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Stadia Savepoint: April updates

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We're back with another update in our Stadia Savepoint series—here's what happened in April.This month we welcomed everyone within our 14 launch countries to Stadia and gave gamers two months of free games with Stadia Pro. Stadia is now free and open to anyone who wants to create an account. Our most recent Stadia Connect revealed that you can click here to play PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS on Stadia, plus new info on First on Stadia titles Wave Break, Crayta, and Get Packed
Stadia's Phil Harrison also revealed: "We are bringing five games from Electronic Arts to Stadia as part of our partnership. It all starts with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order™ coming this fall followed by EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL and FIFA. We are excited to bring these hugely popular franchises to our players on Stadia in 2020 and beyond. We'll have more news to share about EA games on Stadia later this year. Stadia Pro updatesGet new games for free as part of Stadia Pro in May: PLAYERUNKNOWN&…

Android 10 One UI 2 update officially delayed in India due to COVID-19

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Perhaps prompted by countless queries about the Android 10 update's (re)released timeframe for the Galaxy A50, Samsung India issued a notice through the Members app, informing customers that the Android 10 and One UI 2 update will be delayed. This seems to be a general response, and not something that will affect only Galaxy A50 owners.This delay isn't caused by Samsung having any development issues, but rather by the ongoing lockdown mandated by the Indian government to curb the spread of COVID-19. The notice reads With the government's mandate to observe complete lockdown, we're experiencing a slight delay at our end to bring you One UI 2 updates.It's unclear what this slight delay entails and when Samsung will resume its normal operations. Various Galaxy models in India were planned to receive Android 10 and One UI 2 in May, but this time window could now be missed. The list of eligible devices for the tentative May release included the Galaxy A6 and A6+, the Ga…

Reach your audience where they are now with Display & Video 360

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Media consumption habits are rapidly changing. Planning tools that are tightly connected to your media buying platform can help you reassess your media plans and quickly adjust your ad strategy to reach people where they are now. We're expanding the reach forecasting capabilities in Display & Video 360 to offer a deduplicated view of expected campaign reach across open auction display, video and YouTube so that media planners can have a comprehensive and accurate view of their potential audience. And to better support collaboration between planning and buying teams, the planning workspace is now more easily accessible to media planners, thanks to a new dedicated user role. A deduplicated view of your Display & Video 360 reach Media planners aim to get the most comprehensive view of all the media available so they can design relevant and effective plans. In Display & Video 360, you could already forecast the reach of your video campaigns in the plan workspace. For planner…

Googlers’ tips for staying connected from a distance

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Social distancing, by definition, makes it hard to get a healthy dose of human contact. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to keep in touch with friends and family that go beyond the standard phone call. We asked Googlers to share how they're keeping family and friends close, while staying a safe distance apart. We hope their ideas might inspire you, too.
Give your family a surprise hello through the Google Home appTo feel closer when we're far away, I broadcast messages through the Google Home app to my family in London (I'm in California). Usually I'll say hi and give them a few updates on my day. I get a kick out of knowing I might give them a little surprise of suddenly hearing my voice in the hallway. - Robin Bhaduri, Google Podcasts teamBreakfast talk on DuoI have a Nest Hub Max in my kitchen. I use it most often while I'm cooking, but lately I've been using it to video chat with family over Google Duo. I can do things like have breakfast with my five yea…

Galaxy Buds+ buyers in Korea can mix and match colors for a limited time

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Samsung is hosting an event for Galaxy Buds+ enthusiasts in South Korea, allowing participants to mix and match the wearable's different color options and buy their own custom creations. The Galaxy Buds+ in South Korea come in five colors including black, blue, pink, red, and white, so fans will have plenty of combinations with which they can experiment.Judging by the promotional material for the event, Samsung allows participants to mix and match different colors for the buds and charging case. For example, people can combine two earbuds of the same flavor with a case of another color, or they can pick a different hue for each earbud.However, it doesn't look like participants have the option to mix and match different colors for the ear wings and ear tips.This could be a great way to sell the Galaxy Buds+ onlineThis event is interesting in itself, but it being bound to South Korea is a bit of a shame for everyone living outside of Samsung's home country. Besides, it runs …

Galaxy Book Flex alpha hits South Korea, starting at $1,300

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The Galaxy Book Flex α (alpha) convertible is finally becoming available for purchase in South Korea tomorrow, but at a much steeper price point than what Samsung announced in January. While the CES 2020 unveil largely focused on the fact this is a 2-in-1 laptop series starting at under $1,000, the base 13.3-inch model will instead retail at over 1.5 million won, which amounts to more than $1,300. That's a far cry from the $829 figure first attached to the cheapest Galaxy Book Flex alpha variant. Perhaps the most plausible explanation is that the company either canceled the 256GB model, or simply isn't releasing it in its home country for the time being.At the top end of the new notebook range is a 15.6-inch Galaxy Book Flex alpha with 1TB of SSD storage, 12GB DDR4 RAM, and a 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake CPU. This particular configuration will be priced at about $2,050 in South Korea.S Pen and Galaxy Buds+ bundle confirmedLimited-edition bundles including the latest versio…

Samsung was the USA’s largest consumer electronics vendor in Q1 2020

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Samsung Electronics maintained its lead in the USA consumer electronics market in Q1 2020, according to ETNews citing research firm Traqline. The company improved its share by 1% compared to a year before, covering 20.9% of the market at the end of the first quarter.Refrigerators US market shareThe company's French door refrigerators saw strong sales and have covered 31.3% of the US market. Samsung remained the largest vendor in the USA for the 16th consecutive year, solidifying its position in the consumer electronics market. Its share in this segment grew by 2.9% year-on-year. Reportedly, demand for Samsung's Family Hub refrigerators continues to grow. The 2020 Family Hub lineup introduced at CES 2020 improves upon the previous generation with deeper AI integration and new ViewInside cameras.Washing machines and dryers US market shareMeanwhile, the company's washing machines have covered 21% of the market at the end of Q1 2020, outperforming rival products for the 7th co…

Samsung opens Galaxy A51 5G pre-orders in South Korea

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Samsung today started accepting advanced orders for the Galaxy A51 5G, stating the device will start shipping to South Korean buyers on Monday, May 4th. The pre-order period will run for a week, with the device being scheduled to hit the digital and physical store shelves on Thursday, May 7th. Samsung already confirmed this beefed-up, 5G-ready version of the Galaxy A51 will also be coming to the United States and Europe this summer.Prospective buyers can now order the Galaxy A51 5G in Prism Cube White, Prism Cube Black, and Prism Cube Pink – depicted below. All three iterations come with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage space, a notable improvement over the original 4GB/64GB configuration. The same goes for the 5G-enabled Exynos 980 chip which replaces the Exynos 9611. A 4,500mAh battery completes the package, offering 25% greater capacity than the cell used for the LTE-only model.Generous pre-order bonuses for Samsung's 5G mid-rangerAll advanced orders for the Galaxy A51 5G come with…

Daily Deal: 76% off a one year CyberGhost VPN plan (+ 6 months for free!)

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Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and Book Cover now available in the Netherlands

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Following a seemingly endless stream of leaks, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was officially unveiled by Samsung a couple of weeks ago when the tablet launched on pre-order terms in numerous European countries including the Netherlands. The pre-order window came to an end today, and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is now officially available in the Netherlands in two color options including Oxford Gray and Angora Blue.Both the Wi-Fi and LTE variants can now be bought online in the Netherlands. They cost €379 and €439, respectively. The tablet features 64GB of storage and, as yet, the 128GB model is not yet listed online. Samsung's latest announcement doesn't mention it, so only time will tell whether or not it will eventually be released in the country.Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Book Cover is available in three colorsAlthough the tablet itself is only available in gray and blue, the optional Book Cover sold separately is now listed in the Netherlands in all three colors including gray, blue, and pink.…

Samsung shows mysterious full-screen smartphone in AC ad

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An unnanounced full-screen smartphone from Samsung had a cameo in a recent ad for the company's new Wind-Free Air Conditioner series. While the mysterious device was shown running SmartThings, the app's white interface revealed no display notch or punch-hole to speak of. The main takeaway here is the implied use of under-display camera (UDC) technology, a solution Samsung reportedly been working on for a while now.The AC ad unsurprisingly prompted some speculation about the look of the upcoming Galaxy Note 20, especially after a similar-looking device render appeared on Samsung's own website. Be that as it may, don't take this to mean this is exactly how the next Galaxy flagship — or any other device from Samsung, for that matter — will look like.Samsung close to figuring out truly bezel-less displaysWhile the futuristic smartphone shown in the below ad (starting at 0:55) is more likely to be a prop than a product that's about to hit the market, the timing of its a…

Galaxy A31 with 4GB/128GB will be available in Brazil next week

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Today, April 29, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy A31 for Brazil. The mid-range phone will be available for purchase in Brazil starting next week, with color options including black, blue, and white.As expected, the Galaxy A31 will have a higher-than-normal price tag in Brazil, and prospective buyers will be looking at spending 1,999 brazilian real ($375) for the device. Comparatively, the Galaxy A31 was released in Vietnam earlier this week for the equivalent of $276.Galaxy A31 in Brazil ships with 4GB RAM, 128GB storageSpec-wise, the Galaxy A31 in Brazil won't be any different than the A31 released in other markets. This means the phone is equipped with a Helio P65 chipset, even though the silicon isn't outright mentioned in Samsung Brazil's latest announcement. The Helio P65 has two high performance cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz alongside six 1.7GHz cores.It's important to note that the spec sheet shared by Samsung Brazil mentions only the variant with 4GB of…

AMD GPU for 2021 Samsung flagships impresses in first leak

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AMD's first custom Radeon GPU set to power future Samsung flagships will easily beat the current industry-leading options. That's what can be inferred from several benchmark summaries leaked out of South Korea. Samsung and AMD originally announced their mobile GPU partnership back in mid-2019, but the first fruits of their collaboration won't make their way to consumers until at least 2021, AMD previously said.Following nearly a year of no updates, newly emerged information indicates the project is still on course to hit that tentative release window. AMD is now said to be in the process of optimizing the custom GPU which may be integrated into Samsung's seminal 5nm silicon.Exynos 1000 likely to use AMD graphicsAdditionally, we finally caught a glimpse of what to expect from the said chipset which will be based on AMD's RDNA architecture. Looking at the leaked synthetic early test scores originating from GFXBench, the AMD GPU for future Samsung flagships scored 181…

Samsung USA offers free Galaxy Buds with Galaxy S10 Lite

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Samsung is now offering a complimentary pair of Galaxy Buds to everyone who purchases the unlocked version of the Galaxy S10 Lite in the United States. The deal that adds over $100 to the value of the overall package comes less than two weeks after the Galaxy S10 Lite released stateside with a $649.99 price tag. Carrier variants of the Galaxy S10 Lite aren't encompassed by the new offer, though the proposal is still rather attractive seeing how it allows you to potentially get your hands on a Snapdragon 855 device and a high-end wearable for under $400 in total.The newly introduced deal is primarily targeting prospective buyers who aren't eligible for $250 in instant trade-in credit from Samsung. While the two promotions can't be combined, you can still get the wearable free of charge alongside regular trade-in value for select handsets. For example, parting with your old Galaxy Note 8 would net you both the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Buds for $509.99, or just the former f…

Galaxy S20 Ultra in Cloud White sighted again with release date

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The Cloud White variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra appeared online once again ahead of its market debut. Speaking of which, its release date also came to light as it appears the new color option will be hitting the Chinese market tomorrow, May 1st. According to previous reports, this particular model sports 256GB of storage and will also come to Europe in the near future.A combination of a white rear panel and a black quad-camera module gives this iteration of the Galaxy S20 Ultra a unique aesthetic which stands out from the rest of Samsung's Galaxy S20 lineup.New Galaxy S20 Ultra color comes with a 5G requirementTomorrow's release of the new Galaxy S20 Ultra color should encompass only a single device configuration. That would be the 5G model with 256GB of flash storage, whereas an otherwise identical device with half as much memory can already be purchased on the Old Continent, priced at €1,349. Newly emerged information suggests the Galaxy S10+ is also on course for a minor re…

Samsung improves efficiency of its chip manufacturing process

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Samsung revealed its plan to start the mass production of 5nm EUV chips before the end of Q2 2020 and start the development of the 3nm process this year. The company has reportedly increased its semiconductor output by about 40 percent while maintaining the same wafer input level, which means that Samsung has improved the efficiency of its production.The South Korean firm's investment in semiconductors declined from KRW 27.35 trillion in 2017 to KRW 23.72 trillion in 2018 and KRW 22.56 trillion in 2019. Samsung spent KRW 1.66 trillion in 2018, but it had to spend KRW 1.86 trillion in 2019 due to a 12% rise in prices, which means there was no change in the number of wafers the company bought. But, the number of chips produced went up 39 percent from 711 billion gigabits in 2018 to 889 billion gigabits in 2019.Samsung is also making improvements to its DRAM manufacturing process by converting its first-generation 10nm (1x) process into second-generation (1y) or third-generation (1z)…

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ get May security update

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After releasing the May security patch for the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Fold a day ago, Samsung is now bringing it to the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. The Note 10 duo is receiving a new update in several European countries, including Germany, France, Romania, Italy, Greece, Poland, and Switzerland.Only security fixes are included in the latest Galaxy Note 10 updateThe update features firmware version N97xFXXS4CTD1 and doesn't have anything but the new security patch to offer. That's not surprising after the feature-packed update the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ received just a couple of weeks back. That update brought many Galaxy S20 features — including new camera functionality — to the Note 10 and Note 10+ in addition to version 2.1 of One UI.If you own a Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+, you will get a notification once the update is available in your region. You can also manually download the update over the air by tapping Download and install in your phone's S…

Galaxy M01 specs revealed through Google Play Console

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We had exclusively revealed the presence of the Galaxy M01 last month, along with its storage space and color variants. A few days later, the phone appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance database. Now, the entry-level smartphone has appeared on the Google Play Console, revealing some of its specifications.The Galaxy M01 (SM-M015G) appears to be running Android 10, which means that it would most probably come with One UI 2.0. The device has an HD screen (could be a 6.4-inch panel) with a V-shaped notch for the front-facing camera. The smartphone is equipped with the Snapdragon 439 processor and 3GB of RAM. Four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores of the chipset are clocked at 2GHz, while the other four cores are clocked at 1.5GHz. The Adreno 505 GPU is set to a clock speed of 560MHz.Earlier, we had revealed that the phone would come with 32GB of internal storage, and the device will most probably have a microSD card slot for storage space expansion. The dual-SIM smartphone will make it to at least four A…

Stopping bad ads to protect users

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People trust Google when they're looking for information, and we're committed to ensuring they can trust the ads they see on our platforms, too. This commitment is especially important in times of uncertainty, such as the past few months as the world has confronted COVID-19. 
Responding to COVID-19Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we've closely monitored advertiser behavior to protect users from ads looking to take advantage of the crisis. These often come from sophisticated actors attempting to evade our enforcement systems with advanced tactics. For example, as the situation evolved, we saw a sharp spike in fraudulent ads for in-demand products like face masks. These ads promoted products listed significantly above market price, misrepresented the product quality to trick people into making a purchase or were placed by merchants who never fulfilled the orders. We have a dedicated COVID-19 task force that's been working around the clock. They have built new…

Galaxy S10+ 128GB Ceramic Black, Ceramic White variants could soon hit Europe

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Samsung currently selling the 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy S10+ in various European markets in three colors: Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism White. If you long for the Ceramic Black or Ceramic White color variants of the phone, you need to shell out around €200 more and get the 512GB variant. However, that could change soon.According to Roland Quandt, who has an excellent track record when it comes to releasing information about unreleased products, Samsung will soon launch the 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy S10+ in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White colors in European markets. Although we don't expect Samsung to charge extra for these color variants, there's always a possibility as the ceramic material is more durable than the glass used in other color variants.Right now, the 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy S10+ costs €809 in European countries, while the 512GB and 1TB variants cost €999 and €1,599, respectively. The Galaxy S10+ is now more than a year old, a…

18 Asia Pacific news organizations with big ideas

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Last October, we invited news organizations to apply to the second round of the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Asia Pacific: a call for new ideas to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Since then, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected publishers across the region and, after discussions with publishers, we made the decision to go ahead with the Challenge—alongside our broader support for journalism in this challenging time. The first round of the Challenge focused on diversifying revenue and saw dozens of examples of creative new approaches. Iwate Nippo, a local publisher in Japan, developed a news and lifestyle app targeting elderly subscribers, while Australia's Crikey created a new group subscription model—steps to strengthen their business and ensure they can continue to provide vital news, analysis and information.

This time around, applicants were asked for proposals to increase reader engagement, which ultimately leads to greater loyalty and willingness …

Beta Channel Update for Chrome OS

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The Beta channel is being updated to 83.0.4103.31 (Platform version: 13020.31.0) for most Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.




If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using 'Report an issue...' in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser).

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Honor 9A

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Honor 9A is Candybar, Touchscreen Android Smartphone from Honor which runs on Android OS, v10.0. Honor 9A is available in Black, Blue, Green colors and 185 g (6.53 oz) of weight. Honor 9A has 6.3 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. Honor 9A is powered by Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU, Mediatek MT6762R Helio P22 (12 nm) Chipset and PowerVR GE8320 GPU along with 64GB 3GB RAM.Honor 9A has 3G, WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity options on board.
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Honor 9C

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Honor 9C is Candybar, Touchscreen Android Smartphone from Honor which runs on Android OS, v10.0. Honor 9C is available in Black, Blue colors and 176 g (6.21 oz) of weight. Honor 9C has 6.39 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. Honor 9C is powered by Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU, HiSilicon Kirin 710A (12 nm) Chipset and Mali-G51 MP4 GPU along with 64GB 4GB RAM.Honor 9C has 3G, WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS connectivity options on board.
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