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Galaxy S9 video leak spills official launch presentation

Galaxy S9 video leak spills official launch presentation

To describe the Samsung Galaxy S9 as "well leaked" at this stage is the understatement of Mobile World Congress, but to put the icing on the cake the company's own launch video has broken cover. The 2018 Android flagship isn't due to be officially revealed until noon Eastern US time on Sunday, February 25, but that hasn't stopped just about every detail about the S9 - and its larger S9+ sibling - from already sneaking out into the public eye.

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LG V30S ThinQ goes all-in on Android AI in V30 refresh

LG V30S ThinQ goes all-in on Android AI in V30 refresh

LG dropped some heavy hints that MWC 2018 wouldn't be a hardware-fest, and the LG V30S ThinQ is the proof of that. Building on, rather than replacing, the LG V30 the company announced last year, the new smartphone puts artificial intelligence (AI) to the fore, particularly when it comes to photography and voice control.

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Alcatel brings 5 cheap Android phones and 2 tablets to MWC

Alcatel brings 5 cheap Android phones and 2 tablets to MWC

Alcatel has revealed five new Android smartphones and a pair of new tablets at MWC 2018 today, including the first to run Android Oreo Go Edition. The line-up - all of which focuses on the budget end of the market - plays mix and match with cameras and fingerprint sensors, with select models having twin cameras either on the front or the back. As for the tablets, they're some of the cheapest ways to get Android 8.1 Oreo on a big screen that we've seen so far.

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Latest Moto G6 leak reveals new color options

Latest Moto G6 leak reveals new color options

We've known for a while now that an update to Moto G line is on its way, and with this year's Mobile World Congress about to begin it seems Motorola is about to debut its latest. An alleged product image has been leaked, showing the finalized design of the new Moto G6 Plus and highlighting its five different color options. Like most smartphone releases these days, the mid-range Android flagship will come in an assortment of colors from silver to green.

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Android dark mode isn’t happening: Google blames miscommunication

Android dark mode isn’t happening: Google blames miscommunication

Google briefly made waves in the Android community today after a post in its forums said that a dark mode would be added to a future Android release. Users have been requesting this feature for years and now, finally, it seemed official. Otherwise cautious Android users got their hopes up, and now Google has come around to drag them back down. Dark mode isn't happening after all, folks.

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Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

In recent days, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners started complaining about an issue with the phone's battery life, namely that it had decreased substantially following the models' February update. According to impacted users, the phones also experience warmer temperatures, a pair of problems that are frustrating users. Now Google has confirmed that it is investigating the issue.

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Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Night mode is popular enough that many apps, including Twitter, offer it as an optional feature. The aesthetic aside, a dark mode could help save battery life, making it a popular request from Android users. Anyone with an Android device can enable a dark mode on their tablet or smartphone, but doing so requires a third-party app. Not interested in using one of those apps? Android itself may soon have an alternative.

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MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

Mobile World Congress 2018 should reveal new hardware products from a variety of big names in mobile smart devices. This event is a trade show fun by GSMA, and it's the place where some of the most important smart devices of the year are launched. Did I mention devices? Today I'm going to run down the basics in what we expect from MWC at the tail end of this month.

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Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

The folks at Huawei have either lost their minds or are on to something pretty fantastic. They've gone and given one of their smartphones the keys to a vehicle. This smartphone's processor needed to be able to use the device's camera to see obstacles in front of it to know when to turn to avoid said obstacles. If the smartphone failed, the dog would be destroyed.

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ARCore 1.0 just released; Android AR apps incoming

ARCore 1.0 just released; Android AR apps incoming

The full launch of Google's ARCore for Android took place on February 23rd, 2018. Google suggested that while just 13 Android smartphones work with ARCore right now, more are in the pipeline. The devices Google's listed as working with advanced capabilities in augmented reality today are just part of the equation. There's a whole lot more coming, and it's coming rather soon.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 leak previews full-screen push at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia XZ2 leak previews full-screen push at MWC 2018

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and though the Galaxy S9 will probably be the star of the show, other manufacturers are going to have their heavy hitters on hand as well. Sony may be one of the companies making big announcements next week, as we hear today that it has not one, but two Xperia reveals lined up for the show. These new Xperia devices could represent a big first for the line, as Sony is said to be outfitting them with full-screen displays.

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OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

Android Auto can be installed on a Raspberry Pi unit with relative ease - and the results are pretty neat. Based on the DIY project we're having a peek at here today, the next generation in DIY automotive tech appears to be here. This system was made possible by XDA Developers user f1x, maker of an open source Android Auto head unit emulator.

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