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For those hoping Google’s phones stay small, the Pixel 3 may be a savior

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Smaller phones are much harder to come by these days, regardless of whether you're using Android or iOS. With the Pixel 3 in particular, and the fact that it's arriving nearly a month after the launch of the considerably larger iPhone XS and XS Max, and months after even larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note9, Google has the opportunity to appeal to those who prefer to wield pocketable devices. But to do so successfully, and to keep those of us with smaller mandibles interested in its hardware, it has to do it right.

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For those hoping Google's phones stay small, the Pixel 3 may be a savior was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

10 years of Android phones: The ten most important handsets of the last decade

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced - the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.

In honor of Android's 10th birthday, we're taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era.

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10 years of Android phones: The ten most important handsets of the last decade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

Google Feed’s success is leading a revolution in search – and it starts at the homepage

Monday, September 24th, 2018

For decades (yes, Google is coming up on two decades), Google's trademark minimalist, all-white homepage has been the most successful effort to "branding" its ubiquitous search product. The Google search homepage appears on TV shows, in movies, video games, books, magazines, and news articles all over the world. Google's web search is so well-known and so dominant that "Googling" something quickly supplanted the actual word "search," because what else would you use to look something up?

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Google Feed's success is leading a revolution in search - and it starts at the homepage 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.

Opinion: Why does no one get how email apps and Gmail add-ons work?

Friday, September 21st, 2018

There are legitimate security concerns about Google, most recently around its handling of user location data. However, there are a growing number of media outlets and U.S government officials bashing the company for allowing Gmail add-ons and third-party mail clients to read user messages - which is required for them to function.

A few months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned by the U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees, as a result of the company's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Opinion: Why does no one get how email apps and Gmail add-ons work? 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.

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