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Galaxy S9 Animoji clones tipped to copy iPhone X

Galaxy S9 Animoji clones tipped to copy iPhone X

Animoji have surprisingly proven to be a pretty popular feature among iPhone X users, but if new rumors are to be believed, Apple may soon have some competition in the realm of animated emoji. Apparently, Samsung is plotting to introduce a similar feature with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which are scheduled to be revealed later on this month.

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Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be worried. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched last year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

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BlackBerry Motion durability test has a happy, icky ending

BlackBerry Motion durability test has a happy, icky ending

BlackBerry’s return to the stage has not been without its share of drama. The Canadian company practically handed over the smartphone-making to licensees like TCL, preferring to say in the software arena instead. The TCL-made phones had mixed reception, somewhat befitting their inconsistent styles and build qualities. And from the BlackBerry PRIV to the KEYone, these newer ‘Berries fared imperfectly under JerryRigEverything’s durability test. Fortunately, the latest and so far last BlackBerry, the Motion, has a somewhat different story to tell.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Best Buy 5-star reviews are cheats

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Best Buy 5-star reviews are cheats

Given how Huawei was left in a terribly embarrassing situation at CES last month, it might be too easy to identify the Chinese OEM as the underdog. If it had played its cards right, it could have uses that to its advantage. Unfortunately, desperation might have gotten a hold of its senses instead and it was caught red-handed padding its Mate 10 Pro Best Buy product page with 5-star reviews from over a hundred exuberant owners, when the phone hasn't even shipped yet.

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2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

LG might be sitting MWC 2018 in terms of announcing its 2018 flagship, but that doesn’t mean it will be coming to Barcelona empty-handed. Yes, it will be presenting a “refreshed” LG V30 called, not the V30s but the 2018 LG V30. And, yes, it will be featuring some AI functionality. Don’t worry, though, because LG happily hasn’t gone overboard the way its rival has. But the new smartphone AI features will be adding to the 2018 V30 and other phones will easily be compared to what Samsung’s Bixby has been promising to offer.

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Essential Phone sales report suggests it’s definitely misnamed

Essential Phone sales report suggests it’s definitely misnamed

Everyone knew that Andy Rubin's Essential was going to face challenges in trying to break into the smartphone market. After all, that meant going up against established giants like Apple and Samsung, which both have a significant share of the market that's going to be difficult to any newcomer to wrestle away. Today we're finding out just how much the Essential Phone struggled to gain an audience after it first started shipping in July 2017, and the results don't sound good.

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Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They've gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can't. They can't have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.

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Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon has started the week by making a big announcement, revealing today that it will begin locking phones later on this year. This is somewhat surprising because Verizon has historically offered its phones unlocked from the start, putting it in distinct contrast to the three other big carriers in the US. However, this may not be as big of a change as it seems at first blush, and on the surface, Verizon has at least a somewhat justifable reason for doing so.

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Android P ‘notch’ tipped as Google pushes flexible phones

Android P ‘notch’ tipped as Google pushes flexible phones

The iPhone X's notch looks set to spread, with Google reportedly preparing 2018's Android P to natively support atypical screen shapes. Though controversial from the earliest rumors of its existence, the cut-out section at the top of the iPhone X's OLED screen was a necessary evil given what sensors Apple wanted to include in the device.

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The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 wireless charger has leaked ahead of the accessory's official unveil alongside the new flagship Android phone later this month. However, those hoping for a big improvement in wireless charging performance may be disappointed.

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Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

Here’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads now

In a rather surprising turn of events, Amazon has announced that it will be changing its Prime Exclusive phone program in significant ways. It has promised to remove lockscreen ads, and only the lockscreen ads, on its phones, though in exchange for a slightly higher price tag. But that is only going to happen with an update that hasn’t rolled out yet to all users. If you’re feeling a bit impatient, you can actually get rid of those pesky ads now just by sideloading this APK.

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ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

It’s been a while since we last heard from the French manufacturer, but this month ARCHOS is making a big comeback. And by big, we’re talking screen size but not phone size. Oui, ARCHOS has joined the 18:9 screen aspect ratio bandwagon and it’s flaunting its new Core 55S, Core 57S, and Core 60S at the upcoming MWC conference. But while these phones are advertised to meet increased demand for bigger screens, they might fall a bit short in meeting expectations for other features.

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