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Samsung’s first Galaxy phone update for 2020 is here

Samsung’s first Galaxy phone update for 2020 is here

Today we're taking a peek at the first major software update of the year for the Samsung Galaxy smartphone lineup. This update was announced by Samsung as part of the monthly security update program, announced as coming to Galaxy S, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Note, and a variety of Enterprise Models. This is part of the reason why, if you're a Samsung phone user that doesn't normally buy an S or a Note, it might be time to consider a change.*

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The Galaxy S20 must fix these three big S10 flaws

The Galaxy S20 must fix these three big S10 flaws

The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra need to fix three big flaws present in the Galaxy S10 before launch. It's not easy to pick out major flaws in one of the best-selling smartphone model lines in the history of the smartphone, but even Samsung has the potential to build on the success of their most recent model set in the "S" lineup. Where the S10, S10e, and S10+ failed, the Galaxy S20 can succeed - here's how.

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Nearby Sharing, formerly Fast Share, is AirDrop for Android

Nearby Sharing, formerly Fast Share, is AirDrop for Android

Google and Android are often accused of copying things from Apple and while some Android fans will deny most of that, they will also admit that there are some features they wished Android did actually copy. One of those is Apple's AirDrop functionality which makes it dead simple to share files between iOS devices. That may finally be coming soon to Android under the name "Nearby Sharing" unless Google decides to change names again at the last minute.

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Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

It appears that Google has quietly removed the Guest Mode feature from its Google Home speakers. Users have noticed that the feature is no longer available for the speakers within the Google Home app, though it remains available for Chromecast devices (for now). Seemingly underscoring the permanent nature of this change is Google's removal of its Support pages related to the now-defunct feature.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G leaks just burst into a flood

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G leaks just burst into a flood

This week the Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones (not Galaxy S11, as previously suspected) were leaked in a big way. The Samsung Galaxy S20 will come in three sizes: 6.2-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch. Those will be the S20, the S20+, and the S20 Ultra. The S20 and S20+ are rumored to come in either 4G LTE-only or 5G (including 4G) versions, while the Ultra seems to only be coming with a single vision for the highest-end: 5G only.

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Google Stadia starts testing non-Pixel phones, runs on an ebook reader

Google Stadia starts testing non-Pixel phones, runs on an ebook reader

Depending on who you ask, Google Stadia is either the future of game streaming or yet another one of Google's public experiments that could be canceled in the very near future. While it shows plenty of potential, much of that has not yet been reached, especially its promise to game anywhere on any device. For Android phones, that has so far been limited to Google's Pixel phones (except the very first Pixel) but now it seems that Google is finally taking baby steps to expand Stadia's reach to other brands.

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Google Podcasts app gets another big Android feature

Google Podcasts app gets another big Android feature

Google's Podcasts app has been updated with another important feature, at least relative to what listeners have come to expect from other apps. Unlike other recent additions, which include personalized recommendations and better content management, the new feature makes it easier for users to toggle between Google accounts.

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Google Pay gets support for college campus credentials in the US

Google Pay gets support for college campus credentials in the US

College credential provider Transact has announced support for Google Pay on Android. With this new support, college students throughout the United States can use their phone and the Google Pay app to authorize and verify things that would otherwise require the use of a physical card. The initial Google Pay rollout will arrive with support for fifteen colleges and universities.

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Realme 5i is a 6.5-inch phone with a giant battery for around $125

Realme 5i is a 6.5-inch phone with a giant battery for around $125

The smartphone called Realme 5i was revealed today with a 6.5-inch display and a 5000mAh battery. If you're the sort of person that wants a very large display, but doesn't mind if that display has relatively low resolution, AND you want a massive battery, this might be a phone in which you should be interested. The only real hurdle you'll be dealing with is access - for example, this phone might never be released inside the USA.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and Mi 10 Pro spilled in one major leak

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and Mi 10 Pro spilled in one major leak

The next major 5G smartphone coming to market was leaked this afternoon in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G. This is one of two devices in the family - the other has "Pro" in its name. The only major difference between the standard and the Pro versions of this smartphone appears to be a different array of cameras on its back, headed by a gloriously absurd 108-megapixel primary camera.

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Google’s Android search picks in Europe are bad news for Microsoft

Google’s Android search picks in Europe are bad news for Microsoft

Beginning on March 1st, new Android users in Europe will be greeted by something new when opening Chrome for the first time. Instead of simply seeing the Google search bar, they'll be asked to make one of four search providers their default for Chrome. Google today revealed which search engines will appear alongside its own, and each country will have its own selection.

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Now I understand why the OnePlus Concept One exists

Now I understand why the OnePlus Concept One exists

The OnePlus Concept One hides its magic well. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed at first glance to spot that the technology OnePlus developed for its new concept smartphone at CES 2020 started development eighteen months ago, the Android phone-maker once again taking McLaren's supercars as its inspiration. Only this time around, it's not just a fancy color scheme.

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