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Damien Wilde

@iamdamienwilde

Damien is 9to5Google’s resident Video Producer and proud Yorkshireman.

Be sure to follow him on Twitter for insights and upcoming video updates, a word of warning though, you can also expect lots of football (soccer) talk.

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Today

Open up your smartphone web browser and the experience is probably pretty snappy if you have a new or reasonably new smartphone. Enter Google Go, a cut-down version of Google Search that is designed specifically for modest hardware and slow connections.

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9to5Google Daily 288: Google is killing yet another messaging platform

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[Update: Mate 9, Mate 10, P10] Huawei’s EMUI 9.1 is set to head to a further 49 devices soon

Huawei’s EMUI might not be our favorite OEM Android skin out there, but it is much better than it once was with EMUI 9.1 on the P30 Pro. The Android Pie update is now making its way to 49 Huawei-branded devices in the very near future.

Yesterday

9to5Google Daily 287: The Pixel 3a has helped boost Google’s smartphone sales in the US

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While the Honor 20 Pro is unlikely to ever make it to the United States, for the rest of the world, the phone looked to be the first casualty in the ongoing US-China trade war. expand full story

A new report from Counterpoint Research has shown that the Pixel line remains one of the fastest-growing smartphone ranges in the United States — thanks to sales of the Pixel 3a.

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Huawei’s Kirin 990 chipset set to add support for 4K 60 fps video capture

According to a report by Neowin, the next-generation Kirin 990 chipset is set to be the first Huawei chipset to support 4K 60 fps video recording.

According to a new report, 85 popular Google Play Store apps with over 8 million total downloads were found to be forcing full-screen ads when installed on your smartphone.

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LineageOS 16 now available for Zenfone 6, Razer Phone, older Samsungs

The latest wave of devices to support the Android Pie-based LineageOS 16 now includes the Asus Zenfone 6, original Razer Phone, and several older Samsung Galaxy devices as originally spotted by the folks over at Android Police.

OxygenOS 9.5.10 now rolling out to T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro w/ multiple fixes

After a slight delay, the T-Mobile OnePlus 7 Pro is now getting the OxygenOS 9.5.10 update that brings quite a few fixes and system improvements.

[Update: Releases August 22] Pre-orders open for Funko Pop skinned Gears of War on Android, iOS

One of the most popular Xbox exclusives in the form of Gears of War is heading to Android and iOS devices later this year courtesy of Gears POP!

August 19

9to5Google Daily 286: Google appears to be making serious volumes of silicon

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Microsoft SMS Organizer app now available in US, UK, Australia

While in most of the world, SMS is almost a dying protocol, it is still popular and used by millions every single day. The Microsoft created SMS Organizer is now available in the US, UK, and Australia, and is designed to help you get a grip of text message spam, promotions, reminders, and general clutter.

According to a new report via CNBC, Nvidia CEO, Jensen Huang, claims that Google is the only customer of the chipmaker that is building its own silicon at scale.

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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo join forces to make Android file transfers easier

With Android Beam set to be deprecated with the release of Android Q, we are still unsure of what the future holds for cross-platform file sharing. We’ve seen glimpses of the new Fast Share but it isn’t known if that will be available to all Android phones. While we are still unclear, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have decided to join forces to work on a multi-platform Android file transfer platform.

First Galaxy Note 10 update brings August patch, camera improvements, more

We’re just in that lull after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ but we’ve now got our first update for the newest flagship on the block.

[Update: US Unlocked Galaxy S10] August 2019 patch now rolling out to Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are part of the second wave of Samsung phones to get the August 2019 patch — after we first saw the Note 8 and Note 9 get the patch just last week.

Folding phones have endured a rocky start ever since the Samsung Galaxy Fold hit a snag and had to be pulled from sale. Noticing the well-publicized problems, Huawei initially delayed the launch of its own foldable — the Mate X.

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August 16

When you hear “Android fragmentation,” we often conjure up the negatives, but there is more to the mobile OS forks than slightly slow software updates. Unlike Android, iOS has an end-to-end experience controlled by Apple from start to finish. That means that because of iOS, we sometimes wrongly see fragmentation as a dirty word. The thing is, it is actually quite the opposite on the Android side of the fence.

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9to5Google Daily 285: Wear OS stuggles to gain a foothold in the US market

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