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Motorola promises one additional Android update for the $1,000 Edge+
By our estimation, Motorola's first flagship in four years is a decent, if not completely compelling high-end phone. Not everyone will like the Edge+'s signature "waterfall" display, and its vaunted stereo speakers could be better. The good news is that Motorola is addressing one of the Edge+'s other notable flaws ahead of the phone's May 14th launch. In an email to Engadget, a spokesperson for Motorola said the company plans to furnish the device with at least two major Android platform upgrades. Previously, Motorola had only committed to updating the phone to Android 11, which goes into public beta this June.
The– and possibly the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 – were all set to be revealed in July during a big Galaxy Unpacked event, just as the S20 series and Z Flip were unveiled in front of a crowd of 3,000 people in February.
However, the global health crisis has caused cancellations and disruptions across the tech industry: first Mobile World Congress, then E3 and other conventions were banned, along with every single public mass gathering across the world.
What’s to become of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked? Well, according to Korea Herald via news outlet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch is set to go ahead as planned, although the event will officially be online-only.
Samsung and SK Telecom reveal world’s first smartphone with quantum security tech
Samsung and SK Telecom have just unveiled the world’s first 5G smartphone with a Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG). Called the Galaxy A Quantum, the device (which is essentially a rebranded Galaxy A71 5G) offers some pretty decent smartphone features, but the QRNG sets it apart from others in that it makes some apps and services much harder to hack. Normal random number generators are used for logging into a variety of smartphone services, such as payment platforms and two-factor authentication, which are routinely targeted by bad actors as they can be bypassed. The QRNG chipset, however — the world’s smallest at just 2.5mm by 2.
With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, online-only launches are rapidly becoming the norm. Oppo launched its flagshiphandset via live-stream and otherr tech companies are following suit.
In the gaming world, showcases that would have been seen at E3 2020 are being dropped online, such as Microsoft’s big Xbox Series X games reveal and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, which showcased the first live footage of what games could do on a PS5.
Apple are expected to follow suit with an online-only launch, but a combination of factors, including manufacturing disruption, has lead to the company delaying its September showcase by at least a month.
Verizon adds the standard Galaxy S20 with 5G to its lineup
Months after Verizon began selling the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra, it’s adding the ‘entry’ S20 to its lineup. The phone now supports millimeter wave 5G, which Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) currently uses for its Ultra Wideband (UW) service. The Galaxy S20 5G UW will also be compatible with Verizon’s low-band 5G network, which should go live later this year. Originally, the Galaxy S20, the smallest of the lineup, didn’t include support for mmWave networks. Verizon said it would add a variant with UW support this spring, and now, it’s delivering on that promise.
Although the Note 20 and Fold 2 are known to be launching online, there’s no word on a date for the handsets. Samsung might also opt for a similar delay, with Galaxy Unpacked moving into the slot later in the year left vacant by Apple.
The Note 20 is set to be a barnstormer of a handset. Packing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset as theseries, the Note 20 Plus is rumoured to feature a huge 6.8” display and a redesigned S Pen, although it won’t feature the enormous 100x zoom feature on the S20 Ultra.
Very little is known about the Fold 2. We hope Samsung is building on the folding phone technology to create a phablet that syncs with the S Pen, placing more screen space in your pocket, and is learning from the mistakes made by the original Galaxy Fold’s tumultuous release.
Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra specs vs. Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: What's new and what's different .
Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones are available now. Here's what's different from last year's Galaxy S10.The phones share high-end hardware and have new features that signal the direction of where current phones are heading -- namely 5G connectivity (which all three phones have) and screens with a higher, 120Hz refresh rate. But they also have key differences among each other too. The 6.2-inch Galaxy S20 is the smallest of the bunch, followed by the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra, which has a 6.9-inch display. In addition, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus both have a wide-angle, telephoto and ultrawide cameras, but the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra have one extra camera.