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TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll concept transforms a 6.87-inch phone into a 10-inch tablet

TCL’s concept uses a folding hinge and extendable mechanism to expand from phone to tablet. | Image: TCL TCL is once again teasing a foldable phone concept — and it’s a Frankenstein’s monster of some previously showcased flexible concepts. Called Fold ‘n Roll, it combines the company’s “dragonhinge” technology with an extendable display panel....

Google Assistant can now help order takeout from restaurants online

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The pandemic has made ordering restaurant takeout a little less of a guilty pleasure, both because it’s safer and it helps support local businesses. Google is now trying to make the process faster, too, by having Google Assistant fill in contact information and payment details automatically on Android...

TCL aims to build a better budget phone with the 20 Pro 5G

The TCL 20 Pro 5G offers a 6.67-inch screen and 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization. | Photo: TCL TCL has announced the rest of its 20-series lineup, with the 20 Pro 5G leading the way. Along with the 20L and 20L Plus, the phone joins the two devices announced earlier this year at CES, the TCL 20 5G and 20 SE, all of...

Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses

Sony Xperia 1 III (left) and Xperia 5 III (right) | Sony Sony is announcing two new phones today, the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III. Both are the latest in Sony’s campaign to redefine the Xperia brand as a kind of sibling to its well-regarded Alpha digital cameras. As such, the camera system is once again the main focus, and Sony specifically...

US carriers have thankfully abandoned at least one bad plan for RCS

GIF by Garret Beard and William Joel / The Verge According to the telecom industry news site Light Reading, the big three US carriers are walking away from the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative. The CCMI was meant to be a joint effort to promote RCS, the next-generation messaging standard designed to replace SMS. But while that might seem...

Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The firing of top Google AI ethics researchers has created a significant backlash Continue reading…

Google Photos’ much improved video editor arrives on Android

Android’s Google Photos app is being updated with the improved video editing tools that were previously exclusive to iOS. Android Police spotted the rollout, and reports that it appears to be available for both Google Pixel devices and other Android phones. The tools appear to have arrived with a server-side update, though you can try updating to the...

Samsung’s Galaxy Quantum 2 has quantum cryptography built in

Samsung and South Korean carrier SK Telecom have announced the Galaxy Quantum 2, Samsung’s second phone that features built-in quantum cryptography technology for increased security. It’s the follow-up to last year’s Galaxy A Quantum. The Quantum 2 includes a chip developed by a company called ID Quantique, which says it’s the world’s smallest quantum...

Google is removing its Play Movies and TV app from every Roku and most smart TVs

The Google Play Movies and TV app will no longer be available on any Roku set-top box or any Samsung, LG, Vizio or Roku smart TV starting July 15th, Google has announced (via 9to5Google). If you have movies or TV shows purchased or rented through the service, you’ll still be able to access them through the “Your movies and shows” section of the YouTube...

LG Korea says that the Wing, Velvet 5G, and Velvet LTE phones will get Android 13

The Wing will be one of a few devices to receive OS upgrades for several years after LG exits the smartphone business. | Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge LG’s Korean website now lists which phones the company plans to update to Android 12, along with a few devices which will even get Android 13. These upgrades will most likely come long...

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