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If Google Assistant isn't your thing, you can now talk to Cortana on the Android lock screen

Microsoft added Cortana to the Android lock screen in an update earlier this month, but now you can ask questions and have it do things without needing to unlock your phones.

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Great Google apps you didn't know you needed

All Android phones come with a bunch of pre-loaded Google apps, but these you'll have to download from Google Play.

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Samsung announces plan to refurbish and resell some Note7s that didn't explode

Samsung will be refurbishing some recalled Note7s for re-use, as well as removing components and extracting metals from the ill-fated phablet.

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HTC U Ultra review: A big beauty that's plagued with problems

HTC’s first flagship since the 10 is too big, too crippled, and too expensive to be considered as a phone worth buying.

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Three things HTC got right in the U Ultra

The HTC U Ultra isn't worth buying, but that doesn't mean it's all bad.

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Google shuttering Talk, removing SMS support from Hangouts in new messaging shakeup

Google announced that it will be shutting Talk down on June 26 and removing SMS support from Hangouts on May 22 in a continuing attempt to consolidate its many messaging apps.

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Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware

What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice. But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect.

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Android device updates: A Nougat treat for the Nextbit Robin and T-Mobile HTC One M9

Android O made its debut this week, although it's a very rough version that's aimed squarely at developers.

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Amazon undercuts the Moto G5 Plus preorders with unlocked, ad-supported model for $185

As part of its Prime Exclusive program, Amazon will be selling the Moto G5 Plus and Alcatel A30 handsets with lock-screen ads for discounted prices.

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Mingis on Tech: All about the new Moto G5 Plus

Not every smartphone has to skimp on features or cost a small fortune. Case in point: The Moto G5 Plus, which reviewer Dan Rosenbaum says is a good bargain buy.

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Moto G5 Plus: Economy class that gets you there (with video)

The new Moto G5 Plus may not set any speed records, but it's a solid, useful Android phone with no bloat and a pleasingly low price.

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Mingis on Tech: A closer look at the new Moto G5 Plus

Looking for an Android phone that won't break the bank but still has the features you need? The Moto G5 Plus is a real bargain buy, says reviewer Dan Rosenbaum.

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Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.

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Google: Half of Android devices haven’t been patched in a year or more

Google acknowledged that half of all Android devices had not received a security update in the past year, but the company is working to streamline the patching process.

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Google's Android Things OS won't work on new Raspberry Pi board

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W was designed to be a board to make internet of things devices, but a key OS from Google won't work on the hardware.

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Updates to Google's Duo, Allo, and Photos apps bring small but important features

With a flurry of app updates, Google brings audio calling to Duo, file sharing to Allo, and smarter backups to Photos.

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Fossil comes back for seconds with Michael Kors, Misfit Android Wear watches

Watch giant Fossil announces Android Wear 2.0 support for two new Michael Kors Access watches and the Misfit Vapor, due later this year.

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Power up: Super Mario Run's Android release jumps straight to version 2.0

Nintendo finally releases Super Mario Run in the Play Store, but Android users don't have to wait to get an upgrade to the latest version.

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