Verizon Launches Nokia 3.2 as Nokia 3 V

Verizon today launched the Nokia 3 V, which exactly like the Nokia 3.2 but with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network bands. This $168 Android phone sports a large 6.26-inch HD display with a small notch, and a large 4,000 mAh battery. Other specs include a Snapdragon 429 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a memory card slot, and a 13-megapixel camera. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and comes with Android 9.

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You Can Now Search For Text in Google Photos

Google has updated Google Photos with the ability to search for text contained within your photos and videos. Google acknowledged the feature on Twitter, adding that it will roll out to users “starting this month”. Phone Scoop was able to use the feature successfully. For example, searching for “wi-fi” brought up photos containing that text, useful for capturing and recalling local Wi-Fi passwords. Users can also copy text directly from the photo using the Lens feature.

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Google Drops Dessert Names with Android 10

The tenth version of the Android operating system for phones will be known simply as “Android 10”, dropping Google’s long-running practice of publicly referring to OS versions by “internal code names” named after desserts. Android 9 was named “Pie”, 8 was named “Oreo”, and 7 was “Nougat”. Google says the change will make the naming more accessible to a global audience, including places where “pie” is not a dessert, or marshmallows are uncommon, for example. Google also revealed a new logo for the OS.

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Verizon 5G Launches in Phoenix Tomorrow

Phoenix will be the 10th city where Verizon has launched its mmWave 5g service, which covers central areas of major cities. Initially, 5G service in Phoenix will be concentrated around several well-known landmarks in Downtown Phoenix, as well as Tempe and the Arizona State University campus.

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Honor 20 Pro – First Impressions

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

Now, normally this is where I would be talking about the unboxing of a new phone and would introduce you to video where I do just that. However, in the case of this phone, I’ll be doing something more.

The reason is quite simple. It has been done to death by all the other tech sites out there and I don’t want to waste your precious time by trying to tease you into watching yet another “unboxed” hundreds of times already.

Good, that’s out of the way lets get into the good stuff. The Honor 20 Pro is their latest and greatest flagship. It shares some of the similar traits found on the Honor 20 that was ably reviewed by my colleague a while ago. One of the biggest differences from a design perspective is that this thing is preeetyy. It looks bloody spectacular. I really love the colour that has been embalmed in via the Dynamic Holographic glass back. This has been crafted using an industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology. Te one I have for review is the Phantom Blue version but it is also available as Phantom Black and Icelandic Frost. Personally, I think the colours are more Green and Purple but – hey ho – I don’t work for a marketing department do I so what would I know!

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

Another thing that I have noticed from the off is just how slippy this phone is, I mean you cannot turn your back on the phone if it is on any sort of a surface – even if there’s the slightest of inclines. Otherwise it will be on the floor. The last phone I had the pleasure of using that was this reckless in it’s self-falling behaviour was the Nexus 4 from a LG/Google collab many years ago.

These are minor issues though as, truth be told, this is a very good phone. It has more than enough power to steam role through the daily tasks that one would place upon a phone. I have been getting very respectable battery life – charging it just twice since receiving the device on Saturday morning. The early impressions of the camera are extremely encouraging and it you can see how the DXO Mark score was achieved (it scored 111).

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

The front-facing camera is the exactly what I would expect from any sort of high-end phone. It’s a massive 32MP with an f/2.0 aperture. I mean, I don’t need that many megapixels on a selfie camera, so thought I would use it on someone a bit more photogenic than myself

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

As for the rear camera array then it is time to be impressed. To get this sort of kit on a sub-£600 phone is amazing. A lot of the kit was developed by Huawei in the creation of the P30 series and they have not shirked in bringing it to the Honor 20 Pro. Yes, you may lambaste them for not including the 5x Optical periscope Zoom from the P30 Pro, but this forgiven though as we do get a very pleasing setup.

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

From the top, we have a 16MP Super Wide Angle and, next down, a 48MP main camera with a Sony IMX 586 sensor. That has been popping up on a lot of phones in the last few weeks. Next to that is an 8MP Telephoto with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x zoom. This has various stages in-between.

Finally, there is the 2MP Macro lens that is built into the area where the flash module is also to be found.

Before we leave the back, another slight disappointment is the lack of any wireless charging ability. This would have been a nice touch. I have always liked it on my Samsung devices and on the few other ones I tested – including the P30 Pro. For the sake of a £15 component, it would have made a big difference for the customer.

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

Moving to the front and it’s dominated by a nearly bezel-less expanse of glass, under which resides a 6.26’’ HONOR FullView 1080p display. This has 16.7M colours, 412 PPI and a 91.7% screen ratio. Now yes, the screen is not as bright as the P30 series with the AMOLED, but again we are talking a sub £600 phone here and the screen is more than sufficient. I have been using it direct sunlight up against an iPhone 7 and there was no comparison between the two. The Honor 20 Pro came out as the victor by a country mile.

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

There are two more areas I want to touch on before we wrap up. The first is the call quality, which is impeccable. This is true over both the speaker and the loudspeaker. The voice from the other party came through crystal clear, even in weaker signal areas.

Next, and following on nicely, is the quality of the playback from video or music. This is loud and punchy with some subtle bass. Due to there only being one speaker, you will not get any stereo, but for listening to podcasts it is more than serviceable. I would actually go as far as saying that the sound is better than the P30 Pro, especially on calls. This probably down to the fact that the Honor 20 Pro has an earpiece and the P30 Pro relies on screen vibration to make the sound.

Honor 20 Pro   First Impressions

Lastly, I would like to mention the fingerprint reader – it is great. I have to say that I do like a physical fingerprint reader over the under-screen/in-screen option. I guess it is just from my Xperia days, but it just feels right and 9 times out 10 it will work exactly as prescribed. Something that cannot be said for the former versions. So I commend Honor for being “brave” enough to buck the trend and use it here.

Well that about sums up things, for now, please be sure to check back in a week or so for my full review after I have spent some more time with this sleek slippery green beauty

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Spotify added to EE Music Data Pass

When we detailed the new EE plans you may have noticed that one streaming service wasn’t included in the “data free” list, and that was Spotify.

Well, my friends, this morning I can tell you that EE have added Spotify to their Music Data Pass, so if you pay for that you can listen as much as you like without it impacting your data allowance.

Spotify added to EE Music Data Pass

The Music Data Pass is part of their new Smart Plans, available either as an inclusive Swappable Benefit for EE 4G and 5G Smart Plan customers or as a standalone Pass for £7.99 per month.

Spotify now joins Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal. Get more detail on the EE website.

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ByteDance getting into the smartphone business

ByteDance getting into the smartphone businessGiven the difficulties currently being experienced by Huawei when it comes to the American and European markets, it’s likely that we’ll soon be one major smartphone developer down. Huawei will be able to continue trading within their home country of China, but without access to Android’s operating software or any major apps, it’s difficult to see how they can survive elsewhere. When one door closes, though, another one opens. There’s a new manufacturer getting involved in the smartphone business – and it’s a manufacturer like no other we’ve seen before.

ByteDance getting into the smartphone business

The company in question is ByteDance, but it’s far less likely that you’ll have heard of them than their most popular product. ByteDance is the company responsible for TikTok – a short video sharing app which has racked up over a billion downloads among young people while confusing their parents, who don’t understand its purpose. While still considered a startup, it’s considered to be the world’s fastest-growing social media app, and is currently being downloaded at a faster rate than Facebook, WhatsApp, or Instagram. Now, it seems ByteDance want to capitalize on that popularity by releasing what’s being described as a ‘TikTok phone.’

Development Well Underway

Although news of the impending TikTok phone has only just reached us, it would appear that ByteDance has been working on the project for some time. If reports are to be believed, they’ve already acquired patents and a specialist team from established mobile phone manufacturers Smartisan, who are better known in China than they are elsewhere in the world. With the hardware and the expertise already in place, ByteDance can focus on putting together the software -and there’s plenty of evidence that they excel in that field.

ByteDance getting into the smartphone business

TikTok isn’t the only product that ByteDance are responsible for creating. The selfie app FaceU is popular with young people, and they’ve successfully launched several chat and entertainment apps within China. In all cases, their creations are more popular with under-25s than any other demographic. That means their audience is young, and therefore cool. That’s a robust platform upon which to be launching a smartphone. If they’re suddenly seen as cooler and more relevant to the young than the latest iPhone, then based on the sheer size of TikTok’s audience, Apple may suddenly find themselves with an unexpected challenge on their hands.

Lessons From History?

ByteDance might be new to making smartphones, but they’re not the first company to try to break into the market off the back of success in other fields. Facebook experimented with the idea during a brief partnership with HTC, but eventually had to admit defeat and back away slowly. The less said about Amazon’s attempt to get involved with the mobile phone business with the Fire Phone the better – there are still executives within the company sore about the $170m write-down they suffered because of its complete failure. Google eventually succeeded with Google Pixel, but it took them years.

ByteDance getting into the smartphone business

Whereas Facebook and Amazon failed in America, there is precedent for app developers successfully becoming smartphone manufacturers in China. The Chinese app Meitu was developed for people who love taking selfies. When they started making Meitu phones, they developed them according to the principles of what had already made them popular. Meitu phones have powerful cameras mounted on the front of the phone instead of the back, and software that automatically selects the perfect filter for each photo. It’s a phone-based around selfies, but it makes Meitu more money than they could ever have made through the app alone.

Starting A Trend? 

At this point, it’s not clear where in the world the proposed TikTok phone will be available. It could yet be a Chinese exclusive – although given the fact that news of the phone has been deliberately published worldwide, that seems unlikely. Presuming there is a European and/or American launch, the established players will be watching on with interest. Apple and Samsung are thrilled that they’ll likely be rid of Huawei within the next year. The last thing either of them wanted or expected was for another company to muscle in on the freshly vacated turf.

Should the concept of a phone-based around an app or service prove to be a success, it could pave the way for other mobile-based apps and services to start releasing specialist phones of their own. It’s not difficult to imagine Facebook making a second attempt to break into pones by essentially copying the Chinese Meitu model, only using Instagram as the selling point. Thinking logically, Uber could also try getting involved by offering phones with enhanced satellite tracking, greater connectivity, and faster access to rides.

Further afield, there would likely be interest in developing mobile technology from the mobile casino world. Gambling through phones is big business worldwide, with millions of people playing online slots every day. Specialist gaming phones, optimized for playing mobile slots, would likely be a hit with people who indulge in the hobby. If special offers, rates or deals on playing mobile slots or accessing mobile slots websites were made available on gaming phones, they would likely be a hit. They could even be considered the adult alternative to the TikTok phone.

The only piece of information lacking from the early reports is how the phones will directly relate to TikTok. As it’s a video sharing app, it might be a case of issuing a phone with a superior camera and recording equipment, but it’s possible to make videos to a high standard with an iPhone and the right set of software tools now. TikTok would have to offer something substantially different to stand out, but it doesn’t make sense for them to consider releasing a phone if they don’t have something up their sleeve. If the reports that the phone has been in development for several months turn out to be accurate, we may not have to wait all that long to find out.

As many people have been pointing out for years now, iPhones and Android phones have more in common than they have differences. The phone market has felt bereft of ideas, and a little stale. We should welcome any viable new products, and this left-field concept could be exactly what we’ve been waiting for.

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Microsoft App Brings Spam Filter, AI Sorting to Your Text Messages

Microsoft SMS Organizer is an alternative SMS app for Android that includes a configurable spam filter and several smart sorting and filtering features. The app was launched in India last year, but xda-developers discovered that it has now become available in the US, UK, and Australia as well. The app uses machine learning to automatically sort incoming SMS messages into categories such as promotional, transactional and personal. Promotional messages are considered spam; they won’t trigger a notification and can be deleted automatically after a configurable amount of time. The apps also detects and helps organize info received by text about travel, tickets, and bills. The app can also backup and restore messages from Google Drive. The app is available now, for free, from the Google Play Store.

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Virgin Mobile launches Family Plan

Virgin Mobile launches Family Plan
OK, so you’re at home and you’ve got Virgin Media for your internet. You can browse safe in the knowledge that your devices are protected and your internet connection is safe and filtered.

However, what happens when you go out? When your son or daughter uses their phone outside of your WiFi?

Yep, they’re subject to all sorts of nastiness again.

Virgin Mobile have a solution to this, called the “Family Plan”. It’s exclusive for Virgin Media customers who have broadband or TV services and delivers simplicity, safety and savings.

You can add up to five SIMs onto the Family Plan, saving £2 a month per additional SIM after the first. That means you can save up to £96 per year. It adds online security features, meaning that you can take control on phones no matter where your kids are. You can even set time limits.

The main account holder can view each mobile plan, manage data and device usage to keep track of all usage easily.

The security features are powered by F-Secure at no additional cost for 12 months. As well as immobilising devices after a certain time period, you can control which apps can be used, block content types (such as video) and locate your child securely.

Further information can be found in the press release below. Weirdly I can’t find anything about this on the Virgin Media or Virgin Mobile website at the moment, so perhaps just call them on 0800 952 8046.

Virgin Mobile operates using the EE masts.

Virgin Mobile launches new Family Plan for savings, simplicity and safety across multiple SIMs

· New Family Plan offers Virgin Media cable customers easy way to manage multiple mobile plans

· Customers can save up to £96 per year on their mobile services

· Online Security features help parents manage their children’s mobile usage

· Flexible mobile deals available so customers can mix and match to suit their family’s needs

Virgin Mobile is today launching Family Plan, a new mobile offering which brings together SIMs, savings and safety in one place to help Virgin Media cable customers manage their family’s mobile services.

This comprehensive new plan, which is available exclusively to Virgin Media customers who also take a broadband or TV service from the company, provides one account for multiple SIMs, making it easier for busy families to juggle their mobile bills. Customers can add up to five mobile plans onto their account and will be rewarded with a £2 monthly discount for every eligible additional SIM taken after the first – offering a total saving of up to £96 a year.

So families can always stay in touch and share important moments, Family Plan also comes with unlimited calls between family members on the account.

The main account holder can view each individual mobile plan, manage data and device usage and stay on top of how much is being spent across the account quickly and easily via the My Virgin Mobile app. Other members of Family Plan are also able to view their own individual usage and allowances through the app.

Virgin Mobile’s multi-SIM plan also includes Online Security features, powered by F-Secure, to give parents peace of mind and to help protect their families – at no additional cost for 12 months. The award winning security features include:

· Time limits: Internet access and selected apps can be immobilised at specific times to help balance children’s mobile usage and screen time

· App control: Allows parents to see what apps their children have installed and apply restrictions if needed such as completely blocking the app or adding time limits

· Content blocking: Enables parents to make decisions about the content they feel is suitable for their child to view such as certain video content

· Finder: Allows parents to securely locate their child’s device and view the location

These controls can be accessed and amended by the account holder at any time via the F-Secure app.

Virgin Mobile’s Family Plan gives families flexibility to choose from a variety of SIM Only deals or Freestyle plans – mixing and matching to suit each individual’s needs. For example, customers could choose to have a 12 month SIM Only deal and two Freestyle handset deals all registered under one Family Plan account*. Customers will also be able to choose from Virgin Mobile’s entire handset range so if the kids want an iPhone Xr and Mum wants a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the whole family will find something for them.

Annie Brooks, Executive Director of Virgin Mobile said, “Juggling family life isn’t always easy in today’s digital world and the growing number of devices can make it even more complex. Our Family Plan aims to take some of the pressure off parents, making their family’s mobile services simple, affordable and safe. Together with our unrivalled ultrafast broadband and fully loaded TV services, our Family Plan gives customers the ultimate line up of fast, flexible and reliable connectivity in home and on the go.”

Virgin Mobile’s flexible plans come with data rollover and data-free WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter as standard and superfast 4G that’s faster on average than Vodafone, Three, Sky and O2. Customers also have the freedom to change the airtime element of their plan every 30 days, so if they want more data or minutes they can pick a tariff that suits them.

Virgin Media recently launched new bundles, which for the first time bring together all of its services – broadband, TV, mobile and landline – into one package so customers can connect to everything they love for a great price. And for a limited time only, Virgin Media’s top bundle, The Ultimate Oomph, is available for just £89 per month – the lowest ever price for this bundle. The Ultimate Oomph includes the UK’s fastest widely available broadband with average download speeds of 516Mbps – seven times faster than BT and Sky – as well as a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, texts and calls and top notch TV with two V6 boxes, unmissable Box Sets and more than 270 channels including Sky Cinema HD, Sky Sports HD and BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD.

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