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Verizon sets Galaxy S10 5G date and names 20 cities, kills cheap 5G plan

Verizon today officially set the first U.S. release date for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G phone — May 16, 2019 — and named 20 additional 5G cities, while also announcing changes to its 5G data plans. The standout change: there are now only two 5G plans, down from three before, and the least expensive option is […]

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Samsung Galaxy Fold reportedly failed due to 7mm screen bezel gap

Samsung’s foldable phone-tablet hybrid Galaxy Fold suffered catastrophic failures due to a 7mm gap in the screen bezel — a hole that enables the screen to flex but also allows debris to enter the housing, according to a report from teardown specialist iFixit today. That unusual design choice dramatically limited the Fold’s longevity, the firm […]

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Apple-Qualcomm 5G settlement isn’t a simple case of winner and loser

Now that Apple and Qualcomm have settled their dispute, people are trying to pick winners and losers of this extended battle. The market has picked Qualcomm as the primary winner judging by its stock price, and that may be true, but it’s also too simplistic. Below is my analysis. Apple – Apple both lost (to […]

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Sprint’s 5G E lawsuit tarred AT&T, but didn’t help consumers

In recent years, bad behavior has increasingly gone unpunished, so it probably won’t shock anyone that wireless carrier Sprint has given up its fight with AT&T over “5G Evolution” — an allegedly deceptive mismarketing of late-stage 4G service as “5G E.” The branding infuriated competitors and allegedly confused prospective customers, but after a settlement with […]

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China Unicom moves first Chinese 5G launch up to May

Closely following the launches of early 5G networks in the United States, South Korea, and Europe, China Unicom has decided to move up its commercial 5G rollout to May 2019, accelerating the start of consumer 5G services in China. The largely state-owned carrier announced the news tonight at its Partner Conference in Shanghai alongside 5G chipmaker Qualcomm […]

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Huawei claims ‘world’s first’ 5G hardware for automotive industry

(Reuters) — China’s Huawei Technologies launched on Monday what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology. Huawei said in a statement that the so-called MH5000 module is based on the Balong […]

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Lenovo and ZTE set 5G phone launches for April and May as LG halts V50

Though the race to offer the world’s first 5G smartphone ended with the near-simultaneous launches of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G and Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod for Moto Z3, the second round of early 5G devices is coming very soon — though it’s a little unclear where and how well they’ll work. China’s Lenovo and ZTE […]

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Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm was inevitable — thanks to 5G

While virtually everyone was caught off guard by Apple’s decision yesterday to settle its two-year-long global legal battle with Qualcomm, it’s been obvious for over a year that settlement was inevitable — thanks largely to 5G. If you’ve been following our 5G coverage, the clues were all there. Apple isn’t just one of the world’s largest […]

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Apple may combine Find My Friends and iPhone apps, sell tracking tags

Apple’s longstanding location tracking applications Find My Friends and Find my iPhone are reportedly set for an imminent overhaul — a single iOS app that will also include the ability to track Apple-developed hardware tags. According to 9to5Mac, the new app will also become available on macOS as a native app for the first time, […]

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Apple reportedly plans an A13-based iPhone 8 as its 2020 small phone

Having discontinued its smallest and most affordable iPhone last year, Apple is reportedly planning a somewhat different strategy for its next small device: a refresh of the iPhone 8 with a next-generation A13 processor. That’s the latest word from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, which claims Apple will use an “old bottle, new wine” strategy for […]

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In the 5G era, here’s how phones, tablets, and laptops should converge

Like many technology writers, I spend my days switching between three different devices — a phone, a tablet, and a mostly desk-bound computer — but as VentureBeat’s resident 5G expert, I get to learn a lot about what’s coming next. As the 5G era begins, we may be on the cusp of an age of device […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and S10 5G preorders start April 12, ship April-May

Having already revealed both the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 5G at its Unpacked event in February, Samsung is almost ready ship its latest and most powerful phones to U.S. customers. The company announced today that it will take preorders for both devices starting tomorrow, April 12, and start shipping the first phones on April […]

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You can now use your Android phone as a 2FA security key for Google accounts

At Google Cloud Next 2019 today, Google announced phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and higher can now double as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key. You can thus use your Android phone to protect your personal Google account, and your G Suite, Cloud Identity, and Google Cloud Platform work accounts. (Android tablets aren’t supported […]

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Samsung shirks early adopters’ Galaxy S10 5G complaints

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G may have won bragging rights as the world’s first completely integrated 5G smartphone, but now it’s facing some serious performance complaints — problems switching between 5G and LTE networks, lower than expected speeds, and limited 5G coverage, Business Korea reports today. Compounding the problem, Samsung and three South Korean carriers are […]

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Samsung Galaxy A80 features a slide-up rotating camera

Smartphone manufacturers are going all-out to maximize screen real estate without compromising on features. And it’s against that backdrop that Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy A80, which sports a gargantuan 6.7-inch display and a camera that slides and rotates up from the rear. Over the past couple of years, mobile phone makers have tried a […]

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Swisscom debuts Europe’s first commercial 5G service with May phone launch

Now that commercial 5G networks have launched in North America and Asia, it’s Europe’s turn, and Swisscom is preparing to lead the continent with 5G deployments in Switzerland this year. Today, Swisscom and Qualcomm separately trumpeted what the latter characterized as Europe’s “first-announced commercial services” for 5G, the latest milestone in the rollout of 5G networks […]

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LG G8 ThinQ: Copy-pasta in phone form

It seems that every so often, smartphone design reaches a plateau. Bezels are smaller than ever, and monocular cameras have given way to dual- and triple-sensor modules. But handsets that truly move the needle are an increasing rarity, perhaps excepting foldable devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X. The LG G8 ThinQ falls […]

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LG says V50 ThinQ 5G will customize AI services using on-device data

LG’s upcoming V50 ThinQ 5G is about to hit stores as a more affordable alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, but it will have more than just aggressive pricing on its side. According to the Korea Herald, the company said today that the V50 will include new, personally tailored AI services that rely on the […]

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Huawei would reportedly sell 5G chips to Apple, if U.S. ban isn’t an issue

In what may be the most unlikely business deal of the year, Huawei is apparently interested in selling 5G chips to Apple — exclusively. The team-up would make plenty of sense, if it wasn’t for the continued swirling of global controversies over the security of Huawei’s 5G hardware. The unlikely prospect of a Huawei-Apple deal was […]

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2019 iPhones may grow to hold 3 cameras, AirPods charger, and new screen

Bucking a tradition of shrinking its devices, Apple’s flagship 2019 iPhones could grow a little to accommodate significant new internal components. A new supply chain report today from Japan’s Macotakara suggests that Apple will modestly rebalance the sizes of its followups to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, enabling each model to offer larger rear […]

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