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In the best stories of this week: Renderings and specs are coming for the next Motorola Moto G 5G / Plus, the real “OnePlus Pods” wireless headphones resembling AirPods, Google Photos stops saving saved photos from social media apps, and more.

Following the example of Samsung and LG, Motorola seems to launch cheaper 5G phones this year than in the form of Moto G 5G and Moto G 5G Plus. Famous Aries Evan Blass shared new renderings and confirmed the specifications of the two phones this week.

As for the Moto G 5G Plus, it is simply a larger version of the aforementioned handset. It will come with the same Snapdragon 765G chipset, i.e. 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of internal storage, and the same rear camera configuration. The double-hole notch will house an 8-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It is a larger phone and will come with a huge 4800 mAh battery that will support a fast charge of 18 W.

While most OnePlus fans were focused on the upcoming OnePlus North, this week also announced a new release of the “OnePlus Pods” that had already been leaked. We now know that they will come in black and may look a bit like the recent OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 headphones.

Notably, Oppo recently launched a pair of truly wireless headphones that also fit this description. The OnePlus designs and components are often similar to those of Oppo – especially in the case of the OnePlus 8 and Oppo Find X2 series – as the two companies share the same manufacturing lines and the same owner. Take it for what it’s worth.

Following the recent redesign of Google Photos, it was found that the application no longer automatically saves photos from applications like Facebook, Instagram and Google Messages – check our Ben Schoon’s cover for the full list – at least not by default. If you still want to back up these photos, you can manually turn on backups of each folder in Google Photos.

Apart from that, Google also adds a mute button to the photos. With a server-side update, Photos will add a mute button every time you start watching a video at the end of the timeline scrubber. This change is not yet widely available at the moment – it’s not live on my device, for example – but it should be available to everyone in the near future.

Without a doubt, 2020 is the year of affordable smartphones, with big devices like Samsung’s A-series devices and even the iPhone SE. This week, our Damien Wilde took a look at the phone at the lowest price we could recommend, the Nokia 1.3 powered by Android Go at $ 99.

Finally, Google is ready to help people save money in this summer scorcher. Owners of Nest thermostats in most countries in North America should now be able to activate “seasonal savings” which are designed to change your schedule and settings to reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption.

The changes take into account everything Nest knows about your home and your temperature preferences. Another goal is to save energy during peak periods during the day.

The goal is not to “compromise your comfort”, with changes usually “only a fraction of a degree each day”.

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