Don’t expect to find BOE OLED panels in 5G iPhones soon

We know that Apple has been trying to get OLED panels for its upcoming iPhones 12 lineup from BOE, but it seems that things aren’t going so well. The latest report suggests that we won’t find Chinese OLED displays in the first 5G iPhones.

New information from Digitimes claims that BOE has failed to secure Apple’s approval of its OLED panels. This is not the first time BOE fails to pass quality tests, so this means that we won’t see these displays in the first iPhone 12 shipments. BOE screens are supposed to be included in the more affordable versions of the upcoming 5G iPhones, which include the 5.4-inch and the non-Pro 6.1-inch iPhone 12. BOE’s latest downfall includes quality issues, but it hopes to begin shipping OLED panels to Apple in the last quarter of 2020. However, Apple should still be able to launch its devices in September, as LG Display should have enough displays for these entry-level devices, and Samsung Display takes care of the higher-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro and Pro Max variants of the iPhone 12.

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Nearby Sharing – Google’s own AirDrop rival for Android – is now out in beta

Google has been working on an AirDrop like file-sharing feature called Nearby Sharing for a while now. The wait is finally over, sort of, as Nearby Sharing is now out in beta (via AndroidPolice) and is currently available for a select few users who are registered with the Google Play Services Beta testing program.

“We’re currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future. Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms,” a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying by AndroidPolice.

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Once enabled, users will see a distinct Nearby Sharing app icon in the sharing sheet, allowing users to share images, links, videos, documents, and other content. But unlike AirDrop, the recipient will also have to consent before someone can wirelessly transfer content to their phone via Nearby Sharing.

When using Nearby sharing for the first time, users will have to configure settings such as device name, visibility status, and the connectivity medium over which they want to initiate the file transfer. There will also be three visibility options – All Contacts, Some Contacts, and Hidden. However, it is unclear when this feature will be rolled out widely, but we expect it to be released with the stable build of Android 11 later this year.

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Say goodbye to June with amazing deals on the 10.2-inch iPad and more

The last day of June and we are getting some awesome deals. We start today’s deal’s with Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, which is getting a $50 discount on its Wi-Fi only variant with 32GB storage, meaning you can get yours for $279. If you want extra storage, you can get the 128GB variant that’s also getting a $50 discount, so you would have to pay $379.

The Razer Blade 15 is getting a $300 discount on its 2019 version with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage space, which means you can get it for $1,699.99.

If you’re looking for a new Chromebook, the HP 14-inch Chromebook with Touchscreen display, AMD Dual-core A4-9120 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage is available for $230 after a $50 discount on its Ink Blue or Gray color variants.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

Next up is the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite with 128GB in storage in any of its color options, which include Aura Black, Aura Glow, and Aura Red. It can be yours for $450 after a $100 discount over at B&H Photo Video.


If you want to spend less on a new smartphone, the Moto G7 Play is available for just $130 after a $70 discount. This device is also unlocked for you to use on your favorite network, and it includes 2GB RAM and 32GB storage space.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also on sale, and you can get the Silver 44mm variant for $269 after a $31 discount.

Finally, we have the Beats Solo3 headphones in black. These are currently available for $159 after a $40.95 discount. Any other color option is still selling for its regular $199.95 price tag, just so you know.

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FCC classifies HUAWEI and ZTE as national security threats

Making things even more difficult for HUAWEI and fellow Chinese company ZTE, the US Federal Communications Commission (US FCC) has designated the two as threats to national security. Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that the action has been taken in view of evidence that the two companies are a threat to the country’s communications network and have close ties to the Chinese government.

Following the order, money from US FCC’s $8.3 billion a year Universal Service Fund can no longer be used to purchase equipment or procure services from HUAWEI and ZTE, as well as their affiliates, parent companies, and subsidiaries. HUAWEI and ZTE are yet to respond, but both companies have denied the allegations of links with the Chinese government and security risks in the past.

“Both companies have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus, and both companies are broadly subject to Chinese law obligating them to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “We cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure.”

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Polar Unite smartwatch arrives with a less boring design and $150 price tag

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Polar has today launched a new smartwatch – the Polar Unite. Don’t get me wrong, it still borrows heavily from the Polar Ignite’s ancient form factor, but zests things up a little bit with more minimalist case design and a lot of colors to choose from, aside from being a few grams lighter. But the real kicker is its $150 price tag, which makes the Polar Unite more palatable.

You get a round IPS LCD (240×240 pixels) display and a 174 mAh Li-pol battery that is claimed to last up to 4 days with heart rate tracking enabled in watch mode, or up to 50 hours in training mode with active GPS. Talking about GPS though, it doesn’t have in-built GPS and offers GPS connectivity via your smartphone.

Polar’s new smartwatch brings FitSpark training guide that offers on-demand tailored workouts, sleep quality tracking, guided breathing exercises, continuous heart-rate monitoring, and more. On the aesthetics front, you can choose between a total of six silicone strap colors such as mint green, blue, white, and more, as well as leather and fiber bands in two sizes. It is already up for grabs from Polar’s official website.

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Love dinosaurs? Google Search puts them in your living room with AR view

Google Search lets you see a wide variety of 3D animals with the magic of augmented reality (AR). The search giant has now announced that it is adding 10 species of dinosaurs to the list, ranging from the terrifying T-Rex to the magnificent Brachiosaurus in your living room (if it fits) or neighborhood, complete with sounds of its roaring and footsteps.

All you have to do is search the name of a dinosaur species on your smartphone, scroll down, and tap on the ‘View in 3D‘ button in the knowledge card of Google Search. You will have the option of seeing the dinosaur fitted across your phone’s screen or gaze upon it in all its glorious size, provided it fits in the space you are currently in.

The 10 dinosaurs added to Google Search have been borrowed from the Jurassic World franchise and include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, and Stegosaurus among others. Users can also record AR videos and recreate scenes from the Jurassic World movies. But do keep in mind that this feature is only available on ARCore-enabled devices.

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Google acquires North, the maker of Focals smart glasses

Google has acquired North, the company behind the Focals 1.0 smart glasses. But the acquisition also brings some bad news – the Focals 2.0 project has been canceled and they won’t be shipping to consumers waiting for them. Unsurprisingly, neither Google nor North, have disclosed financial details of the acquisition.

Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Google’s Devices & Services division, revealed in a blog post that North will be merged with Google’s team in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. However, details about any future projects that North’s team will work upon as part of Google’s team are still under the wraps.

“Over the last while, it became clear that aligning with Google would significantly advance our shared vision,” North’s co-founders wrote in a blog post. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to join Google, and to take an exciting next step towards the future we’ve been focused on for the past eight years.”

Source: Google Blog

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Motorola Edge will be sold unlocked at $700 in the US, gets a spec bump too

Motorola Edge’s price has finally been revealed – it will cost $699.99 in the US for an unlocked unit. However, Motorola has not revealed a concrete market availability plan, except for the vague ‘summer’ release that was promised when the phone made its debut earlier this year alongside the Motorola Edge+ flagship.

Aside from the price reveal, the Motorola Edge has also received an internal upgrade. Instead of the 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage that was originally promised, the Motorola Edge will now ship with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. However, the rest of the package remains the same.

The IP54-certified Motorola Edge features a 6.7-inch FHD+ curved OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chip. There is a 64MP camera at the back, accompanied by a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens, while selfies are handled by a 25MP snapper.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platforms for wearables

Qualcomm has unveiled the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100, designed for next-generation connected smartwatches. These are based on our ultra-low-power hybrid architecture.

The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture includes:

  • A high-performance SoC with improved CPU, GPU, Memory, Cellular Modem, and camera sub-systems in 12nm low power process with dual dedicated DSPs for modem/location and sensors/audio
  • An AON ultra-low power co-processor for offloading a series of use cases including display, sensors, maps, and time
  • A stronger AON software interface to manage the interactions between the SOC and the co-processor.

Basically, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is a big processor with the small co processor and the Wear 4100 is just a big processor.

Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture is engineered to deliver significant improvements in performance, connectivity, smartness, and power. Key highlights of the platforms include:

Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform

Super-Fast Performance and Connectivity: The SoC comprises of quad-core A53 processors, Qualcomm Adreno 504 class graphics processing, faster LPDDR3 memory (750MHz), and dual ISPs with support for up to16 megapixel cameras. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is designed to deliver more than 85% faster performance, compared to Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, and enhances the overall user experience with faster app launches, concurrent use cases, smoother and responsive UX, and richer photo and video experiences.

The 4G LTE mode, based on 12nm process technology, has been significantly improved from our previous platform with a dedicated DSP, low power features such as eDRX ,platform-level power management, support for Cat 4/3/1 and single/dual antennas.

Smarter Always-On (AON) Co-Processor: Enhanced AON co-processor supports richer offloaded experiences. We have partitioned memory and performance to enable up to 64K colors (from 16 colors) and extend offload experiences to include continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep for health and wellness, faster tilt-to-make responsiveness, step counting, alarms, timers, and haptics for a more capable traditional watch mode.

Ultra-Low Power Platform: Low power optimizations include 12nm low power process technology, dual DSPs for optimal workload partitioning, support for dynamic clock andvoltage scaling, Qualcomm Sensor Assisted Positioning PDR Wearables 2.0, low power location tracking support, and an enhanced Bluetooth 5.0 architecture. These improvements are designed to deliver more than 25% power reductions across key use cases and bring extended battery life to the platform (compared to the previous platforms).

Richer, Enhanced Experiences: The hybrid platform approach brings rich, enhanced experiences across interactive, ambient, sports, and watch modes. In interactive mode, the platform supports additional immersive experiences with camera, voice assistant, and voice/video messaging. Further, in ambient mode, the increase in the number of colors from 16 to 64K and number kerning is designed to make readability crisper and offers more exciting design options. In sports mode, offloaded maps enhance the on-the-run experience. The traditional watch mode includes features such as heart rate, steps, alarms, reminders, and battery indicator, with minimal impact on performance or battery life.

Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform

Graphics and animations are now more dynamic. It comes with enhanced camera, video calls, and more. The company says the transition between the Ambient Mode to the normal mode will be more seamless.

Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform SKUs and Availability

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms come in two variants:

  • Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform which includes the main SOC (SDM429w or SDA429w) and the AON Co-Processor (QCC1110), along with the companion chips including PMIC, RF for Modem/GPS and WiFi/BT, and RFFE
  • Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform which comprises of the main SOC along with the companion chips

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) and the Wear OS by Google OS platform. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100are available and shipping now.

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OnePlus’ upcoming budget phone will officially debut as OnePlus Nord

The name of OnePlus’ upcoming budget phone has been a mystery so far, with fans torn between OnePlus Nord, OnePlus Z, OnePlus 8 Lite, and whatnot. Well, the smoke finally clears and the name has been officially confirmed – OnePlus Nord. What is Nord though? We don’t know, at least not yet.

In the first episode of its four-part documentary film about the upcoming phone, OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau revealed that OnePlus Nord will be the company’s first product below the $500 mark in the recent years. Another notable piece of information is that the phone will be sold in India and Europe.

As for fans in the US market, the company says OnePlus Nord will arrive in the hands of a select few users in the country ‘through a highly limited beta program after launch’. The video also gives us a glimpse of the phone’s design, rocking dual front-facing cameras and a flat display. It might turn out to be an early prototype design, but here it is:

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