Oh boy, it sure is a great day for people who like mobile phones. Apparently there's some kind of big announcement going on in California, which a few people might be vaguely excited for. But I doubt anyone really cares about that: there are new Pixel 6 leaks to talk about!
Sony's WF-1000XM4 earbuds might be some of the best you can buy today, but they don't come cheap. At $279, it can be hard to justify that cost — no matter how great the ANC is. If you're looking for a similar design with a much smaller price tag, Sony's upcoming WF-C500 might be just the set for you.
We were hoping that the lower-priced Galaxy S21 FE (for "Fan Edition") would be here by now, but Samsung seems to be hesitant to pull the trigger on its release. If a fresh set of retail leaks are any indication, it's right around the corner. Verizon has apparently prepared the ubiquitous "quick start" insert for its carrier version of the phone, and someone got their hands on it.
Last week, Google published the fifth (and most likely final) Android 12 beta, saying that the stable release was only a few more weeks out. We originally speculated that the day could come as soon as September 13, which would be today. But in case that doesn't pan out, XDA's Mishaal Rahman managed to obtain an internal Google document that could point to a much later date: October 4.
Last year's OnePlus Buds Z came in at a super low price — fifty bucks! — and offered decent sound quality and a comfortable fit. As you'd probably expect with a price so low, they didn't include any advanced features. OnePlus added ANC and wireless charging to its premium Buds Pro, but at a pretty massive markup over the original pair. If you've had your eye out for some new affordable earbuds, the company's next pair might be a perfect match between price and performance.
You don't pay equal attention to all the people and brands you follow on social media, right? Some of them are closer to you than others, but their posts often get lost in the flood of the algorithm-driven feed. Soon, though, you might be able to prioritize who gets top billing with your next scroll through Instagram.
T-Mobile is in some hot water at the moment. Would discounted cloud storage distract you from the service's fourth major security breach in four years? No? Well, it's coming anyway, according to a recent leak — though you might have to wait just a bit longer to get it.
It's hard to believe with Apple now being the dominant force in the wearable market, but Google and Qualcomm actually introduced their smartwatches earlier. Unfortunately, we all know how Wear OS (or back then, Android Wear) quickly got lapped by Apple's and Samsung's offers, regarding both hardware and software. While Google has given up on Wear OS as we know it and now partners with Samsung for upcoming versions, Qualcomm ist still basically the only manufacturer providing the underlying chipsets for smartwatches not made by Samsung. And according to an investigation conducted by WinFuture, we might soon be in for a brand-new chipset.
Xiaomi is a formidable player in the global smartphone market, and it's got the numbers to prove it — it shipped more smartphones than Apple in Q2 2021. While most of the company's focus is on budget smartphones, its flagship phones are also a force to reckon with, the recent Mi 11 being a great example. But keeping up with the short product cycles of the industry, Xiaomi is all set to unveil a similar-looking successor in the coming days — the Mi 11T series.
For a few months now there have been rumors of a new Google Pixel Stand with a fan to keep it cool. This led to rumors about higher wattage wireless charging coming in this year's Pixel 6. Thanks to a US retailer, we were able to confirm that the Pixel Stand, and presumably Pixel 6, should support 23W wireless charging.