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Huawei reveals its next unmissable smartphone launch, but Android fans should steer clear

Huawei has a must-see new launch planned for later this month, with the Chinese firm confirming plans to unveil its new Mate 40 on October 22. The technology giant revealed the online launch date via its official Twitter page with a post that simply said, “Unprecedented Power is coming. Don’t miss the announcement on 22.10.20.”

The Mate series has long been Huawei’s most power-packed smartphones and it’s clear that the Mate 40 could take performance to a whole new level. Rumours about the Mate 40 remain pretty thin on the ground, but we’re expecting a device with the usual palm-stretching edge-to-edge screen, quad rear camera system, and access to the latest 5G speeds.

If Huawei follows in the footsteps of the Mate 30 and P40 series, the new Mate 40 will be a solid piece of hardware, but sadly, Android fans will probably want to give it a very wide

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6 new Android 11 features you can use today

As Android 11 continues to roll out to handsets around the world, users of Google’s mobile operating system are getting a ton of new features that could completely change the way they use their phones . Apple’s iOS has offered some of them for years, but other new tricks put Google ahead of the iPhone .



a close up of a device: Android 11 introduces a handful of features that either catch up to the iPhone or blow past it. Jason Cipriani/CNET


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Android 11 introduces a handful of features that either catch up to the iPhone or blow past it. Jason Cipriani/CNET

From connecting third-party apps and voice-controlled Google Assistant in deeper, more useful ways, to new communication tools designed to make conversations easier, Android 11 brings a lot of important changes just as Apple prepares for the launch of the rumored iPhone 12 with updated iOS 14 on Oct. 13.



a close up of a piece of paper: Android 11 introduces a handful of features that either catch up to the iPhone or blow past it.


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Android 11 introduces a handful of features that either catch up to the iPhone or blow past it.

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Verizon adds 8-inch TCL Tab to its Android tablet lineup

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TCL Tab 8

You might recognize the TCL brand from its value-priced Roku TVs sold through Amazon, Best Buy and the like, but it’s been a player in the mobile space through its manufacturing of phones for the likes of Alcatel and BlackBerry. In 2020, the Chinese company has moved to release Android phones under its own moniker, which have been well-reviewed by ZDNet’s own reviewers (here and here). Next up: launching into the tablet market through a partnership with Verizon.

Whereas it’s selling its TCL 10 Pro and 10L smartphones unlocked in the U.S., it’s taking a different approach with its Tab 8 tablet by hooking up with a wireless carrier. At $199.99, or $8.33 per month for 24 months, the 8-inch slate is Verizon’s cheapest tablet offering, about three dollars per month cheaper than an 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Though the Galaxy Tab has a slightly bigger screen

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Can This New Android Threat Brick Your Phone When You Answer A Call?

Microsoft recently published a security blog that warned about a sophisticated new ransomware variant. Not, as you might expect, ransomware that impacts users of the Windows operating system, though. Nope, instead, this was a warning for Android users.

The discovery of a context-aware machine learning code module in the MalLocker.B certainly deserves the sophisticated tag. However, that module has yet to be activated, and more of that in a moment. What has grabbed the attention of Android users who have read the various reports online, it would seem, is the fact that MalLocker.B can effectively brick phones only with a press of the home button when answering a call. But how true is that, and how worried should Android smartphone users actually be?

First things first, this is a fascinating and highly detailed bit of technical

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Microsoft alerts Android users of new ransomware that could render smartphone useless

Microsoft is responsible for locating and dealing with potentially dangerous malwares on their own Windows operating system. However, the tech company claims that they try to use their expertise to provide benefits to operating systems beyond their own. According to the company’s cybersecurity blog, Android users should be aware of the new and evolving malwares that target the operating system.

In their official blog, the company stated that they have found a piece of a particularly sophisticated Android ransomware with novel techniques and behavior, exemplifying the rapid evolution of mobile threats that have also been observed on other platforms.

Microsoft claims that this new mobile ransomware was detected by Microsoft Defender for Endpoint as AndroidOS/MalLocker.B. This new malware is the latest variant of a ransomware family that’s been in the wild for a while but has been evolving non-stop, according to the blog.

The ransomware, according to Microsoft, masks itself

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Google Assistant Now Works With Android Apps

Google announced that now it’s possible to use Google Assistant with third-party apps on Android phones. So, Android users will be able to search and control their third-party apps when they ask it to Google Assistant. Google is rolling out the ability to search apps, use voice commands for popular tasks like sending text messages, ask for the news on Twitter, or browsing your shopping cart. For example, you can now say, “Hey Google, search cozy blankets on Etsy” and get right to what you’re looking for. Or if you’re looking for something (or someone) specific within an app, just say, “Hey Google, open Selena Gomez on Snapchat.” 

Previously, Google Assistant’s third-party support was largely limited to some custom actions, mostly apps that run within Assistant. With the new functionality, Google Assistant will work directly with apps that you have installed on your phone. Now, these kinds of voice commands

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Android users urged to delete 240 apps that can bombard your smartphone with ads

From Huawei to Samsung, Android smartphones are some of the most popular handheld devices around the world.

But if you use an Android device, you may want to reassess which apps you have installed.

Experts from the White Ops Satori Threat Intelligence and Research Team have warned about 240 dangerous apps that can bombard your smartphone with fraudulent ads (scroll down for the full list).

In a blog about the findings, the researchers said: “These apps make it appear that ads are actually coming from popular applications and social media platforms including Youtube and Chrome.”

During the investigation, dubbed ‘RAINBOWMIX’, the researchers discovered that the apps had been downloaded a whopping 14 million times.

Man shocked at phone

They explained: “At first glance, RAINBOWMIX apps seem to work as advertised, although their quality likely leaves users wanting.

“They are often nothing more

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Save $40 On The Unlocked TCL 10L Android Smartphone

Amazon has the TCL 10L Android smartphone on sale right now for only $209.99. That’s $40 off of its regular price. The TCL 10L was already a pretty cheap smartphone, but now it is even cheaper.

This is an unlocked smartphone, and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, it does not work on Verizon’s voice network. But it does work with its LTE network. There is also no support for 5G, which is going to be no issue for most people, since 5G is pretty difficult to find anyways.

6.53” FHD+ Dotch LCD display, powered by NXTVISION, will upgrade your visual experience with the sharper details, vibrant images and allow you to enjoy true-to-life color accuracy in everything you present.

Quad rear cameras with dual LED flash: 48MP (high-res) + 8MP (118° super wide-angle) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth). 16MP front-facing selfie camera.

Up to 64GB of internal

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Google Introduces Sound Notifications For Android, New Live Transcribe Timeline View

Google on Thursday announced a new Android accessibility feature called Sound Notifications. In a blog post co-written by artificial intelligence product manager Sagar Savla and accessibility product manager Sharlene Yuan, the company said Sound Notifications is designed to alert users with hearing loss when various sounds occur, such as when a kitchen appliance beeps or water runs. Google cited a World Health Organization statistic that some 466 million people worldwide, 34 million of which are children, have “disabling hearing loss.”

Sound Notifications are meant to “make important and critical household sounds more accessible with push notifications, a flash from your camera light, or vibrations” on Android and Wear OS devices, according to Google. They also note the feature has relevance beyond hearing loss; it can be beneficial to those who are temporarily disabled due to injury, or even simply wearing earplugs or headphones.

Google says Sound Notifications was

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Ulefone Armor 9: The best Android 10 smartphone for engineers and outdoor workers

I’ve been using the new Ulefone Armor 9 Android 10 smartphone for a few weeks, and the more I use it, the more I like it.

And the accessories make it even better.

OK, so on the outside, the Armor 9 is a highly ruggedized smartphone that’s built from the ground up to take a battering, meeting a whole array of standards, including IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810G, which means that it’s happy immersed in water at depths down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, exposure to high-pressure water jets and steam cleaning, drops from 1.2 meter heights, resists dust, shrugs off acids, and low pressures.

It’s tough.

The 6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 FHD+ 410 PPI LCD multi-touch display with IPS technology is nice and big, and can be operated by gloves. The MediaTek Helios P90 octa-core processor is fast and keeps everything moving along nicely, and the 8GB LPDDR4x dual-channel

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