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New OnePlus 6 features, Google’s new Emoji movement, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Tuesday, October 30, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we’ll tell you what OnePlus 6T features are now available on the OnePlus 6, how bad things look for Sony Mobile, and a security flaw that Google says isn’t that big of a deal.

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Open Beta 6 brings new features to the OnePlus 6 ahead of 6T launch

There’s quite a bit of excitement around OnePlus right now. Not only did it just announce its brand new flagship phone, but it also made waves by signing its first carrier agreement in the United States. Yes, if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can go pick up the OnePlus 6T on Thursday.

But, what if you’re holding onto your current OnePlus 6? The 6T isn’t a massive upgrade so we expect plenty of people to continue rocking their phones for a while. Well, you’re all in for some good news as the brand new OnePlus 6 beta is bringing some brand new features to your phone.

In Open Beta 6, the OnePlus 6 now gains access to new features like Nightscape. Nightscape is a feature that uses computer learning to brighten up darker photos without adding distortion to the photos.

The OnePlus 6 now also has a new gesture system, improved UI for About phone, better options for screenshots, and the November security update. If you’re already enrolled in the beta program, you should see the update soon. If you’re not and would like to sign up, you can head to downloads.oneplus.com and sign up.

Gboard lets you customize emojis

Emojis are an important part of life. Now, that’s a sentence I never thought I’d utter, but its true. People use emojis more and more every day and now Google is giving users of its Gboard keyboard some customization options.

Starting in its newest beta, Gboard allows users to create “Emoji Minis” which are emoji-sized stickers that look like you. Now instead of sending a random winking face, you can send yourself winking. Not creepy at all, right?

Google stated in a recent blog that, “Emoji Minis are designed for those who may have stared into the eyes of emoji and not seen yourself staring back. These sticker versions of the emoji you use every day are customizable so you can make them look just like you.

Your customized emoji can have different colored hair, piercings, hats, head coverings, glasses and more. If you’d like to up your emoji game, head over to the Play Store listing for Gboard, then opt into the beta for the update.

Sony Mobile could be in trouble

Sony Xperia XZ3 1Sony is a well-known name, but its mobile division could be facing some bleak times. The company released its recent financial results and the numbers reveal that Sony only shipped 1.6 devices in the last three months — a record low.

On the back of the results, Sony reduced its full-year shipment expectations to 7 million, a third consecutive downgrade.

So, what’s the cause? It looks like Sony lost its momentum in Europe. The company makes several popular mid-tier devices that it sells in European and Asian markets, but sales are down and it’s not pretty.

Sony recently adopted a new design language that is very “love-it-or-hate-it.” It seems like more potential customers are on the “hate it” train and Sony knows it. The company’s Chief Financial Officer recently stated that “The competition is fierce and our products have not been attractive enough.”

Is the Google Home Hub secure?

Google’s new Home Hub is a cool little gadget. It puts a face to the voice of Google Assistant and displays relevant information. When it’s not displaying the weather, a recipe, or a YouTube video, it can play a slideshow of your Google Photos library. Pretty nifty.

But now security researchers are ringing the bell about the device. One researcher is claiming that the smart display is “beyond dismal”, a harsh rebuke of Google’s efforts. For Google’s part, it’s denying the claims.

Jerry Gamblin, the security researcher causing waves, says he spent a couple nights poking around with the Home Hub. What he found was that the Hub allows full remote unauthenticated control by an undocumented API.

Speaking to Android Authority, Google says the claim about security on the Home Hub is inaccurate. “The APIs mentioned in this claim are used by mobile apps to configure the device and are only accessible when those apps and the Google Home device are on the same WiFi network. Despite what’s been claimed, there is no evidence that user information is at risk.”

Huawei Watch and Watch 2 get an update that brings better performance

The Huawei Watch and Watch 2 are two of the most popular Wear OS watches on the market today. Despite their introduction the better part of three years ago, the watches remain as solid options until a new breed of watches come out later this year and early 2019.

Much to the surprise of everyone, the watches are still being updated. They recently were updated to Wear OS 2.0 which brought a new interface and features. Now, with version 2.17, the watches are getting even more improvements.

The update brings new swipe gestures, the latest Wear OS interface, and Google Assistant and Fit shortcuts. Users are also reporting that performance has received a boost too. We’ll be keeping an eye on this update to see if battery life gets better too, but it’s too early to tell right now.

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Misconduct at Google, Alphabet earnings, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 25th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, Verizon certifies the Razer Phone 2, Alphabet slightly misses the target for Q3 2018, Google reportedly covers up sexual misconduct case, and more news for you.

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Verizon certification comes to the Razer Phone 2

Now that the Razer Phone 2 is in the hands of the public, there have been some complaints. The biggest of which comes from those who were trying to use the device with Verizon.

It seems that the handset had not yet passed through Verizon’s certifications, making it practically unusable. Today, Verizon confirmed that the Razer Phone 2 has received its approval and is “ready for BYOD activation”.

In addition to receiving its Verizon certification, the device will be available through Best Buy. If you wan to pick one up, you can do so for $799.99.

Alphabet slightly misses earnings targets in Q3 2018

Google’s parent company, Alphabet has reported its earnings for Q3 2018. The company reported an earnings of $33.74 billion, which is an increase of 21% when compared to Q3 2017.

However, this falls short of the estimated $34.04 billion which was projected by analysts. Google itself accounted for $4.6 billion, but that does not include the launch of the Pixel 3 or other recently-announced Google products.

Not everything was rosy for Alphabet, as its other ventures such as Verily and Fiber operated at a loss of $727 million. It will be interesting to see how Google’s latest devices perform in Q4 2018, but one thing’s for sure – they are rolling in the dough.

LG inches closer to making money from its smartphone division

From a company providing a great report in its earnings call to another company that continues to struggle. LG also revealed its Q3 2018 earnings report, which show that the company as a whole saw a 45% increase in operating profit, year-over-year.

The mobile division ended up losing about $130.5 million in the quarter, but provided the second highest sales out of LG’s major divisions. Losses in Q3 2018 accounted for $331.37, compared to $171.95 million in Q2 2018.

LG is continuing to hope that it will be able to “turn the corner” and get back in the green for its mobile division. However, the company may have some new competition looming as OnePlus is gearing up to launch its latest device.

38% of Spotify users are Premium subscribers

A new report from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners announced that 38% of Spotify users are Premium subscribers. These numbers are as of September 30th and are a 2% increase compared to Q2 2018.

It seems the reason for the slight increase could be due to changes in Spotify’s Family Plan. Back in June, the streaming giant began verifying that Family Plan members live in the same household.

Forcing “the truth” from subscribers, has forced those taking advantage of the system to pick up a Premium subscription for themselves.

Google reportedly covered up misconduct from Andy Rubin

Earlier today, a report from the New York Times surfaced which shares exactly why Andy Rubin left Google. The report claims that during Rubin’s tenure, he had various affairs which violated company policies.

These violations eventually led to Google forcing Rubin out, but the company ended up paying $90 million to “leave quietly”. Another stipulation was that Rubin could not work for competitors for a period of time.

Instead of paying Rubin $90 million all at once, Google has been paying $2.5 million per month and then dropping to $1.25 million per month since 2014. The company issued a statement to ArsTechnica, which didn’t refute the claims, and instead focused on what the company has done since Rubin’s departure.

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Pixel 3 hindered, Xiaomi releases first phone with 10GB of RAM, and more news for you

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Tuesday, October 23rd, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, Google slows down fast-wireless charging on the Pixel 3, Xiaomi unveils the first phone with 10GB of RAM, and more news that you need to know.

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Google handicaps fast wireless charging on Pixel 3

With the release of the Pixel 3, Google finally embraced the world of wireless charging. The company also went so far as to create a unique wireless charger with the Pixel Stand.

However, now that the Pixel 3 is in the hands of consumers, we are learning more. One user took to Reddit and shared that the Pixel 3 is capped at 5W charging speed when using third-party wireless chargers.

In comparison, when using the Pixel Stand, your Pixel 3 will charge at 10W. Google claims the reasoning for this is because “a secure handshake takes place.” Hopefully, a future software release will reverse this decision, but there’s no telling what Google will do.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Gaming Phone Announced

There seems to be a new focus on gaming smartphones, and Xiaomi is the latest to jump in the fray. The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is the latest offering, and is completely focused on gaming enthusiasts.

The device sports a 6-inch AMOLED display, coupled with dual-front-firing speakers. Under the hood, the Black Shark Helo is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, along with up to 10GB of RAM.

This inclusion marks the first smartphone released with 10GB of RAM. There are also 6GB or 8GB options for those who don’t have a bottomless wallet. Pricing for the Black Shark Helo starts at around $460 and goes up to $605.

OnePlus will release a 5G phone in 2019

Qualcomm is currently holding its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong and we have learned some exciting news. We already know that 5G will be the next big push from smartphone manufacturers, but OnePlus will be one of those companies.

Co-Founder Carl Pei revealed that it will be one of the first companies to launch a 5G-enabled phone in 2019. Testing for the upcoming 5G device started back in August.

Unfortunately, we aren’t sure when this device will be released, but we do know the 6T won’t be compatible. Qualcomm revealed there will be a device launched in H1 2019 which will likely be the first of its kind.

New ‘Home View’ features rolling out to Lenovo Smart Display

Lenovo Smart Display

A few weeks ago, Google announced a few new features would be coming to Smart Displays everywhere. One of these is the Lenovo Smart Display, and it seems those features are now rolling out.

For those who are unaware, the updates include multi-room audio support, Live Albums from Google Photos, and Home View. This last feature makes it possible to control and see all smart home devices on a single dashboard.

Lenovo has stated that the features will be rolling out to all users over the next few weeks.

Misfit Vapor 2 unveiled with the Snapdragon 2100 Wear

After being leaked last week, the Misfit Vapor 2 is now official. The Wear OS-based smartwatch comes in two different sizes at 1.2-inches and 1.4-inches.

Both versions sport 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and either 300 or 330mAh batteries. Unfortunately, the Vapor 2 is powered by the Snapdragon 2100, which is now almost 3 years old.

Pricing for the Vapor 2 starts at $250, but forgoing the Wear 3100 chipset practically makes this dead-on-arrival. You can pre-order the smartwatch from Misfit, Best Buy, and others.

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Samsung teases its foldable smartphone, bad news for Mate 20 fans, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Monday, October 22nd, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, eBay wants to pay you for your smartphone, Digital Wellbeing comes to Google Home, we get bad news about the Mate 20, and Samsung teases its foldable smartphone.

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You can now sell your smartphone instantly with eBay

It can be a pain if you are trying to quickly sell one of your “old” smartphones in order to buy a new one. While Swappa is one of the best options available, eBay is looking to bring another option to folks.

eBay has announced its new Instant Selling program for smartphones, which allows users to sell their phones immediately. However, instead of getting cash, you will actually receive a voucher which will work on eBay’s own site.

The catch with this program is that you are limited in the devices that are eligible. Currently, you can only sell Samsung devices ranging from the Galaxy S7 to the S9 Plus, provided they are either unlocked or from Verizon or AT&T. eBay plans to bring more eligible devices to the list sometime in November.

Google Home update brings Digital Wellbeing functionality

It seems that Google is really dedicating itself to helping improve the lives of its users with the new Digital Wellbeing initiative. Now that this feature is available for select Android One devices, Google is seemingly bringing it to Google Home owners.

A few Reddit users found a new section in the Google Home settings which adds a Digital Wellbeing section. From this section, you are provided with options for Filters and Downtime.

Unfortunately, there has been no mention of these features becoming available for everyone just yet. Instead, this is probably Google testing things on the backend before flipping the switch for everyone.

Huawei Mate 20 lineup will not be available in the US

Huawei Mate 20

Last week, the Huawei Mate 20 lineup was unveiled to the world, but it seems not everyone in the world will be able to enjoy these handsets. More succinctly, those interested in the Mate 20 here in the US will be left out of the fun.

Huawei confirmed to Business Insider that these devices will not be able to easily purchase the Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro. Instead, you will have to rely on the likes of GearBest or AliExpress if you absolutely must own these smartphones.

Finally, Huawei also revealed that pricing and availability for the new Watch GT will be announced “soon”. At least something good is coming to the states from Huawei.

Honor Magic 2 leak reveals Huawei P20 design with a pop-up camera

Hot off the heels of the Huawei Mate 20 announcement, Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, is set to unveil a flagship device of its own. The Honor Magic 2 has not been announced just yet, but some Chinese celebrities were able to get their hands on the upcoming handset.

In some shared images, it was revealed that the Magic 2 will look strikingly similar to the Huawei P20 lineup. However, there will be a slideout section which reveals a 16MP selfie camera, along with sensors used for 3D facial recognition.

Moving to the rear, there are a total of three cameras, with dual-16MP lenses and a 24MP sensor. Thanks to previous leaks, we have learned that the Magic 2 will sport a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with the Kirin 980 SoC and 8GB of RAM.

Honor is rumored to announce the handset sometime near the end of October.

Samsung teases release of its foldable dual-screen smartphone

For the past few years, Samsung has continued to tease everyone about a possible release of a foldable smartphone. These started back in 2012 when Samsung showed off a prototype of a flexible AMOLED display.

Unfortunately, we still have yet to see anything substantial, despite a confirmed release from CEO DJ Koh. The latest teaser comes from Samsung’s own Twitter account, which teased the reveal of a new device.

We aren’t sure that this will be the foldable smartphone, but all signs point to this being the case. This reveal is expected to take place on November 7th or 8th during the Samsung Developer Conference.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 display, ASUS ROG Phone available, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Friday, October 19th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we may have gotten a glimpse of the Galaxy S10’s display, the ASUS ROG Phone is now up for pre-order, OnePlus moves up its event, and Verizon surprises everyone.

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Samsung shows off possible Galaxy S10 Display

There are still a few smartphones left to be unveiled, but Samsung fans already have their attention turned to 2019. While many OEM’s are adopting the notch, Samsung has held steadfast with the Infinity Display unveiled with the Galaxy S8.

According to SamMobile, it seems that Samsung won’t even be considering the notch. The company unveiled its latest display technology today, which possibly gave us a look at the display for the Galaxy S10.

The shared image shows a display that does not include any notch, but includes an embedded fingerprint scanner. Obviously, we are still a few months away from the official S10 unveiling, but the rumors are going to start pouring in.

The ASUS ROG Phone is now available for pre-order for $899

After being unveiled back in June, the ASUS ROG Phone is finally nearing its US launch. The handset is priced at $900 and sports a 6-inch display, along with the Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery.

There are also two USB Type-C ports, which provide two different ways to charge the device, depending on what you are doing. To help keep the ROG Phone during those intense gaming sessions, there is a vapor chamber cooling system built-in.

Additionally, ASUS is including the “AeroActive Cooler”, which attaches to the device and helps keep everything cool. If you want to pre-order your ROG Phone, you can do so from either Amazon or Microsoft. The handset will begin shipping on October 29th.

OnePlus 6T event moved to October 29th

For a few weeks, we have known that the OnePlus 6T would be unveiled on October 30th. Yesterday, Apple inadvertently forced a change in the launch date as the company announced an iPad and Mac-oriented event for the 30th.

In an effort to stop Apple from stealing all of the headlines, OnePlus moved up its event by a day. This means that the OnePlus 6T will now be officially shown off to the world at an event in New York on October 29th.

For those who were looking to head to the event on the 30th and can’t, OnePlus is helping out. You can apply for a full refund of your ticket price, and OnePlus will be covering any extra charges incurred by changing your plans.

Verizon reverses stance on SIM Locking Pixel 3

For those who were looking to purchase the Pixel 3 or 3 XL from Verizon, some bad news broke yesterday. Verizon would begin implementing a SIM locking policy for Google’s latest device.

This prevented the devices from being used on any other networks until they were first activated on Verizon. Supposedly, the reason was to “deter theft” but there was a big uproar over this policy.

READ MORE: Google Pixel 3 XL First Impressions

In a surprising move, Verizon reached out to Droid Life and stated that the carrier would be reversing its course. Instead, you can pick up a Pixel 3 or 3 XL from Verizon and use it on any carrier immediately, the way it should be.

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OnePlus and Verizon, Digital Wellbeing updates, NVIDIA updates, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 18th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, Google brings Digital Wellbeing to Android One, Keep Notes is refreshed, the Misft Vapor 2 is leaked in its entirety, and more.

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Digital Wellbeing coming to Android One handsets

Digital Wellbeing Dashboard

With the release of Android Pie, Google introduced its new “Digital Wellbeing” initiative, along with an accompanying app. This has been only limited to Pixel devices, but Google is now bringing the app to Android One devices.

The latest update to the app on the Play Store, brings compatibility to Android One handsets. Those compatible devices must be enrolled in the beta program for Wellbeing, along with being updated to Android 9 Pie.

Google has been pretty quiet about whether this app will expand to more Android devices in the future. Until this changes, you’ll have to own a Pixel or Android One device to take advantage.

Google Keep receives Material Design 2 UI Overhaul

After being rebranded to Keep Notes on Android last month, a big UI redesign is now rolling out. Google has been slowly bringing its new Material Theme UI to various applications, and now Keep is joining in the fun.

When compared to the old version, the main background of the app is now white, and the card colors are a bit softer than before. There is also a new sidebar menu which gives you access to Notes, Reminders, Archive, Trash, and more.

The update is rolling out to users now and comes with a version number of 5.0.411.09. Users should be able to download the update in the coming days if it’s not already available.

Misfit Vapor 2 gets shown off ahead of official announcement

We are expecting to see a new fitness tracker from Misfit announced at any moment. It seems that the Vapor 2 has been leaked, revealing its overall design and a few key specs.

The listing reveals that the wearable will include a 5ATM rating, GPS, and heart rate monitor. There will also be two different screen sizes, but there will be a single band width of 20mm.

Pricing for these starts at around $265, but you can opt for a metal-link band for about $290. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that these will include the new Snapdragon 3100 Wear chipset from Qualcomm.

The OnePlus 6T could work with Verizon

The OnePlus 6T is set to be unveiled in less than two weeks and we are continuing to learn more about the device. Previous rumors suggested the OnePlus was working with T-Mobile to provide the first official carrier partnership in the US.

However, the 6T may have another trick up its sleeve as PCMag is reporting that the device could work with Verizon. According to the report, the 6T includes LTE Band 13, which is “critical for good Verizon compatibility”.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of whether Verizon is working on certifying the device. We’ll learn more in a couple of weeks when OnePlus unveils its more important device ever.

You can now control your Nvidia Shield TV with your Google Home

NVIDIA has announced a new update to the Shield TV which makes it possible to control your device with Google Home. This comes after a recent update which brought Google Assistant support to the Android TV device.

Once the update arrives, you can use your Google Home (or any other Assistant speaker) to perform various actions. These include turning the unit on or off, opening a specific app, adjusting the volume, and even more.

NVIDIA states that the update is starting to roll out today, and will be available on all Shield TV’s within the next month.

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Galaxy X is a tablet in your pocket, OnePlus bringing new gestures to 6T, and more news for you

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Friday, October 12th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we learn about Samsung’s plans for its foldable smartphone, OnePlus is bringing new gestures with the 6T, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy X will put a tablet in your pocket

Samsung’s foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid has been rumored and teased for some time. It seems that we are learning more about the Galaxy X after an interview from CNET with DJ Koh of Samsung.

In the interview, Koh stated that the device will be a tablet that you can fold up and put in your pocket. This will be advantageous for those focused on productivity, while also still working as a phone.

As for when we are expecting to see this device, Koh stated that the device will launch later this year. Considering that there are only a couple of months left, time’s running out.

OnePlus 6T to bring overhauled OxygenOS UI and more

It seems like we are learning more about the OnePlus 6T on a daily basis. The company has now confirmed which type of fingerprint scanner will be used.

Today, OnePlus has announced that the 6T will sport a “more distinct and intuitive” version of OxygenOS. This software is already regarded as one of the most popular due to how close to stock Android it is.

In addition to the brand-new UI, OnePlus is also bringing new gestures to the table. One such gesture is the ability to launch Google Assistant just by holding the power button for half a second.

These brands are joining the “Made for Google” Program

Now that the Pixel 3 lineup and new devices from Google have been announced, the company is continuing to make moves. The latest of these moves is providing an updated list of brands participating in the ‘Made for Google’ program.

For the unaware, this program was introduced last year and allows companies to get their accessories to work along with the Pixel and Google Home. The latest update brings almost 20 new brands to the program, including some familiar names.

The list includes:

– Gamevice
– Mophie
– Nomad
– Brydge
– Kensington
– Logitech
– And more…

The new Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is “always connected”

Earlier today, Samsung announced a new LTE version of its Chromebook Plus V2. This sports a 12.2-inch full HD display along with the Intel Celeron 3965Y chipset and 4GB of RAM.

Samsung has also included up to 32GB of solid-state storage, and enough battery life to get you through the day. While it matches up with the standard Chromebook Plus V2, the difference comes with the new LTE chip with the help of Verizon.

This new Chromebook is priced at $599.99, which is $100 more than the standard version. Finally, it will launch on November 2nd and will be available from Samsung, Best Buy, and Verizon.

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Google Smart Display updates, OnePlus 6T fingerprint scanner, and other news worth knowing

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Thursday, October 11th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, OnePlus confirms the 6T will not use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, Fortnite comes to Android, and Google has big plans for Smart Displays.

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OnePlus 6T will not use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

We are just a couple of weeks away from the unveiling of the OnePlus 6T. While many of the specs for the device have already been confirmed, we are still learning more.

Read more: What we know: OnePlus 6T

The 6T will be removing the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, for one that is embedded in the display. However, according to OnePlus, the device will use an optical scanner instead of ultrasonic.

We have already seen similar optical readers released in devices from the likes of Oppo and others. It makes sense that OnePlus will use the same technology due to being owned by the same parent company as Oppo and Vivo.

LG V40 already gets a big update to improve cameras

Although the LG V40 ThinQ was just unveiled on October 3rd, the handset is already getting a major update. The update primarily focuses on improving the five different cameras included on the V40.

Read More: What the critics are saying about the V40 ThinQ

The official change-log claims that there are improvements in low light image quality, low light HDR, AI camera Image Quality, white balance and brightness in outdoor conditions, and improved auto-focus performance.

Some have claimed that the update also improves upon the overall UX of the device. It’s great to see LG releasing a sizable and beneficial update even before the device is the hands of V40 fans.

Nokia 3.1 Plus announced with a 6-inch display and 2-day battery life

Nokia fans who were looking for another budget model can now rest easy. The Nokia 3.1 Plus was unveiled at an event in India, just a few days after the Nokia 7.1 was announced.

The handset sports a 6-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. Under the hood, the 3.1 Plus is powered by the Helio P22 chipset and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of expandable storage.

In the camera department, there is a primary 13MP lens and a secondary 5MP depth sensor. Finally, HMD Global has included a 3,500mAh battery.

Pricing for the Nokia 3.1 Plus begins at around $185 for the 2GB model and bumps to about $210 for the 3GB variant.

Google is bringing major updates to Smart Displays

It’s been a busy week for Google as the company has released a new lineup of devices. However, there has also been a slew of updates released for various apps and services.

Now that the Google Home Hub has been unwrapped, Google has announced big updates coming to Smart Displays. Some of the larger updates include multi-room audio, Live Albums from Google Photos, and Home View.

The most exciting of these is either the multi-room audio support or Home View. Google claims these updates will be coming to smart displays over the next few weeks.

Fortnite is now available for (almost) everyone on Android

After being released in beta-form alongside the Galaxy Note 9, Fortnite is finally available. There are some limitations as to what devices are compatible.

Luckily, Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, have a list of which devices are compatible. If the smartphone is not listed, Epic states that your device must be running Android Oreo or higher, have at least 3GB of storage and have at least the Adreno 530 GPU.

In order to get Fortnite on your device, you’ll need to head over to Fortnite.com from your Android phone and sign up for the beta. Then, Epic Games will send you an update as access becomes more available.

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Google dodges a lawsuit, Pixel Slate leaks, and other news worth knowing

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Monday, October 8th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we learn that the Mate 20 lineup will see some questionable changes. Meanwhile, the upcoming Pixel Slate has leaked, along with new video-calling devices from Facebook, and more.

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The Mate 20 will sport a headphone jack while the Mate 20 Pro, won’t

The Huawei Mate 20 lineup will be unveiled on October 16th, but unlike the Pixel 3, we are still learning more. The latest leak comes from a few case makers as it seems that one of the devices will no longer sport a headphone jack.

It seems that the Mate 20 will keep its 3.5mm headphone jack, while the port will be removed from the Pro model. These case leaks also confirm the existence of a possible IR blaster, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Other leaks have claimed that the Mate 20 will sport the Kirin 980 chipset, along with a 6.53-inch LCD display and 4000mAh battery. The Pro model will features an OLED display and an embedded fingerprint scanner.

UK high court throws out £4.4 billion lawsuit against Google

Back in May, Google was threatened with a lawsuit in the UK by a group called “Google, You Owe Us”. This lawsuit surrounded the “Safari Workaround” which allowed Google to collect private information with the use of tracking cookies.

This workaround was in use between August 2011 and February 2012 as Google bypassed the iPhone’s privacy settings. Once the data was collected, Google then separated those affected into categories to provide more targeted advertising.

The plaintiffs were seeking between 1 billion and 3 billion euros in damages for around 4.4 million affected users. However, the UK high court threw out the lawsuit due there not being enough evidence of damage to the affected group.

Facebook unveils Portal and Portal+ video calling devices

For months, Facebook has been rumored to be working on its own video-conferencing device. The company has unveiled the new Facebook Portal and Portal Plus.

The smaller Portal sports a 10.1-inch display with a sizable bezel and a 12MP front-facing camera. The camera sports an 8X zoom and a 140-degree field of view.

The larger Portal+ features a 15.6-inch 1080p display which can rotate from portrait to landscape orientation. To accommodate the larger display, Facebook has included a vertical stand.

The Portal is priced at $199, and the Portal+ is priced at $349. Both devices are expected to begin shipping in November.

Pixel Slate leaks in its entirety ahead of launch

We are expecting to see a slew of new products revealed by Google at tomorrow’s event. One such product is the Pixel Slate, which is likely to be a high-end Chrome OS tablet.

Over the weekend, the tablet leaked in a few different renders, revealing its design. There will be a camera on the front and the rear, along with dual front-facing speakers.

Additionally, Google will be unveiling a new blue Pixelbook Pen, along with a new attachable keyboard case. The Pixel Slate is expected to be powered by a Intel Core i7 chipset and up to 16GB of RAM.

Pixel 3 said to be exclusive to Verizon, again

Keeping with the Pixel theme, T-Mobile has let the cat out of the bag on another Pixel 3 feature. It seems that Verizon will keep its carrier exclusivity for Google’s new smartphones.
In a press release, T-Mobile suggested that your experience will be better with them versus being tied to Verizon. The crux of the information shared has to do with how T-Mobile sports the fastest download speeds for Pixel 2 owners.
We can only hope that T-Mobile will offer some type of trade-in deal for those wanting to use the Pixel 3 on its network.

Android Pie on the Galaxy Note 9 leaks, revealing redesign

A leaked Android Pie beta build for the Galaxy Note 9 has revealed quite a few changes. Primarily, the changes will come in the user interface, which is not all that surprising.

What is surprising is that Samsung is doing a major overhaul of how your Galaxy Note 9 will look. There will be a new dark and transparent theme included, which will work with the notification shade, quick toggles, and the Settings app.

Other Samsung apps, such as Messages and the Camera app are also being overhauled. The camera interface itself will see a new button for switching to a telephoto lens, along with a new way to access Bixby Vision and AR Emoji.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention of when Samsung will begin its new Beta Program.

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Android Pie updates, Fitbit Charge 3 coming soon, and other news worth knowing

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Tuesday, October 4th, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we see yet another Pixel 3 leak, HMD Global confirms Android Pie rollout, the Fitbit Charge 3 is coming next week, and more.

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL appear in new “Sand Pink” color ahead of launch

We already know that the Pixel 3 lineup will be unveiled on October 9th in New York. We also already know exactly what to expect from these devices in terms of design and specs.

One piece of information we weren’t privy to was which colors the phones would come in. The folks over at Android Headlines were able to get their hands on some official press renders of the devices in Black, White, and a new ‘Sand Pink’ color.

It’s not outside the realm of possibility for this to be legitimate as Google is known for releasing unique color options. Everything other than the front display panel has been made pink, and there will be a matching wallpaper included.

Nokia to begin rolling out Android Pie this month

In addition to unveiling the brand new Nokia 7.1, HMD Global also shared the expected release date for the Android Pie update. The Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus will receive the Pie update first, as the rollout begins this month.

Starting next month, the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco will begin seeing their updates. We are starting to wonder has been taking so long considering that Pie has been available for a few months.

Nonetheless, it’s great to see older devices updated to the latest version of Android and not just left collecting dust.

Fitbit Charge 3 set to launch on October 7th

The Fitbit Charge 3 was officially announced back in August, but the company failed to share its launch date. That has now changed, as the Charge 3 will launch online and in retailers on October 7th.

As a refresher, the fitness tracker sports a touchscreen OLED display which claims to be almost 40% brighter than the Charge 2. Additionally, Fitbit has stated that you will get up to 7 days of battery life on a single charge.

The standard Charge 3 is priced at $149.95, but there is a special edition which costs $169.95. The difference is that the Special Edition includes an NFC chip for Fitbit Pay.

You can now use Google Assistant to book an Uber or Lyft

An update to Google Assistant is now available which makes it possible to hail either an Uber or Lyft with your voice. Simply say “OK Google, book me a ride to…” and say your destination.

From there, you will be provided with a map of the route, along with comparisons between Lyft and Uber. Then, you can select which service to go with and get along on your merry way.

While the voice command only works in English, Google has confirmed that there are plans to include more languages “over the coming months.”

DVR controls come to YouTube TV

If you’re one of the folks who have cut the cord and subscribed to YouTube TV, there’s good news. The streaming service has opened up DVR controls for more more channels.

Some of the channels include those from AMC, Disney, Fox, and Turner. Unfortunately, there is a catch in certain instances, as specific channels offer a “VOD” edition of a show. This means that you will have unskippable ads that you must watch and can’t fast-forward through.

However, there are still plenty of channels that you can record your favorite TV shows and skip all of the commercials.

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