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Samsung just locked down Free Themes on Galaxy devices

Samsung just locked down Free Themes on Galaxy devices

In an update this week, Samsung notified some Galaxy smartphone users that they'd no longer have access to unlimited free themes. Instead, with their update to Android 9 Pie, users will be limited to fourteen days of any one free theme. This is not an optional rule change, and it'll affect all developers.

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Galaxy S9 Android Pie One UI beta program has begun

Galaxy S9 Android Pie One UI beta program has begun

It's understandable that many are curious if not excited over Samsung's Android 9 update. And it's not just because of the Pie. Renamed as One UI, it exhibits Samsung's biggest changes to its user interface that eclipses the mostly cosmetic ones it did in the Samsung Experience UX. Plus, it will be the UI that will run on its foldable phone next year. If that excitement turns into more than just mere curiosity, then you might want to try out Samsung's One UI Android Pie beta. That is, if your Galaxy S9 or S9+ qualifies.

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Samsung Android Pie update gives free themes an expiration date

Samsung Android Pie update gives free themes an expiration date

As an open platform, Android is considerably more customizable than, say, iOS. But while there are so many ways to change how your Android phone looks, it also has the problem of having so many ways to change how your Android phone looks. In addition to third-party tools, each OEM implements its own theming engine and system. It may not be one of the best, but Samsung's themes are far from being the worse. The company, however, might be giving users reason to shun its system by putting a 14-day limit to free themes.

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Moto G7 press images leak: Looks like OnePlus 6T

Moto G7 press images leak: Looks like OnePlus 6T

Today the Motorola Moto G7 leaked in press renders aplenty, both front and back. And boy, does it look familiar. It's almost as if a collection of smartphone makers are using the same design team to create their front facades. This device looks like the OnePlus 6T, which in turn looks like the Oppo F9, which in turn is basically an alternate-reality Essential Phone PH-1 - at least up front. It's like they've taken the cut-out display technology to a place where every phone looks shockingly similar - but it's not like that's a bad thing.

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The most interesting iPhone of 2018 is now easier to buy

The most interesting iPhone of 2018 is now easier to buy

Apple's iPhone XR turned out to be the most fascinating smartphone of the company's 2018 refresh, with its combination of colorful style and relative affordability, and now there's more flexibility in how you can buy it. Until now, if you've wanted the $750+ iPhone XR you've had to pick it up with a carrier, but that's all changing.

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Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

The official Google Store for hardware began their Black Friday sales early this year, starting on November 16th, 3018. That's a week and a day before the official Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States, Thursday, November 22nd, 2018. Google's list of products with sales runs from tomorrow right on through the week after Black Friday on into Cyber Monday, too - and there's a wide variety of products on which to gaze.

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Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

This week the latest in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor tech appeared in a benchmark that shows mobile processing performance. This benchmark is not the end-all be-all of tests of this sort of thing, but it's a pretty OK test of general performance. What we're seeing here is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip out-performing Apple's latest processor by a significant margin.

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Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp heard you complaining about smartphone display notches and clearly decided to really give you something to moan about, with the new Sharp Aquos R2 Compact having not one but two of the screen cut-outs. The diminutive Android phone has one of Sharp's well-esteemed IGZO LCD displays, but to stay true to its "Compact" billing it takes bites out of that panel top and bottom.

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This one day iPhone X deal undercuts a new iPhone XR

This one day iPhone X deal undercuts a new iPhone XR

Apple may have hustled the iPhone X out of its range when it launched the iPhone XS a few months ago, but a new Amazon deal for the 2017 flagship could sway you from spending too much on a new phone. The iPhone X launched Apple's new notched aesthetic, as well as hardware like the TrueDepth camera, but it also ushered in a high price for new phones.

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OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

This week we're taking a look at the OnePlus 6T, the second of the company's yearly smartphone duo. The OnePlus 6T isn't the same as previous "tock" phones in the OnePlus "tick tock" strategy. Instead of refining the phone they've released earlier in the year, this device is a bit more of an extreme departure. As far as smartphones go, this device is significantly different from its most immediate predecessor.

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Pixel 3 messages are disappearing but there’s good news

Pixel 3 messages are disappearing but there’s good news

Google is working on a fix for a Pixel 3 messaging bug, after some owners complained that SMS texts have been unexpectedly disappearing. The glitch is the latest in a string of complaints about Google's 2018 Android flagships, which have most recently received an update enabling the Night Sight feature in the camera.

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How does Google Night Sight work?

How does Google Night Sight work?

Today we're taking a peek with Google at their Night Sight feature for the Google Camera app on Pixel phones. The basic concept begins with keeping the Pixel's camera's shutter open longer than normal - allowing more light in on the camera's image sensor. With more light comes more information with which the camera can create a less dark image. That's where Google started - they then brought in the Machine Learning to do some magic.

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