Deidre M Richardson

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Huawei confirms 7nm Kirin 980 and launch window for Mate 20 series

HiSilicon<p>Huawei has confirmed that its Kirin 980 smartphone chipset will feature a 7nm design.<br>• The company also revealed that the chipset will land in the Mate 20 series.<br>• The Chinese brand confirmed that the Mate 20 series will launch in October.<p>Huawei has announced that its Kirin 980 chipset will …

Mobile

Oppo F9 revealed: I guess waterdrop notches are Oppo’s thing now

Oppo<p>The Oppo F9 has been announced, featuring the company’s now distinctive waterdrop notch.<br>• The new smartphone also offers a Helio P60 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.<br>• The manufacturer is also planning to reveal the Oppo F9 Pro next week.<p>The Oppo F9 has been announced by the Chinese …

Phones

Coolpad Mega 5A launched in India: Price, Specifications, and Features

Coolpad has announced the launch of its new budget smartphone – Coolpad Mega 5A. The Mega 5A is an India exclusive smartphone intended for the offline smartphone market in the country.<p>The Mega 5A is an entry level smartphone, but packs in dual camera, fingerprint sensor, as well as face recognition …

Mobile Technology

Spotted: New Honor phone with 7.12-inch display and 4,900-mAh battery

TENAA<p>A TENAA listing has revealed the specs for a phone thought to be the Honor 8X.<br>• The phone will be notable due to its huge 7.12-inch display.<br>• Other details revealed include its RAM, storage, and camera setup.<p>Specs for a new Honor phone codenamed Honor ARE-AL00 have arrived on TENAA. The listing …

Mobile Technology

The Moto Z3 is now available for purchase from Verizon

• The Motorola Moto Z3 is available to purchase from Verizon.<br>• The handset costs $480 or $20 a month for 24 months on a Verizon device payment plan.<br>• While the Moto Z3 will be able to run on Verizon’s 5G network, it will require a 5G Moto Mod that won’t be released until 2019.<p>Motorola held a press event …

Mobile

Sony finally clarifies which of its phones will get Pie – and when

• Sony posted a blog post today to clarify which of its devices will get Android 9.0 Pie.<br>• Nine of Sony’s devices will get the latest version of Android starting in November.<br>• However, three of those devices won’t see the update until early 2019.<p>Last week, we got word from a usually-reliable source that …

Sony Xperia

Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker: August 17, 2018

Welcome to our <b>Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker</b>. Following its public release in August 2017, Oreo is steadily finding its way to more and more Android smartphones.<p>Google has been working to reduce fragmentation and ensure that more devices receive the latest Android version in a timely fashion. It’s …

Android News

The OnePlus 6T will launch in October – on T-Mobile

• Sources confirm that the OnePlus 6T will launch in October.<br>• Not only will the usual global version launch, but T-Mobile will sell its own version of the device, a first for the company.<br>• With U.S. carrier support, OnePlus could see a huge jump in sales and brand awareness.<p>The day has finally come: …

Mobile

Thought Helio P60 was a great chip? Helio P80, P90 tipped for release

• MediaTek is working on the Helio P80 and P90 chipsets, according to journalist Roland Quandt.<br>• It’s believed that Oppo will be one of the first customers for the unannounced SoCs.<br>• The naming convention suggests the Helio P80 and P90 will succeed the Helio P60.<p>The MediaTek Helio P60 chipset has …

Wear OS

Next Qualcomm mobile chip might have dedicated NPU

• The upcoming Snapdragon mobile chipset for 2019 might have a dedicated NPU.<br>• NPU stands for Neural Processing Unit and its function is to process AI features.<br>• Huawei’s Kirin series of chipsets already have dedicated NPUs, so Qualcomm might be cribbing from those.<p>According to Roland Quandt over at</i> …

Mobile

Huawei will introduce new P20 Pro gradient colors at IFA 2018

• Huawei is introducing two new P20 Pro gradient colors at IFA at the end of the month.<br>• The first uses a spread of colors from black at one end to a hint of turquoise at the other.<br>• The other, which is much more subtle and based on the sea, uses white with hints of pink and yellow.<p>2018 has seen a year …

Phones

Hands-on: Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 takes aim at OnePlus 6

Xiaomi is coming full circle. The company that pioneered the “affordable flagship” model is launching a new sub-brand to sell even more affordable flagships. Ironically, Xiaomi is taking cues from Huawei and BBK, who copied Xiaomi with their budget-focused sub-brands, Honor and OnePlus.<p>Meet the …

Phones

The Huawei Mate 20 will have a tasteful little notch, thank gosh

XDA-Developers<p>New Huawei Mate 20 renders reveal the first details about its design.<br>• The Mate 20 will come with a waterdrop notch and a triple camera.<br>• Other details include the glass back and presence of an audio jack.<p>With Galaxy Note 9 reviews going up – and some suggesting it’s totally fine to spend …

Phones

Vivo X23 is official and slims down the notch and chin of the Vivo X21

Vivo<p>The Vivo X23 is official with a listing on Vivo.com<br>• The notch and chin are much smaller on the X23 than on the previously-released X21.<br>• Specs, pricing, and a release date are still unknown but should be revealed in a few weeks, tops.<p>Back in May, we posted our review of the Vivo X21 – one of the …

Phones

What is AI?

Although there is often lots of hype surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI), once we strip away the marketing fluff, what is revealed is a rapidly developing technology that is already changing our lives. But to fully appreciate its potential, we need to understand what it is and what it is …

Machine Learning

Android 9.0 Pie update tracker: What we know so far (Updated August 21)

The next major version of Android, Android 9.0 Pie, has already made its way to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Google announced this official Android 9.0 update on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day.<p>But what about other devices? What will …

Android News

Here’s when Huawei plans to launch Android Pie-based EMUI 9 update

• A Huawei South Africa spokesperson has revealed that its Android Pie update will be released at IFA next month.<br>• The company said the update would come to the P20 series in September, followed by the Mate series “in the future.”<br>• It’s unclear whether any other Huawei devices will receive the update …

Android News

Google is developing a possible podcast app called Shortwave

• There is a new Google app in development called Shortwave.<br>• From the trademark filing, it appears Shortwave is a cross-platform podcast app.<br>• One of the focuses of the app will likely be sharing podcasts with friends.<p>Google finally got around to releasing a standalone podcast app back in June …

Podcasting

OnePlus 5/5T OxygenOS update will save you a tap when you unlock

• OxygenOS version 5.1.5 is rolling out now to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.<br>• Along with the latest security patch, the update brings a new option surrounding PIN unlock.<br>• If you choose, when you unlock your device with your PIN you will not have to confirm the unlock.<p>OnePlus is continuing to support its …

Android News

Report: Google to open ‘flagship’ retail store in Chicago

Google’s hardware ambitions have expanded massively over the past couple of years, and along with that we’ve seen an increase in the company’s retail presence. Now, we’re hearing a report that points to Google opening a retail shop in Chicago.<p><i>The Chicago Tribune</i> reports (via <i>ArsTechnica</i>) that Google …

Google Home Mini

Googlers petition for transparency, ethical review of censored Chinese search engine

Internally, Google is known for fostering a very open work environment that places a great deal of trust on employees. That means Googlers can affect a great deal of change as evidenced by the company backing out of Project Maven. A new petition provides insight to the employee reaction against …

Human Rights

Nearing a year since launch, Google Pixel 2 XL owners report varying degrees of sluggishness

Over the past several weeks, there have been countless reports of the Pixel 2 XL, and to a lesser degree the smaller model, encountering moderate to severe performance issues. This includes system lag from animations to opening apps, primarily the camera. Google is investigating the issue, though …

Google Pixel

Report: Google-made Assistant Smart Display launching later this year

The first Assistant Smart Displays launched last month and others announced at CES are expected to debut throughout the fall. Meanwhile, a Made by Google device has been long rumored, with a new report today pegging a launch before the holiday season.<p>According to <i>Nikkei</i>, Google is going after Amazon …

Front-Facing Camera

Google clarifies how it still tracks you when Location History is turned off

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen some headlines this week talking about how Google is tracking users even when they have Location History turned off. In all reality, that’s been going on for quite some time, but the way Google explained everything made it seem like users …

Android News

Google Voice for Android gets updated w/ new icon and slight visual refresh

Following an update to its iOS counterpart earlier this week, Google has been rolling out some server-side changes to Google Voice for Android. Now, the app is getting a new icon and some design tweaks.<p>Overnight, Google Voice for Android’s latest server-side update fully caught it up to the iOS …

Android News

OnePlus 6T to arrive in October w/ slightly higher price, launching on T-Mobile

OnePlus has been growing a lot year by year, and its latest OnePlus 6 is the most popular device yet. But given the company’s launch schedule, we’re not too far off from the OnePlus 6T, and today we’re getting some new details on that phone.<p><i>CNET</i> today reports that OnePlus’ next smartphone, …

Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 update adds toggle for super slow-motion recording speeds, August security patch

One of the biggest highlights of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 earlier this year was the camera, and the super slow-motion video mode got a lot of attention. That same feature is available on the Note 9, and with the phone’s first update, it’s getting an extra option.<p>The first software update for the Galaxy …

Galaxy Note

Artificial intelligence is now directly controlling cooling at Google data centers

In Android 9 Pie, Alphabet’s DeepMind division is responsible for machine learning features like Adaptive Battery and Brightness. One of the first collaborations between the two companies was an AI system tasked with increasing energy efficiency at Google’s data centers. Two years later, an AI has …

Artificial Intelligence

HTC U12+ picks up ‘Flame Red’ variant in the US, pre-orders open now for September launch

Despite struggling sales, HTC has still been launching some of the best looking phones on the market, and its recent U12+ is no exception. Following a launch earlier this year, the HTC U12+ is now up for pre-order in the US in its “Flame Red” color.<p>The Flame Red HTC U12+ is the same phone as the …

HTC

Gmail Confidential Mode rolls out to mobile as EFF warns of misleading claims

Features of the new Gmail have been rolling out to users since its unveiling just before I/O. One such feature, Confidential Mode, which offers a suite of email protection options, is arriving now on mobile. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is advising users to be fully aware of how …

Mobile Devices