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Samsung Galaxy M10, M20, M30 start receiving Android 9 Pie update

A triple serving of Pie

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Samsung Galaxy M20 | Image credit: Shivam Vahia

Samsung‘s newest line of affordable smartphones is finally getting the latest Android 9 Pie update. The budget-friendly devices were surprisingly shipped with dated software, so Samsung is now playing catch up by updating three models all at once.

The Android Pie update for the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30 are now rolling out starting in India. The update brings Samsung’s new One UI and under-the-hood improvements. Like with other One UI-running Samsung phones, all three now have Night mode which is basically dark mode on other devices.

The three phones are getting practically the same Android Pie version, but they’re not getting the same set of features. For example, the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 will have AI mode in the camera launcher which Samsung calls Scene Optimizer, while the Galaxy M10 will miss that due to its inferior specs.

The update weighs between 1GB to 1.8GB, so be sure to make some space for it in the internal storage and have a steady internet connection for the download.

Like with all software updates, the rollout is gradual. You can manually check in the Settings menu to force the download, or you can wait for the notification to pop up.

Source: SamMobile, Tizen Help

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J6 receives its Android Pie update with One UI

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Vietnam’s Viettel develops its own 5G equipment

5G rollout in Vietnam imminent

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The race to 5G is on. Vietnam’s leading carrier, Viettel, just developed its own 5G equipment for use in the country’s transition towards the next-gen cellular service.

Vietnam becomes the sixth globally to develop its own 5G technology. Other countries that built homegrown infrastructure are Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia. Viettel’s development of its own 5G equipment makes it one of the few tech companies to have such capability.

Many countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are using Huawei infrastructure to launch their 5G service. Vietnam’s resistance to partnering with Huawei stems from its territorial dispute with Beijing over South China Sea.

The carrier will start the rollout in larger cities initially in June. Viettel also intends to use 5G equipment from Nokia for the initial rollout.

In the future, Viettel is looking to supply 5G equipment to its subsidiary carriers in countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. While some may interpret this as the carrier’s potential entry to the competitive 5G equipment market, it has to pay patent royalties owed to Huawei, Ericsson, and other companies.

Vietnam’s rollout of its homegrown 5G equipment is a clear break from other countries willing to pay tech companies for such. Since the Vietnamese government owns it, the carrier will subsidize the full rollout of 5G in the country.

Elsewhere, other countries are scrutinizing tech companies since 5G is a critical infrastructure that is supposed to be free from interference. Huawei has faced an entity ban in American soil over spying concerns regarding its own 5G equipment.

The Chinese company is also facing a similar ban in other countries, but it breathed a sigh of relief last October when the UK reconsidered Huawei for its own 5G rollout.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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New leak reveals Motorola phone with a stylus

What could it be?

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All eyes are on the Motorola razr. After more than a decade in oblivion, the iconic flip phone has returned with a vengeance. Besides courting nostalgia, the new Motorola razr has jumped onto the foldable bandwagon. With that in the books, what’s next for Motorola?

According to a new leak from Evan Blass, Motorola is chasing after the stylus market. The render portrays a slab phone with a detachable stylus.

Image source: Evan Blass

On the surface, the slab phone carries only a few notable aspects: a top-left peephole camera, no home button, and a sizable chin bezel. However, the stylus obviously slots into one of the phone’s four corners. Two small features on the stylus’ handle also point to button functionalities.

Regardless, the phone remains a mystery. When will this phone come out? No one knows.

At the moment, Motorola is still working on the Motorola Edge+, the company’s first flagship in a while. Even with the timeliness, the leaked phone is unlikely to be the Edge+.

Compared to other companies, Motorola is only starting to get back into the groove of things. However, with a plan slowly developing (even through rumors), Motorola’s future is shaping up to be a good one.

SEE ALSO: Motorola One Hyper is a midranger with pop-up cameras

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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