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Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

With the proliferation of OLED displays on smartphones, features like Always On Display (AOD) will start to become more common. Sadly, not all smartphones might be able to join the party, even older models that do have the hardware for it. Even sadder is that such is true even for Google's own first gen Pixel phone and Nexus 6P, despite being totally capable of handling the load. The good news is that AOD is also partly a software implementation that can be enabled on such devices, provided you're running Android 8.1.

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Galaxy S9 might finally fix Samsung’s biggest 2017 blunder

Galaxy S9 might finally fix Samsung’s biggest 2017 blunder

2017 has so far been great for Samsung. It's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 flagships are doing swell. Google has somewhat taken its place in having this year's most criticized smartphone. And Apple has helped make its case for $1,000 devices. But as great, or even just good, as the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are, they both suffer from one annoying misfeature: the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the back. If this super early 3D schematics are to be believed, however, Samsung might have finally decided to fix it for next year's Galaxy S9.

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OnePlus 5T shows up at GFXbench with all the goods

OnePlus 5T shows up at GFXbench with all the goods

OnePlus fans, at least those that had the good fortune not to buy a OnePlus 5 yet, are probably just counting down the hours before the OnePlus 5T breaks cover. Not because they're still waiting for new, unleaked, features but most likely just to find out how much it will cost and when they can buy one. Almost everything about the smartphone has already been leaked to death, so there's very little to wait for. But for the sake of completion, here's another infodump from GFXbench, confirming the specs we've heard so far.

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Android Pay incentivizes buying things with Justice League Androids

Android Pay incentivizes buying things with Justice League Androids

The Android Pay version of the changing of the Google Logo on Google dot com has arrived in a super suit. For the first time in the history of electronic wallets (AKA mobile payments), a comic book company is promoting consumerism. From now until the 31st of December, the Justice League will be flying around the Android Pay app, and they'll be catchable, like Pokemon.

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iPhone 2018 extends the notch to 3-phone lineup

iPhone 2018 extends the notch to 3-phone lineup

Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup may throw you for a loop. At least, that's if the company releases the devices KGI predicts. This non-official, predicted lineup includes three iPhone models - all three with the notch of the iPhone X. These three models won't fit the profile of the lineup currently on display at Apple - they'll switch the premium crown from 1 to 2.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Pokemon GO’s mistakes rectified

Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Pokemon GO’s mistakes rectified

This week we're having a deeper look at what Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will bring to the world of AR GPS-based gaming. This means working on what Ingress and Pokemon GO have done, bringing HP: Wizards Unite up to speed to do as well or better than its predecessors. Where will Harry Potter: Wizards Unite do well where Ingress and/or Pokemon GO have failed?

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T-Mobile REVVL Plus: Wait for reviews before purchase

T-Mobile REVVL Plus: Wait for reviews before purchase

T-Mobile USA revealed the REVVL Plus smartphone this week with what appears to be great specs for a low price. Much like previous smartphones that T-Mobile, or any mobile carrier for that matter, have released in this fashion - we must warn you to be wary. This sort of phone is targeted at users who don't immediately know the difference between one phone and the next. But we're here to tell you: if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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iPhone X notch remover tackles Apple’s big controversy

iPhone X notch remover tackles Apple’s big controversy

Ever since the iPhone X was first revealed, the now-famous "notch" at the top of the display has become the topic of much debate. While some people don't mind its presence, others seem to be quite bothered by it. If you belong to the latter group of people, you can do something about it thanks to a new app that's now available on the App Store.

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Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Pixel 2 gets an improved, unofficial Pixel Launcher

Most of the time, when Google launches a new smartphone, Android modders and developers scramble to take whatever new launcher it has and make it available for other smartphones. This time, things have come full circle with a new third-party Pixel Launcher made for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. The modified Pixel Launcher pretty much keeps the simplicity of the original while adding a few customization options to satisfy the different aesthetic tastes of different users.

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Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

The recent slew of issues, be it hardware or software, coming from brand new smartphone models might have some wondering if quality control is going downhill or if users have just become too meticulous about their devices. And since some of these involve really expensive smartphones, the expectations of perfection are even higher. The latest to join the list of complaints is, unsurprisingly, the iPhone X, which is now reported by some owners to exhibit either crackling or buzzing audio coming from the phone’s earpiece speaker at high volumes.

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Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung sometimes tries to be too much like Google and engages in moonshot projects that are often abandoned quickly. So when it launched its new DeX “phone as a desktop” platform, it was natural for some people to wonder how long it would last. At least, for now, it seems that Samsung is investing a sizeable amount of resources to expand its coverage, like its upcoming Linux on Galaxy feature. Samsung just posted a concept video hinting that it could be more than what others have been able to do.

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OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

The OnePlus 5T is probably the company’s worst kept secret. Not that there’s much to be kept secret anyway. For all intents and purposes, it is the OnePlus 5 with a different screen and a relocated fingerprint sensor. That still didn’t stop the flood of leaks surrounding OnePlus’s first 18:9 phone. Hot on the heels of a set of photos is a nearly five-minute-long unboxing video of the OnePlus 5T that pretty much leaves nothing left to the imagination. Or for OnePlus to announce later this week.

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