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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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[Update: Fix coming] Some Pixel 3 XL owners are complaining of buzzing/distorted speakers




Pixel season wouldn't be complete without a bunch of complaints from early adopters of possible hardware and software faults. Last year, the main controversy surrounded the terrible LG OLED panels used for the Pixel 2 XL. This year, there are a few early contenders, including what we may be calling 'buzzgate.'

We've already discovered that the Pixel 3 XL speakers are not equal in their output, but there's potentially more worrying news. Some users have taken to Twitter and Reddit to lament their speakers for producing what they variously describe as static, buzzing, or distorted sound, even at low volumes. The issues seem to be confined to just the larger Pixel 3 XL.
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My speaker sounds like shit at low volume, almost like a buzzing at the bottom one and the sound is different depending on how I touch the back glass.



Artem Russakovskii
@ArtemR


You know I thought I heard something similar at very low volume yesterday, but then I couldn't reproduce it on other videos. Does it happen to you with any sound or only some?

According to Nick Shaw and others on Twitter, certain notifications sounds, songs, and videos are able to trigger this buzzing sound, and even Artem has noticed something similar. Several Redditors (here, here, here, here, and here — yeah, it's a lot) have encountered similar problems, with u/qtpa2tnh testing further and suggesting that low-to-mid-range frequencies are especially problematic (between 20-500Hz).
While one user reported that the issue went away by itself, others have deemed it a hardware failure and RMA'd their device. If you're feeling a slight sense of déjŕ vu, that'll be because the Pixel 2 XL suffered from a similar issue last year. Those affected simply had to get a replacement phone, so that might well be the only solution for the Pixel 3 XL too.
We've reached out to Google for comment and will update this post when we hear back. If you have a Pixel 3 XL and would like to test your unit, here are a couple of videos that have been known to show off the issue well:
Give them a go (try different volume levels) and let us know if you notice the buzzing/distortion.
UPDATE: 2018/11/15 4:47AM PST
Google confirms a fix is coming

Thanks to Thomas Demeter's tweet below, we now know that Google is planning on rolling out a fix for the speaker distortion issue in the near future. We reached out to Google for confirmation and they said the support agent was indeed correct.
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[Update: Fix due soon] Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing



You've may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there's a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we've received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some.

Our tipster is not the only one to notice this, either, as there are several similar reports on Reddit with even more commenters chipping in to say they too have experienced the problem. Users of both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been affected — and many of them hadn't backed up their messages since getting the phone, amplifying the annoyance and inconvenience.
We're not entirely sure if this is a bug with the Pixel 3 itself or just the Messages app, but there don't seem to be any reports of it happening on other devices. One user said they called Google support but did not get any relevant help. We've reached out to Google to see what's going on, but we haven't heard anything back yet. Let us know in the comments if this is something you've also experienced.

UPDATE: 2018/11/14 12:46PM PST Google has reportedly acknowledged the existence of this problem and says that a solution is incoming:
"We recently discovered a bug affecting SMS/MMS on a small number of Pixel 3s and are rolling out a fix soon."
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ZeroLemon's Pixel 3 and 3 XL 4700mAh battery cases are 30% less ugly, still 100% chunky


ZeroLemon is best known for producing smartphone battery cases, and most of them are absolutely massive. Not only do they significantly improve the battery life of your phone, but they also double as a battering ram in the event of an emergency. The company just released its first cases for the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which are fairly chunky but still small compared to other ZeroLemon cases.
Both cases include a 4,700mAh battery and cover the entire phone with a soft TPU material. There's an indicator on the back to check the case's battery level. Thankfully, there's no 'chin' at the bottom, which you'll find on most battery cases.
Amazon listings for both cases are live, but you can't purchase them yet (or even pre-order them). More information is available at the source links below.
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Pictures of 'Pixel 3 Lite' emerge, with headphone jack - is this the budget Pixel of our dreams?


We've heard rumors about a budget Pixel phone — codenamed 'Sargo' — for several months now. The name popped up in an ARCore release last week, signaling that the device could be nearing completion. Russian tech blog Rozetked has posted a hands-on with the unreleased device, calling it the 'Pixel 3 Lite'.

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The phone visually looks very similar to the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, but with larger bezels and no screen notch. A headphone jack, which was famously dropped from the Pixel line last year, is present on the top of the device. The power button on this white model is a solid neon yellow color.


The display is a 5.56-inch IPS screen (not AMOELD), with a resolution of 2220 x 1080. For the processor, Google has chosen the Snapdragon 670, which so far has only been used in phones intended for Asian markets (like the Oppo R17). This could mean the Pixel 3 Lite won't make an appearance in the United States.


Other specifications include 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage (no microSD card slot), a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 2,915mAh battery. It's not clear when this phone will actually launch, or what markets it will be available in.
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This could be our first look at the Galaxy S10’s revolutionary display




In addition to giving us an early look at the foldable phone it has been teasing for months, Samsung also announced a multitude of displays at its developer conference two weeks ago. Both the Infinity-U and Infinity-V displays had tiny notches, the Infinity-O display had a small hole cut into the corner, and the New Infinity display appeared to be a true edge-to-edge display without any holes, notches, or cut-outs marring the glass.
Samsung didn’t specify which of the display types might appear on its future handsets, but the consensus seems to be that the upcoming Galaxy S10 will be equipped with the Infinity-O display. We have already seen a few mock-ups, giving us an idea of what that might look like, but now the display itself appears to have leaked.




Over the weekend, some blurred-out photos of what is purported to be the Infinity-O display assembly popped up on Slashleaks. The source of the leak, who claims that this is indeed a photo of a Samsung display, has been vindicated more often than not, leading us to believe this could be a glimpse into the future.
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As you can see in the images above, significant portions of the front and back of the display have been blurred out (presumably to hide any identifying text or markings that could be used to identify the source), but the key element is the hole in the corner of the component. This lines up with what Samsung revealed during its press conference earlier this month — leaving room for a camera without impeding the display.



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Google Pixel 3 XL Running Android Q Appears On Geekbench




Android 9 Pie is still considered to be a brand new version of Android, but that did not stop Google from testing Android Q on the Pixel 3 XL, it seems. A listing surfaced on Geekbench, showing the Google Pixel 3 XL with Android Q pre-installed. This seems to be a test unit, as Google is almost certainly already testing Android Q, though we’re probably looking at a really early build of the OS here. This listing does not reveal any info about the update, though, of course, as this is just a benchmarking tool. The Google Pixel 3 XL which is fueled by Android Q managed to hit 2,404 points in the single-core, and 8,510 points in the multi-core test, and that’s not exactly far off the unit that got tested with Android 9 Pie on board. This phone surfaced on Geekbench yesterday, on November 20, and it’s your regular Google Pixel 3 XL unit, it seems, it comes with 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 845, as pointed out by Geekbench.




Background: Google first mentioned Android P aka Android 9 Pie, back in May during Google I/O, Google’s developer conference. Back then, that update was simply known as “Android P”, while Google revealed its full name a couple of months ago. During Google I/O, though, the company did reveal quite a few features that will come with Android 9 Pie, while it also demoed a number of those features, so we can look forward to seeing the same for Android Q next year. Google I/O is still about six months away, though, and even though Google is testing Android Q, the OS is probably not even in beta at this point. Android 9 Pie did not make its way to many non-Google-made devices at this point, the Essential PH-1, OnePlus 6, and OnePlus 6T do run Android 9 Pie, same goes for the LG G7 One Android One phone, but a number of other Android One devices, and phones, in general, are still waiting for the update to arrive.




The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first smartphones to ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box, of course. Those two phones were announced last month, in October, and have been available in a number of regions for a while now. Those two devices did launch with a ton of bugs, it seems, as bug reports have been popping up like crazy over the last month or so. The Pixel 3 XL also received a lot of negative feedback due to its design, the device sports an extremely tall display notch, quite probably the tallest one out there, even though it’s not as wide as on some other phones. Those two phones do have a lot to offer, but considering their price tag, the number of bugs that come with the package, and the design aspect, many sources are having a difficult time recommending them, even though they do offer really solid performance, and a great camera for low light, especially since Night Sight arrived.




The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are both made out of metal, for the most part, but they do sport a small glass panel on the back. Both devices feature a single camera on the back, which is backed by great camera software, which is able to pull out some really solid shots out of the two phones. Both devices feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, and both are fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor. The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL sport 4GB of RAM, and even though their display sizes are different, they both ship with OLED panels. These two phones are quite similar in general, other than the display and battery size, general footprint, and that notch that is included on the Pixel 3 XL. Both devices even ship with front-facing stereo speakers, though neither of the two offer a 3.5mm headphone jack... it is worth noting that a Type-C to 3.5mm dongle is included in the package, though, that goes for both phones.




Impact: The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL will be amongst the first to receive Android Q next year, quite probably in October 2019, if Google ends up sticking to its release cycle. We should be able to get plenty of Android Q info during Google I/O in about six months though, while leaks are expected to start coming in a couple of months. Truth be said, not much Android Q info surfaced thus far, but we did spot one rather specific leak recently. That OS is rumored to support “Multi-Resume” feature which will let two apps run simultaneously, without pausing, and that will make the multi-window feature immensely more useful. To make things a bit clearer, this will allow you to run videos in both windows that you open on the display, for example, while at the moment, one video will pause if you fire up the other one. What happens is, Android basically pauses the secondary app that is opened, and lets you focus on using the primary one (the window you’re currently using), but that will change in Android Q, it seems. Another report surfaced earlier this month, suggesting that Google may let users test Android Q before its AOSP release, which is also quite interesting, and it may give us more insight sooner than expected. That’s probably it when it comes to Android Q, information is scarce at the moment, and chances are we won’t have that much info anytime soon either. Some rumors / leaks may surface before Google I/O, but chances are they won’t share much info about the OS itself. It remains to be seen whether Google plans to redesign the UI once again, as Android 9 Pie did bring a number of design changes to the table, which was not the case when we transitioned from Android 7.0 Nougat to Android 8.0 Oreo. Google seems to be pushing its navigation gestures, so we may see some improvement in that aspect when Android Q comes, as users are not exactly overjoyed with it at the moment. We’re only guessing, though, of course, we’ll have to wait and see what will happen.

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Latest Samsung Leak Points To Galaxy S10 With Ceramic Back





Samsung plans to offer at least one variation of its as-yet-unannounced Galaxy S10 smartphone with a ceramic back panel, according to a recent report SamMobile. No source for that information has been provided and details about which version of the device will include the option are scarce. The option will allegedly be available in two color configurations with buyers having the choice between either a white or black rear panel made from the material.

Background: Ceramic rear panels have previously shown up in several smartphones so the use of the material wouldn't be entirely surprising. Essential's PH-1 used ceramic alongside titanium and Xiaomi has built ceramic-backed handsets since at least 2016. Xiaomi's Mi MIX 3 is the most recent example, following the use of the substance in each of the gadget's predecessors. That flagship device shipped with the material in three colors including 'Onyx Black', 'Jade Green', and 'Sapphire Blue' as well as a special edition model that added a golden dragon to the back panel of the blue version. Aside from the rear panel's ceramic design, the front and edges were built from Gorilla Glass 5 and metal. It isn't unlikely that Samsung will follow a similar pattern with its own devices if it does include the material in its Galaxy S10 design.



As for the Samsung Galaxy S10 itself, four variations of the handset are currently expected to be announced beginning in February. Each of the devices have been rumored to feature an in-house Exynos 9280 SoC enhanced by dual-neural processing nodes. Leaks have also suggested that each will be presented in Black, White, Green, Silver / Gray, and Pink color options but that none of them will be too similar either. The first three smartphones are said to be under development with the codenames 'Beyond 0', 'Beyond 1', and 'Beyond 2'. Beyond 0 will represent the most affordable entry with a flat 5.8-inch display and only 4GB RAM. The remaining two of those devices will ship with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, respectively. Those will also maintain the curved design language used by their predecessors. The least expensive of those will feature a dual-camera array while the top-tier models have been speculated with three cameras on the back panel.



The final version of the device is predicted to be 5G-enabled and the most expensive at $1,770. Codenamed 'Beyond X', that will launch following the above-mentioned variants when and where next-generation networks have been built out to support the capability. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will also set itself above its counterparts with its six cameras. Two of those are expected to be placed on the front for enhanced selfie photos while the remaining four will be on the back. Meanwhile, the device's RAM capacity will reportedly be bumped to 12GB and its display will measure 6.4-inches, according to the most recent leaks.



Impact: Ceramic is not the most sturdy material for use on the back panel of a smartphone. The process for creating and forming the substance is expensive and the final product has, in compositions used on previous smartphones, been prone to breaking fairly easily. In spite of that, Samsung could follow it's competitor's example with regard to how the material is used initially. As Samsung may choose to limit its first use of ceramics to the most expensive Galaxy S10 model or models as Xiaomi did when it introduced the material with its Mi 5 handset. While the material has a history of breaking when used in smartphones, Samsung may be using a more costly but reliable process and that could help justify the cost. If that pattern bears out, future Samsung Galaxy 'S' devices may also feature ceramic rear panels too, at a reduced price point.
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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10+ Benchmarked With Exynos 9820



An alleged variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ equipped with the Exynos 9820 chipset has recently been tested using popular benchmarking application AnTuTu. The device scored 325,076 points, which is significantly lower than the362,292 score obtained by some prototype devices using Qualcomm's upcoming flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8150. However, this score is still significantly higher than the 301,757 points earned by the Snapdragon 845 SoC and the 311,840 points achieved by Huawei's latest processor, the Kirin 980. Furthermore, the Exynos 9820 SoC performed significantly better than the Exynos 9810 chipset found inside the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. According to the rankings released by AnTuTu, the Exynos 9810 chipset inside the Galaxy S9+ managed to score 247,482 points, nearly an 80,000 point deficit compared to the newer SoC.
The benchmark results also provide some information about other hardware features of the device. The unit of the Galaxy S10+ identified by the model number SM-G975F will run a custom implementation of Android 9 Pie, offer 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage, as well as a 19:9 aspect ratio display, as per the same source.




Background: Samsung revealed its latest flagship chipset, the Exynos 9820, earlier this month. The fourth-generation CPU found inside the Exynos 9820 offers up to 20-percent improvement in single-core performance and a 15-percent increase in multi-core performance compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 9810. Meanwhile, Samsung claims that the Mali-G76 GPU is 40-percent faster than the GPU used by the Exynos 9810. This chipset is manufactured using the 8-nanometer Low Power Plus FinFET process node technology, which offers a 10-percent improvement in power efficiency compared to the 10-nanometer process node utilized by the previous-generation foundry effort.




Samsung is expected to unveil three models of its Android flagship series next year. These handsets will be called the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10 X, according to recent reports. Among their rumored features is the Infinity-O display, which sports a hole located near its top that will house the handset's front-facing camera. While it will be significantly smaller than a traditional display notch, users will not have the ability to hide the hole using a black notification display, insiders claimed earlier this fall. The Galaxy S10 will also reportedly sport an in-display fingerprint reader based on ultrasonic sensor technology.




The budget version of Samsung's flagship handset, the Galaxy S10, will supposedly have a flat 5.8-inch display and 4GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10 X will both sport curved displays, although the Galaxy S10+ will have a smaller 5.8-inch display and 6GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S10 X will have a 6.44-inch display and 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy S10 will ship with a dual-camera setup, while the other two models are said to have three rear imaging sensors. Recent rumors also state that Samsung is working on a variant of the Galaxy S10+ that can connect to 5G networks, although the company will likely only sell that particular device in South Korea. Consumers in Europe, Asia, and other markets will likely get the Exynos variants of the lineup, while users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China should get the models with the Snapdragon 8150 chipset.




Impact: The newly sighted benchmark listing highlights the alleged improvements made by Samsung with its latest Exynos SoC, which should result in a smoother user experience and improved battery life for owners of future devices using the new chip. Still, it remains to be seen how the Exynos 9820 fares against the Snapdragon 8150 that's expected to use a more advanced 7nm process node and is hence likely to be significantly more efficient.

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Here are more photos of the Pixel 3 Lite way before you're supposed to see it





This is not the first year rumors have suggested a cheaper Pixel phone could happen, but this year we have photographic evidence. Just days after the Sargo device code name appeared in an ARcore update, the device itself leaked. Now, there are more photos of the phone. This time, it's next to some other phones you might recognize to give some idea of the size.


As we saw before, the device has a taller 18:9 screen like the current Pixel 3. Indeed, the phone looks a lot like the Pixel 3 at a glance, but there's only one front-facing camera. There's no notch like the 3 XL, which will be a selling point for some. Another potential bonus: there's a headphone jack. We can't see that in the new leak because it's on the top edge. Rumors point to a 5.5-inch LCD display on the Pixel 3 Lite, but the bezels might be a touch larger than the 5.5-inch Pixel 3; it looks almost as tall as the 3 XL in one of the pics (above left).
Pixel 3 Lite vs. iPhone XS and iPhone 5s on the left, Pixel 3 Lite vs. iPhone XS and iPhone XR on the right
We expect this phone to have a Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage (no microSD card slot), a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 2,915mAh battery. The choice of Snapdragon SoC strongly suggests this phone is destined for Asian markets, but we just don't know Google's plans yet.


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Three Samsung Galaxy S10 Variants Get Certified In Russia







Three Galaxy S10 smartphones have just surfaced in Russia, as they’ve been certified by the Russian Roasccredit agency, which is similar to the FCC in the US. In any case, the three phones in mentions are the SM-G975F, SM-G975F/DS (dual SIM), and SM-G975X. Based on the model numbers, these are the Galaxy S10 variants, the first two seem to be identical, save for the fact that the second one comes with two SIM card slots, while the third model number belongs to a different Galaxy S10 unit. Chances are we will see plenty more of such certifications moving forward, as not only will the Galaxy S10 units pass through certification sites in many countries, but Samsung is expected to announce three or four Galaxy S10 units in early 2019, so there are plenty model numbers to go around. The Galaxy S10 rumors have been popping up like crazy over the last couple of weeks, and we’ll try to sum them up down below.




Background: Samsung is expected to announce three or four Galaxy S10 units, depending on which rumor you end up believing, One rumor claims that we’ll get regular Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ smartphones, in addition to the 5G-enabled premium Galaxy S10, while other rumors say in addition to all that, we’ll also get a compact, “budget” Galaxy S10 unit, even though that “budget” model may end up being the regular Galaxy S10 smartphone. In any case, a report that popped up earlier today claims that the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 will sport a ceramic back, and a 6.7-inch display, so that will probably be the largest Galaxy S10 variant that Samsung will announce next year. In addition to that, that device is expected to pack in 12GB of RAM, if the rumor is to be believed, in addition to 1TB of storage. Based on those specs, and info, the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 will not only be the most expensive Galaxy S10 smartphone next year, but probably the most expensive smartphone in the Galaxy S series in general. One more piece of info regarding the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 surfaced a while back, claiming that the phone will include six cameras, four on the back, and one on the front, while an in-display fingerprint scanner was also mentioned.




The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are expected to ship with 5.8-inch and 6.4-inch displays, just like their predecessors, and rumors are claiming that neither of these phones will sport as many cameras as the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10. If rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will either both sport three cameras on the back, or we’ll see three cameras on the back of the Galaxy S10+, and two cameras on the back of the Galaxy S10, in any case, it seems like a single camera Galaxy S10 unit is not in Samsung’s plans, unless the company opts to release that compact, “budget” Galaxy S10 smartphone, and make it considerably more affordable than the rest of the pack. All Galaxy S10 smartphones will ship with the same SoC, well, SoCs, depending on the region. In the US and China, you can expect to see the upcoming Snapdragon flagship processor to fuel the Galaxy S10, the Snapdragon 8150 or 855, depending on which name Samsung opts for. In Europe and India, on the other hand, the Galaxy S10 will ship with the all-new flagship processor by Samsung, the Exynos 9820, which got announced quite recently.




As far as the design is concerned, most Galaxy S10 units will be made out of metal and glass, save for the 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 smartphone, which will arrive with a metal frame and a ceramic back. All Galaxy S10 units are expected to sport the same looks, though, even though they may ship with a different number of cameras on the back, and will be different in terms of size, of course. All Galaxy S10 units are rumored to ship with no bezels, but all of them will include a display camera hole, if rumors are to be believed. Samsung had patented a number of designs which include display camera holes, and even though the Galaxy S10 is rumored to sport a display camera hole, chances are it will not be the first Samsung-branded phone to sport such a design. The Galaxy A8s is expected to launch soon with a display camera hole design, though that phone will probably sport thicker bezels than the Galaxy S10, as the Galaxy S10 is expected to have no bezel around the display. This seems to be Samsung’s way to avoid the display notch, whether you like it or not. All Galaxy S10 units will ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box, while Samsung’s all-new One UI skin will be included on top of Google’s operating system. Samsung’s very own Super AMOLED displays will be used in all Galaxy S10 units, and chances are that all variants of the Galaxy S10 will support wireless charging as well, and be IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.




Impact: The Galaxy S10 models are expected to arrive in early 2019, which probably means that we’ll see them launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, in February, at least if their predecessors are any indication. The Galaxy S10 is rumored to sport a display camera hole instead of a display notch, which will make it possible for Samsung to trim down bezels completely, basically, though some would argue that a display camera hole is just as bad as a display notch, if not worse. No matter how small that hole ends up being, a camera needs to fit inside of it, and that is something that will poke your eye while you’re using the phone, some would say it’s even worse than a notch as it’s not connected to the frame, so instead of having something trying to creep its way into the display from the top, this way you get a camera which is in the display, and that is more or less equal to a number of dead pixels on that spot, as you cannot use that screen real estate for anything, of course. There’s still a chance that the Galaxy S10 will not sport a display camera hole, but… rumors are pointing to the opposite.
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Huawei poised to launch a phone with a hole in the screen instead of a notch






Display notches are, to put it kindly, an inelegant solution to a vexing design problem. How can you get as much screen as possible in a phone while still offering a front-facing camera? Most OEMs are going to notch route, but Huawei is about to try something different: a hole. Huawei is teasing a device believed to be the Nova 4, which could beat Samsung's hole-punch phone to market.

So far, the device has appeared in a promo image as well as part of a live Chinese web broadcast. The camera hole is clearly visible in the upper left corner of the display. It's closer to the top than the side, presumably to fit inside the status bar. Despite the space-saving hole, there's still a chin at the bottom of the phone. Although, it doesn't seem too egregious. Huawei is probably using an LCD panel, which makes bezel-less designs more difficult.
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Huawei will release the world's first hole-screen mobile phone before the Samsung Galaxy A8s, which will be released in December, but the A8s may also be released in December, so who will start, it will wait and see.
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Samsung revealed a series of concept designs at its recent developer conference, including the Infinity-O design. Like the Huawei phone, this display includes a hole in the upper left for the front-facing camera. Rumors point to the Galaxy A8S as the first Infinity-O device as soon as next month. Huawei will announce the Nova 4 in December as well. Time will tell who's first.
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"Galaxy Fold" Trademark Reveals Name Of Samsung's Foldable Smartphone








Samsung’s foldable smartphone could be named “Galaxy Fold”, trademark reveals. The trademark for the Galaxy Fold name has popped up on tmdn.org website on November 28, and it is now making the rounds. Interestingly enough, this patent was filed in Turkey, though a patent with a similar name has also surfaced in the UK. The timing of this trademark is kind of perfect for the company’s foldable smartphone, as the device is rumored to launch in early 2019, as the company has already shown off the demo unit of the device during its developers conference. Not only is the timing of this patent perfect, but the name as well, the “Galaxy Fold” is a name for a consumer device which is powered by Android, as it has the “Galaxy” name in it, and the “Fold” part can really symbol only one thing, some sort of a foldable device. This patent does not really share any additional info regarding the device, though, but it does signal that the launch of the device could be near.




Background: The company has demoed its foldable smartphone during its developers conference recently, though the phone was obstructed by a heavy case, so we didn’t really get to see its looks, and it seemed like it has huge bezels because of it. The company’s foldable smartphone is expected to sport considerably thinner bezels, and Samsung will hopefully resolve some issues that popped up during the developers conference, the main one being the fact that it takes a long time for the phone to switch from the main display, to the smaller one once you fold it. The device that Samsung showed off actually has two displays, one huge one on the front, and a small one on one side of its back, which activates once the device is folded.




The Galaxy Fold will ship with Samsung’s One UI skin, on top of Android, while it is rumored to cost around $2,000. That is a hefty price tag, and it remains to be seen how accurate are those rumors. The device is expected to weigh around 200 grams, and it is expected to ship with 512GB of internal storage, and high-end specs in general. Samsung is planning to release a foldable smartphone, a smartphone with a flexible display which can be folded, but it won’t be the first such device. The Royole FlexPai got announced quite recently, and it is actually the very first such device, though it probably won’t be even close to Samsung’s offering in a number of ways.




Impact: Samsung is not the only company who is planning to release a foldable phone in 2019, OPPO will do the same, and so will LG and Huawei. LG is actually rumored to do that during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, while Huawei will probably do it in the first quarter as well, same goes for OPPO. All in all, we’ll see quite a few foldable devices next year, and it remains to be seen which one of them will capture the essence of a foldable smartphone the best, as such a device not only needs to offer the right design, and work properly, but it also needs to be the right dimensions, in other words, it is not allowed to be too thick.
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[Update: Starting to arrive] Google Pixels will be able to save Call Screen transcripts later this year


Call Screen was arguably the most impressive feature Google debuted at the Pixel 3 launch event. Google's AI can answer the phone and ask what the purpose of the call is, providing an on-screen transcript of the conversation so you can decide if you want to talk to them or not. Right now, the transcripts disappear as soon as the call ends, but the ability to save has been confirmed for arrival later this year.

We knew transcript saving was coming as the original support documentation said as much, but it's good to get some clarity on the timeframe. As spotted by 9to5Google, support replied to a question about saving transcripts for later viewing on a forum post in the Pixel Phone Help pages. A Googler (Paul Dunlop) said the functionality would arrive this year, first to beta testers and then to all Pixel 3 users before the end of the year — no mention of Pixel 2s, even though they are starting to get Call Screen now. See the full comment below:
I'm happy to confirm that we will be launching support for saving the transcript later this year. The transcript for the screened portion of the call will be automatically saved in your Call Log once the call has ended. You will be able to access it via the Call Details section of an individual call log item. This will be available to our public beta testers first, and then all Pixel 3 users later in the year.
This is something that will make Call Screen even more useful. We don't have such a huge problem with spam calls here in the UK, but I know my colleagues on the other side of the pond suffer multiple instances each day, for which Call Screen must really be a godsend. If you want to make sure you're first to get the transcript saving feature, sign up for the Phone app beta here.


Update: 2018/11/30 3:21pm PST by Stephen Schenck
Google has begun rolling out the Call Screen transcript feature, though so far it appears to be far from widespread. To see if it's gone live for your phone, under "Recent calls" tap "Call history" and then look for a new "See transcript" option.
Once it's there, you'll be able to pull up logs showing the interaction between your caller and the Call Screen robot, complete with time stamps and a record of when you joined the call:


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