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This week in Android: HONOR View 20 and MWC 2019 preview

We look ahead to MWC and all the new products we'll see at the 2019 trade show — notably 5G and folding phones.

Published onJanuary 27, 2019

The HONOR View 20 is rocking it with its 48MP camera.

Our HONOR View 20 review is in, and boy does this phone check a lot of boxes. It’s not the first phone we have seen with a punch hole screen and 48 megapixel camera, but it is by far the most gorgeous. The HONOR 8 started the 15 layer-glass design, but the HONOR View 20 is by far the most beautiful implementation. And the phone itself is no slouch either — check out the full review to learn why.

Plus, we detail a couple of OEMs that will bring 5G phones to MWC. HUAWEI unveiled its new 5G modem recently, and now it plans to debut the world’s first folding 5G phone at MWC. Plus, LG says it will have a 5G phone with a vapor cooling chamber and possibly some kind of gesture control on board. Add to that a couple of phones with no buttons or ports, and MWC is going to be a busy week.

Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, we have thought pieces about the Google Play Store, dumb smart things, and going all-in on Chromebooks for work.

Here are your top stories for the week

02:00 – HONOR View 20 review: A hole-in-one!

The HONOR View 20 is hands-down one of the most gorgeous devices we have seen. But is it just a pretty picture?

Prepare yourself for the world’s first double folding phone. That’s not a typo, and has been thoroughly fact checked.

20:40 – Google Play still has a clone problem in 2019 with no end in sight

Google Play has clones and copies aplenty, and there actually isn’t all that much that Google can do about it.

34:15 – Is it dumb that everything is “smart?”

Everything at CES was smart this and smart that, but do we really need everything to be smart?

49:00 – One-month test: Can a Chromebook replace my main computer?

Edgar Cervantes took it upon himself to pack up the Windows and Mac PCs for a month to try exclusively using the Google Pixel Slate. It went better than he expected.

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

HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem.

5G and foldables will be all over MWC this year, and HUAWEI is joining the party!

LG to launch 5G phone with vapor chamber cooling, big battery, at MWC

LG is launching a 5G phone of its own, with vapor chamber cooling, which is not as righteous as we originally suspected.

Are Android updates getting faster? Let’s look at the data

Have you noticed that your phone is getting updates faster? You’re not alone.

Carriers may be able to control your phone in new and exciting ways with these new code commits to Android Q.

LG teases touchless interface for upcoming smartphone

Ugh, touching your phone is soooooo 2018, at least if LG has anything to say about it.

vivo Apex 2019 has a full-screen fingerprint reader, no ports or buttons

Finally, we have a pair of phones (including this one from Meizu) that think buttons and ports are also a bit 2018 for their taste. Not sure we agree.

Who wants to win an LG V40 ThinQ?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new LG V40 ThinQEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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