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Android Advisor 66

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12 Issues

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2 min.
goodbye android q, hello android 10

After six betas, there isn’t much we don’t know about the next version of Android, but there was still one burning question: what dessert starts with the letter Q? As it turns out, there aren’t any good ones. Android Quik? Android Quesito? These would have been ridiculous. But now it’s a moot point, as Google has dumped its sweet treat naming scheme altogether, falling back on numbers as identifiers. This year’s release will be Android 10. That’s it. Google isn’t saying that it was just too hard to come up with a pronounceable dessert that begins with Q. Rather, it’s saying that this development was a long time coming, as the rest of the world was sometimes confused with US-centric branding. As Google explains: “Pies are not a dessert in some places,…

3 min.
samsung announces galaxy tab s6 tablet

Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S6, a high-end Android tablet aimed at competing with Apple’s iPad Pro. It will feature top-of-the-line specs, a Bluetooth S Pen, and the first in-display fingerprint sensor on a tablet. After launching the affordable Galaxy Tab S5e earlier this year, Samsung has skipped right to version 6 for its new premium tablet. Design-wise, it looks a lot like the Galaxy S4 that it replaces, with slim, uniform bezels all around, and a wide 16:10 aspect ratio. You’ll also notice that there isn’t a headphone jack this time around, helping Samsung trim 1.4mm from the thickness. Here’s how the Galaxy Tab S6 stacks up against its predecessor: Galaxy Tab S4 Dimensions: 249.3x164.3x7.1mm Display: 10.5in (2,560x1,600) WQXGA Super AMOLED Processor: Snapdragon 835 Weight: 482g (Wi-Fi), 483g (LTE) RAM: 4GB Storage:…

2 min.
samsung unveils next-generation ram

Samsung has announced a major breakthrough in the future of smartphones: mass production has begun on the industry’s first 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chip, so it should start showing up in smartphones pretty soon. But don’t get your hopes up about it showing up on the Galaxy Note10’s specification sheet. As Samsung explains in its press release, the 10nm LPDDR5 chip (Lower Power Double Data Rate) has been “optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones”. That mainly boils down to speed. The new chips have a data rate of 5,500MB/s, about 1.3 times faster than the 4,266MB/s LPDDR4X DRAM used in the Galaxy S10 5G and the 20nm LPDDR4 in the Galaxy S10+. That’s not quite as big of a leap as the 2x increase from LPDDR3 to…

1 min.
google assistant improves its reminders

Setting a reminder is one of the most useful things you can do with Google Assistant on your phone or smart speaker, especially if you’re the forgetful type. But a new feature rolling out to Assistant will make reminders even more useful, so much so that you won’t have to do the remembering. Instead of asking Google Assistant to set a reminder for you, you’ll now be able to set one for someone else in your family or household. So, instead of saying, “Hey Google, remind me to take out the trash on Sunday”, you’ll be able to say, “Hey Google, remind Susan to take out the track on Sunday”. Then, the notification will appear on their phone or smart speaker at the specified time. Assignable reminders will also work for…

8 min.
samsung galaxy a50

Price: £309 from fave.co/30JeyZe In no uncertain terms, there’s nothing about the £309 Galaxy A50 that’s only half as good as the £569 S10e. Quite frankly, there’s nothing about it that’s only 40 percent as good as the £699 S10, either. I know that’s not technically how pricing works, but when you have two phones from the same company that are priced so far apart, it’s only natural to compare them. Unlike the Google Pixel 3a, which basically copied the Pixel 3 note for note with subtle downgrades to bring down the price, there are some major differences between the mid-range A50 and the premium Galaxy S10+. But the main similarities – a giant OLED display, triple-camera array, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a selfie cutout – give the phones a remarkable kinship.…

7 min.
samsung galaxy note10

Price: £869 from fave.co/2ZhcF9n As expected, Samsung unveiled two versions of its Note10 smartphone at its Unpacked 2019 event: the standard model, previewed here; and the 10+, which we look at on page 33. Design Samsung has done a great job with the design of the Note10 as it feels comfy in the hand. The screen-to-body ratio has improved dramatically by over 10 percent to a whopping 94.7 percent. This has mainly been achieved by getting rid of the top and bottom bezels. It’s now over 10mm shorter and just over 5mm narrower. It’s the top bezel that’s impressive since it used to house various sensors. Now the Note10 is like the S10 with a ‘punch-hole’ camera notch, only the camera is in a central position now. The Note10 is also slimmer than the…