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ZTE Axon A20 5G with under-screen camera passes by China’s TENAA

ZTE Axon A20 5G with under-screen camera passes by China’s TENAA

Some may think that innovation in the smartphone market has almost plateaued but there are still a few dreams that have yet to be fulfilled that don't involve foldable or rollable screens. One such dream is having a camera that hides underneath the screen, unseen until it is needed. Many manufacturers, including Samsung and Apple, have reportedly been trying to achieve it but ZTE might be the first one to actually come out with an under-screen camera in this Axon A20 5G.

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Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

In just a few hours, the mobile app and gaming market exploded into a flurry of news, removals, and two lawsuits, all revolving around a single game: Fortnite. Epic Games, who has spoken out and moved against the status quo in the game and app store markets, made a daring move to implement its own direct payment system to bypass Google's and Apple's revenue split system. It isn't surprising that both Apple and Google have quickly removed Fortnite from their respective app stores but it's rather curious that Epic Games quickly sued both afterward.

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Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Although it has sold Android phones in the past, the Surface Duo is technically Microsoft's first true Android phone, under its own name and without Nokia's involvement. It's not surprising, then, that it wants to put its best foot forward, and not just in the sense of being a unique dual-screen phone. It turns out, Microsoft is joining the rather exclusive club currently formed by Google and, surprisingly, Samsung, who are promising their customers three years of software updates, both for security fixes as well as major OS updates.

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Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google, should have taken the wearable market by storm. For one reason or another, however, Android's wearable incarnation didn't take off as well as its mobile original, and Wear OS lagged behind Apple's watchOS and Samsung's Tizen-based OS in more ways than one. With Android 11 just around the corner, Google is reassuring the remaining Wear OS faithful that all is not lost and that the major update will finally bring much-needed performance improvements across the board.

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Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

It's fair to say that Microsoft's newest hardware is proving divisive, with Surface Duo splitting opinion between those who think it's potentially the future of computing, and critics who say it's just too expensive. The dual-touchscreen clamshell will cost a heady $1,400 when it goes on sale in September, and now Microsoft has released its thirty minute briefing video on just why it thinks that's worth it.

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Civilization VI arrives on Android after a very long wait

Civilization VI arrives on Android after a very long wait

Civilization VI first launched on PC and Mac in 2016, and in the four years since then, we've seen it come to a bunch of other platforms. The game launched on iPad in 2017, on iOS and Switch in 2018, and then on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2019. Firaxis and Aspyr - the company that largely handles the porting duties for Civ VI - have covered a lot of ground in these four years, but eagle-eyed readers (or those who read the title) will see there's a platform missing from that lineup: Android.

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Epic Games offers giant discounts in Fortnite to beat Apple

Epic Games offers giant discounts in Fortnite to beat Apple

Epic Games made a couple of big announcements today related to mobile payments and Fortnite discounts. First and foremost, Epic announced "up to 20% savings on V-Bucks and real-money offers for every purchase," across all of Fortnite's platforms. That's a fairly hefty discount, and it looks like it's kicking in today.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 teased by T-Mobile, crease and all

Galaxy Z Fold 2 teased by T-Mobile, crease and all

We already know much about how the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks like, thanks to Samsung's own teaser, but that doesn't exactly give us an idea of how the phone will actually look like in real life. Samsung did put out an official teaser starring BTS but it was so brief and staged that it was hard to get a true feel for the phone. Thankfully, T-Mobile's Desmond "Des" Smith was kind enough to spend more than just a few minutes on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to give us mere mortals a closer look at Samsung's next-gen foldable.

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ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

ChromeOS.dev finally addresses one of the platform’s biggest flaw

Google has been heavily pushing Chromebooks and Chrome OS almost as the all-in-one computer system you'll ever need, especially with the upcoming support for running Windows applications (at least on the enterprise). As a software platform, however, Chrome OS's story has never really been complete and that is manifested in the lack of quality or even notable apps and games for Chrome OS. Google is finally adding a new chapter to that story with ChromeOS.dev, its new one-stop-shop to help developers get up and running on making software for Google's OS.

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Motorola Razr 5G could be coming in early September

Motorola Razr 5G could be coming in early September

Although it hasn't given the formal word yet, it's highly unlikely that IFA 2020 will take place in September as an in-person event, at least not in the capacity as all IFA events since 1924. That, unfortunately, means that companies that were planning on making a big splash in Berlin this year have to make do with their own separate and potentially online-only alternatives. Case in point, Motorola has apparently scheduled something for September 9 and it's probably no mystery what it will reveal then.

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Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

There's no denying that Microsoft's new Surface Duo has the wow-factor. A waif-like clamshell of soft-touch metal, that smoothly hinges open to reveal not one but two touchscreens - complete with Surface Pen support - it's hard not to look at it and think of a sci-fi movie prop. Yet Microsoft aims to put its futuristic gizmo on sale next month.

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Shiny Pokemon GO in Enigma Week: Stars!

Shiny Pokemon GO in Enigma Week: Stars!

Today we're taking a peek at Pokemon GO and the latest collection of Shiny Pokemon. In our list today, we'll be focusing on the Pokemon that have boosted Shiny spawn rates. This means the Pokemon are more than just Shiny, they're fare more likely to appear as a Shiny Pokemon than they would any other time.

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