No Early Pixel 4 Launch This Year?

Google Shows Off Pixel 4 Soli-Powered Face Unlock, Gesture Controls


Google is continuing to hype the upcoming Pixel 4 via social media, this time showcasing the phone’s new face unlock feature, as well as Motion Sense gesture controls via the new Soli radar chip array.

In a brief video and a blog post, Google states that, “As you reach for Pixel 4, Soli proactively turns on the face unlock sensors, recognizing that you may want to unlock your phone. If the face unlock sensors and algorithms recognize you, the phone will open as you pick it up, all in one motion. Better yet, face unlock works in almost any orientation—even if you’re holding it upside down.”

The face unlock feature can be used for secure payments and app authentication, too.

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Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad

Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad


If you assumed that your US carrier is the reason you haven’t been given access to RCS, which should be the future of SMS, you are probably right. Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said as much in a Tweet this weekend, while sharing news that they have fully rolled out the new messaging technology to the UK and France. So yeah, US carriers suck as much when it comes to this messaging thing as you guessed.

To back up for a second, let’s recap what Lockheimer is referencing. Just over a month ago, The Verge reported that Google was going to bypass carriers in the UK and France and push out RCS (or “Chat” messaging) on their own, through their Android Messages app. Google never acknowledged any of the report publicly, didn’t write up one of their typical blog posts on what is a pretty major move, and hasn’t … Read the rest

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Galaxy Note 10 Launch Day is August 23: Reservations Now Open With $600 Off for Trade-Ins

Galaxy Note 10 Launch Day is August 23: Reservations Now Open With $600 Off for Trade-Ins


Samsung hasn’t announced the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ yet, but they just opened up reservations for the device. Should you reserve one, they’ll give you up to $600 off if you have something good to trade-in, plus they’ll give you $50 to spend on other goods (accessories or wearables).

We saw a similar deal prior to the Galaxy S10’s unveiling, where Samsung let you reserve a spot in line for the S10 before announcing it. That deal gave up to $550 off with trade, though, so we’re already topping that deal.

As many of you know, Samsung’s trade-in deals are no joke. When they say you’ll get up to $600 off for trade-ins, that means they’ll give you $600 off the day you pre-order/buy a Galaxy Note 10 and then ask that you send in your trade later. While we don’t yet know pricing for the Note … Read the rest

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Few Options Remain in an Android World That Used to be Littered With Choice

Few Options Remain in an Android World That Used to be Littered With Choice


Be Together. Not the Same.

There was a commercial Google put out a few years ago that really touched me. The main reason I enjoyed it was because it showcased funny animal pairings you wouldn’t usually see, such as a dog playing with an elephant and a sheep running alongside a rhino. Adorable, right? What Google was saying is, “Hey, we may all use different devices, but we still run the same Android OS.”

It’s great marketing, but as the years have gone on, the Android landscape has changed dramatically in the US and that same Be together. Not the same. message doesn’t quite resonate the same way it used to.


Since 2015, when that commercial hit the airwaves, we’ve essentially lost a few players in the Android game when it comes to the US market. Companies such as HTC and Sony have scaled back their smartphone plays. Motorola … Read the rest

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We’ve Got Our First Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL Comparison Now

We’ve Got Our First Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL Comparison Now


After seeing the first set of detailed CAD renders of the Pixel 4 XL a couple of weeks ago, we’re now getting the same for the smaller Pixel 4. And not only that, we’re getting a size comparison with the phones side-by-side that shows us exactly what to expect when going from big to small Pixel 4.

The renders were once again provided by @onleaks, and are likely very close to what Google will officially reveal in the next couple of months. The track record around these CAD renderings based off of schematics provided early to accessory makers are rarely wrong.

What’s new here? The Pixel 4 appears to be identical in design to the Pixel 4 XL, only differing in size. That means we’ll get buttons, cameras, and ports in all the same places, with an identical appearance, just in a smaller frame.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 Deals (Updated)

Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 Deals (Updated)


Our favorite Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals in one place.

It’s going to be a long day full of deals, thanks to Amazon doing their Prime Day dance once again, but we’ll help you get through it together. In this post here, we are putting together a list of some of the best deals we’ve found on some of our favorite products. This list won’t be the biggest, baddest list of Prime Day 2019 deals, but it’ll be a finely curated one.

We’ll keep updating throughout the day, so feel free to check back regularly.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 Deals (Updated)

Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 Deals (Updated)


Our favorite Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals in one place.

It’s going to be a long day full of deals, thanks to Amazon doing their Prime Day dance once again, but we’ll help you get through it together. In this post here, we are putting together a list of some of the best deals we’ve found on some of our favorite products. This list won’t be the biggest, baddest list of Prime Day 2019 deals, but it’ll be a finely curated one.

We’ll keep updating throughout the day, so feel free to check back regularly.

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Android Q Gestures are Bad.

Android Q Gestures are Bad.


There are a lot of things to dislike about Android Q’s full gesture navigation option, but because the explanations for why it’s bad are better in video form than written, I present to you this unnecessarily long video of me complaining.

In this video, we compare the full gesture navigation in Android Q Beta 5 to Pie’s 2-button setup, which is more of a gesture-button combo. I talk about why the back gestures from the sides are a disaster and work against so much of Android, not just slideout menus. I also point out some of the pointless changes that make for more work in these new gestures, where a couple of minor tweaks to the 2-button setup would have given us full gestures that make a lot more sense.

Again, this video is probably too long, but I cover it all.

Google, you can do better than this.

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Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!

Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!


Android Q Beta 5 “Release Candidate” arrives

The Android Q Beta 5 has been released for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. The newest build arrives qpp5.190530.014 and is the first “release candidate” of Q.

With a release candidate, we should be getting close to final everything, with final APIs already available from the previous beta. This build should be the most stable and is probably worth you taking for a spin if you had been holding out. After this Beta 5, the final release candidate will be Beta 6 before Android Q is released into the wild as stable.

ANDROID Q BETA 5

Date: July 2019
Build: QPP5.190530.014
Emulator support: x86 (32/64-bit)
Security patch level: July 2019
Google Play services: 17.7.85

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This is the Galaxy Note 10

This is the Galaxy Note 10


We still have a ways before the Galaxy Note 10 arrives on August 10, but since when has that stopped the almighty internet?

According to multiple leaks from both @ishanagarwal24 and @rquandt, what you see above and below is the Galaxy Note 10. Not much is differing from what we’ve seen before, but this is easily our best look yet at the device.

We have two colors here, Silver and Black, but this Silver color is not really Silver at all. It shines bright like a diamond, similar to the Prism White color found with the Galaxy S10 lineup. On the front we see the single centered camera cutout, as well as the triple rear-facing camera setup. The Silver model also comes with a blue S Pen.

I’ll be the first to tell you, this is a very sexy device. I love the symmetry of the frontside, … Read the rest

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