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Qualcomm just made it way easier for phone makers to support T-Mobile’s 600Mhz network

Your next phone will probably support a T-Mobile’s push for better coverage in the U.S. A lot of T-Mobile customers were upset that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 didn’t support T-Mobile’s burgeoning low-band 600MHz network; many of those same people wondered why Apple’s iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X lack the same capabilities. In fact, the LG V30 is the only phone to support T-Mobile’s new network, which pushes LTE signals further and penetrates walls better than even the widely-used 700MHz spectrum used by three of the big four carriers in…

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Why don’t phone makers use last year’s high-end chips in budget phones?

There’s more to making a phone than Megahertz. Everybody loves budget-friendly phones that are still pretty high-end devices. Motorola, ZTE, and other companies have delivered some great products at great prices, and for many, it’s crazy to spend almost $1,000 to buy the best from Google or Samsung. These “budget” phones can do everything they want them to do at considerable savings. But there’s one question a lot of folks have about the parts that make these phones go: why use “lesser” chipsets instead of just using last generation’s flagship…

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Best launchers for theming your Android phone

Customization is my favorite part of Android. Android provides us with so much freedom, allowing us to completely scrap the setup and the launcher that came with our phones and replace it with something that suits us more. Years ago, before I knew what Nova Launcher and icon packs were, I was trying to make my phone look less blockish and boring. Our phones hold our lives — shouldn’t they hold some of our personality and style, too? Whether you’ve got theming down to an art or you’re just looking…

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Is any phone actually worth $1000?

Are we crazy, or can something really make a phone worth the same amount as a used Honda? Welcome to 2017, when the best phones from almost every company that makes high-end smartphones will cost just shy of $1,000. And plenty of people are buying them. Samsung and Google tend to be pretty firm on the price and aren’t going to haggle with you. I’m not wondering why people are buying them. If you want to play, you have to pay and it’s not like you’re going to be able…

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You can now download the Google Pixel 2 launcher on any phone

The Pixel 2’s updated launcher is here, and it looks pretty great. Google’s been known to tweak its vision for Android’s home screen setup with each new release, that’s no different with this year’s Pixel 2. Thanks to the folks at Android Police, you can now download the Pixel 2’s launcher onto any of your devices. The launcher on the Pixel 2 isn’t as drastic of a change as we saw last year, but there are still a few changes that are worth checking out – most notably the repositioned…

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How to add rounded screen corners to your Android phone

If you’ve seen the iPhone X and thought “I want those rounded corners”, then you’re in luck. There is an app that brings rounded corners to your Android device, without root! If you ever felt like square corners on a screen look too rough, you can round them bu using a simple app. The best part is that no root is required. Of course, this won’t physically round your corners, but if you have an AMOLED screen, or if you don’t mind having the curve be a little smaller, then…

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You can now buy the Pure White Essential Phone

The Pure White Essential Phone can now be purchased from Essential, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sprint for $699. When the Essential Phone was first announced in May, it was shown off in four colors – Black Moon, Pure White, Stellar Grey, and Ocean Depths. Once the device was finally made available for purchase in August, only the Black Moon color was available. Thankfully, Essential is now opening up orders for the Pure White model. Essential made the announcement via Twitter, and along with being able to buy the Pure White…

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Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8: Do these bezels make my phone look fat?

No headphone jack. Lots of bezel. Killer camera. Are these secretly the same phone? Apple and Google have been walking different paths to the same place for a long time now. With every new generation of hardware and software, it seems like these companies spend more time “borrowing” from one another and less time doing something new and exciting. Last year the camera was the thing, until it was generally accepted that the top three options were largely the same. This year? It looks like Samsung, Apple, Google, LG, and…

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Is the Google Pixel 2 a good replacement for Windows phone converts?

In a world where Microsoft has given up on consumer mobiles, is the Google Pixel 2 a good fit? Google makes Android, and while it’s the likes of Samsung that usually take the spotlight, the Pixel 2 is 2017’s showcase for Android as a platform. While some other phone makers have a tendency to layer on their own custom user experiences, the Pixel is Android as Google intended. So, you’re getting the latest software mixed with the latest phone hardware. But if you’re inside the Microsoft ecosystem, perhaps looking for…

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Best ways to use your Android phone with your PC

Android Make your Android phone interoperable with your PC. Getting your Android phone to seamlessly connect to your PC isn’t as daunting as it used to be. There are several services that let you mirror notifications, reply to messages, and sync data between your phone and PC. Here are some of the best options currently available on both platforms. Pushbullet Pushbullet is the easiest way to send files between your Android phone to your PC. The app started out as a way to “push” links, files, and documents between devices,…

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