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Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

Google EU fine is a double-edged sword that could hurt Android

The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine and gave it 90 days to clean up its act. The reason: Google’s anticompetitive practice that used Android to practically force its Search service and Chrome browser on manufacturers and carriers to the detriment of rival apps and services. Like any issue of this magnitude, it’s not a clear-cut case. And while the European Commission may have the best interests of the Android ecosystem in mind, its demands could end up causing Android harm in the long run as well.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the Battery King cometh

Xiaomi Mi Max 3: the Battery King cometh

Xiaomi did something uncharacteristic lately. Within 24 hours before its official event, it has practically revealed everything there is to know about the Mi Max 3. It’s a strategy LG regularly employs for its flagships but unusual for Xiaomi. Not that we’re complaining because now we know just how massive the phone is to fit its equally massive battery. But while the price tag is fortunately not that big, US consumers are again left wishing for good things they still can’t have.

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LG V40 ThinQ is still coming in three months

LG V40 ThinQ is still coming in three months

In the past 11 months, there have actually been three V series phones launched by LG: the V30, the V30S ThinQ, and, most recently, the V35 ThinQ. Four if you count the exclusive V30+. Not bad for a smartphone maker reported to be girding its loins due to quarter after quarter of losses. LG, however, is far from done. Unsurprisingly, there is still the 2018 V series flagship coming, unsurprisingly called the LG V40, and it will also unsurprisingly bear the ThinQ AI brand.

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau: no to wireless charging for now

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau: no to wireless charging for now

Although it may have had a few lapses here and there, OnePlus has tried hard to stay true to its commitment to “Never Settle”. That, however, may have ironically caused it to ironically miss out on some features that some of its own users ask for. Of course, there’s no pleasing everyone which is why OnePlus is putting its foot down on wireless charging, simply because, as CEO Pete Lau says in an interview, it just isn’t there yet.

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Gorilla Glass 6 focuses on drops, coming to Galaxy Note 9 maybe

Gorilla Glass 6 focuses on drops, coming to Galaxy Note 9 maybe

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 has made durability tests one-thirds boring. Unless you have a Mohs level 6 pick in your pocket or an open glass cutter in you bag, phone screens are mostly safe from scratches. They might, however, not be that protected from drops, which could result in shattering. That is why for the Gorilla Glass 6, Corning has focused on making the material survive more drops from higher heights.

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Nokia X5 debuts, possibly Nokia 5.1 Plus for everyone else

Nokia X5 debuts, possibly Nokia 5.1 Plus for everyone else

HMD Global needs no major events to announce a new member of its growing army of “pure Android” smartphones. Just weeks before Samsung’s Unpacked, the OEM unveils the Nokia 5X, its second smartphone with a notch. But while the Nokia 5X may be slated only for the Chinese market, rumors say that, unlike the Nokia 6X, it could actually make it to international markets under a different name: the Nokia 5.1 Plus.

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Bixby speaker, foldable Galaxy X phone to keep Samsung buzz alive

Bixby speaker, foldable Galaxy X phone to keep Samsung buzz alive

Even if the Galaxy Note 9 launch turns out to be a dud, Samsung may have a backup that will at least keep it in the headlines in the months to come. Whether or not those upcoming products actually save it from slipping is a different question entirely. We may not have to wait too long with reports coming in that the Bixby speaker, perhaps the more controversial of the two, is actually just a few weeks away from its debut.

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Galaxy Note 9: Real photos, display glass cracks

Galaxy Note 9: Real photos, display glass cracks

Today we're having a peek at a couple of photos of the Galaxy Note 9 in some rough condition. Below you'll find the pair of images, both looking a lot like the Galaxy Note 8 (pictured first in this article held in-hand). That's to be expected, as we've seen enough pre-release renders and schematics to choke a giraffe. What's interesting here are the details that normally wouldn't matter - like the crack in the frontside glass.

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Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential’s $200 camera now costs $19

Essential put its 4K 360 camera up for sale overnight on a massive discount - as if they were having a fire sale. OH MY GOD IT'S A FIRE... sale, if you know what I mean. This camera requires the assistance of the Essential Phone PH-1 to work, and does not do much of anything on its own. With the Essential Phone PH-1, this becomes one of the most interesting smartphone accessories on the market today.

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Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

As it stands, those of us with public Instagram profiles don't really have a way to quietly rid ourselves of annoying followers. They can be blocked, of course, but when you do this, they aren't able to access your profile at all, leading them to quickly find out they've been blocked and potentially confront you about it. You can also set your profile to private, but plenty of users would prefer to avoid doing that just to stop harassment from a few unsavory people.

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

Google has drawn the ire of the European Union once more, earning itself a massive €4,342,865,000 fine ($5.05 billion) for what the EU views as antitrust violations. Today's fines center around Google Search and Android - more specifically, how Google has used Android as a "vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine" as internet traffic shifts from desktop to mobile. Google now has 90 days to bring its illegal conduct to an end, otherwise it faces additional fines that will add up quickly.

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Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

Android’s best launcher just jumped the shark

This week the folks behind Apex Launcher just completely lost their minds. Or they completely lost their minds if you ask their many thousands of users, many of whom just dropped majorly negative reviews on their app on the Google Play app store. This isn't entirely without precedent, but it's a good time for a reminder. When you update your Android launcher, you're going to want to be careful not do erase user settings in the process.

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