Google and Apple are ushering in an era of ugly square phone cameras

Google’s official reveal of the Pixel 4’s design confirmed the leaks: much like Apple’s rumored iPhone 11, the Pixel 4 is set to feature a massive, square-shaped camera module on the back. With both Apple and Google now on board, it seems that giant, postage-stamp-sized camera bumps are officially set to be the latest design indignity that smartphone owners will be forced to suffer.

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The iPhone 11 (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) and Pixel 4 didn’t invent the giant camera bulge — not even in recent times, as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro shows:

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Nokia in particular was once known for it on its Nokia N8 and PureView models, promising that the…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G is coming to AT&T on June 17th

AT&T is launching its first true 5G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, on June 17th. Though, don’t get too excited; you’ll only be able to get your hands on one if you’re part of AT&T’s developer program, or are an AT&T Business customer.

The 5G-ready phone, which first debuted last month for Verizon subscribers who live in cities that support its 5G service, will cost business users $999. It will also be made available to developers for free at AT&T’s Shape conference in Los Angeles on June 22nd. Today’s announcement makes makes no mention of when consumers will be able to get their hands on Samsung’s phone, or how much it will cost when, or if, it does. It’s possible that the Galaxy Note 10 could be first 5G-ready device to be publicly…

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Syfy is developing a Krypton spinoff based on Lobo

Tonight, the Syfy Channel will premiere the second season of its Superman-related series Krypton, featuring a bunch of new villains, including one long-standing DC villain: Lobo. Ahead of that premiere, the Syfy Channel says that it is developing a spinoff series featuring the interstellar bounty hunter.

Like Krypton, Lobo will be written and produced by Cameron Welsh, and will feature the character that’ll pop up during this season. The violent and foul-mouthed alien bounty hunter first appeared in 1983, and appears for the first time (in the form of Glen Martin) in a live-action production with Krypton.

As our reviewer Samantha Nelson noted, this new season of Krypton feels as though it’s unrestrained after a claustrophobic first…

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Samsung Galaxy S10 selling 31% better than the S9 in the Netherlands

Samsung announced four Galaxy S10 devices back in March, with three of them getting to the Netherlands – the Galaxy S10e, the vanilla Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10+. According to the local division, over 100,000 units were pushed in the first three months, marking a 31% increase in sales over the Galaxy S9 lineup.

Gerben van Walt Meijer, Mobile Marketing Manager at Samsung Netherlands, revealed that 99% of Dutch people expect proper battery life, 97% require proper image quality, and 97% of them want an attractive price. The Galaxy S10 is a market leader in all these areas, he added.

The most popular color is Black, with half of the devices purchased. 20% of the owners got white units, with Green being the third option with 18%. According to internal research, young Millennials (18 to 25 years) also prefer the one-hand experience, which is another key reason why they chose the Samsung flagship.

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New Stranger Things mobile game will feel familiar to Pokémon Go players

Finnish developer Next Games is partnering with Netflix for a Stranger Things mobile game that should appeal to Pokémon Go fans.

Simply called Stranger Things, the ‘80s cartoon-inspired game is described as a location-based puzzle RPG. Players will be able to walk around the Upside Down and “work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils,” according to a press release. Next Games is using Google Maps integrations so players can explore their own neighborhood with friends.

“Our core focus will be to deliver on Stranger Things’ rich and intense themes like friendship and supernatural adventure, and translate these into snack-sized entertainment on your mobile device,” Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO of Next Games, said in a press release.


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