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Pixel 2 vs. iPhone: Why Google's phone is the best upgrade

If you're a "lifelong" iPhone user, you might be tempted to skip the iPhone X and get a Pixel 2. And that's OK.<p><b>Editors' note</b>: This story was originally published March 14, 2018 at 4 a.m. PT. One of the main questions I got about this article was how secure Android is versus iOS. Here is a story …

Why the Pixel 3 will probably have a notch just like the iPhone X

One of the most disturbing thing coming out of the MWC 2018 was the cloning of the iPhone X design. Many Android device makers have decided that the …

Report: Android beats iOS loyalty for three years running (Eat it, iOS!)

• A new study confirms that Android users are more loyal to Android than iPhone users are loyal to iOS.<br>• While Android is definitely in the lead, the two operating systems are essentially neck-and-neck when it comes to loyalty.<br>• Still, that won’t stop us from touting how much better Android is than iOS, …

Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens is a handy little tool. Announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is essentially a visual search engine. Take a picture with your phone, and Google will do some clever analysis and provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it’s getting even better, and can store information from …

Google Photos

Essential already patented the Vivo Apex’s pop-out selfie-cam

The thing about a good idea is that, all too often, someone else has had it before you. That certainly seems to be the case with Vivo’s …

Even the Rays Can Get a Billion Dollar TV Deal

Despite poor attendance numbers, the Rays have solid television ratings. (Photo: Walter)Five years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed an $8 billion …

Televisions

Pop Lloyd | Society for American Baseball Research

<i>“Some people say he was the greatest African American player ever. That may be so — I don’t know — but what seems clear is that he was the best black</i> …

Essential Phone picks up first Android 8.1 beta w/ fixes for janky scrolling issues

The Essential Phone had a lot of hype surrounding it. But at launch, there were several reasons it turned out disappointing. Now, after a failed Oreo upgrade, Essential is releasing the first beta for Android 8.1 Oreo.<p>Essential’s first attempt to bring Oreo for the PH-1 was based on Android 8.0, …

Pixel 2 Review: A Tame, But Necessary Step Forward

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been on the market since October as part of Google’s continued effort to break into the high-end smartphone market. …

Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the …

Google Allo could add multi-device support and Gmail contact chat very soon

Out of all of Google’s many chat/messaging apps, Allo has always suffered from something of an identity crisis. Yet thanks to a number of updates this year, Allo has emerged from its weird Hangouts-meets-Google Assistant roots and become a genuine competitor to Facebook Messenger and iMessage.<p>But …

This week’s top stories: Missing Google Home features, Google Photos update, Google app update, more

<b>In this week’s top stories:</b> Most of the things announced at I/O 2017 still haven’t arrived, Google Photos gets an update, and the latest version of the Google app teases Android P.<p>We kick things off this week with the realization that the vast majority of the Google Home features announced at …

Google Assistant can now connect you with local home services

Total time-saver<p>Starting today, Google Assistant can help you find local services, like an electrician or handyman. All you have to do is say “OK Google” to Assistant on your phone or Google Home, followed by a prompt to find the particular service you’re interested in.<p>In the below example, saying …

Google Assistant

iPhone X Face ID Again Unlocked With Mask, Even With 'Require Attention' Turned On

Since the iPhone X launched earlier this month, people have been attempting to fool Face ID, the new biometric facial recognition feature built into the device as a primary security feature. Face ID has thus far been tricked by twins, children, and even a mask.<p>Vietnamese security company Bkav made …

Review: LifeProof’s Fre case adds weatherproofing to the Pixel 2, but that isn’t its best quality

For years, LifeProof cases have been the gold standard for making your smartphone water-resistant while also adding protection from drops and dings. But with most handsets now being water and dust resistant, are LifeProof’s Frē cases worth your money? While the flagship weatherproofing feature …

​BlackBerry Motion review: A business-class mid-ranger with excellent battery life

The BlackBerry Motion is the second handset to come from BlackBerry Mobile: TCL Communication now licences the BlackBerry brand for smartphones (TCL …

12 hidden tips and tricks every iPhone X owner needs to know

The iPhone X ushers in a new age of all display, notches, facial recognition, Animoji, and new gestures for controlling everything.<p>You may find …

Apps

I've been an iPhone user for 10 years — here's what happened when I switched to the Google Pixel 2 for a week

After 10 years of using nothing but Apple iPhones, I decided to give an Android-supported smartphone a try. I went with Google's Pixel 2. At $650 it's definitely a cheaper option than most iPhones, so I decided to use it for a week and see what life is like as a non-iPhone user. <i>Following is a</i> …

Google Pixel

Galaxy Note 8 vs. Pixel 2 XL camera shootout

The two best Androids battle it out in an old-fashioned camera comparison.<p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has two rear cameras, while the Pixel 2 XL has just one. And while you may assume two is always better than one, in this comparison that's not necessarily the case.<p>My journey testing these pocket …

Mobile Photography

This is the phone Android users should get if they like the iPhone X's design

For some Android fans, making the jump to the iPhone's iOS operating system just isn't an option, no matter how much thicker the bezels are on the Pixel 2 phones, Samsung Galaxy phones, LG phones, and even the latest OnePlus 5t.<p>But Android users have to admit, the iPhone X is absolutely gorgeous, …

Phones

6 reasons why the Pixel 2 is better than the iPhone X

1. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are cheaper than the iPhone X.<p><i>Hollis Johnson/Business Insider</i><p>The Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2.<p>Right off the bat, …

Mobile Technology

Google Assistant commands: You can now match your voice to an individual Netflix profile

We've rounded up the best Google Assistant commands, allowing you to make the most of your device<p><i>Update:</i> Google Assistant has had support for Netflix …

The Pixel 2 is the Android experience everyone deserves

If you’re judging the Pixel 2 launch on headlines alone, you’d probably think it was a flop. But when you’re immersed in either of the new phones, it’s an entirely different vibe.<p>I’ve been using the Pixel 2 for a few weeks now, and I don’t plan on switching for a while. This is the best Android …

This app lets you run Windows programs on your Chromebook

Chromebooks have risen as a credible alternative to Windows laptops because they can outdo them on several fronts. Chromebooks are <i>generally</i> less expensive, offer longer standby times, and are more secure. One area where they lag behind, however, is compatible products and services.<p>Of course, Chrome …

For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

With touch-screen devices like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, Amazon is trying to upend a decade of smartphones, notifications, and apps.<p>Picture a hypothetical future in which Amazon’s Alexa renders your smartphone unnecessary.<p>You tap the “good morning” button on your bedside Echo Spot, and it …

Smart Homes

[Update: Black Moon back in stock] Essential Phone drops by another $50 to $449.99 at Best Buy and Amazon

• Update 1: 2017/11/05 9:30am PST The 360 Camera is now out of stock, but you can still grab the phone itself for $449.99 in either Black Moon or Pure …

Mobile Technology

New Google Assistant skills reinvent family game night

There's no question that kids like talking to smart speakers, and Google knows it. As promised, the search firm is adding over 50 child-oriented activities to Google Assistant to make sure your Home speaker (or really, any Assistant-capable device) can entertain the younger crowd. It can …

Review: TCL and BlackBerry KeyOne Unlock Serious Feels

Reading Time: 4 minutes<p>Real talk for a second? I love physical phone keyboards. My first smartphone was a Treo 180, and even before that I had a …

How To Add Users To Google Home

Sometimes all I need in this crazy world is a brisk walk to clear my head and some good music bumping through my headphones. But when that simple …

Google Home

How to set up hands-free calling on the Google Home

The future is coming, and it’s going to be smart. Smart home assistants are becoming more and more useful around the house helping to keep lists, set …

Apps