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Google reportedly close to acquiring HTC's smartphone business

HTC produced the very first Android phone in 2008, and it went on to become one of the most prominent makers of Android devices as the platform grew. However, it's been years since the Taiwanese company had a hit. As financial losses continue to mount, there are new rumors that Google is nearing a deal to acquire HTC's smartphone division.

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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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The Galaxy Note 8 rumored to be Samsung's most expensive phone ever at €999

Samsung's phones have usually cost a bit more than the competition, but it's sort of thrown caution to the wind lately. The Galaxy S8 Plus retails for around $850, which is a lot of money even when you break it out over two years. A rumor from Evan Blass at Venture Beat suggests the Galaxy Note 8 could take things even further with a €999 price tag.

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Amazon may launch 'Ice' smartphones in India running Android with Google services

Amazon famously misread the market when it launched the Fire Phone in 2014 without any Google apps. Scarcely a year later Amazon had abandoned the device in the face of minuscule sales figures. Now, it's rumored to be prepping a new smartphone, but unlike the Fire Phone, this one will apparently run a version of Android with Google services.

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Report: Moto Z2 Play will be thinner with a much smaller battery

The Moto Z Play was probably the best of Motorola's first round of modular Z phones. It wasn't the fastest, but it was reasonably priced and got amazing battery life. It was a bit on the chunky side compared to its brethren, but Motorola is reportedly looking to rectify that. However, that means it won't have the same amazing longevity.

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WSJ: Google planning to block bad ads in Chrome on desktop and mobile

Advertising is very much a balancing act for websites these days. You want to make enough money from an ad-supported site to cover costs, but you don't want to annoy users to the point they block all your ads. Some websites don't seem to care how much they annoy you, though. Google is reportedly getting ready to take a stand against the worst ads on the web with a built-in ad-blocker for Chrome.

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No, Wileyfox has not hired the Cyanogen dev team

British smartphone maker Wileyfox has been using Cyanogen OS since it launched its first phone a few years ago. Thus, the demise of Cyanogen Inc. is a big problem for the company. A report making the rounds on the internet claims that Wileyfox has upped its game by hiring former Cyanogen employees as in-house devs, including former Director of System Engineering Ricardo Cerqueira. This claim is based on some very weak evidence, so we've reached out to get the real story.

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Android O rumor points to revamped notifications, picture-in-picture mode, and more

Google will most likely take the wraps off Android O at I/O this year, possibly with a developer preview for us to test. What's going to happen in Android O? No one is sure yet, but 9to5Google has posted a few rumors. These are all unconfirmed, but we may see changes to notifications, icon tweaks, picture-in-picture, and more. Or it might have none of these things. That's the thing about rumors.

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Be wary of fake "leaks," especially from Twitter accounts like @VenyaGeskin1

If you have read any tech sites, including Android Police, you probably know how common product leaks are. There was almost nothing new about the Google Pixel when it was finally announced, due to months of continuous leaks. Intentional leaks are often used by companies to generate hype, as is likely the case for the LG G6. Rumors even trickle out of Apple occasionally - how many months in advance did we learn about the iPhone 7's lack of a headphone jack?

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Report: LG G6 won't have Snapdragon 835 because Samsung has claimed the entire initial supply

The LG G6 is the company's chance to come back from the embarrassing disaster of 2016's G5 and "friends." Those modular friends never caught on, but will the G6's rounded display? Maybe—the Galaxy S8 is rumored to sport a similar shape, but one thing the two phones might not share is the ARM chip. According to a new report on Forbes, the LG G6 will run a Snapdragon 821 instead of the 835.

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