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Samsung Joins Google’s Android Enterprise Portfolio With Smartphones And Tablets Alike

Samsung has been holding out on Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program for years, but it has finally agreed to join the said ecosystem with a wide array of both smartphones and tablets alike. The two companies announced the move in a prepared statement published just moments ago.

This is arguably the biggest expansion of the Android Enterprise Recommended initiative since its inception. As it covers pretty much every Galaxy-branded device that is running Android 11 or will be running Android 11 in the future. Some of those include the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and the Galaxy XCover Pro 4, as well as higher-end tablets such as the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+.

For clarity, “Android 11” in the context of Samsung devices means One UI 3.0 and above, as that is how Samsung is calling its own implementation of what’s otherwise a largely (but not entirely) open-source operating system for mobile devices and IoT offerings. Following this expansion, enterprise customers will have even more options when it comes to choosing devices that they can deploy at a large scale in order to support their employees.

Meaning all of the aforementioned Samsung products will be managable using existing G Suite tools for administrators.

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LG K92 Lands In The U.S., Offering Affordable 5G

LG’s latest Android smartphone, simply called the LG K92, is available to buy in the United States starting from today. Its very name already reveals its mid-range ambitions, but no single model number can do justice to the value proposition LG has in store for us this fall.

Namely, the K92 retails at only $359, thus being one of the cheapest avenues toward the fifth generation of mobile networks currently available stateside. The only device that seemingly outclasses it in terms of pricing is the Galaxy A51 5G released by its largest domestic and global rival Samsung. But that particular handset is a decisively entry-level contraption and, therefore, one that is just as likely to frustrate tech aficionados as impress them with 5G.

The LG K92, on the other hand, uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 SoC, which is a known quantity only a step below the Pixel 4a 5G, LG’s closest 5G-ready mid-range competitor which is about $150 more expensive to acquire right now.

Combined with 128GB of flash storage, 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0, and a quad-camera setup centered around a 64-megapixel sensor, the LG K92 should make for a truly great 5G-enabled gift this holiday season.

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HMD Pledges To Bring More 5G Nokia Smartphones To The U.S.

HMD Global will start bringing a proportionally larger volume of its new Nokia smartphone models to the United States, the company announced in a prepared statement issued just earlier in the day. The main focus point of the partnership will be 5G. That is to day: 5G smartphones, something HMD’s R&D department has been working on quite intensively in recent years.

The company itself revived the Nokia Mobile brand in 2017 after former owner Microsoft exited the investment. But up until now, it hasn’t released that many devices in the U.S. At least not officially, though importing them was never too big of a challenge seeing how many EU retailers are still more than happy to ship internationally via Amazon.

Either way, it would appear at least half a dozen or more Nokia Android smartphones compatible with 5G networks will be releasing stateside in the immediate future. To that end, the company just secured a massive $230 million investment from major tech industry names such as Google and Qualcomm. The Finnish Nokia also participated in the round, HMD said in today’s press release.

Moving forward, the company will try to establish a relationship with wireless carriers across the country instead of just selling unlocked units via Amazon and similar storefronts.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 Thom Browne Edition is out

In addition to announcing its second-generation foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung today also took the wraps off a very limited and equally special edition of the same gadget. It is called the Galaxy Z Fold 2 Thom Browne Edition and promises to pair the curious form factor with top-line specs and a lot of style.

The latter part of that promise is something Samsung appears to be taking quite seriously as the outside of this device has been designed by the popular American fashion brand. As you might suspect, it is quite a pricey affair as a result of that product decision. More specifically, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 Thom Browne Edition will set you back $3,299, not counting any applicable sales tax in the United States that differs on a per-state basis.

That is quite a financial commitment that Samsung will be asking of some of its most hardcore fans this fall, which is when the Galaxy Z Fold 2 Thom Browne Edition is scheduled to hit the market in extremely limited quantities.

On the bright side, this is more of a bundle than a single product that is on offer here, as picking one up will also net you an equally custom-designed Galaxy Buds Live, as well as a Thom Browne-customized Galaxy Watch 3, in addition to a very special smartphone case, smartwatch band, and earbuds case to go along with your high-end gadgets.

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Facebook is working on a smartwatch used mainly for messaging

Facebook is apparently ready to enter the smartwatch market since it’s developing a smartwatch that should hit the market next year.

What will it focus on?

It’s no news that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, wants to target all computing platforms. Therefore, it wasn’t that big of a shock when the news about Facebook’s newest plans spread over the internet the last weekend: the company is building its first smartwatch. Although it’s still unsure whether it will run on Google’s Wear OS, it will definitely be Android-based. It will focus mostly on messaging, so it’s safe to assume that messaging on Facebook’s platforms – Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram – will be available. Besides that, the usual smartwatch features (the ones concerning fitness and health) shall also be included.

We can probably expect Facebook’s smartwatch next year if it all goes according to plans. Smartwatch will join Facebook’s hardware ecosystem which includes Oculus VR headsets and Portal video calling devices. In the meantime, Facebook is working on its’ ambitious projects such as Ray-Ban smart glasses and an AR research initiative called Project Aria. It all just goes to prove just how much the company is moving in the consumer products direction. How will the consumers react though, remains to be seen.

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Motorola Teases New Mobile Tech Catering To Photographers, Gamers

As a subsidiary of Lenovo, Motorola could have hardly missed this year’s Lenovo Tech World, even as the circumstances outside of both companies’ control forced the show into an online-only format.

Fortunately, we were treated to plenty of intriguing announcements and teasers that made us forget about the less stellar things about this year, if only for a moment. Motorola, itself, played an important role in this achievement.

Because the company’s Lenovo Tech World camera revolved around teasing a whole group of new innovations and curiosities that it has in the works instead of focusing on any single thing, which is a strategy that always runs a significant risk of ending in accusations of gimmick-peddling.

That wasn’t the case this time around, though Motorola’s showing did have a strong debut, centering on enhanced video capture capabilities that it plans to start rolling out to its existing devices in the very near future, raising the bar in teleconferencing at a pretty convenient time for that to happen.

It went on to confirm a feature meant to project modern Android games to TV screens with no noticeable latency with the goal of enabling console-like entertainment experiences, then moved on to promises about even better multitasking support based on a new split-screen mode it has in the works.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Now Available To Buy In The U.S.

Samsung’s latest Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab A7, is now available to buy in the United States, the company’s American arm announced earlier today. The device in question is a mid-ranger in nearly every sense of that word, though it does decently at trying to hide that fact.

As a result, it features a modernized design with somewhat thin bezels, at least relative to the previous generation of the very same product family. Dolby Atmos support is on board as well, as is a 10.4-inch display contained within a slim, 7mm body that treads new ground in terms of portability, at least at this mid-range level of performance.

Of course, the Galaxy Tab A7 will be looking to rival Apple’s iPad Air series, and it might be a tough sell over any of those for the time being. Especially given the incoming arrival of the fourth-generation iPad Air models that promise a modernized design and improved performance over the previous models, which would address the latter’s two biggest shortcomings over a modern Android tablet in the vein of the Galaxy Tab A7.

Regardless, Samsung’s new slate is priced quite competitively as you can already order it for just $229.99, with shipments and in-store sales being scheduled to begin on October 8th.

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Adobe Surprises Premiere Rush Users With Royalty-Free Music, SFX Library

It’s not that Adobe isn’t known for offering generous trials across the entirety of its product portfolio but the company still managed to took many by surprise with its latest Premiere Rush update which introduced an entire library of royalty-free music and sound effects as part of the said mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

This marvelous piece of news, announced earlier today, happened thanks to Adobe’s partnership with Splice, an American multimedia asset platform for professional content creators that pretty much volunteered the free audio library in question.

The said addition to the already wide range of Premiere Rush capabilities includes hundreds of assets which you can access after updating your local installation to the latest version, the very same one that just began rolling out across the United States. Naturally, the app still aims to keep you inside Adobe’s ecosystem, and this addition also means you can expect to be offered thhe rest of the Splice service, currently available as a subscription starting at $7.99 per month, not accounting for a complimentary two-week trial period available to everyone free of charge, no questions asked.

As for the app itself, Premiere Rush is still free to download on both Android and iOS, as was always the case.

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Logitech Adds Some Color To Popular Keys-To-Go Keyboard Line

Logitech is breathing in some fresh air into Keys-To-Go, its popular lineup of highly portable keyboards designed to work primarily with comparably mobile devices – smartphones and tablets, namely, with an emphasis on handsets and iPhones, in particular.

Anyway, the product, which had released in the United States earlier in the year, is now also available in Classic Blue, a self-explanatory hue if there ever was one, especially given the look of Logitech’s own corporate brand.

This new color will be available as a North American exclusive for the time being, though it is eventually planned to release in Europe, as well. Meanwhile, Canadians and Americans can pick it up as of today, as an alternative to the existing black, gray, and pink variants.

The introduction of this fourth alternative look for the mobile keyboard, fortunately, is not accompanied with any kind of a price increase, even as Keys-To-Go devices remain in a pretty short supply. Which means that you can still pick one up, whether online or in person, for $69.99.

Making this one of the more affordable solutions of its kind on the market, at least among devices specifically designed for smartphone and tablet users like these Bluetooth-ready gadgets are.

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Hey, Google (Assistant) Now Allows You To Voice-Control Android Apps

Google today announced a notably deeper integration of its artificial intelligence mobile helper – Google Assistant – into the Android operating system, on the whole. To the effect that you are now able to voice-control countless Android apps, even if they haven’t been specifically optimized to be ordered around.

As a result, you may be surprised once you realize how much more convenient it is to control mundane tasks like texting, jotting down reminders, and cross-referencing dates.with your voice instead of just having your hands follow your inner voice, so to speak. Granted, voice-enabled user interfaces are a pretty ancient concept by now, technologically speaking.

But that doesn’t mean anyone got them right in the past. Well, OK, Samsung probably did, or at least came as close as Google did right now several years sooner. Believe it or not, we are talking about the infamous Bixby asisstant which is notorious for not being that great of an AI.

But it is actually an amazing conduit for your verbal commands, so long as those aren’t intended to achieve anything more complicated than pressing a few corners of your smartphone screen.

Either way, the equivalent to Bixby, but with an even greater, AI-infused potential to improve, is now gradually making its way to every contemporary Android smartphone, tablet, and even (Wear OS) smartwatch on the planet.

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Motorola Edge Turns To Gamers In Surprising Marketing Shift

A Motorola smartphone not branded as a Moto device is a rare sight in this day and age. One that actually ends up releasing in the United States through the official channels is an even rarer breed. But, those to combined with public attempts at courting mobile gamers? What is going on this year?

Wait, don’t answer that, let us just focus on the claim at hand, which is that the Motorola Edge is a fantastic gaming smartphone well above any arbitrary baseline for such devices that most consumers could think of. It’s easy to dismiss this as just catch-all marketing, but of all the claims Motorola could have made about the Edge, it opted for a claim that this thing is “the perfect mobile gaming device.”

This, at the very least, constitutes a notable shift in the firm’s marketing strategy that has so far mostly been focused on playful designs and highlighting how much of a punch its devices pack for their comparatively low prices. It was only some three years back that the now-discontinued modular Moto Z devices were treated to a standalone gamepad holster, so perhaps Motorola is once again rediscovering its love of video games with the Moto Edge and this is a start of a larger trend.

Time will tell, as always.

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Xiaomi Debuts World’s Fastest (80W) Smartphone Wireless Charger

The smartphone charging race has been one of the more entertaining competitions that the consumer electronics industry delivered over the last couple of years. The latest development in this constantly changing segment comes from Beijing, where Xiaomi managed to prototype the world’s fastest wireless charger.

The innovation in question baffles with its unmatched support of an 80W charging standard. In more practical terms, this combination of a wireless charger and coil sitting above a generic smartphone motherboard can top up a 4,000mAh battery from 0 to 100% in only 19 minutes, Xiaomi claims.

Of course, that figure is based on laboratory testing in ideal conditions which are almost impossible to reproduce in real-world scenarios. Yet that doesn’t exactly make it much less impressive. Especially since it was barely a few weeks since Xiaomi also made wired charging history with a 120W system implemented into the Mi 10 Ultra flagship whose 4,500mAh battery was hence doing zero-to-hero in some 23 minutes.

As for the wireless coil at hand, it takes no more than a minute to bring a dead battery up to a 10% level. Likewise, its average halfway mark is hit in about eight minutes. Unlike the 120W tech mentioned above, however, this prototype does not appear to be particularly close to any mass-consumer market right now.

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