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Following all its missteps, OnePlus could just spin off Nord into its own brand

OnePlus initially positioned Nord as a fresh new thing, almost like a brand relaunch to bring its efforts back to the midrange and budget smartphone market. While Nord has become more integrated with the core OnePlus brand and its broader strategy soon after the launch of the first Nord phone, there may have been a good reason for these initial efforts. Nord might just be spun off into its own separate sub-brand, much like how Xiaomi handles Poco.
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Google's gearing up for cross-platform timers, meanwhile iPhones can barely handle one

According to a recent teardown, Google is working on a feature that would allow Pixels (or potentially other devices cajoled into using the Pixel version of the At a Glance widget) to view timers started on other Assistant smart displays or speakers. This Cross Device Timer, as strings for the feature call it, sounds like you can start a timer on, say, your Nest Hub in the kitchen and follow its progress from your Pixel phone if an errand takes you away.
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Major SmartThings update will allow Phillips Hue lights to sync with the content on your TV

Replacing any aging appliances with their smart counterparts in your home can make your life a lot easier, but all that hardware is barely any good if not paired with adequate software. Fortunately, if you're into Samsung's ecosystem, you get the best of both worlds — its devices are great, and you can control them all through the SmartThings app. That software is now set to get a major update soon, making it better suited for some upcoming devices.

Motorola's upcoming 200MP flagship teases its big image sensor

Rumors about Motorola launching a smartphone with a mammoth 200MP camera have been circulating since at least January. Initially described as the Motorola Frontier, we've since learned that this phone will ultimately arrive as the Moto X30 Pro. The GM of Lenovo China's mobile business, Chen Jin, has now confirmed that the X30 Pro will feature a big 1/1.22-inch primary camera sensor.

Microsoft set to release Outlook Lite for lower-end devices this month

Android's remarkable openness and versatility mean it's adopted by almost every smartphone company not named Apple. The result? An operating system spread so broadly across the price spectrum that there exist plenty of devices that may not handle it and the apps it offers too well. Despite the massive jump in processing power over the last decade, some Android apps continue to not run as smoothly on entry-level devices, opening the way for their lite versions that consume less storage and go easier on resources. Now, Microsoft is looking to get more users on board its email service through the same approach.

Samsung may already be testing the Galaxy S22's One UI 5.0 beta with this exclusive group

Google may be running the show when it comes to Android betas for Pixels, but other phone makers have already started joining in with betas for their own handsets, and that list is only going to grow as we approach the final release. Samsung already has a reputation for being the quickest at monthly updates among third-party OEMs (it's not even a close competition) and the South Korean manufacturer looks set to make good on that renown with the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 beta, which could arrive as soon as later this month. A new rumor now claims that Samsung has already begun testing the new beta on the Galaxy S22 among its employees.

Google blocks popular app's update in South Korea over third-party billing

Google has long been wishy-washy about billing rules in the Play Store, but it announced strengthened enforcement in 2020. Not all developers were pleased with the changes, which forbade bypassing the Google Pay system. Epic filed (another) lawsuit, and lawmakers in South Korea passed an in-app payment law known colloquially as the "anti-Google law." It's being put to the test now that the rules have gone into effect. According to local reports, the popular KakaoTalk app is unable to submit updates because includes a link to its website for payments rather than integrating with the Play Store payment platform.

Save up to 48% on EcoFlow’s incredible portable power stations this Prime Day

Summer is here, and along with longer days, it brings the opportunity to take a break from your monotonous routine and spend time outside indulging in activities you love, be it camping, a day at the beach, or a picnic at the park. While being outdoors can be recharging enough for you, your gadget friends will surely need some help. A power bank can juice up your phone or laptop, but if you have lights and small appliances like an electric stove or a cooler to power, investing in a portable power station is the way to go. If you're looking for one, you're in luck because EcoFlow has some enticing discounts on a range of power stations for the upcoming Amazon Prime Day sale.

Asus’s ROG Phone 6 is here to take top spot as the best gaming phone around

Asus might not be on par with the sales numbers of companies like Samsung or Apple, but its ROG series of gaming phones have won over fans with over-the-top hardware specs and an equally crazy design. The company has carried over the ROG brand to mobiles after making gaming hardware for years in the PC space. Despite its outrageous price, 2021's ROG Phone 5 impressed us with its performance, dual front speakers, and a massive 6,000mAh battery. After a few teasers, the Taiwanese company has announced the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro to satiate the hunger of hardcore gamers out there.

The best Amazon Kindle Oasis cases in 2022

The Kindle Oasis is Amazon's most premium eReader, offering exclusive features, the best screen, and a unique design that makes one-handed reading more comfortable. In fact, it's one of the best Kindles you can buy. When spending this much on a Kindle, you'll want to ensure it's protected against drops, knocks, or any other damage that might threaten it. That's what we've collected the best cases for the Oasis, from sturdy protective cases to stylish covers that make your Kindle stand out. If you already own a Kindle Oasis or are doing some research hoping to buy one on Prime Day, these cases cover all the bases of what you'll need to keep your Kindle safe.

HTC's bizarre Android hardware strategy has culminated in a tablet no one asked for

HTC may mostly be out of the Android business. It instead focuses mostly on its virtual reality hardware and establishing the metaverse-like “Viveverse” surrounding it. HTC is still releasing a new Android device every once in a while, be it last year’s Desire 21 Pro or last month’s Desire 22 Pro. Now, the company has revealed another device. It’s a tablet called the HTC A101, and it’s running Android 11 in 2022.

How to check your Amazon gift card balance

Amazon gift cards are more than just a mildly inconvenient form of cash locked to your Amazon account. While purchasing an Amazon gift card for someone is a convenient way to send them money, it can actually be a good way to set yourself up for quick and easy purchases, or even a smart payment method for budgeting if you're a frequent Amazon shopper. The best part is that it's possible to reload those gift cards for future use, so your account's gift balance can be at-the-ready for a quick checkout.

Ring Video Doorbell 4 review: Security that will cost you

Diving into the world of smart home accessories — beyond your usual lineup of smart speakers or displays — is an exciting, costly proposition that can involve modifying your home to accommodate your new gadgets. It's not enough to just buy a bunch of hubs, bulbs, and cameras from your local Best Buy. They have to work together with whatever ecosystem you've found yourself in, especially as we're still months out from the launch of Matter.

The best Amazon Alexa-compatible smart home devices in 2022

Voice assistants add considerable convenience to our daily lives, and none have paved the way quite like Amazon's Alexa. The ever-increasing selection of Alexa-enabled devices includes tens of thousands of smart home devices, from security cameras to smart thermostats, robotic vacuums, and beyond. While each of these categories has plenty...

Three OnePlus golden-era phones pick up Paranoid Android's second Android 12 beta

After disappearing from the custom ROM scene for a while, Paranoid Android returned with its Android 12-based Sapphire builds in late November last year, and the team released the first Alpha in 2021. This was followed by the first beta dropping in March 2022, starting with the OnePlus 9 series. Four months later, the second beta build of the ROM is here with several bug fixes and enhancements.

This ad company is teaming up with US carriers to take over your lock screen

Apple has introduced a brand-new take on the iPhone lock screen for the next release of iOS. The operating system now allows you to customize the lock screen with preferred fonts, colors, and there is even a parallax effect where the clock can be partially hidden behind a subject in the image. We’ve been hoping that Google would take some inspiration for Android from its competitor, and while it’s still a possibility for Android 14, it looks like Android users in the US might be in for a whole different lock screen experience. A Google-backed ad company called Glance is looking to launch in the US, and it brings media content, news, and casual games to Android lock screens.

What is Amazon Assistant?

Shopping on the Internet can be a pain. Thanks to the rapid proliferation of online retail over the past decade, buying things online is easier than ever, and a ton of comparison shopping sites have popped up, most notably Google Shopping. On the other hand, many people don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up at multiple sites and sharing their credit card information with them, just to save a few bucks. But among online marketplaces, Amazon is king, and nearly everyone who shops online has an Amazon account. Amazon Assistant is a tool for comparing online prices with Amazon’s prices so you can determine if it’s worth the grief of signing up for a new account to save some money.

Xiaomi's most exciting phone launch in years just got the wind taken out of its sails

The big smartphone launch of yesterday was the brand new Xiaomi 12S series that tweaks the formula of the company’s flagship smartphone range and offers significant improvements to the camera system on its top-end model. Now, a new statement from the company has made it clear that these phones won’t be on sale anywhere outside the company’s home country of China.

What is Google Meet Companion mode and how does it work?

Whether you're working in-person or remote, participating in meetings is essential. Google Meet's Companion mode makes it easy to contribute, no matter where you're working from. Announced in September 2021, this feature lets each person use a second screen while in a meeting. Here's how to use Google Meet Companion mode and why it’s such a big deal in the era of hybrid work.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro goes official with its smartwatch-like design

Xiaomi is a well-established name in the wearables market, particularly across Asia and Europe, with models like the Mi Band 6 impressing us with incredibly low prices and solid feature sets. We've heard rumors about a Mi Band 7 Pro since at least May, most recently with a teaser just last week detailing its imminent arrival. Right on schedule, Xiaomi has unveiled its latest wearable, alongside the new Xiaomi 12S Ultra with its much-hyped Leica camera.