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1 min.
google i/o 2020 cancelled completely

Google has fully cancelled its I/O conference three weeks after it cancelled the physical elements of the annual developer and press meet up. The company was planning to potentially run online workshops and webinars for developers and press, but it has decided to scrap the whole event in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Google’s statement reads: “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities – and in line with recent ‘shelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties – we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year. “Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges we all face. Please know that we remain…

1 min.
android 11 developer preview 2 now available

Google has pushed out the second developer preview for Android 11 fave.co/2UuTMdO the next Android operating system version. It adds new 5G APIs for compatible devices, improvements to Google’s excellent call screening feature and angle detection for foldables. The latter hints that developers are keen to build apps that react to the angle that foldables, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, can be adjusted to in order to build new functionality. It will also very likely come in handy for apps on Microsoft’s dual screen Surface Duo device, which is due out in a few months. Also added in the new build are network APIs, foreground services updates for the camera and mic variable refresh rate support and lots of other technical background process things that normal people rightly never have…

1 min.
the final nail may have been driven into blackberry’s coffin

Yes, you can still walk into a store and buy a BlackBerry in 2020, but those days may soon be over given a recent announcement from BlackBerry phone maker TCL. The firm says that as of 31 August 2020, it “will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices… (and) has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices.” That’s pretty much a death blow to the company’s slim hopes of mounting a revival. If you own a BlackBerry KeyOne or Key2, TCL says it will continue to provide support for phones through August 2022, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for an Android 10 update anytime soon. Granted, TCL’s investment in BlackBerry was always an uphill struggle. When it announced it was licensing the brand back in December…

3 min.
tcls android concept phone has a folding and rollable screen

TCL isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to smartphones, but the BlackBerry and Palm phone maker is looking to change that in 2020. Ahead of the launch of its own phones later this year, the firm is piquing our curiosity with a couple of wild concept phones that make the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr look like old news. To be clear, these are concepts in every sense of the word. They have no names, no specs and no chance of being sold anytime soon. The models we saw were basically movie props with few working parts, but they’re certainly intriguing. And if they’re an indication of what TCL has in store for future phones, it won’t be an unknown name for very long. While we’re somewhat accustomed…

17 min.
samsung galaxy s20 ultra

Price: £1,199 from fave.co/2QGiCWY I feel like I need to give Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra two scores. If I’m reviewing it solely on the merits of its components and what it can do, it’s easily a five-star device, with only the smallest of perceptible flaws. The 6.9in display is remarkably bright and incredibly smooth when the 120Hz refresh rate is switched on, and the 40Mp hole-punch selfie camera is much more discreet than it was on the S10. The RAM, storage and processor are all the fastest you can get in a smartphone, and the 5,000mAh battery both lasts all day and fills up incredibly quickly. And yes, the 100x Space Zoom camera is cooler than any other telephoto lens I’ve used. But if I were to score the Galaxy S20 Ultra on…

7 min.
motorola macro one

Price: £179 from fave.co/2WFZlbV There’s an abundance of choice among Motorola smartphones in 2020. The Lenovo-owned company might be headlined by the new Razr and budget staple G line, but there are plenty of other options. Among the most interesting is the One range, affordable handsets which focus on a specific feature in order maximize its impact. The Motorola One Macro puts emphasis on, you guessed it, macro photography. Few phones focus heavily on extreme close-up shots, so it’s a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd. But is it able to deliver the complete smartphone experience that Motorola users demand? Design I’m really impressed by the design of the Motorola One Macro. Despite having a plastic back, it looks and feels like a premium device. This choice of materials also makes it lighter,…