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Google Play Services for AR now supports the Galaxy Z Flip, LG V60, and more phones

Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore, is the engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets. Since the last time we covered the library, 22 more devices have been added to the roster.

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Vivo's APEX 2020 concept phone has a built-in gimbal camera and supports 60W wireless charging

Vivo has built a habit of announcing concepts with the most outlandish hardware that it wants to add to its regular lineup in the future. Its 2018 phone was one of the first in the industry to have a pop-up front lens and virtually no screen bezels while the 2019 release fully did away with regular ports and a selfie camera to eliminate points of failure and maximize the screen size even further. The Vivo APEX 2020 continues this trend, but it has received a front camera again in the form of an in-display solution and has stepped up the wireless charging game to 60W.

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The Vivo IQOO 3 is a cut-price flagship with a Snapdragon 865 and 55W charging

Vivo sub-brand IQOO has just announced its latest phone in India and it's got a relatively impressive set of specs. Among the headline features are pressure-sensitive "Monster Touch" shoulder buttons and 4D vibration engine intended to woo gamers as well as 55W fast charging.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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Huawei teaming up with Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo to pull in apps for their own alternate Play Stores (Update: Statement)

Huawei's access to Google's Play Store and its whole world of apps was cut off last year as a result of tensions with the US government. It was rumored that the company was looking for a new app store to call home, and now Reuters is reporting that Huawei is teaming up with Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo in a collaboration to make it easier for third-party developers to submit apps to all of the companies' individual app stores, in an effort called the "Global Developer Service Alliance."

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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo collaborate on unified file sharing solution (Update: Now available on select phones)

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have announced that they're joining forces to create a new file transfer solution that will work seamlessly across devices made by each of them. The peer-to-peer protocol will be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20MB/s, likely using Bluetooth for pairing and then WiFi for transfer.

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Vivo NEX 3 5G revealed with 'waterfall' screen and buttonless design

Vivo's new NEX 3 series is now official. While it doesn't come with the crazy 120W charging previously expected, it does go for a buttonless design and "waterfall" curved display with no notch or bezel. What we presume to be the flagship of the series also gets 5G support.

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The Vivo Nex 3 5G will feature 120W charging, a 64MP camera, and that crazy waterfall display

It's not officially been announced yet, but the Vivo Nex 3 5G has already been unboxed and tested out by British YouTuber Arun Maini, better known as Mrwhosetheboss. It's going to be one of the most impressive smartphones available in terms of raw specs, headlined by 120W charging, a 64MP main camera, and a waterfall display similar to that which Oppo recently showed off.

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Leak claims new phone from Vivo will have 'over 100%' screen-to-body ratio

Chinese manufacturer Vivo likes to put out a concept product every so often to push its vision of what a top-of-the-line smartphone should be. Of course, there are costly operational limitations in place as to why its APEX and NEX series aren't being mass-produced, but at least with these little boasts, we get a peek into what our mobile computing future might be. One such future has apparently been leaked out and it tells of a device with screen-to-body ratio of "over 100%" — but don't get too excited about that claim.

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Vivo demos 120W charging ahead of 5G phone launch

It's still quite difficult to cram lots of power at once into phones without an excessive risk of disaster. Many manufacturers making wall adapters, power controller chips, cables, and smartphones find that 18 watts is just fine, at least for now — beefier, more capable components should be coming to market soon. But in China, it's been one-upping after one-upping in the race to bring faster charging speeds to mobile devices, if only in demonstrations. For example, Xiaomi recently called out its 100W technology. In turn, vivo has run up the field with a new video showing off how fast 120 watts can charge a phone.

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