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Android Q early build leaks, shows system-wide dark mode

Dark mode on everything!

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Android Pie is still struggling to find its way to more phones, but Google‘s next release is already being cooked. The first Android Q developer preview should be available (based on Google’s previous releases) in the coming months, although the folks over at XDA Developers were able to get their hands on an early build of the upcoming Android version.

The early build of Android Q is pretty bare bones, but there are a few notable features that are worth mentioning.


Design-wise, Android Q looks a lot like Android 9 Pie with its rounded icons and familiar layout. That may sound unexciting, but Android Q will finally have what could be the most requested feature: system-wide dark mode. The current Android version has a simpler dark mode available which is not as extensive as we like it to be.

Image credit: XDA Developers

The dark mode feature will greatly benefit phones with OLED displays. Aside from being easy on the eyes when in the dark, it should also improve battery life since not all the pixels are turned on. Users will be able to set dark more automatically at night or have it activated throughout the day. If they dislike it, users can simply turn it off, too.

Apart from visual changes, Android Q also brings improved privacy features specifically with app permissions; it lets users look at each app’s permission settings individually. The best part of this is there’s now an option to let apps access permitted info only when they are being used.

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Android Q also appears to have some sort of “Desktop Mode” which is suspected to be similar to Samsung’s DeX mode. Unfortunately, it couldn’t be activated yet. This is going to be a big feature for those who rely on their Android phones for work, especially when traveling without a laptop.

There’s a lot to know about Android Q’s early build courtesy of XDA Developers. You may read more about the new features and the changes found on the upcoming Android version at the source link below.

Source: XDA Developers

SEE ALSO: Here’s what MediaTek is doing to solve slow Android updates

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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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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.

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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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