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Doogee S90 hits Kickstarter: Ever wanted a rugged, modular phone?

By Hadlee Simons

The Doogee S90 smartphone.

Doogee

  • Chinese brand Doogee has launched the Doogee S90.
  • The phone is compatible with a variety of add-on modules and has a rugged design.
  • Early backers can get the phone from $299.

Doogee has quietly made a name for itself thanks to its cheap price tags and occasionally interesting designs (see the Doogee Mix 4 slider). Now, the company has decided to hop aboard the modular train with the Doogee S90.

The new smartphone has just hit Kickstarter and, much like the Moto Z series, it supports add-on modules via metal contacts on the back. The current list of add-ons include a 5,000mAh power bank, a walkie-talkie, a 2MP “night vision” camera with a 131-degree field of view, and a gamepad (there’s no second analogue stick though).

These add-ons are available at a discounted price right now too, ranging from $29 for the gamepad (usually $39) all the way to $59 for the camera module (usually $69). But the Doogee S90 has more going for it than the add-ons.

Doogee’s phone offers IP68 water/dust resistance as well as a MIL-STD-810G rating for durability. Pop the proverbial hood and you’ll find a mid-range Helio P60 chipset, …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

By Gary Sims

Qualcomm unveiled its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 855, in December, and we’re expecting devices from companies like Samsung and OnePlus to announce devices using the Snapdragon 855 during the first few months of 2019. However, one device already exists using the Snapdragon 855, the Qualcomm SD855 Reference Device (QRD). It is basically a generic Android 9.0 Pie smartphone which Qualcomm uses for testing and sharing with partners for a quick start in the design process.

During CES 2019, I had the opportunity to benchmark the Reference Device and see firsthand the performance characteristics of the Snapdragon 855.

My testing was in two parts. First I ran the “standard” benchmarks like AnTuTu, Geekbench, and GFXBench. Then I ran Speed Test G on the device. If you aren’t familiar with Speed Test G, watch this video and also dip into the Speed Test G playlist.

Benchmarks

Geekbench

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The …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera review

By Edgar Cervantes

This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Today we are taking a look at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s camera performance. Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

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Huawei has built quite a reputation in smartphone photography, so its latest and greatest entered the market with high expectations. Its triple-camera array, Leica lenses, high-resolution sensors, and wide feature set certainly put it out to be among the best, at least on paper. We are here to find out if the amazing spec sheet translates to equally stunning shots.

I took it out for a spin across continents, taking into account different settings, scenarios, lighting situations, moods, and environments. Here’s what I found.

Photos have been resized for quicker loading times, but that is the only editing these images have undergone. If you want to pixel peep and analyze the full resolution photos, we have put them in a Google Drive folder for you.

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This PS Vita-like gaming phone packs 6,000mAh battery, physical controls

By Dhruv Bhutani

The MOQI gaming smartphone.

Moqi

Gaming smartphones seem to be the flavor of the season. Blingy lights, powerful processors and gaming optimizations made the Razer Phone, Asus ROG Phone and others like the Xiaomi Black Shark stand out in 2018. Now Moqi, a sub-brand of Chinese gaming firm Snail Digital, has joined the fray with its eponymous gaming handset (h/t: Liliputing).

The phone takes a decidedly unique approach towards gaming smartphones. It looks like Sony’s PlayStation Vita, with integrated physical controls including two analog sticks, a D-Pad, standard gaming keys as well as shoulder buttons. It seems to be an updated version of a device Moqi showed off way back in 2017.

Of course, a gaming phone wouldn’t be much without some decent power under the hood. Specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The screen is a 6-inch Full HD panel and has Gorilla Glass 3 for a degree of protection. There’s even a heat conduction pipeline to keep the temperatures down during those heated gaming sessions. Other specifications include a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing …read more

Source:: android authority

    

Honor 10 Lite hits India: Kirin 710, 24MP selfie camera for 14,000 rupees

By Hadlee Simons

Honor 10 lite rear

The Honor 10 Lite is a pretty solid mid-range smartphone, and you’ll soon be able to get the device if you live in India.

Yep, the Huawei sub-brand has brought the phone to the Indian market, and sales start on January 20 via Flipkart and hihonor.in. So what are you getting if you splash out on the handset?

Perhaps the most prominent upgrade compared to the Honor 9 Lite is the Kirin 710 chipset (four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores), which is a big power boost in theory over the ageing Kirin 659 (eight Cortex-A53 cores) used in the older device.

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Other noteworthy changes include a 24MP selfie camera (no 13MP+2MP dual selfie setup here), a 3,400mAh battery (up from a 3,000mAh pack), and a 6.21-inch full HD+ LCD screen with a waterdrop notch. The 24MP selfie camera in particular is a massive resolution upgrade, and with single-camera …read more

Source:: android authority

    

DontKillMyApp.com ranks mobile brands that carelessly kill your background apps

By Hadlee Simons

The front of the Nokia 7 Plus.

One of the most annoying things about today’s smartphones is the tendency for some brands to be overly aggressive when it comes to battery management. This usually takes the form of background apps being killed off, but who are the worst offenders?

The team behind Sleep As Android has published a new website called DontKillMyApp.com (h/t: Android Police), that ranks the biggest culprits. And it’s perhaps a surprise to see HMD Global at the top of the list, being the only OEM to achieve a five out of five score.

DontKillMyApp

According to the website, Nokia phones on Android Oreo or Pie automatically kill background apps 20 minutes after your screen is turned off. And no, whitelisting apps doesn’t seem to help at all. The website notes that an app package called Battery Protection (com.evenwell.powersaving.g3 or com.evenwell.emm) is responsible for killing these apps in the first place. One mooted solution is to force-close this app package, but you’ll need to repeat the step if you restart your phone.

Next up was OnePlus, followed by Xiaomi, Huawei, Meizu, and Sony. Samsung, HTC, and …read more

Source:: android authority

    

10 best writing apps for Android!

By Joe Hindy

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Writers come in all shapes and sizes. Some write novels, others do technical writing, and people like me write blog posts. There are also poets, screenwriters, satirists, lyricists, playwrights, librettists, and speechwriters. The funny thing is that we all use the same types of tools. There are those who prefer something like typewriters over digital word processors, but it’s nice to have those tools on your mobile phone in case inspiration strikes. Here are the best writing apps for Android!

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Character Story Planner 2

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Character Story Planner 2 is actually an app for table top gaming. We’re talking about stuff like Dungeons and Dragons, Hackmaster, and similar types of games. However, this can be an excellent resource for novelists and short story writers. You can create characters with back stories, places, creatures, gods, magic, or whatever else you want. You can basically create an entire world with its own rules, characters, races, and places. …read more

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Blaze a trail with true wireless bone conduction earphones

By AA Picks

True wireless bone conduction earphones

You may wonder if bone conduction earphones really work. In fact, they do, and it’s not exactly witchcraft. After all, sound is just vibrations of the air. By vibrating your bone instead, bone conduction earphones let you listen to your music whilst keeping your ears free. It’s comfortable, and it’s game-changing.

There are some obvious benefits to this technology: It protects your eardrums and avoids the discomfort of having something stuck in your ear. More importantly, you can still hear what’s going on around you.

Sure, sometimes you want to block out the world, but sometimes you don’t. If you’re riding a bike, for example, these earphones allow you to listen to your music while avoiding being hit by a bus. Or you could go trekking and enjoy your tunes whilst still taking in your surroundings.

You could even enjoy listening to a podcast without being accused of ignoring your better half.

If you like the idea of revamping your listening experience, your timing couldn’t be better. Today these true wireless bone conduction earphones from Rawtronics are on offer. Available in four colors, the super lightweight and ergonomic earphones keep your ears free, and …read more

Source:: android authority

    

15 most common apps and games that aren’t pre-installed!

By Joe Hindy

A WhatsApp app icon closeup on a smartphone. This is the featured image for the most common apps on android

Google Play has been around for a while as has Android itself. In fact, it’s been over 10 years now. Thus, there are actually quite a few apps that achieved true popular over the years. Many call it the three comma club, the over one billion downloads mark is one of the rarest achievements an app can have. There are over a dozen Google apps with this distinction, including popular apps like Gmail and YouTube. However, these lists always have a ton of Google apps and pre-installed apps. It’s fairly common knowledge that Google apps are the most common apps on Android anyway, so let’s not include them and look at the rest of the field instead. Here are the 15 most common apps for Android! The download numbers are estimates, by the way, and not 100% factually accurate numbers. If you want to see our sources, we have them linked at the end of the article.

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Deal: Get the 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display for $150 ($100 off)

By Williams Pelegrin

If you missed out on the Black Friday deals for the Lenovo Smart Display, it’s your lucky day — Costco is currently offering the 10-inch version for $100 off. The deal brings the price down from $249.99 to $149.99.

Keep in mind that the device is only available for Costco members. Also, the discount is split into two $50 discounts. One of the two $50 discounts is valid through the end of January.

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The Lenovo Smart Display runs on an operating system called Android Things. The device puts Google Assistant front and center, so you can use your voice to control smart home devices, control your media, and everything in between.

Because the Lenovo Smart Display also sports a display, you can also use Google Assistant to bring up YouTube videos, scroll through recipes, manually adjust a smart …read more

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