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This week in Android: Qualcomm's high and HUAWEI's low

Qualcomm had a great week with its Snapdragon 855 processor release. HUAWEI, not so much, with its CTO under arrest.

Published onDecember 9, 2018

Qualcomm invited techies to its annual flagship SoC announcement in Hawaii. There we learned about the Snapdragon 855, which brings a ton of improvements over its predecessor. We got improved performance and GPU, a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and improved image processing. There’s a lot going on here.

Meanwhile in a shocking display of impoliteness (very non-Canadian), Vancouver police arrested HUAWEI’s chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng. She is being held, pending extradition to the United States, to face charges of attempting to circumvent U.S. trade embargoes to Iran. Not good for anyone.

Also, we’ve published reviews of new devices, plus renders of cool new devices coming soon, and we learned that Google is retiring two of its seven messenger apps

Here are your top stories for the week

2:50 – Top 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 features you should know

Qualcomm introduced us to the Snapdragon 855, which brings a ton of improvements over last year’s flagship processor.

Qualcomm announces the world’s first 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor

Additionally, Qualcomm announced plans to develop a fingerprint sensor that will work much better than current in-screen versions that exist today.

12:45 – HUAWEI CFO arrested in Canada for reportedly violating US sanctions against Iran

The United States vs. HUAWEI feud hit a new level today as HUAWEI’s CFO was arrested in Canada, pending extradition to New York.

The vivo Nex 2.

Vivo’s dual-screened phone brings a bezel-less screen to the front and a smaller screen along with three cameras on the back. It looks gorgeous!

34:00 – iOS notifications have been improved, but Android’s are still better

We break down a very specific part of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems. Apple still has a ways to go.

Say goodbye to a great chat system, developed by Google, that never got the respect it deserved.

40:30 – Google Allo is shutting down in March 2019

Say goodbye to a mediocre chat system, developed by Google, that got more respect than it deserved.

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Here’s what’s new in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Dive deep into the new Snapdragon 855 with our own Rob Triggs.

Palm Phone review: Just buy a smartwatch

Our review of Palm’s new tiny-phone is in. Sadly, Zoolander’s prediction was only accurate in its absurdity.

Leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

The leak shows a triple-camera setup on the rear, with all three cameras arranged horizontally. We also see a flash and what is presumably the heart rate sensor next to the cameras.

Xiaomi’s next smartphone might feature a 48-megapixel camera

Oh you want more megapixels? Xiaomi’s got more megapixels for you. 

Nokia 8.1 is official: HMD Global’s new mid-ranger

To quote the article directly: The Nokia 8.1 is strictly a mid-range smartphone, and a well-rounded one at that.

Who wants to win a OnePlus 6T?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 6TEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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