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You guys don’t actually care about the headphone jack, and you’re keeping your phones for way longer than you used to

If you frequent the blogosphere and read about Android phones and smartphones in general, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea about how mad everyone is about notched screens and the lack of a headphone jack. Most of these things are the butt of the joke in advertising campaign, and readers really hate wireless headphones […]

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Here’s how to get your app drawer back on the LG G8 ThinQ and other LG phones

LG makes some killer flagship hardware, especially if you’re someone looking for a high-end phone that actually doesn’t have any compromises. The LG G8, for example, still has a headphone jack and microSD card, it has a regular fingerprint scanner, and there’s no weird design stuff going on, outside of a notch. It’s a killer […]

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Best Wireless Chargers For Your Android Phones and Tablets [2019]

Tons of new smartphones are supporting wireless charging, especially many of Samsung’s best offerings. If you go with some really high-end stuff, you’ll also get some incredibly fast wireless charging speeds, like what we’ve seen in the Galaxy Note 10. However, you don’t get the wireless charger in the box, so that’s probably one of […]

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ARM’s latest chip designs promise 60 percent faster AI on phones

ARM isn't boasting about PC-crushing performance like it did in 2018, but it still has plenty of swagger going into Computex 2019. The designer has unveiled two new chip architectures that promise giant strides in performance, especially for AI. Th…
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OnePlus 7 Pro will be one of the few phones with an HDR10+ display

OnePlus isn’t holding anything back from the OnePlus 7 Pro this year. We already know it’ll be nicking some high-end features from the competition, like curved displays, 5G, and super fast storage, but the display looks to be one area where OnePlus wants to be better, not just match the other guys. While it’s already […]

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Merger or not, Sprint will soon start carrying Google Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel phones have notoriously always been exclusive to Verizon, at least if you wanted to buy it on a US carrier. Buying direct from the Google Store (and getting your phone factory unlocked) has been an option, but that’s not for everyone, especially more casual buyers or something looking to finance hardware through their […]

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Google looks to announce new phones at Google I/O 2019

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been making the rounds in and out of the rumor mill lately, but we still aren’t really sure when Google will make them official so we can, you know, actually buy them. We still have a couple weeks, but now it looks like those announcements will come […]

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Not many Google Pixel 3 buyers switching from Apple phones

Although Google, through their Android operating system for mobile phones, is in charge of the mobile phone market, in some places it does not seem like it. In the U.S. in particular, Android phone manufacturers have been playing catch up to Apple’s market dominance. When Google transitioned their own line of phones from budget-oriented Nexus […]

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Google adding call screening to Android One phones

In another win for Android One devices, specifically those from Lenovo Moto and Nokia for now, they are now receiving Google‘s Call Screen feature for combating telemarketers. As a selling point Google reserved for their Pixel phones since its release six months ago, the company introduced the imaginatively named ‘Call Screen’ as a Google Assistant […]

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ZTE’s solution to the notch is to put cameras on the side of phones

If there’s one thing Android manufacturers deserve a lot of credit for, it’s trying weird ideas that may or may not have any chance of actually succeeding in the real world. ZTE is tackling the problem of a display notch in the weirdest way yet, and even though I don’t think it’ll catch on, it’s […]

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Nokia’s new line of phones drops at MWC 2019, including the PureView 9 with five cameras

Nokia has brought their latest crop of phones to kick off MWC 2019, and there’s plenty here to be excited about. Not only are we finally getting to see that phone with the ridiculous camera layout that’s leaked multiple times, but Nokia is keeping their non-smartphone game going, too. Nokia 9 PureView First up, let’s […]

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Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren’t playing well with Android phones

How do you know you're living in the future? When your shoes have technical problems. Owners on Google Play and CNET report that Nike's Android companion app for the self-lacing Adapt BB has some teething troubles, most notably a buggy firmware updat…
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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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HTC says it hasn’t given up on mobile yet, plans to release new phones soon

The former ‘King of Android,’ HTC, has been absent from our minds in recent months that have seen flagship smartphones launched by just about every other handset maker. With the exception of the ludicrous blockchain smartphone, Exodus 1, HTC has been quietly existing in the shadows of its competitors, with its most recent offering being the […]

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Google apparently can’t fix any damaged Pixel 3 phones right now

If you’ve already purchased a Google Pixel 3, don’t break it. According to some horror stories on the internet, Google is apparently unable to fix broken devices just yet, and they aren’t able to get the parts to their partner repair store, uBreakiFix. The story, which comes from 9to5Google, saw a Pixel 3 XL take […]

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The last of the Nexus phones receive their final update

The Nexus 6P and budget-friendly 5X launched in 2015 with a three-year update guarantee from Google. This included two years of major software upgrades and three years of security updates. That makes 2018 the last year for Nexus updates as the new Pixel line replaced them in 2016. A spontaneous two-month extension was granted last […]

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China suggests President Trump switch to Huawei phones after wiretapping accusations

Earlier this week a report broke that Chinese spies were eavesdropping on Donald Trump’s phone calls from his personal, unsecured iPhone, which obviously carries a ton of political implications that your local Android site probably isn’t qualified to evaluate. And while that kind of accusation and potential carelessness really isn’t great for anyone involved, China […]

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Razer Phone 2 is official, still wants to make gaming phones a thing

  Razer is taking another stab at the gaming market with the aptly named Razer Phone 2, offering unparalleled performance, a high-refresh rate display, and a gamer-y aesthetic in a pretty slick package. This isn’t a major redesign from last year’s phone, but there are a few things worth mentioning. Gaming powerhouse The Razer Phone […]

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Google’s phone-calling AI comes to Pixel phones in November

Do you want to be one of the first everyday users to try Google's phone-calling Duplex AI? You'd better have a Pixel device. Google has announced that Pixel users in the US will be the first to have access to the feature in November. If you live in A…
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CEO who sold encrypted phones to drug cartels pleads guilty to DoJ

In March, the FBI arrested Vincent Ramos, the founder and CEO of Phantom Secure, for allegedly modifying phones and selling them to criminal organizations including drug cartels. Now, Ramos has pled guilty to these charges.
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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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