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French iPhone 12 comes in two boxes to accommodate EarPods - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
A large box contains the wired earbuds and the new standard iPhone box.
In 2020 Apple took a stand against unnecessary carbon emissions (and spending money on accessory production) and took away the charger and earbuds from the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro retail package, as well as from that of the iPhone 11, SE (2020) and XR. But France requires manufacturers to ship headphones with phones by law, so Apple had to accommodate the EarPods with its iPhones. But because Apple's new smaller iPhone retail box is standard across the globe, it packed it inside a bigger box that contains the EarPods. Note that Apple still doesn't include a charger, just the earbuds. Big box holds EarPods and new standard small iPhone boxApple advises its customers to use existing chargers and EarPods, but also sells a new $19/25 20W wired charger and $39/45 wireless MagSafe charger and has deducted $10 from the price of EarPods - now $19/19. Via
Belkin releases MagSafe-compatible 3-in-1 wireless charger and car vent mount - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The 3-in-1 charger tops up your battery at 15W and can even hold the iPhone horizontally so you can watch video while it charges.
Predictably, mobile accessory makers jumped on the MagSafe bandwagon to offer a variety of products that use Apples new wireless charging magnetic attachment system. Belkin already has a few interesting designs that will be available soon. First up is a MagSafe version of its 3-in-1 charging station. This one leverages the magnets to hold up an iPhone 12. An Apple Watch is held magnetically as well, only the AirPod case is loosely placed over the wireless charging coil. The magnets are apparently strong enough to hold the phone in place even as you swipe across the screen. You can also place the phone horizontally so you can watch a video while it charges. The Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger for iPhone 12 (available in White and Black) This MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger can power up your iPhone at the 15W supported by the new system, double the power of the base Qi charging system and almost as fast as the 20W wired charger. Then theres the MagSafe Car Vent Mount Pro. Note that this is indeed a mount and not a charger, if you want to charge your phone youll have to connect a cable into the Lightnight port. Again, the magnets are quite strong and can even absorb the shocks from a bumpy road. You can adjust the angle of the phone thanks to a ball joint and even rotate it horizontally. Belkin MagSafe car vent mount for iPhone 12 The MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger will go for $150 while the Car Vent Mount will be $40. Both will become available this Winter. Belkin naturally has a number of chargers with a USB-C port, the kind youll need with your new iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and 12 mini. And do need one as Apple no longer includes a power brick in the retail package (the iPhone 11, new SE and XR also lose the charger and EarPods). While the new Ceramic Shield is four times more resistant to drops, you may still want a screen protector. The Belkin UltraGlass is made out of German-engineered lithium aluminosilicate glass and is twice as strong as tempered glass typically used in screen protectors. Belkin UltraGlass screen protector for iPhone 12 Privacy version These have a Privacy version too, which makes the screen appear black unless youre looking at it head on. However, if you hold the phone horizontally, the display becomes visible from all angles (heres a demo). Source | Via
Google Calendar for Android and iOS gets Tasks integration - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The rollout will complete in two weeks.
Google released the standalone Tasks app for Android and iOS back in April 2018, which is also integrated to Calendar on the web. But now Google has integrated Tasks for Calendar's Android and iOS apps as well, allowing you to create and view tasks from a mobile on Calendar. This integration should also eliminate the need to have the standalone Tasks app on your mobile since you can now create new tasks and view existing ones in the Calendar app. To add a new task in Calendar from the mobile apps, simply tap on the create button in the bottom-right corner, tap on 'Task', fill in the details, and save it. Needless to say, the tasks you add to your calendar will be synced across mobile and desktop automatically. This new feature is already rolling out for Android and iOS and should reach all G Suite customers and personal Google accounts in two weeks. Source
Here are Google's promo videos for the new Pixels, Nest Audio, and Google TV - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The company has outed a bunch of ads for its new products.
If for some reason you missed Google's exciting half-hour presentation earlier today, in which it made the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 official alongside the Nest Audio and new Chromecast with Google TV, this is for you. The company has uploaded a bunch of promo videos for all of the products it announced today. Here they are for your viewing pleasure. Let's start with the phones, naturally. Both of these are focusing on "speed" and 5G, but they are a bit different in style. The first one seems like it could be a TV ad any day. The second one, on the other hand, is more of a presentation - but this could pass for a TV ad too, if need be. Now let's move on and check out that newly unveiled Nest Audio. And here's what's up with Google TV, the newly re-rebranded TV OS platform formerly known as Android TV. Finally, Google was kind enough to create a recap video of its event, so here it is.
Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G: what to expect - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The Pixel line's first foray into 5G is near.
Its that time of the year when brands are rushing to unveil their new products ahead of the holiday season. Google and its Pixel smartphones are next in line with the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G and weve made a summary of all the leaks and rumors in one place for your convenience in preparation for tomorrows event. Alongside the two phones, were also expecting the announcement of a revised Chromecast (which you can already buy) as well as a new Nest Home speaker for your home entertainment needs. Pixel 5 Despite its incremental name change, the Pixel 5 marks a new directions for the lineup. We wont see a Pixel with a top-tier chipset this year and the 5 is the closest well get to one. The design will take some inspiration from the Pixel 4a though the latest rumors show an interesting finish which has a metal look to it. This could very well be a coated metal surface with a plastic/glass cutout underneath so the antennas can work. Pixel 5 back The front will house a 6-inch FHD+ OLED with 90Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole cutout in the top left corner. Its an HDR 10+ panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The gimmicky radar-based Motion Sense from the Pixel 4 duo is going away, while the fingerprint scanner will make a return around the back. Cameras - were expecting a dual setup with a 16MP ultrawide shooter alongside the 12.2MP F/1.7 main unit. This would be the ninth Pixel phone in a row to use the same resolution though that hasnt stopped any of the previous ones from producing some of the best shots on mobile thanks to Googles machine learning optimizations. The ultrawide cam on the other hand will be the first of its kind on a Pixel so it's definitely something to look forward to. Google Pixel 5 in Just Black The Snapdragon 765G is the SoC of choice this time and should offer some noticeable gains over the Pixel 4a and its Snapdragon 730G. While far from a flagship chipset the 765G still offers Sub-6 Ghz 5G connectivity and should be kind on battery life. Speaking of the battery, the Pixel 5 is expected to come with a 4,080mAh cell - the largest on a Pixel thus far. The phone will also do 18W wired charging as well as wireless and reverse wireless charging. Google Pixel 5 in Subtle Sage Pixel 5 will ship with Android 11 out the box and will retain the IP68 water and dust resistance from Pixel 4 and 4XL. Pre-orders for the Pixel 5 are expected to start right after the announcement while official sales should commence on October 15. The single 8/128GB version is rumored to start at $700/630 and the launch colors will be limited to Just Black and Subtle Sage green. Pixel 4a 5G In addition to its 5G connectivity, the Pixel 4a 5G will come with several noteworthy upgrades over the vanilla Pixel 4a. These include a larger 6.2-inch OLED display with the same 60Hz refresh rate and punch hole cutout. In addition, the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G like the Pixel 5 and will get a fairly large by Pixel standards 3,885 mAh battery with 18W charging. The camera department will be headlined by the same old 1/2.55-inch 12.2MP sensor and were also expecting an 8MP ultrawide shooter. Visually, the phone will resemble the Pixel 4a in all major ways including the plastic build and rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Like Pixel 5, Google will launch the 4a 5G with Android 11. Another noteworthy feature is the return on the headphone jack. Pre-orders for the 4a 5G should commence on September 30 while the actual launch could be delayed until November 19. Well see it in Just Black while the rumored Clearly White colorway is rumored to launch in 2021 if Google doesnt scrap this option altogether. Google Pixel 4a 5G Pixel 4a 5G will cost $500/500/£500.
Amazon announces new Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show 10 - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The new Echo and Echo Dot feature a spherical design. The new Echo Show 10 has a rotating display.
Amazon has released a bevy of new products today, chief among which are the four new Echo models. The first is the new Echo, which is a combination of the previous Echo and Echo Plus models. The new Echo ditches the tower shaped design of the previous models for a new spherical shape. Most of the surface of this sphere is a grille while the plastic underside has a glowing ring of LED. The new Echo features an upgraded speaker system, with a single 3-inch woofer and dual tweeters, along with Dolby audio processing. The Echo senses acoustics of your space and automatically tunes its audio for it. The new Echo also includes a built-in smart home hub with support for Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Amazon Sidewalk. You will be able to connect your smart home devices directly to the Echo without requiring a dedicated hub. The new Echo also runs on Amazon's new first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processor, which is designed to speed up machine learning applications and also includes an all-neural speech recognition model that processes Alexa requests faster. Next is the new Echo Dot, which has three different versions. The new Echo Dot has a design similar to the new Echo, just smaller. Inside is a new 1.6-inch full-range speaker. There will also be a separate version of the Echo Dot that comes with an LED display that can show the time, temperature, timers, and alarms. Amazon will also sell an Echo Dot Kids Edition, which is the same as the standard Echo Dot except it comes in two color prints Panda and Tiger along with features designed for children, such as setting animal alarm sounds, getting help with homework, and calling approved family and friends. The Kids Edition also comes with 1-year Amazon Kids+ subscription that includes child friendly Audible books, interactive games, and educational skills. The device also comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee. Alexa will also let you create a special voice profile for your child and when it detects a child's voice it will automatically switch to that profile. Finally, there's the new Echo Show 10. This device has a unique rotating display that automatically turns to face you when you speak to it and can also track your movements and keep the screen facing towards you during video calls, recipes or watching videos. The entire 10.1-inch display and triple speaker assembly is placed on a rotating body that can spin 360-degrees using a brushless motor. The device uses the 13MP camera on the front to keep track of your movement and moves the display to face your direction. This only happens when an activity that requires your attention is taking place on the screen. Also, the device will recognize the direction the voice command came from and turn the display in that direction. Like the new Echo, the new Echo Show 10 also has a built-in smart home hub for connecting your devices. Amazon has also announced that support for Netflix and Zoom is coming later this year. These services join an already extensive list including Spotify, Hulu, Apple Music, Prime Video and Music, and more based on the region. Now for the pricing. The Echo is priced at $100, the Echo Dot at $50, the Echo Dot with clock at $60, the Echo Dot Kids Edition at $60. All of these devices are up for pre-order today and will ship later this year. The new Echo Show 10 is priced at $250 and will be available in time for the holidays.
5G iPhone just “days away” BT CEO says, rumor points to October 13 - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
A recent BT internal video keynote reveals we're closing in on the iPhone 12 launch.
We know the iPhone 12 launch event will take place soon but details on the actual date were sparse. In a recent BT (British Telecom) internal video keynote, CEO Marc Allera revealed the iPhone 12 launch is just days away which coincides with the rumored October launch. The latest speculations suggest Tuesday, October 13 as the actual iPhone 12 launch event date though it was not explicitly confirmed during the presentation. We are just days away from Apple's next major launch, a 5G iPhone, which will be a huge boost for 5G. Teams in all parts of Consumer have been preparing all year to win this launch, and be Europe's number one partner for Apple. - Marc Allera (BT Consumer CEO) Eddy Cue - Apples SVP of Internet Software and Services made a brief cameo during the BT video congratulating BTs subsidiary EE for being the first mobile provider in the world to bring bundled Apple services with its phone plans. Apple usually announces its latest iPhone models in September followed by first sales later in the month or early October. Eddy Cue (left) and Marc Allera (right) during the internal BT presentation Given the challenging year, the iPhone 12 launch event was expected to be pushed back by at least a month and pre-orders will likely commence on October 16. The most recent rumors suggest four new iPhones with a base 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini alongside two 6.1-inchers (12 Max and 12 Pro) as well as a larger 6.7-inch Pro Max model. All are expected to support 5G connectivity, pack OLED displays and a new flat-frame design. It remains to be seen if all models will launch simultaneously or if Apple will take a staged approach. Via
Xiaomi announces Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition, the world's first mass-produced transparent TV - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Features a 55-inch 120Hz transparent OLED panel and bespoke MIUI software.
Alongside the two Ultra phones Xiaomi today announced the Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition, the world's first mass-produced transparent OLED television. The television uses a transparent OLED panel that is mostly see-through. This gives it the appearance of a clear window when off and the when turned on, makes the images appear as if they are floating. The Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition has a 55-inch transparent OLED panel. It has a claimed static contrast ratio of 150,000:1, 10-bit color, and 93% coverage of DCI-P3. The panel is capable of refreshing at 120Hz and also offers 120Hz MEMC motion interpolation. Xiaomi also claims an impressive 1ms pixel response time. The Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition has a custom MediaTek 9650 chipset with Xiaomi's AI Master Smart Engine image processing that offers over 20 optimization algorithms and dedicated optimization for 5 major use scenarios. The Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition also has a feature called AI Master for Audio, which detects the type of content being played and automatically selects an audio mode. There's also support for Dolby Atmos. The design of the television includes a 5.7mm thick frame placed on a circular base. Obviously, this TV cannot be wall-mounted and the attached stand is the only way to place it. The Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition runs on a custom-designed version of MIUI for TV. The UI has been tweaked to take advantage of the transparent display. There's also an Always-On display mode to display images and text while the TV is not in use. Transparent display technology isn't particularly new. Chances are, you may have already come across one on a shop display or some other use on a public display. The technology has existed on both OLED as well as LCD panels, although the latter doesn't look as impressive due to the need for a backlight and thicker glass. LG showcased a transparent TV last year with promises of bringing it into a production TV in the future. However, the company is yet to follow-through on that, which is why the Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition is the first mass-produced TV of its kind. It's highly likely Xiaomi is using a transparent panel from LG, as the latter has been working on this for a while now. As for how this works, the transparent OLED panel isn't significantly different from a standard OLED panel. Linus Tech Tips had an in-depth video on this last year based on a prototype by LG. We would suggest you check that out for the full information on how this tech works. It goes without saying that this type of television isn't for those who value image quality above everything else. Depending upon the room lighting, the picture on the screen could be affected to a varying degree and it probably wouldn't be the best idea to keep it in front of a window or in a super bright room. This type of TV is more geared towards aesthetics than a practical family or video enthusiast usage. Coming back to the Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition, the TV is priced at RMB 49,999, which is about US$7200. The television will go on sale in China on August 16 at 10:00. Source
PlayStation 4 peripherals will work on PS5, but there's a catch - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The controllers for VR games will work on PS5 with no exception.
In its recent blog post, Sony has answered one of frequent question about the upcoming PlayStation 5 and its controller support. And we have some good news and some bad ones. The good news is that all PS4-certified peripherals such as racing wheels, arcade sticks and flight sticks will work with PS5 and PS4 games. The PS Move Controllers and PlayStation VR Aim Controller for PS VR games included. The PS4 controllers, on the other hand, will only be compatible with PS4 games played on the PS5 console. Additionally, the Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets along with all other third-party headsets that connect via the USB port or audio jack will be compatible with PS5 but their respective companion apps won't work. Also, at the bottom of the blog post, there's a disclaimer saying that not all PlayStation licensed or third-party accessories will work on PS5. Sony suggests that you check with the manufacturer to see if yours will work. Source
Galaxy Unpacked teaser reveals all incoming devices - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The Note20 series will be joined by the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Tab S7 duo, Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live.
August 5 will bring us the latest Samsung flagship devices consisting of 5 products. The star of the show will be the Galaxy Note20 series but were also going to see the Galaxy Z Fold 2 (the successor to the Galaxy Fold). Alongside these two, Samsung will debut the Galaxy Tab S7 series as well as the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live. The latest promo video for the event confirms all 5 devices will indeed launch at the keynote and gives us short previews. The video starts off with the new Mystic Bronze colorway which seems to be the new flagship color for Samsungs devices. We then see what appears to be a disassembled Z Fold 2 at the 0:06 mark with all its parts neatly laid out. The clip then transitions to a test of the Note20s S Pen stylus as well as several fast-paced shots of various design sketches, parts and even the retail box of the Note20 at the 0:17 mark. Samsungs Digital City campus located in Suwon, South Korea where the big event will take place also makes a brief appearance in the video. Finally, we are shown the silhouettes of all five products as the video comes to an end.