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Opinion: Good smartphones are getting more expensive - because we're demanding more from them

When OnePlus announced the OnePlus 5, the newest handset from a company that has become synonymous with value for money among smartphone enthusiasts, there was some real sticker shock. The phone starts at $479, making it $30 more expensive than the OnePlus 3T, and $80 more expensive than the base OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 was, in turn, $70 more expensive than the OnePlus 2, which was $30 more expensive than the original OnePlus One.

To take things end to end, the original OnePlus One 64GB retailed for $349 when it was announced in 2014. Today, the 64GB OnePlus 5 costs $479, a price creep of nearly 40% over the years if you compare along the same storage capacity.

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The Moto Z2 Force will reportedly be thinner with a much smaller battery than last year

We're just a few days from Motorola's (likely) unveiling of the Moto Z2 Force, and Venture Beat has some details on the device. According to VB's Evan Blass, Motorola is taking a similar approach to the Z2 Force as it did with the Z2 Play that came out a few weeks ago—it'll be thinner with a reduced battery capacity compared to last year's phone.

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Firefox Focus v1.1 adds support for downloads, improves the persistent notification, and more [APK Download]

We first covered Firefox Focus when it was under development for Android, and it was publicly released last month. Focus is a simple web browser with privacy as the number one priority thanks to features like tracker blockers and a button to wipe all session data. Focus 1.1 was just released and adds a few badly-needed features.

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LG announces the Q8, a smaller V20 with a Snapdragon 820 and 5.2" QHD display

LG is tackling mid-2017 with a fervor. After pushing out the G6, which improved markedly on its predecessor, the Korean company announced the Q6 series. The plan with that new family of devices is to bring some of the G6's hallmark features to a more affordable price point. Hot on the heels of that, LG has taken the wraps off of the Q8.

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You can now take a tour of the International Space Station in Google Maps' Street View

Many people's lifelong dreams include visiting outer space. While it's probable that the vast majority of people won't get to visit space, at least in this lifetime, space can still be experienced via the wonders of the Internet. Case in point: the International Space Station can now be explored in Google Maps' Street View.

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Google launches Motion Stills app on Android to capture quick, stabilized videos as GIFs [APK Download]

Google launched an app on iOS last year called Motion Stills that could capture short videos as GIFs with advanced stabilization technology. Android users were a bit miffed to be left out, but Google has finally produced an Android version of the app. You can grab it now in the Play Store.

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Play Protect is starting to roll out to all devices on Google Play Services 11

Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced Play Protect, the consumer-facing evolution of Verify Apps, which is the background app check service that makes sure you don't have any suspicious or malicious software installed on your device. Verify Apps has existed for many years and has grown from an opt-in feature to an opt-out one, then to a background process, and then earlier in February it started displaying the apps it had scanned.

Play Protect aims to bring Verify Apps to the foreground in the Play Store and make sure that all users are aware that their device's security is being monitored.

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[Deal Alert] Caseology is having a sale on Amazon, including $4 cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Caseology is a trusted and well-reviewed case maker, so a sale of its products on Amazon may well be of interest to some of you. Particularly those of you who've so far managed not to break that beautiful screen on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, as there are cases for those devices starting at $4, as well as many others.

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PSA: Google Calendar added a drag-and-drop gesture for moving events to different times and days

With version 5.7.25 of Google Calendar published on June 15, the app added one feature that we've always wanted and sort of gave up on having: drag-and-drop for events. But it took until Reddit user Racing24 noticed it yesterday for us to go back a few versions and track the change down to that specific release of Calendar.

How it works is simple. With your Calendar open on the day view, 3-day view, or week view, you can hold any event and drag it to another time slot. In the day view, this simply means changing the time it's scheduled at, but in the 3-day and week view this also allows you to move an event to another day (or even week or month if you hold the event to the edge of the screen long enough).

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Google's Android O engineering team hosted a Reddit AMA, here's what they had to say

With a recent example of how not to do a Reddit AMA still fresh in the mind courtesy of OnePlus, yesterday was Google's turn to show us how it's done. A long list of key personnel from the Android engineering team took to r/androiddev to answer questions from the community regarding the upcoming release of Android O. As you'd expect, the team remained coy about a number of things they're simply not yet allowed to speak about, but they did have some interesting things to say. Here are some of the highlights.

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