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Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

This week the latest in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor tech appeared in a benchmark that shows mobile processing performance. This benchmark is not the end-all be-all of tests of this sort of thing, but it's a pretty OK test of general performance. What we're seeing here is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip out-performing Apple's latest processor by a significant margin.

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Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp heard you complaining about smartphone display notches and clearly decided to really give you something to moan about, with the new Sharp Aquos R2 Compact having not one but two of the screen cut-outs. The diminutive Android phone has one of Sharp's well-esteemed IGZO LCD displays, but to stay true to its "Compact" billing it takes bites out of that panel top and bottom.

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This one day iPhone X deal undercuts a new iPhone XR

This one day iPhone X deal undercuts a new iPhone XR

Apple may have hustled the iPhone X out of its range when it launched the iPhone XS a few months ago, but a new Amazon deal for the 2017 flagship could sway you from spending too much on a new phone. The iPhone X launched Apple's new notched aesthetic, as well as hardware like the TrueDepth camera, but it also ushered in a high price for new phones.

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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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Pixel 3 messages are disappearing but there’s good news

Pixel 3 messages are disappearing but there’s good news

Google is working on a fix for a Pixel 3 messaging bug, after some owners complained that SMS texts have been unexpectedly disappearing. The glitch is the latest in a string of complaints about Google's 2018 Android flagships, which have most recently received an update enabling the Night Sight feature in the camera.

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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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