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Huawei US ban threatens to wreak havoc on Android as well

Huawei US ban threatens to wreak havoc on Android as well

It's almost old news by now. The US government, courtesy of an executive order from President Donald Trump, has blacklisted Huawei from buying from or selling to US companies. That has caused Google, Qualcomm, and ARM to withdraw support from the Chinese manufacturer, three companies that have a mutually beneficial relationship with Huawei. It has gotten a temporary and short reprieve but, unless the situation changes, the hammer will fall again. Disregarding political and economic considerations, the effects of this ban won't just cause headaches for Huawei, it could also throw the Android world into disarray.

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Honor 20 Pro vs OnePlus 7 Pro: battle of affordable flagships

Honor 20 Pro vs OnePlus 7 Pro: battle of affordable flagships

Honor has just unveiled its 2019 entry into the smartphone race and while the company has been known to put out flagship-level phones with affordable prices, the Honor 20 Pro took things to a new level. It is, so far, the first Honor phone to almost reach the highest score on DxOMark, hinting at its photography chops. Naturally, that has caused it to be compared with the one is sharing that spot with it, the OnePlus 7 Pro. Both make the same promise of a premium-quality Android phone that won't break your bank account. Only one, however, can really claim to be at the top.

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Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back from the dead, with a new $999 headset that delivers upgraded capabilities, longer battery life, and the promise of new confusion around augmented reality. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is, as the name makes clear, not really intended for consumers. Instead, Google is hoping to convince businesses that their workers should be wearing a computer.

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OnePlus 6 revisited – A year later, it is still a solid option

OnePlus 6 revisited – A year later, it is still a solid option

One year has passed since the release of the OnePlus 6, one of the best smartphones released in 2018. Loyal to the Chinese manufacturer’s “flagship killer” philosophy, the phone packed best-in-class specs at a price much lower than its flagship counterparts – a compelling reason not to fork out a thousand dollars just for a new phone.

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How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

A common misconception: "Internet security isn’t important, I’ve got nothing to hide anyway." Your conversations may be trivial for now, but you never know when you and your friends or colleagues discuss matters that could be of value to someone else who shouldn’t be eavesdropping.

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Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram announced the death of another feature this week, not long after rumors surfaced of the axing of public likes. This is just the latest in a line of changes for Instagram, an app and company that's coming closer and closer to its parent company, Facebook. I quit using Facebook a few months ago for all but the rarest family communication - is it time I gave Instagram the boot as well? NOTE: If it weren't clear already, the opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily shared by SlashGear or associated entities.

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OnePlus 7 Pro vs Huawei P30 Pro: the better camera phone

OnePlus 7 Pro vs Huawei P30 Pro: the better camera phone

Smartphone cameras are where it's all at these days. Even Google, who has stuck to only one sensor, at least for now, performs all sorts of software magic to produce unbelievably good photos that trump even those with two or more cameras. For almost two years now, Huawei has claimed the top spot, in DxOMark ranking as well as in reviews.

The OnePlus 7 Pro has just broken cover and is now challenging the long-time champ. Will it win in a camera face off against the Huawei P30 Pro or does the self-proclaimed Flagship Killer have some other trick up its sleeve?

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Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

The latest Android update made it clear: Smartphones are, at last, getting smart. The intelligence we've craved for the past decade is essentially on our doorstep. This might be the most significant several years in the history of mobile smart devices. But most people won't even notice. It'll be through updates like the one we're talking about today that smartphones finally, truly, start to earn their name.

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Understanding IP rating for smartphones – What do the numbers mean

Understanding IP rating for smartphones – What do the numbers mean

There are several luxuries that we expect of phones today. We expect them to have multiple cameras and a full, bezel-less screen. We also usually expect our phones to be waterproof, indicated by an IP rating. The IP rating, which stands for Ingress Protection, is an international standard for how well-sealed a device’s electrical parts are from the elements like dirt, dust and moisture. It even includes intrusion of our hands and fingers.

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Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Humanity’s obsession over edge-to-edge bezels, triple cameras and future-proofed specs has brought about the inevitable, to quote Thanos. But instead of an evil purple sociopath, this inevitable response to our pursuit of smartphone excellence comes in the form of the $399 Google Pixel 3a.

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Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

For the first time, Google has offered a more affordable version of its flagship smartphone. Of course, it's somewhat late to that trend. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone XR and just a few months ago Samsung did a similar thing with the Galaxy S10e. Naturally, the Google Pixel 3a is being compared with the Galaxy S10e but which "cheaper" flagship should Android users gravitate towards? Here's a short guide to help you make that decision.

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I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

Facebook, and more recently Amazon, may be at the center of most privacy-related reports these days but there was a time not too long ago when it was Google who was always on the hot seat. Reports, regulations, and sanctions have made Google change much of its processes, at least the public ones, and is slowly turning its image around. At I/O 2019, the pervading theme, more than AI and technology, is privacy. It's not that Google is no longer interested in your data. It's just making it a lot easier for users to opt out. If they remember or know how to, that is.

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