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
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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