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Android 12 Beta and the phones you can put it on

Android 12 Beta and the phones you can put it on

Once upon a time, pre-releases of Android's next version were available only to a limited few. Of course, Google's own Nexus phones, later Pixels, had first dibs on any development version but some big names in the Android empire also boasted that preferential treatment. Almost like a testament to Android's more open development strategy, a number of manufacturers have all but simultaneously announced the availability of Android 12 beta for some of the phones, some companies you might not have expected to just that early into a development preview in the first place.

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TCL 20 Pro 5G leads eye-catching affordable Android expansion

TCL 20 Pro 5G leads eye-catching affordable Android expansion

TCL is aggressively carving out a niche for itself among affordable Android phones that don't force compromise on display, camera, or design, and three new additions to the 20 Series today suggest that strategy isn't going anywhere. The TCL 20 Pro 5G leads the charge, championing the company's homegrown OLED and throwing in some styling details that rivals like Samsung don't seem to be able to manage.

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TCL Fold ‘n’ Roll concept mixes folding, rolling OLED with good reason

TCL Fold ‘n’ Roll concept mixes folding, rolling OLED with good reason

TCL plans to launch a commercial flexible smartphone this year, but until then it's unveiled an even more unusual concept, with the TCL Fold 'n' Roll combining both folding and rolling mechanisms. Tapping the company's own CSOT flexible OLED panel business and its homegrown hinge design, the Fold 'n' Roll does basically just what the name suggests: morphs from a regular smartphone form-factor to a 10-inch tablet.

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TCL smartphone-tablet concept both folds and rolls

TCL smartphone-tablet concept both folds and rolls

TCL is working on a foldable, rollable phone hybrid, which combines two of the biggest trends in smartphone design at the moment. The company - which makes its own displays, and which began pushing its own brand for Android devices in early 2020 - has been working on foldable and flexible OLED panels for some time now, though this new concept device brings them together in as-yet unseen ways.

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TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TVs have traditionally been seen and treated more like fixed and static appliances in our homes, never changing from the day they were bought until they finally die completely. Smart TVs, however, have changed that and added an element of flexibility and longevity beyond what the devices initially offered when purchased. That said, these smart TVs also started exhibiting the problems that smartphones, leaving users to wonder when or even if their TVs will get major software updates and until when.

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Watch TCL’s rollable OLED phone and scroll-like tablet for CES 2021

Watch TCL’s rollable OLED phone and scroll-like tablet for CES 2021

TCL isn't just bringing its affordable 20 Series Android smartphones to CES 2021, it's also previewing two new rollable OLED panels which promise to be a whole lot more interesting. A 6.7-inch AMOLED rollable display and a 17-inch printed OLED scrolling display could make a small smartphone that opens out into a phablet, TCL says, or even a huge tablet that rolls out from a much smaller device.

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TCL Wearable Display puts a 1080p OLED display in your sunglasses

TCL Wearable Display puts a 1080p OLED display in your sunglasses

TCL plans to launch the TCL Wearable Display this year, a high-tech pair of sunglasses that also work as a virtual TV for private viewing. The company - better known for its full-sized TVs and its range of smartphones - previewed the idea at CES last year with Project Archery, though now the concept is graduating to a full commercial product.

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TCL TV in 2021 – OD ZERO mini-LED, new 85″ TVs and 6 Series 8K

TCL TV in 2021 – OD ZERO mini-LED, new 85″ TVs and 6 Series 8K

TCL has revealed its 2021 TV line-up at CES, the new TCL XL Collection boosting screen sizes and the promise of third-generation mini-LED technology launching later in the year. In addition to even bigger models from TCL than we've seen so far - including up to 85-inches - there'll also be a new TCL 6 Series of more affordable versions.

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TCL 20 Series revealed – TCL 20 5G promises even more affordable 5G

TCL 20 Series revealed – TCL 20 5G promises even more affordable 5G

TCL has revealed a new, even more affordable smartphone range, with the TCL 20 Series promising Android and even 5G in some cases, with US pricing expected to land at under $300. The 20 Series follow CES 2020's 10 Series, which marked the first time that TCL put its own branding on its devices.

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TCL NXTPAPER blends LCD and frugal e-paper for an unusual Android tablet

TCL NXTPAPER blends LCD and frugal e-paper for an unusual Android tablet

TCL has a new tablet for CES 2021, but while Android iPad rivals aren't exactly uncommon, the TCL NXTPAPER does something Apple's slate doesn't. It's based on TCL's NXTPAPER technology, a transflective IPS panel that promises the best of both e-ink screens and LCD panels for something that's easier on the eyes and on battery life.

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Rollable phones could give foldables a run for their money

Rollable phones could give foldables a run for their money

Although Samsung (or actually Royale) started it last year, it was only really this year that foldable phones truly took off, with the more mature Galaxy Z Flip 2 and the Motorola Razr 5G. But even before the seemingly futuristic smartphone can really take hold of the market, it seems that another unconventional design might be arriving next year.

Depending on how the first generation solves design and engineering problems, rollable phones could actually offer a more economic and more practical alternative to foldable phones.

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This Verizon TCL 10 5G UW is under $400 and that’s a big deal

This Verizon TCL 10 5G UW is under $400 and that’s a big deal

Verizon's most affordable 5G phone has arrived, with the TCL 10 5G UW delivering mmWave speeds for under $400. Latest in the phone-maker's 10 Series, the new Android phone slots in as the cheapest way to get on Verizon's 5G network so far, undercutting the Motorola One 5G UW by $150.

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