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80% of men and 69% of women use their phones while on the toilet

By: Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 8 hours, 13 mins ago

A new study has come out and measured the amount of people that are using their mobile phone while doing this business on the toilet, the numbers pulled in are quite surprising to say the least.

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According to a survey that was conducted by Bank My Cell with a sample size of 2,114 people, 80% of men and 69% of women use their phone on the toilet. It was also found that 90% of Millennial's use their phone in the bathroom while Generation X clocked in at 82%, and 57% for Baby Boomers.

The study also found that this behavior was more common in Android users than iPhone users with it being 12% more common in Android owners. The study was measured between June 1st and August 31st of 2018, and since it was a very limited sample size those numbers could of definitely increased as more and more people are picking up handsets. Interested in another cool study about phone use? Check out how smartphone typing speed is actually catching up to keyboard typing speed here.

Samsung teases 'cutting edge' new Exynos SoC is about to launch

Samsung has teased its next-gen Exynos SoC ahead of its Samsung Tech Day in San Jose, California -- posting on the official Twitter account for Samsung Exynos. The company says this new chip will see mobile intelligence "take another leap forward".

The short video clip that Samsung teased is really just a short tease, with no details at all. We should expect it to be an AI-focused chip, but how much power will it really have? Samsung uses the #NextGenPower hash tag so we should expect something beefy... but the company has just launched its re-jigged Galaxy Fold, the larger-than-life Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, and Note 10+ 5G handsets as well as plethora of Galaxy S10 handsets.

I doubt it will have any AMD technology inside of it given the recent Samsung + AMD team up that will see Radeon GPU technology inside of Samsung-made smartphones in 2021 and beyond. We will know more in the next 24 hours, so I'll keep you posted.

iPhone users who have enabled Dark Mode get 30% more battery life

By: Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Dark Mode for iOS and Android devices was rolled out, and since then users have been wondering if using Dark Mode affects the devices battery life. Tests have been released and it seems that it does.

Tests conducted by PhoneBuff indicate that for iPhone users who have upgraded to iOS 13 and have enabled Dark Mode will be given 30% more battery life. The set of tests conducted by PhoneBuff were with robots who did a bunch of predefined tasks that included typing out messages, scrolling Twitter, using YouTube and Google Maps. The phones that were used for these tests were two iPhone XS Max's that were brought to the same level of brightness to ensure fair testing.

The tests were recorded over a two hour period and what they found that was that the light mode killed the battery that much that the testing in Google Maps couldn't even be concluded. Dark Mode on the other hand still had 30% of its battery remaining. Why does Dark Mode give better battery efficiency? Well that's actually quite simple. When an OLED display is showing black it means the tiny pixel on the display is completely off, not draining any reserved power contained in the battery. To the contrary, when an OLED display is at full brightness more power is being drained due to the pixels being powered on, you can probably see where this is going.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 details: 100MP camera and 5G support

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

Qualcomm doesn't sleep, as it is on a mission to power virtually every single product you touch -- and rightfully so, they kick ass at it. What's next for the San Diego-based giant? The next-gen Snapdragon 865, that's what.

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The next-gen Snapdragon 865 chip will be making its way into 8848's new Titanium M6 5G smartphone (8848 is a luxury smartphone and watchmaker in China). They've already outed Qualcomm's unannounced Snapdragon 865 SoC, which will reportedly arrive in two different varieties: one with 4G LTE and another with much faster 5G connectivity.

8848's interesting new Titanium M6 5G smartphone rolls out with a 6.01-inch AMOLED display, a huge 12GB of RAM and equally-as-large 1TB of on-board storage. Camera wise, 8848 is throwing in a 64-megapixel camera that will snap 100-megapixel photos thanks to advanced interpolation.

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NVIDIA Shield TV Pro teased: packs the new Tegra X1+ chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

NVIDIA's rumored Shield TV successor has been spotted once again, this time on Amazon -- and arriving as the purported Shield TV Pro with some new features and a new Tegra processor.

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NVIDIA's new Shield TV Pro will reportedly pack an upgraded Tegra X1+ processor that is up to 25% faster than the Tegra X1 found inside of the Shield TV (and other devices). It'll also feature 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (which is upgradeable through external storage, with NVIDIA offering 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back of the Shield TV Pro).

There will be an HDMI 2.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 4K HDR support and NVIDIA providing a big upgrade in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound support with the upgraded Shield TV Pro.

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Samsung's new Galaxy Fold 2 rumored to fold UP clamshell style

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

Samsung has only just released its foldable smartphone in the Galaxy Fold and has Chinese rival Huawei on its heels with the 5G-capable, and slightly-revised Mate X foldable smartphone, and yet... we're already hearing about the next-gen Galaxy Fold 2 smartphone.

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We can expect some big changes in the Galaxy Fold 2 when it launches in 2020, but for now the rumors have Samsung reportedly moving into the world of using Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) as the protective layer to replace the transparent polyimide (PI) film that is used on the current-gen Galaxy Fold smartphone.

But the fun continues with the rumors, with Samsung reportedly set to change the actual physical function and foldability of the Galaxy Fold 2 handset over the current Galaxy Fold. Rumor has it the Galaxy Fold 2 will fold down vertically like a clam shell, instead of like a book in its current form.

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Motorola teases foldable RAZR phone, will reveal it on November 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

I still remember getting my hands-on the original Motorola RAZR phone back in the day, my first handset was the silver model and then I upgraded to the black model and continued my smartphone obsession through to today.

But now, Motorola is about to make a huge return with the iconic RAZR phone but this time rumor has it the new Motorola RAZR will be a foldable smartphone. The company revealed a new teaser for the phone reveal, and invites to a new event on November 13 where we will be greeted by the new RAZR.

Motorola is using some interesting taglines for the event with the phrase "You're going to flip", with the company adding that it will be the "highly-anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon". Whatever they do, I want to see it -- but the question remains: will it be as iconic and game-changing as the original RAZR?

Huawei Mate X now has a button to open up the foldable phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

What does $2600 buy you in a foldable smartphone? That'd be the Huawei Mate X which is being released this month, and has one small -- but very significant tweak over what we saw when the Mate X was revealed earlier this year, and then delayed.

Thanks to a new unboxing video on the Huawei Mate X, we know that the new phone will have a button on the side which opens the latch to unlock the foldable screen. It's a nice touch, something that Samsung didn't include in its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone which is now on the market.

Huawei is charging more than Samsung for its foldable smartphone with the Mate X costing $2600 versus the Galaxy Fold at $1980 -- but Huawei provides you with 5G connectivity and its own in-house Kirin 990 chip.

Pixel 4 does not retain unlimited photo upload at original quality

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Google has a history, well quite a long one with its Pixel phones at this point. They are always known for having outstanding photo capabilities as one of its strongest points. Google is also known for enabling its smartphones to have unlimited photo backup at original quality. This is offered via Google Photos, which stores to Google Drive (transitioning to Google One).

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For Pixel users who value this feature, it seems to have gone to the wayside on this go around, and likely for the foreseeable future if it holds with the Pixel 4. This is not the first time that a Pixel smartphone has been omitted from the unlimited uploads feature, the Pixel 3a did not have the feature either. But, the Pixel 3a was also half the price of the flagship models.

The fact that Google Drive, Google's cloud storage solution has relaunched as Google One just a little while ago. This could be a sign of the future for Google's monetization strategy. Google offers three months of Google One (100GB) storage with a Pixel 4 purchase, and this is likely the endgame for Google nudging Pixel users into the Google One subscription model. This will ensure more ROI overall and more revenue for something that used to be free.

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Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL: 90Hz display, and oh-so-much more

Google has finally unveiled its new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, crammed with the latest and greatest features and while the internal specs don't make the new Pixel 4 family the fastest, that has never mattered for Pixel smartphones.

Starting with the specs, Google bakes in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB storage options, and all USB-C so once again no headphone jack and no microSD card slot. The bigger differences between the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are in the display sizes and resolutions, and the changes between the batteries.

Google has opted for smoother 90Hz displays on both of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, and while the faster 90Hz refresh rate will chew down battery faster than 60Hz, you can toggle between 60/90Hz on the new handsets. As for the screen sizes, the Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch panel while the larger Pixel 4 XL rolls out with a 6.3-inch display -- both at up to 90Hz.

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