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[Update: MWC Shanghai Showcase] Vivo teases 120W Super FlashCharge that fills a 4000 mAh battery in 13 minutes

Android OEMs compete against each other in every aspect of a smartphone, providing users with the flexibility of choice. While areas like performance, display and camera have been traditional arenas of competition, companies have recently begun exploring new charging technologies to allow users even lesser downtime from their smartphones. We have seen Xiaomi show-off its...

LG launches the W Series with LG W10, W30, and the W30 Pro in India

The aggressive pricing of smartphones by Chinese brands like Xiaomi has worked wonders for the Indian consumers. This phenomenal success of smartphones with a high value proposition has forced other smartphone manufacturers to cut their profit margins and launch smartphones at lower than their traditional prices. After Samsung pit its new Galaxy M series against...

How the Honor 9X’s new Kirin 810 compares to the Snapdragon 730

Huawei recently launched the Nova 5 smartphone series in China. The highlight of the event was the Huawei Nova 5 Pro with its HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC that we previously saw on devices like the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, and the Honor 20 and 20 Pro....

Honor 20 Review — A Fairly Decent Budget Flagship Behind A Flashy Exterior

If you've been following the smartphone industry for a while, chances are you've heard of Honor, the online sub-brand of Huawei that aims to compete in the mid-range and budget flagship segments. The brand released the flashy Honor View20 smartphone at the beginning of this year, boasting that they were among the first with a...

Microsoft OneDrive’s new Personal Vault gives files on your cloud storage an extra layer of security

Microsoft OneDrive just got a big upgrade, arriving in the form of 100GB of storage for the paid basic plan (up from 50GB, at no extra cost) and an extra layer of security for the new Personal Vault. The Personal Vault is available to all users of the service, though those using the basic and...

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855’s Secure Processing Unit receives EAL4+ certification

When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 back in December of 2017, the company touted the SoC's new Secure Processing Unit (SPU). The SPU is an on-die secure element to protect biometric profiles, payment information, and SIM data. Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855, also has the SPU, but over 6 months later Qualcomm is...

[Update: Rolling out] Google will let Android users in the UK and France use RCS regardless of carrier support

For quite a while now, RCS has been talked about as the long-awaited replacement for SMS. It has many of the modern features we've come to expect from messaging services. Many have even looked at RCS as the "iMessage for Android" savior. However, there's one very big problem: RCS support relies on carriers and phone...

[Update 12: Futurewei Distances Itself] Hardware suppliers, chip designers, and standards organizations suspend business with Huawei

The ongoing trade war between the United States and China has resulted in another stunning development. The BBC is reporting that semiconductor IP company ARM has suspended business with Huawei. Huawei's chip designs use a lot of ARM's IP, so Huawei faces yet another significant setback in its path to becoming the number 1 smartphone...

Google Pixel 3a: The Mid-Range Phone With Almost Everything You Need

Most of this year has been about big flagship launches from major smartphone players. However, last month the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL stole the show for a while. Mid-range phones are becoming increasingly capable and Google threw their camera prowess into the ring to make the market even more interesting. Pixel 3a XDA...

Xiaomi’s MIUI Launcher finally gets a swipe up gesture to access the app drawer

Xiaomi's MIUI has been criticized for being an iOS-lookalike in the past, as this was one of the earliest Android UX skins around that had an app launcher without a dedicated app drawer. MIUI's default launcher had a home screen with a fixed dock on the bottom, and swiping right on the home screen revealed...

[Update: 32MP Front camera] Xiaomi: No new Mi Max or Mi Note phones this year, but expect a new Mi CC phone

Xiaomi has been making waves in India, China and other parts of Southeast Asia, banking on the success of its affordable and budget devices. While Xiaomi's success stories involve some participation from devices across its portfolio, it is no secret that most of its brand goodwill among average consumers comes through devices from its Redmi...