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A timeline of the Huawei ban: what happened so far and what to expect
26 May 2019, 6:00 pm


Last Friday the US Commerce Department added Huawei to the "Entity List", aka the blacklist. Essentially, this meant that US companies are banned from exporting hardware and software to Huawei. The full impact of this became clear just days later. Over the weekend Google suspended Huawei's access to its services - Huawei can still use Android AOSP, but not the Play Store or other Google-run services. Existing devices devices will keep working and even receiving security updates. On Monday, the US decided to delay the ban by 90 days. A few days earlier Huawei announced that it has...

Week 21 in review: Huawei hit hard by USA-China trade war
26 May 2019, 2:00 pm


This week politics spilled over into the world of technology quite suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly. Last week the US put Chinese Huawei on a ban list and this week we felt the consequences as Google suspended Huawei's license to use Android. Google later revoked the ban for 90 days but that still doesn't give Huawei a real way of using its Android. The issues get further complicated. A trade war encompasses a huge spectrum of businesses and the US has a huge network of partners. UK-based chip design giant ARM had to cut ties with Huawei, effectively ending the Chinese company's Kirin...

Weekly poll: are you sticking with Huawei or Honor?
26 May 2019, 10:00 am


Huawei is in big trouble - between losing its Android license and getting cut off by ARM, the company's smartphone business is in limbo. It is trying to fight back against the ban, but right now its future looks grim. This isn't just bad for Huawei, but for consumers too. And we don't just mean the loss of competition. If you currently have a Huawei or an Honor phone, it just lost much of its resale value. And even if you weren't planning on selling it, it won't get the next major OS upgrade, meaning you may have to get a new phone sooner. If last week you were looking to buy, say, a...

Asus Zenfone 6 in for review
26 May 2019, 6:00 am


Is Asus the new OnePlus? The Zenfone 6 will launch at €500, a price point that OnePlus hasn't hit since the 5T. Not to mention that it offers features that fans have been clamoring for. Yes, there's a microSD slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a huge battery (5,000mAh), a notification LED too. All those are things that major players - Apple, Huawei and Google - have "outgrown" in their flagships, only Samsung seems to be holding down the fort. And Asus. Even mostly pure Android - not One as Asus wanted to include some value-added features, but still free of the burden of a heavy skin....

Weekly poll results: OnePlus 7 Pro splits fans' opinions
26 May 2019, 2:00 am


OnePlus built its reputation by making near-flagship phones and selling them at half flagship prices. Simple math would tell you that's a lot of value for money. However, starting with the OnePlus 7 Pro the equation has changed - it's a proper flagship at a full flagship price. And that has left fans with mixed emotions. In last week's poll there is a nearly even split between people who want the Pro and those who think there are better flagships out there. There's some good news for OnePlus - people like the Pro a lot more than they do the vanilla OnePlus 7 and relatively few think...

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 bags FCC certification with a 2,800 mAh battery
25 May 2019, 9:59 pm


Samsung launched the Galaxy Xcover 4 way back in March 2017, and it now seems the company will soon follow up with its successor, which will be likely called the Galaxy Xcover 5. A Samsung smartphone bearing model number SM-G398FN/DS, believed to be the Galaxy Xcover 5, has bagged FCC certification hinting at an imminent launch. The listing reveals that the phone will ship with a 10.78 Wh battery at 3.85 Volts, which translates to 2,800 mAh. That's the same capacity as Xcover 4's cell. Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 FCC doesn't reveal any other hardware details about the Xcover 5, but...

New image shows off the Redmi K20 in Blue color with a pop-up selfie camera
25 May 2019, 7:30 pm


Three days ago, Redmi shared an image showing off the K20 in Red-ish paint job. Now, a photo doing rounds on Chinese social network Weibo shows us this upcoming smartphone in Blue color. This photo of the K20 seems to have been captured in a store in China, and it not only shows us the phone in Blue and Red shades, but also reveals the pop-up selfie camera along with the fascia of the K20 that has slim bezels and no notch. The image also includes key specifications of the K20 like Snapdragon 730 SoC, 48MP main camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Redmi has previously confirmed a few...

Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a price cut in India
25 May 2019, 4:30 pm


Samsung has slashed the price of the Galaxy A50 in India by INR1,500 ($22), bringing down the 4GB RAM model to INR18,490 ($267) and the 6GB RAM variant to INR21,490 ($310). You can purchase the A50 at the new price from Flipkart, Amazon.in, and the company's official India site. Samsung Galaxy A50 in Black, Blue, and White colors The Samsung Galaxy A50 is powered by an Exynos 9610 SoC and runs Android Pie out-of-the-box. It flaunts a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and packs a 4,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. The Galaxy A50 comes with a triple...

Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Android Pie update rolling out globally
25 May 2019, 2:30 pm


Asus rolled out the Android Pie update for the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) last month, but it was only restricted to the Indian units bearing model number ZB601KL. Now, this Taiwanese phone maker has expanded the rollout of Pie globally for all the units sporting model number ZB602KL. Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) This new build carries version number 16.2017.1905.053 and weighs over 1.5GB in size. It comes with May 2019 Android security patch and fixes issues related to HD graphics option in PUBG Mobile and call waiting. Asus is rolling out the update over-the-air in batches, and it may...

Redmi Go with more storage is coming soon to India
25 May 2019, 12:00 pm


The Redmi Go has two storage options - 8GB and 16GB, but in India customers only get the 8GB version. However, the company has now announced that it will soon bring a new variant to India with more onboard storage, and it could be the 16GB model. Redmi has shared a photo on Twitter with the text "Zyada space = Zyada photos" which translates to "More space = More photos." Redmi doesn't explicitly mention the Redmi Go, but the use of the hashtag #ApkiNayiDuniya (translation: Your New World) makes it clear that Redmi Go with more storage is coming soon to India. It's the same hashtag that...

Interest in Huawei devices dwindles following US ban, replaced with interest in Samsung and Xiaomi phones
25 May 2019, 10:00 am


The US ban of Huawei is causing all sorts of trouble for the Chinese phone maker including its ability to sell new smartphones in markets where the brand has a strong presence. According to Reuters, a product comparison website called PriceSpy has reportedly seen significantly lower click rates in the past four days. It's not just network providers and tech giants who are turning their backs on Huawei. Over the last four days, Huawei handsets have slumped in popularity - receiving almost half as many clicks as they did last week in the UK and 26% less on the global stage. PriceSpy has...

Google will reveal Stadia pricing, launch information, and announce titles soon
25 May 2019, 8:00 am


Back in March, Google unveiled a new cloud-based gaming platform called "Stadia". The platform would be capable of running all kinds of games on high-capacity servers and "stream" the games directly to any device connected to a fast-enough internet connection. A tweet from the official Google Stadia handle suggests that the platform is nearly ready to launch. This summer, three of the wishes you've been asking for will finally be granted:💰 Price Reveal🎮 Game Announcements🚀 Launch InfoStay tuned here for more Stadia details coming soon.— Stadia (@GoogleStadia)...

Best Buy cancels all Galaxy Fold pre-orders, Samsung still doesn't have a release date
25 May 2019, 6:00 am


Samsung postponed the Galaxy Fold's launch indefinitely due to issues that some reviewers found with debris possibly entering through the hinge and damaging the folding display, as well as the protective cover applied to the panel, which looked so much like a screen protector that people might be tempted to pull it off, thus killing the panel. The Korean company has detailed the improvements it's made to the Galaxy Fold earlier this month, and for weeks now it's been saying a new release date will be announced imminently. That still hasn't happened, though, and Best Buy has lost its...

Redmi K20 (non-Pro) to be powered by the Snapdragon 730, headphone jack confirmed
25 May 2019, 4:00 am


Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi is set to unveil its first ever flagship smartphone, the K20 Pro, on May 28. This phone has been leaking like crazy, and Redmi GM Lu Weibing has been slowly drip-feeding us information about the upcoming device codenamed "Demon King". In the latest such Weibo post, Lu Weibing reveals that the K20 Pro will have a headphone jack as well as Hi-Res Audio certification. With all this talk about the K20 Pro, we've almost forgotten that there's a non-Pro K20 coming too. Thankfully new information from China claims to shed light on what the main difference between the...

OnePlus 7 Pro hit with insufficient stock in China just as phantom touch issue appears
25 May 2019, 2:00 am


The OnePlus 7 Pro went on sale in China on May 21 and sales exceeded CNY 1 billion ($144 million) in just one minute, making it JD.com's best selling single product. The phone is so popular in its home market, in fact, that OnePlus really didn't have enough stock prepared. The company has acknowledged the problem, and CEO Pete Lau has promised to shift some inventory meant for overseas markets to China in order to keep angry fans happy. This might take a while, though, and in the meantime orders made during the sale on May 23 will only end up being shipped on June 1. Lau said efforts are...

iOS 12.3.1 is out to fix issues with VoLTE and the Messages app
25 May 2019, 12:00 am


Today Apple has released iOS 12.3.1 to all of the supported iPhones and iPads. As its name implies, this is in no way a big release, it's actually just meant to fix a bunch of bugs. Those bugs have to do with VoLTE calls - specifically there was an issue that could prevent making or receiving such calls. The Messages app got two fixes too, one of a bug that could cause messages from unknown senders to appear in your conversation list even if you had the Filter Unknown Senders option enabled, and the other of an issue that could prevent the Report Junk link from appearing in Messages...

Verizon's LG V40 ThinQ is now receiving the Android 9 Pie update
24 May 2019, 10:00 pm


LG isn't really known for fast updates in the Android world, so it shouldn't surprise you that it's only today started pushing out Android 9 Pie for the V40 ThinQ units sold by Verizon. We're less than three months away from the official release of Android Q by Google, so this is definitely a case of "better late than never". The update arrives over-the-air as build V405UA20a and it includes the April 1, 2019 security patch level. Aside from all the goodies that Google baked into Pie last year, including the pill-based two-button gesture navigation system, you're also receiving some new...

vivo Z5x is official with punch-hole selfie camera, triple rear shooters
24 May 2019, 8:07 pm


After many leaks, vivo has finally made the Z5x official today at an event in China. The company's Z line is made up of its most affordable devices, and the Z5x is no exception. It starts at just CNY 1,398, which at the current exchange rates translates into $202 or €180. For that amount of cash you get a smartphone with vivo's first punch-hole selfie camera, located in the top left. It's a 16 MP shooter, this, with f/2.0 aperture. The display itself is a 6.53-inch LCD panel with 1080x2340 resolution. On the rear there's a fingerprint scanner and a triple camera setup. The main...

These OnePlus 7 Pro features are coming to older OnePlus smartphones
24 May 2019, 6:00 pm


OnePlus announced the OnePlus 7 Pro last week, and with it, introduced new features like Zen Mode, Screen Recorder, and Fnatic Mode. Two days ago, the company confirmed that Zen Mode and Screen Recorder would be rolled out to OnePlus 5, 5T, 6, and 6T. And now, this Chinese phone maker has shared a list of OnePlus 7 Pro features which will make their way to its older smartphones. Here's the list of OnePlus 7 Pro features coming to OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T: Fnatic Mode Zen Mode Screen Recorder Quick Reply in landscape DC dimming RAM Boost OnePlus has been working on DC...

Redmi K20 and K20 Pro will be available in Poland under the Xiaomi brand
24 May 2019, 5:00 pm


The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro have been leaking around like crazy and the hype around those two devices is real. But worldwide availability is still unconfirmed although, the latest piece of information sounds promising in this regard. According to inside sources connected to a Polish tech website, the duo of flagships will be made available in Poland but under Xiaomi's branding. They will likely be called Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro, respectively. The publication says that the source is reliable and is 100% sure that the phones will be carrying these names and will launch in Poland....

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