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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Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips.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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Android device updates: Galaxy S8, S8+ update arrives for T-Mobile and Verizon models

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already getting an update right out of the gate. Well, as long as you have the model for T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T. There are a variety of minor software bumps that ought to improve the experience for these rather excellent smartphones. Each week, we …

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Galaxy Note 8 inbound: Samsung confirms a new flagship phone is coming later this year

Samsung Electronics said Thursday it was planning to launch in the second half of this year a new flagship phone, leading to speculation that the company is planning an alternative to the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 that had to be recalled last year. The launch of a new flagship smartphone this …

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BlackBerry’s keyboard-equipped KeyOne Android phone will launch in May

The BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone with a hardware keyboard, will be available in the U.S. and Canada from May 31, the phone’s maker said Thursday. TCL Communications, the Chinese company that acquired rights to produce BlackBerry-brand handsets, originally had said the phone would go on sale in April, so …

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