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‘Pixel 4a (5G)’ and ‘Pixel 5’ are the other two Google phones for 2020

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For months now, we’ve been tracking three codenames tied to the lineup of Made by Google’s 2020 Pixel phones. Now all three codenames have appeared in the Google app along with associated product names including the “Pixel 5” and the “Pixel 4a 5G.”

Since we began hearing about these codenames, we’ve been warning that the Pixel 5 that will be released — presumably this fall — may not have the “flagship” specs that Pixel fans are used to. Instead, we had discovered two Google device codenames — “redfin” and “bramble” — based on the upper mid-tier, 5G-enabled Snapdragon 765G SoC. At the time, we had no reason to believe these would be anything other than the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.

Today, our own Dylan Roussel dug into the code of the latest beta version of the Google Search app searching — or perhaps “fishing” — for redfin and bramble. Rather than coming up empty, as usual, instead, he seems to have found names for the entire 2020 Google Pixel lineup.

However, instead of revealing the upcoming Pixel 4a and the expected two models of Pixel 5, the Google app does not list a “Pixel 5 XL” and instead lists bramble as the “Pixel 4a (5G).” See for yourself!

So what does this mean? So far, evidence has pointed to bramble using the Snapdragon 765G chip, which is of course equipped for 5G networking. That would mean that this “Pixel 4a (5G)” and the Pixel 5 — which could very well launch side by side this fall — will run on the same main hardware.

But how will Google differentiate these two seemingly very similar devices? The most obvious ways they could do this are through cost and build quality differences. By using “cheaper” materials like plastic on the Pixel 4a (5G) and more “premium” materials like glass and aluminum on the Pixel 5, the two could look and feel obviously different.

Outside of that, Google may differentiate the two devices based on their other specs and features. It’s still too early to speculate, as this is uncharted territory for Google, who has always launched two variants of each Pixel phone — a standard version and an upsized “XL” version. For 2020, Google is clearly launching three distinct phones with three distinct purposes. Needless to say, this year’s Made by Google event will be an exciting experience

 

Source: 9to5google.com/

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Why the iPhone 12 is a BETTER CHOICE than iPhone 12 Pro

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The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are here and mark the beginning of a new generation of iPhone. Support for 5G, a new hardware design and camera improvements are a significant step away from the iPhone X generation of devices. This is nothing new. Apple did something similar in 2010 with the iPhone 4 and in 2014 when it released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro

There is one big difference with the iPhone 12 generation, though. It’s the first time there are four new iPhones at once: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you want to go small and reap the benefits of a lower price there’s the Mini. If you want the biggest iPhone with the newest in iPhone cameras, get the Pro Max. But that leaves the 12 and 12 Pro which are similar (like basically-the-same-phone similar). That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are of the same sizes. They both have the same design, the same display, the same insanely fast A14 Bionic chip, the same 5G support, the same selfie, wide and ultra wide cameras. Heck, they both come in blue. (Technically, the 12 Pro is Pacific blue.) This is a departure from the base and pro models from last year. The $699 iPhone 11 and $999 iPhone 11 Pro were similar but had enough differences to distinguish themselves from each other.

The $829 iPhone 12 (or $799 if you activate it on a carrier when you buy it) is $130 more than the iPhone 11 when it was released. An iPhone 12 with 128GB of storage (the same as the baseline 12 Pro) costs $879 (sans carrier discount) which is only $120 less than the $999 iPhone 12 Pro. It’s best to think of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro as “better” and “best” versions of the same phone. Here’s how to buy each iPhone 12 model.

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Prices start in the UK at £799 for the iPhone 12 and £999 for the 12 Pro. In Australia they start at AU$1,349 for the 12 and AU$1,699 for the 12 Pro. See the chart at the bottom for a full pricing breakdown.

IPHONE 12 VS. 12 PRO VS. IPHONE 11

iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 11
Price off-contract (USD) $829 (64GB), $879 (128GB), $979 (256GB) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) $599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra wide) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra wide)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

 

The iPhone 12 has the exact same cameras as the iPhone 12 Pro, except for the telephoto camera and lidar. But these phones aren’t just dependent on hardware to take good photos and videos. Apple’s new A14 Bionic chip, along with software and machine learning, adds improvements to everything.

For example, the 12 and 12 Pro have the same hardware for their ultra-wide-angle camera as last year’s 11 and 11 Pro. But the 12 and 12 Pro have software to correct the lens distortion. Take a look below at these ultra-wide-angle photos of a brick wall in the iPhone 11 photo, notice how the corners of the brick wall look like they’re bending.

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Snapchat is working on a TikTok-like user experience with a new vertical swipe for its content in Discover.

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TikTok is one of the most influential apps existing on mobile devices. However, the app’s future is unclear due to ongoing investigations into its processes. Many giants like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and even Byte are also testing out new TikTok like features to gather the migrating audience.

Snapchat, another social media giant appears to join the others in the race to replicate TikTok features and gather an audience for their platforms. It seems to be working on a new, vertical swipe UX for its Discover content according to an image shared by Matt Navarra and posted by the user @artb2668.

Snapchat has also included in-app instructions for users so they can use the new feature easily. The screenshot instructions can be seen providing information about how swiping in various directions can trigger different commands. For example, swiping left or right will exit the Discover content.

According to TechCrunch, a very small percentage of the users currently have access to this feature as Snapchat confirmed the UX test.

However, it is only for Discover content and not for Stories sent to users by their friends. Users involved in the test still need to tap on each Story to advance through them, which is unlike TikTok as it does not have separate Story frames.

All of these replication attempts highlight the significance and the impact of TikTok on social media. Every major functionality is bound to get copied at some point. For example, Facebook’s News Feed and Snapchat’s Stories were replicated by other developers, hence TikTok’s unique features are also going to go through this phase. This also underlines the fact that there is a potential for innovation stemming beyond the major platforms.

Facebook’s awareness of this trend is proven by its NPE team always launching and shutting down new applications all the time, trying to tap into the next big trend before other developers come across it. However, this testing does not seem to have yielded any significant results. Although, this can help Facebook maintain its top position in the social media apps by already having features that can potentially gain traction.

TikTok is also looking for ways to pick off users who are uncertain about the app’s future given the situation its currently in. Facebook also quickly rolled out Instagram’s Reels feature in the region when TikTok got banned by India last month. US President Donald Trump also commented that America could also look into blocking the app, as a punishment for China for COVID-19. This has increased the downloads for alternate tools, and it is logical for many developers to add TikTok-style tools to gather more migrating users.

Snapchat’s duplication of TikTok features also makes sense with TikTok facing more questions and its top creators trying to diversify their presence to secure their future in the industry. However, there is no official announcement on what Snapchat might do after completing the experiment

Source: digitalinformationworld.com/

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leaked! check out the new Apple Iphone 12 pro and Pro max

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Rising Apple insider has revealed that Apple will equip its iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models with 6GB RAM, that’s 50% more than their predecessors and this should deliver a major increase in multitasking performance.

Moreover, acclaimed Apple leaker Jon Prosser has now followed up this information stating that he “can confirm” it as well. But there’s one downside. 

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The bad news is L0vetodream states that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max (the new names for the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch entry-level models), will stick with the same 4GB RAM as in the iPhone 11.

Last year Apple gave all iPhone 11 models matching chipsets and RAM, so it’s something of a surprise to see the company reverse this change (the iPhone XR had less RAM than the iPhone XS) after only a single generation. 

Consequently, those who want absolute peak performance from their new iPhones are going to have to spend more this year.

After all, it is Apple’s decision to equip iPhones with considerably less RAM than Android rivals which has seen them repeatedly outpaced in multitasking speed tests.

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TikTok: Amazon says email asking staff to remove app ‘sent in error

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Amazon has said an email sent to employees asking them to remove the video-sharing app TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email was sent in error.

An internal memo sent to staff earlier on Friday had said employees should delete the app over “security risks”.

The app, owned by a Chinese company, has come under scrutiny because of fears it could share data with China.

TikTok said it did not understand Amazon’s concerns.

“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error. There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok”, a company spokesperson told the BBC.

But earlier on Friday, a memo sent to staff seen by multiple news outlets stated that the app must be removed from mobile devices.

“Due to security risk, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email.

“If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by July 10 to retain mobile access to Amazon email”, it read.

TikTok said the company had not received any communication from Amazon before the email went out.

 

Source: BBC.com

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