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Corning has introduced the latest version of Gorilla Glass that we’ll surely begin seeing on lots of smartphones soon.

Gorilla Glass 6 is now official, and Corning says that it’s “up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5.” The new Gorilla Glass 6 improves on Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights and has also been engineered to survive multiple drops. Corning touts that dropped Gorilla Glass 6 onto rough surfaces 15 times from 1 meter up and that the glass survived.

The new version of Gorilla Glass is also engineered to meet the needs of popular phone designs. “Gorilla Glass 6 was also developed to meet the requirements of modern designs that use glass for more than 85 percent of the enclosure,” says Corning’s Scott Forester. Gorilla Glass 6 is also good for design trends like enhanced wireless charging and customization through printed glass.

Gorilla Glass 6 is expected to begin appearing on devices in the next several months.

We see Gorilla Glass on a lot of smartphones. In fact, Corning says that Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 6 billion devices from more than 45 major brands, so it’s good to hear that Corning continues to improve it and make the glass more durable. After all, lots of people rely on their smartphone to store personal info and to say connected to the world, so it’s important that it can withstand some drops and abuse.

Sometimes you want to have a real-time conversation with someone, but that can’t happen if the person you want to talk to isn’t using the app you are at the same time. Sure, they’ll probably get a notification letting them know you’ve sent a Direct Message their way, to which they can respond or ignore accordingly. But sometimes you just want to know if the person you want to talk to, or any one of your friends for that matter, is online at the same time as you. And now you can if you’re using Instagram.

Announced on Thursday, Instagram is adding the ability to see when your friends and contacts are online. There are some important details to be aware of, though. First, you will only be able to see if someone’s online if they have added you back or if you have already had a conversation via DM. So you won’t be able to see just anyone’s online availability.

To see if a friend is online, there will be a green dot next to their profile name. You’ll be able to see it in the friend’s list, when you share a post from the feed, or in the Direct Inbox. You will also be able to change your status as you see fit, so if you don’t ever want to appear online, you can make that happen.

The new feature is available now.

At the beginning of this year, it was reported that LG was planning on skipping the yearly smartphone grind, opting to instead launch smartphones whenever it feels is the right time and not necessarily just because its competitors are launching them. We may see that come to fruition later this year.

According to a new report this week from ETNews, the Life’s Good crew is planning on launching the LG V40 ThinQ in South Korea sometime in October. LG only just launched the V35 ThinQ back in May, so that’s a pretty quick turnaround.

The timing for the V40 ThinQ does have some connection with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9, suggesting it is about a month after that phone’s launch, and that should reduce the amount of direct competition between LG and Samsung’s latest phones. The V40 ThinQ will reportedly be announced sometime in the middle of September.

This report also echoes what we’ve heard in the past regarding the upcoming V40 ThinQ, saying that LG is planning on putting three cameras on the back of the smartphone. They will reportedly include a 20MP shooter, a 16MP camera, and a 13MP sensor. One of those cameras will more than likely be a super wide angle lens, while another is said to be a telephoto lens.

LG’s V40 ThinQ may also boast a 90% screen-to-body ratio, with minimized bezels all around the display....

Google is an ambitious company to say the least, and the individual teams that work on what’s coming down the pipe are just as focused on building new and exciting products. It sounds like the oft-rumored Project Fuchsia OS is one of those projects.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Fuchsia OS team consists of 100 engineers, and their goal is to create not just another OS option for customers but a single, unifying OS for all devices that Google has out there. That means it would effectively bridge any gaps between Android and Chrome OS, and Fuchsia OS would be running all of Google’s smart home products, too.

The report indicates that the Fuchsia OS team is planning on launching a smart home connected device with the operating system on board sometime in the next three years. And then, within five years, the team wants Fuchsia OS ready to go for laptops and smartphones, working as an effective successor to Android and Chrome OS.

Fuchsia OS is expected to give Google a bit more control over its consumer-friendly software as far as security updates and general OS updates are concerned.

All that being said, Fuchsia OS is still very much a work in progress, and it has yet to be signed off as the next major step for Google by either the CEO Sundar Pichai or Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer. So while the Fuchsia OS team’s goals are lofty, there is still...

It has been over a year since Xiaomi introduced the Mi Max 2, which features a sizable 6.44-inch screen to win over folks who like smartphones with big displays.

Now Xiaomi  is going one step further with the Mi Max 3, which has just been announced. It boasts a design that Xiaomi says is about the same size as a 6.3-inch device, but thanks to its minimized bezels and other design choices, it can fit a screen that’s 6.9 inches with a resolution of 2160×1060.

Meanwhile, you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor under the hood, and variants with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Mi Max 3 boasts a pair of cameras on the back, one of which is a 12MP shooter and the other a 5MP camera. The 8MP front-facing camera features what Xiaomi calls AI Face Unlock.

The battery in the Mi Max 3 measures in at 5500mAh and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There is a fingerprint reader on the back of the phone, a USB-C port on the bottom, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure.

The Mi Max 3 will be available in gold, black, and blue. It will retail for 1699 yuan (about $251) for the 4GB/64GB version, or 1999 yuan (~$295) for the 6GB/128GB model.

That’s a pretty big screen! Are you hoping...

We’ve seen quite a few Android phones come to market with a display notch this year, and today another such device was made official.

Meet the Nokia X5, which features a 5.86-inch 1520×720 display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch. It’s also packing a dual rear camera setup with one 13MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor to give your photos an artsy bokeh look, and there’s an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture around front for your selfie needs.

The body of the Nokia X5 features glass on both sides to help give it a premium feel, and there’s a polycarbonate frame. Inside that body is an octa-core Helio P60 processor with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a microSD card. A 3060mAh battery powers the whole package, and there’s a USB-C port for charging. Also of note is the included 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll be able to use your existing headphones.

On the software side, the Nokia X5 comes preloaded with Android Oreo.

The Nokia X5 is now available for pre-order in China, with pricing starting at ¥999 ($149 USD) for the 3GB/32GB model. Unfortunately, there’s no word on expanded availability quite yet.

While it’s not the most high-end phone around, the Nokia X5 looks like it offers a nice bang for your buck,...

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Onmyoji Arena

DescriptionOnmyoji Arena is part the hit Onmyoji series from NetEase. It builds on the rich character base from the original work to create a new MOBA experience. The game retains the elegant Japanese aesthetics and original voice talents to faithfully recreate Kyoto in the Heian era.

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BlackBerry and TCL made the KEY2 officially official back in June, and it looks like the companies are already planning on launching a variant at some point.

Serial leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) took to Twitter to post a single photo of what he is calling the “BlackBerry KEY2 Lite”. According to the tweet, the handset will come in red (as pictured above), blue, and a copper color. Unfortunately, the tweet doesn’t come along with any other information pertaining to the device, as far as specs and pricing is concerned.

Blass does note that the handset is called “Lite” and not, say, “Mini” because the KEY2 Lite will have the same form factor as the standard KEY2. What the handset will actually bring to the table with the Lite brand remains a mystery for now.

A red BlackBerry-branded KEY2 would be an interesting handset, and a lot of folks seem to enjoy different color options for their devices. It will come down to specs and pricing, as well as availability, though, which we will hopefully know more about soon.

Samsung may launch a foldable screen smartphone as early as next year, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The device is rumored to feature a 7-inch screen that “can be folded in half, like a wallet.” When folded, the device would have a small display bar on the front and cameras in the back.

The foldable screen smartphone is codenamed, “Winner,” and could launch in early 2019. Such a device would place Samsung in a place of prominence, as it would become the first manufacturer to introduce a foldable screen, which has been hotly anticipated for years.

Samsung’s foldable screen smartphone would launch a new flagship line, alongside the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. The intent is to create a splashy smartphone that will catch the interest of customers who have become disinterested with the increasingly homogenous smartphone market.

Samsung would initially be targeting the foldable smartphone at niche segments, such as mobile gamers. Part of the reason for this is the steep price required to create a foldable screen smartphone. WSJ reports that the device would likely cost at least $1500, with the possibility of an even higher price. While the novelty is interesting, the current price point is too high for the mass market. As Samsung develops the tech, the hope is that the price will decrease to a point acceptable for mainstream customers.

Though the device could easily be delayed, it’s said that the project is now a top priority at...

Google has been dealing with the European Union in a legal fashion for quite some time, specifically in terms of potential antitrust issues. And now the EU has leveled a record-setting fine against the Android house.

Today, the EU announced that it is bringing a fine of €4.34 billion ($5.05 billion) against Google because it has determined the company broke several antitrust laws. According to the EU, Google has “imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search”, noting that Google has required Android manufacturers to preinstall the Google Search app and Google Chrome to license the Google Play store.

What’s more, the EU argues that Google has also made large payments to “certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators” in a concerted effort to get those entities to preinstall the Google Search app on their devices. The fine also states that Google has blocked certain manufacturers that want to preinstall Google apps from selling their devices that run custom variants of the Android mobile operating system.

As it stands right now, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, has stated that the company plans on appealing the EU’s decision. Pichai notes that it is “easy” for Android users to quickly remove and replace apps they want on their Android devices, and says that the fact some of Google’s apps are preinstalled are there in an effort to make sure the devices “just work”.

Sources: European...

Will Samsung launch a smartwatch this year that’s running Wear OS and not its own proprietary Tizen OS? That’s becoming a very hard question to answer.

For those who haven’t been keeping track of this situation, here’s a quick refresher: Back in May there was a report that said Samsung was working on a smartwatch, which in and of itself isn’t too surprising. However, that same report indicated the company was planning on including Google’s Wear OS (what was once known as Android Wear) on that wearable, and not the company’s own Tizen OS.

Fast forward to June and a subsequent report suggested Samsung was indeed working on a smartwatch, but that Samsung was going to use Tizen after all. And then earlier this month, rumors cropped up that Samsung’s smartwatch would be called Galaxy Watch and that it would feature Wear OS on it.

Now here we are, nearing the end of July, and now SamMobile is out with a new report saying that Samsung will indeed be naming their new smartwatch the Galaxy Watch — in line with the Galaxy branding for other devices, like their smartphones — but the device won’t run Wear OS. Instead, the upcoming smartwatch will be running Tizen OS 4.0.

Tizen 4.0 and the Galaxy Watch will probably mean we see Samsung’s digital personal assistant, Bixby, make the leap over to a smartwatch, which is probably why we will see the Galaxy Watch

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Infowars Official


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The Essential Phone got a huge discount this week as part of Prime Day, and now one of the device’s main accessories has gotten a big price cut, too.

Essential is now selling the Essential 360 Camera for $19, down from its normal price of $199. There’s no telling how long this deal will last, so if you’re interested, you may want to act soon.

The Essential 360 Camera is a 360-degree camera that attaches to the back of the Essential Phone. It’s got dual 12MP fisheye lenses with an f/1.8 aperture as well as four microphones. In addition to being able to snap 360-degree photos, it can capture 360-degree UHD (3840×1920) video at 30fps. 360-degree photos and videos can be shared and viewed in Facebook, YouTube, and Google Photos.

This is a pretty awesome deal for anyone who’s got an Essential Phone. At its normal price, the Essential 360 Camera is a neat accessory but maybe a little pricey for anyone that’s not already super into capturing 360-degree photos and videos. At this sale price, though, it’s almost an impulse buy and is an affordable way for Essential Phone owners to give 360-degree photography a try.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 may be winding down, but there are still some good deals to be had before it’s all over.

Amazon is running a sale on several different Chromebook models. This includes more affordable models like the ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS01 and the Samsung Chromebook 3 as well as higher-end models like the Acer Chromebook R13 Convertible and the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Even all three versions of Google’s Pixelbook are on sale.

To see all of the Chromebook deals that Amazon is offering, hit this page right here.

Part of what makes Chromebooks so attractive is that they’re available at a wide range of prices, including some pretty affordable versions. This Amazon sale makes Chromebooks even easier on the wallet, including the pricier Google Pixelbook. And while the Pixelbook isn’t exactly cheap even with these discounts, the deals do lessen the blow that your wallet will take by quite a bit.

If you take advantage of any of these Chromebook deals, be sure to...

Yesterday the Samsung CEO was spotted using a Galaxy Note 9. It was neat seeing the device in the wild ahead of its official launch, but we didn’t really get a good look at the Note 9 itself. Two new leaks have surfaced today to correct that.

A render of the Galaxy Note 9 ( has made its way online courtesy of well-known leaker Evan Blass. It gives us a clear look at Samsung’s upcoming flagship, complete with a dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint reader below it, which is different than on the Note 8. The image also shows off a bright yellow S Pen.

But wait, there’s more Note 9. Two photos that allegedly show the Note 9 in real life have been posted to Twitter by user MMDDJ_. This device looks similar to the one in today’s other Note 9 leak, complete with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint reader below them.

Samsung is hosting an event on August 9th, and it’s widely expected that the Galaxy Note 9 will be made...

Google Assistant has become one of the leading digital assistants out there, but there’s always room for improvement. Which is where Google’s announcement today comes in.

Google has unveiled a more proactive Assistant while also throwing in a new visual snapshot of what you should expect in your day ahead. The new visual approach is within the Google Assistant app, and right when you open it up you’ll see personalized info based on your location, the time of day, and your more recent interactions with Assistant.

When you open the app now, you will see travel times which will be based on your appointments, location, and traffic — all standard elements that Assistant users have come to expect. Scrolling down through the app will bring up more content, including movie or restaurant reservations, packages in transit, upcoming bills, reminders, agenda items, and more.

And if you want to let Assistant get even more proactive, you can switch on notifications. Doing so will let the feature give you a heads up for things like packages, flight delays, and more.

Google will continue to add content to this new snapshot, too, including tips for upcoming activities you might enjoy, lists from Google Keep, recommendations based on your listening history for podcasts and music, and an overview of your notes.

Google says this latest update for Assistant is rolling out this week for Android and iOS users, so keep an...

We’re in the thick of Amazon Prime Day 2018, and the deals on Android devices just keep on coming.

Amazon is now offering big discounts on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV and LG V35 ThinQ. First up, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is an Android TV streaming box that comes with a remote control. Do note that this is a Lightning Deal, though, so you’ve got to be hurry to claim this offer before time runs out or the deal sells out.

Also on sale is the LG V35 ThinQ. This discount is available for the unlocked model that’s compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the U.S. It comes with features like a 6-inch 2880×1440 OLED display, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage along with a microSD card slot if you need more storage. Also included are specs like a Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 16MP rear cameras — one standard lens and one wide angle lens — and a 3300mAh battery.

These are both pretty solid deals. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is one of the best Android TV boxes on the market, and it’s also got some nice gaming features if you’re into that, though you may want to buy a controller if you plan to heavily game...

It has been several months since Alto’s Odyssey arrived on iOS devices, and now it looks like the popular game is on its way to Android.

The follow-up to the super successful Alto’s Adventure will land on Android on Thursday, July 26. The new game follows the same formula as the first, which is to say you’ll play as Alto or one of the character’s many friends and race down mountain after mountain. This new title takes place in a desert, with dynamic weather and lighting effects.

You’ll race across different biomes, including canyons and dunes. There will be random wind vortexes and rushing water, as well as different ways to grind and pile on the combo bonuses. New tricks, like wall riding, are part of the fun, too. There are six unique characters in Alto’s Odyssey, each of which will bring different attributes and abilities.

There is also Zen Mode, which will allow you to simply race down and enjoy the scenery without having to worry about challenges or a high score. A Photo Mode will let you snap gorgeous screenshots of your adventure (or odyssey, if you will).

Alto’s Adventure launched for Android back in 2016 and became a popular title, especially as a free-to-play game.

Alto’s Odyssey is developed by Snowman, along with artist and developer Harry Nesbitt. It will be published by Noodlecake Studios for Android when it arrives on Android next week. You can pre-register for...

If you do a lot of international travel, T-Mobile is announcing a new plan option to give you some access to 4G LTE data while you’re abroad.

T-Mobile is calling it the international data pass, and it will cost just $5. When you fork over the cash, the Un-carrier will give you access to 512MB of up to 4G LTE data and unlimited calls for 24 hours. T-Mobile customers can buy a total of two international passes over the course of 24 hours. The international pass covers the countries that are included in the Simple Global list, which T-Mobile is bumping up to over 200 locations beginning July 22.

While you’re traveling with the Simple Global plan, which is included with T-Mobile One plans, you get unlimited texting and unlimited 2G data. So the international pass will give you considerably faster data, but in a very limited amount.

T-Mobile also says that international calling is just $0.25 per minute, which is actually a price hike. Before now, that same calling rate was just $.20 per minute, so be aware of that. Those rates include calls made from and to Simple Global countries, and also includes calling from a Simple Global country to the United States.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s new international pass?

OnePlus continues to send out minor software updates for its handsets, this time for the recently launched OnePlus 6.

The company’s newest software update is OxygenOS 5.1.9, and it is an over-the-air (OTA) update for the OnePlus 6 being sent out this week. It’s relatively minor in scale, but it does add a few important additions, including tweaks for the camera performance. The system-side part of the update includes adding Android security patch 2018.7 to the mix while also fixing issues with accidental touches activating some gestures.

The camera improvements include overall image quality and a new integrated Google Lens mode, letting you simply activate the feature with a tap. Once Google Lens is activated, it can use the camera to show information pertaining to what’s in the frame, including books, works of art, and more. There is a new Beauty Mode for the self portrait feature as well.

OxygenOS 5.1.9 also includes group MMS, better stability for Wi-Fi connections, and improves the overall performance with Bluetooth while connected to an automobile. There are the standard bug fixes and other improvements in there, too.

The new update started rolling out over the weekend and will continue to see a broader distribution over this week.