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Sony Xperia Android 11 update schedule revealed

Sony Xperia Android 11 update schedule revealed

It's getting harder and harder to root for Sony's Xperia smartphones. Despite their pedigree, the company has consistently failed to push out devices that would make consumers remember its place in mobile market history. And while it continues to stand by its Open Devices program to woo developers, Sony has been relatively slow in pushing out updates to its already small number of devices. As if to assure its customers that it hasn't forgotten about them yet, the company has reportedly confirmed when it will be pushing out Android 11 to its five most recent models.

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iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

A rumor today suggests that Apple's next iPhone will have "folded" periscope cameras enabling far better zoom. That's zoom, as in the ability to get a whole lot closer to subject matter that's about to be photographed or captured with video. Apple's plans won't likely significantly change the look of the iPhone, as the "folded" keyword indicates compact and otherwise sized-down hardware action.

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Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

This morning Ajit Pai announced he'd be leaving the FCC for good on January 20, 2021. Pai was first appointed as a Commissioner to the FCC in 2012, then made Chairman of the FCC in 2017. Pai made this announcement via the FCC (dot gov) as of November 30, 2020 with the statement title "Chairman Pai Announces his Intent to Depart FCC."

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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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OnePlus 9E tipped as a mysterious flagship newcomer

OnePlus 9E tipped as a mysterious flagship newcomer

We've heard a few whispers about the incoming OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro thus far, but they might not be the only flagship devices on the way from OnePlus. As it turns out, OnePlus might be planning a third phone for the OnePlus 9 series. This third phone is reportedly called the OnePlus 9E, but we don't know where it will slot into the OnePlus 9 product lineup just yet.

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Limited Galaxy Note 20 Mystic Red, Galaxy Z Flip 5G Mystic White arrive

Limited Galaxy Note 20 Mystic Red, Galaxy Z Flip 5G Mystic White arrive

There used to be a time when you could easily change your phone's back colors and design without having to slap on a case or peel off a sticker. These days, you're often stuck with what you first buy, especially with a foldable phone with more limited options for cases. The color choices for Samsung's latest flagships are, unfortunately, not that varied at all but, at least for a limited time, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G each get one new color for buyers to pick.

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iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

Apple's new iPhones this year might have 5G support as their headlining feature but they might be better remembered for their photography capabilities. At least as far as the biggest and most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max is concerned, Apple is catching up with the top performers in DxOMark's benchmarks. Not all 2020 iPhones are created equal and not all of them have the same cameras. While the iPhone 12 Pro models are just two points shy of each other, the non-Pro iPhone 12 might leave some mobile photographers a bit wanting.

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Galaxy Note 21 might still happen next year with a catch

Galaxy Note 21 might still happen next year with a catch

Reports of the Galaxy Note line's demise might be exaggerated or premature. Those reports were mostly based on rumors that the Galaxy S21, particularly the Galaxy S21 Ultra, would gain the one feature that sets the two products apart. A report from South Korean media does seem to confirm that Samsung has gotten the ball rolling to give the Galaxy S21 Ultra its own S Pen. At the same time, however, it also gives Galaxy Note fans one last hope, at least until next year.

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Upcoming phones geared to rattle the entry-level market

Upcoming phones geared to rattle the entry-level market

Smartphones have become an integral part of our life – no doubt they sell like hotcakes and virtually every other week a new phone is released in the market. While smartphones can be crazy pricey on one end of the spectrum, the options for entry-level buyers are also quite broad. The segment is important for all major manufacturers and the prospects of gaining the trust of buyers who want the bare basics from their device are quite high.

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This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

I found something in a junk drawer this week that was at first exciting, then alarming. In the drawer was an old smartphone that I'd not powered on for several years, at least. Cool, I'll just start it up and time travel back to the point at which I last turned it off, right? But wait a moment here... this phone is significantly thicker than it was when I last saw it. This is not good.

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Nokia 9.3 PureView might be a no-show this year

Nokia 9.3 PureView might be a no-show this year

HMD Global has flooded the market with affordable Android phones but its track record on higher tiers has been less impressive. To date, only the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 9 PureView can be considered top-tier, at least based on the premium Snapdragon chips they're carrying. The latter's successor would have not been on par, at least based on the earliest information we had, but it would have given the PureView brand yet another stab at the market. Unfortunately, that won't be happening any time soon, as the Nokia 9.3 PureView has reportedly been delayed to 2021.

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Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung still needs to check off a few things from its list before its foldable phone could be truly considered complete but that isn't stopping it from cooking up other things. Of course, with a company as big as Samsung, it is often working on other things in the background, things that may never see the light of day. Often, we only get glimpses of them in patents but Samsung's display-making arm is more than happy to share its future visions.

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