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Lineage Android Pie update: What is it, and should I use it?

Lineage Android Pie update: What is it, and should I use it?

Today we're having a peek at the latest update to Lineage - but before that, we're going to go over what it is and why it exists. Lineage is a bit of software that replaces the version of Android your smartphone manufacturing brand originally installed before purchase. Once you purchase the phone, you have the ability to run the software already installed, or you can go through a series of steps that'll lead to expanded abilities and a custom build - made by Lineage.

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Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming phone brings back buttons

Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming phone brings back buttons

There's a gaming phone by the name of nubia Red Magic Mars coming to market, and it's a strange device indeed. This device's most tricked-out edition has 10GB RAM and 256GB internal storage, while its most modest edition has 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM. It's a monster - and it has a pair of shoulder buttons. Because of course it has a pair of shoulder buttons, why wouldn't a phone called Red Magic Mars have shoulder buttons aplenty?

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Nubia X skips the notch in an unexpected way

Nubia X skips the notch in an unexpected way

Dual-screen smartphones aren't really a new concept, but they're a pretty rare sight. They've taken a couple different forms throughout the years too, whether it was the original Yotaphone's rear-facing E-ink display or the ZTE Axon M's foldable design. ZTE is back at it again today with the Nubia X, but this time around, that second screen actually has a design purpose rather than just being a novelty.

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ZTE nubia X to bring its dual back-to-back screens this month

ZTE nubia X to bring its dual back-to-back screens this month

While much of the smartphone market is fussing over three or four cameras, notches, and elevating tops, ZTE’s sub-brand nubia is doing something equally eccentric of its own. We have heard of a so-called nubia Z18S a few months back, bearing quite an unusual solution to all these smartphone design problems. It seems nubia wasn’t at all kidding and it will be bringing this smartphone to market before October ends but with a slightly different name: the nubia X.

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ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

The ZTE Nubia Z18S has both a bonkers name and one display up front and another display around the rear. The most common reaction to the first appearance of this smartphone on social networks is simply the word: "why?" Because ZTE decided they needed to snag a headline after so much bad press over the past year? Maybe it had to do with the idea that we've not had a phone like this in a while, and ZTE decided "maybe if we try this same idea again, it'll work different this time!"

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ZTE Axon 9 Pro has a nifty trick and you can’t have it

ZTE Axon 9 Pro has a nifty trick and you can’t have it

ZTE is back from the dead, sort of. And at least for now. The company is perhaps desperate to put the horrible past few months behind and show a tough face. That resolve is being tested at IFA 2018 where it’s showing off the Axon 9 Pro. Yes, there was no Axon 8 and neither is there a non-Pro Axon 9. And while the ZTE Axon 9 Pro might sound like any other 2018 flagship, it does have one feature that makes it a tiny bit more interesting. Unfortunately for US consumers, that doesn’t really matter.

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ZTE Axon 9 Pro official teaser unsurprisingly features a notch

ZTE Axon 9 Pro official teaser unsurprisingly features a notch

ZTE narrowly escaped death and while it is barred from doing business with the US government, it can at least still do business elsewhere. Which means it’s full speed ahead with its upcoming smartphones. Trying to make up for lost time, ZTE has posted on Chinese microblog site Weibo teasers for the soon to be announced ZTE Axon 9 Pro. And to no one’s surprise, it’s not suddenly sporting a notch when it didn’t back in February.

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White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices. The move follows years of debate over the two companies and the potential national security risk their hardware may present. The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

The Democratic National Committee has advised Democrats and their staff to avoid purchasing and/or using smartphones made by ZTE and Huawei, both Chinese companies, citing potential security concerns. Both companies have been in the US government's crosshairs for years, with officials and politicians worrying that these devices may be used by the Chinese government to compromise US telecommunications.

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ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

It seems that ZTE can finally put the nightmarish few months behind it. Somewhat. Although the company and US President Trump’s administration just recently signed a deal that lifted what would have been a fatal seven-year ban, senators from both sides of the political fence wanted to block that deal by sneaking it into an upcoming law. Now it seems that the deal will be left in place after Republican senators decided to withdraw that clause in exchange for some other stipulation that both political parties could agree on.

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US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

ZTE’s nightmares may finally be coming to an end. Of course, it will still have to recoup its losses from both paying the US’ penalties and months of stopping operations but at least it will have a chance to. That is, if it gets off the ground at all. The US government just announced that ZTE has signed an agreement to pay an escrow and install a monitor. Once that’s done, the company will finally be free, sort of.

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