Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 4a XL: Why CANCEL it? (video)

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Today’s deals include the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10

The offical news today begin with deals on a ton of products, some great, some good. On the good list, well B&H currently has the 2019 13in MacBook Pro for $300 off. This is the 4-Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage variant, leaving it at $1499 shipped. Yeah good because if you look at the newer one, that’s the better buy. Amazon has the 512GB Samsung Galaxy S10 for $300 off as well, leaving it at $700, though if you dig deeper, you can get the same S10 for $808 with the Galaxy Buds bundled. We also have more deals on Acer Laptops, Monitors, Nintendo Switch controllers and more in the link in the description.

It’s official! OnePlus will no longer make McLaren Edition smartphones

Earlier this month we covered how OnePlus’ name wasn’t on McLaren’s list of collaborators anymore. Now, a McLaren spokesperson just went on record and officially stated that their partnership has come to an end. According to him, it came to their scheduled conclusion and that OnePlus has been supportive and that they wish to see them in the future. We got two phones out of their partnership and we don’t know how they’ll handle the Concept One if it ever comes out, since yes, that was a McLaren phone.

Sony schedules a PlayStation 5 game reveal event on June 5

And listen, if there’s a time for gaming consoles, it’s now, as we need to stay at home, and it seems Sony is willing to bank on it. The company just announced that they’ll be hosting an event on June 4th for the PlayStation 5. Sony is promising to showcase ‘the future of gaming’ at this event which typically means that we’ll be seeing some games for the upcoming console. We haven’t gotten any other details from Sony but a recent report claims that they might show a total of 38 games including a bunch of exclusives. The event will be live on YouTube and Twitch and we hope to get to see some hardware as well. Let’s also hope that hardware is not crazy expensive, as that would be unrealistic in today’s economy.

Apple needs an urgent supply of LCD panels from LG Display

It looks like the pandemic is affecting Apple in sales but not in the conventional way. Cupertino originally cut orders for their products in Q2 to anticipate the pandemic. What they didn’t anticipate is that due to the transition to e-learning, iPad stocks in China have been down since March because most parents have bought one for their kids to attend school from home. This would be good for Apple if they wouldn’t have cut orders before, and now they’re urgently asking LG for LCD panels to meet their iPad demands. The problem is, these requests usually come three months in advance to give room for LG to prepare. Apple has other providers for the iPad displays like BOE and Sharp, but LG might want to answer this because of their deal to supply displays for the iPhone 12 Max. Clearly this is a good problem to have right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ cameras leaked?

According to this new leak, the Galaxy Note 20 will fix some of the focusing issues we had with the S20 Ultra from a hardware perspective. The leak gives us both of the camera arrays, the regular Note 20 will apparently bring a 12MP main sensor, a 64MP telephoto, and a 12MP Ultra Wide. On the other side, the Note 20+ will bring the 108MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto, a 12MP ultra wide and laser autofocus. The laser autofocus would help the main sensor to lock into subjects and while the 12MP telephoto doesn’t sound as impressive in paper as the S20 Ultras 48MP, the 12MP telephoto might help out during pixel binning as the Ultra does create 12MP images after all. It looks like the camera won’t be that different from the S20’s, let’s just hope they refine it. Now if only they included the return of variable aperture. A sensor this large needs it.

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Pixel 4a XL leaks show what the phone looked like before it was canceled

And finally the most interesting news today have to do with the Google Pixel 4a XL. I know, that one that apparently won’t get to ever be. Most of the leaks have hinted that there won’t be a 4a XL variant this year but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t in development. We have some leaked images from 9to5Google of Pixel 4a cases where we see the familiar design. It has the orange Power button, the hole for the fingerprint scanner at the back and the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the camera cutout shows too lenses here and we’re only expecting a single shooter for the 4a. We also have some CAD renders of the phone which show the dual lens camera and the punch hole at the front. Why dual cameras on this phone and not on the small variant is a good question, but even more important, why do you think Google cancelled this phone?

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Google delays Android 11 Beta Launch Show event scheduled for June 3

Earlier this week, Google scheduled an online event called Android 11 Beta Launch Show on June 3 for showcasing its next major Android build and also releasing the first public beta version. Well, it appears that due to the ongoing turmoil in the US and protests erupting across the nation, Google has postponed the June 3 event indefinitely.

“We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate. We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release. We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon,” the official Android Developers Twitter handle has just announced.

However, it appears that not much will change when it comes to the final release schedule of Android 11. “Google tells us this evening that it is not changing the final release schedule for Android 11, which is scheduled for Q3 2020,” reports 9to5Google. Google has promised to reveal more details soon.

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Google introduces Sodar, an AR tool to help you with social distancing

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It goes without saying that social distancing is a lifesaver for you and those around you as well. But it is not always easy to determine if you are within the 2-meter safety radius while out running an errand. In comes Sodar, an AR tool that will utilize your phone’s camera to clearly demarcate the safe radius for you.

Sodar uses the smartphone camera as a distance measuring tool and the screen as a viewfinder to show you a radius of 2-meter around you. Technically speaking, Google’s solution employs WebXR to visualize a circle in the same way you see AR objects around you with your phone, somewhat like Pokemon Go.

However, Sodar currently works only on Android devices with the Chrome browser installed on them. Just visit the Sodar.WithGoogle.com website on your phone, tap on the launch button, and you’re good to go. I tried it on my phone and it works really well without any lags or stutters. Here’s how it looks in action:

Source: ExperimentsWithGoogle

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Google Maps introduces Plus Codes to make location sharing easier

According to Google, more than 2 billion people on the planet—about 25 percent of us or more —either don’t have an address or have an address that isn’t easy to locate. We take these strings of numbers and words for granted.

To tackle this, the company launched ‘Plus Codes’ in 2015. These are essentially digital addresses derived from latitude and longitude coordinates, which can be used to identify any location. It is now being integrated to Google Maps for Android. Plus Codes will come in handy when you don’t know the exact address (i.e. street name, lane, etc) or when your current location does not appear with a name on Google Maps.

You need to simply tap the blue dot on the map that represents your current location to create a Plus Code. It will bring you to a screen that shows the six-digit Plus Code along with some other useful info and options.. You can then copy the code and share it with others.

Source: Google

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Camera Leak Says A LOT about iPhone 12… (video)

Today we find the Google Pixel 3a and more products on sale

Deals. Best Buy currently has the Google Pixel 3a for $230 for the 64GB variant, however, the Pixel 3a XL is just $270 for the 64GB variant as well. Amazon currently has the Beats Solo 3 with a slight $20 discount, leaving them at $179 shipped. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is up to $75 off at both Amazon and B&H, which for those of you who always ask, yes that’s the watch I wear, and depending on the color variant you can get it for as low as $224. I say go silver as it’s easier to blend with 3rd party watch faces that age better. We also have more deals on Fender speakers, smart-thermostats and more in the links in the description.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active stops by FCC, revealing some juicy details

And speaking of my smartwatch of choice, we have some new leaks for the upcoming Galaxy Watch which we’re expecting to see in August. It just went through a new certification from the FCC revealing some new specs. We have two new sketches, the new Galaxy Watch will bring a 45mm stainless steel case, and it should also come in titanium and aluminum. It brings GPS and LTE connectivity and it will allegedly simply be called Galaxy Watch. However, we also have a sketch for the Galaxy Watch 2 but it doesn’t show the full name either or much details about it. So yeah, we wonder what they mean with that 2.

OPPO could have Qualcomm, MediaTek and HiSilicon engineers working on its new chip

OPPO has been working on bringing their own SoC to the market for a while now. According to a new Nikkei Asian report, OPPO is aggressively recruiting engineers from well-known companies to work on their new SoC. The report claims that they are in contact with MediaTek, UniSoc and other inside sources say that they are also in talks with Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon. An OPPO representative said that they are investing heavily in R&D to strengthen and simplify supply chain. Obviously we won’t be getting this anytime soon and it might take a couple of years, got It’s interesting to see how OPPO keeps evolving, and we know how that impacts other popular brands like OnePlus.

Instagram will soon monetize IGTV videos for online video creators to earn money

It’s no secret that people have been earning money through Instagram for the longest time but not necessarily through Instagram. You mostly had to do sponsored content from third parties and well the company is finally ready to monetize content for their creators. The company is rolling out new tools to introduce ads and allow creators to sell badges through IGTV. When it comes to the ads, they’ll be built for mobile and last 15 seconds each, 55% of the ad revenue will go to the creators. The badges will be kind of like a Twitch subscription where a fan would purchase it, get a special badge in the comments and they will get access to certain different perks. Badges will begin testing next month in certain countries and ads should start rolling out as of right now with some specific creators. We have a full list in the links in the description.

Color options for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series may have been leaked

We’ve been getting a lot of leaks for the Galaxy Note 20 line-up as we get closer to August. Recently we got different CAD renders showing off the design and now we get some leaked color variants. According to an inside source, the regular Note 20 will come in gray, green, and copper color variants while the Note 20+ will come in black and copper flavors. It looks like Samsung is looking for more simplified colors when compared to the flashy color variants from the Note 10, the source also claims that it won’t be the same copper variant we got with the Note 9 and instead it will be more of a gold-ish hue. It’s also possible that these aren’t all the colors as Samsung always launches more after the fact.

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The iPhone 13 may come with a killer camera according to the latest leak

And finally the hottest news today have to do with the iPhone 12, or should I say iPhone 13. Not sure if you noticed but every time Apple makes a change in design, that becomes the major feature, and not really any bump in specs or functionality. Well, it seems that’ll be the case this year. Like sure, we’ve been hearing about different changes for the iPhone 12 like the removal of the Lightning Earbuds, the LiDAR sensor and more, but it seems like major changes will happen until the iPhone 13. We covered the going port-less theory a few days ago, and now, we have some new leaks, The same source claims that these leaks should be taken with a huge amount of salt but it looks like Apple is going for major camera improvements until next year. He claims that we’ll be getting a quad camera array that includes a 64MP main sensor. Yeah 1x optical zoom is no x, but it does seem to bring 6x digital from it. Then there’s a 40MP telephoto with up to 5x optical zoom in addition, and then a 64MP anamorphic lens for video capture, plus a 40MP ultra wide and the LiDAR sensor we’re expecting for the iPhone 12. Yeah that’s a lot of camera Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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Today we find the Google Pixel 3a and more products on sale

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We start today’s deals with the Google Pixel 3a that’s available at Best Buy from $230, in its unlocked variant with 64GB in storage. If you want the Google Pixel 3a XL, it’s also on sale for $270 with the same 64GB in storage.

You can also get a new Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with a touchscreen for $106.49 after a $62 discount. This smart device works with Alexa, so you will be able to control the temperature of your house or apartment with voice commands.

Beats Solo3 are currently $20 off in its Black color variant, so you can get a pair for $179. However, other color options have more significant discounts, so your savings depend on the color you choose.

You can get the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 from B&H and Amazon; it just depends on the color you want. The Black version is $229 after a $70 discount from B&H, while the Gold color option is available for $224.30 over at Amazon, which translates to a $75.69 discount.

Finally, the Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker is down to $150 after a 36 percent price drop. This Bluetooth speaker usually sells for $235, so it would be a nice moment to get one, and you would be getting 120 watts of power.

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Google Search now helps you self-assess your anxiety levels

Life in lockdown is hard. And like me, if you’ve been working from home for the past four months and have forgotten what being social feels like, your anxiety levels must be through the roof too. Thankfully, Google Search is here to lend a helping hand dealing with your anxiety issues.

Starting today, when you look up for information on anxiety disorders, the knowledge panel will present a series of clinically-validated questions called GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7). You’ll also find other relevant information such as symptoms and common treatment for anxiety in the panel.

Anxiety self-assessment

The answers will be used to assess your anxiety levels on a scale of minimal to severe. Depending on your self-assessment result, you can choose to go through additional resources developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Google says the users’ responses to the questions will be private.

Anxiety self-assessment results

Google Search’s anxiety self-assessment feature is currently limited to the US only, but the company has plans of expanding it to more markets too.

Source: Google Blog

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 12 Date: Better Late than NEVER? (video)

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Today’s deals include powerful gaming computers, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and more

Deals. The Razer Blade 15 is currently $470 off, meaning you can get the 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2130. B&H also has the 12.9in 2018 iPad Pro for $250 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 256GB of storage variant for $899. The Sony Xperia 1 is also $152 off, leaving that at $798 for the 128GB of storage configuration. We also have more deals on Acer Predator PCs, Samsung QLED TVs, Soundbars and more in the links in the description.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung Money by Sofi will come to the US later this summer

Samsung just launched a new mobile money management system which pretty much competes with the Apple Card. It’s called Samsung Money by SoFi but unlike the Apple Card, it isn’t really a credit card. It’s actually more of a bank account or credit union where you get a MasterCard debit card that doesn’t show any of your information and it works with the Samsung Pay app. Your Samsung Money account will be FDIC insured for $1.5M and users benefit from Samsung’s “defense-grade” security from Samsung Knox. It’ll be available later this summer exclusively for US customers who own a Galaxy smartphone, Samsung promises a secure experience with no account fees.

The iPhone 11 is now the most popular smartphone in the world

We got some quarter results from Omdia and it just confirms that Apple made a big dent on the market with the iPhone 11. Last year the iPhone XR was the number 1 smartphone for Q1 with 13.6M units shipped, but this year the iPhone 11 surpassed it with 19.5M units, despite the pandemic. The phone that follows is the Samsung Galaxy A51 which sold 6.8M units and the iPhone XR is still in the top 5 with 4.7M units. Omdia still anticipates however, that smartphone sales will be down for the rest of the year due to the pandemic so numbers might change for Q2.

Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch

Google is finally releasing the first Public Beta of Android 11 on June 3rd during their Beta Launch Show. If you want, you’ll be able to attend via YouTube through the Android Developers channel. The event will focus on the different announcements related to all the new features coming with Android 11, as well as Q&As with Google experts and more. We were also expecting to hear something about the Pixel 4a but with the recent delays that apparently won’t be the case. You can check for the events details in the links in our description. It’s not clear which devices will support the public beta on day one, but if you’re not using a Pixel, yeah that’s gonna be a tough one.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be launched in August, as it reportedly enters mass production

There’s been several rumors that we’ll finally be getting the Galaxy Fold’s successor with the Note 20 this year. Now we got a new report from a South Korean publication that claims that the Fold 2 has just entered mass production. This means we could start getting some official details as early as June. According to the Insiders, the Fold 2 will bring Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass and it will cost less, despite upgrading to a 120Hz display. Recently we got some patents from Samsung which described how Samsung plans to make Foldables water resistant but it’s not clear if the Fold 2 will bring this feature. The company is expecting to sell 2.5-3M units this year, surpassing the original Fold.

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We may have to wait until November for the iPhone 12 series

It looks like we will have to wait for the iPhone 12 line-up after all this year. According to a new report, this year’s iPhones might be launched until November due to the pandemic. The report also predicts that Apple has 35M units in production for Q2 of 2020 which is 13% lower than what they had last year, but giving the time, we’re not sure if they’re talking about iPhone 12 production, which would be kind of early, or iPhone 11 production which is likely to take a dip. Regardless, we’re expecting 4 different iPhones, all 4 with OLED displays, 5G connectivity, a smaller notch and a boxier design which is reminiscent of the iPhone 4. We’re also hearing of different spec bumps like up to 6GB of RAM in the Pro models and the base storage at 128GB.

 

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Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch

Google will release the first public beta of Android 11 on June 3 during The Android 11 Beta Launch Show. The company has now shared the full schedule of the online event that will also be live-streamed on YouTube via the official Android Developers channel starting at 11:00 am ET (8:30 pm IST) and going through 12:00 pm ET (9:30 pm IST).

The event will be marked with announcements related to all the new features changes coming with Android 11, Q&A sessions with Google’s own Android experts, and even a fun sketchnote skill contest. In addition to user-facing features and UI changes, there will also be announcements focused on developers such as the State of Kotlin on Android, new Android development tools, and more.

Google will hold a total of 12 talks on topics ranging from UX and features to development, commerce, and Google Play hosted by product managers and in-house Android software engineers. You can watch the livestream on June 3 from the link below and also set a reminder for the same as well.

Source: Android Developers

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YouTube app on Android tests showing Google Search results alongside relevant videos

Sometimes, watching a video on YouTube might not be enough to satiate your curiosity, which is why users like me often end up firing up the web browser to know more about a particular topic. Google apparently wants to remove the hassle of switching between apps and has started showing Google Search results alongside the relevant videos for your query in the YouTube app on Android.

First spotted by a user on Reddit, we tried to replicate the new feature and it worked. When you search a keyword in the YouTube app, a row titled “Result from the web” appears between the video recommendations. You can either click on the search result to directly open the webpage without exiting the YouTube app, or you can tap on the Search “(your search keywords)” on Google button below.

However, it appears that the test is being conducted among a limited number of users because the in-app Google Search results don’t show up for everyone. We also noticed that the Google Search result in the YouTube app mostly pops-up when you search for a how-to or tutorial video. Google is yet to officially detail its new feature, so we may have to wait a bit to know more about it.

Via: Reddit

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We keep on getting Memorial Day deals, now from Verizon and Best Buy

Best Buy

We will start this Memorial Day deals selection with everything available at Best Buy. You can find Refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more. You can save up to $500 on select Samsung Smart 4K TVs, or you can go for a 43-inch Samsung 7 Series UHD smart TV with HDR for $270.

Best Buy also gives you Apple deals, as you can save $50 on select MacBook Air models, $80 to $100 off select iPad models, and the most significant savings may be found with the MacBook Pro models since you can save up to $1,050.

OnePlus 8 vs iPhone 11

If you’re looking for a new iPhone, the iPhone 11 can be yours starting at $525, or you can pay monthly installments of $21.87 with qualified activations. The iPhone XS and XS Max are also on sale, so you can get one starting at $599.99 or pay $19.99 per month with qualified activation, after $300 savings. You can also save on several Apple Watch models and several Beats headphones.

best smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC.

You can also find the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series with $300 in savings and get a $50 Best Buy gift card with qualified activation, or you can save $200 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ with the same $50 Best Buy gift card.

Verizon

Motorola RAZR

Moving over to Verizon, you can find up to $700 off on selected devices, and you can also find BOGO promotions depending on the phone you want. For example, you can get at least $100 off the Motorola edge+, and the Google Pixel 4. You can get a free LG V60 ThinQ 5G UW, savings that start at $500 on the Motorola Razer, and BOGO deals on the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Red Pocket Mobile

iPhone se

Last but not least, you can also find Memorial Day deals over at Red Pocket Mobile, where you can get the iPhone SE with 64GB in storage plus six months of Unlimited Everything (8GB LTE) for $449. This combo usually goes for $537, meaning you save $130. Customers can also upgrade to 20GB LTE for $8.33 per month, which translates to a total discount of $140.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ Leaks: Now We’re Talking! (video)

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We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you

Deals. We have some memorial day deals for you guys and we’ll have some more on our website over the weekend if you want to check them out. Let’s start out with Amazon which has the Google Pixel 3a for $120 off. This leaves the 64GB variant for $279 and it gets better, the 3a XL is $160 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $319 shipped. The Marshall Kilburn 2 speaker is also $90 off, leaving it at $210 shipped. Finally, the second generation AirPods are $50 off, leaving those at $150 shipped with the wireless charging case. As always we have more deals in the description that you can check out.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Here’s your first official look at the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro

Oh so you thought the Galaxy S20 had a big camera hump? Well, vivo has been teasing their new X50 Pro which brings a gimbal like main camera. The company just released a new poster of the phone which shows the quad camera module with the huge main sensor. This main camera is a Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 Sensor which comes with Dual Pixel PDAF tech for faster focusing, it basically rotates on it’s axis like a gimbal for better stabilization. The other cameras include a periscope, and most likely a wide angle and a macro camera. We’re expecting the vivo X50 lineup to launch on June 1.

ASUS ROG Phone III and ZenFone 7 to debut around July: Report

Back in February Qualcomm gave us a list of phones that would bring the Snapdragon 865 and, that list included two ASUS phones. It looks like both of those phones are ready to launch according to a new report from Taiwan which claims that the ROG Phone 3 and the ZenFone 7 will either in Q2 or early Q3 of 2020. Going by last year’s launch date, if they do launch in July or August they will be late by a couple of months when compared to their predecessors but, the market isn’t in the same state as it was last year. The company is currently targeting a 30-50% growth in sales for the ROG Phone 3. We’ll keep you posted in case we get more leaks.

Second-gen Moto Razr foldable phone could be launched in September

We all know how excited I was for the Moto RAZR last year, and we all know how that turned out. Well, according to Lenovo’s South African GM, the company is already working on a second generation device and it is supposed to come out in September. He actually mentioned the words “generation two” twice during a podcast while talking about the RAZR. Leaks will most likely start coming in soon and we hope it brings better specifications for the price tag, nostalgia can only go so far.

Apple may have started the production of the new AirPods Studio

A new DigiTimes report claims that we’ll be getting Apple’s AirPods Studio sooner rather than later. The report mentions the fact that Apple will be dropping the wired earphones from the iPhone 12’s box like we covered yesterday. It also mentions that Cupertino will resume regular shipments of the AirPods 2 in the second half of this year, which we wonder if it has anything to do with the move of production to Vietnam, but that does match the timing of the possible AirPods Studio. The company has apparently already started production for these and we could see an announcement at WWDC and they might cost $350.

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We may get a Periscope camera in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could’ve appeared in some hot looking renders

We recently got some sketches for the Galaxy Note 20′s design from Ice Universe. Now we got the first renders which were made based on that leaked design. The phone looks pretty similar to the Note 10 from the front with the very boxy design but it does bring some changes. The camera on this one has a larger hump, like the one on the S20 Ultra, the buttons are also on the right side and the S Pen was moved to the left. Like seriously, common sense changes. Now, these aren’t the official renders just yet but, this gives us a pretty good idea of what it might look like according to the sketches. Galaxy Club just found some new information and they claim that the Note 20+ will most likely bring a periscope camera. It isn’t clear if it will be the same one on the S20 Ultra and some other rumors claim that it won’t bring 100X zoom, but it pretty much explains the large camera hump for this phone as well.

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We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you

We will be posting Memorial Day deals through the weekend, so you may want to keep tuned to see if there’s any that may catch your fancy. We start today’s offers with the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL for an all-time low from $279 for Memorial Day.

The regular Google Pixel 3a is available for $279 after a $120 discount. It comes with 64GB in storage, and this price is possible in its Just Black and Clearly White color variant. The Google Pixel 3a XL with the same 64GB in storage is getting a $160 discount, meaning you can get yours for $319. These are all factory unlocked devices so that you won’t have carrier restrictions.

Next up is the 35-inch ASUS ROG Strix curved gaming monitor with a $149 discount, which means you can get one for a little under $600. This monitor comes with a 100Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync/free Sync for immersive, smooth gaming with DisplayPort, HDMI connectivity, and ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB lighting and LED lighting to make it stand out.

If you’re looking for a new Smart TV, the 55-inch Hisense 55H8G Quantum series Android 4K ULED Smart TV is available for $500 after a $100 discount. The 65-inch version is also $100 off, leaving it at $700, while the 75-inch model is $200 off, meaning you would have to pay $1,300 for yours.

The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker is also on sale. You can find it for $210 after a 30 percent discount. This Bluetooth speaker usually goes for $300, but right now, you can get one and save $90.

Yes, we also find Apple deals today, as the latest AirPods with a wireless charging case are available for $150 after a $49 discount. If you still want to save more and you don’t really mind wireless charging, the latest AirPods with a regular charging case can be yours for $130 after a $29 discount.

If you want to track your workouts, the Fitbit Charge 3 is available for just $99. This translates to a $50 discount and its lowest price to date. However, you can only choose between the Rose Gold/Blue Grey and the Graphite/Black color variants.

iPhone XR

Finally, you can get a new iPhone XR and Free Unlimited Everything with the Memorial Day deals over at UNREAL Mobile.

The first deal gives you three months of service on any plan for the price of one, and these start at $5 a month. The second deal gets you a new iPhone XR for $549, and you also get three months free of 3GB Unlimited Everything, which has a $75 value. These plans renew at the regular 3-month bundle price listed in here.

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Google Pixel Buds review: better AirPods for Android? (video)

Google Assistant, if you want it

There’s something I wanted to start off with here in our Pixel Buds review, because it is a conversation I’ve had often since the Pixel Buds came out — do you actually use Google Assistant a lot? Let us know in the comments.

The reason why I wanted to ask that is because even if my usage of OK G is rather low, products like this make me do it a lot more. That’s because the Pixel Buds still stand as the template for how Google Assistant should be implemented, especially on audio products. This doesn’t discredit the new Pixel Buds’ improved ability to recognize the hotword — a feature made possible by really good microphones that do a good job for this task and voice or video calls that are so common right now. The act of holding on the area so that you can talk to Google Assistant in a controlled manner is, in my opinion, the game changing feature that it always required. That’s because normally you say OK G and just hope that there’s not too much noise around you or that the software can actually recognize when you stopped talking. Instead, you can press and hold the area, say something, let go, and it’s far more accurate than the alternative.

You can also press and hold until you hear a chime and let go so that you can hear your notifications read to you. In this new version, notifications can be set on a per-app basis which helps a lot — in my case, it’s all about Telegram. Responses are done the same way as before — when prompted, say your response and hope it picks up your voice well enough for an accurate read. While I wish that the press and hold feature was implemented all over the, let’s say, Pixel Buds interface, I still just appreciate hearing my notifications in this easy method anyway.

Well-rounded

So let’s just talk about the earbuds for a second, because they’ve been massively improved from the last version. The case is an egg. There’s not much way to get around that obvious descriptor. It’s always going to be an egg even if you get a different color, which I do find a little peculiar. That said, the case is pretty minimal and easy to fit pretty much anywhere. One thing that I already enjoy with the Pixel Buds is third party accessory support, like with the leather Nomad case you might have already noticed. A USB-C port on the bottom is available for charging if you don’t take advantage of the wireless charging capabilities. Finally, a button on the lower back can be held to trigger a pairing mode through which you can connect these buds to just about anything as straight up Bluetooth earphones. On smartphones, the Pixel Buds app will be required to get the most out of the experience. And with that, we can get the actual buds out of the magnetic slots.

They’re pretty minimal now but yes, it looks like you’re putting a couple of Mentos in your ears. No longer are there any wires or uncomfortable earpiece s — now, they’re true wireless and the buds come with a couple of key features that make them some of the most comfortable pairs around. First off, the wingtips — these help keep the buds in one’s ear without falling out at even the slightest shakes. And secondly, a vent that helps some air get in — similar to the AirPods Pro — reduces the plugged feeling that most earbuds give off. The final result is a pair of really light earbuds that basically feel like they’re not there. There is some ear fatigue after hours of wearing, though super long wear times, I’m told, are not the norm. Well, I’m one of those people and it would take a couple of hours of straight wearing until I needed a rest.

Pixel Buds review

I’m the ‘long-wear’ kind of user because I like to have something playing in the background pretty much all the time. So it’s good that the Pixel Buds allow you to use one bud at a time. And I’m appreciative that the same controls carry over no matter which bud you’re using — often you get differing controls based on which side is in. Volume controls are always available via swipes forward or backward, taps are for playlist control, and then I already talked about the Google Assistant controls.

So how do they sound? In a word, good. I’ve messed with a lot of different truly wireless earbuds and one thing I’ve learned is that every person’s ears and preferences are different, so let me just try to explain how I rank these earbuds in some of the key areas. The main frequencies that are lacking are in the low end, where bass isn’t as booming as my Jabra Elite Active 75t and fall just short of the same bass response of the Airpods Pro. That said, even if it won’t move you to the core, your ears can still satisfyingly perceive them, unlike with the Galaxy Buds+ which have worse low frequency responses in my opinion. However, voices tend to me the priority with earbuds made by phone manufacturers and that is indeed the case with the Pixel Buds, so for the mids and some highs, I think they’re on par with both the Galaxy Buds+ and the Airpods Pro.

Achievements still locked down

But you’ll notice I just featured a few different earbuds that have what you might call killer features. And it’s in those areas that the Pixel Buds just fall short — it’s up to you if you think Google Assistant is that killer feature, and I do think it comes kind of close. However, I do hope some extra features make it into version 3.

Pixel Buds review

Features like active noise cancellation, which the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF1000xM3 do so well with. The AirPods Pro, in particular, manage to marry ANC and the air vent for the best of both worlds. I wish that the Pixel Buds had a passthrough function, which the Galaxy Buds+ and the Jabra Elite 75t have despite lacking ANC, so that I could more easily talk to people around me when needed. It’s debatable which one is more important to me, because I like having things like LoFi playing at a low level with passthrough on so it’s like a personal soundtrack to my productivity but, then again, getting some peace and zen with noise cancellation is very useful too.

But reports are coming out stating that the Pixel Buds are going to greatly improve on a feature that I think most users might haphazardly overlook — Adaptive Sound. Since there is no ANC, these buds don’t totally block the outside world from getting in, so if your volume is low enough, you can hear people around you even without amplified passthrough. Google is hoping to make the microphones smarter and smarter, so that it can not only lower or increase volume based on your situation like a library or a subway, but also based on recognizable cues like the sound of a baby crying or a dog barking to get your attention. That would be a great way of skirting the extra sound modes that are missing, but like with many Google products, this is a feature that is on its way and we’re all just in the beta test right now.

Pixel Buds review

And finally, despite the convenient wireless charging case and the fact that I can just switch earbuds out when needed, I wish the battery life was better. It’s not bad, topping out at about 5 hours depending on usage, but it’s simply dwarfed by something like the Galaxy Buds+ which can go for like 10 hours straight. Unless you’re okay with about 45 minute charging times, the Pixel Buds won’t be the best companion for long haul flights.

Final thoughts

Wrapping up our Pixel Buds review, what the Pixel Buds have done in this second generation is prove that Google knew what fundamentals to focus on. As with all things Google, the software gets a little more attention and I think in this case, that’s okay. ANC and passthrough audio are still considered overachieving features despite how much more common they are slowly becoming. But a great way to interact with Google Assistant is what Big G wanted and sometimes needs to achieve for their audience. But if you’re not that kind of user, that’s okay too because these are really well rounded baseline earbuds that make sure Google Assistant doesn’t equal an extraordinary price tag. At $179, you get good sound, a light fit, great controls, and Google Assistant if you want it for a price that undercuts ANC-enabled competitors that might not have similar fit, feel or convenience. If you are an Android user in particular and want a good way to get started in true wireless audio, the Pixel Buds hit a good fundamental happy medium are a worthwhile first party step in the right direction.

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Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 5 Specs: Oh boy… (video)

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Several Apple products, gaming monitors and more, on sale today

Deals. Come on, we know you missed the Apple deals so we have some new ones for you. The latest 16in MacBook Pro is currently $300 off at B&H, leaving the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2099. The latest MacBook Air is also $100 off, leaving the 512GB of storage variant for $1200. For those of you gamers, the Razer Jungle Cat controller is also $15 off, leaving it at $85 shipped. We have deals on more Apple products, BenQ monitors and more in the links in the description.

iOS 13.5 brings Exposure Notification API, faster unlock experience while wearing a mask

Apple just started rolling out iOS 13.5 which brings some changes directly related to the pandemic. For starters, it brings the new notification exposure API they built with Google which is the foundation on which contact tracing apps will be developed. Other key features include Face ID now detecting that you’re wearing a mask and immediately asks for your password instead of it taking forever to realize, it also works with Apple Pay and other apps. We have the full list of changes in the description.

OnePlus might not launch another McLaren Edition phone in the future

Remember the phone with the coolest name ever? Yes, we’re talking about the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. It seems we won’t have another one to mock as, OnePlus is no longer listed in the official McLaren partners page. None of the companies has made a statement yet but it seems that their partnership has come to an end, meaning that we won’t see any McLaren branded phone from OnePlus soon. It could be a mistake or part of a strategy but, the logo still isn’t back on the site. We’ll keep you posted in case we have official statements. Let’s hope that if they do decide to work together again, the name becomes a bit less ridiculous.

We have new details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch event

Now as for some sad possible updates from the pandemic, well, Samsung usually hosts two major Unpacked Events each year for their flagship releases but. I’m actually shocked we still got the February Unpacked. Thing is, for obvious reasons this year will be different. According to a report from South Korea, Samsung has already taken their decision and this will be the first time ever that the company is releasing a flagship online. We get tons of silent releases online from Samsung but they will obviously have some sort of event for the Note’s Unpacked. The event is still slated for August but we don’t have any specific dates yet. Some other products we might get at this event include obviously the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Fold 2 and some wearables.

Samsung Galaxy S21 could arrive with Chinese OLED displays

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Samsung could be ditching Samsung Display for the Galaxy S21 but, not entirely. According to some industry insiders, after a month of preliminary negotiations, Samsung just sent an official request for quotation to BOE which hints to the deal happening and also the fact that they are already working on the S21. Now, it isn’t clear if we’ll be getting a Galaxy S21 Ultra but, that one wouldn’t be using a BOE display because these orders are for 90Hz displays. They have also sent a quotation request to Samsung Display for 60Hz and 120Hz displays so, they aren’t leaving them completely. According to other insiders, Samsung is trying to get Samsung Display to lower the price on the panels and the threat of having BOE replace them might work.

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More rumors say that the Google Pixel 5 will have a mid-range processor

And finally, let’s call this the most interesting news today. I mean, Pixels have taken the spotlight for weeks now, though I wish they would sell as much as people care about the news. Thing is we’ve been getting several rumors that the Google Pixel 5 might not be a flagship. Yesterday we covered the fact that a Google survey showed that this phone might cost as low as $699. Now, XDA has found some new evidence in the Android 11 Developer Preview that hint to the Pixel 5 bringing the Snapdragon 765G processor. It isn’t clear if it will be the 765G or the new 768G but it is compatible to what they found in the new Google Camera APK for upcoming Pixel phones. The price tag also hints that this phone might not bring a Snapdragon 865 after all.

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