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During the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit today, OPPO announced that it will become one of the first companies to launch their flagship 5G smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in the first quarter of 2020.
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Huawei plans to use its HarmonyOS Android alternative operating system in more products next year, as it produces its first smartphones without US-made parts. The company is to expand its HarmonyOS into more of its products in 2020 with plans to release Harmony-based products both in China and internationally.
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Huawei has begun recruiting users for the EMUI 10 beta program for the Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone. The device is currently running on EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie. The EMUI 10 update will bring a host of new features to the Huawei Mate X including a refreshed user interface, a new dark mode, snappier performance, multi-screen collaboration, and Huawei’s HiCar among other features.
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Qualcomm has announced its next flagship smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 865, at its annual Tech Summit in Hawaii. Along with a handful of other announcements, its newest flagship processor has finally been named, and the Snapdragon 865 is set to power flagship smartphones in 2020 and beyond.
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Google has released the December 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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Samsung has started rolling out the stable release of Android 10, with version 2.0 of One UI, for the Galaxy S10 series in the UK. The update is kicking off with those who had participated in the One UI 2.0 beta program.
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Vodafone UK is rolling out EMUI 10 for the Huawei P30 and Mate 20 smartphones. The EMUI 10 update, based on Android 10, brings a host of new features including a refreshed user interface, a new dark mode, snappier performance, multi-screen collaboration, and Huawei’s HiCare among other features.
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BlackBerry has today rolled out the November 2019 Android Security update to BlackBerry Android devices. The Android Security Bulletin contains details of security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices.
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Users in the UAE who are waiting on the arrival of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be able to to register their interest in the smartphone on December 1st. Registration will be open from December 1st to 15th 2019, as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be available in a limited quantity.
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Huawei has officially launched its 10.8-inch MatePad Pro, Huawei's Kirin 990 SoC, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 10.8-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD screen with 540-nit brightness, up to 512GB of internal storage, a 13MP f/1.8 rear camera, and a 7,250 mAh battery with fast charging.
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Huawei has teamed up with French startup company Devialet to unveil a new speaker called Sound X. The Huawei Sound X Smart Speaker has two 3.5” subwoofers (60W in total) and uses SAM bass enhancement technology. Huawei says this is the first smart speaker with a Hi-Res certification. The bass can dive to an ultralow frequency of 40Hz, allowing you to feel the bass effect with your entire body.
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Apple has released iOS 13.2.3, which continues to improve performance and fix bugs in iOS 13. iOS 13.2.3 fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work and fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background.
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Samsung has announced a special edition Galaxy Note10+ in advance of the December 20 release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The collaboration will unite two Galaxies – a galaxy far, far away, and the Samsung Galaxy – to generate excitement for the final instalment in the Skywalker saga.
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Back in October, Huawei launched its foldable Mate X smartphone and the device is now available to buy in China. The Mate X, which unfolds to 5.8 inches wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei´s online store in China priced at 16,999 yuan (£1,900 / $2,422). Those who did not manage to buy a Mate X on Friday will get another chance on 22 November when a second batch will go on sale.
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Sony has released the list of smartphones that will be updated to Android 10, starting December 2019. Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will be the first set of devices to receive the latest iteration of Android. Meanwhile, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, will get the update in early 2020, alongside older devices like the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3.
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Apple has quietly released a firmware update for its recently launched AirPods Pro wireless earbuds. Apple launched AirPods Pro earlier this month with firmware version 2B584 and the updated version shows as version 2B588.