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Inbox v1.43 prepares to give users more control over notification frequency by looking for high priority messages [APK Teardown]

Everybody tackles email in their own way. Some people want to deal with every message that rolls in while others only really care about a couple of key messages. But it's not just about which messages you're going to look at, timing can also matter quite a bit. Many of us can get away with checking our mail when it's convenient, but we still need to know if something truly urgent shows up. In its interminable quest to cut down on noise, Inbox is going to give users an option to cut notifications down to just the most important.

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Peel remote app upsets users with a ton of ads and lock screen overlays

You've probably heard of the Peel Smart Remote app. It was pre-loaded on a lot of phones back when everything had an IR blaster for like two minutes. Recently, this app has made some changes that have users up in arms. It's popping up full-screen ads and deploying a lock screen overlay. The first one is not uncommon, but the second is totally uncool.

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A new Pixel Launcher design is showing up for some users

One of the few differences between the Pixel Launcher and the Google Now Launcher is how you search. The GNL has a search bar spanning the full width of the first home screen, while the Pixel Launcher has a simple Google button that starts a search. Now that appears to be changing, at least for some users.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ hands-on: Betting big on big

The Galaxy S6 was, by all accounts, a truly transformational moment for Samsung's industrial design. After years of building plastic phones constantly lambasted for their "cheapness," Samsung made radical changes in an attempt to completely redefine its smartphone brand. Those changes were generally well received, but it always felt like they stopped short: the software was still slow, bloated, and the battery life surprisingly poor. With the Note5 and S6 edge+ we saw significant refinement of that reinvention "moment," but not until the S7 and S7 edge did Samsung really build the concept I think they set out to with those first metal and glass sandwiches.

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The Galaxy S8's new battery will degrade less quickly than the Galaxy S7's

One statistic you may see cited more rarely about Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is the performance of its battery cell over time. We spoke to Samsung about the new generation of battery found in the S8 and S8+, and they had a pretty impressive statistic to share. Compared to the outgoing Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the S8 and S8+ will lose substantially less of their effective capacity over the same amount of time, at least at the point of one year of typical usage.

Specifically, Samsung says that after a typical year's worth of charges and discharges, the Galaxy S7 only maintained about 80% of its total effective battery capacity.

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The Galaxy S8 has configurable virtual navigation buttons - and an always-on home key

Samsung's much-awaited switch to virtual navigation keys, falling in line with many other Android phone manufacturers, has me quite pleased. While I understand capacitive keys have their proponents, software keys offer - theoretically - more configurability and a more consistent user experience across devices.

As you might guess, Samsung's first stab at virtual navkeys follows Samsung's typical (read: wrong) order, from left to right: recent apps, home, back. Fortunately, if you're like me and consider Samsung's position on the button ordering argument to be more stubbornness than anything else, you have an option: just switch their order. While the ordering of the keys is not completely customizable, you can make the one switch 95% of people who want this option would be interested in, swapping the position of the recent apps and back key into Google's recommended layout for Android.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: The five best new features

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a substantially more, well, substantial update to the company's flagship smartphone brand than the iterative S7 and S7 edge. At least, that's probably what Samsung would say - and I'd tend to agree with them. What are the biggest and best new features? Well, we've had a chance to play with them, and this is what we came away most impressed with.

64GB of storage is standard

Gigabytes. You know them, you love them. You want more of them. And Samsung will be delivering in 2017, as both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with 64 gee-bees as standard.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge vs Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+: Photos, comparisons, specs, and more

Samsung's newest smartphones are here - so how do they stack up to the old ones? I brought a Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to my hands-on with the S8 and S8+, and I have some thoughts, pictures, and figures to share with you. Let's start with the visuals: you can see in the hero image of this post that the S8 and S8+ are both very substantially taller than their predecessors. Samsung is betting that consumers will be willing to deal with a taller phone (albeit narrower) to get that extra screen space they crave, and I think they may be right here.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is official with a Snapdragon 835, 64GB of storage, and more

It's time. You've seen the leaks, you've read the rampant speculation, and now the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are official. The leaks were very accurate this year. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen and the S8 Plus is 6.2-inches. That sounds big for a phone, but they're surprisingly compact devices thanks to the essentially non-existent bezels.

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Android Wear 2.0 update is finally rolling out, but only to three watches for now

It's been around two months since Android Wear 2.0 officially launched, yet no watches that launched with Wear 1.0 have been updated to it yet. Nope, not even the Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which have been running the developer previews since mid-2016, have received this long-awaited update. That changes today, though; Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, and TAG Heuer Connected.

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