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Vivo APEX 2020 concept packs astounding zoom and wireless charging you won’t believe

Vivo APEX 2020 concept packs astounding zoom and wireless charging you won’t believe

It's that time of year again, as Vivo has revealed its APEX concept smartphone for 2020. As this is a concept, you won't be able to buy the APEX 2020 and use it as your daily driver, but it could be our clue into some of the technologies Vivo will implement in its consumer smartphones throughout the year. If nothing else, Vivo's APEX concepts show us what kind of flagship we might get if cost wasn't an issue.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 teasers leave little left to the imagination

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 teasers leave little left to the imagination

MWC 2020 may not be happening but smartphone makers are proceeding as normal with their own announcements and launches. Some have even taken the rather unorthodox strategy of spilling nearly all the beans over on social media. That has been OPPO's strategy so far and now Xiaomi sub-brand Black Shark is following suit, teasing some of the upcoming Black Shark 3's key features ahead of a formal announcement.

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OPPO Find X2 10-bit high-contrast screen officially teased

OPPO Find X2 10-bit high-contrast screen officially teased

In this day and age of the Internet and social media, there are products that get leaked so much that their creators barely have anything more to say when they get officially announced. Some of these companies frantically try to keep a tighter lid but OPPO is doing the complete opposite. More than just put out cryptic teasers, it is, slowly and massively, revealing the phone and its features in the hopes of still getting the public excited to have the phones in their hands.

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An alternate 2019 top 10 phones list: Cheaper still wins

An alternate 2019 top 10 phones list: Cheaper still wins

Earlier today we saw some analysis done on sales of smartphone units in the year 2019 from the company called Counterpoint. We learned that the iPhone XR dominated the globe, followed by the iPhone 11 and a few Samsung Galaxy A smartphones. Now we've got some results from another firm, a firm that doesn't track smartphone sales, but smartphone shipments - that's a different part of the puzzle, and it shows some slightly different results!

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Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

Big Spotify app update seems ideal for drivers

If you're on an iPhone today, you'll see changes to Spotify in the next few hours. If you're using an Android device, you'll find Spotify updating "soon". If you're on any mobile device and you've been waiting for Spotify to give you something new - beyond new media, of course - you're in luck. Today's reveal from Spotify shows the app taken out a whole new door.

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The 2019 global smartphone sales top 10 list is here

The 2019 global smartphone sales top 10 list is here

This week the folks at analytical group Counterpoint released their smartphone unit sales numbers for the year 2019. This covers the entire 12 month period of the year 2019, in all regions around the globe. According to Counterpoint, Apple, Samsung, and one other brand dominated the top list.

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Motorola Razr teardown reveals the hinge’s secrets

Motorola Razr teardown reveals the hinge’s secrets

If you haven't had your fill of fold tests and teardowns of this year's most expensive and most fragile phones, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything is only too happy to oblige. The channel's Zack Nelson already broke the Motorola Razr during his torture test so there's nothing left to be done but to open it all up. We've already seen iFixit's verdict on the phone's dismal repairability but now we're getting to see the minuscule piece that truly sets the phone apart.

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iOS 13.4 beta reveals wireless OTA OS Recovery coming soon

iOS 13.4 beta reveals wireless OTA OS Recovery coming soon

Apple takes pride in the usability and stability of its software, especially its mobile platform, but bugs are inescapable and even the great iOS may lock up or blow in someone's face. Especially given the company's history with certain releases. Often, the last resort is to restore the iPhone or iPad by connecting it to a computer but it seems that Apple is finally coming up with a way that to do all of that through the convenience of a wireless Internet connection.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra camera update promised but timeline still unknown

Galaxy S20 Ultra camera update promised but timeline still unknown

Of the three new smartphones it unveiled, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is arguably Samsung's favorite. It is the one that has the most features and the highest specs and, naturally, comes with the highest price tag. Given all that, you wouldn't be blamed for expecting it to be the best but, as is common in real-life, imperfections known as bugs do creep in. Fortunately, Samsung says it is on top of things and will be working on an update to fix one area that is giving some early owners and testers some heartache. Unfortunately, it isn't exactly saying when.

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Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 won’t be getting Android 10

Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 won’t be getting Android 10

Samsung has definitely gotten better at pushing out timely updates, at least to its still-supported phones but it's no Essential and will never really be one. It's definitely not going to start indulging owners of its older smartphones, including older flagships, especially when there's more to be gained by focusing on the current lineup. That's why it shouldn't really be a surprise that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 won't be getting any major Android updates anymore, no matter what some customer support representative says.

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OPPO Watch curved screen mystery unraveling: Who made this?

OPPO Watch curved screen mystery unraveling: Who made this?

Today new imagery leaked of the unreleased (and still largely unrevealed) OPPO Watch. This watch was first leaked with imagery that looked a whole lot like an Apple Watch. Then we saw a slightly different angle - courtesy of Brian Shen, Vice President and President of Global Marketing for OPPO - and the term "game changer." He referred then to the "curved screen and 3D glass" that was, with the watch, forthcoming. Today we get another view.

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Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

A pair of tips from Germany and Spain seem to be pointing toward a significant political move from Google toward the White House in the USA. Reports suggest that Google's attempted to speak with government officials, intending to "ask for permission" to work with Huawei. It would seem that Google's aim is to continue allowing Huawei to work inside the GMS system - instead of their own.

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