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This week in Android: 108MP cameras vs software superiority
This week saw the release of the world’s first 108MP camera setup in the Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The camera is certainly impressive on paper, but Google and Apple are still proving that the best smartphone photos are all about software, not megapixel counts.
In other news, Samsung announced it’s closing its custom CPU core development in favor of off-the-shelf offerings from ARM. Considering how the Exynos versions of Galaxy phones always lagged behind their Qualcomm counterparts, this will probably prove to be the correct move for the South Korean giant.
On the review side, this week we published our thoughts on the aforementioned Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Motorola Moto G8 Plus smartphones, as well as the Google Pixelbook Go and Google Nest Wifi.
Here are the top 10 Android stories of the week
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review: A photographer’s Swiss Army knife — Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 has a generic design, but it’s what’s inside that matters.
- Motorola Moto G8 Plus review: Lacking polish — Is the action camera and near-stock build of Android enough to stave off the competition in the cutthroat mid-range segment?
- Google Pixelbook Go review: Value is in the eye of the beholder — The Google Pixelbook Go is a thin and light Chrome OS machine that offers speedy performance for too much money.
- Google Nest Wifi review: A well-working, beautiful router — Google Nest Wifi looks great, but how does it function? We take a closer look at the router in this review.
- Apple and Google prove camera software is more important than megapixels — Lots of cheaper phones offer 48 or 64MP cameras, but the leaders are still using 12 megapixels. What gives?
- RCS vs WhatsApp: Thoughts from a long-time WhatsApp user — Spoiler alert: I probably won’t be switching from WhatsApp. Here’s why.
- Google’s other hardware acquisitions: Where are they now? — Google’s most recent hardware acquisition is Fitbit. How are all the other hardware acquisitions faring?
- Ditching custom CPUs is the right call for Samsung’s Exynos — Samsung is abandoning its custom Mongoose CPU design inside its Exynos processors, which is probably for the best.
- My Verizon Wireless nightmare: Failure to activate — My attempt to switch from AT&T to Verizon Wireless has been a complete disaster. The industry needs to do better than this.
- 5 additions and tweaks we’d like to see from Google Pixel 4a — From a bigger battery to more storage, here’s what we’d like to see in next year’s budget Pixel phone.
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