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Month: May 2020

What to expect from the next generation of Android phone processors

Arm has revealed its latest crop of CPUs and GPUs, set to be used in Android phone processors later this year and in 2021. From Qualcomm and Huawei to Samsung and MediaTek, we’re expecting all the major silicon players to use the new tech. Speaking of these chip companies, what should we expect from them and the The next generation of Android processors could see the biggest CPU performance leap in quite some time, as the new Arm’s The manufacturing process used to make each chipset (measured in nanometers) is another important factor, with smaller designs equaling less power consumption. We’ve seen top-end mobile processors shrink from 28nm designs in early 2014, all the way to 7nm right now. High-end Android phone processors are due for a switch to even smaller The shift to It seems like every major chip manufacturer has a neural processor of some kind in 2020, with Huawei, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Samsung all sporting NPUs, APUs, or AI accelerators. We’ve seen virtually all flagship Android processors offer AI silicon, while brands have also moved to bring this hardware to the mid-tier. However, one trend we’ve noticed is that chipset makers aren’t bringing machine learning hardware to low-end processors right now. We aren’t expecting to see this change in 2021, as CPU and GPU advancements mean many machine learning tasks can be run at a brisk...

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Setting this image as wallpaper could soft-brick your phone

This is a screenshot of the image in question. We didn’t embed the original just to play it safe. Update, May 31, 12:30PM EST: An issue with a very similar description has been reported in Google’s Android issue tracker back in 2018. At the time, Google developers said they were unable to reproduce the issue and closed it out (Hat tip: inverimus on Reddit). We’ve reached out to Google for clarification. According to several users on Reddit and Twitter, as well as Partha Sarathi Tripathy in our comments section, the issue is caused by the color profile of the image, which exceeds the bounds of what Android can handle, causing a crash. Looking at user reports, it looks like devices from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia, Xiaomi are affected, though not all models behave the same. Original story, May 31, 04:40AM EST: Here’s a cool and a little troubling story for you this Sunday morning. Simply setting an image as wallpaper on your phone could cause it to crash and become unable to boot. The issue was reported by well-known leaker Universe Ice on Twitter and confirmed by dozens of other users. I tested it myself. First, foolishly, on my daily driver, the Mate 20 Pro, which doesn’t appear to be affected. I was able to replicate the issue on a Google Pixel 2. After setting the image in question as a...

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This week in Android: RIP LG G series, Xiaomi Mi 10 review, Galaxy S20 giveaway

RIP LG G series LG isn’t as much of a powerhouse in the Android phone market as they used to be. They’re still one of the top players, but their strategies and offerings have not propelled them into the lead. They obviously believe it’s time for a change, hence, we get to say goodbye to the G Series devices. That’s a long line of devices that shook the market in the early days, and maintained some of the best mobile audio offerings in the latter years.  LG maintained a lead in mobile audio by not only keeping the headphone jack on most devices, but also including their Quad DAC on many phones. Over-simplifying things, the Quad DAC enables LG devices to drive some serious headphones, the kinds of cans that other phones require an external amp to manage, making the LG G and V series phones ideal for wired headphone fans. If you’ve jumped on the Bluetooth headphone bandwagon, LG’s Quad DAC technology is not an advantage for you. LG does well with Bluetooth audio, but with the increasing popularity of wireless audio, users are not intrigued by the G and V series selling point of superb wired audio. We hope LG continues to support quality wired audio, but for now we must say goodbye to the G series, and say hello to the new Velvet. Speaking of things...

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How to cancel your Sling TV subscription

Sling TV has a great selection of content available for free, but you must pay to “get the whole enchilada”, as the company says. But while it’s one of the best live streaming TV services, it can get very pricey. The lowest plans go for $30 a month, and even with discounts the price doesn’t go below $20. If you are not convinced by the service and would prefer to cut it from your expenses, we can show you how to cancel Sling TV. Alternatives: These are the best live streaming TV services you can find Consider pausing Sling TV subscription first Maybe you don’t really want to cancel your Sling TV subscription all the way. If you know you won’t need Sling TV for some time, but are thinking of re-activating your account later on, there is an option to pause your Sling TV subscription for 1-3 months. The benefit to pausing your Sling TV subscription is that it will reactivate automatically. And if you only pause it for one month all your DVR recordings will continue to be there when the service is back in motion. How to pause Sling TV subscription:  Sign into your Sling TV account. Under Your Subscription, click on Pause Subscription. Select how long you want to pause the subscription (one, two, or three months). Hit Next and follow on-screen instructions. Your subscription will...

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