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Huawei’s EMUI 10 is coming

Expect Android Q and a few refinements

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Huawei’s status in the US remains unclear at the moment. However, that’s not stopping the Chinese company from announcing the latest update to their Android UI. EMUI 10 will be announced at the keynote presentation of the annual Huawei Developer Conference happening on August 9.

It is expected to be based on Android Q, the next version of Android. That version of Android though is still in beta so there’s a chance EMUI is also still in beta.

According to some rumors, there will be slight tweaks with the icons and UI elements and a new system-wide font. There will also be plenty of performance improvements along with AI and gaming related announcements.

Huawei devices eligible for the upgrade include the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Mate 20, the Honor 20 series and the Honor Magic 2. The update might also arrive to these devices: Honor View 20, Honor 10 Lite, Honor Play, and Honor 8X.

EMUI 10 is set to refine Huawei’s Android skin. While it has been criticized for copying the visual elements of Apple’s iOS early on, it has since grown to be one of the more recognized skins in the Android world.

There were earlier reports that the company is developing their own mobile OS in light of the trade negotiations between the US and China. However, Huawei has gone on record to say that HongMeng OS is not an Android replacement.

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Android 11 launch delayed due to US protests

#BlackLivesMatter

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Coronavirus-related delays are commonplace in this newfound era. The global health crisis has forced various companies from various industries to postpone their much-anticipated annual events. So far, we’ve seen event cancellations, launch delays, and digital migrations. Today, another anticipated launch has been postponed. However, for perhaps the first time in a while, the delay isn’t canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

In an official tweet from Android’s Twitter account, Google announced the postponement of Android 11’s unveiling. Previously, the company earmarked June 3 as the upcoming operating system’s debut. The launch would have introduced the system to developers for optimization with their apps before a more public release. That will now have to wait.

“We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release,” Google said. “Now is not the time to celebrate.” Instead, the company will release more details “soon.”

Besides the ongoing pandemic, the United States is now buckling under a lot of civil uprising across several states. The protests are calling for justice for the brutal death of George Floyd, an African American man, under the custody of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. In less than a week, a revolutionary spirit rushed through the entire country, resurrecting the #BlackLivesMatter movement from very recent memory. Since then, several companies and personalities have used their respective platforms and audiences to spread awareness, goodwill, and justice towards the issue.

Besides Android 11, Google has also quietly delayed the launch of the Pixel 4a for coronavirus-related reasons, according to previous reports.

SEE ALSO: Apple and Google release contact tracing software all over the world

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Globe postpaid plans for Samsung Galaxy A51

Zero cash-out starting from ThePlan 1499!

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Have you been eyeing Samsung’s successor to its all-around midranger for a while now? The Galaxy A51 is currently available exclusively on telecommunication companies like Globe. You can choose from different plans offered, and we’ve compiled the list to help you decide.

ThePlan 2999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  31GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 300 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
  • 24 months contract period
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 2,999/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 2,999

ThePlan 2499

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  21GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 150 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 2,499/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 2,499

ThePlan 1999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  16GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 150 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,999/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,999

ThePlan 1799

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  15GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 100 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,799/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,799

ThePlan 1499

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  10GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 100 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,499/mo
One-time cashout
  • FREE
Total
  • PhP 1,499

ThePlan 1299

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  8GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 1,299/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 3,600
Total
  • PhP 4,899

ThePlan 999

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  5GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included)
  • Free iflixVIP (3-months subscription; no data included)
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 999/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 6,000
Total
  • PhP 6,999

ThePlan 799

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  3GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
  • 50 min calls to all network
Freebies
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 799/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 8,400
Total
  • PhP 9,199

ThePlan 599

Samsung Galaxy A51
Data allocation
  •  2GB
Inclusion
  • Unlimited texts to all network
  • Unlimited calls to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • Free Facebook (1GB data allocation per month for 24 months)
  • Free Shipping
Contract
  • 24 months
Monthly Fee
  • PhP 599/mo
One-time cashout
  • PhP 9,600
Total
  • PhP 10,199

Meet the Samsung Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main shooter, 5-megapixel depth sensor, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. It has a 6.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, following the Infinity-O display that houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. It also sports a 4000mAh battery with 15W charging.

Moreover, you get Samsung staple features like Knox, Bixby Vision, Lens, Routines, and Samsung Health.

Terms and availability

The Galaxy A51 will be available via Globe Telecom. Freebies like the 6-month subscription to Amazon Prime Video and 3-month subscription to iflixVIP is available when you apply for ThePlan until June 30, 2020. Moreover, you can get a PhP 1000 Samsung Online Store voucher when you avail of this handset with Globe’s ThePlan.

To avail, call Globe’s hotline: (02) 7730-1010 for new and additional line applications, and (02) 7730-1000 for plan renewals. Lines are open from Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 10 PM. You may also visit Globe stores near you.

SEE ALSO: Awesome Screen! Samsung Galaxy A51 now officialSamsung Galaxy A51: Price and availability in SingaporeSamsung Galaxy A51 LTE: Price and availability in the USSamsung launches online Store in the PhilippinesSamsung, Xiaomi dominate Q1 2020 Android sales

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OnePlus accidentally disables OnePlus 8 Pro’s x-ray camera worldwide

Update rolling out in India

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Weeks ago, OnePlus confirmed a brewing privacy controversy surrounding the recently released OnePlus 8 Pro. Apparently, the premium smartphone’s Photochrom filter can penetrate through thin material like plastic or clothing. Despite OnePlus’s assurances to the contrary, several reviewers have demonstrated the feature’s strong capabilities. As a result, OnePlus has promised to disable the feature temporarily before working on a more permanent solution.

Surprisingly, after all the hullaballoo, OnePlus is disabling the feature only in Chinese smartphones. Presumably, the invasive feature is a more serious threat in China, compared to other nations. However, a recent update reveals a change of mind. Further, a followup hints at conflicting decisions inside OnePlus.

In India, OnePlus 8 Pro users are receiving new OTA updates — Oxygen OS 10.5.9.IN11, 10.5.9.IN11AA, and 10.5.9.IN11DA — that carries only one item in the patch notes, as posted in the OnePlus forums. As you might expect by now, the exactly similar patches remove the Photochrom filter temporarily “for adjustment.” In this case, “temporarily” is hugely short-term. The update promises the feature’s return “around June.”

However, after users spotted the update, OnePlus has quickly issued a statement, saying that the updates rolled out accidentally. Apparently, the company did not intend to disable the feature for non-Chinese models. As such, an upcoming OTA update will re-enable the feature.

Naturally, if you don’t live in India or China, your OnePlus 8 Pro still has the controversial Photochrom filter. However, OnePlus’s lingering uncertainty in India marks similar uncertainty in handling the privacy controversy.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8 Pro review: Best of the best

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