Google temporarily kills Mi Home integration with Assistant following creepy Xiaomi security camera bug

The advent of smartphones has also brought us smart, well, everything. Smart light bulbs, smart cameras for your home, and of course, smart hubs so you can access your voice assistant of choice anywhere in your home and interact with all of these things. But of course, one big concern remains, and that is the privacy factor. After all, not everyone feels comfortable having an Internet-connected, always-on camera watching you while you sleep or while you’re at home. These concerns may very well get more vocal following one creepy incident that happened yesterday with a Google Nest Hub and a Xiaomi Mijia smart security cam. A Redditor with the screenname … Read more

[Update: Launching next month] Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo team up to make cross-device file transfers easier

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Update (1/2/2020 @ 11:25 AM ET): Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have finally announced that their cross-device file transfer solution will launch in February. The AirDrop feature on Apple devices is a fast and convenient way of sharing files without any requirement to rely on third-party applications. It has been around since 2011 is one of the reasons why many prefer staying in the Apple ecosystem. Android, too, had had NFC-based Android Beam for several years but it will be deprecated in Android Q to make way for a new and much faster method, called Fast Share, which is inspired by AirDrop. Fast Share was first spotted in Android Q beta … Read more

LG G9 renders show off the U-shaped notch and quad rear cameras

With a new year, we always get new phones. But while we’re about to see CES 2020 unfold with a number of announcements, we also have our eyes set on MWC 2020 in February, where we will see a number of smartphone announcements from different brands such as Samsung, LG, and more. One of the expected announcements is LG’s new line of flagship smartphones, which correspond to the LG G9 and the LG V60. Now, we’re getting a first-hand look at the upcoming LG G9 thanks to CAD renders. The most notable thing here is the phone’s sleek profile. LG is no stranger to using weird gimmicks that no one … Read more

This Smartphone Fingerprint Sensor Gets Two Thumbs (Up)

One of the cool features that came out of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit last month was its new fingerprint sensor. This one goes above and beyond anything I’ve seen before – where fingerprint sensors used to be small and have a sensing angle no bigger than a sesame seed, Qualcomm’s new 3D Sonic Max sensor is massive. One of the key issues with modern high-end smartphones is fingerprint unlocking. Fingerprint sensors are found in one of three locations: the rear, the side (rare), or in the display. As we’ve gone through 2019, one fingerprint sensor company is promoting over 100 design wins for in-display fingerprint sensors. To be in the display, … Read more

Google Duo gets emoji reactions to video messages

Google’s efforts with messaging apps haven’t always resulted in success. In fact, pretty often they result in complete failure. Luckily, though, they seem to be starting to figure things out a little bit better. With RCS rolling out to all devices independently of your carrier or device, Android users may very well get close to the iMessage experience iPhone users have been enjoying for years. Before they figured that one out, though, they had other jabs at messaging, including a duo (no pun intended) of apps called Allo and Duo. While Allo has already died, Duo has become successful, turning into a go-to FaceTime alternative for Android. Not only that, … Read more

[Update 3: Invisible Camera details and sketches] OnePlus will show off a concept product at CES 2020

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Update 3 (01/03/2020 @ 5:36 AM ET): More details and sketches have been published on the OnePlus Concept One. Update 2 (01/03/2020 @ 4:40 AM ET): OnePlus has teased the “invisible camera” and color-shifting glass technology on the concept smartphone. Update 1 (12/17/2019 @ 5:55 AM ET): Shortly after this article was published, OnePlus sent out a press release to confirm that the company is going to showcase its first concept smartphone. Scroll to the bottom for more information. OnePlus is gearing up for an eventful 2020. Everyone, of course, expects the Chinese company to launch the next OnePlus flagship pair; and we have already seen leaks of the OnePlus … Read more

Magisk v20.2 lets modules include custom sepolicy patches and introduces a new module installer format

Magisk is one of the best tools for Android users looking to unlock the full potential of their device. It’s a systemless interface developed by XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu that can be used for everything from rooting your device to adding unique features to it. The best part about using it is that it allows users to tinker with system settings without actually making changes to system files. Another reason behind its popularity is its ability to bypass Google’s SafetyNet which prevents certain apps from running on rooted devices. Late last year, topjohnwu rolled out Magisk v20.1 along with Magisk Manager v7.4.0 featuring a couple of interesting updates to the … Read more

Realme X2 Performance & Gaming Review: The Finest Mid-Ranger of 2019

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Realme has been aggressively broadening its reach, expanding both vertically and laterally. Less than two years ago, it was a brand vending entry-level phone to price-conscious Southeast Asians. But since then, it has matured into a poster-boy label for premium-grade value for money phones available in key global markets. More importantly, this stupefying surge has also threatened other brands, like Xiaomi, which rose on the proposition of affordability. Realme has dispensed some great quality phones in 2019 and put out noteworthy features like a pop-up selfie camera, Super AMOLED displays with in-display fingerprint scanners, 64MP rear camera setups, and most importantly, unparalleled charging speeds across different price segments. Until the … Read more

Telegram 5.13 update brings Theme Editor 2.0, “Send when online”, verifiable builds, and more

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The Telegram messenger is steadily becoming the go-to choice for users looking for a reliable cross-platform messaging app that’s big on privacy. The app offers tons of useful features that make it a better alternative to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and it keeps getting even more new features with each successive update. Earlier this year, the app received support for silent messages, a slow mode in group chats, a new attachments menu, support for scheduled messages, custom cloud themes, and more. Now, with the latest update, Telegram is receiving a brand new Theme Editor, along with a couple of more new features. Telegram v5.13 is now rolling out on the … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite live images show off S Pen and camera bump

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As Samsung is preparing to launch their Galaxy S20 lineup, they are also planning on launching several other devices in different price ranges for 2020, including “lite” versions of their current flagships. For most intents and purposes, these “lite” versions would carry similar processing power to their full flagship counterparts while cutting on other corners, such as build quality and features, in order to achieve a lower price point. Currently, Samsung is planning to launch two of these lite devices to the market: the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Now, right before the end of the year, we’re getting a glimpse at the Galaxy Note 10 … Read more

ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G passes through TENAA with Snapdragon 865

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OEMs are preparing to ring in the new year with releases centered around the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and its dual-mode 5G support capabilities. ZTE had already announced that it will contribute to the 5G bandwagon in 2020 with the ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G, coming in with the Snapdragon 865 of course, along with the Snapdragon X55 modem, WiFi 6, LPPR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage. Now, the device has passed through TENAA, indicating that its launch and availability is just on the horizon. The ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G will measure 159.2 × 73.4 × 7.9 mm and weigh 175g. TENAA mentions that the display is a 6.47″ … Read more

[Update: Sony IMX686] OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro launched in China with 5G connectivity, quad rear cameras, and more

Update (12/30/2019 @ 01:00 AM ET): In a new press release, OPPO has mentioned that the Reno3 comes with a Sony IMX686 sensor, while the Reno3 Pro comes with a Sony IMX586 sensor. The article as published on December 26, 2019, is preserved as below. OPPO wants to be more than a smartphone brand in 2020, but smartphones still form the central point in its vision, alongside 5G. The future is 5G, most definitely, and OPPO is stocking its arsenal with new 5G-ready smartphones in the form of the OPPO Reno3 and OPPO Reno3 Pro. The OPPO Reno3 Pro was teased to be the world’s thinnest dual-mode 5G phone with … Read more