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Sony finally reveals which Xperia phones will get Android 10

By Phillip Prado

sony xperia 5 hands on

Three months after Google released Android 10, Sony has finally announced which of its devices will receive the update, and when users can expect to see it. To no surprise, the company’s latest flagships — the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 — will receive the update before the rest of Sony’s qualifying lineup.

The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will receive the update sometime this December, while the Xperia 10, 10 Plus, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3 will begin getting the update in early 2020. Sony admits timing and availability will vary from device to device and carrier to carrier, so we don’t know precisely how long it will take for all devices to get Android 10.

Sony may be behind the competition in terms of smartphone sales, but its fans have always benefited from timely Android version updates. Though this year’s update to Android 10 may not …read more

Source:: android authority


Listen for up to 150 hours with the Bluetooth 5 Kharbon Earbuds

By AA Picks

Kharbon IP67 Wireless Earbuds Silver

How long do your wireless earbuds last? If it’s less than 150 hours, you should consider picking up a pair of Kharbon Earbuds for just $67 with our promo code.

Between the eight hours single charge of the buds and the 2,000mAh charging case, the Kharbon Earbuds really do boast up to 150 hours of battery life. They run on IPV6 low energy protocol which lets you listen more and charge less. Each episode of our podcast is around an hour, so you could listen to Adam and the crew for literally days on end.

Start singing in the rain with IP67 waterproofing.

When you can listen for 150 hours, it’s not going to be sunny the whole time. That doesn’t matter to Kharbon though as the headphones boast an IP67 waterproof rating. The rating means that your headphones can be submerged in a meter of water for up to an hour and still work. If that’s the case, you might need a boat to go along with your earbuds.

You can also trust that your Kharbon Earbuds will connect from further away in a snap. They come with …read more

Source:: android authority


Google Stadia Founder’s Edition unboxing: What do the gamers get?

By David Imel

Google Stadia Founders Edition box on carpet straight on 2

We’re just a few days away from the official release of Google Stadia and we’ve already got our review unit. I managed to snag the @Android handle, so all you casuals can feel my wrath in Destiny 2. Get wrecked, scrubs.

In all seriousness, Google gave us a Founder’s Edition Stadia early and allowed us to unbox it for you. There isn’t a lot new here past what you already know, but we figured we’d do a quick post to show you what you’ll get for your money.

Google Stadia Founders Edition controller in hand

When you open the Stadia Founder’s Edition box, you’re greeted by the controller. The Founder’s Edition is a navy-blue color, but at launch, you’ll be able to choose between Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi.

The controller feels really well built, and can be used for other games with Bluetooth.

There is a soft texture …read more

Source:: android authority


OnePlus could discount 6T and 7 Pro by $150 for Black Friday sales

By C. Scott Brown

OnePlus 7 Pro shot against flowers

According to Phone Arena, there could be a massive OnePlus Black Friday sale this year. Although Phone Arena doesn’t list a source in its article, it claims that OnePlus will heavily discount both the 2018 OnePlus 6T and the 2019 OnePlus 7 Pro for a temporary period of time starting November 18.

The discount on both phones would be $150, bringing the price of the 6T down to $449 and the price of the 7 Pro down to $549.

What’s more, Phone Arena also says that the OnePlus Black Friday sale will include a free black nylon bumper case with any orders for the two devices.

Related: Black Friday 2019: Early deals and a sneak peek at what’s to come

This sale will apparently be quite limited. Not only will it only last from November 18 until December 2, but it will only go for as long as supplies last. Considering the OnePlus 6T is over a year old at this point, it’s likely that the phone will sell out very quickly. The only variant of the device that’s even available now is the Midnight Black version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Meanwhile, the …read more

Source:: android authority


Apple will remove vaping apps from App Store. Will Google follow suit?

By C. Scott Brown

Apple iPhone App Store and iTunes Logo

Today, Apple removed all 181 vaping apps from its App Store. The story first broke at Axios, which heard from an inside source that Apple planned to make the move. Apple’s decision is a response to the growing health concerns and the subsequent backlash against vaping and the e-cigarette industry.

This move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as, back in 2017, Apple blocked any new vaping apps from applying for a slot on the App Store. It was only a matter of time before the already-established apps would get the boot.

Apple has never allowed applications designed for the buying and selling of e-cigarette cartridges or e-cigarette pens. The 181 vaping apps removed from the App Store were designed for controlling e-cigarette functions such as temperature or powering the device on and off.

These apps will continue to function for those who already have them and will even transfer when they upgrade to a new device. The apps will be unavailable for new downloads though.

Related: Apple thinks glasses will replace smartphones: What it means for you

It’s possible that Google could make a similar move now that Apple has drawn a line in the sand. There …read more

Source:: android authority


Surprise! Redmi Note 8 Pro receiving stable MIUI 11 update ahead of schedule

By Adamya Sharma

Redmi Note 8 Pro review MIUI tools folder

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has started receiving the stable MIUI 11 update in India and some other markets. According to the MIUI 11 roadmap, the phone was scheduled to get the update in December. However, multiple users on the Xiaomi forum report that they have already received the stable update.

Meanwhile, there’s no official word from Xiaomi about the new update. It’s possible this is a staged rollout, in which case it could take a few days for the update to reach all Redmi Note 8 Pro users.

What’s in the Redmi Note 8 Pro MIUI 11 update?

The 587MB MIUI 11 update for the Redmi Note 8 Pro brings the October security patch to the phone.

Redmi Note 8 Pro MIUI 11 Changelog
Redmi Note 8 Pro MIUI 11 upsate changelog 1

According …read more

Source:: android authority


Protect yourself with Windscribe VPN from under $20 per year

By AA Picks

Windscribe VPN UI

We love VPN services here at Android Authority, and we also really love good deals. When you’re searching for a VPN you want speed, simplicity, and low cost, right? A four-year subscription to Windscribe VPN hits that magic combination right now, at just $79 from Tech Deals.

Many VPN services limit your connections to just a handful of devices at a time, but not Windscribe VPN. You can connect as many devices as you want and download as much as you want. The interface once you log in is extremely easy to navigate. Just set yourself up and then forget that you even have it running.

Browse faster while Windscribe blocks ads and trackers.

A VPN service is only as good as the security features it provides. Windscribe VPN offers everything you expect from a top VPN: A location-hiding encrypted tunnel, access to geo-restricted content, and a no-logging policy. If you’re looking to torrent quickly, you can count on unlimited downloads and sharing without your ISP ever knowing.

The feature that really makes Windscribe VPN shine goes by the name ROBERT. It lets you control the sites you can access, block trackers and ads, and …read more

Source:: android authority


Huawei Mate 20 Pro update hub (Update: Stable EMUI 10 now available!)

By Team AA

Huawei Mate 20 Pro update hub.

Update, November 15 2019 (7:10AM ET): Huawei’s late 2018 flagship has plenty to offer, and it’s now receiving the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update as well.

The Mate 20 Pro is receiving the update in Europe, according to PiunikaWeb and XDA-Developers. There’s no word on a stable version of EMUI 10 coming to the vanilla Mate 20, Mate 20 X, or Mate 20 Lite just yet though. But you can likely expect the first two devices to receive it soon after the Pro model.

There’s no word on the OTA size, but the P30’s EMUI 10 update came in at over 4.4GB. Have you received the update yet? Let us know in the comments!

Welcome to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Android update hub. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the latest Mate 20 Pro updates, including its current version, and when future updates are likely to arrive.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro update

  • Current stable version: Android 10 for Chinese and European versions. Android Pie for other variants.
  • When will the Mate 20 Pro get Android 10? November 2019 – …read more

    Source:: android authority


Huawei Mate X may have trumped Galaxy Fold to sell out in seconds at first sale

By Adamya Sharma

Huwei Mate X Edited unloded on table 1

The Huawei Mate X went on sale in China earlier today. It was the foldable phone’s first sale and as per local media reports (via TechNode), it sold out “within seconds.”

After several delays, the Mate X was launched in China last month. The phone is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but despite its higher price tag, the Mate X may have beaten the Galaxy Fold to become the fastest selling foldable phone in its home market.

In comparison, the Galaxy Fold apparently sold out in the first five minutes of going on sale in China. It’s believed that Samsung had roughly 20,000 units on offer in China as part of the first wave of sales. In India too, 1,600 units of the Galaxy Fold sold out 30 minutes into the phone’s first sale.

How many Mate X phones did Huawei sell?

Well, that’s a bit of a mystery right now. Huawei has not disclosed the number of Mate X units that were put up for sale in the first round.

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Source:: android authority


Xiaomi is working on a wave of cheap 5G phones

By Hadlee Simons

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.

Xiaomi is one of the foremost brands in the world when it comes to affordable smartphones, packing impressive specs at a reasonable price. The company has already showed its commitment to cheaper 5G phones with its £599 Mi Mix 3 5G and the ~$520 Mi 9 Pro 5G, but it’s going even cheaper in early 2020.

Company CEO Lei Jun said that all of Xiaomi’s phones released in the first half of 2020 for 2,000 yuan (~$285) or more will offer 5G connectivity, according to MyDrivers (h/t: Gizmochina). What exactly does that mean, then?

The firm’s early 2020 flagship devices, like the Mi 9 successor (presumably called Xiaomi Mi 10) are therefore likely to have 5G for starters, as they fit the price window. We also know that the upcoming Redmi K30 will indeed pack next-generation cellular connectivity, although we’re not sure about a launch date or price.

We don’t know if Xiaomi will launch another Mi Mix device in the first half of the year though, but there is a precedent in the Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi Mix 2S. And if Xiaomi …read more

Source:: android authority