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How to use the Always-On Display on your Samsung Galaxy Phone - Android Central
Samsung's One UI offers many software enhancements to Android that its fans love, and one of those is its implementation of an always-on-display. We'll show you how to find this feature in the settings, and how to adjust it to suit your tastes.
If you've ever wondered how to adjust the Always On Display (AOD) on your Samsung Galaxy phone, we're here to help! The AOD feature is such a convenience because it lets you see important things like the time, temperature, calendar appointments, and even music at just a glance. Better still, Samsung allows you to customize how you want to enable the AOD, what color you want it to be, and even if you want to add your own images or GIFs to it. Let's dive in to learn how to get started. Products used in this guide How to adjust the Always-On Display on your Samsung Galaxy S or Note phone
- Swipe down to access the Settings menu, or open the Settings app from your app drawer.
- Scroll down and tap on Lock Screen. Source: Android Central
- Tap to toggle on the Always On Display feature.
- Tap the Tap to show link underneath. Source: Android Central
- From this screen, you can change your Always On Display to come on when you tap it, have it always on, or show on a schedule. Tap your preference.
- Further down, you can tap to select whether you want the screen to rotate in either Portrait or Landscape mode.
- Tap the toggle to Show music information so that you can see music details when the FaceWidgets music controller is in use.
- Tap to toggle on or off the Auto brightness. Source: Android Central
- Tap on Clock style to change the appearance or color of the Always On Display's clock. Source: Android Central
No charger in the iPhone 12 box will lead to tons of e-waste - Android Central
Apple didn't put a charger in the box with the iPhone 12 because we can use the one we have. Then, it included a cable that won't work with the charger most iPhone users have. Womp womp.
The iPhone 12 comes with 5G, but for the first time, it doesn't come with a charger or headphones in the box. There is a cable, but it's Lightning to USB-C, so if you have a MacBook you're going to finally be happy. Unfortunately, that old charger Tim said you could probably use doesn't have a USB-C port, so you're going to have to toss it and spend another $50 bucks on a new one. Don't get cocky about having a charger in your box. All phone makers are free to follow Apple's lead now. Putting anything extra inside the box eats into profit and all phone makers have been looking for a way to maximize profits since, well, forever. It makes sense that Apple did it, even though it inconveniences the consumer initially. However, now that Apple has done it and once the fuss dies down (and it will) they can do the same thing on future releases and get a lot less backlash for it. Prime Day may have ended, but these 25 deals are still available now! Don't believe me? Remember when every phone came with a set of earbuds? I rest my case. The problem is the way Apple dropped the charger out of the box. There are over a billion iPhone users and most of them have an Apple-certified charging brick with a USB type A (that's the big one) port and a cable that plugs into it with a lightning connector on the other end. That's not going to work with your power brick. You either have to buy an adapter (make sure it's Apple certified!) or buy a new power brick with a USB C port on it. That's not as big of a problem as people like to make it out to be because there are a lot of great high-output USB C wall warts available at great prices. You could also toss the new cable into the junk drawer and use an old cable to charge your iPhone 12 slower than it could charge with new stuff. The right choice is just to buy a new charger and produce some of that e-waste Apple claims to hate so much. Even though it'll save Apple some money, these choices all seem really silly. Plus, once all the cables and wall warts are tossed into the bin, new cables and wall warts that need materials coming from countries with practices like child labor or forced servitude dance in to take their place. It sure seems like that two million tons of carbon credits Apple touted are used up. You're back to polluting the planet and dealing with "conflict" metals and elements mined from what amount to African labor camps. Something tells me we won't hear much about that at the next iPhone launch. But you can bet that we'll all say the same things when Samsung does it. Then we'll buy it anyway. We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs. Galaxy Z Flip 5G: Which should you buy? - Android Central
Foldables come in all shapes and sizes, and each comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Samsung makes two of the most popular foldables around, so which one is worth your money?
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung's most refined foldable yet. The cover screen is extremely useful for everyday tasks, while the 120Hz inner display is fantastic for larger apps and multitasking. $2,000 at Best Buy Pros
- Massive canvas for multitasking when unfolded
- All-day battery life
- 120Hz inner display
- Cover screen is far more useful than previous generation
- Powerful specs and great performance
- Not water resistant
- Thick and heavy when shut
- Not all apps scale well to the inner screen
- Folds into a very compact form factor
- Updated specs including the Snapdragon 865+ and 5G support
- UTG display layer is more durable than other plastic foldables
- More reasonably priced
- No problems with app compatibility
- Underwhelming cameras with no ultra-wide
- Battery life is decent at best
- No high refresh rate or water resistance
Huawei’s Galaxy Watch 3 rival is here with a sub-$150 price tag - Android Central
Huawei Watch Fit is a sub-$150 smartwatch with a 1.64-inch AMOLED display, built-in GPS, 96 Workout Modes, and up to 10 days of battery life.
Huawei today unveiled a new fitness-focused smartwatch that packs a ton of features and is claimed to deliver excellent battery life. Called Watch Fit, the smartwatch runs Huawei's homegrown Lite OS and is powered by the Kirin A1 chip. The Huawei Watch Fit has a 1.64-inch rectangular AMOLED display with 456 x 280 resolution, six Always-on watch faces, auto brightness adjustment, and 2.5D curved glass. Since it is a fitness-focused smartwatch, the Watch Fit offers 96 Workout Modes, including 11 professional sport modes. The watch also comes with 12 kinds of animated quick-workouts, which means you can start training without having to look for a workout demonstration video first. Thanks to Huawei's TruSeen 4.0 technology, the Watch Fit supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring and will even send out an alert whenever it detects your heart rate exceeding the normal range. The smartwatch comes with a blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) sensor as well. A few other key features of the Watch Fit include sleep monitoring, stress tracking, 5ATM water resistance, and built-in GPS. Verizon is offering the Pixel 4a for just $10/mo on new Unlimited lines
POCO X3 reportedly launching soon to take on Samsung’s Galaxy M31s - Android Central
A new leak claims POCO could launch the successor to the POCO X2 on September 8. The phone is tipped to feature a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 732 chipset, quad rear cameras, and a 5,160mAh battery.
Xiaomi's POCO sub-brand has launched three devices so far this year, but all of them are rebranded variants of Redmi phones. According to a new leak, however, the brand could soon take the wraps off its first original phone since the POCO F1. Source: MIUITurkiyeTipster Ishan Agarwal has discovered a post on MIUI Turkey forums, with alleged renders and full specs of an upcoming POCO device called the POCO X3. Going by its name, the phone is likely to be the successor to the POCO X2 that was launched in February. Poco X3 Official Looking Renders and Specs have been leaked! -September 8 launch-Snapdragon 732-6.67" 120hz Display, 240Hz Touch Latency-5160 mAH Battery-33W Fast Charging-64MP Main Quad Camera-20MP Front Camera Thoughts?#POCO#POCOX3 Source: https://t.co/0RWgdd11Zfpic.twitter.com/acb0vMEYwW Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) August 26, 2020 As per the post, the POCO X3 will feature a 6.67-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, the phone is said to feature an unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 chipset. Around the back of the phone will be a quad-camera setup with a 64MP main sensor. For selfies, the phone will have a 20MP camera housed within a tiny hole-punch cutout at the top of the display. Keeping the lights on will be a 5,160mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The leak also suggests POCO will officially unveil the phone on September 8. #POCOX3 NFC Camera design speculations Which one do you think it is? Or maybe show me what you think the camera set up looks like! Closest guess will be gifted 1 #POCOX3 sponsored by @POCOGlobal#POCOisbackpic.twitter.com/buFsL6VGxa Angus Kai Ho Ng (@anguskhng) August 26, 2020 While POCO hasn't started teasing the launch of the phone yet, a company executive has confirmed its existence on Twitter. POCO F2 Pro review: The most underrated phone of 2020
Samsung's next-gen foldables may have S Pen support, two-way folding design - Android Central
According to a new leak, Samsung could launch at least three new foldable phones in 2021. In addition to the rumored Galaxy Z Fold Lite and the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the company is also said to be working on a foldable with a two-way folding display.
Samsung may release no less than three new foldable Galaxy smartphones next year. According to tipster @hwangmh01 on Twitter, the company is currently working on three foldable phones: Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold Lite, and Galaxy Z Fold S. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to be a direct successor to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 unveiled earlier this month. Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is tipped to use a layer of Ultra Thin Glass over the main display. The tipster claims the foldable will have S Pen support as well, which could possibly lead to a higher price tag. Galaxy Z Fold Lite (CPI)Galaxy Z Fold 3 ( S-Pen support UTG, but price problem)Galaxy Z Fold S (In&Out folding) (@hwangmh01) August 26, 2020 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold Lite, which was first rumored in May, is expected to use a colorless polyimide (CPI) film, similar to the original Galaxy Fold. Previous rumors have claimed the Galaxy Z Fold Lite will look fairly similar to the Galaxy Fold and could retail for around $900. Its tech specs, however, still remain a mystery. While it was initially rumored to debut in the third quarter of 2020, it is now expected to debut sometime early next year. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 The Galaxy Z Fold S is said to feature a unique design with a main display that can be folded both inwards and outwards. Sadly, the tipster hasn't revealed anything else, so we may have to wait a long time to find out more about the device.
ASUS’ OnePlus 8 rival will make its global debut next week - Android Central
ASUS' new ZenFone 7 series will be break cover at a virtual launch event on August 26. The ASUS ZenFone 7 is expected to come equipped with a Snapdragon 865 chipset and an upgraded quad-camera setup.
ASUS has confirmed that it will be unveiling the successor to last year's ZenFone 6 at a virtual launch event on August 26. Unlike last year, however, ASUS is rumored to launch two new flagship phones at its upcoming event. Along with the vanilla ZenFone 7, a Pro variant with beefier specs is also expected to debut next week. The ZenFone 6, with its quirky flip camera and solid hardware specs, was among the most impressive value flagships launched last year. If rumors are to be believed, the ZenFone 7 will be a great successor to the ZenFone 6.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa 2: Which should you buy? - Android Central
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a sleek and sexy new smartwatch, but is it a better option than the Fitbit Versa 2, which is almost half the price?
Fitbit is a leader in the smartwatch and fitness tracker market, and for good reason. Devices like the Versa 2 are versatile, can track just about anything, and connect you to a massive and growing community of users, including friends and like-minded individuals, who can help motivate you. The Versa 2 remains one of the best smartwatches you can buy. $199 at Amazon Pros
- Great battery life
- Detailed sleep tracking
- Two size options
- Stylish design
- On-screen coaching
- More affordable
- No built-in GPS
- Notifications sometimes finicky
- Built-in GPS
- Stylish wristwatch design
- Pairs with TV for workouts
- Two size options
- LTE option
- Short battery life
- More smartwatch than fitness
|Fitbit Versa 2||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3|
|Operating System||Fitbit OS||Tizen OS 5.5|
|Battery Life||6+ Days||Up to 1 day for 41 mm, up to 2 days for the 45 mm|
|Mobile Payments||Fitbit Pay||Samsung Pay|
|Water-Resistant||Up to 50 meters||Up to 50 meters|
|Charging||Proprietary||Proprietary, Wireless Powershare|
|Music Storage||Approx. 2.5 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, LTE (optional)|
|Built-in Sleep Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Sizes||S, L||41 mm, 45 mm|
|Compatibility||Android, iOS||Android, iOS|
A deal with Huawei could make Qualcomm's market advantage insurmountable, and that's a problem - Android Central
Huawei wants to sell phones but its placement on the Entity List makes that difficult. Qualcomm is ready to save the day, but that's bad news for the whole industry.
Huawei is in a pickle. It can't do business in the U.S. because it was placed on a list of dangerous foreign companies, and it can't do business with any company that does business in the states. That list is an awful place for any company to find itself. You won't find Huawei phones in the Verizon store, but the company sells a lot of phones outside the U.S. Huawei was never a brand that sold big numbers in the U.S. but don't think that means too much in the overall scale of things. Huawei is a big name in the rest of the world and sells as many phones as Samsung. Well, it used to being on the entity list changed that and has knocked Huawei down a notch or two. The company makes really great phones, and a lot of people want to buy them. The latest problem facing the company is that it can't contract any fabrication plant to make its Kirin processors because it's on the list, of course. Fabrication plants want to do business in the U.S., and they also want to do business with companies that do business in the U.S. It's a bit of a domino effect for which there is no easy solution. A deal between the two companies is great for business until Qualcomm decides to start leveraging its market position. Since Huawei will soon run out of processors, it's trying to reach a deal where Qualcomm can supply it with mobile chipsets so it can continue to build high-end phones for the rest of the world. This isn't a given Qualcomm would need special permission from the U.S. government, and the current administration isn't just going to approve it without convincing the executive branch. One imagines there will have to be some sort of beak-wetting in the form of jobs or something else that sounds good in a campaign speech for the U.S. to change its tune. Let's say that a deal between Huawei and Qualcomm does happen. That's great for Huawei and Qualcomm; the products flow, and that means the money flows, too. But it's not a great idea to give Qualcomm that sort of power based on its own past actions. If Huawei uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in its high-end product lines, that means all of the current companies that sell high-end phones in any significant number are depending on Qualcomm to supply the chipset. Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and Google all use Qualcomm chips. So do companies you might not be as familiar with, like Xiaomi and Oppo. This isn't because those companies want to only use the best and most expensive SOCs. Samsung, for example, uses its own Exynos chips in phones sold outside of North America. This happens because Qualcomm holds so many patents and charges so much for licensing them that, in the end, it's easier and cheaper just to use a Snapdragon. Using a different chip with a Qualcomm package of wireless tech is possible, but besides being expensive, it is very difficult to optimize it all for good battery life. Qualcomm has these companies by the short hairs. Qualcomm has already proven it will do anything it can to increase its own bottom line. We've already seen how Qualcomm isn't afraid to abuse its market position. Recently we saw Apple refusing to pay Qualcomm because its licensing fees were so high. While a court decided Apple did need to pay what it owed, it also decided Qualcomm needed to rethink its pricing structure. This is capitalism at its finest. Qualcomm will try to do whatever it can to make more money, and if somewhere down the line, a court decides it is not playing by the rules, it is willing to pay a fine and look for new ways to make even more money. All companies do this, not just Qualcomm. Apple abused its market presence by not paying and forcing Qualcomm into court. Google was willing to ship Android knowing it possibly infringed on Oracle patents for Java. You make money when and where you can and know any potential fine will be less than your profit. At this point, Huawei is just out of options. Huawei could find another way. Companies like MediaTek would love Huawei to come knocking, and chips like the Dimensity 1000 show performance that's on par with the high-end Snapdragon. All Huawei would need to do is purchase chips from MediaTek and then pay Qualcomm licensing fees for LTE and 5G so its phones can work everywhere and then find ways to optimize everything for good battery life and thermal management. Or it could say "screw it" and just try to get a deal with Qualcomm. Regardless of what you think about Huawei and its placement on the entity list, this deal will hurt the entire industry by giving Qualcomm even more market power than it already has. We know Qualcomm will leverage that power as best it can, even if the things it does aren't quite kosher. Nobody should want that, but Huawei just might be out of options.
Five reasons why the OnePlus Nord is a better buy than the OnePlus 8 - Android Central
The OnePlus Nord takes a lot of the thunder away from the OnePlus 8. The Nord costs $300 less than the OnePlus 8 and offers most of the same core features, making it a much better choice if you're in the market for a new phone in 2020.
Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central With the Nord, OnePlus is once again turning its attention to the mid-range segment. The phone comes with exciting hardware features and clean software with the promise of quick updates, and the best part is the pricing: retailing for around $450 in global markets, the Nord costs several hundred dollars less than the OnePlus 8 series. It is a big deal when you consider just how similar the Nord is to the OnePlus 8. Here's a rundown of all the ways the Nord is better than the OnePlus 8, and why you're better off picking up OnePlus' mid-range phone. The Nord has an AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central OnePlus didn't make any compromises when it comes to the display side of things with the Nord, and the result is that you get a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED panel on the phone with 90Hz refresh rate, just like the OnePlus 8. The high refresh rate display is just as fluid in daily use and is a standout feature on the Nord. Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more You get the same set of customization options for the display as the OnePlus 8 series, and the Nord even comes with HDR10+. While 90Hz or 120Hz panels are now the norm in the high-end segment, there aren't many devices that offer a 90Hz AMOLED panel in the sub-$500 niche. That makes the Nord that much more enticing in this category. You get the same 48MP camera as the OnePlus 8, and dual cameras up front Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central The Nord has six cameras in total, two more than the OnePlus 8. At the back, you'll find a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary lens that's identical to the OnePlus 8, and there's an 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro module, and 5MP portrait lens. The front is where things get particularly interesting; the Nord is the first OnePlus device to offer two front cameras, with a 32MP primary lens joined by an 8MP wide-angle module. The front camera is of particular interest because the 32MP sensor is of a higher resolution than the 16MP module on the OnePlus 8. You get better photos from the primary lens, and the versatility of the wide-angle shooter, making the Nord a better option if you take a lot of selfies. OnePlus Nord to the left, OnePlus 8 on the right Because the Nord has the same 48MP camera at the back as the OnePlus 8, it takes photos of the same caliber. The camera handles daylight shots particularly well, and while it needs further tuning to reduce noise in low-light shots, it has a great foundation. Same OxygenOS software with three years of updates Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central While OnePlus always holds its own when it comes to the hardware, it's the software side of things where the company has pulled out a considerable lead over the last two years. OxygenOS is the best third-party skin on Android, and the lack of any bloatware coupled with a clean interface and useful features make it a delight to use. That's why it's great to see that the Nord has the same great OxygenOS software experience as the OnePlus 8, and OnePlus is committing to two platform updates and three years of security patches. That puts the Nord on an equal footing with OnePlus' flagships, and that's a big deal for a phone available for under $500. Most mid-range phones do not get two platform updates, nor do they receive three years of security updates. By committing to the same update cycle as its flagships, OnePlus is putting the Nord on the same level as Google's mid-range Pixel 3a series and the iPhone SE. You're not missing out on 5G connectivity Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central With the Snapdragon 765G chipset, 5G is no longer limited to flagship phones. Qualcomm's mid-range chipset enables 5G connectivity for $500 phones, and the Nord is one of the first phones sold in global markets to feature the chipset. The phone has the same 5G bands as the OnePlus 8, making it just as future-proof. As the Nord is not available officially in the U.S., the phone lacks 5G bands for U.S. carriers. That said, if you're picking up the Nord in European markets, it features the relevant bands for connecting to carriers in the region. The Nord delivers all-day battery life and 30W fast charging Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central OnePlus has one of the best fast charging standards currently available in Warp Charge 30T, and that's what you get on the Nord. The 30W standard allows you to charge the phone's 4115mAh battery from zero to 70% in just 30 minutes. The battery life itself is identical to the OnePlus 8, and the fact that the Nord also gets 30W wired charging puts it on an equal footing to OnePlus' flagships. There's really no reason to buy the OnePlus 8 anymore Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central The Nord is proof that OnePlus can deliver a great mid-range phone. It had to cannibalize the OnePlus 8 to do so, but the result is that the Nord makes exciting features like 90Hz panels and 5G connectivity that much more accessible. Considering the value on offer with the Nord, there really isn't any reason to pick up the OnePlus 8 anymore. Having used both devices side-by-side, I can confidently say that the Nord is a much better choice. Sure, the phone isn't running the Snapdragon 865, but there really is no difference in day-to-day use with the Snapdragon 765G. The only other compromise OnePlus made has to do with the design, with the Nord featuring a plastic mid-frame. There is a chrome finish that mimics the feel of metal, and if you're going to use a case with your phone, this won't be an issue. With the Nord, you're getting all the latest tech that makes OnePlus' flagships stand out, but for under $500. That makes the Nord one of the best mid-range phones you can get right now. Mid-range monster It's all about the value The Nord delivers all the features you're looking for in a sub-$500 phone in 2020. You get a gorgeous 90Hz AMOLED display, robust internal hardware, 48MP camera at the back with dual 32MP + 8MP cameras on the front, clean software with three years of updates, and 30W fast charging.