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This has been a busy week for Android Authority. We finally unveiled our Best of Android awards, including the best Android phone of 2018. You won’t want to miss that. But, it’s lonely at the top, so we also announced the phones with the best camera, the best screen, the best performance, the best battery, and many more categories. Check them all out, and be sure to vote in our Reader’s Choice awards which are still ongoing. 

We also saw Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. While the former is over, the latter is still very much happening. We have deals on all manner of electronics — the list goes on and on — so dive right in and start saving some money. 

Also, we take a look at the 5G plans of Samsung and Huawei. Not to be left out, we have thoughts on LG’s foldable options. Finally, we have Gary Sims’ new smartphone performance tests which could be a new standard in phone testing.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:55 – Best of Android 2018: the smartphone of the year is…

We tested 30 different phones and the results are finally in!

15:00 Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals

We collected all of the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals for you on our Black Friday hub.

23:25 – Report: Apple goes back to making the iPhone X because Samsung

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Apple and Samsung will continue to be Blackberry's biggest challengers in the enterprise market.

Apple may have ordered too many screens from Samsung and needs to put them somewhere.

30:55 – Introducing Speed Test G: A new way to test real life smartphone performance

Gary Sims fixes a problem that has plagued smartphone testers for years.

37:40 – New rumors: Galaxy S10 colors, 5G variant launch, and cheaper model details

New details emerge about Samsung’s upcoming flagship. New colors, 5G, and much more!

40: 22 – Huawei said to have completed 5G folding phone ahead of MWC 2019 launch

Huawei is pursuing the 5G and folding phone markets hard and looks to have something before MWC 2019.

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

HTC’s mobile unit might be in dire straits, but it’s not giving up yet

Despite fiscal trouble, HTC has pledged new smartphones for 2018 and 2019 at least.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro hands-on: Progressive iteration

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is a minor upgrade from its predecessor. We go hands on!

Watch films like ‘The Terminator’ free on YouTube with glorious ad interruptions

An image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic role as The Terminator.

YouTube now offers full-length movies for free, with one minor caveat.

Samsung Galaxy S10 (5G) tipped for superior AR with front and rear 3D sensors

Did you think that 5G was the only thing Samsung’s new flagship would have going for it?

Misfit Vapor 2 review: A year too late

A refresh on Misfit’s smartwatch comes with some improvements, but not without its issues.

LG trademarks hint at folding phone name ahead of potential January reveal

We have some hints as to what LG might call its folding phone this coming January.

Who wants to win a Google Pixel 3 XL?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 3 XLEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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