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OnePlus owners can unlock the exclusive Bhangra emote in Fortnite

OnePlus is partnering with Epic Games again — and this time, the companies are working on some Fortnite content. Owners of a OnePlus device can redeem the exclusive Bhangra Boogie emote from starting today. This comes after OnePlus 8 and 8 Plus became the first smartphones to run Fortnite at 90 frames per second. This […]

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OnePlus 8 improves mobile Fortnite with support for 90fps

Faster displays have started to find their way into mobile devices, and this is starting to have ramifications for gaming as well. The new OnePlus 8 smartphone, for example, has a 90Hz screen. This makes browsing the internet and scrolling through content look extremely smooth. I like it so much that I would prioritize a […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 promises mainstream 5G phones with 192MP cameras

Fulfilling its promise to bring the latest 5G cellular technologies to mass market consumers in 2020, Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon 690 — a more affordable mobile platform with integrated global 5G connectivity, plus a variety of higher-tier features that premiered in 8- and 7-series devices. Chief among them is support for cameras with up […]

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Verizon debuts 5G Connected Device Plan alongside Lenovo’s Flex 5G PC

Up until now, nearly all of the portable 5G cellular devices offered by major carriers have been smartphones, devices with a constant need for both voice and data to facilitate phone calls and network connectivity. This week, Verizon is simultaneously launching the first 5G PC and a 5G data plan to support it, and the […]

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Qualcomm expects all-in-one 5G XR viewers in 1-4 years, glasses in 5-10

Since Qualcomm provides chips and software for most of the world’s best known virtual and augmented reality headsets, it’s uniquely able to forecast the future of mixed reality hardware. Just ahead of this week’s Augmented World Expo, Qualcomm XR chief Hugo Swart used a Spatial holographic conference to brief media on how that future will likely […]

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Verizon finally adds 5G uploads, but promises a mild 30% bump over 4G

While Verizon’s 5G network has set download speed records in the parts of 34 cities where it’s available, the network’s small size and devices’ frequent need to fall back on 4G have continued to disappoint some potential customers. Now Verizon says it’s addressing some of those issues with a series of network improvements, most notably […]

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Apple releases final iOS 13.5 with coronavirus exposure alert support

Following an unusual beta testing cycle that began in late March and continued with renumberings in late April, Apple is today releasing the final public version of iOS 13.5, notably including features designed to limit the spread of COVID-19: exposure notifications and improved Face ID recognition of protective masks. The company is also debuting a […]

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BBB blasts Verizon for 5G ads, says coverage claims mislead customers

While rivals AT&T and T-Mobile were racing to launch nearly national 5G networks last year, Verizon oddly focused on touting rollouts at sports stadiums and arenas — places where it could show off its high-speed, short-distance millimeter wave technology. Now the Better Business Bureau’s advertising unit is taking Verizon to task for misleadingly using those stadium installations […]

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Coronavirus and 5G: New devices are coming, but will networks be ready?

Everything with COVID-19 has turned out to be more complicated than it initially seemed. Originally downplayed as little more than a flu variant with a short gestation window and a narrow ability to cause fatalities, the coronavirus has instead lurked in unknowing carriers for weeks, attacked victims of all ages, and all but shut down […]

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Qualcomm and MediaTek chase video and game fans with tweaked 5G chips

Up until COVID-19 cases began to spread across the globe, 2020’s 5G device sales estimates were universally strong — much higher than 2019, and well on the way to establishing the next-generation cellular standard as a must-have smartphone feature. Though the pandemic has chilled retail sales in some countries, all signs continue to point to strong […]

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T-Mobile touts standalone 5G firsts with top modem and network vendors

To get 5G hardware into the marketplace more rapidly, standards organization 3GPP and leading hardware makers launched “non-standalone 5G” — a version of 5G that can achieve much faster download speeds than 4G, but still depends on some 4G network hardware, limiting its overall performance and potential. Today, T-Mobile announced a number of major steps […]

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Here’s why an affordable 5G iPhone is the only right move for Apple

It’s an understatement to call Apple broadly misunderstood. Yesterday, despite a 4.8% U.S. GDP decline, Apple somehow beat analysts’ consensus expectations by roughly 8%, miraculously growing its quarterly revenues year-over-year despite a global pandemic and near-complete shutdown of its physical stores. None of the analysts — paid professional Apple-watchers — had predicted an increase, proving that […]

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HTC launches Vive Sync app to let remote teams collaborate in VR

HTC has launched a virtual reality (VR) collaboration and meeting app to capitalize on the rapid shift to remote working brought about by COVID-19. Vive Sync, as the new app is called, debuted back in 2018, and the Taiwanese tech company has been piloting the service with a number of clients since then. Today, Vive […]

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Strategy Analytics: More 5G phones shipped in Q1 2020 than all of 2019

Despite economic slowdowns related to the coronavirus, consumer interest in 5G cellular technology apparently hasn’t subsided. The latest evidence comes from market research firm Strategy Analytics, which reports that shipments of 5G phones in the first quarter of 2020 alone outstripped all of 2019’s 5G phone shipments, thanks in large part to strong demand from Chinese […]

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Motorola Edge+ promises 4Gbps speeds — if 5G mmWave networks catch up

Since Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips and other widely available components now power almost all of the world’s 5G smartphones, individual OEMs are trying to find ways to make their devices stand out. So Motorola is launching its Edge+ phone with a familiar trick: promising insane peak speeds, even if current 5G networks aren’t yet able to […]

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Apple debuts 2020 iPhone SE with 4.7-inch screen and A13 chip for $399

Though Apple generally releases flagship-class iPhones each September and discounts older models to meet demand for more affordable devices, it occasionally creates a semi-new device to fill an upcoming size gap in its lineup. That’s the reason for today’s announcement of the 2020 iPhone SE, which like its 2016 predecessor is designed to meet demand for a […]

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Samsung’s $500 Galaxy A51 5G targets budget-conscious users

While Samsung’s Galaxy S-series 5G phones have targeted premium smartphone customers, the South Korean company has used A-series devices to push higher-speed 5G technologies into the mainstream. So while today’s announcement of the midrange Galaxy A51 5G and Galaxy A71 5G isn’t surprising, their price tags will likely help the consumer electronics giant win over […]

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Oppo claims world’s first phones with 5G VoNR video and voice calling

In the 4G era, the cellular industry prioritized rolling out higher-speed data transfers over upgrading traditional phone calls, leading to comparatively late and under-coordinated launches of “Voice over LTE” (VoLTE) telephony services. As 5G networks and devices spread across the world, the same scenario appears set to play out again: Chinese phone maker Oppo said […]

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HTC is selling a standalone Vive Cosmos headset and tracking faceplate

The Vive Cosmos had a shaky start, but HTC has made a lot of improvements to its latest VR headset. And those updates (which I’ll cover soon) may make you want to pick one up to play games like Half-Life: Alyx. This is especially true if you already own the original Vive. To encourage those […]

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Global smartphone sales fell 14% in February due to coronavirus

(Reuters) — Global smartphone sales tumbled 14% in February as the coronavirus spread in China and overseas, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday, a likely harbinger of more declines as outbreaks worsen in many parts of the world. The outbreak prompted Apple and other smartphone makers to shut their China stores in February and government data […]

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Japan’s top carriers announce 5G launches as 2020 Olympics face delay

Although Japanese carriers originally planned to roll out 5G networks and services to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July, trade wars and accelerated global 5G launches created some uncertainty around the scope and timing of Japan’s commercial 5G launch. This week, as the Olympics themselves face a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan’s top carriers are […]

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Nokia adds 5G to worldwide IoT network, lets carriers test new sensors

Nokia may be best known for cellular phones, but in recent years, the Finnish company has focused on networking hardware — the radios and infrastructure that connect cellular devices to the internet. Today, Nokia announced that it’s augmenting its Worldwide Internet of Things Network Grid (WING) with new 5G capabilities, enabling cellular carriers to offer […]

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OnePlus commits $30 million to 5G development

OnePlus is committing $30 million to “scale up and upgrade” its 5G research and development efforts. The announcement comes in the same week as the Chinese smartphone maker confirmed that it would be going all-in on 5G with its next flagship smartphone lineup. “5G is a top priority in our product strategy,” OnePlus cofounder and […]

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Here’s why coronavirus fears may delay Apple’s 5G iPhones — again

Two weeks after I wrote that coronavirus fears — not the virus itself — could seriously damage the tech industry this year, the world is officially in the midst of a full-blown panic over COVID-19. Back then, 82,000 people had been infected and 2,800 had died; today, nearly 112,000 people have been infected and 3,900 […]

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Nreal Light AR glasses add Clay AIR hand tracking, hint at 5G gaming

As Nreal moves closer to the consumer launch of its Light AR glasses, it’s continuing to bolster the wearable’s software capabilities with features that will appeal to end users. Today, the company announced that it’s adding Clay AIR’s high-fidelity optical hand tracking solution to the glasses, as well as expanding the platform’s cellular carrier support […]

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Elisa demos 5G remote vehicle controls and architectural 3D on phones

Last month’s cancellation of the mobile industry trade show MWC 2020 deprived European carriers of the opportunity to show their latest 5G innovations to a global audience, but Finland’s Elisa — one of the world’s earliest 5G carriers — has opened a 5G Showroom in Helsinki to preview next-generation cellular applications to customers. Surprisingly, they’re […]

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HTC reveals Exodus 5G Hub, a secure router that can run a Bitcoin node

HTC created one of the first 5G hotspots with the original HTC 5G Hub, a portable router that looked and worked more like a thick smartphone — down to its touchscreen, full Android 9 operating system, and 4G/5G-backed Wi-Fi services, all running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. Today, HTC is announcing the Exodus 5G Hub, […]

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Gartner: Smartphone sales fell in Q4 2019, with mixed fortunes for Apple and Huawei

Total global smartphone sales fell in Q4 2019, though both Apple and Xiaomi recorded small year-on-year (YoY) increases. New figures from Gartner indicate that consumers bought 406.6 million handsets in the last three months of 2019, compared to 408.5 million on the corresponding period a year earlier. Perennial smartphone leader Samsung sold marginally less units […]

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Apple agrees to $500 million iPhone throttling settlement, $25 per device

(Reuters) — Apple has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries. The preliminary proposed class-action settlement was disclosed on Friday night and requires approval by U.S. District Judge Edward Davila […]

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Sony’s 5G Xperia 1 II is more a showcase than a contender

While the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi now garner the lion’s share of the global smartphone market, a number of other players continue to build mobile devices for those looking for something a little “different.” One such company is Sony, and the veritable veteran of the mobile phone sphere today unveiled its first […]

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