Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Galaxy Note 8 release day 3D-touch tipped

Galaxy Note 8 release day 3D-touch tipped

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was reported today to include Samsung's version of 3D-touch for its touchscreen. This device will, if the report holds true, feature the same method of enacting 3D Touch or Force Touch that the Galaxy S8 features. This means a pressure-sensitive strip sits under the bottom edge of the screen to replace the home button, back button, and app-switching button.

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Did Google leak the Pixel 2 XL months ago? [Mythbusted]

Did Google leak the Pixel 2 XL months ago? [Mythbusted]

Browsing a new update to Google's Google Play Protect re-brand I happened upon the "Switch" page for Android. There, the company shows users how to switch from iPhone to Android devices in as few steps as possible. This webpage is not new, nor are the images on it - and yet what we're seeing here isn't exactly a Pixel. What we're seeing here is a Huawei-made device.

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Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

The next public update to Android will allow itself to update without requiring massive amounts of data storage to do so. Instead of storing all the update data for changes to the Android device's OS, this "Streaming OS Updates" feature will do something new. As Google's Android developers have outlined this week, Android 8.0 comes with "the necessary platform changes to conduct streaming updates."

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How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

Today we took a peek at the many ways in which Zapdos could be defeated in Pokemon GO. This research began with listing the Pokemon that were best to beat this Legendary Bird. Next we went through the best way to roll up on Zapdos and catch his sharp behind with a set of Premiere Balls - spinners! Finally, we sat down with Zapdos and did a brief run-down about why she is the best Pokemon in the Legendary Bird set so far.

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Moto E4 Plus Review : The Never-ending Battery

Moto E4 Plus Review : The Never-ending Battery

The Moto E4 Plus Review we've got on deck today rolls through the basics of its hardware and software and offers judgement on its overall value. While the hardware is decent - especially for this price - it's within the long-lasting battery that this device truly shines. Can a device whose display, camera, and processor would be home in the mid-range two years ago survive as a low-end smartphone here in 2017? How about if it has a 5000mAh battery, 2.5x the size of the battery of the latest iPhone?

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Sharp AQUOS S2 is basically every new phone combined

Sharp AQUOS S2 is basically every new phone combined

The iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy Note 8), Essential Phone, and Mi Mix (and 2) have a bit of competition in the Sharp AQUOS S2. This phone has a full-faced display, with minimal bezels, and a forward-facing camera set in its forehead. It also has a pair of cameras on its back lined up vertically, and a set of odd colors in casings to choose from. It's as if Sharp saw the playbook for every major smartphone brand and said, "yes, let's do ALL of this."

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iOS 11 Public Beta 4 is out: stop what you’re doing and update

iOS 11 Public Beta 4 is out: stop what you’re doing and update

This morning the iPhone nabbed another iOS 11 Beta update, this time to Beta 4. This version of the software is NOT for developers only, it's for anyone who wishes to take a peek - but be warned, even a public access Beta is still a Beta. For now we're taking a peek at what's included here in this update just before the rest of the world gets it and loads it.

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A new leak of Google Pixel 2 confirms our deepest fear

A new leak of Google Pixel 2 confirms our deepest fear

An anonymously tipped confirmation and Google Pixel 2's latest leak suggests that our fear of a dying feature was real. This is the worst thing that's ever happened to wires in the history of the world. The wire I want to use - the ONE wire I want to use, will not be compatible with the next Google Pixel device, if these images are accurate. This I cannot abide.

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iPhone 8 design leak: can Android phones compete?

iPhone 8 design leak: can Android phones compete?

The age of the full frontal display is here, and Apple is the one to bring it about. Or that's what the company will have you believe, if their marketing department brings the iPhone 8 out the way they should. Android devices have been starting in on this trend early, as it were - Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, and others included.

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This iPhone may launch in India before the USA

This iPhone may launch in India before the USA

Apple war reported this week to be aiming for the "next China" (AKA India) with their next set of iPhones. One of the models is even tipped to be released in the country first - before the rest of the world has access. To make this happen, Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Wiston Corp has been reported to expand India - made in India, sold in India first. Meanwhile Android phones have been being made and sold inside and outside the USA since the birth of the system.

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Are these the first real photos of the Google Pixel 2?

Are these the first real photos of the Google Pixel 2?

A pair of photos leaked today show the Google Pixel 2 in all its mega-sized glory. This device is part of some manner of testing program, as evidenced by the collection of stickers on its back and tiny indicators up front - but otherwise seems to be in standard running order. This device is likely nearing its last testing steps before being released to the public VIA a Google event coming up quick.

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LG V30 images released in leaks, front and back

LG V30 images released in leaks, front and back

The most definitive look at the LG V30 seen thus far comes from a series of videos posted this week to HitRecord. This is a collaborative video site promoted by celebrity Joeseph Gordon Levitt - though that might have little to do with the phone itself. The devices we see today are pretty much leaking the entirety of the phone itself - or at least its looks, both front and back.

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