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Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 review

A couple of years ago I reviewed the Deebot 901 robovac, and in all this time it has served me well. However, if you’re like me, you have some mix of carpet, linoleum, tile, and hardwood in your home. Meaning, you not only need to vacuum, but also mop the floors.With that in mind, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Thankfully, our friends over at Ecovacs were nice enough to send out the latest Deebot Ozmo T8 robovac that is capable of vacuuming and mopping floors.DesignIf you’ve seen a robovac before, there are no surprises here. The Deebot Ozmo T8 features the same circular design with sensors on the bottom to avoid falling downstairs and one on the top to map your home. It also includes advanced sensors on the front to help it avoid obstacles such as shoes and other objects.The back-end is where you’ll see it stray from most other robovacs, because that’s where the water tank and mopping accessories attach. Besides that, not there’s not much else to see here.I will say that I appreciate that Ecovacs housed the cleaning tool underneath the flap on the top with this model. I was constantly misplacing the one for the Deebot 901 I reviewed, and I couldn’t even tell you where it is right now. Having it stored away on the robovac itself makes it much more convenient to keep track of and reminds me to clean it more regularly.Set upGetting the Ozmo T8 connected and set up was pretty easy and straightforward. I had no issues connecting it to my Wi-Fi network and only ran into one hiccup, and that was with the mapping. By default, the T8 doesn’t appear to create a map on its first run unless you enable “Advanced Mode” in the settings.If you want it to map your home, and I highly recommend that you do because it’s how you access all the advanced features, then you’re going to have to tap the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner and enable “Advanced Mode”.After creating a map, you’ll have access to all the best features such as, virtual walls, custom area cleaning, multi-floor mapping, changing the cleaning sequence, and more. All of these are very valuable features in a robovac, so you might as well get your money’s worth and enable them first thing.AppThe Ecovacs app is packed full of useful features and options. First and foremost, it allows you to keep track of the robovac in real-time, as well as getting a visual look at everywhere that has been cleaned.Beyond that, it makes it easy to specific rooms or areas in your home by using the Area or Custom mode. These are perfect for rooms that get more foot traffic than others or for a quick clean up job if someone drags in some dirt or spills some crumbs in the kitchen.Additionally, you can dictate in what rooms it will vacuum first when setting up auto clean, and adjust the strength of the suction or mopping for each room. You can even set it up to run twice to ensure it does an even more thorough job at cleaning.If you tap the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner, there are even more settings to discover, such as scheduling, continuous cleaning, a do not disturb mode, and more. Furthermore, it provides access to settings for some of the accessories such as the Auto-Empty Station and the Ozmo Pro Mopping attachment.User ExperienceInitially, I experienced some frustrating times with the Deebot Ozmo T8. For some reason, it kept skipping rooms and acting up, but after some troubleshooting with the extremely helpful and patient team at Ecovacs, we discovered the culprit. Some irregular tile flooring in my home was interfering with the TrueDetect 3D Obstacle Avoidance sensors on the front of the unit.After I disabled this feature it seemed to solve most of the issues I had experienced. Unfortunately, that also got rid of the benefit of these sensors, such as avoiding cables or other small objects on the floor. Immediately after turning this off, the T8 knocked a lamp into the floor on its next run by getting tangled up in the power cable. That’s an issue I also experienced with the previous Deebot 901 without these sensors. Thankfully, that’s an easy fix by creating a virtual boundary within the app.The only other issue I encountered was not being able to access the Wi-Fi network on the second floor of the house. Even though, I have no issue connecting my phone, laptop, tablet, or smart speaker in the exact same area.Now, without a Wi-Fi connection, you lose all of the advanced features of the T8. You can’t control it through the app, view the map, or change any of the settings period. It was still able to clean by pressing the power button on the T8 itself, but you couldn’t change any of the settings, view the progress, set up virtual walls, etc.Once I brought it back to the first level of the house and reconnected it, I was able to access everything again like normal, and I saw it even created a map of the second floor. I just won’t have access to it when I move the Ozmo T8 down there.On a brighter note, one of my favorite features of the Deebot Ozmo T8 is the support for Google Assistant. It’s such a frictionless experience to ask Google to start the robovac up, and it sure beats fumbling with your phone to do it. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about bossing your robovac around with your voice, it makes it feel like you’re living in the future.How well does it clean?The Ozmo T8 offers four different vacuum power levels to choose from. By default, it will be set to standard and it’s actually intelligent enough to increase and decrease suction depending on the type of flooring it’s cleaning. However, if you want to take control and change it manually, that’s also possible.I know I cranked mine up to max power for every room to make sure everything was as clean as can be. And overall, the Ozmo T8 sucked up everything in sight off the tile, wood, and linoleum floors. It also left the carpet fluffed up and looking immaculate.I’m certain these little robovacs aren’t as powerful as the large upright vacuum I used to push around the house. However, the T8 keeps my floors looking so clean, I have no desire to push that bulky thing around the house ever again.MoppingIf you were hoping you’d be able to banish the mop to the back of the closet after buying the Deebot Ozmo T8, I have some bad news for you. The mopping feature is more akin to lightly dragging a damp rag across the floor. That works great for getting up some dust off of hardwood flooring, but it’s not exactly what I’d call “mopping”.Unfortunately, if you want to get up all the grime and stains off the kitchen flooring, you’re still going to have to put in the effort of scrubbing with an actual mop.However, if all you were looking to do was get up some residual dust, then the T8 works perfectly for that.AccessoriesAlong with the Deebot T8 Ozmo, Ecovacs also sent out the Auto-Empty Station and Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping attachment. While both of these accessories are nice to have, I wouldn’t deem either of them essential. Fortunately, that’s a good thing, because neither of them comes cheap.For example, the Auto-Empty Station starts at $250, all for the convenience of not having to remove and empty the dust bin after each cleaning. Not to mention, the disposable bags that are required will cost you $20 for a pack of three. In my opinion, that’s a lot to pay to simply avoid dumping the dust bin manually.However, if manually dumping the dust bin is one of the things preventing you from buying a robovac, then rest assured the Deebot Auto-Empty Station works perfectly. When the bot returns to the station after each run to charge, the Auto-Empty Station spins up with a loud motor and cleans out the dust bin into a hypo-allergenic bag that prevents the spread of any dust in your home.After a disappointing run in the kitchen with the included mopping attachment, I was hoping the Ozmo Pro Mopping accessory would blow me away. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. After running the Deebot T8 with the Ozmo Pro Mopping attachment several times, I noticed it was able to pick up the occasional stain here and there, but it still left plenty behind.The grime and dirt which had accumulated over the past few weeks was also left mostly untouched, despite the high-frequency motor that vibrates at 480 times per minute. In the end, I had to break the mop out of the closet and give the floor a good scrubbing if I wanted to see it sparkling clean.I guess the takeaway here is, even if there is a high-speed oscillating motor, it’s not going to help scrub away the stains on the floor unless some downwards pressure applied.Final ThoughtsThe Deebot Ozmo T8 from Ecovacs is an admirable little robovac. It has a powerful suction motor, mopping function, intelligent sensors, and accessories to enhance it even further.However, what truly impressed me was the feature-packed app. It is overflowing with options and ensures that your home will get cleaned when and how you like it. When you buy a robovac, it’s not all about the hardware, the software also plays a part. Fortunately, the Ozmo T8 and Ecovacs app work in harmony to provide a remarkable experience.Just be aware, that the mopping function isn’t going to replace your old stick mop, and the addons can be expensive. Thankfully, they are not essential to the experience, and you should be more than happy with the performance of the standalone Ozmo T8.Buy from Amazon Buy from Ecovacs

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 shows off impressive numbers in preliminary benchmarks

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor was announced on December 2, 2020. The high-end SoC is set to power some of 2021’s fastest smartphones with Qualcomm promising up to a 25% improvement in CPU performance and 35% improvement in graphics processing. Now, we’re getting our first look at benchmarks from the beastly Snapdragon 888, and at first looks, it is quite impressive.It should be noted, that all these benchmarks come directly from Qualcomm running on an unspecified reference phone. Not to mention, that benchmarks don’t always tell the full story in performance. Just be aware that the following numbers are lab tests under the best conditions and not real-world performance numbers.Let’s kick things off with the AnTuTu score, where the Snapdragon 888 turned in a score of 735439. For reference, the Galaxy Note 20 powered by Snapdragon 865+ currently has a score of 603352 according to AnTuTu’s rankings. As you can see, that’s quite the improvement, and it currently outranks the top phone on AnTuTu, which is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro with a total of 661059.Next up, we have the Geekbench scores, where the Snapdragon 888 scored a 1135 in single-core speeds and 3794 in multi-core with the reference device. To put that in perspective, the top-ranking Android device according to Geekbench is the OnePlus 8 with a single-core score of 886 and multi-core score of 3199 running the Snapdragon 865 SoC.The all-new Snapdragon 888 easily leaves the Snapdragon 865 and 865+ in the dust, and this is exactly what we’d expect to see from Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset. Of course, as I mentioned above, these scores come from an ideal lab environment. Once we see some phones running the Snapdragon 888 in real-world conditions, we can expect to see how the benchmark scores from Qualcomm’s reference device hold up.Fortunately, we shouldn’t have to wait long. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series of phones are launching January 14, 2021, and they are expected to run the latest Snapdragon chip, as is the OnePlus 9 set to be revealed in March 2021.

ZTE Axon 20 5G, world’s first phone with under-display camera, now available for purchase

Today, ZTE is making history by being the first smartphone maker to offer a phone with a camera under the display. You might remember, ZTE first launched the Axon 20 5G back at the beginning of the month with the price still being a big question mark.We now know what ZTE is charging for this world’s first smartphone, and it’s surprisingly reasonable at €449/£419/$449. Plus, you can have it in any color you want, as long as that color is black.Now, besides the 32MP front-facing camera hidden under the 6.92-inch 90Hz 1080p display, there’s not too much to get excited about with the Axon 20 5G. It’s powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 765G, 8GB of RAM, has 128GB of storage with an expandable microSD card slot. It also packs in a 4,200mAh battery, and comes with Android 10 out of the box.The back of the device houses a quad-camera setup with a 64MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth camera.As you can see, besides the front-facing camera, fingerprint sensor, and speaker hidden under the display on the device, the Axon 20 5G is unremarkably average. Early reports are also revealing that the front-facing camera is also exceedingly sub-par. Going so far as to say that the phone is best if you don’t plan on taking selfies.That shouldn’t be too surprising, as this is brand new technology and even getting a camera to take semi-decent photos from behind the display is a feat in itself. However, it appears other brands working on this technology weren’t ready to ship a phone with photos of this quality yet, while ZTE was more concerned with being first.If you want to be one of the first in the world to experience a phone that’s all screen and nothing in between, you can order the ZTE Axon 20 5G starting today.Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as going directly to the ZTE website. First, you’ll need to be in one of the countries where the phone is available. Spoiler alert, the U.S. isn’t one of the countries. It’s mainly in countries across Europe and Asia.Then, you need to join the New Vision Club to receive an invitation code. Afterward, you can input your code on the ZTE website to complete your order and receive the Axon 20 5G along with a pair of ZTE LiveBuds TWS earphones.With this being the first commercially available phone with a camera hidden under the display, demand will most likely be high. So, if you’re wanting to get your hands on one you better hurry.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro leaks: Samsung ditching the beans

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live launched back in August, with their distinctive bean shape. Now, we have the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro upcoming, probably launching alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Here are some things that we might see in the newest True Wireless offering from Samsung.Design and ColorsIn a leak from Evan Blass, we were able to see the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in full as well as their color options. First, we can see that Samsung has decided to drop the beans seen on the Galaxy Buds Live. You can see the case has a squircle design with a USB-C port. This leak also shows many microphones which will likely help with ambient sound and voice detection, enabling audio passthrough.In addition, the Galaxy Buds Pro will come in two more colors besides the Phantom Black shown in the leak – Phantom Silver and Phantom Violet. SpecificationsPhonearena dove into the FCC database and found what they believe to be the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro under the model number SM-R190.The listing describes earbuds with a 60mAh battery in either bud with a 500mAh case, which will result in 22 hours of battery life with ANC on. This case can be charged by either USB-C fast charging or wireless charging.The Galaxy Buds Pro will also feature active noise cancellation, IP68 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.1, and touch controls.FeaturesRecently, a Reddit user known as gamer0mega reportedly got their hands on a pre-release APK for the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. Here are the features they uncovered:3D spatial audio with head tracking for Samsung One UI 3 and up devicesVoice detection that turns volume down when it hears a conversationLeft/right hearing adjustmentAmbient sound modeANC modeBixby wake-up sensorThere is little known about the price of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, but it is likely that they will run around $200

European pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup leaks along with more S21 Ultra specs

Samsung is set to reveal its latest flagship phones at the January 14, 2021, Unpacked event. So far, we’ve seen plenty of leaks, including official teaser videos, specs, and even an unofficial video review of the Galaxy S21+.There’s not much we don’t know about the upcoming Samsung flagships, except for the price. Rumors have been going around that the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus could be cheaper than its predecessors, and now we might have proof of that.Information coming from notable leaker Ishan Agarwal and 91Mobiles have revealed the European pricing for all three of the phones. The most exciting of the leaks is that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will start at €849 ($1,035) with 128GB of storage, and the 128GB Galaxy S21+ will start at €1,049 ($1,278).If those prices hold true, that would put both models at €50 ($61) less than last year’s Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+. It’s important to note, that these prices could vary depending on the country, and remember that taxes are included, which means the prices should be lower here in the U.S. than the ones listed here.If you were hoping the S21 Ultra would get the same treatment, we have some bad news for you. The leak suggests the Ultra model will increase in price with a €1,399 ($1,705) price tag for the 128GB model.It seems after 2020, Samsung has taken a look at its prices and realized they were starting to get out of control. A €50 price drop still isn’t quite the price cut we were all hoping for, but it’s a start. Plus, Samsung typically runs a pretty generous trade-in program at launch, which will help drop the price even further.Additionally, Roland Quandt from WinFuture has given us a look at the full specs of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Most notably, he confirmed the S21 Ultra will feature S Pen support and you’ll be able to buy it separately or in a bundle with a case at launch.Quandt also confirms that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will ship without a power adapter, headphones, or case in Germany. Instead, the only accessory in the box will be a lone USB-C cable. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, and it’s possible it is a regional thing, but we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung goes full Apple at its Unpacked event in the next couple of weeks.Other specs include a 6.8-inch 3,200 x 1,440 display, an Exynos 2100 chip in Europe with a clock speed of 2.9GHz, and a 5,000mAh battery. He also states the main camera will be the same physical size as the Galaxy S20 Ultra but with improved performance.

Take your first steps towards a programming career with this training bundle, just $30

It has long been predicted that robots will ultimately replace humans in a variety of aspects. And while we don’t have robot servants (at least not yet!), we are certainly heading in the direction of having millions of jobs displaced by automation. Thankfully, programming won’t be replaced by AI any time soon. What’s more, programming could be a fairly lucrative field.While you can’t make a shift into programming overnight, you can slowly walk your way into the field. If you’re looking for a comprehensive way to learn how to code and build your own apps, The Ultimate Microsoft .NET & C# Programmer Bundle is a great place to start.Become familiar with the basics of programming and start building from scratch through these 41 courses, taught by professional web developer and online educator Avetis Ghukasyan. With an average instructor rating of 4.5-out-of-5 from 100,000+ students at Udemy, his style certainly seems to work well.FeaturesLearn C# By Building Applications: Understand the Concepts of C#6 & C#7 and Use Them to Build Real World .NET Console AppsMaster C# And SQL By Building Applications: Become a Better Software Developer by Learning How to Build Real-World Applications Using C# & SQLBeginner Object Oriented Programming In C# and .NET Core: Learn Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals & Climb Up the Developer HierarchyMicrosoft SQL Server And T-SQL Course For Beginners: Learn about the Benefits of SQL & How SQL Server Stores DataLearn Web Development By Building A Blog: Angular, Bootstrap, ASP.NET Core & More — Learn Full Stack Web Development by Building A Blog ApplicationAvailabilityValued at $1,000 for the full training bundle, you can purchase it from the AG Deals Store for just $30. That means you can kickstart a side hustle or new career for the price of a steak dinner.

This online training bundle is your project management golden ticket

Chances are good that you’ve taken a closer look at what you do for a living this year. The pandemic has forced a lot of us home, giving us new obstacles and hurdles to contend with. It’s also given us a bright light to shine on what work looks like and how we’re doing.Do you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut, wasting your days working for the man? Wouldn’t it be nice if you were the one in charge? Why not resolve to get yourself into a six-figure career and become a next-level boss?Many of the jobs and careers worth pursuing today require an upper management system that knows how to organize and run things smoothly. If you can learn to manage projects, you’re on the way to climbing the proverbial ladder of success.There are many disciplines and tools available to project managers and some of them are trusted more than others. Among the key methods are Agile, Scrum, JIRA, and Trello.The AG Deals Store has a killer bundle of training around project management. The Project Management & Scrum Certification Preparation Exams Bundle features nine courses and some 383 lessons to help you through the basics and best approaches to managing a successful team.Whether it’s Agile, Kanban, or something else, this training blows the door wide open on securing certified project manager status and one of the six-figure salaries that come with it. Indeed, not only do you get the education, but you get certificates to show you’ve put in the work.IncludesScrum Certification Prep + Scrum Master+ Agile Scrum TrainingAgile Project Management: Scrum Step-by-Step with ExamplesProduct Management: Agile Requirements using Product BacklogKanban: Productivity & Efficiency for Agile Lean ProjectScrum Master Training: Case Studies & ConfessionsScrum Advanced: Software Development & Program ManagementUser Stories for Agile Scrum+Product Owner+Business AnalysisAgile Retrospective: Continuous Improvement+Kaizen wth ScrumProject Management: Deliver on Time + Scrum Project DeliveryAvailabilityAre you ready to take your career to the next level? Visit the AndroidGuys Deals Store and sign up for the Project Management & Scrum Certification Preparation Exams Bundle. Valued at nearly $1,800, it’s all yours for just $46.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Robosen T9: Build your own transforming robot

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics are everywhere. It’s the stuff that powers nearly everything we do whether we see it or not. But if we’re really being honest with ourselves, it would be cool to have a robotic companion.If you’re like us, the Robosen T9 Programmable Robot is the buddy you’ve been wishing for, and it’s also a great way to get into the world of robotics and programming. And currently, it’s 19% off, at $399.99.Not only is the Robosen T9 fun, but it’s programmable and functional. It’s controlled via voice or a companion app and can alternate between car and robot mode. But that’s not all.With 22 servos built into its chest, hands, and legs, the Robosen T9 can also walk, gesture, dance, and more. In fact, in car mode it can serve as a functional RC car that you can race. It wakes up quickly from standby mode, houses a 2,000mAh battery, and is always ready to play. And because it’s 2.4 pounds, it’s easy to pack for kids who can’t be without it.FeaturesArtificial Intelligence. Easily wake up robot from standby mode & oder it to transform or perform cool stuntsRobots & Cars. Core technologies allow it to automatically transform between robot and vehicleIntelligent Programming. Customize your T9’s actions with 3 intuitive & easy to use programming platformsRobosen Hub. Join a great global creative community of robotic fansArtifical joints. Allow smooth & effortless movementsBipedal Walking. An ability that can be observed on its robot formRace Function. An ability that can be observed on its vehicle formRobot Control/Command. Can be done through voice or appThe Robosen T9 is also a cleverly designed educational tool which helps you to understand coding. Through the robot you’ll learn Motion Memory Recording, drag-and-drop coding, and 3D graphic programming. If you want to get into the world of STEM, this is a great start.The Robosen T9, which has a ton of 5-star Amazon reviews, is currently 19% off at the AG Deals Store, putting it at just $399.99.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Discord introduces mobile screen sharing for Android and iOS

Discord is one of the primary chat apps for gamers. It operates in a manner similar to Slack, with multiple channels you can join within a group. It also offers video and audio calls. With the pandemic, many more people have flocked to Discord for a way to communicate with their friends. The company has seen this change, and has therefore decided to offer mobile screen sharing on both Android and iOS.Now, while in a video call, just a few taps, and you can share your screen with friends. You can share games, videos, your web browser, whatever you want. This is available on only Android phones and iPhones at the moment, but Discord is hoping to bring this to tablets shortly.You can download Discord on the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.

Ekster Wallets review (Video)

When it comes to smart devices, it’s not always about electronics and gadgets. Indeed, Ekster has taken a smarter approach to the concept of wallets. Here we review a few of its current offerings, one made from vegan leather and another from aluminum.Standout FeaturesPatent pending quick access card technologyRFID blockingStore up to 12 cards in the ParliamentMultiple designs for any styleAvailable in genuine and vegan leatherWhere to BuyAvailable from Ekster starting at about $59.

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.

Zoom removes 40 minute limit for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and Kwanzaa holidays

COVID-19 has made this year really rough on a lot of us. One of worst parts is not being able to spend time with your friends and loved ones, especially around the holidays. While most of us have become acquainted with the Zoom video conferencing app for work, it’s also been great for socializing online with friends and family.The biggest downside being that there is a 40-minute time limit on calls for free users. Sure, it’s possible to start another meeting, but then you have to go through the hassle of setting it up and inviting everyone again.However, back in November, we saw Zoom drop this time limit on Thanksgiving for 24-hours, providing us a way to spend the holiday with our loved ones and making 2020 a little more tolerable. Joining your family and friends for the holiday remotely is a lot more pleasurable when you aren’t watching the clock countdown.We will be lifting the 40-minute limit for holiday celebrations. Check out all the details: https://t.co/V0eTl8aIGB #ZoomTogether pic.twitter.com/0MlZt7BRdW— Zoom (@zoom_us) December 17, 2020Fortunately, Zoom is doing the same thing for several holidays this December, including Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and Kwanzaa. Check below for the full schedule.December 17, 2020, 10 AM ET through December 19, 2020, for HanukkahDecember 23, 2020, 6 AM ET through December 26, 2020, for Christmas Eve and ChristmasDecember 30, 2020, through January 2, 2021, for New Year’s and KwanzaaThe holidays will be even better if you have a Nest Hub Max because recently the option to make Zoom calls was added with an update. After installing the update, you can start a video call directly from the smart display by using the command, “Hey Google, start a Zoom call.”Hopefully, this gesture will go a long way towards making your holidays a little brighter. And from all of us from Android Guys, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

DUEX Pro adds a second 12.5-inch monitor to your laptop

Few things can provide a boost to your productivity like a secondary display. If you’ve ever tried it, you know just how frustrating it can be moving back to a single screen.Buying a second monitor can be costly, and take up a fair amount of space. What’s more, if you live a portable lifestyle, you’ll end up leaving that screen behind when you head to the library or coffee shop.If you’ve ever pondered what it’s like to have a second screen for your laptop or Chromebook, wonder no more. The Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro is a portable dual monitor that connects directly to your favorite laptop, giving you an extra 12.5-inch HD screen.Whether it’s photo editing, blogging, working on a term paper, or just managing emails and social media, you’ll appreciate the extra real estate.Simply connect the DUEX Pro to the back of your laptop, plug it in via USB, and slide out the secondary display. The DUEX Pro’s hinge provides up to 270° of rotation, which means you can adjust the monitor to the exact position that works for you. You can even rotate the display to the back of your laptop screen and use it for presentations and conference.Get Yours Now!The Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro is normally priced about $250, but you can grab one for just $179.35, or about 28% off! Simply enter the promo code SAVEDUEXPRO at checkout and you’ll save big!Best SellersSave even more!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Amazfit Band 5 review

DesignThe Amazfit Band 5 is a budget-minded fitness tracker with a design similar to many that have come before it. The main tracker consists of a 1.1-inch full-color AMOLED touchscreen display in a polycarbonate case that houses all the sensors. To hold it on your wrist the Band 5 uses a black soft-touch adjustable TPU band.Of course, the band is replaceable if you prefer something more colorful and a quick search on Amazon revealed myriad colors to choose from.Finding a comfortable fit was easy thanks to the copious amount of holes on the included band, and combined with the lightweight nature of the Band 5, I could barely tell it was there after strapping it on.User ExperienceI’m coming from a Wear OS smartwatch and I found that the Amazfit Band 5 gave me many of the same features I was accustomed to along with some new ones. For starters, most watch faces will display the time and date, along with your step count or heart rate that the Band 5 monitors 24-hours a day.Plus, the store has a wide variety of styles to choose from, including some that display additional info, such as the weather, distance walked, calories burned, and more.Additionally, the Band 5 offers more functions, such as automatically tracking your sleep, checking your blood oxygen level on demand, monitoring your stress levels, and it can even track 11 different sports including swimming. The 5 ATM waterproof rating helps out with that last one.Just be aware, many of these monitoring features must be enabled manually using the accompanying Zepp app, including viewing notifications on the Band 5. In fact, even after enabling notifications, you still need to manually select which apps you will get notified from.It’s kind of a big undertaking to get the Band 5 set up initially. The app has so many options that it can feel a bit daunting to sift through them all and make sure you enabled everything you want. Plus, there are many features present in the app that are not compatible with the watch, such as the ones meant for the smart scale, and it quickly becomes cluttered and a little confusing.For example, it took me a couple of days to find where to set up support for Alexa. Furthermore, it’s not helped by the fact that some of the English translations are a little off, in some areas of the app it’s very apparent a native English speaker wasn’t present when translating.However, once you get the app and Band 5 set up, you won’t have to go digging around anymore. The Zepp app puts all of your pertinent details front and center, and it makes keeping up with all of your stats quick and easy.Overall, I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with the Zepp app. I love the way it displays all of my health data, but navigating and setting it up is quite the chore in the beginning. The good news is, Google Fit syncing is supported in case you don’t like the app or you’d rather view all your data from multiple devices or services in one app.I mentioned above that the Amazfit Band 5 gives me most of the functions I’m accustomed to with a Wear OS watch, however, one I didn’t realize I’d miss so much is an always-on display.The Band 5 doesn’t have support for this and the lift to wake feature requires quite an exaggerated flip unless you enable the “sensitive” option in the settings. This made me wish there was at least some sort of tap to wake function because I don’t always want to flip my wrist to view the time or my stats for the day. Regardless, it’s a sacrifice for extended battery life and I understand that.Battery LifeSpeaking of battery life, Amazfit estimates the Band 5 will get you up to 15-days worth of usage. In my experience, that’s a big stretch, I’m sure the Band 5 is technically capable of providing 15-days of usage, but it would be a very limited use case.In my experience, with everything enabled and taking full advantage of the fitness tracker, it lasted around eight to nine days. That’s still not bad at all, you can get a full weeks worth of usage in between charges. Still, it’s a far cry from 15 days.Final ThoughtsThe Amazfit Band 5 is a capable little fitness tracker that is much more affordable than a comparable Fitbit. It has some unique features that truly make it stand out at this price point such as Alexa support and an SPO2 sensor. Still, the app could use a little polish and a more organized design, but once you get it all set up you’ll pretty much live on the homepage anyway.The Amazfit Band 5 retails for $50 but it can currently be picked up on sale for $30 from Amazon, B&H Photo, or on the Amazfit website.Buy from Amazfit Buy from Amazon Buy from B&H Photo

Channel your inner guitar virtuoso with the Jamstik, just $199

Looking to figure out how to play the guitar, but not necessarily ready to invest in a guitar just yet? While that might sound like a goofy concept, it’s not an unrealistic one. The Jamstik Guitar Trainer, on sale for $199, is exactly the sort of thing that makes that a reality.Around since 2015, the Jamstik was a CES hit when it first hit the scene, picking up numerous awards and accolades. And for good reason; it’s a digital device that makes learning and playing the analog guitar easier than ever.The hi-tech unit looks, acts, and feels just like a guitar fretboard, and pairs to a companion app. Using your phone, it can help you with feedback, tutorials, lessons, and more.The compact device (18 inches) is highly portable and is better than ever. Indeed, the 2020 version picks up a few new features as well as a sleek matte finish.Jamstik FeaturesUpdated Tactile D-Pad & spring loaded strings for a more realistic feelSee your fingers on screen in real-time with the Jamstick appCompanion app is also packed with chords & instructions18″ size lets you practice anywhereOrder Yours!Purchase your Jamstik today for just $199 and get to learning guitar for the new year. That way, when the pandemic is over you can be the rock star you’ve always dreamed of becoming.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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