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RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

As of this week, the RCS chat protocol was activated for Android devices in the USA. This means that when you've got the official Google Messages app and the latest version of Carrier Services, you'll have a slightly more advanced version of SMS TXT messaging on your hands.

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Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

In typical Samsung fashion, the smartphone maker develops its own suite of mobile apps as stand-ins for Google apps. This includes Samsung Internet, a browser that's based on Chrome but also competes with it. Samsung Internet would have normally flown under the radar, just like any other Samsung Android app, if not for how Samsung's developers seem to be very active in developing new features like an upcoming Web Extensions support that could make it one of the more interesting browsers on Android.

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Galaxy Fold sales reach 1 million but there might be caveats

Galaxy Fold sales reach 1 million but there might be caveats

When Samsung unveiled its first foldable phone, the biggest question was whether people would pay $2,000 for an unproven technology. The answer to that was pushed to the side when an even bigger question appeared: would it survive long enough to be worth that $2,000. At an event in Berlin, Samsung finally answered the older question by revealing just how many units it was able to sell. That said, Samsung was unsurprisingly mum on other factors that would determine a smartphone's long-term success.

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WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp will stop working for some older devices in early 2020 in one of the biggest updates in the app's history. For affected older versions of operating systems affected, WhatsApp developers suggested the following: "Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."

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Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Google is bolstering Android Messages with two important features today. The first is Verified SMS, which will help you make sure that text messages you're receiving from certain companies are legitimate. The second feature is spam protection, which will warn users of suspected spam and potentially keep them safe from phishing attempts.

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OPPO showcases mobile innovation for 2020 and beyond

OPPO showcases mobile innovation for 2020 and beyond

It may be talking a lot about its vision to expand to new frontiers like networking, AR, and IoT but it's hard to deny that, at least for now, OPPO's main breadwinner is its smartphone business. 5G may be at the center of the company's plans but, until it becomes truly ubiquitous, consumers will experience the next-gen network standard primarily through smartphones. That's why at its inaugural INNO DAY 2019 event, OPPO not only reminded media about the things it has already done for the mobile industry, it also showed off the innovations that will be coming to its smartphones starting as early as this month.

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Tasker 5.9 opens the door wider for the ultimate Android control

Tasker 5.9 opens the door wider for the ultimate Android control

iOS' Shortcuts, born from the former third-party Workflow app, has seen a lot of positive coverage because of how it empowers iPhone and iPad users to somewhat go beyond the limitations of the platform. Just because Android is more open, however, doesn't mean it's trivial to do things that you want that the OS doesn't provide. That's where Tasker, THE Android automation framework, comes in and its most recent stable release, version 5.9, almost gives you superpowers to control your phone at a tap of an icon.

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OPPO Find X2 will put the focus on pixels

OPPO Find X2 will put the focus on pixels

The OPPO Find X was the subject of headlines in the mobile world when it introduced one of the world's first phones to implement a popup camera, coming close to the Vivo NEX S. While OPPO continues to embrace that mechanism on its other phones, it is moving on to the next innovation for its next Find X flagship. It won't be innovation for innovation's sake, of course, and OPPO will be putting an emphasis on innovation that will delight most if not all people. For the OPPO Find X2, that will primarily mean an innovative new camera that it has developed some help from Sony.

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Android’s upcoming Resume on Reboot feature to make updates feel faster

Android’s upcoming Resume on Reboot feature to make updates feel faster

System updates are unavoidable in all operating systems and almost all of those require some downtime while updates are installed and the system is reconfigured properly. We are still far from the almost completely seamless and non-disruptive goal of software updates but Google has been taking steps to at least minimize the disruption updates cause. A new upcoming feature might not exactly speed things up but will make it look that way by immediately continuing the update after the phone reboots.

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Motorola One Zoom camera performance on DxOMark is unsurprising

Motorola One Zoom camera performance on DxOMark is unsurprising

It is often said that you get what you pay for but that is also a pretty unfair generalization to make. You will always come across products that turn out to be worth more than twice their price but you will also find some that are exactly what they're worth. As a mid-range phone, the Motorola One Zoom tries to make its case by selling the company's first quad-camera phone. The good news is that it performs impressively for its tier, at least based on DxOMark's tests. The bad news is that it still leaves a lot to be desired.

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Galaxy S11 release date leaked for USA

Galaxy S11 release date leaked for USA

Insider sources report that the Samsung Galaxy S11 is scheduled for a February event and a March release date in 2020. This is a very similar date range to previous years, where Samsung set the release of their Galaxy S11 in the early Spring, then the release of the Galaxy Note in the Fall. The wrench that may mix this schedule up a bit is the Galaxy Fold, a new sort of device that's not yet established an ideal spot in the year for release amongst the other biggest names in mobile hardware.

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Nokia C1 uses Android Go optimization for max media storage

Nokia C1 uses Android Go optimization for max media storage

Nokia announced a new Android Go handset today, and though it won't be challenging any flagships in terms of capability, it may still be worthy of consideration for those who don't want to spend $1000 on a phone. Officially dubbed the Nokia C1, it seems that the biggest selling point of this phone is its support for Android Go and the lightweight apps that come along with it.

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