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Damien Wilde

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Damien is 9to5Google’s resident Video Producer based in the UK.

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The Nubia Red Magic 3S is here to take back the crown from all of the other gaming smartphone upstarts by stacking the specs at an attractive price-tag.

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9to5Google Daily 382: Gylt and Metro Exodus going free for Stadia subscribers, Pixel 4 Assistant now works with 3-button nav, more

Listen to a short-form recap or roundup of all the top 9to5Google stories of the previous 24 hours. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

After some hints, an updated roadmap, and extensive beta program, the Android 10 update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 with Germany and those on Verizon’s Xfinity network in the US first in line.

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Google has put a temporary suspension on paid Chrome Web Store extensions after a recent increase in fraudulent transactions using the paid extension system.

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The Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 now receiving the January 2020 security patch

Sony is now rolling out the January 2020 security patch for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5.

In previous years, we’ve seen Google target specific areas of its own “ecosystem,” but for its Super Bowl LIV commercial, the star of the show is undoubtedly the Google Assistant.

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Moto G8, G8 Power specs and renders leak w/ mid-range hardware, familiar design

Renders of the upcoming Motorola Moto G8 and G8 Power have leaked giving us a closer look at the design and the specifications of the yet to be released handsets.

January 27

9to5Google Daily 381: YouTube Premium subscribers get free membership perks, Google Camera to add 24fps support, more

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Motorola appears to be working on a cut-price stylus-equipped Galaxy Note competitor

Motorola appears to be working on a stylus-equipped cut-price alternative to the popular Samsung Galaxy Note line according to new leaked renders.

OnePlus has vowed to enhance the video experience on all of its smartphones throughout 2020.

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Android 10 heading to Galaxy S9 in February according to new update roadmap

A new Android 10 update roadmap now has the Samsung Galaxy S9 One UI 2.0 upgrade slated for a February 2020 release.

Huawei Watch GT/GT2, Honor Band 4/5 update adds new watch faces, optimizations

While Huawei and by extension, Honor face US trade sanctions, they are still plugging away with two of the most impressive smartwatches for Android in recent years. The latest update for the Watch GT and Watch GT 2 includes a series of optimizations and some new watch faces.

The Poco X2 set to launch February 4 w/ 120Hz display, 64-megapixel camera

The long-awaited Poco X2 is set to launch on February 4th, 2020 in Dehli, India after being confirmed by the now-standalone company.

January 24

Google wants us to use our phones less, or at least curb our smartphone usage. This has led to a number of standalone Digital Wellbeing apps that all have weird and wonderful notions of how we should be using our phones in a healthy manner.

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9to5Google Daily 380: Google I/O to take place in early May, Sprint fixes any Samsung Galaxy screens for just $50, plus more

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[Update: Coming next month] Poco confirms next smartphone will launch this quarter with ‘top-end SoC’

After recently going solo and breaking free from Xiaomi, teases were dropped by Poco, but the company has now confirmed that the Poco F1 follow-up will launch as early as “this quarter.”

January 23

9to5Google Daily 379: Drive gets a Progressive Web App, Samsung Messages preps Duo integration, more

Listen to a short-form recap or roundup of all the top 9to5Google stories of the previous 24 hours. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google PlayiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts appStitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

The OnePlus Concept One may never come to market, but it’s a hint at some potential new tech heading to future OnePlus smartphones. The company has since shared some further details alongside some stunning early all-black prototypes of the OnePlus Concept One during development — yes, a prototype of a concept.

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Mario Kart Tour opens multiplayer racing to all players on Android and iOS

At launch, Mario Kart Tour was missing the key multiplayer component, but it was quickly added in follow-up updates.

In a bid to declutter notification drawers, Google decided that disabling Play Store update notifications was something that was needed, despite being pretty useful.

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