Google pretties up Google Play movies and TV shows with HDR

Just as high-dynamic range is supplanting 4K as the video format of the moment for our televisions, monitors, and phone displays, Google has announced a big push to make us want it even more. Following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon, Google is bringing HDR playback to Play Store …

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How to use Alexa on HTC U11, no hands required

Alexa, meet Android. While HTC U11 owners have known Amazon’s AI assistant was on its way ever since the phone launched back in May, they can now finally install Amazon’s AI assistant on their phones. And it’s already learned a big new trick for its second Android phone: voice recognition. …

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Google celebrates July 4th with explosive Play Store deals on movies, games, music, and more

Just in time for the long Fourth of July weekend, Google has announced a massive sale in the Play Store. Whether you’re looking to veg out, rock out, or work out, you can score some pretty big savings, but you need to act fast. If you don’t want to brave …

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B&H has knocked $100 off the price of the LG V20

B&H Photo and Video likes its smartphone deals. After a deal on the Xperia X in May, this month B&H is selling a 64GB LG V20 unlocked Android phone for $400. That’s $90 to $100 cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere right now. We liked the LG V20 when it …

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Google makes the best Android apps easier to find with Android Excellence

Google wants you to find the best apps faster, so it’s introduced a new section to the Play Store called Android Excellence. The banner on the Editor’s Choice page will spotlight apps and games that “deliver incredible user experiences on Android, use many of our best practices, and have great …

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Motorola’s Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods

The surprise smartphone hit of 2016 wasn’t the Galaxy S7 or the Google Pixel. Rather, it was a mid-range phone from Motorola with a big gimmick: magnetic mods. LG’s modular phone concept spectacularly failed with the G5, but the $450 Moto Z Play hit the sweet spot, with a nice …

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Skype’s major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

Microsoft announced a major redesign of its Skype app on Thursday, helping users foster an improved social network of sorts among their best friends, while an army of helpful bots stands ready to offer recommendations and cat GIFs.  Skype hasn’t eliminated the ability to chat with your friends, and it’s …

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The Essential Phone is a beautiful example of everything that’s wrong with Android

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. An Android phone maker comes along with a hot new premium handset that promises to deliver everything we’ve always wanted: speed, good looks, and performance. This time around it’s Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, the latest handset vying for hundreds of your hard-earned dollars with …

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Sony outs launch details for its Xperia XZ Premium flagship and futuristic Touch projector

Since we last heard about the Xperia XZ Premium at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the HTC U Ultra, and the LG G6 have all begun shipping. But over the past few months, Sony has been putting the finishing touches on its own flagship phone, as well as its …

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Andy Rubin’s $699 Essential Phone is finally here and it’s weird

After months of Twitter teases and hype, Android founder Andy Rubin has finally unveiled his latest project to the world. And as expected, the vaunted Essential Phone is yet another Android phone. But it’s also much more than that. While the specs bear out a real-deal flagship competitor, it’s clear …

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