Save $90 On the TCL 10 Pro Android Smartphone

Amazon has the TCL 10 Pro Android smartphone on sale for Prime Day, and you can save $90 by clicking the on-page coupon. That will bring the price down to $360. That’s a pretty good deal, for a smartphone that has pretty good specs.

Keep in mind that this deal is good for Prime Members only, so you will need to sign up for a free trial of Prime to take advantage of this. This is a 30-day free trial and allows you to take advantage of all the Prime Day sales.

Now the TCL 10 Pro is in that premium mid-range segment. It has a relatively small 6.43-inch FHD+ display. Powered by the slightly newer Snapdragon 675 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage inside. It has a larger 4500mAh capacity battery inside. And it also has a quad-camera setup. The main sensor is a 64-megapixel shooter

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Android owners will be getting smartphone envy before Christmas

Owners of Android smartphones will soon be looking at their devices as under-powered has-beens.

Chipmaker Qualcomm will host its next Tech Summit soon when it will unveil new and much faster processors.

A livestream will kick off on December 1 and, provided Qualcomm follows its usual launch cycle, we can expect to see a new flagship processor revealed to the world on that morning, reports the Express.

Last year, Qualcomm revealed the top-end Snapdragon 865 chip during the first-day of the event, so it seems pretty likely we’ll see its successor one year later. It seems likely that the brains powering next year’s flagship Android smartphones will be branded Snapdragon 875.

This update will, no doubt, bring huge speed gains to the next generation of devices. Not only that, but it’s likely to make all of this year’s flagship phones look massively underpowered too.

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Microsoft alerts Android users of new ransomware that could render smartphone useless

Microsoft is responsible for locating and dealing with potentially dangerous malwares on their own Windows operating system. However, the tech company claims that they try to use their expertise to provide benefits to operating systems beyond their own. According to the company’s cybersecurity blog, Android users should be aware of the new and evolving malwares that target the operating system.

In their official blog, the company stated that they have found a piece of a particularly sophisticated Android ransomware with novel techniques and behavior, exemplifying the rapid evolution of mobile threats that have also been observed on other platforms.

Microsoft claims that this new mobile ransomware was detected by Microsoft Defender for Endpoint as AndroidOS/MalLocker.B. This new malware is the latest variant of a ransomware family that’s been in the wild for a while but has been evolving non-stop, according to the blog.

The ransomware, according to Microsoft, masks itself

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Google Assistant Now Works With Android Apps

Google announced that now it’s possible to use Google Assistant with third-party apps on Android phones. So, Android users will be able to search and control their third-party apps when they ask it to Google Assistant. Google is rolling out the ability to search apps, use voice commands for popular tasks like sending text messages, ask for the news on Twitter, or browsing your shopping cart. For example, you can now say, “Hey Google, search cozy blankets on Etsy” and get right to what you’re looking for. Or if you’re looking for something (or someone) specific within an app, just say, “Hey Google, open Selena Gomez on Snapchat.” 

Previously, Google Assistant’s third-party support was largely limited to some custom actions, mostly apps that run within Assistant. With the new functionality, Google Assistant will work directly with apps that you have installed on your phone. Now, these kinds of voice commands

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Google TV is the new Android TV. Watch out Roku and Amazon Fire TV

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Streaming device shoppers now have another way to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus and thousands of other apps on their TVs. It’s called Google TV, and it’s coming first to the aptly named Chromecast with Google TV, available now for $50 (£60, AU$99). 

Google TV is the successor to Android TV, a streaming platform that’s significantly less popular than Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which together made up 70% of all the streaming devices installed in the US last year. Android TV is found today on a handful of devices in the US — namely the Nvidia ShieldTiVo Stream 4K and smart TVs from Sony, Hisense and TCL — but in terms of popularity and reviews, it lags far behind its rivals.

Read more: Chromecast with Google TV review: Finally a worthy competitor to Roku and Fire

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Android users urged to delete 240 apps that can bombard your smartphone with ads

From Huawei to Samsung, Android smartphones are some of the most popular handheld devices around the world.

But if you use an Android device, you may want to reassess which apps you have installed.

Experts from the White Ops Satori Threat Intelligence and Research Team have warned about 240 dangerous apps that can bombard your smartphone with fraudulent ads (scroll down for the full list).

In a blog about the findings, the researchers said: “These apps make it appear that ads are actually coming from popular applications and social media platforms including Youtube and Chrome.”

During the investigation, dubbed ‘RAINBOWMIX’, the researchers discovered that the apps had been downloaded a whopping 14 million times.

Man shocked at phone

They explained: “At first glance, RAINBOWMIX apps seem to work as advertised, although their quality likely leaves users wanting.

“They are often nothing more

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Save $40 On The Unlocked TCL 10L Android Smartphone

Amazon has the TCL 10L Android smartphone on sale right now for only $209.99. That’s $40 off of its regular price. The TCL 10L was already a pretty cheap smartphone, but now it is even cheaper.

This is an unlocked smartphone, and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, it does not work on Verizon’s voice network. But it does work with its LTE network. There is also no support for 5G, which is going to be no issue for most people, since 5G is pretty difficult to find anyways.

6.53” FHD+ Dotch LCD display, powered by NXTVISION, will upgrade your visual experience with the sharper details, vibrant images and allow you to enjoy true-to-life color accuracy in everything you present.

Quad rear cameras with dual LED flash: 48MP (high-res) + 8MP (118° super wide-angle) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth). 16MP front-facing selfie camera.

Up to 64GB of internal

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Google Assistant voice commands work with Android apps now

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Google is bringing Google Assistant voice controls to select third-party Android apps, the company announced in a blog post Thursday.

Examples of new, app-specific voice commands Android users can take advantage of.


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“Opening and searching within Android apps using ‘Hey Google’ is now available to all Assistant-enabled Android phones,” wrote Google product manager Adam Coimbra. “For example, you can now say, ‘Hey Google, search cozy blankets on Etsy’ and get right to what you’re looking for. Or if you’re looking for something (or someone) specific within an app, just say, ‘Hey Google, open Selena Gomez on Snapchat.'”

Beyond just opening and searching within apps, Google adds, users can also ask the assistant for help with specific app-based tasks, like playing music, starting a run, paying a friend or ordering food for delivery. 

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Google Introduces Sound Notifications For Android, New Live Transcribe Timeline View

Google on Thursday announced a new Android accessibility feature called Sound Notifications. In a blog post co-written by artificial intelligence product manager Sagar Savla and accessibility product manager Sharlene Yuan, the company said Sound Notifications is designed to alert users with hearing loss when various sounds occur, such as when a kitchen appliance beeps or water runs. Google cited a World Health Organization statistic that some 466 million people worldwide, 34 million of which are children, have “disabling hearing loss.”

Sound Notifications are meant to “make important and critical household sounds more accessible with push notifications, a flash from your camera light, or vibrations” on Android and Wear OS devices, according to Google. They also note the feature has relevance beyond hearing loss; it can be beneficial to those who are temporarily disabled due to injury, or even simply wearing earplugs or headphones.

Google says Sound Notifications was

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Ulefone Armor 9: The best Android 10 smartphone for engineers and outdoor workers

I’ve been using the new Ulefone Armor 9 Android 10 smartphone for a few weeks, and the more I use it, the more I like it.

And the accessories make it even better.

OK, so on the outside, the Armor 9 is a highly ruggedized smartphone that’s built from the ground up to take a battering, meeting a whole array of standards, including IP68, IP69K, and MIL-STD-810G, which means that it’s happy immersed in water at depths down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, exposure to high-pressure water jets and steam cleaning, drops from 1.2 meter heights, resists dust, shrugs off acids, and low pressures.

It’s tough.

The 6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 FHD+ 410 PPI LCD multi-touch display with IPS technology is nice and big, and can be operated by gloves. The MediaTek Helios P90 octa-core processor is fast and keeps everything moving along nicely, and the 8GB LPDDR4x dual-channel

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