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A selection of the latest mobile phone news and blog posts.
Galaxy S7 and S7 edge cease to receive future security updates Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge users would remember their phones with Android 6.0 out of the box, received major OS updates only until two years later, but they were receiving continued support from Samsung in form of security patches. The most recent one was released last month.
Apple could soon launch a pair of over-ear headphones and the new AirPods X It seems that Apple may be getting ready to deliver a new over-ear headset and a sports-oriented version of the AirPods Pro.
Google News brings localized and organized COVID-19 information Some people would rather distract themselves by streaming Netflix all day long while some experience anxiety when they don't know what's happening around the world. We all have our different coping mechanisms when dealing with this pandemic that has taken over our lives.
Google finally adds eyes open requirement to face unlock on Pixel 4 in April patch Of special mention for Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL devices is the addition of the optional eyes open requirement for the face unlock option. When enabled, the phone will require that your eyes are open before unlocking the phone.
Facebook's new Tuned app is here to help couples keep up with each other Tuned is a social media app, but only for the two people in a relationship who can privately share notes, stickers, and songs with each other.
Pixel 4 April 2020 update adds 'Require Eyes to be Open' option The last update for the Pixel 4 we noted here was the March security update which was then paused on AT&T because of Google Pay issues. That was a day after we reported the software update was set to bring new emoji, gesture, and music controls. A previous update also delivered improved security and a fix for the NFC problem.
Facebook launches Tuned, an app that's a 'private space' for couples We've seen Facebook experiment with totally new apps quite a bit in the past, and today the newest experimental app from Facebook has launched. Tuned is a new iOS app from Facebook's New Product Experimentation team.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could launch with a more affordable 256GB base model According to the rumors, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could come in a 256GB variant that should make it a bit more affordable compared to its predecessor.
Samsung working on two display sizes of its future flagship tablet A new rumor suggests that the company is now working on two models for the future flagship Galaxy Tab S device. They will offer 11" and 12.4" screens, both larger than the 10.5" unit on the current Galaxy Tab S6.
Woot sells refurbished iPhones for as low as $120 Woot is running an interesting promotion on refurbished iPhones, which will end in less than 24 hours. Eight iPhone models are being heavily discounted at Woot, although four are already sold out: iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
Small Cell Forum targets 5G choice - Mobile World Live The Small Cell Forum pushed the concept of open infrastructure into the sector's 5G equipment, releasing a set of APIs covering three layers of architecture in a bid to stimulate competition. Its specifications cover the physical layer, RF and digital front-end control, and network monitor mode.
Apple updates iOS, iPadOS and the Clips video creation app Apple today has released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to fix and exterminate some bugs. At the same time, the Clips app has been updated to add 11 new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stickers.
Sony unveils the DualSense wireless controller for PlayStation 5 The DualSense controller opts for a two-tone colour scheme with more aggressive lines, while the light bar now sits at each side of the touchpad. More importantly, the Share button is gone, but it has been substituted with a new "Create" button.
Huawei P40 and P40 Pro now available in Europe, come with free Watch GT 2 or 2e Also, the Honor 30S and Redmi Note 9S launch in China.
AT&T gets major cash injection - Mobile World Live AT&T borrowed $5.5 billion to boost its short-term cash flow, but reassured investors its business remains strong despite pressure related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The operator noted in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission the money will be used for "general corporate purposes," and must be repaid by 31 December.
Chrome OS gets support for swipe-based navigation gestures in tablet mode The new swipe-based navigation gestures for Chromebooks in tablet mode are quite similar to the ones Google introduced with Android 10.
Many Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users are experiencing some horrible display issues A recent software update appears to have caused some major screen discoloration problems for an alarmingly high number of Galaxy Note 9 owners, although Samsung seems to believe the glitches are in no way connected.
Sony reveals DualSense controller for PlayStation 5 A couple of weeks after spilling some of the PlayStation 5 specs, Sony is giving us our first look at the PS5 controller. DualSense is the new controller for the PlayStation 5.
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G render and price leak ahead of official launch The 5G-enabled Galaxy A71 will be equipped with a Samsung Exynos 980 processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. Also, China's certification site TENAA suggests the Galaxy A71 5G will be powered by a 4,370 mAh battery, which is a bit of a surprise considering the regular model has a slightly larger 4,500 mAh battery.
IPad gestures that are available with a mouse or trackpad IPad trackpad and mouse gestures are supported by Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, as well as the company's standalone Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse 2 accessories.
Facebook for Android app being updated with bottom navigation bar As smartphone displays have grown in size over the years, one-handed usability has become increasingly important. This week Facebook is rolling out an updated UI for its Android app to make one-handed use easier. The Facebook for Android app is getting bottom tabs.
Vizio's gorgeous Quantum LED 4K UHD Smart TVs are now on sale from $600 Normally $750, VIZIO's M-Series Quantum 65-inch 4K Smart TV is the most affordable option in the sale at $599.99, and this model has a ton of smart functionality. For one thing, there's a Chromecast built-in so you can access all your favorite streaming apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime VIdeo, and others.
Music-Powered Dual-Stick Shooter 'Beat Hazard 2' Now Available on iOS and Android Over half a decade after Cold Beam Games brought Beat Hazard to mobile, the sequel Beat Hazard 2 arrives on both iOS and Android as a premium release. If you've never played Beat Hazard, it is a top-down shooter that uses songs on your device to create unique levels.
Oppo 40W AirVOOC Wireless Charger certified by WPC, likely to debut alongside Reno Ace 2 : Oppo AirVOOC wireless charger certification. The new Qi charging pad features a white and grey design with a designated tray for placing the phone on the right and what looks like a spinning fan on the top left side. The bottom comes with a plethora of air vents to help dissipate heat and also gives us a look at the charger's specs.
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