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Best of Android is back for a 2020 mid-year showdown, and more tech news today


Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, July 13.

1. The Best of Android: Mid-2020 is here!

My colleagues at Android Authority have been toiling away in the lab and behind the scenes seeking to bring you a guide to the best Android phones of 2020, in a mid-year review.

Previously a once-a-year-winners list, the new mid-year guide looks at all phones released in 2020 thus far, by “removing any uncertainty by subjecting the best smartphones of today to a battery of unique tests that can definitively separate the real deal from the hype machine.”

And there’s more to the story this time around:

  • By now, most people understand that the overall experience they get from their phone is more than megapixel count, battery size, or how fast it charges.
  • In 2020, we all know that phones are better than ever, but the intangibles around value, software stability, after-sales service, mainstream availability, are equally important. If you can’t buy it, it’s not much good sitting on the top step of a podium.
  • And this time around, the data results haven’t been framed by third-party benchmarking tools, which can lead to clever tricks or cheating by maker. Instead, all of the performance and battery data used in Best of Android: Mid-2020 has been sourced from a custom version of Speed Test G, cooked up by Gary Sims himself.

The details cover lots of ground, offering a look at all key aspects of a phone. Here’s how it’ll shake out:

  • Sunday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Audio (live now)
  • Monday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Display (later today)
  • Tuesday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Battery
  • Wednesday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Performance
  • Thursday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Camera
  • Friday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Value
  • Saturday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 overall winner (Editor’s Choice)
  • Sunday: Voting starts for the Best of Android: Mid-2020 Reader’s Choice winner.

  • Sunday’s Audio award went to the LG V60 (above), thanks to its headphone jack and 32-bit Quad DAC which impressively powers just about any headphones you might have, all the way to low impedance headphones.
  • Without getting too far into audiophile territory, with improving support for better codecs, aptX, HD/LDAC support, and even FLAC decoding, surprisingly decent audio quality is becoming more common.
  • The overall takeout: audio quality is better than it ever has been for most smartphones.

Display: As I write, the Display category winner has just been revealed.

  • Display tests for clarity, color accuracy, gamma, and quality revealed that OLED devices still rule the roost, with not a single LCD in the top-ranks.
  • Top three? The OnePlus 8 Pro, 2020 Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra flagships, and the Huawei P40 the top three.

2. Somehow, 125W charging is coming this week. The idea is you’ll be able to get to 100% charge in 15 minutes, which is crazy. Very interested in how the battery chemistry can handle the heat generated, and how this affects the overall lifespan (Android Authority). Also, there’s a demonstration of 120W charging from iQoo (beware the audio is super loud).


3. You told us: Even with smart TVs, you’re mostly using streaming dongles (Android Authority).


4. Lenovo Yoga X: an Android tablet that can also be a second screen? (Android Authority).


5. One of the shocks on Friday was that Amazon had banned TikTok from phones accessing Amazon email accounts for security reasons. Within hours, though, Amazon issued a retraction and said the whole thing was in error. I’ve talked to a bunch of people who only saw the original headline and assumed it’s still true. Which it isn’t. For now. (The Verge).


6. Google has announced a $ 10 billion ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’ to help accelerate India’s digital economy (blog.google). On that note: Digital payment transactions in India reached an all-time high in June, as people avoid handling banknotes amid the coronavirus pandemic (Bloomberg).


7. Here’s a website that allows you to experience what it is like to live with dyslexia (geon.github.io)


8. The four biggest announcements from Ubisoft’s not-E3 event: FarCry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, more (The Verge). Also: Three Ubisoft executives leave amid misconduct allegations (Engadget).


9. Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth a record $ 114,000? (Ars Technica).


10. How to trick your brain to remember almost anything (Wired).


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What’s new on Disney Plus in July: Hamilton and more


Disney Plus On Desktop Mac

Credit: Adamya Sharma / Android Authority

This month, Disney Plus will have perhaps its biggest exclusive release so far for the new service. Yes, it’s almost time for the debut of the stage musical Hamilton. However, that’s not the only content update coming to the service. Here are the highlights of what’s coming to Disney Plus in July, followed by the full list of what’s new on the service during the month.

Don’t have Disney Plus yet? You can sign up today via the button below. Learn even more about Disney Plus in our extensive guide here.


Hamilton (July 3)

This was supposed to be released to movie theaters in 2021. However, the COVID-19 outbreak caused Disney to launch this long-awaited filmed version of the original stage musical as an exclusive for Disney Plus. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and stars in this musical, which uses hip-hop and modern pop music to tell the story of one of the American founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. This is the filmed version of the original stage production, which won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and even the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.


Rogue Trip (July 24)

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Another highlight of what’s new for Disney Plus in July includes Rogue Trip, a new National Geographic series. It stars ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff. The series follows him, and his son Mack, on trips to different points around the world, including Colombia, Ukraine, and Ethiopia.


Muppets Now (July 31)

 

The Muppets are back in this new six-episode series. Muppets Now will include your favorites like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and many others. In this series, we get to see the Muppets in charge of their own reality shows. You can also expect to see some celebrity guests show up.


Black is King (July 31)

Beyoncé voiced Nala in 2019’s CGI remake of The Lion King. Now she’s coming back with Black is King, a visual album inspired by The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album. This visual album will debut exclusively on Disney Plus. It will also include some special guest artists.


What’s new on Disney Plus in July 2020

Here’s the full list of what’s new on the service in July. In addition to the new original shows, many recent Disney movies will debut on the service in the next month. That includes Solo: A Star Wars Story, Incredibles 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and more. The US version of the service will also add its first X-Men movie titles in July.

July 3

  • Hamilton
  • The Big Green
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Animal ER
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Ice Road Rescue
  • Pixar in Real Life: “UP: Balloon Cart Away” 
  • Disney Family Sundays – “Peter Pan Shadow Box Theater” 
  • One Day at Disney – “Zama Magudulela: The Lion King Madrid, Spain” 
  • It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer – Episode 108 

July 10

  • Critter Fixers: Country Vets (S1)
  • Gigantosaurus (S1)
  • Secrets of the Zoo (S3)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Disney Family Sundays – “Lilo and Stitch: Family Tree” 
  • One Day at Disney – “Marc Smith: Story Artist” 
  • It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer – Episode 109 

July 17

  • A Pre-Reopening Report from Disneyland
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Disney Junior Music Lullabies
  • Lost City of Machu Picchu
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (S1-2)
  • The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World
  • Wild Chile (S1)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Disney Family Sundays – “Moana: Tomato Photo Holder” 
  • One Day at Disney – “Mike Davis: Imagineering Project Manager” 
  • It’s a Dog Life with Bill Farmer – Season Finale 

July 24

  • Rogue Trip 
  • Wild Congo (S1)
  • Wild Sri Lanka (S1)
  • Disney Family Sundays – “The Jungle Book: Finger Puppet” 
  • One Day at Disney – “Chris Christi: Helicopter Reporter” 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 

July 31

  • Muppets Now 
  • Black is King 
  • Incredibles 2
  • Alaska Animal Rescue (S1)
  • Animal Showdown (S1)
  • Best Job Ever (S1)
  • Big Cat Games
  • Cradle of the Gods
  • Destination World (S1)
  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (S8)
  • Fearless Adventures with Jack Randall (S1)
  • Hidden Kingdoms of China
  • Hunt for the Abominable Snowman
  • India’s Wild Leopards
  • Jungle Animal Rescue (S1)
  • King Fishers (S1)
  • Lost Temple of the Inca
  • Marvel Funko (S1-2)
  • Surviving the Mount St. Helens Disaster
  • Weirdest, Bestest, Truest (S1)
  • What Sam Sees (S1)
  • Disney Family Sundays – “Mickie and Minnie: Pillows” 
  • One Day at Disney – “Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studios Creative Director” 

That’s what’s new on Disney Plus in July. We’ll be back next month with a new update. Meanwhile, make sure you sign up for Disney Plus below.


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Your regular reminder: More phone cameras does not equal better quality photos


The Redmi Note 8T offers more cameras, including a macro camera.

Credit: Nick Fernandez / Android Authority

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Hadlee Simons

It seems like just the other day that LG launched the V40 with its main-telephoto-ultrawide triple rear camera setup that would eventually form the backbone of many a premium phone’s photography suite.

The smartphone world has gone even further since then though, with brands pushing the number to four or in some ill-advised cases as many as five cameras.

Everyone from Huawei and Samsung to Xiaomi and OnePlus seem to be hopping on this trend of adding more and more cameras, but it’s worth stressing once again that increasing the number of cameras does not guarantee better picture quality — and manufacturers certainly know this.

These brands nevertheless choose this approach because it’s a cheap marketing trick to use in their promotional materials. Whether it’s the recent Xiaomi Redmi Note entries, Realme‘s budget phones, Samsung’s Galaxy A family, or Huawei’s mid-range phones, there are loads of examples of devices with unnecessary extra cameras that seem to be there simply to pad the numbers.

Related: The best Android camera phones you can buy

Quantity =/= quality

Samsung Galaxy A51 rear camera macro

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Macro cameras and depth sensors are two of the most popular extra cameras and, excuse me if this sounds obvious but… they don’t magically add up to deliver a better overall photo. The addition of these cameras have almost nothing to do with the actual picture quality when shooting a standard photo via the main camera. In fact, the biggest contributing factor to better image quality is the main camera hardware and a brand’s image processing software.

Whether it’s the introduction of a better main image sensor, optical image stabilization to reduce blur, or better camera software, all of these additions actually have an impact on overall picture quality. So why add these particular cameras in the first place then?

Read: What is macro photography?

A depth camera might be handy for portrait mode and depth of field effects, but it’s only contributing depth data to the main camera. Many brands these days are able to gather depth data via software algorithms or other, more useful cameras.

Meanwhile, macro cameras are used for taking close-up shots, but today’s brands are largely using token 2MP sensors (e.g. OnePlus 8 and many budget phones) that don’t offer much detail at all.

So clearly most brands seem to be using depth sensors and macro cameras to make up the numbers rather than as part of a concerted effort to actually deliver better image quality. But there are extra cameras worth having on a phone though, either offering a wildly different perspective or improving overall image quality.

When more cameras are welcome

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the phone

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

One of the more common additions these days is the ultra-wide camera, taking snaps that are wider than a typical main camera. This is ideal for buildings, landscapes, group photos, and other situations where you want to cram as much as possible into the frame. Many ultra-wide cameras are also capable of taking macro shots too, and at a higher resolution than those sketchy 2MP macro sensors. Ultra-wide cameras are available on everything from the low-end Samsung Galaxy A11 to high-end phones like the Galaxy S20 series and iPhone 11 family.

Zoom cameras such as periscope or telephoto lenses are another truly handy addition too. These cameras offer much better zoom quality than phones relying on digital zoom alone. These cameras allow you to get Instagram-worthy images from afar rather than a blurry mess. Examples of phones with zoom-enabled cameras include recent Huawei flagships, the OnePlus 7T, and Samsung’s recent flagships.

We’ve even seen the likes of Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi offer two zoom cameras on a phone, with one being for short-range zoom (2x to 3x) and the other handling long-range zoom (5x or 10x). This way, image degradation is kept to a minimum across a variety of zoom factors. Phones with two zoom cameras include the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

When it comes to cameras, quality is more important than quantity.

Some older phones like the Huawei P20 series and Nokia 8 offer monochrome cameras as secondary sensors too. This type of camera can have a direct impact on overall image quality (especially at night), as it can gather more light than a traditional camera sensor. It can also be used for true monochrome shots and to gather depth information as well.

So why don’t more brands adopt these useful cameras then? Well, at least one manufacturer told us that macro cameras were considerably cheaper to implement than something like a telephoto lens. Furthermore, most brands already offer ultrawide cameras as the secondary shooter. As for monochrome cameras, they have fallen out of favor in recent times as brands use computational photography smarts or RYYB camera sensors to improve low-light picture quality instead.

Better extra cameras or none at all

Redmi Note 9 Pro in hand with camera

Credit: Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

It’s time for manufacturers to either bring truly useful extra cameras to the table or to ditch them completely. Sure, the average consumer might be swayed by fancy “quad-camera” marketing at first, but what happens when the user realizes the extra cameras are pointless? What if the offending brand decides to launch a quad-camera phone with useful extra cameras down the line? It has the potential to turn into a “boy who cried wolf” situation.

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Instead, the money that would’ve been spent on a depth sensor or macro camera can go towards improving the main camera. Whether it’s by implementing a better sensor, optical image stabilization, or improved software, this would all have a more meaningful impact on photo quality. We’d even be happy to see brands taking the cash that would’ve been spent on a depth sensor or macro camera and spending it on improving ultra-wide cameras and selfie snappers too.

So the next time you see a smartphone manufacturer boasting about having a quad-camera phone, just remember that it’s likely a case of quantity over quality.

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The Disney Plus free trial is no more, just before Hamilton drops


Disney Plus animated movies section stock photo

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  • The Disney Plus free trial for new customers has been quietly removed.
  • That means it is the only major streaming service without some sort of free trial offer.
  • The removal comes two weeks before the filmed version of Hamilton drops on Disney Plus.

When Disney Plus launched in November 2019, it included a seven-day free trial for new customers so they could see its content before committing to a monthly subscription. Now, the Disney Plus free trial is no longer being offered. The timing of that removal is tied to a major exclusive that drops just two weeks from now.

Read: How to get Disney Plus for free

A company spokesperson confirmed the removal of the free trial to The Verge. The statement was vague on the reasoning behind the move. The statement said that Disney makes a continued effort to “test and evaluate different marketing, offers, and promotions.” It added that the company felt the service’s current $ 6.99-per-month price “delivers a compelling entertainment offering on its own.” With this move, Disney Plus is now the only major streaming service that doesn’t offer some kind of free trial or free tier.

Is Hamilton to blame?

hamilton disney plus

The timing of the discontinuation of the free trial is certainly interesting. It comes just two weeks before the service drops the highly anticipated filmed stage version of the hit musical Hamilton on July 3. Disney acquired the rights to the filmed version of Hamilton in 2019, with the plan to release it to movie theaters in mid-2021. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Disney decided to make a change and drop the filmed musical on Disney Plus well ahead of schedule.

Read: Check out all of Disney Plus’ movies and TV shows

It’s likely that Hamilton will cause many new subscribers to sign up for Disney Plus. The company might have thought that having a free trial just before or just after Hamilton’s release would make many people sign up for the service, watch the musical, and then leave the service without paying for it.

Disney Plus currently has over 54 million subscribers worldwide, and it’s likely that the release of Hamilton will cause another spike in subscribers. You can sign up for the service at the link below.

Will you be signing up for the service, even without a Disney Plus free trial offer, just to watch Hamilton?


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Save $120 on a Roborock S5, and more of the best robot vacuum deals


Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum cleaner angle view

If you’re tired of vacuuming the floors of your house, maybe it’s time to give a robot vacuum a try. After all, they don’t tire out, and many are smart enough to avoid common obstacles around your house. One of the biggest challenges is finding a model that fits your budget. Here’s our list of the best robot vacuum deals you can get right now.

See also: Robot vacuum cleaners — What are they and why should you buy?

We’ve done our best to hit a variety of price points and plenty of different brands so you can pick the perfect fit. Robot vacuums have come a long way in the last few years, so features like restricted zones and app integration are more popular than ever. If you’re still stuck at home, at least these vacuums should help to knock a chore off of your list.

These deals are arranged by price low to high so you can match your budget quickly.

Best robot vacuum deals

Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best robot vacuum deals as we find new savings.


Eufy RoboVac 25C

eufy robovac 25c

Source: Walmart

Kicking us off is a budget-friendly option from Eufy. The RoboVac 25C makes it easy to start cleaning remotely from an app or with voice commands. It can run for up to 100 minutes on both hardwood and carpet while filling a large 0.6L dustbin. At just 2.85-inches tall, the RoboVac 25C should fit under most of the furniture in your house.

$ 149 .00
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Save $ 80 .99

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bObsweep Pro

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Source: Home Depot

The bObsweep Pro matches the Eufy with the 100-minute battery life, and it’s smart enough to return to a hub when the battery gets low so you can be assured it’ll stay charged. While the bObsweep is just a bit taller at 3.15 inches, it comes in a sleek gold color that adds a little bit of luxury to the cleaning game.

$ 149 .99
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iRobot Roomba 675

irobot roomba 675

Source: Amazon

Roomba is a more established brand than Eufy or bObsweep, and the Roomba 675 relies on some of the latest technology from iRobot to keep your house clean. It loosens, lifts, and sections dirt with a three-stage process, plus the dirt detection sensor keeps Roomba focused on well-traveled areas of your house. The edge sweeping brush is angled at 27-degrees for peak results.

$ 269 .99
iRobot Roomba 675

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Roborock E25

roborock e25 robot vacuum deals

Source: Amazon

If you’re a fan of Android Authority you’re probably aware of the quality Roborock offers. The company has created an extensive line of robot vacuums, from budget models up to the top-of-the-line. Roborock’s E25 relies on gyroscopes and algorithms to clean in a logical and thorough manner. It’s even capable of mopping and vacuuming simultaneously.

$ 279 .99
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iRobot Roomba 960

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Source: Home Depot

For those of you with a bigger budget and an eye on a Roomba, the 960 is a solid choice. It offers five-times the suction of the 675 listed above, and it uses iAdapt 2.0 technology to measure and map your home for a precise clean. You can command the Roomba 960 with an app or Amazon’s Alexa for easy cleaning at a moment’s notice. It’s great for homes with pets because the filter can capture particles as small as 10 microns.

$ 449 .99
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Roborock S5

roborock s5 robot vacuum deals

Source: Amazon

The Roborock S5 is a perfect example of what you get by spending a bit more to upgrade to the S line. It packs a 5,200mAh battery for up to 150 minutes of cleaning, and the vacuum is smart enough to return to its hub and recharge just enough to finish the job. The S5 even features a laser guidance system to plan its route and a spring-loaded brush that adjusts to carpets and edges for a perfect clean.

$ 479 .99
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Neato Botvac D7 Connected

You might have noticed that all of the robot vacuums so far have been round, and maybe you’re wondering how a hockey puck cleans in a corner. Well, the Neato Botvac resembles the letter D, which makes it perfect for picking up dirt and pet hair in corners. Neato boasts that the Botvac D7 has a 70-percent larger brush than round models, and laser-guided mapping keeps it on track during long jobs.

$ 599 .99
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Samsung PowerBot R7260

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Source: Best Buy

Samsung’s PowerBot has a similar design to that of the Botvac D7, and it covers nearly 11 inches with each pass of the brush. The 0.3L dustbin is smaller than some other options, but powerful CycloneForce and an intuitive interface make the PowerBot very simple to operate. If you’re a Samsung die-hard with a big budget, it’s tough to top the PowerBot R7260 at this discount.

$ 690 .99
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Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950

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Source: Home Depot

Ecovacs is proud to call the Ozmo 950 the most powerful Deebot ever. Not only can it clean for up to three hours between charges, but it also utilizes carpet detection to provide the ideal clean for your floors. With three levels of suction, the Ozmo 950 can handle almost any surface and seamlessly switch to mopping. You can even map multiple floors of your house so Ozmo knows exactly where to clean, though it can’t climb steps on its own yet.

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That does it for our list of the best robot vacuum deals for now. We have plenty more content you might like to help you get through working from home and more:


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MIUI 12 launched with major visual redesign, Dark Mode 2.0, and more


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Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has announced a new version of its Android skin MIUI. Succeeding MIUI 11, the latest MIUI 12 software will bring a number of UI and visual improvements to eligible Xiaomi phones. It also gets new features such as a revamped dark mode, improved privacy and security tools, new animations, new wallpapers, and much more.

At its MIUI 12 reveal event, Xiaomi also noted that MIUI now has 310 million monthly active users and that the latest version is the first mobile operating system that has passed TÜV Rheinland’s “Android System Enhanced Privacy Protection Test.”

Let’s break down all the new features of MIUI 12 along with details about phones eligible to receive the update.

MIUI 12 features

Dark Mode 2.0

The new Dark Mode 2.0 on MIUI 12 will bring wallpaper dimming to Xiaomi phones. The feature will work in tandem with the time of day and will gradually dim the wallpaper as daylight changes to night time.

Xiaomi is also tweaking the way text is displayed as users switch between light and dark modes. In MIUI 12, the phone will automatically adjust the weight and boldness of the font to reduce glare when the dark mode is turned on. Font contrast will also be adjusted depending on the user’s ambient environment. This should vastly improve legibility of text in low-lit conditions.

Sensory Visual Design

In MIUI12, Xiaomi has visualized the core system information, allowing you to see the status of the system at a glance. Xiaomi is calling this the new “Sensory Visual Design.” What this basically means is that now when you visit the Settings page on your phone or check out things like storage availability, you will see the system information presented in the form of graphs and visual diagrams, making it easier to understand and consume. You can see examples of Xiaomi’s new design in the images above.

Super Wallpapers

MIUI 12 Super Wallpapers

Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has also introduced “Super Wallpapers” with MIUI 12. The company has created high-precision animated 3D models of Mars and Earth based on available space exploration data. You will be able to set these Super Wallpapers on both your locked and unlocked phone screens. When the dark mode is turned on, the planet chosen by you for the wallpaper will also enter night time, thereby enhancing your visual experience.

New animations

Xiaomi has focused a lot on visual redesign when it comes to MIUI 12. The new skin will bring realistic weather animations and show real-time weather changes displayed in the form of a time-lapse movie on your screen.

The animation of app icons also gets a refresh. App icons will now generate real-time feedback based on your gestures. Xiaomi says changes in gesture direction and speed will cause application icons to react differently.

For instance, when you delete an application, the ripple animation will also affect the surrounding app icons.

In other areas, you’ll notice new animations for screen rotation, opening and closing apps, and more.

New gestures

MIUI 12 also brings some new gestures to your phones. For instance, you will be able to swipe down on the notifications panel to interact with a notification without having to abandon what you’re doing. You can also slide down on the notification panel to expand it into a small window, which you can then freely drag around the screen for a split-screen effect.

AI calling

MIUI 12 AI CallingXiaomi

Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has been training its AI assistant — Xiao AI — to answer calls for users since last year. It’s similar to Google’s Call Screening feature which was introduced with the Pixel 3.

Xiaomi has now revealed that after half a year of testing, the AI ​​phone assistant has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has officially upgraded the AI phone assistant to a feature called “AI Calling.” With it, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered. They will also be able to switch between automatic or manual call answering. However, it’s unclear right now if the feature will roll out to users outside of China.

Enhanced privacy

MIUI 12 also brings enhanced privacy features to Xiaomi phones. For instance, you can now choose to grant permissions to apps only once or only while you’re using them. Permissions will be revoked once you’re done using an app. For apps that don’t clarify the use of permissions on your phone, the “Always Allow” option will not be provided.

MIUI 12 will also help users keep track of app behavior. You will be able to view a record of how an app behaves on your phone, the information it collects, the other applications it uses, etc, all in one place.

Photo sharing will also be safer. Xiaomi says sensitive information such as device details will be removed from image files before you share them with anyone.


MIUI 12 release date and availability

Xiaomi says that it’ll start rolling out the stable version of MIUI 12 by the end of June, 2020. Meanwhile, it’ll open the beta testing program in China today at 6AM ET.


Eligible MIUI 12 update phones

The Xiaomi and Redmi phones eligible to receive the stable MIUI 12 update starting June include the following devices:

First batch

Second batch

Third batch

  • Mi Mix 2
  • Redmi 8, 8A
  • Redmi 7, 7A
  • Mi CC9, CC9 Pro, CC9e

We’ll update this article regularly as more MIUI 12 update details are revealed.

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iPhone SE 2020 reviews point to just one small hitch, and more tech news today


Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Thursday, April 23. 

1. iPhone SE 2020 reviews: it’s great, not a battery beast

Last week I said the iPhone SE 2020 was good enough for most people. I can now add easily.

Now iPhone SE 2020 reviews are out, and the summary is compelling and remarkably similar across different reviews: Apple’s new small phone is a smash at $ 399.

  • It’s not perfect, it’s by no means better than the iPhone 11, and it’s not an upgrade for most people.
  • For those considering upgrading, it’s a phone without many compromises, especially for Apple.

Normally I’d linger on interesting review points or disagreements, but the reviews keep saying the same thing, with lots of high marks and star ratings:

  • The biggest improvements over the iPhone 8 come from the A13 chip, notably in a better camera. While there’s just one 12MP lens, like the Pixel 3a, it’s very capable of shooting good if not wonderful shots. The main downside is that there’s no low-light camera mode.
  • Other than that, the size and form factor appeal to many. The giant bezels are tired and don’t really make the most of the device, but many reviewers point out that this just feels normal for those with older iPhones already looking to upgrade.
  • Also, fast LTE (without 5G) and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, plus wireless charging.
  • Focusing on battery life for a second: most rated it good, not great. It lasts a day but, for example, instead of coasting home with 40% battery life to spare, you might be down to 20%. All other iPhones in Apple’s range do better. CNET reckoned battery life was great based on battery tests, Wired was more pointed in explaining real-life usage examples that led to needing to charge more than once a day.
  • If I bought one, I’d recommend a battery pack case, but they’re not yet made for the iPhone SE 2020 per Apple.com listings, so third-party is your answer for now.
  • The Verge recommended paying $ 50 more to upgrade from 64GB storage to 128GB, noting overall that the iPhone SE is a great deal and a great smartphone.
  • The reviews are so positive you almost need to remember what you get when paying double for premium smartphones: better and more versatile cameras, bigger more brilliant screens for multimedia, longer-lasting devices, 5G for super-fast wireless networking, and more in the box, like fast-charging.
  • Devices like the S20 range, LG V60, or the OnePlus 8, or indeed the iPhone 11 feel more like computers in your pocket, while the iPhone SE is a capable smartphone.

2. The Motorola Edge launched yesterday on schedule and everything we thought we knew was about right: this new flagship looks like it can keep up with the best from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and others, but at $ 1000, and locked down with Verizon in the US. It looks promising in terms of what a good phone may be, but there are no reviews yet, just hands on. Oddly, no details yet on global pricing. Full reviews to come (Android Authority).



4. What if your smart speaker could react to sounds in your home? For example, a doorbell ringing, or microwave ding (Android Authority).


5. A new zero-click, zero-day critical iPhone and iPad bug may be under active attack. Patch coming. Until then, “disable Mail on your iThing,†writes The Register.


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Samsung Galaxy S20 review: What more could you want?


The regular Samsung Galaxy S20 may not grab the same headlines as its Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S20 Plus relatives, but it’s still equipped with much of the same advanced mobile technology. Priced at a slightly more reasonable $ 999 than the $ 1,399 S20 Ultra, the Galaxy S20 is likely to be most consumer’s entry point to this year’s flagship series.

This makes the Galaxy S20 an even more important handset for Samsung than in previous years. It has to prove that the cheapest S20 isn’t an afterthought and can still provide a flagship experience — especially when even more affordable mid-tier 5G smartphones are chomping at Samsung’s heels.

Samsung Galaxy S20 review notes: I reviewed the European Samsung Galaxy S20 (SM-G980F) on the 4G Giffgaff network in the U.K. over the course of a week. On March 23, Samsung issued an update to version G980FXXU1ATCH, which improved the camera and general performance. All of the images in this review were taken post update. Android Authority purchased the Samsung Galaxy S20 unit used for this review.

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What’s in the box?

Samsung Galaxy S20 box contents

The Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with the predictable assortment of accessories. The handset ships with a 25W charging plug, UBS-C to USB-C cable, a SIM ejector tool, and a pair of AKG USB-C earbuds.

Sadly, there’s isn’t a screen protector or case included. That’s definitely something you’ll want to source yourself if you’re accident prone, given the phone’s glass back.

Shaking up a classic design

  • 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm
  • 163g
  • IP68 water & dust protection

I’ve been quite critical of Samsung’s design change. The iconic waterfall display is now flattened and the camera housing has morphed into a rectangular blob. The S20’s looks aren’t going to please everyone, but I can’t say all my complaints apply to the more compact form factor of the standard Samsung Galaxy S20.

As far as the essentials go, the smaller Galaxy S20 is ideal. Featuring a classic combination of glass and metal trim, it’s light but sturdy, and actually grips much better without the curved waterfall display. The slippery nature of the glass back isn’t a problem when it’s easy to wrap your hand around the whole device. Single-handed use is effortless. The volume rocker and power buttons are located exactly where you want them to be.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Side 1

Aesthetically, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is a decent looker. The rectangular camera module houses only three lenses, so it’s slimmer than the S20 Plus and Ultra models. Shaving off a few millimeters may be a small change, but it makes the handset look more slick than its bulky siblings.

I’m not entirely sold on Samsung’s choice of colors for this generation, although the Cloud Blue version I have is a vast improvement on the Cosmic Gray. The coating reflects a shimmery rainbow of colors in the right light, which helps brighten up the handset a bit.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Selfie Camera

The Galaxy S20 provides the perks of a big screen while still being sleek and lightweight.

The Galaxy S20 boasts an Infinity-O display panel. A single punch hole reveals the selfie camera. The big black dot doesn’t exactly gel with the whites and grays of Samsung’s UI, but you’ll eventually stop noticing it. Overall, I think I prefer it to a notch. Just about.

The camera offers rudimentary face unlock security; you won’t find any fancy infrared face scanning tech here. For the best security, you’ll probably want to use the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen. From a users point of view it works just like a regular fingerprint scanner, you just need to press on the right spot on the screen. However, it’s powered by ultrasonic sound waves that bounce of your fingerprints rather than a capacitive touch sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S20 USB C port 1

Samsung’s entire S20 range abandoned the 3.5mm headphone jack, including this smaller model. However, with consumers increasingly embracing Bluetooth audio, and a pair of USB-C AKG buds in the box, this isn’t quite the inconvenience it was a couple of years ago.

On the plus side, Samsung removed the Bixby button from the Galaxy S20 series. Instead, just hold down the power button to activate Bixby Voice. If you’re not a fan of Bixby, you can switch this long-press option to bring up the shutdown menu instead.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Hero 1

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S20 just feels right, both in usability and aesthetics. The phone’s impressive screen-to-body ratio means I didn’t feel like I lost any screen real estate moving down from a bigger handset. The standard S20 certainly isn’t a compact smartphone, but it’s much more user-friendly than the gargantuan 6.9-inch Ultra version.

The best mobile display to date

  • 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (3,200 x 1,400), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Samsung Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Every year Samsung produces a top tier display for its flagships and the Galaxy S20 is no different. The 6.2-inch panel features an optional 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and frame rates in supported games.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Display 2

The 120Hz mode looks silky smooth flicking through menus and walls of text, though it’s definitely more of a quality of life improvement than an essential upgrade. The option to switch to Quad HD+ from the Full HD+ default resolution is a minimal difference visually, and it does suck down more juice. As such, I stuck with the Full HD+ 60Hz default setting for the majority of my time with the phone. I’d rather have the slightly longer battery life.

The simply sublime quality of the display is the real story here. The panel is punchy and crisp, providing excellent colors for a wide range of content. HDR10+ support is a nice bonus, too, and one that has a noticeable impact on quality when viewing supported content. Samsung’s latest display technology does not disappoint.

Top-tier performance

  • Octa-core Samsung Exynos 990 / Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • microSD card slot

As you’d expect from a modern flagship smartphone, performance is excellent even when multitasking in and out of several apps at once. I have the Exynos model, which is a tad slower than the Snapdragon variant, but I certainly don’t have any complaints about day-to-day use.

Our benchmark results place the handset comfortably ahead of last year’s flagship phones, for both general app and gaming performance. Particularly, the Exynos 990’s Mongoose M5 monstrous single core score stands out. The Galaxy S20 handles everything you can throw at it, though if you’re after the best performing phone we’ve tested so far, it’s a fraction behind the Snapdragon 865 Galaxy S20 Ultra.

I did notice that our Exynos model became a little warm when put under strain, such as when downloading numerous apps in the background or when taking lots of pictures in quick succession. Heat certainly wasn’t an issue for everyday tasks.

All-day battery life

  • 4,000mAh
  • 25W fast charging with USB PD 3.0
  • 15W wireless charging (9W reverse)

Without 5G technology on board chugging down power, our 4G-only Samsung Galaxy S20 pushed through a full day of heavy use with capacity to spare. I couldn’t wear the phone down with two and a half hours of Spotify, an hour of YouTube, two and a half hours of web browsing, messaging, and a decent camera session thrown in. Talk about impressive.

I calculated just over 6 hours of screen on time with the phone. Your mileage will vary depending on gaming habits, screen brightness, and the number of background apps you have running. Fresh installs always tend to run a bit longer after all. The phone’s standby time is also pretty good, losing less than 5% overnight.

Even if you somehow manage to run the phone’s battery down to zero, the 25W wired charging solution has you back on your feet in no time. It’s not the fastest charging brick out there, but the Galaxy S20 still manages a 41% charge in 20 minutes, 56% in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 71 minutes.

It’s virtually impossible to wear the battery down in a single day.

Overall I’m impressed with the Galaxy S20’s battery life. Be warned: the 5G model won’t perform quite this well.

A complete camera package

  • Main: 12MP f/1.76, 26mm
  • Tele: 3x optical 64MP f/1.72
  • Wide: 12MP f/2.2, 13mm

The Samsung Galaxy S20 features a simplified camera arrangement compared to its larger siblings. However, you still get a highly versatile package, comprising high resolution, wide angle, and telephoto cameras.

The main camera has a healthy sized 1/1.76-inch sensor that handles a wide range of shooting environments well. The ultra-wide angle camera has the same resolution, with a 13mm focal length and Super Steady video feature. The more interesting option is the telephoto camera, which offers a whopping 64MP resolution and 3x optical zoom. The camera only shoots at 12MP by default, but you can switch to 64MP for some extra crop factor. You might expect the 64MP sensor to bin to 16MP, which is surely the case, but Samsung’s compresses to a consistent 12MP output from all three cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Rear Triple Camera 1

It was a little bit tricky to take a wide variety of shots while self isolating, but we gave it a go. The images below have been resized for bandwidth. You can view the originals here.

To start, daylight shots are as good as you would expect. Exposure and detail come out nicely virtually every time. The auto HDR feature is particularly impressive, avoiding over and under exposure in nearly all scenarios, although you do get the odd blurry image. My only criticism is that the color saturation is often dialed up too high, meaning results don’t always look perfectly realistic.

That said, the telephoto and wide-angle cameras aren’t as clean as the main camera. They’re more heavily processed and don’t deliver as much detail when cropping in. There’s also some distortion noticeable around the edges of the wide-angle lens, particularly chromatic aberration and purple fringing, though it’s not as bad as some other phones.

The Galaxy S20 features 3x optical zoom, which extends all the way up to a 30x Space Zoom (aka digital zoom). It’s passable up to about 10x, albeit with some loss of detail, and that’s more zoom than you’ll ever really need. The 20x and 30x options are basically useless.

The phone also includes some fun shooting options, such as Live Focus for bokeh and other effects. However, the Galaxy S20’s edge detection leaves a lot to be desired. You can easily spot foreground smudges and failed edges in the images below. This is where the time of flight sensor on the S20 Plus and Ultra would be nice to have.

The Single Take setting is rather more useful. Simply activate and point at your ongoing scene and Samsung’s software pulls out a range of shots and videos for you to prune through. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss any action.

The Galaxy S20 offers a camera for every scenario.

Low light performance is where we separate the wheat from the chaff. The Galaxy S20 is quite passable here, but does have its issues. Images aren’t the cleanest in very low light and you won’t find much detail in the pictures. Exposure and colors are pretty good, at least as far as the main camera goes. Sadly, the telephoto and wide-angle camera don’t perform anywhere near as well in low light and the results often come out underexposed.

Focusing in low light is a bigger problem for the handset. You’ll have to fight your way through a few blurry pictures before landing an in-focus shot. It’s an issue we’ve noted across all the Galaxy S20 models — and it still hasn’t been fixed with the latest update.

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Night mode helps out in the darkest environments and can even make the wide angle camera take passable shots. Samsung’s technology seems every bit as competent as competing solutions in terms of improving exposure. However, the results tend to look a little too heavily processed, with over-sharpening artifacts quite noticeable around high contrast edges.

Finally, the selfie camera is better than most. It captures a fair amount of detail and handles exposure very well. The wide-angle option when two or more people are detected is a nice touch too. Again, though, the front camera doesn’t nail colors particularly well. My skin tone constantly came out far too pink in outdoor lighting and there’s a slight color tint towards the bottom of the photo.

On the whole, Samsung’s latest camera setup is competent but has some shortcomings. The consistent color over-saturation is far too heavy for my tastes, though it might suit those who want bold images without with the hassle of editing. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras look great at full frame, but rely heavily on sharpening to try to clean up the images.

The hit and miss nature of the bokeh portrait and low-light pictures hasn’t helped win me over either. While certainly versatile and capable of taking excellent snaps, there are more consistent camera packages out there. The most serious camera enthusiasts may want to check out the trusty Google Pixel 4 or the Huawei P40 series instead.

Samsung One UI is getting there

Samsung Galaxy S20 Apps 1

If you’re familiar with Samsung then you’ll know what to expect when it comes to One UI. Staple features like Edge Panels, Bixby, and quick access to your Smart Things devices are all present. The heavily customized look and overall style hasn’t changed since last year either.

The latest One UI 2.1 version improves Samsung’s recent formula. There’s a system-wide dark theme; Samsung Daily news aggregate marks an upgrade over Bixby Home; and there’s Samsung’s Good Lock app if you fancy more control over customization. Menus and animations are slick, and notifications aren’t overly intrusive. Day to day, One UI is a pleasure to use.

Samsung packs a lot into One UI, arguably too much.

However, navigating menus to tweak your desired setting is still arduous. Figuring out how to disable Bixby, for example, requires navigating to the “advanced features” menu. Your best bet is to stick with the search function rather than try to guess where everything is.

For someone who isn’t a Samsung regular and not invested in the company’s larger ecosystem, the sheer range of features and options feels overwhelming. I know I won’t ever use the vast majority, and it leaves One UI feeling more bloated than some other Android skins.

Samsung Galaxy S20 review: Specs

  Samsung Galaxy S20
Display 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED
3,200 x 1,440
20:9 ratio
120Hz refresh rate at 1080p
60Hz refresh rate at 1440p
HDR10+ certified
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
MicroSD Yes, up to 1TB
Battery 4,000mAh
Fast wired and wireless charging
Cameras Rear:
– Wide-angle: 12MP, 1/1.76″, ƒ/1.8, 1.8µm
– Telephoto: 64MP, ƒ/2.0, .8µm
– Ultra-wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.4µm

3x hybrid optical/digital zoom, Super Resolution Zoom up to 30x

Front:
– 10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22µm, AF

Connectivity 4G LTE support
5G (sub-6GHz, DSS, TDD/FDD, SA and NSA, no mmWave)
Operating System One UI 2.0
Android 10
Water resistance IP68
Security Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, face unlock
Color Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink
Dimensions and weight 69.1×151.7×7.9mm
163g

Value for money

It’s hard to talk about value for money at the $ 1,000 price point. You’d rightly expect all the latest bells and whistles for that kind of money. The Samsung Galaxy S20 covers all the flagship essentials, but doesn’t pack in the company’s best camera tech such as a time-of-flight or 108MP sensor. With other models in the range pushing $ 1,400, however, we need to keep some perspective.

With 5G and some new tech on board, you can probably justify the $ 100 price increase from last year’s Galaxy S10. However, the 4G-only model (only available in some countries) is a much more competitive prospect.

Samsung Galaxy S20 The latest and greatest from Samsung
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are super-premium 5G smartphones from the South Korean company. No matter what you’re looking for, the Galaxy S20 line likely has something to suit your needs.

The 4G Samsung Galaxy S20 we tested costs £799/€899 (~$ 918), a full £100/€100 cheaper than the 5G model. Compared to the more expensive entries in the S20 series, the 4G S20 model retains most of the best features at some welcome savings. You get a lot of bang for your buck, especially if you’re not planning to upgrade to 5G for a couple of years.

Apple has a more affordable flagship entry point with last year’s $ 699 iPhone 11. Although, to be fair, the $ 999 iPhone 11 Pro is the Galaxy S20’s true competition. Compared to other 5G Android flagships, the Galaxy S20 is more expensive than the LG V60 and last year’s OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. If you’re not yet ready to make the jump to 5G, the Google Pixel 4 is regularly discounted for even bigger savings. 2019 handsets are still great for 4G networks , so it’s well worth considering your actual needs before taking the plunge on more expensive 5G flagship models.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S20?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is every bit a flagship phone as the Plus and Ultra models, and one of the best phones available right now. $ 999 is a lot of money for any smartphone, but the Galaxy S20 justifies that price pretty well. It’s jam packed with the latest tech and is only missing a few minor features found in its more expensive counterparts.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Rear Camera 2

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is one of the best smartphones you can buy right now.

Unless you really need a humongous display and more zoom from your camera, it’s quite hard to justify spending hundreds more dollars on the broader Galaxy S20 range. The Galaxy S20 Plus justifies its $ 1,199 price tag, but I think the Galaxy S20 is the better deal for $ 200 or $ 300 less.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 doesn’t have the absolute best camera, but it packs in everything else. Whether you’re a power user or social media butterfly, this phone won’t leave you wanting for anything. If you’re on board with this year’s redesign, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is one of the best smartphones you can buy right now.

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Headphone deals: Save on Beats, Audio-Technica, and more


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As the world moves to work online, people are searching for the right tech to get by. Whether you’re on a Zoom meeting or just blocking out distractions, trusty headphones are an essential item to have. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of today’s best headphone deals to help you shop. These deals are spread across Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. You can also choose from Beats, Microsoft, Audio-Technica, and more to find the perfect fit.

Up first is a pair of Beats options: the Solo3 Wireless and the Studio3 Wireless. You can grab the Beats Solo3 Wireless in silver for $ 179 ($ 20 off). The Solo3 Wireless boasts 40 hours of battery life so you can listen for your entire work-from-home week. If you want the power of a studio right in your ears, you can turn to the Studio3 Wireless for $ 199 ($ 149 off). The Studio3 also packs Active Noise Cancelling to help you stay focused.

A third option for the over-ear style is a pair of Microsoft Surface Headphones for $ 199.99 ($ 150 off). They’re designed to pair quickly and easily with any of your Windows 10 gadgets using Swift Pair.

Microsoft Surface Headphones

$ 199 .99 Save $ 150 .00

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$ 179 .00 Save $ 20 .95

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$ 199 .99 Save $ 150 .00

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If you prefer buds, you can turn to earbud options from AKG and JLab. The AKG N30 is available for $ 299.95, and they represent one of the top wired options we could find. However, you can also go for the Epic Air True Wireless from JLab for $ 74.99 (50% off).

Staying on wireless earbuds, you can grab a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TWGY earbuds for $ 124.99 (64% off). They offer six hours of battery life that you can easily extend with the included charging case.

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JLab Epic Air True Wireless

$ 74 .99 Save $ 75 .00

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AKG N30 Wired Earbuds

$ 299 .95

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The last deal we came across is a pair of Sennheiser MB 660 MS for $ 302.36 (24% off). They have three microphones, unique sound profiles, and up to 30 hours of battery so you can work in peace.

Sennheiser MB 660 MS Wireless Headphones
Upgrade your work-from-home audio experience with Active Noise Cancelling and up to 30 hours of battery life. Switch between two connected channels and rely on three microphones to communicate easily.

You have plenty of choices for a new pair of high-end headphones, but you can always check out some of our favorites here. Many of our audio reviews come from the experts at our sister site, SoundGuys.

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Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers, updated Pixel Launcher, and more


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A number of Google Pixel 4 apps expected to debut on the new phones are now available for download.

If you’ve been following the Pixel 4 leak frenzy, you may have seen a bunch of new developments after a website called Nextrift got access to a pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The website (via 9to5Google) shared a number of Pixel 4 apps — the new Google Recorder app, updated Pixel Launcher, new Pixel Themes app, and a handful of new Pixel 4 live wallpapers (via XDA). Now, all of these apps are available for download.

Pixel Themes app

Google’s new Pixel Themes app will allow you to customize fonts, icon designs, accent colors, and more on Pixel 4 devices. While Google will possibly bring this app to all Pixel users in the future, you can now download it with the APK 9to5Google was able to access through the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit. The Pixel Themes APK can be downloaded from the link in the button pasted below. You can head over to the 9to5Google link given above for the complete instructions on how to do so.

Pixel Launcher

The new set of Pixel 4 apps also features the Pixel Launcher. The only new change here is the ability to swipe down to access your device’s notification tray. The APK for the Pixel Launcher was also extracted from the pre-release Pixel 4 XL unit and should work with any Pixel device.

Download Pixel 4 live wallpapers

While new live wallpapers on Pixel 4 were uncovered by 9to5Google, a member of XDA Developers was able to modify the APK so anyone with an Android 7 and above 64-bit device can download them.

You can choose from wallpapers called Prickly, Leafy, Rocky, and Sights From The Sun. There’s also a Doodle wallpaper which allows you to move objects around on the screen. A Compass wallpaper lets you pick a location and the compass then points to it. There are the “Living Universe” set of wallpapers which now feature locations in Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Switzerland.

Six of the nine Pixel 4 wallpapers also support the system-wide dark mode and turn dark in accordance. Download the Pixel 4 live wallpapers at the link below.

Google Voice Recorder

The Google Pixel 4 phones will come pre-installed with a voice recording app. The app allows you to start voice recordings with the tap of the record button, and you can also share recordings straight from within the app.

Download Google Voice Recorder

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