We’ve seen all sorts of ways to log into a smartphone, but none are as futuristic as this. Made by Synaptics and implemented on a Vivo phone, the under-display fingerprint sensor could be found inside your next smartphone real soon.


Google is killing the Pixel 4 just nine months after launch

Making way for the Pixel 5



Google’s flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now discontinued. The announcement is shocking because the phones were launched just nine months ago and the company just recently announced its younger sibling — the Pixel 4a.

It’s worth noting that Google usually followed an 18-month sale cycle with its previous offerings. Going off course from the usual trend, Google has already confirmed the imminent arrival of Pixel 5 along with the Pixel 4a 5G.

“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 and 4XL,” Google said in a statement to Business Insider. However, some variants are still said to be available in other regions for the time being. If you’re lucky, you can still search for pending stock with an offline seller or even marketplaces like Amazon.

The Pixel 4 series wasn’t able to take-off and meet expectations because its sale was limited to a few regions. It’s the first phone to feature radar and backed with Project Soli, it could offer the fastest secure face unlock on a smartphone. It further helped enable motion gestures on the phone, something no other phone has been able to so far.

But, its unique selling point also became the biggest hurdle to its sale. Markets like India do not have any regulation around civilian radar usage and the phone couldn’t compete in such price-sensitive environments.

Even in developed countries, Apple and Samsung continued to dominate the premium segment. The phone is an excellent piece of hardware that churns out pictures that are often comparable to a DSLR. But, poor battery, marketing, and brand recognition just couldn’t make the phone an ideal iPhone competitor.

Watch our Pixel 4a Unboxing and Review.

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Google might be working on a foldable Pixel

Hints at Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 in leaked doc



Earlier this week, Google launched the Pixel 4a, a midrange variant of the current Pixel 4 generation. Since then, the hunt is on for the next Google phone in the works. Recently, a leaked internal document hints at what’s next for the popular Google phone. Besides the expected models coming up, Google might be working on a foldable Pixel.

Analyzed by 9to5Google, the document refers to four codenamed devices: Barbette, Raven, Oriole, and Passport. Historically, Google usually uses fish names as codenames for the Android devices, making the four codenames an abnormality.

Potentially, Barbette could refer to the Pixel 5a, launching a year from now. The next two, Raven and Oriole, could refer to next year’s Pixel 6 generation. Passport, however, is interesting.

According to 9to5Google, Passport refers to a foldable Pixel in the works. In the past, leaks have hinted at a foldable Google phone before. However, the document does not explicitly explain what these devices really are. If anything, Passport does sounds like a name for a foldable phone.

All of the devices will launch next year. If these do refer to actual hardware plans, it’s quite a wait before we see or hear anything about these phones. Of note, the document is explicitly for software development, which might not know or share the plans with hardware development.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app brings Android apps to Windows 10

This is what the future looks like



Your Phone app will be able to run Android apps on your laptop or computer by streaming your phone’s screen. You can open an app, pin it to the taskbar, or quite literally do anything you want to. The feature will be extremely handy since it actually ports two completely different ecosystems into one.

Samsung just announced its top-tier offerings, including the Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Tab 7, and the Galaxy Fold2 5G. They also announced further partnerships with Microsoft that’ll not only bundle Office apps on Samsung phones but also bring Android apps to a Windows computer.

Samsung has always marketed the Note-lineup as productivity-focused. With the Windows integration, you can complete work on-the-go with a Note 20 and quickly sync data with your primary machine.

This kind of looks like how Huawei Share works between a Huawei phone and laptop.

The more exciting part is the feature won’t be limited to the flagships. The list of compatible phones include but are not limited to the following:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s

The total number of supported devices stands at 33 at the moment.

There will also be new notification badges for your Android phone apps that you have kept open on the Windows machine. However, Microsoft does warn that certain apps may block this functionality considering they do limit the ability to cast screens to other devices.

This will also help you reduce app duplications. Simple apps like Spotify, WhatsApp, and Slack can be installed on one device and used seamlessly, without reaching out to another device.

The app is shipping to testers as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 and is rolling out to Windows Insider testers at this time. With this app, Microsoft is not only advancing the experience of its own operating system but also ensuring its core products like Office are used the most on rival platforms like Android. To do so, it’s tapping Samsung’s potential as a phone maker.

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