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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.
New Gotham Knights screenshots show off the playable characters in the Bat-Family - Android Central
Several high-quality screenshots for Warner Bros. Montreal's Gotham Knights have been released. These screenshots provide a closer look at the four playable characters of the Bat-Family.
After months of teases and speculation, Warner Bros. Montreal's Gotham Knights was revealed during yesterday's DC Fandome event. This game kicks off with Batman apparently dying and as a result, the Bat-Family has to save Gotham from supervillains like Mr. Freeze and the mysterious Court of Owls. WB Games released some screenshots of these four heroes which you can check out below. You can click or tap on each screenshot to enlarge them. Unlike Rocksteady Games' Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights is not set in the Arkham universe, despite the many apparent similarities. Instead, it's a unique and original setting. The game can be played solo or in two-player co-op, with Robin, Red Hood, Nightwing and Batgirl all having unique progression with differing skills and abilities to upgrade and unlock. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 Gotham Knights is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, PS4 and PS5. It's set to release at some point in 2021. We'll be sure to provide further updates as more information is revealed on this next game.
Facebook starts merger of Instagram and Messenger chats - Android Central
Facebook appears to have started the process of merging Instagram and Messenger chats for both iOS and Android.
A new update for Instagram appears to suggest that Facebook has started merging chats on the app with its Facebook Messenger service. As The Verge reports: Facebook appears to flipping the switch on integrating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country on both iOS and Android devices noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram's mobile app with the message "There's a New Way to Message on Instagram" with a list of features including a "new colorful look for your chats," more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: "chat with friends who use Facebook." The new update seems to replace the Instagram DM icon with a new Facebook Messenger Logo, with more colorful chats now on offer inside the app. According to the report, you can't yet message Facebook users from within Instagram, but this move does signal the start of Facebook's previously touted plans to allow cross-platform messaging across Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Check out all of the best VPN services you can use in 2020 In a report last year, Facebook announced it was creating deeper integrations to allow for better integration, but that its three messenger services would continue to operate as standalone apps. From that report: According to a new report from The New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pushing for a plan to create new backend integrations for the company's Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp applications. To be clear, Facebook isn't going to take these services and merge them under a new single one. They'll all continue to operate as standalone apps on your phone, but technical changes behind the scenes will be made so that they can more seamlessly work with one another. The Verge did not specify exactly where this new update has rolled out, it seems to be "across the country" in the U.S.
TCL 10 Pro vs. iPhone SE (2020): Which should you buy? - Android Central
Affordable phones have never been better, and both the TCL 10 Pro and iPhone SE offer tremendous value at a relatively low cost. You'll be well-served by either phone, but there's plenty more to consider than just the software differences when considering the…
The TCL 10 Pro has fantastic hardware and a gorgeous HDR screen. It runs a clean build of Android 10, with a planned upgrade to Android 11. The only big downside? Its cameras leave a lot to be desired, especially compared to the iPhone. $382 at Amazon Pros
- Huge HDR display with SDR conversion
- Customizable Smart Key
- Great battery life
- Planned upgrade to Android 11
- Excellent hardware
- Underwhelming cameras
- Too large for some
- No wireless charging
- Excellent camera
- Longterm software support
- Top-end A13 processor
- Water resistance and wireless charging
- Smaller in every dimension
- Weak battery life
- No ultra-wide camera
- Dated design
|TCL 10 Pro||iPhone SE|
|Operating System||Android 10||iOS 13|
|Display||6.47 inches, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2340x1080 (398 ppi) resolution, AMOLED||4.7 inches, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1334x750 (326 ppi) resolution, Retina IPS LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Graphics||Adreno 612||Apple GPU|
|Rear Camera||64MP, /1.8 (wide) 16MP, /2.4 (ultra-wide) 5MP, /2.2 (macro) 2MP, /2.4 (depth)||12MP, /1.8 (wide)|
|Front Camera||24MP, /2.0||7MP, /2.2|
|Security||In-display fingerprint sensor||Face ID|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 72.4 x 9.2mm||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm|
Did the June Feature Drop or Android 11 Beta fix Pixel 4 battery life? - Android Central
Between the June Feature Drop and further changes in the Android 11 Beta, I was cautiously optimistic that Google had made some improvement to the Pixel 4 XL's battery life. It didn't.
On June 1, Google sent out its latest "Feature Drop" update to Pixels with a few notable additions but for Pixel owners, nothing was as important as a promise of improved battery life. Several days later, we got the Android 11 Beta as well and while it doesn't have any explicit battery life improvements, it presumably at least has the Feature Drop changes and whatever small efficiency improvements that have been added to the Android 11 code base up to this point. Between both updates, I was cautiously optimistic that my Pixel 4 XL's battery life would be at least somewhat improved. Sadly, it's not. It's still bad. I have seen roughly zero change in battery performance from either update. I was using my Pixel 4 XL for a few months straight before getting the June update, which gave me a great baseline of what I could expect from its battery. I then, of course, continued to use it for the 10 days between the Feature Drop and the Android 11 Beta arriving. Both with the June update, and now with the Beta, I have seen roughly zero change in the battery performance of my phone. And right now, it's actually pretty easy to compare: my routine is effectively the same every day, and I spend a lot of time indoors on Wi-Fi, especially during the workweek. Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more The battery life improvements from this new software were supposed to come via changes to the Adaptive Battery feature, which is a system-level tool that follows your usage and makes tweaks to extend the battery. Its explicit function is noticing when there are apps you don't use often but are still running in the background, and then restricting them. But with its vague wording and marketing message, Google has made it sound as though Adaptive Battery is doing at least something beyond that presumably in little areas that are supposed to add up to save precious power. Adaptive Battery, as a concept, is sound but it just doesn't seem to do anything. The system makes sense, even at its most basic level of just restricting some apps from running in the background, and is something that isn't unique to Pixels companies with customized Android builds have been doing this for years. The problem with Adaptive Battery is that it just doesn't seem to make a difference not before, and still not now. Even with the latest software, the Pixel 4 XL is still a consistently poor battery performer. I have always had my phone set to turn on Battery Saver automatically at 20%, and even now when I'm mostly on Wi-Fi, and at home, I still hit Battery Saver nearly every day. That's with around 3 hours of "screen on" time and no significant usage like gaming just my usual reading, notifications, messaging, and social media. On days where I go out for long runs playing music over Bluetooth, or I'm using more mobile data than usual, I can count on pushing the phone down into the single digits before bed. If I want to put in a little Call of Duty session, or use the hotspot, I will have to charge before the end of the day. Despite Google's AI prowess and control over Android, it doesn't seem to be able to manage the battery. Despite Google's AI prowess and full control over the Android software stack, it still doesn't seem to be able to manage battery drain even including the latest changes that explicitly focus on it. The Pixel 4 XL's battery drops at effectively a flat rate ... lengthy bouts of inactivity, or lighter use, don't seem to help at all. Turning off Motion Sense gestures (which is no significant loss) doesn't noticeably help. Anything outside of just using Battery Saver mode more feels like a lost cause. Android 11 Beta on Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, and Realme phones: Everything you need to know Google just hasn't been able to strike that balance between making the phone perform well, and conserving power wherever possible. Having only 3700mAh to work with puts the Pixel 4 XL at a disadvantage, but apparently software tweaks aren't enough to make up the gap, though, of course, the OnePlus 7T does dramatically better with just 100mAh more. For all of Google's strengths in software on the Pixel series, and with how far it's come in general performance and stability, battery life remains a major issue. Clearly more than just tweaks to Adaptive Battery are required to get battery performance where it needs to be. Have you listened to this week's Android Central Podcast? Every week, the Android Central Podcast brings you the latest tech news, analysis and hot takes, with familiar co-hosts and special guests.
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