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The best used Android phones to buy (Spring 2017 edition)

There are plenty of reasons to consider buying a used phone. You might drop your own phone in a pool and need something to tide you over until your carrier upgrade, or you maybe you want a frugal option for a second line you won't use frequently. Or, you might just be in search of a good deal. Just because a phone isn't new doesn't mean it isn't good anymore, but which phones are worth considering?

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[Deal Alert] Kick off your Monday with 24 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps

Welcome to the start of yet another week. It's Monday (again), which means it's time for some more app sales! As is typical for the first round of the week, the list is a bit larger than the other two. Still, there are a few gems here to note, which will be bolded.

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Sources: Google's second-gen Pixel XL, muskie, has been cancelled - probably to be replaced by even larger phone

Based on information from three separate sources, we are now confident that Google has shelved plans to release one of its upcoming Pixel phones. The device, codenamed 'muskie,' was intended to succeed the Pixel XL. While we know very little about muskie, and now likely will never learn much else, we are confident that this phone was supposed to be the second-generation Pixel XL.

We rate this information 9 out of 10 on our rumor confidence scale. We have corroborated this story with several sources we deem reliable. The good news? That doesn't mean there won't be a new Pixel XL - just that it's not going to be muskie.

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HTC releases the U11's kernel source code

It's always nice to see companies respect the GPL, which requires OEMs to release the kernel source code for phones they create. HTC is usually pretty good about releasing source code for new devices in a timely manner, and to that end, the company has uploaded the U11's kernel code to its website.

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Bixby-equipped Galaxy Note FE may launch in South Korea on July 7th, priced at over $600

Ah, the Galaxy Note7. It had such promise, but it was gone too young. Now, though, it's getting a second chance on life in the form of the Galaxy Note FE, and it's launching in South Korea in early July with the Bixby virtual assistant on board.

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Motorola announces the Moto E4 and E4 Plus at $129.99 and $179.99, respectively

The fate of the Moto E was not clear after Lenovo took control of Motorola, but the budget-oriented family of smartphones will continue. Motorola just announced the Moto E4 and E4 Plus, which will begin shipping later this month for a downright reasonable $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.

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Sprint will be the only carrier selling the Essential phone

After months of rumors, Android co-founder Andy Rubin unveiled the Essential PH-1 phone last month. The phone has high-end specs, nearly no bezel at the top or sides, and optional accessories like a 360-degree camera. But a phone from a startup was likely a hard sell to US carriers, and it seems the only carrier that wanted it was Sprint.

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Huawei faces possible UK sales ban unless it agrees to pay patent royalties

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has ruled against Huawei in its fight to avoid paying patent royalties to data software firm Unwired Planet. In an unprecedented move for a case of this kind brought in the UK, the judgment not only applies to sales of Huawei devices in the UK but also globally, which would prove vastly more costly.

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Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode for Chrome

Google Chrome's incognito mode is meant to make more suspicious (insert Lenny face here) browsing history invisible at your beck and call. However, Google hadn't previously made incognito mode on Android disable keyboard suggestions. To alleviate this, browsing in incognito on Chrome Dev with a device running Android 8.0 will now make the incognito fedora and glasses appear on your keyboard, and Gboard won't remember unique words that you type.

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Weekend poll: Does your phone have a USB-C port or microUSB?

Adoption of the new USB-C port standard has commenced surprisingly rapidly. While there are some holdouts in the world of budget phones, every major smartphone manufacturer but Apple has embraced the new port, even if across various levels of the USB standard or support for features like USB Power Delivery (USB-PD).

USB-C brought long-awaited features like a fully-reversible connector, increased charging speeds without "breaking" the USB standard, support for USB 3.0 and 3.1 features (well, for phones that have them), and the increasing adoption of things like USB audio. USB-C is, frankly, a no-brainer.

So, among Android Police readers, I'm curious how many of you have smartphones with USB-C ports.

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