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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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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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Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

The day of the foldable phone is almost upon us, and with Samsung's Infinity Flex - and the mysterious smartphone that will use it sometime in 2019 - we have plenty of questions and a handful of answers. Key to the story is just what advantages a foldable phone will have over current devices, and what app-makers will need to do in order to get their software experiences ready for devices that morph between different sizes.

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Samsung can’t resist the notch – in fact it now has several

Samsung can’t resist the notch – in fact it now has several

Samsung may have been one of the display notch hold-outs so far, but that won't last, with new Infinity Display panels promising to further annoy those who can't stand screen cut-outs. The fresh additions to the company's AMOLED line-up were previewed at SDC 2018, Samsung's annual developer event, today, expanding the existing Infinity Display brand with several new options.

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Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung has revealed its new interface for smartphones, One UI, focusing on making the experience clearer and more intuitive, not to mention easier to navigate with just one hand. Previewed at Samsung's annual developer conference, SDC 2018, in San Francisco, CA today, Samsung One UI takes the familiar aesthetic of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 and revamps it throughout.

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Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Today with the Samsung Infinity Flex display, Samsung revealed their foldable smartphone. This device has two displays, one on the outside that looks a lot like a standard Galaxy S9 (or thereabouts). The device opens up like a book, if the first display was the cover. Inside is a display that's twice as large as the display up front. Today we're meant to start understanding why this concept became a reality.

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A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

Today Google revealed their first visuals for Android on folding display smartphones. This system is simple and was almost certainly heavily influenced by what Samsung's working on in a folding phone. Incidentally (though in no way by chance) Samsung's developer conference will reveal their own look at the foldable display smartphone user interface. Their version of Android with a folding display in mind - but first, here's what's been presented by Google.

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The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

This week we've gotten word that LG is also onboard for one of the most exciting trends in smartphones for the year 2019. At least, it would appear so. The trend was revealed by Samsung earlier this year - in a series of images during internal company events and planning sessions for the future of their smartphone business. What we're talking about here is the hidden camera trend, making it possible to cover the entirety of the front side of a smartphone with a display without leaving room for a notch-full of sensors and camera lenses.

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Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

The November update for Pixel and Nexus devices have just rolled out and the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones have received those as well. While that is normally good news, the update belies some rather sad news. Unless something terribly wrong requires an immediate fix, this is probably the last update the two phones will ever receive officially. And with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P reaching their end of life, so too ends the line of Google’s Nexus devices.

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Huawei, Honor phones getting EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie this week

Huawei, Honor phones getting EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie this week

Because of their heavy changes and customizations, Chinese OEMs are actually just as notorious as Samsung was (or still is) in how slow they are at rolling out new Android versions even to their latest smartphone models. That is also a by-product of their market, where Google and Android hold less weight that the names of Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and the like. So even when it’s a few months overdue, the fact that Huawei will actually be rolling out Android 9 Pie to a few of its phones this week is definitely worth taking note.

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OnePlus 6T on Verizon has problems receiving SMS [UPDATE]

OnePlus 6T on Verizon has problems receiving SMS [UPDATE]

The OnePlus 6T has the distinction of being the first from the company to be made available from a US carrier. T-Mobile USA to be exact. That doesn't mean it's not available for other networks as long as you buy an unlocked version. In fact, the OnePlus 6T is also the first of its line to be certified for Verizon's network. Unfortunately that part isn't proceeding as flawlessly as some Verizon subscribers might have hoped, with numerous complaints about not receiving text messages and the hoops they have to go through to fix that.

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LG G7 Fit isn’t dead yet, arriving this month

LG G7 Fit isn’t dead yet, arriving this month

LG has been eerily silent on “spin-offs” of its premium G7 brand. In fact, there were only two, both of which may have been forgotten already since their first announcement pre-IFA two months ago. Perhaps trying to make up for lost time, LG is now making sure everyone knows that its LG G7 Fit is still a thing and will be coming to certain markets starting this month. And there might be some delicious irony in how the G7 Fit might have trouble fitting in anywhere at this point.

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