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PlayStation 5 pre-orders will restart tomorrow - Android Authority
It looks like those who missed out on the first run of pre-orders will get a second chance.
- Sony and specific retailers have confirmed that PlayStation 5 pre-orders will start again tomorrow.
- Unfortunately, there are no details on exactly when pre-orders will begin.
- You might have better luck making an in-person pre-order in the US.
What would a Google version of Apple One look like and would you subscribe? - Android Authority
Apple One is reportedly readying a single monthly subscription for various services. What would a Google rival look like?
Monthly subscriptions are the payment method of choice for a wide range of premium online services, from watching videos on Netflix, streaming music from Spotify, to backing up your documents with Google Drive. But its pretty irritating to have 101 different subscriptions, particularly when youre using multiple services from a single company, such as Apple, Amazon, and Google. See also:The best streaming services of 2020 Netflix, Disney Plus, and more This could be about to change for the better. Apple is reportedly preparing a single payment subscription service dubbed Apple One. Its essentially one subscription bundling all the various Apple options into a single monthly payment. Of course, Google has its own range of similar subscriptions and services. This begs the question: could the big G compete with its own all-in-one package? What would it look like and how much might it cost? What is Apple One? In case you missed the news, Apple One reportedly aims to group services together while charging a lower monthly cost than if consumers paid for each offering individual. It could end up anywhere from $2 to $5 cheaper per month, depending on the package. The idea is that consumers would actually end up using more of Apples services exclusively, and perhaps paying slightly more to Apple in the long term. Allegedly, the bundles will be geared towards families, allowing for up to six people to use each service. A range of options is being considered, starting with the obvious Apple Music and Apple TV Plus basic media package. The second tier would add in Apple Arcade, then another with Apple News+, followed by a more expensive option with additional iCloud storage space. Altogether, an existing subscription to all these services would set you back $45 a month for a family plan. This could fall to $40 with the proposed bundle plan. Apple has a lot of options to work with. On top of that, Apple is apparently mulling a new subscription for fitness classes offered by companies like Peloton and Nike, delivered via an app. Theres also the iPhone upgrade program, and TV hardware and subscription combinations that could also end up bundled together. If it comes to pass, Apple One will be a tiered subscription model for movies and music, news, games, and cloud storage. A pretty neat deal if youre big on Apples ecosystem. What would an all-in-one Google subscription model look like? So, now to Google. Although theres no word on a similar bundle idea from Google, the company has a surprisingly similar range of subscription options to Apple. YouTube is an obvious equivalent for video and music. YouTube Premium bundles together YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Originals content, and an ad-free overall YouTube experience for $11.99, or $17.99 for a family of five. Alternatively, YouTube Music on its own costs $9.99 or $14.99 for the family package. Theres also the over-the-top YouTube TV service with live channels across TVs, mobile, media players, and more for a whopping $64.99, with extra add-ons costing $5 more and up. Adding the service could make Googles option a bit more comprehensive, but it would undoubtedly come at a much steeper price than anything Apple would charge. Opinion:Apples singular vision for the future should be a wake up call for Google Meanwhile, Google One cloud storage prices range from $1.59 to $7.99 a month. That covers email, documents, and photos for a tad cheaper than iCloud. Instead of Apple Arcade, Google has the $4.99 Google Play Pass for games and apps that are completely free of ads and in-app purchases. The game library isnt quite as inspiring as Apple Arcade, but itd make sense to include it in any all-in-one Google bundle. Google has a far superior gaming option with Stadia though, which isnt available on Apple devices. The console-rivaling cloud gaming service is priced at $9.99 for the Stadia Pro tier. This delivers a regular rotation of free games and 4K HDR streaming quality that can be played on mobile, Chrome OS devices, PC and Mac, and a TV via a Chromecast Ultra device. While Stadia is still far from perfect, this is potentially a huge selling point that neither Apple nor any of its other rivals could compete with as a media bundle. Combined, this entire premium Google package could set you back from anywhere between $35 to $41 for a family plan. If you throw in YouTube TV, this could cost up to $106 a month. The first cost is in roughly the same ballpark as Apples services, though Google could certainly shave a few dollars off by bundling all this together. $30-$35 seems pretty reasonable and it could be a good way to boost those YouTube Music subscriber numbers when Play Music closes for good later this year. but, is it enough for a media bundle? The issue for Google is that it doesnt offer a TV and movie streaming subscription like Apple TV Plus. Apple TV Plus certainly isnt the biggest game in town, but TV and music are the big two media options that feel the most suited to a bundled subscription. Google already has YouTube Premium and YouTube TV, for what thats worth, but they are not the same sort of product as Netflix, Prime Video, or even Apple TV. Paying per movie or series/episode in Play Movies just feels too much like visiting Blockbuster in 2020. Its not the way media is consumed anymore. The lack of a rival movie and TV streaming service would really hurt an all-in-one Google bundle. If Google cooked up a subscription-based version of Play Movies into Play Pass or something similar, a Google media bundle would look so much more attractive. Especially when thrown in with the huge library of YouTube Music and Stadia gaming from any internet-connected device. But as it stands, movies and TV would be the Achilles heel of any one-stop-shop Google service subscription. Still, perhaps theres enough value between the various YouTube tiers, Stadia, Play Pass, and Google One for a single subscription around the $30 mark? It seems like the sort of offer that would go pretty nicely bundled with a new Pixel smartphone or even that recently leaked Android TV device. What do you think? Cast your vote in the poll below, and let us know in the comments if there are any services youd like to see Google add to its ever-growing list of subscription offers.
Xiaomi launches Redmi G gaming laptop for under $800 - Android Authority
There's no AMD power here, but there's plenty here for gamers nonetheless.
- Xiaomi has launched the first Redmi gaming laptop.
- The Redmi G offers an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, GTX1650 series graphics, and a 144Hz screen.
- The laptop starts at ~$763 in China, all the way up to ~$1,007.
Samsung Access gives you a new phone, extra perks for one monthly fee - Android Authority
Samsung's Galaxy flagship subscription plan also tosses in 1TB of cloud storage and other perks.
Apple was one of the first manufacturers to offer a subscription service for phone upgrades, allowing users to get the latest iPhone for one flat monthly fee. Samsung offered a similar program too, and its now offering an all-new upgrade program called Samsung Access (h/t: XDA-Developers). So how does it differ from the legacy Samsung Phone Upgrade Program, then? The Samsung Access initiative includes a number of perks aside from being able to upgrade your phone. These perks include Premium Care protection and support, and Microsoft 365 Personal (including 1TB of OneDrive storage and premium Office apps). There are a few caveats though, as you need to return your current device before upgrading. Furthermore, you can only upgrade after a minimum of nine months, and you can only cancel after three months. Want to upgrade or cancel earlier than that? Then youll need to splash out $100, Samsung says. Its also worth noting that there are separate prices for each Galaxy S20 device, with the standard S20 retailing for $37 a month on Samsung Access. Opt for the Galaxy S20 Plus and youll be paying $42 a month (or $46 for the 512GB option), while the Galaxy S20 Ultra retails for $48 a month. The S20 and S20 Ultra models are only available in 128GB flavors via this initiative. Furthermore, you cant trade in your current phone to join Samsung Access. Meanwhile, Samsungs legacy upgrade plan allows you to do this. Like the idea of this Samsung Galaxy subscription program nonetheless? Then check out Samsung Access via the button below.
Many Huawei phones support exposure notification API - Android Authority
It will only work on handsets released before the US trade ban. That means no Huawei P40 or P40 Pro.
Apple and Googles coronavirus exposure notification initiative previously called contact tracing looks like it will make its way to most of Huaweis handsets. According to TechRadar, Huawei announced that the bulk of the companys smartphones released before the US trade ban went into effect will be able to run the exposure notification API. Unfortunately, because of the ban, Huawei phones released after May 2019 wont be able to support exposure notification. This includes Huaweis latest P40 and Mate 30 series. Read also: The Huawei and US debacle: The story so far Huawei didnt say exactly which phones would support the API, but they need to support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) functionality. Its not always clear which handsets support BLE, but they must at least run Android 4.3 or newer, so thats one possible identifier. Compatible Huawei devices will see the update when the exposure notification system goes live in the coming months. Google and Apple are expected to release the API framework next month, so hopefully, the public release wont come too long after that.
Say hello to the LG Velvet (and pour one out for the G9) - Android Authority
LG is rebooting its smartphone strategy. Will the LG Velvet finally bring the turnaround?
LG LG is rebooting its smartphone strategy, and, in true LG fashion, the company is drip-feeding us details about it. Today we learned the name of the first phone in the reboot, LG Velvet, and a couple of intriguing design details. LG said its moving away from alphanumerical designations in favor of familiar and expressive names. In other words, no more G-series phones, and presumably no V series either. That brings an end to one of the longest-running families of flagship phones in the Android space. Pour one out for the G. This official announcement follows an unconfirmed report from last month that suggested LG would adopt unique names for its next premium phones. Goodbye LG G9, hello LG Velvet. The new phone will feature a symmetrical, flowing form factor that will be pleasing to touch, says LG. According to the company, lustrous smoothness and premium softness will be two key characteristics of the Velvet. The Raindrop camera gets a shoutout as well. LG LGs mobile unit has been bleeding money for 20 consecutive quarters. Among other issues, the clunky branding, lackluster designs, and poor product differentiation have turned LGs smartphones into forgettable also-rans. Theres no guarantee the new Velvet will turn things around, but what we know about it so far makes us cautiously optimistic. First, the name itself the company is dropping the terrible ThinQ appendix, in favor of a clean and memorable moniker. That alone should help the next LG phone stand out in a sea of alphanumerical permutations. Second, the promised premium softness suggests LG is going against the shiny, glossy designs that have dominated the market in the last few years, with precious few exceptions. Thats another way the Velvet could stand out. Plus, LG desperately needs some flair, following years of stodgy designs. The LG Velvet will be a mass premium device, that wont compete with the likes of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Thats good news, as long as the affordable price tag doesnt come with a forgettable spec sheet. Now read: Can we stop it with the comically big phones now? What do you think about the new LG Velvet?