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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

Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Though Samsung wants people to buy its pricey Galaxy S and foldable Galaxy Z flagship smartphones, not everyone can afford to do so. The popularity of its Galaxy A series handsets over the past year or so has proven there's a large market for its mid-range line, especially for models with 5G capabilities (via Canalys). With that in mind, it's no surprise Samsung will give its Galaxy A phones some big upgrades in 2022, at least according to a new report citing industry insiders.

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10 Reasons to Stop Using Google Chrome

10 Reasons to Stop Using Google Chrome

Google is perhaps THE Internet company, with dozens of products and services that revolve around the technology that has kept us connected for decades. For most people, the gateway to that Internet is, in fact, another Google product, with Chrome taking up the lion's share of the browser market. It's arguable that Google Chrome is the most used piece of software in the world, given how it's used on almost every computing device imaginable. That doesn't immediately mean, however, that it is the best way to experience the Web, and there are also serious reasons why you would want to avoid using Chrome if you can afford it.

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Realme GT 2 Pro render brings the Nexus 6P back from the dead

Realme GT 2 Pro render brings the Nexus 6P back from the dead

There was a lot of discussion about the Pixel 6's unorthodox design, and, as expected, opinions were split on the matter. Some definitely loved its quirky and memorable appearance, while others balked at the almost asymmetric design. It wasn't the first Google phone to have a wide camera bump jutting out of its back, however, and there have been some comparisons made with the Nexus 6P made by Huawei for Google in 2015. It seems that OPPO spinoff Realme is trying to revive that equally awkward design if this leak about its next GT-branded phone is any indication.

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Galaxy S22 camera leak doesn’t sound too bad

Galaxy S22 camera leak doesn’t sound too bad

Based on leaks and rumors, we have just two months or so before Samsung reveals its opening salvo for 2022. Based on those same rumors, however, the base Galaxy S22 model and its Plus counterpart might disappoint in many aspects. There are some downgrades and some that might remain the same, though there are definitely expected upgrades, at least as far as the processor goes. Not all things might be that bad, though, and the newest information gives some hope that the phones' cameras won't be as bad as it sounds.

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Google Play Users’ Choice of 2021 is not what you might have expected

Google Play Users’ Choice of 2021 is not what you might have expected

It's that time of year again for retrospectives as well as forward-looking predictions of wishes. Although there are still 32 days left before the year is actually over, Google is already releasing the list of what its users have reported as their favorites from the company's wide selection of apps and games for Android and all its incarnations, including wearables and TVs. Like every other year, a good number of the names on the winners' list might not be familiar to most Android users or smartphone users in general. In fact, the actual winners for each category might catch you by surprise even.

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Xperia PRO-I US release date gives Sony’s camera a time to shine

Xperia PRO-I US release date gives Sony’s camera a time to shine

Despite and in spite of all odds, Sony's mobile business continues to move forward and, in fact, sometimes registers good figures for the company's finances. It doesn't have a big market share for mobile smart device sales, at least not enough to make it to the world's top ten, but it does spark some interest once in a while with its unique designs or propositions. In addition to that still unique 21:9 display aspect ratio, the Xperia PRO-I continues that tradition by appealing to vloggers and videographers, who won't have to wait long to finally get their hands on one.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras found an ally in DxOMark

Galaxy Z Fold 3 cameras found an ally in DxOMark

While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 had notable upgrades, like the S Pen support, it was also heavily criticized for its disappointing cameras. As if the 4MP under-display camera weren't bad enough, the main cameras on the phone's back haven't actually moved forward since the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra from earlier this year, that sounds like a downgrade, but at least DxOMark thinks it's not a complete loss, depending on which camera functions are important to you.

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Pixel 6 can’t fly some DJI drones because of an incompatible app

Pixel 6 can’t fly some DJI drones because of an incompatible app

It's not really that unusual for some mobile apps to stop working on newer phones, especially if the app hasn't been updated in years. It's a completely different situation, however, if the app in question comes from a large and popular brand that does support the latest smartphones. That's the rather puzzling and infuriating situation that new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners have suddenly found themselves in after discovering that they can no longer fly their DJI drones. The company's response, however, added insult to injury.

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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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