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OnePlus didn’t include wireless charging on the OnePlus 6 because it didn’t “really feel the need” to include it. A spokesperson for the company provided the recent comment, adding that OnePlus didn’t want to “add a feature just for the sake of it.” The company has previously ruffled feathers with feature omissions, like NFC on the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus has explained the reasoning behind why it didn’t include wireless charging on the OnePlus 6. Speaking to Business Insider, a OnePlus representative said: “We don’t really feel the need to add wireless charging. We’re not going to add a feature just for the sake of it.”

The new OnePlus flagship launched last week. Starting at $529, it’s the most expensive OnePlus device yet and comes with a brand new design and premium features. With wireless charging being a top-tier smartphone function found on Android flagships like the Galaxy S9, LG V30, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, some expected that the OnePlus 6 may also implement this. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

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Indian handset maker Micromax has finally launched its first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone, Bharat Go, in India. Bharat is the company’s existing series of devices focused on lower-tier of the market and for first-time smartphone buyers.

The phone was earlier set to be launched in January but after a radio silence from Micromax all this while, it has just been announced five months later.

Aimed at developing markets such as India with low smartphone penetration, Android Go is a toned-down version of the latest Android Oreo operating system with the platform, first-party apps, and the Google Play Store optimized for low-end devices. The average app is 15% faster on an Android Go device and the pre-installed apps (Go edition ones) are also optimized and take up to 50% less storage space. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google.Editor's PickWhat is Android Go? Android Go, also known as Android Oreo (Go edition), is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones. It's comprised of three optimized areas — the operating system, Google...

The Honor 7C at the Indian launch event. The Honor 7A and Honor 7C have been launched in India. They offer a 13MP and 2MP rear camera pairing for under 10,000 rupees. Huawei’s sub-brand claims these are two of the cheapest dual-camera phones in India.

Dual-camera technology has slowly filtered down into budget handsets, but the Honor 7A and Honor 7C might be two of the cheapest dual-camera phones on the market. Now, the Huawei sub-brand has announced launch details for the two phones in India.

The sub-brand revealed that the Honor 7A would be available via Flipkart from May 29, while the Honor 7C would be available via Amazon on May 31. Alternatively, you can grab them from Hihonor.in.

As for a price tag, you’ll be paying 8,999 rupees (~$132) for the Honor 7A, while the Honor 7C starts at 9,999 rupees (~$147). In both cases, you’re getting a phone with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, dual SIM slots, and microSD support. But you can also grab the 4GB RAM/64GB storage Honor 7C for 11,999 rupees (~$176).

How do they differ?

Google

Google has introduced vehicle icons to its Maps app to replace the typical navigation arrow. The company has made a selection of cars available, which you can select when you drive somewhere, but it’s an iOS-exclusive feature right now.

Google announced the Maps update in a brief post on its blog yesterday, stating you’ll see vehicles such as “a stylish sedan, a timeless pickup truck, or a speedy SUV.”

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To try out the cars, just tap on the navigation arrow while in navigation (driving) mode in Google Maps and the new icons will appear in a list. Tap one to select it and you’ll find yourself zooming around the map in your vehicle of choice.

Google didn’t offer an explanation as to why the feature is landing on iOS and not Android, but the company does frequently roll out new app functions on Apple’s platform first; it’s likely that...

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The latest Moto Z3 Play leak suggests the phone will have a Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Lenovo’s phone will also pack several new camera features, including color pop functionality and cinemagraph creation. It’s believed that the new phone will receive two major Android updates following launch.

We already know what kind of horsepower to expect from the Moto Z3 Play and now we have a much better idea of the spec sheet at large too.

XDA-Developers has seen an “internal Lenovo document” that sheds light on both the hardware and software side of things. The document details a mid-range Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage.

Read more: This Lenovo Z5 concept is basically a screen with a phone on its back

We also see more weight added to previous leaks, as the outlet lists a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The document doesn’t reference a headphone jack, which means the earlier renders could be correct in ditching the 3.5mm port.

However, the document has plenty of new information, such as a 3,000mAh battery, a 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio Full HD+...

Samsung  

Samsung has announced a week-long sale on its online store in India from May 22 till 28. The sale will include deals on various electronics and accessories, including smartphones. All purchases will get free delivery across India.

Samsung has announced Summer Fest 2018, a week of deals on its online store in India. The sale will run from May 22 until May 28 and will see discounts on various Samsung electronic products including smartphones and smartphone accessories.

Samsung says deals will go online every day during the sale week at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. At 11 a.m., Samsung will refresh its highlighted, limited time “Unreal Deals.” For the next few days, these will feature Samsung TVs for as much as 65 percent off. 

At 7 p.m. each day, Samsung will take 50% off a range of accessories including earphones, speakers, and smartphone covers.

Certain smartphones are also discounted, although not by quite as much as the products in the deals mentioned above. Discounted devices include the Galaxy On7 Prime, Galaxy On Max, Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy On Nxt, Galaxy J3 Pro, Galaxy On5 Pro, and the Galaxy On5

OnePlus has announced it sold 100,000 OnePlus 6 units in 12 minutes in China. In India, it generated one billion rupees in sales in ten minutes. The device went on sale today in North America, Europe, India, and China.

OnePlus has recorded some pretty impressive opening day sales for the OnePlus 6. Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus, told Android Authority that the device sold 100,000 units in the first 12 minutes of going on sale in China.

In India, the company announced that, in the first 10 minutes of availability on Amazon, the OnePlus 6 generated over one billion rupees (approximately $14.7 million) in revenue. OnePlus released the device in India on May 21 exclusively via its own website and on Amazon Prime, before general availability starting today.

The OnePlus 6 was released in China, India (open sales), North America, and Europe today, May 22.

As of yet, there are no details about sales figures in other countries, although OnePlus boasted about...

The U.S. and China have reportedly agreed on a “broad outline” to resolve Chinese mobile company ZTE’s troubles.

According to CNBC, the agreement would see the U.S. supply ban lifted against the company as well.

Reuters reported the new deal could include China removing import tariffs on U.S. agricultural products while also buying more of them.

The Wall Street Journal reported the deal is still being hammered out and that there’s no guarantee it would be finalized. According to the publication, ZTE may be required to pay a fine and make changes to its executive team and board seats in exchange to the lifting of the ban.

News of the deal comes a few days after the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to uphold the supply ban against the Chinese brand.

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Twitter on Android now uses its own emojis instead of your device’s. This is due to a lack of emoji compatibility across Android versions. You can enable the new emojis within settings if your device runs Android KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, or Nougat.

Even though emoji has become a vital part of how we communicate with others on our devices, there remains the issue of compatibility. Twitter hopes to ease that issue with its own set of emojis.

As detailed on Emojipedia, Twitter no longer uses the native emojis found on your smartphone. Instead, the service now uses its own “Twemoji” that you see if you use Twitter on the desktop.

The change will likely make many people happy. What some folks might not know is that new versions of Android usually include new and updated emojis that are incompatible with older versions. Even stranger, device manufacturers like Samsung use their own sets of emojis that might be incompatible across devices.

Emojipedia

This fragmentation is no surprise to Android users. According to...

Huawei quietly listed the Y5 Prime (2018) on its website. The Y5 Prime (2018) is the latest mid-range smartphone to feature an 18:9 display and facial recognition. Huawei did not say when the Y5 Prime (2018) will launch or for how much it will cost.

Mid-range smartphones rarely get the press event treatment, and that continues to be the case with the quietly-announced Huawei Y5 Prime (2018).

Around front, the phone sports a 5.45-inch HD+ (1,440 x 720) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 5MP selfie camera. Around back is the single 13MP primary camera, but no fingerprint sensor in sight.

Instead, the Y5 Prime (2018) really wants you to use its facial recognition technology to get into your phone. The tech is there mainly for convenience rather than being able to make mobile payments, though Huawei said it will be available after an OTA update.

Under the hood, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM power the Y5 Prime (2018). The microSD card slot can augment the 16GB of built-in storage by up to an additional 256GB, though a second model features a second SIM card and microSD card slots.

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Google just announced two new features for Google Photos: a Google Photos favorites button, and a “heart” button for shared photos. Curiously, Google didn’t announce these features at Google I/O 2018. The features are coming soon, but the favorites feature could land for you sometime this week.

Google made a lot of announcements at Google I/O 2018, some of which even revolved around Google Photos. However, it didn’t announce two new features that just dropped today: a Google Photos favorites feature and a “heart” button for liking photos that someone shares with you.

The favorites feature is rolling out now; however, it could be the end of the week or even the beginning of the next before you’ll see the new button. The heart button is “coming soon.”

You can see the Google Photos favorites button in action below. It’s fairly self-explanatory how to favorite a photo:

Twitter

Once you favorite a photo, it will appear in a list of your collected favorites in a new album on the albums page. This is a small but powerful update to Google Photos, as it will enable you to quickly and easily find the few photos out of the hundreds you take that you’ll want to...


Italy is a beautiful country with a rich history. Its language is among the most popular in Europe and spoken in many countries outside of just Italy. That makes it a popular language for tourists and travelers as well as scholars. There are a variety of language learning apps that support Italian. We can help you narrow down the best ones for you. Here are the best Italian learning apps for Android!

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You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a great virtual private network (VPN). Lots of cheap services do the job just as well as their more expensive counterparts. However, getting a great deal often means paying up front for one, two, or even three years. Compared to a monthly subscription, this can save you more than 80 percent. 

Here are our picks for the best cheap VPNs around.

Best cheap VPN #1: NordVPN

NordVPN is based in Panama and has over 3,350 servers in 60 countries around the world. The service comes with a lot of security and privacy features including IP and DNS leak protection, obfuscation, zero activity logging, and the best encryption protocols. You can also enable Double VPN that runs everything through two servers for extra protection, although the speed takes a massive hit.

Aside from its Double VPN option, NordVPN has demonstrated impressive speed in our review. Connecting to a server took an average of 10 seconds, and streaming video wasn’t an issue regardless of the server’s location. The service isn’t the best for gaming, though, as it suffers from high latency.

Read next: NordVPN review – one of the best VPNs you can buy

NordVPN offers a bunch of cool features like CyberSec, which lets you avoid ads and protects...

Xiaomi CEO says Mi Max 3 on track for July reveal. Mi Max 2 successor “not ready yet” for an official launch. Phablet has been rumored to sport a 7-inch display, dual-cameras, and a 5,500mAh battery.

Attention, phablet fans! Xiaomi has confirmed that the latest in the Mi Max series will launch a little later than usual, with the rumored Mi Max 3 now confirmed for a July reveal.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed the news on Chinese social media over the weekend (via Phone Arena). After teasing a number of reveals for the end of the month, Jun was bombarded by users asking whether the Mi Max 3 would be among the announcements.Editor's PickThese are the best Xiaomi phonesXiaomi might not be well known in the West, but it's popular in many Asian countries. It was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in China last year, according to Counterpoint. It beat Apple by …

Jun responded by explaining that the Mi Max 2 successor is (auto-translated) “estimated to be released in July and is not ready...

Smartwatches are great tools for staying on top of your notifications, tracking your activity, and more. However, nothing beats that classic look of an analog watch strapped to your wrist. Analog watches are simple, classy, and look much better than most smartwatches when you’re dressing up. If you want a wearable that looks like an analog watch but can also track your activity and give you notifications, look no further — we’ve rounded up some of the best hybrid watches on the market.

See also: Best fitness trackers | Best Wear OS watches

Most of the hybrid smartwatches listed below can track your daily activity, sleep, and give you smartphone notifications. They’re not going to be the most powerful or feature-packed fitness trackers out there though, so keep that in mind when making your purchasing decision.

Note: We will continuously update this best hybrid watches article as new products launch.

Garmin vivomove HR

We’d say the best hybrid watch on the market is the Garmin vivomove HR.

It might not be the prettiest hybrid smartwatch out there, but Garmin included some extra features to make this watch smarter than the rest. The vivomove HR is a touchscreen device, complete with a small digital display that only appears when you turn your wrist. It supports...

Welcome to the LG G6 Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest LG G6 update information, but it won’t include general security patches on their own.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

LG G6 Android Oreo update

Update (05/21/18): Verizon ended up being the first U.S. carrier to push the Android 8.0 Oreo update to its variant of the LG G6. The update is rolling out now!


Update (01/22/18): According to LG’s software support website, it may be awhile until G6 owners receive the update.

Even though Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the LG G6 is already available on some models in China, that doesn’t necessarily mean all units will receive the update in a timely manner. Take, for instance, LG G6 models in Europe. On the official G6 support website for Italy (via GSMArena), LG notes that the LG G6 will receive its Oreo update “within the first half of 2018.” Worst case, that means G6 owners (at least in Italy) will have to wait until the...

The Verizon LG G6 (or the LG G6 ThinQ, if you’re into that sort of thing) shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat. LG skipped the Android 7.1 Nougat update, instead opting to go straight to Android 8.0 Oreo. Well, that day has come – for Verizon users, anyway.

Starting today, via Droid Life, Verizon-branded LG G6’s will receive an update to Android 8.0 Oreo. The OTA weighs in at 1.9GB, so be sure to connect to Wi-Fi and have plenty of battery charge before beginning the process. Also, make sure you have enough space on your device to accommodate the big file!

Editor's PickLG G6 update tracker (Update: Oreo not rolling out until June?) Welcome to the LG G6 Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated …

Once you do update, you’ll have access to the usual Oreo features like picture-in-picture, notification dots, and access to Android Instant Apps. However, Verizon hasn’t posted specific release notes for the update yet, so we’re not sure if...

The Pokémon Company

A new Pokémon Go update is on the way that will bring Alolan versions of classic pocket monsters to the hugely popular mobile game. Developer Niantic has announced that the new variants, first seen in Pokémon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS, will arrive “in the coming weeks.”

Niantic has been slowly trickling out major updates that bring new generations of Pokémon from Nintendo’s main series games to Pokémon Go, with the arrival of ‘Gen 3’ creatures from 2002’s Ruby and Sapphire the latest to appear in the wild.Editor's Pick5 best Pokemon games for Android There is actually a collection of Pokemon games on mobile now. It was a long time coming because Pokemon is one of the most popular gaming franchises out there. Each game plays a little differently. …

In a bit of a surprise move, however, Niantic has skipped over four generations for the next batch of additions and instead jumped straight to ‘Gen 7’.

While these are technically new critters, they should look more than a little familiar to fans. For those not familiar with Sun and Moon, these are tropical forms of monsters from the first generation that originate from the games’ Hawaii-inspired region of Alola.

An image released alongside the announcement (above), shows the silhouettes of 11...

While Motorola Moto Z owners in Brazil saw Android 8.0 Oreo almost two months ago, owners of unlocked Moto Z devices in the United States were left out in the cold. However, it looks like Motorola is finally rolling out Oreo to all unlocked Moto Z devices in the U.S. starting now.

You may already have a notification for the update as you read this. But if not, you can simply head to Settings > About phone > Software Update > Check for updates.

Keep in mind, that to update your Moto Z to Android 8.0 Oreo, you’ll need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery. Ideally, your phone will be charging during the update just to be safe.

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Weighing in at 1.4GB, the Android 8.0 Oreo update brings all

Terragraph

Facebook announced the Terragraph Project in 2016. It’s a Wi-Fi solution to the inherent problems that come with laying down fiber cable. Qualcomm is now on board with Terragraph, creating chipsets to access the network. However, it is not clear what will happen with Terragraph. Is Facebook going to become an ISP?

Back in 2016, Facebook announced a new program called the Terragraph Project at its annual developer conference. With Terragraph, Facebook plans to bring high-speed internet to rural and urban areas where laying down fiber lines would be prohibitively expensive or disruptive to the community.

Now it looks like Qualcomm is joining together with the social network giant to bring the Terragraph Project to life. According to the press release on the matter, Facebook is developing the hardware and deployment procedures for the Terragraph system, while Qualcomm will create chipsets that will give manufacturers the ability for their products to access Terragraph.

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