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Ewdison Then is the founder of GiXiO, the publisher of SlashGear - An open-source advocate, Linux geek, high-performance computing engineer, and consumer technology journalist based in Japan. He was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things About Xiaomi Smartphones

The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things About Xiaomi Smartphones

LG exit from the smartphone market and Huawei taking a backseat has seen a shift in power in various markets around the world. In the US, Motorola made a surprising comeback while brands like OPPO and Vivo have been able to rise through the ranks in global markets. All throughout those changes, Xiaomi remained firmly among the world's top 5 smartphone brands. No longer simply equated as an Apple wannabe, Xiaomi's brand and even sub-brands have established a presence in almost every part of the globe, including the US. As with anything, there are plenty of reasons to pine for a Xiaomi phone or to avoid one. With the upcoming holidays, you might just be in the market for a new smartphone, and these are some of the things you might want to keep in mind before putting a Xiaomi phone on your list.

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Pixel 6a might use Google Tensor chip, but don’t get your hopes up

Pixel 6a might use Google Tensor chip, but don’t get your hopes up

The Pixel 6 has been out for just a month, but rumors of its "a" model are already starting to circulate. That's not completely surprising, given Google's tradition since 2019, but the company hasn't exactly been consistent in that regard either. There is now some additional information regarding the Pixel 6a that could get some Pixel fans' hopes up, but it is also far too early to make a commitment, given how things can easily change at the last minute these days.

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Fairphone 2 from 2015 will officially get Android 10

Fairphone 2 from 2015 will officially get Android 10

Just as the complete smartphone package involves both the hardware and the software experience, keeping a phone around for as long as possible also requires both parts to also keep on working. Fairphone's promise of a sustainable and almost immortal smartphone would fall a bit short if it stopped pushing out updates while still keeping the phone's components supported. In line with that mission, the Dutch-based company is making the grand announcement that its six-year-old Fairphone 2 will be receiving Android 10 soon, something that no other smartphone maker has been able to pull off.

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Wear OS gains ground thanks to Samsung, but Google needs to keep up

Wear OS gains ground thanks to Samsung, but Google needs to keep up

Although Wear OS definitely has the upper hand when it comes to diversity, the Apple Watch irrefutably has the numbers in terms of market share. Google's wearable platform was, in fact, a very distant second as far smartwatch operating systems go, but that has suddenly changed in the last few months. Some might not like it, but it's actually mostly thanks to Samsung. But things might not remain that way unless Google picks up the slack and makes a better commitment to its own smartwatch ecosystem.

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Surface Duo 2 durability test reveals potential weaknesses

Surface Duo 2 durability test reveals potential weaknesses

Samsung isn't the only game in town when it comes to foldable phones - Microsoft insists that it is also in that court. Of course, the Surface Duo and its Surface Duo 2 successor do fold, but in a very different way and with very different use cases. With the very different mechanisms and materials used to create Microsoft's products, we have a very different durability story compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Thankfully, JerryRigEverything has done the literally hard work for us and put the Surface Duo 2 through the wringer to see just how tough this strange phone really is.

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OnePlus 10 Pro telephoto camera might continue to disappoint

OnePlus 10 Pro telephoto camera might continue to disappoint

OnePlus' original claim to fame was to offer high-end premium specs with an extremely affordable price tag. There are always compromises to be made, but those compromises are often acceptable for many consumers. OnePlus' price advantage has long been a thing of the past, but there are some specs that seem to be stuck in the old days. In particular, it seems that OnePlus won't be upgrading its telephoto camera to something that is more in line with premium flagships in the past year or so.

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Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

While most people have gotten their heads glued down to their screens in the past 23 months, others have looked up to the skies for a reprieve from the concerns on terra firma. Different people have taken up different hobbies to cope with the pandemic, and some have invested not only time but money in observing and capturing the night skies from their yards or gardens. Astrophotography and stargazing are not exactly beginner-friendly activities, especially if you have neither equipment nor clue. "Smart" telescopes were born from a need to address both concerns, and the Vaonis Stellina is one of the latest to sell that idea to a hobbyist market. Read on to find out how it fared in our tests.

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Pixel 6a renders look familiar but leaves many questions unanswered

Pixel 6a renders look familiar but leaves many questions unanswered

Google has developed a new tradition of launching an "a" model of the Pixel phone, usually aimed to be a more affordable version of its supposedly premium flagships. Last year's lineup blurred the lines a bit between the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G, but Google might be returning to normalcy once more. That is to say, it might be launching a Pixel 6a in the next few months, but this fresh set of renders bring more questions than answers.

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LG WebOS Smart TVs will soon have an NVIDIA GeForce NOW app

LG WebOS Smart TVs will soon have an NVIDIA GeForce NOW app

LG is clearly dead-serious about expanding its smart TV kingdom, not just in terms of hardware but also software. In addition to adding new apps and services to its smart TVs, like Apple TV+ and support for AirPlay 2, LG has also started licensing its WebOS platform to other smart TV manufacturers. Most of those new features have revolved around "passive" entertainment, but this newest feature treads into the realm of interactive content, with the upcoming arrival of NVIDIA's GeForce NOW game streaming to select LG smart TVs.

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Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Augmented reality or AR, sometimes called mixed reality or MR, is one of the holy grails in the computing industry, not just because of its entertainment value but its productivity potential as well. Unlike how VR pretty much requires occluding your vision completely, AR headgear can afford to be more lightweight and more comfortable than bulky VR headsets, and that is the proposition that Nreal is making with its Light glasses that is finally making their way to the US as it earlier promised.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 camera rumors might cause worries

Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 camera rumors might cause worries

The Galaxy Z Fold 3, for the most part, is Samsung's best stab at the foldable market, while the more affordable Galaxy Z Flip 3 is proving to be its most successful. There are, of course, some well-noted flaws, especially when it comes to the Galaxy Z Fold 3's cameras. Samsung was recently reported to have ambitious goals for next year's foldables, enough to produce almost 10 million units combined. Those ambitions, however, might be questionable if Samsung decides to push through with rumored plans to go all-in on its under-display cameras.

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Moto G Power 2022 offers a 4G phone in the age of 5G

Moto G Power 2022 offers a 4G phone in the age of 5G

Motorola is almost like the new Nokia, although Nokia is still somewhat guilty of launching innumerable models that almost make it impossible to keep track of them all. At least there are some Motorola phones that are distinguished by their year rather than a model number that doesn't give a clue when they were launched. Take, for example, this Moto G Power (2022) that will be launching early next year with specs seemingly hailing from last year.

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