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[Update: Fix coming] Some Samsung Galaxy S20 FE buyers are experiencing touchscreen problems - 9to5Google
Early buyers of the new $699 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE or "Fan Edition" are reporting issues with the phone's touchscreen, but the company hasn't responded yet.
The new Samsung Galaxy S20 “Fan Edition” is a hit thanks to an affordable price and great feature set, but it seems some early buyers are facing problems. Apparently, the Galaxy S20 FE has a touchscreen issue, at least on some units. ReportsonReddit and Samsung’sCommunity Forums (h/t PiunikaWeb) reveal that at least some Galaxy S20 FE owners are having problems with the touchscreen. These reports vary from person to person when it comes to what’s actually wrong, but in some cases, the issues are manifest as a lack of response to taps or swipes and, in others, as input that didn’t come from the user. These touchscreen issues don’t seem especially widespread, but the phone has only been on the market for a couple of weeks at this point, so the sample size isn’t exactly large. Anecdotally, our own Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review unit is also experiencing these touchscreen issues. In my usage, the phone will regularly turn on the “pocket” mode even when I’m holding it normally and occasionally messes up swiping actions. In speaking to Samsung, the company wasn’t aware of the problem being widespread as of last week with a hardware replacement being shipped to my doorstep this week. As a result, we opted to delay our review until giving the new unit a test run. It’s unclear at this point if this is a software issue or an actual hardware problem with the Galaxy S20 FE, but it’s one we certainly hope Samsung can remedy soon. We’ll update this post with any further details or comments from Samsung. Update 10/22: While Samsung never responded to our request for comment on this issue, the company has since confirmed to the folks over at Android Police that an update will be rolling out to fix these issues. We are aware of the reported issue that appears on a limited number of Galaxy S20 FE devices. We are investigating this issue and working to resolve it. We recommend customers keep their devices up to date with the latest software by accessing Settings > Software update > Download. Since we originally reported on this problem a couple of weeks ago, reports have only become more widespread. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets first discount in today’s best deals, SSDs, more - 9to5Google
Today’s best deals include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and USB-C solid-state drives, along with discounts on Jabra Elite earbuds, and more. You’ll find all that and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Samsung’s all-new Galaxy Tab S7/+ tablets Amazon is curren…
Today’s best deals include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and USB-C solid-state drives, along with discounts on Jabra Elite earbuds, and more. You’ll find all that and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Samsungs all-new Galaxy Tab S7/+ tablets Amazon is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Wi-Fi 128GB Android Tablet for $803. Down from its $850 going rate, todays offer is the very first discount weve seen and amounts to $47 in savings. Having just been released last month, Samsungs new Galaxy Tab S7+ delivers a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate alongside S Pen support for easily taking notes or creating digital art. This model packs 128GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card as well as 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus to power everything. Youll also be able to count on up to 14 hours of battery life per charge, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and Dolby Atmos surround sound thanks to four built-in speakers. Save up to 26% on Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSDs Amazon is currently offering the Samsung T7 Touch Portable 1TB Solid-State Drive for $170. Typically fetching $230, todays offer is good for a 26% discount, beats our previous mention by $30, and marks a new all-time low. Samsungs recently-released T7 Touch SSD delivers 1,050MB/s transfer speeds in a portable form-factor thats shock-resistant and can withstand drops of up to 6 feet. Youll also benefit from USB-C connectivity so it can pair with a Mac or iPad right out of the box, and a built-in fingerprint sensor completes the package for adding some security features into the mix. Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds are perfect for workouts Amazon is currently offering the Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds for $130. Down from its $180 going rate, todays offer amounts to 28% in savings, beats our previous mention by $20, and marks a new all-time low. Jabras Elite 75t earbuds pack a truly wireless design thats backed by 7.5 hours of listening per charge. Then with the USB-C charging case, youre looking at up to 28 hours overall. Other notable features here include a workout-ready IPX5 water-resistant design, four integrated microphones, and customizable EQ functionality. Best trade-in deals 9to5Google also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device. Or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Google along the way! Subscribe to the 9to5Toys YouTube Channel for all of the latest videos, reviews, and more! Review: Mouse and keyboard on console? Kaliber Gamings kit says yes [Video] Hulkman Alpha 85S Review: Powerful smart jump starter EDC for your car [Video] Zhiyun Smooth XS Review: Best budget-friendly iPhone gimbal gets better [Video] FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Nokia 2.4 and 3.4 go official w/ sub-$200 pricing, 2 years of OS updates - 9to5Google
HMD Global has officially unveiled a duo of affordable new handsets in the form of the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 with modest pricing and internals.
HMD Global has officially unveiled a duo of affordable new handsets in the form of the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 with modest pricing and internals. As 2020 draws to a close, we’re seeing a number of more affordable devices given greater prominence in the Android space. The Nokia 2.4 and 3.4 are most definitely toward the lower end of the pricing and performance spectrum but still might be of interest to those shopping for a new device on a strict budget. The Nokia 2.4 is a direct follow-up to last year’s Nokia 2.3. It will come with a 6.5-inch HD+ display, is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of internal storage. The battery weighs in at 4,500mAh, while other notable hardware includes that of a rear fingerprint scanner and headphone port. While the Nokia 2.4 is an entry-level smartphone, it comes with a dual-camera setup with 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera comes rated at 5 megapixels. Another modest Android One smartphone, the Nokia 3.4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset, features a 6.39-inch FHD+ display, comes with either 3 or 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB storage configurations. The battery measures in at 4,000mAh with the Nokia 3.4 coming with a USB-C charge port. There is also a headphone port and rear fingerprint scanner here, too. It can be charged at 10W speeds, which although slow by most metrics is pretty solid. It has a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera can take 8-megapixel shots. Both smartphones will ship with the Android 10 build of Android One pre-installed but will only receive two years of OS updates and a further year of security patches. You’ll be able to pick up the Nokia 2.4 starting at $139 from September 23 in purple, black, and blue. Meanwhile, the Nokia 3.4 will go on sale later this fall in the same color options. More on Nokia: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Pixel 4a advertised as ‘helpful Google phone, at a helpful price’ in first retail listings - 9to5Google
With the Pixel 4a set to be announced today, the first retail listing has appeared. Australia's JB HI-FI provides a look at product page...
With the Pixel 4a set to be announced today, the first retail listing has appeared. Australia’s JB HI-FI provides a look at the official product page, with the device being advertised as the “helpful Google phone, at a helpful price.” Following the Pixel 4, this is the second time a device has been referred to as a “Google phone.” However, international pricing has not been revealed yet for the 4a. We get another look (via Reddit) at an official render of the phone, though the date and weather in the At A Glance widget is properly styled for Australia. This is the same Pixel 4a product listing as the one that will appear in the Google Store, but modified for retailers. There are three tentpole features:
- Camera: “Rich photos at a helpful price.” There are three example shots with each highlighting a different aspect: HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode. On the Camera front, Google is also advertising the Social share for quickly going from the viewfinder to sharing in a third-party app
- Battery: “A battery that lasts for up to 24 hours.” The Adaptive Battery is cited
- Google Assistant & Recorder: “All the help you need, fast.”
[Update: 360-degree video] More Pixel 4a press renders leak ahead of launch w/ $349 price, specs confirmed - 9to5Google
The Pixel 4a has been highly anticipated, delayed, and teased but yet more press renders and confirmed specifications have leaked ahead August 3.
The Pixel 4a has been highly anticipated, delayed, and teased but yet more press renders and confirmed specifications have leaked ahead of the August 3 launch. Despite the fact that we have been waiting since mid-May for the Pixel 4a to surface, the device has so far failed to materialize on online stores globally. Press renders, detailed hands-on leaks, and Google’s own teasing of the Pixel 4a have kept hype rumbling for the affordable follow-up to one of last year’s most impressive sub-$500 smartphones. The latest images were shared over on Twitter by teenage leaker extraordinaire Ishan Agarwal, where he also confirmed much of the specifications we exclusively revealed earlier this year. If you were hoping for different internals than we revealed previously, then you will be sorely disappointed. [Update 08/03]: While we have already seen Pixel 4a prototype hardware courtesy of TecnoLikePlus, you can cast your eyes on a 360-degree press render that showcases the device from almost all angles well, the most important ones. Here's your official 360-degree look at the #Pixel4a in Just Black. Things to note…– Punch-hole camera– back fingerprint sensor– accented power button (like usual)– somewhat(?) symmetrical chin and bezels!! pic.twitter.com/fcxWte5Nur — Panda (@samsungbloat) August 1, 2020 It was shared over on Twitter by @samsungbloat, who appears to have been the original source of the press renders. Again, it simply gives us another look at the design which is expected to be “officially” revealed later today. Let us know what you think though down in the comments section below. For those that have been waiting for the Pixel 4a, these press renders simply confirm the sheer mountain of leaks seen previously and give you just a few more angles of the one-color design that will be unveiled in just 48 hours. So, reeling off the expected spec sheet again, the Pixel 4a will rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and it will pack in a 3,140mAh battery with 18W fast charging. There will be no Pixel 4a XL this time around, with the 4a measuring in at 5.81-inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio 60Hz OLED display that will include Always-on Display options and the popular Now Playing features from previous Pixel devices. Another bonus is that of stereo speakers, although this will be a downward-firing tweeter and earpiece configuration. The solitary rear camera setup will mimic that of the Pixel 4 series main sensor, with a 12.2-megapixel maximum resolution but with a 77-degree field of view. You’ll be able to shoot video in up to 4K UHD at 30fps and 1080p FHD at 120fps. There’s also a capacitive fingerprint reader at the rear too for biometric unlocks we’re not sure if software-based Face Unlock will be available like on some Android One devices from the likes of Nokia will be available though. These press renders also confirm yet again that the Pixel 4a will be the first Google device to come with a display punch-hole. This upper-left cutout will contain an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an 84-degree field of view. We do know for certain that the Pixel 4a will ship with Android 10 pre-installed and not Android 11 that some may have been hoping for. It is, however, expected to get the prompt update to the latest OS on September 8. Agarwal also shared some added availability and pricing information, with the Pixel 4a set to go on sale at $349 in the US, although UK, Irish, German, Australian, Japanese, and Canadian pricing is still not yet known. We’re sure that the affordable smartphone will come to other global markets but those have been “confirmed”, which follows previous Pixel launches. He also dropped hints that the Pixel 4a 5G will cost just $499 when it arrives alongside the Pixel 5 later this fall. That would quite a substantial deal for a Google hardware product when it does eventually get an unveil. More on the Google Pixel 4a: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Google Pixel ‘5G’ teaser leaks, shows Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G - 9to5Google
A leaked teaser image hints at plans from Google for 5G-capable Pixel smartphones coming this year, including a potentially larger 4a 5G model.
2020 has been a weird year for the Google Pixel lineup, and as we’ve learned more, things have only felt more complicated. Today, a leaked teaser image is giving us a bit more context on Google’s plans, as this “Pixel 5G” teaser hints at two phones packing the connectivity. Ishan Argawal shared the image below which teases that there are two Google Pixel smartphones coming with 5G connectivity. There’s not a lot to see here, but we can make some conclusions based on previous leaks and common sense. For one thing, we know we’re not looking at a Pixel 4a in this image because that device has a green power button and nether of these devices do. So, what are we looking at? I’d bet the Google Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. Looking at the clear texture difference let’s assume the Pixel 5 will use the same matte as the Pixel 4 did we can probably assume that the 4a 5G is the bigger device here (on the right) with the Pixel 5 being the smaller one (on the left). This makes some sense, too, as 5G devices on the affordable end of the spectrum are typically on the larger side because it’s a bit easier to build out that support in a larger casing. Considering detailed spec leaks have confirmed that the Pixel 4a will be a pretty small device, a larger Pixel 4a 5G might be a good option for a lot of people who would have preferred an XL model too. There’s another interesting tidbit to note here, the size of the cameras. It’s a little hard to tell, but both camera modules look roughly the same size. This would line up with some findings from an app teardown earlier this year which hinted a Pixel 4a would come with two cameras, something we know the 4a obviously doesn’t have. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
The OnePlus Nord already appears to exhibit display tinting issues - 9to5Google
It looks like some early OnePlus Nord models are already experiencing display issues including "purple-tint" and off-axis color problems.
It looks like some early OnePlus Nord models are already experiencing display issues including “purple-tint” and off-axis color problems. Reports have already appeared on Reddit and the official OnePlus Forums include early adopters complaining about a myriad of display issues since receiving their OnePlus Nord pre-orders. Owners are complaining that when the AMOLED display brightness dips below 25%, darker portions of the display begin to exhibit color casts or “tinting” towards the lower half of the display. Given that the OnePlus 8 Pro was initially prone to similar problems, it’s not clear if this is a manufacturing issue or something that can be resolved with software updates. A recent OxygenOS OTA update has alleviated the “green-tint” issues that some OnePlus 8 Pro owners had been suffering but we’re not actually sure issues on the Nord can be resolved via a software patch. video courtesy of /u/leonardoyup As mentioned in our own review, at low brightness we have noticed display issues and tinting problems when using the OnePlus Nord: Praise aside, I have noticed some issues with the display at low brightness on my device. When getting below the 20% threshold, there are significant yellow or green-tint issues on my particular unit. You can also see banding along the notched portion of the screen. I believe this might be a manufacturing fault with my device, but its something to note. While frustrating, this problem only appears when auto-brightness is enabled. To alleviate it I often keep brightness set at 60% and have had no issues since. As you can see from the video of the problem above, this issue is very pronounced when using dark themes and in darkened environments. We have found that at brightness levels above 60%, we stop seeing the display issues on our OnePlus Nord review units. This might not be a “proper” solution but it might alleviate issues should you see them now, until an official response is forthcoming. We have reached out to OnePlus for a comment on these Nord display issues and they provided with the following statement: OnePlus Nord comes with a high quality 90 Hz AMOLED screen. Under specific circumstances of low brightness, a slight display discoloration may occur due to the properties of the AMOLED display – this is characteristic of all OLED displays and the degree of discoloration will vary depending on other properties of the display. This is not a quality issue and will not affect daily usage or the durability of the screen. OnePlus will continue to look into cutting-edge display technologies and strive to deliver the best user experience possible. We’ll have to wait and see how the company responds to any potential complaints in the coming weeks even if issues do not appear to be widespread. Have you experienced any issues with your OnePlus Nord display? Let us know down in the comments section below. More on OnePlus: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
OnePlus Nord will replace dialer, SMS apps w/ Google Phone and Google Messages - 9to5Google
In its latest teaser, OnePlus has confirmed that its upcoming affordable Nord smartphone will ship with Google Messages and Google Phone pre-installed.
We’re quickly approaching the debut of the OnePlus Nord and, ahead of that official launch, OnePlus continues to tease details about the device. Now, in a brief video on Instagram, OnePlus has confirmed some Google apps that will come pre-loaded on Nord, including Google Messages. Google apps are a key part of most Android smartphones, but OEMs often have replacements or alternatives to some of them. OnePlus, for example, has long shipped its phones with the company’s own dialer and SMS apps pre-installed. It seems, though, that we’ll see a change to that with Nord. Why would OnePlus change? In the video, the company pretty much says that Google’s apps are better, “smoother” to be specific. There’s not much wrong with OnePlus’ alternatives to these apps, but it’s no secret that Google has developed some really great products with these two apps specifically. Google Phone has a clean UI with smart features, and it’s been building out more features such as Call Recording in certain regions. Google Phone has been used on many OEM Android phones in India, a region OnePlus will surely be targeting with Nord. Beyond Phone, Google Messages will also ship on OnePlus Nord. This one is especially great to see, as it unlocks RCS functionality for the device which has been rolling out through the globe. Google Duo is also coming on Nord, though that one is no surprise as it’s been required on Android phones for a while now. OnePlus Nord launches on July 21st, stay tuned for our full coverage! FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 rolls out for OnePlus 7T/Pro w/ July patch, more - 9to5Google
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the preview software bringing the July 2020 security patch, plus more.
OxygenOS Open Beta 6 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the preview software bringing the July 2020 security patch, plus some other notable improvements. For those of you enrolled in the beta, it will be great to hear that the latest update is now heading out after being confirmed over on the official OnePlus Forums. The OTAs are rolling out with quite a list of new additions including backlight brightness improvements and optimizations. These include tweaks for the double-tap to wake and some ambient display enhancements. The Game Space now has a new “Moments” section that will host in-game screenshots and screen recordings you’ve collated. You’ll be able to tap the three-dot menu when Game Space is active to view them in one place. Within the Clock app, OnePlus has now added “Lap time” and “Split time” titles within the Stopwatch. This makes it far more explicit what you are tracking and how to get into these modes. OxygenOS Open Beta 6 also adds some Messages app fixes plus a color fix for the stock OnePlus Launcher. You can check out the full changelog below:
- Optimized adaptive brightness curve. The backlight brightness softer, improving user experience
- Fixed the issue that double tap could not wake up the screen in some settings
- Fixed the automatic pull-down issue with unlock screen in ambient display
- Updated Android security patch to 2020.07
- Newly added Lap time and Split time title for Stopwatch, the interface looking more clear-cut
- Game Space
- Newly added Moments to store gaming snapshots and screen recordings, please go to the three-dot menu at upper right corner>Moments>Recent/Games to find them.
- Fixed the bug of unable to receive wireless alarm notifications within a short time despite repetitious trials
- Fixed the abnormal color display at the top area and button of Notes
Google working on clipboard manager for Chrome OS - 9to5Google
Google is looking to bring a clipboard manager to Chrome OS to store your recently copied text, images and more, similar to Windows 10.
One of the more useful features of Windows 10 as well as Gboard for Android is the ability to temporarily store and manage the things you’ve recently copied to your clipboard. Now Google is looking to bring a similar clipboard manager to Chrome OS with support for text, images, and more. On Windows 10, you can use the Windows + V key combo to pull up a list of things you’ve recently copied, which is especially handy for times when you accidentally copy over something you were meaning to keep in your clipboard. Android, like many other operating systems, can only offer this capability through an installed app such as Gboard, which only just this year gained support for saving recently copied images. According to a newly posted code change, with an accompanying flag in chrome://flags, Google is preparing a built-in clipboard manager for Chrome OS. Judging from the flag’s description, it seems to be inspired by Windows 10’s own clipboard manager, using a similar key combo. Enable Multipaste Pressing search + v will show a menu that allows you to paste things previously copied. #multipaste The key combo itself, Search + V, isn’t too surprising, as Chrome OS uses the Search key in many other useful ways, such as Search + Left for the Home key and Search + A for the Google Assistant. In this case, Search + V was likely chosen for the clipboard manager to be similar to the Ctrl + V combo for paste on most computers. In its currently early state of development, Chrome OS’s clipboard manager will store the five most recent things you’ve copied, with planned support for text, formatted text, images, web links in a bookmark format, and something called “web smart paste.” Digging into an older code change from the same developer, we believe that Chrome OS’s clipboard manager is being given the fitting codename “tote.” From this same code, we also believe that “tote” will have a dedicated button in Chrome OS’s quick settings tray, in addition to being easily opened with Search + V. All in all, assuming this new clipboard manager actually launches and isn’t cancelled, it will make for another excellent step forward for helping Chrome OS be on-par with the likes of Windows, something that Parallels is planning to help with. For now though, as the feature is still early in development, it’s hard to even guess when we may expect to get our hands on this particular “tote.” FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: