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Damien Wilde

@iamdamienwilde

Damien is resident Video Producer and has over a decade of UK media experience working within the sports industry and with numerous sports-focused publications — including golfing publication National Club Golfer — prior to joining the 9to5Google team.

After completing a BSc in Computer Science at the University of Hull with a major focus on data analytics and UX, he joined the Press Association (now PA Media), developing growing sports data products for the Barclay’s Premier League including the ACTIM Index which evolved into the EA Sports Player Performance Index.

While working with the UK’s largest media agency, he attained a Masters in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 where a love affair with all things videography began with a stint in student TV. A major interest and in-depth know-how of technology and videography have seen Damien lead 9to5Google’s official YouTube channel since 2018 and has hosted the 9to5Google Daily podcast since 2019.

Damien’s expertise and focus area lie in a number of beats including Android and OEM software updates, mobile applications, smartphone and accessory reviews, and just about anything that makes a mobile nerd tick. He says that he is “platform agnostic” despite primarily using Android devices and regularly tests the iOS waters to better understand the nuances of the tech he covers.

Outside of the tech space Damien is an avid supporter of his boyhood soccer team Hull City and is even a fully qualified Barista — with 3 years of experience making speciality coffee no less. Be sure to follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram for insights and upcoming video updates, you can also check out all of his video gear on his dedicated Kit.co page.

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After the launch of the OnePlus Nord 2 late last year, the Chinese firm is following up with a refreshed and tuned OnePlus Nord 2T. But is there enough of a difference to warrant switching from the OnePlus Nord 2 to the OnePlus Nord 2T?

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The OnePlus Nord 2T has now officially been unveiled as a follow-up to last year’s mid-range Nord 2.

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Lawnchair 12.1 is now available in Alpha and includes a number of improvements alongside the new At a Glance widget found in Android 12.

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Magic Eraser ad highlights ‘distraction removal’ from your photos on Pixel 6 series

Magic Eraser is a neat tool that comes bundled with each Pixel 6 and gives you the ability to remove unwanted photo bombers or artifacts from your photos. Now the latest Google ad for the Pixel 6 series is highlighting the power of the impressive Magic Eraser feature in everyday circumstances.

May 18

The recent Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sales success has helped Google break into the UK smartphones sales top five for the first time in Q1 2022.

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A week ago at Google I/O 2022, we saw some interesting new launch announcements including a brand new wave of products — some of which we won’t see fully until later this fall.

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LineageOS 19 builds arrive for Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Essential Phone, plus more

LineageOS 19 based upon Android 12 may have only officially launched just a few weeks ago, but it is already expanding to more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, Essential Phone, Poco F2 Pro, Poco F3, plus many more.

Google has received a prestigious iF Gold Design Award for the implementation of Material You and Dynamic Color within Android 12.

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The Vivo X80 and X80 Pro have now officially launched in global markets after initially being made available in China earlier this year.

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May 17

Since Android 12, you’ve been able to quickly sync all of your important data from an old iPhone to a new Google Pixel or Android device via cable. “Switch to Android” is a great option for those lacking a cable, and here’s how to use it.

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You might have slapped the Android 13 Developer Preview or recent Beta 2 update on your Google Pixel and are missing out on a few things or not having the best experience. Luckily, you can downgrade your Android 13 build back to a stable version of Android 12 if you encounter any major problems or just don’t like the current incarnation.

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After a long wait and a number of limited region-locked beta previews, Apex Legends Mobile is now available for all Android users on the Google Play Store.

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May 16

Here’s every device currently eligible for the Android 13 Beta

Google has opened the door to Android 13 for all with the start of the Beta program for Pixel devices – but what devices can install it? Here’s every eligible handset.

The stable OxygenOS 12 update complete with Android 12 is now rolling out for the first-generation OnePlus Nord.

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May 13

The Pixel 6a will be available to buy in these countries at these prices

After being unveiled at I/O 2022, Google has confirmed in which countries the Pixel 6a will go on sale and at what price.

With some Pixel 6 owners still facing issues, it seems that the Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric security.

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May 11

Android 13 Beta 2 is now available right off the back of an impressive I/O 2022 developer conference. Here are a few of the top new features in the second public-facing beta for the next Android release.

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During the annual I/O Developer conference Google has officially launched the affordably-focused Pixel 6a which acts as the entry-level model to the Pixel 6 series and comes powered by the firm’s flagship Tensor processor.

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Google Translate has today confirmed support for a further 24 new languages and dialects on its online translation service.

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Although the Android 12 update has been divisive among the fan community, you now can trial run the Android 13 Developer Preview on OnePlus 10 Pro devices.

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