Posts From Brandon Russell

Facebook adds a forwarding limit in Messenger to curb misinformation

Facebook is adding a forwarding limit in Messenger in an effort to curb the sharing of viral misinformation. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still affecting many parts of the world and the contentious U.S. presidential election just a few months away, now more than ever is the time to be vigilant about what you're reading online....

Vivo shows off a color changing smartphone prototype using electrochromic glass

Vivo is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of smartphone design, introducing all manner of interesting concepts. A few years ago, it was one of the first companies to showcase an under-display fingerprint sensor, and now it’s showcasing yet another impressive design concept using electrochromic glass. The company this week shared a video on Weibo showcasing...

Samsung rolls out the September 2020 security update to the Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A51, and Galaxy A70

Samsung on Thursday began rolling out the September 2020 security update for a handful of its mid-range smartphones, including the Galaxy A21s, the Galaxy A51, and the Galaxy A70. The firmware versions are A217FXXU3ATH4, A515FXXS3BTH4, and A705FNXXU5BTH4, respectively. News of this rollout was first published by SamMobile, who said the new OTA updates are rolling out...

Google Maps now lets you pay for parking with Google Pay, starting in Austin

The next time you use metered parking in a major city, Google doesn't want you to have to physically pay at the meter. Google Maps is working to let users pay for street parking from inside the app. Drivers in Austin, Texas, in the United States, can test the feature starting today when driving to...

You can now test your app on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with Samsung’s Remote Test Lab

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled more details about the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which goes on sale in the U.S. starting September 18th but is available for pre-order right now. Our first impressions of the device are overwhelmingly positive, but at a price of $1,999, not everyone will be able to afford it. For developers interested in...

Samsung Internet 13.0 beta adds “One UI 3.0 enhancements”, new extension APIs, and more

Samsung on Wednesday detailed new features hitting its mobile web browser, called Samsung Internet, in the beta channel right now. First up, Samsung Internet 13.0 is preparing for the upcoming release of Samsung's Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software. The company says the latest browser release includes immersive scrolling for improved one-handed usability. Going forward, non-scrollable...

T-Mobile brings faster mid-band 5G coverage to 81 new U.S. cities

If you own a 5G smartphone (with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem and band n41 support) and you subscribe to T-Mobile, we have good news for you: The carrier on Wednesday announced a broader rollout of its 2.5GHz mid-band 5G coverage, enabling support for 81 new cities and towns across the U.S. Each site of 2.5GHz mid-band...

Google Assistant is rolling out limited, Siri-like Shortcut support

Google is finally starting to roll out Shortcuts functionality in Assistant once again after axing a similar feature a few years back. In 2017, Google toyed around with a shortcuts feature that made it easy for users to “create faster, easier ways to do your favorite things.” You could send a text to a friend with...

[Updated] Google Home app adds a dark theme, expanded Android 11 controls, unified camera feed, and more

Google Assistant users were treated to a slew of new features in the latest version of the Google Home app for Android. Version 2.27 of the app brings expanded support for Android 11's smart home power menu controls, the addition of a dark theme, a unified camera feed, and teases the ability to unlock Google...

[Updated] Zepp launches the Zepp E smartwatches in the US and UK

Huami-owned Amazfit is a well-known brand for smart wearable accessories, but now Huami is launching another wearable brand called Zepp. The Amazfit Android app has been renamed to Zepp, though besides a new name and logo for the app, nothing is changing for existing owners of Amazfit wearables. Moving forward, though, Huami will launch new...

OnePlus Buds are now available in Gray in the U.S.

When the OnePlus Buds launched in the U.S., they were only available in a glossy white color. Now, OnePlus has opened up sales for a version in gray, giving consumers a sleek, stealthy option for the back to school season. The OnePlus Buds in gray come with a case to match and also feature a red...

The OnePlus 8T could have a flat display with a hole-punch cutout

It’s been a busy year for OnePlus. The company has already released 3 smartphones this year (the 8, 8 Pro, and Nord), its first-ever truly wireless earbuds (the OnePlus Buds), and plans on releasing possibly 2 more mid-range smartphones (code-named "clover" and "Billie"). As usual, though, OnePlus is gearing up to launch another flagship smartphone...