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Samsung Z Slide listing suggests affordable expanding phones incoming

Samsung Z Slide listing suggests affordable expanding phones incoming

It's been a while since we've seen a smartphone - or any smart device - that's changed the way we've conducted our lives. This month Samsung Display previewed a set of devices that we assumed would be concepts, ready to inspire the next generation of smartphone and/or tablet. If a European Union Intellectual Property Office listing is any indication, it would appear that Samsung Electronics is close to releasing one of these conceptual devices as a real deal phone!

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If the next iPhone SE looks like this, count me in

If the next iPhone SE looks like this, count me in

A set of images of a future iPhone appeared this week with some interesting ideas about its potential for color. For those interested in the least expensive pathway to a new iPhone, the iPhone SE seems to remain the key here in 2021. A set of creators in the Apple fan universe created a phone for 2023 that takes the iPhone SE out a whole new door.

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Pokemon GO end-of-May Shiny and Eevee action

Pokemon GO end-of-May Shiny and Eevee action

This week we're taking a peek at the wide variety of releases and updates made to Pokemon GO, starting with Sylveon! Eevee will be able to be evolved into Sylveon starting on the 25th of May, 2021, for the first time ever! If you have an Eevee and place it as your Buddy Pokemon and attain 70 Buddy Hearts, your Eevee should show the Sylveon silhouette - and you know what that means!

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Samsung patent details gesture functionality for folding phones

Samsung patent details gesture functionality for folding phones

Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone makers in the entire world, and it's always looking for new features to set its devices apart from others available on the market. Renderings have turned up online that appear to have line art from a Samsung patent application detailing possible future gesture controls integrated into its folding smartphones. The images, which can all be seen below, focus mainly on buttons that are located on the sides of the smartphone.

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This Chrome experiment could fill the void Google Reader left in my heart

This Chrome experiment could fill the void Google Reader left in my heart

Google just announced an RSS feature for Google Chrome that'd allow users to follow blogs with ease. This is like a very tiny, limited part of the deal that was Google Reader, before Google ended service with the RSS aggregator in the year 2013 after approximately 8 years of service to the public. Now Google is once again "building on the open RSS web standard."

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Pixel 6 leak spills the big beans on both sides

Pixel 6 leak spills the big beans on both sides

The Google Pixel 6 appears to have leaked in a major way this week, both in standard and Pro configurations. The latest leak shows the Google Pixel 6 in what's likely the standard color setup, with a white back, bright orange top back section, and black camera array. The backside camera array is set in a sort of bridge, rising up above the rest of the smartphone's back side from one side to the other.

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WhatsApp feature update will migrate chat history to a new platform

WhatsApp feature update will migrate chat history to a new platform

One of the more popular messaging apps for smartphone users on the market right now is WhatsApp. The app is widely used, and as people upgrade smartphones every few years, many have been asking for a way to move their chat histories to a new device. As it stands now, you can use the same WhatsApp account on a new device on the same platform, but chat histories aren't carried over for different platforms.

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Android 12 Beta now open to many more devices

Android 12 Beta now open to many more devices

Google's Android 12 Beta was opened to more devices this week, including non-Google Pixel smartphones. New partners and eligible devices were added to a list for Android 12 Beta, including those from names both big and small. Unlike the situation with Google and the Pixel, each partner will handle their own enrollments and support for the program - so make sure you're onboard with the level of support your brand has provided you in the past!

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As Apple fights for iOS app control, Google cuts more restrictions with Android 12

As Apple fights for iOS app control, Google cuts more restrictions with Android 12

In the latest beta version of Android, Google revealed how 3rd-party app stores will be more free to operate on the OS. With this latest update, Google updated Android's Package Installer parameters with "setRequireUserAction". It is with this new parameter that Google will allow users to be more free to use 3rd-party app stores to download apps and keep said apps up to date with said app stores.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro leaks great news for fans of big phones

Google Pixel 6 Pro leaks great news for fans of big phones

Today the Google Pixel 6 Pro was leaked with images and features listed. This device will look a lot like the previously-leaked Google Pixel 6, complete with the "bridge" camera array at its back and two-tone color scheme. The front looks to roll with a curved-edge display and a punch-hole design for its front-facing camera, and all four corners are significantly rounded.

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Pokemon GO code teardown hints at Volcarona

Pokemon GO code teardown hints at Volcarona

The latest APK of the game Pokemon GO revealed information about the near-future of the game, including the possibility of a launch of Larvesta and Volcarona! A teardown of the game's version 0.209.0 revealed new move effects, a fix for Rocket Radar, a Global Challenge text change, changes to image assets, Shadow Pokemon effect color changes, and changes to notifications for contacts joining the game. This update also added Pokemon Party changes and Quest Branching as a new sort of quest type.

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Google passport foldable Pixel phone leaked: Connecting the dots

Google passport foldable Pixel phone leaked: Connecting the dots

Today the Google codename Passport leaked alongside three more names that suggest four phones will be released in 2021. The company almost certainly has two Google Pixel 6 smartphones incoming, plus a Google Pixel 5a, and a Google Pixel with a foldable display. This new device has the name "Passport". With the information leaked in 2020* about future plans for the Pixel line along with the latest Foldable updates to Android 12 lead us to a relatively clear picture of what Google's preparing.

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