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You can now back up your smartphone to Google One for no charge

Google One is now offering the handy new feature of allowing Android (and iOS) users the ability to back up their handsets, absolutely free*. You don’t need to be a Google One subscriber, you just need to have the app installed on the device you want to back up to. Of course, being free means […]

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Your next smartphone will probably have even tougher Gorilla Glass

Gorilla Glass is a pretty common term these days, and over the years Corning’s extremely durable glass has helped make smartphones less likely to break and shatter. But no matter how good the current iteration is, it can always be better. Your next smartphone might be using Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass, which calling Victus. Gorilla […]

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[Deal] At $999, Motorola’s Razr folding smartphone finds its niche as a knock-off Galaxy Z Flip

When it comes to folding smartphones of the clamshell variety, you have two choices – Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip that has been warmly received by reviewers, and the Motorola Razr that tried to trade on nostalgia and got it wrong somehow. Anyhow, if the Razr is the foldable phone that revs your motor, you can […]

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This is when your OPPO smartphone will be updated to ColorOS 7/Android 10

We’ve all experienced the frustration of mashing the ‘Check for Updates’ button in Settings to be given the infuriating reply of ‘Up-to-date’ when we know perfectly well that other users have just been upgraded to version gazillion of the Android OS. Taking the guesswork and FOMO factor out of the equation is OPPO with its […]

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LG’s Velvet smartphone is to be unveiled at an online-only event on May 7th

After launching its V60 ThinQ (reviewed here) earlier in the year, LG has confirmed that it will announce its new ‘Velvet‘ smartphone during an online-only event on May 7th. LG is believed to be following a new strategy with the Velvet in that the rumors point to it sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor instead of […]

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Apple and Google team up to help with COVID-19 contact tracing on your smartphone

Unless you legitimately do live under a rock and have been there for the better part of the last decade, you’ve probably had your life seriously affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a tough virus to manage because it’s easily spread by people in close proximity, and because of how contagious it is that […]

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PSA: Samsung will sanitize your Galaxy smartphone, Watch, and Buds in bid to fight Coronavirus

By now, you are probably well aware of the Coronavirus situation, both locally and around the world, and hopefully, everyone is taking extra special care of themselves and those around them. While washing hands for 30-seconds or longer is one of the ways that we can help prevent the spread of the disease, Samsung is […]

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The world’s first carbon-fiber smartphone is now up for pre-order with a €799 price tag

In the past decade, we’ve seen Android smartphones made from plastic, glass, and ceramic, but not carbon-fiber. Despite its lightweight nature and high-strength structure, its signal-blocking properties meant that it wasn’t suited for use in smartphones. This could soon change with the news that the Carbon 1 MKII, a phone made from a hybrid carbon-fiber […]

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[Deal] Aukey’s latest GaN phone chargers are the fastest way to recharge your smartphone or laptop

2020 is going to be the year of the fastest chargers we’ve ever seen. GaN (gallium nitride) chargers are becoming more mainstream and replacing traditional silicon chargers, and they offer some benefits that are helpful for all kinds of devices. We’ve already reviewed some early GaN chargers, but Aukey’s new smart chargers take things to […]

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Will Samsung integrate Google Duo into regular smartphone messaging?

A new rumor has suggested that Google Duo might be getting a new kind of integration, starting with the Galaxy S20 launch. Apparently there have been talks between Samsung and Google to implement an ability to quickly send Google Duo video messages right inside of Samsung’s SMS messaging application, putting video chatting on a whole […]

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Sprint’s amazing deal: they’ll fix your broken Samsung Galaxy smartphone for just $49, regardless of carrier

Here’s a pretty crazy deal: if you have a broken Samsung Galaxy smartphone, Sprint will fix it for you. They don’t care what carrier you’re on right now, and they’re offering this deal for just $ 49. That’s pretty cheap compared to going to just about any other repair place and spending a couple hundred bucks […]

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How to take a screenshot on an LG smartphone

Picked up a new LG phone over the holidays but can’t figure out how to take a screenshot with it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. No matter which LG phone you have, we’ll let you know how you can capture anything on your screen. There’s a couple ways to do it, too, so read […]

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How to stream Super Bowl LIV on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or TV

The NFL’s 100th season is winding to a close with the Super Bowl just a couple weeks away. The playoffs are in full swing, so now’s the time to get your Super Bowl party prepped and ready to go. Check back here for all of the details you’ll need for the game, including when it […]

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Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Pro rugged smartphone brings removable batteries back

Even though the buzz of CES 2020 is underway, Samsung managed to quietly bring a new phone to market: the Galaxy XCover Pro, a rugged smartphone that can take a beating. This is the successor to the XCover 4, which launched in 2017. Now, people that need a rugged smartphone have some higher-end tech available […]

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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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The OnePlus Concept One smartphone will hide all of its camera sensors

As OnePlus spins up the hype train leading up to the unveiling of a ‘concept’ smartphone at CES 2020 they are announcing many future-facing features including having all cameras hidden. OnePlus as a company is extremely fond of cultivating hype in the lead-up to new product launches, and the brand’s first ‘concept’ phone – a […]

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Microsoft has just announced the Surface Duo – a dual-screened smartphone running on Android

When you think of Microsoft and smartphones you might think back to the company buying Nokia and then failing to achieve anything other than pleasing a niche market with its Windows Phone OS. Since then, Microsoft has slowly but surely moved its focus to making its apps and services available via the Google Play Store, […]

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Huawei’s Mate X folding smartphone could finally launch next month

First revealed during MWC 2019 back in February, Huawei’s Mate X folding smartphone has been the subject of delays and rumored tweaks, which is understandable when you consider the issues that Samsung has faced with its Galaxy Fold. While an exact date has yet to be announced, it seems that the Huawei’s Mate X could […]

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Best truly wireless earbuds for your smartphone [2019]

Totally wireless earbuds are all the rage these days. Tons of phones don’t even have headphone jacks anymore, so more and more people are going wireless with their headphones. It’s incredibly convenient, too, especially with how portable they are and the fact that you don’t have a wire to get tangled up in your pocket. […]

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Motorola has a solution for everyone that refuses to turn their phone to record smartphone videos

Smartphones have revolutionized the video industry, but it hasn’t all been positive. Being able to capture video anywhere, anytime is excellent, and you can even get really creative with some smartphone videography, but some people refuse to hold their phone properly when recording video. Yep, I’m talking about people that record something important, and they […]

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Robert Downey Jr. is the latest brand ambassador to use someone else’s smartphone, accidentally promotes OnePlus with a Huawei

Earlier this year Robert Downey Jr. was pegged by OnePlus to be their brand ambassador in Asia. That’s a pretty common thing, where a tech brand will hire someone rich and famous to exclusively use their products to help build out their brand image. But what also seems to be a common thing is when […]

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Pixel 3a put some life back in Google’s smartphone business, doubling total Pixel sales year-over-year

Google’s Pixel sales since inception have been pretty lackluster. It’s not that the Pixels aren’t great phones, especially when it comes to camera quality and software updates, but they’ve just never really managed to take a bite out of the market, especially not without insane carrier promotions. But it looks like the Pixel 3a might […]

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Leave your smartphone at home with Mobvoi’s new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE

When we reviewed Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro last year we were impressed with its battery life and the innovative dual-display, today the brand has launched an updated model called the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE. As you may have guessed, the Wear OS toting TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE gains cellular connectivity and is tied in exclusively to the Verizon […]

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Best wireless headphones for your Android smartphone [2019]

If you’re an avid music listener or movie watcher on your phone, you probably have a good set of headphones, or you’re looking for an upgrade. But with modern smartphones, you might not have the option to use older wired cans anymore, since many devices are ditching the headphone jack in favor of wireless options. […]

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Samsung’s regular Galaxy S10 model might be its least popular option, according to declining Q1 smartphone numbers

Analysts have been warning about smartphone market saturation for a while now, and it’s certainly slowed down the growth of the market in the past few years. It’s never caused a major decline in sales, however, but Q1 in 2019 might have just started that trend. It’s had some interesting impacts on manufacturers, too. Samsung […]

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Huawei is managing to avoid Samsung and Apple’s smartphone decline

Samsung and Apple have both reported their first-quarter earnings, and smartphone sales, while solid, aren’t a highlight for either company. That’s a big change from just a few years ago where both OEMs managed to continuously sell more and more phones every year, but all things must come to an end. Unless you’re Huawei, anyway. […]

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Meizu’s CEO admits its port-free Zero smartphone will never reach port

Sometimes a story that is too good to be true is simply that; in this case its the port-free Zero phone from Meizu that promised to be the world’s first ‘holeless smartphone’ with wireless charging, a display that acts like a speaker (like the LG G8), and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Sadly, the Zero’s crowdfunding […]

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Forget the Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s 5G foldable smartphone has the X factor

MWC 2019 has kicked off in Barcelona and Huawei has unveiled its foldable smartphone, the Mate X, complete with 5G connectivity, 55W SuperCharge technology, and a display that unfolds to an 8-inch panel. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Mate X’s display folds on the outside of the device, which expands to an 8-inch panel. According […]

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Google Pixel is the fastest growing smartphone brand in the US

The Google Pixel line has never really been able to compete with heavy hitters from Samsung and Apple as far as raw sales numbers are concerned, but it does look like Google’s flagship phone efforts have paid off in other ways. A new report claims that while the Pixel still has a long way to […]

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OnePlus digs at Apple after OnePlus 6 is named India’s #1 premium smartphone

OnePlus typically does extremely well in more competitive and emerging markets, and they know it. After recently being announced as India’s #1 premium smartphone, the company took to social media to put Apple on blast about it. As you can see in the image above, OnePlus’s social media team took a clear dig at Apple, […]

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Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LIII for free on your smartphone, tablet, or TV

The big game is tonight at 6:30 EST, and if you haven’t already found out how you’re going to be watching it, you’re going to need this guide. If you’re heading out to a sports bar or something you won’t have to worry about it, but tons of us are staying in to watch the […]

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Is this Samsung’s Galaxy F foldable smartphone?

As Samsung gears up to launch its Galaxy S10 flagship smartphones on February 20 in San Francisco, it appears that its Galaxy F foldable smartphone made an inadvertent appearance in a promotional video showing off a bunch of conceptual technologies. The foldable smartphone being shown looks very much like the device that Samsung teased towards […]

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Huawei could launch a foldable smartphone with 5G at MWC 2019

5G and foldable smartphones are the buzzwords of 2019 when it comes to mobile technology, with MWC 2019 expected to be awash with demonstrations and announcements concerning the two segments. While Samsung is thought to be showing off its Galaxy F folding smartphone during its Galaxy S10 launch event on February, Huawei is set to […]

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OnePlus’s CEO is working to keep its 5G smartphone under $1,000

OnePlus built something of a minor smartphone empire by building cheap flagship phones, and that trend just might continue as it ventures into 5G territory. In an interview with Engadget, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he would do his best to make sure th…
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Verizon and Samsung tease a 5G smartphone for the first half of 2019

Verizon and Samsung have announced that they’ll be collaborating on a 5G smartphone for Big Red’s network in the first half of 2019, which will most likely be the second 5G capable device on their network behind the Moto Z3. You won’t have to wait until next year to see it, though, as both companies […]

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The Doogee S90 is a ‘ruggedized smartphone with modules’

We reviewed the Doogee Mix 2 a little while back that sported impressive battery life, a good quality build, quirky software, and adequate cameras for $ 249. Now the Chinese company is back with the S90, a ‘ruggedized smartphone with modules’ according to a tweet from a serial leaker.  According to @evleaks tweet, the Doogee S90 is […]

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Black Friday Deals 2018: Smartphone Accessories, Backpacks, Laptops, Gaming Consoles and more

It’s that time of year again where the deals come thick and fast, and everyone gets a little crazy trying to find the most bargainous deals possible. Whether you are trying to save on Christmas presents or you’ve saved up to buy yourself something special, we’ve got some great deals for you after the break […]

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[TA Deals] This Rigiet smartphone gimbal is massively discounted! (59% off)

If you’re a smartphone videographer you most likely know how important a good gimbal is for keeping your shots steady. You also probably know that a good gimbal can be pretty pricey. The good news is that through Talk Android Deals you can snag a massively discounted Rigiet smartphone gimbal and kickstart your next feature […]

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Pixel 3 XL display wins ‘Best Smartphone Display Award’ from DisplayMate

Google sourced the OLED panels for last year’s Pixel 2 XL from LG, and it’s fair to say that there were some issues with the displays from early shipments exhibiting muted colors and blue hues. Google attempted to fix the issues via software updates which included a ‘Saturated‘ mode to boost color vibrancy, although that […]

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HMD Global launches the Nokia 7.1 as a very strong mid-range smartphone

HMD Global announced today the Nokia 7.1, their latest device for the mid-market. If you like a strong set of hardware in your smartphone, do not write-off the Nokia 7.1 because of that mid-market designation though. HMD Global is helping to push some higher end qualities down into this segment with the Nokia 7.1. As […]

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Up your smartphone photography game with Olloclip’s new universal clip-on lenses

Olloclip is known for making extra lenses that you can buy for your smartphone to take different kinds of shots with your camera. That includes things like macro and telephoto lenses, but also fish-eye and wide angle lenses. For anyone that needs their phone camera to be as versatile as possible, they’re invaluable. The only […]

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LG drops two new devices ahead of IFA, including an Android One smartphone

LG has surprised pretty much everyone with a pretty large phone announcement of ahead of IFA proper. We’re getting two new devices based off of the LG G7 ThinQ, which is actually pretty reminiscent of some of LG’s older mobile strategies. Is that a good idea in 2018? I’m gonna say no, but I’m legitimately […]

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Motorola’s smartphone Mods weren’t the game-changers we hoped for

Two years ago, Lenovo-owned Motorola embarked on a grand plan to build modular smartphones that weren't cumbersome. It worked. Moto Mods are accessories that magnetically attach to the company's Moto Z smartphones, and they let people easily expand t…
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Microsoft wants to bring its Movies and TV app to your Android smartphone

Microsoft offers their own movie and television show store on Windows 10, which is really useful for anyone that relies primarily on their PC for entertainment. It’s great for anyone in Microsoft’s ecosystem, but considering just how dead Windows Phone is, that’s a pretty limited platform right now. Microsoft knows that, and Microsoft wants to […]

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Bethesda brings the Elder Scrolls Blades to your smartphone, launches later this year

Bethesda has had a very busy e3 conference, and in the middle of their announcements was a plan to bring their famous Elder Scrolls franchise to mobile in the best way possible. The newest installment in the Elder Scrolls family is titled Elder Scrolls Blades, and it’s coming to your smartphone later this year. The […]

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OnePlus 6 review: A big step closer to the perfect smartphone

I still remember that day, more than four years ago, when OnePlus came out of nowhere with its promise "to spare no expense" to bring us "the perfect smartphone." Ever since then, the OnePlus handsets have consistently punched above their weight agai…
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Xiaomi backed Black Shark gaming smartphone announced

While the big phone manufacturers focus on improvements in areas like cameras, screen real estate or how thin and light they can make a smartphone, an interesting niche market is popping up. Despite their small size, some consumers are very interested in using their smartphone primarily for gaming. This is driving the development of devices […]

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Nuu G3 review: Slick smartphone design on a budget

You’ve probably never heard of Nuu, and that’s okay; they’re a smaller smartphone company looking to make a name in a crowded market with aggressively priced phones that still compete with some of the bigger fish. The Nuu G3 is a $ 200 option from the company that wants to bring sleek design to the budget […]

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Huawei’s P20 Pro rivals the best smartphone cameras out there

We're a skeptical bunch at Engadget, and when Huawei briefed us on its P20 Pro smartphone, listing an endless torrent of specifications and dubbing its Leica Triple Camera system "the most advanced camera on a phone yet," we collectively rolled our e…
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[TA Deals] Up your smartphone photography game with the ShutterGrip camera controller

If your smartphone is your primary camera, it might be worth investing in some accessories to improve your shots. Right now we’re running a deal on the ShutterGrip Camera Controller that will make your phone easier to hold and snap with, and it’s cheaper than ever. The ShutterGrip is universal so you can use it […]

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