This week in Android: Honor View 20 and MWC 2019 preview

Our Honor View 20 review is in, and boy does this phone check a lot of boxes. It’s not the first phone we have seen with a punch hole screen and 48 megapixel camera, but it is by far the most gorgeous. The Honor 8 started the 15 layer-glass design, but the Honor View 20 is by far the most beautiful implementation. And the phone itself is no slouch either — check out the full review to learn why.

Plus, we detail a couple of OEMs that will bring 5G phones to MWC. Huawei unveiled its new 5G modem recently, and now it plans to debut the world’s first folding 5G phone at MWC. Plus, LG says it will have a 5G phone with a vapor cooling chamber and possibly some kind of gesture control on board. Add to that a couple of phones with no buttons or ports, and MWC is going to be a busy week.

Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, we have thought pieces about the Google Play Store, dumb smart things, and going all-in on Chromebooks for work.

Here are your top stories for the week

02:00 – Honor View 20 review: A hole-in-one!

The Honor View 20 is hands-down one of the most gorgeous devices we have seen. But is it just a pretty picture?


05:30 – Xiaomi reveals foldable phone prototype: Is this the cheap one we’ve been waiting for?

Prepare yourself for the world’s first double folding phone. That’s not a typo, and has been thoroughly fact checked.


20:40 – Google Play still has a clone problem in 2019 with no end in sight

Google Play has clones and copies aplenty, and there actually isn’t all that much that Google can do about it.


34:15 – Is it dumb that everything is “smart?”

Everything at CES was smart this and smart that, but do we really need everything to be smart?


49:00 – One-month test: Can a Chromebook replace my main computer?

Edgar Cervantes took it upon himself to pack up the Windows and Mac PCs for a month to try exclusively using the Google Pixel Slate. It went better than he expected.


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

Huawei reveals multi-mode 5G modem, confirms 5G phones and foldable phones (or both at the same time) at MWC

Huawei Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem.

5G and foldables will be all over MWC this year, and Huawei is joining the party!


LG to launch 5G phone with vapor chamber cooling, big battery, at MWC

LG is launching a 5G phone of its own, with vapor chamber cooling, which is not as righteous as we originally suspected.


Are Android updates getting faster? Let’s look at the data

Have you noticed that your phone is getting updates faster? You’re not alone.


Ugh, Android Q could give carriers more powerful ways to SIM lock phones

Carriers may be able to control your phone in new and exciting ways with these new code commits to Android Q.


LG teases touchless interface for upcoming smartphone

Ugh, touching your phone is soooooo 2018, at least if LG has anything to say about it.


Vivo Apex 2019 has a full-screen fingerprint reader, no ports or buttons

Finally, we have a pair of phones (including this one from Meizu) that think buttons and ports are also a bit 2018 for their taste. Not sure we agree.


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This week in Android: It’s weird phone week

We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.

In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.

Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about Huawei’s security.

Here are your top stories for the week

4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.


21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot

Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.


34:40 – Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.


44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build

You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.


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

OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with

OnePlus made some remarkable strides in 2018, including working with a U.S. carrier for the first time. Will OnePlus be able to keep that momentum going in 2019?


Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro triple camera close up

We took a deep dive into the camera on Huawei’s latest flagship and the results are a little surprising. No spoilers here though. You gotta click through.


LG in 2019: No more excuses

LG has not made great strides in the mobile space of late. It’s time for LG to do something to finally gain some world-wide ground.


LG might make a phone you can add another screen to… no joke

But honestly, LG, this probably isn’t it.


Opinion: Slider phones might seem cool, but are a design dead end

Slider phones are a great way to get smaller bezels, but they’re not a permanent solution. We break down why.


Huawei founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security

The founder of Huawei had a few things to say about security and how the company handles security. Which is nice and all, but…


Huawei is reportedly under federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department

Now don’t get us wrong, this particular case isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s not good either.


Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue

Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.


Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?

A Samsung Galaxy S10 was spotted in the wild. Check it out here!


Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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This week in Android: Our CES 2019 Awards!

Our best of CES awards are included in our CES 2019 wrap up

This week was all about CES and appropriately most of our top stories from this week came from that event. We gave out our Best of CES Awards, awarded the best audio devices, and even rounded up the best smartwatches and wearables. We saw expansion of Google Assistant in both hardware and software, too.

Outside of the trade show, we got news of Samsung’s latest flagship coming earlier than we expected. February 20 is the official date of Samsung Unpacked when we expect to see the Galaxy S10, and maybe even a folding phone! Speaking of Samsung, the iPhone turned 12 this week, and we compared it to our Best of Android 2018 winner, the Note 9, to see how far we’ve come.

Add to that a rugged phone, a gaming phone, and a chat with OnePlus, and you have yourself a pretty full week!

Here are your top stories for the week

Android Authority’s CES Top Picks 2019 Awards: Our favorite products from the show

We scoured the show floor to find the very best that CES had to offer. Come check out what impressed us!


Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 on February 20

Samsung’s next flagship phone is coming sooner than we all thought and we have the details here!


Smartwatch roundup: All the best wearables we could find at CES 2019

You want wearables? CES has all the wearables! We found the best ones for you.


Best audio products of CES 2019

Our sister site, SoundGuys, found the best audio products on the show floor for your inner audiophile.


Google Assistant Connect makes it easier for companies to create smart products

Google wants the Assistant built into more devices, and now it’s easier than ever for more products to tie into that ecosystem.


Hands-on: The Lenovo Smart Clock is a cheaper Home Hub for your bedside table

But, if you don’t want to wait for that, you can have a Google Assistant powered alarm clock from Lenovo.


Hands-on with the Cat S48c rugged phone, available now on Verizon

Want a smartphone that you couldn’t break if you tried? Cat has some good news for you.


The iPhone turns 12: Here’s how it compares to the best Android phone of 2018

Since the iPhone turned 12 this week, we thought it would be interesting to look back and see how smartphones have evolved since that time.


We talk with OnePlus about T-Mobile, the new TV, and the invite system

While at CES, we had a chat with OnePlus about the past, present and future of the company. You don’t even need an invitation to read it!


Nubia Red Magic Mars hands-on: Best budget gaming phone?

The Nubia Red Magic Mars is a sharp looking gaming phone for under $400, which is pretty awesome if you ask us.


Who wants to win a OnePlus 6T?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 6TEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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This week in Android: Punch hole screens are here!

Honor View20 screen

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!

samsung galaxy s9 one ui review home screen display

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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This week in Android: Only the best of 2018

Huawei Mate 20

It’s the end of 2018 — well, almost anyway — and we’re taking a look back over the year that was. Our resident app expert, Joe Hindy, is breaking down the very best apps of 2018 and the very best games of 2018. Who knew some many awesome new apps hit the Play Store this year? Plus, while we saw some great phones this year, we also saw a few that may have gone a bit unrecognized.

Speaking of underrated phones, our full review of the Huawei Mate 20 is in and it’s still pretty impressive, even when compared to the Mate 20 Pro. This gorgeous phone boasts a triple camera setup and even has a headphone jack. That’s not easy to come by these days, and we appreciate it. Still, with impressive specifications under the hood, this is a mighty capable phone on its own.

We also take a look at the future of messaging, the future of 5G, and the future of OnePlus. We’re very futuristic.

Here are your top stories for the week

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XX:XX – The Android Authority year-end survey: Help us become better!

It’s the end of the year, and we want to know how you liked us. What was great? What was not? What can we do better? We’re listening!


XX:XX – 15 best Android apps released in 2018!

2018 was a great year for new apps. Joe Hindy breaks down all the best apps that came out this year, including new browsers and VPNs — you name it!


XX:XX – 15 best Android games released in 2018!

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In addition to the best apps of the year, we also have the best new games released in 2018. Looking for some great time wasters? Look no further!


XX:XX – The most underrated smartphones of 2018

We saw some great phones come out this year, but there were also some phones that flew under the radar.


XX:XX – Huawei Mate 20 review: Packing premium performance for a high price

Our Huawei Mate 20 review is in and speaking of underrated phones, this phone was greatly underrated because of its larger sibling.


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

What is RCS messaging and why is it important?

samsung galaxy s9 one ui review messages

A new messaging protocol is on the horizon, but naturally it won’t be completely smooth sailing to get there.


Huawei poised to spend billions to fix its bad security reputation

Huawei really wants to fix its reputation as a security threat, so it’s going to throw money at the problem.


5G smartphones from LG, Samsung could launch in February, retail in March

In 2019, we get all the 5Gs and LG and Samsung look to be among the very first to use the connection.


Oura Ring 2 review: The early adopter catches the worm

Oura Ring 2 Heart Rate Monitor

This health tracking ring is one of the best sleep trackers we’ve ever used, and that’s just the beginning.


Google ‘Dragonfly’ Chinese search engine allegedly shelved for now

Google was making a search engine for China before its employees kinda freaked out about it. They’re not making one any more.


Honor 10 Lite hands-on: The budget selfie king?

Honor’s latest offering sports an impressive 24MP selfie camera, but unfortunately, that’s where the impressive part stops.


There’s something very fishy about this alleged OnePlus phone leak

In a new leak from OnePlus, we see some new hardware including a larger camera sensor on the back. But where did this photo come from?


Who wants to win a Google Pixel 3?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 3Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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