From BGR: The unthinkable happened: New Android phone crushes iPhone X in speed test

Apple’s hot new iPhone X has it all. From design and display quality to features and performance, the tenth-anniversary iPhone is a class-leading smartphone through and through. The design in particular has been praised to no end. In fact, even some of the iPhone X’s harshest critics (myself included) have come around to love the controversial “notch” design with the phone’s display.

Of course, the sleek design and gorgeous display are only half of the equation here. The software side of the user experience is even more important, and the iPhone X delivers there as well. Benchmark test scores are off the charts, and we’ve seen time and time again what the iPhone X’s A11 Bionic processor is capable of. But savvy Apple fans know that despite how impressive the iPhone X’s performance is compared to most devices out there, there’s something that has been holding the phone back. Now, that issue has caused the iPhone X to lose its title as the reigning speed test champ.

On its surface, iOS 11 has been a pretty terrific update. There are new features and refinements abound, and iOS 11 on the iPhone X introduced a slew of smooth new gestures that further enhance the user experience. But beneath the surface, iOS 11 has also been marred by issues with RAM management.

You wouldn’t know it considering how well the iPhone X has performed thus far in speed tests against rival Android phones, but the phone is actually being held back right now by issues with its operating system. Apple is working to address these issues, but there is currently no fix in place in the latest release build of iOS. As a result, a new champ snuck in and stole the iPhone’s speed test crown.

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro got its hands on the new OnePlus 5T and pitted it against the iPhone X in a real-world speed test showdown. We already told you about how much faster the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock is than Face ID, though it is far less secure, and now we can see how the two phones perform in other areas.

This test doesn’t use the “lap” format that most similar tests have adopted, but the results are still pretty clear. The new OnePlus 5T runs a near-stock version of Android Nougat, which has been refined over the past year. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone is running the newer iOS 11 platform that still has some serious bugs to iron out. That’s right… this is one rare instance where Android fragmentation paid off, at least in terms of speed.

Check out the full test below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1besnW-Oww

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From BGR: Face ID has a cool feature you probably haven’t even discovered yet

Apple has had a string of solid and, at times, impressive iPhone releases over the past few years. Still, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a new iPhone model actually stir up some genuine excitement amongst iPhone users. Sure, camera technology on the iPhone has improved tremendously over the past few years, but the overall look and feel of the iPhone itself has essentially remained unchanged since the iPhone 6 was released more than three years ago. As far as new features are concerned, you might have to go as far back as Touch ID on the iPhone 5s before coming across a new iPhone feature that managed to generate some genuine buzz on its own.

The iPhone X, therefore, is a welcome breath of fresh air. Sporting an edgeless OLED display and a new facial recognition system dubbed Face ID, the iPhone X is the radical redesign iPhone fans have been looking forward to for years. Though it wasn’t entirely clear how consumers would initially take to the iPhone X, it’s now overwhelmingly clear that the iPhone X is a breakthrough product and that Face ID, specifically, works exactly as advertised.

With Face ID being a completely new feature, one of the more enjoyable aspects of the iPhone X is that users are still uncovering some thoughtful design touches Apple added to Face ID. The most recent example sprung up on Reddit over the weekend and involves the alarm app on the iPhone X. Now we’ve all likely experienced the frustration that comes along when trying to lazily turn off an annoyingly loud iPhone alarm early in the morning when you’re still angling for a few more minutes of sleep. The iPhone X, though, has the perfect fix for this issue.

As the first-hand account explains below, the iPhone X alarm app will decrease in volume the moment you look at it.

Woke up this morning to my iPhone alarm and when I looked at my X, I noticed the volume lowered itself. I tried this again to make sure I wasn’t just imagining it after waking up, and it does! That is such a little thing that didn’t need to be a feature, but the fact that it is, is amazing. Now when I wake up and look at my phone its a softer volume instead of continually blaring the alarm at me. Little things like this are awesome.

Is this a groundbreaking feature? Of course not. Still, it speaks to the level of detail Apple tends to obsess over relentlessly. More than that, it speaks to how Face ID has the potential to impact all facets of the user experience.

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From BGR: Samsung accidentally confirmed it’s making a Galaxy X

Samsung’s dream is to beat Apple’s iPhone, and that’s why the Galaxy S8’s development codename was “dream.� However, no Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device captured the mind of buyers like the iPhone rival, no matter how hard Samsung tried.

But the Korean giant may have an ace up its sleeve, a smartphone unlike anything else available out there, iPhone included. It’s called Galaxy X, but not for the reasons you expect.

If you think Galaxy X is Samsung’s way of copying the iPhone X name scheme that’s not actually accurate. We’ve seen the Galaxy X moniker thrown around back when the iPhone X was still referred to as iPhone 8 in rumors.

Because, you see, the Galaxy X is Samsung’s first bendable smartphone, a device that’s so complicated it might see a limited launch before Samsung is able to manufacture it en-masse.

Samsung kept demoing foldable mobile devices for years at tech trade shows, but it never was ready to launch one — the Galaxy Round doesn’t count as one, don’t even try!

But the Galaxy X may be the first one to ship to consumers at some point in the near future, and Samsung has seemingly confirmed its existence. A support page went up on Samsung’s website for an SM-G888N0 handset, as spotted by Dutch-language site MobielKopen.

Samsung’s support document doesn’t offer any insight into what the SM-G888 family of devices is supposed to be, but that model number has been associated with the Galaxy X many times in the past. According to MobielKopen, the SM-G888 already received various certifications from regulators, including the Bluetooth SIG, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency.

What’s interesting about the Galaxy X is that we haven’t seen any leaks aside from reports detailing the phone and these certifications. All Samsung smartphones get leaked well ahead of their time, as there’s no such thing as keeping a Samsung gadget secret.

From the looks of it, however, the phone may be nearing its launch, even if it’ll be a limited one. After all, Samsung isn’t the only company working on foldable smartphones, and it probably wants to claim the title of being the first to make one.

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From VentureBeat: 3 Razer Phone ‘gaming’ features that everyone will love

Razer is always trying to present itself as something much bigger than a gaming-peripheral manufacturer. The company wants to establish itself as a lifestyle brand for gamers. That has led to its broadcasting products, a suite of awesome laptops, and more. But no piece of technology is as ingrained in our lives as phones, and […]

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From Digital Trends: Hate the iPhone X’s notch? These two apps can get rid of it

There are a couple of apps in the App Store that claim to get rid of the iPhone X’s notch. We take a look at Notch Remover and Notcho and explain what they do so that you can make an informed decision before you purchase.
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From Cult of Mac: iPhone X goes super-tiny in new concept designs

Tiny iPhones could make a big comeback in the near future if Apple ever decides to bring the iPhone X display to an iPhone SE-sized device. It’s only a matter of time before the edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X makes its way to all of Apple&#…

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From Digital Trends: iPhone X users can now use Face ID to make purchases on eBay

Shopping just got a little easier for iPhone X users. This morning eBay announced it now supports Face ID for purchases on its iOS app. The announcement makes eBay the first third-party app to allow Face ID to authenticate purchases.
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From BGR: The iPhone X won’t be in stock consistently for months

After initial doom-and-gloom warnings about severe iPhone X shortages at launch, things are looking up. If you order a phone right now from Apple’s online store, you’re looking at a ship time of two to three weeks, which is a dramatic improvement on the six-week wait times when the iPhone X hadn’t launched yet.

But you still shouldn’t expect the phone to be consistently in stock — as in, being able to pop down the Apple Store on your way to work to pick one up — for a while. Apple doesn’t comment on its stock levels or manufacturing plans, but the carriers (who still sell around 75% of iPhones) do, and their forecast isn’t all that great.

Speaking at an investor conference, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter predicted that demand for the iPhone X would “roll over” into the first quarter of 2018. According to a write-up of the event from MobileWorldLive, Braxton predicted that “going into the holiday season we do think we will still be overall supply constrained,” so there won’t be consistent stock in T-Mobile stores over Christmas, at the very least.

This might ultimately be the “super-cycle” of iPhone upgrades that some analysts were predicted. For most phone launches, manufacturers see a bump in demand for the months immediately following the launch, and then sales tail off, and return to the regular sales pattern. But with the iPhone X, it seems that the surge in demand will last for nearly six months. What Braxton was getting at in his comments is that customers will have seen the iPhone X launch in September, planned on buying one more or less right away, but won’t actually go to the store and buy the phone until 2018. That’s unusual, and shows the amount of interest that Apple has managed to generate in its shiniest new gadget.

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From Cult of Mac: Cult of Mac Magazine: Essential iPhone X tips you need to know, and more!

iPhone X is radically different from every iPhone that came before it. As you strive to get accustomed to life without a Home button, Cult of Mac has rounded up iPhone X tips and tricks that will come in handy. Check out Ste Smith’s video to see …

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From Cult of Mac: How to get Animojis on any phone (kind of)

Want Animojis on any iPhone? While you need the iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensors to create Apple’s animated emojis, some apps produce results that look very much like Animoji. In the video below, I’ll show you how one of them works. The a…

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