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Why is everyone still giving Instagram a free pass? - Android Authority
Instagram is a Facebook-owned product and as such its privacy practices need to be put under the microscope.
iPhone 12 charger: Apple's new phones still aren't eco-friendly enough - Android Authority
Yes, removing the iPhone 12 charger cuts down on e-waste. But that's not in itself an eco-friendly move.
The launch of Apples iPhone 12 series confirmed something rumored for months prior: there will be no iPhone 12 charger in the box. When you buy an iPhone 12 in the US and most other countries, regardless of the model, it comes with what you see in the image above (and some additional paperwork). Thats it. During the iPhone 12 launch event, Apple made a big to-do about this change. It put Lisa Jackson the companys VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives on the roof of Apple HQ to talk about just how eco-friendly the company is. In her words, removing the charger, as well as the usually included wired EarPods, reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of precious materials. Additionally, she pointed out that removing those items enabled a smaller, lighter iPhone box, which allows the company to fit more products onto a single shipping pallet, further reducing its environmental impact. Honestly, seeing Mrs. Jackson on the roof of Apple HQ surrounded by solar panels talking about how much Apple cares for the environment seems pretty convincing. However, Apples decision to remove the iPhone 12 charger and EarPods isnt nearly as environmentally friendly as it makes it seem. Its very possible that the change could allow Apple to earn more money in the end, making the motivation for these changes somewhat dubious. First, let me explain why this big new change isnt as great of a step in the battle against e-waste as Apple is cracking it up to be. Then, Ill talk a bit about what Apple could have done instead. Related: These are the best Android alternatives to the iPhone 12 series No iPhone 12 charger: A PR distraction Apple is pushing the narrative that its removal of in-box iPhone accessories is all about the environment. However, it is neglecting to mention a few other things related to that move:
- It is still making the charger: The iPhone 12 charger still exists, its just not in the box. Apple is producing them and selling them for $19 each.
- A lot of current iPhone chargers wont work: The cable that comes in the box with your iPhone 12 is a Lightning-to-USB-C system. This is incompatible with every charger you previously received with another iPhone model. The sole exception is the iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max. In other words, unless youre upgrading from an 11 Pro, you wont be able to use the cable in the box unless you guessed it you buy a USB-C charger.
- The iPhone 12 can charge quickly, but likely not with what you own: The iPhone 12 lineup is capable of charging at 20W with the proper cable and charger. Apple provides you the cable for this, but not the charger. If you use an older 5W charger/cable from every other iPhone (or even the 18W system from the 11 Pro/11 Pro Max), you wont see those 20W speeds. Once again, youll need to buy a charger from Apple for this. If you want to buy a third-party charger to give Apple the cold shoulder, it will need to be Made for iPhone under the MFi program. Otherwise, your phone will yell at you for using uncertified hardware.
PS5 DualSense controller will support Android - Android Authority
It looks like there won't be anything stopping you from using the DualSense with your phone.
- Initial reports on the PlayStation 5 appear to confirm that the DualSense controller supports Android.
- This means youll be able to connect the controller to your phone via Bluetooth for gaming.
- This lines up with earlier rumors that the DualSense is very similar to the DualShock 4.
Samsung Galaxy S30: Hot or not? (Poll) - Android Authority
You've seen the first renders, now tell us what you think.
Over the weekend, we got what are likely our first looks at the Galaxy S30 and Galaxy S30 Ultra when prominent leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer shared renders of the two phones. The images suggest Samsung has gone with a new camera bump design that makes it look like the component is recessed into the back of the phone. In the case of the S30 Ultra, Samsung has also gone back to a slight screen curve. Now that youve had a chance to see the images, what do you think about Samsungs new design? Does the tweaked camera bump make for a better-looking phone? As always, let us know what you think by voting in the attached poll and sharing your thoughts in the comment section. Well feature the best comments in a subsequent article. Well likely see more of the S30 and S30 Ultra sooner than you might think. There have been reports from various publications suggesting Samsung will announce the S30 series either in late January or early February. See also: The best Samsung phones you can buy right now
The best Apple iPhone 12 alternatives you can buy - Android Authority
From Samsung to Google and more, these phones are great alternatives to the iPhone 12 series.
The Apple iPhone 12 series is the biggest yet. From the $699 iPhone 12 Mini to the $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Cupertino company has a variety of devices on offer. Like the idea of the iPhone but prefer Android? Or maybe youre an iPhone owner looking at the competition? Then weve got you covered with our rundown of the best Android alternatives to the iPhone 12 family. 1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series
- Powerful Android flagship phones stuffed with a ton of features
- Samsung promises three years of system updates for its phones
- Available in a wide variety of markets
- Essentially the Galaxy S20 Ultra with an S-Pen and a few tweaks
- The standard Galaxy Note 20 isnt really worth it though
- Available in loads of countries around the world
- Water resistance and wireless charging for the first time in the series
- OnePlus tends to support its phones for as many as three versions of Android
- Available in the likes of Asia, Europe, and North America (sorry, Africa and Latin America)
- Packs plenty of features for the price (including a headphone jack!)
- The Dual Screen case accessory enables a foldable-style experience
- Available in many countries around the world
- Ditches high-end horsepower in favor of a mid-range 5G chipset
- Also features an ultra-wide rear camera and software support for three years
- Available in Australia, Europe, North America, Japan, and Taiwan
iPhone 12 Mini? Why isn't there a Samsung Galaxy S20e? - Android Authority
Samsung was probably kicking itself during the Apple hardware launch this week.
Way back in January (which feels like a lifetime ago), I wrote an article titled Will the Samsung Galaxy S10e go down as just a one-off experiment? You can give it a read if you missed it, but Ill give a quick summary for you: We realized that Samsung wasnt going to launch a Galaxy S20e alongside the rest of the Galaxy S20 series and it made me sad because the Samsung Galaxy S10e was such a terrific phone. Fast forward to this past Tuesday. That was when we saw Apple launch the iPhone 12 series, which included the first-of-its-kind iPhone 12 Mini. During the launch, Apple summed up the phone succinctly: With its compact size, the iPhone 12 Mini has the exact same features as iPhone 12. Youre just choosing between two great sizes. Im sure many people watching that live stream were already taking out their wallets when Kaiann Drance finished that second sentence. However, Im also sure Samsung executives were hanging their heads. After all, the Galaxy S10e was essentially the Android equivalent of an iPhone 12 Mini but Samsung abandoned the line before it even had a chance to take hold. Its too late now, of course, but the Mini is more proof that Samsung made a huge mistake by skipping the Galaxy S20e. Also read:What Android could learn from Apples iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Mini vs Galaxy S10e: Similar but distinct If you reread that quote in the previous section from the Apple launch, youll probably notice that it doesnt accurately describe the Galaxy S10e. While the S10e did carry over a lot of the same features as the larger Galaxy S10, it was a weaker device in multiple respects. It had less RAM, no in-display fingerprint sensor, a weaker camera, and a few other downgrades. The iPhone 12 Mini, though, is literally as Apple described it. The only specs that dont carry over to the smaller phone are battery capacity and display resolution, which makes perfect sense because the phone is physically smaller. Everything else, though, both phones share equally. Related: iPhone 12 series comparison: Which should you buy? This probably was Samsungs big mistake with the Galaxy S10e. Instead of trying to exclusively appeal to customers who want a smaller phone with no compromises, Samsung tried to hit that potential base while simultaneously going after the budget shopper. Thats clearly not Apples ambition with the iPhone 12 Mini. Apple knows that there are a lot of people out there who want smaller phones but dont want a budget device like an iPhone SE. The Mini gives those customers what they want without needing to sacrifice anything else. Samsung could have gone in this direction with the Galaxy S20e. It could have solidified the (admittedly confusing) e branding and worked harder to show why higher-end consumers should give it attention. Instead, it abandoned the line completely and went in the total opposite direction, delivering a ginormous super-premium monster in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Judging from the alleged sales data of the S20 line, this might have been an incredibly costly mistake for Samsung. Remember that Apple has it easier than Samsung Well never have the pleasure of seeing a Galaxy S20e. We can imagine that it would have been very similar to the Galaxy S10e but built off the Galaxy S20 series. It likely would have had a Snapdragon 865 but cut lots of corners in other areas to keep the price down. Any descriptions of the theoretical device would just be wishful thinking, though. Whatever it might have been, it certainly wouldnt have been totally analogous to an iPhone 12 Mini, however. There are two very significant reasons why Apple can create something like the Mini much easier than Samsung could. Related: How much does the RAM and storage in your phone actually cost? The first reason is the biggest: Apple makes almost all the hardware inside the iPhone. Since Apple controls the design and production of the majority of iPhone parts, it doesnt need to spend as much money getting those parts from other companies. This allows it to have more leeway when it comes to keeping pricing low but still earning a tidy profit. As an example of what I mean, rumors abound that Qualcomm priced the Snapdragon 865 significantly higher than the Snapdragon 855. That alone might have been the biggest reason Samsung balked at a Galaxy S20e. It just might not have been feasible to produce a Galaxy S-caliber phone with that chipset at a decent consumer price. This is a problem Apple didnt have since it makes the chips inside iPhones. Related: History of the Qualcomm 800-series The second reason Apple can more easily make a Mini is that the specs of its non-Pro iPhones have historically been weaker than what we see in the Galaxy S line. If you think about it, the Galaxy S20 starts at $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro not the iPhone 12 starts at that same price. In essence, the iPhone 12 Mini doesnt need to be a smaller version of the Pro, whereas the Galaxy S20e would need to be a smaller version of the Samsung equivalent. The bottom line here is that Samsung cant meet Apples standard the way things currently stand. I hate to say it, but Samsung should copy the iPhone 12 Mini From what we know, the Galaxy S20 line isnt selling well by any metric, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra isnt finding a wide audience. Meanwhile, some of the most critically-lauded phones of the year are small, cheap, or both, such as the Google Pixel 4a, the iPhone SE, and the OnePlus Nord. Related: Samsung Galaxy S series: A history of the biggest name in Android Samsung shot for the moon with the initial Galaxy S20 series and missed badly. In a way, Samsung tried to correct this by launching the Galaxy S20 FE to cater to an audience on a tighter budget. However, while Samsung fans are absolutely loving that phone, its likely confusing for the general consumer. What does FE mean? Why did it launch six months after the other phones? Remember: the general smartphone buyer doesnt read Android Authority every day, so these are questions they would likely have. Also, the Galaxy S20 FE is much larger than the iPhone 12 Mini, so its not the right device for small phone fans. Imagine, if you will, that Samsung made things simpler and debuted a new product lineup for the Galaxy S30 series. You have a Samsung Galaxy S30 that is more in-line with the specs and price of the Galaxy S20 FE (but with the Snapdragon 875 onboard). Next to it, you have a Samsung Galaxy S30 Mini, which is the same phone, but smaller. Then, you have a Galaxy S30 Plus that is more in-line with a Galaxy S20 Ultra, but a bit more compact. Then, you have the Galaxy S30 Ultra which has the same specs as the S30 Plus, but in a larger body with a few extras. If Samsung did that, it would hit every consumer. Every single buyer who wants a Galaxy S phone would have an option that suits them all at the same time. All the phones would be great, but slightly different to cater to different buyers. Meanwhile, truly budget-minded consumers have cheaper options too. The Galaxy A line is doing a great job at delivering mid-range experiences, and the Galaxy FE line if required can fill in any gaps. Oh, and one more thing: remember that Samsung had Mini phones well before Apple did. In a way, this could be seen as a return to form rather than copying Apple. If you go back far enough, Apple is actually copying Samsung. Would you like to see Samsung copy the iPhone 12 Mini and bring back a smaller S series phone? Cast your vote in the poll above and hit the comments to let us know your thoughts!
The best Amazon Prime Day deals available in Canada - Android Authority
Prime Day isn't just for American shoppers. Here are the very best Amazon Prime Day deals available in Canada.
In case you hadnt heard, its time for Amazons annual Prime Day event. You dont even have to be an American shopper to get in on the fun and savings either. Our neighbors to the North have plenty of deals to choose from, as long as you know where to look. Luckily, were here to lend a helping hand. Here are the very best Amazon Prime Day deals available in Canada. See also: These Amazon Prime Day 2020 tips can help you save big Well do our best to break the savings into categories, but they wont all last long. Grab youre credit card and get ready to jump into savings. Best Prime Day deals in Canada: Editors note: Well update these Prime Day Canada deals as they launch throughout the shopping event. PC gaming deals Whether youre building out your first gaming rig or you just need a new keyboard or mouse, Prime Day has plenty of options to choose from. Here are just a few of our favorites: iRobot vacuum deals Once the dust has settled after Prime Day, you just might wish you had a robot to clean it all up for you. These are a few of your best options to make cleaning a breeze: Chromebook and tablet deals You wont get your new device in time for Prime Day shopping, but its a good time to start preparing for Black Friday shopping. Here are top picks from Samsung, Google, and more: Sony headphone deals Sony sits atop the throne when it comes to noise-canceling headphones, which often means that its tough to find a sale. Thats not the case for Prime Day, as shoppers in Canada can save on all of the latest pairs. Check them out here: Samsung phone and wearable deals Theres never a bad time to grab a new phone, especially when there are so many accessories on sale too. Dive headfirst into the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem with savings on phones, headphones, wearables, and more right here: Anker accessory deals If it exists, Anker probably makes accessories for it especially speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Here are just a few of the Anker accessories you can pick up to kick off Amazon Prime Day in Canada: Laptop and desktop deals You wont be able to use it as your Amazon Prime Day Canada command center, but you can have any one of these laptops with plenty of time to spare before Black Friday. Round out your shopping spree with any one of these top options:
OnePlus Nord special edition to arrive alongside the OnePlus 8T - Android Authority
A special edition OnePlus Nord will be revealed at the OnePlus 8T launch, and we have a good idea of what to expect.
- A OnePlus Nord special edition variant is on the way.
- The teasers seemingly hint at a textured sandstone finish.
- OnePlus plans to launch the new variant at its OnePlus 8T launch.
Oxygen OS 11 starts rolling out for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro - Android Authority
The Oxygen 11 OS update includes a revamped design, and a number of new features, including the always-on display and more.
- OnePlus Oxygen 11 OS update, based on Android 11, is starting its official rollout today for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
- The new version adds a lot of design changes, plus many new features, including an always-on display.
- Oxygen 11 OS will be released for many older OnePlus phones in the future.
Google Pixel 2 updates will stop in December 2020 - Android Authority
Pour one out for what many of our readers would consider being the best Pixel phone ever.
- In December, Google will issue the last of the Google Pixel 2 updates.
- After that update, the phone will no longer receive security patches or new Android versions.
- The Pixel 2 will still work without updates, but it wont be as secure.