Items tagged with android 10

The Motorola Razr smartphone has been on the market for a few months, and has now received its most signifiant software update. The Razr Android 10 update began rolling out yesterday, and Motorola is highlighting some of the new features and functionality that the operating system update is bringing to the Quick View display on the outside of the smartphone. Motorola promises a streamlined new look and feel with significantly improved and expanded functionality for the external display. With Android 10 installed, Razr owners can call people without having to open the device by swiping left on the front display to access their favorite contacts. That feature is only available in the United States... Read more...
Apple's iPad Pro family just received a minor refresh with a slight bump in SoC performance, an additional rear camera, and LiDAR support. Long-time rival Samsung is also working on its next-generation professional tablets, and we have some fresh information on what exactly the company has in store for customers. In a new report from SamMobile, it's being reported that Samsung is developing two new Android tablets that will carry SM-T87x and SM-T97x model numbers. The former refers to new 11-inch models, while the latter refers to 12.4-inch models. This compares favorably to the iPad Pro family, which is available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch display sizes. They also put them a step... Read more...
If you see some random person out in public doing a happy dance, do not be alarmed—chances are they own a Galaxy Note 10 device and discovered they could download and install Android 10, with Samsung's One UI 2.0 on top. That's actually been an option for a bit, except now Samsung is pushing out a finalized (read: stable) build. Before you get too excited, there might still be a wait, depending on where you live. Apparently Samsung has started delivering the over-the-air (OTA) update to Galaxy Note 10 owners in Germany, and perhaps only to those who participated in the beta. This applies to both the regular version and the Galaxy Note 10+. Who knows, though—by the time you read this,... Read more...
Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, which alongside the Snapdragon X55 will power next year's flagship 5G Android smartphones. While the chip itself got the bulk of the attention, Qualcomm made another announcement that has huge implications for the mobile sector. Qualcomm announced that it will soon start delivering updates for its Adreno GPUs via the Google Play Store. This is huge news for smartphones, as GPU drivers typically are only updated once a year -- when a major Android release comes down (if at all). And even then, many OEMs don't even bother putting in the effort to ensuring that mobile GPUs are running current drivers from Qualcomm. With... Read more...
We have sung the praises of the OnePlus 7 Pro here at HotHardware before, and OnePlus is luckily running a Black Friday promotion that is knocking a big chunk off the flagship smartphone's price tag. OnePlus is already known for attractive pricing for its Android smartphones, so this particular configuration’s $699 price tag was already among the lowest for devices in its class. However, today's Black Friday sale sees the OnePlus 7 Pro discounted by $150, which brings its price down to an incredibly hot $549. Unfortunately, that price will only get you the Mirror Gray model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Almond and Nebula Blue colors are currently out of stock,... Read more...
Good news, Galaxy S10 owners, the wait for Android 10 is finally over! While the latest version of Google's mobile operating system was previously made available to certain Galaxy phone owners in beta, Samsung has begun pushing out finalized code. Depending on where you live, it may be ready now or it may take a few days. The Android 10 beta with Samsung's One UI first debuted on Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10e devices in beta back in October. Samsung had also been testing the updated OS and custom UI on Galaxy Note 10 handsets. Then earlier this month, it began rolling out to Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 devices, also in beta form. Source: SamMobile According to SamMobile, Galaxy S10+,... Read more...
In mid-October, Samsung opened up beta access to Android 10 and its new One UI for Galaxy S10 owners, notice of which came by way of an official announcement. Now a month later, Samsung is doing the same for Galaxy Note 10+ owners, only without an official announcement (at least at the time of this writing). This was first brought to attention by XDA Developers forum member tlbland0426. The user noticed Samsung had started accepting registrations for the Android 10 beta in the Samsung Members app, on unlocked Galaxy Note 10+ models in the US (SM-N975UI). According to SamMobile, beta access is also available for regular Galaxy Note 10 owners (unlocked) in the US, not just the Galaxy Note 10+.... Read more...
Without question, Google's Pixel 4 XL has been the most leaked smartphone of 2019 prior to its official launch. Heck, even Google teased the device and a key feature or two along the way, so it goes without saying, the hype was big for this fourth generation Pixel. Google tries to set the bar for Android ecosystem partners with respect to industrial design and new enabling technologies with its Pixel phones. And in fact, the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL bring with them a couple of firsts for made by Google devices, specifically a 90Hz display and wireless charging. The premise is that hopefully these new features are "done right" so to speak, or at least that the technology has matured enough to... Read more...
Google's original Pixel smartphone has enjoyed an epic run when it comes to major operating system and security updates, but the end of the road is finally in sight. Starting with November's monthly rollout of Android security updates, the Pixel is being abandoned by Google. The Pixel has been supported for a remarkably long time -- at least for an Android device -- since its original release back in October 2016. That's one of the benefits of going with Google's hardware in the Android ecosystem, and it's rare to find continual support for 3-year-old devices from its OEM partners. In fact, Google even allowed first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to upgrade to the current... Read more...
Uh oh, Samsung, we have a problem. Apparently there is an issue with the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta that Samsung recently made available to Galaxy S10 owners—it's reported the beta OS ends up locking people out of their handsets, and in some cases, forcing them to perform a factory reset to rectify the situation. The Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta has slowly been finding its way to Samsung's phones. Galaxy S10 owners got first crack at the beta, followed by Galaxy Note users. As is always the case when it comes to beta software, bugs can arise, even showstopping ones, unfortunately. According to SamMobile, the wonky update manifests when the Galaxy S10 is restarted, at which point it refuses... Read more...
Lest there be any doubt about the Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta landing on Galaxy Note 10 devices in the near future, including the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 5G, Samsung Korea confirmed it is "coming soon." This is actually the first time Samsung has come right out and said an Android 10 beta is bound specifically for the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy 10 5G. Google released the initial shipping version of Android 10 (for Pixel phones) on September 3, but as is typically the case, it takes some for its hardware partners to adopt a major new build. As it pertains to Samsung, the company announced two weeks ago that it would also be arriving "soon" on its Galaxy S10 family, including the Galaxy... Read more...
Samsung is kicking off the week with a software treat for Galaxy S10 owners—the Android 10 beta is now available to download, with Samsung's retooled One UI in tow. This means anyone who owns a Galaxy 10 series smartphone can start playing around with Android 10 ahead of its official release on Samsung phones sometime later (Google already launched a shipping version of Android 10 on September 3). This is not a total surprise. Samsung recently revealed plans to release a beta build, saying it will initially be available on the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10e. Samsung's announcement focuses on Galaxy S10 owners in the US, though it's reported to also be available in Germany and... Read more...
Last month, OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7T, which was a slightly refreshed version of the OnePlus 7 that debuted earlier this year. At the time, there was no sign of the rumored OnePlus 7T Pro, even though we had seen images and benchmarks of the device. Today, the OnePlus 7T Pro has been officially revealed, and it is pretty much what we were all expecting. The OnePlus 7T Pro continues to impress with its gorgeous 6.67-inch (3120x1440) 90Hz notch-less display. Also making a return is the pop-up selfie camera, which is missing from the OnePlus 7T, along with a vertically-arranged triple-camera setup on the back. OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition What's new is on the inside, including Qualcomm's... Read more...
When it comes to adopting the latest iterations of Google’s Android operating system, Samsung is usually one of the last major OEMs to jump on the bandwagon with its devices. While companies like Sony and OnePlus enter the fray early in beta gestation period for Android releases, Samsung is keen on taking a wait and see approach. With that being said, Samsung is now making its intentions known when it comes to releasing Android 10 to its customers. Google released the initial shipping version of Android 10 on September 3rd, but Samsung says that its very first beta is “coming soon”. At least initially, the beta will be available to the following devices: Galaxy S10e... Read more...
With Android 10, Google rolled out its own new gesture navigation, and while it's not perfect, it wants all OEMs to use it. Google is going as far as to require OEMs to hide their own gesture navigation systems from the setup wizard. The tip on this change comes in the latest version of the Google Mobile Services (GMS) agreement. One of the sections of that document outlines gesture systems specifically. Any device using GMS that launches on Android 10 will need to ship out of the box with either the classic three-button Android layout or Android 10 gestures. If the device ships with gestures by default, the three-button setup has to be an optional setting. While the updated GMS allows them to... Read more...
We're barely a week removed from the launch of the OnePlus 7T and we're already hearing word of that device's successor. In fact, we have actually have renders of what the device will potentially look like thanks to a well-known gadget leaker. The latest renders come courtesy of OnLeaks, which claims to have inside information on what the OnePlus 8 will look when it is released next year. The device actually looks largely like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but without the over-the-top pop-up selfie cameras. Likely in a move to reduce complexity (and potentially reclaim some internal space), the OnePlus 8 will allegedly instead feature a hole punch cutout in the top left-hand corner of... Read more...
Google has launched another (Go edition) version of Android for entry-level smartphones, built on top of Android 10. It's the second release of a (Go edition) build, and is "faster and more secure" than the previous release that was built on top of Android 9 Pie, Google claims. Part of that claim is tied to a new encryption scheme. Android (Go edition) is not an entirely separate OS—it's a platform designed for smartphones with 1.5GB of memory or less. It features optimizations tailored for lower end handsets to ensure a "high quality" experience without necessitating burlier (and more expensive) hardware. This is part of an broader effort to make lower cost handsets feasible. "In the last... Read more...
Android 10 was released on September 3rd and has slowly been released to a handful of devices. Now OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 users can download Android 10 too. OnePlus just released their OxygenOS 10.0 based on Android 10 and it comes with all the latest feature updates on under the hood. OnePlus’ OxygenOS 10.0 features a new UI design and more control over location permissions, a greater variety of customization options, and refreshed gaming experience. Users will be able to customize the clock style, fingerprint animation, and wallpaper on their lock screen and choose from three preset display themes. You will also be able to learn information about your music, calendar, or local... Read more...
We finally have a reveal date for the next-generation flagship smartphone from OnePlus. The company confirmed this morning that its OnePlus 7T Series of smartphones will debut on September 26th, which is a little over a week away from today. Unfortunately, the invite that OnePlus sent out to the press is very light on details, other than to reference the return of the 90Hz display that debuted on the OnePlus 7 Pro earlier this year (read the HotHardware review here). However, we're nearly certain that the OnePlus 7T Pro will be powered by the potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor that is targeted at gaming phones. According to a recent leak regarding the OnePlus 7T Series, the OnePlus... Read more...
In the infinite wisdom of Facebook, the world's largest social network felt it necessary to put a call out to Android and iOS users—practically every person with a mobile phone—to pay attention to new location controls being rolled out to their devices from Google and Apple, respectively, because simply put, "Facebook is better with location" tracking. The rather blunt blog post by Facebook explains some of the ways users might benefit when allowing Facebook to track their location, including the background when not actively using the Facebook application. "It powers features like check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community... Read more...
It appears that the rumors swirling around the web yesterday were correct: Android 10 has just been released today for Google's first-party Pixel smartphones (Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a families). This latest version of Google's mobile operating system was previously known as Android Q, and we were expecting it to be named after so sweet delicious treat like its predecessors. However, Google confirmed late last month that it was simply going with the Android 10 nomenclature. Android 10 isn't exactly a huge rethink of the most popular operating system in the world, but it does bring with it a wealth of improvements and refinements that make it easier to live with on a daily basis.... Read more...
OnePlus has made a name for itself for its steadfast mission to deliver flagship smartphones to customers with value pricing. The most recent example of this is the OnePlus 7 Pro, which offers Snapdragon 855 muscle and a notch-less display for hundreds less than the competition from Apple and Samsung. One other “plus” of going with OnePlus has been the company's close relationship with Google in getting users quick access to Android updates -- that even extends to beta versions of Android Q (now officially called Android 10). OnePlus just announced today that its OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro smartphones are getting the Android 10 Developer Preview 5, which was released a few weeks... Read more...
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