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You can now buy a OnePlus 5

You can now buy a OnePlus 5

For OnePlus fans, one wait is finally over. They can now purchase the OnePlus 5 model of their choice, unlocked, with free shipping, and optional accidental damage warranty. But while that does mean they can finally get their hands on the upstart's finest, now the waiting begins to see if the OnePlus 5 is what it's cut out to be or if there are hidden snares waiting for eager but unsuspecting early adopters.

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Galaxy Note 8’s rear might disappoint many

Galaxy Note 8’s rear might disappoint many

We might just be counting down weeks before the Galaxy Note 8 is, once and for all, revealed to the public, but there is almost little left to know about the stylus-toting successor to last year's ill-fated model. And thanks to OnLeaks, we might already know exactly what it looks like. And it looks like it will suffer from the Galaxy S8's biggest design flaw and maybe even worse.

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Essential phone inbound, stops by FCC

Essential phone inbound, stops by FCC

FCC sightings don't usually reveal as much juicy details as its TENAA counterpart in China, but they do at least hint at one thing: a device is close to being launched. That is definitely the case here with Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Android smartphone. Since we already know much about the device anyway, all that's really left for drooling fans is a launch date. And since it just appeared at the FCC, that date might be sooner rather than later.

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Here’s what CEO Pete Lau has to say about OnePlus 5 complaints

Here’s what CEO Pete Lau has to say about OnePlus 5 complaints

If there's one thing that's consistent about OnePlus, it's that every new launch is met by no small amount of criticism. Whether it's about invitation-only availability, faulty hardware, or price, each new OnePlus model seems unable to escape controversy. The startup's latest and greatest is no exception, and we're not even talking about how it looks eerily familiar. Instead, the OnePlus 5's reputation is now being hounded by an expose revealing how, once again, OnePlus is trying to cheat its way through benchmarks.

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Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

This week the user known as deletescape has released his first Rootless Pixel Launcher. This launcher is very similar to some other recently released launchers - such as the launcher literally called "Rootless Pixel Launcher" - but this one's got some unique features. As the developer, also known as Till Kottmann, explains - this app is unique in its ability to deliver the Google Now Page on any smartphone- or at least most Android smartphones from the past several years.

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This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

Users that've downloaded the app "Magic Browser" at any point in the past should delete the app immediately. This app has been found to contain malware of a simple sort - but terrible nonetheless. This app's malware is especially dangerous not because of what it can do to an average user's phone, but because of how crafty it is in making it's way into the phone - trickery!

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Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

This week the folks at Nokia have revealed their plans to release the Nokia 6 in the United States. This device runs Android and is the first device in what's expected to be along line of similar devices from the brand. These devices - including the Nokia 6 - will bring the brand Nokia back into smartphones in a big way, starting with Android and growing with Google's mobile operating system app ecosystem.

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Another new Galaxy S8 model revealed

Another new Galaxy S8 model revealed

The Galaxy S8+ is a pretty solid device when it comes to hardware and features, but in terms of color, we've got some pretty standard options. Despite the fancy names Samsung has come up for these colors, our choices essentially amount to black, gray, and silver here in the US. Today we're getting a look at a new Galaxy S8+ color that may eventually hit US shores, with Samsung announcing a new "rose pink" variant for the phone.

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Pokemon GO Raids level and the next update

Pokemon GO Raids level and the next update

Raid Battles have begun in Pokemon GO and the whole in-game universe has begun to wonder when it'll be their turn to take a shot. As of this weekend, Niantic began rolling out the RAID Battle update to all players. This does not mean that every single player got the opportunity to participate in a Raid battle right off the bat. Some users had to wait until it was their turn - for their player level - to come up in the cards.

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LG V30 to make a big change for a new feature

LG V30 to make a big change for a new feature

Wireless charging isn't exactly new but very few, like Samsung, make it a must-have for their flagship products. Things might soon change, however, if the iPhone 8 does end up having such a feature. LG is also jumping on board with its upcoming flagship. The LG V30, which may break cover as early as August, is now tipped to switch to a glass back in order to support wireless charging. While that does seem like good news, it could raise some questions as well.

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OnePlus 5 root already available, TWRP recovery as well

OnePlus 5 root already available, TWRP recovery as well

Well that didn't take too long, especially for a device that sells itself as friendly to developers and modders. The OnePlus 5 has barely been a week in the market but enterprising developers lost no time in cracking the smartphone's software wide open. More advanced users can now install the TWRP recovery and, if chosen, also root their device, opening up the OnePlus 5 to more possibilities, like mods and ROMs.

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Here are the Edge Sense features coming to the HTC U11

Here are the Edge Sense features coming to the HTC U11

Although it is a highly capable smartphone in its own right, the HTC U11 would have probably been overshadowed by the likes of the Galaxy S8 or even the OnePlus 5 if not for two things. One is a camera highly praised by DxOMark. The other is its squeezable Edge Sense gestures. Not unlike Samsung's Bixby, the version of Edge Sense that new HTC U11 owners got was raw and underwhelming. Now the company is assuring customers that more are yet to come, starting with these actions.

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