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LG V30 case by Ringke shows off back design

LG V30 case by Ringke shows off back design

What is it with smartphone makers these days and their asymmetrical designs? First Samsung designs a Galaxy Tab S3 bottom edge with uneven holes and then it will supposedly follow it up with a Galaxy Note 8 whose fingerprint scanner has been shoved way off to one side. Now it seems that the LG V30’s back will have a somewhat unbalanced design as well. At least based on images of cases for the soon to be announced smartphone made by accessory maker Ringke.

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Essential phone UK launch revealed, still MIA in US

Essential phone UK launch revealed, still MIA in US

Essential, founded, backed, and blessed by Andy Rubin, seems to be all about ambition. Whether such ambition translates in reality is perhaps the biggest question haunting the startup and its first product, the Essential PH-1 smartphone. It has now come to light that Essential is laying the groundwork to launch the phone in the UK this year, which isn’t at all surprising. What’s surprising is that it is pushing through even while the Essential phone remains absent in its first market: the US.

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The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature you don’t know about

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature you don’t know about

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a lot to offer: long displays, curved edges, a convenient app drawer on the edge, and more. You can find all of these features if you spend enough time swiping through the apps and menus, but there's one you may not know about because there's no way to find it. What is it? We'll give you a hint -- it offers totally free music, no data necessary.

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Nokia 8 release tipped: aiming for Nexus cool details

Nokia 8 release tipped: aiming for Nexus cool details

In the Nexus 8 is the potential for the most on-point vanilla Android smartphone release in years. What we've seen so far suggests that HMD Global is not only keeping with Nokia's design spirit, they're taking the open shot when it comes to pure Android. If Google isn't going to make a Nexus smartphone, Nokia's plenty ready to step up to the plate.

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HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we've had some time with the HTC U11's newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That's Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, but placed on the HTC U11 in a way that's unique to this device. While Alexa is available in its app form for other smartphones, here Amazon and HTC have worked together to allow Alexa to act as similar to an Echo or Echo Dot as any smartphone has been before.

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Pokemon GO News: the Unlimited Coins Gym Exploit

Pokemon GO News: the Unlimited Coins Gym Exploit

Today we'll be discussing the infinite coin Gym Exploit in Pokemon GO, and how it affects the world at large. First - like most cheats in Pokemon GO - this isn't having a giant effect of most players. It's just the most hardcore players that are benefitting from this bit of an exploit - and even they need to do some work to get it in gear.

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Samsung Pay PayPal deal will make Note 8 the perfect digital wallet

Samsung Pay PayPal deal will make Note 8 the perfect digital wallet

You're now able to use your Samsung smartphone to make a payment through your PayPal account, with a new deal that sees Samsung Pay's digital wallet expand. Samsung has added PayPal as a payment option for both in-store and online transactions, in addition to in-app purchases. Initially, Samsung and PayPal say, the functionality will be available in the US.

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Enable call recording on OnePlus phones [APK Download]

Enable call recording on OnePlus phones [APK Download]

There are definitely times when root is still needed in the Android world, especially for features that use hardware that is already there but have been disabled by the manufacturers for one reason or another. The fingerprint sensors in Sony Xperias come to mind, and so does call recording on recent OnePlus devices. The latter is a feature that is only enabled in some variants of the OnePlus 3T. Fortunately, you can also get the same functionality in other models as well. The only catch is that you need to be rooted.

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BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

When LG went back to the drawing board, it discovered that users valued reliability and survivability as much as they valued features. Not everyone, however can afford LG's brand of reliability. Some are willing to skimp on the flashy features and specs for an affordable phone that can take them through the day and through life's unexpected and unwanted mishaps. For these consumers, BLU's latest armored phone, the Tank Xtreme Pro, might just fit the bill.

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TWRP for Galaxy S8, S8+ Snapdragon models: here’s how to get it

TWRP for Galaxy S8, S8+ Snapdragon models: here’s how to get it

Although rooting is no longer as big a thing compared to the earlier days of Android, installing custom recovery still has a ton of uses no Android app can provide. Although commonly associated, root and custom recovery are two different processes and, while you need a custom recovery like TWRP to be root, it's not true the other way around. To install TWRP, however, you do need an unlocked bootloader first, which is why this particular unofficial version of TWRP for the Galaxy S8 Snapdragon models is rather significant.

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Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

It's one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it's another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren't always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they're facing, Google has very sneakily rolled out an update to Maps that shows users a graph that visually shows just how much, or how less, traffic you will face, depending on what time you hit the road.

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Nokia 8 is coming this month: these are its specs

Nokia 8 is coming this month: these are its specs

Good old Nokia is probably up to its old confusing naming schemes again. Fortunately for us there haven't been more than 3 Nokia-branded, HMD-made smartphones so far. But before July gives way to August, there might be four in total already. According to WinFuture.de's sources, the true Nokia flagship, a high-end model, is just around the corner. And it will be called the Nokia 8, not the Nokia 9 as previously believed. And apparently, that's not the only thing that might not hit the mark either.

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