At the top of this week stories: The leaked prototypes give us our best look at the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus yet, we show one of the best cases of Pixel 3, we celebrate the arrival of Android Pie beta in Galaxy S8 and Note 8, among others.
The most important feature of this week is the biggest leakage of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus yet, with detailed prototype photos of both phones. Both filtered Galaxy S10 prototypes confirm the rumored notch of punch-hole style. Since these are not final devices, some things may be subject to change.
An important inclusion that I think will keep audio enthusiasts happy is the inclusion of the headphone port at the bottom of the device. It's such a painful spot for many, that Samsung is slowly becoming the only entry-level champion in the outing, but we still do not have a decent replacement. The Bluetooth and USB-C headphones are still not enough at my fingertips.
Another highlight of this week is the review by Ben Schoon of what is undoubtedly one of the best cases of Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL in the market, the case for Made & Google & # 39; Nomad Rugged. Manufactured with high quality leather, the Nomad Rugged case is designed to be improved with age.
At $ 45, why is this case worth picking up? There are many leather cases, including some in your own Google store and in the "Made for Google" program like this, but Nomad's is designed to improve over time. All the leather is used, but the genuine leather Horween used in the Rugged Case payroll for Pixel 3 develops a "robust" patina without adding too much volume.
Samsung continues with the expansion of its Android Pie beta program, bringing the optional upgrade to Galaxy S8, S8 + and Note 8 unlocked devices in the United States. As always, the update is available through the Samsung + application.
After signing up to the beta program of your specific device, an OTA notification will be sent to download the beta version on your Snapdragon-powered device.
This means that you will see firmware versions G950U1UEU5ZSAB i G955U1UEU5ZSAB for the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 +. While the unlocked Galaxy Note 8 receives firmware version N950U1UEU5ZSAB.
In the Android Q news, we discovered an important issue for the next version of Android. That is, Android Q will give network operators new ways to block the SIM device, including new restrictions for dual SIM phones.
More specifically, it will be possible to designate a list of "permits" and "excluded" carriers, essentially a white list and a blacklist of which it will work and will not work on a specific phone. This can be done with detailed detail, even allowing the blocking of portable virtual networks that are executed in the same towers as your main operator.
Visible, the MVNO launched last year by Verizon that offers unlimited data plans of $ 40 / month, is moving away from its original iPhone exclusivity to allow Android devices. The new Android support for Visible begins with the Galaxy S9.
Users can bring their own Galaxy S9 unlocked to the service and pay $ 40 per month for unlimited data at 5mbps, as well as unlimited talks and text. On the other hand, Visible is also selling the hardware directly. This includes several different iPhone models, but also now the Galaxy S9 and S9 + for $ 32 or $ 38, respectively, with Affirm financing.
Completing the week, we learned about the Google Pixel 3 XL picking up a very early support for the next Google Fuchsia operating system. The surprising part of the story is that support comes from an Indian developer, rather than Google.
Peculiarly, this new support was no Added by Google, but by a called indie developer Zhuowei Zhang. Zhang is known to the community of Android Minecraft as the developer of BlockLauncher, a tool that will allow you to use shaders and mods on Minecraft Pocket Edition. Zhang now spends the time doing interesting code projects for his personal blog. We may see a breakdown of how Fuchsia support for Pixel 3 XL could be developed on your blog in the near future.
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