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Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Pixel 3 freebie disclaimers: The fine print

Today Google launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with a couple of pretty enticing freebies onboard. One was a half-year of YouTube Music Premium for free, the other was unlimited photo storage with Google Photos (including original size photos and video, etc). Let's talk about the limits to these enticing bits before you jump in headfirst!

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Google Pixel headphone dongle is faster, less of battery hog

Google Pixel headphone dongle is faster, less of battery hog

It's not that the original Pixel headphone dongle was a massive battery hog, but the second edition is better. When you've got a device with which you're wanting to play audio, and you're not a fan of Bluetooth audio, you need a way to connect with hardware. If you've got a Google Pixel 2, that means you need a USB-C-cord-toting speaker system or headphones, OR that you've got the correct dongle. Not every USB-C to headphone jack dongle works with every phone - and Google's Pixel is notoriously finicky.

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Google Project Fi phones, Fall 2018: Ranked for you

Google Project Fi phones, Fall 2018: Ranked for you

Today we're running down the five distinct phone models available with Google Project Fi. To begin, we'll talk about how each phone performs regardless of cost. Then we'll list the cost. Then we'll decide which phone is best for you, the end user. This is a current exploration slash guide for the prospective Project Fi user.

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Top premium Android smartphones of 2018: the story so far

Top premium Android smartphones of 2018: the story so far

IFA 2018 has all but wrapped up and disappointing as it may be for some, it’s not exactly unexpected that there weren’t that many shiny new smartphones announced during the week. Especially premium smartphones. Of course, we’ve had some of those land before IFA. While waiting for three and a half more such Android phones to come in the next month or so, we take a breather and try to check which smartphones deserve your hard-earned cash. Here are seven, in no particular order.

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The last phone spec that matters, in a phone you might not expect

The last phone spec that matters, in a phone you might not expect

The smartphone market around the world diversified to such a point this year that only one spec need matter to you. For me, that spec is the smartphone camera. I need that piece of this puzzle to snap as-perfect and as-finalized as possible photos as possible the first time I hit the shutter button. For others, the most important spec might be the display, or the speakers. But take heed: They're all out there, and they don't cost $1000 apiece. What spec matters most to you?

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If this is Pixel 3, Google should reboot

If this is Pixel 3, Google should reboot

Google Pixel 3 should be the last new phone from the company for the next few years. I'm suggesting this not as a consumer, but as a student of history. Google doesn't make a massive amount of money from the Pixel, and can afford to cut back on new hardware investments right this minute. Since we're at a place in the history of smartphones where there's not a lot of major change going on, it'd be smart of Google to keep its head low.

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Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

It's become painfully clear that Google's most majorly seemingly unbeatable smartphone feature on the Pixel is its camera. Several of the most major names in Android smartphone reviews and publications continue to use their Pixel device well beyond multiple opportunities to use more expensive and more extravagant phones. It's the camera that it would SEEM that nobody else can beat. It may be my imagination, but I feel like this one win is holding Google back.

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Pixel 2 XL lag may lead to device (hardware) replacements

Pixel 2 XL lag may lead to device (hardware) replacements

Over the last couple of weeks there's been a bit more than a normal amount of a rumbling about the Pixel 2 XL and it's apparent slowdown issue. Not all Pixel 2 XL units have the issue, but a significant number of them do find themselves the subject of this slowdown. Fortunate for those few users with this issue, one of their ranks happens to be a rather prolific Android journalist by the name of Artem Russakovskii of Android Police. Google's been to visit him personally to see what's up.

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Google Pixel 3 XL just leaked in an unboxing video

Google Pixel 3 XL just leaked in an unboxing video

This morning it would appear that one Russian citizen received a Google Pixel 3 XL in the mail. Why they received this Google Pixel 3 XL in the mail, we cannot be entirely sure. But by the looks of it, he does most certainly seem to have a Google Pixel 3 XL in the box, has taken this device out of the box, and is currently in possession of both the phone and the box - and its other contents, too.

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10 ways Android 9 Pie is a game-changer

10 ways Android 9 Pie is a game-changer

Android 9 Pie was released today by Google for all Android devices - with Pixel smartphones at the head of the line. Today we're exploring the software update with a list of 10 ways that it'll change the game. Each list item is part of a new vision for smartphones, one where Android is smarter and the end user is more secure. This vision includes new rules for developers, a more diverse set of controls for end users, and a few new tiny-but-fun features for everyone.

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Lensball Review : Something Completely Different

Lensball Review : Something Completely Different

There are two versions of the Lensball. One's called the Lensball Pocket - that's 60mm and weighs 250gr (0.55 pounds). The Lensball Pro is 80mm and weighs 650gr (1.45 pounds). Both versions come in a simple padded box and both come with a soft material pouch. I would not recommend dropping either one of these pieces of glass, with or without the pouch, as we're not dealing with the least fragile piece of equipment here, regardless of guarantees of ruggedness.

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Moment Pro Camera app gets Pixel Visual Core support

Moment Pro Camera app gets Pixel Visual Core support

This week the folks behind the app Moment Pro Camera adopted the powers of the Pixel Visual Core. This means that the app finally makes use of the hardware-accelerated processing power of the Google Pixel 2. This upgrade can be utilized by all camera apps on Android, but only a few have specifically targeted Google Pixel 2 devices right out the gate.

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