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APK teardown reveals Galaxy S11 camera features, super fast charging for Fold 2

There's a certain thrill we feel when a photo of an unreleased device slides across our desks. It's new, mysterious, exciting — but hardware is only one half of the user experience. Some of the best leaks over the last decade have been known to hide in plain sight, right within developer code. We now have new details regarding the Galaxy S11's camera features, plus info on the Galaxy Fold 2's charging speed.

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The most important Android phones and tablets of the 2010s

The second decade of the 21st century is coming to a close, and there's a lot to look back on. The Rosetta spacecraft made the first successful landing on a comet, the United States had two presidents, a whole lot of Marvel movies came out, and we got the first close-up photos of Pluto.

The 2010s also saw the rise of the smartphone as a product category. While there were plenty of smartphones in the 2000s, they didn't become widespread consumer-level devices until the introduction of the iPhone in 2008 and subsequent release of the first Android devices in 2009.

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Samsung has not sold 1 million Galaxy Folds after all

Samsung has clarified that it has not, in fact, sold 1 million Galaxy Folds, in a statement given to Korea's Yonhap News Agency. Samsung declined to comment on the actual number of units sold, only to say it was not over a million.

Samsung would not even state if estimates of 500,000 units were closer to an accurate figure, perhaps suggesting the real number could even be below analyst expectations.

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Galaxy Fold now available in Canada for the low price of $2,600

Canada has a lot to appreciate: maple syrup, scenic landscapes, a flag with a leaf on it, you name it. But until now, the country was lacking one thing: the Samsung Galaxy Fold. I have no idea how the people of Canada managed to survive without access to Samsung's latest flagship, but now the phone has officially arrived in the country.

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Galaxy Fold clamshell rumored to have retracting hinge, 108MP S11 camera, sub-$1,000 price tag

Samsung has made it clear that it is doubling down on phones with foldable displays next year, having hinted at its developers conference of a Galaxy Fold follow-up that will behave more like a clamshell — chasing the tail of the new Motorola Razr. While a more direct analogue to the Fold is also in the works, there have been some developments on the flip phone form factor we'd thought to update you on.

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Samsung’s Android 10 roadmap points at January rollout for Galaxy S10 and Note 10, no update for S8 or Note 8

Every year Samsung unfailingly puts out a software release roadmaps for its entire smartphone lineup, and this year’s detail when Android 10 is expected to hit eligible Samsung phones. These lists are generally specific to their respective markets, but they do highlight a general global trend. The Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 have been beta testing One UI 2.0 for over a month now, and they’re naturally first in line to get the stable release by January 2020.

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Super expensive folding phones distract from a simple truth: phones are boring now

Smartphones have become boring. And I don't mean that in some kind of ultra-enthusiast, super geeky, and technical way. I mean that, for most people, smartphones are not an interesting, let alone exciting, thing. Most people look at buying a new smartphone like buying a new pair of running shoes: you read some reviews on a few blogs, you browse Zappos, maybe you even go down to a local athletic store and try some on. In the end, you buy some shoes, you keep them for a couple years (or longer, I'm not judging!), and you replace them when they seem worn out.

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Samsung workshops flip-style Galaxy Fold design with developers

Samsung was able to claim dibs on the foldable smartphone market with the Galaxy Fold. But with things like R&D, marketing, and the competition always putting pressure on forward motion, the company has revealed that it does have intent to work on another foldable form factor — perhaps something more like a clamshell.

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Galaxy Fold 2 rumors talk ultra-thin glass screen, possible color options

After undergoing some growing pains, the Galaxy Fold was finally released in September following a five-month delay due to a game-stopping screen defect. With the launch in the rearview mirror, Samsung is allegedly preparing a second foldable phone in the first half of 2020. The newest tidbit claims that the next Samsung foldable, which we're tentatively calling the "Fold 2," will utilize a different screen cover technology called ultra-thin glass (UTG) and be released with at least three different color choices.

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I bought a Galaxy Fold and used it for ten days—here are my thoughts

For the last several years, smartphone manufacturers innovated primarily in the way of camera technology, while the form factor has increasingly stagnated into a bunch of boring, glass-backed slabs. Many have been asking for more innovation, and with the Samsung Galaxy Fold we see a radical departure from the ordinary. But phones that fold are, in a way, a return to the past.

Nearly a decade ago, we had foldable phones like the Nokia E7 and T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. They were known as "slider" phones, and featured displays that folded away to reveal physical QWERTY keyboards, with email and texting first in mind use cases.

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