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Smartphones in Russia will soon have to be more Russian... whatever that may mean. (Image via Charles DeLuvio on Unsplash, with edits)

Electronics sold in Russia must soon have software that supports "Russian spiritual and moral values"

A new draft of a government resolution in Russia mandates that all electronics sold in the country carry pre-installed software from Russian companies that espouses the "formation of the priority of traditional Russian spiritual a...
Sam Medley, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:20:00 +0100
According to a new rumor, every phone that can run iOS 13 will be able to run iOS 14. (Image via Apple)

Rumor claims iOS 14 will still support iPhone SE, iPhone 6S

A new rumor from French website iPhonesoft claims that iOS 14 will be compatible with the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and original iPhone SE. However, the upcoming version of iPadOS will supposedly drop support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad...
Sam Medley, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:57:00 +0100
Ultra-short videos have returned to the mobile device world. (Source: Byte)

Vine regenerates as Byte, a new 6-second video app

Byte has emerged from beta onto the Play Store and the App Store. It, much like its predecessor Vine, allows the user to make videos of 6 seconds in length. Both apps also have a creator in common, who hopes to bring a form of rev...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:03:00 +0100
The Huawei Y9 (2019) ran Android Oreo out of the box. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei Y9 (2019) owners up in arms after Android 10 snub

Huawei has confirmed that the Huawei Y9 (2019) will not receive the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update, and owners of the phone are, well, unhappy about that decision. Rightfully so, too, as the Honor 8X, another mid-range phone, was...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:23:00 +0100
According to a new report, the Olympus Tough TG-6 counts as an action-cam. (Source: Olympus)

The action-camera market will be worth nearly US$9 billion by 2025

Action cameras are a popular device category, particularly among those who want to record their rugged pursuits wherever they go. A new report indicates that the market in question will grow to be worth US$8.9 billion in the next ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:15:00 +0100
The "Redmi fitness tracker" image. (Source: Weibo)

New leaks suggest Redmi will break into wearables soon

According to a new leak, Redmi - which is usually known as a smartphone brand - will launch a fitness tracker soon. It may be of the kind that fits into a silicone wrist-band, and may also have a front-facing capacitive button. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:28:00 +0100
The Nexus 6P case claimants should receive their payments soon. (Source: Amazon)

The Nexus 6P settlement is on the brink of paying out

Recently, the Google/Huawei Nexus 6P was the subject of a class action lawsuit in which the claimants experienced a disproportional amount of battery drain, bootloops or both. This case was settled, and the beneficiaries have now ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:56:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Redmi 8A has a 12 MP primary camera. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi 8A owners rejoice as Android 10 could be winging its way to you soon

It seems owners of the Xiaomi Redmi 8A budget-friendly smartphone could soon be enjoying all the features that Android 10 has to offer. A recent Geekbench database entry for a “Xiaomi Redmi 8A” has “Android 10” mentioned as its op...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:04:00 +0100
The Google Camera app may have been upgraded to support 24fps recording. (Source: Google)

The latest Google Camera app update allegedly hints at new 24fps feature

Google Camera has just been updated to version 7.3.017 on the Play Store. A new report allegedly based on a teardown of its APK specifies the ability to record at 24 frames per second (fps). This option may pertain to upcoming pho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:10:00 +0100
The Galaxy M20's successor may have appeared on Geekbench. (Source: Amazon)

Samsung Galaxy M21: new leak points to same SoC as Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy M20 will probably get a successor called the M21 this year. A new addition to the Geekbench 5 database suggests that this phone does in fact exist. Should it be genuine, it will be powered by the Exynos 9611 chi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0100
Smart TVs will continue to grow as a market until 2025. (Source: Wikipedia)

Smart TV shipments may grow by about 57 million until 2025

Smart TVs are already popular purchases, and may become more so in the future due to their role as smart-home hubs. The latest analysis of their market has found that their shipments may number about 266 million over the next 5 ye...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:36:00 +0100
Wearables may play more of a role in health and medicine over the next 5 years. (Source: Pigsback)

The fitness tracker market may reach US$5 billion in 5 years

The latest report on the health- and fitness-tracker market shows that it may achieve a valuation of as much as US$5 billion by 2025. This may be driven by the increasing number of applications and functions for these devices. The...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:50:00 +0100
The Galaxy A01 may be the Galaxy A10e's successor in the US. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Samsung Galaxy A01 confirmed by FCC listing, may launch in US soon

The 2020 Samsung Galaxy A-series of smartphones was rumored to gain a novel variant called the A01 this year. However, it seems the leak in question has been proved true thanks to new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approv...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:06:00 +0100
Austere's new 8K HDMI 2.1 Cable. (Source: Austere)

Austere releases an HDMI 2.1 cable for 8K UHD content

8K is the next up-and-coming thing in display-tech standards. However, devices that support it may only be so effective at showing it without compatible, high-quality cables. The company Austere has put just such a product on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:25:00 +0100
The V50 ThinQ has already started receiving Android 10 in South Korea. (Image source: @SomeGadgetGuy)

Dropping like flies: LG announces its LG UX 9.0 Android 10 roadmap

Two years ago, LG promised that it would start delivering updates faster and more frequently. While 2019 largely proved a bust in that regard, the company has already started pushing Android 10 to the V50 ThinQ. Now, the company h...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:21:00 +0100
The Pocophone F1, better than ever at over a year old? (Image source: Gizchina)

Rumour | Android 10 update doubles gaming performance for the Pocophone F1

Xiaomi may have taken its time in delivering Android 10 to the Pocophone F1, but the OS upgrade apparently brings more than just minor changes to the device. Some people are even claiming that the update brings drastically improve...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:04:00 +0100
The Mi A2 Lite has only received one OS upgrade since launching in July 2018. (Image source: Frandroid)

Xiaomi fuels speculation that it has binned the Mi A2 Lite after just one OS upgrade

Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 Lite in mid-2018 running Android One, making it eligible for at least one more OS upgrade. However, the company has now sparked talk online about whether the device will even receive Android 10, with it s...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0100
The Moto G7 Plus. (Source: Amazon)

The Moto G7 Plus starts updating to Android 10

According to a Brazilian blog, Motorola has started to update its Moto G7 Plus to the latest version of Android. It adds the new kind of navigation controls, a dark mode and December 2019 security patches to this phone. So far, it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:35:00 +0100
The Inkplate 6 could become any kind of display missing from a creator's life. (Source: CrowdSupply)

The Inkplate 6: a new platform for fans of Arduino programming, e-paper and custom design

The Inkplate 6 is a new product directed at those who like to make custom electronics from (nearly) scratch. It is a display that offers all the advantages of e-paper, as well as support for the hardware and software to customize ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
OxygenOS 10.3.1. squashes plenty of bugs for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. (Image source: OnePlus)

OnePlus rolls out stable OxygenOS 10.3.1 bug-crushing update for the OnePlus 6 and 6T

OnePlus has announced and started rolling out OxygenOS 10.3.1 for the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The latest stable update for the devices addresses a host of issues while also improving system and camera performance.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:47:00 +0100
The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are currently stuck on the Android 9.0 Pie version of One UI. (Image source: The Nerd Mag)

Samsung prompts speculation that the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will receive One UI 2.0 and Android 10 after all

Despite not being officially confirmed, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 appeared to have missed the cut for upgrades to One UI 2.0, Samsung's custom version of Android 10. While some people had accepted the notion of their two-year-old h...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:04:00 +0100
Wine 5.0 now available for download, source code also up for grabs (Source: WineHQ)

Wine 5.0 now available for all supported operating systems

The version labeled 5.0 of the popular open-source software compatibility layer known as Wine has just surfaced as both source code and binary for multiple operating systems, including Android, macOS, and various Linux distros. Th...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:05:00 +0100
The PS4 UI is currently on update 7.00. (Image source: IndianExpress)

First glimpse at potential PlayStation 5 user interface shows similarity with PS4's UI

A picture of what is claimed to be the first look at the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been posted on a well-known imageboard. The poster of the image states that they work at a game studio that is currently utilizing PS5 dev...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:46:00 +0100
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is killing off a long-standing pre-installed app. (Image via Canonical)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introd...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:12:00 +0100
The Mate 20 Pro has already received Android 10. (Source: BGR)

New EMUI 10 global update release schedule for Huawei phones revealed

Yet another list has surfaced revealing Huawei's plans for its global EMUI 10 rollout. A total of twenty-two phones are billed to receive the update, with Kirin 980-powered devices like the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro leading the way.
Ricci Rox, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:34:00 +0100
The Nokia 2.3. (Source: HMD Global)

The Nokia 2.3 can now be ordered in the United States

HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 2.3 is now available on the US market, starting with pre-sales at Best Buy. This device has a 6.2-inch screen and a polycarbonate build. Its price definitely puts it in the budget category; ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:58:00 +0100
Google's new Activity Bubbles tool. (Source: Google)

Spend too much time on your phone? Google has new apps to fix that

Phone addiction or dependency is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the developed world. Google has set up its Creative Lab for users who want to address this. Its latest experiments consist of 3 apps which may act as d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:29:00 +0100
Biometrics were more of a thing back in the Exynos 8895's day. (Source: Samsung)

A hugely dubious leak alleges the Pixel 4a will rock an old Exynos SoC

A new leak posted to the Geekbench 5 database purports to spill some of the upcoming Google Pixel 4a's specs. However, this "leak" is particularly unreliable, not the least as it makes the bold claim that the OEM will switch from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100
The topsy-turvy story of the Pocophone F1 and its journey to Android 10 continues. At the end of last year, the publication of its Android 10 kernel source code suggested that it would not be long before the device received Android 10 builds of MIUI 11. Indeed, Xiaomi has moved all of its other Snapdragon 845-powered handsets onto Android 10 since that kernel source code release. The Pocophone F1 has not received a stable update since November, either.  More recently, a Xiaomi representative stated that the device might receive Android 10 by February, which we thought would bring an end to the matter for the time being. However, XDA Developers has now been informed that an Android 10 build has now appeared online.  Confusingly, while XDA Developers claims that it is a beta update, the screenshot that we have included below lists it as a stable build. Moreover, we can only find one reference to it on Mi.com, which is unusual. Additionally, we can find no mention of the build on Xiaomi Firmware Updater, a community-run repository that automatically pulls new builds from all MIUI channels every six hours.  We do not have a Pocophone F1 to hand to test the build either, so we would treat it with caution for the time being. If you want to install it, then you must flash it with an unlocked bootloader using TWRP. You can download the build, V11.0.4.0.QEJMIXM, from Xiaomi's servers.

Android 10 shows signs of life on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Fancy trying out Android 10 on the Pocophone F1 early? Well now, you can courtesy of a new beta build of MIUI 11. The Pocophone F1 is the last of Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones to receive Android 10, despite having be...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:40:00 +0100
ASRock's new ITX board. (Source: Twitter)

ASRock has a new Gemini Lake Refresh-compatible ITX board

ASRock has a new mini-PC board ready to go. As it appears to be designed for the Intel Pentium Silver J5040 chipset, it may be pitched at the lower end of this market. It can drive up to 3 displays and has an HDMI port that suppor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:27:00 +0100
No sign of Android 10 this month for either the Mi A2 Lite or Mi A3. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 receive disappointingly small January update

At the turn of the year, it seemed that Xiaomi would be bringing Android 10 to all its eligible Android One handsets. The Mi A3, A2 and A2 Lite were all due to receive Android 10 this month, but only one has so far. Worse still, t...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:20:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip might look like this. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

No 108MP camera for the Galaxy Z Flip: new leak

Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip. The prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have uncovered some more of its specs. It will apparently have a main screen measuring 6.7 inches. Furthermore, it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:36:00 +0100
A Pixel 4 was caught running Android 11. (Source: CNN)

Google Pixel 4 caught running Android 11 ahead of Developer Preview 1 release

The first developer preview for Android 10 went live in March last year. We expect the same release timeframe for Android 11 this year, and the fact that a Pixel 4 has been found running Android 11 on a benchmark supports that not...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:31:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 that might have been. (Source: OnePlus)

A OnePlus designer shows off what the 6 could have looked like

Hao Ran, a OnePlus employee, has shared one of its designs for its early 2018 flagship. It exchanges the glass rear panel normally found on this phone (the 6) for a more original backing made of wood. This render's non-optical fin...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:19:00 +0100
Realme may have a smartwatch ready to go. (Source: Realme)

A new Realme leak suggests the brand is about to release its first smartwatch

An Indian electronics authority has approved a new device from Realme described as being part of the "Smart Watches" category. Therefore, it seems this brand is preparing to launch its first wearable of this type in India. If so, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 21:26:00 +0100
Fitbits were found to detect 'flu at least as well as the CDC in a recent study. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit use may be used to help predict flu outbreaks, study finds

A study published in The Lancet has concluded that Fitbit use was associated with significant improvements in a technique used to detect influenza and similar conditions. This is due to the heart rate- and activity-monitoring feat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:58:00 +0100
Samsara's new kind of carry-on. (Source: Samsara)

A new carry-on suitcase also packs a Wi-Fi hotspot, a power-bank and GPS

Samsara is a company that harnesses the trend towards tech-enhanced luggage. Its latest product is of the newly-expanded 23-inch carry-on size. It is the first from its OEM to have its own Wi-Fi hotspot. The suitcase also supports...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:17:00 +0100
The Nokia 1 series might have a new generation. (Source: Mobigh)

Nokia gets its first phone of 2020 FCC-approved

Nokia has certified a new phone for use in the United States. Based on the specs leaked as a result of this new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documentation, it may have a relatively small screen - about 5.6 inches at mos...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:32:00 +0100
Has LG turned a corner with the LG V50 ThinQ? (Image source: Pocketnow)

LG surprises fans with its latest V50 ThinQ update

LG may still be rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6, but the company has already started moving the V50 ThinQ onto Android 10. Better yet, the South Korean company has done so ahead of schedule. Shocked? So are we.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:30:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
The Realme 3 Pro is getting an important update. (Source: Realme)

Realme updates the 3 Pro to its new Android 10-based UI

The Realme 3 Pro's latest software update moves it from ColorOS to its OEM's new UI. This OS skin is also based on Android 10. However, it also offers a very different esthetic, as well as potentially improved performance.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:31:00 +0100
Microsoft executives unveil the company's new carbon-negating plan. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft announces its goal of going carbon-negative by 2030

Microsoft's president, Ben Smith, has publicly acknowledged the scientific consensus that is anthropogenic climate change. Accordingly, the executive has announced an initiative by which the company aims to throw its carbon emissi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:06:00 +0100
The Pocophone F1, an ignored flagship killer? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumor | The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 may get Android 10 "by February"

The wait goes on for the Pocophone F1. The device is the last in Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845 arsenal to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, and the company has been cagey about when the device will see Google's latest OS too. Howeve...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:36:00 +0100
Image via CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September, multiplayer delayed until after 2021

After announcing that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed until September, CD Projekt Red later disclosed on an investment call that the multiplayer component of the game likely won't be ready until after 2021. While the wait is disap...
Sam Medley, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:07:00 +0100
Blu-ray is in decline as a medium. (Source: Wikipedia)

Blu-ray disc shipments are now projected to fall by over 150 million units over the next 5 years

Once, long ago, Blu-ray was touted as the gold standard in media playback. Now, however, it has sunk into obscurity among a world's worth of streaming services compatible with high-res displays. The format's market value is now th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:32:00 +0100
Twilight Orange joins seven other colours that Xiaomi offers for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in Twilight Orange appears online, as does a dismaying update

Xiaomi only announced last week that it would be releasing a new colour variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but people have already started posting hands-on pictures of their new devices. Twilight Orange comes with 128 GB of storage ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:49:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Mobius Final Fantasy will terminate service on June 30

Mobius Final Fantasy, a popular mobile spin-off of the Final Fantasy franchise, will end services in the United States on June 30. The game garnered fairly positive reviews over its 4-year tenure on iOS, Android, and Steam.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:56:00 +0100
The new Microsoft Edge is now available for download. (Image via Microsoft)

Life on the Edge: Microsoft's new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser is here

The new, Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser is now available for download. While the browser is similar to other Chromium browsers, there are a few sync features that are missing. Microsoft plans to update Windows ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:16:00 +0100
AMD has a new Radeon driver update. (Source: AMD)

The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 update brings support for the newest Dragon Ball Z title

AMD has just announced the release of the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition (20.1.2). It confers support for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as well as Vulkan 1.2. It also fixes a problem for some UE4-based games in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:10:00 +0100
The Amazfit X may be available to purchase soon. (Source: Huami)

The Amazfit X, a new curved-display smartwatch, is about to launch on Indiegogo

Amazfit unveiled the X, a wearable with a 92-degree curve in its screen, as a concept device in 2019. Now, however, it is ready to make this watch a reality. It will be offered as a reward on the OEM's upcoming Indiegogo campaign.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:21:00 +0100

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