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Fxtec's new Pro1-X keyboard slider is the first phone to ship with LineageOS

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It's a refreshed version of the Pro1 TCL's short-lived reboot of the BlackBerry brand proved that there's still a market for phones with physical keyboards. The Fxtec Pro1 was released last year as an all-encompassing productivity station, with a sliding horizontal keyboard and multiple operating systems to choose from. Fxtec is now unveiling an upgraded model, which has the distinction of being the first phone to ship with LineageOS. The new Pro1-X model is a slight hardware revision, with twice the storage and 2GB more RAM. Read More Fxtec's new Pro1-X keyboard slider is the first phone to ship with LineageOS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a new auto-runner from King, coming spring 2021

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Finally, a brand that properly fits within the auto-runner genre Latest update King reveals Crash Bandicoot: On the Run will arrive spring 2021 It would appear that two Crash Bandicoot fans (Jump Button and Motwera) have uncovered an upcoming mobile Crash Bandicoot game through a Facebook search. Currently, there is a survey available for the supposed Crash Bandicoot Mobile title on StoreMaven (a mobile growth website) that mentions the game

UK regulator to ban carriers from selling locked phones

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From December 2021, all phones bought on contract in the UK will work with any network When a mobile network sells you a phone with a costly contract, it makes sure that switching providers won't be easy. Handsets have traditionally been locked to the carrier who sold it, and you have to jump through hoops to get it unlocked. From December next year, this practice will no longer be permitted in the UK as regulator Ofcom is banning the sale of locked phones by network operators. The new rules will affect BT and its EE subsidiary, Vodafone, and Tesco Mobile, and there doesn't appear to be any pushback from these companies. Read More UK regulator to ban carriers from selling locked phones

Epson's new batch of laser projectors include a couple with built-in Android TV

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Plus audio systems custom built by Yamaha Epson, the world's number one projector manufacturer, introduced its first projector running Android TV earlier this year. Now the company is back with two more powerful projectors that introduce Android TV to its EpiqVision line, along with additional perks like an audio system custom designed by Yamaha. The EpiqVision Ultra LS300 and Mini EF12 are Epson's newest additions. The projectors can accept content up to 4K and project it at up to 150" diagonal for the EF12, and 120" for the LS300. Read More Epson's new batch of laser projectors include a couple with built-in Android TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG's latest Tone Free earbuds tweak their hardware with one key upgrade

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Huh? What's that? Sorry, let me take my earbuds out first. LG introduced new Tone Free earbuds earlier this year, and saying we didn't like them would be an understatement. Now the company is back with another set of earbuds in the Tone Free lineup that add a key feature — but is it enough to stand out against the crowded competition? The HBS-FN7 (catchy, right?) are basically an updated version of LG's HBS-FN6 earbuds, meaning they offer comfy in-ear fit, sound tuned by Meridian, and even a fancy charging case that uses ultraviolet light to eliminate 99.9% of certain bacteria from the earbuds' inner mesh. Read More LG's latest Tone Free earbuds tweak their hardware with one key upgrade was written

Tap-to-pay issues with Google Pay appear to be affecting phones from Google, OnePlus, and others

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"That didn't work." Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days, almost every flagship phone includes the NFC interface required for Google Pay to function. But that doesn't guarantee that tap-to-pay will actually work. Recently, issues have popped up on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Pixel 5 — but it looks like this problem might be much more far reaching. Read More Tap-to-pay issues with Google Pay appear to be affecting phones from Google, OnePlus, and others was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google firms up hardware sustainability goals for the near future

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After being wishy-washy last year, the company makes some real commitments Last year, Google made a shaky promise to include recycled materials in all its products by 2022. According to the company, it's hit that goal early — all new Pixel and Nest products now include recycled materials in their design. In light of this success, Google has announced some new sustainability goals for the next few years. Google starts off its list of commitments with an update to its previous goal — the company pledges to use at least 50 percent recycled or renewable plastics in all new hardware by 2025. Read More Google firms up hardware sustainability goals for the near future was written by the awesome team at

Smartphone camera throwdown: Videos highlight the best from Apple, Google, Samsung, and more

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You can't go wrong, but you can go more right Camera quality has always been a major differentiating factor when choosing between smartphones, but it seems like the competition has gotten more intense over the last few years. Some manufactures like OnePlus and Huawei use sensors with big megapixel counts to stand out from the crowd, while others like Apple and Google rely more on the marriage between hardware and software. With such a tight race for the winner of the camera crown, we're highlighting three recent YouTube comparisons worth a watch. Read More Smartphone camera throwdown: Videos highlight the best from Apple, Google, Samsung, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube introduces smart suggestions for dumb people who can't hold their phone good

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Plus streamlined player controls with more accessible captions YouTube is one of the most widely used apps in the world, so whenever the company makes even a slight change, people notice. The announcement that four playlist-centric features were being killed last month was a bit disheartening, but YouTube's latest move doesn't kill off old features — instead it brings a variety of useful new ones to life, including streamlined player controls and a more accessible captions button. In a blog post today, YouTube detailed recent updates that make video watching easier than ever, along with a few truly new tidbits to boot. Read More YouTube introduces smart suggestions for dumb people who can't hold their phone good was written by the