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Samsung DeX Linux beta is coming: here’s how it works

Samsung DeX Linux beta is coming: here’s how it works

It has been more than a year since Samsung first teased the possibility of running a fully-supported full Linux (Ubuntu really) desktop on a Galaxy smartphone. Considering Samsung’s almost Google-like tendencies, it was perhaps considered DOA. At SDC this year, however, the company is making some noise to prove that Linux on DeX is very much alive and, in fact, will start its beta testing phase next week. But before us Linux geeks all get giddy, here is the fine print of what this upcoming power user feature will entail.

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Galaxy F foldable phone: A clearer look

Galaxy F foldable phone: A clearer look

Today we're taking a slightly closer look at the Samsung Galaxy F - assuming that's what Samsung will call its Foldable Phone. This week Samsung spoke very little about the Galaxy S10, their next hero phone, and instead revealed their foldable display tech, and branding, as they began their journey into a strange world of transforming Android devices. When they showed their device to the masses, they did so in the dark - because they didn't want to show everyone their final design. But we've got a slightly closer look today.

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Google’s big Android battery ‘oops’ and future Dark Modes

Google’s big Android battery ‘oops’ and future Dark Modes

Today Google revealed a bit of information on how your smartphone spends its battery life. They did this at this week's Android Dev Summit, speaking to developers about what they can do in their apps to avoid consuming massive amounts of battery life. But this isn't just about that. This is about the biggest factor in battery consumption: screen brightness! And not only that, but screen color, too!

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Files by Google: Android’s file browser, at long last

Files by Google: Android’s file browser, at long last

Since my first Android phone, I wondered why I had to go to the app store to get an app that'd allow me to look at the files on my phone. I'd been spoiled by the idea that, since smartphones running iOS and Android looked somewhat like they were running desktop operating systems, they should also have easy access to the files they carried. Now, over a decade after Google first acquired Android, they've released a a proper file management app.

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Motorola phones get sizable price cuts: What’s going on here?

Motorola phones get sizable price cuts: What’s going on here?

Before we reach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Motorola's decided they want to get in on the inventory clearing early. The company's headed for a future in which they have significantly fewer phones for sale at one single time - so say the rumors - so this might be the first outward sign that the switch is being made. The odd thing is, if that's true, why put on discount the smartphones that'll remain in the main lineup?

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown holds no secrets

Huawei Mate 20 Pro teardown holds no secrets

The past few teardowns done by iFixit haven’t exactly been encouraging. We are at a time when, despite more hopeful laws, third party repairs have become more daunting and even more dangerous. To that extent, Huawei’s latest premium flagship isn’t really any different. Fortunately, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro does have a few things that make it easier, including instructions on how to pull out a battery.

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Samsung’s first foldable phone is a missed opportunity

Samsung’s first foldable phone is a missed opportunity

At long last, Samsung has finally revealed a working prototype of its much-hyped foldable phone. But while it finally gives some sense of closure to years of speculation and leaks, reception and fuss over what could be the market's second foldable phone has been less enthusiastic than expected. And it's not because someone got there first. Because while Samsung has indeed proven that a truly foldable phone is not only possible but also coming soon next year, its presentation failed to address the biggest question that consumers will have in their mind: "what for?"

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Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Samsung isn’t always a fan of not being in control. There was a point in time when it considered getting out of the Android market in favor of Tizen because it gave Google too much control over its mobile devices. So it’s almost surprising that Samsung would actually have two Android Go phones waiting for emerging markets and users with simpler needs and means. Although not yet officially announced, the Galaxy J4 Core is now all but known and might soon be ready to hit the market in time for the holidays.

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Samsung One UI, Android 9 Pie beta and launch dates announced

Samsung One UI, Android 9 Pie beta and launch dates announced

The much-criticized Samsung TouchWiz UX is dead. And soon, so will the short-lived “Samsung Experience”. At its now famous Samsung Developer Conference, the Korean manufacturer announced its upcoming One UI, the user experience that will, among other things, also run on its foldable smartphone. This UI will be based on Android 9 Pie, whose beta testing phase will start very soon. Amusingly enough, most people will still probably call it “TouchWiz” anyway.

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Twelve South PowerPic wireless phone charger looks like a picture frame

Twelve South PowerPic wireless phone charger looks like a picture frame

Twelve South has a new wireless charger for Qi-enabled smartphones and it's called PowerPic. The name refers to the device's unique design, which transforms the smartphone into a piece of art...at least until it finishes charging. When not in use, PowerPic looks like an ordinary picture frame that blends in with other room decor.

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Nokia 9 and its 5 lenses could be coming sooner than planned

Nokia 9 and its 5 lenses could be coming sooner than planned

Smartphones seem to be getting crazier and crazier, perhaps as an attempt to keep users excited and interested in them. From bezel-less notched screens to triple cameras to sliding or elevating cameras to foldable screens, you think you’ve seen it all. That is, until you’ve laid eyes on the Nokia 9, or at least what it’s believed to be. The smartphone, which supposedly has not three not even four but five lenses, all on its back, is now tipped to debut sooner than originally intended. All thanks to the media hype around it.

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T-Mobile offers $50/month prepaid unlimited plan, but only for a limited time

T-Mobile offers $50/month prepaid unlimited plan, but only for a limited time

T-Mobile has launched a new $50/month unlimited prepaid plan. The new offering is through T-Mobile Prepaid, not Metro by T-Mobile, and it'll only be available for a limited time. The plan gives customers unlimited data on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network, as well as unlimited talk and text, but there are a few big restrictions.

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