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This week in Android: Best of Android and so much Google

The results are in — what phone did our readers pick as the best of 2018? That's just the tip of the iceberg this week!

Published onDecember 2, 2018

From a field of 24 candidates for our Reader’s Choice Award, you narrowed it down to… well, you’ll have to read to find out. At the same time, we wrapped up our Best of Android Awards with our Best Innovation award, as voted on by the Android Authority staff.

Google was all over the headlines this past week. Our official review of the Google Pixel Slate is in and it is one of the best Chrome OS tablets you can buy, but it comes with a few caveats. Meanwhile, Google took the “project” out of Fi and made it Google Fi. It comes with support for quite a few new phones, including the iPhone.

Rounding out the week, we saw AT&T’s visions of the future, published our HTC U12 Life review, and found out someone keeps putting holes in our screens. What’s up with that? Find out below!

Here are your top stories for the week

1:40 – Best of Android 2018: The reader’s choice award winner is…

Our readers voted for what they think is the best Android phone of 2018. The winner shouldn’t come as a surprise.

11:40 – Best of Android: Best innovations

2018 was chock full of emerging technology to make our smartphones smarter. What got us the most excited?

The Google Pixel Slate is one of the best Chromebook/tablets that you can buy. The question is, do you want it?

35:50 – Project Fi is now Google Fi, adds support for iPhones and many more Android phones

After three years, Project Fi is now Google Fi with expanded compatibility for more phones.

39:35 – PSA: Phones that aren’t built for Google Fi will have these limitations

Some phones don’t work as well as others on Google Fi. If your phone is not built for Fi, here’s what you can expect.

43:50 – AT&T accurately predicted the future in 1993, but can it do it again?

In 1993, AT&T ran a series of commercials predicting what the future would bring. Holy cow did they get a lot right.

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

HTC U12 Life back in hand

HTC is in free fall. Is the HTCU12 Life what it needs to turn things around?

The crazy SIRIN LABS Finney phone officially launches for $999: Here are the details

Do you need a cryptocurrency phone? The SIRIN LABS Finney smartphone might be your best bet.

Here is the Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ photographed next to other smartphones

More leaks emerge for the Pixel 3 Lite. Nothing official though which is more than a little maddening.

LG brings in ‘turnaround expert’ to revive mobile unit

LG moved its head of home entertainment over to the mobile division to try and kick start things.

Upcoming HUAWEI phone’s display gives us a look at our notch-less future

Just to reinforce the idea, HUAWEI showed off the new phone on stage at a concert in China, because why not?

Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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