Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. He has been investigating and reporting on the tech and design industry for over a decade.

Google’s Pixel 4 strategy just made Apple the copycat

Google’s Pixel 4 strategy just made Apple the copycat

For the past several days, the Google Pixel 4 seemed to leak one tiny detail every few hours. The earliest major leak seemed to be a set of 3D renders of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, in part of their glory (not all their glory, as the design details didn't seem complete). That leak looked really, really familiar - especially when compared to the also-leaked hardware designs of what's assumed to be the iPhone 11. With neither phone acknowledged as existing, who was the copycat?

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Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Google Photos will soon de-sync photos and videos hosted between the two. Google suggested that "automatic sync" between the two services was just "confusing" for users, so they've decided to "simplify" the experience. Accidental deletions and appearances of counting data twice will soon be out the door - sort of.

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AT&T Galaxy S10 5G released, but not for you

AT&T Galaxy S10 5G released, but not for you

Before the official launch of the AT&T consumer version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the company has something different in store. AT&T's decided to release their Galaxy S10 5G through its AT&T Developer Program first, for "AT&T Business customers and 5G developers" only. But why?*

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Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

The Google Pixel 4 leaks are off with a bang this week, with imagery of the phone lineup and features coming in hot and heavy. Clues appearing today suggest there's a sort of feature that'll make use of the Project Soli sensor first revealed by Google in 2015 (and approved by the FCC for testing early this year). Android Aware, or Pixel Aware, it's likely called, or just "Aware". This system could change the way we interact with smartphones forever.

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ASUS now supporting 3rd-party Android OS developers with free devices

ASUS now supporting 3rd-party Android OS developers with free devices

ASUS just send their new ZenFone 6 smartphone to a number of 3rd-party developers on non-Google versions of Android. It's apparent that ASUS contacted the developer-centric XDA Developers Forum at some point this year, and this week they've announced a the collection of developers with which they've worked. As it were, the folks at XDA seem to have done the selecting - but the list shows a who's who for users who've not kept up with the whole rooting/modifying Android smartphone community over the last several years.

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This app puts your phone on your desktop, Windows, macOS, Linux included

This app puts your phone on your desktop, Windows, macOS, Linux included

The app called scrcpy was released in version 1.9 this week with features that make it the most advanced (yet simple) Android phone mirroring app in the world. This app allows the mirroring of any Android smartphone* using USB (or TCP/IP, wirelessly) and requires no rooting or specialized knowledge. This app works on GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS, and it's free to download and use.

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Google Soli radar magic tipped for Pixel 4

Google Soli radar magic tipped for Pixel 4

Come in, radar, this is Pixel 4 - Pixel 4 calling, over. Today there's rumor that the Google Pixel 4 will make use of Google's recently-FCC-approved Project Soli chip. That's a chip that enables a device to employ radar to detect tiny changes in the space its scanning - movement, mostly - human hand movement, primarily. This sort of crossover could mean some magical abilities are afoot for Google's next major smartphone release.

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HTC U19e and Desire 19+ give clues to HTC’s next flagship

HTC U19e and Desire 19+ give clues to HTC’s next flagship

The next major release from HTC was just teased thanks to a pair of heralds in Extraordinary Purple and Modest Green. The folks at HTC, once responsible for some of the world's most awesome Androids, have now pulled back to a much more modest place in the world of mobile hardware. With the HTC U19e, we see a smartphone that's simple, elegantly designed, and staunchly opposed to falling victim to the most common of trends in the smartphone market today.

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Animal Crossing for Switch gets new release date and gameplay trailer

Animal Crossing for Switch gets new release date and gameplay trailer

The next iteration of Animal Crossing was made specifically for the Nintendo Switch, and today's news wasn't great. I mean, depending on your view of the situation, today's news could have been great! We did get to look at the new game in a way much more expansive than we've seen before - and a delay in the release of the game COULD mean that they're spending more time on making it perfect - just perfect - for you and I and everyone to play.

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Essential Phone 2 tipped in tweet by Android founder Andy Rubin

Essential Phone 2 tipped in tweet by Android founder Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin made a tweet today and confirmed that the company he started, Essential, was still in business. The first most obvious reason he'd have said what he did was that the company has more hardware in store - like an Essential Phone 2. But it might just be that he's been pressured by fans to the point at which he couldn't help but give some confirmation that the company wasn't going to leave future customers completely in the dark.

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Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Roborock S6 Review: One-button simplicity

Over the past several weeks we've been using the Roborock S6, a robot vacuum made to take on the biggest names in the industry. Roborock does not have the name recognition of the Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot's Roomba, but it's a robot. It doesn't know how popular it is - all it need to know is where to go to clean. With LDS Navigation and suction power equal to that of a Neato Botvac D7 Connected, this machine is ready to pick up all your dust immediately.

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A Note 10 leak just spilled too much: More ‘lesser first’ from Samsung

A Note 10 leak just spilled too much: More ‘lesser first’ from Samsung

At the tail end of the year 2018, Samsung made clear their strategy for high-end next-gen features in phones in the near future. Instead of planting all their best and newest-available technology on their most expensive smartphones, they'd be putting said features on midrange phones first. That way, people would have access to these features at affordable prices if they wanted to focus on one new feature or the other, rather than having to invest large sums of money on a device with lots of features they did not need.

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