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Pixel demand is higher than expected, with some pre-orders being pushed back to November

You may have a better chance buying the phone directly from Verizon if you're willing to live with a locked bootloader.

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15 spooky, scary Halloween games for your Android phone

Looking for scares you can take anywhere? Grab these games and get ready.

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Review: LG’s V20 is a different kind of phone -- in a good way

Besides the usual high-end components, LG’s new V20 offers great audio, lots of photo options, a second screen, a replaceable battery and Android Nougat.

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BlackBerry unveils the DTEK60, pledges a secure Android experience for $499

Software is the story with this phone, as BlackBerry is counting on its security know-how to set this latest effort apart from others.

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Google Messenger gets a new icon, interface cleanup, and preps for RCS messaging

The version 2.0 update also displays unread count badges for custom launchers that support the feature.

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Beleaguered Samsung now fending off reports of Galaxy S7 Edge phones catching fire

It's unlikely that the phone has a major defect given how long it's been on the market, but these latest incidents compound what's already been a major headache for Samsung.

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The best tips and tricks to get the most out of your Pixel phone

The first true Google phone has a lot of powerful features, but for some of them you'll need to know where to look.

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Microsoft Graveyard: What Microsoft has killed in 2016

Here’s a roundup of products, services and more that Microsoft rid itself of in 2016.

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These are the new Emoji in the Android Nougat 7.1 update

Google has taken the time to really craft better emojis, including a much larger variety of professions, genders, and skin tones to support Unicode 9.

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Physical RAM attack can root Android and possibly other devices

Researchers have devised a new way to fully compromise Android devices without exploiting any software vulnerability and instead taking advantage of a physical design weakness in RAM chips.

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New Samsung loyalty program hints that the Note line may not be dead after all

The company is offering Note7 buyers in Korea discounts on the S7 line and a cheaper upgrade to an S8 or Note8.

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Google's Pixel XL is much easier to repair than the Nexus 6P

When it comes to ease of repair, Google's first in-house smartphone is much easier to deal with than its predecessor.

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10 must-have Android apps for Halloween

From creepy games to costume aides, it's time again to summon the spirits to your phone for a fun and festive Halloween.

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Android device updates: Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL get a bug fix update right out of the box

Google also posted the factory images for Android 7.1, which is available in preview form for Nexus devices and the Pixel C.

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Chrome for Android keeps the music going with background media playback

The app's start page also got touched up, now offering you a series of articles to check out.

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Google Keep adds app shortcuts, pinned messages in update

Keep continues to grow into a more comprehensive service for keeping track of all those random thoughts and ideas.

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The Android 7.1 developer preview is now available

You won't get the Google Assistant, but you'll be able to try out app shortcuts and that round icon design.

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42% off 17-Piece Precision Smartphone Repair Kit For iPhone, Android, Samsung and Others - Deal Alert

Save money by repairing your own device. This 17-piece tool set is heavy duty, lightly magnetic, and highly rated from over 450 people on Amazon. Currently listed at 42% off its typical list price.

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