In 2019, the most talked-about feature of any new smartphones is not the camera, processor, modem, or software. It is the shape and size of the area reserved for the sensors and cameras on the front - and it is time to just stop it.
Notches, punch holes, screen cutouts - whatever the hell you want to call them - are part of phones for the time being. They’re part of phones because the companies making the phones are desperate to find ways to excite us with new visual elements that keep our historically low attention spans long enough to sell us thousand dollar glass and aluminum bricks. Read More
It turns out that public transportation is useful not just to get from A to B, but also for spotting unreleased devices. A photo of an alleged Galaxy S10 with a hole-punch display was posted on r/Samsung several hours ago, with a claimed Samsung employee joining the comments section with some more information and even an impromptu AMA. Read More
The notch on the Pixel 3 XL is probably one of the most derided smartphone features in history, or, judging by our comments section, the worst thing to ever happen in the history of the universe. A wonderfully apt bug experienced by a small number of users manifests itself as an additional notch on the right side of the display, and it could hardly be funnier. Read More
It's not so much that we like them, but in late 2018, we're getting used to notches on the whole. The Pixel 3 XL's bizarrely tall cutout, though, is particularly irksome. You can toggle it off in the phone's developer options, but doing so means the screen space on either side goes unused. Nacho Notch can black out the area on either side of the notch while still letting it show status bar icons. Read More
Google has now officially hopped on the notch train with the Pixel 3 XL. Not only does it have it, it's a big notch. Google points out that the Pixel 3 XL still has a notch toggle in the developer options, but its way of hiding it is a bit different than other notch-hiding phones. Read More
Official images of Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro have leaked with German website WinFuture publishing the pics and full details for the device. While this is our first look at Huawei's new flagship, we've already had a sneak peek at its smaller sibling, the regular Mate 20, as well as the upcoming Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro wireless earbuds which we expect Huawei to release with its new phones. Read More
Smartphones have been around for over a decade now. In fact, the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, debuted 10 years ago today. It's not surprising that the category has seen some pretty horrible trends in that amount of time. We've compiled seven of the worst ones we could think of in this post, a couple of which are (unfortunately) still ongoing. Read More
Chrome 69 reached beta status a month ago, with features like display cutout support and a new download manager. Google announced yesterday that the update would also include the long-awaited Material redesign, along with a customizable New Tab Page, improved address bar, and other changes.
This might be the largest Chrome update ever, so strap yourself in. Read More
The Pixel 3 XL has been leaking left and right, and to put it lightly, people have not been happy with its massive notch. We're finally getting to see the smaller Pixel 3 for the first time, and it looks like this may be the Pixel to get this year for many of you. Read More
We've seen our mobile devices evolve from novelties to ubiquitous, do-it-all pocket supercomputers in just a few decades. Lately, though, there's been a sense of fatigue about the progression of mobile technology: the breakneck pace of big-ticket advancements has slowed, and even devices which we can't find fault with just seem kind of meh. Smartphones have matured, and the days of the next big thing actually being something big are largely behind us, but that doesn't mean improvements have stopped altogether. Here are a few of the noteworthy innovations and trends we've seen over the past 12 months. Read More