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Android 9 Pie Go Edition uses less space out of the box

Android 9 Pie Go Edition uses less space out of the box

Android Go, the special configuration designed for entry-level smartphones, started life last year under the Android 8.1 Oreo release. With Android 9 Pie now out of the oven, it’s only fitting that it, too, should get a Go. But Google isn’t simply bumping up the numbers just have a Pie Go. It is also announcing the results of an even better diet program that makes Android 9 Pie Go even better for devices with as little as 8 GB of storage, maybe even less.

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5TIP: Your phone has features you’re not using (x5)

5TIP: Your phone has features you’re not using (x5)

Your phone can do things you didn't know it was capable of. With the VAST number of features and potential of the computers we all carry with us every day, I can be SURE there are features of which most readers do not take advantage. The following is one of a series of lists of features your phone has that you're not likely rolling with right this minute.

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Not Android: Google just invested in a new mobile OS

Not Android: Google just invested in a new mobile OS

Google invested in a mobile OS called KaiOS this month, and it's no secret that it's not based in Android. What we're looking at here is a company that makes an operating system that's focused on feature phones - but feature phones that are smart. Sort of like bridging the gap between non-smart and smart phones. KaiOS might well be a big part of Google's future in emerging markets around the world.

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Motorola One: Android One is branding, Moto X5 may be dead

Motorola One: Android One is branding, Moto X5 may be dead

It would seem that Motorola's had a revelation of sorts. A phone called Motorola One POWER leaked this afternoon and it looks like a gosh-darned winner. Instead of keeping going with the variety of Moto X and G and E and whatnot from the past few years, this device takes things forward, with a new design and an old approach with branding.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium packs incredible 51,200 ISO dual camera

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium packs incredible 51,200 ISO dual camera

Sony promised us an incredible smartphone camera, and the Xperia XZ2 Premium is the device it's wrapped up in. The newest model of the company's 2018 range, the XZ2 Premium is the first to feature Sony's Motion Eye Dual camera system. Previewed at Mobile World Congress just a few months ago, it has some serious low-light talents.

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It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

It’s now Treble time for your smartphone

Project Treble is a feature that's suddenly proven invaluable to the most Android-addicted phone users worldwide. This invaluable state isn't necessarily in play because of the feature's original intent. Instead, Android users found a way to make any Android Oreo device with Project Treble made active can boot two of the most awesome ROMs in the world, with minimal hassle.

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Light Phone 2 adds messaging to super-simple anti-smartphone

Light Phone 2 adds messaging to super-simple anti-smartphone

The Light Phone is back, and it's loosening its "naught but calls" policy to embrace the fact that not everybody likes to talk. Freshly announced today, the Light Phone 2 sets minimalistic simplicity as its lodestar: a black & white E Ink touchscreen, a few simple services, and a design more akin to a stack of credit cards than a phone. Rather than trying to replace your iPhone or Galaxy entirely, the idea is that there'll be times you don't want everything a smartphone can offer tempting you from your pocket or purse.

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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Android Oreo galore: Nokia 8, Xperia XZs, unlocked HTC U11, betas

Android Oreo galore: Nokia 8, Xperia XZs, unlocked HTC U11, betas

Android Oreo has been out for months now but, naturally, most OEMs haven’t been quick to jump into it. But they do say “better late than never” and, to be fair, it isn’t exactly that late yet anyway. As if scheduled to coincide with Thanksgiving, some manufacturers have gotten the ball rolling on Android 8.0 Oreo (sadly not 8.1) for some models. Some have even started the beta test for other devices, or at least promised them to come really soon.

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Palm devices coming in 2018 without WebOS

Palm devices coming in 2018 without WebOS

A new Palm smartphone has been tipped to be coming in the year 2018, made by the folks at TCL. The Palm brand has been in limbo for the past half-decade, moving in and out of HP-connected devices then on into relative obscurity. The Palm operating system was acquired by LG and continues to be used (in some form or another) in LG smart TVs to this day - as such, it won't be coming with the Palm phone set for next year.

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New Google Pixel-like device Dorado appears

New Google Pixel-like device Dorado appears

A new Google device with codename Dorado appeared this month in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit. This is a place where AOSP code is made public as Google works on Android behind the scenes. This is the same place we first saw mention of quite a few Google-made devices - Nexus, Android Wear, and Pixel devices, too.

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