Beats Earbuds Go Full Wireless With PowerBeats Pro

The new Powerbeats Pro from Beats use technology borrowed from Apple’s latest AirPods to create the first Powerbeats without a wire between the two earbuds. Optimized for workouts, they have redesigned, adjustable rubber loops that hook over the ear like other Powerbeats. Despite being fully wireless, they’re 23% smaller and 17% lighter than the Powerbeats3. Like AirPods, they automatically pause when removed from the ear. They also use the same Apple H1 chip as the latest AirPods, which enables them to respond to “Hey Siri” commands. Beam-forming microphones help filter out background noise during calls. Each bud has a full set of identical controls, allowing either one to be used without the other. Beats claims that each bud will last for 9 hours of music, and the included charging case brings that up to 24 hours total. Quick charging provides 1.5 hours of music playback with just five minutes of charging. Powerbeats Pro are compatible with both iOS and Android phones. Apple will sell the Powerbeats Pro in May for $250. They will be available in Black, Navy, Moss, and Ivory.

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Verizon Launches 5G One Week Early to Claim a World First

Verizon launched the first part of its commercial, mobile 5G network today in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. Consumers can experience 5G service with the Motorola Moto z3 when used with the 5G Moto Mod accessory, which also goes on sale to the general public today. Verizon says early customers in Chicago and Minneapolis should expect typical download speeds of 450 Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 1 Gbps, and latency less than 30 milliseconds. Verizon had originally announced April 11 as the launch date, but moved the launch up to today in order to beat Korea’s SK Telecom to claim the “first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone”. SK Telecom just today announced its plans to launch commercial 5G on April 5th with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Verizon has announced plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ phones, both of which have 5G fully integrated, but it appears SK Telecom will be the first to offer a phone with integrated 5G. Verizon’s 5G service costs an extra $10/month. The company has announced plans to expand its 5G network to over 30 US cities this year. Verizon’s 5G network launching today relies on the 28 GHz frequency band, which is considered mmWave. Such high frequencies have limited range and do not penetrate well indoors. Sprint plans to launch its 5G network — using much lower frequencies — starting next month, offering the LG V50 ThinQ. AT&T claims it launched its mmWave 5G network last year, but has yet to make compatible devices available to the general public. AT&T has promised to offer a 5G phone in the first half of 2019.

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Pixel 2 & 2 XL official sales cease

Pixel 2 & 2 XL official sales cease

If you are hankering after last year’s Google flagship from official channels i.e. Google’s own page, well it appears this can longer be done. If you pop over to the Google Store and search for either the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL, the devices are no longer listed. Only the Pixel 3 and 3 XL handsets are present.

This news is not surprising. The Google Pixel 2 range will be two years old, and in a matter of a few months the Pixel 4 should be on the horizon. Add to that the fact that the current 3 and 3XL range for sale.

Hopefully, this means that we can expect the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to drop in price across the board. If Google is no longer selling the devices, it’s a good bet that the company is no longer making the devices, either. As such, you can expect lots of online stores to start doing fire sales of their last remaining product.

Despite being 2 years old, the Pixel 2 still has one of the best cameras available today, and the device will continue to receive security patches and Android updates for the foreseeable immediate future. If in doubt, remember that the Nexus 6P was still receiving security updates recently. It also is currently one of only a handful of devices that can run the first betas of Android Q, and should be able to run betas of Android R in 2020.

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Verizon Debuts Service Plan Just for Kids

Verizon’s new Just Kids wireless service plan bundles parental controls and a restricted call list with 5GB of data, for $10/month less than the company’s cheapest unlimited plan. The company announced the plan today, and it will be available starting this Thursday. It requires a family plan with at least one other line on an unlimited plan. The parental controls are Verizon’s Smart Family Premium product, which is normally an extra $10/month. It tracks location, limits online time, and includes content filters. Just Kids limits calling and texting to 20 parent-defined contacts, although that usage is unlimited. The plan includes 5 GB of 4G LTE data, with unlimited low-speed data after the 5 GB is exhausted, eliminating overages. The Just Kids plan starts at $35/month on family plans with 4 or more lines. With 3 lines, Just Kids runs $45/month; with 2 lines, the Just Kids line is $55/month.

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Coolsmartphone Podcast 242 – Late night special

Coolsmartphone Podcast 242 – Late night special
Another week, another podcast, and yes – it’s still as regular as a Brexit Meaningful vote.

This week it’s a 48 minute edition covering the story behind the Android bike computer, phone cases, the new Huawei P30 and my quest for a well-priced reconditioned iPhone.

As usual, the podcast is recorded in the car and all of the above is interspersed with me discussing how daft people can be sometimes (think lane discipline, filling up their cars and turning their lights on).

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Honor UK changes to Honour UK?

How long have we mentioned this eh? I suggested it to the Huawei bosses when I was in China and we asked them again on our podcast…

I know, it might seem a small thing, but explaining it every time someone sees the View20 or another equally excellent Honor handset is a little annoying.

Honor UK changes to Honour UK?

Sure, in most of the world you’ll spell the word “Honour” as “Honor”, but here in the UK it’s confused a lot of people.

“What phone is that mate?

“Ah it’s made by a company called Honour, but you have to Google Honor…”

“How come? Are they American?”

“Err no but… It’s just the way they spell it …”

…and so on…

So today Honor UK are to rebrand as Honour UK… or are they? It is April 1st after all…

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Reno by Oppo a new take on the front camera

Reno by Oppo a new take on the front camera

According to internet Slashleaks, the Chinese device manufacturer Oppo’s latest device named “Reno” has a new take on the front-facing camera.

Like some others, the Reno has a pop up front camera, but the Reno’s unique front camera design means that the camera will apparently fit into a sloping mechanism, rather than a small piece that pops directly up.

Check out the video below from Waqar Khan on YouTube

Rumoured specs include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Display resolution 2340×1080

We have no other details on battery size camera specs etc, but Oppo has stated that the Reno will launch this April, so we don’t have long to wait before we get all the official details.

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