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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus fast charging explained

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is Samsung’s fastest charging smartphone to date, provided that you’re willing to splash out on its $50 45W Super Fast charger (you get a  25W charger in the retail box). This is a notable improvement compared to previous Note generations, which only supported up to 15W charging. The boost in power sees Samsung switch to USB Power Delivery for fast charging, rather than its previous Qualcomm Quick Charge-based solution. With the phone now arriving in customers’ hands, new owners have been testing out different chargers and cables to investigate these new Galaxy Note 10 fast charging capabilities. The situation is shaping up to be rather complicated, so here’s everything you need to know. Editor’s note on the standard Galaxy Note 10: It does not support Samsung’s Superfast 45W charging option. This is strictly reserved for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Thus, all the discussion below refers strictly to the Note 10 Plus. 45W USB Power Delivery PPS The key to achieving the maximum 45W of charging power comes from USB Power Delivery’s Programmable Power Supply (PPS) specification. PPS first appeared in the USB PD 3.0 specification, enabling devices to request small step-wise changes in voltage and current from their charger. This closely mimics ideal battery charging voltage requirements resulting in cooler charging. According to testing conducted by Chinese owners (via Android Police), PPS also...

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Report: OEMs selling phones in US under $700 see massive growth, because duh

The OEMs that saw the most smartphone market share growth in the US this past quarter are OnePlus and Google. Both companies offer smartphones that start under $700. The best-selling smartphone of the year so far is the iPhone XR, itself a “cheaper” device. A new report from Counterpoint Research shows how different smartphone OEMs are faring in the United States as well as the smartphone market share of those companies. The overall industry saw a 1.5 percent decline year over year when comparing Q2 2019 to Q2 2018. However, a few OEMs saw some massive growth during this same time period. Wouldn’t you know it, the two companies that saw the most growth are selling phones that start under $700, namely OnePlus (the OnePlus 7 Pro starts at $669) and Google (the Google Pixel 3a starts at just $399). OnePlus saw stunning growth in the U.S. to the tune of 152 percent. This is an indication that the OnePlus 7 Pro is likely the best-selling smartphone the brand has ever released, at least here in the United States. Google also saw some massive growth in the country: 88 percent year-over-year. This success is no doubt directly related to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which offer all the important aspects of the main Pixel line (namely the camera and the stock-like software experience) without the steep price...

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Gorgeous Open-World Adventure ‘Nimian Legends: Vandgels’ Looking for More Beta Testers

Digital storefronts like the App Store have paved the way for solo developers to get their passion projects in front of the world, and I’m always blown away by the types of quality experiences that are the result of just a single person. One of the most impressive examples of this is Nimian Legends: Brightridge from developer Robert Kabwe aka Protopop Games. Originally launching in 2014, Brightridge offered a gorgeous open world to explore and get lost in, but lacked most of the traditional story elements and structure we’ve come to expect from open-world RPGs. It was more just about enjoying the scenery. In 2016 a remastered version of the game called Nimian Legeds: Brightridge HD ($3.99) was released, and over the past few years that game has been updated with all sorts of different missions and story elements, finally bringing it more in line with a traditional entry in the genre. Little did we know that Protopop had a whole plan mapped out in his head for the Nimian Legends series, and in January we posted about the follow-up title Nimian Legends: Vandgels. Here’s the most recent, and stunning, trailer. Back in January Protopop was looking for beta testers to take Vandgels for a spin, and the game has pretty much been in open beta ever since for anybody looking to try it out. However, this past weekend...

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Ultra-Popular Flash Game ‘Dead Zed’ is Heading to iOS and Android Courtesy of Not Doppler

Australian developer and publisher Not Doppler has made a name for itself on mobile over the years with mega hits like the Earn to Die games and the online multiplayer destruction derby Crash of Cars. And while frequently updating Crash of Cars seems to have kept them plenty busy, they have found some time to release a new mobile game. It’s called Dead Zed, and similar to Earn to Die it has its roots as a Flash game on the web. The similarities don’t end there though, as while Earn to Die is a side-scrolling driving game and Dead Zed is a first-person base defense game and couldn’t look more different from one another on the surface, both have really tight core game loops and upgrade systems that keep you coming back for just one more go. Here is a teaser of what Dead Zed on mobile will look like. The web version of Dead Zed is several years old now and has amassed more than 50 million plays in that time. What’s great about the upcoming mobile version is that it won’t be just a straight port of the Flash game, and will contain “significantly more gameplay compared to the web versions” according to Not Doppler. That will include 14 unlockable and upgradable weapons and 40 unlockable locations. The mobile version of Dead Zed was briefly soft-launched a...

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Refurb exclusive: Get an unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus for just $615

The beautiful Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was released in March with a retail price of $1,000 for the 128GB variant. That’s what makes today’s deal such a bargain. Dailysteals is offering a very limited number of grade-A refurbished and unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus handsets for only $629.99. Even better, if you use Android Authority’s exclusive promo code, AAS10PLUS, you can pick one up for just $614.99. You can check out our glowing review of this magnificent device here. Awarding it 9.3 out of 10, we referred to it as “the best phone Samsung has ever sold.” The Galaxy S10 Plus quick specs: Display: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Front cameras: 10MP selfie camera, 8MP RGB depth camera Rear cameras: 12MP telephoto, 12MP wide-angle, 16MP ultra-wide Battery: 4,100mAh fast wireless charging Memory: 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM Operating system: Android 9 Pie Water resistance: IP68 Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g These are grade-A refurbished models, meaning they should function as new and will have very few or zero cosmetic blemishes. There’s a reassuring six-month warranty for your peace of mind. While there are less than 100 of these Galaxy S10 Plus handsets available at this price, at the time of writing three color variants were still in stock. You have your choice of Prism Black, Prism White, or Prism Blue. Stock is likely to disappear rapidly once word...

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