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This week in Android: Razer Phone 2 review, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on, and more!

Our Razer Phone 2 review is in, Xiaomi has a new flagship, and Google is changing it policies in surprising ways.

Published onOctober 28, 2018

The end of #Phonepacolypse draws nigh! The Razer Phone 2 came out last week, and our review is in. Is this the premium flagship gaming phone that you’ve been waiting for? Premium? Certainly. Flagship? Questionable. Gaming phone? Yes. Our full review puts the Razer Phone 2 through its paces and comes to the inevitable conclusion. What’s the final verdict? You’ll find out.

Also, we got our first look at Xiaomi’s new slider, the Mi Mix 3. This refresh of the Mi Mix line brings a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio to the table with no notch. The sliding selfie cam is manually operated but comes with a lot of bonuses as well. We have a full gallery of photos of this new device, and we can’t wait to put it through its paces. But that’s not all for the week.

Google is altering its deal with OEMs. Hopefully Google doesn’t alter it further. We found out Google is insisting on two years of updates and in the EU, Google’s services will cost a princely sum. Night sight on the Pixel 3 is incredible, and speaking of the Pixel 3, things haven’t gone real smoothly so far. Plus we find out what we all have in common when it comes to smartphones, and the answer probably won’t surprise you. 

Here are your top stories for the week

1:50 – Razer Phone 2 review: Going against the grain

Our full review of the Razer Phone 2 is in, and it’s basically what we expected it to be.

11:30 – Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 hands-on: The bezel-less slider phone

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is Xiaomi’s latest flagship, packing a 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio and up to 10GB of RAM.

Night Sight on the Google Pixel 3 is the answer to low-light cameras, and it’s a really, really good answer.

34:45 – European OEMs will have to pay up to $40 per device to have Google apps

Google will start charging for Google Play services in the EU, and OEMs will pay a lot, as it turns out.

41:40 – Google’s contract with OEMs now says 2 years of Android updates mandatory

Want to make an Android phone? That’ll be two years of updates, please.

45:25 – Unable to shuffle between a few apps at a time on your Pixel 3? You’re not alone

The Google Pixel 3 might have some memory management issues. Suddenly 4GB of RAM doesn’t seem like a good idea.

46:25 – The Google Pixel 3 camera is great, it just doesn’t save pictures sometimes

The Pixel 3 also has a great camera, but sometimes, that shot you captured wasn’t captured after all.

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

The Adaptive Battery menu in Android Pie.

MediaTek interviewed cell phone users of all ages, and found out we all have one common desire.

‘Reinstall me!’: Apps may soon haunt you with ads after uninstalling them

Uninstall tracking tools are now available for iOS and Android, opening the door for a host of headaches.

The one thing Android OEMs can learn from iPhone XR

Know thy enemy indeed. What can we learn from the mostly successful launch of the “cheap” iPhone?

The Xiaomi BlackShark Helo.

Xiaomi’s gaming phone sequel packs up to 10GB of RAM and a customizable light strip on the side of the phone.

Samsung drops big hint it will unveil foldable phone in November

Samsung sent out an animated invitation for its developer conference, and it sure looks interesting.

A bot version of you may have helped defraud millions from advertisers

A surprisingly simple, yet complicated scam — and you may have been involved, even if you didn’t know it.

Dual-screen nubia X might support charging over Wi-Fi, retail for over $1400

Yes, you read that right. Charging over Wi-Fi.  If Google Translate hasn’t failed us that is.

Who wants to win a Sony Xperia XZ3?

This week, we’re giving away five (yes, five) Sony Xperia XZ3sEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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