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Damien Wilde

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You don’t need a flagship to get a good Android experience, not anymore. With initiatives like Android One and Android Go, and Google’s own step into the affordable market, Google has made mid-range and even low-range devices usable again. With so many options on the market now, it’s hard to tell which ones are even worth your time. Let’s dig through and get to know the best affordable Android phones you can buy, as of April 2020.

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YouTube has confirmed that it will stop promoting and remove videos that are falsely spreading claims linking 5G technology to the coronavirus.

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For those that want a real rugged smartphone, you might want to take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro.

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[Update: Samsung statement] Samsung fans start petition to stop usage of ‘inferior’ Exynos chipsets in Galaxy devices

Samsung fans around the globe have decided to petition the Korean firm to stop using its own Exynos chipsets within their flagship Galaxy devices due to underperformance when compared to their Snapdragon counterparts.

April 3

Moto G8 Power Lite goes official w/ Android Pie, 5,000mAh battery, $185 price tag

Motorola has officially unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite, an affordable device that includes a whopping 5,000mAh battery, triple camera setup, plus more on top.

OnePlus to host ‘online-only’ Open Ears Forum for OxygenOS on April 10

As COVID-19 plays havoc with events and gatherings, OnePlus has confirmed that its regular Open Ears Forum will now go ahead as an online-only event.

Android 10 is now rolling out for the Galaxy Tab S6

The Android 10 update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with all the trappings of the One UI upgrade.

OxygenOS 10.0.9 rolling out for OnePlus 7T series w/ March 2020 patch, more

The stable OxygenOS 10.0.9 update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the March 2020 security patch being the headline inclusion.

April 2

With three distinct Samsung Galaxy S20 series devices to choose from, you might not know which the best option is for you to buy.

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After hints were found that we might see the first builds of LineageOS 17.1 based upon Android 10, the team behind the project have confirmed that it is now officially available.

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[Update: US rollout] Samsung One UI 2.1 update set to come to Galaxy S10, Note 10, S9, Note 9

The release of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series also saw a minor bump up in One UI to version 2.1. At the moment, only four devices now run the slightly modified build of Android 10, but as expected, that is set to increase as Samsung is set to bring the update to older models.

As we’ve been busy bringing all manner of 3D Animals and AR objects into our homes during the COVID-19 lockdown, Google has added a neat new feature called Art Transfer to the Arts & Culture app that turns your photos into classic works of art.

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The CTL VX11 is an affordable and durable Chromebook for under $210

As a firm mainly offering devices for the business and education sectors, the brand new CTL VX11 Chromebook might fit the bill for homeschooling at under $210.

Neighbourly, Google’s Indian Q&A app, is shutting down on May 12

Google is set to shut down its India-focused social Q&A app Neighbourly after just two years.

[Update: Note 9] Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now receiving the April 2020 security patch

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners might not be getting the far more wanted Android 10 update but at least you can get the April 2020 security patch.

April 1

Pixel 4 Face Unlock support comes to Microsoft OneDrive

The distinct lack of apps that support Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 is disappointing, but to ease that frustration, Microsoft has now added the biometric security option to OneDrive.

WhatsApp could add option for multiple devices per account

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to be working on a multiple-device feature that might let you use one telephone number across a multitude of smartphones.

Nokia 7.2 now receiving stable Android 10 update

The Android 10 update is now rolling out for the Android One-powered Nokia 7.2.

[Update: More devices added] The first official Android 10 builds of LineageOS could launch very soon

An incredibly popular third-party ROM, LineageOS is undoubtedly the go-to for many Android fans that are happy to tinker with their devices. While Android 10 has been available for a while, LineageOS — as a community project — has been a little slow to be made available.

[Update: OxygenOS 10.0.5 for EU/Global] OxygenOS 10.3.2 rolling out now for OnePlus 7/7 Pro w/ March 2020 patch, slow-mo video fixes, more

The stable OxygenOS 10.3.2 update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, bringing with it the March 2020 security patch plus a number of performance tweaks.

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