Tag: Opinion

Alt-right activist handcuffs herself to Twitter NYC office after being banned [Update]: She’s been freed from her handcuffs

I love Twitter. Earlier today I wrote about the joy of reading a debate, between some of the finest minds in the field of AI, held entirely via Tweet. Now I’m watching conspiracy theorist and – as is the opinion of the author and not necessarily his employer – outright […]

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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008’s smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Article Contents Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google’s first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it’s all true, but time has not been […]

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Opinion: Google’s 30% cut of Play Store app sales is nothing short of highway robbery

Congratulations: You’ve finally developed your million-dollar app. You took a great idea, implemented it, built it into a polished UI, and tested it until you tracked down every last bug. Now it’s ready for public release, so you can sit back, relax and … earn just 70% of what users pay for your software? That […]

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Using a Nexus One in 2018 gives ‘obsolete’ a whole new meaning

Article Contents I’ve been working my way back Google’s Nexus line, re-examining older hardware and software for fun and profit. After the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Nexus, my every-other-phone cycle landed me on the Nexus One: the first Nexus smartphone. Never having used Android 2.3 Gingerbread or earlier full-time, I was curious to see what […]

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Android Police talks Apple: The biometric gap, shifting affordability, and Watch envy

Article Contents Last year, Apple’s iPhone X literally changed how the company’s customers used their phones, dropping such steadfast design choices as the home button and fingerprint sensor in pursuit of that all-screen dream. Yesterday’s announcement wasn’t as shocking, but it did democratize 2017’s changes with the new, more affordable iPhone XR. In its own way, […]

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Google may push people to Gmail, but it’s a bad substitute for Inbox

Some of my coworkers here at Android Police are under the mistaken impression that I’m an organized person, but they’re wrong. I’m actually very disorganized, but it’s thanks to tools like Inbox that I’m able to pass as normal in this line of work — at least when it comes to email. So I’m taking […]

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Apple’s “cheap” iPhone Xr just ate Google’s lunch

For years, fans and analysts alike have clamored for Apple to release a proper “mid-range” iPhone. Today, they finally got what they wanted – sort of. The new iPhone Xr represents an entirely new direction for the iPhone lineup, and one that poses a serious threat to “flagship” tier Android phones that lurk anywhere above […]

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I used a Galaxy Nexus for a week, in 2018 – it didn’t go well

In what is partly an experiment and partly a series, I’ve been using the Galaxy Nexus as my personal phone exclusively for the last week. It has been a nostalgic experience, as the Galaxy Nexus was the first (good) Android device that I used full-time. And while the sentimental tech-romantic in me would love to […]

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Gaming smartphones are the industry’s next pointless fad

If you follow smartphone news closely, chances are you’ve read about handsets “designed” specifically for gaming (or gamers). There’s the ASUS ROG phone, the Xiaomi-backed Black Shark, one from ZTE sub-brand Nubia, and this really weird thing from a Chinese company called Doogee. There have been others in the past as well, including the recent […]

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Trump Is Bad for Everyone

In two separate courthouses in two different states on the same day, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen found themselves staring down the barrel of long prison sentences. In New York, Cohen, Trump’s longtime “fixer,” pleaded guilty to crimes including tax evasion and breaking campaign finance laws at the “direction of […]

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Opinion: Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing has too little data and too many options, but that can be fixed

Digital Wellbeing is one of the bigger features with landed with Android 9 Pie—though it seems like Google is keeping it separate and distinct in the Pixel-only public beta. I’ve spent the last week using it to analyze my use patterns and place restrictions on how I use my phone, and while the tool brings […]

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The Galaxy Note9 is Samsung’s fanboy phone

Sitting through Samsung’s Unpacked press conference in Brooklyn yesterday, I wasn’t struck with a barrage of technical specifications, comparisons to the competition, or endless feature demos. Samsung didn’t even really attempt to sell the new Note as revolutionary, or to convince its audience that they were getting a great product for the money. Instead, it […]

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