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The Patchwall 3.0 update is now rolling out to a host of Mi TV models

Several Xiaomi Mi TV models in India get Patchwall 3.0 update with Disney+ Hotstar integration, new UI and more

Mi TV owners in India will be pleased to know that Xiaomi has released the Patchwall 3.0 update for their TVs. The update brings forth a host of changes such as Hotstar Disney+ integration, the ability to scroll horizontally, and ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:06:00 +0200
OnePlus' next pop-up will be online. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus promises an online pop-up for the 8 series

The smartphone OEM OnePlus has taken to arranging pop-up events so that its fans can see and handle its new flagships as soon as possible after launch. However, this would obviously be in extremely bad taste in the case of its ear...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:33:00 +0200
The Honor 20 Pro is to get a new generation soon. (Source: Honor)

A possible Honor 30 Pro surfaces on Geekbench, Kirin 990 and all

A device styled as a heretofore-unknown Huawei phone has appeared on Geekbench 4. Based on its 8GB of RAM, Android 10 OS and probable Kirin 990 SoC, it is likely to be of the upcoming Honor 30 series - perhaps the anticipated Pro ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:03:00 +0200
The original Galaxy A51. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G gains more evidence of its existence

Recently, a benchmarking leak pointed to a 5G variant of a popular early-2020 phone, the Samsung Galaxy A51. Now, the phone in question has been certified as a Wi-Fi device. This appears to verify the initial rumor and to suggest ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:22:00 +0200
The OPPO Reno3 5G smartphone features UFS 2.1 storage. (Image source: OPPO)

Dimensity rules: OPPO Reno3 5G easily tops AnTuTu's March chart for midrange smartphones thanks to its MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset

The OPPO Reno3 5G is still the top device in AnTuTu’s midrange smartphone chart, helped along by its impressive MediaTek Dimensity 1000L chipset. The OPPO phone now has an average score that is over 400,000 points, putting it way ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:48:00 +0200
The OnePlus 8 series is launching on April 14. (Image source: WinFuture)

Geekbench confirms 12 GB RAM OnePlus Pro model for India as upcoming flagship falls short of the Oppo Find X2 Pro

The OnePlus 8 Pro has been visiting Geekbench on a regular basis over the last few days. The listings offer a clear idea of what performance to expect from OnePlus' next flagship, and the Oppo Find X2 Pro has the edge as things st...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 23:59:00 +0200
Ultra-thin glass is made by firms such as Schott. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to bring glass for its next-gen foldables in-house

Samsung's Display division sources the ultra-thin glass found in the Galaxy Z Flip from a company in which it has a major share. However, this has not stopped rumors that the same OEM now plans to manufacture the same material by ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:27:00 +0200
The paid music-streaming market breakdown for 2019. (Source: Counterpoint Research)

Subscription-based music-streaming increased by 32% in 2019

According to a new Counterpoint Research report, music-streaming service subscriptions have increased in 2019 compared to 2018. Spotify has retained the top spot in this market year-on-year (YoY), also other popular platforms such...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 21:33:00 +0200
The average weekly gaming-app download counts shot up in 1Q2020. (Source: AppAnnie)

A new report details the time (and money) spent on apps in 2020 so far

A research group has released its report on app use and purchasing for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). It has concluded that the average amount of time spent on them per week increased by 20% year-on-year (YoY). In addition, a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 20:30:00 +0200
A new Samsung Galaxy A21 render. (Source: GSMArena)

Rumors | The Exynos 850 is a new Samsung SoC that will debut in the Galaxy A21s

A new set of results posted to Geekbench 5 point to a brand-new Samsung Galaxy A variant that will, furthermore, launch with a completely new processor to boot. Should this leak be believed, it is to be called the Exynos 850, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:00:00 +0200
The alleged single highest score recorded for an OPPO Find X2 Pro device was 637,099 points. (Image source: OPPO)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 smartphones dominate AnTuTu flagship leaderboard for March headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

AnTuTu has released its benchmark charts for March and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered devices take up every place in the top 10 flagship list. At the top of the pile is the OPPO Find X2 Pro smartphone, which is the only device in...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 14:09:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. (Source: AndroidPit)

Hands on with One UI 2.1 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series with an improved version of its UI—One UI 2.1. The Galaxy S10 series is now also receiving the One UI 2.1 update with all the software features that debuted on the Galaxy S20 phones.
Ricci Rox, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:55:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy S20 trio.

Opinion | Samsung refutes reports of performance disparities between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865

The Exynos 990 being a significantly worse chipset than the Snapdragon 865—or even last year's Snapdragon 855—may as well be fact at this point. Samsung appears to disagree, though, for what it's worth.
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:53:00 +0200
Early leaked LG G9 ThinQ renders. (Source: OnLeaks)

Snapdragon 765G-powered LG G9 ThinQ replacement billed for May 15 launch

Going by recent reports, LG has now killed off its flagship G-series, with the LG G9 ThinQ all but officially dead in the water. According to word on the grapevine, the replacement to the G9 ThinQ has now been penned down for a Ma...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:52:00 +0200
There could be a wireless charger with this branding on the market soon. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus may launch a Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger to go with the 8 Pro

The 8 Pro is rumored to become OnePlus' first flagship phone with wireless charging. Now, a prominent leaker asserts that the OEM will sell a power accessory to support this feature. This brand is also now rumored to have Bullets ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 22:50:00 +0200
The next Galaxy Buds? Source: WinFuture

Rumor | Samsung has developed a new, kidney bean-shaped Galaxy Bud

Samsung is now rumored to have a completely new type of Galaxy Bud in the works. According to a new leak, they will have a much larger shape that looks somewhat like a pair of beans. Some renders generated based on this idea sugge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 21:45:00 +0200
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was released in late 2017. (Source: Slickdeals)

Opinion | Huawei Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro snubbed in EMUI 10.1 update roadmap

Huawei released the Mate 10 Pro in late 2017 and the P20 Pro about two years ago. The phones have received two major updates—although the EMUI 10 rollout is still ongoing—and while one would expect them to also get the EMUI 10.1 u...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:01:00 +0200
LG V40 ThinQ now on sale for $330 USD brand new

Deal | LG V40 ThinQ now on sale for $330 USD unlocked and brand new

The one-year old flagship launched in early 2019 for $950 USD; now it's down to just one-third the price. The version on sale is the North American variant with 64 GB of storage.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:03:00 +0200
The Vivo Y50's leaked promotional material. (Source: IndiaShopps)

Rumor | An upcoming Vivo Y-series phone will have a punch-hole display

A new leak suggests that Vivo's Y series of phones will get a new model soon. It may be called the Y50, and have an in-display selfie camera. This new device is also thought to have quad cameras and to have 6 to 8GB of RAM.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:43:00 +0200
The new Redmi Band. (Source: MyDrivers)

The Redmi Band: a fitness tracker pitched even cheaper than the Mi Band in China

Redmi has launched its first wearable: a smart band quite like that of Realme's initial foray into this market. It will be only 99 yuan (~$US14) when it goes on sale in China - or even cheaper during a crowd-funding event to be he...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:11:00 +0200
The Mi A2 Lite has received another disappointing update. (Image source: Geekyranjit)

Mi A2 Lite goes the way of the Mi A3 with latest update, and fans aren't happy about it

Still waiting for a fixed Android 10 build on your Mi A2 Lite? Well, the device has lucked out once again, as Xiaomi has pushed a new frustrating update to the Android One handset. Android 10 may be on the horizon, but this certai...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:29:00 +0200
The smartwatch market may continue to grow until 2024. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The smartwatch market could break 100 million units shipped by 2024: new market research

The market for smartwatches is associated with an estimated 43.87 million unit shipments in 2018. However, this number is now thought to reach a possible total of 108.91 million by 2024. This growth may be driven by an increased d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:05:00 +0200
Moto G8 Power Lite is Motorola's latest mid-range offering

Moto G8 Power Lite announced with MediaTek Helio P35, 5,000mAh battery, and more

Motorola just unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite earlier today. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ panel, a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone will retail at €169 ($185), and will be ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:12:00 +0200
The new Blink Mini has plenty of features for just US$35. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon launches Blink Mini camera with motion detection for just US$35

Amazon has launched the Blink Mini, it’s latest home security camera. The diminutive device integrates seamlessly with Amazon’s other Blink products as well as its Alex line of voice-controlled devices.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:57:00 +0200
Screenshots from Spyjinx, the latest mobile game from Epic Games. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic Games partners with J.J. Abrams on Spyjinx mobile game for iOS, Android

Fortnite maker Epic Games has teamed with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams on a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Dubbed ‘Spyjinx’, the new game will pit players against each other in a multiplayer that mixes action-strategy with...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:55:00 +0200
Android 10 update for Galaxy Tab S6 is now available

Galaxy Tab S6 gets stable Android 10 update in Germany

Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now making its way to Galaxy Tab S6 owners. It brings forth all the standard One UI 2.0 and Android 10 features, and is bundled with the March 2020 Android security patch. Currently, it is onl...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:15:00 +0200
We expected more from the fourth camera in the Galaxy S20+. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy S20+: The fourth camera does not make a difference, nor does its fake zoom

One of the big differences between the Galaxy S20+ and the regular Galaxy S20 is Samsung's inclusion of a fourth rear-facing camera. Does this, the larger displ...
Samsung Exynos 990 | ARM Mali-G77 MP11 | 6.7" | 188 g
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:10:00 +0200
Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with a large 120 Hz display.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: The 120 Hz Dilemma

Samsung's Galaxy S20 series revealed some startling weaknesses in addition to its plethora of pros. We already knew very early on that the 120 Hz refresh rate w...
Samsung Exynos 990 | ARM Mali-G77 MP11 | 6.9" | 219 g
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 23:58:00 +0200
VPN use was found to increase in March 2020. (Source: Flickr)

Global VPN use spiked during March 2020, study finds

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are popular tools among those who want to safeguard their internet usage and the data involved. The sudden and widespread need to work from home has given them a new dimension of necessity, however....
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:14:00 +0200
Pick up the Fossil Sport for just US$99. (Image source: Fossil)

Deal | Snap up a Fossil smartwatch with Wear OS & Snapdragon Wear 3100 for US$99 instead of US$275; take over 50% off the Gen 4 too

Interested in a smartwatch but put off by the price? Well, Fossil is currently offering some stonking discounts on its Sport and Gen 4 smartwatches. Featuring a waterproof design, Wear OS, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, GPS, 4 G...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:29:00 +0200
This may be the Honor Play 4T. (Source: Weibo)

Rumor | The Honor Play 4T Pro is a new smartphone with the Kirin 810 SoC and a 4000mAh battery

A Weibo leaker claims that Honor will soon launch a new Play-series smartphone called the 4T Pro. It is thought to have the Kirin 810 processor and to have a display of about 6.3 inches in diagonal length. It may also have triple ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:18:00 +0200
The new Sony WH-CH710N wireless headphones. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases new noise-cancelling wireless headphones

Sony has unveiled the WH-CH710N completely wireless headphones. They are equipped with Automatic Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling (AINC), which excludes ambient sounds in a way that adapts to the wearer's environment. They ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:33:00 +0200
The Mi Band 4. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi updates the Mi Band 3 and 4 with a laptop-unlocking function

The Mi Bands 3 and 4 have a new firmware update that fixes several UI-related bugs. It also introduces a first-party notebook-unlocking facility to these fitness trackers. They also now support Apple ID logins for the first time.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:50:00 +0200
The Mi CC9 Pro was Xiaomi's first widely available high-megapixel smartphone. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi puts a 144 MP camera smartphone into development

Did you think 108 MP was enough for this year? Well think again, as rumour has it that Xiaomi will be using Samsung's upcoming 144 MP camera sensor in a smartphone this year. Possibly the Mi 10S Pro or Mi CC10 Pro, the device woul...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:54:00 +0200
Huawei's P40 series has been praised for its excellent cameras. (Image source: Huawei)

Alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 series will frustrate buyers of the global variants

The alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 smartphones have been leaked online, and they are considerably lower than the prices customers will have to pay for the flagship smartphones in the European and UK markets. It has bee...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0200
The display of the P40 Pro was supplied by BOE and LG. (Source: Huawei)

Who made the display on the Huawei P40 Pro? Not Samsung, apparently

The Huawei P40 Pro sports an impressive quad-curved 90 Hz FHD+ AMOLED display, but which company is responsible for producing that piece of hardware? While last year's Huawei P30's screen was made by Samsung, Huawei appears to hav...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:27:00 +0200
A purported Geekbench listing for the Galaxy Note 20+ 5G has been spotted online

Galaxy Note 20+ 5G flexes its muscles for the first time on Geekbench

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G has been spotted on Geekbench for the first time ever. Based on its single and multi-core test results, it appears to be a Snapdragon 865-powered variant of the phone. The device specifications showcased...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:17:00 +0200
The Ultramarine Blue OnePlus 8 Pro looks great, but its price does not. (Image source: WinFuture)

Opinion | OnePlus concedes that the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will abandon the company's affordable roots

Essentially confirming that the OnePlus 8 Pro will be the most expensive OnePlus device to date, CEO Pete Lau has sought to dispel rumours that the OnePlus 8 series will not exceed US$1,000. Such a statement is an admission that O...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:11:00 +0200
The new Sony WF-XB700s. (Source: Sony)

Sony announces new TWS earphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony has released the WF-XB700 earphones: TWS devices designed to incorporate this OEM's EXTRA BASS technology. They also have an IP4 rating against sweat and water-splashes and ergonomics that may help them stay in the user's ear...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:20:00 +0200
Galaxy S20 series users can now get 50% of their phone's value back in the United States

Samsung is now promising a guaranteed 50% cashback on every Galaxy S20 phone purchased

Samsung has just announced a buyback program for its Galaxy S20 line of phones. Users can now get at 50% of the phone's value back anytime in the next two years as store credit. The offer is only available for devices purchased in...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:17:00 +0200
IS OPPO preparing the Reno3 Pro 5G for launch again? (Source: OPPO)

OPPO's Reno3 Pro 5G is cleared for launch in the US

OPPO has released 4G variants of its Reno3 series outside of its native China. Now, it seems it is letting the original, 5G versions of these phones out into the wider world too. It has been certified by the Federal Communications...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:28:00 +0200
Will Xiaomi ever release a new Pocophone? The EEC suggests so. (Image source: AndroidPIT)

Xiaomi has a new Pocophone in development

Buried in the depths of the EEC database is a new registration by Xiaomi using the POCO trademark. Xiaomi controls the POCO branding outside of India, prompting speculation that it has a new Pocophone in development and a true suc...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:50:00 +0200
The new Fitbit Charge 4. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit launches the Charge 4 and 4 Special Edition

Fitbit has unleashed its latest Charge 4 and 4 SE band-style wearables. These devices look much like their predecessors, but now pack advanced features such as on-board GPS. The OEM also claims that they are rated for up to 7 days...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:48:00 +0200
Multi-device support will come to a future version of WhatsApp

Future version of WhatsApp could let you run the application on multiple devices

Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances o...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:59:00 +0200
Huawei has released its earnings report for 2019. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei reports that it made US$123 billion in 2019

Huawei has released its financial performance report for 2019, which outlines its takings worldwide from all its business, consumer electronics included. They show that overall revenues have increased year-on-year (YoY). However, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:56:00 +0200
The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus has relatively thin bezels. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus: Lenovo leans heavily on Apple's iPad design language with its latest sub-€200 tablet

Lenovo has launched the Tab M10 Plus, its latest budget. The Tab M10 Plus comes in at under €200 but includes a large battery, fairly thin display bezels and up to 128 GB of storage. The Tab M10 Plus has an 87% screen to body rati...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:42:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65" will retail for €549. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S: 65-inch UHD TV comes to Europe for €549

Xiaomi is bringing the 65-inch version of the Mi TV 4S to Europe. Launching in June, the Mi TV 4S 65" will retail for €549 and features a native 4K resolution, HDR10+ certification. The Android TV also has stereo speakers onboard ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:37:00 +0200
Android 10 is now available for Nokia 7.2 users

Android 10 update for Nokia 7.2 now rolling out globally

HMD Global just announced that the Nokia 7.2 will receive the Android 10 update starting today. You may have to wait a few days to get it, though, as it is a staged rollout. Head over to your devices' Settings app to try and trigg...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:35:00 +0200
EMUI 10.1 has already started rolling out to Chinese devices in beta form. (Image source: Huawei)

Updates for all: EMUI 10.1 roadmap published with over 30 eligible devices

Launched alongside the P40 series, Huawei has announced plans to upgrade over 30 devices to EMUI 10.1. While still based on Android 10, EMUI 10.1 refines upon EMUI 10 in many areas, including smoother animations, along with multi-...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:25:00 +0200
Oppo's air-charging system relies on a FreeVOOC coil integrated in the phone rim. (Source: Oppo)

Update | Oppo Reno Ace Infinity to include FreeVOOC air-charging tech that keeps batteries charged forever?

Apparently, Oppo found a way to safely implement "air-charging" into smartphones using a new FreeVOOC coil and an electromagnetic emitter that has a 10-meter range. This allows the batteries to constantly charge at 5-10 W while in...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:43:00 +0200

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