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[Update: OnePlus 7 phones] ARCore support comes to Pixel 3a, LG G8 and V50, plus a bunch of Apple devices

Every few weeks, Google updates its ARCore support list with new devices. This time around, Google's added the two new LG flagship phones — the G8 and the V50 — as well as four iPad models and the iPhone XR.

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25 things Apple announced for iOS 13 that we want on Android

Every year, just like Google conducts its I/O press conference to introduce developers to the new Android version and announce all the upcoming features and APIs it will bring, Apple does the same. Its WWDC event took place this past Monday and, as any mobile enthusiast, we tuned in to see what the company has in store for its operating systems. While the dominating rhetoric over many years has been Apple's uncanny ability to announce an Android feature that has existed for years as innovative and ground-breaking, things have changed recently. 2019 was one of the most interesting thanks to plenty of both small and big additions to iOS 13 that leave us a little doe-eyed and jealous.

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Apple sold out kids' privacy yesterday under the guise of 'screen time' apps

I am far from an Apple "hater" - I applaud a great many of the company's decisions around its products and the more fully-baked state in which it tends to execute them (except keyboards, apparently). But yesterday during the onslaught of WWDC announcements, Apple quietly put the lid back on a boiling pot of a controversy, and it has seriously soured the company's messaging for me on respecting privacy.

Last year, after Apple introduced built-in screen time parental controls into iOS, it began to slowly cull similar - but not functionally the same - apps from the App Store. It did so under what, to me, is a perfectly fair piece of reasoning: these apps were all using VPNs or iOS's MDM (an enterprise device management system) explicitly for the purpose of monitoring a person's activity on their iOS device.

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iOS 13 background tasks API could fix Google Photos Sync issues

We don't live under a rock here at Android Police, so of course, we were following Apple's WWDC conference yesterday. The company announced a whole slew of intriguing stuff, including the iOS (and iPadOS 13) beta — the latest iteration of Android's competition. In it, there's an interesting addition: a new background tasks API that could allow apps like Google Photos to finally, finally, finally reliably sync without using a foreground activity.

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Apple will reportedly announce end of iTunes at WWDC 2019

iTunes has been a staple of Apple's device strategy for nearly two decades. Even after the iPod lineup faded into obscurity, it's still used as a way to backup and restore data locally from iOS devices a point of envy for many Android users. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple could replace iTunes entirely at this week's WWDC event.

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Supreme Court rules consumers can sue Apple for App Store monopoly

One of the main appeals of Android for many enthusiasts (or anyone looking to install emulators) is that you can easily sideload applications not available from the Play Store. Things are very different over in the Apple world, but that could change soon, as the United States Supreme Court has ruled that consumers can sue Apple for its App Store monopoly.

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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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Magisk developer John Wu picks up internship at Apple

Among Android root and ROM enthusiasts, the name John Wu is well known, being attached to the developer responsible for Magisk. Wu's systemless root solution has had a blistering development pace, repeatedly beating Google when it comes to the cat and mouse game imposed by SafetyNet and other system changes. But today the 23-year-old developer has announced a surprising career move: He's going to be an intern at Apple for the next four months.

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Intel gives up on 5G modems because Qualcomm ate its Apple pie

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent and royalty disputes, paving the way for the latter's 5G modems to be installed on the former's smartphones in the year 2020 and beyond. Intel, which staked its hopes on swooping up a meaty iPhone modem contract, has folded upon itself, announcing that it is ending development of its 5G modems for smartphones.

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Qualcomm and Apple settle years-long lawsuit with licensing agreement the day after trial begins

After years of dancing around one another, the monumental legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm final came to a head on Monday as the trial itself began. The culmination of over three years of planning and potentially billions of dollars of damages, this courtroom showdown was set to be the drama of the year, but before it's even really started, it's already over. Apple and Qualcomm have reached a settlement, dropping all ongoing litigation.

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