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Google changed a battery setting on Android phones by mistake

Some Android users probably noticed some strange things happening with their phones over the last couple of days. Apps might have stopped updating in the background, location services maybe weren't in use when your screen was locked, and your notific…
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Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max officially launch, brings AI and notches to budget phones

Honor has officially released the 8X and 8X Max budget-friendly devices, although as of now they’re only set for a Chinese release. They’re still rocking some flagship-caliber features, however, including a dual-camera setup and a notched display. Yep, 2018. You know we had to mention the notch. First up, we’ll talk about the Honor 8X. […]

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OnePlus finally gets a US carrier to sell phones on store shelves

OnePlus has always tried to sell phones by cutting unnecessary corners to keep costs low, but one of those corners was in full distribution that you see with other manufacturers. You can’t walk into most stores, check out a OnePlus 6, and walk out with a phone in a big and a ton of accessories. […]

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HTC confirms Android 9.0 Pie for a slew of their newer phones

Now that Android Pie has been officially announced and is rolling out, we can start pestering manufacturers about when their devices will get the upgrade. HTC has dropped some info already, confirming the Android 9.0 update and which devices will get it. It’s (hopefully) not a comprehensive list of everything in HTC’s portfolio, but if […]

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Democrats don’t want candidates to use ZTE and Huawei phones

Huawei might have taken Apple's place as the second largest smartphone seller in the world, but that doesn't mean everyone's a fan now. According to CNN, the Democratic National Committee has warned candidates running in November against using device…
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Recent Huawei phones blacklisted by VLC on Play Store

Popular media player app, VLC, has announced that Huawei smartphones are blacklisted from downloading and installing the app from Play Store because of EMUI’s aggressive power management policy of killing background apps. After numerous one-star reviews on the Play Store from Huawei users complaining about the VLC app not playing audio in the background, the developer […]

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Gorilla Glass 6 gives phones a better shot at surviving multiple drops

Toughened glass has long protected your phone against a singular drop, but one-and-done isn't how it works in real life — we've all seen butterfingers users whose device falls to the floor on a seemingly weekly basis. Those not-so-coordinated peopl…
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Huawei aims high, wants to ship 200 million phones in 2018

Last year, Huawei managed to ship around 150 million phones globally. That’s really good and confirmed Huawei as one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers on the planet. But you can’t keep growing as a company by shipping the same amount of phones every year, so what’s the next goal for Huawei? Try 200 million. Don’t forget to […]

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Huawei phones will be able to run cloud-based Windows 10

This may seem like an odd combination but Huawei has announced plans to make it possible to run Windows 10 on several of their Android-powered smartphones and mobile devices. The capability will be made available through a new Huawei Cloud PC service and only requires installation of an app on the device. The Huawei hardware […]

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Samsung and Oath agree to deal to put apps on Verizon phones

Oath Inc., the digital content subsidiary of Verizon as announced a deal to pre-load several apps on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ purchased through Verizon. Eventually other Samsung devices sold through Verizon will likely see the same treatment. The initial apps included in the announcement include Newsroom, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and Go90, […]

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US government orders military bases to remove all stock of Huawei and ZTE phones

The US government has been in a spat with ZTE and Huawei recently, with issues ranging from sanction violations to national security concerns. That conflict is escalating today, and it’s going to hurt the sales of both companies’ phones even more. The Pentagon has ordered US military bases to stop selling any Huawei or ZTE […]

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Best Wireless Chargers For Your Android Phones and Tablets [2018]

Tons of new smartphones are supporting wireless charging, especially many of Samsung’s best offerings. However, you don’t get the wireless charger in the box, so that’s probably one of the first things you’ll look for when you start buying accessories. And like regular chargers, there are a ton to choose from. There are all kinds […]

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Amazon offering refunds for ad removal fees on Prime Exclusive phones

In recent years, one way Amazon tried to make a little coin in the smartphone market after their own attempts to produce a smartphone fizzled out was to sell other manufacturer phones at a significant discount. The Prime Exclusive program was the source for these devices. The trade-off for consumers getting a deal on the […]

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Cryptocurrency mining site hijacked millions of Android phones

Smartphone users are just as vulnerable to cryptocurrency mining hijacks as their PC counterparts, and sometimes on a dramatic scale. Malwarebytes has detailed a "drive-by" mining campaign that redirected millions of Android users to a website that…
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Several new Huawei phones have leaked, including one with a notched display

A slew of schematic designs for some new Huawei devices have leaked, showing off a set of new devices, features, and naming conventions. The leak shows off the P20, P20 Plus, and P20 Pro, with the last design taking a bit of inspiration from Apple’s design team. This leak does also indicate that we won’t […]

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Google has been tracking your phone’s location, even with location turned off

Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Google has been tracking you anyway. You can take more drastic steps like turning off cellular data or even removing the SIM card […]

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[Sponsored] Shop thousands of phones, gadgets, and devices from Tomtop

If you’re in the market for just about anything, you’ll want to check out Tomtop. They offer a little bit of everything, from electronics and gadgets to clothes and musical instruments. Whatever it is you’re shopping for, whether that’s a present for someone else, something for your house, or just a new device to play […]

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Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones shipping with no operating system

More problems have surfaced for Google with their recently released Pixel 2 devices. The company has already seen several issues crop up surrounding the displays and now a new problem with the Pixel 2 XL is being discovered by new owners. This one is quite annoying as buyers are firing up their brand new devices […]

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Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones are reportedly shipping without Android

Google's Pixel 2 smartphone has had a trail of problems following its launch. From software patches to fix audio issues to screen burn-in, the issues keep cropping up, leading the internet titan to extend warranties to make up for everyone's trouble….
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Pixel phones hit with a texting bug as Google works on a fix

Following the texting bug that hit Samsung Galaxy S8 phones a week ago, many Pixel phones are unable to receive text messages after the official Android 8.0 Oreo update. Outgoing texts seem unaffected, but incoming messages just aren’t happening. Google is aware of the issue and actively working on a solution. The first sign of […]

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The “Now Playing” feature on Pixel 2 phones uses AmbientSense to save your battery

Now that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones are official, the “Now Playing” feature has gotten a lot of attention. Music playing in the background is automatically detected and identified on your lock screen. It basically takes Shazam to the next level. Google claims that the feature can work offline and won’t […]

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Only 5,000 Essential Phones have sold to date

BayStreet Research, which tracks shipments of phones across the US, estimates that Essential has only sold 5,000 phones since its US retail debut in the last few weeks. That’s a tiny fraction of what larger companies like Samsung and Apple achieve, selling tens of millions of phones per quarter. The Essential Phone sells for a […]

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Motorola phones getting Android 8.0 Oreo revealed

Motorola has revealed the smartphones that will be receiving an update to the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system upgrade. The list covers 10 different devices in three of the many Motorola series of phones. One group of owners that will not be happy if they were looking forward to Android Oreo will be owners of […]

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Nokia 8’s dual-camera is good, but rival phones offer more

The Nokia 8 broke cover in the run-up to IFA 2017, so while it wasn't officially launched at the show in Germany, it's one of several phones vying for your cash ahead of a certain company's next phone. It's the most accomplished Android phone that No…
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Google Pixel camera trick comes to other phones through a mod

Much of the Google Pixel's photographic prowess comes from its software — it's particularly good at high dynamic range photos thanks to its HDR+ mode, which fills in gobs of detail while reducing the blur you sometimes see in HDR shots. But do you h…
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LG Q6 matches big FullVision displays to midrange phones

We loved LG's G6 and its 18:9 aspect ratio FullVision screen, and now the company will offer that setup in several smaller, lower-priced phones. While the G6+ takes care of the high-end with more storage and premium sound, the Q6+, Q6 and Q6α a…
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Amazon gets Prime Exclusive flavors of the Nokia 6, Moto E4, and three Alcatel phones

With the arrival of this batch, Amazon is currently offering ten phones at a lower cost with its own services at the forefront alongside Google’s. Amazon added phones from Nokia, Alcatel, and Lenovo for a simultaneous release date next month. These are the new Prime Exclusive devices: Nokia 6 for $ 179 (21% off) Alcatel Idol […]

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Google Play’s new feature for Samsung phones isn’t so exclusive

Google Play Music and Samsung have a history of exclusives, and now they may have debuted their best one yet. Android Authority reports that Google Play Music's playlist New Release Radio, which is a personalized playlist of new release music with da…
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Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update […]

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Scientists just proved your phone’s PIN can be cracked using its gyroscope data

Your PIN code might be frighteningly easy to crack. Researchers at Newcastle University showed how a phone’s gyroscope and other sensors, along with special software, could crack it.

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Motorola celebrates 44 years of portable cell phones

Motorola is one of the companies directly responsible for the birth of the smartphone as we know it, and today officially marks the 44th anniversary of their announcement of the DynaTAC. It’s hard to even consider the DynaTAC and modern smartphones as being even remotely similar devices, but that’s where it all began. The DynaTAC weighed […]

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That was quick! Verizon to install adware on phones after privacy rules repealed

Verizon’s AppFlash, a new app rolling out to the carrier’s customers in the coming weeks, can track app usage and use it to target ads. The Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that it could, too, be used by hackers as a common point of attack.

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LeEco’s phones and televisions hit new retailers in the U.S.

Next time you’re out shopping, you could find yourself staring at a new LeEco-made phone or television to bring home. LeEco just announced new national retail partnerships that put its products in much-need locations. It’s a sign that the company is seeking to make its brand more visible, forgoing the original plan to only go […]

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MWC 2017 Trends: Waterproof phones are in, wearables are out, and nostalgia is king

MWC sets the trends for the mobile world each year, and this year, we’ve seen five big trends emerging: waterproof phones, nostalgic tech, TV tech in phones, no wearables, and the survival of the headphone jack.

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HMD Global to launch a slew of Nokia phones at MWC 2017

It looks like we’ll be seeing a slew of Android-based Nokia phones at MWC 2017 this year. VentureBeat says HMD Global Oy, the company with exclusive manufacturing rights to the Nokia brand, will be launching four new phones at the convention this year. HMD Global has already unveiled the Nokia 6, at least in China, […]

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‘Minecraft,’ which Microsoft owns, will halt updates on Windows Mobile phones

According to Windows Central, sources have confirmed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates on Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft purchased developer Mojang in 2014 for $ 2.5 billion.

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The QWERTY phone lives! Here’s 7 keyboard phones you can buy right now

Think phones with QWERTY keyboards are dead and gone? Think again. We’ve found a few different devices you can go and buy today, and each has its own physical keyboard. Here are our current favorites.

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Homeland Security contractor says Chinese software secretly infected Blu phones

Chinese Android software secretly transmitted personal data including text messages, call details, and contacts from tens of thousands of phones sold by Florida-based smartphone maker Blu.

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Sony may release two new phones at Mobile World Congress 2017, reports say

According to recent reports, MWC 2017 may be a big show for Sony. In fact, the company may release two new phones at the event, one of which is rumored to be the follow-up to last year’s Xperia X.

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Alcatel’s new phones deliver respectable hardware at a low price

Alcatel’s releasing four new low-end phones that won’t break the bank: the Pop 4S, the Pop 4 Plus, and two models of Pixi handset. They’re launching in Best Buy and Amazon later this year.

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Android phones best Apple’s iPhone 7 battery life

This may be hard for Apple and its loyalists to hear, but the iPhone 7 does not have better battery life than the best Android phones. Which?, a U.K.-based publication, put the iPhone 7 against the HTC 10, G5, and Galaxy S7 to see where the phones ranked in terms of battery life. Here’s an […]

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Qualcomm’s Clear Sight is an all-in-one solution for dual-camera phones

Qualcomm’s new Clear Sight platform leverages dual cameras in supported smartphones to deliver pics with improved contrast, clarity, and sharpness. The chipmaker’s working with manufacturers to build it into into future phones.

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Google may launch Google Home, 4K Chromecast, Pixel phones, Daydream on Oct. 4

Google’s Nexus line of devices may be at an end. The upcoming Google phones are rumored to be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google is also rumored to announce Google Home, a 4K Chromecast, Daydream View, and the Pixel devices on Oct. 4.

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Smartphone Novaload! Huawei’s Nova phones are primed and ready for your jeans pocket

Huawei says business types will buy the Mate 8, and fashionistas will snap pictures with the P9, but what about people who want a less expensive phone with a good battery, and plenty of tech? Meet the Nova and Nova Plus, Huawei’s newest smartphones for everyone.

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Weekly Rewind: Milk replaces plastic, humidity slows phones, wicked supercars

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.

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Report: Sony phones crash least often, Nexus phones are updated fastest

According to a recent report from Apteligent, Google Nexus devices have the best overall user experience when it comes to Android phones. In second place is Motorola, though some suggest this could change under Lenovo’s guidance.

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20 emulators for classic gaming fun on Android phones

You don’t have to have a desktop machine in order to emulate your favorite games of yesteryear. These 20 emulators are available for Android devices, and allow you to replay your favorite Atari-era titles on the go.

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Best AT&T phones

Forking out over $ 600 for a brand new flagship all at once isn’t for everyone, but thankfully companies like AT&T offer different financing options to make that hefty price tag a bit more reasonable. On the downside, not every phone manufacturer is going to be on AT&T, limiting your options. Most carriers seem to play […]

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Vivo unveils its X7 and X7 Plus flagship phones

Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its latest flagships, the X7 and X7 Plus. Both phones will be available later in July, starting at $ 376, which should help them compete in the Chinese market.

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Weekly rewind: Foldable phones, backpack hearts, growing human organs in pigs

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.

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