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Microsoft Surface Duo SDK prepare Android devs for dual screens

Microsoft Surface Duo SDK prepare Android devs for dual screens

Microsoft doesn't seem to be kidding when it said it wanted to give developers the chance to prepare for its dual-screen future quite early. Over the past weeks, it has been dropping bits and pieces of its vision, like its Fluent design language the Microsoft Launcher for Android. Now it has dropped its biggest chunk yet, providing the most critical tool that Android developers will need to make sure that their apps will behave well on the Surface Duo.

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LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG has recently received a lot of flak for its snail-paced Android updates and, truth be told, that is still the case. But for one brief moment, it seems that LG is at least making the update worth the wait more than usual. It turns out, LG's Android 10 update is one of the extremely few that actually surfaced the hidden Desktop Mode that Google introduced in the latest version of the mobile operating system.

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New lowest-cost iPhone release date potential: 4G or 5G?

New lowest-cost iPhone release date potential: 4G or 5G?

Today reports linked the next-gen lowest-cost iPhone to a February production schedule for 2020. Per those familiar with Apple's plans, this phone could be released as early as March of 2020. This would put the device's release schedule well ahead of that of the higher-cost more AAA hero phone collection from Apple that generally appears in September.

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Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really

Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really

Fortnite joined the ranks of official esports league play, sanctioned by the NFHS and CIFSS in association with the group PlayVS. The NFHS is the National Federation of State High School Associations, the nonprofit organization that writes the rules of competition for "most high school sports and activities" inside the United States. California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section is the athletic and educational association that governs high school athletics in Southern California - or MOST of SoCal.

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WhatsApp Dark Theme update just released in Beta

WhatsApp Dark Theme update just released in Beta

Today the folks behind the development of the WhatsApp mobile app released a new version with a Dark Theme. This means more than just a color flip is in play - it means we're seeing a whole new UI with color choices based on the users' desire to keep screen brightness as low as possible. Users will need to become part of the Google Play Beta Program, where they'll gain access to version 2.20.13 as of this week.

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Twitter app crashes and a quick fix

Twitter app crashes and a quick fix

Today the Twitter app for Android is crashing - if you've got the newest version of that app, and a few bits are out of order. The official Twitter Support Twitter account suggested that they're in the process of fixing the issues at hand - but recommend that you avoid updating your Android app for Twitter until said fixes are in the mix. Meanwhile, there's a quick-fix for those savvy enough to drop into Android Settings.

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Motorola Razr launches February 6: Here’s what the foldable will cost you

Motorola Razr launches February 6: Here’s what the foldable will cost you

After a lot of build up, Motorola's foldable Razr is nearly here. Today, Verizon detailed two important dates for the new phone, announcing when pre-orders open up and when the phone will release. It also shared how much the phone will cost on a monthly basis through its device payment program, and if you've been following news about the Razr, then you likely already know that it's going to cost a lot to own one.

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iPhone SE low-cost successor to start production really soon

iPhone SE low-cost successor to start production really soon

By March, it will have been four years since the iPhone SE launched but the desire for an affordable iPhone has never wavered. In fact, it may have become even greater in light of the steadily rising prices of Apple's premium phones. The long wait might be over as a new report claims that production for a new low-cost iPhone will begin next month, which could hint that the iPhone SE 2, or iPhone 9 according to some quarters, could launch on the first budget iPhone's fourth birthday.

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Nokia 2.3 stock Android phone released in USA for $129

Nokia 2.3 stock Android phone released in USA for $129

The Nokia 2.3 was just released in the USA at Best Buy for just a dollar under $130 USD. This is a smartphone with a set of specifications that do not seem to match its price tag. Given the relatively massive amount of cash being charged for the highest-end smartphones in the world today, it would seem about time that the original big-name brand in low-cost phones brought some heat.

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To slay Google, Huawei says: “Ads aren’t important to us”

To slay Google, Huawei says: “Ads aren’t important to us”

Huawei held an event in January 2020 in London to tell developers about their strategy for a post-Google smart device ecosystem. Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Huawei's Europe-based vice president of consumer services, spoke at this special event, suggesting that they'd be building an app ecosystem that's far less focused on "spam" notifications than are Apple and Google.

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Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Today the folks at POCO confirmed that they would, indeed, release a second phone in the year 2020. This announcement came shortly after Xiaomi confirmed that POCO would be spun off into its own separate smartphone brand. The original POCO F1, aka Pocophone F1, was released a year and 5 months ago to almost universal acclaim, rolling with surprisingly high-end specifications and a price that seemed suspiciously low. Now they're teasing a second release.

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Galaxy S20 5G release date and price list leaked en masse

Galaxy S20 5G release date and price list leaked en masse

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra release dates and pricing for this Spring. This collection was first introduced unofficially a few weeks ago, and given a closer-to-reality set of names here in January of 2020. Officially, Samsung is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S20 collection of phones on February 11, 2020, then the release dates and pricing will depend on region.

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