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OnePlus is removing negative product reviews on their website. I wouldn’t trust the scores in their store.

OnePlus is removing negative product reviews on their website. I wouldn’t trust the scores in the...

Does anyone actually trust reviews from manufacturer websites?

That would be the bigger news article here.

Samsung leaves all the 1 star review on their site

Lets be honest, this is not the worst thing OnePlus has been caught doing. It’s almost expected, these are the guys who cheated on benchmarks.

looks like r/android left a 1-star review

After months-long ‘pause,’ shortlived Google Allo messaging app will soon be sunset for good

After months-long ‘pause,’ shortlived Google Allo messaging app will soon be sunset for good

Another one bites the dust

Hail hydra. Cut off one messenger, two more shall take its place.

I think this sub predicted this pretty much the day it was announced. What was Google thinking?

Releasing two apps at once, while desperately needing adoption for both was a terrible idea. People want all-in-one apps, look at skype, now discord. Even if a user doesnt plan to use video or text, just getting them into the ecosystem is a huge step, and means they at least have a chance to use the available features.

The biggest issue with Allo, was nobody actually used it, because they didnt download it.

[MKBHD] The Blind Smartphone Camera Test 2018!

[MKBHD] The Blind Smartphone Camera Test 2018!

majority: Brighter = better

Two conclusions I can draw.

Casual people don't see anything out of photo except exposure and how bright someone's face is.

They don't need to. At the end if the user is happy with the photo they've chosen why would I judge? Ultimately it's their pick.

This is why casual people/family member usually don't need to have latest/greatest flagship. They hardly find anything different compared to us tech enthusiast who nitpick every pixel/bezel/design.

I haven't watched MKBHD videos for some time now because tbh they are meh and similar to what other YouTube reviewers upload. It's like the production value and editing may differ but the info they provide in the reviews is pretty much the same (MKBHD, Morrison guy, Austin Evans etc).

This video was exactly what we need. It will add to the discussion that your neighbor Joe does not need the greatest smart phone ever. I also enjoyed the detailed reaction of the results. Even these so called "expert reviewers" and us nerds can't tell the photos apart on social media where 90% of these photos are viewed and shared.

One thing I didn't like how the YouTubers were laughing in surprise that Pocophone made it so far. I don't know it felt to me like they really looked down upon the pocophone before the results. That's how I felt watching their reactions. Like how can a cheap Chinese phone I'll never use beat my iPhone XS.

I was shocked when the iPhones and Pixels we're shown the door in the first round. I personally selected the brighter photos in all the polls as far as I can remember. They are just pleasing to the eye. Especially when you consider Marques, he has a darker skin color.

Samsung used a DSLR pic as A8 shot

Samsung used a DSLR pic as A8 shot

Of the millions of people who actually viewed the ads, only a few thousands of us (at best) are gonna know that this was shot on DSLR. Of course they're all gonna do it again.

This happens multiple times per year from multiple brands. They don't care.

Unfortunately, this isn't anything new, Samsung and Huawei are proven to have been doing this for years and I bet other brands follow suit.

I guess they haven't got any law suits.

iOS notifications have been improved, but Android's are still better

iOS notifications have been improved, but Android's are still better
iOS notifications have been improved, but Android's are still better

Don't worry, given the recent things we heard about Hangouts, by 2020 Google will have time to 'retire' notifications and give us Google Mission Control and Google Notification Reply instead.

Google: It would seem that the users are content with the current notifications. It's a shame, really, that we have to keep teaching them what happens to the things they love

sharpens axe

Ok, that’s a good step forward for ios.

iOS 12 really feels like an actual OS rather than a mobile OS.

Hoping Apple can differentiate the iPad a bit more though since it still 'feels' like a larger iPhone.

Marques Brownlee on Twitter: 'Might as well add "Twitter police" to my bio at this point'

Marques Brownlee on Twitter: 'Might as well add "Twitter police" to my bio at this point'

Someone at Samsung just got fired

Why would a PR/social media team even be posting from a mobile device? Shouldn't they be at a computer at their office?

Well, seems like the account got deleted. https://twitter.com/samsungmobileng/

Edit: It's back now apparently, but all the tweets are protected.

It's basically become a meme at this point.

Let's get Higher Quality Audio on Spotify Android! Vote for LDAC here

Let's get Higher Quality Audio on Spotify Android! Vote for LDAC here
Let's get Higher Quality Audio on Spotify Android! Vote for LDAC here

This is a bad post. LDAC is a bluetooth streaming codec that has a much bigger bitrate so it is not the bottleneck in your audio quality.

This should have no impact on Spotify's options (3.5mm headphones surely had higher "bitrates") and most any headphones/speakers that use a bluetooth receiver wouldn't have a noticeable difference between 320kbps and 900kbps. 320kbps ogg is very good quality on its own.

If you want a lossless or super high bitrate from Spotify that's one thing, but connecting that desire to LDAC Bluetooth technology just doesn't make sense.

This is a codec for a bluetooth connection

Spotify currently uses OGG/Vorbis which is also royalty free and a good audio format. Opus is a newer and better format, but there are not as many advantages as if they were using MP3.

I'd like to see them switch to OPUS. It's open source/royalty free, and comparable/slightly better than AAC. And MUCH better than MP3. It's also got support with the AV1 group to be the codec of choice in the WebM container.

Frankly I'm surprised they haven't switched yet since there's no licensing costs.

Scott Johnston from Google: "No decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down. Hangouts users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet."

Scott Johnston from Google: "No decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down. Hangouts us...

TWO MORE MESSAGING APPS, WE GOT IT BOYS

It wouldn't be a Google service if they didn't turn one app into two apps while still removing features

it will be split into google speak and google listen.

At this rate in a couple years, every user will have their own chat app.

Source: Google Hangouts is shutting down in 2020

Source: Google Hangouts is shutting down in 2020

If they keep doing this, who the hell is going to even try new products.? You invest in a product, drag your family and friends along, and just when everyone is up to speed, they pull the plug.

I'm already going thru G+ and Inbox withdrawal, now this!

I already don't try new Google products... and I used to be one of those who wanted in on the latest Google betas (e.g. Wave)

I didn't even bother installing/trying Allo and Duo when they came out because I had a strong feeling they'd be abandoned one day and I couldn't be bothered to move everyone over.

I didn't bother trying Inbox because I had a feeling it would be cut off one day since it's just a layer on top of Gmail.

And I'm never going to use a Google chat service ever again, because it's either going to be abandoned and left to die a year later or it's going to shut down a few years later in favor of a new chat app.

I get that product lines change and that services naturally shut down/launch, but Google's strategy of launching something just to try it out and then shutting it down after a few years just makes me avoid using future products in the first place.

Being able to chat seamlessly between gmail browser window and my phone is probably the only reason I have an android phone.

Hey Project Fi / Google Voice teams:

Now might be a good time to add RCS.

OnePlus just terminated the dev seeding program: no more devices sent to devs for development

OnePlus just terminated the dev seeding program: no more devices sent to devs for development

they dont need the developer community anymore. they have got what they wanted, wait till they start locking those bootloaders.

finallysettled

As Bill Gates said,

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become like Apple.

Windows 10 is the most developer friendly, the most user friendly, and the most feature-rich Windows version to date. For example, I tried installing an NVMe drive on my cousin's Windows 7 computer and it took a ridiculous number of hoops to jump through (downloading a Windows update that was no longer available) to get the drive to be recognized. Upgraded to Windows 10 and it was picked up without issue.

For software engineers this is starting to rival OS X for it's usability, at least as far as command line tools are concerned. Do I like that they're pre-installing software and games? No, but that's hardly new, it's just more obvious, and it's from Microsoft themselves, not a manufacturer.

I'm no Windows fanboy. Hell, I hate aspects of all operating systems, but Windows has markedly improved. I'll be damned if I'm ever caught using Edge, though. IE/Edge can suck it.

Try one of these subthreads