This week in Android: MWC 2019 is coming

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MWC 2019 is fast approaching, and we’re expecting it to be a big show. Of course, we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S10 right before the event, and Xiaomi will unveil its Mi 9 on the same day, which we’re positive is not a terrible idea. Except it is. Once we get to MWC, we’ll see LG’s next flagship, complete with a loudspeaker screen. Plus we’ll see OnePlus’ 5G phone prototype.

Back on the home front, we have to wonder why we’re spending $1,000 on phones when we have some great $500 options. Meanwhile, OnePlus is making huge inroads in the United States — as is Google.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:00 – 5 reasons why you absolutely shouldn’t miss Mobile World Congress this year

From 5G to folding phones, OEMs will be bringing it all to MWC 2019. We can’t wait to see what’s coming.


20:35 – Why I hope AT&T loses the 5G E lawsuit

AT&T is full of $%!^.


29:55 – OnePlus 7: Here’s what it needs to take on the best

There are a few ways we think OnePlus could really up its game and stand toe-to-toe with the big boys…


OnePlus is now a top-five high-end smartphone maker in the US

…but maybe it doesn’t have to, because it seems to be doing pretty well where it is.


We’ll get our first look at a OnePlus 5G prototype at MWC 2019

Plus, OnePlus will have a new 5G phone to show off at MWC.


44:15 – Opinion: These are my 7 essential smartphone features

What makes or breaks a smartphone is pretty personal, so C. Scott Brown is laying out his must-haves. Vote for yours!


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus 6T vs Honor View 20: Pushing back against the $1,000 smartphone

When you have two tough competitors at this price point, you have to wonder what all the four-digit price tags are for.


Google Pixel is fastest-growing US smartphone brand, but context is key

The Google Pixel 3 is a great phone and this sounds like great news, but how great is another question.


LG G8 ThinQ to pack OLED screen that can be used as an amplifier

It used to be a rumor, but now LG has confirmed that the LG G8’s screen will work as a loudspeaker. It might also have a bottom-firing speaker, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Google is getting more serious about making its own chips

Google has picked up over a dozen new microchip engineers of late. Are gChips Google’s new processors?


Who wants to win a Pocophone F1?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Pocophone F1Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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This week in Android: Punch hole screens are here!

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It’s the end of 2018, and you might hear a collective sigh from smartphone pundits. This year was celebrated almost universally by incremental increases to already great hardware. But we also got new form factors — sliders and pop-out cameras — in our quest to eliminate the bezel. Those designs and more will be further refined in 2019, and we’re excited to see it!

Speaking of refined designs for 2019, we got our first hands-on look at a phone with a punch-hole camera. The Honor View 20 is coming in early 2019, and our reviewer David Imel got some time with the phone. What does he think of the hole? Is it better than the notch?

Plus, we have two new phones from Xiaomi, two possible new phones from Google, and two OEMs who may once again be in hot water with the White House. Oh, and Samsung’s new One UI is coming to your Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus as we speak!

Here are your top stories for the week

Android in 2018 is the opening act for Android in 2019

2018 may have been a little bit of a yawner, but it was mostly just getting things ready for an epic 2019. We think. Probably.


Honor View 20 hands-on: Are holes better than notches?

The Honor View 20 sports a punch hole display. It’s tiny and in a sensible place, but we’re still not convinced.


5 most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!

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Who would have thought that apps could be controversial. Turns out they can, and in a pretty big way too!


2018 was the smartphone camera’s biggest year yet

2018 set the stage for what we’ll see in 2019 in terms of cameras, and that’s a bright future indeed.


Samsung to show off sound-producing display tech at CES 2019?

Why put a speaker in a phone when you can have your display do it for you? That’s what Samsung is thinking.


Stable Android Pie with One UI is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus!

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Do you like Pie? Do you like One UI? Well then Samsung has some really good news for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus owners.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro review: Pro ambitions, amateur mistakes

Xiaomi’s latest flagship hits a lot of high notes, but misses on a few of the basics like battery life.


Xiaomi Black Shark review: A blast for your buck

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s gaming entry, the Black Shark, has a slick design and an “Extreme Mode” that takes things up to 11.


Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Lite tipped to land on Verizon this Spring

If the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were too rich for your blood, Verizon thinks you might be tempted with some less expensive options.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: What’s old is new again

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 takes an old form factor and makes it feel fresh and new. This is our full Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review.


2019 will be a great year for smartwatches and fitness trackers — here’s why

It’s a great time to invest in a fitness tracker right now. Smartwatches? Not unless you’re buying an Apple Watch.


Who wants to win a Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Huawei Mate 20 ProEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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