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Google Play starts manually whitelisting SMS and phone apps

Enlarge Google is implementing major new Play Store rules for how Android’s “SMS” and “Call Log” permissions are used. New Play Store rules will only allow certain types of apps to request phone call logs and SMS permissions, and any apps that don’t fit into Google’s predetermined use cases will be removed from the Play […]

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In Price and Value, Chinese Phone Makers Outpace Apple in Much of the World

Supported by In Price and Value, Chinese Phone Makers Outpace Apple in Much of the World ImageAn Apple store in Beijing. The iPhone maker is facing fierce competition in China, and elsewhere, from the country’s homegrown brands.CreditCreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times By Raymond Zhong Jan. 4, 2019 BEIJING — To most Americans, the […]

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Open wide: LG G7 ThinQ vs. Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Asus ROG Phone

Andy Boxall/Digital Trends For a while, LG was the proponent of the mobile wide-angle camera; but today there are several other options, including the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. We’re getting used to bokeh shots, and impressive lowlight ability, so if wide-angle cameras are becoming more common, what sets a good one apart from the […]

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Samsung reportedly planning five flagship phone models for early 2019

The Galaxy A9, with its four rear cameras. The S10 setup will probably be similar. Samsung The S10 is expected to use the third “hole punch” display pictured here, from Samsung’s developer conference. Android Police We’re rapidly approaching 2019, and that means it will soon be time for Samsung’s yearly Galaxy S flagship launch. The […]

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How to take great photos with the Pixel 3, the best camera phone around

Simon Hill/Digital Trends If there’s one area where smartphones have really improved over the last couple of years, it’s photography. Google’s Pixel 2 was our reigning champion in the best camera phone category, so it’s not surprising that the device that knocked it out of the top spot was its successor, the Pixel 3. Anyone […]

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What you need to know before importing that exotic Chinese Android phone

Enlarge / The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum Edition. Xiaomi In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a big change to the way the smartphone market works. China has become both the biggest smartphone market on Earth and home to some of the most interesting smartphone companies. Lately, all the cool and crazy smartphones […]

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Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year

Samsung’s flexible phone. It starts in phone mode… And opens into a tablet mode. There are two displays on Samsung’s phone. One static phone-style display on the outside, and athe folding display on the inside. Putting the folding display on the inside of the device means putting a serious bend in the display. As you […]

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Royole's bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China

A little-known California-based company has laid claim to creating the “world’s first foldable phone”. Royole Corporation – a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays – unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing. When opened, the device presents a single display measuring 7.8in (19.8cm) – bigger than many tablets. But when folded up, it presents […]

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Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, with its top slider portion extended. Xiaomi Here’s the whole phone when closed. Just look at those slim bezels. Xiaomi The front and back. Xiaomi If you look on the side, the black/green split is where the slider is. It looks like the top is just a display, and all […]

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Tech Fix: Apple iPhone XR Review: A Cheaper Phone Suited to Most of Us

Tech Fix Apple iPhone XR Review: A Cheaper Phone Suited to Most of Us In an era of skyrocketing smartphone prices, it’s a relief that Apple’s $ 750 iPhone is just as powerful and nearly as capable as its $ 1,000 counterparts, our reviewer found. By Brian X. Chen Oct. 23, 2018 ImageThe iPhone XR, […]

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Razer Phone 2 review

Research Center: Razer Phone 2 What makes a “gaming” phone? It needs the power to play the latest mobile games with ease, with enough battery capacity and cooling to keep the fun going. Throw in a great screen, spectacular sound, simple-to-use software, and you have a winner, right? Almost. That was the Razer Phone. It […]