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09 декабря 2018, 20:47

This week in Android: Qualcomm’s high and Huawei’s low

Qualcomm invited techies to its annual flagship SoC announcement in Hawaii. There we learned about the Snapdragon 855, which brings a ton of improvements over its predecessor. We got improved performance and GPU, a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and improved image processing. There’s a lot going on here.

Meanwhile in a shocking display of impoliteness (very non-Canadian), Vancouver police arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng. She is being held, pending extradition to the United States, to face charges of attempting to circumvent U.S. trade embargoes to Iran. Not good for anyone.

Also, we’ve published reviews of new devices, plus renders of cool new devices coming soon, and we learned that Google is retiring two of its seven messenger apps.

Here are your top stories for the week

2:50 – Top 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 features you should know

Qualcomm introduced us to the Snapdragon 855, which brings a ton of improvements over last year’s flagship processor.

Additionally, Qualcomm announced plans to develop a fingerprint sensor that will work much better than current in-screen versions that exist today.

12:45 – Huawei CFO arrested in Canada for reportedly violating US sanctions against Iran

The United States vs. Huawei feud hit a new level today as Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada, pending extradition to New York.

12:15 – Dual-screen Vivo Nex 2 officially shown off, complete with triple-camera setup

The Vivo Nex 2.


Vivo’s dual-screened phone brings a bezel-less screen to the front and a smaller screen along with three cameras on the back. It looks gorgeous!

26:35 – Samsung sees biggest smartphone sales decline since Gartner started tracking it

About a week ago, DJ Koh said Samsung’s mobile division was in crisis. Now we found out why.

34:00 – iOS notifications have been improved, but Android’s are still better

We break down a very specific part of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems. Apple still has a ways to go.

40:30 – Google Hangouts as we know it is shutting down

Say goodbye to a great chat system, developed by Google, that never got the respect it deserved.

40:30 – Google Allo is shutting down in March 2019

Say goodbye to a mediocre chat system, developed by Google, that got more respect than it deserved.

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Dive deep into the new Snapdragon 855 with our own Rob Triggs.

Our review of Palm’s new tiny-phone is in. Sadly, Zoolander’s prediction was only accurate in its absurdity.

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.


The leak shows a triple-camera setup on the rear, with all three cameras arranged horizontally. We also see a flash and what is presumably the heart rate sensor next to the cameras.

Oh you want more megapixels? Xiaomi’s got more megapixels for you.

To quote the article directly: The Nokia 8.1 is strictly a mid-range smartphone, and a well-rounded one at that.

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This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 6T. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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