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We went hands-on with the Essential Phone and Nokia 8, reviewed the Nokia 5, talked about Android O, and much more. Here's the news of the week!
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August 20, 2017
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This week was a busy one in the Android world. We went hands-on with the Essential Phone and Nokia 8, reviewed the Nokia 5, talked about Android O, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!

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Essential Phone hands-on: 72 hours later One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2017, we go hands on with the Essential Phone and its grab-bag of features.


Android O incoming – Google hosting a live stream on Monday Monday, August 21 will mark the solar eclipse, the release of Android 8.0 and an end to the constant trolling surrounding the Android O name.


Hands-on with the Nokia 8 The just-announced Nokia 8 is the first Nokia flagship on Android from HMD Global. With flagship specs, content creator features and stock Android, it aims to be the ‘ultimate device for telling your story’.


Using the first Android phone I owned in 2017 To better appreciate how far we’ve come, I decided to revisit the first Android smartphone that I ever owned and use it as a daily driver.


Top 5 Essential Phone features The Essential Phone is here, but should you care? What makes it special? Here’s the top 5 features that make the Essential Phone… essential.


The Pixel is a real testament to good software We’re used to bad software ruining good hardware. But in the Google Pixel’s case, outstanding software saves relatively bad hardware.


Android Instant Apps: what do they mean for users and developers? Instant Apps could change the way you interact with mobile software. This post explores what they can do, their implications and how you’ll make them.


Top 5 smartphone features that are trending down or no longer exist Smartphone talk usually centers around the latest innovation, but here are five hardware trends that are trending down or no longer exist.


Why you shouldn’t buy a new smartphone right now The middle of August is perhaps the worst time to buy a new flagship smartphone, so if you want to get one, we suggest waiting for at least another month.


POLED vs AMOLED – what’s the difference? LG Display has POLED and Samsung has AMOLED, so let’s dive down to figure out what this means for next generation smartphones.


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