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Galaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final design

Galaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final design

Today we're getting a fresh look at the Galaxy S9 from a few different angles. To those who have been following Galaxy S9 leaks closely, these may not offer anything new, as they show off the rear and front panels of both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. However, they do serve to reinforce previous leaks, further solidifying this idea that what we've been seeing are final components of both phones.

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iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

The latest version of the Google camera app remixed for non-Pixel smartphones includes the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode. This mode taps into the smarts of your phone's processor and your phone's image processing unit to capture the subject matter and blur all else. This portrait mode works very similar to the newest version of the iOS portrait mode for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple cut the price of its iPhone battery replacement to $29, and now is reportedly instructing Genius staff that phones needn't fail the battery health check in order to qualify for the discount. Controversy began in December, over iOS being programmed to artificially limit the processing capabilities of older iPhones when their batteries were deemed insufficiently powerful to keep up with maximum performance. Apple conceded it hadn't communicated the issue sufficiently well, and promised a more affordable way to replace the battery inside handsets dating back to the iPhone 6.

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OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T get Android Oreo treats

OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T get Android Oreo treats

It seems that one of OnePlus' new year's resolutions is to really keep the promises it makes. At least the ones it makes public. And it is doing so by ending the old year exactly that way. With just a few days and hours to spare, OnePlus has finally released the promised Android Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T while also giving the OnePlus 5 its promised Face Unlock feature. And lest you complain, it has also rolled out an update for the OnePlus 3/3T stable builds as well.

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Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

There's no use crying over spilled milk, as the saying goes. There are, however, some milk you really can't help but cry over. Such is the case for Surface Phone hopefuls who are constantly reminded of what could have been. The latest wound to be inflicted on them is a video of an alleged Lumia prototype, codenamed the Lumia Hapanero. Like the elusive Surface Phone, the device showed some crude Surface Pen support, further reinforcing the theory, and the tragedy, of how Microsoft came so close to fulfilling that geek dream.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Samsung responds somewhat on Galaxy Note 8 battery issue

Samsung responds somewhat on Galaxy Note 8 battery issue

While 2017 has generally been kind to Samsung, it ended on a not so good note for owners of the latest Galaxy Note 8. And while reports of practically useless devices have started growing, so did Samsung's silence. And when the company finally did speak out, it leaves much to be desired and wondered, almost echoing the response Samsung gave in 2016's Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery fiasco.

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Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

It's the start of the new year so, naturally, it's time to dust off those crystal balls and magic 8-balls. And while we're no Nostradamus, we can still do a bit of intelligent guessing on what will happen next based on what has come to pass. And if 2017 is any indication, it looks like we're going to be in for a rather fun and, at the same time, rough 2018 in Android land. Here are some of the new things that could come our way this year, in no particular order.

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Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Another 365 (and one-fourth) days have passed. Naysayers have again been proven wrong. Android is still going strong and the open source operating system is going places no other OS has or can. But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Android in general or for Google and its OEM partners. But then again, every year has always had its ups and downs. Here are some of the highs and lows in Android land in 2017 that could hopefully serve as both inspiration and hard lessons learned for 2018 and beyond.

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Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they've now stated that the price change is effective immediately.

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Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

The parts that'll make the Samsung Galaxy S9 were named by a number of South Korean sources this afternoon. It would appear that January production of both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both on schedule, even as several pieces of this smartphone puzzle have relatively major changes VS the Galaxy S8. One of these is a brand new circuit board manufacturing process, combining high performance capacity and a smaller substrate than before.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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