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Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

During Mobile World Congress, Alcatel introduced a pair of phones called the Alcatel 1X and the Alcatel 3V. The company has confirmed that both of these models will be available to purchase in the United States, each as an unlocked GSM device for use with compatible carriers. The Alcatel 1X in particular will be the maker's first phone to offer Android Oreo, pairing it with an 18:9 display and other "premium" features.

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Honor View10 AI phone US pre-orders go live: smart features galore

Honor View10 AI phone US pre-orders go live: smart features galore

The AI-powered smartphone Honor View10 showcased during CES 2018 is now available to preorder in the United States. According to the company, the View10 is the world's first "AI phone," a model sporting intelligent features thanks to its advanced neural network processing unit (NPU) hardware. Among other things, this technology powers the phone's AI front camera portrait mode and motion detection abilities.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 forces us to question upgrades for their own sake. On the one hand, there's our desire as consumers to have the very latest tech gadget, even if we don't even use the phone we have now to its full extent. For manufacturers, there's the pressure to revolutionize each time, and throw out what worked before simply because it's associated with an "old" product. Into all that arrives the Galaxy S9, managing to be both new and familiar at the same time.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry is going after Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp companies, for alleged patent infringement. The company filed a lawsuit against the social media platforms today, accusing them of developing mobile apps that infringe on BlackBerry's "mobile messaging intellectual property." A spokesperson for BlackBerry claims the company has spent "several years" in talks with Facebook over the alleged IP infringement, apparently without any progress in the matter.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition arrives in US via Best Buy, Amazon

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition arrives in US via Best Buy, Amazon

BlackBerry fans in the US can now purchase the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition variant from two major retailers, giving them access to the same model that started rolling out in other markets last year. We saw the KEYone Black Edition start its wider rollout back in September 2017, heading first to India and later on to Europe and the Middle East with other markets in the pipeline. The US market, however, hadn't been mentioned at the time, leaving consumers wondering when or if they'd get access to the handset.

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Best Buy Mobile stores get the axe

Best Buy Mobile stores get the axe

If you happen to live near a shopping mall (or have visited one at any point in the last decade), there's a good chance you've encountered a Best Buy Mobile store. These small, standalone stores focus entirely on mobile sales, and there are a hundreds of the around the US. That's all set to change, as Best Buy has announced that it will close many of these stores later this year.

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AT&T Unlimited plan price cut starts tomorrow, plus huge deals in 3 cities

AT&T Unlimited plan price cut starts tomorrow, plus huge deals in 3 cities

Carriers are battling to get more unlimited subscribers and that's good news for consumers. AT&T has just announced that it will be dropping the price of its Unlimited Plus plan, offering it for $80 under the new "Unlimited Plus Enhanced" option. That new option is $10 cheaper per month than the existing Unlimited Plus option, though the scope of the changes aren't clear at the moment.

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Sony just embarrassed the Galaxy S9’s big camera improvement

Sony just embarrassed the Galaxy S9’s big camera improvement

Samsung may have spent no short amount of time during its Galaxy S9 talking up the smartphone's new camera, but it didn't take long for Sony to trample all over its parade. With camera specs one of the key factors driving phone-buyers decisions, Samsung's big boast about improving its super-slow-mo mode turns out to be not so groundbreaking a change.

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Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Night mode is popular enough that many apps, including Twitter, offer it as an optional feature. The aesthetic aside, a dark mode could help save battery life, making it a popular request from Android users. Anyone with an Android device can enable a dark mode on their tablet or smartphone, but doing so requires a third-party app. Not interested in using one of those apps? Android itself may soon have an alternative.

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Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Samsung has just relaunched the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The company had previously launched the latest software for Galaxy owners, but pulled it soon after due to an issue. Users have expressed frustration at the lack of an update, but Samsung has apparently been working hard and now it is pushing out the corrected version of its firmware.

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Galaxy S9 price leak tips some unwanted iPhone X influence

Galaxy S9 price leak tips some unwanted iPhone X influence

We're days away from the official Galaxy S9 debut, and leaks have left little to the imagination. We've seen both the S9 and the S9+ leak in various forms, including press shots; we've seen cases and other accessories. Now another leak has surfaced, this one presenting a new vital piece of information: how much you're going to spend for one of Samsung's latest flagship smartphones.

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Cat S61 Android packs heat-vision, lasers, & MIL-SPEC toughness

Cat S61 Android packs heat-vision, lasers, & MIL-SPEC toughness

An Android that can see in the dark and has a built-in laser sounds like something from a Terminator movie, but it's actually Caterpillar's new Cat S61 smartphone. Upgraded the trade-friendly Android handset with a higher-performance thermal camera and better internal specs, the new Cat S61 also promises to oust some hardware from your toolbox.

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