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Unofficial Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL bug and issue tracker



Every phone has its unique set of potential problems, most of which get fixed over time. Google's latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL aren't without their own issues, and we've decided to make it a bit easier to keep track of those individual bugs and problems and, more importantly, when and if they are fixed. So here's an unofficial list of all the current Pixel 3 and 3XL bugs and issues, as well as steps taken to remedy them.

Each of the items below is a separate issue, most of which we should have more detailed, linked coverage for. Any sub-bullets on the list indicate a response from Google or a fix for the problem.
Fixed/not considered a bug
  • The Pixel 3 XL suffers from extreme stereo imbalance on its front-facing speakers.
    • Status: "Feature, not a bug." Google says this is "by design."
  • Audio recorded in video is of substantially lower quality than other recent phones, and previous Pixels (affects 3 and 3 XL).
    • Status: "Feature, not a bug." Google "specifically designed" for this performance, though it could change things in the future based on feedback. A workaround via AR video has also been discovered.
  • Verizon is SIM-locking Pixel 3s, including those sold at Best Buy, in violation of its FCC agreement (affects 3 and 3 XL).
Fix incoming
Unresolved/no comment/no fix
  • There are complaints of buzzing and distorted speakers on Pixel 3 XL
    • Status: Comment requested. To date, Google has not provided an official response to this issue that we are aware of.
  • The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a memory management issue, with apps being killed after 3-4 for many, and Spotify dies while taking photos.
    • Status: Comment requested. To date, Google has not provided an official response to this issue that we are aware of.
  • Some complain of clicking noises from the 3 XL's top speakers while in a call, similar to the issue experienced by last year's Pixel 2.
    • Status: Unknown. Coverage of this issue to date has been limited, and we have not yet requested comment from Google.
In many cases, we don't know if issues are able to be fixed via updates, or if they're symptoms of a deeper problem that can't be solved via software, but whatever the case, we'll be sure to update our coverage as new statements and solutions are provided.
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Samsung's Galaxy S10 Has Finished R&D Phase, Design Nearly Final: Rumor





The research and development portion of work on Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S10 flagship is now rumored to have been finalized, paving the way for speculation about an announcement in the very near future. No source has been provided for the new information and it's unlikely that Samsung will reveal anything official about the handset prior to launch. The company has typically been revealed in Spring, so that shouldn't take place until sometime in early 2019. However, the current expectation set by the new rumor is that the device could now be seen in some sort of announcement or that more accurate in-depth information will be revealed within the next couple of weeks.
Background: Rumors and alleged leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S10 started up almost immediately following the launch of the company's flagship phablet followup to its predecessor - namely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - at the beginning of August. So there are plenty of predictions that have already built up regarding the Galaxy S10, starting with leaks that suggest there will be a total of four variations made available to consumers. Centered around the codename 'Beyond', the first of those is expected to be a "budget" Samsung Galaxy S10 with 4GB RAM and a flat 5.8-inch display panel more akin to older devices. RAM capacities go up from there, with subsequent devices also shipping with the more standard display shape found in modern Galaxy-branded flagships. That starts with a model tentatively referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus that delivers 6GB RAM at an identical 5.8-inches. Up from that is the Galaxy S10 X, with 8GB of RAM and a display expected to measure 6.44-inches. Finally, a fourth model has been rumored that will incorporate hardware to support 5G networking on top of everything found in the Galaxy S10 X. Screen resolution has not cropped up in rumors just yet but each is expected to have a 19:9 display ratio.
What's more, the cameras in the upcoming handsets are expected to vary as well. The more standard models of the device are currently expected to feature a dual-camera setup at the back and a single camera at the front. The larger smartphones, those expected to be sold as the Samsung Galaxy S10 X and Galaxy S10 X 5G, have been rumored to feature a total of three rear-facing snappers and a single selfie sensor. Based on information shared by the source, the dual-sensor devices will have a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4) 12-megapixel shooter coupled with a super-wide-angle 16-megapixel camera at a f/1.9 aperture. The larger handsets is expected to feature an additional 13-megapixel zoom-specific lens with a f/2.4 aperture. It's also been dubiously speculated that neither will feature optical image stabilization (OIS) or autofocus with regard to the 123-degree wide-angle lenses. Underpinning that hardware, the split between international and US variants is also expected to continue, with the former utilizing Samsung's own Exynos SoCs and the latter being based on a Qualcomm-built Snapdragon processing unit.
Impact: Whether or not Samsung actually reveals more information about the upcoming flagships remains to be seen but, if the rumor is accurate, finalization of the R&D process should at least mean that progress on the devices has very nearly reached that point. With that said, the Korean tech giant already has several other device launches planned over the coming months, including an at least partial reveal of its long-awaited flexible display-enabled folding flagship. So the chances of this handset getting a launch before next year seem slim at best.
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Galaxy S10 To Scrap Samsung's Worst Screen Unlocking Method: Report





Samsung will be scrapping what's widely seen as its worst screen unlocking method with the Galaxy S10 lineup, South Korean ETNews reports, citing industry insiders close to the world's largest smartphone manufacturer. The Galaxy S10 series is said to do away with the iris scanner found on the last several generations of the product family and go all-in on in-display fingerprint readers, as per the same source. The under-screen sensor will be of the ultrasonic variety, meaning it will be capable of rivaling traditional fingerprint scanners and have the potential to be both faster and more accurate (i.e. secure) than optical readers used by the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 and OnePlus 6T.
The Seoul-based manufacturer is reportedly viewing the new biometric authentication technology as sufficiently advanced to replace both traditional fingerprint readers and Intelligent Scan, its screen-unlocking solution that's been evolving for several years now but is still being criticized by consumers as clumsy. Removing one of the front-facing sensors found on all of its Android flagships since late 2016 will not only allow Samsung to save on some production expenses (i.e. offset the cost of ultrasonic fingerprint readers) but also facilitate the company's continued efforts to continue shrinking the bezels of its handsets in pursuit of a truly bezel-free design. It's still unclear how the company intends to advertise its in-display fingerprint reader but the functionality is likely to get a name of its own given how it should come in the form of an industry-first technology, at least as far as consumer-grade applications are concerned.
Background: Iris scanning has been part of Samsung's Android flagships since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 launched in late summer of 2016. Over the following two years, the company worked on improving the capabilities of its infrared sensor and even ended up pairing them with facial recognition in order to improve its reliability, though the end result of that effort has still been described as underwhelming by both critics and consumers alike. Consistency and response times remain the two biggest issues of Samsung's Intelligent Scan, with the mechanism itself hence being seen as the worst available method of unlocking the company's Galaxy devices.
Even as Samsung's screen-unlocking tech improved since its 2016 debut, it's still heavily crippled in regards to the type of input it can accept, which likely played a major role in the company's reported decision to scrap it altogether. Even the Intelligent Scan capability of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 lines — which combines facial recognition and iris scanning — requires users to hold their devices almost in perfect parallel to their faces, hence being significantly less convenient than depth-sensing solutions used by the Xiaomi Mi 8 or Apple's last two iPhone generations. Seeing how users were already expected to pick up their handsets to unlock them with Intelligent Scan, Samsung presumably decided they might as well do so to interact with the new in-display fingerprint reader instead of awkwardly waiting for the handset to attempt to recognize them.
The new screen-unlocking mechanism will rely on ultrasonic authentication, a technology that has already been available to manufacturers for close to a year but has yet to be commercialized on any scale. Compared to the first generation of in-display readers, ultrasonic modules are both faster and more secure, i.e. have a significantly lower percentage of false positive readings (none in practice). They also do a better job at recognizing wet fingertips, which is something that even traditional sensors struggle with. Qualcomm, the world's first company to offer an ultrasonic authentication solution to OEMs, already touted the technology as a game-changer and a massive quality-of-life improvement.
The Galaxy S10 line is said to consist of three models, with all of them being expected to feature ultrasonic fingerprint readers. The new report pointing toward the discontinuation of Samsung's mobile iris scanners isn't entirely unexpected as rumors about that move have been floating around the industry since June. Following what Samsung described as "soft" sales of the Galaxy S9 line, the company is believed to be going all-in with its next series of Android flagships; the handsets are expected to deliver unprecedented screen quality, 7nm chips, triple-camera setups, and even 5G capabilities, though support for next-generation of mobile networks is said to be reserved for the most premium Galaxy S10 Plus model. One of the smaller two devices is also rumored to feature a non-curved screen, marking Samsung's return to flat flagship displays after three whole years.
Impact: While Samsung pioneered many a mobile technology and has set countless trends in the smartphone industry since the beginning of the century, other manufacturers may not be as quick to embrace ultrasonic fingerprint readers as they were to copy some of its other innovations such as 18.5:9 screens. The South Korean technology giant is still believed to be far ahead in the calibration race and can implement such readers below mobile panels much more efficiently than its rivals can, primarily because its sister company — Samsung Display — is the one making the Super AMOLED modules that will be used in conjunction with fingerprint sensors.
The fact that part of Samsung's reasoning for ditching the iris scanner from the Galaxy S10 has to do with its ongoing ambitions to commercialize a handset with a 100-percent screen-to-body ratio also suggests the upcoming lineup of ultra-premium devices may not have a 3D camera. While the company is understood to have already found a competitor for Apple's Face ID in technology developed by Israeli startup Mantis Vision, it's dubious whether it would be able to implement it while still delivering a series of devices with larger screen-to-body ratios than what the Galaxy S9 family offered. The main selling point of Mantis Vision's tech is said to be its ability to function inside a slim bezel, which would eliminate the need for a display notch. Samsung criticized such cutouts as unbecoming on numerous occasions in the past and isn't expected to commercialize them on any scale in the future. One known industry insider recently even claimed the Galaxy S10 lineup will "end" display notches, suggesting Samsung managed to achieve some kind of a major design breakthrough which other manufacturers are likely to follow.
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[Update: Fix coming] The Pixel Stand breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3



Google's Pixel Stand is a pretty nifty wireless charger - if an almost certainly overpriced one. Being a Google product, it's also not without its issues, and we've just had our attention drawn to a rather annoying one: the Pixel Stand just straight up breaks ambient display notifications on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. We've been able to reliably recreate this bug with both devices.
Once removed from the Pixel Stand, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will no longer display ambient notifications. Your phone will sound or vibrate when a notification is received as usual, but nothing will happen on the screen, even if always on ambient display mode is enabled. There's not much more to it than that, and the only workaround we've yet discovered is to reboot the phone, which reverts ambient notifications back to their normal behavior. But the moment you put the phone back on the Pixel Stand, it's going to break them the next time you remove it.

An ambient display notification.
It's easy to see how a bug like this could get overlooked - many people may not rely on ambient notifications, and honestly, I wasn't even aware I wasn't getting them until someone pointed out in the comments of our bug post that this was happening. I just figured I wasn't looking at my phone soon enough, and then just kind of forgot they were a thing at all. Now, it's basically impossible to un-notice this problem. It's unclear how many users are affected, but I was immediately able to replicate it with both of my phones.
We've reached out for comment, and Google has confirmed it's looking into the issue.
Google has confirmed the bug exists and will issue a fix... eventually. A timeline was not provided, and the official statement follows.
We've seen rare instances in which notifications don't come through when Pixel 3 is docked on Pixel Stand. Restarting the phone can help as a workaround, and we'll be rolling out a fix for this bug in the future.
It's unclear if a system update will be necessary, or if this is something Google can fix on the back-end or via updates to various apps.
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Confused about the Pixel 3's missing 60fps video option? Here's what's going on

As soon as the Pixel 3 shipped, customers began identifying a missing element in the camera app. Although marketing materials promised that users could record video at 60fps in 1080p, there was (and still is) no manual setting for switching to the higher frame rate, which some Pixel 3 owners argue is false advertising. In fact, it's not even possible to manually set video to 60fps in 720p. Almost a month later, Google has acknowledged the issue, but hasn't promised a fix yet. That might be due to the fact that the company doesn't consider it a bug — it considers it a feature.
Google's idea is to simplify the video shooting process, though some prefer to call it an intentional "dumbing down" of the app. As XDA Developers detailed early on, Google debuted a new option to automatically switch frame rate during video recording with the Pixel 3. The feature lets the Google Camera decide what frame rate it will use (30fps or 60fps), and will even switch back and forth in the middle of a recording. Google subsequently confirmed with Android Police that the 30/60fps auto mode is largely dependent on scene exposure, using 60fps only for brightly lit scenes. One of our own Pixel 3 users was able produce 60fps footage by pointing their camera out a window toward bright daylight. When they pulled back indoors, the video switched back to 30fps, providing the resulting video with two different frame rates depending on the scene.

What's the reason behind this feature? A Google product manager told XDA that people have trouble deciding the best frame rate, so this just makes things simpler for them. Still, the fact that there's no manual option for setting 60fps at 1080p forces people who do have photography know-how to rely on an automatic feature, which stops them from getting the most out of their Pixel 3 camera. Footage that switches back and forth between 30fps and 60fps could also pose issues for editing or playing on third-party platforms — not to mention just looking strange.
A group of fed up customers have already filed a complaint about the issue, and Google responded on October 22nd with the following statement: "We have passed this to the development team and will update this issue with more information as it becomes available." With any luck, it's considering adding a manual option, but there's no confirmation yet. For now, if you want 60fps at 1080p, you'll have to shoot in the sun.
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Google will fix Pixel 3 memory management issue in the 'coming weeks'




Of all the bugs and issues reported for the Pixel 3 so far, one of the more bothersome is a memory management issue that overzealously kills background apps. While this has led some to wonder whether 4GB of RAM really isn't enough for a modern flagship, Google believes it can fix the issue with a software update, and says that fix will arrive "in the coming weeks."
Google told Android Police that the update will "keep background apps from being prematurely closed in certain situations." It's unclear what particular situations the company is referring to, but we do know from copious reports that music streaming apps like Spotify are often forced shut by taking a picture, so it's possible Google is looking to resolve that specific situation. However, the issue is evident in far more general ways, too.
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From our own tests and the tests of others, you can clearly see that cycling between even three different apps on the Pixel 3 is often enough to force the first app out of memory, requiring it reload upon the next launch.
One developer, Nathan Chancellor, has suggested that the cause of the multitasking flaw is a change in how the company handles low-memory states by using something called Android Low Memory Killer Daemon (lmkd), and/or a potential kernel memory leak. Google itself has not provided any explanation yet.
As for when exactly it's arriving, the fix is not packaged with the November security update, so it seems by "coming weeks" Google likely means "however many weeks it takes to release the December security patch."
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November Pixel 3 and 3 XL update correctly identifies slow wireless charging


We were a bit perplexed a few weeks ago when Google announced its $79 wireless charger. After all, there are other 10W wireless chargers out there for much lower prices. Then, we found out only Google's official Pixel Stand can charge the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at full speed. Oddly, other wireless chargers still displayed as "Charging Rapidly" on the phones. Google appears to have fixed that in the November OTA.

Google's Pixel Stand uses a custom wireless charging system on top of the Qi standard. The phone connects to the stand with a custom "handshake" to identify that it is a Google-certified charger. At that point, it charges at 10W instead of 5W as on other wireless chargers. At launch, the Pixels just labeled all wireless charging as "Charging Rapidly" on the lock screen and ambient display. After the November update, we can confirm that non-Google wireless pads display as "Charging Slowly" on the screen.
It was, of course, incredibly misleading to have all wireless chargers display the fast charging message. This feels like a bug that Google wanted to quietly fix—the Pixel changelog didn't even mention it. We asked Google on numerous occasions if the "rapid" label was merely an oversight but never received a response. We've reached out again and will update if we have any additional information to share.
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Samsung's foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet

The device will use the company's new Infinity Flex Display and be available next year.

Samsung on Wednesday gave the first glimpse of its upcoming foldable phone, saying it'll be mass produced "in the coming months."
Justin Denison, Samsung senior vice president of mobile marketing, showed off the phone, which is a tablet when it's fully opened and then a phone when it's closed. It uses a new display technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you open and close the device over and over without any degradation.
"The Infinity Flex Display represents an entirely new mobile platform," Denison said. "We've been living in a world where the size of your screen can only be as large as the device itself. We've added a new dimension to help you browse, watch and multitask like never before."
The device he showed isn't the final product. It's likely the phone Samsung releases will be sleeker and have smaller bezels than the device Denison showed.
"The success or failure of Samsung's first folding phone will depend on how well Samsung has been able to button up the device." CCS Insights analyst Ben Wood said. "If it's a slick, attractively designed device it will be a magnet for gadget lovers. If it is bulky and hard to use it will be a tougher sell."
The foldable phone can run up to three apps at the same time, something Samsung calls Multi Active Window. Google's Glen Murphy, head of Android UX, took the stage after Denison and said Android will support the new foldable display technology.
Denison added that Samsung's also working on technology for rollable and stretchable displays.
Samsung made the announcements at its fifth annual developers conference, taking place Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco. The event, which started off small at a San Francisco hotel, in 2016 expanded to Moscone Center West, where Apple previously held its developer conference. Last year, 5,000 people attended SDC.
Samsung hopes to bring consumers into the fold.
Juan Garzon/CNET SDC reflects Samsung's big push to get developers to make software specifically for its devices. In the past, that's meant making apps that work on the edge of Samsung's curved smartphone displays or take advantage of its S Pen stylus. This year, that focus has turned to Bixby and artificial intelligence.
Samsung has been chasing the holy grail of a foldable phone since it teased one at CES 2013 by showing off a flexible OLED display. The device comes at a tough time for the mobile market. Apple and Samsung handset sales are slowing down, and the global smartphone market is said to be in recession. Foldable phones could mark the next big innovation in mobile devices -- as long as they're not too gimmicky.
Justin Denison, Samsung senior vice president of mobile marketing: "We've added a new dimension to help you browse, watch and multitask like never before."
Angela Lang/CNET D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, told CNET in an October interviewthat you'll be able to use the device as a tablet with multitasking capability before being able to fold it up into a more portable phone. He once again stressed that the foldable phone wouldn't be a "gimmick product" that would "disappear after six to nine months after it's delivered."
"When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customers," Koh said last month.
Foldable phone specs

During a Wednesday afternoon panel with developers, Samsung gave more details about its upcoming foldable device. The company aims to have battery life that lasts as long as current Galaxy smartphones, said Jisun Park, engineering director and head of the system software group for Samsung's mobile business. That's despite the fact there's more screen that drains the battery.
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Samsung provided some specific details about its foldable phone displays during a panel at its developer conference.
Shara Tibken/CNET The Cover Display, what you'll see when the device is closed and looks more like a regular phone, is 4.58 inches and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. Samsung says it has a resolution of 840x1960, with a screen density of 420 dpi.
"Compared to the Main Display, the experience is more ... optimized for focused and handy and quick access and interaction, to leverage the small screen," Park said. When the device is unfolded, the Cover Display will turn off and go black, he added.
The Main Display, the bigger screen you see when unfolding the phone, is 7.3 inches and has a 4.2:3 aspect ratio. Samsung says the resolution is 1536x2152, with a screen density of 420 dpi.

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"Unfolding the phone provides more information with visual cues," Park said. He noted that it's key for Samsung to get developers on board to build its ecosystem to take advantage of the multiple screens.
Claus Enevoldsen, a marketing executive from Flipboard, showed off an app his company has been working on for Samsung's foldable phone. Samsung and Flipboard have worked together for years, with the news app given prominent positioning on Galaxy phones.
When closed, you'd see a single pane of information in the Flipboard app, much like what you normally see on the smartphone version. When you unfold the phone, you get a bigger panel -- that's displayed to the same point where you left off on the Cover Display -- and multi-window support.
"We want to lean in and take advantage of everything possible with this form factor," Enevoldsen said.
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Google Pixel 3 Reportedly Overheating While Charging, Leading To Auto Shutdowns







Owners of Google's latest Pixel-branded smartphone - specifically, the Pixel 3 - are now reportingoverheating issues that have resulted in automatic device shutdowns. The most common cause of the overheating appears to be linked to an error in the charging process, although it isn't immediately clear whether that's in the software or hardware. Since the smartphones have an automated process in place to handle circumstances where internally-measured temperatures are getting too high, one common thread among the reports is that handsets are simply turning off in order to cool down. For charging procedures, that includes a drop to the rate at which the battery is being charged up. Alongside that slow down, the system warns users to the situation via a notification indicating that some services and features are being placed on standby. A similar notification appears following a full system shutdown, informing users that overheating was the cause of the shutdown.



Background: This new issue actually follows a stream of apparently random complaints put forward by users who own Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets. Primarily, those have been related to cameras that aren't saving photos properly or the camera itself causing hardware crashes if used outside of the main Camera software. In the first of those issues, users were reporting that the user interface was incorrectly showing that pictures had been saved but that a problem within the system was causing those to disappear once the camera app was left. Secondary to that, it was reported that some Pixel-branded smartphones were crashing completely anytime the camera hardware was instantiated by an application that wasn't the built-in Camera app, resulting in a total shutdown of the hardware. The only way to overcome that, according to those reports, was to completely reboot the device itself.



In fact, there have been several other bugs reported since the flagships launched as well. Most recently among those, a memory bug was also caught in the devices, that is currently in the process of being patched. In effect, that was causing apps to be completely closed out anytime another app needed a certain level of memory to operate. That kills off any hopes of using the flagships to multitask across applications but it isn't really apparent whether that was deliberate or not, given Google's recent focus on aggressively managing device resources.



Impact: Meanwhile, a very small number of other users in these latest reports are suggesting that using the camera or a camera-related application for too long is causing similar overheating problems. There doesn't seem to be any correlation between any of those problems and a patch was already released for all of the prior problems that are listed above. Android Headlines hasn't been able to replicate or verify the majority of the issues noted here or any of the new complaints about overheating at all, so the issues don't appear to be widespread. Bearing that in mind and with consideration for the timeframe, it's not impossible that at least some of the most recent complaints about overheating in Pixel handsetsare actually the result of changes made during the patching process. Google hasn't provided any response on the matter for the time being.


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Samsung Galaxy S10 Flagship Detailed In Most Credible Leak Yet


A number of details about the Galaxy S10, Samsung's upcoming Android flagship, have been revealed on Tuesday as part of the most credible leak pertaining to the device to date. Known industry insider Evan Blass said the handset will feature a "punch hole" near the top of its display which will house its front-facing camera, speculating that the design in question may be advertised as the "Infinity-O" display, which is a term Samsung filed to protect earlier this fall. The cutout in question won't be identical to a display notch and is likely to be much smaller but also won't be hideable with a black notification bar, as per the same source.


An in-display fingerprint reader will be part of the package and rely on an ultrasonic sensor, a significant improvement over existing implementations of under-screen authentication systems, Mr. Blass said. The Galaxy s10 lineup will launch with a custom version of Android 9 Pie, the same one Samsung already announced last week as the One UI, the insider said. Finally, at least one member of the 2019 product family will sport a triple-camera setup on the back which will consist of a standard lens, a wide-angle module, and telephoto glass, the source claims.


Background: Before implementing a punch hole into its nest series of Android flagships, Samsung is expected to experiment with the new design in the mid-range segment of the market, as the company itself recently teased such an element being part of the upcoming Galaxy A8s. DJ Koh, the Chief Executive Officer of Samsung's mobile division, also promised "significant" changes with the Galaxy S10 family this September. The South Korean technology juggernaut spent the better portion of this year airing advertising campaigns making fun of display notches, particularly those found on Apple's iPhones. The firm repeatedly signaled it's not interested in adopting such cutouts but it's also short of alternatives that would still allow it to continue improving the screen-to-body ratio of its devices.


One known industry insider from China previously claimed the Galaxy S10 family will "end" display notches, with Mr. Blass's new claims adding more credence to that possibility. The Seoul-based company has a long history of setting design trends in the mobile industry, with its latest such achievement being the widespread adoption of aspect ratios taller than 16:9, even though it wasn't the first to commercialize such elongated image formats in the smartphone sector. With the Galaxy S10 line being one of the most anticipated handset series of 2019, many manufacturers are likely to copy at least some of the new design elements it ends up introducing.


The series itself is expected to consist of three models, with the most affordable one reportedly marking Samsung's return to flat screens in the high-end segment of the market. The last premium Android smartphone from the company to feature a flat screen was the Galaxy S7 launched in early 2016. All three devices are believed to be planned for a global release, with variants intended for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China likely being powered by the Snapdragon 8150, Qualcomm's successor to the Snapdragon 845. The Galaxy S10 models meant for Europe, Asia, and other markets around the world should utilize the Exynos 9820, Samsung's in-house silicon that's rumored to feature a dual-core neural processing unit dedicated to on-device AI computing. Both the Snapdragon- and Exynos-branded chip are expected to be built on the 7nm process node, though only Samsung's module is set to use extreme ultraviolet lithography, a new process of making printed circuits that can achieve ambitious transistor density targets more consistently. As a result, the Exynos Galaxy S10 variants may offer significantly better CPU performance, though Qualcomm's chips were traditionally ahead of them in graphics processing department.


Besides the three international models, Samsung is said to be preparing a fourth lineup member that's essentially a special edition of the Galaxy S10 Plus. That particular device is rumored to support 5G New Radio connectivity but may only end up being sold in the company's home country. The flat-screen model isn't expected to have more than two rear cameras, though all three should benefit from new imaging algorithms powered by artificial intelligence solutions, according to previous rumors.

Samsung's quarter-three financial report contained an admission that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus experienced "soft" initial sales which were below expectations. Industry analysts remain divided on why the world's largest phone maker was unable to repeat some of its past successes with its main flagship lineup, though most agree that the lack of meaningful year-on-year innovations played a part in the lukewarm response the two handsets received. That's precisely why insiders now appear to be convinced Samsung will be going all out with the Galaxy S10 line, seeking to convince its existing customers it's time for an upgrade, in addition to attracting new consumers to its mobile ecosystem.


Upgrade fatigue is believed to be one of the main reason why global smartphone shipments have been stagnating over the course of the last year, according to numerous industry trackers. As Samsung has the largest share of the handset market on the planet, it's also prone to being the first company to be affected by any kind of negative trends in the industry. Besides being adamant to deliver more meaningful upgrades with the Galaxy S10 family, the company is also looking to pursue additional mobile innovations with its new foldable smartphone lineup scheduled to be released in early 2019.


Impact: Samsung appears to have found a way to continue reducing the bezels on its Android handsets without embracing a traditional display notch, an element that's been polarizing both critics and consumers for over a year now, ever since Essential first debuted it with the PH-1 in the late summer of 2017. A significant number of other smartphone manufacturers will likely be following suit and deliver their own handsets with selfie-camera holes, though it remains to be seen whether they manage to do that as early as 2019 given how Samsung Display likely won't be selling those panels immediately following their first-party commercialization, as was the case with the company's curved Super AMOLED panels.
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These are the Google Store's Pixel 3 and 3 XL Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals



Couldn't afford a Pixel 3 when it first came out? Google's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals significantly reduce the overall price of Google's latest smartphone in the US. Beginning with pre-Black Friday offers, Google has shared several new deals on its latest smartphone and other Made by Google products.
Pre-Black Friday and on the day itself, Google tells us it is offering the following (pretty impressive) Pixel 3 discounts:
  • Buy one Pixel 3 or 3 XL and get the second phone for up to 50 percent off (November 16th to 21st).
  • $150 discount on the Pixel 3, $200 discount on the Pixel 3 XL (November 22nd to 25th).
The above Black Friday deal brings the $799 64GB Pixel 3 to $649, and the $899 64GB Pixel 3 XL to $699.
On Cyber Monday (November 26th), a few more offers open up on the Google Store, just for the day. The deals include:
  • Buy a Pixel 3/3 XL and get a Home Hub ($149 regular price) for free, plus a $50 Google Store credit.
  • Save $60 on the Daydream View.
  • Save $20 on a My Case purchase.
  • Buy two Google Home Max speakers and save $150.
  • Save $129 on a bundle of the Google Home Hub, Google Home and Wifi 3-pack.
Additionally, Pixelbooks are discounted by $300 from November 18th to 28th, and Google Clips wireless smart cameras are 50 percent off from November 18th to 26th.
There are no links to the specific deals yet, but we will update this post when the promotions go live on the days mentioned above.
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Samsung may add adoptable storage in Android Pie



It's been three years since Android's adoptable storage officially launched with Android Marshmallow, after a few months of testing in the Developer Preview. Many Android manufacturers didn't offer the feature immediately on their own phones, and until now, Samsung has been one of the holdouts. That may change with the upcoming update to Pie though.

User spenceboy98 noticed that his Note9 Pie beta had an interesting new screen when inserting a MicroSD card: it asks if you want to use it for extra phone storage or simply as an external storage. If you choose the former, ie the adoptable storage option, it will be counted with your internal storage and can be used for apps, games, etc. However, it seems that the process doesn't complete successfully and an error stops it midway.






Although this isn't live yet, it's close enough to make us believe that Samsung is working on rolling out adoptable storage on its devices with the Pie update. You may not need it, but for those who have a lot of stuff saved on their phones, this will be a welcomed improvement.
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