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  1. HTC 5G Smartphone On Its Way

    HTC 5G Smartphone On Its WayOnce upon a time, in the heady, early days of smartphones, HTC was the biggest Android smartphone maker around.

    But that seems forever ago. These days HTC has mostly been flying under the radar, letting Apple and Samsung hog the spotlight. But with their recent announcement, HTC seems poised to push its way into the spotlight once again. Check out this article from XDA Developers:

    According to most observers, HTC’s focus is no longer on the smartphone market as it now prioritizes other ventures such as VR, but the company kept saying multiple times that it wasn’t dead. In a strange turn of events, HTC’s new CEO, Yves Maitre, has now said in an interview that HTC is planning to launch a 5G phone this year.

    Maitre is the new CEO of HTC since September 2019. He said that 2020 will be a year with many development opportunities in the Taiwan market, especially in 5G connected applications and the development of virtual visual content driven by 5G connected applications. HTC will invest more aggressively this year for two reasons. Firstly, it plans to launch its first 5G-connected phone, and secondly, it wants to invest in virtual vision applications.

    Clearly HTC has not given up on its smartphone production, and is in fact pushing forward to keep pace with all the major manufacturers in their pursuit of 5g hardware.

    Android Headlines website goes in-depth trying to determine just what exact HTC may be thinking its future will be:

    Now, 5G was arguably the most interesting part of Cher Wang's statement, as she did mention that HTC is working on a 5G-enabled smartphone, but that the company's phone will not launch before the second half of the year. She also added that the company is taking 5G seriously, but that it wants to provide consumers with the best experience possible, and the company does not think that the market is mature enough for a 5G-enabled phones, which may as well be true, as 5G will become a thing at the end of this year, once carriers start offering such speeds, but it will not become a standard anytime soon.

    You can read the rest of that article right here. In the meantime let us know in the Comments if you're excited for the new hardware from HTC!

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  2. Head-To-Head Challenge: iPhone 11 vs Galaxy S20

    Head-To-Head Challenge: iPhone 11 vs Galaxy S20Call it the Battle of the $999 Smartphones.

    Apple Insider put the flagship smartphone models, one built by Apple and the other by Samsung, in a side-by-side comparison to see which one comes out on top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for the most part, the two models have a whole lot in common except for battery size, screen resolution and RAM, all of which are better with the Galaxy device.

    The article goes into great detail, especially when comparing the digital cameras:

    As mentioned before with the auto switching camera formats, Apple tends to be great at taking the wheel when users should be focused on the task at hand. The Retina Display with True Tone all just works, and by default without sacrificing another spec to do so.

    The best example would be Apple's own multi camera system. Apple's cameras are fully calibrated and color matched in factory so that photos and videos all look great without abnormalities or differences between individual units.

    Samsung's Galaxy S20 has four different cameras and all offer different specs and experiences. A difference in philosophy between the companies are why these things are so different between the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20, and it will be up to users to decide which approach they like more.

    Read the entire article here and get a complete break down, piece by piece, function by function; learn exactly what you get from Apple for $1000 compared to what you might expect from Samsung for the same price.
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  3. How Many Folds Can Your Foldable Phone Fold?

    How Many Folds Can Your Foldable Phone Fold?Foldable phones are now all the rage, but what are you really getting for your money? The technology is so new it's difficult to gauge how long these new hardware designs might be expected to last.

    Recently, Business Insider put two of these new foldable smartphone models against each other in a straight fold-to-fold competition.

    They compared the $2000 Samsung Galaxy Fold and the $1500 Motorola Razr. Given the price difference it's not outrageous to think the two phones might perform differently. But there is perhaps a very large difference between the two given the $500 price difference.

    To be fair, Business Insider admits the robot they use to conduct these tests is "brutal" and much more severe in its process than any human user is likely to be:

    Both the Galaxy Fold and the new Razr are more likely to survive a little longer in your comfy padded hands than in the machine's cold hard metal and plastic. And if you unfold your phone with the same force as the machine, then maybe foldable smartphones aren't for you.

    Still, it's true that foldable smartphones have more points of failure with the hinge and folding screen than traditional slab-style smartphones. Plus, foldable smartphones are still brand new, and it'll unsurprisingly take time to develop hinge and foldable-screen technology that's durable enough for smartphones — devices we use multiple times a day.

    You can read the entire Business Insider article here to learn the exact number of folds each phone endured before failure. Let us know in the Comments in your plan to buy a foldable phone, or whether you already have.

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  4. Your Phone Is Disgusting

    Your Phone Is DisgustingA recent Fox News article detailed the many ways your smartphone would totally gross you out if you knew just has filthy, disgustingly dirty it actually is.

    Once upon public telephones were considered the grossest things people had to touch on a fairly regular basis. For those of you who are unaware, before smartphones (Say, 25 years ago) if you were out and needed to call someone you would look for a public telephone. It might have been in a telephone booth (Which was this tiny glass room, positioned on sidewalks and street corners with a telephone inside) or it might have been in a hotel or restaurant lobby. You would drop in a quarter to make a local call (It used to cost even less--like a nickel or a dime--but when they went extinct it cost a quarter.)

    So it's understandable to think that these public access phones, with countless hands all over them and countless mouths breathing into them, were once the dirties things around. But now that we carry our phones with us everywhere, and for some of us that means EVERYWHERE, we have created mobile bacterial nightmares that we carry with us all the time.

    Here's what Fox uncovered:

    Here are five disgusting habits to avoid, according to the survey of the daily cleaning habits of 1,200 U.S. residents over the age of 18.

    • A whopping 88 percent of people surveyed admit to using their phone in the bathroom.

    • An overwhelming 89 percent said they used it while cooking.

    • A sizeable 41 percent put their phones in their mouth when their hands aren’t free.

    • Approximately 1 in 4 people (23 percent) have never cleaned (wiped down) their phone.

    • While 89 percent use their phone on public transportation, Baby Boomers are twice as likely (39 percent) as millennials (23 percent) to not wash their hands after traveling on public transportation.

     

    You can read even more disgusting facts about smartphone use in the rest of the article right here. In the meantime, tell us the truth in the Comments: Do you use your smartphone while you use the bathroom?

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  5. Motorola Taking Preorders for Foldable Razr

    Motorola Taking Preorders for Foldable RazrMotorola fans rejoice! The company announced this week it will begin taking preorders for its Foldable Razr model smartphone on January 26.

    That's just days away from now, no if you've been intching to get your hands on one of the latest Motorola models, your first chance is just around the corner.

    Endgadget Associated Editor Mariella Moon on Yahoo! News broke the story on Thursday:

    Motorola's new Razr phone has a foldable display, which allows it to be a modern smartphone with a full-sized screen while staying true to the Razr's flip form factor. It doesn't have the latest and greatest flagship components -- Motorola admits it's a "design-first" device -- and will set you back $1,500.

    You can read that complete story here. They have a few more details about the new foldable Razr including some upcoming potential rivals.

    Let us know in the Comments if you're excited for the new foldable Razr and whether or not you'll be pre-ordering.

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  6. Is The Lightning Port Going Away Forever?

    Is The Lightning Port Going Away Forever?The lightning port was one of those "love it or hate it" type of changes that made Apple a household name.

    Apple’s proprietary charging and connection cable has always been a point of contention for users. There's really no reason for it, although Apple says it improves charging and connection. Really it's always been more about Apple forcing its customers to buy every single product from them, and only from them.

    But now that seems likely to change. Apple might be forced to switch to a universal standard.

    Lifehacker.com has a great story on it:

    Members of the European Commission will vote on whether to force all tech companies to adopt a single charging method that will be universal across all devices and manufacturers, including Apple’s.

    According to the BBC, the European Commission has been trying to implement a single charging port standard across all devices for over a decade. There have been numerous attempts to bring Apple into the USB fold, but this upcoming vote would be the final nail in the Lightning cable’s coffin, and could also close legal loopholes that allowed Apple to continue using Lightning ports despite agreeing to move toward USB.

    They go into detail about the case and about how this ruling might impact consumers in the future:

    If the vote passes, it will mark the end of the Lightning charger era. Apple won’t be able to sell its products in the EU without adopting USB-C (likely), and that change will affect any products it makes and sells in the US and other countries. That means your next iPhone will probably use USB-C or wireless charging and not a Lightning port.

    There are still a lot of unknowns including what the eventual ruling will be. If you want to find out exactly what's at stake and when it will all be decided, read the rest of the LifeHacker.com article right here.

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  7. Samsung Embraces 21st Century with 'Selfie Type'

    Samsung Embraces 21st Century with 'Selfie Type'You need to send an email on your phone. it's going to be lengthy. You grab your Galaxy, set it vertically on the nearby table, and pout your hands out as if you're sitting at a type writer.

    Then you pretend to type on your imaginary keyboard while the actual letters and words and sentences appear in an email on your phone.

    It's amazing, but it isn't magic. Samsung says it will use the selfie camera to actually capture where your hands and fingers are, and acclimatize to where you feel the different letters are, and then let you type by just pretending to type.

    According to users at CES 2020 the technology is fully realized and actually works really well. TomsGuide has a great story on it with lots of details:

    Selfie Type doesn’t require any peripheral and doesn’t project anything. Instead, it uses the Galaxy’s camera to simply track your hands as you memory type. According to the information posted by a user in Samsung’s community site, “Selfie Type is a technology that utilizes the front camera and AI to analyze finger position and type without physical buttons.”

    According to the source, who claims that Samsung will introduce it at CES 2020 this week, only English is currently supported. It seems pretty simple: just put your phone or tablet on a vertical position — or, if you have a Galaxy Fold, set it up in L-mode — and start typing with your fingers pretending you are hitting actual keys. Selfie Type appears to support gestures too, like pinching the air to send a message.

    You can read more about exactly how 'Selfie Type' will work in this article by TomsGuide right here.

    Check out this video and let us know what you think--are you excited or frightened?

     

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  8. What 10 Years Will Do To Your Smartphone

    What 10 Years Will Do To Your SmartphoneHappy New Year!

    As 2019 ends and 2020 begins we mark the beginning not just of a new year, but also a new decade. For better or worse, we have the roaring 20's (again.)

    The folks at TechRadar.com decided now was a good time to prognosticate about what we might see in smartphone technology for the NEXT decade (2030.)

    It's a pretty cool, in-depth look at what are natural extrapolations of where the technology has gone up to this point, and how that indicates where it is likely to go in the future.

    While you may think the future will bring you phones with plenty of smartphone cameras, far more so than now, that might not end up being the case: there are only so many different kinds of lens, so we’ll soon reach a point where adding more lenses adds nothing new.

    No, in fact, the real change will likely be megapixel count – at the end of 2019 the highest resolution in a smartphone is 108MP in the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, but it looks like a number of phones in 2020 are gearing up to match that. In 10 years, though, that number could be through the roof.

     

    They make a few interesting predictions for the next decade, but it does make us wonder if we won't hit those marks even sooner as companies continue to attempt to one-up each other in terms of the next Big Thing.

    Read the entire TechRadar article here and let us know what you think the next decade will bring for our smartphones.

     

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  9. New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!

    New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!If you got a new Android smartphone this past Christmas (and millions of you did) then you no doubt want to immediately start downloading apps (if you haven't already.)

    But which apps are the best? Just as you might have already guessed, someone has written a nice article detailing exactly which apps to download first.

    9to5Google.com had a great little article which includes a review of the new Google SMS tool:

    In the US at least, messaging has traditionally been a sore point of Android smartphones. Thankfully, Google has been hard at work trying to fix that in recent months and now, the solution known as RCS (Rich Communication Services) is available to every Android smartphone in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom too.

    How can you get RCS on your device and, more importantly, what’s the benefit? The benefit, firstly, is that RCS is much more capable than SMS/MMS. Pictures can be sent in higher quality, typing indicators, and more all arrive with RCS. Group chats also get a huge upgrade too. Basically, RCS is like Apple’s iMessage, but for Android phones.

     

    You can read the rest of the 9to5Google.com article right here.

    New Android Smartphone? There's An App For That!And if you have a new iPhone, then check out this article from TheVerge.com specifically for you:

    If you’re lucky enough to have unwrapped a new iPhone as a holiday gift this year, you’ll probably want to install some new apps on it. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some suggestions. We’ve divided them into two types: great apps that are just generally fun or useful to have on your phone, and apps that you should download to replace the default ones that Apple ships on your iPhone.

     

    You can read the rest of that article right here.

     

    In the Comments below let us know what the first app you downloaded to your new phone was, and why!

     

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  10. Best Smartphone of 2019?

    Best Smartphone of 2019This has been a busy a year for smartphone manufacturers - and consumers. new releases from Apple )of course) but also Samsung, and OnePlus and a half dozen others you may or may not have heard of.

    It seems everyone has a favorite smartphone brand. Apple and Samsung may be household names but they are hardly the only smartphone manufacturers. The world is a big place and there are manufacturers developing phones you will never see.

    But, the major players are the ones to watch. And Tom's Guide has been watching them. In fact, they rounded up the year's best and put them together into a nice year-end review:

    With so many smartphones vying for your attention, it's not easy to pick the best phone. Tom's Guide reviews dozens of new handsets each year, and we evaluate them in our lab and in the real world based on design, features, performance, camera quality and battery life.

    We also perform in-depth face-offs between flagship phones to decide on our best phone rankings. But not everyone has the budget for a flagship, which is why we also provide recommendations for cheaper phones.

    Our best phone list has something for everyone, whether you prefer Android or iOS, a big-screen phone or small phone or you want to save some money by going with an older phone.

     

    You can read the entire article in Tom's Guide right here. In the Comments below let us know what your pick is for "Best Smartphone of 2019".

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