Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review, TCL 20-series, plus new Qualcomm and MediaTek chips with Richard Lai of Engadget and Brad Molen of TCL
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Welcome to episode 200 (!) of the Mobile Tech Podcast with guests Richard Lai (Engadget) and Brad Molen (TCL) -- brought to you by Audible. In this week's (reunion) show we discuss TCL's 20 series and its phone strategy, and review Samsung's Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra. We then cover Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 plus MediaTek's Dimensity 1200 and 1100 5G SoCs, and speculate on rumors and leaks from LG and ASUS. Good times...

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Alphabet Scoop | 9to5Google
Alphabet Scoop | 9to5Google
9to5Mac
Previewing Android 12
This week 9to5Google's Abner Li and Kyle Bradshaw discuss the leaked Android 12 mockups, what new features are possibly coming, App Pairs, return of "Columbus", and more. Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and through our dedicated RSS feed. New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they're available. Hosts * Abner Li * Ben Schoon * Kyle Bradshaw Links * Android 12 design mockup leak reveals radical visual overhaul, first features [Gallery] * Android 12 working on in-depth theming system that can even recolor apps * Android 12 set to revamp split screen with ‘App Pairs’ * Android 12 should mark return of ‘Columbus’ double tap gesture for Pixels * Google updates Android Beta Feedback app ahead of Android 12 Developer Preview Feedback? Drop us a line at gtips@9to5g.com. You can also rate us in Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or recommend us in Pocket Casts to help more people discover the show. Transcription Kyle [00:00:02] Hello everybody, and welcome to Alphabet Scoop Episode one hundred and twelve the 12th, they're being surprisingly appropriate as you'll learn more in a minute. And I'm joined here with Avner this week. Then Ben will not be joining us as he is a bit under the weather, but feeling better? I haven't watched you jump on into what we can't count on with Android 12. Leaked Android 12 mockups Abner [00:00:27] So, yes, on Tuesday, we had a rather unprecedented week of what looks to be Android 12. So before the start of any developer preview, Google shares, of course, they share this stuff with their partners. And apparently one of the documents that highlights the high level changes in Android 12 was Thelo a screenshot and made public. And this gave us what by all by all accounts, is what Android is going to look like. So starting on this, the. Bold screenshot of a new home screen that for the most part, it looks like the pixel launcher on Android, you happened today, but there it is a stark difference in that it is themed. The wallpaper is theming the rest of the system. And one of the reasons we think this week is very much authentic is because just last month we had a our own reporting about such a feature, which Kyle is going to dove into. Kyle [00:01:56] Right. Android 12 in-depth theming system Kyle [00:01:56] So we found that Android 12 is going to expand the work that's got started with Android 10, where Android introduced the idea of light theme and dark theme. Android 12 seems to be adding this much deeper, far more colorful theming system where you can choose one of a few preset colors. So don't go thinking you can choose one of a million different colors. It's you got presets, but if you can choose one of a few preset colors or have it be chosen for you based on your wallpaper, and the majority of Android is going to recolor itself to that theme, to the point that even even third party apps, if they so choose, can use that theme. Which is really bold and interesting and it. Kyle [00:02:58] It's the. Kyle [00:03:00] The cornerstone, really, of all of these screenshots is these leaked mockups is this this color system, it's unavoidable even in the camera app. Abner [00:03:11] So one of the examples of that extending into third party applications is in this mock up. Anyway, we see the dock with full apps, the phone app, the clock app and the camera, everything but the Web browser. It matches the wallpaper. And that the background is is the same color that matches these mountains and hills that's in the wallpaper. And everything is just themed around that in a way that you wouldn't associate with Google's usual app icon design. So it's it's it really personalized your phone ad in the way that is really, really in the past a quiet a you install a third party launcher and then get act and then downvote icon packs. But Google is giving its own clock, its own interpretation at. Pretty intensive customization from a rather minimal for a rather minimal amount of work, which in this case appears to just be choosing the wallpaper. I wonder if Google is going to let people how how much theming, what is they basically going to be a giant switch that lets you turn off this theming and use the experience, the like the default theme on and what you have. And I wonder. Kyle [00:04:53] Or if that default theme is just going to be white or black, as it were, or essentially the light or the dark is the default. More after these themes are even going to have their own, like, is there a dark sand variant? Abner [00:05:11] Yeah, that it really does conflict with the idea. Well, if Google puts in the work, I'm sure they could do a light and dark theme. I think that would be necessary because as much customization as there is in there appears to be, I think some people always want to adopt them. So that might be a prerequisite to all of these themes. So, yeah, these these this screenshot, I think it's somewhat notable that we also there's a I we see a black dot and all these screen shots in the middle of the screen suggests suggesting where the front facing camera is at the top. So I don't know if that's the direction that the pixel phones taking to see it because there is always some close alignment. I wouldn't read too much into it, but maybe it's a hint at where Hadaway is going, but just a thought. So yeah, this design, would you use it. Would you go all out and customize? Kyle [00:06:24] And pick the perfect wallpaper to get the perfect theme, if they if if there's a nice dark blue or something along those lines. Yeah, I would probably would probably do it. Something that's not just black. Yeah. Yeah. I think it would look pretty good. Now to sand. Send Miss me with that. What color would you pick. Abner [00:06:48] Oh I'll just stick with the thought that you of the usual doc dark palette and black accent color which was why I was asking. Oh yeah. It's, it's familiar but I don't know maybe I'll try a crack at it. It's, I don't know. It all depends on. Abner [00:07:06] I guess the preset wallpapers are going to be really important if this works out, because presumably they'll be perfectly themed to what to do the default color packs you were mentioning at the top. But, yeah, it's I think people are going to love this, that there's no doubt that people would enjoy this deeper level of customization, how it works, how it conflicts with third party OEMs, particularly Samsung. Abner [00:07:41] That's the question that deserves. That's going to be interesting to see what latitude Google gives the OEM partners. Kyle [00:07:51] I mean, it could just be a matter of, OK, they ship a light and they ship a dark and those probably come by default in Android and it just ships and it just works with light and dark and nothing else happens. It seems like a very optional feature, but as long as there is a light and a dark, then the third party apps don't break because they're still matching something. Notification shade gets design changes Abner [00:08:17] So, yeah, so that's the homescreen we get a look at. The second thing is the notification shape. As you swipe down the screen, we see Google blowing the background so that you can't really see the home screen what you can today. Abner [00:08:38] But what's more, viatical. Abner [00:08:42] Yeah, or a stark departure from and what you have is discovered this, Kyle. It's it's everything is a very curvy. Kyle [00:08:52] It's Samsung like almost. It's passed with just rounded corners. It's it's very circular. I, I'm surprised to see it the way that it is it. It's nice, it kind of reminds me of a Google assistant snapshot, but even that isn't that curved. It's still that's modest by comparison to the cur…
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Phones Show Chat
Phones Show Chat
Steve Litchfield
Phones Show Chat episode 626 ("Ian Furlong, Windows Mobile to Samsung's stylus-packing Android",21/02/2021)
Phones Show Chat is helped out by Noreve - luxury leather tough cases for your smartphone - look out for promos and codes on their front page! *Phones Show Chat 626 - Show Notes* Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon with Ian Furlong *MeWe Groups Join Links* PSC - PSC Photos - PSC Classifieds - Steve - Ted *Feedback* Richard Yates on f(x)tec Pro1-X Changes Microsoft Surface Duo has arrived in the UK AoD for iPhone 13 More on Android 12 - More Screenshots Sethu Pillai on the Charms of Sony Xperia Give us a Doze Switch, Google! *Device Week* Pixel 5 - Pixel 3 - Pixel 4a 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Realme X50 G vs Realme X50 Pro 5G Sony Xperia 5 II - Sony Xperia 5 v 5 II Specs f(x)tec Pro1 - Lineage 17.1 iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera Comparison *Live Draw* We make a draw for smartphone accessories each weekend. Do get involved before the next draw by joining the Virtual Pint of Beer a Month Club - It could be you! This week’s winner is *Tony Butler!* stevelitchfield.com/paypal.htm & tinyurl.com/pspromo *The Phones Show* Tune into Steve’s YouTube Channel to watch Phones Show 414 (iPhone 12 Pro ‘ProRAW’ and Recalling the Lumia 1020) and 415 (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Redmi Note 9T) *Photo of the Week *Billingham by John Husband using a Samsung Galaxy Note9 *Thanks Links *Amazon Steve - Amazon Ted - PayPal Me Ted *Links of Interest* PodHubUK - Twitter - MeWe PSC Group - PSC Photos - FlickR - PSC Classifieds - WhateverWorks - Better Before - Camera Creations - TechAddictsUK - The TechBox - Chewing Gum for the Ears - Projector Room - PixelSwim - Gavin's Gadgets - Ted's Salmagundi - Steve's Rants'n'Raves
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The Chrome Cast
The Chrome Cast
Chrome Unboxed
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is upon us
This week on The Chrome Cast, we're celebrating 100 episodes with a little giveaway.  You can find details below on how to get entered beneatht he embed where we're  talking quite a bit about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, the reservations, the pre-orders, the release dates, and the expectations that come along with this unreleased Chromebook.  With a March 1st launch date now set, we're ready to finally find out if Samsung's choices to pull things back from the bombastic Galaxy Chromebook are worth it. In the second half of the podcast, we spend some time talking about the upcoming ARM-powered Chromebooks like 'Coachz' with its Snapdragon 7c chipset and what MediaTek's new MT8192 and MT8195 processors could be like in real world use.  With the MT8195 finally starting Chromebook development in the past few weeks, we know these ARM-powered Chroembooks are closer than they've ever been. NOTABLE LINKS * Why Lenovo's attractive P11 Pro tablet could be similar to what 'Coachz' will become * The upgraded Lenovo Flex 5 is putting serious pressure on Samsung's new Galaxy Chromebook 2 * Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 gets unboxed…by Samsung [VIDEO] * Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet 'Coachz' shows fast scores in Geekbench results * Right on queue, a new mid-range MediaTek ARM Chromebook starts development * Check out these deals on the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 w/8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and accessories * New flagship MediaTek Chromebooks enter development * Samsung announces Galaxy Chromebook 2 availability and pre-order dates * Why Lenovo's attractive P11 Pro tablet could be similar to what 'Coachz' will become ------- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chromeunboxed/support
1 hr 12 min
Windows Central Podcast
Windows Central Podcast
Windows Central
Everything Comes Back to the Duo
There's so much news this week, including Microsoft's announcement of Windows 10 21H1, a fresh Dev Channel build, updates to Edge, and an inking app called Journal. Dan and Zac also cover the $99 Xbox Wireless Headset, Duo updates, and a pair of laptop reviews! Links: * Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H1 with security and quality improvements | Windows Central * Microsoft will finally solve this annoying issue with the Windows 10 clipboard | Windows Central * Microsoft reimagines Journal, an inking app that's 20 years in the making | Windows Central * Microsoft Edge has a new way of dealing with notification requests | Windows Central * Microsoft Edge's Add-ons page now has third-party themes | Windows Central * Microsoft Edge Canary has a new Office Viewer for quickly viewing files | Windows Central * Microsoft starts testing Kids Mode for Microsoft Edge | Windows Central * Microsoft is releasing an official Xbox Wireless Headset for $99, now available for preorder | Windows Central * Windows reportedly lost almost 5% market share in 2020 according to IDC | Windows Central * Microsoft Surface Duo picks up February Android security update | Windows Central * Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 33 review: The most badass 2-in-1 PC gets a welcomed refresh for 2021 | Windows Central * VAIO Z review: An insanely expensive blend of ultra-light meeting ultra-powerful | Windows Central Sponsors: * IPVanish Online security made easy. Help secure your private information like your location data, personal identity, and browsing history when you use the internet on any computer or mobile device. IPVanish is offering an incredible 65% off – just $3.49 for the first month or $27.99 for the year. Go to IPVANISH.com/windowscentral
1 hr 50 min
Android Central Podcast
Android Central Podcast
Android Central
Anonymous from Itself
Joe, Jerry, Ara, and Daniel discuss the last bits of Android 12 rumors, leaks, and speculation just prior to the official announcement. Pretty much everything they say holds true to the legit info, so we hope you enjoy the conversation. They also chat about Nothing scraping up the remainders of Essential. Plus, there's news regarding Xiaomi, LastPass, Sonos, and more. Links: * Android 12 | Android Central * Carl Pei's Nothing now owns Andy Rubin's Essential | Android Central * 3 things we want to see from Nothing's purchase of Essential | Android Central * The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra camera display is the latest example of a spec masquerading as a feature | Android Central * LastPass free plan will become a lot more restrictive in March | Android Central * Chromecast with Google TV review, 4 months later: A love-hate relationship | Android Central * Chromecast with Google TV update brings improved support for 4K60 | Android Central * Google TV will finally introduce the option to create a 'Kids Profile' | Android Central * Another Chromecast with Google TV bug is causing issues with speaker groups | Android Central * Samsung Galaxy A72 leak reveals an affordable mid-ranger with a 90Hz display | Android Central * How to turn off ads on your Samsung Phone | Android Central * Sonos is announcing its latest product next month — here's what to expect | Android Central * Amazon.com: COSORI Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set, Electric 24Watt Beverage Cup Warmer for Desk Home Office Use, 304 Stainless Steel 17oz Mug lid, Touch Tech & LED Backlit Display, Ideal for Gift, Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa: Kitchen & Dining
1 hr 49 min
All About Android (Audio)
All About Android (Audio)
TWiT
AAA 513: Unlocking Android 12 Secrets - Developer Preview is out! Pixel 5a is... familiar, Samsung updates
* Android 12 "Snow Cone": Everything we know so far about Google's next big update, with Developer Preview 1 changes! * This may be our first look at Android 12's new lock screen and notifications UI. * Android 12 brings UI optimizations for easier one-handed use. * Google prepares to add Pixel-exclusive lock screen clocks in Android 12. * Android 12's audio-coupled haptic effect is even cooler than it sounds. * Android 12 may use machine learning to fix the Back Gesture Problem. * Android 12 finally adds scrolling screenshots natively. * The first Android 12 preview for Android TVs brings an all-new Google TV experience. * Samsung now offers four years of security updates to Galaxy phones and tablets. * Samsung's next watch is reportedly ditching Tizen for Android * Hardware failures may be to blame for the increase in reports of Pixel camera issues. * Exclusive first look at the Google Pixel 5a. * Google Pixel foldable will reportedly use a display from Samsung. * Google is bringing games to Android Auto, and no, it's not Stadia. * Google's Nearby Share now lets you share Android apps with friends. * Introducing SwirlWalls - A next-gen, fun-filled, customizable animated wallpaper experience. * Google Home and Nest Hub ecosystem is getting overly complicated! Read our show notes here: http://bit.ly/3sn7Ntn Hosts: Jason Howell, Florence Ion, and Ron Richards Guest: Mishaal Rahman Subscribe to All About Android at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android. Sponsor: * udacity.com/twit coupon code TWiT
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