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Apple's new MagSafe Charger actually works on the Z Fold 2 - Android Police
MagSafe is Apple's new wireless charging tech for the iPhone 12 series. It uses magnets to connect the charger to the phone, basically making it a fancier
MagSafe is Apple's new wireless charging tech for the iPhone 12 series. It uses magnets to connect the charger to the phone, basically making it a fancier way to plug in your phone with some minor accessory support. While most people assumed it would effectively only work (correctly — as in, magnetically) on the iPhone when it was announced, turns out, that $2000 Z Fold2 actually came with some hidden added value. The MagSafe Charger works and connects to the Z Fold 2 without the magnetic coil found in the iPhone 12 because of the magnets used in the Z Fold 2. There are magnets in both the hinge and the side of the phone to make sure it closes and folds properly. Those magnets are in the perfect position to let the MagSafe charger connect and hold itself in place to charge the phone. On the iPhone 12, the magnets are strong enough to hold the phone, but that's not the case on the Z Fold 2. If you try this, you will probably end up breaking your $2,000 phone. The MagSafe Charger is a normal Qi wireless charger, so it will charge just about any Qi-compatible device, but very few are going to work with the magnet connection. In my quick testing, the only device that kinda worked was the Pixel 5, but the magnetic connection was not as strong as it is on the Z Fold 2, making actually using the MagSafe Charger kind of questionable there. But there you go: who said Apple never did anything for Android?
OnePlus 8T teardown by JerryRigEverything reveals two batteries and thermal paste galore - Android Police
A new phone debut typically means another new JerryRigEverything torture test, and that's indeed the case with the OnePlus 8T. Zack from
This story was originally published 2020/10/14 12:15pm PDTon Oct 14, 2020 and last updated 2020/10/17 2:35pm PDTon Oct 17, 2020. A new phone debut typically means another new JerryRigEverything torture test, and that's indeed the case with the OnePlus 8T. Zack from JerryRigEverything has already taken some picks and blades to OnePlus's latest flagship, and it fares about as well as one would expect. As far as JerryRigEverything durability tests go, this OP8T test went about as regularly as they come. As usual, the screen scratches at a Mohs level 6, "with deeper grooves at a level 7." The chassis and buttons are all metal, though the same can't be said for the speaker grille up top (it's plastic). The SIM tray is revealed to be sealed against water, which makes sense. Zack does note that the fingerprint sensor often didn't want to recognize his fingerprints, even though the portion of screen that the sensor is under wasn't scratched. The video ends with relatively successful burn test and bend tests; the chassis has some flex, but nothing cracks or kinks. It's noted several times that the 8T is a fine phone, but nothing worth upgrading from if you already have the 8; this seems to be the case with most OnePlus -T phones. You can view the video in full via the embed above or the link below. Update 1: 2020/10/17 2:36pm PDT by Corbin DavenportTeardown video Zack has now published a teardown video for the OnePlus 8T, giving us a good look at what's underneath the outside casing. The new video shows off the two combined battery cells, each with a capacity of 2,200m-2,250mAh, which allows the phone's 60W wired charging to work. This wasn't a secret, but it's still interesting to see in person. The rest of the teardown isn't too eventful, except that the OnePlus 8T uses a copious amount of thermal paste around the motherboard, battery, and camera modules. The paste, alongside the vapor chamber cooling system, should help keep the phone at safer temperatures for longer periods.
Google's Pixel plans get even more confusing as images of Pixel 5s surface - Android Police
It's no secret that Google's 2020 smartphone lineup has been considerably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — the Pixel 4a was originally supposed
It's no secret that Google's 2020 smartphone lineup has been considerably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — the Pixel 4a was originally supposed to launch in May at Google I/O, but that event was canceled and the release was pushed back to August. This latest Pixel leak shows an engineering sample of a phone that the firmware calls the Pixel 5s, but before you get excited about the prospect of a new Pixel we didn't already know about, it's likely this is just the Pixel 5. Google has already told us that its next two phones will be the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, and these leaks look very much like the latter from what we know about it. The possible reason for the Pixel 5s name being found in the 'About phone' section of the settings was alluded to by Android Central's Alex Dobie on Twitter. According to him, the device codenamed 'Bramble' (4a 5G) was originally supposed to be the Pixel 5, while 'Redfin' (Pixel 5) was intended to be the Pixel 5s, but delays and other factors could have lead to lineup changes and marketing deviations. Since these images are of an early engineering sample, it's probably running outdated firmware that shows an earlier device name. Así es el ... Pixel 5S.#leaks#googlepixel5#pixel5#Android11#androidRpic.twitter.com/3EN4acC0wN — Jose Antonio Ponton (@japonton) September 9, 2020 Sounds like that's all the confusion cleared up then, although maybe not. XDA's Mishaal Rahman says he heard that 'Bramble' could have been branded as the Pixel 4a XL. It's highly possible that one or more planned phones were shelved — explaining the lack of any XL models — so we might never know exactly what Google's full 2020 lineup was supposed to look like. Interesting. I'd prev heard the Pixels we're getting this fall had a few name changes along the way. So I'm confident in saying that at some point "bramble" (now 4a 5G) was going to be Pixel 5, and "redfin" (now 5) was called Pixel 5s. (Note this is an old EVT unit with old f/w) https://t.co/IlyZTQjw9F — Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) September 9, 2020 According to Rahman, the FCC filings for the Pixel 5 do list four different model numbers, two of which will ship with mmWave support. It's not clear at this point if Google will distinguish these models with different names, such as Pixel 5s, or if they'll all be called Pixel 5 and you can simply select a specific model when you purchase. Some of these variants may also be carrier exclusives, too. Despite all of this confusion, we're probably still only getting a Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 (in various configurations) in the coming months from Google. This does make us wonder what could have been, however. Perhaps further leaks will shed more light on what we could be missing out on.
One UI 2.5 update now rolling out to Galaxy S20 phones in the United States - Android Police
Samsung very recently unveiled its second flagship line for 2020 — the Galaxy Note20 — with a host of exclusive features as part of One UI
This story was originally published 2020/08/21 9:21am PDTon Aug 21, 2020 and last updated 2020/08/22 10:43am PDTon Aug 22, 2020. Samsung very recently unveiled its second flagship line for 2020 — the Galaxy Note20 — with a host of exclusive features as part of One UI 2.5. That exclusivity isn't lasting too long, however, and the company has already started porting a few of those features to its older phones. As of today, Samsung has started rolling out the One UI 2.5 update to the Galaxy S20 trio, with more devices expected to join soon. Just like with the Note20, S20 owners will also have enhanced Pro Video mode in the native camera app that supports cinematic 8K videos in a widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio. You can also pick the phone’s mic focus for improved directional audio input and even use the Galaxy Buds’ mic as the source. Wireless Samsung DeX for pairing with compatible smart TVs is making a debut on the Galaxy S20 line along with the option to use your phone as a multi-touch trackpad. Left: New camera additions, Center: Wireless Samsung DeX, Right: Audio Bookmarks in Samsung Notes. One UI 2.5 also adds a way to share Wi-Fi credentials with nearby Galaxy devices quickly. The improved Samsung Notes app gets the neat Audio Bookmark feature that syncs your notes with corresponding audio recording to help you easily skim through them later on. The app also brings a host of other features involving handwritten notes that seem better suited for the S Pen-clad Note phones. We recently confirmed that One UI 2.5 finally adds support for gesture navigation in third-party launchers on the Note20. There seems no reason why the S20 won’t get similar treatment, but we’ll have to test this update out just to be sure. Samsung hasn’t detailed its rollout plan, except for saying that it’s starting today, August 21. If its previous record is anything to go by, the One UI 2.5 build will land first on European Galaxy S20 units before reaching the US and elsewhere. Update 1: 2020/08/22 10:43am PDT by Corbin DavenportRollout begins in United States One UI 2.5 is now widely rolling out to Galaxy S20 phones in the United States. T-Mobile has posted changelogs for the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, and the update is also going out to carrier-unlocked models. Source: Imgur
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How to scan QR codes on Android - Android Police
QR codes have almost infinite uses. Be it simply sharing a URL, a Wi-Fi password, acting as a web authenticator, or helping your pay for goods and
This story was originally published 2020/05/15 10:09am PDTon May 15, 2020 and last updated 2020/07/11 9:39am PDTon Jul 11, 2020. QR codes have almost infinite uses. Be it simply sharing a URL, a Wi-Fi password, acting as a web authenticator, or helping your pay for goods and services, these little black-and-white jumble squares have evolved into a truly ubiquitous part of our lives. But when you're not using an app or phone feature that specifically knows you want to scan a QR code, you may find yourself a bit puzzled, and that's led many people to just rush to the Play Store and download one of a million ad-filled scanner apps. The fact is, there are far better ways to scan QR codes on Android that don't involve installing a sketchy app, using everything from Google Lens, to your smartphone's own camera app, to a lightweight website that does the job without trackers and ads. Some Android browsers even come with built-in scanners. Use Google Lens Almost every Android phone comes with the Google app, and you don't need anything more to scan a QR code. The application has a built-in scanning tool called Lens. It helps you identify objects, landmarks, text, and numbers you see in the real world, but it's also capable of processing QR and bar codes. There are multiple ways to start Google Lens. You can do it by invoking Google Assistant and tapping the Lens icon left to the mic button, or by downloading the official shortcut app that adds a familiar app icon for the service to your homescreen, available on the Play Store. Left & Middle: Google Lens. Right: Google Photos. Once you've started Lens, just point the camera at a QR code. As soon as it deciphers it and notices it's a web link, you'll see a preview of the address, which you can tap to visit it. If other values, like numbers or passwords, are saved to the code, you need to tap the search button at the bottom of the viewfinder to see what they are. Lens is also accessible in Google Photos, so if you've ever snapped a picture with a QR code in it, you can easily identify it after the fact. Just open the image in full view and tap the Lens button at the bottom. You have to agree to Lens' terms when you use it for the first time. As with any cloud service, you be okay with sending the images you take to Google's servers; otherwise, Lens won't work. If you don't want to do that, try one of the other solutions. Try your camera app Some phones come with integrated QR code scanners. For example, you can enable scanning in Samsung's camera settings or use Bixby Vision. There's also a shortcut to the built-in QR code scanner on Samsung phones' Quick Setting tiles, accessible by swiping down in the notification shade. Google's Pixel phones have Lens built into the camera app, and you can invoke it by tapping and holding anywhere in the viewfinder — sometimes the URL even pops up as a toast before you start Lens, as seen in the image at the top of this post. A few Android One phones have the same integration. There are tons of apps on the Play Store that allow you to scan QR codes, but many of them come with extra features, advertisements, or shady tracking practices that no one really needs. That's why we recommend an open-source web app instead, accessible on qrcodescan.in. Grant it the permission to use your camera, and you're all set for scanning. As soon as the app recognizes a code, a pop-up will show you what it is. You can also have it search for codes in images you've previously taken by tapping the floating camera button in the bottom right corner. It's possible to add the web app to your homescreen via a tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner in Google Chrome and "Add to Home screen" (there might even be a toast at the bottom of the website that lets you do that). Once that's done, it mostly behaves like a regular app, complete with offline support. Use a third-party browser While Google Chrome supports QR code scanning on iOS, it doesn't do so on Android, but thankfully, some third-party browsers fill the void. The upcoming version of Firefox, Firefox Beta, has a scanning shortcut above the keyboard when you tap the address bar. Left: Firefox Beta. Middle: Activating the QR scanner in Samsung Internet. Right: Samsung Internet. Then there's Samsung Internet, which is pre-installed on Samsung phones, but also available for other devices. Using its scanner is a little less straightforward, though: You need to head to Settings -> Useful features and activate the QR code reader there. Only then you'll find a button for it to the right of the address bar.
OnePlus Nord leak points to quad-camera array with 48MP main sensor - Android Police
OnePlus is drumming up the marketing for its upcoming affordable Nord phone, publishing a documentary, some trailers, and Instagram posts full of hidden
OnePlus is drumming up the marketing for its upcoming affordable Nord phone, publishing a documentary, some trailers, and Instagram posts full of hidden details. Despite the official debut slated for July 21, we still don't know too much about the hardware, except for a confirmed Snapdragon 765G processor and rumored dual-front facing cameras. Now some more information regarding photography has leaked, as Android Central alleges that the phone will have a "flagship-level" camera array with four lenses and a 48MP main sensor. The publication says that "based on information from a OnePlus insider," the back will feature a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro module, and a 2MP portrait shooter. In combination with the rumored 32MP + 8MP selfie hardware, the Nord could focus on making its photography and videography experience the standout feature compared to other phones in the sub-$500 price range. However, raw hardware isn't everything as proved by the Pixel lineup, so let's hope that OnePlus is also working on capable software accommodating the camera setup. Either way, we'll learn more on July 21, when the company wants to unveil the phone officially during a unique augmented reality launch event.
Poco unveils M2 Pro with Snapdragon 720G and hefty fast-charging battery for under $200 - Android Police
Xiaomi’s spin-off brand Poco started off with a spec-packed handset for less money but soon shifted to even more modest price segments to appeal to
Xiaomi’s spin-off brand Poco started off with a spec-packed handset for less money but soon shifted to even more modest price segments to appeal to a broader userbase in markets like India. The last mid-ranger from Poco was the X2, and now the brand is bringing an even cheaper model. The latest entrant to the category is the Poco M2 Pro, which is an ambitious phone from Xiaomi costing a little under $200 in India. Before you ask, no, there was never an M1 Pro; Poco just decided to call its first M-series phone the M2 Pro. And if this device reminds you of another Xiaomi phone, then you’re spot-on—the Indian Poco M2 Pro is a rebranded variant of the Redmi Note 9 Pro that debuted in May. Although there are a few differences like the main 64MP camera has been swapped for a 48MP one and you get a marginally faster-charging speed at 33W. All Poco-branded phones also rock the Poco launcher, which provides a stock Android-like interface on top of the feature-rich MIUI software skin. A decently powerful Snapdragon 720G chip keeps everything running smoothly, along with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. The LCD display is nearly edge-to-edge, excluding the cutout for the hole-punch selfie cam, while the fingerprint reader sits under the power key. On the flip side, you’ll find a quad-cam array, including that primary 48MP sensor. The highlight of this phone has to be its sizable 5,000mAh battery that charges at a respectable 33W speed. The entry-level 4GB+64GB configuration is priced at ₹14,000 ($187), while the mid-tier 6GB+64GB option comes in at ₹15,000 ($200). The M2 Pro’s most spacious storage option of 128GB would set you back ₹17,000 ($227). Those in India can pick up the handset either from Xiaomi’s own physical and online stores or from Flipkart starting coming Tuesday, July 14. For comparison, the X2 — which has a marginally better screen and processor — starts at ₹17,500 ($235), while Poco's (and Redmi's) archrival Realme also heavily focuses on this competitive price range.
Weekend poll: What's your lifetime installed app count on the Play Store? - Android Police
Smartphones are nothing without apps, and there are a whole lot of them out there on the Play Store. Of course, the quality there... let's say "varies"
Smartphones are nothing without apps, and there are a whole lot of them out there on the Play Store. Of course, the quality there... let's say "varies" thanks to Google's rather lax administration and curation efforts. But there are piles of apps we depend on every day, others we use maybe a couple times a month, and yet more we uninstalled, never to use them again. With Google's convenient account Dashboard tool to refer to: How many apps have you installed throughout your Android-using life? My job probably inflates my numbers. Back in the day, apps were a gold rush — wild west risks and all. I remember a time when I was constantly seeking new ones out to plug gaps in functionality. But as those niches have been filled, I seem to install fewer apps (that I keep) with every passing year — though I still test plenty of new ones all the time for work. Based on our readers' responses to our recent paid app poll, many of you are also slowing down when it comes to paying for new apps as well. We have the results from 2017's version of this poll to compare to, though I've added a little more granularity at the low-end based on our responses last time. But let's take a look: What's your lifetime Play Store app install count as listed on your Google Dashboard? And even if you might have a separate work profile, let's stick to your personal account for this.
HTC announces event for June 16, possibly introducing the Desire 20 Pro - Android Police
HTC isn't quite dead yet, but the company has seemingly given up on releasing flagship phones. HTC's last high-end device was 2018's Exodus 1, which
This story was originally published 2020/04/27 6:41pm PDTon Apr 27, 2020 and last updated 2020/06/09 1:13am PDTon Jun 9, 2020. HTC isn't quite dead yet, but the company has seemingly given up on releasing flagship phones. HTC's last high-end device was 2018's Exodus 1, which itself was a slightly-tweaked HTC U12+, but there have been a handful of Desire and Wildfire-branded budget phones released since then. Now it seems yet another mid-range phone is on the way, and it looks like the company is set to announce it June 16. HTC Taiwan's Instagram account and the company's Chinese community website have teased an event for June 16. While neither mention what exactly we might see, it'll likely be the HTC Desire 20 Pro as multiple rumors and leaks make a release feel imminent. When you enhance the contrast and brightness of the community website's image or the Instagram post, you'll also get a first glance at the phone that apparently comes with four cameras or other sensors on the back: Noted ROM developer and HTC leaker, @LlabTooFeR, revealed earlier that HTC is working on a Desire 20 Pro. The company released the Desire 12/12+ in mid-2018, then skipped a few numbers and came out with the Desire 19 Plus last year. The new model will reportedly look like a OnePlus 8 from the front, and a Mi 10 from the back. It's codenamed 'Bayamo.' I thought HTC is dead... But HTC Desire 20 Pro is in the pipeline... Design is kind of a mix One Plus 8 on the front and Mi10 on the back... Yea, 3.5mm audio jack is there, lol LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 25, 2020 LlabTooFeR also linked to a benchmark reportedly performed on the phone. It's important to take leaked benchmarks with a grain of salt, but it supposedly shows the Desire 20 Pro with an unspecified 1.8GHz Qualcomm processor, 6GB RAM, and Android 10. Performance seems to be roughly on par with the Pixel 3a XL. A more recent leak via the Google Play Console's Device Catalog reveals similar specs in greater detail: Image via XDA Developers. These details confirm and expand on details leaked via the benchmark, including a Snapdragon 665 SoC and 6GB of RAM, plus a 1080p display and Android 10. While I still have a soft spot for HTC's hardware design, it seems unlikely that this new budget phone will be anything special, given the company's recent history with smartphones.
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