Nubia announces Red Magic 5G with 144Hz screen and cooling fan

It’s got a tiny fan spinning inside the cooling chamber

Nubia’s last flagship is barely a few months old, but that’s not stopping the Chinese company from adding a new high-end handset to its gaming-focused Red Magic line. Keeping up with the growing trend of 5G-enabled phones, Nubia has announced the Red Magic 5G for its home market with standout features like an air-cooling system and a high-refresh-rate screen.

There is an unsaid rule in this industry: A handset cannot join the gaming-phone club unless it has a flashy design complete with some sort of RGB lighting. Read MoreNubia announces Red Magic 5G with 144Hz screen and cooling fan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BYO beer and webcam: COVID-19 driving people to online drinking parties

We definitely need happier hours during this outbreak

It’s been a bedraggling week of news about a global infectious disease and it looks like there’ll be more of it to come soon. So, while we’re still together on this overloaded crowd of circuitry called the internet and while I still have my job, let’s talk about some people who have come together in a Zoom conference room to drink and commiserate.

One of the countries that has struggled with containment of the novel coronavirus is Japan. Read MoreBYO beer and webcam: COVID-19 driving people to online drinking parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sennheiser introduces updated Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds with ANC and improved battery life

But keeps the $299 price tag

True wireless earbuds have been increasingly popular since Apple launched the AirPods, but the new trend is for them to come with active noise cancelation. Sony’s WF-1000XM3 were among the first, followed closely by Apple with the AirPods Pro. German competitor Sennheiser wants to keep up, and just announced an updated version of its Momentum True Wireless buds, which now feature ANC and improved battery life over the previous iteration.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 come with 7mm dynamic drivers, which produce excellent audio with deep basses. Read MoreSennheiser introduces updated Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds with ANC and improved battery life was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netatmo refreshes its ugly and stale Security app, adds video quality selector

It's whiter though, with no dark mode

Netatmo may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when you think about smart home security, but the French company does a lot of things right. Its cameras come with no hidden fees, but offer local storage, backups to Dropbox and an FTP server, face recognition (though not super reliable), alarm detection, Google Assistant integration — perks that usually cost a lot with competitor products. However, in my review of the Welcome camera, one of the aspects I lamented most was the sluggish Android app. Read MoreNetatmo refreshes its ugly and stale Security app, adds video quality selector was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The original Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is only $137 ($63 off) at Microsoft

Last year's hardware is still a pretty great bargain at 30% off MSRP

By this stage of the wearables game, Samsung has pretty much nailed down the formula for building great smartwatches. The company has been churning out hits for years, seemingly iterating on its winning designs and software with each generation. For a limited time, you can pick up last year’s original Samsung Galaxy Watch Active for just $137.17 ($62.82 off) at Microsoft.

The Galaxy Watch Active may not be the newest Samsung smartwatch on the market, but there’s still a lot to love about this model. Read MoreThe original Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is only $137 ($63 off) at Microsoft was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Galaxy S20 Ultra teardown shows unsurprisingly big repair challenges

iFixit says there's a lotta phone and a lotta glue

Update 1: 2020/03/13 9:30am PDT

JerryRigEverything video

Well, well, well, look what we have here — another exercise in cramming and jamming parts into a glass-and-metal box that is a Samsung phone. Specifically, iFixit has taken a look into the biggest and baddest one yet, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and has found it to be not too easily repairable, rating it a 3 out of 10.

Ever since moving to a glass-and-metal construction for its flagship devices from the Galaxy S6 onwards, any teardown (for repair purposes or what have you) has to begin with a heat gun pointed to its back to loosen the adhesive holding the back pane in place. Read MoreGalaxy S20 Ultra teardown shows unsurprisingly big repair challenges was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung publishes photos and specs of the upcoming Galaxy A11

Packs an 8-core chipset, bigger 4,000mAh battery, three rear cameras, and a hole-punch display

Although there has been no formal announcement yet, Samsung just published almost all the details regarding its upcoming Galaxy A11 phone, including plenty of photos and nearly complete specs. The A11 will sport an unnamed 8-core chipset, 6.4″ HD+ (720p) TFT display with a hole-punch camera cutout, a big 4,000mAh battery, and three rear cameras.

Specs

Chipset
Unnamed 8-core, 1.8GHz

RAM
2/3GB (depending on market and carrier)

Storage
32GB, microSD expandable

Display
6.4″ HD+ 720×1560 (TFT) w/”Infinity-O” cutout

Rear cameras
13MP f/1.8 primary, 5MP f/2.2 wide-angle,  2MP f/2.4 depth camera

Front camera
8MP f/2

Battery
4,000mAh, 15W fast charging

Dimensions
161.4 x 76.3 x 8 mm 177g

Colors
Black, White, Blue, Red

Misc. Read MoreSamsung publishes photos and specs of the upcoming Galaxy A11 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG releases kernel source code for V60 ThinQ

App devs can support LG's trademark mobile features like its Quad DAC systems

LG has published the kernel source for its latest smartphone, the V60 ThinQ. The code is available for two variants of the device: LMV600N and LMV600NO. The phone was released with LG’s skinned version of Android 10.

App developers will be able to tailor their products for certain features the V60 supports like high-quality audio from the on-board Quad DAC system.
Fun fact: the company put out the V50’s kernel ahead of its release. Read MoreLG releases kernel source code for V60 ThinQ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Ultimate Samsung Galaxy S20+ versus Galaxy Z Flip camera comparison: one step ahead

Samsung has always bene one of the leaders in the smartphone space when it comes to capturing photos and videos. The new Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup has just hit store shelves, preceded by the foldable Galaxy Z Flip. While there are many differences between each of these devices, those who are interested in imaging experience of the phones should note that the Galaxy Z Flip is essentially rocking the same camera hardware that last year’s S10 lineup had to offer.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ versus Pixel 4 camera shootout
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is equipped with two 12MP cameras on the back with standard and ultra-wide-angle lenses while the front-facing camera using a 10MP sensors. All three of the cameras are capable of recording 4K video at 60fps. On the Samsung Galaxy S20+ side, you have a quad-camera setup on the back with a 12MP main camera, 64MP 3x telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide and a 3D ToF sensor to help with depth sensing for portrait shots and AR effects. The sensors on the back are capable of capturing 8K video at 24fps and 4K video at 60fps. The front-facing camera on the S20+ is similar to that of the Z Flip with a 10MP sensor and 4K video capture at 60fps.

This Galaxy Z Flip versus Galaxy S20+ camera comparison will give you an idea of how Samsung’s hardware and image processing have evolved since last year. While there’s not a huge improvement across the board, it’s clear that Samsung is moving in the right direction with the Galaxy S20 smartphone this year.
Based on the photo gallery and the video, let us know which device you’d rather have in your pocket to capture those special moments.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ versus Galaxy Z Flip gallery

22 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Don't miss out on the sales for KORG Kaossilator, Slayaway Camp, and Cyber Knights RPG Elite

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The weekend is almost here, and since the majority of people will most likely be staying home because of the coronavirus, I suppose it’s a good thing that I have more than a few quality sales to share today. Most notably, KORG is offering its Kaossilator synthesizer app free of charge (normally $20), and if you’re looking for a couple of good games to keep you busy this weekend, make sure you don’t miss out on Slayaway Camp and Cyber Knights RPG Elite. Read More22 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Friday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.