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Moto G5S Plus review: Too much of a good thing

This is Motorola’s most prestigious budget phone, but you can do better. You’d be forgiven for not paying close attention to the release of the Moto G5S Plus; it snuck into the company’s lineup in early August alongside the Moto G5S. The ‘S’ stands for “Special Edition” (Moto G5SE Plus was too much of a mouthful?), and they’re moderately improved versions of the existing Moto G5 line that debuted earlier in the year. Why would Motorola introduce slightly updated versions of existing phones less than six months after their release?…

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Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop to $499

The Essential Phone now has a more palatable starting price. The Essential Phone didn’t have an easy go of things in its first few weeks on the market. Lauded for its incredible industrial design, the phone’s software was barebones to a fault and its camera was criticized for its slow speed, poor low-light performance, and lack of features. Now months later, Essential’s marketing department peep-quiet, the phone has received numerous updates, many of which have improved the overall software experience while adding much-needed camera usability. It’s not perfect, but it’s…

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TELUS now sells the BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black

If you’re in Canada, check out the Space Black KEYone at TELUS. Canadians have a bunch of options for buying the BlackBerry KEYone in either its original retro silver-and-black, or the newly-released Space Black color. , which features the new color palette, 4GB of RAM and double the internal storage, and now TELUS is exclusively carrying the Space Black version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This is the same version that has been sold in Canada since May, but the new finish is pretty snazzy, and definitely…

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Introducing GameStash, the best new way to get unlimited Android games!

A great new Android gaming service from the people at Mobile Nations! Try it free! Android gaming is too often a toss-up. You download a game from the Play Store and hit one of two obstacles: the game is plain bad, and you wasted your time; or it doesn’t run on your phone, and you, well, wasted your time. And then there’s the third option, of paying for a game you may not like — or waiting months until it goes down in price. These are all not ideal situations….

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Where to buy the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s new phones are available for pre-order now. The second-generation Google Pixel phones are now available to order from the Google Store and select carriers. The bottom line is that while the Pixel 2 mirrors that price of its predecessor at $649 in the United States, the $849 starting price for the Pixel 2 XL is $100 more expensive than last year. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive carrier partner in the U.S., and both phones will be sold on EE in the UK. Here’s how they break down by country…

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What’s the best power and volume button placement on a phone?

Where do you prefer your phone’s power and volume buttons to be placed? Has this ever happened to you: you upgrade phones only to spend the next few days pitifully jabbing your finger at a spot the old power button used to be? The proposition sounds like the beginning of a terrible late-night infomercial, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about over the past few days: where do I prefer my phone’s power and volume buttons? The last four phones I’ve tested, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Sony…

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The Pixel 2 doesn’t support wireless charging, and that’s heartbreaking

Wireless charging may not be as important as water resistance or a great camera, but to me it’s essential. I’ve had a good run: since about April, I’ve been consistently using a phone with wireless charging. It started with the LG G6 in late February, continued with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in April, transitioned somewhat awkwardly to the Moto Z2 Play and Z2 Force with an optional Moto Mod, and went right through to the end of summer with the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30. Oh, and the…

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Phiaton’s new noise-canceling headphones are neckbuds for the sophisticated traveler

‘Neckbud’ may be a terrible term for a headphone, but their convenience makes up for it. Phiaton is well known for its excellent Bluetooth headphones, and the company just announced perhaps its most interesting pair yet, the BT 150 NC. Part of its growing lineup of noise canceling-enabled headphones, the BT 150 NC uses the divisive neckbud form factor — the bulk of the equipment is in hardware that wraps around one’s neck like bulky jewelry — which takes weight off the ears for increased long-term wearing comfort. I’ve tried…

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Raising an Oreo to Android 8.0 [#acpodcast]

We’re quickly nearing a new release of Android, and Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry are excited af! Well, maybe not af but definitely a bunch! Along with a new release of the Android O developer preview, we learned that the new version will be version 8.0 — but the number was not the only new thing! The guys dig deep into the new release. And in addition to talking about their reviews of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Moto Z2 Play, the guys dig into all the latest juicy rumors…

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Android Central Podcast: Winning the Title II

This week, your hosts Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand and Andrew Martonik talk about what’s new in the world of smartphones, and the regulators that influence the carriers we pay to get cellular service for those phones. Andrew gives his thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the team talk about whether the new phone is a foundational phone that has problems — more like the Galaxy S6 than the Galaxy S7. The BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, but who is this phone for, and should you care? Daniel and Jerry…

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