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Google and the public choose the best of 2019 in the Play Store! Know the winners

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The year of 2019 is coming to an end and although there are still a few weeks to go, it is time to take stock. Similar to other years ago, Google unveiled the list of the best apps, games and movies in the Play Store.

Google wanted to actively include its users in these choices. In this sense, we have the best of the Play Store in the opinion of Google and the opinion of the public. Let’s meet the winners?

The best of the Play Store for Android users

  • Best game: Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Best Application: Video Editor – Glitch Video Effects
  • Best movie: Avengers: Endgame
  • Best Book: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

The best of the Play Store for Google

  • Best game: Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Best app: Ablo
  • Best movie: Avengers: Endgame
  • Best Book: The Mister

Looking at the lists, we have one clear winner: Call of Duty: Mobile. Although it was only released in October, it won on both Google and Google users’ choice.

Two months was enough for the game to be downloaded more than 50 millions of times on the Play Store. With over six million reviews on the Android app store, Call of Duty: Mobile has 4.5 stars.

As for the best app of the year we have different opinions. Users have awarded the award to Video Editor – Glitch Video Effects, a video editing application with over 10 million installations and an evaluation of 4.6 stars.

On the other hand, Google gave the same distinction to Ablo, an app that instantly translates your conversations and video calls. This application has just over 1 million installations and a rating of 4.3 stars.

It’s no big surprise that we see Avengers: Endgame winning in the category of best movie in both opinions. When it comes to books, we see again different opinions on both sides.

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Apple to launch Airpods Studio ‘Headphones’ after Apple Beats and Airpods 2 success

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Recently, Apple Inc. appears in the mood to churning out slew of new products for its user base with a rumoured Apple Studio in the mix.

From a proposed smart glass to smart Apple TVs and just that Apple Watch they can your sleep.

Who knows, we might get Smart Speakers (if it ain’t launched already)

The latest product supposedly in the works but making rounds on the internet is long-rumoured over-ear noise cancelling high-end headphone under Apple branding dubbed – AirPods Studio.

As per Digitimes, Apple is likely to kill its wired earphones production and resume the AirPods 2 production in the second half of the year. The source also claims that production for Apple rumoured AirPods Studio headphones has now begun.

So, you might be wondering, what is it with Tim Cook this time around!

Apple Airpods Studio: What is it?

Apple Airpods Studio

The high-end headphones were first rumoured in February 2018 by former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Later, it was estimated that the headphones would launch sometime in the second half of 2020.

Dubbed the very first Apple-branded over-ear headphones though the confusion doesn’t end there with reports stating the new headphones will join the AirPods lineup alongside the AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro, and it’s supposed to be different from Apple’s Beats lineup, which happens to have a wide range of over-ear headphones.

Hehehe, a whole bunch of things to plug on the ear actually

However, the new tech certainly seems to come with very nice features which we already expect in a headphone.

First, the new AirPods Studio is rumoured to come with Active noise-cancelling, which cuts down unwanted noise to let you focus on the audio alongside a transparency mode that reduces the audio volume and let you hear the ambient noise.

Pretty much basic, is it?

As per a report by 9to5Mac , it is said to have AirPods-like sensor-based ear detection feature that stops the music when the earphones are taken off. In place of ear detection, Apple is working to include sensors that can detect whether the headphones are on your head or neck.

It is said to boast of a new sensor that will enable the headphones to recognise left and right ears to route audio channels automatically. Which means, there won’t be fixed left or right earcups and can be worn without checking for left and right channel.

They’ll sure have a name for this; S-21 Levitate, Bionic or something else. Just a brand name!

Bloomberg also reports that Apple had tested at least two versions of the headphones – a high-end premium variant and a fitness-oriented made with lightweight materials.

Both the options are said to have magnetically swappable ear cups and headband padding that will let users customise its look by merely switching the padding, similar to Apple Watch bands.

Apple Studio Price & Availability in Nigeria

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Considering the fact this company prices it’s branded tech at ridiculous amounts, the Apple Studio don’t seem to be an exception.

The Apple Studio is rumoured to cost a cool 350USD(approx ₦140,000) which will no doubt see it compete against other noise-cancelling headphones from companies like Bose and Sony.

However, no imminent launch date for now!

If all this pans out accurate, expect to see folks in this part of the world placing orders on Amazon and the like but first thing then…

What do you make of Apples rumoured headphone? Is it right at $350 for an entry-level tech? Let’s talk about it in the comments section.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs leaked online with alleged Galaxy S20 camera setup

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As it’s always the case with every new smartphone release; there’s always this excitement with every sneak peak at the details before launch.

We saw that with the Galaxy S20 lineup and looks like the doers have again gone blockbuster with the Samsung Galaxy S20 and several details you might want to know.

While speculations regarding the launch timeline of the phone had been happening, this for the first time that alleged renders of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone have been reported.

And who says it doesn’t look pretty much like the S20??!!

The renders come from Pigtou who claims that these renders are based on drawings obtained by the outlet’s sources and not conceptual.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leaked specs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rendered spec and features

The expected flagship unsurprisingly looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with major exception being the boxier appearance and the square corners which is the case with all Note series.

The devices dimensions are 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.5mm, which is roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ or if you want to be more precise, a little more than half a millimitre thicker. The dimensions of the camera module are even reported as well: 38.1mm by 21.9mm.

The Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ are expected to arrive with the same storage allocations as the Galaxy S20 lineup, running either the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990.

The Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ have previously been rumored to come with 4000 mAh and 4500 mAh batteries, respectively.

What better time to make all our wishes come true…

A larger Samsung Galaxy Note20+ much bigger than the Galaxy S20 is expected as well, which will be quite interesting right.

We always love it bigger…

With the dimensions mentioned above (of the Note20), the report suggests it might be 6.7-inches diagonally, and the renders show the display is totally flat. We enjoy the idea that a Note device will no longer have curved edges. It’ll make it easier to use the S-Pen with

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specifications

The S Pen location has also changed from the right to the left, which is likely what Samsung needed to do to get all the physical buttons over to the right side. The SIM tray is at the top of the device.

The power button also makes its return to the right hand side of the smartphone after an unsuccessful trial on the left with the Galaxy Note 10+.

Other minor tweaks are always what we have come to expect from flagship smartphone upgrades.

Just Ask Apple and their iPhones users…

When is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch event

The Galaxy S and Note series have always been an integral part of the Hong Kong based smartphone producer, in fact they are the only Samsung products that do get a official physical launch.

These devices have seen launch venues from New York, London and even Seoul.

However, the situation is beyond the control of the company as COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay indoors as much as possible.

Though nothing confirmed yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 is expected sometime in August during Samsung’s bi-annual Unpacked event. Only this time, we can expect an only-Virtual launch event.

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