Apple releases iOS 13.5 beta with contact tracing API and update for Group FaceTime

Apple released the newly renamed iOS 13.5 beta which contains the API that app developers will use to create the apps necessary for Apple and Google's contact tracing project.

2 days ago, 9:23 PM by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Google Pixel Buds are sold out; hidden code reveals lifesaving feature for the device

Code hidden in the Google Pixel Buds app indicates that a new feature called attention alerts will warn Pixel Buds wearers if something important is happening in the background that is drowned out by loud music.

2 days ago, 5:16 PM by Alan Friedman,  4 comments
iPhone users can now skip Face ID when wearing a mask

With the new iOS 13.5 beta?update, iPhone users wearing masks will directly be taken to the passcode field.?

2 days ago, 4:42 PM by Anam Hamid,  13 comments
Leaked sketch reveals premium HTC Desire 20 Pro design

Recently described as a mix between the OnePlus 8 and Xiaomi Mi 10, the upcoming mid-range HTC Desire 20 Pro is today depicted for the very first time with a hole punch design and quad rear-facing camera setup.

2 days ago, 3:49 PM by Adrian Diaconescu,  6 comments
Reddit introduces a new subreddit-based chat feature

Reddit’s new Start Chatting feature randomly matches a group of seven people from a subreddit to create a thread.

2 days ago, 2:57 PM by Anam Hamid,  0 comments
Angry Birds took flight in the first quarter of 2020

Rovio reported a strong 75% increase in first quarter profits although it doesn't expect further growth from some of its older Angry Birds games and doesn't plan on spending any money to promote them.

2 days ago, 2:37 PM by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
  popular Here's when T-Mobile might kill off the Sprint brand and what that means for 5G-hungry users

The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint may already be finalized, but a number of very important changes for the latter carrier's customers are only expected to happen in early August... and beyond.

2 days ago, 12:56 PM by Adrian Diaconescu,  5 comments
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are now available in the US

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro can now be purchased in the US and can be ordered at the company’s own website, Amazon, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

2 days ago, 12:43 PM by Anam Hamid,  10 comments

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TikTok overlooked as U.K. lawmakers investigate COVID-19 5G conspiracy theory and more

TikTok is not being asked to attend a hearing in the U.K. that will investigate misinformation that has been spread throughout the course of the global pandemic. Instead, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and other companies will attend.

2 days ago, 11:59 AM by Alan Friedman,  10 comments
DEAL T-Mobile offers customers free workout subscription

T-Mobile is looking to provide an easy way to stay active with a free workout subscription for its customers through the T-Mobile Tuesdays perks program.

2 days ago, 10:34 AM by Eugene Jeong,  0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Buds users report connectivity issues following latest firmware update

Despite touting a number of improvements in wireless performance, the latest software update for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds have apparently caused connectivity issues for many users.

2 days ago, 9:50 AM by Eugene Jeong,  6 comments
Some Apple Stores could reopen this weekend

Some Apple Stores located inside malls operated by the Simon Property Group might reopen this weekend.

2 days ago, 9:42 AM by Anam Hamid,  0 comments
After yet another poor quarter, LG Mobile puts all its faith in the Velvet 5G

LG expects the upcoming Velvet 5G to be the saving grace of its long-struggling smartphone division, which lost another $200 million or so during Q1 2020.

2 days ago, 9:00 AM by Adrian Diaconescu,  10 comments
Google sets sights on Zoom, makes Meet free for everyone with a Google account

The company announced on its blog that its video conferencing service Google Meet is becoming available for Google account holders, rollout starting in early May.

2 days ago, 8:57 AM by Mariyan Slavov,  3 comments
T-Mobile giving away thousands of phone chargers for free in the coronavirus battle

How do you prevent coronavirus patients and tired nurses from forgetting their phone chargers when they go to the hospital? T-Mobile had an idea.

3 days ago, 8:32 AM by Daniel Petrov,  0 comments
Samsung has yet another snazzy flavor of the Galaxy Buds+ in the works

Samsung might be gearing up to add yet another eye-catching color variant to the already extensive Galaxy Buds+ lineup dubbed Deep Blue.

3 days ago, 8:10 AM by Adrian Diaconescu,  0 comments
"Parks and Recreation" reunion cast were each sent an Apple iPhone to record their scenes

Tomorrow's "Parks and Recreation" reunion special on NBC was recorded from each cast member's home. The actors were sent an iPhone, a tripod, a microphone and special lighting.

3 days ago, 8:08 AM by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Motorola Edge+ will tackle shaky videos with advanced video stabilization wizardry

Imint Image Intelligence, a specialist in video enhancement software, has joined forces with Motorola to bring Vidhance solutions to the Motorola Edge+ flagship phone.

3 days ago, 8:01 AM by Mariyan Slavov,  2 comments
New report says Pixel 4a will ship in late May, with a clear date

Internal carrier documents are confirming the exact date Google's Pixel 4a, will be made available.

3 days ago, 7:36 AM by Radoslav Minkov,  11 comments
Google will shut down its Shoelace social network on May 12

There are no plans for the service to be rebooted in the future, and all accounts and data associated with Shoelace will be deleted after May 12.

3 days ago, 7:13 AM by Mariyan Slavov,  3 comments
Spotify gained more paid subscribers than expected for Q1 amidst the coronavirus pandemic

The ongoing pandemic, as we are well aware, has forced unprecedented changes in people’s lives and in the global economy. Tech giants appear to be struggling with the decreasing demand for new handsets, factories not working at full capacity and delays on product launches. But that does not include streaming services.

3 days ago, 7:07 AM by Iskra Petrova,  0 comments
Best fitness and sleep tracking bands

As most of us are forced to remain at home, this could be a great opportunity to work our health and fitness. Here are five great fitness trackers to help!

3 days ago, 6:53 AM by Radoslav Minkov,  3 comments
featured How will COVID-19 impact the future of the smartphone industry: round table

As governments are tackling the cornavirus pandemic, businesses are planning ways to recover from its economical impact. The smartphone industry took a big hit, so how would phone makers deal with the crisis? Our team members share their thoughts...

3 days ago, 5:20 AM by PhoneArena Team,  5 comments
Google publishes Q1 2020 report: Search, YouTube and app downloads boom during the pandemic

As we are entering the second quarter of 2020 for many companies, a lot of tech giants are publishing their financial reports of the previous quarter. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequential decrease in customer demand, the smartphone industry appears to be struggling quite a lot and many companies are reporting losses. Google appears to have taken a hit as well.

3 days ago, 5:04 AM by Iskra Petrova,  0 comments
Google Pixel Buds vs AirPods vs Galaxy Buds Plus specs and features

Apple's AirPods are the most popluar TWS buds, can the new Google Pixel Buds beat them and the Galaxy or Echo Buds in the price to features ratio?

3 days ago, 4:40 AM by Daniel Petrov,  4 comments
featured Samsung reports declining smartphone sales, improved profit on the back of 5G models

The pricey Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G and Galaxy Z Flip kept Samsung's mobile division profitable during Q1 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic is likely to hit every business pretty hard in Q2 and possibly beyond.

3 days ago, 3:10 AM by Adrian Diaconescu,  11 comments
Next Huawei Mate X looks like a Galaxy Fold in patent designs

A new Huawei patent was just approved, showing a foldable smartphone closely resembling the Galaxy Fold.

3 days ago, 2:54 AM by Radoslav Minkov,  50 comments
Google publishes a number of zero-click vulnerabilities that affected all Apple devices

Last year, we reported on Google’s Project Zero’s team that helped Apple with fixing an important iPhone vulnerability to hackers. Now, there is another publication by the team that brought to the surface six new vulnerabilities on iOS and all other Apple platforms.

3 days ago, 2:52 AM by Iskra Petrova,  6 comments
Apple agrees to pay $18 million to settle class-action suit over FaceTime

Apple and members of a class-action suing the company have agreed on an $18 million settlement. The plaintiffs claim that Apple broke FaceTime on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s in an effort to force users of the two models to update to iOS 7.

3 days ago, 1:51 AM by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Free movie streaming app Tubi will come preloaded on LG smartphones

Tubi has announced a multi-year partnership with LG, with its video-on-demand app now to come pre-installed on LG phones in US and Canada.

3 days ago, 1:50 AM by Radoslav Minkov,  2 comments
DEAL Google Home is half off at Best Buy and Walmart

Google Home is crazy cheap at multiple retailers in the United States, including Best Buy, B&H Video, and Walmart.

3 days ago, 12:08 AM by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
DEAL Еxpired Samsung Galaxy S20 5G's price drops to just $300 at AT&T

Starting today and through April 30, AT&T offers the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G for just $300, but you'll have to add a new line to an existing or new account.

3 days ago, 11:46 PM by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
Disney+ app update adds data saver mode on iPhones, iPads

Disney+ app for iOS devices has just received an update that introduces an extra layer of security and, as the title says, some sort of data saver mode.

3 days ago, 10:49 PM by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
Apple updates the most useful App Store app for its device owners

If you have a question about your Apple device, with the Apple Stores closed you might find the answer you're looking for in the Apple Support app. Apple has just updated the app making the information you need easier to find.

3 days ago, 9:19 PM by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Apple Maps now displays coronavirus testing locations across the US

The updated Apple Maps app now shows coronavirus testing locations across the United States as red medical dots.

3 days ago, 8:16 PM by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
YouTube Music gets improved, easier to explore library on Android

YouTube is making changes to its Music app that will make it easier for users to explore some of its features.

3 days ago, 7:31 PM by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
Google unit that includes Pixel handsets had 22% revenue growth during Q1

Google parent Alphabet released its first quarter earnings this afternoon and the unit that includes Google's hardware business reported a 22% year-over-gain in revenue.

3 days ago, 7:22 PM by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
Though it desperately needs a rich partner, Dish is moving ahead with plans to build a 5G network

Dish is still committed to building out a standalone 5G network although it will need $9 billion according to a New Street analyst. With the debt market affected by coronavirus, Dish will need to find a strategic partner.

3 days ago, 4:37 PM by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Latest Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G flaw might be the worst one yet

Yet another batch of disgruntled Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G owners are reporting something wrong with their super-expensive phones, and although the issues are not very widespread, they're certainly bad.

3 days ago, 3:47 PM by Adrian Diaconescu,  50 comments
U.S. could stop TSMC from shipping Huawei's 5G modem chips

Huawei is TSMC's second-largest customer after Apple and if Huawei is banned from receiving chips made by the foundry, it could have a serious impact on both firms.

3 days ago, 1:41 PM by Alan Friedman,  29 comments
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