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Be careful: this wallpaper can cause your Android phones to lock up

It’s pretty rare for anyone’s phone to become completely bricked outside of hardware failures. Tinkering around with ROMs and third-party hacks can certainly do the trick, but besides those things it’s just not something that you’d have to worry about. But apparently something’s happened with a particular wallpaper floating around the internet that can cause […]

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Nokia announces a slate of Android 10 phones for Cricket Wireless

Nokia is rounding out its portfolio of affordable US devices with three new phones slated for Cricket Wireless over the next couple months. Best of all, these are running Android 10 out of the box. We’ll talk about the Nokia C5 Endi, Nokia C2 Tava, and Nokia C2 Tennen. The C5 is the highest-end of […]

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The McLaren edition OnePlus phones might be at the end of the road

For the last few years we’ve seen a McLaren branded version of OnePlus’s flagship phones. There’s typically not anything too different from these models, but they do get a unique design and will pack in the highest amount of RAM and storage that OnePlus offers. That might be coming to an end, though. No more […]

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Samsung no longer syncs keyboard data between phones

If you’re about to hop from your current Samsung phone to a Galaxy S20, don’t expect your keyboard info to come along for the ride. Samsung has stopped syncing keyboard data through its Cloud service as of April 13th, according to a notice seen by Sa…
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The OnePlus 8 Pro might be one of the most durable phones out there

Looking for a phone that holds up to the abuse of life. According to JerryRigEverything’s durability test, the OnePlus 8 Pro could be your guy. Zack, operate of YouTube Channel JerryRigEverything, puts flagship smartphones to a hefty durability test whenever they launch. Today’s subject? The OnePlus 8 Pro. You can watch Zack put the smartphone […]

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Always-On Display coming to OnePlus phones sometime this year

OnePlus is reportedly testing bringing an Always-On Display feature to its phones. We don’t know exactly when that’ll happen, but it’s confirmed to be in the works directly from the company. The confirmation comes OnePlus’s IDEAS program, where users can submit their most wanted features on OnePlus phones. OnePlus Always-On Display If you’ve wanted an […]

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These Nokia phones are getting an Android 10 update soon, despite coronavirus delays

Nokia has tried to be as transparent as possible about software updates in their lineup of phones, and for the most part, they’ve succeeded. We’ve been well aware of what Nokia devices are getting which updates, and HMD Global has rolled things out on time almost every time. The latest refresh update from both companies […]

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Google Rules adds Tasker-like automations to Pixel phones, starting to roll out now

Smartphone automation has always been a thing in the enthusiast world of Android, going as far back as Tasker in the early Android days. While it’s still probably the de facto automation app, this kind of thing hasn’t really blown up with your average consumer. That’s starting to change, however, with Apple launching Siri Shortcuts […]

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HTC is apparently​ still making phones, announces the Wildfire R70 for India

HTC hasn’t done much in a very long time, but they’re apparently still making phones somewhere. They’ve announced the HTC Wilfire R70 specifically for Indian markets, and it’s… well, it’s okay. HTC Wildfire R70 This phone is probably (hopefully?) aimed at being a little more budget-friendly, but it’s got some very old design choices. The […]

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Huawei P40 phones set for a March 6th launch, still no Google apps in sight

Huawei is in for a crazy few months. A new rumor pegs the launch of their next P40 series of devices in the next couple weeks, but the phones still won’t have Google apps. However, Google has applied for an exception to the current ban that prevents them from doing business with Huawei, which might […]

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Emoji galore: 117 new Unicode Emoji 13.0 have been confirmed for phones in 2020

A handful of new emoji have been announced with Unicode Emoji 13.0 being finalized. These new additions won’t appear on your phone just yet, but they will likely be slated into any 2020 software updates you might be getting from your phone manufacturer. 117 new emoji This update includes a total of 117 new emoji […]

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Huawei says it may ‘never’ return to using Google apps on its phones, even if the ban is lifted

In a recent post, I asked if Huawei is still relevant in the west considering that the US ban is still in effect but maybe the better question to ask would have been if Huawei would return to using Google’s apps and services if or when the ban is lifted. According to Huawei’s Product Manager […]

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TCL enters the smartphone market with a bang, bringing folding phones and 5G to CES 2020

TCL is definitely best known for their popularity in the smart TV market, but they do dabble in other aspects of consumer electronics. One area that they’ve been mostly absent in, though, has been smartphones. At least up until CES, that is. The company has announced that they’re working on an entire lineup of TCL […]

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Samsung will unveil its latest Galaxy phones on February 11th

In case you've been losing sleep over whether that leaked Samsung invite video was real, fret no more. Samsung itself confirmed this evening that it plans to show off "new, innovative devices that will shape the next decade of mobile experiences" at…
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[Deal] OPPO joins in the Black Friday madness by discounting the Reno 10x Zoom Edition by £190, other phones also reduced

If you read our review of the Reno 10x Zoom Edition, you’ll know that we were mightily impressed with OPPO’s 2019 flagship smartphone. Combining impressive camera chops, flagship hardware, incredible battery life, and a snazzy design, the Reno 10x signifies OPPO’s rise from a niche import in the UK to a mainstream competitor. And, with […]

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Xiaomi will flood the market with 5G phones in 2020

Xiaomi is known for its aggressive pricing strategies, but sometimes that kind of strategy doesn’t mesh well with brand new technology, like 5G. But if anyone is going to combine the two, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll be Xiaomi. Their CEO has doubled down on Xiaomi’s commitment to launching at least 10 new […]

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[Deal] Save 20% on phones, gaming consoles, TV’s and more with eBay UK’s Black Friday discount code

If you’ve had an item on your eBay (UK) watchlist that was a little too expensive to justify purchasing but that you really, really wanted, now is the time because the auction site has just kicked off its Black Friday deals (early, I know) by offering a 20% discount on items from its biggest sellers. […]

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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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