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Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

During the outbreak of COVID-19, novel coronavirus, the global pandemic, and the quarantine therein, Niantic's made Pokemon GO fun again. At the start, the game held great potential. It was the closest a gamer could get to the feeling of finding, capturing, and battling Pokemon in the real world. Then it got complicated. Now, here amid massive changes made by its creator to make the game playable during quarantine, Pokemon GO's become fun once again.

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Samsung’s 2019 flagships are getting my favorite Galaxy S20 feature

Samsung’s 2019 flagships are getting my favorite Galaxy S20 feature

If you want the latest and greatest smartphone features, you usually have to buy the latest and greatest smartphone, but a software update for the Galaxy S10 series and Note 10 is bucking that trend with my favorite Galaxy S20 camera feature. Rolling out from today in the US, the new firmware adds several of the photography features from Samsung's 2020 flagships to last year's phones, including one I'm still very excited about.

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Moto G8 Power Lite is finally official after all the leaks

Moto G8 Power Lite is finally official after all the leaks

The almost insane amount of leaked information in the mobile market has definitely changed the industry in subtle yet important ways. More often than not, consumers may have already made up their mind about a product, simply waiting for official confirmation about this or that feature. More often than not, those leaks are on the mark and leave nothing left to be surprised about. A prime example is the moto g8 power lite that has finally been revealed but not before the Internet has had their fill of apparently accurate unofficial information.

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OnePlus 8 gets highest DisplayMate score before it’s even launched

OnePlus 8 gets highest DisplayMate score before it’s even launched

It has become a tradition for some manufacturers (except Samsung and Apple it seems) to get some benchmarking sites to help hype up a product with their reviews. Often, however, these reviews come after the product gets announced though are definitely some that publish their super early thoughts on Day Zero. DisplayMate is once again bucking that trend by announcing that the OnePlus 8 is its new darling, more than a week before the phone even gets announced.

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Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Developer Preview build 2.1 for Android 11 was released this afternoon by Google for the masses. This new update was officially released on April 2nd, 2020, and is build RPP2.200227.014, with Google Play Services 20.06.15 and x86 (32/64-bit) emulator support. This is a relatively minor update to the otherwise most-recent release for developers, that being Android 11 Developer Preview 2, released March 18, 2020.

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Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are about to get these new S20 features

Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are about to get these new S20 features

Samsung has revealed that a new software update will bring some Galaxy S20 features to the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10. Specifically, the update will bring a few camera features with it, along with the Galaxy S10's Gallery and sharing features. Even better is that Galaxy S10 and Note 10 users won't have to wait very long for this update to arrive.

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OnePlus 8 could give Samsung a run for its money

OnePlus 8 could give Samsung a run for its money

OnePlus has always launched phones with specs that rival high-end premium flagship, give or take some features like wireless charging or formal waterproof rating. What sets those phones apart, however, have really been the "bang for the buck" value they offered at a significantly lower cost. Times have changed, however, and even OnePlus has to raise its prices eventually while still not rising to the same level as its rivals. Fortunately, despite the addition of those missing features, the OnePlus 8 5G might still undercut the others but probably not by much.

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Huawei chairman sweet-talks Google and warns Trump

Huawei chairman sweet-talks Google and warns Trump

Huawei may be blocked from using the full version of Android with all Google's services, but that isn't stopping the Chinese tech behemoth from hoping key Google apps phone-buyers expect will get added to its own download store. Speaking this week, Huawei execs talked about potential workarounds to the issues that are increasingly marginalizing its Android devices outside of China, while also warning that things could get nasty should Trump opt to escalate the blockade.

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Galaxy Note 20 leak tells a big plastic tale

Galaxy Note 20 leak tells a big plastic tale

A leak of a single piece of plastic today tells a story of the future of Samsung's future top-tier smartphone lineup. This single piece of plastic shows the most significant elements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, both front and back. We can glean that this device has a rectangular backside camera array with rounded corners - this indicates the path Samsung will take with consideration for their most recently released Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup.

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OnePlus 8 Pro cameras detailed in major leak

OnePlus 8 Pro cameras detailed in major leak

OnePlus is slated to reveal the OnePlus 8 series later this month, and though it's released some details about the standard OnePlus 8, we haven't heard a whole lot about the OnePlus 8 Pro. That all changed today with a new leak that leaves little to the imagination. Not only are we seeing product renders of the device, but a number of specifications have been detailed as well.

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Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

The video chat system Zoom wasn't prepared for the popularity it's facing here in the spring of 2020. Much like a startup group attempting to create a new product with a crowdfunding campaign, Zoom is finding that their own popularity might be more than they can handle. Issues begin with the simple nature of the group chat, and the ease with which one can join.

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Motorola G Power and G Stylus head to budget Android shelves today

Motorola G Power and G Stylus head to budget Android shelves today

Two of Motorola's most affordable phones have arrived for preorder today, with the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus set to arrive on various US carriers. The two new Android phones were announced in early March, and each come in at under $300.

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