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North American smartphone market shows steepest decline ever

The smartphone market isn't what it used to be anymore. By now, pretty much every person in North America owns at least one of these devices, and combined with mostly iterative improvements and slowing innovation from manufacturers, demand has naturally decreased. Thus, shipments in Q1 2019 are down to 36.4 million, 18 percent less than last year's Q1 record-breaking 44.4 million. This is the steepest fall ever recorded.

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[Update: OTA, 3a images] Android Q Beta 3 is now available, delivers plenty of new features

Following our previous expectations and just in time for developers in attendance at the ongoing I/O developer conference, Google has just pushed out downloads for Android Q Beta 3. OTAs don't seem to be pushing out via the traditional means just yet, but you can start sideloading the update on your Pixel now. Beta 3 also adds support for 15 other partner devices from 12 OEMs.

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Here are the Android Q Beta image links for third-party devices and some quirks to watch for

If you don't have a Pixel phone to get into that sweet, sweet Android Q Beta business, you've got more than a dozen third-party phones that can help you get there. But with each phone comes its own catches, so we'll patch you through to the resources you need from the OEMs.

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[Update: May 10 is new date] LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

LG has announced that it will postpone sales of its first 5G smartphone in South Korea until further notice. The V50 ThinQ was scheduled for release on April 19, but it says concerns about customer satisfaction with how the device will perform on the new network are keeping it off the market.

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LG reports lagging profits and continued mobile losses in Q1 2019

LG has released its latest quarterly results, and you're never going to guess what happened. It's getting to be an old story at this point: LG makes money, but the smartphone segment drags it down. That's the case with LG's latest Q1 2019 results.

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LG's massive 550W RK7 Bluetooth speaker is $200 ($150 off) at Best Buy

When most of us think of Bluetooth speakers, we usually visualize ones no larger than the size of a water bottle. However, Best Buy is currently offering the massive LG XBOOM RK7 Bluetooth speaker with a whopping 550W for just $199.99 — a full $150 off of regular price.

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Android 9 Pie starts rolling out for the South Korean LG V35

After missing its planned mark, LG is finally rolling out Pie for the V35 (ThinQ) in South Korea, which hopefully means that the rest of the world will see it in the coming weeks.

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The LG G8 is a good phone that can't escape some of the bad ideas behind it

Right now, the dominant trend in flagship smartphone design is one of refinement. Instead of aiming to sell shoppers on the appeal of tricks like modular hardware, or overloading a handset with gimmicky sensors, successful phones are instead trying to achieve the platonic ideal of basically existing as little more than one big screen. That's driven recent efforts like the proliferation of in-display fingerprint sensors, pop-out selfie cams, and the evolution of the notch to hole-punch designs. But you wouldn't know much of that, to look at the LG G8 ThinQ.

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LG makes V50 kernel source code available ahead of release

The LG V50 debuted alongside the G8 at MWC back in February. The G8 is now out (check our our review here), though the same can't be said for the V50. Nonetheless, LG has chosen to release the kernel source code for the V50 now.

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LineageOS updates nine phones to Pie, brings back support for Nvidia Shield Tablet

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs around, with somewhere around two million active installations. Since the last time we covered the project, nine more phones have been updated to the Android 9 Pie branch, and the Nvidia Shield Tablet has made a comeback.

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