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Android P Beta extends to non-Pixel phones

All thanks to Project Treble

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Whenever Google makes the beta build of the latest Android version available, its very own Pixel phones naturally get first dibs. It’s going to be a little different for the rollout of Android P, however. This time, even non-Pixel devices are receiving early access to the latest software.

This is mostly thanks to Google thinking ahead and providing third-party manufacturers with a feature called Project Treble, allowing their products to easily update to the newest version of Android without much delay.


Aside from the expected handsets to get Android P Beta as early as today — specifically the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL — the following phones will also be part of the lucky group:

– Essential Phone

– Nokia 7 Plus

– OPPO R15 Pro

– Sony Xperia XZ2

– Vivo X21 (and its UD counterpart)

– Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

– OnePlus 6 (once it’s launched)

While it’s not surprising for the Essential Phone and Nokia 7 Plus to be included with their stock Android builds, it’s unusual to see the likes of Vivo, OPPO, and Xiaomi here. Those three brands (and Sony to an extent) tend to add a heavy layer of their own user interface on top of the Android operating system, making it more difficult to adapt fresh coatings of the OS.

This also makes us wonder: Where are Samsung, Huawei, LG, and ASUS? They missed a golden opportunity to be on this list. Only time will tell when they’ll get their chance at Android P — which doesn’t have a real name yet.

You can learn more at Android’s Developer website.

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Huawei Mate X will launch in late 2019, runs Kirin 990 Processor

Also with some design tweaks

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Huawei is on track to launch its 5G foldable phone, the Mate X before the end of the year, reps from the company told GadgetMatch during briefings at their Shenzen HQ earlier this week. 

We were told the phone will debut with the yet to be announced Kirin 990 processor, Huawei’s latest AI-based system on a chip (SoC) and the same quad-camera system as the P30 Pro


Mate X design changes

The Mate X team has been working overtime on last minute design tweaks. Ensuring the device can survive the rigors of real world use.

Huawei representaives told GadgetMatch, the durability of the display has been their top priority. Unlike its rival the Galaxy Fold from Samsung, the display on Mate X folds outwards, making it more usable, but also exposing it constantly to the elements. 

Mate X 5G that Huawei CEO Richard Yu was spotted using. Image from Weibo

To address this, Huawei is also working on a solution that can “protect the screen at all times.” It’s described as a screen protector of sorts that will go over the 5 layers that make up the display. 

Tweaks are also being made to the Falcon Hinge that supports the screen as it flexes and folds back into place. 

The latest iteration of the device features a new eject/release button that’s now flushed against the lipstick shaped handle that contains the majority of the phone’s internals, similar to what Mobile Group CEO Richard Yu was photographed with recently.

The design update corrects a flaw on the version of the Mate X we saw at MWC last February. That model had a protruding button which could sometimes trigger and unfold the display when placed, button down, on a table. 

Delay on foldables

The hype surrounding foldable phones took a hit last April when multiple reviewers of the Samsung Galaxy Fold exposed critical flaws that broke its display. The phone was effectively recalled, and its launch date pushed back. The delay has bought Huawei more time to fine tune its own foldable product. 

Recently Samsung announced it’s almost ready to reintroduce the Galaxy Fold, possibly some time in September in an effort to go head-to-head with the next iPhone. Apple is also rumored to be working on a foldable phone, but that won’t see the light of day until 2021 at the earliest. 

While very much an experimental, first generation product, it’s still interesting to see who wins this foldable phone war. Good news is that from the looks of it, we won’t have to wait long to find out. 

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Everything we know about the Vivo NEX 3

Yet another ground-breaking device from Vivo

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Vivo pioneered features and trends last year that other brands are now adapting on phones across different price points, but it’s been a while since Vivo last announced a flagship smartphone.

If images and sketches popping up on Weibo are any indication, however, Vivo seems to be gearing up for what could be the Vivo NEX 3. Here’s everything we know so far about Vivo’s upcoming release:


5G 

The latest image posted by NEX product manager Li Xiang points to a 5G-ready device, which, shouldn’t be a surprise for a flagship from Vivo. The company has been developing a 5G phone since last year.

Its sub-brand iQOO already showcased a 5G-enabled model of its gaming device at MWC Shanghai this year.

Headphone jack

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition came with a 3.5mm audio jack

Li Xiang also confirmed in a separate leak that the NEX 3 will still have a fan-favorite feature: a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the original Vivo NEX and Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition retained the audio port. This makes its upcoming flagship one of the few remaining in the market to have the feature.

Circular camera

The rear cameras will maintain the circular shape first seen on the NEX Dual Display Edition. The design is inspired by a traditional wristwatch as seen in a sketch Li Xiang shared on Weibo. The sketch also shows that the upcoming smartphone will sport three cameras, instead of two.

No notch

The same sketch also shows a seamless display which could mean one of two things: the Vivo NEX 3 will have a pop-up selfie camera like the original NEX, or it’ll be the first retail smartphone to have an underscreen camera — a technology its sister company first teased at MWC Shanghai. If Vivo decides to use the latter, more than the selfies, what we’re curious to see is its implementation of face unlock, which is something Vivo ditched with the first NEX phone.

Waterfall screen

Lastly, the NEX 3 will seem to adapt another design feature OPPO teased just last month — an ultra-curved display inspired by waterfalls. This comes as no surprise as Vivo Design Director Kyle Hsiao shared that the idea behind the NEX line is to solve the notch problem, and come up with an all-display smartphone.

Super fast charging

Vivo Super FlashCharge 120W | GadgetMatch

Hsiao’s vision for the NEX line to always offer something different — something that breaks barriers. 5G will drain any smartphone’s battery faster than what we’re used to. Announced at MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 120W promises charge a large 4000 mAh battery from zero to 50 percent in just five minutes. Based on the company’s track record, features they first tease on prototype devices land on retail units immediately after, so the Vivo NEX 3 will likely come with this feature once it becomes available.

Availability

At MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo also hinted that its first 5G phone will be available in the third quarter of 2019. While they didn’t specify the model of the smartphone then, it’s safe to assume that the first 5G phone under its belt would come from the NEX line.

What feature do you want to see on the Vivo NEX 3? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: GSMArena

WATCH: Vivo NEX 2 Preview

 

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Marvel cases also coming to Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Available for both the Note 10 and Note 10+

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Image from @evleaks

Samsung’s giving fans of Iron Man and Spider-Man more reasons to want the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. Evan Blass, more commonly known as @evleaks, revealed the images on his Twitter account.

Image from @evleaks

Officially called the Galaxy Friends Marvel Smart Cover, these cases more than just change the exterior of your phone. When slapped on, your entire theme changes to the superhero of your choice. Available for the Note 10 and Note 10+ are Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deadpool.


He even shared wallpapers for the Iron Man and Spider-Man cases. Both which are pretty much the same ones on the Galaxy S10s.

Image from @evleaks

These cases and the tech behind it was first introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. They were also applied to the cases of the BLACKPINK edition both for the Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80.

There’s no official word yet from Samsung on when these cases will hit the market but we’re crossing our fingers that it happens soon!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note+

The Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 10+ will be powered by the company’s Exynos 9825 processor. There are also plenty of improvements. A lot of which are on the Galaxy Note’s staple — the S Pen. It now features Air Actions that lets you control your device without holding it and just through the S Pen. Video makers will also love all the upgrades and features put into capturing, editing, and sharing video. Lastly, it’s now even easier to go from desktop to mobile and vice versa with Samsung Dex.

Watch our Hands-On video to see everything that this new flagship has to offer.

SEE ALSO: Note 10 US Pricing | Galaxy Watch Active 2 | Galaxy Tab S6 | Galaxy Book S

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