The world of Android
Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold in Korea yesterday and the company has announced the folding smartphone will be an exclusive to EE in the UK. The Galaxy Fold 5G will be available to buy from 18th September from EE, as well as from Samsung Experience Stores.
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Huawei announced a new version of its current P30 Pro flagship phone today, which will run Android 10, the newest version of Google’s operating system. The device, which will be released on September 20, is identical internally to the current P30 Pro but has been given a new external look and colours.
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Google has released the September 2019 Android Security Bulletin, giving carriers and device makers a fresh set of patches to install. Google device firmware images have also been released to the Google Developer site. Though Google puts out the Android security patches each month, the job of actually getting the fixes to end users falls on the telcos and/or device manufacturers themselves. Those partners vary in their ability to release the patches in a timely fashion.
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Huawei has announced a new beta program for the EMUI 10 beta, which is of course based on Android 10. Interested users are able to sign up for the program and if accepted, they can test out the new EMUI 10 software on eligible devices.
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Telegram has rolled out a new update, bringing Scheduled Messages, Reminders, Custom Cloud Themes and More Privacy features.
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With the expansion of social networks, people are physically socialising less than ever. Even though this sounds weird, it’s a well known paradox. With the introduction of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other social networks, people don’t feel the need to catch up in person as they did in the days before the expansion of internet/smart phones.
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Huawei is set to unveil its new Mate 30 line of phones on Sept. 18 in Munich, though it is not clear when the devices will go on sale. What appears to be clear is that the devices will not be shipping with key Google apps and services.
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Google has officially rolled out the new Play Store design to users across all Android devices. The new design features a complete visual redesign aligning with a Material design language and introduces several user-facing updates to deliver a cleaner, more premium store that improves app discovery and accessibility for the users.
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Google has decided that it’s time to put its sweet naming convention for major Android releases to rest, switching to a numeric naming scheme which is easier to understand and communicate. Android Q will not be given an accompanying dessert name as previous versions of Android have gotten over the years.
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Google today released Android Studio 3.5, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with a specific focus on “product quality.” This release is the last one under Project Marble, the name for an initiative Google announced late last year to improve Android Studio.
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Google has announced that you can now verify your identity by using your fingerprint or screen lock instead of a password when visiting certain Google services. The feature is available today on Pixel devices and coming to all Android 7+ devices over the next few days.
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Telegram has rolled out a new update, bringing features like Silent Messages, Slow Mode, Admin Titles, and more. Users can send messages silently. To use this feature, users need to simply hold the Send button and choose to deliver the message or media without sound and the receiver will get a notification as usual, but their phone won’t make a sound even if they are not in Do Not Disturb mode.
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EE quietly opened pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Thursday, and Vodafone, with little fanfare, has now followed suit. The 5G phone is available to order on 5G plans ranging from £68 per month with £29 upfront to £81 per month with £29 upfront cost. Vodafone's 5G plans have no limits, while you have a a choice of data limits on 5g ready plans.
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BlackBerry has today rolled out the August 2019 Android Security update to BlackBerry Android devices. The Android Security Bulletin contains details of security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices.
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While proudly announcing that the company opened up pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10 5G today, EE has also quietly opened pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.
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Samsung unveiled two new versions of the Galaxy Note smartphone on Wednesday with fast 5G network connection and improved camera features. Samsung says that this is is to cater for people who want the power and functions of the Note but prefer a smaller phone.
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Google has released Beta 6 of Android Q bringing the final beta release for developers, with the official release to consumers “just a few weeks away.”