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Weekend poll: Do you use Bluetooth headphones?

With smartphone makers seemingly dropping the headphone jack left and right lately, I've come to wonder if Bluetooth headphones are ready to swing in and replace our trusty wired headsets. I've been trying out a few popular sets of Bluetooth earbuds from companies like JLab and Jaybird, and while I understand the appeal over traditional wired headphones, I also see the downsides.

That's not to speak of over and on-ear Bluetooth headphones, which are definitely seeing a steady uptick in popularity. Oh, and neckbuds. For those of you who are... into that.

Do you use Bluetooth headphones with your smartphone?

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Weekend poll: Do you have a Google Home?

As the owner of two Google Homes, I find that I'd have a hard time going back to life without these little cylinders, and this weekend I'm wondering just how many of you have picked one up.

While it's true that the vast majority of my use of them is as Cast-enabled speakers for the kitchen and bedroom, I also use them to set timers, ask about the weather, how long it's going to take to get somewhere, and occasionally do unit conversions. I don't have any smart home gadgets - not even one smart light bulb - and I don't anticipate that's going to change any time soon.

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Weekend poll: Would you be interested in an Android Police "premium" subscription that removes ads?

Late last week, we announced that we were ending our trial run of Google's Contributor 2.0 platform. The system, which sounds great in theory, allows readers of a website to remove ads from it in exchange for paying a small amount of money per pageview. In reality, the system is quite buggy and presents a number of serious user experience issues, and as such, we've decided that it's not worth the headache.

However, on that post, many of you asked why we weren't able to offer an ad-free Android Police experience in exchange for a subscription-based fee. The answer to that, for now, is that such a system is rather complicated to set up, but we do want to gauge interest in such a thing among you, our readers.

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Poll: Blobmoji or O-moji?

Android O will see a major revamp of the OS's emoji art. This revamp is, to put it in the most objective terms possible, bad. But maybe some people like bad things, and I can respect that. So, today I'm asking you all to voice your (possibly very bad) opinions about the upcoming change to Android's previously-wonderful little feelings-blobs which will see them transformed into over-designed knockoffs of Apple and Samsung's emoji libraries.

This post is very, very tongue in cheek. Also, it's the day before the fourth of July, and things are a little slow. If you're celebrating, have a happy fourth tomorrow, and if not, we'll be back in full force here on Wednesday.

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Weekend poll: How much did you pay for your current smartphone?

Around a year and a half ago, I asked you how much your smartphone cost. Today, I'm asking again, and very I'm curious to see how much the results will have shifted over time.

When I ran this poll in late 2015, the plurality of you answered in the $400-599 bracket, with $300-399 coming in second. Very few of you paid more than $800 for your smartphone, too - around 5%.

With the Galaxy S8+ and 128GB Google Pixel XL both being fairly popular handsets and both generally costing over $800, I have to wonder just how much of a boost that price bracket will see in our polling.

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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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Weekend poll: How many photos are synced to your Google Photos account?

The Google account dashboard is a pretty cool way to see what's going on with your Google account, and the last time we ran a poll utilizing stats from it, we asked you how many apps Google thought you'd installed to your various devices. This week, we're doing Google Photos.

To see how many Photos are synced to your Google Photos account, just head to https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard and scroll down until your see the entry for Photos, as shown below.

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Weekend poll: Do you use a tablet?

Tablets as a form factor seem to be headed for niche-ification in the near future. Sales are down, consumer interest seems low, and smartphones are just getting bigger and better, allowing us to do things that may have seemed a bit impractical on a handset as little as five years ago. Laptops, too, are seeing a resurgence: they last longer, do more, and are becoming even more portable and versatile, often offering touchscreens and convertible designs that make them work as quasi-tablets when needed.

So, I'm curious, nearly halfway through 2017, how many of you still use a tablet? How often?

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Weekend poll: Screen protector or no?

In seven years of smartphone ownership, I can't say I've ever bought a screen protector for any of my handsets. They feel weird, they put a layer between you and the screen, and I really just don't like the way they look. But, there's no denying that a proper tempered glass sheet can save your phone from catastrophe along with reducing the signs of general wear and tear, and a plastic one can at least do the latter.

As smartphones start to adopt curved screens, though, screen protectors have become less practical, and manufacturers are more and more touting the inherent toughness of their devices when it comes to resisting impacts (if not so much scratches).

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Weekend poll: Inbox or Gmail?

Google Inbox and Gmail have been competing for our hearts (and email) for some time now, and it doesn't seem like Google is slowing down development of either [great] app. Clearly, Gmail is for some, and Inbox for others - so which one are you?

I'm personally keeping one foot in both doors right now. I use Inbox for 100% of my personal email on both mobile and desktop, and I have zero inclination to go back. I also use Inbox for work email here at Android Police when I'm on the go. But on the desktop, AP email goes through a fairly fastidiously managed tabbed Gmail layout, something I'm not sure I could function without.

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