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This week in Android: Pixel leaks and OnePlus 7 Pro hype
This week we learned pretty much everything there is to learn about the Google’s upcoming mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. That doesn’t mean that next week’s Google I/O won’t be without news. Look forward to learning more about Android Q and Google Stadia, among other things.
OnePlus is hyping the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro devices ahead of their official May 14 launch date. The more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro features a triple camera set up with a pop up selfie cam and a fancy new color, but no IP rating or headphone jack. The lack of an official IP rating didn’t stop OnePlus from dropping it into a bucket of water, although you shouldn’t do that with your device.
As for currently available phones, we pushed out a review of the Samsung Galaxy A70 and an unboxing of the Oppo F11 Pro Avengers Endgame edition. We also got a look at the new Android Automotive platform in the Polestar 2 electric vehicle.
Here are the top 10 Android stories of the week
- Samsung Galaxy A70 review: Bigger and better — The Samsung Galaxy A70 is big and beautiful, but is that enough to beat the power-packed competition?
- Oppo F11 Pro Avengers Endgame edition unboxing: An incredible phone for the fans — This phone is a perfect way to commemorate the movie and serve diehard fans.
- Hands-on: The Polestar 2 has Android running in its veins — The Polestar 2 EV is the first vehicle to feature Android Automotive, a new platform that injects Android into your car’s DNA.
- Black Eye Pro Kit G4 lens review: Clip-on lenses expand your phone’s potential — Can Black Eye’s clip-on lenses replace a dedicated DSLR? We found out.
- Huawei P30 Pro vs Mate 20 Pro: Is the better camera worth it? — On paper, the P30 Pro should easily win, but the Mate 20 Pro could actually be the better choice for many people.
- What is Night Mode and how does it work? — We break down everything there is to know about these low-light smartphone shooting modes and how they work.
- OnePlus One with a Pie-based ROM: Does it change much? — We used a OnePlus One for a week on old software. What happens with an upgrade to Android 9 Pie?
- What does the Apple H1 chip mean for audio? Do Android users have an alternative? — The Apple H1 promises to simplify Bluetooth audio pairing while providing longer battery life. But what about alternative SoCs?
- Emulators for Android guide: Can your phone handle these consoles? — What do you need to run PSP or even GameCube games at a smooth pace? Find out in our Android hardware emulation guide.
- I spent a week with a $17 KaiOS phone: here’s what I learned — We switched from a $1,000 smartphone to a super-cheap KaiOS phone for a week. For science.
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