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The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

For the last few years, the Android Beta Program has been one of the biggest highlights of Google I/O, which continues to be the case this year. Now that Google has announced the exciting changes coming to Android 12, many of us will be eager to try it for ourselves. Naturally, the Beta will only be available on select devices, so find out if your phone is eligible below:

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Vivo promises three years of Android updates, but only for certain phones

Vivo promises three years of Android updates, but only for certain phones

Android smartphone makers are only now starting to catch up to Apple’s excellent software support. Samsung was among the first major players to commit to three years of OS updates last year (many now get four years of security updates as well), and several more brands have since made similar promises. The latest to join the list is OnePlus sister company Vivo, but its update policy isn’t as expansive as Samsung’s.

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Here are the latest phones to officially support Google's 3D animals

Here are the latest phones to officially support Google's 3D animals

After accidentally teasing a few upcoming phones before removing them again earlier this year, Google has published a proper update to its ARCore support page, revealing that the augmented reality library is now supported by 24 more devices. This time around, all of them have already been announced.

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There's a new BMW-branded phone with a huge vapor cooling chamber that no one asked for

There's a new BMW-branded phone with a huge vapor cooling chamber that no one asked for

Depending on where you live in the world, you may or may not have heard of Vivo's sub-brand iQOO. The company is focused on making performance-driven phones and has unveiled two new ones for global markets — the iQOO 7 and the BMW-branded iQOO 7 Legend. They both offer top-end chipsets at jaw-droppingly low prices.

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The iQOO 7 will be one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phones yet

The iQOO 7 will be one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phones yet

If you're looking to get a phone with Qualcomm's current flagship processor, there aren't many scenarios where you won't have to spend a small fortune. However, if you're in India, you'll be happy to know that Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is soon going to unveil one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phones in the world yet.

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Vivo has another phone with a neat camera you probably can't buy

Vivo has another phone with a neat camera you probably can't buy

OnePlus just made a big song and dance about its collaboration with Hasselblad for the cameras on the OnePlus 9 series, and now it's the turn of sister company Vivo. One-time Sony partner Zeiss has been appointed to add some extra allure to Vivo's cameras in its X60 series, with the X60 Pro+ serving as its latest premium flagship phone.

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Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

Vivo is the latest Chinese smartphone maker to bring its products to Europe

With OnePlus, Oppo, and Realme all having successfully launched products in European markets, fellow BBK sub-brand Vivo must have been feeling left out. Not to be outdone by its siblings, the company has just announced its expansion into Europe with a range of handsets and audio products.

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This phone is the first to ship with Android 11 — but it isn't a Pixel

This phone is the first to ship with Android 11 — but it isn't a Pixel

Google is poised to launch new Pixel phones running Android 11 later today, but they won't be the first devices to launch with the new OS on board. Vivo's new V20 lineup has started rolling out in select regions starting with Asia. The headlining V20 phone boasts an advanced selfie camera, a sleek design, and comes with Android 11 out of the box.

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Vivo has built a color-changing phone prototype using electrochromic glass

Vivo has built a color-changing phone prototype using electrochromic glass

Have you ever looked at a chameleon and thought, "Why can't my smartphone do that?" Vivo apparently has, and is working on a smartphone prototype that can change color using electrochromic glass. This is the same special material OnePlus recently used to hide a smartphone camera. But while OnePlus only covered the camera module in this fancy glass, Vivo has made the entire back panel out of the stuff, showing it off on video earlier this week.

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The Pixel 5 might have a lower-end chipset, but we're not worried, and here's why

The Pixel 5 might have a lower-end chipset, but we're not worried, and here's why

Of the available evidence, everything points to a Snapdragon 765G powering the anticipated Pixel 5, and that's caused a lot of spec-gazers to cast a doubtful eye on Google's upcoming phone. Prior to the Pixel 5, every Pixel phone used the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset, the most powerful SoCs available on the open market. With the 765G, though, we don't necessarily think Google's made a bad move—we've been using phones with the new high-end-of-the-mid-range Qualcomm chip—like the OnePlus Nord—and we're impressed. And we think there's really no reason the Pixel 5 really needs to full-fat 865 as a result.

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