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Massive Galaxy S9 leak tells us everything

Massive Galaxy S9 leak tells us everything

We are now less than one week out from the reveal of the Galaxy S9. That's pretty exciting, but most of us probably won't be very surprised by what's announced at the event. We have an almost ridiculous number of leaks to thank for that, including one today that seems to cover nearly everything there is to know about the Galaxy S9.

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Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and so are the next generation of smartphones. Some of them will be quite drool-worthy, but many will probably be beyond reach, both in time and in budget. If you’re in need of a new mobile partner soon and your resources are a bit stretched thin, there are still some Android phones for you. And you won’t even have to compromise that much. Here are some of the best mid-range, wallet-friendly phones that you can actually buy now instead of waiting for a few months.

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Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

It’s already 2018 and if you thought that the Pixel 2’s and Pixel 2 XL’s odyssey in the land of bugs is over, better think again. Just a few days ago, owners of Google’s embattled 2017 smartphones reported severe performance problems after installing the latest Android update. Now some Pixel 2 XL owners are claiming that their phones aren’t charging quickly despite displaying that it’s “Charging rapidly”. Apparently, those charging speeds depend on the battery’s temperature and the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t even give you a hint.

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iPhone X production cut has Samsung fretting over OLED sales

iPhone X production cut has Samsung fretting over OLED sales

If there’s one rumor that’s been consistent ever since the iPhone X launched is that sales have been disappointing. Or rather, the Nikkei has consistently been reporting on how Apple is slashing iPhone X production due to the diminishing demand for the smartphone. But more than just affecting Apple itself, this situation has Samsung reportedly scrambling to find new buyers for OLED panels as it ramped up production capacity to meet the estimated high demand for Apple’s first OLED iPhone.

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Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-in

It's only been a day since Essential announced three new limited edition color options for its flagship PH-1 phone, but it turns out Andy Rubin’s startup has one more surprise to add to the mix. Dubbed Halo Gray, this new version sports a stylish look like the previously announced Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black, however, it's only available from Amazon, and includes a few other noticeable differences.

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LG flagship phone Judy tipped for Summer (instead of LG G7)

LG flagship phone Judy tipped for Summer (instead of LG G7)

On the 16th of February, a rumor of LG's next big flagship smartphone revealed the company's timing. This may well be the LG G7 - albeit not branded as such. This device is rumored to roll with a so-called MLCD+ display panel at 6.1-inches with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This device will be the next-in-line after the LG G6, but don't expect it to look especially familiar.

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Last Galaxy S9 secrets just spilled on Reddit

Last Galaxy S9 secrets just spilled on Reddit

A tipster spilled what seemed to be a whole lot of details on the Samsung Galaxy S9 a bit over a week before the main reveal event. This tipster decided they'd risk revealing the identity of whoever it was that allowed them to handle the Galaxy S9 in the process, writing their AMA on Reddit. This Redditor suggested that they "got to use [the Galaxy S9] for about 20 min" and that they "got pretty familiar with the device."

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Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Though the Pixel and the Pixel 2 are pretty solid devices in their own right, they replaced a line of much-loved devices from Google and its manufacturing partners. Back before Google decided to get into the hardware game, it relied on those partners to make devices for the Nexus line. That line had quite a few great phones, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the Dodo as Google tries to grow the Pixel brand.

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OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

OnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdown

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and with it new flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9, the 2018 LG V30, the Huawei Mate P20, and more will most likely hog the spotlight, one way or another, and it might be too easy to think that these are the best that the Android world has to offer. Or that you have to pay premium to get the best stuff. Fortunately, there are some new upstarts, and one still young company, that is giving the big boys a run for their money. We look at the OnePlus 5T, the Essential PH-1, and the Razer Phone to see which of these three rebels might be worth your money and dethrone the smartphone kings.

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The Stock Android Myth

The Stock Android Myth

Xiaomi and OnePlus just recently held polls on whether users prefer “pure Android” over their customized Android experiences of MIUI and OxygenOS, respectively. And while hilarity ensued after the humiliating defeat of the OEM ROMs, the whole incident may have sparked some questions among the Android faithful. Is stock Android what users really want? Do Xiaomi’s hundreds of fans actually know what pure Android is, versus the MIUI that has always bee on Xiaomi’s phones from day one? Do Android users really know what stock/pure Android really is? Considering how “stock Android” have become both a rallying cry and sort of a buzzword, probably not.

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Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

There has been a spate of awareness and push for “blue light filters” on mobile devices when studies and articles popped up talking about the harmful effects of screens, especially their blue light, on our overall health. But while some platform makers did implement built-in “night modes” on their operating systems, the situation on Android, unsurprisingly, is less clear-cut. Sony Xperia phones, for example, don’t have one, except for the Xperia XA1 models. That, however, will unfortunately change when they receive their Oreo update.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo update stopped because of this grave reason

Galaxy S8 Oreo update stopped because of this grave reason

After what felt like an eternity, owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were naturally overjoyed to finally receive the much-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update. And, naturally, they were equally cross when Samsung halted and pulled out the update almost immediately. While they definitely have reason for their ill-feelings, Samsung has an even bigger reason why it did so. Apparently, the update has caused some handsets to randomly reboot, which would have been an even bigger fiasco than pulling it out before it spreads any further.

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