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Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Sony is giving 2017 one last hurrah before calling it done, at least as far as smartphones go. It didn’t exactly lavish much attention on a relatively less known but totally new Xperia XA1 Plus, but no one’s going to blame them. This is pretty much yet another mid-range addition to Sony’s stable that bears all the design hallmarks of a Sony smartphone. And, unsurprisingly, bears its flaws specific to the US as well.

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Buying a Pixel 2 today? You might want to skip Google’s pop-up stores

Buying a Pixel 2 today? You might want to skip Google’s pop-up stores

Today is a day the Google faithful have been waiting a couple of weeks for. The Pixel 2 officially goes on sale across the US today, though unfortunately, your options are limited if you're looking to buy, thanks to an exclusivity deal the big G has struck with Verizon. At least Google's got those pop-up stores in Manhattan and Los Angeles you can visit, right?

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Are you still excited about iPhone X?

Are you still excited about iPhone X?

Buying a new smartphone can feel like a game of Russian roulette. Sure, in most tech segments there's that sneaking suspicion that "something great" is just around the corner, but none is so cutthroat and fast-paced as the phone industry. For once, though, if you've been holding out for Apple's new flagship, you've had the chance to see the main competition. That leads me to one big iPhone X question.

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Moto X4 Review : Android One champions the midrange for Project Fi

Moto X4 Review : Android One champions the midrange for Project Fi

The Android One Moto X4 bears Google's flag in a release that spans several companies. One version of this device is set to be released unlocked through Motorola, while another was announced to come from Amazon as a Prime Exclusive (with Amazon ads on its lock screen). The version we have runs Android One software and is coming as an exclusive to Google's Project Fi.

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Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

Samsung adopts Google ARCore instead of rolling out its own

While perhaps the world’s largest Android vendor, Samsung is not exactly known for playing by Google’s rules. For a time, its TouchWiz skin made its phones almost like their own distinct breed. It has also chosen not to jump on Android TV or Android Wear, preferring Tizen OS, which it is able to more directly control. And until recently, it snubbed Google’s Daydream VR platform in favor of its own Gear VR co-developed with Oculus. So it’s no small news that Samsung is fully embracing Google’s ARCore to be the augmented reality platform for its Galaxy smartphones.

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Moto X4 comes to the US with ads via Amazon Prime Exclusive

Moto X4 comes to the US with ads via Amazon Prime Exclusive

The Moto X4 is one odd smartphone. Coming from Motorola’s former premium line, the Moto X4 has been reduced a somewhat mid-range smartphone. It has been made interesting by the fact that it is one of the few “Amazon Alexa” phones in the market and the first Android One phone for the US. It was promised that a non-Android One Moto X4 would still grace the US. That may have finally come, to some extent, with the Moto X4’s arrival on Amazon Prime Exclusives, unlocked, not exactly cheap, and with ads.

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Pixel 2 XL may get a color-improving update

Pixel 2 XL may get a color-improving update

There is very difference between the Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel 2 XL, but where they do differ, the difference is nearly staggering. Size is one and battery is another. But the most telling difference is really their screens. Although more pixel dense and prettier with its lack of bezels, the Pixel 2 XL’s P-OLED screen suffers from one odd flaw: its color quality. It seems that Google has been made aware of that substandard behavior and is mulling over pushing an update that will at least give users the option to tweak things to their taste.

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LG V30 fingerprint scanner fails when heavily scratched

LG V30 fingerprint scanner fails when heavily scratched

JerryRigEverything is back and he’s got his own LG V30 in his hands. The last time Zack Nelson was seen with the smartphone was when LG flew him over for a sponsored teardown and look into the V30’s prized cameras. Now the YouTuber has bought his own unit with no strings attached for the sole purpose of our entertainment education. He subjects the LG V30 to his usual trinity of stress tests and the smartphone survives as you would expect. Except for one minor, and unexpected, thing.

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HTC U11 Plus is shaping up to be a stunning champion

HTC U11 Plus is shaping up to be a stunning champion

There’s little doubt about it, HTC, at least is mobile business, is on a downhill trajectory. While it retains control of its own smartphone business, it has sold off a huge chunk of it to Google. As if trying to prove that it’s business as usual back home, HTC has hinted that a new flagship would be coming. That flagship is now believed to be the HTC U11 Plus, codenamed Ocean Master. And if the flood of leaks, which includes OnLeaks usual 3D renders, then the U11 Plus could convince enough people to believe that it is indeed here to stay.

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Nokia 7 brings Bothies to the mid-range

Nokia 7 brings Bothies to the mid-range

The selfie craze has mostly boiled over. And by that, we mean that it has become less of a craze and more a begrudgingly accepted fact of life. Nokia, however, totally missed that boat so it’s doing the next best thing: try to create a new fad, Nokia and HMD call it “Bothie” and it debuted in the Nokia 8. But if that premium smartphone was a tad too much for such a simple thing, then worry not. The Nokia 7 phone is finally here and it’s ready to meet your Bothie needs at a much cheaper price.

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Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

There is no shortage of phones, platforms, and tools that promise the ability to use only your smartphone as your day to day computing device. Almost all of them, however, fall short when it comes to a few use cases, especially those related to multimedia work and software development. Samsung DeX is the latest such attempt and comes close to that dream. Soon, it will be taking one step closer with its upcoming Linux on Galaxy app that delivers a Linux environment of your choice right on your phone and, of course, on your makeshift desktop.

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Pokemon GO Halloween just got REAL (Gen 3 real)

Pokemon GO Halloween just got REAL (Gen 3 real)

This morning the latest build of Pokemon GO for Android revealed a collection of changes just before Halloween. This set of changes falls in the category of "oh my goodness this could mean something big" - with regard to the third full generation of Pokemon in the game. An in-game data update just like the one we're seeing today occurred just days before the full release of Pokemon GO's Gen 2.

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