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Google is working on a “One-Handed Mode” for Android 12

Over the years, smartphone makers have made taller and taller devices. While that has made media consumption more enjoyable on mobile, it has resulted in making many phones impossible to use one-handed. To compensate, several phone makers have developed software solutions to improve one-handed usability: most notably Apple with its Reachability feature. Now, Google is...

This may be our first look at Android 12, Google’s next Android OS

Google is set to release its next major version of Android — Android 12 — later this year, following a series of Developer Previews and Betas that will likely start rolling out later this month. Ahead of the stable release, Google shares documentation and source code with its major partners in order to give them...

Motorola’s Android 11 update will feature a Desktop Mode for select phones

Earlier today, Qualcomm revealed its next Snapdragon 800-series chipset, the Snapdragon 888. One of the partners confirmed to be launching a product based on the new platform is Motorola, and in a video, Motorola Mobility President Sergio Buniac highlighted how the company plans to bring the "800-series experiences" down to its popular budget/mid-range Moto G...

Motorola is testing an unusual 105Hz refresh rate for its next flagship phone

High refresh rate displays are all the rage these days, with most smartphone manufacturers opting to include a 90Hz, 120Hz, or even 144Hz display in this year's flagships. Even Motorola jumped on the bandwagon this year with its 90Hz-touting Edge, Edge+, and Moto G 5G Plus smartphones. Now, it seems that Motorola is making another...

Exclusive: This is the Sony Ericsson VAIO smartphone that never came to be

A few weeks ago we got our first look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 2 — an unreleased Android smartphone from the early 2010s that had the potential to revolutionize the mobile gaming industry. Designed to play PlayStation mobile games, the Xperia Play 2 featured a sliding display with a controller, completed with a...

The Moto G 5G could be Motorola’s next budget 5G phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G

The newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G could be the system-on-chip selected to power the upcoming Moto G 5G, XDA has learned, alongside other specifications. Furthermore, a live device photo has also surfaced on Slashleaks, showing off the display and the camera cutout on the front. The Moto G 5G Plus launched in July of this year. Moto...

Source: The LG Wing will cost around $1,000 when it launches in the U.S. this fall

Do a Google search for "smartphones are boring" and you'll find a handful of articles lamenting the state of smartphone design. 2020 has upended our expectations of what's normal, though, with smartphone makers taking advantage of advancements in display tech to experiment with new form factors and designs. The industry seems to be trending toward...

Samsung announces the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with full screen display, customizable hinge, UTG

The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be remembered for giving birth to the consumer-ready foldable smartphone category. The phone was massively hyped leading up to its launch, for good reason too, but it met with an unfortunate set of events that forced Samsung to take the product back to the drawing board. Samsung returned with some...

Lenovo may be working on an Android tablet that doubles as a secondary monitor

The tablet market is propped up by Apple and its iPad, with only Samsung and Huawei really trying to compete with their own Android-based tablets. Another tech brand still pumping out new Android tablets is Lenovo, though they've mostly pivoted away from general-purpose tablets toward more lifestyle-focused devices like the Lenovo Smart Tab and Yoga...

Galaxy Watch 3 firmware analysis: Here’s what we found about Samsung’s new smartwatch

Samsung's upcoming products tend to get a lot of attention because of how much of a splash they make on the scene. With the sorry state of Wear OS and Snapdragon Wear processors, it's no surprise that many Android fans are holding out for the Tizen-based Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 to release. Thanks to a...

Exclusive: Google plans to relax security update requirements for Android Enterprise Recommended

While Android is the overall dominant smartphone operating system according to data from IDC, Apple's iOS is the OS of choice for most enterprises. It's easy to see why: Apple updates its iOS devices generally far longer and more consistently than most Android device makers update their smartphones, iPhones are simple to configure and manage, and...

Exclusive: 3 of Android 11’s best features won’t be available on every device

Every year, Google releases a new version of the Android operating system. Google released the first Android 11 Developer Preview back in February followed by the second, third, and fourth developer previews over the last few months. Earlier this month, Google unveiled the first Android 11 Beta and talked in-depth about the best features for...