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Sony swings for the fences with the 18:9 Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

Sony has once again brought a brand new Xperia flagship phone to Mobile World Congress, but there’s a lot that’s different about this year’s model: It has a new design, an 18:9 screen, and a fingerprint sensor that will work in the United States. Michael Simon/IDG The Xperia XZ2 is …

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Hands-on: The ZTE Axon M is the first smartphone with a foldable screen

ZTE isn’t a smartphone brand you’d associate with “firsts.”  The Chinese company is known more for its affordable, mid-tier Android devices, its Axon series being the marquee product in the U.S. But ZTE’s new Axon M has a very different story to tell this time around. Rather than announce a …

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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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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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Here’s how Google is preparing Android for the AI-laden future

The future of Android will be a lot smarter, thanks to new programming tools that Google unveiled on Wednesday. The company announced TensorFlow Lite, a version of its machine learning framework that’s designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices, during the keynote address at its Google I/O developer …

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B&H Photo and Video is offering Sony’s Xperia X for just $250

We were not fans of the Sony Xperia X when it came out last June. The phone wasn’t terrible, but it was a mid-range device with a first-class price of $550. Today B&H Photo and Video has changed that dynamic by offering a carrier-unlocked 32GB Sony Xperia X for $250. The next best …

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Qualcomm’s new chips bring handy features to low-cost Android phones

Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips. Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 630 and 660, which are massive upgrades to chips used in low-cost smartphones introduced over the last six months or so. …

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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 tech will give phones a boost midyear

If you hate waiting for your smartphone to charge, relief is coming soon. After some hiccups, Qualcomm’s superfast charging technology, called Quick Charge 4, will be in smartphones around the middle of this year. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4 is one of the fastest smartphone battery technologies. It can charge …

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BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A physical keyboard makes Android more productive

Here’s a surprise: BlackBerry is back with a new handset and it’s pretty good. I know, I know, you’ve heard this before. Several times over the last few years BlackBerry has attempted to make a comeback and each time it’s come to nothing, so what’s different now? The iconic BlackBerry …

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