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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google's first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it's all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards. 

Like the last three phones on this trip, I also assumed I'd have a fresh set of anecdotes from the experience to share, so that I could tell you all the ways its peculiarities, shortcomings, or strengths impacted my life in a way that was entertaining and informative.

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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: Google’s 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Congratulations: You've finally developed your million-dollar app. You took a great idea, implemented it, built it into a polished UI, and tested it until you tracked down every last bug. Now it's ready for public release, so you can sit back, relax and ... earn just 70% of what users pay for your software? That doesn't sound right. Yet it's a position that mobile app developers everywhere find themselves in, one that's perched somewhere on the intersection between wildly unfair and mild extortion.

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Opinion: Google's 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using a Nexus One in 2018 gives ‘obsolete’ a whole new meaning

Monday, September 17th, 2018

I've been working my way back Google's Nexus line, re-examining older hardware and software for fun and profit. After the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Nexus, my every-other-phone cycle landed me on the Nexus One: the first Nexus smartphone. Never having used Android 2.3 Gingerbread or earlier full-time, I was curious to see what it would be like. So far as I can tell, the experience I missed out on is gone forever.

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Using a Nexus One in 2018 gives 'obsolete' a whole new meaning was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Police talks Apple: The biometric gap, shifting affordability, and Watch envy

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Last year, Apple's iPhone X literally changed how the company's customers used their phones, dropping such steadfast design choices as the home button and fingerprint sensor in pursuit of that all-screen dream. Yesterday's announcement wasn't as shocking, but it did democratize 2017's changes with the new, more affordable iPhone XR. In its own way, Apple is set yet again to change how its customers use its phones by delivering most of its flagship features at a new, more palatable price.

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Android Police talks Apple: The biometric gap, shifting affordability, and Watch envy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google may push people to Gmail, but it’s a bad substitute for Inbox

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Some of my coworkers here at Android Police are under the mistaken impression that I'm an organized person, but they're wrong. I'm actually very disorganized, but it's thanks to tools like Inbox that I'm able to pass as normal in this line of work — at least when it comes to email. So I'm taking its scheduled death pretty hard. Even with the redesign, Gmail doesn't have the features it needs to replace Inbox.

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Google may push people to Gmail, but it's a bad substitute for Inbox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple’s “cheap” iPhone Xr just ate Google’s lunch

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

For years, fans and analysts alike have clamored for Apple to release a proper "mid-range" iPhone. Today, they finally got what they wanted - sort of. The new iPhone Xr represents an entirely new direction for the iPhone lineup, and one that poses a serious threat to "flagship" tier Android phones that lurk anywhere above its $749 MSRP.

While you may be thinking "there's nothing 'mid-range' about $749," be reminded that the iPhone Xs and Xs Max cost $1000 and $1100, respectively, making the all-new Xr a fairly significant price cut in Apple terms.

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Apple's "cheap" iPhone Xr just ate Google's lunch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Phones are boring, so now we’re making up conspiracy theories about them

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

The Pixel 3 XL may be the most reliably leaked smartphone of 2018. It's been seen on a train, it's been accidentally left in a car, appeared in about a half dozen hotels and airports, and it's even been reviewed by a Russian blog that managed to get one of a handful of stolen units that showed up in Ukraine. So much has leaked about the phone that essentially all of that wonderful pre-launch mystery has been sapped, and a sobering (if predictable) reality has set in: Google's next phone is not really all that different from any other phone released in 2018.

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Phones are boring, so now we're making up conspiracy theories about them was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

I used a Galaxy Nexus for a week, in 2018 – it didn’t go well

Monday, September 10th, 2018

In what is partly an experiment and partly a series, I've been using the Galaxy Nexus as my personal phone exclusively for the last week. It has been a nostalgic experience, as the Galaxy Nexus was the first (good) Android device that I used full-time. And while the sentimental tech-romantic in me would love to tell you all that it's been mostly fine — like my week using the Nexus 5 — I can't.

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I used a Galaxy Nexus for a week, in 2018 - it didn't go well was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Using a Nexus 5 is a surprisingly okay experience in 2018

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Android hardware has come a long way in the last five years, and as we come up on that Pixel time of year, I've been thinking back on earlier Android handsets and the path we've taken to get here. In a useful coincidence, I was convinced into using a Nexus 5 for a week as my only personal phone with no backup — I like to take that sort of risk once in a while.

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Using a Nexus 5 is a surprisingly okay experience in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gaming smartphones are the industry’s next pointless fad

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

If you follow smartphone news closely, chances are you've read about handsets “designed” specifically for gaming (or gamers). There's the ASUS ROG phone, the Xiaomi-backed Black Shark, one from ZTE sub-brand Nubia, and this really weird thing from a Chinese company called Doogee. There have been others in the past as well, including the recent Razer Phone and the long-forgotten Sony Xperia Play. While they've all taken slightly different approaches in defining what exactly a gaming smartphone is, all but the Sony have squarely targeted the PC gamer demographic - and for good reason.

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Gaming smartphones are the industry’s next pointless fad was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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