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App usage went up 40% during the pandemic, according to report from App Annie

App usage went up 40% during the pandemic, according to report from App Annie

According to a recent report from App Annie, app use is up an incredible 40% year-over-year in Q2, driven in no doubt due to the ongoing pandemic. Between needing more apps for better work-from-home workflows and boredom from simply being stuck at home, the time we're spending using apps reached an all-time high of 200 billion hours during April, making last quarter the biggest yet for both app use, downloads, and consumer spending.

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Google reportedly wants to turn the Pay app into a shopping portal

Google reportedly wants to turn the Pay app into a shopping portal

Google Pay is the primary method of contactless payments on Android devices, but Google might have greater ambitions for the app than just storing all your credit cards. A new report from The Information claims the app could become a shopping portal, if retailers and delivery companies sign on.

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Report: Amazon's working on a Stadia competitor, but it might be delayed due to coronavirus

Report: Amazon's working on a Stadia competitor, but it might be delayed due to coronavirus

The New York Times reports that Amazon will follow in Stadia's footsteps with its own cloud gaming service, currently code-named Project Tempo. Details are sparse, but Amazon's general plans were confirmed just earlier today, with the service expected to launch this year — though coronavirus could push it back.

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Galaxy Fold redesign reportedly complete, release date still not set

Galaxy Fold redesign reportedly complete, release date still not set

According to a report published yesterday by Bloomberg, Samsung's redesign of the Galaxy Fold has been completed. This follows a recent interview with Samsung CEO DJ Koh, in which he asked for "a bit more time." No release date is set, but according to Bloomberg, it may arrive by the upcoming holiday season.

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Xiaomi doubled international revenue in 2018

Xiaomi doubled international revenue in 2018

Most smartphone OEMs have been predicting that the market is set to slow down a bit in 2019, but based on last year's numbers, Xiaomi may end up being an exception. The company saw an astounding 118.1% increase in international revenue, with total revenue increases of 52.6%. That works out to 174.9 billion yuan in revenue, or around 26 billion dollars. When all was said and done, the company made around two billion dollars in gross profit last year.

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Crap store plans crap tablet

Crap store plans crap tablet

Bloomberg is reporting that Walmart is "moving into iPad territory," in its plans to make a children's tablet. This clearly low-end device from a retailer known for its cheapness somehow constitutes — and I feel the need to quote Bloomberg again here — an "iPad rival."

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Report: Google's 2019 hardware plans include Pixel 'Lite,' Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Report: Google's 2019 hardware plans include Pixel 'Lite,' Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Google's first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report. Based on the details, we might see new product lines as well as refreshes of existing ones. In addition to the already knownupcomingcheaper Pixel "Lite," Nikkei is reporting that Google plans to release its own wearables (plural), a Google Home refresh, and security cameras this year.

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Report: Google says no Pixel watch coming this year

Report: Google says no Pixel watch coming this year

Earlier this year, it was rumored that Google was planning on releasing up to three variants of an upcoming Pixel watch. Details at the time even included three separate codenames and chipset specifications. According to an exclusive report published earlier today by Tom's Guide, that may not be the case anymore.

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Google reportedly in talks with Tencent and other companies to bring Cloud to China

Google reportedly in talks with Tencent and other companies to bring Cloud to China

Rumors of Google's attempted return to China have been around for years, but things really started getting going within the past few days. To be specific, there have been reports that Google is working on censored versions of its Search and News apps. We're now hearing that Google is in talks with Tencent, Inspur, and some other Chinese companies to introduce its Cloud service to the Chinese market.

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HTC denies claims that it will stop selling phones in India

HTC denies claims that it will stop selling phones in India

HTC has not been doing well lately, to say the least. The company is currently laying off 1,500 employees, and its June sales were down 68% from last year. Now there are reports that HTC is exiting the Indian market, which the company is denying.

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