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This week in Android: The first 64MP smartphone and a new Wear OS king
This week we got our first look at the realme XT, the first device to sport Samsung’s 64MP camera sensor. In our hands-on time with the device, we were impressed with the Google Pixel-like images it produced. We’ll find out soon if the next device with the sensor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, can produce similar results.
As for non-smartphones, we checked out several other devices, including a best-in-class Wear OS smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa 2 with Amazon Alexa, an ultra-portable smartphone gimbal, and an affordable pair of true-wireless earbuds.
Here are the top 10 Android stories of the week
- realme XT: Hands-on with the world’s first 64MP smartphone — The megapixel-wars are back! So what do we make of the world’s first 64MP smartphone?
- Fairphone 3 hands-on: Modular, repairable, five years of support — The Fairphone 3 presents an option for a new smartphone without obsolescence built-in.
- Hands down, this is the best Wear OS smartwatch you can buy — Read our full Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch review to find out why this is the best Wear OS watch you can buy.
- OPPO Reno 2 hands-on: Oozing style — The OPPO Reno 2 has a razor sharp focus on design, but how does the rest of the package fare?
- realme 5 review: Great design and versatile cameras — Good looks and versatile cameras make the realme 5 a great entry-level option.
- Hands-on: Fitbit Versa 2 adds Alexa, improves sleep tracking and display — More refined and more powerful than ever thanks to Alexa and advanced fitness features.
- Mobvoi TicPods Free review: These tick the right boxes — The TicPods Free give more expensive true wireless earbuds a run for their money.
- OnePlus opens new R&D center in India: Here’s everything you need to know — Based in Hyderabad, the OnePlus R&D center is set to become the company’s biggest worldwide.
- How to become an Associate Android Developer, and is it worth it? — We dive into Android Associate Developer certification. Enhance your developer career!
- Dear iPhone users: Please don’t forget that a green bubble is a person — iPhone users are annoyed by green bubbles in their iMessage feed. But it’s not just a bubble, it’s a human.
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