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Best MicroSD Card For Android

Best overall Best value — capacity Best value — speed Best balanced Best top-tier Samsung EVO+ 256GB See at Amazon Samsung’s very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s the priciest on this list. But you’re also getting a winning combination of performance and storage capacity, with 90MB/sec write speeds and 95MB/sec reads, and an enormous 256GB of space. That’s more than you’ll ever need in a smartphone, and the high read/write speeds will help if you’re shooting lots of 4K video on a high-end phone like the Galaxy S8…

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What makes you choose Android over iOS? [Roundtable]

Android can regrow hair, get you in shape and save you 15% on your car insurance. Not really. Here at Android Central everyone has something to say. We have different opinions about politics, business and anything else with a side to pick. But one thing we all have in common is that we use Android instead of iOS. We might have an iPhone for one reason or another, but when you call us an Android phone will ring. The important thing here isn’t Andrew and Jerry having late night conversations…

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Best Android Phone Under $400

Best overall Best looks Best audio experience Best for less Best overall Moto Z Play See at Motorola The Moto Z Play already has a sequel, but that doesn’t matter: at $399.99, this is the best phone under $400 you can buy. Why? It’s got everything you need in a flagship, including a great big screen, excellent performance, unbeatable battery life (seriously, this thing goes two days no problem) and support for Motorola’s growing line of Moto Mods accessories. Bottom line: If you’re buying an unlocked phone and have a…

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Conquer new worlds in A Planet of Mine! [Best New Games for Android]

What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store? Updated July 21, 2017: Mine for resources and explore new worlds in A Planet of Mine! Then check out the unique intense action in Knights Fall. After all that frantic action, chill out with Aqueducts. There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up with all the latest releases and…

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HDHomeRun DVR is a slick and simple way to record TV with Android

The makers of the HDHomeRun TV tuner are working on a DVR to go with it. And it’s pretty great. Using Android or Android TV, you’re not exactly short on options to watch live TV, nor for recording it. There’s one little box, though, that we often keep coming to that sits at the heart of many of these solutions. And it’s got its own DVR in progress. Thanks to the good people at SiliconDust, we’re now taking a proper look at it. It’s simply known as the HDHomeRun DVR,…

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How to watch the British Open on your Android phone

The British Open starts today, and you can watch it right from your phone! Golf fans everywhere already know what today is: the Open Championship, also known as the British Open, starts today. If you don’t want to miss a moment, or you want to rewatch the best moments, then you’ll need to know how to watch using your phone. While this is a bit tricky because of when most coverage is airing, you can take advantage of replays and clips from a few different apps to stay up to…

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Most Secure Android Phone

Best overall Best for typing Best for simplicity Best overall Google Pixel See at Google See at Verizon The Google Pixel is the most secure Android phone you can buy, and one of the most secure phones of any available today. Without disabling any security protections, the Pixel and Pixel XL are updated to keep you protected against known public security exploits and remote installations are monitored by Google’s scanning software which blocks potential malicious content. While security and privacy are two very different things, when you decide you want…

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From blah to blob: The history of Android emoji

A reflection on the yellow-bellied emoji that many of us have come to love over the years. If you’ve been following along with what’s to come in Android O, then you’ve likely heard that Google is retiring its line of blob-like emoji. Plenty of loyal Android users have expressed their joy over the upgrade to circular emoji, conforming to the rest of the emoji standards set forth in the mobile world, but there is also a host of us who had long rued the day that this would happen. That…

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‘Lawnchair’ is the best new Android launcher you (probably) haven’t tried yet

New open-source launcher brings Google Now and Pixel Launcher capabilities to all phones — along with a huge loadout of customization features. I’m usually pretty lazy when it comes to customizing my home screens. For the most part, I tend to stick with the stock launcher on whatever phone I’m using, and I don’t go over-the-top tweaking absolutely every setting on my home screen. Yet with the discontinuation of the Google Now Launcher, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement, because so few third-party launchers include support for the…

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Best Android Phone Under $700

Best overall Best for updates Best for single hands Best for less Best overall HTC U11 See at Amazon See at HTC See at Sprint This may come as a shock to you, but HTC is back, baby! In fact, the company never left, but its criminally underappreciated 2016 flagship, the HTC 10, has been replaced by a phone so good and so striking that it would be impossible not to consider it in 2017. That phone is the HTC U11. It may lack the Stretch Armstrong screen dimensions of…

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