Android Headlines https://www.androidheadlines.com Android News & Tech News Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:02:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.androidheadlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-1-32x32.png Android Headlines https://www.androidheadlines.com 32 32 Antivirus Solutions For Android Smartphones https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/antivirus-solutions-android-smartphones.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:02:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908798 There are so many advantages to using an Android smartphone that it is easy to sweep one of the biggest issues under the rug. Whereas closed systems like Apple’s are almost impenetrable, Android devices are susceptible to viruses. It is the price we pay for customizability and control of our own content, but it is [...]

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There are so many advantages to using an Android smartphone that it is easy to sweep one of the biggest issues under the rug. Whereas closed systems like Apple’s are almost impenetrable, Android devices are susceptible to viruses.

It is the price we pay for customizability and control of our own content, but it is still something that needs to be addressed. If you don’t already have an antivirus for your Android smartphone, you are playing fast and loose with your data.

But what should you be looking for in an antivirus app for Android? Obviously, security and reliability will be at the top of your priorities. You can assess these factors according to the research of bestantivirus.com. What other features and extras should you be looking for?

WiFi Scanning

We are all suckers for public WiFi. Data is still somewhat expensive, and when we are out in public, using free or cheap WiFi access is tempting. The problem is that public WiFi is notoriously unsecured. That is, after all, the cost of it being public.

WiFi scanning is a great feature with any antivirus. It ensures that you can use public WiFi without worrying about viruses or hackers. Most of the best antivirus providers offer WiFi scanning as a feature, although some do charge more for the service.

Built-in VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) is at least as important as antivirus software. Your data is remarkably easy to steal if you use the internet without one. There are many great VPN providers out there, offering an excellent service with numerous benefits. However, it is cheaper and more efficient to get antivirus software that has a built-in VPN.

These bundled VPNs are not as specialized as the options you will get from companies that offer VPNs as their sole service. But unless you are searching for particular benefits or need access to more servers around the world, the VPN that comes with the best antivirus software is more than good enough.

Anti-theft tools

Since you are defending your device with antivirus software, why not defend against all threats, not just those that happen online? Some antivirus providers offer anti-theft tools that are effective for anyone who loses a phone or is robbed.

Anti-theft tools will take photos of potential thieves using your phone, offer the chance to wipe your phone when stolen, and make it easier to track even when thieves try to disable location settings.

App defense

Unfortunately, it is very easy to download dangerous apps on an Android phone. Hackers are constantly disgusting viruses as apps on the Android store. It is important that your antivirus will have your back when deciding which apps to download.

Antivirus that comes with an app advisor will help you make the right choices. The best security tool is only as good as its most careless user, and we all have the tendency to let our guards down.

Antivirus software should be ready to step in at every stage, offering protection from hackers as well as from your own complaisance.

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Google Says DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Is "Deeply Flawed" https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-says-doj-antitrust-lawsuit-flawed.html Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:46:04 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908795 The Department of Justice filed antitrust charges against Google, as we’ve reported earlier. Well, it didn’t take long for Google to respond to such accusations. Google published a new blog post, calling such antitrust charges “deeply flawed”. The company basically said that consumers are picking Google because they want not. They’re not doing that because [...]

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The Department of Justice filed antitrust charges against Google, as we’ve reported earlier. Well, it didn’t take long for Google to respond to such accusations. Google published a new blog post, calling such antitrust charges “deeply flawed”.

The company basically said that consumers are picking Google because they want not. They’re not doing that because Google tells them to, nobody is forcing them to it, they’re doing it by their own free will.

Google’s Chief Legal Officer said that the company is paying to promote its services, just like every other company. He also mentioned that Google negotiates agreements with other companies for “eye-level shelf space”, just like other companies do.

Google believes DOJ antitrust lawsuit is flawed

He also mentioned that Google’s competitors are readily available at every step, if users want to opt for them. He says that Google’s agreements with Apple and other device makers are no different than what many other companies are doing.

The bottom line is, Google believes that these chargers are “deeply flawed”, as the company notes in the title of its blog post. If you’d like to read the whole thing, you can do so by clicking here.

The Attorney General, William Barr, initially said that Google is no longer competing only on the merits, but that it uses its monopoly power and profit to lock up key pathways to search on mobile phones, browsers, and next-generation devices. By doing that, it deprives rivals of distribution and scale.

The thing is, the AG and DOJ believe that Google’s monopoly can’t stand, and that things have to change. The company, obviously, doesn’t see things the same way.

It seems like Google is set to battle DOJ in court. This is a huge case, so don’t expect it to be over soon, not at all. This will probably take quite a bit of time, and you’ll hear much more about it in the future.

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Google Reveals New Goodies, Windows For Enterprise Chromebooks https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-chromebooks-enterprise-update-windows.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:00:01 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908758 Google has some new tools and features for Chromebooks on the Enterprise side of the equation, including Windows. That's based on a recent news announcement from the company detailing the update. Now, the addition of Windows to Enterprise Chromebooks comes via Parallels. Summarily, the low-cost solution brings natively-virtualized Windows OS — rather than just Windows [...]

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Google has some new tools and features for Chromebooks on the Enterprise side of the equation, including Windows. That's based on a recent news announcement from the company detailing the update.

Now, the addition of Windows to Enterprise Chromebooks comes via Parallels. Summarily, the low-cost solution brings natively-virtualized Windows OS — rather than just Windows apps — to Enterprise-managed devices. That runs in its own sandbox and has a wealth of both management and user-facing features all its own. Including cross-platform copying, pasting, file-sharing, and more.

But, stacking atop the changes found in the general Chrome OS 86 update, Google has more than that for IT admins too.

What else is here for Enterprise Chromebooks?

One of the most useful new tools for Enterprise environments is the newly added ability to drop-ship Chromebooks to end-users and enroll them.

That includes the ability to buy a Chromebook, with a pre-provisioning tool created in the Google Admin Console. Chromebooks ship out to the end-user, pre-registered, and ready to go. When the user logs in — and after their identity are checked for security, complete with Titan-C verification — the Chromebook automatically enrolls in the appropriate domain.

Summarily, business users can ship and enroll devices for their workforce touch-free and automatically.

Along those same lines, another new feature set to be added is the Chrome OS Readiness Tool. As its branding implies, the tool is a free, private identifier used on Windows devices. It generates a log report with categorizations to show how "cloud-ready" they are. And it gives detailed app usage too so that admins can see whether or not there are going to be hang-ups in switching to Chrome OS.

That way, Enterprise IT managers can see which employees are ready to switch now and which might need a secondary solution like Parallels Desktop. Google says it doesn't collect any of that data either.

Finally, Chrome Enterprise Recommended is a new partner program that adds a badge to products or apps. In effect, it acts to highlight those that have been made in direct cooperation with Google to make sure it works well with Chrome OS.

Almost all of these solutions are already available

Now, the tools and features announced by Google are already available with one exception. As hinted above, the Chrome OS Readiness Tool isn't quite ready for primetime just yet. Google says that will become available sometime in "early 2021."

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Get The Edge On Xbox Series X With Razer Accessories https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/razer-xbox-series-x-series-s-accessories-console-games.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:24:24 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908754 Razer is well-equipped and prepared for the coming of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and you can be too. Razer has long made accessories for consoles like Xbox and PlayStation, and while it hasn't made any new accessories specifically for the Xbox Series X yet, its existing Xbox peripherals can still give you the [...]

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Razer is well-equipped and prepared for the coming of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and you can be too.

Razer has long made accessories for consoles like Xbox and PlayStation, and while it hasn't made any new accessories specifically for the Xbox Series X yet, its existing Xbox peripherals can still give you the edge you need when the console drops next month.

That's because today Razer announced that all of its existing Xbox accessories will work with the next-gen consoles. Meaning you don't have to buy new controllers or headsets. What you may already have will work and you can save that money for something else. Like maybe a game or two.

Every current Razer Xbox accessory works with the Series X

As noted every single current accessory that Razer makes for the Xbox console will work with the new consoles when they arrive.

Both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch on November 10. And while both will come with their own controllers, you can use Razer's instead if you already own one. Or perhaps want to pick one up.

When it comes to controllers, Razer makes a few for the Xbox. There's the Wolverine Ultimate, the Wolverine Tournament Edition, and the Atrox, which is an arcade stick and designed for fighting games. There's also the Razer Turret Designed for Xbox if you want to play your games with a keyboard and mouse.

Both of Razer's Xbox-specific headsets, the Thresher and the Nari Ultimate, support the new consoles too.

No lag time for support

Really, the best thing about Razer's announcement for gamers is that there is no lag time for support of these accessories.

All of them will work with each new console on day one. Basically, plug in your new Xbox Series X, then plug in your headset and/or controller and you're off to the races as they say.

Since these aren't newly announced accessories you also shouldn't have any trouble finding them if you don't already own them. Razer will be selling them all or most of them on its own store. But you can also pick them from Razer's retail partners, such as Amazon.

In fact Amazon ha a wide range of Razer peripherals and other gear. Everything you need to make the most of your gaming experience this holiday season with all of those shiny new games you plan to play.

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Google Play HD Movies Purchases Only Support 480p On The Web https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-play-movies-purchases-hd-streaming.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:57:22 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908702 In what appears to be an issue, purchases of movies from Google Play can only be played in 480p even if you bought the HD version. As reported by Android Police, the restriction appears to have begun in the middle of October. Google has been working hard to improve its Play Movies offering over recent [...]

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In what appears to be an issue, purchases of movies from Google Play can only be played in 480p even if you bought the HD version. As reported by Android Police, the restriction appears to have begun in the middle of October.

Google has been working hard to improve its Play Movies offering over recent months. Most recently it improved the support for Samsung TVs by making it possible to watch HDR10+ movies.

Prior to this, it emerged that Google Play Movies on Android TV would get a redesign. Overall it was very well received with most finding the changes to be positive.

However, this restriction on the quality of Google Play Movies purchases appears to be a bit of a problem for the company. Until recently, one had no problem watching movies in full resolution, proving that is what you paid for. However, now things look to have changed.

Google restricts HD playback of purchased movies

Many individuals have reported this issue across multiple devices. It seems that there is no way to play movies above 480p with no more options being given.

One potential explanation to this is to link it to Covid-19 induced streaming limits. However, others seem to think that there is a more backend problem that needs resolving before this can be fixed.

YouTube's support team believes it has found the source that has caused this issue. Claiming that it had to disable HD playback on the web due to a technical problem.

YouTube has offered no further explanation as to what this technical problem might be or what has caused it though=. The cap will get removed once the problem is fixed. However, unsurprisingly perhaps, no timeline has been offered as to when this may actually happen.

In the response from YouTube, it only mentioned movies and not TV shows explicitly. So it is not clear whether this cap applies to them as well but it could.

The only saving grace for users is that playback quality does not appear to be effected on other devices. It is only on the web that the problem has arisen so feel free to stream in HD from your mobile screens, Android TV, and Chromecast.

Hopefully, this issue will sort itself out fairly swiftly. However, the lack of detail on the problem and no commitment to a timeline suggests that it could be a bit of a wait.

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Stadia Will Open Up Game Demos This Week, Starting Today https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/stadia-game-demos-pac-man-cloud-gaming-google.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:14:11 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908735 Earlier this year Google announced game demos for Stadia. Those demos are going to be available this week. In fact the first of those game demos is going live on Stadia beginning today. Back when Google announced demos were on the horizon, the only one that was confirmed to be coming was for Immortals: Fenyx [...]

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Earlier this year Google announced game demos for Stadia. Those demos are going to be available this week.

In fact the first of those game demos is going live on Stadia beginning today. Back when Google announced demos were on the horizon, the only one that was confirmed to be coming was for Immortals: Fenyx Rising. A new open-world game from Ubisoft that has been likened to Breath Of The Wild.

Interestingly enough, Immortals: Fenyx Rising is not the first game demo that you can play this week. Fear not though as it won't be far off.

Stadia game demos kicks off with Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle

The first of the three demos that players will have access to is actually Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle.

Even better is that you can click to play this game and jump right into it. Google is trying to make it as easy as possible to get in and have some fun. And there's really no better way to do that than by handing out demos and letting people try games for free before they officially launch.

Demos are something that feel like a throwback to the earlier days of video games. Once upon a time demo discs were something you could look forward to quite often. Sometimes you'd get them with the purchase of another game.

Other times they'd come with a copy of a video game magazine. Game demos are still around, just less advertised than before, and usually in digital format. All that aside, demos on Stadia is one more thing that can help the platform gain some more attention. Which is something it definitely couldn't hurt to have.

More demos are coming on Oct. 21 & Oct. 22

 

Though the demo is kicking off today for Pac-Man, more are coming. Tomorrow, October 21, Google is opening up access to a game demo for Humankind.

Then finally on October 22 a game demo will go live for Immortals: Fenyx Rising. Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle will be available to play for free in its demo state until October 27. Which means you have a week to check it out.

Google does not confirm whether or not the other two demos will be available for the same length of time though. On its Twitter post about the demos, the Stadia team says it has "nothing to share" about any future demos or how long each one will be available.

Demos are likely to last for a week each, but not necessarily guaranteed. With that being said, if you're interested in either of the last two demos, play them immediately if you can. As they may be around for shorter periods of time.

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Amazon Begins Sending Out Early Access Invites To Luna https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/amazon-luna-early-access-cloud-gaming.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:45:46 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908742 Back at the end of September Amazon announced Luna, its cloud gaming platform, and today it's announcing availability of early access to it. Early access for Luna will not immediately be available to anyone who signed up after Amazon announced it. As spots are limited. But if you're interested at all in giving this a [...]

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Back at the end of September Amazon announced Luna, its cloud gaming platform, and today it's announcing availability of early access to it.

Early access for Luna will not immediately be available to anyone who signed up after Amazon announced it. As spots are limited. But if you're interested at all in giving this a try, you should sign up anyway as you won't have a shot if you don't.

Luna is Amazon's first foray into cloud gaming, but not its first into gaming in general. Amazon created Amazon Game Studios some years ago. Earlier this year it put out a beta (which it will be shutting down) for Crucible, a multiplayer PvP game. And sometime next year it's likely to release its next big title called New World. An MMO.

Amazon Luna early access invites will go out on a rolling basis

Amazon may be ready to let people try Luna, but it's not ready to open the flood gates.

To that end, Amazon will be sending out early access invites on a rolling basis. Which means it'll be sending out invites in waves instead of all at once. Early access is for the beta. As this is still a beta version of the platform.

If you happen to get access to it, expect bugs. Expect some inconsistencies. And expect there to be an issue or two that Amazon may not be able to fix right away.

For Amazon, this is the early days of Luna and there is probably still some heavy development ahead of it. That being said, a key focus that early access users should pay attention to is how well things work at this stage in the game.

If things are looking ok, then that may suggest a bright future ahead for Luna when it eventually reaches a stable release.

Early access includes new and old titles

Here's what you get with the early access. For starters, you get access to the Luna+ Game Channel. This will be $5.99 a month during the early access period.

Which does mean that you still have to pay for it. So this isn't a free beta. With that $5.99 a month though, you'll get access to play 50 different games, including some newer titles like Control. In the near future Amazon says that the Ubisoft channel will be on the way too.

This will include new launch titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla which comes out on November 10. At the start of this period you'll be able to play Luna games on Fire TV, PC, Mac, and on iPhone and iPad via web apps. Android will unfortunately not be available in the beginning but Amazon does state that it's coming soon.

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Here's When You Can Play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order On Stadia https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/star-wars-jedi-fallen-order-stadia-cloud-gaming.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:00:15 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908683 Slowly but surely Stadia is getting more and more games, and now players can add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the list of titles which now have an official release date on the platform. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was launched for PC and console at the end of 2019 so it's headed to [...]

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Slowly but surely Stadia is getting more and more games, and now players can add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to the list of titles which now have an official release date on the platform.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was launched for PC and console at the end of 2019 so it's headed to Stadia a little later than some might have hoped. This isn't exactly a new game but it is somewhat recent as it's not quite a year old yet.

If you're unfamiliar with the title, you might want to keep an eye out for it. Because it's one of the best if not the best Star Wars games to come out in more than a few years.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order lands on Stadia Nov. 24

Google has confirmed the launch date for Fallen Order in a new trailer up on the official Stadia YouTube channel.

At the end of that trailer, it reveals that the launch date for the game on Stadia will be November 24. Not quite a year from the original release date of the game, but close. That being said, nearly a year old or not, that shouldn't matter to anyone who hasn't already played it.

Because this is an excellent game with some stellar graphics. You can't pre-order the game just yet, but that will likely pop up once it gets closer to a release.

Google and EA officially announced that this game would be coming to the platform earlier this year. But at the time neither company had confirmed when the game was actually going to be available.

Play instantly using Google's clickable links

As with many of the games available on Stadia already, you'll be able to play this one instantly just by clicking a link.

This isn't something that Google launched with Stadia right away. But now that it's here it'll be a lot easier for people to give Stadia a try and see what all the fuss has been about these past 11 months.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will also be one of more than a few EA titles coming to the platform. So if you're a fan of EA games, you'll have more to look forward to down the road as well. That being said, it's launching on Stadia at a rather terrible time.

November is a very busy month for game releases. Some of which are launching day and date on Stadia as with other platforms. Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Destiny 2's Beyond Light expansion are just a few examples of big-name hits that Stadia players will have access to next month. All of which are also new titles.

That doesn't mean you should skip this game on Stadia if you've never played it. But, it wouldn't be surprising if it wasn't people's first choice for what to play for a while.

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Instagram Expands Badges And Adverts On IGTV https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/instagram-expands-badges-and-adverts-on-igtv.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:21:43 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908659 Instagram has made it easier for popular users to make money by expanding adverts and badges. As reported by Engadget, this will occur on IGTV, hopefully helping those using Instagram as a business. Instagram has been testing a number of new features for a while making this into a busy few months for the social [...]

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Instagram has made it easier for popular users to make money by expanding adverts and badges. As reported by Engadget, this will occur on IGTV, hopefully helping those using Instagram as a business.

Instagram has been testing a number of new features for a while making this into a busy few months for the social media platform. Back in September, Instagram introduced reels, effectively ripping off the then soon to be banned TikTok.

Prior to this, the platform began introducing a new layout with dedicated shopping tabs. From this, we could infer that the company was willing to offer more to those looking to make money out of the platform.

As a result, we should not be so surprised by this move from Instagram. Although, many will disagree with the power of popular influencers. They can be a useful tool for Instagram if used right.

Instagram makes it easier for popular users to make money

Currently, Instagram allows around 50,000 users to sell badges during live streams which were first introduced in May. This is generally seen as a way for fans to make themselves more visible during a stream.

By buying a badge you become more easily seen and influencers may opt to give you a shout out. In an attempt to plug the badges system, Instagram has said they will match whatever an influencer makes from them during a stream, up to $5,000 per account.

On top of this, Instagram has begun testing its ability to run adverts on IGTV videos as well as this badges system as it looks at more ways of monetization. This should allow creators to earn a share of the ad revenue generated from longer videos.

However, this feature is still heavily limited to a couple of hundred U.S. based accounts for now. Overall, we can see this as a push from Instagram to try and back its most popular users so they can make more money.

Generally, influencers have relied on brand deals to make money of the platform. However, this opens up a whole new set of possibilities for creators.

The only catch may be the fact that Instagram has said they want to look for a revenue-sharing agreement when it comes to badges. Up until now, creators can keep all the revenue generated from badges as Instagram looks to push the system. However, that may end soon as Instagram looks to cash in from these ideas.

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Best Buy Brings Prime Day Pricing Back For Echo, Ring & More Amazon Devices https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-buy-fire-tv-echo-ring-show-black-friday-sale-price Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:05:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908694 That didn't take long. Best Buy has brought back Prime Day discounts for some of Amazon's most popular products. This includes some great deals on Echo, Ring, Fire TVs and much more. But this sale is not going to last long. In fact, it expires on October 22 at 11:59PM CT. So you'd better grab [...]

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That didn't take long. Best Buy has brought back Prime Day discounts for some of Amazon's most popular products.

This includes some great deals on Echo, Ring, Fire TVs and much more. But this sale is not going to last long. In fact, it expires on October 22 at 11:59PM CT. So you'd better grab them before they are gone.

In this sale, you're going to find some great discounts on products like the Echo Show 5, which is now $45. The popular Echo Show 5 bundles with the Blink Mini camera and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 are also available.

The Amazon Echo Dot is back down to $18.99, and the Echo Studio is down to $149. While Echo Auto is now $19.99, and the Echo Flex is now $9.99.

Amazon Fire TV Recast is down to $129 for the 500GB model and $179 for the 1TB model. With the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV down to $129, and the 50-inch Toshiba 4K Fire TV down to $279. Those are both $100 off of their regular prices.

Finally, we have the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition on sale for only $79.99, saving you $60 off of its regular price.

Now these are the same prices that Amazon had on these products last week during Prime Day. And they are not advertised to go any lower on Black Friday. There are also sales on a number of TVs that have Alexa built-in – but do not run on Fire TV. That includes the Hisense 43-inch Full HD Android TV for only $209.99. As well as the Samsung 43-inch 7 series 4K TV for $279.99. Both of which are great sales for TVs right now. And definitely worth picking up.

You can shop this Amazon sale over at Best Buy by clicking here. Remember this sale expires on October 22 at 11:59PM CT or while supplies last. So don't hesitate and shop this Amazon sale at Best Buy now.

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MX Player Beta Gets Pinch-To-Zoom, In-App YouTube Playback & More https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/mx-player-beta-gets-pinch-to-zoom-in-app-youtube-playback-more.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:43:01 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908592 One of the most popular apps for playing videos on smartphones, MX Player is getting updated with features like in-app YouTube playback, picture-in-picture, Chromecast local files, and much more. MX Player is not just an application to run video files. Users can take advantage of the app in playing different formats of audio files as [...]

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One of the most popular apps for playing videos on smartphones, MX Player is getting updated with features like in-app YouTube playback, picture-in-picture, Chromecast local files, and much more.

MX Player is not just an application to run video files. Users can take advantage of the app in playing different formats of audio files as well. So, it's a one-stop-shop for all entertainment purposes.

All these features are landing for the MX Player beta version of the app. Apart from these features, the app also picks up pinch-to-zoom functionality that lets users zoom in and fill the entire display of their device.

Notably, this new MX Player beta update aims at improving the all-around video playback experience of the users. There is also a new feature that adds YouTube search and playback functionalities.

In order to search for any video in the MX Player app, you need to switch over to the 'Video' tab from the bottom bar. Then need to hit the search button at the top right corner of the screen.

So, with this beta update, MX Player now becomes the hub of all video playback. And not just an app for playing local files. Moreover, the video playback speed controls are also now much easier to access.

All these features are live for the MX Player Beta app version 1.30

The update also brings more control over file management like copy, paste, or move audio/video files. This is another great feature worth mentioning, as you would not need any dedicated file manager app to perform those small tasks.

However, recommended videos from YouTube will not get listed in MX Player. Instead of recommended videos from YouTube, MX Player will list down its own content below the YouTube videos.

So, in doing so, the app will take advantage of YouTube functionalities and also promote its own content.

Note that these features are not live for the stable version of the app. In fact, all these features are arriving for the MX Player beta version 1.30 of the app.

MX Player has transitioned itself from being a simple video player to being a full-fledged streaming platform. There are over 100,000+ hours of content including original and exclusive Shows, Movies, TV Shows, Web Series.

And now with all these YouTube-like features, MX Player is bound to bring a more enhanced user experience, especially a great video watching experience.

The update is live for the beta users of the app. Users can wait for the company to port over these new features to the stable version of the app. Or can get the APK file from APK Mirror by clicking the below download button.

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Save 20% On The Razer Kishi Mobile & Play Android Games From Anywhere https://www.androidheadlines.com/razer-kishi-mobile-android-smartphone-games-asphalt-geforce-now-nvidia Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:39:04 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908684 Amazon and Walmart both have the Razer Kishi Mobile (Android version) on sale for $79.99 right now. That's good for $20 or 20% off of their regular price. Making this a really good time to pick one up. The Razer Kishi Mobile has clickable analog thumb sticks for great accuracy and tactile feedback: refined your [...]

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Amazon and Walmart both have the Razer Kishi Mobile (Android version) on sale for $79.99 right now. That's good for $20 or 20% off of their regular price. Making this a really good time to pick one up.

The Razer Kishi Mobile has clickable analog thumb sticks for great accuracy and tactile feedback: refined your aim and execution with a familiar Console Controller experience, supported by an array of face and Bumper Buttons, as well as a d-pad for extra inputs.

It also fits most Android devices for seamless compatibility: the controller's flexible design allows it to be stretched and clamped on a variety of phones and tablets, providing a secure hold that'll never come loose.

Latency-free game play for smooth control: unlike wireless Bluetooth controllers which produce lag, this Controller has Zero latency because it connects directly to your device's charging port-which means instant button response.

USB-C charging port to charge your device while in use: if your phone or tablet is running low while you're gaming with the Controller still attached, simply hook up a charging cable to the Controller itself to get the device charging. Making it easy to keep your device charged up while you play some games. 

Ergonomic design for a comfortable handheld grip: Designed for long gaming sessions, the Controller feels great to hold and has optimized button placements to make sure each button press feels natural and intuitive.

In our review of the Razer Kishi Mobile, we essentially said that this is the best compact mobile controller on the market. And we stand by that. Many of the other options out there are just not good. With bad latency, or bad buttons in general.

You can pick up the Razer Kishi Mobile (Android) from Amazon and Walmart by clicking here. This price won't last long, so you'd better grab it before it is gone.

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That Cool LG Rollable OLED TV Finally Goes On Sale & You Won't Believe The Price https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/that-cool-lg-rollable-oled-tv-finally-goes-on-sale-you-wont-believe-the-price.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:47:47 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908587 LG's highly-touted rollable OLED TV is finally going on sale. The 65-inch LG Signature OLED R, model name RX, is now available at seven premium consumer electronics stores across South Korea, the company announced today. The world's first rollable TV will cost a whopping 100 million won, which is more than $87,000, going by today’s [...]

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LG's highly-touted rollable OLED TV is finally going on sale. The 65-inch LG Signature OLED R, model name RX, is now available at seven premium consumer electronics stores across South Korea, the company announced today. The world's first rollable TV will cost a whopping 100 million won, which is more than $87,000, going by today’s exchange rate.

As you'd expect, the LG Signature OLED R hides away in an aluminum base when turned off. It'll roll up for viewing when turned on. The TV can also be rolled up partially and used as a dashboard or for some other use. It comes with a wool speaker cover by Kvadrat of Denmark.

Buyers will be able to choose between four shades of that covering – Signature Black, Moon Gray, Topaz Blue, and Toffee Brown. Additionally, LG also offers the customers of this first-of-its-kind TV the option to get their names or some other message engraved on the aluminum base.

The 65-inch flexible OLED display promises supreme picture quality with self-lighting pixel technology and individual dimming control. LG says each unit has been "painstakingly assembled with craftsman-like skill with attention to every detail."

"This groundbreaking TV, which mesmerizes with its elegant aesthetic and the smooth movement of its beautiful rollable OLED screen, is the ultimate aspirational product with each unit built to order for the most discerning customers," the South Korean electronics giant said in a press release.

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LG rollable TV goes on sale in South Korea

This groundbreaking LG TV has been coming for years. It first appeared as a prototype at CES 2018. The TV then made its second appearance a year later, at CES 2019. This time around, it was a finished product that LG was planning to release in a few months.

However, those plans never materialized. Now, after another year-long delay, the rollable LG TV is finally here. Interestingly, despite all these delays, it's still the world's first and the only commercially available rollable TV.

LG's compatriot Samsung is also exploring such a product. However, the company has concerns over the "economic efficiency" of rollable TVs in the current market.

"The problem of rollable TVs is economics," said Kim Hyun-suk, CEO of Samsung's consumer electronics division, during a press conference at CES 2019. "I doubt the economic competitiveness of rollable TVs in a situation that does not guarantee profitability. Samsung has not launched a rollable TV yet because it is not competitive enough in the market. Samsung will jump into the market only if there are consumer needs for rollable TVs."

It has been nearly two years since Kim made that comment. There's still no sign of Samsung working on a rollable TV. The company will now likely wait to see how the LG Signature OLED R fares before throwing itself into the market.

LG also has an alternative version of this rollable TV. Instead of rolling up from a base, this version rolls down from a ceiling. Much like those traditional roll-down projector screens. LG showcased this TV at CES 2020 earlier this year. If the LG Signature OLED R is received well by consumers, then we might soon see this roll-down version in the market as well.

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Parallels Desktop Brings Fully-Featured Windows OS To Chromebook https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/enterprise-chromebook-parallels-windows.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:07:49 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=907661 Windows is coming to the Chrome OS platform now via Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise. Now, as noted in the branding, the solution isn't going to be available for every Chromebook user. At least not yet. For now, it's intended solely for IT Admin-managed Enterprise devices on the business side of the platform. Parallels Desktop [...]

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Windows is coming to the Chrome OS platform now via Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise. Now, as noted in the branding, the solution isn't going to be available for every Chromebook user. At least not yet. For now, it's intended solely for IT Admin-managed Enterprise devices on the business side of the platform.

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise does deliver a wealth of features and Windows functionality on that side of the equation though. Not least of all, the solution provides access to a full Windows desktop session run sandboxed and almost natively as a virtual machine. That's similar to how Linux works with Chrome OS and means that this will work both offline and online. And it comes complete with a number of extra toolkits and features behind a user-friendly icon on the shelf and in the app launcher.

When that's closed out, the work is effectively frozen in the background. So end-users can pick up right where they left off when they open Parallels Desktop up again.

What can Parallels Desktop bring to the table for an Enterprise Chromebook?

In terms of exactly how Parallels Desktop works and what it can do, there may actually be a better question to ask. Namely, "What can't Parallels Desktop deliver for end-users?"

There are actually a few things that presently fit into that category, for the time being. Including support for access to local hardware such as the camera, microphone, and USB devices. But each of those features is planned for release at some time — hopefully in the near future — via product updates.

Aside from those features missing in version 1.0, Parallels Desktop checks all of the boxes.

For the essentials, users can, as mentioned above, suspend and resume Windows instantly just by closing or opening Parallels. They can also use the Chromebook mouse, keyboard, and touch controls, as well as gestures across both platforms. There's even a handy dropdown menu for accessing keyboard shortcuts not supported by the Chrome OS keyboard.

Conversely, mouse cursors are synchronized across both Chrome OS and Windows with Parallels. So users can simply drag their mouse cursor from one to the other in Windowed mode to easily switch between the two. The cursor will change to represent its traditional or customized look depending on which OS it's been placed in.

Sound output, unlike mic support, is ready out-of-the-gate too. So Window's auditory cues and sounds will play seamlessly over the existing Chromebook hardware.

But there's a lot more going on here too

Moreover, it isn't just the speakers, mouse, keyboard, and touchscreen that are shared between the installed ecosystems. Networking is shared too, including the Chrome OS Wi-Fi connection — even with a VPN in use. And that means printers are shared too, whether that's a Windows-ready printer on that side or a Chrome OS-ready printer that can be used across either. All without the hassle of adding printers manually to each one. On the Windows side, printer drivers can be installed as needed.

Similarly, Disk performance — thanks to proprietary virtual disk technology — user profiles, folders, the clipboard, and more are shared. In the case of clipboards and file management, that's shareable both ways, with full support for formatting and graphics. And Chrome OS can access the files even when Parallels isn't running, while users can also add Windows apps directly to their Chrome OS shelf for easy launching later on. That's without launching the full Windows ecosystem.

All of that, of course, means that users can choose which files and folders to share and run both ecosystems simultaneously. That includes cloud storage solutions. And, via the "open with" option on the platform, even files, apps, or links can be opened selectively where applicable. In either Chrome OS or via a Windows-compatible browser or application and on-demand.

Or, users can choose to run Windows full screen. Then, via Chrome OS's virtual desktop features, move seamlessly between Windows and Chrome OS with the latter's built-in gesture controls.

When not in full-screen mode, resizing the Windows app works to change the Windows 10 window resolution dynamically. That works just like resizing any other window.

When is this coming and what devices support it out of the gate?

In terms of availability, Parallels Desktop can bring Windows to a supported Chromebook starting today. Licenses cost $69.99 per user, annually. A full-featured one-month trial including five user licenses can be found at the parallels website here too.

Parallels Desktop is integrated with the Google Admin console. So it gives IT managers the ability to the solution to Chromebook devices already covered by the Chrome Enterprise Update. IT Admins can use existing Windows licenses and agreements with Microsoft here as well. So the solution should still cut down on costs, despite those requirements.

For hardware, Parallels recommends an Enterprise Chromebook with 16GB RAM and 128GB storage. However, the company has said that some Chromebooks with just 8GB of RAM should work as well. That's if they're equipped with a requisite Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor.

The company also lists out preferred devices from HP, Google, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and ASUS.

From the former company, the HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise, or Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise should work. Google's Pixelbook and Pixelbook Go will work too, as will Acer's Chromebook Spin 713 and Spin 13. From Lenovo and ASUS, the Yoga C630 Chromebook and Chromebook Flip C436FA, respectively, are recommended. Finally, a Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 or Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise is recommended.

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HP Brings Windows To Select Chromebooks Via Parallels Desktop https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/hp-chromebooks-windows-parallels-desktop.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:07:34 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908141 HP has now announced the release of Parallels Desktop for HP Chrome Enterprise, delivering Windows software to its Chromebooks. Now, the news won't apply to every Chromebook bearing HP branding right out-of-the-gate. But this is still big news for companies looking to expand the functionality of their Enterprise Chromebooks. Summarily, Parallels Desktop allows supported Chromebooks [...]

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HP has now announced the release of Parallels Desktop for HP Chrome Enterprise, delivering Windows software to its Chromebooks. Now, the news won't apply to every Chromebook bearing HP branding right out-of-the-gate. But this is still big news for companies looking to expand the functionality of their Enterprise Chromebooks.

Summarily, Parallels Desktop allows supported Chromebooks to run Windows virtually. Windows is run on those Chromebooks in a managed sandboxed environment, similar to how Linux and Android apps are supported. With the solution in place, Chrome Enterprise devices can run the Windows OS and its apps on Chromebooks built by HP. But this solution goes quite a bit deeper than that too.

For starters, IT admins will be able to quickly license, deploy, and manage the Parallels Windows environment via the Google Admin console. Perhaps more importantly, the Windows environment in question will integrate seamlessly. In effect, allowing users to jump back and forth or run both Chrome OS and Windows side-by-side. And that includes cross-platform copying, pasting, file sharing, printing, sound management, and more.

All of that's possible with or without an internet connection too.

What are the requisites?

There are a few requirements to get Parallels Desktop up and running on HP Chromebooks. Not least of all, Parallels is built to work with Intel platforms. Specifically, in HP's case, Intel Core i5 and i7 chipsets, enabling just about any Windows legacy apps and ERP software. It's not going to work on other machines with different hardware.

At a minimum, the solution will also require 8GB RAM and 128GB storage as far as HP devices are concerned. And it will require a Parallels Desktop licenses as well as a Microsoft Windows license that's not included with Parallels. Of course, Chrome Enterprise Upgrade is required. There's been no word as to if or when Parallels might come to the general user base but it won't likely be soon if it does.

Parallels Desktop arrives soon for HP Chromebooks but how much does it cost?

Enterprise customers who need Windows and want to get in on Parallels for HP Chromebooks won't have to wait too long. In fact, the service is already available on the HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise and HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise. Other Chromebooks from HP and support for more products are "coming soon" according to the company. That includes the HP Chromebox G3 but no exact timeline has been set just yet.

In terms of pricing, HP says that Parallels Desktop for HP Chrome Enterprise will be available on a license. That's with a yearly license costing $69.95 per year. And that's available via HP directly or through its Enterprise channel partners. In the interim, interested parties on the supported Chromebooks can get details to check out a trial of Parallels for free from HP.

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Nokia 5.3 Review – Reliable & Inexpensive, All In One Package https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/nokia-5-3-review-price-specs-features.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:08:49 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=906502 Nokia has been making phones for a long time, both under its own steam and as a brand of HMD Global. The company's smartphones cover a wide gamut of price brackets. And the Nokia 5.3, priced at $200 or sold via Amazon for less than $180 and recently sent to me for review, is among [...]

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Nokia has been making phones for a long time, both under its own steam and as a brand of HMD Global. The company's smartphones cover a wide gamut of price brackets. And the Nokia 5.3, priced at $200 or sold via Amazon for less than $180 and recently sent to me for review, is among the most affordable in its lineup. But does that equate to a good value?

As often as not, devices sold at under $250 are either carrier-locked or terrible in one way or another. More often than not, they're terrible in more than just one way. That isn't an apt description of the Nokia 5.3. While there are plenty of tradeoffs, this device will more than satisfy most users' needs in nearly every regard.

But that's an over-simplification too, of course. So let's dig in and see how Nokia 5.3 really performs under a deeper review.

The 5.3 hardware is Nokia, through-and-through

The 5.3 hardware is fairly standard fare for Nokia, but that's definitely a good thing

The hardware here has a decidedly 'Nokia' flair and that means at least a few things, right-out-of-the-gate. First, it means comfort. Nokia and its parent company have been making phones for a long time. And nearly all of its phones follow a similar profile of curved edges, rounded corners, and build-quality.

My Nokia 5.3 review unit met those expectations. There were no sharp edges, no big frame gaps, and the back of this phone is curved just slightly to fit better in-hand.

Being built under the Nokia brand also means that the colors for this device have distinct details. For starters, this phone looks great in the "Charcoal" color that was sent out for review. It's also available in Cyan blue or an orange-tinted Sand hue. Under different lighting, as shown in the images below, different tones are brought forward from a matt gold-tinted gray to deep green and blue-tinted black. All accented by a great-looking gray frame and silver buttons.

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On build-quality, this phone also feels solidly built. Each of the buttons and ports clicks through as they should, hinting at a long-life to come. The built-in rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick — as is face unlock.

And, because this phone seems to be built from a metal frame, with a glass panel and plastic at the back, it should be more durable against drops too. At least drops that don't land on the face of the device. The back will scratch more easily but it won't shatter like glass will. And there aren't any unwanted clicks, creaks, or groans from the body of the Nokia 5.3 either under pressure.

Instead, users are given a solid handset, with a sturdy build taking precedence over unnecessary or tacky stylization.

The sole caveat here seems to be that Nokia doesn't make any mention of an IP rating. So it may be best to stay away from overly-dusty or wet environments.

Nokia 5.3 display sticks with what works

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The Nokia 5.3 screen leaves no molds broken and few complaints

There is effectively just one complaint that's really noteworthy when it comes to how the Nokia 5.3 display performs under review. And that's a small one. Namely, this display has much bigger bezels, especially in the chin region, than a 2020 smartphone should have.

Now, that's not going to cause any big issues for anybody and there are worse things that could be going on at this price. Especially as that pertains to clarity, color accuracy, and responsiveness. On all of those points, the Nokia 5.3 hits the nail right on the head, matching most devices in the mid-range without issue.

The screen is also more than bright enough for outdoor use in direct sunlight. That's something not even flagships can always guarantee. As noted in the title of this review, this smartphone is reliable first and foremost. And that may be apparent nowhere more prominently than in the display.

The only other notable thing that some users might take issue with is the waterdrop notch. Most OEMs are moving on to punch-hole cameras at the front. But that will come down to personal design preference more than anything else. It's not big enough to really get in the way on day-to-day use.

Performance comes close to perfection and then drops steeply with multitasking

Performance is better than expected but not great

Typically, under review, I put devices through a few separate tests for performance and I did so with Nokia 5.3 too. First, I run the most intensive apps and games I can find. Then I test day-to-day apps like Chrome, texting, and youtube. And then I multitask with at least 3 apps each from the games, day-to-day, and system-level apps running at once.

Here, this phone nailed down the quality of performance in all categories. Although it did struggle when I turned the in-game quality settings up on a few titles. Such as PikPok's Into The Dead 2 and Activision's Call of Duty Mobile. Namely, by showing a bit of jitter on the graphics side. But, during multitasking, things didn't hold up quite so well.

That caveat became most apparent while running games and day-to-day apps simultaneously in a split-screen view. The apps would hang for a moment after accepting input and app-switching would too. But it was also apparent in general multitasking, whenever more than a dozen or so apps were opened. And, with more than a dozen extra apps installed and a dozen apps running, even system-level apps started having a hard time.

As noted in the display section, the inputs on the display side were still on-time. The issue seemed to be with the performance of the apps themselves, here. As long as the number of currently-running apps is kept below nine or ten, performance stayed on point. So it shouldn't be a dealbreaker for the overwhelming majority of users. However, it's worth being aware of, even if that is above and beyond what many similarly-priced devices can accomplish.

The battery is the biggest shortcoming of this smartphone

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Nokia 5.3 does fall completely apart on one front, compared to everything else, and that's the battery

The battery drain that I saw with this phone is, of course, subjective. Not everybody is going to go so far as to kill off battery-saving features and turn the brightness up all the way up, as I did for my review of the Nokia 5.3. And not every app drains the battery the same. Individual use aside, there are already too many factors to provide an accurate picture of how the battery will drain for you.

With that said, I did manage 6-hours and 26-minutes of screen-on time. And most of that was spent gaming with some web-connected multiplayer titles. 2-hours and 30-minutes, to be exact. I spent a little over an hour-and-a-half streaming video and music. And a little short of two-and-a-half-hours in intensive day-to-day activities. Those ranged from checking email and messaging to video calls and web browsing.

But the battery only lasted a total of 12-hours and 46-minutes during that test. While the longevity of this handset is easily be extended by turning battery-savings on and adaptive brightness, it's not great under intensive use. Especially since standby only drained a percent from the battery percentage.

Charging up isn't much better either. The first half of the charging was quick at more than 2-percent per minute. But once it hit 50-percent it slowed down significantly. Overall, charging to full took 2-hours and 15-minutes.

Audio with Nokia 5.3 is good but the best feature is its variety

The headphone jack is just one great aspect of Nokia 5.3 audio

Smartphone speakers, with only a very few exceptions, are awful. While the speakerphone and mics work as expected with Nokia 5.3 — better than the price would seem to suggest — that's not the highlight of this phone. Bass and power are not going to be highlighted on that front, at any rate. Since those perform as might be expected too.

Not only does Bluetooth 4.2 offer a great experience as we'll discuss in the connectivity segment of this Nokia 5.3 review. The device also has two other options for listening. First is the obvious example, shown in the image above. Nokia is sticking to its guns on the 3.5mm audio jack. That's going to be great news for anybody who still holds that wired standard audio is the best.

But, for those who want a bit more and maybe slightly higher-quality audio, USB-C audio output is present and accounted for too.

That means, in effect, there are three options for audio output aside from the speakers. All of those, except USB-C is slightly quieter than I'd liked to have seen. But the quality is on-point and direct device casting is also built-in. So, taken together, the arrangement represents one of the widest available set of audio options on any smartphone.

Software on Nokia is vanilla Android One program

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Android One drives Nokia 5.3 and that means there aren't any extras to eat up your resources

On the software front, users can expect no extras in Settings or in the app drawer. For some users, that arrangement may actually be annoying or boring. But, for others, it means a vanilla Android 10 — and eventually Android 11 — experience. And less than a single page of apps installed, even accounting for the app drawer's "recent apps" bar.

Only around 24 apps were installed out-of-the-box when I first turned on my Nokia 5.3 review unit. That includes Google's suite of apps from Assistant and Calendar to YouTube Music. And it includes the usual AOSP apps. So Phone, Contacts, Clock, Calculator, and a couple of others were installed. But there aren't any other extras to take up space. No Facebook and no Amazon-affiliated apps, for instance.

The only extra is Nokia's My phone app for support, the Nokia community, diagnostics, and app recommendations.

As a result, the software here is smooth and unflinching, right out-of-the-box. And that extends to the software behind the face unlock, fingerprint security, and every other software-related experience too.

Nokia 5.3 has an acceptable camera for its price, with one exception

The camera software on Nokia 5.3 is easy-to-use, minimal

Like the rest of the software in the Nokia 5.3, the camera was decidedly minimal and straightforward during this review. That's not at all to say it's basic though.

In fact, the trimmed back approach allowed autofocus to work much more quickly than might be expected at this phone's pricing. And it stayed that way no matter what filters and beautification tools I had enabled. Even with HDR and other features turned on. Moreover, the same held true for color accuracy and detail, as shown in our sample gallery for this handset on Flickr, although Macro Mode was hit-and-miss.

Now, this camera isn't as fully-featured as some others. There are no AR effects and the only AI present at all are those associated with scene detection. But those aren't going to be a big caveat since there are plenty of great camera apps out there to supplement. Where this camera failed to impress is the same area most phones, even at twice its cost, fail to impress. Namely, on night shots.

Those, even with a tripod, turned out mostly blurry and felt effectively detail-free. Only with a decent light source did they turn out well at all and in those circumstances, the primary camera seemed to do just as well. Even in dimly-lit settings in daylight, such as in a heavily shaded area indoors, a lot of detail is lost. So while the camera is better than comparatively-priced devices, almost perfect for its value, it's not necessarily great.

Connectivity on Nokia 5.3 isn't bleeding-edge but doesn't need to be

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Connections from Nokia 5.3 are solid across the board and better than expected in other regards

It just about goes without saying that the Nokia 5.3 is an unlocked device. The only carrier that isn't explicitly listed on its Amazon page is Verizon, the sole remaining non-GSM carrier. Or at least, the only one without accounting for Sprint — slowly being absorbed entirely by T-Mobile. So it also goes without saying that Nokia 5.3 performed in spectacular fashion during my review on Google Fi using US Cellular and T-Mobile towers.

In fact, it performed better than just about any handset I've reviewed at this price within the last several months on the connectivity front. LTE signals were at full bars where I'd typically have just two or three with some other gadgets. And Wi-Fi connections are just as solid, taking full advantage of my home 200Mbps network.

Better still, quite aside from the inclusion of NFC, hotspot tethering, and 'Chromecasting' all working as would be expected at a higher price, Bluetooth here was more solid than most mid-rangers and flagship-killers I've tested. That's only Bluetooth 4.2 with support for up to aptX. But the connection just seemed to stay solid better and at a greater distance than many other devices.

So this phone not only contains every connectivity feature you could want — aside from bleeding-edge tech like Wi-Fi 6 — but they all work great too.

Yes, Nokia 5.3 is an easy-to-recommend smartphone if you're on a budget

Nokia 5.3 offers good value at very little cost

Nokia 5.3 is yet another device to prove that phones don't have to be very expensive to be very good. At least, for those who don't need stunning night captures, dozens of apps open at once, or the fastest-charging battery tech. On those fronts, this Nokia handset falls short of the expectations set elsewhere and that can be, or at least it will be for some users, a jarring experience.

Where this device really shines is in terms of its minimalist approach to smartphones. Stock Android via the Android One program means this phone will almost always be up-to-date. And that there aren't a lot of apps contending for attention immediately upon unboxing. A worthy daytime camera, all the bells-and-whistles on connectivity except the bleeding-edge technology, and great audio options round things out.

The Nokia 5.3 is going to be well worth the consideration for the overwhelming majority of users. If not one of the best options around.

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The DOJ Just Filed Antitrust Charges Against Google, Claiming It's Running A Monopoly https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/justice-department-google-search-ads-monopoly-antitrust Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:33:20 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908648 The Justice Department has made it official, and is slapping Google with antitrust charges. Claiming that the company is running a monopoly on general search and search ads. This was announced in a press conference early Tuesday morning. Where the DOJ was joined by 11 US state Attorneys General. The DOJ stated that Google was [...]

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The Justice Department has made it official, and is slapping Google with antitrust charges. Claiming that the company is running a monopoly on general search and search ads.

This was announced in a press conference early Tuesday morning. Where the DOJ was joined by 11 US state Attorneys General. The DOJ stated that Google was operating an unlawful monopoly "through a web of exclusionary agreements."It also mentioned the fact that Google pays billions to other companies to keep it as the default search engine on other platforms. Like the iPhone. It also cited Google's own requirement for its partners to load its apps onto most Android phones, which are also undeletable.

The DOJ claims that the anti-competitive practices that Google is using, is illegal under traditional antitrust principles. The Justice Department also mentioned that if it decided to forego an antitrust lawsuit now, "we could miss the next big wave of technology innovation."

Justice Department has met with Google on how to solve these anti-competitive behaviors

In the press conference this morning, the DOJ also mentioned that it has met with Google about taking steps that can resolve the anti-competitive behaviors it has employed. But the DOJ failed to disclose any specific talks during the press conference.

Google will still likely have to pay a rather large fine, along with making changes to its business. Though these changes have been long overdue.

This investigation has been on-going for over a year by the Justice Department. As well as nearly half of the state Attorneys General. Which makes it pretty interesting that the DOJ decided to announce this lawsuit just weeks before the Presidential Election. Almost as if President Trump is trying to use this as a reason for voters to vote for him over his opponent Joe Biden. We'll never know for sure the reason why this lawsuit was filed exactly two weeks before the election.

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Add Dolby Atmos To Your Setup With This Discounted Samsung Soundbar https://www.androidheadlines.com/soundbar-deal-dolby-atmos-samsung-HW-Q70T Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:20:44 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908638 While Prime Day might have been last week, Amazon still has a great sale on Samsung soundbars including this one with Dolby Atmos. The Samsung HW-Q70T is a Dolby Atmos soundbar with subwoofer that is on sale for only $597. That is going to save you $100 off the regular price. Soundbar Q70 is the perfect [...]

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While Prime Day might have been last week, Amazon still has a great sale on Samsung soundbars including this one with Dolby Atmos.

The Samsung HW-Q70T is a Dolby Atmos soundbar with subwoofer that is on sale for only $597. That is going to save you $100 off the regular price.

Soundbar Q70 is the perfect match for your QLED TV. Powerful speakers deliver robust 3D surround sound that fire from the front, side and above, for the most immersive sound for your home theater experience.

Explore the depths of sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Dual technology that captures each distinct sound as it flows above and around you.

Breakthrough technology that synchronizes Samsung QLED TV speakers with the Q-Series soundbar speakers for fuller, more immersive, cinematic sound. With 3 channels, 1 subwoofer channel, and 2 up-firing channels, True 3.1.2ch sound creates a complete audio environment for a captivating entertainment experience. Enjoy your Soundbar hands-free using voice control through your Alexa enabled device. Ask Alexa to play something by simply saying the title or a few lines of the song’s lyrics. No matter what kind of music you’re in the mood for, Alexa will find it.

Samsung Acoustic Beam technology delivers a panoramic audio experience with directional sound that makes it feel like you are part of the scene. Soundbar Q70T analyzes your content to automatically deliver optimized sound based on each scene, letting you hear speech clearly even at the lowest volumes.

Designed, tested, and tuned at our state-of-the-art California Audio Lab, where world-class audio engineers apply advanced acoustic technologies and cutting-edge computer modeling to give you perfectly balanced, room-filling sound. Play music from your smartphone on your soundbar with just a tap. Simply tap the soundbar with your smartphone and start playing your favorite playlist.

You can pick up the Samsung Q70T Dolby Atmos soundbar from Amazon in this sale by clicking here. 

Samsung Q70T Sound Bar - Amazon - $597

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Qualcomm Looks To New Chip For 5G Infrastructure Virtualization https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/qualcomm-5g-chips-vran-platforms-announcement.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:02:14 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=905666 Qualcomm has kicked off its annual 5G Summit to announce new 5G RAN chip offerings in support of its vision for the future of 5G. Those can readily be summarized as its new Qualcomm Radio Unit, Distributed Unit, and Distributed Radio Unit system-on-chip platforms. And each of those platforms is aimed at enabling and powering [...]

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Qualcomm has kicked off its annual 5G Summit to announce new 5G RAN chip offerings in support of its vision for the future of 5G. Those can readily be summarized as its new Qualcomm Radio Unit, Distributed Unit, and Distributed Radio Unit system-on-chip platforms. And each of those platforms is aimed at enabling and powering a new, interoperable, and modular cellular infrastructure.

In effect, Qualcomm is expanding its 5G portfolio to virtualize networks further.

As the industry currently stands, more than 40 countries and 90 Mobile operators have 5G commercially available, the company says. That includes nine operators in two countries in the North America region. Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T all have a nationwide 5G network in the US, for example. And so does Google Fi, because it utilizes those companies' networks.

With that move into the mainstream, Qualcomm says, companies are exploring both Sub-6 and mmWave networks. as well as a combination of the two. But networks aren’t as efficient as they could be either and aren’t being deployed as cost-effectively or quickly as they could be. Especially where the two network technologies are combined. That's where the company's new solutions enter the equation.

The Qualcomm vision for the future of 5G networks

Qualcomm hasn't provided any specifications for its newest run of solutions as of this writing. But it does point to the platforms above as being an answer to a question all carriers are asking.

Namely, that's how to deploy 5G networks when that network needs a new kind of infrastructure for longevity and supporting all of the potential use cases. Whether that's smartphones, enterprise, industrial, or other connected technologies.

Virtualization has, so far, provided a relatively clear answer. So Qualcomm has chosen that as its direction with its newest platform. Following the natural progression of networking infrastructure evolution, and moving more hardware away from the endpoints for a more virtualized network. The decentralization starts by moving to a virtualized central unit, core, and more.

Where Qualcomm's Radio Unit, Distributed Unit, and Distributed Radio Unit platforms play a role, is by providing a radio unit that stands at the cell site and a distributed unit at the front haul. The Distributed Radio Unit effectively fills both roles. The move will, the company says, also help to desegregate networking and creating more open-standards- and open-interface-driven networks.

The previous entries in the company's portfolio effectively served smaller cell sites. The newest solutions, collectively referred to as Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms, intend to offer support for every global mobile networking band, via flexible, O-RAN compatible chip-based packages, with hardware acceleration. And with support for any type of 5G infrastructure deployment in a scaleable factor for any size network.

When will this technology become in place on the carrier side

The transition to this level of virtualization, dubbed Infrastructure 2.0, is not going to be a quick process. As noted by Qualcomm, virtualization of this portion of the network, especially in terms of integrated support for both types of 5G, is a truly new take on infrastructure. Qualcomm's customer sampling won't begin until the beginning of 2022.

The company tentatively aims to see its fully integrated vRAN chips arriving on networks toward the end of that year. Or, at the latest, early 2023 based on the typical timeline for these types of launches. However, that will depend almost entirely on the vendors that will use its chips to build the networking equipment. And on the carriers.

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Top 10 Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Accessories – Updated October 2020 https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-samsung-galaxy-s20-accessories https://www.androidheadlines.com/best-samsung-galaxy-s20-accessories#disqus_thread Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:45:41 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=867570 The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is bound to be the most popular line of smartphones in 2020, and while they are already pretty powerful, there are a few accessories you'll want to buy to get the most out of it. Whether that's a new smartwatch, battery pack, car mount or even a screen protector. We [...]

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is bound to be the most popular line of smartphones in 2020, and while they are already pretty powerful, there are a few accessories you'll want to buy to get the most out of it. Whether that's a new smartwatch, battery pack, car mount or even a screen protector. We have it all here for you. These will all make your Samsung Galaxy S20 experience even better.

Top 10 Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Accessories

The accessories on this list will work for all three Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones (Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra – not the new Galaxy S20 FE). So no matter which version you decide to pick up, you're going to be covered. We won't be listing cases in this top 10, since we already have a separate post on that.

This list includes some generic products like battery packs, smartwatches, PopSockets and such, so they can also be used with other smartphones, if you wish to do so. And that includes the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

Cost Where to buy
Starred Screen Protector $11.50 Amazon
PopSockets: PopGrip $15 Amazon
Samsung 25W Portable Charger $ Samsung.com
Samsung 45W USB-C Fast Charging Wall Charger $50 Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 $249 Samsung.com
SanDisk 512GB Extreme MicroSDXC $109 Amazon
iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Car Mount $25 Amazon
Samsung 45W Dual Car Charger $ Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ $149 Amazon
Samsung Wireless Charger Stand, 15W $79 Samsung.com

Best Screen Protector

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Starred Screen Protector

Starred Screen Protector

This screen protector for the Galaxy S20 is available for all three models, and also comes in a three pack. So once it starts to get a bit disgusting, you can remove it and apply a new one to your smartphone.

It's a TPU screen protector, so it's made of plastic. And definitely not a tempered glass screen protector. Which would also cost a whole lot more. It does have a hole in the screen protector for using the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that is built into the display. Which is unfortunate, as it does make it a bit ugly, but at least you can still use it.

Starred Screen Protector - Amazon

Best PopSocket

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PopSockets: PopGrip

The PopGrip from PopSockets is a really good accessory for really any phone. And the reason why this is the best PopSocket you can buy right now is because it does allow you to swap out the top. So if you want to change the color, you can do so.

PopGrip is really great because it allows you to hold onto your phone much easier, especially these larger phones like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. But it also doubles as a sort of kickstand for your smartphone. Allowing you to use it on long flights to watch a movie or two, without having to hold your phone the whole time. It's a really genius invention, and it's something that everyone should have.

You can attach the PopGrip to your case, so that it doesn't ruin your phone too.

PopSockets: PopGrip - Amazon

Best Battery Pack

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Samsung 25W Portable Battery

Samsung 25W Portable Battery

Normally on these lists, we would list an Anker, AUKEY or even a RAVPower battery pack, as those are really great options and usually much cheaper. But for the Galaxy S20, we opted to list the Samsung 25W Portable Battery because of one big reason, and it's in the name. It is a 25W portable battery pack. And since Samsung is using USB-C PD and another technology that most battery packs aren't using yet, this seemed like the best option.

At 25W, it is going to charge your Galaxy S20 just as fast as the wall charger that comes in the box. And with 10,000mAh capacity, you'll get one, maybe two charges out of it. This depends on how depleted the Galaxy S20 is when you charge it. Remember the Galaxy S20 has a 4000mAh capacity battery (4500mAh on the S20+ and 5000mAh on the S20 Ultra).

It's also fairly thin, so it can fit in your pocket without any real issues. At this time, we don't have a price for the Samsung 25W Portable Battery, as it has not yet been made available for purchase. So keep that in mind.

Samsung 25W Portable Battery - Samsung.com

Best Fast Wall Charger

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Samsung 45W USB-C Fast Charging Wall Charger

Samsung 45W USB-C Fast Charging Wall Charger

This accessory is more for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, as the other two Galaxy S20 models cannot charge at 45W, and instead are limited to 25W. So keep that in mind here.

But this 45W USB-C wall charger is perfect for those that want to charge their Galaxy S20 Ultra in a hurry. You'll be able to fully charge that 5,000mAh capacity battery in just under an hour (58 minutes to be exact), and thats from zero to 100%. That is pretty impressive, and if you're one that is always in a hurry, this charger is going to be a really good option.

Now if you're not, the 25W charger that comes in the box with the Galaxy S20 Ultra is still going to be perfectly fine for charging pretty quickly. It'll still charge completely in under two hours. Which is plenty fast for most people.

Samsung 45W Wall Charger - Samsung.com

Best Smartwatch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the best smartwatch to go with your shiny new Galaxy S20. For one, it's also made by Samsung, so you know you're going to get the best experience on a Samsung smartphone. And two, it's the best Android-compatible smartwatch on the market today.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes with multi-day battery life. It's also pretty thin and lightweight, so it doesn't look chonky on your wrist. On top of that, it runs on Tizen, so you are able to use some of your favorite apps, but most of all, it runs smoothly.

There aren't a ton of apps available for the Galaxy Watch Active 2, but the ones you need, are available. Like Uber, Samsung Health and many more. This smartwatch is more about tracking your health and fitness, instead of allowing you to use your smartwatch like you would your smartphone. Though there are still notifications on your wrist.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 - Amazon

Best Micro SD Card

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SanDisk Extreme 512GB

SanDisk Extreme 512GB

With the Galaxy S20 still offering a micro SD card slot on all three models, you're definitely going to want to get one. Now there is 128GB of storage available internally, but with the Galaxy S20 being able to shoot 8K video on all three models, a micro SD card is a must.

We chose this particular micro SD card because of the speed. It's fast enough to be able to write 8K footage to the card in almost real-time. That way you aren't needing to wait to record some more footage. That can be an issue with slower micro SD cards.

Also, you're getting 512GB of storage with this micro SD card. Which is going to be plenty of space for storing plenty of 8K videos, and even 4K video as well as pictures. You can also store your music library offline on this micro SD card, if needed.

SanDisk Extreme 512GB - Amazon

Best Car Mount

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iOttie Easy One Touch 4

iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield

Don't be fooled by the fact that this car mount has an iPhone in the picture. It still made our Best Galaxy S20 Accessories list for a good reason. And one of those reasons is because it works with any smartphone. But it also doesn't use magnets to hold your phone in place. And for something like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra that is fairly heavy, that's a really good thing.

The iOttie Easy One Touch 4 car mount uses adjustable arms to keep your phone in place. It also attaches to either the dashboard or the windshield, so you can use it for navigation and for streaming music. You can turn it so that it is in landscape as well.

The arm is also adjustable, so you can adjust how long it is and how close to the dashboard it is. Which is also pretty important.

iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Car Mount - Amazon

Best Car Charger

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Samsung 45W Dual Port Car Charger

Samsung 45W Dual Port Car Charger

This car charger is the only one you should buy for the Galaxy S20 series, especially if you are buying the Galaxy S20 Ultra. And that's because it can charge your phone at the full 45W that the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle. Meaning that on a short trip home from work, your Galaxy S20 Ultra is going to be almost completely charged.

Now, if you have a Galaxy S20 or S20+ that doesn't do the full 45W, don't worry. This is backwards compatible and can do 25W too. It can also do slower with the USB-A port which does 15W. If you happen to have another, older device you want to charge in the car.

This is a really great car charger to pick up, since it is also a dual-port car charger.

Samsung 45W Dual Port Car Charger - Samsung.com

Best Wireless Headphones

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+

Samsung Galaxy Buds+

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are a really great pair of wireless headphones and these are now truly wireless. Samsung took the original Galaxy Buds and improved on them in key areas, including battery life. So now you are getting 11 hours of continuous playback on the Galaxy Buds+, and there is another 11 hours in the included carrying case.

On top of that, it improved ambient sound and they now have noise isolation. It's not quite noise cancellation, but fairly close. And you can still hear people talking to you, or trying to get your attention, when wearing the Galaxy Buds+, which is definitely important.

These come in three colors: white, cosmic black, and cloud blue.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ - Amazon

Best Wireless Charger

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Samsung Wireless Charger Stand 15W

Samsung Wireless Charger Stand 15W

Rounding out our list of the best Galaxy S20 accessories, is this fast wireless charging stand. This model is able to output 15W, for wireless charging. That's still much slower than wired charging, especially on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but still plenty fast.

At 15W, you should be able to quickly set down your Galaxy S20 and have it quickly charge or top off your smartphone. It's a charging stand, so you can also use it next to your bed on a bedside table without any issues. Which makes for a really great experience.

Samsung is selling this Wireless Charger Stand in two colors: black and white. So depending on the color of the table you have and want to put it on, you can get one to match.

Samsung Wireless Charger Stand 15W - Samsung.com

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Xiaomi's First Foldable Smartphone Could Be A Galaxy Fold Lookalike https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/xiaomis-first-foldable-smartphone-could-be-a-galaxy-fold-lookalike.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:22:33 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908553 Xiaomi could be readying a Samsung Galaxy Fold-lookalike foldable smartphone. The Chinese company, which is now seeing rapid global expansion, has recently secured a design patent for a folding phone that doesn't look too different from the first-generation Samsung foldable. Filed with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) in January this year, the patent [...]

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Xiaomi could be readying a Samsung Galaxy Fold-lookalike foldable smartphone. The Chinese company, which is now seeing rapid global expansion, has recently secured a design patent for a folding phone that doesn't look too different from the first-generation Samsung foldable. Filed with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) in January this year, the patent was approved and published earlier today.

As seen in the patent documents, it is an inward-folding phone with a cover display. Much like the Galaxy Fold, the display measures about 4.6-inches and has large bezels all around it, more so at the top and bottom. The back of the phone is also highly reminiscent of the Samsung phone. There's a vertically-stacked triple camera setup in a similar position, though the sketches don't seem to show an LED flash. Perhaps it's a dual-camera setup with the third circular cutout housing an LED flash.

This device looks a lot different from the Galaxy Fold when unfolded, though. While the Samsung model featured a 7.3-inch display with a wide notch housing the selfie camera and other sensors, Xiaomi's patented design shows a slightly smaller display with a strip on the right side.

The strip runs throughout the length of the phone and houses the cameras and what appears to be a capacitive fingerprint scanner. Also, this phone seems to have raised edges. The display sits slightly deeper than the bezels. This offers additional protection to the otherwise unprotected, scratchable plastic display. If the phone is kept upside down when unfolded, it'll rest on the raised edges, keeping the display away from the surface.

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Xiaomi patents yet another foldable smartphone design

Xiaomi is yet to launch a foldable smartphone. However, the company has had multiple designs patented over the last couple of years. Not long ago, we saw a triple-folding Xiaomi smartphone in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) database.

That patent came just after another design patent that showed a Xiaomi foldable phone that showed a remarkable number of similarities with the Huawei Mate Xs. There was this clamshell-folding design as well. Clear enough, the company wants to secure designs for multiple foldable concepts.

It might not be too long now before one of these designs show up in a real product. Xiaomi is known for bringing premium smartphones at affordable prices. It'll be interesting to see if the company can do the same with foldable devices as well.

The current crop of foldable phones is way too pricey. Samsung is trying to lower that wallet-breakingly high price point but hasn't been able to do much. Xiaomi might now come to the rescue soon.

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Now Is The Time To Buy An OLED TV https://www.androidheadlines.com/lg-cx-oled-tv-sale-price Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:53:54 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908633 Amazon has a great sale right now on the 55-inch LG CX OLED 4K TV, where you can pick it up for only $1497. That's just over $500 off of its regular price. And it is now $100 lower than its previous all-time lowest price. So now is definitely the time to buy a new [...]

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Amazon has a great sale right now on the 55-inch LG CX OLED 4K TV, where you can pick it up for only $1497. That's just over $500 off of its regular price. And it is now $100 lower than its previous all-time lowest price.

So now is definitely the time to buy a new OLED TV.

LG OLED TV CX redefines everything you see. Once you’ve seen LG OLED TV, other TVs pale in comparison. OLED is a difference-maker for movies, shows, sports and gaming. From the gridiron to the iron throne, no detail goes unseen. And only OLED pixels emit their own light for perfect black, intense color and stunning picture — backed by AI Picture Pro and AI Sound Pro, our best 4K processor, connected home features and cutting-edge gaming tech.

Millions of OLED pixels emit their own light independently, and can be completely turned off.

4K processor uses AI and deep learning to authentically upscale lower resolution content, translating the source to 4K's 8.3+ million pixels. The technology is so good, you might mistake non-4K for true 4K.

LG ThinQ AI TVs are the only TVs with the Google Assistant and Alexa built-in*. LG ThinQ fully integrates the voice assistants you already use.

Dolby Vision IQ automatically adjusts picture settings depending on ambient lighting conditions and content genres. Dolby Atmos puts you in the middle of the action with multi-dimensional surround sound that seems to flow all around you.

Exceptional picture quality of perfect black and intense colors combined with smooth gameplay to take gaming to new heights.

Only the 55-inch model of the LG CX OLED TV is on sale right now. But the 65-inch will likely get discounted in the very near future too.

You can pick up the LG 55-inch CX OLED TV from Amazon in this sale today by clicking here. 

LG CX OLED TV - Amazon - $1497

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OnePlus 8T Attracts $14.9 Million In Sales In A Single Minute https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/oneplus-8t-attracts-14-9-million-in-sales-in-a-single-minute.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:37:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908538 OnePlus 8T went on sale in China on October 19, 2020. And guess what? As per the latest report, the device raked in $14.9 million worth of sales in a single minute. This number doubled up to roughly $29 million in the next 10 minutes. Now, these are some numbers, which would have definitely removed [...]

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OnePlus 8T went on sale in China on October 19, 2020. And guess what? As per the latest report, the device raked in $14.9 million worth of sales in a single minute.

This number doubled up to roughly $29 million in the next 10 minutes. Now, these are some numbers, which would have definitely removed any doubts regarding the OnePlus 8T sales performance.

To give you some exact numbers, the Chinese users went berserk, and within a single minute, the OnePlus 8T attracted 100 million yuan. Besides, it took only the next 10 minutes to double the number to 200 million yuan.

OnePlus 8T is available in two configurations in the Chinese market. The first one comes with 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and the other variant comes with 12GB RAM + 256GB storage.

While the 8GB RAM variant is priced at 3,399 yuan (approximately US$508), the 12GB RAM variant is priced at 3,699 yuan (approximately US$553).

Note that there is no 'Pro' variant of the phone. The company decided to stick with a single model under the 'T' variant of its 2020 flagship, the OnePlus 8 series.

Around 30,000 OnePlus 8T units were sold in the first minute of the sale

So, roughly estimating, OnePlus sold around 28,000 to 30,000 units in one minute. Besides, another 60,000 units were sold in the next ten minutes, which is mind-blowing.

Well, the phone also packs a punch when it comes to specifications. Apparently, OnePlus left no stones unturned in providing the best possible specs for the price point.

You get a 48MP quad-camera at the back and a 120Hz refresh rate punch-hole display. Along with UFS 3.1 storage for fast data transfer, spectacular 65W fast charging with 4,500 mAh battery.

There are two color variants available for the OnePlus 8T, i.e. the aquamarine green and lunar silver. In fact, this has also somewhat helped in attracting customers.

OnePlus 8T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, which is 5G capable. Though the phone misses out on a few things like no wireless charging, no 3.5mm headphone jack (which is now absurd to think on today's smartphone).

What's more surprising is that the 48MP main sensor on the phone is the same as you would get on the one-year-old, OnePlus 7 series device.

So, the specification was clearly impressive for the phone. And all it needed was a great design, which we think, OnePlus managed to achieve.

Earlier we have reported that the phone, instead of a single battery, contains two separate batteries stacked together. This is done to achieve that ultra-fast charging to avoid causing any harm to the phone or the battery.

All in all, these are some really good numbers. And these numbers would definitely boost OnePlus's morale to deliver something more exciting in their next phone.

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The US Government Is Slapping Google With Antitrust Charges Today https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-us-government-antitrust-charges Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:15:50 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908624 Several agencies within the US government have been investigating Google and its antitrust tactics for several months now. And today, Attorney General, William Bar has filed suit against Google for its illegal monopolization of the search and ad markets. This is going to start one of the largest antitrust cases ever, in the US. This [...]

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Several agencies within the US government have been investigating Google and its antitrust tactics for several months now. And today, Attorney General, William Bar has filed suit against Google for its illegal monopolization of the search and ad markets.

This is going to start one of the largest antitrust cases ever, in the US. This case is reportedly going to focus on search and search-focused advertising. And not the company's broader targeted ad business. That is still a big dagger to Google's heart though. As its ad business makes up more than 95% of its annual revenue.

The suit will be announced later this morning

Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen has announced a briefing that will take place later this morning. That is more than likely when the Justice Department will announce this suit against Google.

More than ten state Attorneys General are expected to sign onto the Justice Department's case against Google. While other state Attorneys General are expected to file separate antitrust charges against the tech giant.

Antitrust charges is nothing new for Google. It faces these charges quite often, particularly in the European Union. And get slapped with a fine almost yearly. But since the fine is so small, compared to the revenue that Google brings in everyday, it does little to nothing to change Google's antitrust behavior. Maybe the US government's antitrust suit can actually change this behavior, so that Google has the consumer in mind with these products.

Congress has alleged that Google has used its dominance in Search, to crush its competitors in other areas. With Rep Cicilline stating at the hearing in July, that it is "Google's business model that is the problem" and it would be hard to disagree. And claims that Google has become a walled garden that keeps users from going to the rest of the web.

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You Can Grab The Astro A10 Gaming Headset For $30 Today! https://www.androidheadlines.com/logitech-astro-a10-gaming-headset-ps5-xbox-pc-nintendo-sale Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:06:39 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908621 Woot has the Logitech Astro A10 gaming headset on sale today for only $29.99. That's half the price of a new model, and these are refurbished. So this is a pretty good deal. And you still get the Logitech warranty on these, even though they are refurbished. The Astro A10 headset features durable headband anodized [...]

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Woot has the Logitech Astro A10 gaming headset on sale today for only $29.99.

That's half the price of a new model, and these are refurbished. So this is a pretty good deal. And you still get the Logitech warranty on these, even though they are refurbished.

The Astro A10 headset features durable headband anodized aluminum wrapped in a damage resistant polycarbonate blend so your headset will withstand wins, losses, and everything in between.

Extended comfort memory foam ear cushions keep you from fatigue so you can play as long as you want in complete comfort. So you can wear these for many hours on end without feeling fatigued. That's great for longer gaming sessions too.

With the omnidirectional mic featuring flip up mute functionality and in line volume control, you and your teammates will always hear each other clearly and accurately.

Tuned for gaming, the a10 features immersive and accurate audio the way sound developers intended. Low latency and precise voice communication mean you're always in sync.

The Astro A10 works with all gaming platforms. That includes PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and more. It will also work with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X when those launch later this year.

Why should I buy a headset? If you are playing any multi-player games, then a headset is a must. It makes it way easier to communicate with those that you are playing with, without needing to type out messages. Making it easier to win the game. And at only $30, you might as well grab one anyways.

You can pick up the Logitech Astro A10 gaming headset from Woot today by clicking here. This sale is not going to last long, and stock will likely run out super quick. So you're going to want to grab one before it is gone.

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These AirPods Killers Are Only $45 Today https://www.androidheadlines.com/aukey-truly-wireless-earbuds-sale-buy Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:43:17 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908608 Amazon has a great price on the AUKEY truly wireless earbuds, with USB-C, where you can pick them up for only $45 today. That's a really great price for a pair of AirPods killers, considering the AirPods are normally priced at around $150 or more. Even when they are on sale. The AUKEY truly wireless [...]

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Amazon has a great price on the AUKEY truly wireless earbuds, with USB-C, where you can pick them up for only $45 today.

That's a really great price for a pair of AirPods killers, considering the AirPods are normally priced at around $150 or more. Even when they are on sale.

The AUKEY truly wireless earbuds have dual 10mm dynamic drivers deliver rich, high-fidelity audio. Dual microphones focus on your voice, ensuring clear communication. With the advanced ANC technology, these earbuds detect and cancel a maximum 28dB of ambient noise so you can focus on your music. The 10mm dynamic drivers enhance bass and deliver incredible sound

Right earbud can be used alone as a Bluetooth headset.

A responsive, touch-sensitive panel on each earbud allows easy music control and calls management. The water resistant design means sweat and rain are not a problem. The true wireless earbuds are ready when you are– just take them out of the charging case and they’ll automatically connect to your paired device. IPX5 water resistance makes them ideal for intense workouts and runs.Charge and start using the headphones in minutes.

These earbuds can play music for around seven hours on a single charge. And with the included carrying case, last you around 35 hours. Basically, they can be recharged five times with the case. Which is impressive, given how small the carrying case actually is. That's a good thing, as this carrying case is going to fit in your pocket quite nicely. And that's always a nice thing to have. Especially if you're one that does a lot of traveling or even a lot of running.

You can pick up the AUKEY truly wireless earbuds from Amazon today by clicking here. This price on these earbuds are not going to last long, so you'll want to grab these before they are gone.

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OnePlus 8T Is Now Available In Both Europe & The US https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/oneplus-8t-buy-europe-us-purchase.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:38:48 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908619 The newly-announced OnePlus 8T is now available to purchase, you can buy it in both Europe and the US. You can get the phone straight from the company, if you want, via the link provided below the article. As far as Europe is concerned, both 8GB and 12GB RAM variants are available. The first model [...]

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The newly-announced OnePlus 8T is now available to purchase, you can buy it in both Europe and the US. You can get the phone straight from the company, if you want, via the link provided below the article.

As far as Europe is concerned, both 8GB and 12GB RAM variants are available. The first model includes 128GB of storage, while the second comes with 256GB of storage.

Those two variants are priced at €599 and €699 in Europe, respectively. That, at least, goes for the vast majority of markets. Do note that the price may differ from one country to the next.

It is also worth noting that each of these models come in one color. The OnePlus 8T 8GB RAM variant is available in the Lunar Silver color only. The 12GB RAM model comes in Aquamarine Green only.

Only the 12GB RAM OnePlus 8T variant is available to buy in the US

As far as the US market is concerned, you can get the phone for $749. Do note that this is the price for a 12GB RAM model of the phone, as that is the only available variant.

In most markets, listings say that the phone will ship your way in 24 hours. That may change if a lot of people order it, so if you’ve decided you want to get one, you may want to act fast.

The OnePlus 8T is the company’s newest high-end offering. The device manages to offer a really good price tag considering what it offers in the hardware and software departments.

This phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 865, while it comes with plenty of RAM, and a fullHD+ 120Hz display. That display is flat, by the way. The OnePlus 8T includes four cameras on the back, and really thin bezels.

Android 11 comes pre-installed on this device, along with the company’s custom UI, OxygenOS 11. If you’d like to know more about the phone, read our full review. If you’re interested in getting one, click here, or tap the button down below.

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This Futuristic Samsung Smartphone Promises To Offer Pro-Quality Sound https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/futuristic-samsung-smartphone-pro-quality-sound.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:30:48 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908519 Samsung, the global leader in smartphone innovation, could be working on yet another interesting smartphone form factor. While camera upgrades and bigger batteries have been the major focus for OEMs lately, with pretty much everything else reaching a tipping point as far as the hardware is concerned, the Korean behemoth may have a niche idea [...]

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Samsung, the global leader in smartphone innovation, could be working on yet another interesting smartphone form factor. While camera upgrades and bigger batteries have been the major focus for OEMs lately, with pretty much everything else reaching a tipping point as far as the hardware is concerned, the Korean behemoth may have a niche idea to set its Galaxy smartphones apart from the competition.

A recently discovered patent application from Samsung reveals that the company is exploring a smartphone design with a speaker resonance chamber. Yes, the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world wants to offer pro-grade sound quality on a smartphone.

Samsung had applied for this patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) earlier in February this year. WIPO published the patent titled "Electronic device having expandable internal space" last week, along with 35-page documentation describing this implementation.

Samsung smartphone with a speaker resonance chamber

According to the patent documents, Samsung is looking to fit this smartphone with a sturdy back panel and a flexible upper body. All internal components of the phone are attached to the upper body. This flexible part can move slightly forwards to create a speaker resonance chamber between it and the back panel.

Samsung will likely fit multiple speakers in and around this movable part to achieve a pro-quality sound. Speakers will be placed on both sides of the phone for the stereo effect. A cooling fan underneath will help in heat dissipation.

The patent documents mention the use of a plastic polymer display. Samsung used this type of flexible display on the Galaxy Fold. The company has since introduced a more scratch-resistant Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) with the Galaxy Z Flip. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also features a UTG panel. Since Samsung reserves the right to use any material it wants, this phone, if it sees the light of day, will likely get a UTG panel as well, or who knows, the company may also have a more advanced flexible display technology in the works.

Interestingly, there's also a mention of stylus support. The current generation of Samsung foldable phones don't support the S Pen. But there have been reports of the company working in this regard as well. So expect S Pen support to come to foldable Galaxy smartphones in the future.

Last but not least, this patent shows a phone with more of a rectangular body rather than a rounded one we are used to seeing on Samsung smartphones. Perhaps this a futuristic device and the Korean company is mulling some design changes as well.

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When will this futuristic Samsung smartphone arrive?

As with any other patent application, there's no way to confirm that Samsung is actually working on this smartphone design. However, this does show that flexible displays can open up a lot more possibilities for smartphone design and form factor.

OEMs are already exploring ways to enhance the sound quality on smartphones so there's a good chance that this design by Samsung will see the light of day. However, that certainly won't happen in a flash. This futuristic phone is literally one for the future.

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Google Discover Makes Two Important Changes To Cards https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-discover-two-changes-cards.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:28:39 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908535 Google Discover has decided to make a couple of changes to cards. As reported by 9to5Google, one sees a 'heart' used in order for users to offer feedback. Whilst the other will see Discover on some articles link to Google News full coverage. Google Discover appears to be going from strength to strength. For example, [...]

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Google Discover has decided to make a couple of changes to cards. As reported by 9to5Google, one sees a 'heart' used in order for users to offer feedback. Whilst the other will see Discover on some articles link to Google News full coverage.

Google Discover appears to be going from strength to strength. For example, the One Plus Series 8 has decided to kill its 'Shelf' feature in favour of Discover.

As a result of this success, Google Discover has continued to make changes up these ones to cards. Back in August, Discover introduced a video carousel or short videos.

Now, these two more changes appear to show Google is not done with improving Discover. Perhaps we can expect more innovations in the future.

Google Discover introduces 'hearts' feedback option

Prior to this, the only feedback you could offer in Discover was saying whether you wanted “more” or “less” of a topic. Now, it looks like Discover wants to make that process all the more simple.

In the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, you can quickly leave positive feedback with a small heart button to press. You can also leave negative feedback by saying you are 'not interested' in the overflow menu.

This change does mean that the 'hide this story' option has been removed. This simpler feedback system will be useful to many, however, it does push people towards the positive and makes it more difficult to offer negative feedback. On the whole, though this system is a lot more simple and should be easier to use.

Discover starts linking articles to Google News

On top of this, some stories will offer full coverage through Google News on Discover. Stories which feature a four-color newspaper icon will offer this full coverage as shown in the below screenshots.

The idea behind this feature is to provide a fuller nutritive around a story. Offering additional viewpoints and arguments to give the full story more roundly.

It appears that only major stories will get this full coverage feature, so it is only a select few which will offer this.

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As far as well can tell have yet to be rolled out widely. However, it looks like they are becoming more prevalent so a full roll out should come soon. For those that have them, they appear in both the Google app and the Discover feed to the left. Hopefully, it will not be too long before these features roll out fully to all.

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Upcoming Motorola Smartphone Will Feature A 6,000mAh Battery https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/motorola-smartphone-huge-battery-coming.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:16:41 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908532 Motorola has launched a slew of smartphones over the last few months. Looks like the company is not yet done with the launches for this year. An upcoming smartphone with the model number XT2091 has appeared on a couple of certification websites. According to the TUV Rheinland listing, this new Motorola smartphone will sport a [...]

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Motorola has launched a slew of smartphones over the last few months. Looks like the company is not yet done with the launches for this year. An upcoming smartphone with the model number XT2091 has appeared on a couple of certification websites. According to the TUV Rheinland listing, this new Motorola smartphone will sport a hefty 6000mAh battery.

It will support up to 20W (10V/2A) fast charging and also 5W (5V/1A) reverse charging. If this massive battery comes accompanied by a USB Type-C port, this smartphone can also charge other smartphones. Before the TUV Rheinland listing, the Motorola XT2091 smartphone also received the FCC certification.

Upcoming Motorola smartphone to sport 6000mAh battery

The square camera module on the top left corner features a triple camera setup and an LED flash. There is also a circular fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone. As seen on previous Motorola smartphones, it will likely be embedded into the Moto dimple.

Though the device comes with a 6,000mAh typical battery capacity, the listing reveals the rated battery capacity to be 5,640mAh. With the less power-hungry specs, the device should easily last more than a single day of usage. This same device is also rumored to launch with the Lenovo branding in China.

Even the recently launched Moto G9 smartphone made its debut in China as Lenovo K12 Note. As of now, there is no clear information about the name of this device. As per the leaks, the upcoming Motorola XT2091 will likely be part of the Moto G9 series.

It might officially launch as Moto G9 Power

Motorola has already launched three smartphones under the Moto G9 series — Moto G9, Moto G9 Play, and Moto G9 Plus. A few months back, the company also launched its most affordable 5G smartphone under the Moto G series called the Moto G 5G Plus.

Since the previously launched Moto G Power smartphones offered massive battery capacities, this new device might launch as Moto G9 Power. Whereas in China, the device could launch as Lenovo K12 Power. Apart from the battery and charging details, the details about the other specifications are scarce at the moment.

Even though Android 11 is officially released, the device might come with Android 10 out of the box. Unlike most other budget smartphones available in the market, the Motorola smartphones offer close to stock Android experience with no adware and bloatware.

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Brighten That Smile With Up to 35% off Fairywill Oral Care Products https://www.androidheadlines.com/fairywill-oral-care-products-sale-buy Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:13:33 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908594 Amazon today, is taking Up to 35% off Fairywill Oral Care Products, in its Epic Daily Deals. Allowing you to get a new toothbrush and much more for a pretty low price. This is part of Amazon's Epic Daily Deals, which means these are good today only and will expire at midnight PST. So you'd [...]

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Amazon today, is taking Up to 35% off Fairywill Oral Care Products, in its Epic Daily Deals. Allowing you to get a new toothbrush and much more for a pretty low price.

This is part of Amazon's Epic Daily Deals, which means these are good today only and will expire at midnight PST. So you'd better grab them before they are gone.

Included in this sale from Amazon, is the Fairywill Teeth Whitening Strips for Sensitive Teeth for $14.95. As well as Ace Teeth Whitening Strips Pack of 50 pcs for $18.74.

The Water Flosser And Toothbrush Combo is on sale for $37.99. There's also the Fairywill PRO P11 Sonic Whitening Electric Toothbrush for $34.95. And the Electric Sonic Toothbrush Rechargeable for Adults and Kids for $13.95.

There's plenty more to choose from in this Amazon Epic Daily Deal today, and where Dentists' are talking about raising prices due to the pandemic, this is a good time to pick up a new toothbrush and some teeth whitening strips, since they are discounted right now. Dentists' are talking about hiking prices because people are not coming into see them as often as they should now. Likely because they are afraid of going anywhere with COVID-19 running rampid. But many people are also cancelling their dental insurance, as a way to save money. Particularly for those that are still out of work.

Anyways, you can shop all of these oral care products from Fairywill and much more by clicking here. As mentioned, these prices are good today only and are going to expire at midnight PST tonight. So you'd better grab them before they are gone. As it is unclear when they will be back on sale once again.

You can shop this Amazon Epic Daily Deal and save up to 35% on Fairywill Oral Care Products by clicking here. 

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The EU investigates Instagram For Misuse Of Minors' Personal Information https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/eu-investigates-instagram-misuse-minors-personal-information.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:10:04 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908503 Instagram has had its fair share of controversy when it comes to its privacy practices. Now, the European Union has taken notice. Allegedly, Instagram had recently allowed business accounts to minors as young as 13 years old. This has opened the door for the exposition of their personal information. However, according to EU privacy laws [...]

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Instagram has had its fair share of controversy when it comes to its privacy practices. Now, the European Union has taken notice. Allegedly, Instagram had recently allowed business accounts to minors as young as 13 years old. This has opened the door for the exposition of their personal information. However, according to EU privacy laws this practice is illegal. It could result in large fines for Instagram's parent company, Facebook.

The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in Ireland initiated the charges. Facebook will be examined to see whether it has the right to process children's personal information.

Data privacy concerns

Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle believes the concerns may be well justified. "Instagram is a social media platform which is used widely by children in Ireland and across Europe," he said. "The DPC has been actively monitoring complaints received from individuals in this area and has identified potential concerns in relation to the processing of children's personal data on Instagram which require further examination."

Data Scientist David Stiers has suggested that this has been taking place since the beginning of last year. Instagram business accounts require email addresses and phone numbers of their users to be publicly displayed. This option was made available to minors with the potential to be abused.

This has unfortunately resulted in the widespread dissemination of minors' personal information across the social network. Hackers are already taking advantage of this information to scrape the data from the HTML code for a database of millions of users.

Compliance with EU privacy regulations

As for Facebook, it rejects any claims of wrongdoing. "We've always been clear that when people choose to set up a business account on Instagram, the contact information they share would be publicly displayed," a spokesperson told BBC reporters. "That's very different to exposing people's information."

Regardless of the claims against it, Facebook is taking steps to avoid any further accusations or doxxing of personal information by removing the embedded contact information from Instagram's source code. It's also allowing users to opt out of including contact information.

Overall, the DPC's charges against Facebook are a test on its adherence to EU privacy regulations. The EU has taken a special interest in the privacy of its citizens, and for the past few years has been campaigning for increased privacy regulations online.

Facebook is not the first company to come under scrutiny from European legislators. Google has already faced numerous challenges and fines as a result of the evolving legislation. If Facebook fails to comply with the data protection measures, it could face fines as high as four percent of its total annual revenue.

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Google Updates Smart Displays With New Features, UI Overhaul https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/google-updates-smart-displays-new-features-ui.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:57:10 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908491 Your Google Assistant-powered smart display is all set to get smarter. Google is rolling out a major update to its smart display UI, introducing a host of new features and enhancements. Starting this week, devices such as the Nest Hub Max as well as other Assistant-powered third-party smart displays will be getting this brand new experience. [...]

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Your Google Assistant-powered smart display is all set to get smarter. Google is rolling out a major update to its smart display UI, introducing a host of new features and enhancements. Starting this week, devices such as the Nest Hub Max as well as other Assistant-powered third-party smart displays will be getting this brand new experience.

Part of this big overhaul is the updated UI that was first spotted last month. Dark mode, relaxing sounds, and gentle alarm are some other notable additions.

Google Assistant smart displays are getting a big UI overhaul

As Google says, the new experience builds on the visual capabilities of smart displays. The home screen has been updated to show more information and recommendations based on your habits as well as the time of day. You'll start with a new "Your morning" page that'll show at-a-glance info about upcoming meetings, weather forecasts, and a rundown of the morning news.

As the day progresses, these recommendations will change to provide you contextual information about "Your afternoon" and "Your evening."

Google previously presented information on an endless horizontal list. The latest update now categorizes information in five tabs. On the right of the aforementioned time-based recommendations tab are four other tabs – Home control, Media, Communicate, and Discover – that presents you with information through tappable cards. These cards have varying sizes depending on the importance of the information they contain.

Home control is the hub through which you can remotely control all connected devices in your house. Google now also lets you see and control media playback on other devices in your household. The Media page will let you do this neat trick. This page will also be home to personalized recommendations for music and shows from linked services such as Disney+, Netflix, YouTube TV, and Spotify.

The Communicate tab allows users to make a video call to their friends and families through Google Meet or Duo. Google promises to add Zoom support later this year. Lastly, the Discover tab does what it does in the Google app – show you recommendations based on your browsing history.

Some new features are also part of this update

Along with the UI overhaul, Google is also adding some new features to Assistant-powered smart displays with the latest update. Most notable of them is the support for multiple accounts. You can connect multiple accounts and see all your calendar events and meetings in one place.

Google Meet is now getting the Duo-like auto-framing features so you're always in the center of the picture. The ability to switch between different grid views during a call is also here. Additionally, you can now cancel and reschedule Meet meetings right from your smart displays, as well as send messages to other participants if you're running late.

Assistant-powered smart displays are now getting dark theme support. You can select between the classic light theme and the new dark theme, or set to "Automatic" so the device switches between the two themes based on the ambient light or when the sun rises and sets.

The "Your evening" page brings new relaxing sounds that you can play if you feel like. You can set a sleep timer that will fade out the sound by the time you go to sleep.

Last but not least, your smart display will "soon" get Google's Sunrise Alarm. Once the feature arrives, the brightness of the screen will gradually increase starting 30 minutes before your alarm goes off. This will mimic the sunrise so you wake up naturally. And when the alarm does go off, you can just say "stop" without having to say "Hey Google."

Apart from Sunrise Alarm, all other new features and enhancements are now rolling out. They should reach all eligible units around the world over the next few days or weeks.

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Samsung Patents Outward Folding Phone With Weird Camera Design https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/samsung-patents-outward-folding-phone-weird-camera.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:38:12 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908500 The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is arguably the best foldable smartphone available in the market. All the Samsung foldable smartphones launched to date came with an inward folding display. According to the latest patent spotted by LetsGoDigital, Samsung is likely working on a new Galaxy Fold-like phone featuring an outward folding display. Samsung [...]

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The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is arguably the best foldable smartphone available in the market. All the Samsung foldable smartphones launched to date came with an inward folding display. According to the latest patent spotted by LetsGoDigital, Samsung is likely working on a new Galaxy Fold-like phone featuring an outward folding display.

Samsung filed the patent for this foldable design with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) on April 10, 2019. The patent approved just last week showcases the device with a unique display cut-out for using the same cameras in the front and rear.

Samsung to soon launch an outward folding phone?

The documentation includes a total of three different designs where two of them come with an outward folding display. All three variants feature a cut-out on one of the top corners. While there is a single camera placed on the foldable display, the cut-out allows users to take advantage of the rear cameras to capture selfies or make video calls.

If the company decides to with a larger cut-out, then the device can have three camera sensors on the front. Since this is just a design patent, there is no guarantee that Samsung will ever launch a similar-looking smartphone. Unlike the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Fold 2, there will be no cover display on this outward folding smartphone.

The company might also use under-display cameras on premium foldable devices

With the newly launched Galaxy Fold 2, the company got rid of the notch on the foldable display and large bezels of the cover display. Instead, Samsung opted for the punch-hole cameras to offer an immersive experience.

The previous rumors suggested the company to go with under-display cameras when the technology becomes commercially viable. Notably, the compromises like featuring a cut-out can also help the company make the foldable smartphones more affordable.

However, the outward folding design makes the display extremely fragile. Even Huawei might launch its new foldable smartphone with an inward folding display. If you didn't know, both the previously launched Mate X and Mate Xs foldable smartphones from Huawei came with an outward folding display.

Samsung's proprietary UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) technology is the best solution available for protecting the foldable display. However, it has to get much better to make regular users buy foldable smartphones with confidence.

The company has long rumored to launch an affordable foldable smartphone called Galax Z Fold Lite. As of now, there is no official confirmation from Samsung about the launch of this device.

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OnePlus 8 Series Could Have Launched In These Color Variants https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/10/oneplus-8-series-unreleased-color-variants.html Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:17:27 +0000 https://www.androidheadlines.com/?p=908590 OnePlus has played around with a number of color variants for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, it seems. Max J., a well-known tipster, listed the color variants that the company was testing for the two devices, but never used. OnePlus tested quite a few color variants for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro Those [...]

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OnePlus has played around with a number of color variants for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, it seems. Max J., a well-known tipster, listed the color variants that the company was testing for the two devices, but never used.

OnePlus tested quite a few color variants for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

Those color variants are Blue, Yellow, Red, Purple, and Aura Glow (similar to the one used on the OnePlus 8). This is not surprising, as that is something OEMs do every year.

As most of you know, the OnePlus 8 is currently available in four color variants (Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver), while its sibling comes in three (Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black).

The availability of those color options is not only market-dependent, but also dependent on the variant of the phone you’re getting. OnePlus always offers several color options for its device, but not many of them.

Things could change with the OnePlus’ upcoming budget Nord phones, but that’s unlikely. As a reminder, the company is expected to announce two additional phones by the end of this month.

Next-gen OnePlus flagship is not expected to launch May 2021

The OnePlus 9 series, on the other hand, is not expected to arrive until mid-2021. The OnePlus 9’s codename actually got revealed quite recently, and more information will probably follow in the coming weeks / months.

While we wait for that, all the focus is on the recently-launched OnePlus 8T, and the upcoming Nord smartphones. At least one of those two Nord devices will make its way to the US, but it’s possible both will.

OnePlus has been branching out this year, as it launched its first mid-range phone since the OnePlus X. Its name is OnePlus Nord, and it is a compelling smartphone, to say the least.

It remains to be seen what will the company offer with the upcoming Nord smartphones. One thing is for sure, they’ll be more affordable than the current OnePlus Nord handset.

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