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To slay Google, Huawei says: “Ads aren’t important to us”

To slay Google, Huawei says: “Ads aren’t important to us”

Huawei held an event in January 2020 in London to tell developers about their strategy for a post-Google smart device ecosystem. Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Huawei's Europe-based vice president of consumer services, spoke at this special event, suggesting that they'd be building an app ecosystem that's far less focused on "spam" notifications than are Apple and Google.

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Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Fan-favorite POCO confirms F2, Android 10 update for 2-year-old POCO F1

Today the folks at POCO confirmed that they would, indeed, release a second phone in the year 2020. This announcement came shortly after Xiaomi confirmed that POCO would be spun off into its own separate smartphone brand. The original POCO F1, aka Pocophone F1, was released a year and 5 months ago to almost universal acclaim, rolling with surprisingly high-end specifications and a price that seemed suspiciously low. Now they're teasing a second release.

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Galaxy S20 5G release date and price list leaked en masse

Galaxy S20 5G release date and price list leaked en masse

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra release dates and pricing for this Spring. This collection was first introduced unofficially a few weeks ago, and given a closer-to-reality set of names here in January of 2020. Officially, Samsung is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S20 collection of phones on February 11, 2020, then the release dates and pricing will depend on region.

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2020 iPhones leak point to larger sizes, similar design

2020 iPhones leak point to larger sizes, similar design

The year has just begun and we're still months away from Apple's own big event in September. That's not stopping sources from leaking information about the next iPhones, whose names are still anyone's guess at this point. Naturally, information landing this early could be a bit confusing and inaccurate so take this new leak with a cupful of salt when it talks about the sizes of 2020's iPhones.

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max join Apple’s refurbished program

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max join Apple’s refurbished program

iPhones are always highly-coveted despite and perhaps because of their high prices. That does mean, however, that not all can afford one, especially more recent models. Rather than lose these customers to Android or have them clinging to their old, unsupported iPhones, Apple's Refurbished program lets people buy more recent iPhones like the iPhone XS for a much lower price, as long as they're OK with the caveats.

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Galaxy Z Flip camera leak shouldn’t be a surprise

Galaxy Z Flip camera leak shouldn’t be a surprise

On February 11, Samsung is expected to confuse consumers by announcing two equally tempting premium phones. On the one hand, you have the Galaxy S20, specifically the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that bears the best of the best that Samsung can offer. On the other hand, you have the Galaxy Z Flip, believed to be a more affordable foldable option. The latter, however, is probably going to be possible only by cutting a few corners so the latest word on the phone's camera, albeit disappointing, shouldn't come as a shock either.

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Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

A rugged privacy-centric smartwatch was revealed today: the Garmin Tactix Delta. This Garmin Tactix Delta smartphone was built to military standards MIL-STD-810 and rolls with a domed sapphire lens - and a "diamond-like carbon coated bezel." The key selling point here isn't the materials, but the abilities - stealth mode and a kill switch.

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Agressive pricing in China means 5G phones must start cheap

Agressive pricing in China means 5G phones must start cheap

A set of phones revealed today in China provide guidance for next-gen 5G smartphones that'll be released around the world in 2020. These are the Xiaomi-made Redmi K30 5G units, in several colors, all with the ability to connect to the fastest 5G in China, all starting at approximately $290 USD (rough conversion). That's less than $300 for a smartphone that's on the cutting-edge of tomorrow's connectivity, here today.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra image envisions world’s best 5G phone

Galaxy S20 Ultra image envisions world’s best 5G phone

The next Samsung smartphone on the high end is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, if rumors stay accurate. We've read the lists and listed the specifications, now it's time to get a clearer look at what Samsung's likely got in store for February 11, 2019. This is not the most cost-efficient way to gain access to 5G connectivity, of what you can be sure. But it might just be the prettiest.

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Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

After several months teasing the release of EMUI 10 for its phones, Huawei today finally told us when certain handsets can expect to get the update. There are a handful of devices slated to get the update first, including the Huawei P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X (4G), and nova 5T. Far longer is the list of devices that will get the update later on, so if your device isn't one we just listed, you might be waiting a while.

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New Samsung Mobile CEO was key to this classic Galaxy phone pair

New Samsung Mobile CEO was key to this classic Galaxy phone pair

Samsung announced Monday, January 20, 2020, that they'd be making a few switches in leadership. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that their youngest president (at 51 years of age) Roh Tae-moon would be made the CEO of Samsung Mobile. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh will still work with Samsung, continuing to lead Samsung IT and Mobile Communications (IM) division.

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Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Huawei to replace Google Maps with TomTom

Although matters have been quieter on that front, Huawei remains barred from accessing many US products critical to its smartphone business. It hasn't stopped trying to look for key apps and services to replace its dependence on Google's popular software. The latest piece to be replaced is Google Maps which has now become the go-to service for location and navigation and the Chinese OEM has just closed a deal with Dutch mapping company TomTom exactly for that purpose.

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