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[Update 4: Checks Sent] Google and Huawei may pay up to $400 to owners of bootlooping Nexus 6P

Some of you may remember an unfortunate page in the history of Android back in 2015-2016. Faulty chipsets caused a few devices to experience never-ending bootloops, or as we call it in the community, a "hard brick." To this day, we still don't know all the details on the exact issue with the devices. One...

[Update: Registration Open] Google I/O 2020 will take place from May 12-14

Google is known for using cryptic puzzles as a way to announce the date of its annual Google I/O developer conference. Back in 2017, the search giant published an online brain teaser containing the dates of Google I/O 2017. The next year, the company shared a puzzle through the Google Developers Twitter account, which redirected...

[Update 2: Settlement Checks Sent] Google will pay up to $500 to Pixel owners with defective microphones

The Google Pixel and the Pixel XL were, for the most part, exceptional devices when they launched back in 2016. They were the first devices to mark the death of the Nexus legacy, and also signified a big change of direction for Google in several aspects. Nowadays, they're still receiving love---they even have Android Q!...

[Update: Launched in India] Samsung Galaxy A71 launches with punch hole display and 64MP quad rear camera

It was only a couple of weeks ago when we got our first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy A71 in leaked renders. Today, the company officially, but quietly, unveiled the device alongside the Galaxy A51. This is one of the most attractive devices we've seen so far in Samsung's popular A-series. The Galaxy A71 offers...

[Update 3: Oracle’s response] Oracle’s lawsuit over Google’s use of Java in Android has been revived

The Google-Oracle feud has been ongoing since 2010. Java was created by Sun Microsystems back in the 1990s and Oracle acquired the company in 2010. A few months later, Oracle accused Google of using its copyrighted APIs and patents to develop Android and filed a lawsuit. Since then, we have seen the two companies wage...

[Update: New Charges] Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada over alleged Iran sanction violations

Depending on who you ask, Huawei is either the world's second or third largest smartphone brand in the world, surpassing even Apple during some previous fiscal quarters. Their impressive growth was achieved even without releasing a smartphone on a major mobile carrier in the U.S., though not for lack of trying. While it's clear that the...

Xiaomi launches Redmi 8A Dual with dual rear cameras and a new design alongside new Redmi power banks in India

Xiaomi has been leading the smartphone market in India with its budget-friendly and feature-rich offerings under the Redmi brand. The company recently announced that it became the leading brand in the feature phone category in Q4 2019 while retaining its grip on the smartphone segment for 10 consecutive quarters. Xiaomi's entry-level Redmi A series is...

[Update: LTE models] Samsung brings Galaxy Watch Active 2 features to the Galaxy Watch & Watch Active

For the past few years, Samsung smartwatches have had physical rotating bezels as a way to control their watch UI. Sadly, Samsung removed it with this years' Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active 2. Luckily, with the new Watch Active 2, Samsung introduced its new touch bezel. This touch bezel emulated the rotating bezel...

[Update 2: Realme X50 Pro 5G] Realme’s next flagship phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 could launch soon

Earlier this month, Chinese OEM Realme launched its first 5G enabled smartphone — the Realme X50 5G — in China. The device packed Snapdragon's latest mid-range 765G processor, coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Earlier this week, the company revealed that it will hold a global 5G launch event...

[Update: Proper Homepage] Google Podcasts has a basic desktop interface for playback

Google has been working to integrate podcasts into their services for a few years now. Back in 2016, we first started to see podcasts in the Google Play Music application. They were given their own section within the application where you could browse, sample, and subscribe to various podcasts. It was called Play Music Podcasts...

Realme C3 launches in India with MediaTek Helio G70, 5,000mAh battery, and Realme UI

Realme will turn two this year and in this short time, the brand has propelled from being an underdog to one of the ten smartphone brands worldwide. In India, Realme has found itself a place among the top five phone brands. Besides a high value for money, Realme's availability across all tiers of the smartphone...

Developers have exploited the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 to get root access on the Snapdragon models

Samsung phones sold in the U.S. are notoriously difficult to root. Samsung Knox makes rooting especially annoying, and it tends to break a lot of things if you do manage to get root. Users in the U.S. can't even unlock the bootloader to root their devices in the first place. Every once in awhile, though,...