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Android was born on this weird old prototype phone, but you'd never recognize it

You'd be forgiven if you don't remember the name "Sooner," which was what Google called one of its earliest Android hardware prototypes, predating even the HTC G1/Dream. It looked more like an old Blackberry than a modern smartphone and ran a very early version of the Android operating system. We managed to get our hands on one, and, in true Android Police fashion, I gave it a try. After a few days using the Sooner as my personal phone (immediately following the Galaxy S20 Ultra), it's incredible seeing how far Android has come.

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Moto G Power and G Stylus pre-orders are now live

Motorola may not be what it used to be, but the company has recently managed to surprise us with the revival of the Moto Razr and the first glimpse at two new Moto G phones, the Power and the Stylus. While the Moto Razr can already be bought, the new G series has just become available for pre-order today, with general sales starting April 16.

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OnePlus 8 Pro surfaces in luscious green shade with IP68 and 30W wireless charging (Update: Ultramarine Blue)

As OnePlus handsets have gradually moved up the pricing ladder, buyers have become less forgiving of several premium features that the company conveniently skips out on — including a proper IP rating and wireless charging. Both these sore points will be addressed with OnePlus’ upcoming 8 series according to India-based tipster Ishan Agarwal, who also detailed some of the key specifications of the lineup earlier this month.

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Samsung extends warranty on all of its consumer products through May 31 in India

Like many other countries, all of India is currently under lockdown. There are only a few exceptions from this rule, and going to a Samsung shop to get your device fixed is not among the legit reasons to leave your home —in fact, all Samsung stores are currently closed. The Korean company recognizes this situation and offers extended service for devices that would've seen the end of their warranty during the lockdown period. It's also possible to pick up a pre-booked Galaxy S20 at a later time.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds face unlock support on the Pixel 4

More and more apps are adopting Android 10's official biometrics API, which means they now support both fingerprint authentication and face unlock, and will adapt to your phone. The latest one to join the fray is Microsoft's One Drive.

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Supposed Moto G8 Power Lite leaks, has one less camera than G8 Power (Update: Correct renders)

Motorola's newest batch of Moto G phones have yet to hit the market, but at least we do know exactly what the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power have in store for us when they finally go on sale. One of the newest unknowns to apparently leak, however, is a little something called the Moto G8 Power Lite. And, besides a few pictures, we don't know much about it.

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Google Assistant gets granular, well-organized notification controls (Update: Rolling out widely)

Google Assistant isn't only good at answering your questions and orders. It also proactively sends you notifications on flights, public transport updates, packages, upcoming events, and more. To personalize which of these you receive, you usually have to head to the Google app's App info -> Notifications section. That's not very intuitive, and the amount of Assistant options there is limited. In a change that's already rolling out to first people, Google has moved the notification controls to a more prominent place right inside the Assistant's settings and has added many more granular toggles.

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How to find a 3D skeleton, car, Santa, planet, and other cool AR objects in Google Search (Updated)

We're supposed to stay inside right now, but that shouldn't stop us from exploring things we'd normally see in museums or shops thanks to 3D models available in Google Search on Android and iOS. We've already covered which animals and pets you can lure into your home, but if you and your kids get tired of acting as an amateur zoologist, there is a whole world to explore, starting with planets and space crafts courtesy of NASA over anatomy all the way to shopping for shoes.

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Google's AR emoji are still fun to play with while we're all stuck inside

Depending on where you live, you could be just days or entire months into quarantine as we try to bore the novel coronavirus out of existence. Too bad the quarantine's doing the same to us, huh? Well, if you find yourself creating Bitmoji scenes, building wooden block towers to pass the ages, or even looking at tigers and other animals in 3D space, you might want to fit in some playtime with some AR emoji or "Playmoji" as Google calls them.

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Our Galaxy S20 Ultra review, one month later: Disappointment rising

Samsung's 2020 Galaxy S family includes three devices again, but they've all moved a bit up-market from 2019. There's no "e" variant this year, and the base model S20 starts at $1,000. Samsung understandably favors the top-of-the-line model, the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra. This phone has all the bells and whistles including a Snapdragon 865, 5G (sub-6 and mmWave), and a revamped camera setup featuring a periscope zoom module. With all that hardware, the S20 Ultra has ballooned to 6.9-inches, and it weighs almost half a pound. By attempting to make no compromises, I worry Samsung has compromised the S20 Ultra itself.

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