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Motorola says ‘bumps and lumps are normal’ on Razr screen

The Motorola Razr is the latest foldable phone on the market, and the first to offer a clamshell form factor akin to feature-phones of yore. The pre-order campaign kicked off this past weekend and Motorola has a few pointers for buyers before they get their hands on devices.

An official video dubbed “Caring for Razr” (h/t: The Verge) says that “bumps and lumps are normal” on the Motorola Razr screen.

It’s not uncommon to see a crease on the display area covering the hinge as the screen folds and unfolds. But bumps are another matter entirely, so we do wonder how big these imperfections can get on the Motorola Razr screen before they’re not considered normal. After all, these lumps were a sign of a defective Galaxy Fold, as internal components poked at the screen.

Either way, this serves as another reminder that today’s foldable phones are still in their infancy, as you wouldn’t expect bumps and lumps on a traditional smartphone display.

The video also calls on users to close the Motorola Razr before stowing it in a pocket or bag. Furthermore, it warns users not to add a screen protector to the device. It’s not all bad news though, as the clip notes that the device is water repellent, saying owners need to wipe the phone with a dry cloth if it gets wet.

Motorola’s phone is expected to be released next month, which is also when the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is tipped to launch. Which device would you buy if you had to choose? Give us your picks in the comments below!

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How to edit a video in Adobe Premiere Pro

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Any successful YouTuber can tell you that an essential part of making hit videos is having top-notch editing skills. There are tons of programs out there, but many videographers turn to Adobe Premiere Pro to edit a video. It’s with good reason, as Adobe integrates much of the Creative Cloud for its projects. However, the Creative Cloud tends to have a steep learning curve.

We can get you started with a couple of tips for editing your next viral hit. There are tons of things you can do in Adobe Premiere Pro, but we’ll just start with the very basics of editing a video.

How to edit a video

1. Before you can start editing a project on Premiere Pro, you have to create it. You can open a new project easily with the following commands:

Windows: Ctrl+Alt+N, Mac: Opt+Cmd+N

That was pretty easy, right? Well, it’s all uphill from here.

2. Now you’ve got your file open, you need to add some content to your project. You can use simple commands to search through your computer for most leading files, for example:

Windows: Ctrl+Alt+I, Mac: Opt+Cmd+I

I mean, we can’t give you ideas for the videos, but at least this part is straight forward.

3. Now that you have your content, it’s time to drag and drop it where you need it on your timeline. You can also use the Overwrite and Insert buttons on your source monitor to place your clips. You can even nest sequences to achieve new effects using the following command:

Windows: Ctrl+U, Mac: Cmd+U

Now we’re really starting to see a project come together.

4. Once you have all your clips and content in order, it’s time for transitions. Hit videos rarely feature the same effects and transitions over and over again so add a title with the following command:

Windows: Ctrl+T, Mac: Cmd+T

And adjust your transitions and effects from the Effects Controls panel with this shortcut:

Windows: Ctrl+D, Mac: Cmd+D

5. Adobe Premiere Pro also packs a powerful sound mixer so you can make the audio for your video sound just right. You can use the audio clip mixer with the command Shift+9, and the audio track mixer with Shift+6.

6. After you finish all of these basic steps, you’re ready to export your video. You can save it to many file types with the Adobe Media Encoder and send it to Blu-ray, DVD, or a digital file.

What else can you do to create content?

There are numerous tools to edit a video out there, and these are the most basic of Adobe Premiere Pro instructions. You would be amazed by how many programs and platforms you can learn once you get the ball rolling. All it takes is a little bit of training to get your content creation up and running quickly.

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Poco’s next smartphone confirmed to launch in this quarter

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Xiaomi-backed Poco recently spun off into an independent company. At the time, it was unclear how Poco would operate without Xiaomi and the kind of devices it’ll launch as a standalone entity.

Now, in a series of interviews with Gadgets 360 and Hindustan Times (HT) , Poco India’s General Manager, C Manmohan has revealed what’s in store for the company and its consumers.

When is the next Poco phone coming?

Manmohan has confirmed that Poco’s next smartphone will launch as early as this quarter. That means we can expect a successor to the Poco F1 by March this year. The company has already started teasing a Season 2 for Poco, hinting at the imminent launch of the new device.

Related: The next Poco device could be a rebranded Redmi K30

As per Manmohan, the brand will stick to its core philosophy of offering a value-for-money proposition. He reportedly said that the next Poco phone will feature a “top-end SoC” and a “large amount of RAM”.

What about the phone’s software?

The upcoming Poco phone and its successors will continue to use MIUI for Poco. “Some of my Poco fans say that it is much more stock Android-ish,” Manmohan told Gadgets 360.

“So essentially, we are kind of, leveraging that and with our Poco fans feedback and the community feedback, we’ll work towards making it much more better and better,” he added.

Will Poco share resources with Xiaomi?

The Poco India GM confirmed that the company will use some of Xiaomi’s resources for the time being.

Speaking to HT he said that the Poco would leverage Xiaomi’s supply chain and after sales resources. It will pay for Xiaomi’s services and have its own sales, marketing, and product teams.

He also admitted that Poco will compete with Mi and Redmi in the market. However, the company is yet to decide the price segment in which it’ll operate.

What about launching Poco phones globally?

Poco’s comeback plans are currently limited to India. Gadgets 360 reports, “It doesn’t have any relation with the global operations of the brand Poco that is named Pocophone.”

According to Manmohan, Poco’s global launch plans are still undecided. He said, “It might take some more time for us to kind of validate that.”


What are your thoughts on Poco’s comeback strategy? Do you think it can recreate the success of the Poco F1? Do you have a wish list for the next Poco smartphone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Looking for an affordable phone? Wait for Qualcomm’s new mid-range chipsets

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Following the launch of the flagship Snapdragon 865 and a series of high-performance, 5G options, Qualcomm is setting its sight at overhauling its entry-level and mid-range chipset portfolio.

At an event in New Delhi, India, the company announced a range of new SoCs that focus on improving connectivity, audio, and performance. Additionally, all three chipsets gain support for India’s homegrown NavIC GPS navigation constellation. Let’s take a closer look.

Snapdragon 460

The Snapdragon 460 represents a fairly big leap for entry-level smartphones. Qualcomm claims that the use of performance cores should help it gain a 70% leap in computing power. Meanwhile, the GPU from the 600 series of chipsets finds a place on the Snapdragon 460. This should have an impact for gamers on a budget since you’ll be able eke out a few more frames on more affordable phones.

Snapdragon 460

Elsewhere, the phone has a new Spectra 340 ISP which should allow for improved imaging. The Qualcomm Spectra 340 ISP enables up to a 25MP camera or dual 16MP modules. The configuration will let OEMs opt for a triple-camera set up as well but might have to compromise on the resolution.

Qualcomm claims that the chipset is WiFi 6 ready including support for FastConnect 6100 which is essentially a subset of features that are a part of Wi-Fi 6 compliance. It remains to be seen if the Snapdragon 460 series will spearhead the adoption of affordable Wi-Fi 6 enabled smartphones.

Snapdragon 662

While the Snapdragon 460 will service the entry-level segment, I fully expect the Snapdragon 662 to become a mainstay of the mid-range segment once devices equipped with it start shipping towards the end of the year.

Snapdragon 662

From a performance perspective, this is an octa-core chipset that pairs four Cortex A73 cores clocked at up to 2Ghz with four Cortex A53 cores that can run at up to 1.8GHz. This performance and efficiency combination is similar to what we’ve already seen on the Snapdragon 660. However, the 662 gains the better Adreno 610 GPU from the Snapdragon 665 to boost its gaming cred.

Bigger changes lie on the imaging front. The Spectra 340T ISP enables mainstays like a 48MP sensor, but also allows for HEIF capture which should go a long way in reducing file sizes of images. Additionally, the ISP allows for smooth switching between a triple camera setup to enable a camera-like user experience.

Connectivity is another area where Qualcomm has made large strides while working on the Snapdragon 662. Between Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm TrueWireless support, you can expect more reliable connectivity and longer range with next-gen wireless earbuds. The chipset is also Wi-Fi 6 ready, though we don’t know yet if this is just Fast Connect 6100 subset or full-blown Wi-Fi 6 support.

Snapdragon 720G

The Snapdragon 720G is positioned as a premium-tier chipset that should slot in right below the Snapdragon 730 that has found duty in phones like the Redmi K30.

Snapdragon 720G

Positioned as an upgrade from the Snapdragon 710 series, it employs dual clusters of two Cortex A76 cores paired with six Cortex A55 cores. Combined with an improved Adreno 618 GPU, users can expect a significant leap in day-to-day as well as gaming performance over the Snapdragon 712.

Imaging is one of the key focus areas for Qualcomm and the 720G gets a Spectra 350L ISP that enables image capture at up to 192MP as well as HEIF support. There are improvements in the AI engine as well that should improve reliability and speed of access for virtual assistants.

Connectivity too, gets a step up, with the adoption of the Fast Connect 6200 platform as well as Wi-Fi 6 support. In addition, Bluetooth 5.1 and TrueWireless Stereo support guarantee a reliable and latency-free connection with the latest generation of true wireless earphones.

  Snapdragon 720G Snapdragon 662 Snapdragon 460
CPU Kryo 465 octa-core
2x @ 2.3GHz (Cortex-A76)
6x @ 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
Kryo 260 octa-core
4x @ 2GHz (Cortex-A73)
4x @ 1.8GHz (Cortex-A53)
Kryo 240 octa-core
4x performance cores (TBC)
4x @ 1.8GHz (Cortex-A53)
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 610 Adreno 610
DSP Hexagon 692 with Tensor Accelerator Hexagon 683 Hexagon 683
Camera Up to 192MP photo capture 48MP photo capture
Triple camera
25MP single/16MP dual
Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE

800Mbps down, 150Mbps up

Snapdragon X11 LTE

390Mbps down, 150Mbps up

Snapdragon X11 LTE

390Mbps down, 150Mbps up

Fast charging Quick Charge 4+ Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge 3.0
Manufacturing process 8nm 11nm 11nm

What does this mean for you?

While the world looks at a 5G-future, the fact of the matter is that 4G handsets and affordable handsets remain the company’s bread and butter. The Snapdragon 460, 662 and 720G bring tangible improvements to performance, imaging and local connectivity. All three are critical features in developing markets where mobile gaming and imaging-based applications are fast turning out to be key selling points for smartphones.

Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 720G based phones should be available started Q1 2020. Unfortunately, you’ve got a long wait ahead of you if you were looking for a new entry-level phone powered by the Snapdragon 460 or 662 platform. Those will ship towards the end of 2020.

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Who is BBK, the world’s second largest phone manufacturer?

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The smartphone has a number of major players these days, outside the familiar brands of Apple and Samsung. Huawei has been trying to cement itself as the second-largest brand, with successful pushes into Asian and European markets. But its position has been put into jeopardy due to Huawei’s ban from US markets and technology. Instead, the best-positioned contender comes from the lesser-known BBK Electronics.

BBK is a Chinese multinational corporation. It owns a number of popular brands across various consumer electronics markets, including headphones, Blu-ray players, and smartphones. It also oversees a number of major smartphone brands including one fan-favorite — Oppo, Vivo, Realme, and OnePlus.

Who is BBK?

BBK Electronics has been operating in various sections of China’s electronics industry since the 1990’s. Duan Yongping, a reclusive billionaire, spearheaded the company. After successfully generating more than 1 billion Yuan from the “Subor” gaming console, a competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System, Duan left his position running a Chinese factory in 1995. He then started the company Bubugao, which would eventually become BBK. The company now owns factories spread over 10 hectares of land and more than 17,000 employees.

BBK Electronics began by manufacturing a range of CD, MP3, and DVD players, along with other household appliances. These appeared under a range of global brands. In 2004 Duan founded Oppo with CEO Tony Chen. Oppo built on Duan’s experience in the video market by selling DVD and Blu-ray players, before moving into the smartphone market.

Meet the BBK brands

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Vivo was the first major BBK subsidiary. Founded by Duan and Vivo CEO Shen Wei in 2009. The first Vivo smartphones appeared in 2011 with a focus on ultra-slim form factors, while relying on celebrity endorsements to capitalize on the smartphone boom. Vivo’s core business is feature-packed mid-rangers, but has grabbed headlines in recent years with its experimental Apex concept phones and the Nex series.

Realme is a similar but much newer Oppo spin-off. It was established by Sky Li (born Bingzhong Li), previously the Vice-President of Oppo Electronics, on May 4, 2018. The brand originally appeared in China as Oppo Real back in 2010 before rebranding and entering a series of new markets, including Europe and India, in 2018 and 2019. Realme’s phones combine cutting-edge tech with affordable price tags. It even managed to snag our Best of Android 2019 award.

Duan didn’t start OnePlus either, the BBK brand that Western customers might be most familiar with. Instead, former Oppo vice president Pete Lau and co-founder Carl Pei set up the company in 2013. While OnePlus has the highest global profile of any of the BBK brands, it is still a subsidiary of Oppo, making it a subsidiary of parent company BBK too. OnePlus is also arguably the most premium brand of the bunch. However, it takes a different approach to Oppo and Vivo’s retail-based business model. OnePlus primarily targets online sales via platforms like Amazon, which has helped BBK enter European and US markets.

Second or third place, depending on who you ask

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When it comes to smartphones, BBK Electronics is a big deal, even though most consumers have never heard of it. Oppo and Vivo have long been major players not just in the Chinese smartphone market, but internationally too. OnePlus and Realme are quickly adding additional markets and sales on top of the company’s Chinese stronghold.

In China, Oppo and Vivo have managed to surpass the growth rate of the once seemingly invincible Xiaomi by building a network of local stores, while its competitor focused on its efforts online. Apple and Samsung have struggled to keep pace with the cost-competitive nature of China’s homegrown mobile brands, including those in the BBK network.

On a global scale, data from CounterPoint consistently places combined BBK brand market shares in second place towards the end of 2019. At the last count, BBK moves ahead of the combined might of Huawei and Honor and is right behind Samsung in terms of global shipments and share. Apple retains its second spot during its fourth-quarter new release surge. However, it is otherwise now fourth place in the global scheme of things.

Looking at the BBK brands individually paints quite a different picture. There’s a familiar first, second, and third-ranking for Samsung, Huawei, and Apple respectively. Oppo remains BBK’s largest individual brand and is only a couple of percentage points behind Apple for third place on its own.

Global Smartphone Market Share Q3 2019

The change in fortunes over the past couple of years is mostly due to the huge growth in markets such as China and India. Chinese brands have capitalized on their home markets and their value for money proposition has played well in India and Southeast Asian markets. Combined with aggressive marketing and investments in retail networks, India’s market leader Xiaomi has started feeling the pressure. Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung, in particular, are struggling to grow their brands in these markets and are instead reliant on their more traditional but stagnant bases.

Market estimates always have some margin of error, but the data shows a close race for second between BBK and Huawei in the grander, global picture. The two aren’t very far behind market leader Samsung now either. The 2020 rankings are all to play for.

Looking forward

BBK Electronics isn’t satisfied with just having a strong lead in China. The company is battling it out with Xiaomi for the top spot in India, which remains a key growth market. Meanwhile, Realme and OnePlus are broadening the company’s horizons outside of Asia. BBK also launched another brand named ikoo a few years ago. This smartphone sub-brand leverages experience in children’s educational electronic toys to create the world’s first education handset.

By spreading itself across multiple brands, BBK has managed to tailor its products to suit various market segments. The strategy has clearly paid off in China and is quickly growing across India and now in parts of Europe too. After all, the company is hard to ignore when it’s subsidiaries are pumping out devices like the OnePlus 7T and Realme X2 Pro.

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A new Galaxy S20 report just put a damper on those 10x optical zoom rumors

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Just a couple of days ago, we got wind of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with its mad zoom capabilities. It was rumored that the phone will feature 10x optical zoom. However, a new report now has us second guessing the previous leak.

According to The Elec (via Sammobile), Samsung is sourcing prisms for 5x optical zoom camera modules. Optrontech — a South Korean manufacturer of optical parts — has apparently confirmed that it has supplied the said prisms to Samsung for the Galaxy S20 series.

Contradictory to previous rumors, The Elec does not mention 10x optical zoom at all. One reason for this could be that Samsung has reserved 10x optical zoom only for the S20 Ultra. There’s also a chance that the 5x optical zoom module is meant for the regular Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus.

Then again, It’s entirely possible that Samsung will cap optical zoom to 5x in all three phones. If so, Huawei’s rumored P40 series could be the first to feature 10x optical zoom. However, we highly doubt Samsung will miss an opportunity to best Huawei in the camera department.

What the rumors say so far

Based on what we know so far, the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra will have varying camera configurations. Samsung’s ultra high-res 108MP camera is also said to be confined to the S20 Ultra. So it’s possible Samsung is sourcing prisms for the 10x optical zoom module from somewhere else and we just don’t know about it yet.

All we can do for now is speculate on the rumors that are out there. Even if the Galaxy S20 phones get 5x optical zoom, it’s still a significant jump over the current 2x zoom module used in the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones.

We’ll update you as and when we know more about the new Samsung flagships.

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Galaxy Z Flip might get a bigger battery than Moto Razr, but will it be enough?

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After much confusion, it looks like Galaxy Z Flip is the name for Samsung’s upcoming clamshell phone. The name was previously tipped by leakster Ice Universe and has now been reaffirmed by XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach. Incidentally, Weinbach is also the one behind the latest series of Galaxy S20 leaks.

In a series of tweets, Weinbach reveals some more information about the alleged Galaxy Z Fold. The tipster says that the foldable phone will get a 3,300mAh battery and will run on the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The 2019 flagship chipset was also tipped in a previous report, back when we thought the phone was called the Galaxy Fold 2.

At 3,300mAh, the new Galaxy foldable trumps the battery capacity of the recently launched Moto Razr clamshell. The Razr comes with a measly 2,510mAh battery, which Moto claims works well with the phone’s Snapdragon 710 SoC.

However, the Galaxy Z Flip’s more premium processor could drain its 3,300mAh battery pretty quickly. It’s even smaller than the 3,500mAh battery on 2018’s Galaxy S9 Plus, which was not very impressive to begin with. In our testing, the S9 Plus’ battery gave us merely three hours of screen-on time during our camera testing and six hours with heavy usage.

It’s possible Samsung had to compromise on the battery capacity of the Galaxy Z Flip in order to maintain a thin form factor.

To mitigate battery drain, Samsung could look at deploying the Galaxy Fold‘s Adaptive Power Saving Mode on the new phone. The feature regulates battery consumption depending on how you use your device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip display rumors

Apart from outing the Galaxy Z Flip’s battery details, Weinbach has also revealed some info about its display. He says that the phone will feature an ultra-thin glass layered with plastic to avoid scratching.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Samsung’s next foldable using ultra-thin glass. Two previous reports have stated the same. However, that extra layer of plastic on top of the ultra-thin glass is new information to us.

Ultra-thin glass protection is good news since it’s more scratch resistant than plastic. It also reportedly results in less wrinkles compared to the first wave of foldable phone displays.

Weinbach claims the plastic layer on top will serve as additional protection for the display. If it gets scratched, only the plastic will suffer the damage, not the display.


What do you think of the Galaxy Z Flip so far? Are you excited for Samsung’s clamshell phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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OnePlus 8 series to challenge the Galaxy S20 with its own 120Hz Fluid Display

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OnePlus has developed a new QHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that will debut with the OnePlus 8 series. The company revealed specifications and features for the new display at its screen technology event held in Shenzhen, China earlier today.

With a 120Hz refresh rate, the content on the display is refreshed 120 times per second. This makes for smoother playback as well as an overall fluid OS navigation experience. We’ve previously seen 120Hz screens on the likes of the Asus ROG Phone 2 and Razer Phone 2.

OnePlus 120Hz Fluid Display specs

According to information trickling in on Twitter and Chinese social media website Weibo, the display will feature a 10-bit color depth. This means that it will be able to produce a palette of 1.07 billion colors as opposed to an 8-bit panel which can display 16.7 million colors. Having a 10-bit panel is also necessary for true HDR 10 implementation.

The Verge reports that OnePlus worked with Samsung to develop the new display. The publication also reports that the company has done work on top of Android to improve animations like core OS gestures.

Additionally, OnePlus aims to have a 0.8 JNCD rating for every 120Hz display it produces. JNCD stands for Just Noticeable Color Differences and is a measurement of the bare minimum color difference a human eye can spot. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a 0.4 JNCD, which means it displays colors that are near perfect.

Machine translation of the company’s presentation slides suggests that the new display will use a dedicated MEMC chip. MEMC stands for Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation and is usually a technology available on televisions. It inserts new frames between existing ones in a video to decrease motion blur.

OnePlus’ MEMC tech can apparently upscale low frame rate videos to a maximum of 120 frames per second, making the picture smoother and more natural. If this really works as intended, it could mean a much better gaming experience on future OnePlus phones.

Further, OnePlus’ 120Hz display has a touch sample rate of 240Hz and can apparently hit 1,000 nits peak brightness. It is optimized by something OnePlus calls Smooth Chain technology. However, details are scarce at the moment thanks to the official information being available only in Chinese.

Will the OnePlus 8 get a 120Hz display?

Speaking to The Verge, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the company’s next phone would tout the new display tech, even going as far as to say that it will be “the best smartphone display in 2020.”

That’s quite the claim! We just hope the high refresh rate displays are well optimized for power consumption. Current OnePlus devices with a 90Hz display experience significant battery drainage when the refresh rate is set to 90Hz.

OnePlus is expected to detail its display tech even further very soon. We’ll let you know as soon as we have the latest.

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Smartphone quiz: Does it have this feature?

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This quiz will test out just how familiar you really are with some of the best Android phones out there. All you have to do is figure out whether a phone in question has a feature like an in-display fingerprint scanner, a headphone jack, a pop up selfie camera, or any other that’s mentioned.

Are you up for the challenge? Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your score on social media at the end.

Note: If you don’t see a Start button, click here.


This is the 71st quiz in our regular weekly series. You can take a few of the most popular ones via the links below or check out all of them by clicking here.

Let us know which questions you thought were the hardest and share your result with others in the comments!

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Chrome will soon hide those annoying website notification requests

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Pop-ups might be largely a thing of the past, but the latest annoying distraction when web surfing is notification requests. These are the little boxes that pop up asking if users want to receive notifications of updates even after leaving the website.

While some sites provide a steady stream of great content you don’t want to miss out on (ahem, Android Authority), most users are not interested and deny or ignore notification requests every time they pop up. This gets old fast, as many sites ask again and again with each new visit.

Read also: 20 Chrome tips and tricks you should know about

Thankfully, the upcoming Chrome 80 update will eliminate this problem in an elegant way. Instead of displaying the entire notification, the Chrome browser on desktop and mobile will be able to automatically hide them, instead showing a small message saying the notifications have been blocked.

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As seen above, the result is less intrusive, but still allows users to enable notifications with a simple tap or click. The blue box only appears the first time the feature kicks in, to help ease users into the new UI element.

This setting won’t be enabled by default, but can be toggled via a new “quieter messaging” option in the settings menu. For users to frequently deny notification messages (read: everyone), the quieter messaging will be turned on automatically once the update rolls out to stable Chrome.

Quieter messaging will be turned on automatically for users who frequently deny requests.

The Chrome team is also taking things a step further later this year, when it will “enable additional enforcement against abusive websites using web notifications for ads, malware or deceptive purposes.”

For now, the option is available on Beta, Dev, and Canary channels of Chrome (via 9to5Google), and can be enabled with the flag chrome://flags/#quiet-notification-prompts. For web developers who want to avoid being permanently shushed, the official Chromium blog post also outlines some best practices to improve user acceptance rates.

On top of this, it seems that Chrome will soon also add a “Game of the Day” feature that allows users to replay fan-favorite mini-games from past Google Doodles (also via 9to5Google). It’s displayed on the Chrome home page in some Dev and Canary channels on Android. No word yet on a wider rollout.

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