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Xperia smartphones may support up to three years of Android updates

Following in the footsteps of Samsung

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Three years of OS updates may soon be a thing for Android OEMs. Samsung was the first to commit to an extended update period for its flagship and midrange devices. Now, Sony may soon follow suit for its Xperia smartphones with extended updates.

If the information from Android Next is to be believed, this year’s Xperia smartphone will come with three years of OS updates. There’s a big caveat though: only this year’s Xperia flagships will get an extra year of OS updates.

Following this scheme, both the Xperia 1 II and the soon-to-be-released Xperia 5 II will get Android 13. These flagships are both on Android 10, with an update to Android 11 coming later this year.

See also: Leak has revealed almost everything about the Xperia 5 II

Older flagship models and midrange devices are unlucky though. The original Xperia 1 and Xperia 5, for example, will only get Android 11, which is exactly two years worth of OS updates. This year’s Xperia 10 II will also get Android 11 before Sony stops giving it further updates.

Finally, it’s the end of the line for the Xperia 10 / 10 Plus, 8 / 8 Lite, Ace, and XZ3 since this year’s Android 10 will be their last update. However, things could change since Sony hasn’t given its final word yet on software updates for Xperia devices.

A step in the right direction

While it is unfortunate that only this year’s Xperia flagship is getting three years of OS updates, it is still a step in the right direction. Hopefully, this move will become a status quo for the whole Xperia line in the future. Given that Sony is cooking up something on September 17, it will be exciting to hear the company’s plan regarding software updates.

This move also marks a change in the way OEMs support their smartphones. Clearly, Samsung’s commitment to three years of updates hasn’t gone unnoticed by other manufacturers. If Sony follows in Samsung’s step, it could put more pressure on other manufacturers particularly those who are reluctant to even commit to two years of software updates.

Source: TechRadar via Android Next

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POCO M3 launches with Snapdragon 662, triple rear cameras

Is it a worthy successor?

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POCO has been teasing the global launch of the POCO M3 for quite some time now and the brand has finally unveiled the new phone. Expanding its lineup in the affordable segment, the POCO M3 is supposed to be an all-rounder that’ll succeed the POCO M2.

Going with a fresh design, the phone has a significantly large POCO branding on the rear. It gets a side-mounted physical fingerprint scanner along with a large camera module on the rear. POCO says the rear is designed to be anti-fingerprint, so you don’t have to worry about smudges.

The POCO M3 sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a water-drop notch, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a maximum brightness of 400 nits. Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB RAM. Storage options include 64GB and 128GB, along with a microSD card option for expansion.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. Software options include portrait mode, night mode, and 120fps slo-mo.

Backing these internals is a massive 6000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The phone comes bundled with a 22.5W fast charging brick and the phone will be available in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black color options. It runs MIUI 12 out-of-the-box and is based on Android 10.

Pricing and availability

USA

  • 4GB+64GB — US$ 149
  • 4GB+128GB — US$ 169

Special Black Friday pricing are as follows: US$ 129 for 4GB+64GB and US$ 149 for 4GB+128GB

Philippines

  • 4GB+64GB — PhP 6,990
  • 4GB+128GB — PhP 7,990

As part of the first sale in The Philippines, a 48-hour deal for both variants will be available on November 27 and 28 at early bird prices of PhP 5,990 (4GB+64GB) and PhP 6,990 (4GB+128GB).

In addition, those who purchase POCO M3 on November 27 from 12AM-2AM will receive a free gift — the Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic Piston Earphone, while stocks last.

Malaysia

  • 4GB+64GB — MYR 599
  • 4GB+128GB — MYR 699

 

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NEO: The World Ends With You is coming in Summer 2021

Experience the Reaper’s Game in 3D, and uncover its secrets

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Square Enix dropped some big news regarding their latest project — specifically, a sequel to a classic back in the day. For context, The World Ends With You was a popular and well-received action RPG released in 2007 for Japan. It saw a global expansion to most PAL regions and North America in 2008, and found its way to mobile devices in 2012.

Just two years ago, the company even brought it back for an enhanced remaster for the Nintendo Switch. Now, they’re looking to expand the series with this latest game called NEO: The World Ends With You.

Much like the first game, NEO: The World Ends With You takes place in a modern yet cartoonized version of Shibuya. This time around, a brand new cast of characters will partake in the Reaper’s Game for a chance to join the living once more.

As you go around exploring the city streets and sounds, you will uncover the secret behind everything. As Rindo, you and your group of friends must break the fate handed to you by this deadly game.

NEO: The World Ends With You is coming to the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. As for its release date, Square Enix is targeting Summer 2021.

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Snapchat is also developing a TikTok rival

Called Spotlights

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Of all the platforms today, Snapchat is probably the only one that doesn’t need a TikTok rival. Other social media platforms already developed their own alternative to TikTok (or, essentially, a short-form video-sharing feature). Despite already being a short-form video-sharing platform itself, Snapchat is also developing a TikTok rival.

Called Spotlight, Snapchat is offering a slightly different system for its TikTok alternative. Instead of a follower system, Spotlight will display shared video in a public tab, granting users more exposure.

Compared to the trend-heavy TikTok, Snapchat is more lifestyle-oriented, allowing creators to share their daily lives privately for followers. Snapchat’s new Spotlight expands the platform’s reach toward trends and content creation.

To entice users, Snapchat is offering a share of US$ 1,000,000 from now until the end of 2020 to users who make the feature’s front page.

Due to its public nature, Snapchat is moderating Spotlight’s content and will not allow public comments. Further, the 60-second videos cannot come with a watermark. Basically, TikTok content cannot pop up on Snapchat’s Spotlight feature.

Currently, Spotlight is only available in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, Snapchat is promising functionality in more countries soon.

SEE ALSO: Snapchat Minis feature allows purchases, games on the app

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