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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

10/20/2017, 09:10 pm

A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google's framing of 'camera score' as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there's a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone's still camera.

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Google follows Apple App Store's lead in reducing revenue take for subscriptions

10/20/2017, 10:10 am

Google is improving the revenue split for Android developers selling subscriptions through Google Play, mirroring Apple's own policies for iPhone and iPad developers at the App Store.

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Google's Pixel 2 XL priced higher than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks many key features

10/10/2017, 04:10 pm

Google's latest effort to show off its vision for "Pure Android" hardware costs more than Apple's iPhone 8 Plus but is half as fast, lacks a telephoto lens, offers no support for Qi wireless charging, isn't capable of recording smooth 60fps 4K video and--like Windows 10 Mobile--offers no potential of an installed base for building new, compelling AR apps.

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Android makers shift focus from under-display fingerprint readers to 3D sensing after iPhone X debut

10/07/2017, 01:10 am

According to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Android hardware makers have turned their attention away from under-display fingerprint readers and toward 3D sensing technologies like those Apple debuted with iPhone X, a flip-flop designed to capture customer sentiment.

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Google Pixel Buds have limited iOS functionality, Google Clips records notable moments on its own

10/04/2017, 02:10 pm

As part of its Wednesday release event, Google announced the Bluetooth wireless Pixel Buds -- however, the ability to invoke the Google Assistant at a touch doesn't work at all on iPhone, and a translate function narrows compatibility further to only the Pixel phone.

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Apple Music app for Android updated with 'OK Google' support, more

09/19/2017, 08:09 pm

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple Music app for Android with a few enhancements that bring the title more in line with its native iOS counterpart, as well as platform-specific features like "OK Google" voice control.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 gets positive reviews, comparisons with iPhone 7 Plus 'Portrait' mode

09/05/2017, 01:09 pm

Reviews have begun to emerge for Samsung's latest flagship phone, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8, taking a largely favorable view while contrasting its "Live Focus" camera mode with the Portrait option on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus.

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Teardown claims Essential Phone is hard-to-repair 'hot mess'

09/05/2017, 11:09 am

A new teardown of one of the latest Apple iPhone competitors, the Essential Phone, claims that the device is fundamentally disorganized inside, a sign of it being a first-generation product.

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Google tries to fight wide ARKit compatibility with its own augmented reality initiative ARCore

08/29/2017, 12:08 pm

Google has announced it's own augmented reality initiative called ARCore -- but serious limitations on what versions of Android can be used and a very narrow list of compatible hardware will be tough hurdles to overcome.

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Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar eclipse

08/18/2017, 02:08 pm

Google will showcase and possibly launch the next version of Android, "Android O," on August 21 -- setting the stage for competition with Apple's iOS 11, which should come to iPhones and iPads as soon as next month.

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Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone detailed in new video showing trio of prototypes

08/02/2017, 03:08 pm

Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with 3D display is more than vapor, with three prototypes being demonstrated -- with one having a fully functional display.

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Former Google exec Vic Gundotra praises Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera, says Android photography years behind

07/31/2017, 09:07 am

Former chief of Android Vic Gundotra praised Apple for its camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and panned the Android ecosystem for a slow march in photography technology because of how innovations need to propagate across the entire codebase.

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Apple's unified iPhone userbase could help kickstart augmented reality industry

07/13/2017, 10:07 am

Apple's hegemony over its hardware and software platforms could boost not just the company's own augmented reality efforts, but the AR industry in general -- in a way that hasn't been managed by Google so far.

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Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone in China

07/12/2017, 05:07 pm

Apple's main competition in China -- Huawei -- has taken the unusual step of releasing a Kentucky Fried Chicken edition of the Enjoy 7 Plus to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant chain arriving in the country.

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An iPhone switch story from a reluctant Android switcher

06/29/2017, 02:06 pm

The iPhone launched 10 years ago, but Roger switched much more recently, in 2015. On the milestone anniversary of Apple's groundbreaking handset, he tells his story.

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EU hammers Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine for illegal search manipulation

06/27/2017, 07:06 am

The European Commission has wrapped up its antitrust investigation against Google, and has decreed that it must pay $2.72 billion to settle charges related to it favoring its own products over rivals in search results.

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E3 2017: Minecraft will allow iOS gamers to play with Windows 10, Android users

06/13/2017, 12:06 pm

Mojang will be releasing an update to its popular building and exploration game Minecraft this summer that will introduce increased cross-platform play, allowing owners of the iOS version to play with Windows, Android, VR, and console versions, as well as a number of other changes to the popular title.

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Andy Rubin's Essential announces first devices, including Apple HomeKit-ready assistant

05/30/2017, 10:05 am

Former Google executive and Android creator Andy Rubin on Monday revealed the first products from his new company Essential, including the Home assistant, which reportedly supports multiple smarthome platforms including Apple's HomeKit.

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Apple's latest 'Switch' ads tout iPhone's security & 'smoothness'

05/29/2017, 12:05 pm

Apple on Monday released a trio of new video ads in its "Switch" series, aimed at persuading Android users to make the leap to an iPhone.

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New Apple ads & redone 'Switch' site sell Android users on iPhone perks

05/22/2017, 04:05 pm

Apple on Monday introduced an overhauled "Switch" minisite, hoping to persuade more Android users to buy an iPhone, while simultaneously releasing a related series of video ads.

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