Galaxy S21 combos, Smart TVs, Chromebooks and more are also on sale

We are still getting some amazing deals on new Samsung devices. The latest bundle may be of your interest since B&H is currently offering a new Samsung Galaxy S21 bundled with Samsung The Sero LS05T 43-inch HDR 4K UHD Smart QLED TV for $1,798. This deal gets you an unlocked Galaxy S21 with 128GB storage, an awesome Smart TV with portrait/landscape rotation, and a $1,000 discount. You can get the same combo but with a Galaxy S21 Ultra for $2,198, with the same $1,000 savings.

However, you can also get your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S21 with up to $700 savings if you go to Samsung.com. Of course, things aren’t as simple. To get the $700 discount, you have to trade-in an eligible device. You will then be able to get the vanilla Galaxy S21 starting at $100, the Galaxy S21 Plus for $300, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500. Now, goodies don’t stop there, as you can get up to $200 instant credits to use towards watches, earphones, and more when you pre-order your device. You will receive a free Galaxy SmartTag, and you will also get to enjoy four months of YouTube Premium for free. With those savings, you can also grab a new TV, as the Hisense 55-inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV is currently selling for $478 after a $50 discount. Just remember that the Galaxy S21 pre-order period will be over in two days, so you may want to hurry.

There are more smartphone options to choose from. First, we will mention the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 that can be yours for $1,000 after a $1,000 discount. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Z Flip 5G are also on sale, and you can get them for $300 and $450, respectively, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Series 20 can also be yours starting at $450 for the vanilla variant the $750 to go Ultra.

That’s not all, we keep getting deals on the Google Pixel 4a 5G, and now you can get it for as low as $410 over at Best Buy if you activate the phone today. If you want to activate it later, you can get it for $459, which matches Amazon’s option that gives you a $40 discount.

    Google Pixel 4a 5G

    Finally, we find the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 2-In-1 Laptop with a 14-inch Full HD Touchscreen with an Intel Core M3-8100Y processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage space for just $485 after an $84 discount. You can also get the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 2-in-1 Laptop for $900 with a $100 discount, and you’d get an Intel Core i5 processor, 512GB storage space, a fingerprint scanner, and more. Or get the Core i3 version with 128GB storage for $700 with the same $700 discount.

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    Google will turn some offices into vaccination sites while Maps will help find one

    In a bid to lend support to the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Google has today announced that it will open some of its buildings, open spaces, and parking lots to be used as vaccination sites. The company is joining hands with health care provider One Medical and public health authorities for turning some of its sites into vaccination spots, starting with Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area in California, Kirkland in Washington and New York City, with plans of expanding the initiative to a national scale. 

    Google is pledging $150 million towards vaccine education and equitable distribution

    Google CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in a blog post that the company is setting aside an amount of $150 million that will go towards promoting vaccine education and ensuring equitable distribution. “Today, we’re announcing an additional $100 million in ad grants for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization, and nonprofits around the globe. We’ll invest another $50 million in partnership with public health agencies to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information,” Nadella wrote.

    Google Maps and Search will help with the vaccination drive

    The search giant has also announced that in the coming weeks, Google Maps will show COVID-19 vaccination locations, and the same will be available via Search as well. Vaccination spots will first start appearing on Google Maps for Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with additional states set to join the list soon. Following is an image that shows how vital information about COVID-19 vaccination will be accessible on Search as well as Google Maps: 

    Image: Google

    Users will also get information such as the requirement for an appointment prior to getting vaccinated, if they qualify to be in the group that is eligible for vaccination in that phase, and more. Furthermore, the company plans to launch a “Get The Facts” initiative that will help users get access to authoritative information from reliable sources about vaccination across its Search platform as well as YouTube. 

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    Pocketnow Daily: M1X MacBook Leaks: EVERYTHING We Wanted? (video)

    Gaming monitors, Marshall Bluetooth speakers, and more accessories are on sale

    iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S21 and more phones on sale today

    Looking for gaming peripherals? There’s a ton of Razer deals available right now

    And yes, let’s end the week, as we end ever week, with Deals, and it actually begins with the ones you should not let go by. The Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings. For example, if you get the Galaxy S21 it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify. In the case of the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. I know, it’s crazy. If you’re looking to protect your new Galaxy, SUPCASE is still our go-to choice for rugged cases and we’ll leave links for both Amazon and SUPCASE.com. Where you can use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. If you want an older devices, the S20 FE is available for $350, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have a device for trade-in. If you’re looking for an iPhone, Verizon currently has the 11 Pro for $400, leaving it at $599 on an installment plan. The OnePlus 8T is available on a Buy One Get One Free deal for 50% off, meaning you can get two entry level models for $1124. Finally, the Google Pixel 3 XL is available for just $300 over at B&H, if you want a great camera. We have more deals on Razer peripherals, LG smartphones and more.

    Honor could launch smartphones with Google Mobile Services

    Let’s move on to Honor, and a positive note for a change after all the mess that was 2020 for them. Recently, Huawei announced the sale of the Honor Brand due to “tremendous pressure” from the sanctions they’ve been imposed by the US. Well, a new report from a Russian publication claims that Google Mobile Services might be making a comeback to Honor devices, as they are no longer a Huawei subsidiary and, the sanctions imposed on Huawei don’t apply. The report claims that GMS could come back to Honor smartphones this Spring and the company has reportedly been working on two new lineups with support for GMS. This means that the new devices getting launched by Honor will no longer have Huawei’s App Gallery pre-installed, but older devices still won’t have access to GMS. They are currently preparing the Honor V40 which will debut on January 22 but, this one most likely won’t support Google Services. It is said to bring the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, 8GB of RAM and 128GB with Android 10 running on Magic UI 4.0. We’ll see how this evolves as, this is kinda huge for other markets like Latin America now that Google Services are back.

    LG’s smartphone business could be handed over to a Vietnamese manufacturer

    LG’s new rollable smartphone could be canceled before its possible launch

    Moving on to LG and more of a negative news, the rumors of the company selling their mobile division just got worse. On the last Pocketnow Daily we talked about how the company might sell or downsize their smartphone division due to losses over the years. Well, a new report claims that LG Electronics might want to sell their smartphone business to Vietnamese Conglomerate, Vingroup Co. This company is actually an ODM for LG and has been producing smartphones for them since 2018, being the third largest manufacturer in Vietnam after Samsung and OPPO. This company has a market capitalization of $16.5B and they reportedly want LG’s business in the United States, as they own 12.9% of the market on this side of the pond. Moving on to another report, at CES LG shared some teasers of their rollable smartphone which would debut in September. However, the Korea Herald reports that LG might pull the plug on the Rollable. The cause is that the Wing has sold less than 100K units since it launched, being considered a financial failure. And now, insiders are doubting that the Rollable might make it to the market, because of the hefty price tag. They claim that even if it outperformed the Wing, it might not be enough to keep the whole division alive. We hope that LG manage to turn things around as, they don’t make the best smartphones but they did pioneer a lot of what we see today, and now their more experimental phones are also great to see.

    iPhone 13 again rumored to flaunt a smaller notch, upgraded camera for Pro models

    I feel like every year we hear a ton of rumors of what we’re getting with the next iPhones and half of them don’t happen but, this year everything seems so consistent. According to a new report from DigiTimes, a ton of the rumors we’ve been hearing about will be happening. First off they mention that the notch will be shrinking down thanks to a Face ID redesign. However, they claim that it will only shrink vertically, while maintaining the same width. The report also adds that the smaller iPhones, meaning the 13 and the 13 mini, will come with superior CMOS Image sensors, the ones we currently have on the 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max. These sensors will reportedly be supplied by Sony and Apple will continue using the same 7-element system we currently get. Finally, the report also reiterates on the fact that all of the iPhone 13 family will bring sensor shift image stabilization which is currently exclusive to the 12 Pro Max. So once again, 2021 is sounding like an S year for the iPhones. The cause is that the Wing has sold less than 100K units since it launched, being considered a financial failure. And now, insiders are doubting that the Rollable might make it to the market, because of the hefty price tag. They claim that even if it outperformed the Wing, it might not be enough to keep the whole division alive. We hope that LG manage to turn things around as, they don’t make the best smartphones but they did pioneer a lot of what we see today, and now their more experimental phones are also great to see.

    Samsung could be prepping to launch a cheaper, 4G Galaxy S21

    You know, it’s funny but I seriously thought the S21 was like this year’s S20 FE, but it seems there’s a broader plan behind that. See, last year, when 5G wasn’t the norm yet, Samsung announced the S20 5G, but kept an LTE model with the Exynos for regions where 5G isn’t really available just yet. This year with the Exynos 2100, the company put 5G modems on all models. Well, a 4G variant of the Galaxy S21 was just certified by Bluetooth SIG with two different model numbers. Now, this could mean two things. Either Samsung is already working on the Fan Edition for this smartphone, or this is just a less expensive variant of the phone with no 5G support. Either way, this should be less expensive than the flagship model but, we don’t know if Samsung plans to downgrade the processors and other specs since they won’t be adding 5G. AS a recap of the specs, this means a 6.2-inch display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a similar camera array at the back. We know that it’s pretty early for Samsung to be working on the FE variant for this phone and that this might not be the case at all. Regardless, for those asking if the $100 price difference between the S20 FE and the S21 is worth it, I say it is.

    Story of the day:

    Next MacBook Air: Thinner, lighter, smaller, more powerful

    Upcoming MacBook Pro could have a microSD card slot

    Face ID support on iMac isn’t coming soon

    And finally the hottest news today have to do with Apple. Let’s talk Macs as we’re currently expecting the next generation of Apple Silicon Macs and, we actually have a report for three separate line-ups here so bear with me. Let’s start with the upcoming MacBook Air as, a new report from Mark Gurman claims that the next MacBook Air will be a higher-end model and it will bring Apple’s MagSafe Charging technology and next-generation Apple Silicon processor. He also claims that Apple is considering making the laptop smaller, by shrinking down the bezels in the display, but it will still be a 13in panel. Apparently, there’s also some rumors of a 15in MacBook Air with 4 USB-C ports.. Finally.. But this isn’t certain at all. Since the MacBook Air was just refreshed, we’ll most likely see the changes Gurman mentioned until 2022, hopefully with 16 and 32-core processors. As for this year and moving on to the MacBook Pro, Gurman claims that the company is planning to bring back the SD Card Slot, which makes a TON of sense considering how Apple caters to content creators. The report also reiterates on details we’ve heard before, like the fact that it will feature a brighter panel, with higher contrast and that the Touch Bar is going away. Finally, we’re expecting a huge redesign for iMacs this year and one of the rumors was that we would get Face ID with this new design. Well, Gurman claims that it won’t happen, at least not for the models launched this year. So yeah, we should expect these iMacs and MacBook Pros around the middle of the year, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2022 for that higher end MacBook Air which sounds very enticing considering the Apple Silicon rumors.
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    Google Search is getting a redesign on mobile

    Google is giving the search experience on mobile devices some aesthetic upgrades. Actually, the changes are quite minor, but they are said to retain the familiarity aspect with Google’s signature design language while also making tweaks such as updated font, more subtle use of colors, and putting the important information at the center so that users can easily find it. Starting with the font, it will now look similar to what you see by default on Android devices and across products such as Gmail, adding a dash of consistency to the whole design language.

    Bigger and bolder text in a familiar Google font

    “It’s about simplifying the experience and getting people to the information they’re looking for as clearly and quickly as possible,” said Google designer Aileen Cheng who led the design refresh initiative. Coming to the fresh Search experience on mobile, users will come across bigger and bolder text that is easier to read and understand the importance of each element. Here’s a side by side comparison of the new vs old search experience on mobile:

    Google Search redesign on mobile

    Being referred to as ‘a new edge-to-edge results design’ for Search on mobile devices, Google’s design team is also cutting down on the use of shadows, allowing the content to take center stage rather than making users struggle to find the main information. “They weren’t quite right, though, and ultimately the team focused on centering content and images against a clean background and using color more intentionally to guide the eye to important information without being overwhelming or distracting,” the blog post added.

    Overall, it appears that the new search experience for mobile devices is focusing on introducing some design consistency and reducing distracting elements to put the useful information easier to find – without sacrificing the familiarity aspect of Google Search, that is. The new design language for Google Search on mobile will start appearing for users in the coming days.

    Image: Google

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    iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S21 and more phones on sale today

    We start today’s deals with some awesome smartphones. First, we have a rare but great discount on the iPhone 11 Pro. You can get yours over at Verizon and save $400, meaning you would only have to pay $599. However, an eligible Unlimited plan and a new line are required on this online-only deal. This would get you the 64GB version, but the 256GB and 512GB storage options are also available in Silver and Midnight Green for $750 and $950, respectively. You will see the $400 promo credit applied to account over 24 or 30 months, depending on the payment plan you choose. There are more deals available that let you get the Motorola One 5G for free and the LG Velvet 5G for just $5 a month, but you may want to act fast since these deals will end on Sunday.

    Now, if you are planning on getting a new iPhone, you may also want to consider getting a charger. Remember that you will not find a power adapter or EarPods in the box anymore, so you may want to consider getting an AUKEY Focus iPhone Fast Charger 30W with Power Delivery that will get your iPhone charged in no time. It’s also conveniently on sale, as you can get yours for just under $18 when you add the on-page coupon.

    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Series is also getting some great discounts, as you can get up to $700 off with an eligible trade-in and up to $200 credit to use towards accessories to go with your new device. Depending on the discount you receive, the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S21 can be yours for just $100, while the Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra are available for $300 and $500, respectively.

    Other Samsung deals include the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that’s selling for just $350. The Galaxy Note 20 Series starts at $450 if you want the entry-level variant, or take the Ultra model for just $750. If you want a new foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip starts at $100 in its LTE-only version, but you can also get the 5G enabled version for $250. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is getting the best discount, as you can get it for $1,000 after a $1,000 discount. You may also want to take a look at the official Samsung Galaxy S20 cases, as they’re currently getting a 50 percent discount, and they start at just $19.

    Next up we have the OnePlus 8T that’s available in an awesome BOGO 50 percent deal. You can get two devices for just $1,123.50, which would leave each device for 561.75, with $375 combined savings. Remember that you would get 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space in each device, plus an awesome camera and a 65W Warp Charge power adapter.

    Finally, the Google Pixel 3 XL with 64GB storage space is selling for $300 over at B&H. This unlocked device comes with a massive $500 discount, a single 12.2MP Dual-Pixel camera, dual 8MP front-facing cameras, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display.

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    Google Messages and Duo will stop working on ‘uncertified’ Android devices

    It appears that two of Google’s key products – Messages and Duo – will soon stop working on ‘uncertified’  Android devices. But what are certified and uncertified Android devices though? To put it briefly, Google has its own certification program for devices that adhere to its Android security and permissions guidelines, do not ship with any pre-installed malware, and come with Google’s own suite of security features as part of the Google Play Protect service. And oh, they also offer access to essential Google servies such as Google Play, and Google’s own apps. Right now, HUAWEI’s newer phones would fall under the uncertified category, as they rely on its own HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem instead of Google’s solution. 

    Now, back to the departure of Google Messages and Duo from uncertified devices. As per strings spotted in the Google Messages apps, the app will no longer work on such devices once March ends. “On March 31, Messages will stop working on uncertified devices, including this one,” the string says it in a clear and comprehensible fashion (via XDA-Developers).

    HUAWEI and Honor devices with GMS are the main victims here

    In the past, Google has allowed uncertified Android phones to sideload the app and use it without a hitch. And since the app doesn’t require users to sign-in with their Google account, there was barely any major trouble here. However, it appears that the honeymoon period is finally over, as the Google Messages app will simply stop working on such devices. It appears Google wants to ensure that security and privacy of users’ conversation is not jeopardised, now that it is doubnling down on its RCS efforts.

    But Google Messages is not the only app that will become non-functional on uncertified Andriod devices. As spotted by the folks over at 9to5Google, the Google Duo app has started notifying users that the app won’t work on their uncertified Android device. “Duo is going away soon. Because you’re using an unsupported device, Duo will unregister your account on this device soon,” says the warning message. Google will give a grace period of 14 days after March 31 to let users download all their data such as videos and call logs though.  

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    Amazon has great deals on Samsung, LG, Google and Nokia smartphones

    We have found tons of Android devices on sale over at Amazon.com. We will start with Samsung devices, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently getting a $550 discount, which leaves it available for just $1,450 in Mystic Black or get the Mystic Bronze version for $1,750, which means $250 savings. Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy S10 with 128GB storage space for $700, which is $50 less than its now regular $750 price tag. If you’re more interested in a Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently available for $475 with 128GB storage space, which means almost $25 from its regular price tag. Amazon is also offering the Galaxy S20 FE, as you can get your device for $600 with $100 savings.

    Now, there’s another way to get an interesting discount on a new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, but that’s if you go over to Samsung.com and trade in an eligible device, which could get you a new Galaxy S20 FE for just $350. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is also on sale, and you can get yours starting at $450 for the Vanilla version and $750 for the Ultra variant. Last year’s foldables are also on sale. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is selling for $250, while the LTE-only version can be yours for just $100, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is up for grabs at just $1,000. But like we said if you have an eligible device to trade-in.

    However, the best deal may be on the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 series, as you can get up to $700 discounts and $200 in-store credit when you pre-order your new Galaxy s21 smartphone. In other words, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S21 for just $100, the Galaxy S21 Plus for $300, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500, plus you get four months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify Premium for free with your purchase.

    Going back to Amazon, we find that the Google Pixel 4a 5G is still on sale for $469, but things have just gotten better, as you also get Google Fi Service and $10 credit on your first bill. You will then have to choose whether you want the Fi Unlimited or Flexible plans. The Google Pixel 3a with 64GB storage is also available, and you can get yours for just $332 after a $67 discount.

    If you’re an LG fan, you will want to pay close attention, as the LG G8X ThinQ with a Dual Screen cover is now available for just $440 with a massive $510 discount. Remember that this was the last smartphone from the LG G series, and it may also become part of LG’s last smartphones, or at least that’s what rumors suggest. But still, the LG V40 is also on sale, and you can get yours for $410 with 64GB storage space.

    Finally, we get to the Nokia department, and here we find the Nokia 8.3 that is already on sale over at B&H, but now you can also get it on Amazon.com. This device comes with 128GB storage, 8GB RAM, and 5G support, and it can be yours for $575 with $124 savings. The Nokia 7.2 with 128GB storage is also on sale, and you can get one for just $300 after a $50 discount.

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    Android 12’s Nearby Share could allow Wi-Fi password sharing

    Google is working on Android 12, and its features are appearing online one after the other. The latest rumor reveals that a new feature will allow users to easily share their Wi-Fi passwords remotely. It is tipped to use Google’s Nearby Share. The feature is rumored to debut with the launch of Android 12. For the unaware, Nearby Share is similar to Apple’s AirDrop. Essentially, it allows Android users to share photos, videos, apps from Google Play, and more with a nearby smartphone. As for Wi-Fi password sharing, Google currently allows users on Android 10 and later to share their Wi-Fi passwords with the help of a QR code.

    The development comes from a new commit submitted to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) by Google engineer Abel Tesfaye, and spotted by XDA Developers. As per the report, the “Share Wi-Fi” page has been tweaked to implement a Nearby Sharing button in Android 12. This button is said to display Wi-Fi sharing intent and a “long press button that opens Wi-Fi QR share fragment.” Basically, a single tap enables Nearby Sharing to share a QR code carrying the Wi-Fi password with a nearby user.

    This new Android 12 feature will allow users to share their Wi-Fi password with nearby users without announcing it as the password can be shared by sending a QR code via Nearby Share. It will obviously require consent from both the sender and the recipient to make sure that the QR code is being shared with the right person. It will also come in handy for people like me who have a lot of symbols, numbers, and letters in their passwords, and always end up getting it right on the third or fourth try.

    The Wi-Fi password share feature is expected to roll out with the Android 12 Developer Preview next month. Google is also working on an ‘App Pairs’ feature, which will help with the split-screen multitasking experience on Android devices.

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    The latest iPad Pro, Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and more devices are on sale today

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    We start today’s deals with the latest models of the iPad Pro. You can get the 12.9-inch version with 256GB storage and WiFi connectivity for $999 with $100 savings, or get the 128GB storage version for $940 with $59 savings. The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, and you can get it from Amazon or B&H. The best option starts at $ 759 when you get the 128GB version from Amazon, or go to B&H and get the same tablet with 256HN storage for $849 with $50 savings, 256GB, but no LTE support in any of them. If you feel like you need LTE connectivity, you can also get the 128GB version for $899, and you still get to save $50.

      12.9-inch iPad Pro

        The 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color, FaceID, and a great camera

        11-inch iPad Pro

          Get the same features that come in the 12.9-inch model, but in a smaller package for you to express yourself.

        If you want more iPad options, the 10.2-inch iPad is also on sale, and you can save $30 when you get the 32GB version with WiFi support, or get the 128GB version for $395 with $34 savings; I personally went for this second option. Then you can also choose to grab an Android tablet, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is currently selling for $529 with $200.99 discounts in the Rose Blush and Cloud Blue color options.

          10.2-inch iPad

            Apple’s entry-level iPad comes with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, support for gen-1 Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. It also features an 8MP back camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera.

            Samsung Galaxy Tab S6- 10.5-inch 256GB

              The 2-in-1 that’s your all-in-one. Instantly transform your Android tablet into a PC desktop experience when you attach the keyboard with a built-in trackpad.

            There are also some interesting deals on Android smartphones. The Google Pixel 4a is still on sale over at Amazon.com, but now you can also get it from B&H with the same $459 price tag that translates into $40 savings. You get an unlocked device with 128GB storage space and 5G support. The Nokia 8.3 is also on sale, and you can get this dual-SIM unlocked phone with 128GB storage space for $500 with $200 savings, and you also get 5G support. Both devices also feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, but the Nokia 8.3 features 8GB RAM, while the Pixel 4a 5G comes with 6GB RAM under the hood.

              Google Pixel 4a 5G

                Google’s latest Pixel 4a 5G comes with up to 48 hours of battery life, and you eill also get access to the latest OS and security updates

                Nokia 8.3

                  It’s PureView camera system delivers four different cameras, all sporting Zeiss optics. You get 64MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide cameras for capturing sweeping vistas and landscapes.

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                Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

                Today’s deals start with the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, as you can still get up to $900 savings with your pre-order. The vanilla Galaxy S21 with a 6.2-inch display is probably the best option to go for, as you can get it for just $100 if you choose to trade in an eligible device and get up to $700 off. However, that’s not all, as you would also get $200 instant credit to use towards Galaxy Watches, Buds, tablets, and more. In other words, you only need to trade-in your previous device, and you could basically get your phone for free. You can still go for the higher-end Galaxy S21+, which starts at $300 or get the larger and feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500, and you will also get a free Galaxy SmartTag and four months of YouTube Premium with your purchase.

                  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
                    Follow this link to save big bucks with your new Samsung Galaxy S21, which starts at just $100 if you trade-in an eligible device, and you can also get up to $200 towards accessories such as Galaxy Watches and Galaxy Buds

                  You can also grab some of the best foldable devices in the market, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still available for just $1,000 with $1,000 savings when you trade-in an eligible device. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is also on sale, and you can get the LTE-only version for $100 or choose the 5G enabled version for $250. But like before, you will have to trade-in your current device. You will also get the Galaxy Z Premier service, four free months of YouTube Premium, and six free months of Spotify Premium for free.

                    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
                      The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is considered last year's best device. It features Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, with a 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when extended and a 6.2-inch screen when folded shut.
                      Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
                        Samsung's foldable phone with a clamshell design comes with a Dynamic AMOLED Display for immersive viewing, 250GB storage space, and more.

                      If you want the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20, you can get one for $450 if you settle for the entry-level variant. However, you can get the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $750. Both devices come with a built-in S Pen, great cameras, and more. Just remember that the vanilla Note 20 comes with a smaller 6.7-inch display and a plastic back, even though you will hardly notice a difference between this one and the glass back on the Note 20 Ultra that is equipped with a 6.8-inch display and a better camera.

                        Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
                          The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an included S Pen, which is so responsive that it feels like you're using a real pen. It also features Super Fast Charge and great performance.

                        If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, you may want to consider the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, since you can get it for $349 with an eligible trade-in. However, you may also want to consider a new Google Pixel 4a with 5G support. This device is currently available on Amazon with a $40 discount, meaning that you can get yours for $459 in its Just Black color option with 128GB storage space.

                          Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
                            The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung's budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S20 series, and it features a 6.5-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080 x 2400 pixels, IP68 for water and dust resistant
                            Google Pixel 4a 5G
                              Google's latest Pixel 4a 5G comes with up to 48 hours of battery life, and you eill also get access to the latest OS and security updates

                            Finally, you can get yourself a new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 over at Samsung.com, where the 45mm version with GPS and Bluetooth support is currently getting a $60 discount, which leaves Samsung’s latest smartwatch at just under $370. You can also get the smaller 41mm version that’s getting the same $60 discount, leaving it at $340.

                              Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
                                The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 comes with integrated Bixby voice functionality to read your texts, make a call or initiate coaching on command and on the go. And its battery life will keep you connected for more than a day on a single charge.

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                              The Samsung Galaxy S21, Google Pixel 4 and more are on sale today

                              If you’re looking for a new smartphone, we have some exciting deals for you. We will start with the latest Galaxy S flagship, as you can get up to $900 off the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series, kinda. You can head over to Samsung.com right now and pre-order your Galaxy S21, and when you do, you will get up to $200 instant credit for watches, earbuds, tablets, and more. Not only that, but you will also get a free Samsung SmartTag and four months of YouTube Premium for free, and if you have an eligible device to trade-in, you can get up to $700 off. This means that the vanilla Galaxy S21 could be yours for just $100, the Galaxy S21 Plus for $300, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $500.

                                Samsung Galaxy S21 pre-order
                                  Follow this link to save big bucks with your new Samsung Galaxy S21, which starts at just $100 if you trade-in an eligible device, and you can also get up to $200 towards accessories such as Galaxy Watches and Galaxy Buds.

                                If you’re thinking about going for last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, you can also get it for $350. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is still on sale, and you can get yours for $450 if you want the entry-level version, or get the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $750.

                                  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
                                    The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung's budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S20 series, and it features a 6.5-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080 x 2400 pixels, IP68 for water and dust resistant
                                    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series
                                      The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an included S Pen, which is so responsive that it feels like you're using a real pen. It also features Super Fast Charge and great performance.

                                    The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold is still selling for $1,000 if you trade-in an eligible device, and you would be getting one of the best, if not the best smartphone of 2020. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip can also be yours for $100 if you get the LTE only version, or get the version with 5G support for $250.

                                      Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
                                        The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is considered last year's best device. It features Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, with a 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when extended and a 6.2-inch screen when folded shut.
                                        Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
                                          Samsung's foldable phone with a clamshell design comes with a Dynamic AMOLED Display for immersive viewing, 250GB storage space, and more.

                                        The Google Pixel 4 is also on sale, and you can get yours with 64GB storage for just $504 with $295 savings in its Just Black color option, or get the Clearly White version for just $490. If you want more storage space, you can also get 128GB storage for $795 with $104 savings.

                                        If you want the Google Pixel 4 XL, you can also get it on sale, as the Clearly White version with 64GB can be yours for $579 after a $320 discount, or the Just Black version for $800 with $99 savings. The Google Pixel 3a is also on sale, and you can get one starting at $333 when you choose the 46GB version in Clearly White or get the Purple-ish color version for $335. Finally, the Nokia 7.2 is also on sale, and you can get one for $297 and get a $52 discount. This will get you an unlocked device with 128GB storage and a 48MP triple camera.

                                          Google Pixel 4
                                            Pixel 4 is the phone made the Google way, with a camera that takes the perfect shot every time.
                                            Google Pixel 3a
                                              Get more done with an extraordinary camera, fast-charging battery, and the helpful Google Assistant built in.
                                              Nokia 7.2
                                                Capture incredible photos, watch all your videos in HDR and go without charging for up to 2 days.

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                                              Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones are on sale today

                                              We start today’s deals with tons of savings on Android smartphones. You can currently go to Amazon and get the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series starting at $799. This will get you the vanilla Galaxy Note 20 with 128GB storage space in Mystic Green or Mystic Gray. However, you would have to pay $900 for the Mystic Bronze version, which means $200.99 and $100 savings, depending on the color option you go for. If you want the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it’s up for grabs at $1,200 with $100 savings in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, or Mystic White. However, you may want to remember that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 can be yours for just $400, or grab the Note 20 Ultra for $700 when you trade in an eligible device.

                                                Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
                                                  The vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 comes with a lower price tag than the Ultra version, but you also get an S Pen, Super Fast Charge, and a powerful device that will also excel at gaming.
                                                  Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
                                                    The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with an included S Pen, which is so responsive that it feels like you're using a real pen. It also features Super Fast Charge and great performance.
                                                    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
                                                      Samsung's best device for productivity comes with tons of power under the hood

                                                    We then move onto the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is currently selling for $900 after a $300 discount, or get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for $599 with a $100 discount. Both devices are factory unlocked, and they include 128GB of storage space.

                                                    The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is still on sale over at Samsung.com, where you can get the Galaxy S20 Ultra starting at $865, while the Galaxy S20 FE is available for $340 when you trade in an eligible device. You can also choose to get a new Samsung Galaxy S21, as you can reserve yours and get $60 credits towards accessories for your Galaxy S21, and you can also save $700 when you trade in an eligible device.

                                                      Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
                                                        The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus comes with a new Hires camera Zoom, Bright Night Mode, Super Fast charging, and an all-day battery.

                                                        Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
                                                          The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is Samsung's budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S20 series, and it features a 6.5-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1080 x 2400 pixels, IP68 for water and dust resistance.
                                                          Samsung Galaxy S20 series
                                                            Check out the latest deals on last year's Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which is still a great option to consider in 2020.

                                                            Samsung Galaxy S21 Reservation
                                                              Follow this link to save big bucks with the reservation of your new Samsung Galaxy S21, which is just days away from its official launch.

                                                            The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip are also on sale, as you can get the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 for $1,000 with $1,00 savings. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip can be yours for just $100 if you don’t need 5G connectivity or get the 5G variant for $250. Just remember that you have to trade in an eligible device. However, you can also get a new Google Pixel phone. The Google Pixel 4 with 64GB storage space for $504 and $295 savings, or get the Google Pixel 3a for just $333 with $66 savings.

                                                              Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
                                                                The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is considered last year's best device. It features Samsung's Ultra Thin Glass, with a 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when extended and a 6.2-inch screen when folded shut.
                                                                Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
                                                                  Samsung's foldable phone with a clamshell design comes with a Dynamic AMOLED Display for immersive viewing, 250GB storage space, and more.
                                                                  Google Pixel 4
                                                                    The Google Pixel 4 comes with a 3140mAh battery, Quick Gestures that will allow you to silence calls or skip songs. It also features a great camera with night sight, portrait mode, and more.
                                                                    Google Pixel 3a
                                                                      This device will deliver stunning photos and features like night sight, portrait mode, and HDR+. It will also give you unlimited storage of photos and video in Google Photos, and more.

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                                                                    Google trained AI to make hybrid desserts. Go try these recipes and punish your taste buds

                                                                    If you’ve watched the Terminator film series, you certainly must’ve thought whether machines can really take over humanity one day. And if an AI does manage to accomplish that, how would that dystopian future look? While the ‘robocalypse’ still seems a tad far away in the future, Google has managed to train an AI that can come up with hybrid dessert recipes.

                                                                    Google is calling these hybrid desserts cakie and breakie

                                                                    Now, the term hybrid desserts sounds bad (and I am just being polite here) on its own, but wait until you hear the actual names of these culinary monstrosities. A cross between a cake and cookie is called Cakie, while the amalgam of a cookie and bread has been christened by Google as Breakie. Now, enough about the ranting, and more about how Google actually managed to train an AI to come up with such recipes that no one asked for.

                                                                    “We started off by collecting hundreds of cookie, cake and bread recipes. Then we converted all of their ingredients to ounces and whittled them down to a few essential ingredients,” Google notes in its blog post. “Then we used a Google Cloud tool called AutoML Tables to build a machine learning model that analyzed a recipe’s ingredient amounts and predicted whether it was a recipe for cookies, cake or bread.”

                                                                    Feeling adventurous? Go try these AI-perfected recipes

                                                                    Google claims that its AI model was not only able to tag cakes, cookies, and breads based on their ingredients, but could also recognize hybrid dishes, two of which happen to be the awfully-named desserts called cakie and breakie. Aside from coming up with new recipes. the AI model was also able to identify what sets a cake apart from bread or cookie based on the ingredients and their ratio.

                                                                    The hybrid dessert called ‘cakie’ (Image: Google)

                                                                    Want to know more about the technical details of how machine learning was used to make an AI understand the art of baking and then come up with its very own recipes for hybrid desserts? Read this detailed ‘Baking recipes with an AI’ post here.

                                                                    In the meanwhile, try these AI-generated cakie and breakie recipes if you’re in an adventurous mood and those names sound appetizing to you. As for me, I will NOT go anywhere close to these recipes as long as I am in my senses, but I am also confident that my curiosity will get the better of me. So, best of luck to you, and me too!

                                                                    Image: Google
                                                                    Image: Google

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                                                                    Google rolls out January update, improves auto-brightness on its 2020 Pixel smartphones

                                                                    Google has started rolling out the first software update of 2021 for its Pixel smartphones that also brings the January Android security patch. The update brings a host of device-specific improvements as well as a fix for general system issues across all eligible Pixel smartphones. Starting with the Pixel 5, the update changelog mentions “further tuning & improvements for volume level of system sounds.” Another device-specific fix targets the Pixel 4a (5G) and aims to resolve an issue that generated speaker noise in a few circumstances.

                                                                    Coming to the display, Google says that the January update further improves the auto-brightness response in certain lighting scenarios for its slate of phones launched in 2020, which includes the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and the Pixel 5. In addition to system improvements, the update changelog also mentions a fix for intermittent restarts while using certain apps on the Pixel 3 duo and all the subsequent Google phones launched after it. Additionally, a bug that prevented users from making calls on certain MVNO networks has also been dealt with. You can check the entire changelog here.

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                                                                    I’ve already received the January Android update on my unlocked Pixel 4a here in India.

                                                                    “The OTA update will roll out in phases depending on carrier and device. Users will receive a notification once it becomes available,” Google notes. So, if you haven’t received the OTA notification yet, it will arrive in the next few days. I have already received the January security update on my unlocked Pixel 4a here in India. You can also manually check if the January Android update has arrived for your Pixel smartphone by following this path:

                                                                    1. On your eligible Pixel smartphone, go to the Settings app and scroll down to the System option.
                                                                    2. Once you open the System page, select the Advanced option, and then tap on Update.
                                                                    3. Hit the blue Check for update button to see if the January update has been rolled for your device.

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                                                                    The Google Pixel 4a 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and more on sale today

                                                                    We start today’s deals with the latest Google Pixel 4a with 5G support, which is currently selling for $459 after a $40 discount over at Amazon. This unlocked device in Just Black features 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space, and a rear camera module equipped with a 12MP dual-pixel and a 16MP ultrawide camera lens.

                                                                    However, you can also go for the Google Pixel 4 with 64GB storage in its Just Black color variant for $510.97 with $288 savings. If you’re more into white devices, you get the Clearly White version for just under $490 with the same 64GB storage or get the 128GB version for $799 with a $100 discount.

                                                                    Go for the larger Google Pixel 4 XL and score $100 savings with the white color variant, or get the Just Black version for $930 with a $69 discount with 128GB storage. The Google Pixel 3a XL is also on sale, and you can get one for $339 with $140 savings.

                                                                    Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Black Friday Deals Pocketnow

                                                                    If you’re looking for more significant discounts, you should head over to Samsung.com, where you can find the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G for $450 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $750, if you have an eligible trade-in device. These savings are also applied to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which starts at $500, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which can be yours starting at $700 and $1,000, respectively.

                                                                    If you’re also looking for a new pair of headphones, the V-Moda Crossfade 2 with Qualcomm aptX and ACC are currently selling for $275 in Matte White. This means you get to save almost $75 from their $350 original price tag, or you can get the regular V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless for $200.


                                                                    If you’re more interested in earphones, the new Beats Flex wireless earphones with Apple’s W1 chip are currently available for $44.89 with $5 savings. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are also on sale, and you can get them for $79 with $50.99 savings, or get a pair of Jabra earphones, as the Elite 85t can be yours for $179, or get the Elite 75t for $123.60 with $51 and $56 savings, respectively.

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