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Xiaomi and Oppo plan to take on Qualcomm with their own smartphone chips

Xiaomi and Oppo plan to take on Qualcomm with their own smartphone chips

We only recently reported that Google was working on its own smartphone chip, but it looks like the company isn't the only one in the Android world wanting to go independent. A new report from DigiTimes (via Android Authority) claims that Xiaomi and Oppo are working on their own 5G-compatible chips.

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Amazon looks set to move its Prime Day sales yet again this year

Amazon looks set to move its Prime Day sales yet again this year

Amazon had to move back Prime Day by a few months last year due to some unforeseen circumstances in the form of a global pandemic, but it looks like the company is on track to kick off its annual Prime Day on a more regular date again. According to sources talking to Vox, the shopping giant is set to target a date in June for the event.

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The OnePlus Nord SE isn’t happening after all

The OnePlus Nord SE isn’t happening after all

A previous rumor indicated that OnePlus would announce a special edition of the Nord alongside the OnePlus 9 series. That clearly didn't happen, and if a new report is to be believed, it never will — the SE has been canned.

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Microsoft is interested in Discord, wanting to ruin yet another communication service

Microsoft is interested in Discord, wanting to ruin yet another communication service

Microsoft bought Skype back in 2011, and we all know how the software turned out: It's become a bloated, buggy piece of software that's next to impossible to shut down on Windows. Fast forward ten years, and Microsoft is looking to buy yet another successful communication platform. The company has its eyes set on Discord for more than $10 billion.

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Samsung is reportedly working on a dramatic dual-hinge Fold flagship for 2021

Samsung is reportedly working on a dramatic dual-hinge Fold flagship for 2021

If one fold is good, two folds are better. That appears to be the thinking at Samsung's R&D department, where engineers are reportedly hard at work on a double-hinged phone in the Galaxy Fold series. According to a business report from Nikkei, Samsung is looking into a double-hinged design, with hopes to unveil it before the end of 2021. That's on top of new iterations of Samsung's existing folding designs, the large Galaxy Z Fold and the clamshell Galaxy Z Flip.

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Nobody wants to buy LG's phone business

Nobody wants to buy LG's phone business

LG's continued existence in the world of Android is looking less and less certain by the day. Despite hinting at signs of life after its LG Rollable passed through Bluetooth certification last week, new reports suggest that LG might still leave the smartphone industry entirely by shutting down its mobile division altogether.

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The new Nest Hub could look like the original, but with more features

The new Nest Hub could look like the original, but with more features

Back in January, we reported Google's new generation of smart displays could feature a sleep tracking feature thanks to a built-in Soli sensor. Sadly, we didn't know much more about the device but expected it to be released this year. Thanks to new information, we now have more clues about the future Nest Hub's design.

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Sony's next true wireless earbuds could lose their biggest compromise

Sony's next true wireless earbuds could lose their biggest compromise

Sony's WF-1000XM3 were among the first true wireless buds to feature active noise cancellation, combined with excellent audio quality. Even though they've been praised, their design was not necessarily the easiest one on the eyes. The company seems to be working on a much more compact form-factor for its next generation of wireless buds, according to leaked images.

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Samsung could launch two new Lite-branded tablets this summer

Samsung could launch two new Lite-branded tablets this summer

Samsung checked a lot of right boxes to make the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite one of our favorite affordable tablets from last year. A new leak suggests that the company is working on its follow-up, allegedly named Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, along with a lite version of its already cheap Galaxy Tab A7. Both these tablets are expected to be out this summer.

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Android 12 could get a Game Mode and an option to reduce bright colors

Android 12 could get a Game Mode and an option to reduce bright colors

XDA is on a roll, detailing a whole slew of features that might come to Android 12, supposedly codenamed Snow Cone. The latest code the publication dug up points at a Google-made "Game Mode" and an accessibility option allowing the visually impaired to reduce bright colors.

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