Samsung dropped some big product bombs at its Galaxy Unpacked event this year. The Galaxy Z Flip turns smartphone design on its head and the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera borders on insane, but somehow it was the Galaxy Buds+ announcement that most caught me off guard. I knew they were coming, but I had no idea Samsung had managed to increase battery life to 11 hours per charge, nor that they would play for an hour off of just three minutes of charging. Talk about a game-changer! … [Read more...] about Apple AirPods Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds+
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The message has been sent to a wide range of Samsung smartphones, with everything from the Galaxy S8 to the brand-new Galaxy Z Flip confirmed as having received the message. However, it’s unlikely to be anything sinister. A Samsung Care Ambassador on the U.S. Samsung Community forums wasn’t able to confirm the message’s purpose for certain but has stated they expect it is just a test to make sure services are still working as expected. … [Read more...] about Samsung sends out mysterious “1” message to Galaxy smartphones
Software and updates As the Pixel is Google’s own device, it’s only right you’d find the latest version of Android 9.0 Pie on these phones. It’ll be exactly the same version of Android Pie no matter which phone you pick up right now, as Google is exceptionally good at pushing updates out to its phones regularly and on time. Each phone gets three years of major Android upgrades and security updates from its release date, so while the Pixel 2 will be the first of these three phones to stop receiving updates, it will definitely receive Android 10 Q, and might even stretch to Android R in 2020. As such, there’s not much need to worry about getting value for your money, even when picking up the Pixel 2. … [Read more...] about Pixel 3a vs. Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2: Which Google phone is perfect for you?
Software and updates As the developer of Android it should come as no surprise that the Pixel 3a wins this category too. You’ll get the latest version of Android immediately after release and a steady stream of security updates. You also get some special Google extras, like Now Playing, which shows what music is playing in your vicinity on the lock screen, or Call Screen, which enables Google Assistant to handle spam calls for you. The Nokia 7.1 runs it close because it’s an Android One phone, which means no bloatware and guarantees the same swift Android version updates for two years and security updates for three years. The Moto G7 is the weak link here with some bloatware and no promise of future updates beyond Android Q. … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3a vs Nokia 7.1 vs Moto G7: Budget phones get better and better
Special features There’s support for AR Core, as well as Active Edge, which allows you to squeeze your phone to launch Google Assistant. Now Playing, which displays the name of any song playing in your vicinity on screen, and a few other special features can also be found in the 3a and 3a XL. If you activate your 3a or 3a XL before September 30, you’ll also get three free months of YouTube Music Premium. Since they both offer an identical set of options, there’s no winner here. … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3a XL: What’s the difference and which best suits you?