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OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

This week we're taking a look at the OnePlus 6T, the second of the company's yearly smartphone duo. The OnePlus 6T isn't the same as previous "tock" phones in the OnePlus "tick tock" strategy. Instead of refining the phone they've released earlier in the year, this device is a bit more of an extreme departure. As far as smartphones go, this device is significantly different from its most immediate predecessor.

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How does Google Night Sight work?

How does Google Night Sight work?

Today we're taking a peek with Google at their Night Sight feature for the Google Camera app on Pixel phones. The basic concept begins with keeping the Pixel's camera's shutter open longer than normal - allowing more light in on the camera's image sensor. With more light comes more information with which the camera can create a less dark image. That's where Google started - they then brought in the Machine Learning to do some magic.

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Google Night Sight just released for Android (for some)

Google Night Sight just released for Android (for some)

The time for Night Sight for Google Pixel devices is here, and the release time is imminent. Google revealed this morning that they were prepared to release this next-gen camera feature for their Pixel 3 family of devices in the coming days, but before then - features. Google shared a bunch of new information on the Night Sight feature and on how to make the most of it as it's released to the public.

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Samsung Exynos 9820: Five reasons Galaxy S10 just won

Samsung Exynos 9820: Five reasons Galaxy S10 just won

The next Samsung Exynos processor is almost certainly headed for the Galaxy S10 in early 2019. Today we got our first look at what this processor is capable of, courtesy of Samsung's own official information release. While we cannot be certain Samsung will release all versions of the Galaxy S10 and/or Galaxy F foldable display smartphone with this processor, it's certainly likely they'll follow along with the precedent they've set over the past several years.

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Digital Wellbeing out of Beta, version 1.0 APK released

Digital Wellbeing out of Beta, version 1.0 APK released

Today users of Google Pixel and other Android 9 Pie devices (if they're lucky) have the ability to work with Google's Digital Wellbeing app. Before now, users of Google Pixel devices with Android 9 Pie were able to join the Digital Wellbeing Beta. This included all users with said requirements, and did not require that the users be a part of the Android P Beta Program. Now Digital Wellbeing is available for all - with some basic requirements.

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Samsung foldable tablet patent folds in three parts

Samsung foldable tablet patent folds in three parts

Pretty soon, Samsung might earn the reputation of a company that folds. In a good way of course. It has just revealed its prototype for the first foldable phone, expected to actually hit markets next year, but it has been playing around with foldable concept far longer than that. And while it may have already settled on a design for its first foldable product, it might not exactly be its best idea yet. That may come from a recently published patent showing a tablet-sized device folding in three parts to form a rather thick phone.

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Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Fairphone 2 the only Snapdragon 801 phone to get Android Nougat

Remember the Fairphone? It was one of the less eccentric attempts at a modular smartphone that focuses more on replacing integral components rather than some inessential addons. Unfortunately, the last Fairphone sold was the Fairphone 2 back in 2015 and we barely heard anything from in since its first modular camera launch last year. Now the company is making headlines once more by pushing an Android 7.0 Nougat update to the smartphone, making it the first and so far only phone running on a Snapdragon 801 to get the not so latest Android update.

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Huawei in 2019: four cameras, foldable phones, flagship stores

Huawei in 2019: four cameras, foldable phones, flagship stores

Although it started off on the wrong foot, 2018 has surprisingly been good to Huawei. It now has two rock-solid flagships smartphones that top the charts in cameras. It has managed to dethrone Apple as the second biggest smartphone company in the world. And all of that without having the US market in its (official) list of customers. Perhaps emboldened by that success, the Chinese OEM has big plans for 2019. And, not surprisingly, some of those might not include the US at all.

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Samsung Android 9 Pie Adoptable Storage is too little, too late

Samsung Android 9 Pie Adoptable Storage is too little, too late

It seems that Samsung is finally trying to play the good Android citizen card lately. In addition to cleaning up its act as far as monthly security updates go, it has also opted to work with Google right from the start in supporting its grand vision of foldable phones. Now based on leaked firmware for its Android 9 Pie beta, Samsung may finally be adopting the Adoptable Storage feature introduced a few years ago. That said, such a feature may not make much sense considering smartphones these days have generous amounts of internal storage.

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Samsung Exynos 9820 finally gets its own NPU for AI

Samsung Exynos 9820 finally gets its own NPU for AI

Although Samsung has long been talking about its Exynos mobile application processor (AP), a.k.a. mobile processor, even before Huawei started singing praises of its own Kirin chip, the Korean manufacturer has somewhat been silent on at least one new trend in that market. While the Exynos hasn’t exactly been lagging behind in overall performance, it has yet to jump on the not so new AI trend that taking the mobile market by storm. That time has finally come and next year’s Samsung phones powered by the new Exynos 9 Series 9820 will finally bring a dedicated NPU to the table.

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T-Mobile REVVL 2, REVVL 2 Plus dangle 2-year warranty offer

T-Mobile REVVL 2, REVVL 2 Plus dangle 2-year warranty offer

Smartphone prices are soaring higher and higher every year, sometimes with very little reason to. Some manufacturers try to steer the ship the other way but such is the unstoppable market trend. Ever the contrarian, “Un-carrier” T-Mobil insists you don’t really have to burn through your life savings to get a serviceable smartphone (while it does sell such wallet-burning models at the same time). You can, instead, just opt for one of T-Mobile’s two new REVVL 2 phones. That is if all you really wanted as a T-Mobile branded Android phone.

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Galaxy Note 7 may lead Samsung’s biggest update wave ever

Galaxy Note 7 may lead Samsung’s biggest update wave ever

A set of Wi-fi certifications released today opened the possibility that Samsung will have their biggest Android update release ever, likely next spring. The certifications come from the official USA-based Wi-Fi Alliance webpage, including certifications for a wide variety of top-tier Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It'd be a big bang of updates if Samsung's actions follow those of their past several years of Wi-Fi certifications (turned real updates for end users).

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