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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs VS The world’s best phones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now around a month out from release - give or take a couple weeks. Now's the time we take a peek at what we know - and how that stacks up against the competition. That means the Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X, and big sellers in China - especially those from Xiaomi. This isn't EVERY phone people will consider when the Note 9 is set for release - and not long after launch, there'll be even MORE competition. But it's a start!

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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

Android users are finally starting to realize how much they’re being left behind in updates. Tired of iPhone owners gloating every year about major iOS updates, they have started to raise their voices and, fortunately, some OEMs are starting to take heed. Huawei just recently promised to push out updates every two months. Now OnePlus is making a similar commitment but has even more details to share. And, at least on the surface, it’s all good.

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Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Move over OnePlus 6, there might be a new Android darling soon. We have most of the flagship Android phones this year, save for one or two still to come, and thought we’ve seen them all. HMD Global and Nokia, however, may have something still up their sleeves. A certain Nokia “A1 Plus” or “A1P” or “AOP”, which could be the Nokia 9, has been mentioned in a recent leak and, given the OEM’s reputation, it might have the best combination of hardware and software this year.

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OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

Despite how much consumers demand it, it’s not easy for smartphone makers to make their devices available on carriers, US or not. There are a lot of business and logistic considerations involved and, more often than not, smaller companies have a harder time getting carriers’ attention. OnePlus, however, is no longer a small company that can be ignored and it plans to step up to the challenge of making its future smartphones, especially the 5G ones, available on carriers’ shelves.

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Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Niantic AR will traverse the real 3D world

Today Niantic demonstrated "Niantic Real World Platform" - an Augmented Reality platform that's mightily impressive. This is a little bit different than what's offered by Apple with ARKit, and it's not exactly like what Google has with ARCore. Instead, it's got Pokemon. Instead, it's more focused on the sorts of situations presented in Pokemon GO - since that's where their work began. What they've got this week is a demonstration that'll make you smile.

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This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is coming, but early hands-on impressions are spoiling some of the surprises for the hotly-anticipated Android smartphone. Set to make its official debut in New York City in just a few weeks time, the stylus-equipped handset certainly hasn't been short on rumors over the past few months.

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Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Coming about one month after the previously announced Alcatel 1X is a new budget Android Go phone from the maker, this one at a sub-$100 price point: the Alcatel 1. This model brings Android Oreo Go edition and a few notable features at the budget-friendly price of $89 USD. Despite the low-tier cost, specs are decent and include an 18:9 display.

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Motorola event: A new Android One phone cometh!

Motorola event: A new Android One phone cometh!

This afternoon Motorola released an invite to an event at which they'll have at least one new smartphone. This event is set to bring what the company suggests is a way to "Say 'hello' to a whole new way to connect, stream, download, video chat, and more." The event takes place at Motorola HQ in Chicago, and Motorola suggests they're in the process of "transforming smartphones forever." So that'll be a neat change of pace.

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Galaxy Note 9 leak tips fancy details

Galaxy Note 9 leak tips fancy details

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 approaches, and today we've got more information on both its exterior and innards. The device at hand is the latest in Samsung's long run of smartphones on the large end, the original having kickstarted the "phablet" trend. The Galaxy Note 9 won't be the most revolutionary device in the lineup for phone calls, but for its more unique features - there it'll shine.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is made for bigger kids

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition is made for bigger kids

Android tablets may be dead for Google but they are not for Huawei or Samsung, and definitely not for Amazon. The company’s line of Fire tablets is still one of the best ways to enjoy everything Amazon has to offer, from shopping to music to video to, yes, Alexa. They also happen to be one of the most affordable tablets for kids around. And to show that it is committed to catering to kids of all sizes and ages, it is launching the new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition, it biggest tablet built for kids with bigger needs.

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Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Amazon Show Mode turns Fire HD 8, HD 10 into an Echo Show [UPDATE]

Even before Google has a chance to finally respond to Amazon’s Echo Show with its own Smart Display lineup, Amazon is already changing the game yet again. This new Show Mode may be the reason why it hasn’t been rumored to be working on an Echo Show v2. With the Show Mode Charging Dock, a Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablet automatically becomes an ad hoc Echo Show, which could make Google regret it gave up on Android tablets so easily.

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Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

Huawei commits to bi-monthly updates to Android smartphones

One of the biggest complaints users have with their Android phones is the slow rollout of updates, even critical security ones. But while Samsung may be the scapegoat among OEMs, it is hardly the only guilty one. Most Chinese smartphone makers are just as bad but don’t get much coverage. Attempting to buck the trend, Huawei is putting its already embattled reputation on the line by announcing bi-monthly firmware updates for an unspecified wide range of phones, starting with a Face Unlock update for its 2017 and 2018 top sellers.

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