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The OnePlus 6T Has a Less-Good In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner

In a post on the Chinese social networking site Weibo, OnePlus has revealed a bit more info about the promised in-screen fingerprint scanner on its upcoming 6T handset – and it's not amazing news. Read More >>

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Razer Built the Phone Gamers Deserve (It Has RGB Lights)

The first time you test something, you check out its design, you try all the new features, but even after an hour or more, the device still doesn’t feel as familiar as something you own and use every day. And yet, the first time I sat down and played a round of PUBG Mobile using the Razer Phone 2, I finished with a chicken dinner. Was it me or was it the phone? I’m still not sure, but here’s how Razer’s gaming phone has evolved for its second tour. Read More >>

smartphones
5 Frustrating Smartphone Problems You Can Fix With a Simple Dongle

Smartphone dongles and adapters can tend to get a bad rap, seen as unsightly and unnecessary add-ons that ruin the curved aesthetic of a smartphone, and become just one more thing to forget or lose. But used right these plug-in peripherals can help you do more with your phone than you ever thought possible. Here are five issues dongles actually solve. Read More >>

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The Nokia 7.1 Is a £300 Budget Phone You Might Actually Want

No, this isn’t the wild bug-eyed Nokia phone with five rear cameras we’ve been hoping to see, but it’s something arguably just as important. That’s because the new Nokia 7.1 is simply a well-built phone with solid specs for a very reasonable price. Read More >>

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Capping Off Endless Leaks, the Pixel 3 XL Is Already on Sale in Hong Kong Before Launch Event

Google has had a rough time ahead of its October hardware launch event — namely, spoilers about the upcoming Pixel 3 line keep leaking online via Russian tech bloggers, Imgur posts, and even the backseats of Lyft cabs. It’s gotten so bad some have cooked up wild theories Google is deliberately leaking inaccurate information about the phones. Well, mere days before the October 9th event, Engadget senior editor Richard Lai has obtained an apparent copy of a Pixel 3 XL from a Hong Kong mobile shop. Read More >>

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LG’s New W7 Smartwatch Is a Chaotic Mix of New and Old

Anytime Google does a big revamp to its smartwatch platform, it seems like LG is always close behind with new wearable to test out how good that new OS really is. Unfortunately, LG’s most recent attempt was kind of a dud, but with the new W7, LG may have finally created something with a little more legs (or in this case, hands). Read More >>

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LG’s 5-Camera Phone Offers a Snapshot of the Incredible Multi-Lens Future

If the new LG V40 was a person, it would almost certainly be an AV nerd. On the outside, it’s dressed in a rather drab, but not offensive outfit. Inside, it’s got some serious camera talent. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Just Got Upgraded With Better Touch Support and Richer Visuals

At first, the Google Assistant was designed primarily as a voice-based helper. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn’t always offered the best experience. So today, Google has announced a revamped interface for the Google Assistant that should make searching, organising, and anything else you use the assistant for a little friendlier for both spoken and touch-based inputs. Read More >>

android
Remember How Bad Android Was?

Over the last week or so, bloggers have been posting warm and fuzzy reflections about Android because we’ve just passed the 10th anniversary of the reveal of the T-Mobile G1, (AKA the HTC Dream, or colloquially the “G phone”), the platform’s first commercial device. Many folks — including this here blogger — had basically the same idea: Get your hands on the device (I took mine to T-Mobile for activation and they were all “nah”) take some photos or video, and wax about “back in the day.” Let me tell you something about back in the day: Android sucked. Read More >>

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Apparently Google’s New Chrome OS Tablet Will be Called the Pixel Slate

Android tablets have always been the focus of some criticism, because the OS isn't properly optimised for large screens - which can be problematic for some apps. It's a wonder why Google never bothered with a tablet that can run Chrome OS, rather than limiting it to laptops, but it's been known for a while that something is in the works. Now it's being claimed that the tablet itself will be called the Pixel Slate. Read More >>

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Android Pie Comes to OnePlus 6 in OxygenOS 9.0

At the start of the month OnePlus released a new beta version of OxygenOS, officially bringing the full version of Android Pie to the OnePlus 6 for the first time. Being a beta it required users to jump through some hoops before they could install it, and wasn't expected to be representative of the inevitable stable release. If you held back for those reasons, you're in luck, because over the weekend OnePlus announced the stable version of OxygenOS 9.0 has begun rolling out. Read More >>

reviews
Samsung’s New Galaxy Watch Comes so Close to Delivering The Modern Wearable Dream

Divorce yourself from the far out sci-fi depictions and crazy nerd dreams of what a smartwatch is supposed to be for just a second, and instead think about what makes sense for a wrist-mounted device in 2018. You’ll quickly realise there’s a huge gap between reality and expectation, because while the idea of playing games or watching videos on a watch might sound neat, actually doing so on a screen that measures less than two inches across is simply miserable. Read More >>

security
You Have No Excuse for Crappy Passwords Anymore

The password itself is crappy. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist. Read More >>

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Google Accidentally Activates Battery Saver Settings to Android Pie Users

On Friday, a user took to the r/GooglePixel reddit to ask if anyone's power saving mode had been turning itself on even though they'd set it to off. It turns out that the company had been testing features internally, and accidentally rolled out changes to a wider user group. Read More >>

phones
How Location Tracking Actually Works on Your Smartphone

As the recent revelation over Google’s background tracking of your location shows, it’s not as easy as it should be to work out when apps, giant tech companies and pocket devices are tracking your location and when they’re not. Here’s what you need to know about how location tracking works on a phone — and how to disable it. Read More >>