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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launched at MWC Shanghai 2017 event

At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 event currently underway, Qualcomm announced the newest generation in processors targeting the budget and lower mid-tier market. The Snapdragon 450 is the successor to the Snapdragon 435 and brings some nice improvements that will enable budget device manufacturers to step things up in those market tiers. The improvements are partly thanks due to Qualcomm implementing a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and fall into four main areas.

Google hit with $2.7 Billion fine from EU over shopping results

European Union regulators hit Google with a $2.7 Billion fine yesterday claiming the search giant violated antitrust regulations in the way it was displaying search results for shopping related searches. The EU is giving Google 90 days to change how they display results or they may face an additional daily fine equal to 5% of average daily global revenue for Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Google indicates they disagree with the EU’s conclusions and they are reviewing the decision and options related to appeals.

New renders show back side of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The rumor mill continues to heat up for this fall’s flagship smartphone releases with the latest one concerning the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. We are already feeling confident Samsung will continue the critically acclaimed design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for the next version of their stylus-equipped smartphone. The back of the device has remained a mystery though thanks to a couple hardware related decisions. A newly acquired 3D CAD drawing supposedly obtained from the factory producing the new device reveals what the back of the device will look like.

Google News gets overhauled with a fuller, cleaner interface

With accusations of fake news flying around like mosquitos on a hot, humid southeast U.S. evening and social media platforms constantly rolling out pronouncements on how they are going to address the issue, Google has decided to update their Google News platform to try to help users sort through everything rolling their way. A new update for the desktop website gets a fresh new look that leans heavily on some Material Design cues like the use of cards and incorporates some changes to content and features to give users a “renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control.”

[Deal] Add a second number on your phone from Hushed for $25!

Many people want a second number, but they don’t want a second phone. It’s probably better to avoid using your personal number for work, while dating, and on select public services where you don’t know who you’re communicating with. Your number is a piece of highly sensitive information. So you shouldn’t just hand it out easily. You need to communicate with a number that doesn’t get traced back to you. It’s backup, and we’re here to help.

Now, at Hushed, you can get lifetime access to a second number on your phone at a price exclusive to Talk Android and its readers.

Best HTC U11 cases

The HTC U11 is one heck of a phone. It’s beautiful, fast, and stunning. See, the best thing about the 2017 flagship could be its design. HTC’s engineers once again designed a gorgeous device. And this one isn’t crafted from mostly metal. While the frame is aluminum, the back of the U11 is glass. That’s why you might want to consider putting a case on your phone.

Hit the break for the best HTC U11 cases.