku-ultra-streaming-dolby-vision-hdr-atmos.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:02:32 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904006 Roku has revamped and released its Ultra streaming device for 2020, delivering some bleeding-edge technology with it. And it's doing so without increasing the price, reports indicate. Now, a lot of what makes the Roku Ultra a great streaming device is staying the same this time around. Roku is keeping support for Dolby Atmos audio [...]

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Roku has revamped and released its Ultra streaming device for 2020, delivering some bleeding-edge technology with it. And it's doing so without increasing the price, reports indicate.

Now, a lot of what makes the Roku Ultra a great streaming device is staying the same this time around. Roku is keeping support for Dolby Atmos audio standards, for instance. So buyers with compatible systems can still expect to get great audio from the front, back, and above. It's also keeping the Ethernet port from its predecessor, to allow a more solid connection where needed.

The remote-finder in its previous device is sticking around too, for those who can't seem to get their remote to stick around.

First up among the changes though, Roku is adding support Dolby Vision HDR with its 2020 Ultra release. The visual equivalent of Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision is a direct competitor to HDR 10. It's a 4K video format that offers a better dynamic range in the image than standard HDR or systems without HDR.

Roku is also improving wireless performance for those who want a truly wire-free experience. In fact, the company says the range on the new Roku Ultra is 50-percent better than its predecessor. Finally, tying back into the improved video format support, Roku has added AV1 codec support.

When will this arrive and what's the price?

Various reports indicate that the new Roku Ultra won't be available immediately. But it is coming soon. And, as noted above, the company isn't making any big changes to pricing either. In fact, the new streaming gadget is priced at $99.99, matching the $100 price tag of the previous version.

With regard to the launch date, Roku is expecting to push its new tech gadget to shelves and digital storefronts in October.

Aside from the new Ultra, what else did Roku announce today?

The timing of the launch lines up neatly with another new Roku device too. Namely, the Roku Streambar. As its name might give away, the Roku Streambar is a standalone Roku streaming device. But it's built directly into a Roku-branded soundbar.

To make that more enticing, the company also priced it at a much lower cost than competitors. The MSRP, when Streambar arrives in October, is set at right around $129. So buyers will be able to select between the two based on their needs. Users who already have a sound system in place can simply upgrade their Roku device. Those who don't can pay just $20 more and get both a new soundbar and streaming gadget in one.

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There's a New Play Store Bug Wrecking OnePlus, OPPO Batteries https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/new-play-store-bug-wrecking-oneplus-oppo-batteries.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 20:29:36 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903970 The latest Play Store update introduced a pretty devastating battery drain bug affecting devices from numerous popular brands. OnePlus, OPPO, and ASUS models appear to be among the hardest-hit devices. With that said, a smaller number of reports also mentions select smartphones from Samsung, Vivo, and several other manufacturers. While the root of the issue [...]

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The latest Play Store update introduced a pretty devastating battery drain bug affecting devices from numerous popular brands. OnePlus, OPPO, and ASUS models appear to be among the hardest-hit devices. With that said, a smaller number of reports also mentions select smartphones from Samsung, Vivo, and several other manufacturers.

While the root of the issue is still unclear, the list of symptomps is anything but. As it pretty much comes down to abnormal CPU usage. Which, as you might imagine, is really bad news for your battery.

To be more specific, it's the Play Store download service that's now pushing various mobile chips into overdrive. Some screenshots that documenting the issue that can be found online are pretty ludicrous, to say the least. As the most unfortunate among the affected users are reporting Play Store draining over 70% of their last battery charges.

 

This Play Store battery drain bug is potentially affecting millions of users

It goes without saying that no software is perfect and the Play Store itself had its fair share of issues over the years. Enough for it to get its very own bug bounty program. But it's still not every day that Google pushes out an update with such a performance-shattering bug.

Ultimately, it remains unclear exactly how prevalent these newly introduced issues are. But their OnePlus incidence, alone, indicates a pretty sizable group of affected users. More specifically, it appears devices as old as the 2018 OnePlus 6 are among the frequently impaired crowd. So, we're already looking at millions upon millions of severe battery drain cases.

Google has yet to officially acknowledge the issue. Regardless, it would appear the bug is only present in the very latest Play Store release, build number 22.0.18. That would be the version that started rolling out last Thursday, September 24th. But before you restore an earlier version of the app, you may simply want to try clearing its cache from the Settings app and reinstalling it. As a limited number of reports suggests that as a working hotfix.

A small number of affected users also claim the latest Google News Android app is causing similar CPU usage spikes. While the number of such reports is small, Google News did receive a new update on Friday.

In any case, figuring out whether you're affected shouldn't be too difficult. If you have experienced poorer battery life than usual over the last week, you may want to check in on your OS power usage stats. Assuming you've been running the newest Play Store build for a few days, the OS should already have plenty of evidence against the faulty Play Store release.

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Here's Every PS4 Game That Gets A Free PS5 Upgrade https://onlinenews.tech/every-ps4-game-that-gets-a-free-ps5-upgrade.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:51:44 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903994 The PS5 release is fast approaching and a question on many people's minds is whether or not their favorite PS4 games will get a free upgrade to the new console. A fair amount of recently released games, or games that will be releasing very soon, will get free upgrades if you chose (or plan to [...]

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The PS5 release is fast approaching and a question on many people's minds is whether or not their favorite PS4 games will get a free upgrade to the new console.

A fair amount of recently released games, or games that will be releasing very soon, will get free upgrades if you chose (or plan to choose) the PS4 version. The PS5 will be backwards compatible with most games from the PS4 system.

So what you bought there can be downloaded to the PS5 and you can still play them. This isn't the case for every game, and some studios are even releasing PS5 versions of games.

And naturally if you've already bought the PS4 version you probably don't want to buy the same game again at all, let alone at full retail price. Luckily for the games we have listed here, you won't need to re-purchase.

Because the publishers behind them will be allowing a free upgrade to the PS5 if you've bought the PS4 version of the game. Meaning you'll get the newly enhanced version with better graphics meant to take advantage of the new system's more powerful hardware.

Every PS4 game that gets a free upgrade to the PS5 version

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla | Upgrade available in November 2020.
  • Borderlands 3 | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps in November 2020.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Dead By Daylight | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Destiny 2 | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps in November 2020.
  • Dirt 5 | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 120 fps on October 16 2020.
  • DOOM Eternal | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Far Cry 6 | Upgrade available in 2021.
  • FIFA 21 | Upgrade available holiday 2020.
  • Hitman 3 | Upgrade available to digital version only in 2021.
  • Horizon Forbidden West | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps in 2021.
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Little Nightmares 2 | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Madden NFL 21 |  Upgrade available holiday 2020.
  • Maneater | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Marvel's Avengers | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps holiday 2020.
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 60fps in November 2020.
  • Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 120fps. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • NBA 2K21 | Upgrade available for buyers of the Mamba Forever Edition only. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Puyo-Puyo Tetris 2 | Upgrade available in December 2020.
  • Rainbow Six Siege | Upgrade available in 4K resolution at 120fps. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Riders Republic | Upgrade available at 60fps. There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure | Upgrade available on November 12.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Watch Dogs: Legion | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • WRC 9 | There is no date for the upgrade yet.
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon | Upgrade available on March 2 2021.

Many games won't get an upgrade but they'll still be free

While it is nice that some games are getting an upgraded PS5 version and it won't cost you a penny, not all games will be getting the same treatment.

Since most games are going to be supported by the backwards compatibility though, you will basically get them for free to use on your PS5.

It is worth noting though that save data isn't transferrable to the PS5. So if you have a game you've already started playing on the PS4, you may just want to finish it on that console if you're a good ways into it.

If you're like some of us and you have a giant backlog of games you've yet to touch but definitely intend to get to, then by all means transfer the game and enjoy it on the main console you're likely to be spending most of your time on going forward.

Older generation games won't be backwards compatible

When it comes to backwards compatibility, the PS5 is only supporting games for the PS4. And even then it isn't supporting every single game. Most games, but not all.

As for the PS3, PS2, and PS1, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has confirmed that the PS5 won't play discs from those older consoles. Which means you'll have to keep them if you want to play the older games you have for each console.

There is probably one exception to this rule. There are a number of older games from those consoles that were released for the PS4 as PSN games. They're digital. So if you bought them as digital versions on the PS4 through PSN, it's likely you'll be able to play them on the PS5.

That being said Ryan hasn't exactly mentioned this in particular. There is always a small chance that any of your digital PSN games from PS4 won't work on PS5. It is probably a very small chance, though.

You'll get more free games through the PS Plus Collection

Aside from all the PS4 games that are getting a PS5 upgrade, there are more free games you'll be able to acquire. Sony announced the PS Plus Collection the day it announced the price of the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition.

Some of the best PS4 games are included in this collection. And it's available to all PS5 buyers at no charge. Presumably you'll need a PS Plus subscription, but you won't have to buy the games.

The best part is that it includes mega hit titles like God Of War, Final Fantasy XV, Bloodborne, Persona 5, and more. All of these games will be downloadable on launch day.

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Save $50 On An Annual Audible Subscription In This Early Prime Day Deal https://onlinenews.tech/audible-annual-subscription-amazon-prime-day-deal-price-buy Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:18:22 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=904005 Amazon Prime members can save $50 on the annual Audible subscription, thanks to this early Prime Day Deal. That's going to get you a year of Audible for only $99.50. That's a nice discount on the annual Audible subscription price. This is one of many early Prime Day deals that Amazon currently has going on. [...]

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Amazon Prime members can save $50 on the annual Audible subscription, thanks to this early Prime Day Deal.

That's going to get you a year of Audible for only $99.50. That's a nice discount on the annual Audible subscription price.

This is one of many early Prime Day deals that Amazon currently has going on. We've listed all of the best early Prime Day deals here.

Now the only caveat with this annual Audible subscription, is that you can't get the 30-day free trial for Audible. That kind of sucks, but you are also getting 33% off of the regular price.

Audible is an audiobook service that has millions of audiobooks available for you to listen to anytime and anywhere. It's available on most platforms, including Fire TV, Fire Tablets, Kindle, Android, Android Tablets, iOS, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and many more. It's even available on your smart speakers, so you can listen to an audiobook from anywhere.

This annual subscription to Audible includes the entire Plus catalog, as well as 12 credits. The advantage to buying the annual subscription over the monthly subscription, is that you get all of your credits at once. So you can claim all of your audiobooks at once, instead of waiting each month for your credit to hit your account.

You can find out loads more about Audible here. It's a really great audiobook service that is definitely worth checking out.

Audible is great for all of us working and going to school from home right now. As you can listen to your audiobooks while you're at home working, or winding down from a long day of working from home.

You can sign up for Audible here and get your annual subscription for just $99.50. This likely won't get any cheaper when Prime Day rolls around next month, so definitely worth checking out now.

Annual Audible Subscription - Amazon

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Google Meet, G Suite Free Advanced Features Are Going Away Soon https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/google-meet-g-suite-free-features-time-limit-ending.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:04:52 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903967 Google will end free access to paid features in both Google Meet and G Suite — both for Education and standard — on September 30. The changes include a wealth of feature removals, following months of free access first offered in April. And the changes cover the gamut, as highlighted in recent reports. The change [...]

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Google will end free access to paid features in both Google Meet and G Suite — both for Education and standard — on September 30. The changes include a wealth of feature removals, following months of free access first offered in April. And the changes cover the gamut, as highlighted in recent reports.

The change that will impact most users, in terms of free account features, are those to Google Meet rather than G Suite. Summarily, Google is set to remove access to unlimited time for virtual meet-ups. After September 30, free versions of the app and web service video calling app will be limited. Specifically, to just an hour.

It doesn't appear as though Google is changing participant limits. Users should still be able to include up to 100 in a meeting. The search giant has also added a ton of new free features over the past several months. So this may not be too big a loss after all.

What changes are coming to free features in G Suite & G Suite for Education?

In terms of changes outside of Google Meet, for G Suite and G Suite for Education, access to those advanced features is being pulled too. Now, there are a lot more features being removed on this front, given that this is Google's Enterprise suite of tools.

First, Google is ending free access to meetings with up to 250-participants. As with Google Meet, that will be limited back down to 100-participants. Live-streams with up to 100,000 people on a single domain are going away too. And, finally, Google is removing the ability to record meetings to Google Drive.

To continue accessing those features, users or their organizations will need to pay $25 per month. That's a per-user cost.

As with the changes to Google Meet, this shouldn't impact too many users too negatively. Particularly since the features were being offered in response to Coronavirus and primarily pertained to educational institutions. There are very few institutions that will require quite such a robust array of features.

So where do you go now?

With the incoming changes, it may be time for users to find an alternative set of tools. There is a wealth of free and affordable alternatives for video chats, for example. And some of those, such as Microsoft Teams, readily integrates with a full ecosystem of G Suite-like features and tools. All of which are centered around Microsoft's widely-used Office apps and software.

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California Whistleblower, Carrier Lawsuit Settled For $116 Million https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/california-whistleblower-carrier-lawsuit-settled-at-t-verizon.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:31:42 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903976 AT&T and Verizon have now settled a California lawsuit started back in 2012, with either carrier agreeing to pay out amounts totaling to as much as $116 million. That's for settlement costs alone. Both carriers cite the long timeframe for the case and costly litigation for the decision. But each also continues to deny any [...]

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AT&T and Verizon have now settled a California lawsuit started back in 2012, with either carrier agreeing to pay out amounts totaling to as much as $116 million. That's for settlement costs alone. Both carriers cite the long timeframe for the case and costly litigation for the decision. But each also continues to deny any allegations of wrong-doing, the Los Angeles Times writes.

For Verizon, the payout will equate to $68 million, overshadowing another payout of $8 million the company is set to settle for in a similar Nevada suit. That doesn't include attorney's fees either. For those, Verizon will pay out an additional $23.45 million.

AT&T, conversely, will pay out $48 million for the settlement as compared to its $3 million pay-out in Nevada. An additional $13 million will be tacked on for attorney's fees.

The figures equate to approximately $99.45 million for Verizon and around $64 million for AT&T.

The proceeds from that will be extended to approximately 300 state and local government entities. Those include California State University and the University of California systems as well as LA and Orange Counties. But individual cities, schools, irrigation, and hospital districts will receive funding from the settlement as well.

What's at the root of this lawsuit between California and carrier networks?

The whistleblower, in this case, was OnTheGo Wireless, a small MVNO founded by Jeffrey Smith. The organization will receive approximately $47.7 million of the $163.45 million pay-out.

For clarity, OnTheGo Wireless was a carrier that worked specifically in wireless plan optimization, and both corporate and government customers. It also worked directly with both Verizon and AT&T.

The case here was allowed to be brought by OnTheGo Wireless, according to Verizon spokesman Rich Young, after an investigation in both states by the California attorney general's office investigation. Specifically because of a provision in the law that allows independent lawsuits to be brought on the state's behalf.

Both that investigation and the claims against the carriers alleged that they failed to optimize plans for government entities based on actual usage.

That investigation led to a decision not to sue the companies. But Mr. Smith was able to discover and report the overcharging by each carrier, and then to provide expertise in rate plan optimization, showing the overcharging. Other industry entities later grouped together to join the suit. That ultimately led to Judge Judy Holzer Hersher's ruling in the matter.

AT&T and Verizon aren't the only ones to pay out in such a case

Quite aside from AT&T and Verizon, there are at least two other carriers forced to payout in relation to the case. Those are Sprint and T-Mobile. The now-combined carrier is paying a total of $9.6 million to ensure the California carrier lawsuit is settled.

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Spend $10 At Whole Foods, Get $10 To Spend On Prime Day https://onlinenews.tech/whole-foods-prime-day-credit-discount-buy-price Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:24:21 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903992 Amazon is rolling out the promos ahead of Prime Day next month. And one of those promos is an easy one to take advantage of. If you spend $10 at Whole Foods between now and October 14, you will get a $10 promo credit to spend on Prime Day. This works for shopping at Whole [...]

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Amazon is rolling out the promos ahead of Prime Day next month. And one of those promos is an easy one to take advantage of.

If you spend $10 at Whole Foods between now and October 14, you will get a $10 promo credit to spend on Prime Day.

This works for shopping at Whole Foods online or in-store.

This is a pretty easy way to get some free money from Amazon. Since you're likely going to need to buy some groceries between now and October 14 anyways. So buy them at Whole Foods and Amazon will give you $10 for Prime Day.

It's in addition to the other Spend $10, Get $10 promo that Amazon is doing for buying from select small businesses between now and October 12. And if you combine these two offers, you could get $20 to spend on Prime Day, without even really trying hard.

Just make sure that you are signed up for Prime before making your purchase at Whole Foods. A few days before Prime Day, your credit will appear in your account, for you to use on Prime Day. Just don't forget to use it. Since it is only valid on October 13 and October 14.

Prime Day is going to be pretty big this year, and it'll take on a very different meaning. Since it is happening in mid-October instead of mid-July. Which means it is about a month before Black Friday. And many people will be shopping for gifts on Prime Day. So you're going to see steep discounts on robot vacuums, smartphones, TVs, and so much more. And this $10 credit from Amazon could really come in handy.

You can check out all of the details on this promotion by clicking here. You can also shop your groceries on Amazon's website and take advantage of this promo too. Which is really nice.

Spend $10 at Whole Foods, get $10 for Prime Day

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Huawei's Chip Reserves Much Smaller Than First Suspected https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/huaweis-chip-reserves-much-smaller-than-first-suspected.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:50:13 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903926 Huawei's chip reserves are even smaller than originally suspected as TSMC left it in a pretty rough spot in mid-September. Insiders previously revealed Huawei received barely over half of its final chip order placed with the Taiwanese manufacturer. More specifically, TSMC ostensibly delivered roughly 8.8 million chips out of a 15-million order, as Chinese media [...]

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Huawei's chip reserves are even smaller than originally suspected as TSMC left it in a pretty rough spot in mid-September. Insiders previously revealed Huawei received barely over half of its final chip order placed with the Taiwanese manufacturer. More specifically, TSMC ostensibly delivered roughly 8.8 million chips out of a 15-million order, as Chinese media widely reported in recent weeks.

There's been no shortage of speculation on how long could Huawei maintain something resembling a release schedule with that stockpile. Now, however, it would appear its life expectancy is shorter than originally anticipated. As far as actually competitive silicon goes, it almost certainly won't have components for anything beyond the Mate 40 series. In fact, it's dubious whether the said 8.8-million stockpile even consists of solely Kirin 9000 chips.

That's assuming it's just sitting on next-generation chipset designs, mind you. Which isn't outside of the realm of possibility, to be fair. Yet without constant prototype production, the Kirin design team's work can hardly proceed as usual.

Chip stockpile or not, is this the end of the road for Huawei?

As a reminder, TSMC is unable to do any kind of semiconductor business with Huawei as of September 15th. And while a lot of damage has already been done to tis near-term ambitions, the company itself won't be going anywhere. If anything, Huawei's using this turn of events as a lesson in sustainability. But coming up with competitive SoC designs is easier said than done. Well, at least if you can't use American IP and are forced to start from scratch.

This newest report out of the Far East hence adds some context to Huawei's predicament. With that said, the gravity of the situation was pretty well-established even beforehand. As while the lack of cutting-edge chips is crippling to its smartphone ambitions, it's not like other key components are freely available. For example, Sony's leading camera sensors are currently just as unreachable as TSMC's foundry business.

And unless the U.S. ban magically disappears in the following weeks, missing out on one smartphone generation will be the least of Huawei's worries. Of course, that isn't to say the company return to its explosive growth trajectory. But with active opposition from Washington, it's going to be years until its standalone semiconductor designs stand a chance of being competitive.

In fact, there's arguably no such thing as a "standalone" architecture in today's day and age. And with Huawei's stockpiling plan falling flat, it's apparently only a matter of time before what remains of its mobile unit follows suit.

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Two More Galaxy M Smartphones Coming In Q4 2020 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/two-more-galaxy-m-smartphones-coming-in-q4-2020.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:40:54 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903913 Samsung isn't done with the Galaxy M series for this year, a newly emerged report indicates. And yes, that's in spite of the Galaxy M41's cancellation, which is pretty much confirmed by now. Now, seeing how Samsung already launched the Galaxy M51, you'd think that's that for its 2020 entry-level portfolio. And you'd be wrong, [...]

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Samsung isn't done with the Galaxy M series for this year, a newly emerged report indicates. And yes, that's in spite of the Galaxy M41's cancellation, which is pretty much confirmed by now. Now, seeing how Samsung already launched the Galaxy M51, you'd think that's that for its 2020 entry-level portfolio. And you'd be wrong, apparently. As Samsung is now reported to be working on two other Galaxy M smartphones. Both of which are likely to hit the market in fourth quarter of the year.

The devices in question ostensibly carry model numbers SM-M425F and SM-M127F. Which indicate Samsung could market the duo as the Galaxy M42 and Galaxy M12, respectively. Alternatively, the latter might also launch as the Galaxy M12s. That assumption is primarily based on the Galaxy M10s (SM-M107F), which debuted exactly one year ago. And back in May, Samsung followed up on it with the Galaxy M11, so truth be told, we can't exactly place too much stock in the consistency of Samsung's smartphone naming practices.

With that said, the company is reportedly already developing firmware for both the SM-M425F and SM-M-127F. And the timing of this report is definitely indicative of a late 2020 release. Additionally, that Galaxy M42 is said to be packing a 64-megapixel main camera, so it may not be as barebones as you'd expect. 128GB of expandable flash storage should also be part of the package, together with dual-SIM capabilities.

Samsung's back to its old, smartphone-release-a-week self

Given the growing anti-China sentiment in India, Samsung launching a few more aggressively priced Galaxy handsets certainly wouldn't be the strangest thing it did this year. Because India is still the world's second-largest smartphone market. Where Samsung has been losing ground to Chinese manufacturers in recent years. So, while it certainly wasn't expecting this turn of events, it's not surprising it wants to capitalize on it.

And capitalizing on an opportunity in such an ultra-competitive market usually means micro-targeting as many unique demographics as possible. Cue the massive influx of Galaxy M- and Galaxy A-series devices we've been witnessing in recent times.

This chaotic state of Samsung's low-end Android portfolio was also impacted by the overall economic instability 2020 brought upon us. As a reminder, the newly debuted Galaxy M51 was supposed to launch over three months before it actually did. Around the time the Galaxy M41 was planned for release. Ultimately, Samsung likely decided which model to spare based on how long it's been since it last refreshed a particular subseries. As it released the Galaxy M40 only a year ago, but there had been no Galaxy M50 in 2019.

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Tasker Dev Demonstrates S Pen Hacks, No Root Required https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/s-pen-hacks-tasker-no-root-required.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:05:53 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903817 Tasker developer João Dias just demonstrated a wide range of S Pen hacks allowing you to essentially customize Air Gestures. As illustrated in the video below, the popular automation app can intercept S Pen events. Meaning pretty much any imaginable stylus gesture Samsung thought of is now yours for customization. The app achieves this by [...]

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Tasker developer João Dias just demonstrated a wide range of S Pen hacks allowing you to essentially customize Air Gestures. As illustrated in the video below, the popular automation app can intercept S Pen events. Meaning pretty much any imaginable stylus gesture Samsung thought of is now yours for customization.

The app achieves this by intercepting system events unique to Samsung's stylus. Better yet, this functionality is fully in line with Tasker's root-free fundamentals. Its only requirement is granting Tasker access to read Android system logs. We won't get tangled up in ADB setup details here, but once you have the shell up and running on Windows, you'll need only two commands: "adb shell pm grant net.dinglisch.android.taskerm android.permission.READ_LOGS" and "adb shell am force-stop net.dinglisch.android.taskerm."

From there, you can create an unlimited number of custom S Pen gesture profiles. Any item listed under the Air Gestures submenu of the system Settings app is yours to customize. The only limiting factor is that this feature likely won't work on any custom ROM. At least for the time being. Also, as Air Gestures are tied to 3D gyroscope support, these S Pen hacks will only work on 2019 and this year's iterations of Samsung's stylus.

With this addition, Tasker lets newer S Pen models live up to their magic wand-like potential. The thing Samsung has been propping up for years, despite struggling to deliver anything resembling a non-gimmicky experience. The current version of the app allows you to intercept pretty much any Air Gesture and tie it to over 350 custom actions. From launching specific apps to executing macros, controling IoT devices, and everything in between.

S Pen hacks are just the tip of the Tasker iceberg

Detailed instructions on how to add this layer of customizability to your Galaxy Note are available in the above video's description. Together with a link to an example S Pen gesture project, just in case you need some inspiration. Once more custom ROMs based on One UI 2.5 and later OS versions become available, this Tasker capability should see much wider use. Right now, the crowd most likely to tinker with Air Gestures is also the one least likely to be running a stock One UI experience.

In any case, this is just the latest example of Tasker's incredible versatility that hundreds of thousands of users have been enjoying for over a decade by now. Since 2009, to be more precise, when Tasker was originally ported to Android from Palm OS.

At $3.49, Tasker offers one of the biggest bangs for your buck on the entire Google Play Store. And there's even a free seven-day trial on the app's official website, in case you're feeling particularly skeptical today.

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Sony Xperia 1 III To Reportedly Sport Brighter Display & Wider Selfie Camera https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/sony-xperia-1-iii-to-reportedly-sport-brighter-display-wider-selfie-camera.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:52:13 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903882 Sony has launched two smartphones this year powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC — Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II. Now, the leaks about the next-gen Xperia 1 smartphone have started popping up online. According to AndroidNext, the Xperia 1 III will sport a slightly improved display and a wider front camera. Going by [...]

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Sony has launched two smartphones this year powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC — Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II. Now, the leaks about the next-gen Xperia 1 smartphone have started popping up online. According to AndroidNext, the Xperia 1 III will sport a slightly improved display and a wider front camera.

Going by the previous Sony flagship launches, the Xperia 1 III should launch in February 2021 during the MWC event. Since the MWC 2021 is now postponed until late June 2021, Sony might continue to unveil in February instead of waiting for the MWC to happen in June.

The upcoming Xperia 1 III could fix the low brightness issue of its 4K OLED display

Speaking of the leaked information, the Xperia 1 III display is mentioned to offer 15 percent higher brightness than its predecessor. While the company might use an improved panel, it could still offer 4K resolution and a tall 21:9 aspect ratio.

Additionally, Sony should also include the actual high refresh rate support instead of motion blur reduction. The Xperia 1 II with a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display comes with creator mode "powered by CineAlta" that supports professional-level color reproduction standards like DCI-P3 100%, BT.202014 color space, and D65 White Point.

Coming to the selfie camera, the Xperia 1 III will reportedly come with a wider aperture for improving the performance. However, there is no information about the sensor size and resolution as of now. The 8MP front camera on the Xperia 1 II came with a 1/4-inch sensor size and f/2.0 aperture.

To sport a wider selfie camera for an improved low-light performance

The new Xperia 1 III could sport an 8MP sensor with f/1.8 or f/1.6 aperture. The wide aperture will allow more light to reach the image sensor. Hence, it will improve the performance of the sensor mainly in the low-light conditions. Also, the wide aperture offers a shallow depth of field.

Under the hood, the device will come powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 mobile platform. In terms of design, there shouldn't be any major changes. It will continue to come with the super-tall design and a bunch of physical buttons on the right edge.

Compared to its predecessor, the Xperia 1 III should also sport larger camera sensors on the rear with more pixels to improve the overall camera performance. The $1,200 Xperia 1 II supports super-fast autofocus technology capable of 20 fps continuous burst shooting.

It also offers eye autofocus that works on both humans and animals. The Xperia 1 II is also the company's first-ever 5G smartphone. Unlike in other markets, the device doesn't support 5G in the US.

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Home Depot Is Also Selling The New Chromecast TV Before It Is Announced https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/home-depot-chromecast-tv-buy-price Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:13:39 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903951 Last week, we discovered that Walmart was selling the new Chromecast TV before Google announces it on Wednesday. It was available in very few stores, but it was available. Now, The Home Depot is also selling the new Chromecast TV, ahead of the announcement. And it's available in more locations. It's beyond rare that you [...]

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Last week, we discovered that Walmart was selling the new Chromecast TV before Google announces it on Wednesday. It was available in very few stores, but it was available. Now, The Home Depot is also selling the new Chromecast TV, ahead of the announcement. And it's available in more locations.

It's beyond rare that you can buy a product before a company actually announces it. But this is something that happens to Google almost every year. Surprisingly though, not with smartphones. Only with other hardware products that Google sells.

The Verge was able to purchase one at The Home Depot today. And it appears that the retailer is not stopping customers from buying it and taking it home. When checking out, it shows up as "SABRINA-ABBEY ROCK CANDY". That is the codename for the new Chromecast TV.

The Chromecast TV will cost $49

Because the Chromecast TV is already available, and many people are buying it already, we know a lot more about the device.

For instance, we know that it is going to cost $49.99. That is cheaper than the Chromecast Ultra, but more expensive than the Chromecast. Putting it at a nice middle spot. And making it pretty affordable.

It basically takes Chromecast and Android TV, and combines them into a single dongle. So this is the first Chromecast that comes with a remote control.

It appears to only come in a single color, which is white. Though Google calls it "snow".

We've also been told by numerous people that have purchased one already, that the Google Play Movies & TV app is not available on the Chromecast TV. Instead, it is integrated into the OS entirely. So there's no more dedicated Google Play Movies & TV app. But the content is still there.

This is supposedly part of a much larger rebrand for Android TV. It is supposedly going back to "Google TV", which was its name many years ago.

It'll be announced on Wednesday

Google will be announcing the Chromecast TV, as well as a few other devices, on Wednesday, September 30. Given the fact that many retailers already have the Chromecast TV and is selling it, it's likely that it'll be available immediately after the launch event on Wednesday.

Alongside the Chromecast TV, we are also expecting to get the Nest Audio, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. There could be a few other products announced too, but that's what has leaked and what Google hinted at in the official invite a couple weeks ago.

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Vivo X50 Pro+ Review – Best-In-Class Camera With High-Value Performance To Match https://onlinenews.tech/2020/09/vivo-x50-pro-plus-review-best-cameras.html Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:58:55 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=899233 The Vivo X50 Pro+ is the more expensive of two X50-series handsets and the second of the two devices sent to onlinenews for review. As might be obvious for anybody who has checked out that other review, the expectations here were set high right out of the gate. And, the Vivo X50 Pro+ meets [...]

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The Vivo X50 Pro+ is the more expensive of two X50-series handsets and the second of the two devices sent to onlinenews for review.

As might be obvious for anybody who has checked out that other review, the expectations here were set high right out of the gate. And, the Vivo X50 Pro+ meets and exceeds just about every expectation I set.

Now, there are a number of ways it managed to do so. And there are a few other ways it didn't quite meet my expectations at all. But this phone is well-deserving of a closer look. So let's dive in and see how Vivo did with its X50 Pro+.

This phone comes with a standard glass back …or a leather one

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Vivo X50 Pro+ is arguably the best-feeling and looking phone around.

Vivo X50 Pro+ comes in two colors — and materials — but Vivo sent out the orange-brown leather variant for review. Much like the blue-tinted glass-backed version and the glass Vivo X50 Pro, this phone is fantastic in-hand. The company packs everything into a thin, balanced profile. But that profile, despite those attributes, doesn't at all feel weak. It feels exceptionally well made.

A clear case is included for those who aren't convinced about the durability. That'll be exceptionally useful for the glass-backed variant.

Now, there's no IP rating to be found here. So I made a point to never drop this phone in water or take it out in dusty environments when the wind was blowing. But it should survive some rain during use, at the very least, and some dust isn't going to kill the phone either.

With that said, the lack of any rating is concerning for a phone that's otherwise as good as this one is.

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In terms of ports and buttons, those are exceptionally well-made too. Each holds snug with no jostle or wiggle. The buttons click through with a satisfactory sound.

The top and bottom edges of the phone, contrary to the almost completely-rounded corners of the left and right, are flat and slightly concave. But the entire build feels just as smooth and comfortable, regardless of that difference. There are no sharp edges to catch in the USB-C port, dot-style speaker grille, or edges. Even the sharper-edged camera hump doesn't feel too sharp for comfort. Just sharp enough to keep fingers off the lenses.

Summarily, Vivo currently makes what I would deem one of the best in-hand phones on the market. And the quality, aside from the above-mentioned caveat, is there too. As is style and sophistication on aesthetics.

The Vivo X50 Pro+ display goes well beyond a high pixel-count

The display isn't quite edge-to-edge but it's feature-packed and comes pretty close

Now, Vivo packed its latest display — with respect to notifications, fingerprint scanning, face-unlock, and other theming elements — with a lot of features. But the Vivo X50 Pro+ is also among the most bright, detail-representative displays on the market anyway and that shows under review.

Only 60-percent brightness is needed for direct sunlight, while eye protection mode, dark mode, and more are part of the build. But those aren't the best features either. Vivo includes Ultra HD upscaling and Dynamic Compensation too.

The former does what its name implies. The latter adjusts videos for smoother frame-by-frame playback. So lower frame-rate videos and animations, in some cases, play like they have a much higher frame-rate. Up to 60fps."Smart switch" to dynamically adjust between the two.

Additionally, screen responsiveness, including the under-display fingerprint scanner, is among the best of any non-gaming smartphone I've reviewed.

All of that equates to a best-in-class experience at well above the expectations based on pricing.

Performance is stellar across the board

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Vivo X50 Pro+ takes game mode performance almost to gaming phone levels but also beyond in other ways.

When Vivo set out to make this phone, it's clear that the company planned to take on the gaming phone segment to a certain degree. And, as this review of the Vivo X50 Pro+ shows, it came incredibly close.

Not only does the dedicated Ultra Game Mode come packed with visual, vibration, touch-control fine-tuning, and pop-out features. It's almost entirely unnecessary, just with any dedicated gaming phone.

That's because Vivo packed this phone with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, backed by up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. But it's also because the software optimizations and tuning are so well executed. Even with the mode turned off, this phone ran and looked noticeably better than other flagships I've had the chance to go hands-on with.

That includes lower-tier flagships but also heavy-hitters made by the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi. Vivo nailed this phone down firmly on the performance front.

I never experienced any latency or lag on touch inputs. Or in visual acuity, audio, OS responsiveness, or anywhere else. This phone just goes and goes, with no care for intense multitasking or gaming.

Battery life from Vivo X50 Pro+ is staggeringly good

The Vivo X50 Pro+ has a fantastic battery life, all things considered

The Vivo X50 Pro+ battery is another area where the company shines beyond what's usual in the smartphone world — or at least under my review. Battery tests, even standardized ones, are finicky and unreliable. But this phone lasted quite a long time under extraneous conditions.

Not least of all, as noted in the connectivity segment below, this phone didn't have the best connection in my region. But the screen brightness, Bluetooth volume, and performance features were all turned on throughout the test too. While all battery-saving features were kept off. It didn't do the best on standby, with 11 hours of standby killing battery by 5-percent. But that hardly seems to matter since screen-on time was still around 10-hours and 14-minutes.

Now, of that, 3-hours and 50-minutes were streaming video and audio. I spent no less than 2-hours and 22-minutes in games. The remaining 4-hours and 2-minutes, I spent browsing, in video calls, checking emails, and in other day-to-day usages. Just 12-hours and 40-minutes were spent on standby.

Despite all of that and the subjectivity of the test, this phone took just under an hour to full. That slows down towards the last 10-percent. But the first 50-percent of the battery filled in well-under a half-hour.

Right now, arguably, nobody does cameras better than Vivo

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Vivo delivers full features for the X50 Pro+, and then some.

Anybody who wants a camera-phone that takes the best shots around, this is arguably the one. For all the hype surrounding its competitors, the Vivo X50 Pro+ lives up to its more affordable counterpart, the Vivo X50 Pro, and surpasses it under review.

The first words to be seen when opening the Vivo X50 Pro+ box are "professional photography," written directly on the packaging. And, while the pro modes are all included on the software side, assisting the built-in-gimbal-enabled device, they really aren't needed. Shooting in standard mode, even without the AR stickers and RAW shooting or 3D audio tracking enabled by this device, is fantastic.

In fact, our gallery of sample photos, found at Flickr, speaks for itself. Vivo proves that its mastery of color capture, shutter speed, 4K or 8K video, and optical, hybrid, and digital zoom are top-notch. Detail quality and HDR shots are going to be hard to match here too. But where this phone really shines, thanks in part to its gimbal but also its ability to recognize when it's on a tripod, are night shots and macro shots.

There are two 'night' shooting modes — not including the extra "tripod" mode that enables when the camera is stable enough for longer exposures  — are super moon and starry night shots. Shots can be taken automatically, resulting in long-exposure, daylight-like colors, and crystalline views of the colors in the night sky, or interrupted for a bit more realistic, dark coloration.

Now, some artifacts can occur under the right conditions, particularly in the moon-related mode when zoomed out. But the Vivo X50 Pro+ has the best camera around, in my opinion, bar none. Especially for night shots.

The audio here doesn't align with the rest of the Vivo X50 Pro+ but isn't bad

No 3.5mm audio jack in sight but on-device, Bluetooth, and USB-C audio all sound fantastic, comparatively

In terms of the microphone audio — in Wi-Fi calls, at least — and speakerphone audio, Vivo X50 Pro+ didn't disappoint during my review. I also didn't notice any cut-out, drops, distortion, or fuzz in any media format. Whether Bluetooth, via speakers, or USB-C audio. Those all sound exactly as they should, and better than expected, thanks to built-in audio software.

The software, of course, includes HiFi upscaling and dynamic age-based adjustments. So the experience here really is as close as it can be to the best it can be.

But all of that calls attention to two details that can't be overlooked. Namely, there's no 3.5mm audio port in play here and the speakers aren't quite as good as some competitors.

Now, neither of the caveats is going to impact the overwhelming majority of users. On the latter front, for instance, only a few competitors are going to surpass audio quality here. The sound is clear, balanced, and notably portrays audio nuances not often seen in smartphones. But bass hits are also all but powerless due to speaker size. There are phones out there that do it better if not many.

On the audio jack front, this is a decision more and more OEMs are making but no less to the chagrin of consumers. Many buyers will or won't buy a smartphone on the basis of that plug alone. So it seems a risky decision at any rate, regardless of how many OEMs are following the trend.

Software is bloated and that's this phone's biggest downfall

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Google Play is non-existent and the software comes pre-bloated on the Vivo X50 Pro+

Now, well-optimized software is all good and well. But nobody wants to open up a brand new phone and see it loaded down with pre-installed apps. A few extras, such as a resource manager, clock, theming, and gaming tools are nice to have. As are the standard Google apps since most Android users make use of those.

The 'bonus' apps seen during my review of the Vivo X50 Pro+ don't really fit all the bills. Of course, there's also no Google apps at all. That's going to make things even more frustrating for anybody who wants to use those. The situation can be rectified by installing a Google Play Services-reliant app. That's from the V-Appstore, offered on all Vivo devices. The Play Store will download automatically.

But that only bloats things up further.

Fortunately, the most frustrating of the potentially-included apps, those that aren't even full-blown apps but only offer suggestions for downloads, aren't present.

The bloat that is included can be uninstalled. That doesn't make things much better with all of the apps loaded to the home screen and no option for an app drawer before set-up is even completed. Almost all the other settings are stock Android. But there are dozens of apps pre-installed here. And that's going to make for an annoying experience, even if things do continue operating smoothly in spite of it all.

Most frustrating of all, almost none of these issues were present on the more affordable Vivo X50 Pro model.

Connections seemed solid but weren't, for me at least

4G LTE worked intermittently in the US. But it wasn't good enough to recommend the phone for that market.

Now, the Vivo X50 Pro+ is a 5G and 4G LTE device that would, in theory, work in the US for this review. It also connected readily to the network in my area using Google Fi — T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular bands, mostly the former. But it didn't.

Instead, I was relegated to using Wi-Fi 90-percent of the time because the connection was barely stable enough to periodically send a text message. And mobile data only periodically worked for other purposes too.

That likely comes down to the bands in use here and not aligning perfectly with requirements for an increasingly split set of requirements from US carrier to carrier. It was, nonetheless, disappointing. Especially with the appropriate emblems showing in the notification bar.

Where connections did work, they were snappy and responsive. Alluding to strong underpinnings that should sign in the proper global markets. But that wasn't something I was able to test thoroughly.

Bluetooth connections were rock-steady and without issue.

Wrap-up

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If you don't need Google apps and live where it works, Vivo X50 Pro+ is well worth the money

The lack of any apps typically associated with Android would seem to mean this phone isn't among the best around. But, although it does prevent an Editor's Choice award here, that's simply not the case.

Between performance, camera quality, build, in-hand fit, and battery life under this review, the Vivo X50 Pr0+ has more than proven itself a worthy contender. That's in spite of minor caveats such as problematic US connectivity, the lack of a headphone jack, and a decision not to get the phone certified against water and dust.

For mobile photographers, in particular, this phone is arguably well ahead of the competition. And that holds true for performance too, to a certain extent. Anybody who happens to be in a region where this phone is sold would be making a mistake not to include it on their shortlist.

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Save 50% On Amazon Kindle Unlimited In This Early Prime Day Deal https://onlinenews.tech/amazon-kindle-unlimited-prime-day-deal-buy-discount Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:47:54 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=903945 Amazon has a really nice discount going on for Kindle Unlimited, as part of its early deals for Prime Day. Right now you can save 50% on its six-month plan, getting it for only $29.97. Or you can get two months free – basically an extended free trial. These promos are only available for Amazon [...]

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Amazon has a really nice discount going on for Kindle Unlimited, as part of its early deals for Prime Day.

Right now you can save 50% on its six-month plan, getting it for only $29.97. Or you can get two months free – basically an extended free trial. These promos are only available for Amazon Prime members, so make sure you are a member before signing up for Kindle Unlimited. There is a 30-day free trial available too.

So what exactly is Kindle Unlimited? Basically, it's a Netflix of ebooks. You have over a million books you can read from Kindle Unlimited. You also get magazines and audiobooks from Audible included in your plan. Making this a really great deal for $10/month normally. But right now you can get it for $5 per month.

Kindle Unlimited is available on virtually any platform. That includes Kindle, Fire Tablets, iOS, Android and much more. Basically any platform that has the Kindle app, is supported. As Kindle Unlimited is built into the Kindle app. Much like Prime Video, it will also show you which books are included in Kindle Unlimited. So you know that you won't need to pay extra to use that book.

With all of the time that we are spending at home nowadays, it's good to be able to get lost in a book. And you can do just that with Kindle Unlimited. Without having to actually buy each and every book.

You can also download books anytime, so you can read them whether you're at home, or on the go and don't have access to the internet, you can still read your books.

You can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited by clicking here. Remember, to get the prices mentioned above, you will need to be a Prime member. So you'll want to sign up for this free trial to get Kindle Unlimited at this discounted price.

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