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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.

Polestar 2 electric cars receive update to Android Automotive 11

Android Automotive is Google's custom build of Android intended to power car infotainment systems. Unlike Android Auto, it doesn't rely on a connected smartphone, which means it has to be updated as if it was a smartphone or tablet itself. The Polestar 2 was one of the first cars to ship with Android Automotive, and...

Motorola reportedly more than doubled smartphone sales in United States during 2021

Motorola is immensely popular in Latin America and some other regions, but the company has struggled to maintain a decent marketshare in the United States, where competitors like Samsung and Apple dominate smartphone sales. However, if a new report is accurate, Motorola might have sold enough smartphones last year to reach third place in 'Murica. Counterpoint...

Google Pixel 6 can use more USB devices on Android 12L QPR3

Google started public beta testing for Android's Quarterly Platform Releases, or QPRs for short, earlier this month with the release of Android 12 QPR3 Beta 1. There wasn't a detailed changelog for the beta, which was updated a few days ago to fix bugs on the Pixel 6, but one helpful change has been discovered:...

Google Nest Hub displays are bootlooping after buggy update

Google periodically updates its smart displays and smart speakers with new software, and the company has now started to roll out a new design for the Nest Hub's software. However, there's a catch: the update is sending some Nest Hub displays into a bootloop. The new software update appears to be limited to the Google Nest...

Verizon customers are receiving spam texts from their own number

SMS isn't the most robust technology around, and it has often been used to send scam and spam messages while obscuring the original sender. However, Verizon customers have been dealing with an especially ridiculous form of text spam: messages that appear to come from their own phone number. There have been many reports from Verizon subscribers...

Nokia XR20 is the latest HMD Global phone to receive Android 12

Google released the final build of Android 12 in October of last year, and by the end of the year, many of the most popular Android smartphones were already updated. However, it's taking some manufacturers longer than others to upgrade all their phones, and HMD Global has been slow to roll out Android 12 to...

OnePlus 10 Pro supports 80W charging, but settles for 65W in North America

The OnePlus 10 Pro has been available in China for a while now, but OnePlus is gearing up to release the phone internationally with a launch event scheduled for March 31. One of the main selling points for the OnePlus 10 Pro in China has been 80W wired charging, but it seems that functionality won't...

Xiaomi phones are also reportedly throttling performance for some applications and games

Samsung has been embroiled in controversy over its Game Optimization Service, which quietly throttles the performance of around 10,000 applications. The discovery led to Geekbench pulling all benchmark results for all recent flagship Galaxy smartphones, and Samsung promising to release an update with a toggle for the functionality. Xiaomi has also used various performance tweaks...

Apple reportedly cuts back production of iPhone SE 3 (2022) and AirPods

Apple just started selling the new third-generation iPhone SE, which packs the same Apple A15 Bionic chipset from the iPhone 13 series into a $430 smartphone. However, Apple is reportedly cutting back production for the new phone, and the company will sell fewer AirPods this year than originally planned. Nikkei Asia is reporting that Apple plans...

One UI 4.1 update arrives on Galaxy A51 and four other phones

Samsung started rolling out Android 12 to its phones and tablets last year, with the release of One UI 4.0. When the Galaxy S22 series was released earlier this year, it shipped with the newer One UI 4.1 version, which has a few additional improvements and new features. Now that update is rolling out to...

Motorola Edge Plus 2022 Review: The forgettable flagship phone

Motorola makes most of its money with budget phones, but the company has been attempting to push into the flagship space again after a years-long absence. The first Motorola Edge Plus in 2020 marked a return to the top-end market, and now Motorola has an upgraded model ready for 2022. The Motorola Edge Plus 2022, or...

Spotify is bringing back simplified mobile design as ‘Car Mode’

Spotify used to offer a simplified view for its Android and iOS mobile apps, called 'Car View,' which had larger buttons and text for easier access when driving. The functionality was removed last year, but now it seems Spotify is bringing it back with an updated design and a new name. 9to5Google spotted the new design...