MediaTek’s new Kompanio 1300T chip puts 5G on tablets, not phones
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MediaTek’s new Kompanio 1300T chip puts 5G on tablets, not phones

MediaTek has announced the Kompanio 1300T processor, which will add 5G connectivity to Android tablets later this year, along with plenty of power for video and gaming. The chip is the latest in its Kompanio processor range, which has so far mostly been used in Chromebooks. While we associate 5G connectivity with smartphones, the fast Read more

Google’s Wear smartwatch software update list is short, and the wait is long
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Google’s Wear smartwatch software update list is short, and the wait is long

If you’re waiting for news on when, or if, your Wear OS smartwatch will receive an update to the new version of the software announced during Google I/O, there’s some good and bad news ahead. Google has listed the smartwatches eligible for an upgrade, and the timeframe expected, but neither are likely to be what Read more

How kids and seniors prompted Qualcomm to heavily invest in wearables
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How kids and seniors prompted Qualcomm to heavily invest in wearables

Just a few weeks after Google and Samsung revealed their collaborative Wear software platform, Qualcomm has announced the Wearables Ecosystem Accelerator program, through which it aims to bring together hardware and software companies working on wearable devices and help speed up the launch of new products. Combined, these are significant steps forward in the effort Read more

TCL NXTWear G review: The almost unwearable wearable display
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TCL NXTWear G review: The almost unwearable wearable display

TCL NXTWear G review: The almost unwearable wearable display MSRP $715.00 “I was excited to try out the TCL NXTWear G wearable display, but unfortunately while the concept and technology is good, the execution and wearability is not.” Pros Colorful screens show plenty of detail Easy connection and no set up No battery to recharge Read more

Oppo, Realme, Vivo, and OnePlus are in the midst of an identity crisis
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Oppo, Realme, Vivo, and OnePlus are in the midst of an identity crisis

This is a call to action, a plea almost, for four smartphone companies not to lose their individuality. Oppo, Realme, Vivo, and OnePlus are all in danger of doing so, as each brand increasingly overlaps and the relationship blurs to the point where, at times, I can’t tell the difference between them. Andy Boxall/Digital Trends Read more

Custom UIs could make or break Google and Samsung’s Wear smartwatch software
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Custom UIs could make or break Google and Samsung’s Wear smartwatch software

When Google’s Wear OS software becomes Wear, it will never look the same again. The days of that consistent, familiar, slightly dull Wear OS style have passed, and a future of custom user interfaces on our smartwatches is almost upon us. Google’s Bjorn Kilburn, director of product management for Wear, said at the platform’s launch: Read more

Qualcomm and Asus have made their own ultimate Android phone
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Qualcomm and Asus have made their own ultimate Android phone

Qualcomm has collaborated with Asus to make its definition of the ultimate Android smartphone. It’s called the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, and as the clunky name suggests, it’s designed primarily as a perk for Qualcomm’s army of dedicated fans. To put it into better context, think of it like a Nexus smartphone commissioned by a Read more

OnePlus Nord 2 will use a customized version of MediaTek’s flagship chip
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OnePlus Nord 2 will use a customized version of MediaTek’s flagship chip

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is now officially coming soon, and it will be the first OnePlus phone to feature a MediaTek processor and not a Qualcomm chip. The Nord 2 will use MediaTek’s flagship, top-spec Dimensity 1200 chip, which will be customized under the Dimensity Open Resource Architecture initiative, where device makers can tune Read more

Huawei Watch 3 review: To achieve perfect Harmony, you’ll need to commit to it
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Huawei Watch 3 review: To achieve perfect Harmony, you’ll need to commit to it

Huawei Watch 3 review: To achieve perfect Harmony, you’ll need to commit to it “The Huawei Watch 3 is a beautifully designed, fast, and accurate health-tracking smartwatch, but you’ve got to get past a seriously off-putting setup experience.” Great-looking and comfortable to wear Accurate, in-depth health tracking Fast GPS connection Fluid, fast software Short battery Read more

5 things I love about returning to the OnePlus 9 Pro, and 1 I want to love more
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5 things I love about returning to the OnePlus 9 Pro, and 1 I want to love more

I slipped my SIM card back inside the OnePlus 9 Pro just over a week ago, after using a string of cheaper but still capable Android smartphones, and since then I’ve been noticing the little things that make it special. During my return to the OnePlus 9 Pro, it’s also clear that software updates have Read more