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Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Developer Preview build 2.1 for Android 11 was released this afternoon by Google for the masses. This new update was officially released on April 2nd, 2020, and is build RPP2.200227.014, with Google Play Services 20.06.15 and x86 (32/64-bit) emulator support. This is a relatively minor update to the otherwise most-recent release for developers, that being Android 11 Developer Preview 2, released March 18, 2020.

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Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are about to get these new S20 features

Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are about to get these new S20 features

Samsung has revealed that a new software update will bring some Galaxy S20 features to the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10. Specifically, the update will bring a few camera features with it, along with the Galaxy S10's Gallery and sharing features. Even better is that Galaxy S10 and Note 10 users won't have to wait very long for this update to arrive.

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OnePlus 8 could give Samsung a run for its money

OnePlus 8 could give Samsung a run for its money

OnePlus has always launched phones with specs that rival high-end premium flagship, give or take some features like wireless charging or formal waterproof rating. What sets those phones apart, however, have really been the "bang for the buck" value they offered at a significantly lower cost. Times have changed, however, and even OnePlus has to raise its prices eventually while still not rising to the same level as its rivals. Fortunately, despite the addition of those missing features, the OnePlus 8 5G might still undercut the others but probably not by much.

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Galaxy Note 20 leak tells a big plastic tale

Galaxy Note 20 leak tells a big plastic tale

A leak of a single piece of plastic today tells a story of the future of Samsung's future top-tier smartphone lineup. This single piece of plastic shows the most significant elements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, both front and back. We can glean that this device has a rectangular backside camera array with rounded corners - this indicates the path Samsung will take with consideration for their most recently released Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup.

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OnePlus 8 Pro cameras detailed in major leak

OnePlus 8 Pro cameras detailed in major leak

OnePlus is slated to reveal the OnePlus 8 series later this month, and though it's released some details about the standard OnePlus 8, we haven't heard a whole lot about the OnePlus 8 Pro. That all changed today with a new leak that leaves little to the imagination. Not only are we seeing product renders of the device, but a number of specifications have been detailed as well.

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Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

The video chat system Zoom wasn't prepared for the popularity it's facing here in the spring of 2020. Much like a startup group attempting to create a new product with a crowdfunding campaign, Zoom is finding that their own popularity might be more than they can handle. Issues begin with the simple nature of the group chat, and the ease with which one can join.

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Samsung trade-in program fixes the biggest Galaxy S20 Ultra criticism

Samsung trade-in program fixes the biggest Galaxy S20 Ultra criticism

There's no question that flagship phones have become expensive devices, with many of them running $1000 or more. Samsung's Galaxy S20 lineup has not been immune to this price inflation, with the Galaxy S20 5G running $999.99, the Galaxy S20+ 5G priced at $1,199.99, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G rounding out the bunch at a whopping $1,399.99.

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FCC makes STIR/SHAKEN authentication mandatory to fight robocalls

FCC makes STIR/SHAKEN authentication mandatory to fight robocalls

We live in very uncertain times and while it sounds revolting, there are always those who will take advantage of that fear and uncertainty to make a quick profit. Fraudulent calls, especially the automated ones called "robocalls", have always been a menace, especially in the US, costing Americans billions per year on both wasted time as well as fraudulent transactions. There have been many proposed solutions to this problem but now the FCC is putting its foot down and is making the STIR/SHAKEN a requirement by June next year.

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Huawei P40 Pro includes US-made components based on a teardown

Huawei P40 Pro includes US-made components based on a teardown

Ever since the US government put Huawei on its entity list, the Chinese tech giant has been singing two tunes. On the one hand, it complains about the unfair treatment and baseless accusations, bemoaning how the US is trying to force it into submission. On the other hand, it also warns how it can be independent, which would eventually spell trouble for US companies that will lose such a big customer. It turns out, however, that Huawei can't fully yet be free of American products, making the Huawei P40 Pro stand in defiance to the US ban.

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iPhone with Touch ID, Express Transit support seen in iOS 13.4.5 beta

iPhone with Touch ID, Express Transit support seen in iOS 13.4.5 beta

The next affordable iPhone was curiously absent from Apple's latest big announcement and it was probably for the best. The new iPad Pro would have easily hogged the spotlight, pushing the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, whatever its name will be, into the background. Its time will surely come and it could actually be around the corner. And if this new evidence coming from iOS 13.4.5 is any hint, it could pack quite a nice set of features despite its aged design.

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Huawei P40 Pro DxOMark score is no surprise but pointless for many

Huawei P40 Pro DxOMark score is no surprise but pointless for many

Every year, Huawei takes the top spot on DxOMark's list for the best smartphone when it comes to camera performance. Unlike before, it doesn't get to hold that spot very long when other new phones arrive, especially now that OPPO and Xiaomi have risen to the top. That back and forth between Huawei and other phone makers have happened again with the Huawei P40 Pro. This time, however, it might be falling on deaf ears outside of China.

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A new iPhone in April? Features and details to expect from Apple

A new iPhone in April? Features and details to expect from Apple

The iPhone 9, or iPhone SE 2, or just "new iPhone" could be launched (or just announced) by Apple as early as April 15. That's a Friday, a day over 2 weeks into April. Clues have been stacking up - here's what we're expecting will be making its way to stores by around April 22nd.

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