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  • Poco X3 Pro was the best-selling phone in Europe during Black Friday
    on December 2, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Senior Xiaomi executive Lu Weibing revealed on social media that Poco X3 Pro was a massive success in Europe. The device was the best-selling smartphone on Amazon in six key Western European markets – Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, the United Kingdom. Mr. Lu accompanied the image with a text proudly announcing that Poco has developed rapidly in 2021. The phone itself was definitely a steal and we understand why it was such a success during Black Friday. Poco X3 Pro started selling for €249 or €299 in March 2021, but for Black Friday it was massively discounted – users…

  • nubia Red Magic 7 gets 3C certified with a whopping 165W charging support
    on December 2, 2021 at 5:35 am

    ZTE’s nubia announced the Red Magic 6 in March with 66W charging, but its successor – nubia Red Magic 7 (NX679J) – could break all records of fast charging on a commercially available smartphone since it got 3C certified with 165W (20V/8.25A) charging support. The fastest charging nubia smartphones right now are the Red Magic 6 Pro and the Red Magic 6s Pro, going up to 120W. However, you get those speeds on the Chinese models of the phones since their international versions are capped at 66W. Hence, if nubia decides to launch the Red Magic 7 globally, you may not get 165W charging on…

  • Android 12L Developer Preview is now available for the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
    on December 2, 2021 at 4:31 am

    Back in October Google surprised everyone by announcing Android 12L, an evolution of Android 12 that is specifically designed to be optimized for larger screens than those of phones. We’re talking tablets, foldables, and Chrome OS devices. Fast forward to today and the first Android 12L Developer Preview is available for the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro. A public beta is coming “soon”, for this tablet as well as Pixel devices – Android 12L will arrive as an update on phones too, even though its main focus is on larger things. If you’re a developer, you can grab the Android 12L Developer…

  • Google announces new Android features, including digital car keys for Pixels and Galaxy S21
    on December 2, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Google is getting into the festive spirit today by announcing a bunch of new Android features, which are coming soon or available today. Let’s start with the digital car key functionality. This is now live on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S21, in select countries. It will only work with compatible BMW cars for now. Next up, there’s Family Bell, which will alert you and your family when it’s time for important moments throughout the day. The alerts come via phone, home speaker, or smart display. Aside from the shared “bells”, you can also set “bells” on your own…

  • The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm chipset for Windows-on-ARM laptops, 7c+ Gen 3 tags along
    on December 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Yesterday was all about the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, today Qualcomm is focusing on other platforms. Starting with Windows-on-ARM laptops and two new chipsets for them – one flagship and one for affordable devices that nevertheless need 5G connectivity. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the high-end offering. Qualcomm is keeping hardware details under wraps, so we don’t know what CPU cores are being used here. We do know that it is a 5 nm chipset (a world’s first for Windows devices), while both the original 8cx and the Gen 2 were 7 nm parts. The company also revealed that the new chip will…

  • Qualcomm teams up with Razer for the next evolution of mobile gaming
    by Derrek Lee on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Qualcomm partners with Razer to boost its gaming strategy. What you need to know Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform. The chipset will power Switch-like handheld gaming consoles based on Android. Qualcomm and Razer have collaborated on a reference device for developers to test out. Hot off the heels of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 announcement for smartphones, Qualcomm launches its new Snapdragon G3x gaming platform as the company aims to use its mobile prowess to take handheld gaming to another level. The new chipset will utilize some of the best of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming technologies, such as an Adreno GPU, which will enable 144fps gaming and 10-bit HDR, with support for 4K when attached to an external monitor or TV. It will also take advantage of Snapdragon Sound for immersive audio while gaming. Qualcomm also touts its industry-leading 5G and FastConnect 6900 with Wi-Fi 6 and 6E support for low-latency gaming, ideal for services like Xbox …

  • Motorola teases Snapdragon 8 flagship as 5G AR glasses emerge in new leak
    by Derrek Lee on December 2, 2021 at 12:08 am

    We might have our first look at Motorola’s smart glasses. What you need to know Motorola says it will be among the first to launch a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 smartphone. The company also plans to utilize the new chip with an upcoming wearable launch. Images of Motorola’s upcoming smart glasses may have leaked with an interesting design. Since Qualcomm launched its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, Xiaomi has claimed that it will be the first to launch a smartphone with the new chipset, which isn’t too surprising. Now, Motorola has chimed in, saying it will be among the first to feature the chipset, but it has plans for more than just a smartphone. Motorola’s head of customer experience, Ruben Castano, has teased that the company is working on a new wearable launch that will utilize the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Motorola is leading the way with new premium experiences based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, bringing to market one of the first Snapdragon 8 smartphones via …

  • Qualcomm’s new 5nm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor takes the fight to Intel
    by Babu Mohan on December 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Qualcomm claims the new chip will “redefine mobile computing.” What you need to know Qualcomm has introduced two new SoCs for Always-On, Always-Connected PCs. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm compute platform for notebooks. Qualcomm is also extending 5G across ecosystems with the mid-tier Snapdragon 7c Gen 3 platform. Qualcomm has unveiled the world’s first 5nm chip designed for Windows PCs and Chromebooks at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. While the 5nm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is designed for premium devices, Qualcomm has also rolled out a new entry-tier compute platform with integrated 5G connectivity. The announcement comes just a day after the chipmaker introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is expected to power the best Android phones of 2022. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip is built to deliver “breakthrough performance per watt,” enhanced AI-acceleration, multi-day battery life, and fast 5G connectivity in ultra-thin laptops with fanless designs. Than…

  • Verizon partners with Bang & Olufsen on pricey Android TV soundbars
    by Samuel Contreras on December 1, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Verizon partnered with Bang & Olufsen on these new soundbars, so they should sound great. What you need to know Verizon partnered with Bang & Olufsen to create two high-end Stream TV soundbars. The Stream TV Soundbar costs $399.99 and the Stream TV Soundbar Pro costs $999.99. Android TV powers these soundbars with access to all of the latest streaming apps. Verizon has announced that it has worked together with Bang & Olufsen to create two soundbars featuring its Stream TV. This means customers can access the features of the previous standalone Stream TV box with the expanded audio experience of a soundbar. These soundbars each come with Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound, Wi-Fi 6, and run atop Android TV for great app support. These systems have 2GB of system RAM and 16GB of storage which should be more than enough to handle 4K streaming enabled by the HDMI 2.1 port for output with up to 4K 60Hz video support. The cheaper Verizon Stream TV Soundbar has two HDM…

  • Poll: How did you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
    by Derrek Lee on December 1, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The craziness is finally over. While there might be some deals still shuffling about, the hottest shopping season of the year is finally over. Black Friday deals ran into Cyber Monday, which created a non-stop shopping extravaganza. Yet, amid the global pandemic still ravaging the world, things were probably a lot less crazy for in-store shoppers as more people took to their phones or computers to place orders. And in the age of Amazon, it makes sense. That said, we’re curious about how our readers shopped, and we want to know what methods you used to get in on the deals, whether it was on your phone, on the computer, or in person. How did you shop on Black Friday/Cyber Monday? The argument can be made that shipping for things like tech gadgets and the like are more easily done on larger screen devices like the best laptops because it’s easier to multitask and research reviews on products that you’re considering buying. Meanwhile, if you’re shopping for things like clothes, tho…

  • Google Messages starts rolling out Gmail-like ‘Nudges’ feature
    by Babu Mohan on December 1, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    The app will soon remind you to respond to important messages automatically. Update, Dec 1 (3.45 p.m. ET): Rolling out for some users What you need to know Google is working on a new “nudges” feature for its Messages app. The feature will remind you to respond to important texts. It will likely begin rolling out to users sometime later this year. The Google Messages app could soon offer a useful new feature similar to “nudges” in Gmail, according to an APK teardown of the Google Messages app version 9.5 beta by the folks at XDA Developers. Gmail’s nudges feature, which was introduced in 2018, reminds users to follow up on emails that it thinks may be important. New strings found in the latest beta update for the Google Messages app suggest the app will soon highlight “messages you might have forgotten to respond to” at the top of the inbox. It will also show you “messages you might need to follow up on.” Google Messages already supports chat reminders, but they need to be set…

  • How to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire Tablet
    by Chris Wedel on December 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Though Amazon may be one of the first places that many people think of when it comes to online shopping, it also happens to make some of the best Android tablets on the market today. The Amazon Fire lineup of tablets offers a variety of use cases, from casual content consumption on the Fire HD 8 to productivity on the Fire HD 10. Whichever tablet you use, there may come a time where you want to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire tablet. Well, not to worry, we have you covered. How to take a screenshot on an Amazon Fire tablet Taking a screenshot is much like it is on popular Android phones like the ones from Samsung. The process is relatively straightforward, and here are the steps to help you take a screenshot on your Amazon Fire tablet. Go to the screen, app, or webpage you want to capture. Press and hold the physical volume down and power button at the same time. You’ll see an animation on the screen and hear a sound to confirm the screenshot was taken. At the top of the scre…

  • Google’s early Christmas gift is a ton of new Android features
    by Derrek Lee on December 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Features galore for all your Android devices! What you need to know Google has announced a ton of new features coming to Android devices. The updates include new emoji kitchen mashups, permissions auto-reset support on more phones, and auto-generated Memories in Google Photos. There are also new updates to Android Auto for improved messaging and new widgets for a few Android apps. ‘Tis the season for Android app updates, courtesy of Google. Every few months, Google drops new features for its Android devices and services, separate from the quarterly feature drops it pushes out exclusively for Pixel devices. In this latest set of features for Android, Google is making it easier to stay in touch with the family while adding a few fun and useful updates. Family Bell on more devices One of the most useful features from Google’s Nest product family is Family Bell, which allows users to set helpful reminders that are broadcast throughout the house. Google is now expanding this featur…

  • Keep your Galaxy Z Fold 3 looking fantastic with these screen protectors
    by Andrew Myrick on December 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Although there’s an all-new PET film and IPX8 water resistance on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, you can never be too careful. Samsung even upgraded the Cover Screen, bringing its 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. So if you want to make sure both displays are protected forever, we’ve rounded up the best Galaxy Z Fold 3 screen protectors. The ultimate option Whitestone Dome Glass for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Sponsored pick Since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 already has a screen protector installed from the factory, the Dome Glass from Whitestone offers the best-tempered glass screen protector for your Cover Screen. This kit includes two screen protectors and an installation kit, which uses UV curing light to make sure your screen protector remains bubble-free. $50 at Amazon No compromises Olixar Screen Protector (2-pack) Staff Pick This two-pack of screen protectors from Olixar offers excellent protection for the inner display of your Galaxy Z Fold 3. There’s an oleophobic coating a…

  • Android Gaming recap: PUBG New State underwhelms on mobile
    by Jennifer Locke on December 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    The Genshin Impact memes are out in full force because two more polearm users were announced. Welcome back to Android Central’s second monthly Android gaming recap. We always strive to give you the latest gaming coverage surrounding Android, PlayStation, VR, and Stadia, with a roundup of the biggest monthly news in one convenient place. November was fairly quiet on the Android gaming front save for the highly-anticipated launch of PUBG: New State, which didn’t exactly go as the developer may have hoped. So let’s check out everything that happened and what you may have missed. PUBG: New State has some technical difficulties PUBG: New State didn’t exactly have the type of launch the developer was hoping for. While we called it a “solid entry that builds upon PUBG Mobile” in our review, we also noted its myriad of technical issues and its barebones content — at least at launch. As it turns out, the “next-gen battle royale” isn’t so next-gen. It’s understandable for any multiplay…

  • Google turns your Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 into digital car keys
    by Andrew Myrick on December 1, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Hey Google, unlock my Beamer What you need to know Google is rolling out Android digital car key support. The feature is only available on Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 devices. Currently, select BMW cars are the only compatible car models. Back during the Google I/O 2021 keynote, the company announced that digital car key support would be arriving on select Android devices. Thanks to the power offered by Ultra Wideband chips, your phone and vehicle can communicate with one another while ditching the physical key in the process. Despite being announced as part of Android 12, the feature was not yet available, at least until now. In a blog post detailing a total of ten different features that are coming to “all” Android users, Google slipped in confirmation that digital car key support is available. There are a few catches to be aware of, however, as the feature is currently limited to the Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 series of devices. One much larger limitation is that you must be using …

  • Skate your way through a surreal black hole in Solar Ash for PS5
    by Rachel Mogan on December 1, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    The flow in Solar Ash is incredible — but only when it works. As an avid lover of indie games, I’m always on the hunt for something unique or different in the world of gaming. So when a game like Solar Ash comes out, promising the opportunity to skate around an otherworldly dreamscape to your heart’s content, you know I just had to give it a try. Developed by the same folks behind Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash is an adventure-platformer for PS5, PS4, and PC with a heavy emphasis on movement and flow over combat. You play as Rei, a Voidrunner on a quest to save her planet from a massive black hole known as the Ultravoid that is sucking up entire worlds and destroying everything in its path. Rei and her people believe that they may have a piece of technology that can save their planet from being obliterated by the Ultravoid: the Starseed. You do this by skating and parkouring throughout a gorgeously-rendered world. It’s all incredible, until the flow comes to a grinding halt. S…